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Today's Sports

  • Redfish and trout provide good...

    Usually, anglers get the too-quick start on the fishing season, running around in early March trying to find fish that aren’t quite yet motivated to feed much in the cold. This year, however, the fish are responding nicely, with eager anglers being greeted with some eager fish. Redfish and speckled trout continue to hit in the shallows, great news for fishermen working out in water that hasn’t yet hit 60 degrees.

  • Nick Bradley School of Golf...

    A year ago, world famous golf coach and author Nick Bradley took on a daunting task: Take a bunch of kids who are just starting to play golf, coach them for a year and see what happens.

    Bradley is Justin Rose’s personal coach. Last year, Justin went from 126th on the PGA money list to sixth. Nick also wrote the best-selling book, “The Seven Laws of the Golf Swing.” He operates the Nick Bradley School of Golf at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Needless to say, lessons with Bradley do not come cheap.

  • Harper brings home championship...

    Harper brings home championship honors from Brierwood

    Dave Harper had a 36-hole total of 128 to claim the overall championship and Flight 2 honors in the Brierwood men’s Senior and Super Senior stroke play tournament March 6 and 8.

    Marty Waldron in Flight 1 with a 139 and Jim Bryant in Flight 2 with a 140 were the Senior Flight winners.

    Taking Flight 1 in the Super Senior was Reggie Fitz-Gerald at 138.

    Finishing behind Waldron in Senior Flight 1 were Jim Davis at 146, Wayne McGlothlin at 148 and John Beavers at 157.

  • BCC Dolphins come up short

    SHALLOTTE—There are two ways to look at Brunswick Community College’s baseball doubleheader last Thursday against the visiting Louisburg Hurricanes.

    A glass-half-full person might marvel at the fact a first-year club went toe-to-toe with a program that has won 25 conference titles and made 10 trips in the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series.

    A glass-half-empty person might look at the two narrow defeats and think what might have been. BCC had chances to win both games but came up short, 3-1 and 5-3.

  • Bowling

    Decker one pin short of perfect game

    Terry Decker fell just a pin short of a perfect game as he rolled a 289 game as part of a 789 series in the McDonald’s Amusement Classic League at the Brunswick County Bowling Center March 3.

    It was one of two 700 series rolled in the league. Decker’s other games were 233 and 267.

    Mike Albert had the other 700 series, rolling a 711 on games of 234, 212 and 265.

    McDONALD’s AMUSEMENT

  • March Sadness: Dolphins denied...

    WILMINGTON—The pained expression on coach Walter Shaw’s face and the red eyes of his players told the story of the Carolinas Junior College Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament championship game.

    The Brunswick Community College Dolphins led by 16 points in the first half and 10 in the second but couldn’t hold off scrappy Aiken (S.C.) Technical College in Sunday’s finale.

  • Edwards gets second win in a row

    LAS VEGAS—Carl Edwards got to victory lane for the second week in a row. He followed up last week’s win at California by finishing ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Sunday’s UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

    The win was the ninth of his career, and it moved him into the Sprint Cup points lead for the first time in his career.

    “This was a very special win,” Edwards said. “I was just trying to hold off Dale there at the end. This is an amazing couple of weeks.”

  • Vegas is the ultimate '...

    Some events on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series schedule are referred to as “destination races.”

    When fans visit venues such as Martinsville, Darlington or Talladega, the races and the events surrounding them can literally be the only game in town.

    Other areas offer a “Bright Lights, Big City” aspect, with many entertainment options often encouraging fans to transform their race weekend into a weeklong vacation.

    Infineon Raceway, for example, offers the opportunity to visit California’s scenic wine country during the month of June.

  • Calling a timeout

    It’s been said community journalism is not a job but a calling. It’s been my calling for more than 20 years, but those days are coming to an end. This is my last week at The Brunswick Beacon.

    When I joined the newspaper fresh out of college in August 1987, I never imagined I’d still be working here in March 2008. But I was called here, and I’ve put my heart and soul into it for two decades.

  • Increasing size limit on...

    I wrote last week about the idea of decreasing the size limit on flounder in hopes of targeting less of the big females that produce baby fish. The current limit is 14 inches inshore and 14 inches in the ocean.

    The state must have read my article, because it promptly went against what I suggested and raised the ocean flounder limit in the northern part of the state to 15 inches. In my next article, I will ask the government of North Carolina not to give me a million dollars.

    That is a big flounder size limit. When I catch a 15 -inch flounder, I do a silly little dance.