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Lady Devils net sweep of region play

On Sept. 6 the Williston-Elko High varsity volleyball team netted its first region win of the season with a sweep over Estill High.

The Lady Blue Devils won in straight sets with victories of 25-9 and 25-16.

Williston-Elko High coach Eva Strong said her young group is coming along.

“Great win to start the region,” Strong said. “We have a lot of first-year players so to have some success in the region to start the season is a good starting point.”

Blue Devils snag first win of season

Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood would be the first to admit his team isn’t where it wants to be at this point of the season.

However, he won’t argue the point that Friday’s 29-14 victory over Woodland High in the Devils’ Den was a step in the right direction.

“After a couple weeks of disappointments, it feels good to win,” Youngblood said. “I’m very proud of our players. They played well against a talented Woodland team. We had a few mistakes tonight, but we were able to fight them for the victory.”

Hawks roll past Chiefs, 26-6

A vastly improved Blackville-Hilda High varsity football team scored its second win of the season Friday night in a 26-6 triumph over McCormick High.

The Hawks, who were plagued by mistakes in its season opening loss to Barnwell High, looked nothing like that struggling team against McCormick High.

For Blackville-Hilda High, the last two victories just show how much the team has matured since the opener. They have outscored their last two opponents 65-12.

Blackville-Hilda High coach David Berry and his team move to 2-1 in the standings.

Raiders fall in heartbreaker

On Friday night in Blackville, the Jefferson Davis Academy football team fell in a heartbreaker to Clarendon Hall Academy by a score of 28-26.

The contest initially appeared to be a runaway for the Raiders as they raced to a 14-0 lead with 2:18 left in the opening quarter.

The Raiders built the advantage to 20-8 before Clarendon Hall stormed back, outscoring them 22-6 in the second half.

Jefferson Davis Academy coach Michael Tindal said the loss was tough to swallow.

Barnwell nets five-set win

On Sept. 1 in Hampton, the Barnwell High varsity volleyball team needed all five sets to defeat Wade Hampton High.

Tied at two sets apiece, the Lady Warhorses were able to circle the wagons in the final set for a 15-13 win.

With the win, Barnwell High moves to 3-1 overall.

For the match, the Lady Warhorses were led offensively by Kaylie Pridgen and Ashleigh Kennedy. Pridgen, who recorded a double double with a match-high 21 assists, 12 serving points, five digs and three kills. Ashleigh Kennedy also scored a double double with 13 kills, 10 assists and three blocks.

A-F Tigers rebound, claw Jaguars, 16-0

The Allendale-Fairfax High Tigers were in need of a pick-me-up game Saturday in Ridgeland.

In other words, a victory to stem the tide after a disappointing loss to Wade Hampton High last week.

That’s exactly what the Tigers got as they rebounded with a 16-0 triumph over the Jaguars of Ridgeland-Hardeeville High.

The game that was orginally scheduled for Friday was moved to Saturday afternoon due to Tropical Storm Hermine.

With the win, Allendale-Fairfax High moves to 2-1 in the standings.

Barnwell High storms past Pelion High

The effects of Tropical Storm Hermine was felt throughout the state by South Carolina residents on Friday.

However, on Saturday under clear skies, a force of a hurricane in the form of the Barnwell High Warhorses went through Pelion High.

In the aftermath, the Warhorses pounded the Panthers for 435 rushing yards, seven touchdowns and four sacks in a 45-0 blowout win.

Barnwell High’s lopsided win came in a performance that might have been its cleanest and most complete since its 41-0 victory against Edisto High on Oct. 12 of last season.

Hawks soar past Red Devils for first win

There were a couple of concerns for Blackville-Hilda High coach David Berry when his team arrived for Monday’s home game against Great Falls High.

First, he had to make sure the players had put the loss to Barnwell behind them. Secondly, making sure his players were focused after the long layoff due to Tropical Storm Hermine.

The Blackville-Hilda High players allayed their coach’s concern. The Hawks got off to a flying start with 21 first-quarter points in a convincing 38-6 win over the Red Devils.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High moves to 1-1 in the standings.

Vikings sail to first win of season

The Denmark-Olar High varsity football team took to the field Thursday night against Branchville High in search of its first win after a 0-2 start.

For Denmark-Olar High, the mission was accomplished. The Vikings reaped success behind a potent ground game and stout defense to capture their first win of the season in a 28-6 blowout victory over Branchville High.

Offensively, the Vikings turned in their best production of the season with 342 total yards. Ladamian Dunbar led the unit with 123 yards.

BHS girls win season opener

On Aug. 25, the Barnwell High girls varsity tennis team started the 2016 season on a high note by shutting out Pelion High 6-0 at White Knoll High.

The teams played at White Knoll High because Pelion High’s courts are in the process of being replaced.

The Lady Warhorses dominated the match, scoring straights set wins all the way through.

Barnwell High coach Jeff Miller said he was pleased with the team’s opening day performance.

“This was a great way to start the new season. We played some really good tennis on a very hot day,” Miller said.

Horses, not Hawks, soar to 24-0 win

Coming off a blowout win over Williston-Elko High, all Barnwell High had to do Friday was walk in the Hawks’ Nest and beat a Blackville-Hilda High team that hadn’t defeated them in more than 10 years.

The task, however, wasn’t as easy as it seemed. The scrappy Hawks put up a good scuffle against their adversaries, but failed to take flight in a 24-0 loss.

The Warhorses took control of the game due to a ground attack that amassed 328 yards.

For the team, Anton Buxton fueled the ground attack with 124 yards and a touchdown.

Raiders fall despite good first-half effort

For Jefferson Davis Academy, Friday night’s season-opener against Andrew Jackson Academy was good for a half.

After playing toe-to-toe with Andrew Jackson Academy through two quarters, Jefferson Davis Academy wasn’t able to keep pace in the second half and lost by a score of 52-12.

A competitive game got out of hand in the second half when the Confederates erupted for 30 unanswered points. The Raiders’ inability to stop a Confederates ground attack that racked up 447 yards was the key.

JDA coach Michael Tindal said the team played hard despite the final score.

Lady Warhorses outlast Lady Hawks in cross-county volleyball rivalry

The August 23 season opening volleyball match between Barnwell High and Blackville-Hilda High went right down to the wire.

The in-county rivalry had enough highs and lows as well as a few controversial calls.

However, through all the excitement, the Lady Warhorses were able to overcome a Lady Hawks late push to score a five-set thriller victory.

Barnwell High coach Carol Massengale said the team had to fight for its first win of the season.

Warhorses celebrate win over Blue Devils

After last year’s 26-0 loss at Williston-Elko High, Barnwell High was looking for some payback against its in-county rivals in Thursday’s season opener at W.W. Carter Field.

For Barnwell High, it wasn’t pretty in the early going, but the Warhorses finally hit their stride in the second half and rolled past the Blue Devils by a score of 43-18.

First game jitters combined with a wet football paved the way for a disastrous start as the teams combined for four turnovers in the first five minutes and seven by halftime.

A-F Tigers sluggish in win over Estill Gators

A rain storm before kickoff Friday night made the grass in the Tigers’ den a little sloppy at times.

For Allendale-Fairfax and Estill High, the play at times was a little sloppy, too.

However, the defense of Allendale-Fairfax would overcome the wet conditions and lead the team to a convincing 24-2 win over Estill High to open the season.

The victory gives Allendale-Fairfax High coach Eddie Ford his fifth straight opening season win.

Devils ground Hawks in football jamboree

With the start of the regular season right around the corner, Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High got their final tune-up Saturday in the Region 3A jamboree.

The jamboree was held in Williston and included Blakckville-Hilda High, Williston-Elko High, Denmark-Olar High, Estill High, Ridge Spring-Monetta High, North High, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High and Wagener-Salley High.

The jamboree format featured four separate 20-minute quarters of action. In the earlier games, Estill, Denmark-Olar and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler all secured wins.

Raiders score victory in jamboree

For the past two weeks, Jefferson Davis Academy head coach Michael Tindal couldn’t wait to see how his team would perform in a game type setting.

On Friday night at home in the SCISA 1A 8-man jamboree, Tindal got his first look.

Jefferson Davis Academy played the PAC Panthers of Columbia in the final quarter.

Offensively, the Raiders had their moments, but the game turned into a defensive battle with the Raiders holding on for a 2-0 victory.

Warhorses play well in scrimmage

Barnwell High coach Dwayne Garrick walked off Aiken High football field Tuesday afternoon somewhat satisfied with how his Warhorses performed during their second scrimmage in five days.

“I thought we played pretty well, but there’s room for improvement,” Garrick said. “Offensively, we ran the ball very well. Defensively, we made a few plays, but we also gave up a few big runs.”

Warhorse newcomer Brandon Harvey provided some of the top offensive highlights of the day.

D&D Sluggers rally to sweep series

When the D&D Sluggers trailed the Fairfax-Brunson All-Stars 0-6 going into their last at-bat, the team didn’t panic.

Five times this season, the Sluggers have faced similar deficits only to come back to post victories.

So against Fairfax-Brunson, it was just another day at the office Sunday when the Sluggers reeled off seven runs off eight hits in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 7-6 victory.

With the win, the Sluggers completed the doubleheader sweep over Fairfax-Brunson.

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