Carey Thomas Lennon living a dream at N.C. State RALEIGH — Carey Thomas Lennon took the initiative to inquire about a position that he thought might exist, and the result was a dream season as a student athletic trainer for men’s basketball at North Carolina State University.
Lennon had served his freshman year as a student trainer with the Wolfpack football team. “At times I was nothing more than a ‘glorified water-boy,” he stated. “But you have to start somewhe...
John Clark Special to the JournalThe Bladen Journal
Knights, Eagles playing pre-majors The Knights of West Bladen High and Eagles of East Bladen High haven’t put their bats and gloves away just yet.
Although Mother Nature has played havoc the past 10 days, both the Knights and Eagles are members of the area’s Pre-Majors Summer Baseball League — a league that features 10 teams from seven schools.
Three schools — West Bladen, Hope Mills and South Columbus — will field two teams. The remaining four schools — East Bladen, East ...
Wells, Walters tabbed top athletes for West Bladen DUBLIN — West Bladen High School recognized its student-athletes at its annual banquet on Thursday, and handed out a number of coveted awards — including the school’s senior male and female Athlete of the Year awards.
Matt Wells, who won the Coach’s Award in baseball and soccer, was presented with the Senior Male Athlete of the Year; Abbey Walters, who was an MVP with the softball, basketball and volleyball teams, was tabbed as the Senior F...
Delayed-harvest trout waters to open for fishing RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open approximately 64 miles of trout streams and two lakes classified as delayed-harvest trout waters under hatchery-supported regulations on June 1.
From 6 a.m. until 11:59 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, waters are open only to anglers 15 years old and younger. At noon, waters open to all anglers. Delayed-harvest waters will stay open under hatchery-supported regulations through Sept. 30. ...
Relay For Life donation Contributed photo
Otis Evans recently accepted a $1,500 donation from the West Bladen High School volleyball team in memory of Bit Evans for Relay for Life. The money was raised through the volleyball team’s efforts with ‘Pink Night’ during their regular season. Standing with Evans and the team are coach Gaye Davis, far right, and Principal Toni Warrick.
Knights open summer season with a sweep DUBLIN — Despite a heavy downpour earlier in the afternoon, the Knights of West Bladen managed to take the field for the opening game of their summer season on Wednesday, and went on to sweep a double-header from the Gators of East Columbus.
West Bladen is now 2-0 on the young season.
In the first game, the Knights battled for an 8-7 victory behind the stellar relief pitching of Liston Britt and the offense of C.J. Singletary, who went a ...
Lady Knights fall to South Lenoir, 5-2 DUBLIN — Two singles, two walks and two errors manifested themselves into three runs for South Lenoir, putting the Lady Knights of West Bladen into a hole it never climbed out of in a 5-2 loss Tuesday in the fourth round of the state’s Class 2-A playoffs.
The loss ends West Bladen’s season at 24-3, one step short of the Eastern Region finals.
“I’m proud of these girls,” said West Bladen coach Pam Stephens. “They never quit. They set a sch...
Sports briefs … Soccer camp coming this summer
ELIZABETHTOWN — Challenger Sports will be hosting their British Soccer Camp in Elizabethtown this summer.
The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger’s team of 1,000 British coaches flown to the USA exclusively to work on these programs.
The camp will take place at the Municipal Field on July 8 through 12, and the camp is for boys and girl...
Smith to play at Sandhills CC DUBLIN — Devonta Smith, an All-Waccamaw Conference selection for West Bladen High this past season, made his commitment to play begin his college basketball career with Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst.
Smith, who also received interest from Davidson and Newberry community colleges, said he knew pretty quickly that Sandhills was right for him.
“I really like their program and the coaches there,” Smith said. “And it’s close to home...
Karate tournament Contributed photo
The past weekend, students from Bladenboro’s Carolina Karate competed in the ‘Phoenix N The Burg’ Karate Tournament, held at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Pictured is Ayden Jackson, who received a participation trophy, and Lauren Pait. This was Pait’s first tournament and she placed third. They are coached by Instructor Daniel Miller and David Pait.
Walters twirls a gem, West Bladen wins 2-0 DUBLIN — Held hitless through the first four innings, the Lady Knights erupted for four hits and a pair of runs in the fifth frame on Friday — enough to carry them to a 2-0 win over Eastern Randolph in the third round of the state’s Class 2-A playoffs.
The win improves West Bladen to 24-2, gives them a five-game winning streak and propels them into the fourth round on Tuesday at home against South Lenoir.
Abbey Walters brought her “A” gam...
Class 2-A state playoffs
West Bladen 2
Eastern Randolph 0
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WP: Abbey Walters, 11-1.
Highlights: For West Bladen, Danielle Dove was 1-for-3 with an RBI; Courtney Thompson was 1-for-2 and scored a run; Kaitlyn Sykes was 1-for-2 and scored a run; Kristen Dickerson was 1-for-2; Abbey Walters was 1-for-3 at the plate, gave up...
East Bladen sports banquet Kenny Armstrong|Bladen Journal
East Bladen High School held its annual sports banquet on Thursday and presented five overall awards to deserving student-athletes: Latyson Robinson was named the Male Athlete of the Year; Melissa Macon was tabbed the Female Athlete of the Year; Kaycie Skipper was presented with the Wade A. Taylor III Award; Alex Coates was given the Lacy West memorial Award for baseball; and Natalie Hardin earned the Joe Bost...
Walters tabbed Scholar-Athlete of the Month DUBLIN — Abbey Walters’ softball career can be traced back to 2000 when, as a 5-year-old, she first picked up a bat, ball and glove — thereby launching a journey that has taken her talents to new heights every year since.
Thirteen years after that auspicious beginning, the West Bladen High senior three-sport and classroom star was recognized as the Mountaire Farms/Civitas Media Scholar-Athlete of the Month for May. The award is given to one...
People should be cautious with young wildlife RALEIGH — Young wildlife may be cute — and it may be tempting to bring a fawn, cub, chick or kit home — but tiny animals are not pets. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that touching or feeding them can hurt wildlife and jeopardize human health.
It also can harm the ecosystem.
Human encounters with young animals often increase in the spring, when many wildlife species bear young. “Wild animals are not pets, a...
Knights finish 12th at state tourney SOUTHERN PINES — West Bladen’s golfing Knights traveled to the Class 2-A’s state tournament at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines on Monday and Tuesday, and carded an overall team score of 719.
That total fell 108 strokes off the pace set by Newton-Conover, which won the state’s Class 2-A title with a team score of 611 on the 6,073-yard, par-71 course designed by Dan Maples. The Red Devils won the team championship by four str...
DOVE DELIVERS DUBLIN — It just couldn’t get any more dramatic.
The Lady Knights of West Bladen, their bats stymied through six and two-thirds innings by Jordan-Matthews, found themselves trailing 3-1 with two outs in the seventh inning and an 0-2 count on Danielle Dove.
But after a succession of foul balls, Dove drove a pitch to the fence in right-center — scoring Kristen Dickerson, who had reached after being hit by a pitch — and she never stopped. Co...
Lady Eagles make positive softball strides ELIZABETHTOWN — Back in February, East Bladen Athletics Director Patty Evers took on the challenge of coaching the Lady Eagles varsity softball team — and she wasn’t entirely sure it would be one of her more memorable or enjoyable seasons.
“Before the start of the season, I expected to be way below average in talent coming out and very young,” she said. “As bad as it might sound, I didn’t expect us to win a conference game …”