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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.

 

Knowing the weather behooves boaters

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – For boaters, sailors or anglers, knowing the forecast and understanding the weather can mean the difference between smooth, sunny sailing or slogging through uncomfortably rough seas.Weather for Boaters, a new online course from the United States Power Squadrons and the BoatUS Foundation aims to teach boaters the basics of weather and forecasting so they may recognize and prepare for storms coming their way, interpret cloud formations and wind shifts, learn w...

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Collegiate bass fishing championship to air Sept. 3

FLORENCE, Ala. — Fans of collegiate bass fishing will get the chance to experience the excitement of the nation’s largest collegiate bass fishing event on Wednesday, Sept. 3, when the 2014 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship airs on the NBC Sports Network at 12:30 p.m.The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship is the marquee event of three nationally televised tournaments hosted as part of the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series that includes the ...

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Fake punt sparks Eagles to win

WHITEVILLE — A fake punt at a key juncture of the game, along with the stellar rushing of Farrell Murchison helped lead East Bladen to a 28-19 non-conference win over a pesky White team on Friday.The win improves the Eagles to 2-0 and drops the Wolfpack to 1-1.The play came early in the fourth quarter with East Bladen clinging to a 14-13 lead and facing a fourth and 5 deep in their own territory. Eagles coach Robby Priest pulled out a fake punt play that sent the s...

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Mourning Knights wallop West Columbus

DUBLIN — The West Bladen High football family was rocked Friday by the news that one of their varsity players had been found dead earlier in the day, and the team was given a choice to play the game against West Columbus or postpone it.The Knights chose to play.“Every one of the boys wanted to play the game for their teammate,” West Bladen coach Russell Dove. “I’m proud of how they handled things.”Despite the heavy hearts, t...

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Eagles’ offense erupts for 5-0 win

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen got into the “W” column for the first time in the early soccer season with a 5-0 whitewashing of visiting West Columbus on Thursday.The win moved the Eagles’ record to 1-1-3.Scoring honors were spread around among five players for East Bladen as Alex Felder, Brooks McGill, Brandon Tatum, Jake Mazur and Tyler Polk all found the back of the West Columbus nets.The Eagles opened a 2-0 advantage by halftime, then ...

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Eagles ready for Whiteville challenge

ELIZABETHTOWN — A week after hanging 50 points on a good Fairmont team, but giving up 30 points to the Golden Tornadoes’ spread offense, East Bladen head coach Robby Priest hopes his defense tightens up Friday when the Eagles travel to Whiteville for an early-season, non-conference rivalry game.But East Bladen will face an entirely different set of challenges.“Every team is different,” said Priest. “Whiteville’s defense will be tougher...

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Knights looking to go 2-0

DUBLIN — West Bladen’s Knights will be looking to start their second straight season at 2-0 for the first time in several years, but they will have to get past a hungry West Columbus squad that’s also looking to go 2-0.“We’ve preached to the kids not to take these guys lightly,” said West Bladen head coach Russell Dove. “We know that they (the Vikings) will be ready for us.”West Bladen and West Columbus scrimmaged each othe...

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Dove season opens on Monday

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that the dove hunting season opens Monday, Sept. 1, and to be safe throughout the season for these popular game birds.Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2014-15 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 to Oct. 11 and Nov. 27 to Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45.

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Lady Eagles, Lady Knights battle to wins

LAKE WACCAMAW — The Lady Eagles fought back from an early deficit to claim a hard-fought non-conference win over East Columbus on Tuesday by the scores of 23-25, 25-13, 25-22 and 25-23.Abby Norris filled the stat sheet with 23 kills, four aces and three blocks for East Bladen, while Lacey Suggs added 17 service winners, five aces and five kills. Teammate Miller Heustess contributed 28 assists in the win.Hannah DeVane recorded 11 service points and three aces....

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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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