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.

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.”


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