MOREHEAD CITY — The 22nd annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament produced a record 167 boats Saturday as the kickoff competition for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

After grim weather reports that predicted stormy conditions, the one-day billfish competition instead saw sunny skies and clear waters for most of the day.

“The weather ended up being a lot better than we thought,” KWLA director Madison Maxwell said. “It rained a little at the end, but the anglers didn’t mind. They all had a great time. We had 43 dolphin caught, which was awesome. I think the weather helped with that.”

Lines went in the water at 8 a.m., and by the afternoon, there was a three-way running for first place. When un-hooked lines came out of the water at 2:30 p.m., Whitecaps was still fighting a fish with Collins White of Wilson in the chair. With help from Capt. Scott Wiggins of La Grange, the angler’s catch earned the boat first place for the release of two blue marlin.

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BEAUFORT — Chase Eaton was the lone county player to be recognized by the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association.

The NCBCA selected the East Carteret junior to its 1A All-State Team after he shined at the plate and on the mound and the base paths.

Eaton led his team in ERA (1.38), wins (seven), complete games (six), innings pitched (55 2/3), appearances (11), strikeouts (65) and opposing batting average (.158).

At the plate, he led the team in extra-base hits (seven), on-base percentage (.566) and slugging (.589) and was second in batting average (.411), RBIs (18) and runs (21).

He also led the team in stolen bases (21).

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HAMPTON, Va. — Weather played a part in the Marlins’ recent stretch.

The collegiate wood-bat squad went 2-1 in three contests, sweeping the Wilmington Sharks (3-7) in a doubleheader at Big Rock Stadium on Saturday, winning 6-2 and 3-1. Morehead City is now 4-0 on Puck O’Neal Field this season to move to 5-4 overall.

On Sunday, the team saw its game with the Holly Springs Salamanders (5-4) halted in the top of the fourth inning due to rain.

The Peninsula Pilots (6-4) held off the Marlins on Monday in a 6-5 affair.

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PELETIER — The Charger division is one of the most popular in the Eastern North Carolina racing scene, and they will race in primetime alongside the CARS Tour at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway on Saturday, July 13.

The Charger division is taking the place of the Legends on July 13 and will be the second time the division has run at Carteret County.  The race features a unique opportunity for the division as it will be televised live as part of the CARS Tour TV broadcast – increasing the exposure for a division that often produces classic racing.

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