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Allen leaving ACC for football’s biggest stage

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LUMBERTON — In 2004, Brad Allen was officiating a football game for then-Lenoir-Rhyne College when an older gentleman approached him after the game.“I thought it was somebody’s father or grandfather that was mad,” said Allen, who has been a regular official over the years at Bladen County football and basketball games. “He goes ‘I’m from the NFL’ and I go ‘yeah right,’ but he had a business card and he said he was going to file a report.”Ten years after that brief meeting near the stands of a football field in Hickory, Allen has added plenty of officiating to his resume, including nine years for the Atlantic Coast Conference and appearances in the 2012 Rose Bowl and the 2014 Sugar Bowl.


Lady Knights sweep West Columbus

CERRO GORDO — Morgan Sweeney fired in eight service winners, seven of which were aces, and the Lady Knights of West Bladen swept West Columbus in a non-conference volleyball match on Monday by the scores of 25-9, 25-16 and 25-10.In addition to Sweeney, the trio of Kathryn Schultz, Krisna Ransom and Breanna Jackson combined for 25 service points and 10 aces against the Lady Vikings. Jackson accounted for six aces, while Ransom added nine kills to lead West Bladen.Ot...

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Knights runs over South Rob, 42-8

ROWLAND — West Bladen traveled to South Robeson for their season-opener, and pasted the Mustangs 42-8 in a game that featured 382 yards rushing from the Knights, a swarming disruptive defense by West Bladen and a running clock that did little to soothe the sting for the Mustangs.The Knights’ defense recovered three South Robeson fumbles and blocked a punt to establish control, while the West Bladen stable to running backs put together a memorable evening.Afte...

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Design a better life jacket and win $10,000

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Are you an armchair inventor with a better way to keep boaters, sailors and anglers afloat?The BoatUS Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, have teamed up to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas with the “Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition” which kicks off today.“We believe there are some creative folks out there tha...

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Eagles thump Fairmont, 50-30

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen got 444 yards of offense, including 362 on the ground, and earned head coach Robby Priest his first season-opening win in three tries by handing visiting Fairmont a 50-30 loss.“It gets the monkey off the back,” Priest said. “The boys played pretty well, knock on wood.”As angry storm clouds swirled overhead and lightning flashed off to the south, it was the Eagles who supplied the early thunder. On Fairmont’s...

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West whips South Rob, 42-8

ROWLAND — The West Bladen Knights traveled to face South Robeson High in the season poener on Friday and came away with a 42-8 thrashing of the Mustangs.“The boys played well,” said West Bladen head coach Russell Dove.The Knights are 1-0 and will host West Columbus in the second week.

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Eagles battle to a second straight tie

LELAND — The Eagles of East Bladen battled to their second straight tie on the pitch to open the season, this one a scoreless knot against former Waccamaw Conference foe North Brunswick on Thursday.The match featured the defenses for both teams. East Bladen outshot the Scorpions by a 12-8 margin, and Eagles goalie Matt Massengill was credited with four saves.The Eagles, who are now 0-0-2 on the season, were scheduled to face the Pirates of Lumberton on the road Mon...

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Knights looking to build on success

DUBLIN — After an 0-11 season in 2012, West Bladen surprised a few teams in 2013 and put together its most successful season in several years, finishing 3-4 in the split Class 1-A/2-A Four County Conference and 5-7 overall. It also qualified for its first state playoff berth in several seasons.But second-year head coach Russell Dove knows the surprise factor is gone now, and his Knights will be challenged hard every week.“I think last year’s success is ...

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Eagles hoping for fast start to season

ELIZABETHTOWN — Although East Bladen football fans have become accustomed to seeing the Eagles in the state playoffs year after year, third-year head coach Robby Priest knows it only take a key injury or two, a key bad break here or there, and one tough loss to keep a team home after the regular season.“Oh yeah, we can’t get off to the kind of start we did last year,” he said. “We were right up against it the whole season.”Priest is re...

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Wednesday roundup…

The West Bladen Lady Knights defeated the Lady Rams of Purnell Sweat in a non-conferene tennis match by a score of 7-2Singles Action:Kali Strickland (PS) def. Alicia Avellaneda (WB) 8-1Madison Staton (WB) def. Nikana Oxendine (PS) 8-3Alanna Ludlum (WB) def. Genna Locklear (PS) 8-6Amber Long (WB) def. Mary Scott (PS) 8-2Tatianna Sturgis (WB) def. Brooke Huggins (PS) 8-5Sydney Jackson (WB) def. Sarah Locklear (PS) 8-1...

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Hunting mentor seminars scheduled for September

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host 11 hunting mentor seminars statewide in September to network with experienced hunters and share information about mentoring new hunters.The Wildlife Commission created the new “Hunting Mentor Seminars” to build on the popularity of free, skills-based hunting seminars that the Commission has been offering to the public since 2011. The Commission created the ...

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Knights open on the road

DUBLIN — West Bladen’s turnaround began last season with a 34-12 season-opening win over South Robeson, but Knights coach Russell Dove isn’t looking at Friday’s game as a gimme on the schedule.“Oh no, they are a big, physical team,” he said, “and we will need to get out to a good start. It’s pretty tough to play over there.”West Bladen’s win last season at The Castle was made possible by a strong running game &#...

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