Today's Sports

  • Once again, Brick Landing golf...

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH – There’s nothing quite like hosting your club championship less than a week after re-opening to the public.

    That’s exactly what happened at Brick Landing Plantation Golf Club in the last two weeks, when head golf professional Trey Ernstes and his staff re-opened the course Friday, Sept. 21, and then played host to the club championship Thursday, Sept. 27.

    The course closed June 29 to re-build its greens and complete other projects around the course.

  • Cardwell wins U.S. Open...

     The annual Fall Brawl King Mackerel Tournament will be hosted at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center this weekend, right on the heels of the recently-completed U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament in Southport.

    Registration and the captain’s meeting for the 2018 Fall Brawl King Classic will be held Friday, Oct. 12, with competition beginning on Saturday, Oct. 13, and ending Sunday, Oct. 14.

  • Trojan volleyball squad aiming...

     West Brunswick’s varsity volleyball team is still searching for its first victory of the 2018 campaign after dropping a pair of matches in its return to competitive action after a long layoff.

    After missing nearly a month due to Hurricane Florence, the Trojans returned to the hardwood Oct. 3 against South Brunswick.

    The Cougars defeated West Brunswick 25-22, 25-18, 23-25, 25-19 in a four-set affair.

    Topsail defeated the Trojans 25-10, 25-9, 25-17 on Oct. 4 as the Trojans dropped to 0-8 overall and 0-6 in Mideastern Conference play.

  • Scorpions win second straight;...

     Editor’s Note: West Brunswick head football coach Brett Hickman is the older brother of Beacon sports editor Sam Hickman.


    You couldn’t tell North Brunswick’s defense hadn’t played a snap of varsity football in almost a month during last week’s Mideastern Conference opener against Ashley.

    The Scorpions stoned the Screaming Eagles for four quarters and pitched a shutout for the first time this season as North claimed an early lead, one it wouldn’t relinquish in a 20-0 victory.

  • Smiths’ Dove Hunt attracts quite...

     I’ve got to be perfectly honest with all of you.

    I’ve never been one that was big on the hunting and fishing scene in Brunswick County.

    Most weeks when I begin reading the fishing report from our esteemed columnists Brant McMullan, Barrett McMullan and Austin Aycock, I might as well be reading something in another language.

    I don’t know anything about fishing and I sure as heck don’t know anything about hunting.

  • Trojans drop non-conference tilt...

     SHALLOTTE – Dixon High School is a 2A high school in the small town of Holly Ridge with fewer students than 3A West Brunswick.

    However, Dixon solidified its stature as one of the best boys’ soccer programs in North Carolina with a 3-0 win over the Trojans, who entered the Sept. 6 contest riding a seven-game winning streak.

    Dixon scored a trio of first-half goals, all of which occurred in the final 25 minutes of the frame, to build a 3-0 lead and held the Trojans scoreless for the shutout victory.

  • West runners secure second...

     West Brunswick’s boys’ cross country team is off to a hot start.

    For the second time in as many matches, the Trojans earned a team victory, this time in a clash of three Brunswick County high schools.

    The Trojans had four runners finish in the top 10 and edged North Brunswick in a three-team meet than also featured South Brunswick.

    Ryan Phelan, for the second consecutive meet, earned a top-three finish with a second-place standing and Ethan Reed finished the county meet in third place for the Trojans.

  • Scorpions earn first win under...

     Editor’s Note: West Brunswick head football coach Brett Hickman is the older brother of Beacon sports editor Sam Hickman.

    The wait is over for North Brunswick’s first-year head football coach.

    The Scorpions traveled to Kenly for a non-conference game against North Johnson on Friday, Sept. 7, and left with the first victory of the Bryan Davis Era.

  • Inshore fishing heating up after...

     The inshore fishing hasn’t missed a beat since Florence came through. In fact, I’d say it has gotten better. Inshore fish, and in particular red drum, spend much of their lives in brackish and at times even fresh water. Our area’s waters are obviously being affected by all the river runoff from Florence’s heavy rainfall. It has turned the inshore and nearshore waters a dark brown.

  • U.S. Open fishing tourney set...

     The 40th Anniversary U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Southport Marina in Southport.

    The U.S. Open is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast and part of the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) Tournament Trail.

    The tournament attracted 470 boats and paid out more than $270,000 in prize money in 2017. The event has an all-cash guaranteed prize structure that is not based on participation numbers.