Heat is biggest opponent as football practice begins

It’s almost time for high school football again, but before we get a chance to kickoff “Friday Night Lights”, players must go through weeks of preparation.

That preparation - better known as practice time - officially began Friday, July 28 across the state as teams started workouts amid a recent heat wave added with humidity that has kept temperatures in the triple digits.

JDA coach completes HELPS program

A member of the staff at a local independent school spent part of the summer attending a health care provider workshop sponsored by the South Carolina Independent School Association.

SCISA Executive Director Larry Watt said Michael Tindall, a coach at Jefferson Davis Academy, Blackville, completed the HELPS program.

“HELPS’ main areas of focus were hazards, emergencies, links, procedures, and safety,” Watt said. The topics covered included;

• Treatment of injuries and illnesses as seen in the office and by coaches

Barnwell Soccer Club concludes camp, looks forward to fall season

A native of England led an eight-week soccer camp for Barnwell Soccer Club.

The soccer performance camp was held in partnership with Coerver Coaching at Barnwell Soccer Club’s field in Snelling for youth between the ages of 8-16.

“This was a great way to learn the technical way of playing soccer, which is much more than kicking a ball around. They got a lot of soccer in this summer,” said Jerry Hodge, president of the Barnwell Soccer Club board.

Barnwell Recreation Dept. holds four camps

More than 50 youth participated in sports camps hosted by the City of Barnwell’s Parks and Recreation Department this summer.

Camps were held for tennis (ages 7 and up), basketball (ages 7-18), volleyball (age 7 and up) and football (ages 7-14). This year the city partnered with Barnwell High School for three of the four week-long camps as varsity coaches led the football, tennis and volleyball camps.

WEHS holds camps to inspire future athletes

Williston-Elko High School offered several athletic camps this summer to inspire future Blue Devils.

Camps were held throughout June and July for volleyball, cheerleading, football, girls and boys basketball, baseball and softball. The camps were aimed at younger children between the ages of 5 and 12.

“We wanted to give the kids something to do in the summer and spark an interest in sports in our school,” said WEHS Athletic Director Derek Youngblood. “My biggest thing is I wanted them to have a good time.”

Local softball teams battle in adult league play

The Elko Swamp Gators softball team amassed a season-high number of runs and hits in a dominating 23-5 win over Ehrhardt on Saturday in Elko.

The Elko Swamp Gators had fireworks throughout the batting lineup with five players delivering multi-hit performances.

Brandon Williams led the 18-hit barrage with two doubles, a single and three runs scored. Jimmy Dunbar and Simeon Rhodes Jr. also had a good day at the plate. Dunbar went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and Rhodes had three hits, including a two-run homer.

NFL player comes home to host football camp

A National Football League (NFL) player returned home to Blackville over the weekend to inspire more than 150 youth.

Joe Thomas Jr., a 2009 graduate of Blackville-Hilda High School who is now a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, hosted a youth football camp through USA Football on July 15 at his alma mater’s practice field.

“Growing up here I never had anything like this,” he said of working alongside professional football players. “I want to try to give back and inspire.”

Bell hired as BHS varsity baseball coach

Chase Bell has been hired as the new Barnwell High School (BHS) Varsity Baseball Coach.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education Mathematics from USC-Aiken in 2013. He has three and half years teaching experience.

“Coach Bell is a life-long student of the game of baseball and has a passion for Warhorse Baseball. His energy level, coupled with a tremendous work ethic, is contagious to the people around him,” said BHS Principal Franklin McCormack,

Warhorse grad ends softball career on top

For former Barnwell High graduate Nyesha Arnold, the biggest day of her softball career at Claflin College happened May 6 at Diamond Lakes Regional Park in Hephzibah, Ga.

Although nearly two months have passed, Arnold still has a vivid memory of the day when she reached the pinnacle of her playing career.

Arnold recalls being overcome with tears of joy as she celebrated with teammates after defeating Miles College 13-5 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Division II championship.

Carolina Shockers teams hold exhibition games

The Carolina Shockers basketball teams have had a successful campaign on the hardwood so far this summer.

The Carolina Shockers, which opened the season last March, have competed in tournaments in Augusta, North Augusta, Aiken, Orangeburg, Atlanta and Charlotte.

The Shockers consist of players from Barnwell, Allendale, Bamberg and Orangeburg counties and have 14-and-under and 10th grade teams.

Carolina Shockers organizer Adrian Bell said it has been a great experience for the youngsters.

Barnwell’s title run ends in District Finals

The Barnwell Minor League baseball All-Stars enjoyed an inspiring run in the Dixie District VI tournament last week in Graniteville.

In a field consisting of eight-teams, the Barnwell All-Stars sparkled on the diamond, winning three games and advancing to the championship round.

Unfortunately for the Barnwell All-Stars, despite a gutsy performance in the title game, they were unable to bring home the crown as they fell in a heartbreaker to Orangeburg by a score of 10-9.

Carolina Shockers exhibition game

The Carolina Shockers are heading to Orlando, Florida for the AAU International Championship.

The Shockers have two teams - a 14 and under team and a 10th grade team with players from Barnwell, Bamberg, Allendale, and Orangeburg counties.

Their season began in March and they have competed tournaments in Charlotte, Atlanta, Aiken, North Augusta, Augusta, and Orangeburg.

The 10th grade team played in the Championship Game of the Silver division in the Atlanta Hoop Fest and the Championship game of the War in the Gardens in North Augusta.

Minor League All-Stars dominate Gregg Park

To say that the Barnwell Minor League All-Stars (9-10 year-olds) were hot Sunday in their opening game in the Dixie District VI tournament in Graniteville might be an understatement.

Smoking hot or on fire might be more fitting phrases to decribe Barnwell’s performanace in a 10-4 victory over Gregg Park.

The Barnwell All-Stars got significant help from extra-base hits, rattling a home run and three doubles among their 14 hits.

JDA to hold three sports camps

Three sports camp are being held at Jefferson Davis Academy.

The HP Equestrian Camp / JDA Team Tryouts are June 26-30, July 3 - 7, and July 31 - August 4.

The Lil Raider Football Camp will be held July 24-25 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The Lil Cheer Camp will be held on August 7-10 from 9 a.m. until noon.

Registration forms may be found on JDA’s website at www.

Barnwell outlasts Bamberg in Darlings’ shootout

Fans got their money’s worth in Saturday’s opening round of the Darlings District VI All-Star game between Barnwell and Bamberg.

In what turned into a wild scoring affair with three lead changes in the final two innings, Barnwell outlasted Bamberg for a 13-12 victory.

The game was filled with fireworks with big hits and defensive plays by both teams. Barnwell, however, proved to be more resilient at the end.

Tied at 12-12 with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Shelby Heltibridle scored the winning run off a RBI single from Sariah Ford.

Barnwell Majors off to banging good start

The Barnwell Major League All-Stars (11-12 year-olds) got off to a banging start Saturday in the opening round of the Dixie baseball tournament at Lemon Park in Barnwell.

The Barnwell All-Stars were clicking on all cylinders, scoring early and often enroute to a 11-1 victory over Belvedere.

The Barnwell All-Stars exploded for 11 hits in the contest behind the hot bat of Clay Pender.

Pender wreaked havoc on Belvedere’s pitching, finishing with three hits, a home run and two RBIs.

Barnwell Angels rebound in 2nd round

After dropping their opener to Edisto two days earlier, the Barnwell Angels (10-11 year olds) were in a must-win situation Monday against Lake Marion in the second round of the Dixie District VI All-Star tournament.

Facing elimination, the Barnwell Angels responded with flying colors, lacing out 12 hits and drawing five walks in a 11-3 victory Monday in Bamberg.

Barnwell All-Star coach Rick Arnold said the team played much better the second time around.

Barnwell Ponytails hold on for win

The Barnwell Ponytail All-Stars (12- to 13-year-olds) held on for a 7-6 win over Edisto Saturday in the opening round of the Dixie District VI tournament.

Down 7-2, the Edisto All-Stars mounted a considerable rally in their last at-bat, scoring four runs off three hits and two errors.

That, however, was as close as the game would get as Barnwell was able to hold on for the one-run victory.

Barnwell coach Anthony Taylor said it was a nailbiter at the end.

Elko battles back to beat Fairfax in softball

In adult league softball action, the Elko Swamp Gators took victory out of the jaws of defeat as they stormed from behind for a 16-15 victory over the Fairfax Wildcats Sunday, June 11 in Elko.

Elko, which overcame a six-run deficit, tied the game at 15-15 and secured victory in the sixth inning off a sacrifice fly ball by Russell Felton.

Elko infielder Keith Parker said the team’s players kept their poise despite trailing by a big margin early on.


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