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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.

 

West Bladen opens season with trio of wins

DUBLIN — The West Bladen girls tennis team opened the season on Monday with a 6-3 non-conference win over visiting West Columbus.Though the Lady Vikings took victories at the higher seeds, the Lady Knights put the match away with wins at the lower seeds.In singles, Alanna Ludlum too a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3; Amber Long won by a 6-1, 6-0 verdict at No. 4; Tatianna Sturgis was a 6-1, 6-0 winner at No. 5; and Sydney Jackson made her debut at No. 6 with a convincing 6-0...

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Turn deer problems into profits

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services estimate that $30 million are lost annually by North Carolina row crop farmers alone, with the vast majority of that loss caused by deer. Hunting is widely accepted as the most effective solution, yet hunting access to farm lands is one of the most difficult challenges faced by hunters.Wildlife is an important aspect of the land that farmers must manage. If left unchecked, wildlife can reduce your farm’s botto...

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BUDDY BURNEY MEMORIAL FOOTBALL JAMBOREE Eagles, Knights excel

ELIZABETHTOWN — The fifth annual Buddy Burney Memorial Football Jamboree came to Lenon Fisher Stadium on Friday, and gave both host East Bladen and visiting West Bladen one final tune up under game conditions before the 2014 regular season opens.It was also an opportunity for the Eagles and Knights to see some players compete who may complete and/or move up on the depth chart as the season progresses.The ...

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Eagles return plenty of experience to the pitch

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen coach Jay Raynor will have plenty of experienced senior leadership to rely on this season on the pitch, as the Eagles look to contend for a Four County Conference Class 2-A title and a state playoff berth.Gone from last year’s squad are graduates Cam West, Hastin McGill, Will Cole and last season’s co-captain, Joel Cromartie. But 11 rising seniors will give Raynor a lot of experience and depth.Leading the way may be the Eagle...

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Strong singles

DUBLIN — West Bladen tennis coach Jeff Atkinson has the luxury this season of having six of his seven top players returning to the courts, and thinks it could be another record-setting year for the Lady Knights.West Bladen’s girls earned a school-record nine wins last season, and only lost No. 1 player Josie Ludlum from that squad.But moving into that No. 1 slot will be rising senior Alicia Avellaneda, who was undefeated in the Four County Conference last yea...

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Lady Knights hope to keep conference’s 2-A top spot

DUBLIN — The Lady Knights lost some solid height along the front line in UNCP-bound Mallory Davis and Methodist-bound Courtney Thompson, but coach Gaye Davis thinks West Bladen has the pieces to compete in the Four County Conference this season.In all, the Lady Knights lost six seniors from last season’s squad that took the No. 1 Class 2-A slot out of the split 1A/2A conference — including Kristen Dickerson, Samantha Gooden, Codi Pait and Taylor Stephens....

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Jamboree set to kick off season

ELIZABETHTOWN — The unofficial start to high-school gridiron games is here.High-school football fans in Bladen County will get the 2014 gridiron season kicked off on Friday when East Bladen High School hosts the fifth annual Buddy Burney Memorial Jamboree sponsored by Four County Electric.The event will feature both of the Bladen County varsity teams, East Bladen and West Bladen, as well as the varsities from St. Pauls High and West Columbus High.“...

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Fishing Education Center to host deer-hunting workshop

FAYETTEVILLE — The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center’s staff expects the transition to go smoothly when programming expands from hook-and-line workshops about fishing to hook-and-bullet workshops that cover both fishing and hunting.Encouraged by the popularity of hunting workshops in the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s headquarters in Raleigh, the Wildlife Commission is partnering with the Cape Fear River Branch chapter of the Quality Deer Management ...

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Johnson has meager week with Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — East Bladen grad Saquan Johnson saw his five-game hitting streak snapped last week with the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League, a Class short-season affiliate of the Texas Rangers.On the heels of his streak that saw his average rise above the .200 mark, Johnson had to endure a nearly week-long layoff. After not being in the lineup on Aug. 1 and Aug.2, the Indians went on a three-day break.Johnson was back in the lineup on Thursday, hitting out...

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Eagles, Knights ready for Jamboree

ELIZABETHTOWN — High-school football fans in Bladen County will get the 2014 gridiron season kicked off on Friday when East Bladen High School hosts the fifth annual Buddy Burney Memorial Jamboree sponsored by Four County Electric.The event will feature both of the Bladen County varsity teams, East Bladen and West Bladen, as well as the varsities from St. Pauls High and West Columbus High.“We are very fortunate to have Four County sponsor this event, and we l...

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Special youth hunts offered

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer four facilitated permit deer hunts for youth, 12 to 15 years old, during the upcoming hunting season.“All participants are provided guidance and assistance,” said B.B. Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “Youth and accompanying adults always have fun and learn — and typically are successful — during these hunts.”Youth hunters will be selec...

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