Knights open playoffs at Goldsboro

DUBLIN — West Bladen’s Knights will be heading north Tuesday to Goldsboro when they open the state’s Class 2-A East playoffs.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released its playoff brackets for all four classes on Saturday.

West Bladen, 20-7 overall, was seeded No. 23 and will face the No. 10-seeded Cougars, 22-3, out of the Eastern Carolina Conference. Both teams lost their conference championships on Friday — West Bladen fell to Clinton, 72-59, in the Four County Conference finals and Goldsboro lost to Kinston, 65-60.

“It is what it is,” West Bladen coach Travis Pait said about the seeding and bracket. “We figured we’d be playing either Clinton, Jordan-Matthews or Goldsboro — and we don’t know much about Goldsboro.”

Pait added that the Knights are in a tough part of the bracket.

“Beat Goldsboro and we probably face Kinston; beat Kinston and we probably face Fairmont,” he said. “We among the land of the giants — hopefully they are saying the same thing about us.”

Other area boys teams in the playoffs:

— Clinton, 18-8, is the No. 9 seed in Class 2-A and will host No. 24 First Flight, 17-8.

— Midway, 15-10, is the No. 25 seed in Class 2-A and will travel to face No. 8 Franklinton, 19-8.

— Fairmont, 23-0, is the No. 2 seed in Class 2-A and will host No. 31 Southwest Edgecombe, 8-13.

— St. Pauls, 18-7, is the No. 22 seed and will travel to face No. 11 Jordan-Mathews, 21-5.

— Whiteville, 15-5, is the No. 8 seed in Class 1-A and will host No. 25 Perquimans, 13-13.

— Heidi Trask, 22-4, is the No. 3 seed in Class 1-A and will host No. 30 Northside Pinetown, 9-14.

— Wallace-Rose Hill, 17-7, is the No. 16 seed in Class 1-A and will host No. 17 Plymouth, 15-8.

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