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Warhorses win easily over Tigers

The little things made the difference in Friday’s region baseball game between Allendale-Fairfax High and Barnwell High.

Barnwell High took advantage of seven errors by Allendale-Fairfax High Tiger and some additional miscues to take home an easy 19-1 victory on March 31.

With the win, Barnwell High moves to 5-1 in region play.

Miscues on the day just weren’t limited to the Tigers. The Warhorses were also guilty of a few mishaps, including a couple of fielding and outfield errors.

JDA clobbers Clarendon Hall in baseball

On March 21 in SCISA baseball action, the Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders clobbered the Clarendon Hall Saints by a count of 9-0.

The game was never in doubt as the Raiders raced to a 3-0 first inning lead and never looked back.

With the win, Jefferson Davis Academy improves to 7-4 overall.

JDA coach Michael Tindal said the team is gaining momentum.

“The big win over Williston-Elko High coupled by this victory gives us a lot of confidence,” Tindal said. “So far it’s been a total team effort. Everyone stepped up and made plays for us this season.”

Barnwell High softball remains unbeaten

There is a calm, business-like demeanor to the Barnwell High varsity softball team. After finishing off Bamberg-Ehrhardt High 8-1 at home Wednesday, March 22, there was little celebration from the group as they went through the normal post-game field sprints.

“Right now, every win is important. We knew coming in Bamberg was going to be a good test for us, so we came out focused and ready to play. It was a good team win, but we’re not satisfied just yet. We want to keep moving forward,” Barnwell High Coach Carol Massengale said.

Williston-Elko Blue Devils rebound for win

The Williston-Elko High varsity baseball team bounced back in fine fashion Friday, March 24 with a 6-4 win on region rival Wagener-Salley High.

The game was close until the sixth inning when the Blue Devils erupted with three runs to take a 6-1 advantage.

The Blue Devils were then able to hold off a late charge by the War Eagles, who answered with three runs in the seventh inning, to preserve the win.

With the victory, Williston-Elko High moves to 5-3 overall and 4-0 in region play.

Toney, Youngblood, Lehman awarded at District 7 basketball banquet

Williston-Elko sophomore Keshawn Toney was recognized as the 2017 Player of the Year at the 31st Annual District Seven Basketball Officials’ Banquet March 12.

Toney was chosen for the award based on his outstanding skills, leadership and character demostrated during the school year. Toney also helped lead the Blue Devils to a region title.

Other Blue Devils receiving awards on the night included Derek Youngblood as Athletic Director of the Year and boys varsity basketball coach Jeremy Lehmen who won the Excellence in Coaching Award.

Lady Blue Devils torch Lady Hawks in cross-county rivalry game

Rich in softball tradition, the Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High varsity girls are considered one of the most competitive rivals in the state.

That, however, was not the case when the teams met March 21 in the Devils Den.

The Lady Blue Devils, who were coming off a disappointing loss to Jefferson Davis Academy, took out their frustrations on their in-county rivals.

The end result was a lopsided 18-3 victory.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 4-1 in region.

JDA jv softball team pounds AJA

The Jefferson Davis Academy junior varsity softball team took care of business against archrival Andrew Jackson Academy Friday in Blackville.

The Lady Raiders opened up big and picked up speed from there on their way to trashing the Lady Confederates by a score of 13-2.

With the victory, JDA improves to 6-1 in the standings.

JDA coach Bart Owens said the team continues to come through at the plate.

Area softball teams play to tie

The Bamberg-Ehrhardt High and Barnwell High junior varsity softball game turned into a competitive contest Wednesday in Barnwell.

As a matter of fact, the Lady Red Raiders and Lady Warhorses were so evenly matched that they battled to a 5-5 tie after five innings.

The game was called by the officials after five innings because the teams had played its allowable one hour and 15 minutes.

Barnwell coach Michael Watkins said his team made mistakes, but made some good plays late.

Warhorses recognized for sportsmanship, ethics and integrity in athletic programs

Barnwell High School’s athletic program was recently recognized for the sportsmanship, ethics and integrity displayed by its athletes and coaches.

The school was one of only 15 of the S.C. High School League’s 214 member schools to receive the Award of Excellence for Exemplary Display of Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity for the 2016-2017 school year. The SCHSL gave the award in conjunction with the National Federation of State High Schools Association.

Barnwell Baseball to remember Maybell Mitchell at season-opener

In the 1930s a young newlywed couple in Luray (Hampton County), Olive Faust and Howard Gordon Dickinson, were about to start their lives together. But the young bride didn’t know a lot about cooking and cleaning for her new husband.

Her mother’s cook suggested they should take her 15-year-old daughter, Maybell Mitchell, to live with them as she had experience in those domestic areas.

Maybell moved to Barnwell in 1932 with the Dickinson family as cook, housekeeper and, in time, nurse to their children.

Coach Dee brings passion and skills home

The sound of intermittent whistles is the signal to youth to start moving.

Mostly middle-school age boys dressed in white T-shirts and black gym shorts listen for the next burst of sound, their minds and bodies running to the next station marked by an orange cone on the wooden basketball court. Between and at each station they are challenged to master their skill of running, bouncing a basketball, passing, maneuvering and shooting.

Also dressed in black is Darene Thomas who eyes each young athlete critically. She’s the one with the whistle. She’s also the one in charge.

Warhorses suffer tough loss to Bamberg

The Barnwell High varsity baseball team suffered a tough loss Friday, March 17 in Bamberg.

In a contest that turned into a pitching duel between the old foes, the Red Raiders rallied late to come away with a 2-1 victory in seven innings.

Clinging to a one-run lead, the Warhorses seemingly had things in control after six and a half innings of play.

Unfortunately for the Warhorses, the momentum changed in favor of the Red Raiders in the bottom of the seventh inning.

A Red Raider squad that trailed the entire game fired back in their last at-bat.

JDA Softball rallies to beat WEHS

It’s amazing how many emotions can sweep across a team in the span of one inning of softball.

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils had the Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders right where they wanted them with a two-run lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Then, in a blink of an eye, the Lady Blue Devils found themselves down.

Trailing 8-5, JDA showed its resiliency as a group by scoring five runs in the sixth inning, then holding off a late surge by WEHS to preserve a 10-9 win Monday in Blackville.

Blue Devils torch Hawks, 16-0

The Williston-Elko High baseball team torched Blackville-Hilda High 16-0 Wednesday in the Devils’ Den.

For the Blue Devils, it was powerful hitting, strong pitching and solid defense that paved the way to a rout over their in-county rivals.

The Blue Devils pounded out 13 hits and recieved an excellent performance in the circle by Case Wiles. Wiles grounded the Hawks at the plate, tossing a one-hitter with six strikeouts.

With the win, Williston-Elko High moves to 3-0 in region play.

BHS Softball plows through competition

The Barnwell High varsity softball team has been plowing through the competition with ease so far this season.

The Lady Warhorses‘ domination continued March 14 in Barnwell with a doubleheader sweep over Allendale-Fairfax High.

With the wins, Barnwell High raises its record to 10-0.

Barnwell High coach Carol Massegale, who has won 18 straight region games, said the team continues to gain momentum.

“Right now, we’re rolling well as a team and the result is great overall team play,” Massengale said.

JDA Raiders register wins over Northside, Williston-Elko

Jefferson Davis Academy’s baseball team used a 5-run effort in the seventh inning to beat Williston-Elko High, 9-8 on Monday, March 20 in Blackville

Dalton Beasley got the start for JDA. He pitched six innings and only gave up one earned run.

Adam Gee came in to pitch a third of a inning to get the win.

Offensively, the Raiders were led by Blake Renew who went 2-4 with two RBI’s.

Also shining were Kyle Renew, who went 2-4 with two RBI’s, and Colton Pritchard, who was 2-4 with 2 RBI’s one being the winning run.

B-H Lady Hawks soaring off the bats

Going through preseason workouts and scrimmages, Blackville-Hilda High softball coach Michael Beasley was certainly excited about what his Lady Hawks team could achieve this season.

And after two games into the season, it’s easy to see why.

The Blackville-Hilda Lady Hawks are soaring. What’s more impressive about the start is the fact that the team has outscored its first two opponents by a margin of 21-5.

“So far we’ve been playing well in all phases of the game,” Beasley said. “It’s been mistake-free ball with good pitching and timely hitting.”

Williston softball wins opener

Although the softball season is new, it was business as usual for the Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils March 7 in their season opener.

The defending Region III champions picked up from where they left off on the diamond by torching the Lady Trojans of Ridge Spring-Monetta by a score of 11-0.

The Lady Blue Devils asserted their dominance in their first at-bat with five runs off four hits. From there, the team never let up, scoring three runs in the second, one in the third and two more in the fourth.

JDA Shotgun Raiders claim championship

Three members of the Jefferson Davis Academy Shotgun Raiders won two top awards on March 4.

Anna Beth Morgan, Bethany Stokes and Caroline Robinson were the Ladies Sporting Clay Champions at the 2017 S.C. Independent School Association State Sporting Clays Championships with a combined score of 184. The trio also won second place at the 3rd Annual S.C. Department of Natural Resources Youth Sporting Clay Open in the ladies senior varsity division.

“I’m real proud of them,” said assistant coach Julie Robinson, who is also Caroline’s mother. The head coach is Brad All.

Blue Devils torch Trojans for first win

The Williston-Elko High varsity baseball team scored its first win of the season Friday in an 16-3 road victory over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

Williston-Elko High coach Alan LeRoy said the team played well after a tough start to the season.

“This was a big win for our team today,” LeRoy said. “I thought we hit the ball really well and we were very aggressive on the bases.”

For the Blue Devils, Brandon Nix did just about everything but drive the bus for the team against the Trojans.

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