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Vineyard Golf News – Junior Golf Clinic Monday

Junior Golf Clinics will be held on Monday, August 20th at 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 1st at 1 p.m. Any junior golfer wanting to learn how to play golf should come out and join. Call Pam at 910-580-8072 or David Faircloth at 910-872-1415 for more information. Low scores for the week included: Evan Johnson (70), Bobby “Black Cloud” Davis (71), and Kelly Riley (75). Evan Johnson had eagles on Hole #13 and Hole #18. The team of Wyatt Bordeaux, Chad Garner, Pam Davis Taylor, Stephen Clark and Colby Lewis shot 6-under-par to win Thursday’s Thundering Herd. The Thundering Herd is held every Thursday evening. Call the golf shop at …..

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Friday Night’s Football Results

Here are results from Friday’s region high school football games: Three Rivers 2A/1A Whiteville 41, North Brunswick 7 Green Sea/Floyds 49, West Columbus 0 St. Pauls 28, E. E. Smith 21 Red Springs 38, South Brunswick 12 Douglas Byrd 38, Fairmont 28 East Columbus 41, Fayetteville Christian 6 East Bladen, Open West Bladen, Open South Columbus, Open South Robeson, Open Other Area Scores Carrboro 36, Harrells Christian 34 Cape Fear 15, Clinton 0 Wallace-Rose Hill 58, James Kenan 23 Midway 25, Union 18 Dillon, SC 49, Lumberton 20 Pine Forest 35, Purnell Swett 14 Lakewood 47, Pender 6 Greenville Rose 49, New Hanover 6 Wilmington Hoggard 21, Holly Springs 6 …..

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Grape Escape Cycling Event Is Planned for Elizabethtown

By Erin Smith The town of Elizabethtown is gearing up to welcome cycling enthusiasts, for the inaugural Grape Escape Metric Half Century and Metric Century cycling event, planned for Sunday, August 26th. Registration begins at 11 AM at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and costs $45 to enter. The ride begins at 1 PM. Town Manager, Eddie Madden, said the bike ride is a fundraiser for the Town of Elizabethtown Grape Escape Scholarship at Bladen Community College. All the funds raised during the event will be put towards endowing the scholarship for Bladen County students. Madden stressed this event is not a race, but rather an event where cyclists can …..

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Bladenboro Middle Football Practice Begins Monday

Bladenboro Middle School football practice will begin Monday, August 20th from 4-6 p.m. on John Frazier Field at the school. Players should wear shorts, t-shirts and tennis shoes Monday. They also must have had a physical within the last year in order to participate. Share:

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Volleyball: West Bladen 3, Fairmont 2

FAIRMONT – West Bladen rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Fairmont 3-2 Thursday night in the Lady Knights’ Three Rivers Conference opener by set scores of 17-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-17 and 15-12. “This was a great game,” said Lady Knight Coach Gaye Davis. “Both teams played extremely hard. My girls were thrilled to come away with a win from such a hard fought game.” Senior Raegan Davis poured in 12 kills, 9 aces, 5 service points, 4 solo blocks and 2 block assists to lead the West Bladen attack. Junior Mikayla Meadows filled up the stat sheet with 6 service points, 6 kills, 4 aces and 2 block assists. …..

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JV Volleyball: Fairmont 2, West Bladen 0

FAIRMONT – Fairmont defeated West Bladen 2-0 Thursday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-20 and 25-15. Freshman Lauren Pait fired in 4 service points and 3 aces to lead the Lady Knights. Teammate Ashlyn Cox knocked in 5 service points, an ace and a kill. Caroline Brisson slammed in 2 aces. Taylor West tallied 2 service points for West Bladen. Sophmore Alyssa Suggs and freshman Hannah Pait finished one kill and one service point each. Junior Erica Storms and freshman Savannah Turbeville pounded in one kill each. The Lady Knight jayvees will host Red Springs Tuesday at 4:30. Share:

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Lakers win Championship

Contributed The Lakers a Bladen County Basketball travel team won the championship in Sanford, NC. The team brought home a big trophy to display for their accomplishment. Share:

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Volleyball: Whiteville 3, East Bladen 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 3-0 Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-14, 25-14 and 25-9. Junior Cybil Campbell knocked in a pair of service points to give East Bladen an early 3-1 lead. Sophmore Cheylee Mathis tallied a pair of service points in the first set for the Lady Eagles. Mathis reeled off four straight service points, and junior Sarah Johnson scored two more service points to trim the Whiteville lead to 21-13 in the second set. Mathis led the Lady Eagles with 7 service points. Campbell finished with 3 service points. Johnson tallied 2 service points in the match, and junior …..

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Women’s Tennis: Whiteville 8, East Bladen 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 8-1 Thursday in Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis action. Singles Whiteville #1 defeated Ting Lin (EB) 8-4 Whiteville #2 defeated Anna Kate White (EB) 8-5 Whiteville #3 defeated Lily Lin (EB) 9-7 Whiteville #4 defeated Ashley Hardin (EB) 8-4 Whiteville #5 defeated Sammi Jiang (EB) 8-5 Whiteville #6 defeated Sarah Meares (EB) 8-2 Doubles Whiteville #1 defeated L. Lin/White (EB) 8-1 T. Lin/Hardin (EB) defeated Whiteville #2 8-6 whiteville #3 defeated Carleigh Devane/Carlie West (EB) 8-3 Exhibition Doubles Olivia Barnes/Heather Hardin (EB) defeated Whiteville #4 8-2 Johanna Parker/Jayden Willington (EB) defeated Whiteville #5 8-3 Coach Megan Kirby’s Lady Eagles, now 2-1 on the season, …..

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Women’s Tennis: West Bladen 9, Fairmont 0

FAIRMONT – West Bladen swept Fairmont 9-0 Thursday in Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis action. Singles Savannah Lee (WB) defeated Ashton Turner (F) 6-0, 6-0 Autumn Brisson (WB) defeated Mikiyah Hunt (F) 6-0, 6-0 Alyssa Bell (WB) defeated Kiley Oxendine (F) 6-0, 6-1 Mireya Sandoval (WB) defeated Ashlyn Turner (F) 6-0, 6-1 Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated Eva Karolie (F) 6-0, 6-1 Haleigh Dunn (WB) defeated Sydney Lane 6-0, 6-0 Doubles Bell/Brisson (WB) defeated Ashton Turner/Hunt (F) 8-0 Lee/Dunn (WB) defeated Ashlyn Turner/Oxendine (F) 8-2 Smith/Sandoval (WB) defeated Fairmont #3 8-0 Coach Billy Bryant’s Lady Knights, now 3-0, will host Red Springs Tuesday in a 4 p.m. match. Share:

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John Ammons Named Baseball Coach at West Bladen

BLADENBORO – John Ammons has been named the head baseball coach at West Bladen High School replacing Kim Cain who resigned to take a position in South Carolina. Ammons has served as an assistant coach under Cain for six years and has also served as an assistant football coach at West Bladen. “I am excited,” said Ammons. “There is a great group of young’uns here. The junior class is very good, and they love the game. I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity and also to have the staff that we have. Wade Pait (assistant coach) does a tremendous job.” Ammons also noted that “we play in the hardest …..

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JV Volleyball: Westover 2, West Bladen 1

FAYETTEVILLE – Westover edged West Bladen 15-12 in the third and final set Wednesday to capture a 2-1 victory in non-conference jayvee volleyball action. Westover edged West Bladen 25-23 in the first set, and the Lady Knights battled back to take the second set 25-23. Ashlyn Cox led the Lady Knights with 6 service points, 2 kills and 2 aces. Sophmore Alyssa Suggs knocked in 3 kills, 3 aces and a service point. Teammate Caroline Brisson fired in 4 service points and 2 kills. Freshman Lauren Pait racked up 4 service points and 2 aces for West Bladen. Haleigh Fields slammed in 5 kills. Freshman Hannah Pait pounded in 3 …..

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Men’s Soccer: North Brunswick 9, West Bladen 0

BLADENBORO – North Brunswick defeated West Bladen 9-0 Wednesday night in non-conference men’s soccer action. “We couldn’t get in a rhythm,” said Knight Coach Phillip Turnage. “We will build off it though and use it as motivation for next week and the rest of the year.” West Bladen, now 0-1-1, will travel to Midway Tuesday night. Share:

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Volleyball: West Bladen 3, Westover 0

FAYETTEVILLE – West Bladen’s Lady Knights opened their 2018 volleyball season Wednesday night with a 3-0 non-conference victory over Westover by set scores of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-20. Senior Raegan Davis pounded in 11 kills, 6 service points, and 2 aces and collected 6 assists and a block to lead the Lady Knights. Sophmore Sidnee Walters fired in 11 service points, 2 kills and an ace. Junior Mikayla Meadows knocked in 7 service points, 4 kills, 3 aces and 2 blocks for the winners. Junior Jordan Benson contributed 9 assists, 3 service points and an ace. Junior Tatiana Hunt racked up 5 service points and 3 aces. Sophmore Shelby Pharr …..

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Carolina Reapers Play 12U Softball Tournament

The Carolina Reapers 12-and-Under fast-pitch softball team made their travel ball debut Saturday at Northwest Park in Leland. The Reapers played three games Saturday and plan to continue on the travel ball circuit. Pictured- Top Row (Left-Right): Kennedy Carroll, Katelynn Brisson, Holland Davis, Marlie Walters, Laci Storms. Bottom Row (L-R): Gracie Faircloth, Emmee Ward, Hannah Richardson, Violet Allen, Karly Ross. Not pictured: Coaches Mackie Singletary, Jamie Singletary, Pam Stephens. Share:

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JV Men’s Soccer: Scotland 7, East Bladen 3

ELIZABETHTOWN – Scotland pulled away in the final 15 minutes and defeated East Bladen 7-3 Tuesday in non-conference jayvee mens soccer action. “We cut it to 4-3 with 15 minutes left, but just ran out of gas,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. The two teams will play again next Tuesday at Scotland. Share:

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JV Volleyball: East Bladen 2, Hobbton 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Cybil Campbell and sophmore Cheyanne Merritt combined for 31 service points Tuesday to lead East Bladen to a 2-0 non-conference jayvee volleyball victory over Hobbton by set scores of 25-16 and 25-3. Campbell fired in seven consecutive service points to vault the Lady Eagles to a 9-4 lead in the first set. A pair of service points from freshman Alexis Mitchell kept East Bladen ahead at 14-10. Junior Lila McDuffie reeled off five straight service points as the East lead grew to 21-12. Hobbton pulled to within 22-16 before Campbell served out the set with a pair of service points. With the score knotted at 2-2, Campbell …..

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Women’s Tennis: East Bladen 9, South Robeson 0

ROWLAND – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles rolled to their second straight victory 9-0 Tuesday over South Robeson in Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis action. Singles Ting Lin (EB) defeated South Robeson #1 8-0 Anna Kate White (EB) defeated South Robeson #2 8-0 Lily Lin (EB) defeated South Robeson #3 8-0 Ashley Hardin (EB) defeated South Robeson #4 8-3 Sammi Jiang (EB) defeated South Robeson #5 8-1 Sarah Meares (EB) defeated South Robeson #6 8-1 Doubles L. Lin/White (EB) defeated South Robeson #1 8-0 T. Lin/Hardin (EB) defeated South Robeson #2 8-0 Carleigh Devane/Carlie West (EB) defeated South Robeson #3 8-1 Coach Megan Kirby’s Lady Eagles, now 2-0 on the season, …..

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Women’s Tennis: West Bladen 5, South Columbus 4

BLADENBORO – Senior Mireya Sandoval and junior Alyssa Smith won the final doubles match Tuesday to lift West Bladen to a 5-4 victory over South Columbus in a showdown between last season’s top two Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis team. Sandoval and Smith won their respective singles matches, and juniors Autumn Brisson and Alyssa Bell also picked up singles victories for the Lady Knights. Singles South Columbus #1 defeated Savannah Lee (WB) 3-6, 6-2, 10-5 Autumn Brisson (WB) defeated South Columbus #2 6-2, 6-2 Alyssa Bell (WB) defeated South Columbus #3 6-2, 2-6, 10-4 Mireya Sandoval (WB) defeated South Columbus #4 6-2, 7-5 Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated South Columbus #5 …..

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Volleyball: East Bladen 3, Hobbton 2

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Hobbton 3-2 Tuesday night in non-conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-15, 23-25, 17-25, 25-18 and 15-9. Junior Cybil Campbell reeled off a trio of service points to stake the Lady Eagles to a 5-3 lead early in the final set. A pair of service points from sophmore Cheylee Mathis padded the East lead to 10-6. After Hobbton closed the gap to 10-9, junior Ruth Ward served out the set with four consecutive service points. Junior Lorna Mendell knocked in 16 service points to lead the East Bladen servers. Ward and Mathis finished with 13 service …..

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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 5, Scotland 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Greyson Heustess fired in a pair of first-half goals to lead East Bladen to a 5-0 non-conference men’s soccer victory over Scotland Tuesday night. In the 12th minute of play, Ethan Sanchez banged in a header for the first East Bladen goal. Eleven minutes later junior Milton Estrada sent a pass to freshman Chase Starkloff who delivered the ball to Heustess. Heustess finished from 9 yards out for a 2-0 Eagle lead. Moments later senior Dan Tatum ignited another Eagle scoring burst with a delivery to Heustess who sent the ball on to junior Jay McGill. McGill found the back of the net from 13 yards out …..

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Kayla Thompson To Attempt To Qualify For LPGA

Kayla Thompson, former West Bladen and UNCW golfer will leave Saturday, August 18 for California to attempt to qualify for the Ladies Professional Golfing Association. The qualifying tourney will be held August 20-26 at Mission Hills C.C. (Dinah and Palmer courses) in Rancho Mirage and the Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Palm Desert. The top 60 golfers will move on to play Stage 2 on October 13-18 at Plantation Golf and CC in Venice, Fla. Kayla, with her father Travis caddying for her, will play three practice rounds before the actual competition begins. Share:

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Women’s Tennis: West Bladen 9, St. Pauls 0

ST. PAULS – West Bladen’s Lady Knights rolled past St. Pauls 9-0 Monday in their Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis opener. Singles Savannah Lee (WB) defeated Dulce Rocha (SP) 6-0, 6-0 Autumn Brisson (WB) defeated Natalie Luna Lopez (SP) 6-1, 6-1 Alyssa Bell (WB) defeated Sierra Britt (SP) 6-1, 6-0 Mireya Sandoval (WB) defeated Jessica Zavala Cruz (SP) 6-0, 6-0 Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated Jennifer Cabrera Angeles (SP) 6-0, 6-0 Haleigh Dunn (WB) defeated Wendy Villasenor (SP) 6-0, 6-0 Doubles Bell/Brisson (WB) defeated Rocha/Lopez (SP) 8-0 Lee/Dunn (WB) defeated Britt/Cruz (SP) 8-0 Smith/Sandoval (WB) defeated Angeles/Villasenor (SP) 8-1 Coach Billy Bryant’s Lady Knights will host South Columbus Tuesday at 4 …..

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Women’s Tennis: East Bladen 6, East Columbus 3

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles opened their women’s tennis season with a 6-3 Three Rivers Conference victory Monday over East Columbus. Singles Sealey Sessions (EC) defeated Ting Lin (EB) 8-2 Olivia Rogers (EC) defeated Anna Kate White (EB) 8-8 (10-7) Lily Lin (EB) defeated Hannah Hayes (EC) 8-4 Ashley Hardin (EB) defeated Ashleigh Lennon (EC) 8-8 (10-6) Sammi Jiang (EB) defeated Jordin Stevens (EC) 8-1 Sarah Meares (EB) defeated Natalie Jacobs (EC) 8-5 Doubles Sessions/Rogers (EC) defeated L. Lin/White (EB) 8-4 T. Lin/Hardin (EB) defeated Hayes/Brianna Martin (EC) 8-0 Carleigh Devane/Carlie West (EB) defeated Stevens/Jacobs (EC) 8-3 Coach Megan Kirby’s Lady Eagles will travel to …..

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Volleyball Season Opens This Week

West Bladen Coach Gaye Davis’ Lady Knights entertain Antioch Christian Monday at 4:30 in their season opener. West Bladen finished in fifth place in the Three Rivers Conference last season with an 8-10 record. Key graduation losses include: Patience Parker (87 kills, 25 aces), Mikayla Winebarger (78 kills, 29 aces), Elizabeth Allbright (72 kills, 29 aces) and Alise Pait (55 kills). Leading the list of returnees is senior Raegan Davis (166 kills, 66 aces, 32 blocks). Senior Caroline Davis led the Lady Knight defense last year with 267 digs. Also back is junior Lexi Corrothers (55 kills). East Bladen Coach Sara Ward begins her first season at the helm of …..

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Men’s Soccer Begins This Week

East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor’s East Bladen men’s soccer team opens their season at 6 p.m. Monday at Purnell Swett. The Eagles won the 2017 Three Rivers Conference championship with a perfect 14-0 record and finished the season with a 21-2 overall record. Gone via graduation are leading scorer Brooks McGill (32 goals, 39 assists) and Caleb Hatchell (23 goals, 19 assists) but leading the returnees are seniors Greyson Heustess (19 goals, 25 assists), Pierce Melvin (14 goals, 14 assists) and Spencer Scott (64 saves, 15 shutouts in goal). Other key returnees are juniors Gabe Barber (14 goals, 19 assists) and Jake Evans (17 goals and 17 assists). West Bladen …..

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Women’s Tennis Season Starts Monday

Coach Billy Bryant’s West Bladen women’s tennis team will open their season Monday at St. Pauls in a 4 p.m. league match. Bryant was an assistant coach last season as the Lady Knights posted a 16-3 record and were runners-up in the Three Rivers Conference. Departed via graduation is Helen Lopez (9-2 in doubles), and out with a knee injury is No. 1 player Conner Brisson (11-4 in singles and 9-4 in doubles). Returning players include: senior Savannah Lee (13-3 in singles, 7-4 in doubles), senior Mireya Sandoval (13-2 in singles, 12-0 in doubles), junior Autumn Brisson (12-2 in singles, 9-2 in doubles and junior Alyssa Smith (10-1 in singles, …..

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Vineyard Golf News: Brisson shoots 69

Low scores for the week included: Cortney Brisson (69), Evan Johnson (70), Mark Mendell (71), Phillip Smoak (75), and Will Fisher (75). The team of Seth Faircloth, Tony Davis, Will Fisher, Michael Pastore and Pam Davis Taylor shot 6-under-par to win Thursday’s Thundering Herd. The Thundering Herd is held every Thursday evening. Call the golf shop at 910-247-6132 by 5:30 p.m. to sign up for the 6 p.m. shotgun start. Members should sign up for the Club Championship that will be played on Saturday and Sunday, August 25th and 26th. Call the golf shop to enter. Share:

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Whiteville, South Columbus Named TRC Co-Favorites

FAIRMONT – Whiteville and South Columbus were tabbed as co-favorites to win the 2018 Three Rivers Conference football championship in a vote by the league’s coaches at Media Day on Thursday. Whiteville, South Columbus and East Bladen finished in a 3-way tie for first place a year ago with identical 8-1 records. The Wolfpack dropped a 52-44 shoot-out in the second round of the 2A play-offs at Mountain Heritage, while both the Stallions and Eagles were eliminated in the third round. The Stallions and the Wolfpack split the pre-season first-place votes receiving five each. Coach Robby Priest’s Eagles were picked third in the pre-season poll. Slots 4-10 in the poll …..

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Battle of the Carolinas: Purnell Swett 22, East Bladen 0

LUMBERTON – Quarterback Chandler Brayboy passed for one touchdown and ran for another Thursday night to lead Purnell Swett to a 22-0 victory over East Bladen in the Battle of the Carolinas football scrimmage at Alton Brooks Stadium. Brayboy completed 6 of 7 passes for 109 yards, including a 26-yard swing pass for a touchdown that converted a fourth down play on the Rams second possession of the first half. The burly quarterback banged through a tackle at the goalline on an 8-yard touchdown run for the final Swett touchdown. Tailback Micah Carter ran 13 yards for the first Ram touchdown. “We had a little hangover from last night (a …..

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Cumberland Jamboree: Gray’s Creek 24, West Bladen 0

FAYETTEVILLE – West Bladen got its first look at its 2018 team Thursday in the Cumberland County Football Jamboree. While the Knights were scored upon four times by Gray’s Creek and didn’t score against the Bears in the one-hour scrimmage at Jack Britt High School, second-year coach Kris Williams’ team had the chance to check its progress ahead of its Aug. 24 opener against South Brunswick at the Castle. “We have a lot of work to do,” Williams said. “Nothing bad happened that we can’t fix. We’re going to look at the video and see what we’ve got to fix and get to work.” Officially, no score is kept in …..

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East Bladen Battles Class 2A Powers in Wallace Scrimmage

TEACHEY – East Bladen’s Eagles opened their 2018 football schedule Wednesday night in a powerhouse scrimmage that featured defending Class 2A state champion Wallace-Rose Hill and Class 2AA state runner-up East Duplin. Wilmington Ashley, a Class 4A school, also participated in Wednesday’s scrimmage. “It was good to hit somebody else with a different colored uniform,” said East Bladen Coach Robby Priest. “We got about 75 plays under our belts, so we have a lot to use to get to where we want to be. But we have got to get there in a hurry.” As far as matching up with the talented Bulldogs and Panthers, Priest said, “We saw some …..

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SFGA results from Tuesday

The SFGA group played at Land O’Lakes Golf course on August 7th with 72 golfer participating.  The format for this tournament was a Texas Scramble counting two scores on each hole. The winning team in the first flight with a score of 130 was Kenny Stanley, Don Sansbery, Tim Smith and John Blake.  Second flight winners with a score of 136 were Jimmy Davis, Arnold Harwood, Terry Strickland, and Willard Storms. Third Flight winners with a score of 139 were Rob Conway, Charles Bridger, Oliver Carter. and Rick Spivey.  Next weeks Tournament will be held at Bayonet Golf Course at Puppy Creek. Share:

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West Bladen Football In Cumberland County Jamboree Thursday

Coach Kris Williams’ West Bladen’s Knights will play Grays Creek Thursday in the Cumberland County Football Jamboree at Jack Britt High School. Gametime will be 6 p.m. The Knights will be on the left end of the field if you face the field from the visitors sideline. Their will be scrimmages on each end of the field at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. West Bladen posted a 4-7 record last season in the Three Rivers Conference. Grays Creek, a 3A member of the Patriot Conference, finished with a 1-10 record in 2017. Share:

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Bladen Recreation Football Registration Underway

Registration for Bladen Recreation’s Cheerleading, Flag Football and Tackle Football programs is underway and will continue until September 7th. Cheerleading is for ages 7-12 years-old. Flag Football is for ages 5-7, and Tackle Football is for ages 7-12. Registration fees for both cheerleading and football are $35. Registration can be completed in the Bladen Recreation office on King Street in Elizabethtown or online at bladeninfo.org.  Contact the Recreation Department at 910-862-6770 for more information. Share:

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Soccer

Bladen Recreation Soccer Registration Continues Until August 31

Bladen County Parks and Recreation Soccer Registration will continue until August 31st. Registration is for the following: Tot Soccer (ages 3-4) – $25 Soccer (ages 5-7 coed, 8-10 girls and boys, 11-14 boys and girls) – $30 *Age as of August 1st, 2018* Register Online at bladeninfo.org (Parks & Recreation Department) or visit the Bladen County Parks and Recreation office to register. For more information, please call 862-6770. Share:

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Patty Evers Named NC Head Coach for Carolinas All-Star Classic

GREENSBORO – East Bladen’s Patty Evers was named the head coach for the North Carolina girls team in the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic Saturday by the North Carolina Coaches Association. “I am very humbled,” said Coach Evers. “It’s going to be a busy year.” Evers’ teams have compiled a 482-120 record in her 22 years at East Bladen and Tar Heel including a 409-78 record in 17 seasons at East Bladen. Under Evers direction the Lady Eagles have been to ten Eastern Regionals and reached the regional finals in seven of those years. “Great players make good coaches,” said Coach Evers. The Jatoya Kemp-led 2007 East Bladen squad reached the …..

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Battle of the Carolinas Advance Tickets Available at East Bladen

Advance tickets for Thursday’s Battle of the Carolinas football scrimmage will be on sale beginning Monday at East Bladen High School. The tickets are only $5 in advance compared to a price of $7 at the gate in Lumberton. Only 100 tickets will be available for sale at East Bladen. Contact the school at 910-247-4610 for more information. The Battle of the Carolinas will be played at Alton Brooks Stadium at Lumberton High School. Scrimmages begin Thursday at 5 p.m. Coach Robby Priest’s Eagles will play at 7 p.m. against Class 4A foe, Purnell Swett. The rest of Thursday’s schedule follows: 5 p.m. Red Springs vs. Latta, SC 6 p.m. …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

The Border Belt Tobacco Market continued selling with the Clarkton Market doing very well. Jeanette Savage was elected Gray Moss ABWA President. The White Lake Ski Heels were advancing to the Southern Regional Tournament in Montgomery, Alabama. John Inman, standout football player from Elizabethtown, received a football scholarship to N.C. State University. Share:

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William McGirt Ranks 123 On The PGA Tour

William McGirt, a 39 year old native of Fairmont, thru 23 PGA events, is ranked No. 123 on the 2018 PGA Golf Tour. McGirt, who played high school golf at Fairmont and participated in many tournaments at, what is now Vineyard Golf, has earned $797,787 in 2018. He and his wife and children now reside in Boiling Springs, S.C. Share:

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Lil Knights Win Halo Hoops Championship

A team from West Bladen’s Lil Knights Basketball Camp won the regular-season championship in their age 12-13 division in Wilmington’s Halo Hoops summer basketball league. The Lil Knights rolled through the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record. In Thursday night’s post-season tournament, the Lil Knights moved up to a stronger division and finished second, winning 4 games and losing 2 in the double-elimination event. The Lil Knights won their opener then lost by 2 points to the regular season champion from the stronger division. The Lil Knights reeled off 3 straight wins before losing by 4 points to the same team in the championship game. “I am very proud …..

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Vineyard Golf News: Ebbie Clark shoots age

Ebbie Clark shot his age of 68, and that was the lowest score of the week at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. “Great job Ebbie !” said Vineyard Golf’s Pam Davis Taylor. “Ebbie told me that he was going to do it.” Other low scores for the week included: Chase Suitt (69), Brian Tart (69), Phillip Smoak (70), Evan Johnson (71) and Cade Hancock (74). The team of Joe Ingle, Kent Fisher, Colby Lewis and Pam Davis Taylor shot 9-under-par to win Thursday’s Thundering Herd. Taking second place with a score of 8-under-par was the team of Evan Johnson, Jonathan Gooden and Michael Pastore. The Thundering Herd is held every …..

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Dixie Youth World Series in Lumberton Resumes Friday

LUMBERTON – The first weekend of the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series ended Tuesday, but the World Series resumes Friday with the opening ceremonies for the Class AAA (Minors), Majors and Ozone World Series. Louisiana defeated Alabama to win the Coach-Pitch World Series, and Florida won the Machine Pitch World Series with a victory over South Carolina in the championship game. Games begin Saturday at 3:30 for the Class AAA (Minors), Majors and Ozone World Series at Northeast Park in the Raymond B. Pennington Athletic Complex that is located at 900 Meadow Road. Opening Ceremonies will be held Friday night at 7:30 at the Lumberton High School Football Field. Sunday’s …..

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NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Opinion for Sunday Hunting on 61 Game Lands

RALEIGH, N.C.—  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking participation in an online survey to gauge public opinion on opening 61 select game lands across the state for Sunday hunting.  The survey will be available through Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, and data collected will be used to evaluate options for Sunday hunting on game lands. The game lands below are currently under consideration because they are either owned by the Commission or owned by a cooperator who enrolled their land into the Game Lands Program and is interested in obtaining public input about allowing Sunday hunting. Coastal: Alligator River, Angola Bay, Bertie Co., Bullard and Branch Hunting Preserve, Cape Fear Wetlands, Carteret Co., Chowan, Columbus Co., Croatan, …..

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East Bladen Soccer Fills Key Roles at Powerade State Games

East Bladen’s soccer program played a key role in the Powerade State Games at UNC-Greensboro this summer. East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor served as site coordinator and basically ran the event on the site. Eagle assistant coach Joe Melvin was the public address announcer for the weekend. East Bladen soccer players Jackson Bostic, Milton Estrada, Jacob Priest, Brian Monroe and Marcus Baines all worked as staff members for the event and made sure the event ran smoothly. Elizabethtown native and East Bladen soccer alum, David Shaw also assisted as a site coordinator and administrator. On the field a trio of Eagles – Spencer Scott, Greyson Heustess and Jake Suggs – …..

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West Bladen Football Still Taking Players

West Bladen’s Knights opened their 2018 official football practice schedule Monday morning with 34 players on hand, but Coach Kris Williams said that additional players will be welcome. “We had 3 or 4 players missing that spoke with me previously,” said Coach Kris Williams. “We are still taking kids, so if they want to come out to practice, we would like to have them.” Williams went on to say that everything went well overall. Practice for Tuesday is scheduled from 8-11 a.m. Share:

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East Bladen Football Has Good Numbers for Opening Day

East Bladen football had good numbers for both varsity and jayvee Monday evening for the first day of official football practice. “Practice went good,” said Coach Robby Priest. “We were able to get outside despite the rain.” Assistant Coach Terry Smith noted that the Eagles had 31 varsity players and 23 jayvees that were able to practice and a few more who didn’t have their physicals yet. “It was nice and cool,” said Coach Smith. The Eagles claimed a share of the Three Rivers Conference championship last year and posted a 12-2 record while reaching the third round of the Class 2A play-offs. Share:

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Galeed Women Are Lumber River Church Softball Champs

Galeed’s Women won the Lumber River Church Softball League’s regular-season and tournament championship finishing the season with a 19-1 overall record. Galeed outscored their opponents by a 323-90 margin losing only to Antioch in regular-season play. The Galeed women rolled through the tournament undefeated with victories over Hyde Park, Broadridge, Dubin and Hickory Grove – winning the tournament finale 13-0. It was the second straight championship for the Galeed women. Share:

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East Bladen Fall Sports Tryouts Begin Monday

Tryouts and practice for East Bladen football, volleyball and women’s tennis will begin Monday. Men’s soccer will begin Tuesday. All participants must have a current physical on file with the school. The times for the individual sports follow: Monday Football; 6-8 p.m. Coach Robby Priest Volleyball: 9 a.m. Coach Sara Ward Women’s Tennis: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Coach Megan Kirby, if raining will meet in media center Tuesday Men’s Soccer: Two sessions 8-11 a.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. Coach Jay Raynor Share:

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Ty Mathis Two Key Hits as Canes Win NYBC Championship

YAPHANK, NY – Ty Mathis of Elizabethtown cracked two key hits and drove in three runs Saturday as his Canes-Gallaher team won the 13-and-Under Championship of the National Youth Baseball Classic at the Baseball Heaven Complex on Long Island. Mathis knocked in a run with a single to rightfield in the Canes 6-run first inning that paved the way to a 12-4 semi-final victory over the Mid Atlantic Pirates from Virginia. That win sent the Canes who were the third-seeded team in the tournament into the championship game against top-seeded Tri-State Arsenal from New Jersey. Mathis ripped a single over the third base bag to drive in the first two …..

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West Bladen Fall Sports Tryouts Begin Monday

Tryouts for all West Bladen fall sports will begin Monday. All participants must have a current physical on file with the school. The times for the individual sports follow: Football: 8-11 a.m. Coach Kris Williams Volleyball: 8:30-11 a.m. Coach Gaye Davis Women’s Tennis: 6-7:30 p.m. Coach Billy Bryant Men’s Soccer: 7-9 p.m. Coach Phillip Turnage Share:

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Ty Mathis Pitches Canes-Gallaher to National Semi-Finals

YAPHANK, NY – Ty Mathis of Elizabethtown pitched Canes-Gallaher to a 6-1 victory over the Mid Atlantic Pirates Friday in a 13-and-Under quarterfinal game of the National Youth Baseball Classic at the Baseball Heaven Complex on Long Island. Mathis pitched 6.2 innings of the 7-inning game before reaching his pitch count limit. The hard-throwing righthander struck out 6, walked 4 and allowed only one run and 3 hits. Over the first 5 innings, Mathis needed to face only 16 batters to record 15 outs. Canes-Gallaher will play the unbeaten Grit Black team from New York at 9 a.m. in the semi-finals. If Canes-Gallaher wins they advance to Saturday’s 1 p.m. …..

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West Bladen Women’s Tennis Try-Outs Begin Monday

New head coach Billy Bryant has announced that West Bladen women’s tennis tryouts will begin Monday at 6 p.m. and will be held each evening from 6-7:30 p.m. through Friday, August 3rd. Try-out participants must have a current physical on file with the school. Practices will begin the following week and continue in preparation before the season-opening match at St. Pauls on August 13th. Bryant is transitioning into the head coach job after serving as an assistant coach at the school under previous coaches Jeff Atkinson and Mary Catherine White. Last year the Lady Knights finished with a 16-3 record. Coach Bryant has high expectations for this season but noted, “We suffered a big blow when …..

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East Bladen Men’s Soccer Try-outs Tuesday

Coach Jay Raynor has announced that East Bladen men’s soccer try-outs will be held Tuesday from 8-11 a.m. and then later that day continued from 6-8:30 p.m. A parent/player meeting will be held Monday at 6 p.m. in the East Bladen media center. “This will be an informative meeting regarding the upcoming season,” said Raynor. Players must have a current up-to-date physical on file as well as a concussion form before they are allowed to participate. They should bring cleats, sneakers and a water bottle to the try-outs. For more information contact Coach Raynor at 910-876-0003. Share:

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Free Kids Golf Clinic at Vineyard Golf

Pam Davis Taylor will be holding a free Kids Golf Clinic at Vineyard Golf at White Lake beginning Saturday at 1 p.m. and continuing for 4 days. Any kids ages 5-17 are eligible for the clinic. “You don’t have to be a member, just eager to learn the game of golf!” said Taylor. “Please share this information so that we have a crowd of kids participating.” Start times for the other clinic sessions will be 3 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Each session will last one to one and a half hours. Sessions will focus on swinging and hitting the ball, chipping and putting followed by the …..

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Dwayne Thompson Receives Dick Knox Award for Volleyball Officiating

Bladen County’s Dwayne Thompson received the 2018 Dick Knox Distinguished Service Award for Volleyball by the Southeastern Athletic Officials Association (SAOA) Wednesday night at the association’s initial pre-season meeting. The award is inscribed ‘presented in recognition of devoted service to and involvement with young student athletes of our state. Your years of service and dedication are recognized and deeply appreciated. The lives you have touched during your career are a tribute to the positive influence of high school athletics.’ Thompson was presented the award by SAOA Volleyball Regional Supervisor of Officials Bill Henderson who shared how much Thompson had worked to improve in his 18 years of high school officiating …..

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Ty Mathis In National Youth Baseball Classic

YAPHANK, NY – Elizabethtown’s Ty Mathis is playing this week in the National Youth Baseball Classic 13-and-Under tournament at the Baseball Heaven Complex on Long Island. Thursday Mathis and his Canes-Gallaher team qualified for the championship bracket with a 5-4 victory over the Petaluma, CA Athletic Edge that was televised by CBS Sports Network. Mathis pitched an inning in Tuesday’s 9-0 victory over the Canes-Maxwell team from Maryland. Mathis worked a longer stint on the mound Wednesday morning as Canes-Gallaher defeated the Yeti Baseball Club from Texas 13-4. Tri-State Arsenal from New Jersey handed Canes-Gallaher their only loss of the tournament 3-0 Wednesday afternoon. Canes-Gallaher will play the Mid Atlantic …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Dixie Youth World Series Opens in Lumberton Friday

LUMBERTON – The Dixie Youth Baseball World Series comes to our area Friday as the Lumberton Youth Baseball Association will host not one, not two, but Five different DYB World Series. The opening ceremonies for two of those World Series will be held Friday night. World Series games begin Saturday morning at 9:00 for the Coach-Pitch (Class AA) and Machine Pitch World Series at Northeast Park in the Raymond B. Pennington Athletic Complex that is located at 900 Meadow Road. Activities for the World Series begin Friday at 3:30 with a Skills Competition at Northeast Park. Opening Ceremonies will be held Friday night at 7:30 at the Lumberton High School Football Field. Saturday’s pool play games begin at 9 a.m. and continue through the day with the last games …..

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Freddie Wooten’s Travel Team Third in 14U World Series

CARTERSVILLE, GA – Freddie Wooten and his Dirt Bags Camo travel team finished third this weekend in the Perfect Game 14-and-Under World Series at the Lake Point Sports Complex. Wooten is a rising sophmore at East Bladen High. The Perfect Game World Series featured 32 of the top travel teams in the country. The Dirt Bags opened the tournament Friday with a 9-1 victory over the D team from Las Vegas, NV. On Saturday the Dirt Bags edged Banditos Scout from Tomball, TX 5-4. Sunday the Dirt Bags defeated Team Beast Red from Commack, NY 8-2. The Dirt Bags edged Elite Baseball Training from Chicago, IL 6-5 in Monday’s first …..

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SFSGA Plays July 24 Tourney At Pinecrest

The Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association played their July 24 tourney at Pinecrest Country Club in Lumberton. 61 players entered the tournament. The winning team, shooting 52, was Mike Waddell, Oliver Carter, Jimmy Cook and Joe Cannady. Next week’s tournament will be held at Timber Lake Golf Course in Clinton. Share:

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Area Stars Travel Baseball Try-outs August 4th

Area Stars Travel Baseball will be hosting tryouts Saturday, August 4th at Athletes Choice Batting Center located at 212 Rankin Street Fayetteville NC 28301. 12u tryouts will be at 9 a.m. 13u tryouts will be at 10:30 a.m. If you would like more information please call Athletes Choice at 910-487-4487 or stop by the facility. Share:

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SWAC 16U State Softball Tournament: Bladen County 12, Warren County 2

TARBORO- Bladen County scored in every inning Saturday morning to post a 12-2 run-rule victory over Warren County in the State-Wide Activities Committee 16-and-Under State Softball Tournament. Warren County turned a hit and an error into an early 2-0 lead, but Bladen County tied the game 2-2 in the home half of the first inning. Lead-off batter Johanna Parker walloped a triple and scored the first Bladen run. Jordan Kinlaw laced a 2-out single, and Nesiah Davis-McKoy clobbered a triple that drove in Sara Corriveau, the courtesy runner for Kinlaw, and tied the score. Amelia Brisson led off the second inning with a hit, Natalie Ludlum was hit by a …..

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SWAC 16U State Softball Tournament: Tarboro 8, Bladen County 7

TARBORO- A last-inning Bladen County rally came up a run short as Tarboro held on for an 8-7 victory Saturday and advanced to the championship game of the State-Wide Activities Committee 16-and-Under State Softball Tournament. The Bladen All-Stars finished in third place in the tournament. Tarboro scored 3 runs in the first inning and 2 more in the third to take a 5-0 lead, before Bladen County answered with a run in the home third. Hannah Pait slammed a double and scored on Jordan Kinlaw’s fielder’s choice. Katlynn Tatum and Natalie Ludlum drew walks to start a 4-run Bladen County fourth inning. Johanna Parker followed with a single that scored …..

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Bladen 16U Softball All-Stars Finish Third in State

Bladen County’s 16-and-Under Softball All-Stars finished third in the State-Wide Activities Committee State Tournament in Tarboro. Members of the Bladen All-Stars are: Nesiah Davis-McKoy, Johanna Parker, Jordan Kinlaw, Alyssa Suggs, Carlie West, Katlynn Tatum, Amelia Brisson, Natalie Ludlum, Sara Corriveau, Lauren Pait, Hannah Pait, Briley Stanley and Kylee Ward. Head coach is Chase Lancaster and assistant coaches are Pam Stephens and Alan West. Share:

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SWAC16U State Softball Tournament: Robeson County 9, Bladen County 3

TARBORO – Robeson County defeated Bladen County Friday night in the opening round of the State-Wide Activities Committee State Softball Tournament. Robeson County scored 3 runs in the first inning on 2 hits and 2 errors, but Bladen County answered with a run in the second. Pitcher Jordan Kinlaw cracked a lead-off single, and Hannah Pait was hit by a pitch. Sara Corriveau, the courtesy runner for Kinlaw scored on Amelia Brisson’s fielder’s choice. Robeson tacked on a run in the home second, but Bladen trimmed the margin to 4-2 in the third inning. Johanna Parker walked, stole a base and darted home on a passed ball. Bladen County closed …..

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West Bladen High offering Girls Soccer Camp

The West Bladen High School is offering a mini soccer camp for girls ages 7 to 14. The camp will be held Monday, July 23 through Wednesday, July 25 from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Registration is open the day of the camp and cost is $40 but does not guarantee a T-shirt. Make checks payable to WBHS Girls Soccer. Click here to print an application. Share:

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Grape Escape Metric Century and Half Century Bike Ride planned

The Grape Escape, a metric century and half century bike ride, is planned for Sunday, August 26. Both rides begin at 1 p.m. and the start/finish line is located at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown. Registration is $45 (T-shirts guaranteed to first 100 entries0 and riders may register at https://www.active.com/cycling through August 24th. Riders can also register onsite the day of the race beginning at 11 a.m. Entry includes all SAG stops. Overnight accommodations are available at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery by calling 844-846-3386 or at Lu Mil Vineyard by calling 910-866-5819. Share:

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Thundering Herd Results From Vineyard Golf for July 19

The winning team in the July 19 Thundering Herd at Vineyard Golf, shooting -5 under par, was Chad Garner, Jimmie Davis and Pam Taylor. Taking 2nd place, shooting -4, was Cade Hancock, John Graham and Kent Fisher. Some low scores recorded recently was Cable Moss (69) and Evan Johnson (75) Share:

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Bizzell Pate Wins Flight at CGA 13-Under Jr. Boys State

ASHEBORO- Elizabethtown’s Bizzell Pate won the Fourth Flight Tuesday in the Carolina Golf Association’s 22nd North Carolina Junior Boys’ 13-and-Under Championship at Asheboro Municipal Golf Course. After two rounds of stroke play, the participants were flighted. Bizzell defeated Samanyu Bedi of Charlotte 4 and 2 in the quarterfinals then knocked off Matthew Cline of Laurinburg 4 and 3 in the semi-finals. In the flight championship match, Pate defeated Landon Merrill of Salisbury 3 and 1. Pate’s big week continued Thursday as he finished third in the Boys 12-13 Division of the Roy Jones Junior Invitational at Kinston Country Club. Bizzell shot rounds of 78 Wednesday and 78 Thursday to claim …..

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Carter Commits to Louisburg College

By Erin Smith East Bladen’s Trevares Carter committed to run Track at Louisburg College this fall. He signed his paperwork on Thursday morning in the East Bladen High School Media Center. Carter competed in Track throughout his high school career at East Bladen. Most recently, he was a member of the school’s 2017 4 x 100 Meter Relay Team, which placed third at the State meet, and the school’s 2017 4 x 100 Meter Relay Team which placed second at the Regional 2A meet. “First and foremost I want to thank God because, without Him, this would not have been possible,” said Carter. He also took time to thank his …..

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Bladen 16U Girls Softball All-Stars Open State Tournament Friday

Bladen County’s 16-and-Under Girls Softball All-Stars open play Friday at 5 p.m. in the State-Wide Activities Committee’s (SWAC) State Tournament in Tarboro. Bladen County will play the winner of Friday’s Tarboro/Warren County game in their opener. The six-team double-elimination tournament will continue through Sunday. Members of the Bladen All-Stars are: Nesiah Davis-McKoy, Johanna Parker, Jordan Kinlaw, Alyssa Suggs, Carlie West, Katlynn Tatum, Amelia Brisson, Natalie Ludlum, Sara Corriveau, Lauren Pait, Hannah Pait, Briley Stanley and Kylee Ward. Head coach is Chase Lancaster and assistant coaches are Pam Stephens and Alan West. The tournament will be played at the Indian Lake Sports Complex located at 3300 Western Blvd, Tarboro, 27886. Share:

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SFSGA Tournament Held At Vineyard Golf

Sixty-eight players showed up Tuesday, July 17 at Vineyard Golf to participate in the Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association tournament. Two teams tied for first place with scores of 55. The teams were Sandy Holland, Jeff Campbell, Johnny Wallace and Odell Pait and the team of Young Pong, Lewis Sauls, Butchie Martin and Elvin Mears. The July 24 tournament will be held at Pinecrest in Lumberton. Share:

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NC Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament: Columbus County 6, Bladen County 2

WINNABOW – Columbus County broke up a scoreless pitching duel with 3 runs in the fifth inning and claimed a 6-2 victory over Bladen County Tuesday night in an elimination game in the North Carolina Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament. After Columbus scored 3 runs in the fifth, Bladen County bounced back with 2 runs in the sixth inning. Chase Starkloff ripped a hit to left-centerfield, and Raymond Autry knocked him in with a drive to right-centerfield. Makhi Cromartie laced a hit to right-centerfield that scored Autry and closed the gap to 3-2. Columbus County scored 3 more runs in the home half of the sixth to account for the …..

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NC Junior Dixie Boys State Tournament: Hope Mills 5, Bladen County 1

WINNABOW – Hope Mills defeated Bladen County 5-1 Monday night in the North Carolina Junior Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament. Bladen County completed the round-robin phase of the tournament with a 1-2 record. Hope Mills turned four hits into three runs in the top of the first inning. Bladen County answered with a run in the home first. Devon Strange smacked a single to centerfield and raced home when Destin Montgomery hammered a double to right-centerfield. Hope Mills tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning. Garrison Tatum batted 2-3 and slammed a double to lead the Bladen hitters. Evan Pait also finished with a 2-3 game at the …..

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NC DYB Small League State Tournament: Clinton 10, Bladen County 3

KENANSVILLE– Clinton defeated Bladen County 10-3 Monday night in the winners’ bracket finale of the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Small League State Tournament. Bladen County will play North Duplin Tuesday at 6 p.m. in an elimination game. A victory would advance the Bladen team to a championship game Wednesday. Bladen County scored a pair of first inning runs to take an early 2-1 lead. D. A. Smith and Andre Moore drew walks, and Shy’Asia Ratliff knocked in both Smith and Moore with a single. Clinton scored 3 runs in both the second and third innings and added two more in the fourth to build a 9-2 lead. The final …..

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NC DYB Majors State Tournament: Columbus County 4, Elizabethtown 1

KENANSVILLE – Columbus County defeated Elizabethtown 4-1 Monday night in an elimination game in the North Carolina State Dixie Youth Baseball Tournament. Elizabethtown grabbed a 1-0 first-inning lead. Hunter Elks cracked a one-out single to centerfield, and Carson Gooden ripped a single to left-centerfield that sent Elks to third base. Elks raced home on Lee Barnes’ sacrifice. Columbus County capitalized on a trio of errors to score 3 unearned runs in the third inning then tacked on a run in the fifth inning. Hunter Smith started on the mound for Elizabethtown and pitched 4.1 innings allowing 4 runs – one earned – on no hits, 2 walks and 3 hit …..

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East Bladen fall sports schedules

Soccer | Volleyball | Tennis | JV Football | JV Soccer East Bladen varsity football DATE OPPONENT TIME Aug. 8 Scrimmage at Wallace 6 p.m. Aug. 9 Scrimmage at Lumberton 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 Clinton 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at North Brunswick 7 p.m. Sept. 7 Whiteville 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at South Columbus 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 Red Springs 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at West Columbus 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Fairmont 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 St. Pauls 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 East Columbus 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 South Robeson 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at West Bladen 7:30 p.m. . East Bladen varsity boys’ soccer DATE OPPONENT TIME Aug. …..

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NC Dixie Boys State Tournament: Kings Mountain 13, Bladen County 0

WINNABOW– Kings Mountain defeated Bladen County 13-0 Monday night in the winners’ bracket finale of the North Carolina Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament. Tyler Hill connected for the only Bladen hit in the game. “They (Kings Mountain) are nasty,” said Bladen County Coach Les Hill. “They haven’t allowed a run in the tournament.” Bladen County will play Columbus County Tuesday at 4:30 in an elimination game. A victory would advance the Bladen team to a championship game Wednesday – probably against Kings Mountain. Share:

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Area Stars Travel Baseball Tryouts Saturday

Area Stars Travel Baseball will be hosting tryouts July 21st at Athletes Choice Batting Center located at 212 Rankin Street Fayetteville NC 28301. “We are a set of dedicated coaches looking for hard working, competitive players with great attitudes and committed families to play on our travel baseball teams for the upcoming 2018/2019 year,” said Jonathan Dawson of Area Stars. 9U tryouts will be held at 9 a.m. Contact Jack Smith 910-322-1836 or Greg Jackson 910-850-9047 for more information. 10U tryouts will be held at 10 a.m. Contact Chris Roberts 910-824-6095 for more information. 8U tryouts will be held at 11 a.m. Contact Jesse Cox 910-308-5524 for more information. Share:

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Bladen Recreation Soccer Registration Begins July 16

Bladen County Parks and Recreation Soccer Registration begins July 16th and will continue until August 31st. Registration is for the following: Tot Soccer (ages 3-4) – $25 Soccer (ages 5-7 coed, 8-10 girls and boys, 11-14 boys and girls) – $30 *Age as of August 1st, 2018* Register Online at bladeninfo.org (Parks & Recreation Department) or visit the Bladen County Parks and Recreation office to register. For more information, please call 862-6770. Share:

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Matt Kemp Receives Home Run Ball

Bladen County’s Matt Kemp walloped a home run during Bladen County’s 12-2 victory over North Duplin Sunday in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Small League State Tournament.  Matt is pictured receiving the home run ball from DYB District 9 Director Carl Newkirk. Share:

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NC Junior Dixie Boys State Tournament: Bladen County 9, Columbus County 7

WINNABOW –Bladen County defeated Columbus County 9-7 Sunday night in the North Carolina Junior Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament. Bladen County will play Hope Mills Monday at 7 p.m. Both teams scored in the first inning. Devon Strange ripped a lead-off double to right field and dashed home when Michael Young belted a 2-out single to left-centerfield to pull Bladen County even at 1-1. After Columbus went up 2-1, Bladen answered with 2 runs in the home second. Garrison Tatum and Alex Strange drew walks, and Devon Strange laced a 2-out, opposite field double to left that scored Tatum and Alex Strange for a 3-2 Bladen lead. Columbus took a …..

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Bladen County 12U Softball All-Stars

NEW BERN – Bladen County’s 12U Softball All-Stars played two games Friday in the State-Wide Activities Committee Sectional Tournament. In their opening game, Bladen County lost 17-12 to Onslow County. Lena Damasco-Trinidad batted 3-4 with a double, 2 runs batted in and 2 runs scored. Catcher Holland Davis finished 3-4 at the plate with 2 rbi’s and a run scored. Kaitlynn Brisson also batted 3-4. Molly Pait turned in a perfect 2-2 game with a double, 3 rbi’s and 2 runs scored. Laci Storms slammed 2 doubles, scored twice and drove in 2 runs. Emmee Ward belted a double, scored twice and drove in a run. Violet Allen smashed a …..

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NC Dixie Youth Small League Tournament: Bladen County 12, North Duplin 2

KENANSVILLE –Bladen County scored in every inning Sunday en route to a 12-2 victory over North Duplin in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Small League Tournament. North Duplin scored a run in the top of the first but Bladen County pulled even at 1-1 in their first at-bat. D. A. Smith walked and scored on Shy’Asia Ratliff’s sacrifice fly. Bladen County took the lead with 2 runs in the second inning. Mason Brooks walked, and Hezzy Blanks cracked a single. Will Durden’s fielder’s choice scored Brooks, and Aaron Wren knocked in Blanks with a single. North Duplin trimmed the margin to 3-2 in the top of the third, but …..

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NC Dixie Youth Majors Tournament: Elizabethtown 7, Stanley 0

KENANSVILLE – Lee Barnes and Carson Gooden combined to pitch a 3-hit shutout Sunday as Elizabethtown defeated Stanley 7-0 in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Majors State Tournament. Gooden pitched the first 2 innings and allowed one hit, 2 walks and a hit batter while striking out two. Barnes relieved and worked the final 4 innings on the mound, striking out 7 and allowing 2 hits and a walk. Torreon Graham led off the Elizabethtown first inning with a single, Hunter Elks walked, and Graham raced home on Gooden’s sacrifice. Barnes then walloped a 2-run homer that scored Elks and put Elizabethtown ahead 3-0. Elijah Cain walked to begin …..

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NC Dixie Boys State Tournament: Bladen County 17, Columbus County 7

TOWN CREEK –A seven-run sixth inning explosion closed out a 17-7 run-rule victory for Bladen County over Columbus County Sunday night in the North Carolina Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament. Bladen County pushed across a first-inning run. Chase Starkloff walked, advanced on Raymond Autry’s hit and darted home on Makhi Cromartie’s sacrifice fly. The Bladen team took charge with 4 runs in the third inning to take a 5-1 lead. Tyler Hill led off with a single, and Autry cracked a single. Ayden Piland walked, and Cromartie knocked in Hill and Autry with a hit. Alex Brisson drove in Piland and Cromartie with a hit. Bladen tacked on 3 more …..

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NC DYB Small League State Tournament: Bladen County 17, Leland 8

KENANSVILLE –Shy’Asia Ratliff walloped a grand-slam home run Saturday to lead Bladen County to an 18-8 victory over Leland in the opening round of the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Small League State Tournament. Andre Moore belted a first inning single and raced home when Ratliff’s grounder was misplayed by the shortstop. The Bladen lead grew to 3-0 in the second inning. Mason Brooks and Trent Meares cracked 2-out singles with Meares driving in Brooks. Aaron Wren knocked in Meares with a single. The 11-run third inning explosion opened up a 14-0 Bladen lead. Dee Davis, Hezzy Blanks and Moore smacked singles to begin the rally with Davis darting home …..

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State-Wide Activities Committee 10U Sectional Softball Tournament: Onslow County 8, Bladen County 7

NEW BERN – Onslow County pushed across the winning run in the fifth inning to edge Bladen County 8-7 Saturday night in the State-Wide Activities Committee Sectional Softball Tournament. Time had expired after four innings of play with the teams tied 7-7. Bladen County had scored two runs in the fourth inning to tie the game. Kallie Bass and Marlene Crabtree scored the Bladen runs that tied the game. Jenna Brice and Gabriella Bray also reached base during the tying rally. Bray, Natalee Sykes and Brenna Hester scored runs for Bladen County in the second inning. Kali Allen, Mary Frances Sutton and Tatum Allen also reached base for Bladen County …..

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NC Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament: Bladen County 11, Hope Mills 3

WINNABOW –Tyler Hill blasted a bases-loaded triple that highlighted a 6-run seventh inning and propelled Bladen County to an 11-3 victory over Hope Mills Saturday in the opening round of the North Carolina Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament. Down 1-0 early Bladen rallied with 2 runs in the third inning. Tyler Hill and Chase Starkloff drew walks, and hits by Raymond Autry and Ayden Piland drove them in. Bladen County grew the lead to 5-1 with 3 runs in the fourth. Elijah Crabtree and Bryley Williams belted singles to start the inning, but Crabtree was retired on NyQuan Richardson fielder’s choice. Hill and Starkloff delivered singles that scored Williams and …..

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State-Wide Activities Committe 10U Sectional Softball Tournament: Bladen County 14, Fuquay-Varina 11

NEW BERN – Bladen County scored nine runs in the second inning and went on to post a 14-11 victory over Fuquay-Varina Saturday in the State-Wide Activities Committee Sectional Softball Tournament. Mary Frances Sutton scored the only Bladen run in the first inning. Emma Dunn, Gabriella Bray, Leea Wilkins, Mollie Tolar, Kali Allen, Sutton, Tatum Allen, Natalee Sykes and Kallie Bass all scored runs for Bladen County in the second inning. Bladen tacked on four more runs in the third as Kali Allen, Tatum Allen, Sykes and Bass all scored runs. Dunn reached base three times and scored a run for the Bladen team. Sutton, Tatum Allen, Sykes, Bass and …..

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Lil Knights Basketball Camp

The Lil Knights Basketball Camp that was held this week at West Bladen High was well attended. Players were divided into pro, college and junior college divisions. Awards were given in each division. Share:

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Rusty’s 9th Annual Tennis Camp

The Ninth Annual Rusty Hill Tennis Camp was completed this week. Participants and instructors are pictured: Front Row (Left-Right): Ashton Howell, Lukas White, Eliza Lewis, Davion Lewis, Conner Hill. Back Row (L-R): Instructor Kelly White, Colin Hill, Cassie Hill, Chandler Bordeaux, Latham Waters and Instructor Rusty Hill. Share:

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Bladen Junior Dixie Boys All-Stars Open State Tournament Play Saturday

Bladen County’s Junior Dixie Boys All-Stars will play Brunswick County Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the North Carolina Dixie Junior Boys State Tournament at Town Creek Park in Winnabow. Bladen County will play on Field 4 at Town Creek Park which is located at 6420 Ocean Highway East in Winnabow. Members of the team are: Back Row: Coach Jerry Strange, Walker Ward, Riley Stanley, Devon Strange, Coach Joseph Hatcher, Joshua Russ, Michael Young, Ryan Johnson, Coach Grant Pait Seated: Tyler Johnson, Destin Montgomery, Alex Strange, Weston Hatcher, Garrison Tatum, Evan Pait Not Pictured: Nathan Howell Share:

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Bladen Dixie Boys All-Stars Open State Tournament Play Saturday

Bladen County’s Dixie Boys All-Stars will play Hope Mills Saturday at 2 p.m. in the opening round of the North Carolina Dixie Boys State Tournament at Town Creek Park at Winnabow. Bladen County will play on Field 4 at Town Creek Park which is located at 6420 Ocean Highway East, Winnabow 28479. Members of the Bladen County All-Stars are: Tyler Hill, Makhi Cromartie, Ayden Piland, Kaiden Stanley, Raymond Autry, NyQuan Richardson, Brycen Blackmon, Elijah Crabtree, Alex Brisson, Ahmad Powell, Chase Starkloff and Bryley Williams. Coaches of the Bladen All-Stars are: Les Hill, Kevin Crabtree and Tony Franzio. Share:

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Hancock tied for 39th in Junior Golf World Championship Tournament

Cade Hancock, Jr.  of Elizabethtown, NC was tied for 30th place after 2 rounds of play in the IMG Junior World Championship in California.  The tournament continues through Friday at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. Hancock is participating in the 15-18 year old category.  He posted rounds of 72 and 75 for a 2 round total of 147, 3 over par. The leader after the first 2 days of play was Nathan Petronzio of Bee Cave, Texas, at 5 under par. The tournament has 1200 participants representing 54 countries and 42 states. Share:

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