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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — West Bladen basketball coach Ken Cross has resigned in order to accept the vacant head coaching position at rival East Bladen High School, pending approval from the Bladen County School Board. (UPDATE 9:00 p.m.)….The Bladen County School Board approved the move Monday night.

Cross will replace Alton Hill at East Bladen High School. Hill resigned as the Eagles head coach two months ago after just one season at East Bladen.

Cross began his coaching career at St.Luke’s in New Jersey in 1968. Seven schools later he moved to North Carolina in 1990 after accepting the head basketball coach position at Tar Heel High School in Bladen County. Tar Heel and Bladenboro High consolidated in 2001 to form West Bladen High School.

Cross was named the West Bladen coach in 2001. His 2007-2008 West Bladen team won the 2-A state basketball championship. Over the last four years West Bladen had a record of 101-13. This past the Knights finished with a 23-4 mark.

Patty Evers is the East Bladen director of athletics. She worked with Cross at Tar Heel High School when Cross was the boys coach and Evers was the girls basketball coach.

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2016 years 2 months ago

You ask where the BOE was and state almost $5000.00 spend on a trip for two members, I can tell you were they were, it took at least 5 of them to vote to spend this money so some of those that didn’t go are guilty spending (wasteing) our childrens money while millions (now over a billion dollars) are being cut out of education at the state level, and this is one of the poorest countries in this state, good job BOE, super job and that’s means a lot to us parents that some of you have to go to… Read more »

What Do I know
2016 years 2 months ago

Calling all Knight supporters. It has come to my attention that the teachers at West Bladen do not have any copier paper. Let every Knight supporter purchase and carry to the school at least one (1) ream of paper. Many can probably afford to carry a whole box containing 10, 15, 20, etc. reams. With EOG testing being upon Knight country, let’s show our support.

Where is the board of education when all this is going on? Almost $5000.00 spent on a trip to California by two members of the BOE would have purchased quite a… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

@ what do I know , you are so right .Mr.Finn is in charge ! He has made wbhs what it is today , not even in a year time. They are jealous because he stands for what is right and he don’t back down from these so call people that thinks they can do whatever they want to . They are use to people backing down to them , until they meant Mr. Finn. Mr.Finn and the students are WEST BLADEN !!! I hope we don’t have to set in another sports banquet and listen to Cross!!! When ever… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

What the principal did was the right thing to do. If, as I heard, a school called to report a violation of NCHSAA rules by Coach over the Spring Holiday, it certainly fell on the principal and A.D. to investigate and prohibit further instances. If Coach had stayed at West for the scheduled meeting that might have been cleared up, but he hurried on over to East, so the truth behind all that may never be known. Good luck to you Coach Cross, as always. Thank you, Mr. Finn for following up.

As for a comment about “…bullying and… Read more »

Crossed Up and Confused.
2016 years 2 months ago

Just when you thought it was over, there seems to be more to this story, so I hear.I’m just a parent, but you wold be surprised what we hear when the folks around us dont know we are listening.

First, we now know that there was a meeting between Cross and the admin on May 16 (bladen online reported this so it may not be true). Was he going to be fired at that meeting? We will never know. I think no. But who knows?

Cross resigns on Monday, May 9th, to avoid the meeting altogether and then get borad… Read more »

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