Scorps Give Athletic Awards
North Brunswick High School rcccntlv presented athletic awards for
the l*>92-93 school year as follows:
Football: George Beasley. coaches award.
Soccer: David Mull ins. most valuable player; Melanie Marshall,
Volleyball: April Ganey, MVP; Kim Gancy, coaches: Jtxli Heath,
most improved player.
Hoys' basketball: Dwain Waddcll, MVP; Marlon Cobb, coaches.
(i iris" basketball: Tosha Robbins, MVP: Latonia Grady, coaches.
.1% basketball: Torrance Shaw and Angelo McKcn/.ie, co-MVP.
\\ rest ling: Keith Bullock, MVP; Roddie Jones, coitchcs.
Cheerleading: Monica Riggins, MVP; I Glioma Richburg, coaches.
,|V cheerleading: Nymckia Munn, MVP: Stephanie Cralt. coachcs.
baseball: Jared McGee, MVP; Demetrius Bell, coaches.
,J\ baseball: Tim Campbell, MVP.
Softball: Tonya Edge, MVP; April Gancy, coaches.
Golf: Scoitic Roberts, MVP; J.D. Gidley, coaches.
Crosscountry: Frankie Meares, MVP.
Indoor track: Keith Stroman, MVP
Boys' track: Maduka Ballard. MVP; Chad Higgs, coaches.
Girls' track: Valerie Smith, MVP; Lakcsia Pretty, coaches.
The Good , Bad And Ugly
Of Waccamaw Realignment
Realignment of the Waccamaw 2-A Conference is like a famous Clint
Eastwood Hick. It's gixxl. bad and ugly for Brunswick County Schools.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association plans to change the
Waccamaw Conference and other
leagues in the suite prior to the 1993
94 school year.
Instead of a 2-A league, the pow
erful Waccamaw will become a com
bination 2-A/3-A conference under
the current proposal.
West Brunswick, South Bruns
wick, North Brunswick, Whilcvillc
and West Columbus will stay on
The Waccamaw Conference will
say goodbye to East Bladen, Fairmont
In their place will be South Columbus and East Columbus, a coupic of
new 2-A high schools created by consolidation in Columbus County.
Pender, a 3-A high school, will also join the league. West Brunswick
and South Brunsw ick will be the other 3-A schools.
Things could change between now and the approval deadline in
December, but here's the way 1 see it:
THE GOOD: The realignment proposal is generally a good one for
West Brunswick and South Brunswick high schools.
The Trojans and Cougars, moving up in classification due to growth in
their districts, will continue a rivalry that has been a healthy one over the
West Brunswick's Trojans also get to keep in touch with their good
friends from Whitevillc, another big rival for two decades.
At the same lime, the local high schools won't have to do any more
traveling than they have in the past.
The Trojans and Cougars could have been forced to play in the nearest
3-A league 100-plus miles up the coast.
West and South also could have been tossed into a 3-A/4-A league with
the Wilmington schools, which would have been a nightmare.
With just three 3-A teams in the new conference, only one of them will
probably be eligible for the state playoffs in each sport.
As if the rivalry needed a boost, that will put an even greater premium
on winning the annual West-South games.
THE BAD ANI> THE UGLY: While West and South look like they'll
emerge from realignment smelling rosy, the same thing can't be said for
The worst part of the NCHSAA's plan is dumping North in a confer
ence with schools that cat Scorpions for breakfast.
North Brunswick, with only 434 students, is the filth-smallest 2-A
school in North Carolina.
As members of the proposed 2-A/3-A conference. North will be taking
on schools that have at least 70 more kids apiece.
Pender, the largest school in the proposed combination conference, has
257 more students than North Brunswick.
Numbers aren't everything in high school athletics. The team with the
biggest desire can w in a lot of games.
But asking North Brunswick to continue competing against the likes of
West Brunswick, South Brunswick and Pender is insane.
North Brunswick Athletic Director Gary Baldwin asked the NCHSAA
to place the Scorps in a 1-A conference. There's one just up the road from
School officials, who have appealed the 2-A/3-A proposal, say North is
a legitimate 1-A school most of the year anyway, based on enrollment.
It's obvious the NCHSAA realignment committee doesn't know what's
best for North Brunswick. They should at least give the Scorps a fighting
and South Robeson, which will join
Coach Search Continues
At West Brunswick High
West Brunswick High School
moved closer to wrapping up its
search for a new head football coach
after completing a series of inter
Brunswick County Schools
Athletic Director Nelson Best and
West Brunswick Principal Ed Le
mon have interviewed nine candi
dates for the post.
Marshall Seay vacated the head
coaching spot last month after six
winning seasons to take an athletic
director and head coach position in
West Brunswick did not have a
recommendation to present to the
Brunswick County Board of
Education at its meeting Monday
Best said Lemon didn't have time
alter interviews were completed
Monday afternoon to check refer
ences and come up with a name for
"There's a lot involved and it
looks like it's going to take more
time than we had hoped it would,"
Best said T uesday.
School officials want a coach by
the end of June. One could be select
ed as soon as today (Thursday)
when the school board meets at 6:30
p.m. at the central office near South
Best said there's been a lot of
people interested in the position.
The top 30 applications were nar
rowed down to nine for interview
"There has been more interest in
this job than any other since I've
been in the central office the last 1 3
years," he said. "I've never seen
anything like it."
All nine of the candidates inter
viewed arc currently under contract
with other schools. Best said, and
have several years experience as
Jack Holley, a perennial winner
currently under contract with Laney
High School in Wilmington, was
one of the applicants interviewed.
East Bladen Coach Lcnnon Fisher
also interviewed for the job but later
withdrew his name from considera
tion and decided to stay in
Best said West Brunswick's three
assistant coaches, Mike Aldcrson,
David Arrowood and Joe Noble, did
not apply for the position.
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Twin Towers Visit Camp
STAFF PHOTO BY DOUG lUTIEl
Sammy and Simeon Haley, two 7 -foolers from Myrtle Heach High School, visited basketball camp Monday at Shallotte Middle School.
Camp co-director Kay Wilson (with ball) demonstrates a low post move. Also pictured (from left) are campers Kelly Mintz, Chris Orrock,
Kenata I tonkins. Gray Cheek, Jenny Trest and Brandon Orrock. Football and cheerleading camp will be held next week, and soccer is of
fered the following week.
North's Ballard Bound For Major Track Meets
15 V DOUG RUTTKR
North Brunswick's Nladuka Bal
lard will compclc in two of the na
tion's most prestigious high school
track and field
meets over the next
The recent grad
uate travels to Sac
ramento, Calif., this
Elmhurst, 111., next
week to show ofl
his high jumping
Ballard will BALLARD
compclc in the Great Western Prep
Track & Field Invitational June 13
and the Kcebler International Prep
Track & Field Invitational June 20.
Earlier this year, Ballard set a reg
ular-season state high school record
in the high jump when he cleared 7
feet, 2 inches, during a conference
meet at North Brunswick.
In only his second year on the
Scorpion track team, Ballard went
on to win the Brunswick County,
Waccamaw Conference and Mideast
Regional high jump tides. He fin
ished second at the state champi
onships May 23.
North Brunswick Track Coach
Bob Grimes, who will accompany
Ballard on his two trips, said he
planned to resume practices with the
high jumper following last week's
After setting the state record in
early April, Grimes said Ballard was
inconsistent the rest of the high
school season, jumping anywhere
between 6 feet, 4 inches, to 6 feet,
Grimes said high expectations af
ter the record jump caused Ballard to
try too hard during conference meets
and the stale championship meet.
"He had a lot of attention and lost
focus for a while," the coach said.
Ocean View Wins Two Games
Ocean Vi :w Baptist has won a
pair of games in the past week to
improve to 10-3 in the Brunswick
County Men's Church Softball Lea
Ocean View topped New Britton
13-7 Monday night after pounding
Letties Grove 28-9 last Friday.
In other games Monday, Jennies
Branch blasted Soldier Bay 27-7 and
Supply Baptist got past Seaside
Last Friday, Calvary Baptist im
proved to 8-2 with an 18-6 victor)'
over Friendship Baptist. Zion Bap
tist was a 1 2-7 winner over Camp
The three games that were rained
out last Thursday will be resched
uled for a later date.
Church Men's Softball League
Standings As Of June 2
Team Wins Losses
Calvary Baptist 8 2
Mount Olive 8 3
Shallottc First 7 4
Supply Baptist 6 6
Camp Methodist 5 7
Lcttics Grove 2 8
Seaside Methodist 1 13
Team Wins Losses
Friendship 10 2
Jennies Branch 8 2
Ocean View 10 3
Emanual Outreach 6 5
Zion Baptist 6 7
New Britton 2 9
Soldier Bay 1 9
Scorps Plan Basketball Camp
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North Brunswick Head Basketball
Coach Cliff Gibson will hold his
summer basketball camp June 15-17
on the Leland campus.
The camp is for boys and girls
ages 9 to 18. Participants will re
ceive instruction three hours each
day, from 9 a.m. until noon.
Camp costs S20 per person. Each
participant will receive a T-shirt.
Refreshments, trophies and door
prizes also will be provided.
"I bring a lot of experience to my
camp," Gibson said. "The kids will
get good instruction in the funda
The 1 1th annual camp is the old
est high school basketball camp in
Brunswick County and one of the
oldest in the state, Gibson said.
The North Brunswick coach plans
to take 1 1 varsity basketball team
members to camp at the University
of North Carolina at Wilmington
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"Everybody was giving him sugges
tions and ideas, and he was jusl try
ing to do too many things. The hard
er he tried the worse it got for him."
The coach said Ballard has great
natural ability and jumped very well
in practice throughout the spring. It
was his lack of experience that hurt
him in some of the bigger track
"It's still there," Grimes said last
week. "It's jusl a matter of pulling it
back together again. We're just go
ing to focus more on his form."
Grimes hopes for good perfor
mances out of Ballard in the upcom
ing meets bccausc he won't have
any pressure on him. "If he just re
laxes and has fun ihe resi will lake
care of itself," he said.
The North Brunswick coach said
St. Augustine's College in Raleigh,
which has a strong track program, is
interested in giving Ballard a schol
Grimes said other schools haven't
really talked to Ballard because he
hadn't taken the Scholastic Aptitude
Test (SAT). Ballard took the test for
the first time Saturday.
In both of the upcoming meets,
Grimes said Ballard will be compet
ing against some of the top high
school track and field stars in the
Over the past 21 years, many fa
mous athletes have made their final
prep appearances at the Kccblcr
invitational, including Carl Lewis
and Renaldo Nchcmiah.
More than 30 participants in that
high school meet have gone on to
win Olympic medals. USA Network
will televise the meet Saturday, July
4, starting at 1 1 a.m.
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