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East Bladen Athletic Awards Banquet

  East Bladen High School held its athletic banquet Thursday night. Pierce Melvin was named the Male Athlete of the Year and Ashley Hardin was named the Female Athlete of the Year. Other athletes honored included: Joe Bostic Camp Award – Patience Ward Lacy West Award – Zachary Meares Wade Taylor Award – Jacob Barber Volleyball Most Valuable Player – Ashley Hardin Coaches Award – Hannah DeVane, Kaley Smith Women’s Tennis Singles Most Valuable Player – Anna Kate White Doubles Most Valuable Players – Ting Lin, Jayme LeeAnn Frady Football Most Valuable Players – Caleb Strait, Xavier Wooten Offensive Player of the Years: Sincere Smith, Lahkeyd Smith Defensive Player of …..

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United Way Crazy Fun Color Run registration open

By Erin Smith The United Way of Bladen County is planning their annual Crazy Fun Color Run and registration is now open for participants. The event is planned for 9 a.m. June 9th at the Elizabethtown Industrial Park behind Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. According to Stacie Kinlaw, a United Way of Bladen County board member, the Crazy Fun Color Run is an event to raise money for United Way of Bladen County. All funds raised will support programs and activities that benefit Bladen County’s children and families. Some of the funded programs include Bladen County 4-H, Families First, Inc. and the Department of Social Services foster children programs. The …..

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Bladen 8-10 Fast-Pitch Softball: Bandits 7, Heat 2

Kallie Bass slugged a home run and batted 2-2 to lead the Bandits to a 7-2 victory over the Heat Tuesday night in Bladen Recreation 8-10 League softball action. Bass drilled a line drive to right-centerfield in the second inning and circled the bases as it rolled to the fence. Josey Pait walked and scored a second Bandit run in the third inning. Emma Dunn belted a fourth inning single and scored when Bass connected for her second hit of the game. Sydney Thompson was hit by a pitch and scored the first Heat run on Tatum Allen’s fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fourth. Pateyn Pope and Gabriella Bray were …..

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New Baseball and Softball Training Center

There is a new center coming to town for local athletes. Some Bladen and Columbus County baseball and softball players are excited to hear about the opening of a new training facility.  This Saturday, May 26th a Grand Opening of the new Baseball and Softball Training Center will be held by the business owner, Derick Graham and the Columbus County Chamber of Commerce. The training center is located at located at 1001 S. Lee Street in Whiteville.  Graham said he looks forward to explaining to players and their parents how the Dixie Youth leagues and the Travel Ball leagues can complement each other. He said his focus is to show others how the two …..

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Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball: Force 7, Glory 3

The Force tacked on a trio of runs in the final inning to seal a 7-3 victory over the Glory in Bladen Recreation 11-12 softball action Tuesday night. Violet Allen led off the game with a double to centerfield and raced home on an error. Kaitlynn Brisson beat out an infield hit, and Emmee Ward lined a double to left that plated Brisson for a 2-0 Glory lead. Megan Spellman was hit by a pitch, and Laci Storms beat out an infield hit to begin the Force first inning. Georgia Hester drove in Spellman with a hit, and Storms raced home on an error to tie the game 2-2. Gracie …..

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Elizabethtown Minor League: Twins 10, Blue Jays 7

A 5-run fifth inning propelled the Twins to a 10-7 victory over the Blue Jays Monday night in Elizabethtown Minor League baseball action. Collin Cole hammered a run-scoring triple to ignite the winning Twin rally, and Torrean Cogdell knocked in Cole with a single. Cole finished with a perfect 2-2 game at the plate with the rbi triple and 2 runs scored. Cogdell batted 2-3 with a triple, a run batted in and 2 runs scored. Teammate Isaiah Lee slammed a 2-run first-inning double and finished 2-3 at the plate with 3 runs scored. Pitcher Jackson Smith belted an rbi single and scored a run. Teammates Coley Sasser and John Monroe scored …..

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Bladen Recreation 13-16 Softball: Slammers 9, Comets 6

The Slammers scored 3 runs in the fifth inning to snap a 6-6 tie and defeat the Comets 9-6 Monday night in Bladen Recreation 13-16 softball action. Johanna Parker walked, stole second and circled the bases on a throwing error with the go-ahead run in the Slammer fifth. Pitcher Jordan Kinlaw punched a single to centerfield and scored, and Carlie West walked and scored the third run of the inning. Catcher Nesiah Davis-McKoy lined a run-scoring double to left in the first inning, and drilled a run-scoring triple off the centerfield fence in the third inning. Davis-McKoy also scored a run. Kinlaw finished 2-2 at the plate with a double and 3 …..

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Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball: Thunder 10, Force 0

Megan Pait pitched a one-hit shutout as the Thunder defeated the Force 10-0 Monday night in Bladen Recreation 11-12 softball action. Pait recorded three strike-outs in the game and also batted a perfect 2-2 with 2 runs scored. Kaden Thurman batted 2-2 for the winners and scored twice. Teammate Brooke Singletary also turned in a perfect 2-2 performance at the plate. Shortstop Lena Trinidad batted 2-3, scored a run and knocked in the game-ending run with a fourth inning double. Catcher Holland Davis, Summer Singletary, Marlie Walters and Haley Bryan added one hit each to the winners attack. Davis, Summer Singletary, Walters, Bryan and Tara Hester scored one run each …..

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Elizabethtown Minor League: Blue Jays 10, Twins 7

A 5-run fifth inning propelled the Blue Jays to a 10-7 victory over the Twins Monday night in Elizabethtown Minor League baseball action. Collin Cole hammered a run-scoring triple to ignite the winning Blue Jay rally, and Torrean Cogdell knocked in Cole with a single. Cole finished with a perfect 2-2 game at the plate with the rbi triple and 2 runs scored. Cogdell batted 2-3 with a triple, a run batted in and 2 runs scored. Teammate Isaiah Lee slammed a 2-run first-inning double and finished 2-3 at the plate with 3 runs scored. Pitcher Jackson Smith belted an rbi single and scored a run. Teammates Coley Sasser and …..

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Bladen FC U12 Gold Eliminated In Seaside Classic

WILMINGTON – The Bladen FC Under-12 Gold soccer team was eliminated Sunday from the Seaside Soccer Classic by a 3-0 loss to Coast FA. A couple of defensive slips due to the wet conditions led to a couple of first-half goals for the Coast FA team, and they capitalized on a free kick for their final goal. Bladen FC U12 Gold finished the weekend with 2 ties and one loss. Share:

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Bladen FC U15 Wins Sandhills Soccer League Titles

The Bladen FC Under-15 Blue team won both the regular-season and tournament championships of the Sandhills Soccer League. The Sandhills Soccer League is made up of teams from Pembroke, Lumberton, St. Pauls, Fayetteville, Hoke County and Bladen County. In their tournament semi-final game, Bladen FC U15 Blue defeated St. Pauls 3-1. Malcolm Bolden, Garrett Melvin and Jackson Bostic fired in one goal each for the Bladen team. In the championship game, Bladen FC U15 Blue shutout Hoke County 3-0. Melvin, Will Hester and Ethan Martinez scored one goal each for the winners. The game was stopped by lightning ten minutes into the second half. Share:

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Bladen FC U18 Gold Wins Final Game In Seaside Classic

WILMINGTON – The Bladen FC Under-18 Gold soccer team defeated NCFC 2-0 Sunday in their final game in the Seaside Soccer Classic. Jake Evans and Gabe Barber fired in one goal each for the Bladen team. Even though Bladen FC Gold won one game and tied two, the team didn’t advance to the U18 final. Bladen FC U18 Gold will play Memorial Day weekend in the Wrangler McDonald Tournament in Greensboro. Share:

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Boys U12 Soccer: Bladen FC Gold 2, USC Twisters 2

WILMINGTON – Bladen FC Gold battled the USC Twisters to a 2-2 tie Saturday in U12 Boys soccer action at the Wilmington Seaside Classic at the Hugh McRae Athletic Complex. It was the first organized tournament for the Bladen FC U12 Gold team that has been training and playing organized Friendlies since December. Cooper Padrick turned a pass from Kevin Labra into the game’s first goal. The Twisters tied the game 1-1 just before halftime. Ten minutes into the second half Bladen FC would regain the lead at 2-1. Chace Butler ran onto a punt from goal keeper Fernando Rebollar and fired a shot that deflected off the goal keeper. …..

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Boys U18 Soccer: Bladen FC Gold 2, OBX Storm 2

WILMINGTON – Bladen FC U18 Gold battled the OBX Storm to a 2-2 tie Saturday in the Wilmington Seaside Soccer Classic at the Hugh McRae Athletic Complex. Bladen FC U18 Gold is made up of players from Whiteville, West Columbus, South Columbus, West Bladen, and East Bladen. The OBX Storm is compiled of varsity players from First Flight. Bladen FC scored in the tenth minute as Garret Melvin chipped the ball past the goal keeper with a right-footed shot for a 1-0 lead. OBX Storm tied the game 1-1 midway through the second half. The Bladen team answered quickly as Jake Evans converted a feed from Greyson Heustess into the …..

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Results For Bladen Athletes in State Track & Field Meet

GREENSBORO – West Bladen’s Tyre Boykin and Jonathan Robinson and East Bladen’s 4×200 meter relay team all competed Saturday in the NCHSAA Class 2A State Track & Field meet at N.C. A&T. Robinson, a senior, finished eleventh in the shot put with a heave of 43 feet, 11 inches. Ryan Eldridge of North Surry won the shot with throw of 59 feet, 2 inches. Red Springs’ Jerome Bass was fifth with a toss of 48 feet, 9 inches. Boykin, a sophmore, was 12th in the triple jump with a leap of 41 feet, 4.25 inches. Scott McClendon of Forest Hills won with a jump of 45 feet, 4.25 inches. Dakota …..

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Rotary Club holds successful Golf Tourney

  • 05/18/2018
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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Rotary Club held their 2nd annual Rotary International Cup Golf Tournament on Thursday. Proceeds from the well attended event go to support scholarships to benefit Bladen County students.  The teams were divided into two flights. The winning team for the first flight was Bobby Davis, Jimmy Davis, Bobby Rabon and Mike White. The winning team also donated back their winnings. The second-place team in the first flight was Eric Nance, Mark Mendell,  Allen Prater, and Daren Wheeless. The winning team in the second flight was Lumberton Chevrolet consisting of Jimmy Cook, Kenny Stanley, Mac Porter and Pam Davis. The second place winner was Team Nisan consisting of …..

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Charity Wrestling Event: Summer Meltdown

Event: Summer Meltdown Host: The Operation Save Foundation Date: July 28th, 2018 Time: Doors Open at 6:30pm  Belltime: 7:30 Location: Elizabethtown National Guard Armory  1001 W. Swanzy St. Tickets: $10 ring side $5 General Admission On July 28th it’s the return of The OSF and the best wrestling in the South.  Come out and see Zane Dawson defend the OSF Heavyweight title against former WWE, TNA star “The Prince of Punk” Shannon Moore.  See Lindsay Snow, Samantha Starr, Jesse Jordan and Maddi Maxx battle it out to see who will be crowned the first ever OSF Women’s Champion.  Also on the card is Dave Dawson, Bobby Wohlfert, Joe Black, Sean Cruise and many others. Come out …..

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Elizabethtown Rotary Golf Tournament Held At Vineyard Golf

The annual Elizabethtown Rotary Golf Tournament was held Thursday, May 17 at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The results were: First Flight First Place (57) Bobby Davis, Jimmy Davis, Bobby Rabon, Mike White Second Place (59) Eric Nance, Mark Mendell, Allen Prater, Daren Wheeless Second Flight First Place (63) Jimmy Cook, Kenny Stanley, Mac Porter, Pam Davis Second Place (65) Ronnie Russ, Ricky Walters, Larry Mitchell, Gary Williamson Closest to the pin was won by Chris Holland, Allen Prater, Jimmy Davis, Mike White. The Long Drive Contest was won Byron Melvin. Share:

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Bladen Athletes in Track & Field State Meet Saturday at N. C. A&T

Athletes from West Bladen and East Bladen will compete Saturday in the NCHSAA Class 2A State Track & Field Championships Saturday on the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. Representing West Bladen at the state meet will be senior Jonathan Robinson in the shot put and sophmore Tyre Boykin in the triple jump. Both Robinson and Boykin placed fourth in their respective events at the MidEast Regionals. East Bladen’s 4×200 meter relay team finished second at the MidEast Regionals to qualify for the state meet. Members of the Eagle relay team are sophmore Lawson Hester and seniors Keymon Cromartie, A. J. Wynn …..

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Bladen Recreation Softball Scores

8-10 Softball Results Monday: Heat 8, Riptide 3 … Rockets 11, Pirates 6 … Bandits 10, Carolina Girls 5 Thursday, May 10: Bandits 13, Riptide 1 … Rockets 17, Carolina Girls 2 11-12 Softball Results Monday: Force 14, Glory 7 Share:

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Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association May 15 Tourney At Vineyard Golf

  • 05/16/2018
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76 players showed up at Vineyard Golf to participate in the SFSGA tourney on Tuesday, May 15. The tourney this week was a 2-man Stableford Scoring 18 hole event. The winners were: First Flight, Jimmy Davis and Ed Horne. Second Flight, Mike Waddell and L.R. Odham. Third Flight, C.P Lewis and Billy Taylor. Fourth Flight, Sammy Stanley and Livingston Lewis. The May 22 tourney will be held at Bayonet Golf Course near Raeford. Share:

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Bay Tree VFD Golf Tournament Results

The Bay Tree Volunteer Fire Department held their annual golf tournament Saturday, May 12 at Vineyard Golf. The Flight Winners were: First Flight 1st place (57) Bryan Wright, Michael Turner, Pax Wixson, Greg Turner 2nd place (60) Billy McGavock, David Faircloth, Rudy Williams, Kent Porter 3rd place (62) Jimmy Cook, Emery White, Mike White, Pam Davis Taylor Second Flight 1st place (66) Bob Latham, Stacy Walsh, David Latham, Derek Walsh 2nd place (66) Lamarr Johnson, Alfred Maynor, Tommy Culbreth, Don Pfefferle 3re place (67) Bruce Auston, Mark Tynor, Denny Dudley, Joey Bruce The long drive contests were won by Pam Davis Taylor and Pax Wixson. Closest to the hole was …..

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West Bladen Mini Volleyball Camp

West Bladen Coach Gaye Davis has announced a mini-volleyball camp to be held at the school on July 16-18 for ages 8-16. Registration fee is $50 in advance or $60 on the first day of camp. Campers who register by June 15 will receive a free t-shirt. Ages 8-12 camp sessions will be held from 9-12 each day. Ages 13-16 sessions will be from 1-4. Click here for registration form. Share:

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East Bladen, West Bladen athletes qualify for state track meet

  PEMBROKE – West Bladen’s Tyre Boykin and Jonathan Robinson and the East Bladen 4×200 relay team qualified Saturday for the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s championship track and field meet. The Eagles’ relay team of Keymon Cromartie, Lawson Hester, A.J. Wynn and Trevarius Carter finished second in Saturday’s Mideast Regional at the University of North Carolina Pembroke. The East Bladen quartet covered the two laps around the track in 1 minute, 32.76 seconds to finish behind Reidsville’s time of 1:31.36. Fairmont was third in 1:33.73. Boykin qualified for the state meet with a fourth place finish in the triple jump. His leap of 41 feet, 1 inch came on …..

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Vineyard Golf Activities

The May 10 Thundering Herd was won by the team of Wyatt Bordeaux, Stephen Clark, Jim Hancock and Pam Davis Taylor with 7-under par. Vineyard Golf will be closed Monday, May 14 until 2 p.m. for the TRGH Golf Outing. There will be no Thundering Herd on May 17 due to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club Tournament. A Friday Tossup was held on May 11 with the team of Stacy Owen, David Cross, Norgie Hester and Warren Baker winning the front side and team of Lenon Fisher, Mac Porter, Charles DeVane and Henry Warwick winning the back side. Share:

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NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Soccer Play-offs: N.C. School of Science & Math 8, East Bladen 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – The North Carolina School of Science & Math ended East Bladen’s undefeated season Friday night with an 8-1 victory over the Lady Eagles in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A girls soccer play-offs. “We didn’t start our strong,” said Lady Eagle Coach Jay Raynor. “They won a loose ball and got a shot off just as the game started. That intimidated us a bit and caused us to sit back. If we drop deep in our system it creates 2 pockets that essentially become shooting lanes from 20-25 out and they made us pay for that.” NCSSM built a 5-0 halftime lead. “They had their way …..

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Ashley Hardin Named to Student Athlete Advisory Council

East Bladen’s Ashley Hardin has been selected to serve on the NCHSAA Student Athlete Advisory Council, representing Region 4, for the 2018-19 school year.    Hardin, a multi-sport athlete, has been an All-Conference performer for East Bladen in volleyball, basketball and soccer.    In preparation for the upcoming school year, Student Athletic Advisory Council members will attend a team-building/leadership summit from July 22-25, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The parent organization of the NCHSAA, the National Federation of State High Schools Associations (NFHS), hosts the annual National Student Leadership Summit.   Share:

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West Bladen and East Bladen Qualifiers for Regional Track Meet

The West Bladen and East Bladen qualifiers for Saturday’s NCHSAA Class 2A MidEast Regional track and field meet Saturday at UNC-Pembroke have been announced. Qualifying for the boys meet from West Bladen are: sophmore Tyre Boykin in the triple jump and the 200 meter dash; sophmore Davion Willis-Howard and senior Justin Best in the 110 meter hurdles,; sophmore Jacob Bryan and junior Noah Bryan in the 1600 meter run: senior Trenton Lyons in the 800 meter run and junior Bryan Padilla in the 3200 meter run. Other Knight qualifiers include: sophmore Andrew Brown in the long jump and triple jump; seniors Jonathan Robinson and Zion Barrett in the shot put; and  the boys 4×200, …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A Softball State Play-offs: South Granville 18, West Bladen 0

CREEDMOOR – Top-seeded South Granville defeated West Bladen 18-0 Wednesday night in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Softball State Play-offs. The Lady Vikings who were Class 2A state champions in 2015 and 2016 and runners-up in 2017 pounded out 15 hits and slugged 2 home runs in the win over West Bladen. Senior Megan White walloped a 3-run home run in the third inning, and senior Brianna Coleman hammered a 2-run homer in the second inning. White finished 2-2 at the plate with 4 runs batted in, and Coleman was 2-3 with 3 rbi’s. Sophmore Emma Jones and freshman Jenna Curry both batted 3-4 for the Lady …..

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SFSGA Plays May 8 Tourney At Florence, S.C.

The Southeastern Fellowship of Senior Golf Association played their May 8 event at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence. Fifty-six players participated with the winning team of Sandy Holland, Don Salsbery, Randy Williamson and Dennie pait shooting 52 to win. Next week’s tourney will be held with a 2-man Stableford format at Vineyard Golf between Elizabethtown and White Lake. Share:

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NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Soccer State Play-offs: East Bladen 4, Elizabeth City Northeastern 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshmen Kenia Medina and Katie Evans combined for 3 goals and an assist to lead East Bladen to a 4-0 victory over Elizabeth City Northeastern Tuesday night in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A girls soccer state play-offs. Medina rang up 2 goals, and Evans finished with a goal and an assist as East Bladen outshot Northeastern 35-0. Sophmore Patience Ward opened the scoring for East in the eleventh minute taking a pass from Evans and knocking in the goal from just inside the 6-yard box. In the 34 minute, Medina fired in her first goal of the game. “It was unassisted as she was able …..

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Lefrederick Wooten’s 14U Team Wins Triple Crown Tournament

Lefrederick Wooten of Elizabethtown’s team, the Dirt Bags Camo, won the 14U Triple Crown Border Wars Tournament this weekend in Rocky Mount. The 14U bracket had 17 teams participating from North Carolina and Virginia. The Camo team outscored their opponents 39-5 in posting a record of 5-0 with three shutouts. The Dirt Bag Camos next tournament will be in Lake Point, Ga., where they will compete in the Perfect Game Wood Bat Championship series Share:

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Patience Parker Signs with St. Andrews

With her family, teammates and coaches in attendance, West Bladen’s Patience Parker signed Friday to continue her athletic career as a dual sport athlete at St. Andrews in Laurinburg. Parker who played volleyball, basketball and ran track at West Bladen will play basketball and run track at St. Andrews. “Patience brings great enthusiasm and is very coachable,” said St. Andrews basketball Coach Yvette Sparks who was at Friday’s signing. “I love the energy that she would bring on a daily basis. When she came to visit, she hit it off right away with our team. They had really good chemistry.” Parker who plans to major in athletic training in college …..

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East Bladen soccer, West Bladen softball in playoffs

  • 05/07/2018
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The undefeated East Bladen girls’ soccer team will host Elizabeth City Northeastern on Tuesday in the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. In softball, West Bladen will play at top-seeded South Granville in the opening round at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Pairings for baseball, softball and girls’ soccer were released Monday by the state organization. The East Bladen baseball team was in the running for a bid, but missed out. The East Bladen girls’ soccer team is 17-0, outscored its opponents 89-5 and posted 12 shutouts this season. The Eagles received the No. 8 in the 2-A East brackets. Hannah Devane has 24 goals and …..

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Golf Tournament Raises Money For HCA Athletics

Harrells Christian Academy held its annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 28.  Teams competed in “superball” competition on the beautiful River Course at River Landing Country Club in Wallace.  The event, consisting of golf, a raffle, and a delicious lunch, raised over $27,000 dollars to further athletic programs at the school.  Over 50 area families and businesses contributed their support to the event. The title sponsor was Bill Carone Chevrolet-Buick-GMC of Wallace, the meal was sponsored by Bryan Griffin and Edward Jones Investments, the awards were sponsored by US Foods, and the scoreboard was sponsored by Deacon Jones of Clinton. Headmaster Andy Wells remarked, “We got a beautiful day for …..

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JV Softball: East Bladen 18, West Bladen 5

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen exploded for ten first-inning runs en route to an 18-5 Three Rivers Conference jayvee softball victory Friday over West Bladen. Lexie Guy walked, and Nesiah Davis-McKoy knocked her in with a single to begin the Lady Eagle first inning. Jordan Kinlaw belted a single to left-centerfield that scored Davis-McKoy, and Majesti Corbett yanked a single to left that plated Kinlaw. Carlie West walked, and Adriene Howell’s single scored Corbett, and Alyann Gregg’s single plated West. Grey Guy walked, and Lexie Guy walloped a grand-slam home run. Davis-McKoy walked, and Kinlaw slammed a double to drive her in. Summer Addington walked to begin the Lady Knight second …..

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JV Baseball: East Bladen 2, West Bladen 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – Zach Meares walked and scored the winning run in the fifth inning as East Bladen edged West Bladen 2-1 Friday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball action. With the score tied 1-1, Xavier McKoy and Jacob Priest drew walks to begin the Eagle fifth inning. McKoy was thrown out attempting to steal second base by Knight catcher Dawson Bryan, and Priest was tagged out at the plate attempting to score on a wild pitch as Bryan tossed to pitcher Sam West. Meares then raced home with the go-ahead run. The Eagles broke a scoreless tie with a run in the fourth inning. Drew Sholar reached base on an …..

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Middle School Softball: Bladenboro 18, Tar Heel 0

TAR HEEL – Bladenboro completed an undefeated 6-0 season Thursday with an 18-0 Bladen Five Middle School softball victory over Tar Heel. Rylee Chadwick and McKenzie Singletary combined to pitch a one-hitter for Bladenboro. Chadwick struck out all six batters that she faced in the first two innings. Singletary allowed one hit, no walks and struck out two in her 3 innings in the circle. Briley Stanley belted a third-inning single for the only Tar Heel hit. Megan Pait reached base on an error to lead off the game and stole second and third base. Whitney McLean walked, and Kolee Wilkins reached base on an error as Pait and McLean …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Softball: Clarkton School of Discovery 16, Elizabethtown 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Maddie Taylor and Karli Priest combined to pitch a perfect game Thursday as Clarkton School of Discovery defeated Elizabethtown 16-0 in Bladen Five Middle School softball action. Taylor pitched the first 2 innings and struck out two batters. Priest worked the third inning in the circle and also struck out 2 batters. Addie Bowen and Karli Priest both reached base on errors to begin the Clarkton first inning. Mariah Smith delivered a single that scored Bowen and Priest. Shy’Asia Ratliff was hit by a pitch, and Emma Turbeville smacked a single to rightfield that scored Smith and Ratliff. Turbeville scored on a passed ball for a 5-0 lead. …..

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Softball: West Bladen 5, East Bladen 4

ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmore Alara Cashwell lined a 2-run single to centerfield in the seventh inning that propelled West Bladen to a 5-4 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over East Bladen With the score tied 3-3 and one out in the West Bladen seventh, senior Abby Dawson smashed a double to right-centerfield, and sophmore Kyla Reed reached base on an error as Dawson went to third. After Reed stole second base, Cashwell smoked a liner to centerfield that scored Dawson and Reed. East Bladen battled back in the home seventh, junior Erica McKoy drilled a triple to left-centerfield, and sophmore Johanna Parker smacked a single to centerfield that scored McKoy. Freshman …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 11, West Bladen 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen concluded an undefeated regular season Friday night with an 11-0 Three Rivers Conference girls soccer victory over West Bladen. Coach Jay Raynor’s Lady Eagles are now 14-0 in league play and 17-0 overall and should be a very high seed when the NCHSAA Class 2A play-off pairings are released Monday. East Bladen outshot West Bladen 24-1 for the game, and Lady Eagle goalie Ting Lin had to make no saves in the game. All of the goals were scored in the first half. Freshman Kenia Medina took a pass from senior Hannah Devane and scored in the second minute of the game. Twenty–two seconds later sophmore …..

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Baseball: East Bladen 5, West Bladen 3

ELIZABETHTOWN –Junior Pierce Melvin walloped a bases-loaded triple that snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted East Bladen to a 5-3 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Junior Greyson Heustess drew a walk to begin the Eagle third inning but was forced out at second base by senior Xavier Wooten. One out later junior Shy Pone raked a single to right field, and freshman Brady Hollingsworth walked. Melvin ripped a drive to left-centerfield that scored Wooten, Pone and Dan Tatum, the courtesy runner for Hollingsworth, and vaulted the Eagles ahead 5-2. It was the seventh straight win for Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles who now must wait for …..

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East Bladen Girls; West Bladen Boys Third in TRC Meet

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong  PEMBROKE – Both East Bladen’s girls and West Bladen’s boys posted third-place finishes in the Three Rivers Conference championship track meet Thursday at UNC-Pembroke. East Bladen senior Trevarius Carter won the boys 200 meter dash in 22.95 seconds. Lady Eagle sophmore Teronda Autry won the girls 400 meter dash in 1:07.99. West Bladen’s girls 4×200 meter relay team won their event in 1:56.23. Members of the winning Lady Knights relay team were: senior Patience Parker, senior Tarea Lucy, sophmore Jamil Bostic, Victory Crawford and Kiera Porter. St. Pauls won the boys meet with 178 points, followed by Whiteville with 97 points and West Bladen with 80 points. Red …..

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Middle School Baseball Bladenboro 12, Tar Heel 2

TAR HEEL – Bryley Williams pitched a 6-hitter and struck out ten batters to lead Bladenboro to a 12-2 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory over Tar Heel Thursday. The Bulldogs jumped in front with a 4-run first inning. Williams drew a lead-off walk, and Devon Strange raked a single to rightfield. An error on Brycen Blackmon’s grounder scored Williams and Devon Strange. Kaiden Stanley and Elijah Crabtree walked, and Josh Russ launched a fly ball to leftfield that scored both Blackmon and Kaiden Stanley. Antonio Candelaria hammered a double to right-centerfield to start the Panther first inning. Candelaria advanced on a passed ball and scored on Tucker Carroll’s sacrifice …..

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Middle School Baseball: Elizabethtown 11, Clarkton School of Discovery 2

ELIZABETHTOWN – Jackson Wright pitched a 4-hitter and batted 3-3 to lead Elizabethtown to an 11-2 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery Thursday. The victory clinched the Bladen Five championship for Coach Larry Williams’ Cougars who finished with a 5-1 record. The Blue Devils grabbed a 1-0 first inning lead. Davion Graham drew a walk, and Nazire Smith belted a single. Graham raced home on Lee Barnes fielder’s choice. The Cougars answered with 2 runs in the home first. Chase Starkloff walked and raced home when Ty Mathis blasted a triple to centerfield. Mathis dashed home on a passed ball. Elizabethtown opened up a …..

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Caleb Strait Signs With Louisburg

East Bladen’s All-State lineman Caleb Strait joined three of his teammates Thursday by signing to play his college football next season at Louisburg College. Strait will join teammates Lahkeyd Lesane, Devonta McIver and Xavia McDowell on the Hurricane roster. “I am excited,” said Strait who plans to eventually pursue a career in welding and mechanical engineering. “They have got my entire defensive line going up there,” chuckled Eagle Coach Robby Priest. “Seriously it is a trust issue. The kids saw what happened with the Murchisons (Farrell and Larrell) when they went there.” Farrell Murchison was a starting running back at Winston-Salem State last season, and his brother Larrell was recruited …..

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BMSBA Gets a Visit from the Cape Fear Heroes Arena Football team

  Bladenboro Middle School Bulldog Academy had some very special speakers on Monday. Corey McDowell, Jamar Tank Dials, Anson Yarborough, and Marcus Walls (players and coaches from Cape Fear Heroes Arena Football team) took time out of their day to speak to members of the Bulldog Academy. They spoke to them about obstacles they have overcame in life and how hard they have worked to become successful.  Recently the Young Men’s academy took a field trip to one of the arena football games to watch the Cape Fear Heroes play. The academy is under the direction of Mrs. Nicole Kinlaw.  Share:

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Bay Tree Lakes Fire Golf Tourney May 12

The Bay Tree Lakes Volunteer Fire Department will conduct their 15th annual golf tournament on Saturday, May 12th, at Vineyard Golf Course at White Lake. The tournament is Captain’s Choice and with a shot gun start at 1 p.m. Awards and prizes will be given. There will awards for first, second, and third place teams and longest drive/closest to the pin (male and female). Door prizes will also be given. The cost to enter the tournament is $60 per person or $240 per team. This includes golf and meal after the tournament. You can also sponsor the tournament. Sponsorships range from $100 to $1,000. Sponsorships are tax deductible. Make checks payable to Bay Tree …..

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Middle School Baseball Bladenboro 10, Clarkton School of Discovery 6

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLARKTON – Bladenboro rallied from a 6-2 deficit with 8 runs in the final 2 innings and defeated Clarkton School of Discovery 10-6 Tuesday in Bladen Five Middle School Baseball action. With the Blue Devils up 6-2, Devon Strange walked to begin the Bulldog fifth inning and advanced on a passed ball and a stolen base and scored on Brycen Blackmon’s infield hit. Michael Young walked, and Elijah Crabtree laced a single to right that scored Blackmon and Young to trim the lead to 6-5. Josh Russ yanked a single to leftfield to start the Bladenboro sixth inning. Russ stole two bases and scored the tying run. Bryley …..

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Middle School Baseball Elizabethtown 14, Tar Heel 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – A trio of Elizabethtown pitchers – Ty Mathis, Evan Pait and Chase Knight – combined to pitch a 5-inning no-hitter Tuesday to lead the Cougars to a 14-0 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory over Tar Heel. Mathis pitched the first 3 innings to pick up the victory, striking out seven batters and walking one. Pait relieved and pitched 1.2 innings, walking one and striking out one. Knight came on in the fifth to strike out the only batter that he faced. Chase Starkloff slammed a double to centerfield to start the Cougar first inning, and Jackson Wright drove him in with a single. Wright stole second base and …..

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Middle School Softball Bladenboro 14, Clarkton School of Discovery 6

    Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLARKTON – Bladenboro clinched the Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball championship Tuesday with a 14-6 victory over Clarkton School of Discovery. The Lady Bulldogs jumped in front with a pair of first inning runs. Rylee Chadwick led off with a single, and Savannah Turbeville blasted a double to drive her in. Turbeville scored on McKenzie Singletary’s sacrifice fly. Bladenboro padded the lead with 3 runs in the second inning. Lauren Pait reached base on an error, and Chadwick knocked her in with a 2-out single. Lainey Autry reached base on an error, and Savannah Turbeville belted a single that scored Chadwick and Autry and pushed …..

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JV Baseball South Columbus 16, West Bladen 1

TABOR CITY – South Columbus defeated West Bladen 16-1 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball action. The Knights scored their run in the fourth inning. Freshman Cameron Flowers drew a walk and raced home when freshman Austin May ripped a single to leftfield. Edgar Garcia beat out an infield hit for the other West Bladen hit. Junior Thomas West started on the mound for the Knights. West Bladen will conclude the season Friday at East Bladen. Share:

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 4, Red Springs 0

  Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmore Patience Ward scored two goals as East Bladen clinched the Three Rivers Conference championship with a 4-0 victory over Red Springs Tuesday night. Coach Jay Raynor’s Lady Eagles improved to 13-0 in the league and 16-0 overall with the win. “This wrapped up our first conference championship with the girls program,” said Coach Raynor. “I’m extremely happy for my girls. They worked hard from day one and we talked about this day…. it was a matter not of If we were going to win it but When we were going to win it. “Our captains and squad leaders made this happen,” continued …..

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Baseball: South Columbus 13, West Bladen 2

TABOR CITY – A nine-run third-inning propelled South Columbus to a 13-2 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over West Bladen Friday night. The Stallions scored 4 runs in the first two innings without a hit then pushed their lead to 13-1 with the big third inning. West Bladen scored single runs in the first and fifth innings. The Knights had a run in and runners on second and third base in the first, but a couple of stellar defensive plays by the Stallions stranded the runners. Senior Jamie Harrelson batted 2-2 with 2 doubles, 3 runs batted in and 2 runs scored to lead the Stallion hitters. Junior Harrison Gore …..

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Softball: South Columbus 12, West Bladen 2

TABOR CITY – South Columbus exploded for ten runs in the second inning en route to a 12-2 victory over West Bladen Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference softball action. Ten hits and two errors produced the Lady Stallion runs in the second inning. South Columbus added single runs in the third and sixth innings. West Bladen scored both of their runs in the third inning. Sophmore Jordan Benson beat out an infield hit, and senior Abby Dawson belted a single to centerfield. Kyla Reed forced Benson at third base. Sophmore Alara Cashwell ripped a double down the leftfield line that scored Dawson, and junior Carley Dawson’s sacrifice fly plated …..

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Softball: East Bladen 12, South Robeson 4

  Photos by Kenneth Armstrong  ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshman Kayleigh Raynor pitched a 6-hitter and struck out ten batters to lead East Bladen to a 12-4 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over South Robeson Friday night. Raynor walked two, hit a batter and only one of the Lady Mustang runs was earned. Junior Olivia Hollingsworth drew a lead-off walk in the second inning and eventually scored on a wild pitch to put the Lady Eagles in front 1-0. South Robeson turned an error, a hit and a fielder’s choice into the tying run in the third inning. East Bladen went back on top with 2 runs in the home third. Raynor …..

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Baseball: East Bladen 10, South Robeson 0

  Photos by Kenneth Armstrong  ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshman Zach Meares pitched a 7-hit shutout and struck out five batters to lead East Bladen to a 10-0 five-inning victory over South Robeson Tuesday night. In his first varsity start on the mound, Meares walked one and hit a batter. The Eagles cracked the scoring column in the third inning. Senior Sincere Smith beat out an infield hit, stole second and third base and scored when the throw to third got away from the fielder. Freshman Brady Hollingsworth smashed a double into the rightfield corner in the fourth inning. Meares beat out a bunt single, and freshman Freddie Wooten walked. Smith rapped …..

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Bladen County Sports

Stephen Damasco Takes Second Place in Palmetto Classic

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COLUMBIA, SC – Bladen County native Stephen Damasco took second-place in Class A of the Men’s Physique Division of the 2018 National Physique Committee’s Palmetto Classic Competition this weekend. Damasco, a resident of Clarkton, is a former student of Clarkton School of Discovery and West Bladen High School. pictures are featured on the link below: http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2018/npc_palmetto_classic/stephen_damasco/ Share:

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Class 2A MidEast Golf Regional

WHITEVILLE – West Bladen High hosted the Class 2A MidEast Golf Regional Monday at Land O’Lakes Golf Club. Midway won the regional with a 331 team scored. Clinton finished second with a 339 total. Randleman’s Connor Lineberry won medalist honors with a 72 by 3 strokes over Wheatmore’s Brodie Perry. West Bladen’s Chad Garner shot a 92 for the lowest Bladen County score in the regional. Teammate Wyatt Bordeaux carded a 95, and Evan Richardson posted a 96 for the Knights. East Bladen’s Kenneth Kinlaw shot a 99. Share:

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JV Baseball: East Bladen 10, St. Pauls 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshmen Jacob Priest and Drew Sholar combined to pitch a no-hitter and strike out 8 batters Monday as they led East Bladen to a 10-1 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over St. Pauls. Priest pitched the first 4 innings and allowed an unearned run, 3 walks and a hit batter while striking out seven. Sholar worked a 1-2-3 inning of relief and struck out one. The Eagles exploded for 6 runs in the first inning. Jay McKoy reached base on an error, and Jake Evans walked. Freshman Tyler Hill smashed a 2-run double that scored Jay McKoy and Evans. Freshman Brady Hollingsworth walked, and Xavier McKoy cracked a …..

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Softball: St. Pauls 10, East Bladen 5

ELIZABETHTOWN – St. Pauls capitalized on nine East Bladen errors to score six unearned runs and defeat East Bladen 10-5 Monday night in Three Rivers Conference softball action. The Lady Bulldogs turned two walks, two bloop singles and a throwing error into a pair of first-inning runs. The Lady Eagles answered with a run in the home half of the first. Sophmore Johanna Parker walked, stole second base and raced home when freshman Alyssa Futrell lined a single to left. With two out in the St. Pauls second inning, two hits and a trio of East Bladen errors plated 2 runs and pushed the Lady Bulldog lead to 4-1. A …..

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Baseball: East Bladen 10, St. Pauls 6

ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Spencer Scott pitched six strong innings and batted 3-4 to lead East Bladen to a 10-6 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over St. Pauls Monday night. Scott allowed 3 runs –none earned – on 5 hits and 2 hit batters while striking out four. At the plate Scott drove in 3 runs with his 3 hits that included a double. The Bulldogs grabbed a 2-0 first inning lead on a hit batter, two errors and Austin Locklear’s 2-run single. The Eagles answered with 4 runs in the bottom of the inning. Senior Sincere Smith led off with a single to centerfield and raced around to third base …..

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Bladen County Athletes Playing in College

Updated: May 15, 2018 Spring sports Trevor Lesane Baseball Sophomore Wake Tech West Bladen Kayla Thompson Golf Senior UNC Wilmington West Bladen Recent: The Eagles lost to Pasco-Hernando 8-7 in 11 innings May 11 and lost to Bryant & Stratton 11-8 on May 12 and were eliminated from the Region X Southeast District Tournament. No details were available. Wake Tech finished with a 28-17-1. Lesane finished with a .333 batting average with 5 home runs, 31 RBIs, 10 doubles, 3 triples and 18 stoles bases in 41 games. Recent: Tied for 32nd in Colonial Athletic Association Championship at The Reserve Club at St. James Plantation on April 13-15. Thompson shot …..

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Track & Field: East Bladen Girls Third; Boys Fourth

WHITEVILLE – East Bladen’s girls finished third Thursday in a 5-team Three Rivers Conference track meet at Whiteville. The Eagle boys placed fourth in their meet. South Columbus (89 points) edged Whiteville (87 points) to win the girls meet. East Bladen’s girls totaled 67 points followed by East Columbus (37 points) and West Columbus (12 points). Host Whiteville won the boys meet with 122 points followed by East Columbus (94 points), South Columbus (61 points), East Bladen (59 points) and West Columbus (15). Sophmore Aniyah Jackson was the only event winner for the Lady Eagles taking the 400 meter dash in 1:13.34. Senior ShaHyra Hogan piled up points for East …..

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Track & Field: West Bladen Boys Win Meet

FAIRMONT – West Bladen’s Boys won Thursday’s five-team Three Rivers Conference track meet at Fairmont. The Knights racked up 94 points in the meet to finish six points ahead of St. Pauls (88 points). Red Springs placed third with 61 points followed by Fairmont (23 points) and South Robeson (19 points). Senior B. J. Drake won the 100 meter dash in 11.3 seconds. Drake edged out teammate Masai Carroway who also finished in 11.3 seconds. Drake also placed fourth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.7 seconds. West Bladen’s Thomas Galin won the 1600 meter run in 5 minutes, 6 seconds. Galin also placed fourth in the …..

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Middle School Baseball: Clarkton School of Discovery 8, Tar Heel 7

CLARKTON – Lafon Monroe knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning to cap a 4-run Clarkton School of Discovery rally that lifted the Blue Devils to an 8-7 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory Thursday over Tar Heel. The Panthers carried a 7-4 lead into the home fifth, but Samaj Dove hammered a one-out triple, and Nyquan Richardson smashed a double that scored Dove. Davion Graham walloped a triple that drove in Richardson. Richardson scored as Jake Futrell reached base on an error. Pitcher Lee Barnes belted a single, and Monroe drove in Futrell with a single that put the Blue Devils ahead 8-7. The …..

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Baseball: East Bladen Sweeps East Columbus 15-5 & 7-4

First Game LAKE WACCAMAW – East Bladen defeated East Columbus 15-5 Saturday in the completion of a Three Rivers Conference baseball game that was suspended by rain on March 20th with the Eagles leading 8-2 in the top of the fifth inning. When play was resumed Saturday, the Gators tacked on 3 more runs on 2 hits in the fifth inning to pull to within 8-5. Junior Dan Tatum blasted a home run over the leftfield fence to ignite a 3-run Eagle fifth. Senior Xavier Wooten and Pierce Melvin were both hit by pitches, and Gabe Barber reached base on an error as Wooten scored. Senior Ty Watkins belted a …..

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Middle School Softball Clarkton School of Discovery 16, Tar Heel 1

CLARKTON – Maddie Taylor pitched a one-hitter and struck out 3 batters to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 16-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball victory over Tar Heel Thursday. Karli Priest led off the Clarkton first inning with a single, and Dyiamon Robinson beat out an infield hit as Priest scored. Mariah Smith walked, and Shy’Asia Ratliff’s fielder’s choice scored Robinson. Maegan Burney and Ashlyn Williams drew walks, and AnnaGrey Heustess raked a single to leftfield that scored Smith and Burney. Taylor and Priest drew walks, and Williams raced home on a wild pitch. Lena Trinidad, the courtesy runner for Heustess. sprinted home on a wild pitch, and …..

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East Bladen High School

Girls Soccer East Bladen 2, West Columbus 0

CERRO GORDO – Senior Hannah Devane and freshman Kenia Medina fired in goals Friday to lead East Bladen to a 2-0 victory over West Columbus in Three Rivers Conference girls soccer action. Devane and sophomore Patience Ward dished out assists in the game. East Bladen scored one goal in each half to record the victory. Medina paced the Lady Eagle defense with 15 steals. Freshmen Katie Evans and Lily Lin totaled 14 steals each. Devane recorded 13 steals in the game. Ward finished with 11 steals, and sophmores Cybil Campbell and Gracyn Martin followed with 10 steals each. Junior Ting Lin recorded 3 saves in goal for the Lady Eagles. East Bladen …..

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Softball: East Bladen, East Columbus Split Doubleheader

LAKE WACCAMAW – Freshman Kayleigh Raynor pitched a 2-hitter and batted 3-4 to lead East Bladen to an 8-4 victory over East Columbus in the opening game of a Three Rivers Conference doubleheader Friday night. The Lady Gators rolled to a 20-4 victory in the second game. In the opener the Lady Eagles grabbed a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Sophmore Abbie Cross and Raynor beat out bunt singles to start the rally. Freshman Alyssa Futrell reached base on an error that scored Cross, and sophmore Johanna Parker hammered a double to left-centerfield that scored Raynor and Futrell. A walk and an error produced an East Columbus run in …..

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Baseball: St. Pauls 7, West Bladen 4

DUBLIN – St. Pauls defeated West Bladen 7-4 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference baseball action. The Bulldogs scored a run in the first inning on an infield hit, and Caleb Henderson’s double. A walk, a single and Aaron Revels’ 2-run double stretched the Bulldog lead to 3-0 in the second inning. Two errors and Marcus Johnson’s single plated a pair of Bulldog runs in the third inning for a 5-0 lead. In the Knight half of the third, junior David Valenta and sophmore Dawson Bryan were hit by pitches, and sophmore Braylon Williamson walked to load the bases. A double play retired Valenta at the plate, but senior Scott …..

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Softball: West Bladen 8, St. Pauls 7, 8 innings

DUBLIN – Senior Madison Collins raced home with the winning run on a throwing error in the bottom of the eighth inning and lifted West Bladen to an 8-7 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over St. Pauls on Senior Night Friday. Collins slammed a hit off the thirdbaseman with one out in the eighth inning. Senior Brittney Landreth dropped down a sacrifice bunt, and the St. Pauls firstbaseman dug out a wild throw to retire Landreth, but her low throw to third base skipped away and allowed Collins to score the winning run. The Lady Bulldogs took a 7-2 lead into the home half of the sixth inning. Sophmore Kyla …..

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Middle School Baseball Elizabethtown 9, Bladenboro 1

BLADENBORO – Ty Mathis pitched a no-hitter and struck out 16 batters to lead Elizabethtown to a 9-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory over Bladenboro Thursday. Chase Starkloff hammered a triple to start the game and scored on Jackson Wright’s fielder’s choice to give the Cougars an early 1-0 lead. Bladenboro’s Bryley Williams reached base on an error to begin the bottom of the first, stole second and eventually scored the tying run. Weston Hatcher belted a single in the Cougar second inning but was forced at second base by Ahmad Powell. Powell stole a base and eventually scored on a passed ball to put the visitors back on …..

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Middle School Softball Bladenboro 16, Elizabethtown 1

BLADENBORO – Rylee Chadwick pitched a one-hitter and struck out 11 batters to lead Bladenboro to a 16-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball victory over Elizabethtown Thursday. The Lady Cougars jumped in front with a first inning run. Laura Davisson and Max Strickland drew walks, and Lainey Hughes smacked a single that scored Davisson. Bladenboro answered with 5 runs in the bottom of the inning. Chadwick cracked a single, stole second and raced home when Lainey Autry belted a single. After Savannah Turbeville walked, Autry darted home on a double play. Hannah Pait laced a single, and Kaden Thurman was hit by a pitch. Both runners scored as Lauren Pait …..

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29th Annual Bladen We Care Byron Gooden Golf Tourney Held At Vineyard Golf

55 teams of golfers teed it up Thursday on a beautiful day to participate in the 29th Annual BWC Byron Gooden Golf Tournament. An A.M. tournament was held and a P.M. tournament was held. 27 teams played in the morning and 28 in the afternoon. The winners in the A.M. were: First Flight: 1st Place, Augustine (57), 2nd Place, Davis (59), 3rd Place, Camp Clearwater (59). Second Flight: 1st Place, ESL Tech/Musket (64), 2nd Place, John Clark (64), 3rd Place, Coastal Beverage (65). Third Flight: 1st Place, CAM2 (67), 2nd Place, S&D Coffee (67), 3rd Place, Altria (68). Woman’s Long Drive Contest was won by Pam Taylor. Men’s Long Drive Contest was …..

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29th Annual Bladen We Care Golf Tournament Tees Off

Mac Campbell, Jr., addressing golfers prior to teeing off at the 29th Annual Bladen We Care Golf Tournament fund-raiser at Vineyard Golf Course. Campbell is President of Bladen We Care, a local organization that provides support for residents who encounter unforeseen medical issues. It has expanded its philanthropic reach to include nursing scholarships for students at Bladen Community College and UNC-Pembroke. Share:

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Baseball Elizabethtown 17, Clarkton School of Discovery 5

CLARKTON – Jackson Wright pitched a 6-hitter and struck out 12 batters to lead Elizabethtown to a 17-5 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery Wednesday. The Blue Devils jumped in front with a first-inning run. Nyquan Richardson walloped a lead-off triple and scored on Nazire Smith’s fielder’s choice. Korey Smith ignited a 5-run Cougar third-inning with a double, and Chase Starkloff knocked him in with a triple. Coleman Tatum slammed a double that scored Starkloff, and Wright smacked a single that plated Coleman Tatum. Elijah Bullard pounded a triple that scored Wright, and Evan Pait’s fielder’s choice scored Bullard for a 5-1 Cougar lead. The Blue Devils rallied for …..

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JV Baseball West Columbus 15, West Bladen 2

CERRO GORDO – West Columbus defeated West Bladen 15-2 Wednesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball action. Pitcher Thomas West walked and scored the first Knight run in the second inning. Sophomore Chris Bailey led off the West Bladen third inning with a single, and freshman Sam West followed with a single. Jeremy Pait knocked in Bailey with a single to left-centerfield. Pait, Sam West, Bailey and Mason Woodell connected for one hit each for the Knights. Thomas West and Bailey scored runs, and Pait drove in a run. West Bladen will host St. Pauls Friday. Share:

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Middle School Softball: Clarkton School of Discovery 14, Elizabethtown 2

CLARKTON – Clarkton School of Discovery exploded for 6 first-inning runs en route to a 14-2 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory over Elizabethtown Wednesday. Addie Bowen reached on a passed third strike and raced home when Mariah Smith swatted a single to right field. Shy’Asia Ratliff blasted a home run to right-centerfield that scored Smith ahead of her. Emma Turbeville drilled a double to centerfield and scored when Lena Trinidad reached base on an error. Molly Evans reached on an error, and AnnaGrey Heustess ripped a double to left-centerfield that scored Trinidad and Evans. Lainey Hughes yanked a single to leftfield in the Elizabethtown second inning. Hughes scored …..

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Middle School Softball: Bladenboro 13, Tar Heel 0

BLADENBORO – Bladenboro’s Rylee Chadwick and McKenzie Singletary combined on a no-hitter Wednesday to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 13-0 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory over Tar Heel. Chadwick struck out 11 and walked one in her four innings of work in the circle. Singletary retired all 3 batters that she faced in the fifth inning. Chadwick walked, and Lainey Autry belted a single, before Savannah Turbeville knocked them both in with a double in the Bladenboro first inning. Singletary cracked a single that scored Turbeville, and Singletary scored on Kaden Thurman’s fielder’s choice for a 4-0 lead. Taylor Lewis reached base on an error to begin the …..

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Jose Osorio and Jay McGill Qualify for Tennis Regionals

DUBLIN – West Bladen’s Jose Osorio and East Bladen’s Jay McGill earned berths in the NCHSAA Class 2A MidEast Regionals with their play in the Three Rivers Conference Tournament Thursday. Osorio defeated McGill in Thursday’s semi-final match to advance to the TRC Class 2A championship match where he lost to South Columbus’ Griffin Hanna. By finishing in the top four in the conference tournament, Osorio and McGill qualified for the regional that will be hosted by Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City on May 4th. West Bladen’s Desmond Lesesne defeated East Bladen’s Jacob Barber in an elimination match for the league’s fifth regional berth. However, Lesesne was defeated by St. …..

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Boys Tennis: Two Bladen Singles Players Advance to Third Round

DUBLIN – West Bladen’s Jose Osorio and East Bladen’s Jay McGill advanced to the third round of the Three Rivers Conference boys tennis tournament Wednesday. Osorio defeated Fairmont’s Caleb Argueta 6-2, 6-0 in the second round, while McGill won a hard-fought match over St. Pauls’ Carlos Luna 3-6, 7-5, 7-5. McGill defeated South Columbus’ B. Cox 6-3, 6-2 in his first round match. East Bladen’s Jacob Barber defeated Whiteville’s Andrew Cahn 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in his opening round match but lost to St. Pauls’ Israel Gonzalez 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round. West Bladen’s Desmond Lesesne defeated Fairmont’s Elijah Watkins 6-2, 6-1 in the first round, but lost to …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 2, Whiteville 1

WHITEVILLE – Freshman Kenia Medina fired in a penalty kick with 5 minutes left to play that lifted East Bladen to a key 2-1 Three Rivers Conference girls soccer victory over Whiteville. “Kenia tucked it away perfectly in the right corner,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “I knew she could do it and she deserved that opportunity. There was no doubt in my mind that she was going to bury it.” The penalty kick was set up when sophmore Patience Ward took a pass from sophmore Gracyn Martin and beat 2 Whiteville defenders before being pulled down in the box. “We had made an adjustment at halftime to move …..

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Softball: West Columbus 7, West Bladen 6

CERRO GORDO – Lexi Bullard’s sacrifice fly scored Kristen Meares with the winning run Wednesday night as West Columbus rallied for a 7-6 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over West Bladen. The Lady Knights took a 6-4 lead into the home seventh, but Lady Viking pitcher Leah Floyd hammered a lead-off triple to right-centerfield. Brittany Barnhill’s infield hit plated Floyd, and Faison yanked a single to left. Kristen Meares walked and an error scored Barnhill with the tying run. Faison was forced out at the plate before Bullard launched the winning fly ball. West Columbus took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an error, a Meares run-scoring double …..

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Baseball: West Columbus 3, West Bladen 0

CERRO GORDO – West Columbus capitalized on four West Bladen errors to scored 3 unearned runs and defeat the Knights 3-0 Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference baseball action. The Vikings scored a pair of first inning runs on two errors and Jerry Locklear’s 2-run single. Cole Benton doubled in the West Columbus sixth and scored on an error. Sophmore Logan West pitched 5.2 innings for the Knights and allowed only the three unearned runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out six. Sophmore Colby White relieved in the sixth inning and retired the only batter that he faced. Cody Benton pitched 6-plus scoreless innings for the Vikings …..

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Middle School Baseball: Tar Heel 10, Bladenboro 9, 8 innings

BLADENBORO – Jordan Bryan crushed a 3-run triple to deep left-centerfield in the top of the eighth inning that lifted Tar Heel to a 10-9 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory over Bladenboro Wednesday. With the score tied 7-7, pitcher Alex Brisson lined a single to leftfield to begin the Panther eighth inning, and Destin Montgomery raked a single to left. Catcher Antonio Candelaria was walked intentionally before Brisson walloped his bases-clearing blast to put Tar Heel up 10-7. The Bulldogs rallied in the bottom of the inning as Alex Strange reached base on an error and Aaron Wren walked. Strange raced home on an error, and Bryley Williams …..

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Rain Washes Out Tuesday Sports Schedule

The morning’s heavy rains washed out Bladen County’s Tuesday sports schedule. The St. Pauls at East Bladen baseball and softball games have been tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday if the fields at East Bladen are playable. East Bladen’s girls soccer game at West Columbus was rescheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at West Columbus. The Tar Heel at Bladenboro and Elizabethtown at Clarkton School of Discovery baseball and softball games are also tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday if the fields at Bladenboro and Clarkton are playable. No make-up date has been set as yet for the West Bladen at West Columbus baseball and softball games or the St. Pauls at West Bladen girls …..

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Addie Bowen MVP in Top Gun Super Regional

Addie Bowen was named game’s Most Valuable Player after driving in 5 runs by batting 3-3 against the Hot Shots in this weekend’s Top Gun Super Regional at Arnette Park in Fayetteville. The award was voted on by the umpires. Playing for SEC Bolton’s 12U team, Bolton cracked 13 hits in 19 at-bats in the tournament with one double and 4 walks. Share:

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Two Double-Bearded Turkeys in Bladenboro Area

A pair of Bladenboro area hunters killed one double-bearded turkey each in the same day Saturday. Killing two of the extremely rare birds together is highly unusual. Clay Allen and John Waldrop, who were baseball and soccer teammates at West Bladen High, killed the birds. One had a 10.5 inch beard and the other had a 9 inch beard. Both birds had half inch spurs. Share:

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White Lake Triathlon Results

Three triathlons were held over the weekend at White Lake. The results were: White Lake Spring Half: Men’s Winner: Scott Shumate, Virginia Beach, Va., 4:17:36. Women’s Winner: Jacqueline Miller, Holly Springs, N.C., 5:20:39. White Lake Spring International: Men’s Winner: Van Fletcher, Raleigh, N.C., 2:14:39. Women’s Winner: Laura Greene, Cary, N.C., 2:23:41. White Lake Spring Sprint: Men’s Winner: Dyllon Gonsolus, Kenesha, Wisconsin., 1:09:37. Women’s Winner: Jet Francis, Matthews, N.C., 1:15:24. Share:

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West Bladen Boys Third in Red Springs Meet

RED SPRINGS –West Bladen’s Boys finished third in the five-team Three Rivers Conference track meet held at Red Springs High Thursday. St. Pauls won the boys meet with 111 points. Host Red Springs was second with 99 points, followed by West Bladen with 65 points. Whiteville tallied 52 points, and South Columbus was fifth with 24 points. Whiteville won the girls meet with 107 points. St. Pauls was second with 87 points followed by South Columbus with 52 points, Red Springs (50 points) and West Bladen (49 points). West Bladen’s 4×800 meter relay team won their event with a time of 9:34. The Knights 4×400 meter relay team posted a second-place finish …..

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JV Baseball: Whiteville 9, West Bladen 0

WHITEVILLE – Whiteville capitalized on five West Bladen errors to score eight unearned runs and post a 9-0 Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball victory Friday. Freshman Sam West pitched 5.1 innings of 5-hit baseball, struck out 2, walked 3, hit 4 batters and allowed 9 runs – only one earned. Whiteville scored 2 runs in the first inning, 3 in the second and one in the fourth. Edgar Garcia raked a single to left in the second inning for the first West Bladen hit. Sophmore Braylon Williamson laced a single to centerfield in the sixth inning. The Knights travel to West Columbus Tuesday night. Share:

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