Michael Young

Blackville-Hilda names Crosby as new coach

Long time Bamberg-Ehrhardt High assistant coach Corey Crosby is excited for the next chapter in his coaching career.

After serving as an assistant coach for the past 17 years, Crosby is taking over his own program.

The Benedict College graduate and former Tiger football standout was hired Wednesday, Feb. 14 as Blackville-Hilda High’s new head football coach.

Crosby said it’s a blessing to be taking over a program like Blackville-Hilda High.

Lady Hawks’ season ends

It was five days earlier in the Region 3A playoff game against Ridge Spring-Monetta High, that Blackville-Hilda girls fast start paved the way to its first region crown in more than 10 years.

That strong start never arrived Thursday, Feb. 15 in the team’s second round playoff game against Lamar High.

And because of it, Blackville-Hilda High’s promising season came to an end in the Hawks’ Nest.

REGION CHAMPS: Lady Hawks claim title

It took some time, but the Blackville-Hilda High varsity girls have finally climbed back atop of Region IV in basketball.

Blackville-Hilda High ended the drought Saturday, Feb. 10 with an impressive 60-40 region tiebreaker win over Ridge Spring-Monetta at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School in Norway.

It was the first region crown for Blackville-Hilda High since 2005. The team moves to 17-5 in the standings and will open the class A playoffs Thursday at home.

Blackville-Hilda High coach Coretta Ferguson Richmond said the team overcame a lot to get to this point.

Doe signs to attend SC State

It was a big day for Williston-Elko High senior De’Markiis Doe on Wednesday, Feb. 7 in the Devils’ Den.

With his family, friends and coaches by his side, Doe made it official on National Signing Day by selecting South Carolina State University to further his football career.

Doe said playing college football is a dream come true.

“It seems like a fairytale story just thinking about playing college football since my freshman year,” Doe said. “I was always saying I wanted to play college football and now it’s come true.”

Blue Devils get past War Eagles

The Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team was in control most of the night during Thursday’s Senior Night against Wagener-Salley High.

The Blue Devils, however, needed a 7-3 run and a couple of defensive stops late to hold off a scrappy War Eagles squad for a 58-54 win.

The victory improves Williston-Elko High record to 16-4 overall and 12-2 in the region.

Williston-Elko High Mark Crossland said it was a big win for his team.

JDA junior varsity team wins title

Winners of their last three basketball games, the Jefferson Davis Academy junior varsity boys were feeling confident Saturday going into the SCISA 3-A region championship game against Dorchester Academy.

For Jefferson Davis Academy, its fourth consecutive victory came in a comprehensive effort on both sides of the ball.

Offensively, JDA got contributions from Donte Payne, Al Kinard and Seth Ray while the defense stifled Dorchester Academy for only six points in the second quarter en route to a convincing 22-15 win.

Hawks come on strong in 2nd half

With his team getting out-played and trailing Estill High 21-19 at halftime, Blackville-Hilda High boys coach Ryan Moody didn’t hold back with an old-fashioned tongue-lashing in the locker room.

Moody’s message evidently hit home with his players.

Blackville-Hilda High responded with a dominating performance in the second half in a convincing 52-37 win over the Gators Thursday night, Feb. 8 in Estill.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 9-12 overall and 6-8 in region play.

WEHS girls beat North High

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils scored a 47-43 road victory over North High on Feb. 6 in Region 4A basketball.

Williston-Elko High, which never trailed in the contest, led by as much as 12 points going into the fourth quarter.

Williston-Elko High coach Eva Strong said the team played its best basketball to get its second region win of the season.

Lady Hawks soar over Lady Blue Devils

The Williston-Elko High girls varsity basketball team was no match for Blackville-Hilda High Tuesday, Jan. 30 in the Hawks’ Nest.

The Lady Hawks won handily over the in-county rivals by a dominating score of 104-40.

The game was never in doubt. The Lady Hawks soared to a 16-6 lead five minutes into the game and never looked back.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High moves to 14-5 overall and 10-2 in region play.

Blackville-Hilda High coach Corette Ferguson Richmond said the team played with a lot of energy.

Barnwell boys beat AF for 2nd time

Whether it’s a scrimmage or a regular season game, the Allendale-Fairfax High and Barnwell High boys basketball teams come ready to play when they meet each other.

That was the case again Jan. 30 in Barnwell with the teams meeting for the second time of the season.

On Jan.12 in the teams’ first meeting in Allendale, the Warhorses got the best of the Tigers, 67-62.

This time, however, Allendale-Fairfax was looking to even the season and avoid a season sweep.

Blue Devils ground Hawks, 65-52

The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils grounded the Hawks of Blackville-Hilda High by a score of 65-52 on Jan. 30 in Blackville.

The Blue Devils controlled the contest throughout as they sizzled to a 15-point first half lead behind 10 first-half points by Desmond Murray. Murray went on to highlight the Blue Devils’ offense on the night with 22 points, four assists and four steals.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 13-4 overall and 8-2 in region play. The win also gives the Blue Devils the season sweep over the Hawks.

BHS girls cruise past AFHS

Barnwell High held Allendale-Fairfax High to just 10 second-half points on its way to a convincing 51-27 win.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 12-3 overall and 8-1 in region play.

“I really like the way we played tonight,” Barnwell High coach William Hammonds said. “We shot the ball well. We were strong on the boards and we forced turnovers. This is a good formula for success in the playoffs.”

For a brief moment in the opening quarter, it looked like the Lady Tigers would make the game competitive.

Allendale-Fairfax girls rebound with win over Calhoun County

The Allendale-Fairfax High girls basketball team bounced back from last Wednesday’s loss to Batesburg-Leesville with a strong 37-30 win over Calhoun County Friday night in the Tigers’ Den.

Allendale-Fairfax High led 31-23 after three quarters, but saw Calhoun County come back to narrow the lead 33-30 with 3:11 to go in the game.

The Lady Tigers, however, were able to secure the game down the stretch. An offensive rebound and putback by Amber Ferguson followed by a steal and score by Shateal McMillan put the game out of reach with 22 seconds left to play.

JDA basketball coach reaches milestone

As the buzzer sounded in Jefferson Davis Academy’s gymnasium Jan. 18, a 30-28 victory over Andrew Jackson Academy wasn’t just any win for the Lady Raiders.

The win signified the 600th victory for coach Barry Morehead.

Morehead said it felt good to reach the milestone.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support over the years and the teams I’ve coached during that time for being a part of this great run,” Morehead said. “I believe my players were more excited than I was, but overall it was a lot of fun for everyone.”

Blue Devils stay in region title hunt

Lately for the Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team, the blueprint to victory has been the play of their defense.

That trend continued Friday night in the Devils’ Den in a 73-64 triumph over Ridge Spring-Monetta High.

Williston-Elko High’s trademark pressure defense forced Ridge Spring-Monetta High to get careless with the ball, especially in the fourth quarter where the Blue Devils forced eight turnovers.

Williston-Elko High coach Mark Crossland seemed relieved after walking away with a win against a tough region rival.

Allendale-Fairfax girls are own worst enemy in loss

If the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers’ team can ever figure out how to convert free throws, they would be a threat to anyone in class AA basketball.

That’s what coach Austin Jeffries told his team following Friday’s 49-45 home loss to Silver Bluff High.

The Lady Tigers trailed by as much as eight points in the second half before tying the game at 36-36 with just over four minutes left in the game.

AFHS girls flourish over BE for region win

So far this season, it has been a rough road for the Allendale-Fairfax High girls in region play.

Allendale-Fairfax High has stumbled out of the block with four straight region losses.

Despite the losing, its hasn’t been all downhill as the team came within victory several times in the final minute of play.

Unfortunately for Lady Tigers, if it was a tough, physical, close and a high-intensity contest, it seemed the team always gave a good effort before coming up short on the scoreboard.

That trend, however, changed Friday night Jan. 19 in Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

Warhorses circle wagons for win

The Blackville-Hilda High and Barnwell High boys varsity basketball game turned into a barnburner Thursday night in Barnwell.

Through the first 16 minutes of the game, Barnwell High looked completely overwhelmed by Blackville-Hilda High.

However, Barnwell High coach Michael Highsmith made halftime adjustments and the Warhorses circled the wagons in the second half to come away with a 41-39 win.

Ziran Williams was the hero of the night for the Warhorses. Williams scored the winning bucket with less than a minute left to play.

W-E Blue Devils continue to sizzle

Coming off a big road win over region rival Wagener-Salley High, the Williston-Elko High varsity boys could have easily overlooked a 0-7 Estill High team Friday night in the Devils’ Den.

That was anything but the case, though, for Williston-Elko High. The Blue Devils came out hotter and more balanced than ever on their way to torching the Gators by a score of 79-56.

Williston-Elko High coach Mark Crossland said they weren’t concerned about Estill High’s record going into the game.

Lady Horses rally to beat Lady Hawks

For the Barnwell High girls varsity basketball team, it took until halftime for the team to finally get going against in-county rival Blackville-Hilda High Thursday night, Jan. 18 in Barnwell.

By then, Barnwell High was trailing Blackville-Hilda High 25-17.

After getting out-played by their in-county rivals in the first half, Barnwell High coach William Hammonds had some stern words for his players in the locker room.

Hammonds’ message was well received as the team stormed back to claim a 48-36 victory.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 11-1 overall.

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