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Couch Potato: Last Week Without High School Football Contests

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By Sonny Jones

Believe it not, this is the last week without high school football contests until November.

Teams waste no time getting into scrimmages and jamborees. Bladen County teams are no different. East Bladen and West Bladen each have two scrimmage dates scheduled next week. The season opens Aug. 19.

Here’s the scrimmage schedule for next week:

at Lumberton High School
Wednesday, Aug. 10
6 p.m. – Red Springs vs. E.E. Smith
7 p.m. – Fairmont vs. Douglas Byrd
8 p.m. – Purnell Swett vs. EAST BLADEN
9 p.m. – Lumberton vs. WEST BLADEN

at Clinton High School
Friday, Aug. 12
5 p.m. – Union vs. Red Springs
6 p.m. – Lakewood vs. WEST BLADEN
7 p.m. – Hobbton vs. Fairmont
8 p.m. – Midway vs. South Johnston
9 p.m. – Clinton vs. Purnell Swett
Tickets at the gate will be $8.

at West Brunswick High School
Friday, Aug. 12
5:30 p.m. – South Columbus vs. South Brunswick
6:30 p.m. – Havelock vs. Wilmington Laney
7:30 p.m. – Greenville Rose vs. Wilmington Hoggard
8:30 p.m. – East Duplin vs. Topsail
Saturday, Aug. 13
5:30 p.m. – Pinecrest vs. West Brunswick
6:30 p.m. – Wallace-Rose Hill vs. North Brunswick
7:30 p.m. – Whiteville vs. New Hanover
8:30 p.m. – EAST BLADEN vs. Wilmington Ashley
Tickets for the jamboree will be sold on GoFan at

West Bladen opens its season Aug. 19 at the Castle against South Columbus. East Bladen visits Wallace-Rose Hill on Aug. 19. Both games are set to kick off at 7 p.m.

Caught some of the Dixie Youth Baseball Division 1 World Series opening ceremonies Friday night at Lumberton High School. There are 33 teams comprised of almost 500 players and coaches. There’s nothing like watching the Golden Knights parachute in the ceremonial first pitch game balls to get you ready for tournament play. Games begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Raymond B. Pennington Athletic Complex.

Perhaps you’ve watched some youth baseball games the past month or two and seen a pitcher struggle to find the strike zone. It’s expected from youngsters learning the game. Friday night, four of seven Detroit Tigers pitchers combined to walk 13 in a 5-3 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays. A baker’s dozen! By a major league staff! Tampa Bay left 13 men on base and didn’t take the lead until the eighth inning. Man, baseball is an odd game.


Charlotte FC’s Andre Shinyashiki has gone three MLS games without scoring a goal. That ends tonight against the Chicago Fire. The expansion Charlotte club has won 8 of 11 matches at Bank of America Stadium.

FRIDAY’S PICK: John Huh won’t better his career-low 61 shot in Thursday’s opening round of Wyndham Championship, but low scores are the norm in Greensboro and a 64 in Friday’s second round will put him in great position for the weekend. RESULTS: Huh soared to a 71 Friday, but is only one shot off the overall lead held by Brandon Wu, Joohyung Kim and Ryan Moore. The co-leaders are at 9-under 131.


LPGA: AIG Women’s Open, Gullane, Scotland, 8 a.m., USA and noon, NBC

PGA: Wyndham Championship, Greensboro, 1 p.m., GOLF and 3 p.m., CBS

NASCAR XFINITY: New Holland 250, Michigan International Speedway, 3:30 p.m., USA

MLB: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs, 2 p.m., FS1

MLS: Seattle Sounders at Atlanta United, 3 p.m., ABC

HORSE RACING: Whitney Handicap, Saratoga Springs, NY, 5 p.m.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers or New York Yankees at St. Louis Cardinals, 7 p.m., FOX

CFL: Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Toronto Argonauts, 7 p.m., ESPN2

MMA: Thiago Santos vs. Jamahal Hill, Las Vegas, 10 p.m., ESPN

Sonny Jones can be reached at

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