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BHS baseball gets win to close out tournament

The Barnwell High baseball team got off to a slow start at the Pelion High tournament last weekend.

The Warhorses struggled out the gates with losses to Wagener-Salley High and Swansea High.

The Warhorses, however, rebounded on the final day of play with an impressive 11-0 win over Wagner-Salley High in a rematch game.

Barnwell High coach Don Mims said this young group is coming along after a rough start.

Lady Warhorses run through competition

Barnwell High head coach Carol Massengale wasn’t surprised when her team walked away with a 5-3 win Saturday afternoon over Strom Thurmond High in the Midland Valley High softball tournament.

The victory was the third straight in two days at the tournament. The Lady Warhorses also claimed wins over Saluda High and South Aiken High to advance them into the Feb. 28 final round where they will play Midland Valley for the title.

USC Salkehatchie softball loses another close one

Don’t ask USC-Salkehatchie coach Kenneth Bellamy about the theme “close, but no cigar”. Bellamy knows that sports cliche all too well.

This season, the USC-Salkehatchie Lady Indians have lost five games in extra innings, including four in which they led going into the last inning.

“It’s hard when you lose close games, but it’s tougher when you lose like we’ve been lately,” Bellamy said. “We have a young group of players and they’re very hard workers. We’re just a play or three away from having five more wins under our belts.”

Raiders baseball starts season with split success

The Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders started the 2017 season with split success.

In a non-conference game against Wagener-Salley on Feb. 20, the Raiders fell by a score of 15-6.

JDA scored three runs in the first inning to take the lead.Wagener-Salley chipped away at that lead with runs in each inning.

The Raiders put a run on the scoreboard in the third inning and two in the fifth but weren’t able to catch up.

Their luck changed in a pre-season tournament when they defeated King Academy 2-1 on Feb. 23.

Blue Devils torch Whirlwinds in playoffs

After beating Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High for the region title six days ago, the biggest question going into post season play was how good can this Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team be?

Well, on Friday night in the Devils’ Den, the Timmonsville High Whirlwinds found out that answer the hard way in the second round of the class A playoffs.

Williston-Elko High, in search of their third post season wins in the last seven years, made quick work of Timmonsville High by a score of 58-41.

Lady Warhorses top N. Charleston in playoffs

The Barnwell High varsity girls basketball team got off to a good start in the opening round of the class AA playoffs on Feb. 14 in Barnwell.

Barnwell High turned a close game into a 38-23 runaway over the North Charleston High Lady Cougars.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 13-3 overall in the standings.

Barnwell High coach William Hammonds said the team got complacent at the start of the second half.

Salkehatchie Indians scalp Muskies, 18-0

The USC-Salkehatchie Indians scalped the Muskies of New River Community College of Virginia by a score of 18-0 Sunday in Allendale.

With the win, USC-Salkehatchie improves to 5-9 in the standings.

USC Salkehatchie, which swept New River Community College in a doubleheader on Saturday, was again bolstered by strong pitching and solid hitting.

This time, Robert Lewis came through on the mound with a one-hit, one walk and eight strikeout performance.

Denmark-Olar girls’ playoff run ends against Estill

The stakes were much better for the Denmark-Olar High and Estill High varsity girls Monday night in the second round of the class A playoffs.

It was the third matchup of the season between the Region 3A rivals with each winning during the regular season on its home court.

The rubber match game, which was played in front of a sell-out crowd at the Denmark-Olar Middle School gymnasium, was a barnburner of a game.

WEHS boys capture region crown

On Saturday night in the Blackville-Hilda High gymnasium, the Williston-Elko High varsity boys basketball team tipped off against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High for the third time this season in a regular season playoff game to determine champions of Region 3A.

The teams split during the regular season with each winning on its home floor.

For the Blue Devils and the Trojans, the rubber match was one more opportunity for someone to establish dominance in what has been a two-team race this season in Region 3A.

GBMS boys go unbeaten

The Guinyard-Butler Middle School boys basketball coach Shawn Boyce couldn’t ask for a better ending for his team this season.

On Feb. 2, GBMS came into its final game against Denmark-Olar with an 13-0 record. Needing just one more win to complete a perfect season, the Ponies took care of business one last time and came away with a 56-48 triumph.

A scrappy Denmark-Olar team that trailed by a much as 19 points early in the third quarter, closed within 52-44 with 1:29 left to play.

GBMS girls beat Denmark-Olar

In middle school girls’ basketball action, the Guinyard-Butler Lady War Ponies pulled away from Denmark in the fourth quarter for a 32-16 win Feb. 2 in Barnwell.

With the win, GBMS completes the season with a 12-2 record.

GBMS coach Connie Hayes said they came on after a sluggish start.

“We struggled to get the ball in the basket in the first half. After making a few halftime adjustments, we executed much better offensively in the second half,” Hayes said.

For three quarters, the teams pretty much traded baskets in a game that was dominated by the defenses.

Tigers claw Warhorses for win

The Barnwell High and Allendale-Fairfax High boys varsity basketball game turned into a thriller Jan. 31 in Barnwell.

In a back-and-forth affair with nine lead changes, Allendale-Fairfax High pulled away at the end for a 69-59 win.

With the win, Allendale-Fairfax High moves to 3-5 in region play.

Alllendale-Fairfax High coach Coby Brandyburg said the team fought hard all the way through.

Barnwell girls out-will Allendale-Fairax

In a battle of basketball wills, the Barnwell High varsity girls outlasted Allendale-Faifax High by a score of 46-34 Jan. 31 in Barnwell.

The Lady Warhorses were tied with the Lady Tigers at 34 with under four minutes remaining in the game.

The Lady Warhorses then took control of the contest with a 12-0 scoring run in the final three minutes and 18 seconds.

Aniya James, who led all scorers with 21 points, sparked the team down the stretch with six points and two assists.

A-F Lady Tigers keep hopes alive

After falling prey to Barnwell High two days earlier, the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers needed a bounce-back win Friday against Calhoun County to keep post season hopes alive.

The Lady Tigers got just that as they were to take down the Lady Saints in a low-scoring affair by a count of 25-18.

Both teams struggled offensively, combining for only 23 points at halftime. The Lady Tigers, however, pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Lady Saints 13-7.

With the win, Allendale-Fairfax improves to 4-5 in region play.

A-F girls rebound, beat Silver Bluff

Following the team’s fourth straight setback in a 56-25 loss to Batesburg-Leesville Jan. 24, Allendale-Fairfax High coach Austin Jeffries challenged his players to remain positive and focused though a stormy part of the season.

The Allendale-Fairfax High varsity girls responded well to their coach’s comments in their play Friday night as they rolled over Silver Bluff High by a score of 55-25.

The Lady Tigers ended their four game slide in a big way. They scored the first basket of the game and never looked back, leading by a much as 32 points midway in the fourth quarter.

Lady Warhorses extend winning streak

The Barnwell High varsity girls easily disposed of in-county rival Williston-Elko High Wednesday night in Barnwell.

For the Lady Warhorses, a strong first half was more than enough for the team to register its sixth straight victory as they cruised past Williston-Elko High 47-26.

The win improves Barnwell High to 10-3 overall.

Barnwell High coach William Hammonds said the team played well.

National Signing Day: Signatures change lives of two Barnwell High football players

Two Barnwell High School seniors grinned as they wrote their names on the documents before them.

Those signatures officially changed the lives of Marcus McKethan and Earl Bostick Jr. starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 – college signing day.

McKethan will be joining the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill football team while Bostick picked the University of Kansas’ football program, both Division 1 universities.

Tigers find rhythm in win over Red Raiders

The Allendale-Fairfax High Tigers were hitting on all cylinders Friday night in a 68-45 win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt High.

The Tigers delivered an early knockout blow on their rivals. The combination of a relentless defense and an overpowering inside scoring game helped the Tigers build a 24-7 halftime lead.

It was the best defensive performance by the team as they held Bamberg-Ehrhardt High to just two of 19 shooting from the field in the first half.

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