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Today's Sports

  • Braves’ top pick in draft...

     When the Atlanta Braves recently signed 18-year-old first-round draft pick Braxton Davidson — who received a $1.70 million signing bonus — Billy Best probably felt as if he had slammed a walk-off home run.

    Best, a Leland native, is a scout for the Braves and he scouted Davidson.

    “I was extremely happy for the kid,” Best said.

    The Braves had taken pitchers with their first selection in five of the previous six Major League Baseball first-year player drafts, and in this draft 19 of their 40 picks were pitchers.

  • County athletes on All-MEC teams

     County athletes are represented in the All-Mideastern 3A/4A Conference selections for spring sports.

    In baseball, West second baseman Erick Hill and pitcher Matt Wallace are second-team selections.

    In 25 conference and non-conference games, Hill batted .333 and his on-base average was .426. He stole 13 bases in 13 tries.

    Wallace was 4-2 with a 1.54 ERA. He struck out 34 and walked 13 in 41 innings.

    South’s Dustin Jones and Will Jones are honorable mention.

    West’s Mike Alderson is Coach of the Year.

  • Golf roundup

     Staff Report

    Results reported by area golf leagues.

     

    Beachcombers

    Results of the Stableford tournament June 20 at Crow Creek. The winners with a score of +26.5 were Bill McDavit, Bob Smith, Bob Brownley and Tom Quick. Second place were Jim Ritter, John Beairsto, Ed Nocella and Paul Michal 9+21.5). Low rounds: Gary Gutheil, 87; Vern Fisher, 88; Dan O’Connell 89. Net: Beairsto and Quick, 62; Smith, 64; O’Connell, 65; Ritter, 66. Quick was the most over his points, at +11, and he is golfer of the week.

     

  • Brandon Rankin finishes second...

    Defensive lineman Brandon Rankin had three tackles in the Tri-Cities Fever’s 47-33 victory against the Colorado Ice in an Indoor Football League game June 14. Rankin, a West Brunswick graduate, assisted on a sack for a 2-yard loss.

    The Fever, based in Kennewick, Wash., finished the season 8-6 and third in the four-team Intense Conference. The Fever began the season 1-5 but won seven of its last eight games.

    For the year, Rankin (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) averaged 5.5 sacks per game, 10th best in the league.

  • Did you hear about this fishing...
  • Footgolf: New and growing sport

     Until last month, I had never heard of footgolf, a new game that combines golf and soccer.

    What? Is that possible? Why would anyone want to combine golf and soccer?

    For a million good reasons, and now footgolf has come to Brunswick County. The first nine holes of Meadowlands will open on July 12 as an accredited 18-hole FootGolf Course.   

  • Flounder tourney at Shallotte...

    SHALLOTTE POINT—Last minute meant first place.

    But not without all the hurrying hassle and frantic worry of meeting deadline.

    When Larry Lefler caught his whopping 10.29-pound flounder, he knew it had a great chance of winning the 31st annual Sudan Daredevils Flounder Tournament.

    But it was 3:30 Saturday afternoon, the fishing tournament ended at 5 p.m., and it was quite a haul by boat from the Lockwood Folly River to the official weigh-in at what used to be Tripp’s Marina just past the Shallotte River.

  • Golf roundup

     Staff Report

    These are summaries sent to the Beacon by area golf leagues.

     

    Brierwood MGA

    Results of points June 2. In first place with 90 points were Gary McDaniel, Bob Janovic, Dennis Shea and Al Bloom. In second place with 87 points were Larry Boyer, Dave Harper and Chuck Hornfeck.

     

    Brierwood WGA

  • Learning golf: From intimidating...

     Golf is an intimidating game. It’s played outside in all kinds of weather on natural terrain. There are tees and greens and fairways with obstacles like sand traps and ponds, creeks, rivers, trees, shrubs and deep grass. 

    In baseball and tennis, you have a single bat or racquet. In golf you have a bag full of 14 clubs with different names and uses: irons, woods, hybrids, rescue clubs, wedges and a putter. 

  • Floundering around in June

     

    It has been a typical spring season for the Brunswick islands. The winter cold overlapped well into our spring season, stunning the migration and growth of bait. It has been harder than usual to find finger mullet, shrimp and menhaden. These are all staple food sources for our flounder when they start to travel from the ocean into our backwater looking for an easy meal.