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.

Meanwhile the JDA girls beat Beaufort Academy 54-44 Feb. 22 in the opening round of the SCISA basketball state playoffs.

In March, the Barnwell Warhorse baseball knockoff Williston-Elko with a score of 8-3. In softball, the Barnwell High varsity girls started the season 9-1. The Lady Warhorses topped their winning streak with a 19-0 win over Williston-Elko.

The Williston-Elko golf team defeated Barnwell High and Bamberg-Ehrhardt in a three-team contest.

In April, the Blue Devils of Williston-Elko grounded the Hawks of Blackville-Hilda 13-0 in varsity baseball.

Cash Collins threw a three-hitter, leading Barnwell High to a 1-0 win over Wade Hampton High in the region title game.

Barnwell High kicked past Gilbert High by 3-2 in boys varsity soccer.

Williston-Elko High girls cruised past Blackville-Hilda by a score of 12-3 in softball.

In May, a milestone ended at Jefferson Davis Academy when girls varsity coach Robyne Joyner retired after 20 seasons. Joyner holds the school record for more than 500 wins. Joyner was replaced by Don Flick, who later resigned in early December.

In June, the Barnwell Angel All-Stars edged Prosperity 8-7 for the District 4 title.

In July, the Barnwell major league All-Star baseball team won three straight games before falling to Bamberg-Ehrhardt in the district title game.

In August, Barnwell High opened the season with a 31-6 victory over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler. A week later, the Warhorses fell to in-county rival Williston-Elko High by a score of 27-7.

In September, Barnwell High varsity girls bested Williston-Elko High 3-1 in volleyball.

The Blackville-Hilda varsity football downed Barnwell High 21-7 in the Hawks Nest.

In October, the Barnwell High Warhorses pulled out a thrilling 10-7 win over Wade Hampton on a last-second 33-yard field goal by Jordan Toole.

The Blackville-Hilda Hawks crushed Williston-Elko High Blue Devils 21-0 in the season finale to win the region 4 title.

In November, Blackville-Hilda High football team's winning streak of 12 straight games came to an end in a loss at the Lower State finals.

The Williston-Elko Blue Devils played road warriors as they upset Christ Church High and Ware Shoals High in the playoffs.

However, a week later, Williston-Elko's Cinderella season ended in a 14-6 loss to Scott's Branch in the state finals.

The Barnwell girls and boys classic soccer teams advanced to the state cup.

In team sports, the Blackville-Hilda High varsity girls basketball team won its first region title in five years.

The Barnwell High boys varsity tennis team won another region title as they finished with a 11-3 record.

The Jefferson Davis Academy girls softball team wins another region title for the third year in a row.

The Barnwell High Warhorses wrapped up its third straight region title in baseball.

The Allendale-Fairfax High boys ran away from the competition, winning the state championship in track and field. The Allendale-Fairfax High girls team finished runners-up in track and field.

In summer league softball play, Barnwell won district title in the Ponytails, Angels and Darlings division.

The Barnwell Soccer Club girls team dominated the field on a European tour with four straight wins.

The Williston-Elko varsity volleyball team won 11-plus games for the second year in a row.

The WEHS girls varsity tennis team won the region.

In varsity football, the defending state champions of Blackville-Hilda High went 10-0 in the regular season. However, the Hawks were unable to defend its title, losing to Scott's Branch High in the Lower State finals.

After a two year absence, Joey Lott returned to the helm of the Jefferson Davis Academy football program. In a rebuilding year, the Raiders won six games, including its first playoff game in three seasons.

The Barnwell High varsity football team played with a heavy heart after the death of offensive lineman James Wooden in August. Despite the setback, Barnwell High finished second in the region with a 7-4 record, including a playoff win over Burke High.

In the Devils Den, Williston-Elko High football finished the season as the second leading scoring offense in the state.

Top individual achievements of the year

In January, Candace Jones scored a triple double with 20 points, 12 assists and 10 steals in the Lady Hawks 51-38 win over Barnwell.

JDA's Edward Givens scored 27 points, including four three-pointers in the Raiders' 66-56 win Jan. 9 over St. Francis Academy.

Yusuf Moore of Barnwell registered 27 points and 11 rebounds Feb. 1 in the Warhorses' win over Woodland High.

In January, Quentin Fulmer of Blackville-Hilda notched a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds in a 68-63 win over Barnwell.

Trezuree Carthens of Williston-Elko had 30 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the Lady Blue Devils' 66-45 win Jan. 8 over Denmark-Olar High.

Derek Wooldridge of Williston-Elko was named the medalist after shooting a two under par 36 March 18 in a three-team meet in Williston.

Kyle Bearden of Barnwell High placed fifth among 100 golfers at the Woodlands Capitol Classic March 14 in Columbia.

Fernisha McMillian of Blackville-Hilda became the school all-time leader in steals. McMillian, who batted .432, was selected to the North/South All-Star team.

Josh Epps of Williston-Elko was named to the North/South All-Star game in football. The biggest blunders of the year was Joe Thomas of Blackville-Hilda being overlooked for the All-Star game.
Thomas rushed for more than 2,000 yards and scored 31 touchdowns, but was not selected to the all-star game.

For Barnwell High baseball, Cash Collins and Jame Folk were named to the North/South All-Star game.

For Barnwell High softball, Devan Davis had four hits and five RBIs in the Lady Warhorses win over Woodland High in region play.

Nyesha Arnold of the Barnwell Ponytails threw a no-hitter with seven strikeouts in the team's 6-0 win over Midland Valley.

Coby Carter of Barnwell High rushed for 343 yards and four touchdowns in the Warhorses' playoff victory over Burke High.

Nic Jamison of JDA ran for 362 yards and five touchdowns in the Raiders' 34-20 win Long Cane Academy.

Joe Thomas of Blackville-Hilda racked up 255 yards and three touchdowns in the Hawks' 40-0 win over Wagener-Salley High.

Dexter Staley of Williston-Elko High had 202 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Devils' 21-14 second round playoff win over Christ Church High.

Dalton Wilson and Charles Melton each went 4-for-4 for the Blue Devils playoff win over Cross High School.

Matt Lightsey had three hits and two doubles in the Blue Devils' win over Blackville-Hilda.

Lindsey Birt of JDA racked up 16 points and 19 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Lady Raiders against Beaufort Academy.

Rick Boyles of Barnwell High went 4-for-4 with 3 RBIs in the Warhorses' region win over Edisto High.