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By Sonny Jones

Want to know when your favorite Bladen County high school or middle school spring sports team plays? We’ve got a master schedule and team schedules for East Bladen High, West Bladen High, Bladenboro Middle, Clarkton School of Discovery and Tar Heel Middle.

Keep in mind, it’s the schedule of games. Weather is king during spring sports season. We’ll keep it updated as best we can and also have updates and scores on our Twitter feed.

Master schedule
East Bladen spring schedules
West Bladen spring schedules
Middle school baseball/softball schedules
Conference standings

The Tar Heels breathed life into their under performing season Saturday with a 71-63 win against No. 6 Virginia. A key quadrant 1 win in UNC’s drive to make the NCAA tournament and avoid being the first preseason No. 1 team not to make the tournament field since it expanded to 64 teams in 1985. No rest for the weary, though. North Carolina plays at Florida State on Monday night.

N.C. State and Duke appear solidly in the NCAA tournament field. North Carolina and Wake Forest seem to need a couple more wins.

Watched the Atlanta Braves’ pitch-clock 6-6 tie against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday in the spring training opener. Atlanta’s Cal Conley was called out on strikes for not being ready in time with the bases loaded, two outs and a full count. The Braves had rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. To say it was an odd ending is an understatement.

I did like the pace of the game, which is the idea behind the pitch clock, although it did seem play was rushed at times. It’s a work in progress, but I like the concept. Hopefully, players and umpires will have adjusted by the time the regular season starts.

I plan to further “study” the new MLB rules by watching more spring games. Somebody has to do it.


The Tar Heels had a big win Saturday. Can they get another one Monday? Cast your vote.

Sunday’s result: Which driver will finisher higher in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race?
• 5 votes – Joey Logano 60%, Kyle Larson 40%, Chase Elliott 0%, Kevin Harvick 0%
• Outcome: Elliott 2nd, Harvick 5th, Logano 10th, Larson 29th


• 2010 — Steven Holcomb drives USA-1 to the Olympic gold medal in four-man bobsledding, ending a 62-year drought for the Americans in the event. Holcomb’s four-run time was 3:24.46, with Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz pushing for him.


• MLB: N.Y. Mets vs. St. Louis, 1 p.m., ESPN

• WOMEN’S GOLF: Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, 2:30 p.m., GOLF

• MLB: Seattle vs. Chicago White Sox, 3 p.m., MLBN

• MLB: Detroit vs. N.Y. Yankees, 6:30 p.m., MLBN

• BASKETBALL: North Carolina at Florida State, 7 p.m., ESPN

• NBA: Miami at Philadelphia, 7 p.m., NBATV

• NHL: Boston at Edmonton, 8:30 p.m., NHLN

Sonny Jones can be reached at wibbyj@gmail.com.

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