WEHS boys capture region crown

On Saturday night in the Blackville-Hilda High gymnasium, the Williston-Elko High varsity boys basketball team tipped off against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High for the third time this season in a regular season playoff game to determine champions of Region 3A.

The teams split during the regular season with each winning on its home floor.

For the Blue Devils and the Trojans, the rubber match was one more opportunity for someone to establish dominance in what has been a two-team race this season in Region 3A.

GBMS boys go unbeaten

The Guinyard-Butler Middle School boys basketball coach Shawn Boyce couldn’t ask for a better ending for his team this season.

On Feb. 2, GBMS came into its final game against Denmark-Olar with an 13-0 record. Needing just one more win to complete a perfect season, the Ponies took care of business one last time and came away with a 56-48 triumph.

A scrappy Denmark-Olar team that trailed by a much as 19 points early in the third quarter, closed within 52-44 with 1:29 left to play.

GBMS girls beat Denmark-Olar

In middle school girls’ basketball action, the Guinyard-Butler Lady War Ponies pulled away from Denmark in the fourth quarter for a 32-16 win Feb. 2 in Barnwell.

With the win, GBMS completes the season with a 12-2 record.

GBMS coach Connie Hayes said they came on after a sluggish start.

“We struggled to get the ball in the basket in the first half. After making a few halftime adjustments, we executed much better offensively in the second half,” Hayes said.

For three quarters, the teams pretty much traded baskets in a game that was dominated by the defenses.

Tigers claw Warhorses for win

The Barnwell High and Allendale-Fairfax High boys varsity basketball game turned into a thriller Jan. 31 in Barnwell.

In a back-and-forth affair with nine lead changes, Allendale-Fairfax High pulled away at the end for a 69-59 win.

With the win, Allendale-Fairfax High moves to 3-5 in region play.

Alllendale-Fairfax High coach Coby Brandyburg said the team fought hard all the way through.

Barnwell girls out-will Allendale-Fairax

In a battle of basketball wills, the Barnwell High varsity girls outlasted Allendale-Faifax High by a score of 46-34 Jan. 31 in Barnwell.

The Lady Warhorses were tied with the Lady Tigers at 34 with under four minutes remaining in the game.

The Lady Warhorses then took control of the contest with a 12-0 scoring run in the final three minutes and 18 seconds.

Aniya James, who led all scorers with 21 points, sparked the team down the stretch with six points and two assists.

A-F Lady Tigers keep hopes alive

After falling prey to Barnwell High two days earlier, the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers needed a bounce-back win Friday against Calhoun County to keep post season hopes alive.

The Lady Tigers got just that as they were to take down the Lady Saints in a low-scoring affair by a count of 25-18.

Both teams struggled offensively, combining for only 23 points at halftime. The Lady Tigers, however, pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Lady Saints 13-7.

With the win, Allendale-Fairfax improves to 4-5 in region play.

A-F girls rebound, beat Silver Bluff

Following the team’s fourth straight setback in a 56-25 loss to Batesburg-Leesville Jan. 24, Allendale-Fairfax High coach Austin Jeffries challenged his players to remain positive and focused though a stormy part of the season.

The Allendale-Fairfax High varsity girls responded well to their coach’s comments in their play Friday night as they rolled over Silver Bluff High by a score of 55-25.

The Lady Tigers ended their four game slide in a big way. They scored the first basket of the game and never looked back, leading by a much as 32 points midway in the fourth quarter.

Lady Warhorses extend winning streak

The Barnwell High varsity girls easily disposed of in-county rival Williston-Elko High Wednesday night in Barnwell.

For the Lady Warhorses, a strong first half was more than enough for the team to register its sixth straight victory as they cruised past Williston-Elko High 47-26.

The win improves Barnwell High to 10-3 overall.

Barnwell High coach William Hammonds said the team played well.

National Signing Day: Signatures change lives of two Barnwell High football players

Two Barnwell High School seniors grinned as they wrote their names on the documents before them.

Those signatures officially changed the lives of Marcus McKethan and Earl Bostick Jr. starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 – college signing day.

McKethan will be joining the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill football team while Bostick picked the University of Kansas’ football program, both Division 1 universities.

Tigers find rhythm in win over Red Raiders

The Allendale-Fairfax High Tigers were hitting on all cylinders Friday night in a 68-45 win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt High.

The Tigers delivered an early knockout blow on their rivals. The combination of a relentless defense and an overpowering inside scoring game helped the Tigers build a 24-7 halftime lead.

It was the best defensive performance by the team as they held Bamberg-Ehrhardt High to just two of 19 shooting from the field in the first half.

Blackville-Hilda boys end drought

The Blackville-Hilda High boys varsity basketball team broke out of a mid-season slump in impressive fashion Saturday night in the Hawks’ Nest.

Blackville-Hilda High snapped its four-game slide with a thrilling 97-91 double overtime win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt High.

Trailing 88-86 with 1.4 seconds to play in the first overtime period, Blackville-Hilda High looked to be headed for its fifth straight loss.

Karim Kinard, however, came through in the clutch for the Hawks. Kinard grabbed a rebound in the paint and scored on a putback to send the game into double overtime.

Barnwell High girls keep rolling

It’s been a while since the Barnwell High varsity girls basketball team has reigned as champions of their region.

However, if the Lady Warhorses can continue doing the things they did in Friday’s game against Silver Bluff High, then the team has a chance this season of ending that drought.

Using a strong first half start, the Lady Warhorses leashed the Lady Bulldogs as they scored an easy 52-37 win.

For the Lady Warhorses, the good was bountiful offensively with a season-high nine players contributing.

A-F Lady Tigers claw Lady Saints

On Jan. 17 in region play, the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers clawed the Calhoun County High Lady Saints by a score of 42-37.

For the first two quarters of the game, Allendale-Fairfax and Calhoun County went back-and-forth, trading the lead 11 times.

The Lady Tigers, however, took control at the start of the second half with a 10-2 run to start the third quarter. From there, the Lady Tigers maintained their advantage to score their second region win of the season.

Allendale-Fairfax High coach Austin Jeffries said he was satisfied with the win.

Lady Hawks soar to victory

The Blackville-Hilda High Lady Hawks flew past region rival Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High by a count of 61-38 on Jan. 17 in Blackville.

The Lady Hawks wasted little time attacking the Lady Trojans on both ends of the court.

Setting a blistering pace for the team was center De’Siree James. James pulled down five defensive rebounds and highlighted the offense with six points during a 12-5 first-quarter run.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in region play.

Area players showcase skills in Border Bowl Classic

The high school football season may have officially ended three weeks ago, but there was football played Saturday, Jan. 14 at Laney High School in Augusta, Ga.

The fourth annual Border Bowl was played at Laney High School and the contest featured several area players, coaches and cheerleaders.

In the end, it was Team South Carolina that scored a 22-20 victory to even the series between Georgia at two games apiece.

Ahead 22-20 with 1:47 left to play, Team South Carolina’s lead was in jeopardy as Team Georgia drove to its three-yard line.

Barnwell girls rally past AFHS

The Barnwell High varsity girls came from behind to beat Allendale-Fairfax High 42-35 Friday, Jan. 13 in Allendale.

At haltime, the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers held a 24-16 lead.

Then Barnwell High responded with a 15-2 third-quarter run to erase an eight point halftime deficit.

Anajae James, who finished with 13 points, highlighted the Lady Warhorses as they outscored the Lady Tigers 26-11 in the second half.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in region play.

Allendale-Fairfax boys get first region win

The Allendale-Fairfax High boys varsity basketball team bounced back from a slow start to dispose of Barnwell High by a score of 58-44 Friday, Jan. 13 in the Tigers’ Den.

Allendale-Fairfax High, which trailed by as much as 12 points in the opening qurater, outscored Barnwell High 50-30 over the final three quarters.

The victory was the first for the Tigers in region play.

Allendale-Fairfax improves to 6-6 overall and 1-2 in region play.

Allendale-Fairfax High coach Coby Brandyburg said they came alive on both ends of the court after a sluggish start.

Barnwell Warhorses roll over BHHS Hawks

The Barnwell High Warhorses got the best of the Blackville-Hilda High Hawks by a count of 49-38 Wednesday in Barnwell.

The Warhorses led for most of the game and found a way to fend off a Hawks’ late comeback attempt.

Offensively, the Warhorses had three players to score in double figures.

One of those players was senior shooting guard Devin Creech, who had a big second half. With the Warhorses leading 25-21 early in the third quarter, Creech erupted for eight points, including two three-pointers during a 16-8 run.


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