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McGirt closes strong to tie for ninth at RBC Heritage

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Fairmont native William McGirt carded a no-bogey, 5-under-par 66 on Sunday in the RBC Heritage Classic to record his seventh top-10 finish during his career and make a big climb up the all-important FedEx Cup standings.McGirt, who had led the tournament after opening with a 66 on Thursday before getting the worst of the weather in a rain-delayed second round when he struggled to a 76, tied for ninth to win $156,200.He had rounds of 66, 76, 71 and 66 at Harbour Town, which was plagued by wet and windy weather for the entire tournament.“It was hard every day,” McGirt told The Robesonian by Facebook.


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RED SPRINGS — The Purnell Swett baseball team didn’t enter the 2014 Robeson County Slugfest on the streak it had hoped. In the eight games prior to the tournament, the Rams had gone 2-6 in league play with four straight losses.But Tuesday made coach Bryan McDonald a bit happier as the Rams beat Freedom Christian 7-4 to advance to the Slugfest championship game for the second year in a row.“This is the best ball game we’ve played in three weeks,...

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2014 Slugfest Day 2 Box Scores

Baseball bracketMondayFreedom Christian 3, Lumberton 2Purnell Swett 8, St. Pauls 4Fairmont 11, South Robeson 5Red Springs 4, West Bladen 2TuesdayPurnell Swett 7, Freedom Christian 4Fairmont 13, Red Springs 3Lumberton 11, St. Pauls 0South Robeson 6, West Bladen 2 Today5th place, 1 p.m.L...

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2014 Slugfest Day 1 Box Scores

Baseball bracketMondayFreedom Christian 3, Lumberton 2Purnell Swett 8, St. Pauls 4Fairmont 11, South Robeson 5Red Springs 4, West Bladen 2TodayChampionship bracketFreedom Christian vs. Purnell Swett, 4 p.m.Fairmont vs. Red Springs, 7 p.m.Consolation bracketSt. Pauls vs. Lumberton 10 a.m.South Robeson vs. West Bla...

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Upset Springs

RED SPRINGS — As a final grounder headed to Red Springs shortstop Maliq Johnson on Monday night, there was a slight gasp from the crowd. With runners on second and third and the Red Devils nursing a two-run lead, the game came down to a bang-bang play.But pitcher Antwaun McNeill wasn’t nervous.“Not really, because of my boy right here Maliq. He can make some some plays,” McNeill said.Johnson ran the play as routinely as possible, with a...

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Slugfest postponed, games moved to Monday

Follow the up-to-the-minute weather updates concerning this weekend’s tournament using the hashtag #ROBCOSlugfest on Twitter.RED SPRINGS — A decision has been made regarding today’s Robeson County Slugfest and it’s one officials feared would occur.PSRC athletic director Jason Suggs and tournament officials talked things over Saturday morning and deemed the playing surface at Red Springs unsuitable for play, thus postponing first-round gam...

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Rain threat forces officials to ‘assess’ Slugfest plan

RED SPRINGS — Jason Suggs spent most of Friday morning shaking his head.A possible schedule change to one of Robeson County’s premiere athletic events had PSRC’s athletic director irritated.Latest models from WRAL, AccuWeather and The Weather Channel project an early-arriving downpour for southeastern North Carolina on Saturday, forcing a mid-afternoon meeting at central office concerning the Slugfest on Friday.

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SLUGFEST SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Swett hopes to continue title game appearance streak

RED SPRINGS — William Deese is only in his second year as the Purnell Swett softball coach but he knows that getting to the championship game of the Robeson County Slugfest isn’t an easy task.“It’s never been an easy road,” Deese said. “From the years I was coaching baseball, it’s never been an easy road. Everyone comes in and plays hard going into Easter time.”Yet in the short history of the softball tournament, which star...

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SLUGFEST BASEBALL PREVIEW: Red-hot Fairmont deflects pressure as top seed

RED SPRINGS — Sandy Thorndyke doesn’t lose sleep over what others say about his 2A baseball program at Fairmont.But he knows the little brother moniker will begin to a simmer if his top-seeded Golden Tornadoes, who come into this year’s Robeson County Slugfest at Red Springs on a 15-game winning streak, can topple a 4A rival in Tuesday night’s championship game.

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Robeson County Slugfest schedule, past champions, MVPs

ROBESON COUNTY SLUGFEST SCHEDULEBaseball (Saturday’s games at Tom Cope Park, Red Springs)No. 3 Lumberton vs. No. 6 Freedom Christian, 10 a.m.No. 2 Purnell Swett vs. No. 7 St. Pauls, 1 p.m.No. 1 Fairmont vs. No. 8 South Robeson, 4No. 4 West Bladen vs. No. 5 Red Springs, 7Softball (Saturday’s games at Clayson Park, Red Springs)No. 4 Terry Sanford vs. No. 5 ...

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Local roundup: Raiders blank Lumberton 5-0

LUMBERTON — It was fitting that the Richmond softball team clinched the Southeastern Conference regular season title with a shutout.After all, the Raiders have yet to lose this season.Summer Jacobs scattered four hits and struck out four as Richmond blanked Lumberton 5-0 Thursday to improve to 17-0 overall and 8-0 in the SEC.The Raiders haven’t lost a regular season conference game in 21 tries, dating back to a 6-5 loss at Purnell Swett on April 17...

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Sampson slams the door on Richmond, Pirates move into first-place tie

LUMBERTON — If last week’s shutout loss at Pinecrest was stomach-turning for the Lumberton Pirates, then Thursday’s 3-1 win over Richmond was the ideal remedy heading down the stretch in the Southeastern Conference championship race this season.Nursing a three-run lead in the sixth, Justice Sampson relieved Lumberton starter Evan Odum and was able to get out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam nearly unscathed as the Pirates pulled into a tie for first with the Raiders ...

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