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Knights ready for Clash of the Carolinas to open World Series

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DUBLIN — The West Bladen Knights are just a day away from the Clash of the Carolinas.By Friday, the Knights’ baseball caravan will have arrived in Chipley, Fla., for the 2014 Dixie Pre-Majors World Series as the North Carolina champions. They will open on Saturday against South Carolina.The Knights earned a second straight berth in the World Series by beating South Columbus and Duplin County in the state tournament at Cerro Gordo.With head coach Kim Cain tied up in Greensboro with the East-West All-Star Football Game this week, assistant coach Steve Pastore has been overseeing the practices and preparation for the trip south.

 

Eagles getting early accolades on the gridiron

ELIZABETHTOWN — The high-school football regular season may still be a month away, but most teams have already been involved with summer workouts and regional seven-on-seven competitions.With the opening of state-allowed football practices just one week away, East Bladen coach Robby Priest has been pleasantly surprised with how his players are approaching the upcoming season.“They’ve been working really hard so far,” he said. “There’s ...

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Lady Eagles tennis tryouts***ELIZABETHTOWN — Tryouts for the East Bladen girls tennis team will begin Monday, Aug. 4, at 9 a.m.Interested participants must have a current physical.For informatoin, contact coach Megan Kirby by email at mjkirby@bladen.k12.nc.us.***Casino night set for Aug. 23***BLADENBORO — The National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a casino n...

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Thompson plays in East-West game

GREENSBORO — West Bladen graduate Courtney Thompson logged some minutes on the court for the East All-Stars on Monday at the Greensboro Coliseum in the annual East-West basketball showcase, a game won by the West squad, 82-68.The win by the West stars avenged its 67-60 loss to the East in 2013.“It was a good game,” said West Bladen girls basketball coach Pam Stephens, who went to watch Thompson play. “It was pretty close through the first half, bu...

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Saquan slugs second home run

SPOKANE. Wash. — Squan Johnson hit his second home run of the season on Sunday, capping a solid weekend that saw the East Bladen graduate go 4-for-12 and raise his batting average to .179 on the season.Johnson, who is with the Spokane Indians’ Class A short-season team in the Northwest League — an affiliate of the Texas Rangers — opened the week Monday, July 14, as a defensive replacement in centerfield. It was the first action he’d seen since a pinch-...

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FLORIDA-BOUND

DUBLIN — With their repeat Dixie Pre-Majors State Tournament championship under their collective belts, the Knights of West Bladen are now focusing on a second trip to the World Series, this time in Chipley, Fla.“Everyone is pretty excited and looking forward to the trip,” West Bladen coach Kim Cain said.The Knights — especially coaches and parents — have very little time to get everything in order, most importantly a fundraising effort and ...

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Nice catch

Contributed photosBranden and Dylan Carson took a fishing trip to Oak Island recently and caught a number of blue fish, Spanish mackerel, lady fish and crevalle jack. Branden managed to land a nice-sized crevalle jack during the trip.

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Thompson placed on East's all-star roster

DUBLIN — Courtney Thompson's high-school basketball career received another feather in the cap when it was announced recently that she would be on the East's roster for the annual East-West All-Star girls basketball game.The game will be played at the Greensboro Coliseum on Monday at 6:30 p.m.Until several days ago, Thompson was listed as an alternate for the East's roster. But when another player could n...

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Knights are Florida-bound

CERRO GORDO — West Bladen capped a 3-1 record in the Dixie Pre-Majors state tournament on Monday with an 11-5 win over Duplin County in the championship game, and earned a second straight berth in the World Series.The World Series will be played in Chipley, Fla., from July 26 to July 30.Trent West and Mason Hester worked a solid game on the hill for the Knights, but it was the offense that carried West Bladen to the decisive win. The Knights recorded 21 hits in the...

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Butters is best

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Johnson sees litle action for the Indians

SPOKANE, Wash. — Saquan Johnson had a quiet week with the Spokane Indians, the Class A short-season team in the Texas Rangers minor league system.Johnson, a 2011 graduate of East Bladen High School who was drafted in the 28th round of the Major League Draft that year, sat out five of the last six games for the Indians.His only appearance in the past week was a pinch-running assignment on Tuesday.Johnson is currently hitting .160 for Spokane.Th...

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