Michael Young

Lady Raiders rally over Patrick Henry Academy

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity girls came from behind to beat Patrick Henry Academy by a score of 41-37 Jan. 21 in Estill.

Jefferson Davis Academy trailed Patrick Henry Academy 37-33 with a 1:08 left to play.

The Lady Raiders, however, surged back in the final minute behind the shooting of Darcey Holladay. Holladay scored eight of her 10 points in the fourth quarter to lead the team to victory. Holladay also grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double.

JDA coach Eddie Bonnett said it was a great team effort.

Barnwell varsity boys get nipped by Silver Bluff

The Barnwell High Warhorses were nipped by the Silver Bluff High Bulldogs by a score of 52-47 in region play Friday in Petticoat Junction.

Barnwell High led by a much as nine points in the first half.

However, the Warhorses couldn't maintain the advantage. Down 16-7 with 6:29 left in the first half, the Bulldogs barked back, outscoring the Warhorses 46-32 to finish the game.

Theron Stephen led the comeback for Silver Bluff with 17 points, including 13 in the second quarter.

WEHS girls end victory drought, beating Ridge Spring-Monetta

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils got back on the winning track with a 46-39 victory over Ridge Spring-Monetta Friday in region play.

The game was the tale of two halves. Williston-Elko High dominated the first two quarters, take 29-10 halftime advantage. Ridge Spring-Monetta High fought back in the second half.

However, despite a 29-17 scoring run, the Lady Trojans were unable to overcome the 19-point first half deficit.

With the win, Williston-Elko High ends its three-game losing streak and improves to 3-5 in the season.

JDA boys roll to victory in varsity basketball

The Jefferson Davis Academy boys varsity basketball team toppled Long Cane Academy by a score of 57-32 Jan. 7 in Blackville.


The game was never in doubt as the Raiders opened a 32-13 halftime lead before extending it to as much as 25 points in the third quarter.


Hot shooting was the key to the Raider first half surge as they shot a team-high 51 percent from the field during the first two quarter.

JDA girls disarm Confederates in basketball

The Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders disarmed the Lady Confederates for Andrew Jackson Academy with a score of 45-23 Jan. 6 in Blackville.


The Lady Confederates didn't have the ammunition to keep up with scoring pace by a Lady Raiders team led by Lauren Neeley, Kasey Owens and Roxanne Morgan.


The trio accounted for 75 percent of the team's scoring. Neeley was the high scorer with 15 points, eight assists and four steals.


Owens had 11 points and six rebounds. Morgan notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.

BHHS girls fall short in 5A region showdown

In a showdown between region 5A powers in girls varsity basketball, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High got the best of Blackville-Hilda High by a score of 63-55 Jan. 9 in Norway.


The contest looked more like football than basketball with players hitting the deck in the paint and getting tangled up fighting for loose balls.


The game was very competitive for the first three quarters as the teams traded baskets for a 44-44 tied.

BHHS boys soar in varsity basketball

The Blackville-Hilda High Hawks have been flying high lately in varsity boys basketball play. Blackville-Hilda High started the season with a 1-2 record.
However, over the last six games, the Hawks have reversed its fortunes, winning five games, including its last four games in a row.
With the victories, Blackville-Hilda improves to 6-3 in the season.
Blackville-Hilda coach Michael Beasley credits good offensive execution for the turnaround.
"Offensively, we struggled at the start of the season and much of that can be attributed to turnovers," Beasley said.

Jones leads BHHS to victory over WEHS in title game

When it comes to playing Williston-Elko High, Blackville-Hilda High senior point guard Candace Jones rises to the occasion. Jones has averaged 17.3 points in the last four meetings against Williston-Elko High.


Unfortunately for Williston-Elko High, that trend continued Dec. 27 in the Hawks Invitational championship game.


Jones stole the Blue Devils thunder once again, erupting for 35 points, 11 assists and six steals in a 65-49 win.

BHS boys compete in holiday tournament

The Barnwell High boys varsity basketball team competed in the Aiken High School Holiday tournament Dec. 27-30.


The six-team field consisting of Allendale-Fairfax High and 4A teams Aiken High, Lower Richland High of Columbia along with Hephzibah High and Glenn Hills High of Augusta.


For the Warhorses, the holiday season wasn't kind to them on the hardwood as victory escaped the team in three outings in the tournament.


Barnwell High coach Michael Highsmith said the team played well despite the losses.

Fourth quarter rally propels Hawks past Blue Devils

The Blackville-Hilda High Hawks have been flying high lately in varsity boys basketball play. Blackville-Hilda High started the season with a 1-2 record.
However, over the last six games, the Hawks have reversed its fortunes, winning five games, including its last four games in a row.
With the victories, Blackville-Hilda improves to 6-3 in the season.
Blackville-Hilda coach Michael Beasley credits good offensive execution for the turnaround.
"Offensively, we struggled at the start of the season and much of that can be attributed to turnovers," Beasley said.

2008 was a year of victories and defeats in Barnwell County athletics!!

Progress was the game in athletics in Barnwell County and the surrounding areas as individuals and teams moved in their quests for supremacy on its playing fields.


2008 started with a bang as the Barnwell High varsity girls beat Wade Hampton High 42-37 Jan. 4 in the region opener.


On Jan. 12, Blackville-Hilda girls and boys varsity teams both topped Barnwell High in rematches.
In February the USC-Salkehatchie Indians baseball team defeated Wilkes College three out of four games.

Warhorses rumble past Hawks in roundball

The Barnwell High boys varsity basketball team got the best of in-county rival Blackville-Hilda by a score of 57-52 Friday night in the Hawks Nest.

Barnwell High, which led by as much as 12 points in the second half had it lead sliced to 48-46 with 1:57 left in the game. However, Barnwell High regained its shooting touch stretching hitting 6-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Blue Devils' Cinderella season ends

The the clock struck twelve on the Williston-Elko High's Cinderella football season Friday in Orangeburg. For the three quarters and a half at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium on South Carolina State University campus, the Blue Devils were on the verge of completing its fairy tale season with a 6-0 lead over Scott's Branch High.However, moments before the preverbial midnight Williston-Elko High lost its glass slipper when Scott's Branch High scored 14 unanswered points in the last 5:43 of the game to take the class 1A division II championship.

Grounded! BHHS Hawks title hopes end with Lower State game

In the second half of Friday's Lower State Finals in Summerton, the defending champs and top-ranked Hawks of Blackville-Hildalooked like the class of 1A football.

Unfortunately, though for Blackville-Hilda,  the damage inflicted during the two previous quarters by Scott's Branch High was irreparable.

During the first half, the Eagles of Scott's Branch High jumped on Blackville-Hilda, soaring to a 18-point  lead before holding off of  furious second half rally by the Hawks for a 24-22 victory.

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