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Nolind signs for Limestone

On Sunday, May 21, Will Nolind of Williston-Elko High inked his letter of intent to play baseball at Limestone College next spring.

Nolind, who was a standout in football and baseball for the Blue Devils, said he felt comfortable with the selection of Limestone College.

“It’s a small school with a good family-type environment,” Nolind said. “The coaches up there really made me feel welcome. It’s a full scholarship so it gives me a great opportunity to better myself both academically and on the baseball field.”

Hawk athletes honored at banquet

Blackville-Hilda High recognized its student athletes last Tuesday evening, May 16, at its annual end of the year awards ceremony.

Students in grades 7 to 12 were recognized for their participation and achievements on the playing surface.

Blackville-Hilda High Athletic Director Michael Beasley hosted the event.

He commented on a year in sports and pointed out some highlights.

Area track and field athletes shine on ‘Big Stage’

Area athletes turned in a superb showing at Saturday’s track and field Finals.

Allendale-Fairfax High, Barnwell High, Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High along with 69 other high schools competed for the top prize at Spring Valley High School on May 13.

Barnwell High coach Thomas Davis had 16 athletes competing. It was the most for the school since its state champion in 1999 under then-coach Michael Highsmith.

Davis said he was pleased with his team’s overall performance.

Barnwell softball falls at Lower State

For the Barnwell High softball team, a great season ended in disappointing fashion Wednesday in the semifinals of the Lower State playoffs.

Barnwell High, which won its first three playoff games including the district championship, fell at home to Andrews High by a score of 3-1.

With the loss, Barnwell High completes the season at 22-5 overall and 3-2 in the playoffs.

Barnwell High coach Carol Massengale said the team played hard, but was their own worst enemy in the game.

Barnwell tennis team closes season

The Barnwell High tennis team had a good run this season. The Warhorses won 13 matches and advanced to the Lower State Finals for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Unfortunatley for the Warhorses, Lower State would be their final stop Wednesday as they ended the season in a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Academic Magnet High.

“I can’t be more proud of a group of players. They really developed this season,” Barnwell High coach Jeff Miller said. “This team is very young and continues to be better. I’m looking forward to many competitive years to come.”

Screams of joy

Barnwell High softball coach Carol Massengale felt a little tense playing Bamberg-Ehrhardt for the second time in the playoffs in Wednesday’s District V Finals in Barnwell.

There were a couple of reasons why Massengale had cause for concern.

For one, Barnwell High had just escaped with a 7-6 win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt five days earlier in the opening round of the playoffs.

Secondly, most coaches will tell you that beating any team three times in a season can be difficult, not to mention four times, which was the case for Massengale.

BHS boys tennis team advances in playoffs

The Barnwell High boys tennis team was hitting on all cylinders Friday at home in the opening round of the class AA playoffs against the Swamp Foxes of Marion High.

For the Lower State No. 2-seeded Warhorses, it was business was usual as the team netted an easy 6-1 victory over the Swamp Foxes.

With the win, Barnwell High advances to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

Barnwell High coach Jeff Miller said the team continues to play with confidence.

Tough ending for BHS boys soccer

For the Barnwell High boys soccer team, Saturday’s 3-1 third round playoff loss at Silver Bluff High was heartbreaking.

Tied at a goal apiece with four minutes to play, the game between the region rivals appeared to be headed for overtime.

Unfortunately for the Warhorses that would not be the case. With a little over two minutes remaining, the Bulldogs scored the go-ahead goal on a possession where the scoring player appeared to be offside.

Barnwell High coach David Anastasia said that late goal was crucial to the outcome of the game.

Wiles signs for Hiram College to play two sports

A Williston-Elko High School senior has signed a letter of intent to play two sports next year at an Ohio college. Case Wiles will play football and baseball at Hiram College.

He has played both sports all four years at WEHS, including on the offensive line for the Blue Devils football team and first and third base on the baseball team.

The college reached out to Wiles during football season. He then toured the campus in February where he said he fell in love and knew that was where he was meant to be.

Barnwell softball celebrates playoff win

Saturday’s class AA second round District V playoff game between Barnwell High and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High could be best described as the hold-your-breath contest.

For seven-and-a-half innings, pitching, spectacular defensive plays and a few questionable calls by the umpires kept Barnwell High and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High struggling for a break-through run.

Tied at 6-6, Barnwell High, however, proved to be the more resilient team down the stretch.

No-hitter fuels Raiders to victory

On April 26 during Senior Night, the Jefferson Davis Academy baseball team added another win to its record with a 10-0 rout of Clarendon Hall Academy.

The victory was also paved by the pitching of Adam Gee, who delivered a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts in six innings of work.

With the win, JDA moves to 9-6 overall and 3-5 in region play.

JDA coach Michael Tindal said a convincing win over Clarendon Hall gave the team a boost going into the playoffs.

Warhorses rebound for playoff win

The Barnwell High baseball team wasn’t exactly raring in confidence Saturday when they took the field against Marion High in the third round of the District V playoffs.

Coming off a disappointing 11-4 loss to Bamberg-Ehrhardt High in the second round of the playoffs, Barnwell High needed a win to stay alive in the post season.

Taking on Marion High in a playoff rematch, Barnwell coach Don Mims was a little concerned after his team barely got by Marion High 2-1 in the first meeting.

JDA junior varsity softball team wins

The Jefferson Davis Academy junior varsity softball team earned a 10-8 come-from-behind win over Holly Hill Academy Friday, April 28 in Blackville.

JDA coach Bart Owens said the players never lost their poise after falling behind early in the game.

“Things didn’t start off well, but I’m really proud of the girls for hanging in there and fighting back,” Owens said. “We made some mistakes today, but we were able to overcome them with our bats. Overall, I thought we did a great job of putting the ball in play.”

JDA softball wins scoring affair

On April 26 in SCISA softball action, the Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders outlasted Clarendon Hall Academy in a wild affair by a score of 11-10.

Tied at 10-10 in the seventh inning, the Lady Raiders prevailed off the bat of Caroline Polston. Polston, who finished with two hits on the day, brought home Shelia Miller for the winning run.

JDA coach Greg Williams said he was thankful for the victory.

Salkehatchie softball ends stellar season

A USC-Salkehatchie softball season for the ages came to a close Sunday in the finals of the Division I Region X tournament.

USC-Salkehatchie, which set a school record with 27 wins this season, fell to Louisburg Community College 2-1 to end a spectacular run.

The Lady Indians almost completed a huge turnaround in the tournament. After losing their opening, the team responded by winning three straight games to advance to the championship round.

Salkehatchie baseball bounces back with win

After getting swept in a doubleheader Saturday, the USC-Salkehatchie baseball team got a much needed victory Sunday in a 5-4 win over Louisburg College.

Caleb Talton of Airport High solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning helped the Indians snap a two game slide.

Talton said it was pretty much do or die for him at the plate.

“I already had two strikes on me so it wasn’t any room for error. He came with a fast ball and I did all I could just to put the ball in play. Luckily it turned out to be a game winner for us,” Talton said.

BHS Softball earns another region crown

The Barnwell High softball team might have allowed Silver Bluff High to hang around a little longer than expected in its April 12 season finale in Petticoat Junction.

In the end though, it was the Lady Warhorses, who finished off the Lady Bulldogs 8-4 to capture their third straight region crown.

The Lady Warhorses ran to a 6-2 advantage in the game but had their lead cut to 6-4 after five innings.

Barnwell High then responded with two insurance runs in the seventh inning to complete the game.

One team, one goal, one heartbeat

A basketball makes a special sound as it is bounced, its rhythm changing with the pace of the athlete and the texture of the floor surface. It doesn’t foretell greatness. It just responds to its handler.

The sound of the dribble seems loud to an 11-year-old alone on the courts of Fuller Park but is easily drowned out by the cheers of University of South Carolina fans at the Final Four.

WEHS beats JDA in softball rematch

Failure to finish its softball game cost Williston-Elko High in its first meeting against Jefferson Davis Academy in the team’s 11-10 loss.

The teams met again in a rematch April 10 in Williston.

This time, however, it was Jefferson Davis Academy who was unable to hold on to its lead late and fell by a score of 9-8.

Leading 8-7, the Lady Raiders seemingly had control against the Lady Blue Devils in the bottom of the seventh inning.

With no runners on base and two outs, the Lady Raiders needed just one out to finalize a victory.

JDA baseball repeats win over WEHS

On April 10 in the Blue Devils’ Den, the Williston-Elko High baseball team tried to avenge an earlier loss to Jefferson Davis Academy.

Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, the rematch had the same results as the first meeting of the season.

For the second time, Jefferson Davis Academy’s Raiders got the best of Williston-Elko High; this time by a count of 9-7.

With an 8-4 lead after four innings, the Raiders had enough cushion to hold off a late Blue Devils charge to earn a season sweep of the series.

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