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Prep Teams Continued Winning Traditions In '94
BY DOUG RUTTER
It was business as usual in 1994
as far as Brunswick County high
school sports was conccmed, as the
area's most successful teams contin
ued to build on winning traditions.
West Brunswick flexed its muscle
in football, soccer and tennis. North
Brunswick dominated in baseball,
softball and track. South Brunswick
enjoyed success in girls basketball
The fall season actually started on
the last day of July, when local high
school football teams began prepar
ing for the campaign ahead.
Expectations were especially high
in Shallotte, where West Brunswick
had made three straight trips to the
onship game and
won back -to
back state titles.
were not able to
make a return
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but they did
put together the best regular-season
in school history.
Under first-year head coach Yogi
Hickman. West Brunswick finished
6-0 in the Waccamaw Conference
and 10-2 overall
The "Mean Green Machine" went
unbeaten in league play for the first
time in 19 years and set a school
record with 10 regular-season wins,
including nine in a row
West Brunswick's season ended
in controversy with a 21-20 loss to
eventual state runner-up Eastern
Randolph in the first round of the
state 3A playoffs
Trailing 21-20 with levs than a
minute remaining, the Trojans ran
the fumblcrooski play for the appar
cnt game-winning touchdown Mow
ever. the play was whistled dead at
'he line of scrimmage, and the
Trojans were eliminated
West Brunsw ick quarterbacks safe
ty Eric Johnson was named county
player of the year and went on to
THE COLORFUL IAMARR HARDY helped carry the West
Rrunsnick boys tennis team to a second-place finish in the Wac
camaw Conference last spring.
represent his school at the Shrine
Bowl all-Mar game in Charlotte.
blsewhere in the county, the foot
hall wins did not come easily.
South Brunswick struggled under
new head coach Derrell Force, but
the Cougars showed promise toward
the end of the season in narrow loss
cs (o playoff teams Whiteville and
Led by senior running back/line
backer OJ. Morris, South Bruns
wick posted a 2-4 mark in the Wac
camaw Conference and an overall
record of 3-8.
In Lcland. North Brunswick's
MACON HU PHOTOS
TIMOTHY DANIELS ( 10) and the West Brunswick football team had another great year in 1994. The
Trojans won the Waccaman- Conference and finished 10-2.
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Scorpions started off strong but fad
ed down the stretch. Still, first-year
coach Garry Bishop may have
turned the program in the right di
The Scorps entered the year with
a 19-game losing streak, but wiped
the slate clean with a 33-15 win over
Topsail in the season opener. North
won two of its next three games, but
lost its final six to finish 3-7.
On the high school soccer scene,
the rich got richer in 1994 as West
Brunswick continued to dominate.
Coach Teak Hemphill's Trojans
captured their third consecutive
county and conference champi
onships and finished 12-3 overall.
Chris Payne ended his brilliant ca
reer at West with 23 goals in his se
West Brunswick's girls tennis
team also won a share of its third
straight conference title in 1994. The
Lady Trojans of Coach Rahn Adams
went 11-1 in the league to tie for
first place with Whiteville.
There were a lot of questions
when the county's two American
Legion baseball teams agreed to a
merger just prior to the 1994 season.
Many observers wondered if it was
a marriage that could last.
If the first year was any indica
tion, the merger of Brunswick
County Post 68 and Brunswick
Shores Post 445 should provide the
county with a competitive team for
years to come.
The new Post 68 squad, made up
of the top players from the county's
three high schools plus a few from
Columbus County, won the Area II
East League regular-season champi
onship with a record of 13-1.
Brunswick County finished 22-12
and came within a few runs of beat
ing eventual state champion
Wilmington Post 10 in the league
The summer of 1994 was an espe
cially good one for two baseball
players who played their high school
ball in Brunswick County.
Chris McBride. a former North
Brunswick standout, was selected by
the Toronto Blue Jays in the third
round of the Major league Baseball
amateur draft in June. He spent his
first season in Canada.
Former West star Brian Alderson
was named to the National Junior
College Athletic Association All
Region 10 First Team as the short
stop at Southeastern Community
College. Alderson later signed a
grant with Gardner- Webb College.
There was magic in the air last
spring in Leland, where North
Brunswick's baseball, Softball and
track teams enjoyed remarkable suc
(See NORTH, Page 2-D)
NORTH BRUNSWICK'S SOFTBALL TEAM advanced to the
state I A semifinals in 1994, led by pitcher Jenny Crowder.
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