Michael Young

JDA Raiders play to tie in SCISA jamboree

SCISA 8-man football officially got underway Friday night with Jefferson Davis Academy hosting the jamboree in Blackville.

Eight teams played in the contest. Playing were Patrick Henry Academy, Northside Christian Academy, PAC Panthers, Clarendon Hall Academy, St. John’s Christian Academy, Wardlaw Academy and Cathedral Academy.

The rules for the event allowed each team to play two 10-minute quarters and one eight-minute quarter with a running clock.

Local softball teams split doubleheader

On Saturday in adult league softball action, the D&D Sluggers of Barnwell split a doubleheader with the St. Mark Warriors in Kline.

In game one, the Warriors outlasted the Sluggers 9-7 in seven innings.

The Warriors struck first in the game. Sparked by Robert Washington’s two-run RBI double, the Warriors churned out five runs.

Others stepping up at the plate in the inning included Charlie Jenkins, Ron Bostic and Logan Witherspoon.

Trailing by five runs, the Sluggers fought back in the third inning on runs by Mike Barker, Cliff Youmans and Curtis Seabrook.

Local teams square off in pre-season scrimmages

Area high school football coaches got their first glimpse of what to expect from their squads as teams participated in their first scrimmages last Friday.

Allendale-Fairfax High, Williston-Elko High and Cross High engaged in a three-team scrimmage in Williston.

Both Allendale-Fairfax High coach Glynn Darby and Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood agree that there’s plenty of room for improvement before the season opener.

“We definitely made our share of mistakes, but overall I have to say it was encouraging being our first time out,” Youngblood said.

High school football players sprint back into action

The countdown to the high school football season officially started Friday when teams across the state began workouts.

The familiar sounds of players huffing and puffing, whistles blowing, coaches barking orders and helmets clashing were heard as players went through conditioning drills.

Several area teams have been active all summer competing in passing leagues and camps. Still, the first day of practice is special.

Heat is biggest opponent as football practice begins

It’s almost time for high school football again, but before we get a chance to kickoff “Friday Night Lights”, players must go through weeks of preparation.

That preparation - better known as practice time - officially began Friday, July 28 across the state as teams started workouts amid a recent heat wave added with humidity that has kept temperatures in the triple digits.

Local softball teams battle in adult league play

The Elko Swamp Gators softball team amassed a season-high number of runs and hits in a dominating 23-5 win over Ehrhardt on Saturday in Elko.

The Elko Swamp Gators had fireworks throughout the batting lineup with five players delivering multi-hit performances.

Brandon Williams led the 18-hit barrage with two doubles, a single and three runs scored. Jimmy Dunbar and Simeon Rhodes Jr. also had a good day at the plate. Dunbar went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and Rhodes had three hits, including a two-run homer.

Warhorse grad ends softball career on top

For former Barnwell High graduate Nyesha Arnold, the biggest day of her softball career at Claflin College happened May 6 at Diamond Lakes Regional Park in Hephzibah, Ga.

Although nearly two months have passed, Arnold still has a vivid memory of the day when she reached the pinnacle of her playing career.

Arnold recalls being overcome with tears of joy as she celebrated with teammates after defeating Miles College 13-5 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Division II championship.

Carolina Shockers teams hold exhibition games

The Carolina Shockers basketball teams have had a successful campaign on the hardwood so far this summer.

The Carolina Shockers, which opened the season last March, have competed in tournaments in Augusta, North Augusta, Aiken, Orangeburg, Atlanta and Charlotte.

The Shockers consist of players from Barnwell, Allendale, Bamberg and Orangeburg counties and have 14-and-under and 10th grade teams.

Carolina Shockers organizer Adrian Bell said it has been a great experience for the youngsters.

Barnwell’s title run ends in District Finals

The Barnwell Minor League baseball All-Stars enjoyed an inspiring run in the Dixie District VI tournament last week in Graniteville.

In a field consisting of eight-teams, the Barnwell All-Stars sparkled on the diamond, winning three games and advancing to the championship round.

Unfortunately for the Barnwell All-Stars, despite a gutsy performance in the title game, they were unable to bring home the crown as they fell in a heartbreaker to Orangeburg by a score of 10-9.

Minor League All-Stars dominate Gregg Park

To say that the Barnwell Minor League All-Stars (9-10 year-olds) were hot Sunday in their opening game in the Dixie District VI tournament in Graniteville might be an understatement.

Smoking hot or on fire might be more fitting phrases to decribe Barnwell’s performanace in a 10-4 victory over Gregg Park.

The Barnwell All-Stars got significant help from extra-base hits, rattling a home run and three doubles among their 14 hits.

Barnwell outlasts Bamberg in Darlings’ shootout

Fans got their money’s worth in Saturday’s opening round of the Darlings District VI All-Star game between Barnwell and Bamberg.

In what turned into a wild scoring affair with three lead changes in the final two innings, Barnwell outlasted Bamberg for a 13-12 victory.

The game was filled with fireworks with big hits and defensive plays by both teams. Barnwell, however, proved to be more resilient at the end.

Tied at 12-12 with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Shelby Heltibridle scored the winning run off a RBI single from Sariah Ford.

Barnwell Majors off to banging good start

The Barnwell Major League All-Stars (11-12 year-olds) got off to a banging start Saturday in the opening round of the Dixie baseball tournament at Lemon Park in Barnwell.

The Barnwell All-Stars were clicking on all cylinders, scoring early and often enroute to a 11-1 victory over Belvedere.

The Barnwell All-Stars exploded for 11 hits in the contest behind the hot bat of Clay Pender.

Pender wreaked havoc on Belvedere’s pitching, finishing with three hits, a home run and two RBIs.

Barnwell Angels rebound in 2nd round

After dropping their opener to Edisto two days earlier, the Barnwell Angels (10-11 year olds) were in a must-win situation Monday against Lake Marion in the second round of the Dixie District VI All-Star tournament.

Facing elimination, the Barnwell Angels responded with flying colors, lacing out 12 hits and drawing five walks in a 11-3 victory Monday in Bamberg.

Barnwell All-Star coach Rick Arnold said the team played much better the second time around.

Barnwell Ponytails hold on for win

The Barnwell Ponytail All-Stars (12- to 13-year-olds) held on for a 7-6 win over Edisto Saturday in the opening round of the Dixie District VI tournament.

Down 7-2, the Edisto All-Stars mounted a considerable rally in their last at-bat, scoring four runs off three hits and two errors.

That, however, was as close as the game would get as Barnwell was able to hold on for the one-run victory.

Barnwell coach Anthony Taylor said it was a nailbiter at the end.

Elko battles back to beat Fairfax in softball

In adult league softball action, the Elko Swamp Gators took victory out of the jaws of defeat as they stormed from behind for a 16-15 victory over the Fairfax Wildcats Sunday, June 11 in Elko.

Elko, which overcame a six-run deficit, tied the game at 15-15 and secured victory in the sixth inning off a sacrifice fly ball by Russell Felton.

Elko infielder Keith Parker said the team’s players kept their poise despite trailing by a big margin early on.

Wade’s Repair wins Ponytail title

The Wade’s Repair Ponytails softball team (12-to-13 year olds) arrived to the championship round as the hottest team in the second half of the season with a 6-1 record.

On May 30 in the title game, Wade’s Repair continued its winning ways with a convincing 18-8 win over Marine Corps.

Again, it was Wade’s Repair bats that paved the way to victory with 14 hits in the contest. For the team, Britney Taylor, Serenity Badger and Kerstyn Joyner led the bats with three hits apiece.

Area teams battle in Machine Pitch Title Game

On May 30 in the Barnwell Recreation Machine Pitch championship game, Low Country Wood Products out-gunned McCain Atkinson Insurance by a score of 14-10.

The game was tightly played until the top of the sixth inning.

With the score knotted at 8-8, Low Country Wood Products separated itself from its adversaries with six runs off five hits for a 14-8 lead.

For the team, Jackson Brant, Haden Martin and Jackson Mead sparked the scoring run with RBI singles. Others reaching home plate in the inning included Seth Plunkett, Thomas Brown and Aden Rutland.

Barnwell High School celebrates athletes

Joined by players, coaches, parents and supporters, the Barnwell High School athletic department closed out another year of competition with its annual banquet Tuesday, May 23 in the elementary school auditorium.

Athletic Director David Anastasia took charge of the ceremony. Anastasia highlighted some of the individual and team accomplishments this school term.

Williston-Elko athletes awarded at sports banquet

The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils’ athletic department held its annual awards ceremony on Monday, May 22 in the school auditorium.

Each sport honored its student-athletes for various team awards. The Blue Devil athletic department also recognized their team achievements with the varsity football team, cross country team and golf team all winning region titles.

“I really appreciate the athletes for all their hard work and dedication in the classroom as well as in competition,” Williston-Elko High athletic director Derek Youngblood said.

JDA pays tribute to graduates

The commencement exercise for the Class of 2017 at Jefferson Davis Academy was held Friday evening in the gymnasium.

The celebration for the 12-member class was led by valedictorian Catherine “Cassie” Garvin and the salutatorian Sheila Miller.

Miller addressed the crowd and she paid tribute to her fellow graduates, noting the extraordinary accomplishments of some and the exceptional journeys of others. Miller talked about the positive influence their parents, coaches and teachers have made on them as they venture out into the world.

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