Last week without a high school football contest –


By Sonny Jones

Believe it, this is the last week without high school football competitions until November.

Teams waste no time getting into scrums and jamborees. Bladen County teams are no different. East Bladen and West Bladen each have two scrimmage dates scheduled for next week. The season opens on August 19.

Here is the scrum schedule for next week:

at Lumberton High School
Wednesday August 10
6:00 p.m. – Red Springs vs. EE Smith
7:00 p.m. – Fairmont vs. Douglas Byrd
8 p.m. – Purnell Swett v. BLADEN EAST
9 p.m. – Lumberton vs. BLADEN WEST

at Clinton High School
Friday August 12
5:00 p.m. – Union vs. Red Springs
6 p.m. – Lakewood vs. BLADEN WEST
7:00 p.m. – Hobbton vs. Fairmont
8 p.m. – Midway vs. South Johnston
9 p.m. – Clinton vs. Purnell Swett
Tickets at the door will cost $8.

at West Brunswick High School
Friday August 12
5:30 p.m. – South Columbus vs. South Brunswick
6:30 p.m. – Havelock vs. Wilmington Laney
7:30 p.m. – Greenville Rose vs. Wilmington Hoggard
8:30 p.m. – East Duplin vs. Topsail
Saturday August 13
5:30 p.m. – Pinecrest vs. West Brunswick
6:30 p.m. – Wallace-Rose Hill vs. North Brunswick
7:30 p.m. – Whiteville vs. New Hanover
8:30 p.m. – BLADEN EAST vs Wilmington Ashley
Tickets for the jamboree will be sold on GoFan at

West Bladen opens its season on August 19 at the Castle against South Columbus. East Bladen visits Wallace-Rose Hill on August 19. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Take some of the Dixie Youth Baseball Division 1 World Series opening ceremonies Friday night at Lumberton High School. There are 33 teams made up of nearly 500 players and coaches. There’s nothing quite like watching the Golden Knights parachute into ceremonial first pitch balls to get you ready for the tournament. Games begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Raymond B. Pennington Sports Complex.

Maybe you watched some youth baseball games over the past two months and I’ve seen a pitcher struggle to find the strike zone. It’s expected of youngsters learning the game. On Friday night, four of the Detroit Tigers’ seven pitchers combined to walk 13 in a 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. A dozen bakers! By a major league staff! Tampa Bay left 13 men on base and didn’t take the lead until the eighth inning. Man, baseball is a weird game.


Andre Shinyashiki (Charlotte FC) went three games in MLS without scoring a goal. It ends tonight against the Chicago Fire. The Charlotte expansion club have won 8 of 11 games at Bank of America Stadium.

FRIDAY CHOICES: John Huh won’t improve on his career-low 61 shot in the Wyndham Championship opening round, but low scoring is the norm in Greensboro and a 64 in Friday’s second round will put him in prime position for the weekend. -end. RESULTS: Huh climbed to 71 on Friday but is just one shot behind the overall lead held by Brandon Wu, Joohyung Kim and Ryan Moore. The co-leaders are at 9 under 131.


LPGA: AIG Women’s Open, Gullane, Scotland, 8 a.m. US and noon, NBC

PGA: Wyndham Championship, Greensboro, 1 p.m., GOLF and 3 p.m., CBS

NASCAR XFINITY: New Holland 250, Michigan International Speedway, 3:30 p.m., USA

MLB: Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs, 2 p.m., FS1

MLS: Seattle Sounders at Atlanta United, 3 p.m., ABC

HORSES RACE: Whitney Handicap, Saratoga Springs, NY, 5 p.m.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers or New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7 p.m., FOX

CFL: Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts, 7 p.m., ESPN2

mma: Thiago Santos vs. Jamahal Hill, Las Vegas, 10 p.m., ESPN

Sonny Jones can be contacted at [email protected]


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