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First there wasn’t going to be high school basketball for Bladen teams, then it was back. East Bladen’s A. J. Smith and West Bladen’s girls team dominated the cross country races. East Bladen beat West in volleyball. Larrell Murchison was in town helping the needy, Harrell Christian played for a state football championship, and John Bowen had a big game for UNCW against East Carolina.


The Bladen County high school athletic directors and superintendent first announced that Bladen schools would not play basketball due to the regulation of players having to play with masks on. After much input from parents and others, the Board of Education voted 5-3 to play basketball 11 days later.




East Bladen senior A. J. Smith won the Eagles cross country opener, while teammate Cate DeVane finished 2nd in the girls race. In East Bladen’s 2nd meet, Smith set a school record of 18:04 in winning the boys race, while DeVane won the girls race. Smith and DeVane repeated as winners in East Bladen’s 3rd meet.




West Bladen junior Keegan Haraldson won his first boys cross country meet of the season, and the Lady Knights won the team competition in the girls’ race. Haraldson and the Lady Knights repeated as winners in West Bladen’s 2nd meet.




In the first meeting of the season for East Bladen and West Bladen’s cross country teams, East Bladen’s A. J. Smith won his 4th consecutive race, while the Lady Knights won their 3rd consecutive team meet.



East Bladen defeated West Bladen 3-1 in the first volleyball meeting of the season between the 2 rivals.



Former East Bladen star and Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Larrell Murchison was in town spreading some Christmas cheer with winter coats and toys for single-parent homes. Murchison has played in 9 of the Titans first 15 games and had recorded 4 tackles.



Harrells Christian won their first 8 football games of the season including a 63-35 victory over Cabarrus in the semi-finals of the NCISAA Division II Football Play-offs. The Crusaders were defeated by Christ School of Arden 56-21 in the state championship game.



Former West Bladen star John Bowen blocked a potential game-winning shot, grabbed a career high 8 rebounds, and scored 6 points for UNC-Wilmington in an overtime loss to East Carolina.


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