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JDA softball wins scoring affair

On April 26 in SCISA softball action, the Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders outlasted Clarendon Hall Academy in a wild affair by a score of 11-10.

Tied at 10-10 in the seventh inning, the Lady Raiders prevailed off the bat of Caroline Polston. Polston, who finished with two hits on the day, brought home Shelia Miller for the winning run.

JDA coach Greg Williams said he was thankful for the victory.

Salkehatchie softball ends stellar season

A USC-Salkehatchie softball season for the ages came to a close Sunday in the finals of the Division I Region X tournament.

USC-Salkehatchie, which set a school record with 27 wins this season, fell to Louisburg Community College 2-1 to end a spectacular run.

The Lady Indians almost completed a huge turnaround in the tournament. After losing their opening, the team responded by winning three straight games to advance to the championship round.

Salkehatchie baseball bounces back with win

After getting swept in a doubleheader Saturday, the USC-Salkehatchie baseball team got a much needed victory Sunday in a 5-4 win over Louisburg College.

Caleb Talton of Airport High solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning helped the Indians snap a two game slide.

Talton said it was pretty much do or die for him at the plate.

“I already had two strikes on me so it wasn’t any room for error. He came with a fast ball and I did all I could just to put the ball in play. Luckily it turned out to be a game winner for us,” Talton said.

BHS Softball earns another region crown

The Barnwell High softball team might have allowed Silver Bluff High to hang around a little longer than expected in its April 12 season finale in Petticoat Junction.

In the end though, it was the Lady Warhorses, who finished off the Lady Bulldogs 8-4 to capture their third straight region crown.

The Lady Warhorses ran to a 6-2 advantage in the game but had their lead cut to 6-4 after five innings.

Barnwell High then responded with two insurance runs in the seventh inning to complete the game.

One team, one goal, one heartbeat

A basketball makes a special sound as it is bounced, its rhythm changing with the pace of the athlete and the texture of the floor surface. It doesn’t foretell greatness. It just responds to its handler.

The sound of the dribble seems loud to an 11-year-old alone on the courts of Fuller Park but is easily drowned out by the cheers of University of South Carolina fans at the Final Four.

WEHS beats JDA in softball rematch

Failure to finish its softball game cost Williston-Elko High in its first meeting against Jefferson Davis Academy in the team’s 11-10 loss.

The teams met again in a rematch April 10 in Williston.

This time, however, it was Jefferson Davis Academy who was unable to hold on to its lead late and fell by a score of 9-8.

Leading 8-7, the Lady Raiders seemingly had control against the Lady Blue Devils in the bottom of the seventh inning.

With no runners on base and two outs, the Lady Raiders needed just one out to finalize a victory.

JDA baseball repeats win over WEHS

On April 10 in the Blue Devils’ Den, the Williston-Elko High baseball team tried to avenge an earlier loss to Jefferson Davis Academy.

Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, the rematch had the same results as the first meeting of the season.

For the second time, Jefferson Davis Academy’s Raiders got the best of Williston-Elko High; this time by a count of 9-7.

With an 8-4 lead after four innings, the Raiders had enough cushion to hold off a late Blue Devils charge to earn a season sweep of the series.

Warhorses circle wagons to win after two losses

Coming off tough losses to Bamberg-Ehrhardt High and Wade Hampton High, the Barnwell High varsity baseball team was in need of a win in its April 10 match against Midland Valley High.

The Warhorses got it in the form of a 12-2 win over the Mustangs.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 10-6 overall. The Warhorses are 7-3 in region play.

Barnwell High coach Don Mims said the team responded well in a must-win situation.

BHS football players make college decision

Almost two months ago on National Signing Day, Barnwell High head football coach Dwayne Garrick had two of his prominent players sign Division 1-A college scholarships.

On Friday morning in the school library, Garrick was on hand again as two more impactful players from last year’s squad signed their letters of intent.

Keyshawn Jenkins and Nathan Toole made it official on the college of their choice next fall with Jenkins choosing Rahmah College of Rock Hill and Toole going with Newberry College.

BHHS softball team outlasts WEHS in county rematch

Last Friday was a special day for the Blackville-Hilda High varsity softball players as they waited nearly three weeks for it to come.

For Blackville-Hilda High, it was a chance to not only avenge its worst loss of the season, but also allow the team to remain in striking distance of the Region III crown.

In front of their largest crowd of the season, the Lady Hawks accomplished their mission with a thrilling 12-11 victory over Williston-Elko High.

In the teams’ first meeting of the season, Williston-Elko High seriously defeated Blackville-Hilda High in a 18-2 rout.

Warhorses fueled by defense in soccer wins

The Barnwell High boys varsity soccer team is peaking at the right time of the season with six wins in their last seven games.

The Barnwell High Warhorses are playing great at the right time of the season as their 9-3 overall record puts them in good position for the post season.

“There’s always room to get better. But I have to say I’m somewhat pleased with where we are as a team right now,” Barnwell High coach Dave Anastasia said. “Right now, we’re playing with a lot of intensity and we’re executing well on both ends of the field.”

Warhorses capture region title in tennis

The Barnwell High and Williston-Elko High boys tennis teams squared off for the first time this season on March 28.

There wasn’t much for the Warhorses to celebrate that day as they fell to the Blue Devils 4-2 in Williston.

On Tuesday, April 4, the teams met again in a rematch. This time, the outcome would be different as the Warhorses got payback with a 5-1 win.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 7-3 overall. That victory, coupled with the win over Batesburg-Leesville High two days later, gives Barnwell High the Region V championship.

Blue Devils torch Hawks

The Williston-Elko High baseball team cruised past Blackville-Hilda High by a count of 17-1 Friday in Blackville.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 8-3 overall and 7-0 in region play.

It was all Blue Devils from the opening pitch as they raced to a 6-0 first-inning lead before extending their advantage to 11-0 after two innings.

The Blue Devils bats exploded in a big way against their in-county rivals for a total of 15 hits. Leading the hitting barrage was senior Will Nolind, who went three for three with a double and a triple.

BHS boys soccer team wins overtime thriller

The Barnwell High boys varsity soccer team scored a thrilling 2-1 double overtime win over Woodland High Thursday, March 30 in Barnwell.

Tied at 1-1 after the first overtime period, the game appeared to be headed for a shootout with less than two minutes to play.

Trent Baxley, however, came through during crunch time for the Warhorses, scoring off a direct kick for the win.

With the victory, Barnwell High improves to 7-3 overall.

Barnwell High coach David Anatasia said the team struggled at times but found a way to win.

WEHS tennis team nets win over BHS

The battle for bragging rights in boys tennis took place Tuesday, March 28 between Barnwell County rivals Barnwell High and Williston-Elko High.

The contest turned into a intense match with several players reflecting with utterances of frustration while others pumped their fists as a show of triumph.

However, when all was said and done, the advantage went to the Blue Devils who netted a 4-2 home win.

Williston-Elko High coach Bernard Walters said the team came through in a big match.

BHHS softball gets on hot streak

The Blackville-Hilda High varsity softball team has been on a hot streak over the past two weeks.

After a mid-season slump with three straight losses, the Lady Hawks have flipped the script. The team has posted four straight wins with victories over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, North High, and a doubleheader sweep of Ridge-Spring Monetta High.

Blackville-Hilda High is now 9-6 overall and 4-2 in region play.

With the playoffs right around the corner, Blackville-Hilda High coach Michael Beasley is pleased with what he’s been seeing the last couple of weeks.

Barnwell softball dominates BLH

On March 27 in Region V softball action, the Barnwell High Lady Warhorses outplayed Batesburg-Leesville High in all facets in a 10-0 blowout win.

The game was close until the fifth inning when the Lady Warhorses erupted for five runs to take a 9-0 lead.

In that inning, Kelci Brown, Kyra Shuler and Maleah Williams provided the big hits. Brown and Shuler each belted a RBI triples. Williams, who has been playing really well this season, recorded a RBI double.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 14-0 overall and 8-0 in region play.

Barnwell High girls hold on in soccer

The Barnwell High varsity girls soccer team held off Batesburg-Leesville High by score of 5-4 in region play on March 27 in Barnwell.

After taking a 4-1 lead into halftime, the Lady Warhorses had to fend off a late charge by the Lady Panthers to preserve the win.

Barnwell High coach Kaylyn Huggins said the team got a little complacent after a fast start.

Barnwell tops Williston-Elko in golf

The Barnwell High golf team hit the green March 27 in a match against in-county rival Williston-Elko High.

The Warhorses played well from top to bottom of the lineup and came away with a score of 162 compared to the Blue Devils who shot 226 as a team.

For the match, it was a tie on the leaderboard with Boldt Richardson and Kody Reynolds, both of Barnwell High, shooting a 38 and sharing medalist honors on the day.

Others playing well for Barnwell High included Kyle Horton with a 40, Luke Moody with a 46 and Kyle Horton and Wyatt Mahuron each with a score of 48.

USC-Salk earns doubleheader split

The USC-Salkehatchie Indians baseball team earned a split with Spartanburg Methodist College Saturday, April 1 in Allendale.

The Indians dropped the opening game 11-1, but rebounded to post a 8-4 win in the second game.

For USC-Salkehatchie, the victory didn’t come easy. The Indians rallied from three runs down. The comeback was fueled by a four-run sixth inning highlighted by a grandslam homer by Nick Delbianco. Caleb Talton also homered in the inning.

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