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Oct. 21-27 Sports Week in Review: Lee in state tennis tournament

Savannah Lee

It was a memorable tennis season for West Bladen senior Savannah Lee. The Knights’ No. 1 player reached the NCHSAA 2-A state tournament on Friday, Oct. 26.

She lost in the first round to Zoe Huffman of Maiden 6-0, 6-0. Huffman went on to win the singles championship for the second consecutive year.

The East Bladen boys’ soccer team clinched their second straight Three Rivers Conference championship with a pair of victories. Gabe Barber scored a pair of first-half goals as the Eagles shut out rival West Bladen 3-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Greyson Heustess netted four goals in a 6-0 win against Red Springs on Monday, Oct. 22.

The West Bladen boys’ soccer team remained in the hunt for a postseason berth with a win against West Columbus on Saturday, Oct. 27 and a shootout win against Whiteville on Monday, Oct. 22.

Zach Meares

In football, East Bladen notched a pair of wins in rescheduled games to remain unbeaten in Three Rivers Conference play. Zach Meares’ touchdown run with 17 seconds left and Gabe Barber’s conversion kick lifted the Eagles to a 21-20 win over Red Springs on Tuesday, Oct. 23. It was much easier on Saturday, Oct. 27 as the Eagles routed South Robeson 49-14.

West Bladen lost its fifth straight, falling at undefeated South Columbus 69-14 on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Elizabethtown was the only middle school football team to win during the week. The Cougars rolled past Acme-Delco 38-6 on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Malcolm Bolden scored four touchdowns.

East Bladen’s boys cross country team finished in 14th place in the Class 2A MidEast Regionals Saturday at Wake Med Soccer Park.

Eagle sophomore A. J. Smith finished in 42nd place in the individual competition with a time of 19:54.69. Senior Aaron Todd placed 61st with a time of 21:34.53.

Other East Bladen finishers were: junior Efren Vargas (71st, 22:18.30), sophomore Damondta Smith (83rd, 24:16.27) and sophomore Antonio Ferguson (88th, 26:14.48).

The N. C. School of Science & Math won the team competition, and their runners claimed the first three places in the individual race. Senior Trevor Pharr took first place with a time of 16:27.87.

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