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Abbey Walters Cracks 3 Hits in UNC-P Marathon Game

ST AUGUSTINE (FL) – Bladenboro native Abbey Walters batted 3-5 in the marathon second game of a Peach Belt Conference double-header Sunday that her UNC-Pembroke Lady Braves lost 3-2 in 12-innings against Flagler. Walters beat out a bunt single in the third inning, smacked a single to centerfield in the seventh inning, and singled off the pitcher in the ninth inning. Flagler edged the Lady Braves 1-0 in Sunday’s opening game. Walters pitched 6 strong innings, allowing only a first-inning run on 8 hits while striking out two. UNC-Pembroke travels to Fayetteville State Wednesday for a 3 p.m. non-conference double-header. Share:

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Bladen Five Conference Middle School Baseball/Softball Schedule

March 28 Scrimmages 4 p.m. Bladenboro at Elizabethtown 4 p.m. Tar Heel at Clarkton School of Discovery March 30 Scrimmages 4 p.m. Tar Heel at Bladenboro 4 p.m. Elizabethtown at Clarkton School of Discovery April 4 Scrimmages 4 p.m. Elizabethtown at Tar Heel 4 p.m. Clarkton School of Discovery at Bladenboro April 6 4 p.m. Elizabethtown at Bladenboro 4 p.m. Clarkton School of Discovery at Tar Heel April 11 4 p.m. Bladenboro at Tar Heel 4 p.m. Clarkton School of Discovery at Elizabethtown April 13 4 p.m. Tar Heel at Elizabethtown 4 p.m. Bladenboro at Clarkton School of Discovery April 27 4 p.m. Bladenboro at Elizabethtown 4 p.m. Tar Heel …..

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Clint Allen Belts 3 Hits in Coker Win

HARTSVILLE, SC – West Bladen grad Clint Allen smacked 3 hits Saturday as his Coker Cobras defeated Wingate 8-1 in the first game of a South Atlantic Conference double-header. Allen singled to lead off the Coker third inning, advanced on a bunt and raced home on Thomas Lopez’ single to pad the Cobra lead to 2-0. The senior leftfielder ripped a single through the middle to drive in a run in the Cobras’ 3-run sixth inning. Allen laced a single to left-centerfield in the eighth inning. The Bladenboro native finished 3-4 at the plate with a run batted in and a run scored. The Cobras are now 8-7 in league …..

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West Bladen Boys Second in Pender Track Meet

BURGAW – West Bladen’s Knights finished second in the boys track meet at Pender Thursday. Pender’s boys won the meet with 144 points, while the Knights followed with 92 points Hobbton placed third in the meet with 74 points, while Clinton was fourth with 56 points. The only event winners for Coach Taurius Baker’s Knights were junior Justin Best in the 300 Meter Hurdles, and the 4×200 Meter Relay team. Pender also won the girls meet with 179 points followed by Hobbton with 79 points. West Bladen placed third with 54 points followed by Clinton with 19 points. No one from West Bladen won a girls event. A listing of …..

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West Bladen Boys Win First Track Meet

ROSE HILL – West Bladen’s Knights won a track meet for the first time in school history Tuesday at Union. The Knights edged East Bladen and Wallace-Rose Hill 73 points to 71.5. Midway finished fourth with 71 points and Union was fifth with 26 points. Event winners for Coach Taurius Baker’s Knights included senior Ty’kee Jeffries in the 100 Meter Dash, junior Corey McLaughlin in the 800 Meter Run and sophmore Bryan Padilla in the 1600 Meter Run. East Bladen was only 1.5 points back in a tie for second-place. Eagle event winners included senior Atlas Goss in both the Shot Put and the Discus, senior Eian Hines in the …..

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Baseball: West Bladen 15, Clinton 8

DUBLIN – Junior Scott Bowen pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief and belted 3 hits as West Bladen rallied for a 15-8 Four County Conference baseball victory over Clinton Friday night. Bowen took the mound with 2-out and 2 runners in scoring position in the Dark Horses fourth inning and struck out the first batter he faced to end the inning with Clinton ahead 8-4. Bowen struck out 4 more batters, walked one and allowed only 2 hits over the final 3 innings. “Scott came through for us,” said Knight Coach Kim Cain. “He threw the ball really well.” Freshman Logan West reached second base on an error in the …..

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Softball: West Bladen 10, Clinton 0

DUBLIN – Senior Logan Autry and sophmore Carley Dawson cracked 2 hits each to lead West Bladen to a 10-0 Four County Conference softball victory over Clinton Friday night. Senior Sophia Singletary scattered 4 hits over 5 shutout innings to raise her pitching record to 7-1. “Sophia did a solid job on the mound and controlled the game for us,” said Lady Knight Coach Joey Autry. West Bladen took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Sophmore Conner Brisson drew a lead-off walk and raced to third base when Autry laced a single to left-centerfield. Senior Alanna Ludlum’s sacrifice fly to leftfield plated Brisson. Singletary reached second base on a …..

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Softball Wallace-Rose Hill 14, East Bladen 1

TEACHEY – Wallace-Rose Hill defeated East Bladen 14-1 Thursday night in Four County Conference softball action. Senior pitcher Haley Rivenbark slugged a home run that highlighted a 4-run first-inning for the Lady Bulldogs who added 4 more runs in the third and 2 in the third. Senior catcher Sara Darling ended the game with a sixth-inning home run. The East Bladen run came in the third inning when sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson singled, and junior Faith Johnson slammed a double. Senior Emily Scott cracked a single, but two runners were left on base. Johnson’s double led the East Bladen hitters. Moore-Peterson singled and scored the run. Scott, pitcher Kaley Smith and …..

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Girls Soccer East Bladen 5, Wallace-Rose Hill 1

TEACHEY – Sophmore Ashley Hardin and senior Justyna Gargala combined for 3 goals and 4 assists to spark East Bladen to a 5-1 Four County Conference girls soccer victory over Wallace-Rose Hill Thursday night. Hardin dished out 3 assists and scored one goal, while Gargala fired in 2 goals and delivered one assist. Junior Hannah Devane was credited with 2 assists, and freshman Patience Ward added one goal and one assist. In the tenth minute, Ward put the Lady Eagles on the board with a goal that sailed over the keeper and into the corner at the far post. “Patience beat the left back, got into open space and hit …..

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Baseball: East Bladen 9, Wallace-Rose Hill 4

TEACHEY – Junior Xavier Wooten pitched 5 strong innings to lead East Bladen to a 9-4 Four County Conference baseball victory over Wallace-Rose Hill Thursday night. Wooten worked the first 5 innings and allowed only one run on 2 hits and 6 walks while striking out five. Sophomore Shy Pone started the sixth on the mound for the Eagles but an error and 3 walks plated a Bulldog run and loaded the bases. Lefthander Ty Watkins relieved Pone and worked out of the inning with a pair of ground balls aided by a double play from second baseman Quinton Bedsole to shortstop Sincere Smith to first baseman Pone. Watkins gave up an …..

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Softball: West Bladen 19, Village Christian 3

DUBLIN – West Bladen exploded for 19 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 19-3 mercy rule victory over Village Christian Thursday night in non-conference softball action. The Lady Knights sent 24 batters to the plate in the first inning and pounded out 16 hits. Senior Logan Autry walked, stole second base and dashed home when senior Alanna Ludlum cracked a single. Senior Laikyn Pait knocked in Ludlum with a single. Sophmore Carley Dawson belted a single that scored Pait, and pitcher Madison Collins smacked a single that plated Carley Dawson. Sophmore Conner Brisson connected for a single, and senior Jenna Dove drove in Alise Pait, the courtesy …..

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JV Softball: West Bladen 22, Village Christian 7

DUBLIN – West Bladen’s Lady Knights pounded out 20 hits and rolled to a 22-7 non-conference jayvee softball victory Thursday over Village Christian. Elizabeth Allbright slammed a triple and a double, batted 4-4 and scored 2 runs to lead the West Bladen hitters. Sophmore Erica McKoy also batted a perfect 4-4 with a double and 3 runs scored. Winning pitcher Brittany Landreth finished 4-5 at the plate with a triple and 3 runs scored. Erica Storms batted 3-4 with 3 runs scored. Teammate Ivanay Louis posted a 2-3 game at the plate and scored 3 runs. Freshman catcher Kasee Singletary blasted a 2-run home run and scored 4 times. Jordan …..

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JV Baseball: East Bladen 7, Wallace-Rose Hill 2

TEACHEY – Sophmore Pierce Melvin pitched a one-hitter and struck out 14 batters to lead East Bladen to a 7-2 Four County Conference jayvee baseball victory Thursday over Wallace-Rose Hill. The Bulldogs scored runs in the first and fourth innings against Melvin. Both runs were unearned. The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead. Sophmore Spencer Scott was hit by a pitch, advanced on a fielder’s choice and dashed home on an error that allowed Josh McKoy to reach base. After Wallace tied the game 1-1, the Eagles jumped back on top with a second inning run. Holden Clark reached base on an error, advanced on Eric Chancy’s sacrifice bunt and …..

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Basketball

Charles Lennon DYB Scholarship Games This Weekend in Clarkton & Elizabethtown

The Charles Lennon Dixie Youth Basketball Scholarship Games will be played this weekend at the Clarkton Dixie Youth Complex and at Leinwand Park in Elizabethtown. The games are a fund-raiser for the scholarships that Dixie Youth Baseball provides. They also provide an opportunity for teams to face competition in practice games before their league season begins. Admission is $3 for individuals 13 years-old & over. Absolutely no coolers are allowed. All games are played to an hour and 45 minute drop-dead time-limit. The schedule for the weekend follows: Clarkton DYB Complex FIELD 1 Friday 6 pm Wville First Bank vs Clarkton 7:30 pm Wville JJ Reality vs Cerro Gordo Saturday …..

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Baseball: West Bladen 5, Wallace-Rose Hill 3

DUBLIN – Senior Trent West pitched 6 strong innings and drove in 2 runs to lead West Bladen to a 5-3 Four County Conference baseball victory over Wallace-Rose Hill Wednesday night. Trent West struck out six and allowed only 3 hits and 3 runs – one earned run — to get the win. Junior Trey Storms pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning to get the save, striking out two while giving up a hit and a walk. The Knights scored in the first inning as senior Weston Pidgeon cracked a lead-off single, stole second base and sprinted home when Trent West deposited a single into centerfield. …..

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JV Softball: Pender 11, West Bladen 3

BURGAW – An 8-run third inning carried Pender to an 11-3 Four County Conference jayvee girls softball victory over West Bladen Tuesday. The Lady Knights had tied the game 3-3 with 3 runs in the top of the third. Freshman Kasee Singletary and sophmore Erica McKoy started the inning with singles. Pitcher Brittany Landreth knocked in Singletary with a single, and Indiyah Williams’ fielder’s choice plated McKoy. After Elizabeth Allbright was hit by a pitch, Erica Storms drove in Landreth with a single. Landreth batted 2-2 with a run batted in and a run scored to lead the Lady Knights. Storms also finished 2-2 at the plate with an rbi. …..

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Black bear management meeting April 3 at BCC

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled one of five public meetings regarding black bear management at Bladen Community College. The meeting is set for Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. The meetings will serve as an open forum to receive public comment regarding options that would change the current coastal bear hunting seasons to align with the new biological bear management units that were presented at last year’s forums. “We take these meetings seriously,” said Dr. David Cobb, chief of the Commission’s Wildlife Management Division. “Input from our constituents is invaluable to the Commission and truly helps shape our management efforts.” Other meetings, all scheduled …..

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Baseball East Bladen 14, Heide Trask 6

ELIZABETHTOWN – Winning pitcher Sincere Smith’s 2-run triple hightlighted a 9-run fourth inning that propelled East Bladen to a 14-6 Four County Conference baseball victory over Heide Trask Tuesday night. The Eagles jumped on top with 2 runs in the first inning. Smith drew a walk, stole second and raced to third base on a wild pitch. Senior Kyle Tatum laced a single to right-centerfield that scored Smith. Sophmore Dan Tatum, the courtesy runner for Kyle Tatum, scored on an error. The Titans scored a single run in the second and added 2 runs each in the third and fourth innings to take a 5-2 lead. Three of those runs …..

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Softball Heide Trask 13, East Bladen 8

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles rallied with a 6-run sixth-inning but came up short by a 13-8 score to Heide Trask in Four County Conference softball action. The Lady Titans rode the pitching of junior Brittany Foy to a 9-0 lead before the Lady Eagles broke through with a run in the fourth inning. Freshman Johanna Parker drilled a double to leftfield, advanced on a wild pitch and scored when Majesti Corbett smacked a single to centerfield. Heide Trask tacked on 2 runs in the top of the fifth, but East Bladen avoided the mercy rule with a run in the home fifth. Freshman Abby Cross was hit by …..

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Baseball West Bladen 5, Pender 4

BURGAW – West Bladen’s Knights overcame an early 3-0 deficit to move atop the Four County Conference standings with a 5-4 victory over Pender Tuesday night. The Patriots capitalized on a key error and doubles by pitcher Riley Murrey and Stephen Brunetti to score the 3 early unearned runs off of Knight starting pitcher Caleb Sholar. “Caleb threw the ball well,” said Knight Coach Kim Cain. “We had a key error, and they got a couple of bloop hits.” Sholar pitched 5 innings to pick up the win, struck out 3 and walked only one. West Bladen answered with a run in the second as junior Scott Bowen walked, stole …..

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Softball West Bladen 12, Pender 1

BURGAW – Sophia Singletary pitched a 4-hitter, and Alanna Ludlum and Carley Dawson slugged home runs as West Bladen’s Lady Knights rolled past Pender 12-1 in Four County Conference softball action. Singletary raised her pitching record to 6-1, walked 2 and allowed the one run. The Lady Knights jumped in front with a 3-run first inning. Senior Kassidy Anderson led off the game with a single, and 2 outs later senior Laikyn Pait knocked in Anderson with a single. Pait stole second base and raced home when Dawson smacked a single. Dawson stole second, and after Singletary drew a walk, sophmore Conner Brisson delivered a single that scored Dawson. Senior …..

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JV Baseball: East Bladen 5, Heide Trask 3

ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmore Spencer Scott pitched a one-hitter Tuesday as East Bladen held on for a 5-3 Four County Conference jayvee baseball victory over Heide Trask. Scott struck out 3, walked 3 and hit 2 batters in his 6 inning complete game. The Titans turned their only hit into a 1-0 first inning lead. The Eagles answered with 3 runs in the home half of the first. Freshman Gabe Barber reached base on an error, and Davis Alsup beat out a bunt single. An error on Scott’s grounder loaded the bases. Sophmore Pierce Melvin launched a sacrifice fly to rightfield that scored Barber. Josh McKoy’s fielder’s choice plated Alusp, and …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 4, Heide Trask 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Hannah Devane and senior Justyna Gargala scored 2 goals each to lead East Bladen to a 4-1 Four County Conference girls soccer victory over Heide Trask Tuesday night. Gargala broke free and sent a hard cross to the back post that Devane knocked into the net from 5 yards out for the first Lady Eagle goal. Sophmore Ashley Hardin sent the pass to Devane that set up the second goal. Devane finished the shot from 12 yards out for a 2-0 East lead. “We dominated the first half and outshot them 13-1 for the half and 29-6 for the game,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “We …..

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Cade Hancock Has Hole In One At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

Teenager Cade Hancock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hancock of Elizabethtown, had a hole-in-one recently at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. Hancock aced the #2 hole, a 165 yard par three. Hancock finished the round with a four-under par score of 68. Other low scores reported recently at Vineyard Golf were: Stacy Owen 72, Mac Porter 72, Jimmy Davis 75, Chase Suitt 73, Larry Hardee 74, Derrick Suitt 75, Marvin Tatum 75, Rick Marvin 73 and Evan Johnson 73. Share:

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Trevor Lesane Homers in Wake Tech Win

HICKORY – West Bladen grad Trevor Lesane walloped a home run and a double to lead his Wake Tech Community College Eagles to a 13-12 victory over Catawba Valley Saturday. Lesane hammered Catawba pitching for 4 hits in 5 at-bats, knocked in 3 runs, and scored 3 runs. The freshman rightfielder also stole 2 bases as the Eagles rallied from early deficits of 6-0 and 9-4. In the second game of Saturday’s double-header, Lesane belted a single and finished 1-3 at the plate, but the Eagles dropped a 4-1 decision. Wake Tech is now 14-10 on the season. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

It’s official, today is the first day of spring, 2017. Temps should be on the rise after a week long ‘cold spell’. Now, there are 16 teams remaining in the NCAA Playoffs, only one North Carolina team. UNC will face Butler next Saturday and Duke heads home after losing last night to the Gamecocks of South Carolina. Some great games yesterday. Seems to me college basketball becomes more of a contact sport the higher you go in the playoffs. Bladen County Commissioners meet at 6:30 PM today. The courthouse meeting is open to the public. Sooner or later, Bladen County leaders will be forced to address the public school situation. …..

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Softball: Pender 17, East Bladen 0

BURGAW – Pender slugged 3 home runs and defeated East Bladen 17-0 Friday night in Four County Conference softball action. Senior Gracie Vincent, sophmore Alana Buie and freshman pitcher Lauren Gammons all homered for the Lady Patriots. Freshman Izzy Smith connected for the first Lady Eagle hit in the second inning. Sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson and freshman Abby Cross belted singles, and senior Emily Scott was hit by a pitch in the East Bladen third inning, but the Lady Eagles left the bases loaded. Smith, Moore-Peterson and Cross finished with one hit each for East Bladen. The Lady Eagles, now 1-3, will host Heide Trask Tuesday at 6 p.m. Share:

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JV Softball: Pender 11, East Bladen 5

BURGAW – Pender defeated East Bladen 11-5 Friday in Four County Conference jayvee softball action. The Lady Eagles jumped in front with a pair of first inning runs. Sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson reached base on an error and advanced on a passed ball. Freshman Izzy Smith knocked in Moore-Peterson with a single, advanced on a passed ball and eventually scored the second run. Pender answered with 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Lady Eagles scored 3 more runs in the third inning. Freshman Johanna Parker singled and stole second base. Moore-Peterson belted a single that scored Parker, and Smith hammered a triple that drove in Moore-Peterson. Smith …..

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JV Baseball: West Bladen 12, Heide Trask 7

ROCKY POINT – Sophmore Dalton Pait and freshman Nolan Bryant connected for 3 hits each to lead West Bladen’s Knights to a 12-7 Four County Conference jayvee baseball victory over Heide Trask. Shaun Oxendine batted a perfect 2-2 at the plate for the winners. Freshman Colby White struck out 8 batters to pick up the pitching victory for West Bladen. Coach Todd Pait’s Knights are a perfect 2-0 in Four County play and 6-1 overall. West Bladen will host West Columbus Saturday at 12 noon. Share:

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JV Baseball: East Bladen 11, Pender 3

BURGAW – Sophmore Pierce Melvin pitched a 4-hitter and struck out seven as East Bladen cruised past Pender 11-3 Friday in Four County Conference jayvee baseball action. Melvin shutout the Patriots until the fifth inning and received key defensive help in the first inning when shortstop Josh McKoy, secondbaseman Jake Evans and firstbaseman Holden Clark turned an inning-ending double play. McKoy led off the Eagle second inning with a single, stole second and third base and raced home on Evans’ single. Sophmore Spencer Scott reached base on an error to begin the East Bladen third, and Melvin smacked a single. After Davis Alsup was hit by a pitch Clark slammed …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 1, Pender 0

BURGAW – Junior Hannah Devane drilled in a penalty kick midway the first half that lifted East Bladen to a 1-0 Four County Conference girls soccer victory Friday night. Freshman Patience Ward was pulled down in the box to give the Lady Eagles the penalty kick. Devane buried the low hard shot into the net to the keeper’s right. “We dominated the match and stopped all their threats,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “We out shot them 23-1 and Ting (Lin) didn’t have any saves on the night. Our midfield and front line controlled the game except for some early issues with the wind.” “Lexi (Mendell) dominated the midfield …..

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Baseball: East Bladen 12, Pender 1

BURGAW – Junior Xavier Wooten pitched a one-hitter and struck out six batters to lead East Bladen’s Eagles to a 12-1 Four County Conference victory Friday night over Pender. Wooten retired the first ten batters that he faced and gave up an unearned run in the fourth when Riley Murray singled in Stephen Brunetti who had reached base on an error. The Eagles jumped in front with a first-inning run as junior Sincere Smith belted a single, stole second and third base and scored when senior Kyle Tatum cracked a single. East Bladen exploded for 9 runs in the third inning. Senior Nick Collins led off with a single, sophmore …..

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Trevor Lesane Slugs Home Run For Wake Tech

HOLLY SPRINGS – West Bladen grad Trevor Lesane blasted a 2-run home run Tuesday, but his Wake Tech Community College Eagles were edged 14-13 by Cuyahoga Community College. Lesane also scored another run in Tuesday’s game. On Wednesday Lesane batted 3-5, slammed a double, scored a run and knocked one in as the Eagles pulled out a 9-8 victory over Cuyahoga. For the season Lesane, a freshman outfielder, has appeared in 10 games and is batting .308 with 8 hits in 26 at-bats. The Tar Heel native has scored 5 runs, drove in 4, has a slugging percentage of .462 and an on-base percentage of .333. The Eagles, now 13-9 …..

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Rahu Purdie Has Strong Sophmore Season

West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie has just completed a solid sophmore basketball season for the Lander Bearcats, finishing second on the team in a number of offensive categories. Purdie was second on the team in scoring (13 points per game), assists (3.4 per game) and steals (27). The 5-9 guard started all 30 games for the Bearcats playing almost 31 minutes per game. The White Oak native connected on 44% of his field goal attempts and 84% of his free throws. Purdie shot 43% from behind the 3-point arc and pulled down 3.2 rebounds per game. Highlights of Purdie’s season included: a career-high 27 points in a 97-92 overtime loss …..

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Bladen We Care Byron H. Gooden Golf Tourney Scheduled For Thursday, April 27

The 28th Annual Bladen We Care Byron H. Gooden Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, April 27 at Vineyard Golf at White Lake located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. Bladen We Care is a community based, not for profit foundation, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors dedicated to raising and overseeing distribution of funds which will help provide health care for patients in need in Bladen County. Members of the Board of Directors are Dr. Dave Allen, Norgie Hester, David Cross, Robert G. Hester, Billy Fisher (Vice President), Marvin Tatum, Wesley Campbell, Hayes Petteway, Charles DeVane, Ann Warner (Secretary), Catherine DeVane, Alan Thompson, and Mac Campbell (President). The …..

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Clint Allen Smacks 2 Hits in Coker Win

SALISBURY – Bladenboro native Clint Allen batted 2-4 and scored a run Saturday as his Coker Cobras defeated Catawba 10-1 in the opening game of a South Atlantic Conference baseball double-header. Allen beat out a bunt single in the second inning then clubbed a double down the rightfield line in the sixth inning and scored on A. J. Strnad’s single. In Friday night’s series opener Allen singled and scored the only Coker run in a 12-1 loss. The Cobras are now 5-4 in SAC play and 13-8 overall. Coker will host Barton in a non-conference game Tuesday at 3 p.m. Share:

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Bladen County 12U Girls Basketball All-Stars

The Bladen County Recreation Department’s 12-Under Girls All-Stars were eliminated Saturday in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) Sectional Tournament in Clinton. Bladen County lost 39-18 to Duplin. Members of the Bladen team are: Nyirah Smith, Makayla Dixon, Zoe Smith, Amaya Johnson, Hannah Nicole Davis, Shy’Asia Ratliff, Harmony Jacobs, Kaniyah Hairston, Iveonna Ward, Laila Smith, Jaiden Steffen and Shanidra Richardson. Head Coach is Erin Wakefield. Assistant Coaches are Dean Clark and Whitney Lee. Share:

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Bladen County 12U Boys Basketball All-Stars

Bladen County Recreation’s 12-Under Boys Basketball All-Stars were eliminated in the third round of the State-Wide Activities Committee’s Sectional Tournament in Wendell Saturday. Bladen County defeated Henderson-Vance 38-38 before losing 50-38 to the host Wendell team. Members of the team are: Javonta Matthews, Davion Graham, Fred Munn, Jr., Anthony Mitchell, Anthony Cowan, Cameron White, Zamar Lewis, Phillip McKiver, Jacob Nixon, John Elks, Dominick Collins and Andre Moore. Head Coach is Dom Whittington. Assistant Coaches are Mike Smith and Jamar Moore. Coach Whittington and the team thanked Tom and KeriAnn Metz for donating the jerseys that they wore this weekend. Share:

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JV Softball: West Bladen 20, West Columbus 5

CERRO GORDO – Indiyah Williams slammed a double and a triple to lead West Bladen to a 20-5 non-conference jayvee softball victory Saturday over West Columbus. The Lady Knights jumped in front with 5 runs in the first inning. Freshman Kasee Singletary, pitcher Brittany Landreth, Erica Storms and Caroline Hester drew walks, Jordan Benson beat out a bunt single, and Elizabeth Allbright and Ivanay Louis belted singles. Singletary, Landreth, Allbright, Storms and Benson scored the runs. The winners stretched their lead to 9-0 in the second. Sophmore Erica McKoy, Landreth and Allbright cracked singles, and Williams pounded a double. All four of them scored. The Lady Vikings trimmed the lead …..

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Softball: West Bladen 7, West Columbus 1

CERRO GORDO-Sophia Singletary and Madison Collins combined to pitch a 3-hitter Saturday as West Bladen defeated West Columbus 7-1 in non-conference softball action. Singletary worked the first 5 innings to raise her record to 4-1. The senior righthander struck out 4 and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits. Collins pitched 2 hitless innings and struck out two. The West Bladen pitchers did not issue a walk in the game. Senior Laikyn Pait led off the Lady Knight second inning with a single and eventually scored on a passed ball. Sophmore Conner Brisson smacked a single, dashed to third base on a passed ball and scored on senior Logan Autry’s …..

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Baseball: West Bladen 5, West Columbus 4

CERRO GORDO – West Bladen’s Knights claimed their third victory of the week Saturday with a 5-4 win over West Columbus in non-conference baseball action. Senior Weston Pidgeon was hit by a pitch to start the game, and senior T. J. Guyton sacrificed him to second base. Senior Trent West knocked in Pidgeon with a single. Viking senior Gage Hammond tied the game with a home run in the bottom of the first. Senior Caleb Sholar cracked a single to begin the Knight second inning. Freshman catcher Jake Butler was hit by a pitch, but senior Hunter Pait’s grounder forced Sholar at third. Pidgeon beat out an infield hit to …..

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JV Baseball: West Columbus 15, West Bladen 0

CERRO GORDO – West Columbus defeated West Bladen 15-0 Saturday in non-conference jayvee baseball action. Sophomore David Valenta batted 2-3 to lead the Knight offense. It was the first loss of the season for the jayvee Knights who are now 5-1 on the season. West Bladen will host Wallace-Rose Hill Tuesday at 4 p.m. Share:

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Baseball: West Bladen 13, Union 1

DUBLIN – West Bladen pounded out 13 hits Friday night and opened Four County Conference play with a 13-1 baseball victory over Union. Knight senior Trent West hit 3 batters then worked out of a first-inning jam with a strike-out. The Knights responded with 4 runs in the home first. Senior Weston Pidgeon led off with a single, stole second and scored on an error as senior Jarrett Williams reached base. Trent West knocked in Williams with a single to left, and junior Scott Bowen laced a single to left. Caleb Sholar belted a single to centerfield that scored Trent West and Bowen. The Knights tacked on 4 more runs …..

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Former West Bladen Golfer Kayla Thompson Finishes 23rd In River Landing Classic

Clarkton native and UNCW golfer Kayla Thompson shot 75-75-75=226 to finish 23rd in the River Landing Classic played this past week in Wallace. Eleven college lady golf teams participated in this three day event. The UNCW team finished 4th in the tourney with a score of 27 over par. Penn State took the title with a score of 14 over par. Kayla, a junior at UNCW, will play in the LSU Tiger Classic on March 24-25-26 in Baton Rogue, Louisiana. Share:

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JV Softball: Midway 15, East Bladen 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Midway defeated East Bladen 15-0 Friday in Four County Conference jayvee softball action. Shortstop Johanna Parker and centerfielder Izzy Smith belted first inning singles for the Lady Eagle hits in the game. Olivia Hollingsworth pitched for East Bladen. It was the season opener for the Lady Eagle jayvees. Share:

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JV Baseball: Midway 9, East Bladen 4

ELIZABETHTOWN – Midway defeated East Bladen 9-4 Friday in Four County Conference jayvee baseball action. Midway built a 4-0 lead before the Eagles answered with 2 runs in the third. Freshman Jake Evans cracked a 2-out single, and freshman Gabe Barber slammed a double to drive him in. Freshman Jordan Robinson hammered a double that scored Barber. East Bladen trimmed the lead to 4-3 with a run in the fourth. Sophmore Eric Chancy belted a single but was retired at second on Josh McKoy’s fielder’s choice. Holden Clark knocked in McKoy with a single. The Raiders added a run in the fifth and 4 more in the sixth. Sophmores Spencer …..

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JV Baseball: West Bladen 10, Union 2

DUBLIN – Freshman Colby White struck out nine batters Friday as he pitched West Bladen to a 10-2 Four County Conference jayvee baseball victory over Union. Sophmore Derrick Long cracked 3 hits in 4 at-bats to lead the Knight hitters. White and sophmores Jeremy Pait and David Valenta connected for 2 hits each in their 3 at-bats. “Colby pitched a great game, getting us that first conference win,” said West Bladen Coach Todd Pait. The Knights remained unbeaten at 5-0 as they picked up their first conference win. West Bladen travels to West Columbus at noon Saturday for a non-conference game. Share:

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Softball: Midway 15, East Bladen 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Midway closed out a 15-0 softball victory over East Bladen Friday night with a ten-run fourth inning in the Four County Conference opener for both teams. The Lady Raiders capitalized on a walk, 2 infield hits and a misjudged fly ball for 3 runs in the first inning. Midway added single runs in the second and third before sending 16 batters to the plate in the fourth. Junior Majesti Corbett swatted a single past the firstbaseman in the second inning for the first Lady Eagle hit. Junior Faith Johnson ripped a single to leftfield in the third inning, and freshman Johanna Parker lined a single to left in …..

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Girls Soccer: Midway 3, East Bladen 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – Midway scored a pair of second half goals to defeat East Bladen 3-1 Friday night in the Four County Conference opener for both teams. Junior Hannah Devane fired in the East Bladen goal in the fifth minute of play, but the Lady Raiders rallied to pull out the win. It was the first loss of the season for the Lady Eagles, now 4-1. East Bladen will entertain Clinton Tuesday at 6 p.m. Share:

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Baseball: Midway 14, East Bladen 2

ELIZABETHTOWN – Midway took advantage of several East Bladen miscues to build a 13-0 lead en route to a 14-2 Four County Conference baseball victory Friday night. The Raiders used a walk, an error and run-scoring singles by Adam Butler and Dustin Holland to take a 2-0 first inning lead. A walk, 2 errors and a trio of Midway hits led to 5 more runs in the second inning, and the Raiders tacked on 6 more runs in the third. Junior Sincere Smith smacked a single to rightfield in the Eagle half of the third and raced to third base on an error. After senior Kyle Tatum was hit by …..

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Softball: West Bladen 18, Union 0

DUBLIN – West Bladen’s Lady Knights rolled to an 18-0 softball victory over Union Friday night in the Four County Conference opener for both teams. The Lady Knights took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Seniors Kassidy Anderson and Logan Autry and sophmore Carley Dawson drew walks, and senior Laikyn Pait’s grounder plated Anderson. Senior Sophia Singletary knocked in Autry with a single, and sophmore Conner Brisson’s sacrifice fly scored Dawson. Anderson smashed a one-out double in the second inning and scored when Carley Dawson slammed a double. Carley Dawson scored on an error for a 5-0 Lady Knight lead. West Bladen broke the game open with ten runs …..

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JV Baseball: East Bladen 12, St. Pauls 2

ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmore Pierce Melvin picked up the win Wednesday as East Bladen posted an 12-2 non-conference jayvee baseball victory over St. Pauls. Melvin struck out six and gave up three hits in his 5 innings on the mound. The game was stopped after 4.5 innings due to the mercy rule. The Eagles jumped in front with 5 runs in the first inning. Freshman Jordan Robinson, sophmore Spencer Scott and Melvin cracked consecutive one-out singles. Robinson scored on a balk, and Melvin’s single plated Scott. Sophmore Eric Chancy drew a walk, before Josh McKoy walloped a 2-run triple that scored Melvin and Chancy. After Holden Clark drew a walk, Davis …..

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Baseball: St. Pauls 14, East Bladen 8

St. Pauls defeated East Bladen 14-8 Wednesday night in non-conference baseball action. The Bulldogs bunched a trio of hits to score a first-inning run. The Eagles answered with 3 runs in the home first. Sophmore Shy Pone smacked a single to centerfield, and junior Sincere Smith was hit by a pitch. Senior Kyle Tatum walloped a triple to leftfield that drove in Pone and Smith. Junior Ty Watkins knocked in Tatum with a single to right-centerfield. St. Pauls trimmed the lead to 3-2 as Michael Bullard’s double plated a second inning run. In the Eagle second, Smith was hit by a pitch, stole second and third base then scored on …..

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Morgan Sweeney Scores 2 Runs in Newberry Sweep Over UNCP-Pembroke

PEMBROKE – West Bladen grad Morgan Sweeney smacked 2 hits and scored 2 runs Thursday as her Newberry Lady Wolves swept UNC-Pembroke Thursday in a non-conference double-header by scores of 2-0 and 10-4. Another West Bladen grad, Abbey Walters, pitched the first game for the Lady Braves and allowed only two runs – one earned – on 7 hits. The senior righthander struck out a season-high seven batters. Newberry pushed across an unearned run in the first inning. In the fifth inning, Sweeney (pictured) bounced an infield hit over the mound, stole second base and scored on Hailey Drawe’s single to push the Lady Wolves lead to 2-0. Walters yanked …..

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Baseball: West Bladen 9, South Robeson 6

DUBLIN – West Bladen banged out 12 hits to outscore South Robeson 9-6 Wednesday night in non-conference baseball action. “We put the bat on the ball tonight,” said Knight Coach Kim Cain. The Knights jumped in front 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Weston Pidgeon drew a walk and raced home when senior Jarrett Williams hammered a triple to the rightfield fence. Williams dashed home on a wild pitch. Junior Scott Bowen smacked a single to centerfield, advanced on a fielder’s choice and sprinted home when freshman Logan West yanked a single down the leftfield line. The Knights tacked on 2 more runs in the second inning. …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 6, Red Springs 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Justyna Gargala lit up the scoreboard with 4 goals (‘Hat Trick’ plus one) Wednesday night to lead East Bladen to a 6-1 non-conference girls soccer victory over Red Springs. The Lady Eagles struck quickly as Gargala fired in her first goal in the seventh minute off of an assist from sophmore Ashley Hardin. East Bladen kept the pressure on but didn’t score again until the 28th minute when senior Cassie Hill knocked in a goal from outside the 18 yard box. Six minutes later Gargala turned a feed from sophmore Sarah Johnson into a goal. Three minutes later Gargala struck again converting another feed from Hardin into …..

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Softball: East Bladen 9, St. Pauls 7

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles took the lead with 3 runs in the fourth inning and shutout St. Pauls over the final 3 innings to claim their first win of the season 9-7 in non-conference softball action Wednesday night. After the Lady Bulldogs edged ahead 7-6 in the top of the fourth inning, freshman Abby Cross walked to start the bottom of the fourth. Junior Faith Johnson reached base as the centerfielder misplayed her drive. Senior Emily Scott’s fielder’s choice drove in a run. Junior Kaley Smith walked, freshman Johanna Parker was hit by a pitch, freshman Izzy Smith walked, and Majesty Corbett was hit by a pitch to …..

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JV Baseball: West Bladen 14, South Robeson 4

DUBLIN – West Bladen’s Knights rolled to their fourth straight jayvee baseball victory Wednesday 14-4 over South Robeson. Sophmore Derrick Long pitched the first 4 innings and struck out 8 batters to pick up the win. Freshman Tyre Boykin relieved in the fifth and closed the game out. Long batted 2-2 to lead the Knight hitters. Sophmores Jeremy Pait and David Valenta both finished 2-3 at the plate for the winners. Sophmore Dalton Pait cracked 2 hits in 4 at-bats, and freshman Nolan Bryant connected for one hit. “We were short-handed due to injuries and illness, but the guys came to play tonight,” said West Bladen Coach Todd Pait. “Derrick …..

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Southeastern Fellowship Of Senior Golfers Begin Tourney Schedule

The Southeastern Fellowship of Senior Golfers, an organization of over 100 area seniors, began their 37 tourney schedule on Tuesday, March 7 with their first tournament being held at Land O’ Lakes Golf Course near Whiteville. A total of 74 players participated with the winning team of Mike White, Emory White, Charles Bridger and Ricky Walters shooting a 22-under score of 50. Their next tournament is scheduled for March 14 at Stryker Golf Course on Fort Bragg. Share:

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East Bladen Booster Club Meeting Tuesday

East Bladen’s Booster Club will meet Tuesday night, March 7 in the back room at San Jose’s Mexican Restaurant at 5:30 to discuss the Annual Reverse Raffle. East Bladen’s Reverse Raffle is planned for March 18 in the school’s atrium, with dinner at 6:00 and the raffle at 7:00. A ticket can be purchased by contacting the school’s main office at 910-247-4610 or contact Coach Russell Priest, Ricky Leinwand, Alan West, or any coach at the school. Athletic Director Patty Evers thanks the community for their support of our student athletes. Share:

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Blastball Registration Ends Friday, March 10th; Softball Registration Open

Registration for the Bladen Recreation Department’s Blastball program will end this Friday, March 10th. Blastball is for Ages 3-5 and is Coed. Registration fee is $25. Age is as of May 1st, 2017. Girls Softball registration will continue through April 7th. Leagues are offered for Ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-12, and 13-16. Registration fee is $30. Age is as of January 1st, 2017. Players can register online at bladeninfo.org (Parks & Recreation Department) or visit the Bladen County Parks and Recreation office on King Street to register. For more information, please call 862-6770. Share:

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Softball: West Bladen 12, South Brunswick 0

DUBLIN – Senior Laikyn Pait blasted a 3-run home run, and West Bladen rolled to a 12-0 non-conference softball victory over South Brunswick Monday night. The Lady Knights jumped in front early as senior Kassidy Anderson beat out an infield hit, and senior Alanna Ludlum drew a walk before Pait launched a towering blast over the left-centerfield fence for a 3-0 lead. Anderson walked, stole a base and raced home on a throwing error that allowed senior Logan Autry to reach base in the second inning. After Ludlum ripped a single to left, Autry dashed home on a wild pitch. Pait walked and stole second base before sophmore Carley Dawson …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 5, West Columbus 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Hannah Devane poured in 4 goals (‘Hat Trick’ plus one) to lead East Bladen to a 5-0 non-conference girls soccer victory over West Columbus Monday night. All three of Devane’s first-half goals were launched from the left side of the 18 yardline. Sophmore Ashley Hardin delivered two assists to Devane on two of the first half goals. Senior Anna Grace Long was credited with the assist on the other Devane first-half goal. Late in the second half Devane turned an assist from freshman Cybil Campbell into her fourth goal of the game. Senior Justyna Gargala outfought the defense to pick up a loose ball from her own …..

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Wyatt Long Qualifies for 2017 High School Bass Fishing Championship

Wyatt Long of Raleigh – a young fisherman with Bladen County roots – and his fishing teammate, Hunter McKee, finished fifth in the Cabela’s Lake Hartwell Early Bird Challenge. By finishing fifth Long (wearing the white shirt) and McKee qualified for the 2017 High School Championship Tournament to be held on Pickwick Lake at the intersection of the states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee in June. Long and McKee totaled 12.04 pounds of bass in the Lake Hartwell and finished just one pound out second place. Long is the son of Bladenboro natives Beth and David Long and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Long and Mr. Oren Young. …..

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Clint Allen Knocks in Go-Ahead Run in Coker Win

HARROGATE, TN – West Bladen grad Clint Allen knocked in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as his Coker Cobras defeated Lincoln Memorial 4-2 Friday night in South Atlantic Conference baseball action. The teams were tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh when Allen greeted Lincoln Memorial relief pitcher Chase Randolph with a single to left-centerfield that drove in Brooks Estrada. Allen advanced on a sacrifice and raced home when Jon Koski singled through the right side. In Saturday’s 6-4 Coker win in the second game of a double-header, Allen laid down a sacrifice bunt in the fifth inning that moved 2 runners into scoring position. Teammate Robert …..

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Morgan Sweeney Drives in 2 Runs For Newberry

NEWBERRY, SC – West Bladen grad Morgan Sweeney cracked 2 hits and drove in 2 runs in Newberry’s double-header split with St. Augustine Saturday. Sweeney smacked a single to centerfield to drive in a run in the third inning of Newberry’s 11-3 win over St. Augustine in Saturday’s opener. St. Augustine won the second game 6-5. Sweeney ripped a single to centerfield in the fourth inning that drove in a Lady Wolf run then scored on Hailey Drawe’s single. The Lady Wolves are now 13-6 on the season and will host Erskine in a double-header Tuesday that begins at 1 p.m. Share:

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Abbey Walters Wallops 3-Run Homer in UNC-P Sweep

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong PEMBROKE – Bladenboro native Abbey Walters slugged a 3-run home run and picked up her ninth pitching win as UNC-Pembroke swept their Peach Belt Conference opening double-header from USC-Aiken by scores of 11-3 and 2-0. Walters pitched all 5 innings in the Lady Braves’ 11-3 mercy-rule victory in Saturday’s opener. The senior righthander struck out 3 and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk as she raised her record to 9-1 on the season. The West Bladen grad ripped a single to left-centerfield in the first inning but was stranded at third base. The Lady Braves trailed 3-1 entering the home half of the …..

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Three Triathlons Scheduled For White Lake In April

The weekend of April 22-23 will find three triathlons scheduled for White Lake. On Saturday April 22 at 7 a.m. the White Lake Spring Half 2017 will be held. This consist of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run. The second event will take place on the same day, Saturday 22, at 8:30 a.m. This will be the White Lake International 2017. There will be a 1,500 meter swim, 45K bike and 10K run. The final event will be Saturday April 23 at 8 a.m. This will be the White Lake Spring Sprint 2017 which will feature a 750 meter swim, 14.3 mile bike and …..

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Baseball: East Bladen 3, West Columbus 2

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Sincere Smith knocked in sophmore Shy Pone with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning that lifted East Bladen to a 3-2 non-conference baseball victory over West Columbus Friday night. Pone beat out an infield hit to shortstop with one out in the seventh and took second base when the throw trickled away from the firstbaseman. Smith then lined the single down the rightfield line that easily scored Pone with the winning run. The Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Sophmore Dan Tatum hammered a triple to left-centerfield and scored on Smith’s sacrifice fly. Senior Kyle Tatum, …..

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Softball: Whiteville 2, West Bladen 1, 8 Innings

WHITEVILLE – Junior Ivy Hayes knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Whiteville edged West Bladen 2-1 in non-conference softball action Friday night. An error, 2 hits and a walk produced the deciding run for the Lady Wolfpack. Junior Raeganne Sholar led off the Whiteville first inning with a single and scored the first Lady Wolfpack run. West Bladen senior Sophia Singletary allowed only 3 hits in the game and both runs against her were unearned. The Lady Knights scored in the top of the first inning as senior Alanna Ludlum reached base on a passed third strike and her courtesy runner, Abby Dawson, …..

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Softball: West Columbus 7, East Bladen 1

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – West Columbus scored 4 runs in the sixth inning to pull away to a 7-1 non-conference softball victory over East Bladen Friday night. An error, 2 hits and 2 walks led to a pair of West Columbus runs in the top of the first inning. However the Lady Eagles escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam when freshman Abby Cross snagged a line drive to right field and fired a strike to catcher Emily Scott who tagged out a runner at the plate to end the inning. The Lady Vikings tacked on a run in the second inning when Kristen Meares cracked a run-scoring single for …..

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JV Baseball: East Bladen 15, West Columbus 2

ELIZABETHTOWN – Pierce Melvin and Holden Clark combined to pitch a 2-hitter and strikeout nine batters as East Bladen rolled to a 15-2 jayvee baseball victory over West Columbus Friday. Melvin pitched 3 scoreless innings and struck out six, while Clark worked the final 2 innings on the mound and struck out three. Both pitchers allowed one hit each. The first 9 Eagles – freshmen Gabe Barber and Jordan Robinson, sophmores Spencer Scott, Melvin and Eric Chancy, Josh McKoy, Clark, Davis Alsup and freshman Jake Evans – that went to the plate cracked hits during an 8-run, first-inning. All of them but Alsup scored in the inning. Robinson and Scott …..

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JV Baseball: West Bladen 5, St. Pauls 4

DUBLIN – Junior Bryan Haro’s sacrifice drove in the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning as West Bladen edged St. Pauls 5-4 in non-conference jayvee baseball action. Sophmore Brandon Strange started and worked the first 3 innings on the mound for the Knights, and freshman Colby White relieved and pitched 2 scoreless innings to pick up the win for West Bladen. Sophmores Dalton Pait and Jeremy Pait both batted 2-3 to lead the Knight hitters. White, and freshmen Dawson Bryan and Nolan Bryant cracked one hit each for the winners. “This is a talented and resilient group,” said Knight Coach Todd Pait. “They made some mistakes but …..

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Baseball: St. Pauls 12, West Bladen 0

DUBLIN – A 5-run third-inning broke open a 1-0 game and propelled St. Pauls to a 12-0 non-conference baseball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Two misplayed fly balls, 3 walks and a bad-hop single keyed the Bulldog rally that only included one clean hit. St. Pauls added 3 runs in the fourth and 3 more in the fifth. Senior Weston Pidgeon batted 2-3 to lead the West Bladen hitters. Freshman Logan West cracked a single in his only at-bat but was injured by the bad-hop smash in the third inning. Junior Trey Storms and senior Cody Garner added one hit each to the 5-hit Knight attack. Senior Trent West …..

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Girls’ Soccer: East Bladen 5, Red Springs 0

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmores Ashley Hardin and Sarah Johnson scored 2 goals each Friday night to lead East Bladen to a 5-0 non-conference girls soccer victory over Red Springs. Johnson fired in the first Lady Eagle goal off of a Hardin assist in the seventh minute. Hardin knocked in the second East Bladen goal in the 18th minute. Senior Cassie Hill scored the third Lady Eagle goal 40 seconds before halftime. Another Hardin assist set up Hill’s goal. Hardin found the back of the net with her second goal in the eleventh minute of the second half. With 14 minutes left to play in the game Johnson …..

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Elizabethtown Rotary learns about giving the gift of life through organ and tissue donation

Did you know that you can give someone the gift of life by becoming an organ donor? That is what the members fo the Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned on Wednesday during their luncheon meeting at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Gaye Davis, a teacher at West Bladen High school, spoke to the group about the importance of becoming an organ donor. Davis said Bladen County ranks 97th in the state in organ donation. Morehead City ranks first in organ donation. One person can save up to 8 lives with organs and many lives with tissue donation. Davis said there is no age limit on donating or receiving an organ. There …..

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Bladen Five Girls Basketball Championship: Clarkton School of Discovery 29, Elizabethtown 16

CLARKTON – Khadijah Jones and Mariah Smith combined for 18 points Thursday night to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 29-16 victory over Elizabethtown in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Girls Championship Game. Jones topped all scorers with 11 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Smith finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Teammate Lauren Bowen added 4 points and 6 rebounds, and AnnaGrey Heustess grabbed 5 rebounds. Guard Alexus Mitchell led the Elizabethtown scoring with 10 points. Teammate Lavada Jackson grabbed 5 rebounds, and Kayleigh Raynor finished with 4 rebounds. Jones grabbed a loose ball and banked it in for the first Clarkton basket, and …..

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Bladen Five Boys Basketball Championship: Elizabethtown 45, Clarkton School of Discovery 30

CLARKTON – Forward Ra’Sean McKoy poured in a season-high 16 points to lead Elizabethtown to a 45-30 victory over Clarkton School of Discovery Thursday night in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Boys Tournament Championship. Ra’Sean McKoy also grabbed 7 rebounds and had 3 steals. Teammate Lefrederick Wooten filled the stat sheet with 8 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Center Javant McDowell pulled down 13 rebounds, scored 7 points and blocked 3 shots for the Cougars. Teammate Zach Meares pumped in 8 points and had 3 steals, and guard JaQuez McKoy finished with 6 points and 3 steals. Center J. T. Junious and guard Garrett Melvin shared …..

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Morgan Sweeney Singles & Scores in Newberry Win

NEWBERRY, SC – West Bladen grad Morgan Sweeney belted a single and scored the deciding run as Newberry swept Lander 3-2 Tuesday to complete a double-header sweep. Sweeney yanked a single through the left side in the second inning, stole second base and raced home on Natalie Willis’ single to give the Lady Wolves a 3-0 lead. The Bladenboro native walked and stole a base in the first game that Newberry also won by an identical 3-2 score. The Lady Wolves improved to 12-5 and will host St Augustine’s Saturday in a double-header that begins at 1 p.m. Share:

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Clint Allen Bats 2-3 & Scores 4 Runs in Coker’s 22-5 Win

WILSON – Bladenboro native Clint Allen batted 2-3 and scored 4 runs to as his Coker Cobras rolled past Barton 22-5 Tuesday. Allen walked and score a run in his first at-bat in Coker’s ten-run second inning. Later in the inning the West Bladen grad ripped a single through the left side to drive in a run, stole second base and scored on a wild pitch. The senior leftfielder slammed a double to left-centerfield leading off the fourth inning. In the sixth inning Allen walked and came around to score on Thomas Lopez’ single. Allen was hit by a pitch and scored on A. J. Strnad’s double in the seventh …..

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Abbey Walters Slams Homer; Bats 4-8 in UNC-P Sweep

LAURINBURG – West Bladen grad Abbey Walters blasted a home run and batted 4-8 to lead UNC-Pembroke to a double-header sweep of St Andrews Wednesday by scores of 8-7 and 13-1. Walters started in the circle in the opener, pitched 4 innings and left with a 7-2 lead. The senior righthander raised her record to 8-1, struck out 3, walked one and allowed 4 hits and 2 runs. At the plate Walters hammered a double to left-centerfield in the third inning and scored on Alex Watkins’ sacrifice bunt. Walters added an infield hit in the fourth inning. In the nightcap Walters knocked in 2 runs with a double down the …..

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JV Baseball: West Bladen 13, South Robeson 2

ROWLAND – Sophmore Derrick Long and freshman Tyre Boykin combined to pitch West Bladen’s jayvee baseball team to a 13-2 non-conference victory over South Robeson Wednesday. “Derrick started the game with 4 strong innings,” said Knight Coach Todd Pait. “Tyre came in to shut the Mustangs down in the last inning.” Sophmore Brandon Strange batted a perfect 3-3 to lead the Knight hitters, and sophmore Dalton Pait slammed a double and finished 2-4 at the plate. Freshman Colby White belted a single. The Knight jayvees are now 2-0 and will host St. Pauls Friday at 4 p.m. Share:

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Baseball: South Robeson 8, West Bladen 7, 8 Innings

ROWLAND – For the second consecutive night, West Bladen lost on a walk-off bloop hit in extra innings as South Robeson defeated the Knights 8-7 in 8 innings Wednesday night. The Knights trailed 7-3 entering the top of the seventh inning, but senior Weston Pidgeon led off with a single, and freshman Logan West walked. Senior Jarrett Williams laced a single past the firstbaseman to load the bases. Senior Trent West then crushed a long grand-slam home run over the left-centerfield fence to tie the game. “Trent hit it in the top of the trees,” said Knight Coach Kim Cain. “It was way out of there. I would have liked …..

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Baseball: St. Pauls 10, West Bladen 9, 10 Innings

ST PAULS – St. Pauls scored the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning to defeat West Bladen 10-9 Tuesday night in a marathon non-conference baseball opener for the Knights. The Bulldogs turned a hit batter, an errant pick-off attempt and a bloop single into the winning run in the bottom of the tenth. The game went so long that the lights on the field were shut down by a timer right after the winning run scored. St. Pauls used a misplayed fly ball, a fielder’s choice, a wild pitch and a walk to scored 2 runs in the first inning. The Bulldogs drew 4 walks in the …..

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JV Baseball: West Bladen 7, St. Pauls 1

ST PAULS – West Bladen’s Knights opened the junior varsity baseball season with a 7-1 non-conference victory at St. Pauls Tuesday. Nolan Bryant picked up the pitching victory for the Knights and slammed a double. Junior catcher Jalen Drew also hammered a double. Sophmore Dalton Pait knocked in 2 runs with a single, and sophmore Brandon Strange and freshman Dawson Bryan smacked singles for the Knights. Coach Todd Pait’s Knight jayvees travel to South Robeson Wednesday for a 4 p.m. game. Share:

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Softball: West Bladen 14, South Brunswick 4

BOILING SPRING LAKE – West Bladen exploded for 12 runs in the fifth inning to open their season with a 14-4 mercy-rule non-conference softball victory over South Brunswick Tuesday night. The Lady Cougars capitalized on 2 hits, 2 errors and a walk to score 4 first inning runs and led 4-0 until the fourth inning. “Tough first inning,” said Lady Knight Coach Joey Autry. “We put the ball in play the first couple of innings and finally broke through.” West Bladen cracked 3 hits in the first 3 innings but were scoreless until sophmore Carley Dawson belted a single to right-centerfield leading off the fourth inning. Dawson raced home when …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 3, West Columbus 1

CERRO GORDO – Senior Justyna Gargala fired in all 3 goals Tuesday night as East Bladen’s Lady Eagles opened their season with a 3-1 non-conference girls soccer victory over West Columbus. All 3 of the goals came within the 18-yard box and were set up by 2 assists from sophmore Ashley Hardin and one from senior Cassie Hill. On all 3 goals Gargala beat her defender and put home the shot. The first goal came in the first 2 minutes of the second half. The second goal came just a few minutes later, and the third goal was scored midway the half. The Lady Viking goal came in the final …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Elizabethtown 43, Tar Heel 21

CLARKTON – Center Javant McDowell posted a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Elizabethtown to a 43-21 victory over Tar Heel Tuesday night in the semi-finals of the Bladen Five Middle School Boys Tournament. McDowell started the game with a turn-around 4-footer then sank 2 free throws, before Kai Belle answered with a rebound bucket for Tar Heel. McDowell put back a rebound, but Kendall Johnson flipped in a runner to keep Tar Heel within 6-4. Lefrederick Wooten drove for a lay-up and an 8-4 Cougar lead at the quarter break. Malcolm Bolden turned a steal into a lay-up that grew the lead to 10-4, but Belle …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 32, Bladenboro 29

CLARKTON – Garrett Melvin and Cornelius McArthur scored key baskets in the closing minute that lifted Clarkton School of Discovery to a 32-29 victory over Bladenboro in the semi-finals of the Bladen Five Middle School Boys Tournament. Donovan Stone’s rebound basket gave the Bulldogs their first lead since the first quarter at 29-28 with 1:53 left to play. Melvin drove the lane and flipped in a runner for a 30-29 Blue Devil lead at the 1:15 mark. McArthur stole a Bulldog in-bounds pass and dropped in a lay-up for a 32-29 lead with 29 seconds remaining. Both teams missed 2 foul shots each in the final 24 seconds. Melvin led …..

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JV Baseball: St. Pauls 5, East Bladen 2

ST PAULS – St. Pauls rallied with 2 runs in the fourth inning and 3 more in the fifth to rally for a 5-2 victory over East Bladen Monday in the jayvee baseball opener for both teams. The Eagles jumped in front 2-0 in the second inning. After 2 were out sophmore Eric Chancy and freshman Jake Evans belted singles and both raced home on freshman Gabe Barber’s single. Barber batted 2-4 to lead the East Bladen hitters. Freshman Jordan Robinson hammered a double, and sophmore Spencer Scott, Holden Clark, Chancy, and Evans added a single each. Scott started on the mound for the Eagles, and Clark came on in …..

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Baseball: St. Pauls 9, East Bladen 5

ST. PAULS – A 6-run third-inning sparked St. Pauls to a 9-1 lead, and the Bulldogs held off a 4-run last-inning rally by East Bladen for a 9-5 season-opening non-conference baseball victory Monday night. The Bulldogs scored in the first, but the Eagles tied the game 1-1 in the second. Sophmore Shy Pone led off the inning with a single and advanced on a balk. Juniors Quinton Bedsole and Deondre Newkirk belted singles as East Bladen pulled even. St. Pauls scored 6 runs in the third inning and 2 more in the fourth to take the 9-1 lead. Juniors Brooks McGill and Sincere Smith cracked singles to start the East …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Tar Heel 41, East Arcadia 35

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLARKTON – Kendall Johnson posted a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead Tar Heel to a 41-35 victory Monday night over East Arcadia in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Boys Tournament. Teammate Khalil Lloyd finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds, while center Kai Belle grabbed 11 rebounds and tallied 6 points. Antonio Candelaria pulled down 12 rebounds and added 4 steals and 4 points for Tar Heel. Tar Heel out-rebounded East Arcadia 44-21. Long led East Arcadia with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Teammate Emanuel Lewis finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds, and Roderick Grainger followed with …..

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Middle School Girls Basketball: Elizabethtown 17, Bladenboro 16

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLARKTON – Alexus Mitchell sank the clinching free throw in the closing seconds as Elizabethtown held on for a 17-16 victory over Bladenboro Monday in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Girls Tournament. Carlie West’s rebound basket put the Lady Cougars ahead 14-13 in the fourth quarter, and teammate Lavada Jackson worked free for a basket and a 16-13 lead. Mitchell’s free throw proved to be the clincher because Bladenboro’s Taylor West beat the buzzer with a 3-point bomb that sliced the final margin to one point. Mitchell topped all scorers with 9 points, and Jackson finished with 3 points for Elizabethtown. Hannah …..

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Bladen County Sports

Middle School Girls Basketball Clarkton School of Discovery 33, Tar Heel 20

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLARKTON – Khadijah Jones and Mariah Smith combined for 26 points to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 33-20 victory over Tar Heel Monday night in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament.   Jones topped the Lady Blue Devil scoring with 15 points, and Smith finished with 11 points.   Jones drove to the hoop for a trio of baskets and a free throw to lead Clarkton to a 13-7 first quarter lead.  Smith drained a 3-point shot and a 2-point shot, and Lauren Bowen hit a free throw.   Shelby Pharr tossed in a pair of baskets for Tar …..

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Abbey Walters Pitches 3-Hitter For 7th Win

DUNCAN, SC – West Bladen grad Abbey Walters pitched a 3-hitter to pick up her seventh win of the season Sunday as her UNC-Pembroke Lady Braves edged Wingate 2-1 in the Mid South Classic. Walters struck out 6, walked 2 and allowed one earned run as she raised her season record to 7-1 with a 0.93 Earned Run Average. At the plate the senior righthander slammed a ground-rule double to right-centerfield in the first inning that drove in the first Lady Brave run. Walters raced home on Taylor Gephart’s single to give UNC-Pembroke an early 2-0 lead. In their second game Sunday, the Lady Braves defeated Catawba 4-2. Walters batted …..

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East Bladen’s Robby Priest Named Assistant Coach for Shrine Bowl

East Bladen head football Coach Robby Priest has been named as an assistant coach for the North Carolina team in this year’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. The game will be played on Dec. 16 at Gibbs Stadium on the Wofford College campus in Spartanburg, SC. This year’s game will be the 81st annual meeting between the all-star teams from North Carolina and South Carolina. Priest has been the Eagle head coach for the past 5 seasons and has posted a record of 48-18. This year’s team made it to the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Play-offs before dropping a narrow 42-41 victory to South Columbus. Priest will …..

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Abbey Walters Pitches 2-Hit Shutout in UNC-P Win

DUNCAN, SC – Bladenboro native Abbey Walters pitched a 2-hit shutout Saturday as UNC-Pembroke defeated Barton 8-0 in the Mid-South Classic. The Lady Braves downed Converse 12-3 in their second game of the day. It was the third shutout and fourth complete game of the season for Walters who raised her record to 6-1. The senior righthander struck out four, walked one and needed only 58 pitches to complete 6 innings in the mercy rule win. At the plate Walters batted 2-4 with a run-scoring double in the fourth inning. In the win over Converse, Walters walked, stole a base and raced home on Taylor Gephart’s single in the Lady …..

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Clint Allen Slugs Home Run in Coker Win

GREENEVILLE, TN – Bladenboro native Clint Allen walloped a solo home run and drove in 3 runs in Coker College’s 10-6 South Atlantic Conference win over Tusculum Friday night. Allen finished 2-4 at the plate and scored 2 runs.  In Coker’s six-run fourth-inning, Allen singled to drive in a run, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Bryson Conner’s single. The West Bladen grad plated Jon Koski with a squeeze bunt in the sixth inning. Allen blasted a home run over the centerfield fence leading off the eighth inning. The Cobras split Saturday’s double-header with Tusculum winning the opener 5-3 before dropping the nightcap by a 3-0 score. Allen …..

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