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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.”

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.

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