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May started with Bladen spring sports teams beginning their push toward the playoffs and ended with numerous school and all-conference awards. West Bladen alum Brandon Council signed a free agent football contract with the New York Jets

Brandon Council Signs with New York Jets

West Bladen won a 1st round baseball playoff game over Heide Trask before being eliminated in the 2nd round at East Carteret.

NCHSAA 2-A Baseball Playoffs: East Carteret 8, West Bladen 1

NCHSAA 2-A Baseball Playoffs: West Bladen 9, Heide Trask 5

Baseball: West Bladen 4, St. Pauls 3, 9 Innings

East Bladen edged East Duplin in their playoff opener before losing to top-seeded Midway.

NCHSAA 2-A Baseball Playoffs: East Bladen 6, East Duplin 5

Baseball: East Bladen 11, St. Pauls 3

Baseball: East Bladen 8, Red Springs 5

Baseball: East Bladen 2, St. Pauls 0

Seven Bladen Athletes Named All-Conference Baseball

Both East Bladen and West Bladen were eliminated in the opening round of the softball playoffs, but both teams claimed conference wins in the opening weeks of May.

Softball: West Bladen 10, St. Pauls 2

Softball: East Bladen 9, St. Pauls 7

Softball: East Bladen 13, Red Springs 0

Softball: East Bladen 9, St. Pauls 4

East Bladen’s girls’ soccer team reeled off 10 straight wins to reach the 3rd round of the playoffs before falling to powerful Franklin Academy. The Lady Eagles finished with a 15-4-1 record.

East Bladen Girls’ Soccer Team Battles Franklin Academy to The End

NCHSAA 2A Girls Soccer Playoffs: East Bladen 2, North Johnston 1

NCHSAA 2A Girls Soccer Playoffs: East Bladen 3, Princeton 0

Girls Soccer: East Bladen 4, St. Pauls 0

Girls Soccer: East Bladen 2, Red Springs 0

Girls Soccer: East Bladen 5, St. Pauls 0

West Bladen’s girls’ soccer team shut out Pender for their 7th win and made the playoffs, but were eliminated by Clinton in the opening round.

Girls Soccer: West Bladen 4, Pender 0

West Bladen’s Lady Knights 4×200 relay team finished 14th in the state championship meet. The Lady Knights captured the Southeastern Athletic Conference girls’ team championship. The Knight boys placed 3rd in the SAC-7 meet.

NCHSAA 2A State Track & Field: West Bladen 14th in 4×200 Relay

NCHSAA 2A Track & Field MidEast Regionals: West Bladen & East Bladen Results

SAC Track & Field Championships: West Bladen Girls Win Championship

SAC Track & Field Championships: Clinton Boys Win Title; West Bladen Boys Third

West Bladen’s Colin Britt qualified for the state golf tournament.

NCHSAA 2-A MidEast Golf Regional: West Bladen’s Colin Britt Qualifies for State Tournament

A Bladen father-son duo qualified for the Spartan world championships. A Live Oak man won 3 events at the Senior Games, and an Elizabethtown native won a CIAA sports award.

James Purdie Wins 1st Place in the Beast; Bladen Men Qualify for Trifecta World Championship in Sparta, Greece

Elizabethtown Native Antoine Lynch Named CIAA SID Of The Year

Glynn Lewis Wins 3 Events in Senior Games

The SAC All-Conference golf team was announced. East Bladen and West Bladen presented their school sports awards, and several county middle schools presented their athletic awards. Conner Brisson was named academic all-district at UNC-Pembroke.

Four Bladen Players Named All-Southeastern Conference Golf

East Bladen Athletic Awards 2022-23: Priest, Lewis Athletes of the Year

West Bladen Athletic Awards: Autry, Stewart, Parker Among Winners

Elizabethtown Middle Athletic Awards

Clarkton School of Discovery Athletic Awards

Bladenboro Middle Athletic Awards

Emereau Bladen Athletic Awards

Conner Brisson Named Academic All-District

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