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LAURINBURG – From the moment Laurinburg native Montrell Marshall took the field as child, Scotland County Parks and Recreation athletics superintendent Al Blades knew he was going to be a standout. Little did he know that the same boy he watched dominate youth baseball for six years would end up being drafted by a Major League Baseball team.Marshall was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th Round (365th overall) of this year’s MLB First-Year Draft, held in June. Blades says he could not be happier for Marshall and his family.“Montrell was always good at baseball and even basketball,” Blades said. “I knew when he was young he was going to be a special talent.”

 

Former Scotland sheriff’s lieutenant sets bench press record

BELMONT — Laurinburg resident Robert Britt was never afraid to take on a challenge as a shift lieutenant with the Scotland Sheriff’s Office and member of the SWAT team, and he wasn’t going to let age or injury keep him from continuing that trend.While surfing the Internet, Britt stumbled across the law enforcement bench press state record in the 198-pound division — and felt his competitive juices flowing again.Nevermind that Britt is 51 and was f...

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Wooden-bat softball league meeting set for Tuesday

LAURINBURG — Scotland County Parks & Recreation will host a meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m for adults interested in joining a wooden bat softball league. The meeting will take place at the James Morgan Complex Press Box, which is located at 1206 Turnpike Road. For information call 910-277-2585.

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UNCP snags veteran track, cross country coach

PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will be putting its track and field and cross country programs in the hands of a coach with some big time experience.Dr. Peter Ormsby, a 13-year college coaching veteran with stops at both Florida State and Central Florida, has been named head coach of both the cross country and track teams at UNCP. Ormsby had been the head coach of multiple programs at Webber International in Florida.

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First week in Laurinburg a memorable one

LAURINBURG — My first week at the Laurinburg Exchange has been a thrilling whirlwind filled with new faces and new places, all while settling into an unfamiliar office space and trying to figure out how many times this computer is going to test my patience.The one thing that has remained consistent during this time of change is the the people of Laurinburg. Every single person I’ve engaged in an interview or casual conversation has welcomed me to the area with open arms...

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Scotland volleyball readies for new season

LAURINBURG — After emerging triumphant from the 4A Southeastern regular season and going as far as the second round of the state tournaments, Scotland High volleyball coach Molly Hayes and the lady Scots are back on the court this summer preparing for another run.This group will look very different from the team that only lost three times all last season, as eight players from last year’s roster are no longer a part of Hayes’s squad. Five seniors, including confer...

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Parks and Recreation gears up for summer camps

LAURINBURG - With autumn around the corner, Scotland County Parks & Recreation is set to begin registration for soccer, football, and cheerleading camps.Sign-ups begin on July 28 and end Aug. 8. Registration is $15 until Aug. 2, after which the price goes up to $20.Parents can register their children online at scotlandcounty.org/parks-and-recreation.aspx, or in person at the Parks and Recreation center at 1210 Turnpike Road.Kids between the ages of 7 and 12 ca...

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Richards named assitant coach for UNCP basketball

PEMBROKE – UNC Pembroke will have a new presence patrolling the sidelines of their men’s basketball team this year.Men’s basketball head coach Ben Miller has announced the addition of Drew Richards as an assistant coach for the Braves.Richards, a former player under Miller at Missouri State, makes the trip to Pembroke from Lawton, Okla., where he served as an assistant coach for Cameron (NCAA Division II) last season. In addition to his coaching duties,...

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Hornets sign former Pacer Lance Stephenson

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Lance Stephenson has found a new home.The controversial free-agent shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been made public. The person says Stephenson is expected to be intro...

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Fighting Scots continue preseason drills

LAURINBURG — Scotland High’s football team traveled to Pinecrest High School Tuesday to practice 7-on-7 drills against three other schools — Northview, St. Pauls and Terry Sanford.Offensive and defensive linemen did not participate in these drills — Scotland’s linemen stayed behind to practice at the school. These drills are designed to showcase the skill positions of the team, particularly wide receivers and cornerbacks. The mandated NCHSAA dead perio...

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Optimist run ends

LAURINBURG - The Optimist 10U All-Stars improbable run through the Cal Ripken Eastern North Carolina State Tournament ended Tuesday night, as they were defeated by West Raleigh 14-8.Optimist beat Sandhills Monday night 19-18 in a thrilling contest in which the team overcame a huge deficit in the 6th inning to win. They then had to play West Raleigh in their next game and lost 13-2. Optimist had to beat West Raleigh two times in order to win the championship, but after losing on Tue...

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Youth wrestlers schooled by 74-year-old Olympian

LAURINBURG — Eight years after Joe Baranik started the St. Andrews summer wrestling/fitness camp, the program is running as strong as ever.Now, Baranik even has a wrestling legend helping him.Teenagers and prospective St. Andrews recruits ranging from 12-18 years old began the St. Andrews wrestling camp on Sunday, and closing ceremonies are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Baranik, along with special guest Gray Simons, lead the three-day camp that teaches wrestle...

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