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Warhorses drub Yellowjackets

The Barnwell High varsity boys drubbed Branchville High 71-47 Friday in the final round of the Hawks’ Invitational holiday basketball tournament.

Barnwell High, which trailed briefly in the first quarter, shot a season-best 50.7 percent from the field on 28-of-55 field goal tries.

It was a second half surge by Barnwell High that turned the game into a rout in the final quarter. During the last two quarters, the Warhorses dominated the Yellowjackets with a 45-22 advantage in scoring. The Warhorses also won the battle on the glass with a 23-11 edge in rebounding.

BHHS girls rebound with win over W-E

Coming off a tough opening loss to Allendale-Fairfax High in the Hawks’ Invitational Tournament, the Blackville-Hilda High varsity girls could have easily hung their heads in Thursday’s second round game against Williston-Elko High.

Instead, the Lady Hawks responded with their best performance of the season in a convincing 52-24 win.

After not having a single player to score in double digits in the opener, the Lady Hawks responded with three players scoring in double digits against the Lady Blue Devils.

Lady Tigers too much for Lady Hawks

On Friday in the final round of the Hawks’ Invitational Tournament, the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers cruised past Blackville-Hilda High by a score of 50-40.

Allendale-Fairfax High came out more aggressive on offense, taking a 12-6 first-quarter lead before extending its advantage to 21-15 at halftime.

Behind the jumpers of Marlayna Singleton and De’siree James, Blackville-Hilda narrowed the lead to 27-23 early in the third quarter.

Lady Horses outlast Lady Hawks, 65-62

On Dec. 20 in the Hawks’ Nest, local basketball fans got their money’s worth in the in-county battle between the varsity girls of Barnwell High and Blackville-Hilda High.

In what turned into a nip-and-tuck game with 12 ties and 10 lead changes, Barnwell High outlasted Blackville-Hilda High by a score of 65-62.

The back-and-forth affair wasn’t decided until the last three minutes of play.

Trailing 55-52 with 3:07 left to play, the Lady Warhorses went on a 13-7 scoring run to pull out the win.

With the win, Barnwell High moves to 3-0 in the standings.

Williams waiting on call from NFL

Rokeem Williams’ personal story of overcoming hardships mimics the storyline of his football team at Miami University in Ohio.

The fifth year captain of the RedHawks and NFL hopeful is part of college football history as they are the first team to ever start 0-6 and finish 6-6 to be bowl eligible. The team played in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 26 against Mississippi State. Despite losing by one point in the bowl game, Williams said he is still proud of their accomplishments.

Hawks soar to sink Vikings

After opening the season with two straight losses, the Blackville-Hilda High varsity boys basketball team broke into the win column in their Dec. 16 home matchup against Denmark-Olar High.

Blackville-Hilda High picked a perfect night to play its most complete game of the season.

For Blackville-Hilda High, the team played superb defense, shared the ball offensively, hit the boards and limited turnovers.

In the end, it all added up to a resounding 60-44 victory over Hwy. 278 rival Denmark-Olar High.

Barnwell girls pull away from Williston-Elko

The Williston-Elko High girls varsity basketball team played hard Wednesday, Dec. 14 in their in-county match with Barnwell High.

In the end, the Lady Blue Devils simply didn’t have enough offense to keep pace with the Lady Warhorses and fell 50-30.

Barnwell High coach William Hammonds spent the last 10 seasons as Blackville-Hilda High’s girls coach before returning to his alma mater.

Hammonds said it was a good victory for this team.

Denmark-Olar girls top Blackville-Hilda

The Denmark-Olar High varsity girls basketball team got the best of Blackville-Hilda High by a score of 62-50 Friday night, Dec. 16, in the Hawks’ Nest.

In a tightly contested game, the Denmark-Olar High Lady Vikings asserted themselves with an 18-10 run in the final quarter.

With the win, Denmark-Olar High moves to 5-1 in the standings.

Denmark-Olar High coach Ashley Patterson-Gilmore said the team was a little worn down after playing its third game in four nights.

Blue Devils gut out win over Warhorses

Last Wednesday (Dec. 14) in the Devils’ Den, the Williston-Elko High varsity boys basketball team gutted out a 36-25 win over Barnwell High.

Williston-Elko High coach Jeremy Lehman said the team was a little rough around the edges.

“We didn’t play particularly well in this game. We had too many missed shots in close and we didn’t take care of the ball,”Lehman said.

Williston-Elko High, which never trailed in the contest, jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter before extending its advantage to 18-7 by halftime.

Warhorses corralled at Lower State playoff

For the Barnwell High varsity football team a reverse of fortunes coupled with missed opportunities dictated the outcome of Friday’s class AA Lower State Finals game.

In the contest, the Warhorses couldn’t have asked for a better start. Two consecutive turnovers by Batesburg-Leesville High in the first six minutes of play led to two touchdowns and a 14-0 lead.

From there, however, the Warhorses were plagued by mistakes that allowed the Panthers to claw back for a 20-17 victory.

Warhorses tackle Bears to advance to finals

The Barnwell High Warhorses will play for the Class AA Lower State Finals.

The Warhorses punched their ticket Friday night with a 17-6 road win over Carvers Bay High.

It was a game where Barnwell High’s offense wasn’t that impressive, yet it hardly mattered because its defense was so dominating.

For the fifth straight game, Barnwell High’s defense proved impenetrable as it held its opponents to just one trip into the endzone.

A Carvers Bay High team that averaged 36 points in two playoffs wins just happened to be the Warhorses’ lastest victim.

WEHS done in by mistakes in playoff loss

Williston-Elko High Blue Devils did themselves in with mistakes in Friday night’s class A Lower State semifinals in Lamar.

Williston-Elko High played Lamar High close in the first quarter, but a season-high five turnovers were too much for the team to overcome in a 51-14 defeat.

The Blue Devils trailed 7-0 midway in the opening quarter before Tyshawn Allen scored on a five-yard run to narrow the lead to 7-6.

The Silver Foxes took control after that point. They increased their lead to 21-6 by halftime, then erupted for 30 more points in the second half.

A-F girls start season out strong

The Allendale-Fairfax High girls varsity basketball team broke open a close game midway through the third quarter enroute to a 53-34 road win Saturday night over Estill High.

The Lady Gators, who held a 21-17 halftime lead, was dominated in the third quarter as the Lady Tigers went on a 21-9 run.

The Lady Tigers kept the accelerator to the floor in the final quarter, hitting eight-of-12 shots on a 19-5 run to close out the game.

W-E overcomes slow start in playoff rout

For head coach Derek Youngblood Friday’s second round playoff game against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler was a bit of a role reversal for his team in the first half.

In the teams’ first meeting this season, Williston-Elko cruised past Hunter-Kinard-Tyler in a 55-20 win.

However, in the rematch, the Blue Devils’ offense was mired in futility in the first half with fumbles, dropped passes and blown assignments.

Trailing 8-6 at halftime, Williston-Elko High finally got its act together in the second half and rolled to a 44-8 victory.

Warhorses march past Wolverines in playoffs

On Friday night in Dorchester, the Barnwell High Warhorses continued their march through the class AA playoffs with a 28-6 win over the top seeded Woodland High.

With the win, Barnwell High advances to the third round of the Class AA Lower State semifinals where they will play at Carvers Bay Friday night.

Barnwell High coach Dwayne Garrick said the team picked up a big road win.

BHHS falls to McBee in second round of playoffs

The Blackville-Hilda High varsity football team had a good run this year.

Blackville-Hilda High turned in its best season in nearly 10 years, finishing with seven wins and region runners-up honors.

That journey, however, ended on a disappointing note Friday night in a 41-8 loss to McBee High in the second round of the class A playoffs.

The Hawks never took flight in this one and a lot of that had to do with McBee High’s ground game.

Horses hammer Falcons in playoff opener

The Barnwell High football team took care of business with ease Friday night in the opening round of the class 2A playoffs against Garrett Academy.

For the Warhorses, it might as well have been another bye week.

It seemed the only competition the Warhorses faced were themselves as they truly dominated the Falcons by a score of 56-0.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 10-1 overall. The Warhorses advance to the second round of the playoffs. They will play at Woodland High Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Lee’s Treasures shines in title game

On Nov. 15 in Barnwell Recreation soccer play, the Lee’s Treasures team rolled over Still’s Heating and Cooling 7-1 to capture the 14-under division title at the Snelling Soccer Complex.

On a chilly night where the temperatures dipped into the 40’s, Lee’s Treasures’ offense was on fire.

With the game tied at 1-1, Lee’s Treasures erupted for four goals over a span of eight minutes to take a commanding 5-1 lead at the halfway mark.

For Lee’s Treasures, Clay Pender was the go-to player. Pender sparked the team with three goals and an assist in the first half.

Teams battle for title in recreation soccer

In Barnwell Recreation soccer play, the Collum’s Lumber soccer team (nine and under age division) captured the championship with a 5-0 victory over Kinard’s Towing Nov. 7 at the Snelling’s Soccer Complex.

Collum’s Lumber coach Dylan Bowen said the team played exceptionally well this season.

“They were dedicated and ready to play every game. The players did what they were asked and they really impressed me this season,” Bowen said.

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