MOREHEAD CITY — The 61st annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament leaderboard  saw two blue marlin brought to the scales Saturday, but no shakeup of the leaderboard at the time this issue was published.

Triple S showed up at the weigh station at 2 p.m. with a 429.3-pound fish, while Double B arrived at 5:15 with a 497.6-pounder.

Wolverine of Port Huron, Mich., still holds the top spot in the tournament with a 588.9-pounder reeled in by Cory Zieger, also of Port Huron. The 60-foot Winter, captained by Rocky Hardison of Beaufort, is in position to win $793,187 from the tournament’s record $2.86 million purse.

As of the time this issue went to press, there were up to three more blue marlin headed to the scale. Look online at www.carolinacoastonline for the weights and place results of those fish.

All prizes and winnings were not official until the awards ceremony Saturday night. Due to the high stakes of the tournament, boats on the leaderboard are subject to polygraph tests to confirm all rules were followed.

See the Wednesday issue for all official results of the tournament.


MOREHEAD CITY — The Marlins have gone 1-2 in their last three games to fall to 6-6 on the season.

The collegiate wood-bat squad, which has dropped three of its last four, lost its first home game of the year on Friday in a 2-1 setback to the Wilson Tobs in 10 innings.

Morehead City previously improved to 5-0 at home on Thursday with an 8-3 win over the Wilmington Sharks. On Wednesday, the Fayetteville SwampDogs outlasted the Marlins 13-9 in a wild affair.

The SwampDogs are tied for the top spot in the Coastal Plain League East Division with the Marlins at 6-6. The Holly Springs Salamanders are next at 6-7 followed by the Sharks at 5-8.


MOREHEAD CITY — It's been a busy spring season for county swimmers competing for East Carolina Aquatics. They have competed successfully in Morehead City, Greenville and Cary. County swimmers who have done well are Jack Nowacek of Beaufort, Lyndsey Reeve and Madison Bowen of Emerald Isle, and Nathan Michalowicz of Cedar Point.


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