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Student-athlete program has kicked off

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From football to volleyball to tennis, it’s clear that fall sports are back in season.Around the region, there’s an abundance of kills, goals, aces, birdies and touchdowns as fans fill both stadiums and gymnasiums, all while people like me write about them.Being a fan is fun, but high school athletes get a little extra: classes and plenty of homework.


Eagles look to rebound against Gators

ELIZABETHTOWN — Friday’s non-conference game between East Bladen and East Columbus pits more than simply the Eagles against the Gators. It’s also pitting boyhood friends against each other.“I used to play with and hang out with Rocky (East Columbus coach Rocky Lewis) when we were younger,” said East Bladen coach Robby Priest. “He grew up with football in his DNA just like I did — because of our fathers being coaches.”Lewis,...

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Eagles shut out Heidi Trask

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Eagles got three second-half goals to earn a 3-0 Four County Conference win over visiting Heidi Trask on Wednesday.The win improved the Eagles to 4-2-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference.After a scoreless first half, the East Bladen trio of Logan Baxley, Alex Felder and Tyler Polk tallied goals in the second half to give the Eagles the win. Colby Hester had an assist and seven steals in the match, and Polk also had an assist.Matthew Ma...

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Lady Knights handed first tennis defeat

CLINTON — The Lady Knights of West Bladen were battered from the ranks of the unbeaten on Tuesday by a tough Clinton team, which took an 8-1 verdict in the Four County Conference showdown.The loss dropped West Bladen to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference.The Lady Knights’ lone bright spot came from the No. 6 singles slot, where Sydney Jackson continued her winning ways with a straight-sets 6-2, 6-2 victory.Whitney Nye turned in a strong performa...

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Eagles get ‘W’ in OT, 4-2

BURGAW — East Bladen scored a goal in each of the overtime periods on Monday to hand Pender County a 4-2 Four County Conference loss.After the Patriots scored to take a 1-0 lead, the Eagles knotted the match on a goal by Brooks McGill midway into the first quarter.But Pender County answered with a rebound goal to the top of the net for a 2-1 edge — until Colby Hester took a pass from Jake Mazur and rocketed a shot to the back of the net late in the second hal...

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Federal grant to help conserve red-cockaded woodpeckers

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has received $1.1 million in federal funds to conserve red-cockaded woodpeckers and longleaf pine habitat in the Sandhills region. The grant came to the Wildlife Commission as part of $35 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Interior to conserve plants and animals in 20 states across the U.S., as announced yesterday by U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell.The Wildlife Commission will use its grant to acquire two lan...

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Whiteville whips West on the pitch

DUBLIN — The Knights of West Bladen were held scoreless over the final 65 minutes of Thursday’s non-conference match against Whiteville and suffered a 6-1 loss on the pitch.The Wolfpack opened the scoring with a goal 10 minutes into the match, but West Bladen answered a few minutes later when Seth Britt took a pass from Victor Jacombe and fired in a shot to the back of the net, knotting the match at 1-1.It was all Whiteville the rest of the way.The...

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Knights pull off big comeback win

ST. PAULS — A 28-yard “Hail Mary” pass by West Bladen quarterback Colby Lewis, some of whose flight came after time had expired in Thursday’s game, was hauled in by Stefon McDonald at the 3 yard line and resulted in the game-winning score when McDonald bulled his way into the endzone.The Knights, who found themselves down 14-0 early in the game, battled back for a 27-21 non-conference win over St. Pauls.With the West Bladen defense playing without...

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Sun Valley nips East Bladen

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen couldn’t overcome first-half fumblitis, a huge Sun Valley line and a poor spot on a crucial fourth-down play late in the game Thursday, and lost the non-conference game by a 26-20 verdict.The loss drops the Eagles to 2-1, while the Spartans improved to 2-2.The game Thursday was moved from the usual Friday night time slot because of the threat of severe weather. Most games throughout the region were also moved.East Bladen...

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Free deer-processing workshop offered

FAYETTEVILLE — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Cape Fear River Branch of Quality Deer Management Association, is hosting a “Practical Deer Processing — from Field to Freezer” workshop at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.The workshop, which is free, is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. Instructors from QDMA will provide step-by-step instruction...

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Knights hoping to bounce back

DUBLIN — The Knights of West Bladen were looking to bounce back on Thursday from last week’s disappointing 28-19 non-conference loss to Whiteville when they travel to take on St. Pauls in the final non-conference game of the season. The game was moved up a day because of impending storms on Friday.“Last week was a real gut-check for us,” said West Bladen head coach Russell Dove. “There are some things we really had to work on after that loss.”...

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Eagles prepared for Sun Valley

ELIZABETHTOWN — With an open date on the schedule last week, the East Bladen varsity football team tackled something a little different on Friday: the bowling alley and a pizza buffet.“It’s just something I wanted to do,” said Eagles head coach Robby Priest. “They’re a good group, and when you’re a good group you get rewarded.”Priest said the team, already a tight group, “really enjoyed” the trip to Lumberton....

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