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Ponytail All-Stars overcome errors for softball success

It wasn't the performance Barnwell softball coach Michael Watkins expected from his Ponytails, but nonetheless, Watkins was happy with the outcome.

Despite a slew of mistakes, including 13 walks, the Barnwell prevailed over Batesburg by a score of 16-15 in the opening round of the Dixie District 4 All-Star tournament May 17 in Clearwater.

Angel All-Stars soar past competition

For the Barnwell Angel All-Star softball team, three components of the game were executed well to lead them to victories last weekend in the Dixie District 4 tournament in Swansea.

Behind good pitching, solid defense and timely hitting, Barnwell breezed through the first two rounds of the tournament with blowout wins over Swansea and Midland Valley.

On the mound, Kelci Brown turned in a good pitching performance in both victories with only three hits allowed, one earned run and seven strikeouts.

Bandits steal away with softball victory

The Blackville Bandits galloped past the Barnwell Red team by a score of 7-3 June 4 in Title Bells division (13- to 15-years-old) softball action.

The game was tight with the teams tied at 2-2 after the fourth inning.

In the fifth inning, the Bandits pulled away, scoring three runs off three hits and an error for a 5-2 lead.

The Bandits held solid from that point adding a two more runs in the sixth inning off two hits for the victory.

Bandit coach Michael Beasley said the team has the knack for making plays during crunch time.

BHS honors athletes at sports banquet

Barnwell High School recognized its athletics achievements during its annual sports banquet May 27 at the elementary school auditorium.

Barnwell native Bru Pender was the guest speaker for the ceremony. Pender, who starred in sports at Barnwell High, went on to play football for the University of South Carolina. Bru is the son of Donnie and Sandy Pender of Barnwell. He now practices law in Columbia and resides in Lexington with his wife Ashley and children Drew and Caroline.

Athletic Director Rosey Anderson said it was wonderful to have Bru Pender to talk to the students.

Big plays in little league action

The much anticipated rematch between Melon-1 and Sam Plexico Associates turned into a one-sided affair June 1 in the Ponytail title game.

On May 26, Melon-1 overcame a eight-run deficit as it rallied from behind in the last inning to beat Plexico with a score of 13-12.

However, this time, Plexico and Associates made sure there were no late inning heroics by its adversary.

Sparked by the hitting of Alexis Bozard, Team Plexico scored an 8-2 victory and captured the championship.

Hawks wrap up year of sports with awards

Blackville-Hilda High School wrapped up a year in sports with its annual athletic awards banquet May 25 in the school's auditorium.

Athletic Director Michael Beasley took charge of the ceremony. Beasley recognized guests and former Hawks Erica Williams, Andre Simmons, Brandon Isaac and Fernisha McMillan.

Williams recently graduated from The College of Charleston where she played basketball four seasons.

Simmons is a receiver for the Colorado University. He's entering his senior year at the school.

BHS boys overcome slow start to win in playoffs

For the first half of Wednesday's first round class 2A soccer playoff game against Garrett Tech High, Barnwell High head coach Dave Anastasia couldn't ask for a better defensive performance from his team.

For the Warhorses, a host of defenders paced by Brian Hutto, Paul Thomas, Josh Hebbard and Jacob Oswald shut down Garrett Tech High of North Charleston, allowing only one shot on goal for the entire first half.

Lady Warhorses score two soccer playoff victories

"Do not let off the gas," were the words Barnwell High girls varsity coach Michael Allen barked to his players prior to them taking field against Ashley Ridge High Thursday in round two of the class 2A soccer playoffs.

The Lady Warhorses put the pedal to the metal as they sped past Ashley Ridge by a score of 5-0.

Barnwell High finished the game with a 20-10 shot advantage over Ashley Ridge Lady Foxes 22-10.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 16-5 in the standing, including 2-0 in the playoffs.

Barnwell High grabs district softball championship

Diversity at the plate transformed the Barnwell High Lady Warhorses into one of the elite softball teams in class 2A this season.

On Wednesday in the District 5 championship game, the Lady Warhorses' balanced hitting paved the way to the team second straight title.

Five different players had multiple hits as Barnwell High pulled away for a 10-3 victory over Aynor High School.

In all the Lady Warhorses scattered 14 hits through six innings. Taylor Roberts did the most damage at the plate with two hits, including a double, home run, three RBIs and two runs scored.

BHS boys renew their region soccer title another year

The Barnwell High boys varsity soccer team are region champs again.

On May 3 in Petticoat Junction, the Warhorses captured their second consecutive championship by beating rival Silver Bluff High by a score of 7-5.

With the win, Barnwell High wraps up the regular season at 13-5 overall. Barnwell High opened the playoffs at home May 11 against Garrett High at 6 p.m.

Lady Warhorses capture soccer title

Going into Wednesday region matchup against Pelion High School, the Barnwell High girls varsity soccer team had already clinched the Region 6 title by virtue of its 5-0 win over Silver Bluff two days earlier.

However, the Lady Warhorses wanted to leave a lasting impressive on its regular season.

The team accomplished the task with ease as they throttled past the Lady Panthers by a 7-0 score in Barnwell.

Fueled by Olivia Ray and Marianne Moore, who each shot two goals, the Lady Warhorses raced to a 4-0 half lead. Ray also contributed two assists.

Blue Devils exit baseball playoffs

The Williston-Elko High varsity boys season came to an end Thursday night in a 5-1 loss to Ninety-Six High School in the third round of the class 1A baseball playoffs.

Williston-Elko trailed 1-0 after the first inning, but later tied the score at 1-1 in the sixth when Bryan Baxley came home off a RBI by Michael Wallace.

However, that would be as close as the Blue Devils would get. Ninety-Six responded with four runs off a hit and two errors in the seventh inning to put the game away.

The loss ends Williston-Elko High season at 12-8 overall and 1-2 in the playoffs.

JDA coach reaches milestone with softball victory

Jefferson Davis Academy head softball coach Tim Owens is becoming a household name in SCISA 1A softball.

In six seasons at the helm, Owens has guided the Lady Raiders to a 67-23 record which includes six straight region title. During Owens tenture, the team has yet to lose a region game with a perfect 48-0 record.

On April 22, Owens put another feather in his hat as he collected his 100th win as the Lady Raiders coach.

The milestone for Owens came in an impressive fashion as his team ran away from Clarendon Hall Academy with a score of 12-3.

Beasley named to state athletic organization

Blackville-Hilda athletes have been recognized through the years on the playing fields.
This time, a coach is getting recognition.

Michael Beasley, the athletic director at Blackville-Hilda High School, has been named president of the S.C. Athletic Administrators Association for 2010-11.

The annual spring conference was held in March where Beasley was named to the position. He has previously served as the vice-president of the association.

Barnwell junior varsity softball team undefeated

An undefeated season in any sport is a huge accomplishment. That was the case last week for the Barnwell High junior varsity softball team.

Taking on region rival Silver Bluff High Thursday, BHS ran their record to 13-0 with a season ending 11-1 route

The Lady Warhorses spotted the Lady Bulldogs a run before answering with 11 unanswered runs to complete their perfect season.

Barnwell High coach Rosey Anderson said the team's great season is a result of hard work and dedications from the players.

Warhorses win baseball game with an unusual ending

Rarely in sports is a game not decided on the playing field. However, that was the case April 12 at John Hall Field with the Barnwell High Warhorses taking on Pelion High Panthers in region baseball.

With the teams tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Barnwell High had the winning run on third base with two outs.

The batter at the plate struck out while swinging, which seemed to end the inning.

WEHS golf team links up to victory

The Blue Devils ram red-hot on the greens as the Williston-Elko High golf team placed first overall in a three-team match April 12 at Sweetwater Country Club in Barnwell.

The Williston-Elko High team shot a match best low score of 167.

Barnwell High was second with a score of 186 followed by Swansea High with 195.

With the victory, Williston-Elko improves its record to 11-0 in the season.

WEHS coach Ronnie Neville said the team turned in another good outing.

"We continue to made good strides as a group," Neville said.

Lady Warhorses endure soccer battle

The Barnwell High girls varsity soccer team was on display last weekend at the Lady Eagle Invitational tournament at Airport High School.

Barnwell High was one of two class 2A teams, competing in a 17-team tournament field dominated by division 3A and 4A teams.
For the tournament, Barnwell High finished with a 2-1 record.

The Lady Warhorses' only setback came in a 5-0 loss to White Knoll High. White Knoll High is class 4A and ranked No. 9 in the state. Barnwell High finished the tournament in seventh place out of 16 teams.

Warhorse softball team continues unbeaten streak

The Barnwell High varsity softball team extended its domination last week, April 13 with a 3-0 region road win over Pelion High.

The contest turned into a pitching duel until the fourth inning when the Lady Warhorses recorded their second hit.

Taylor Roberts belted a triple to deep centerfield, scoring Hilary Zorn for the game's first run. Moments later Roberts scored off a hit by Nyesha Arnold to make the score 2-0.

Barnwell High then added an insurance run in the sixth inning to close out the scoring. For BHS, Roberts singled, then scored off an RBI by Taylor Priester.

WEHS tennis team takes aim at Warhorses in rematch

On March 22 in the team's first meeting of the season, the Williston-Elko High boys tennis team fell to in-county rival Barnwell High by a score of 4-2.

Since the loss, the Blue Devils were eagerly anticipating a rematch. On April 12 in the Devils Den, the teams meet for the second time.
However, this time, it was the Blue Devils prevailing by a score of 5-2.

With the win, Williston-Elko ties Barnwell High for the region lead.

Williston-Elko High coach Bernard Walters said the team played much better in the rematch.

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