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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.

Wade’s Repair wins Ponytail title

The Wade’s Repair Ponytails softball team (12-to-13 year olds) arrived to the championship round as the hottest team in the second half of the season with a 6-1 record.

On May 30 in the title game, Wade’s Repair continued its winning ways with a convincing 18-8 win over Marine Corps.

Again, it was Wade’s Repair bats that paved the way to victory with 14 hits in the contest. For the team, Britney Taylor, Serenity Badger and Kerstyn Joyner led the bats with three hits apiece.

Area teams battle in Machine Pitch Title Game

On May 30 in the Barnwell Recreation Machine Pitch championship game, Low Country Wood Products out-gunned McCain Atkinson Insurance by a score of 14-10.

The game was tightly played until the top of the sixth inning.

With the score knotted at 8-8, Low Country Wood Products separated itself from its adversaries with six runs off five hits for a 14-8 lead.

For the team, Jackson Brant, Haden Martin and Jackson Mead sparked the scoring run with RBI singles. Others reaching home plate in the inning included Seth Plunkett, Thomas Brown and Aden Rutland.

Barnwell High School celebrates athletes

Joined by players, coaches, parents and supporters, the Barnwell High School athletic department closed out another year of competition with its annual banquet Tuesday, May 23 in the elementary school auditorium.

Athletic Director David Anastasia took charge of the ceremony. Anastasia highlighted some of the individual and team accomplishments this school term.

Williston-Elko athletes awarded at sports banquet

The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils’ athletic department held its annual awards ceremony on Monday, May 22 in the school auditorium.

Each sport honored its student-athletes for various team awards. The Blue Devil athletic department also recognized their team achievements with the varsity football team, cross country team and golf team all winning region titles.

“I really appreciate the athletes for all their hard work and dedication in the classroom as well as in competition,” Williston-Elko High athletic director Derek Youngblood said.

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.”

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