Holiday Classic pairings announced


ELIZABETHTOWN — The competitors for the East Bladen Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament have been set, and the games will be played Monday, Dec. 21, and Tuesday, Dec. 22.

On the opening day, West Bladen will face North Brunswick at 5 p.m., followed by East Bladen hosting Whiteville at 6:30 p.m.

On the second day, West Bladen will take on Whiteville at 5 p.m., and East Bladen will play North Brunswick at 6:30 p.m.


Kemp sisters to have numbers retired


ELIZABETHTOWN — Two former Lady Eagles basketball stars will have their jerseys retired during the East Bladen Holiday Classic basketball tournament on Monday, Dec. 21.

Sisters Jazmine Kemp and Ja’Toya Kemp, each of whom also starred for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, will have their numbers retired in a ceremony prior to the East Bladen versus Whiteville game at 6:30 p.m.

Jazmine and Ja’Toya Kemp each wore No. 20 for the Lady Eagles.


Baseball hitting camp set for Dec. 19


ELIZABETHTOWN — A baseball hitting camp will be put on by the Bladen County Recreation Department in partnership with the Grand Slam Batting Cage on Saturday, Dec. 19.

The camp will be held at the Grand Slam Batting Cage, which is located at 404 Fourth St. in Bladenboro.

Cost to attend the camp is $40 per person and will include lunch and a hitting camp T-shirt. Registration is open through Friday, Dec. 4.

The camp will be taught in two sessions: 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for ages 7 to 10 years old; and 1 until 4 p.m. for ages 11 to 14 years old.

Instructors for the hitting camp will be Paul Faulk, a scout for the Washington Nationals, and his son Tripp Faulk, the baseball coach at Carson-Newman University.

Applications for the hitting camp are available at the Bladen County Parks and Recreation Office, located at 803 W. King St. in Elizabethtown.


Youth basketball registration underway


ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Parks & Recreation is now accepting youth basketball registrations through Dec. 11.

The program consists of three leagues: 6 to 8 years old, co-ed; 9 to 12 boys; and 9 to 12 girls. The fee is $30 per player.

For information, call 862-6770 or visit the Bladen County Parks & Recreation office to register.


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