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Barnwell soccer gets heads-up on competition

The Barnwell High varsity boys soccer team is putting the pieces together after a slow start to the season.

After a 1-2 start, the Warhorses have won six of its last seven games, including the last four in a row.

Barnwell High's last triumph came in a 3-1 win over region rival Silver Bluff High March 30 in Barnwell.

The Warhorses shaped into top form offensively with a 22-13 edge in shots for the game.

Zach Zissette led the offensive with two goals for the game. Zissette's first goal came 12 minutes into the contest off an assist from Jacob Oswald.

Lady Warhorses on a roll in softball

The Barnwell High varsity girls made easy work of Wade Hampton High by a score of 18-0 March 30 in region softball action.

The region leading Lady Warhorses scored double-digit runs for the fourth time this season as nine different players registered hits against the Lady Red Devils.

Six of Barnwell's 16 hits were for extra bases with Brittany Padgett and Taylor Priester leading the bats with three hits apiece.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 8-0 in the season and 4-0 in region play.

USC-Salk hits slump in baseball

The USC-Salkehatchie Indian baseball team fell to the USC-Lancaster Lancers by a score of 9-7 March 27 in Allendale.

The contest turned into a jerky game of spurts and stalls with the Indians racing to an early 6-3 lead.

However, the Indians couldn't maintain their advantage as the Lancers charged back, scoring six runs in the last two innings for the win.

For the game, USC Lancaster finished with 12 hits. USC-Salkehatchie had eight hits.

Shawn Thomas picked up the win for USC-Lancaster with a walk, seven hits allowed and two strikeouts.

USC-Salk Lady Indians squeak out softball win

The USC-Salkehatchie Lady Indians softball team came from behind to beat Spartanburg Methodist College by a score of 2-1 March 27 in Allendale.

The Lady Indians overcame a one-run deficit, scoring two runs in their last at-bat for the win.

For USC-Salkehatchie in the inning, Amanda Karn reached base safely with a single. After reaching second base off a sacrifice by Crystal Long, Karn scored from a hit by Alyssa Chambers to tie the game at 1-1.

Raiderball: JDA girls win again

The good times continued for the Jefferson Davis Academy varsity girls last week in SCISA softball.

JDA is off to its best start in five years with five straight wins. The Lady Raiders added another victory to their total March 15 by beating Bowman Academy 13-12 in Blackville.

The game turned into a wild affair with the teams combining for 23 hits, including four doubles and two triples.

Tied at 12-12 with one out in the seventh inning, Anna Griffin dumped a single into left field, scoring Haley Edison for the winning run.

Spring cleaning-baseball style

Although spring time was officially five days away, the Barnwell High varsity baseball team did a little early spring cleaning March 15 at John Hall Field against in-county rival Williston-Elko High.

Led by senior Dylan Griffith, the Warhorses swept a doubleheader away from the Blue Devils.

Griffith, who is hitting .502 in the season, combined for five hits, including two doubles and a triple and three runs scored during both games.

With the wins, Barnwell High improves to 8-1 in the season.

Lady Warhorses ride over Edisto in softball

The Barnwell High varsity girls softball team handed Edisto High a 7-4 loss in region play March 16 in Cordova.

The Lady Warhorses took control of the contest from the opening pitch as they ran to a 6-0 advantage after three innings. Catherine Padgett fueled the scoring run with a two-run RBI single.

The Lady Cougars tried to rally in the fifth inning with four runs. However, that rally was cut short by Hillary Zorn.

Zorn retired three of the last four batters she faced to get the win for Barnwell. Zorn finished with 11 strikeouts, allowed four hits and a walk.

BHHS Lady Hawks gain first victory of softball season

It took a couple of games, but the Blackville-Hilda High Lady Hawks have finally taken flight in varsity softball play.

On March 18 in the Hawks Nest, the Lady Hawks got off the ground and into the winning column with a 14-4 blowout victory over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

The win ends a two-game losing streak and improves Blackville-Hilda to 1-2 in the season.

Blackville-Hilda High head coach Michael Beasley said the team finally punched the ticket.

Williston-Elko High tops stroke-heavy Wade Hampton in golf

More is not always better.

Wade Hampton High found that out in golf March 15 at Williston-Elko High.

The Williston-Elko team came away winners against Wade Hampton in a nine-hole match played at the Williston Country Club.

The Blue Devils finished with a team score of 152. More impressively, the Blue Devils took the match by 61 strokes.

Wade Hampton High finished with a team score of 198.

"This was a great win for our team today," Williston-Elko High coach Ronnie Neville said.

Williston-Elko rolls to an easy win on diamond

The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils torched Ridge Spring-Monetta High Trojans 10-3 Thursday in region 4A varsity baseball action.

The Blue Devils controlled the game from the opening pitch as they slammed five runs across the plate. Sophomore Brian Baxley led the team on a 12-hit performance. Baxley went two-for-three with three RBIs and a run scored.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 3-3 in the season.

Williston-Elko head coach Heath Corley said the team is starting to gain confidence.

Barnwell junior varsity softball remains unbeaten

In junior varsity softball action, Barnwell High hit Pelion High with a double whammy, using power hitting and strong pitching for a 8-3 victory Friday in Barnwell.

The Lady Warhorses broke a close game wide open in the fourth inning. Ahead 2-0, the Lady Warhorses erupted for six runs off four hits to take a commanding 8-0 lead.

Lauren Perry delivered the big blow during the inning with a three-run, inside-the-park home run.

Others scoring in the inning included Rebekah Debruhl, Halee Tindal, Katelyn Watkins, Victoria Schatzer and Leigh Ann Davis.

Warhorses off and running in baseball

The Barnwell High varsity baseball team opened its 2010 season in an impressive fashion by taking top prize in the Warhorse pre-season tournament held Feb. 27- March 5 at John Hall Field.

Junior righthander Jamie Strock led the way as Barnwell breezed through the competition with four straight wins, including a victory over Lower Richland High School in the tournament championship game.

Strock was the team's pitching ace with three victories in the tournament. Strock's performance included a no-hitter and a total of 23 strikeouts for the tournament.

JDA enters winner's circle in softball

The Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders took the winner's circle March 6 in the pre-season region softball tournament at Clarendon Hall Academy.

The Lady Raiders went 2-0 in the tournament, which included a 11-1 win over Bowman Academy in the title game.

During the title game, the Lady Raiders scattered 12 hits through five innings.

Avery Owens had the hot-bat for the Lady Raiders, going 4-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Katelyn Bell and Khadejia Hallingquest also had a good day at the plate.

BHS boys soccer seeks consistency

Over the last five seasons under head coach David Anastasia, the Barnwell High boys varsity soccer team has been a picture of consistency with five straight winning seasons.

However, through the first two weeks of the season, including the Warhorse Classic tournament, Barnwell High has been anything but consistent on the field.

During the Warhorses Classic tournament, Barnwell High's play has been steady at the best with the team posting two wins in four games.

Lady Warhorses score in title soccer game

Barnwell High girls varsity soccer coach Michael Allen dose not take too much stock in early season wins.

However, Allen admits what he witnessed in Feb. 27 Lady Warhorses Classic championship was pretty impressive.

In a hard-fought defensive battle, Barnwell High shut down one of the top ranked class 3A division teams by beating Bluffton High by a score of 2-0.

USC-Salk starts softball with a hit

The USC-Salkehatchie Lady Indians softball team was unstoppable on the diamond Saturday evening on the reservation in Allendale.

USC-Salkehatchie dominated Wake Technical College of Raleigh N.C., winning both games of a doubleheader in a rout.

During the day, the Lady Indians put on a hitting exhibition as they shelled out 32 hits and 48 runs.

Sophomore Alyssa Chambers of Goose Greek High did most of the damage at the plate, finishing the day with six hits, including two triples, a double and nine runs scored.

Chambers said she went out and played her best.

WEHS Lady Blue Devils exit playoffs

The Williston-Elko High varsity girls class 1A playoff run ended Feb. 18 in a 61-53 road loss to McCormick High School during the second round.

Williston-Elko High, coming off an opening round victory over Great Falls High ,played toe-to-toe with McCormick High in the first quarter.

The teams battled to a 14-14 tie in the first quarter. However, in the second stanza, the Lady Blue Devils fell a step behind the Lady Chiefs.

Behind an eight points effort from Lil-Kedia Brown, McCormick outscored Williston-Elko 19-7 for a 33-21 halftime lead.

JDA boys fall in basketball playoffs

The Jefferson Davis Academy boys varsity basketball team had a good run this season. The Raiders turned in their most productive outing in more than 10 years with 19 victories.

However, the journey came to an end Feb. 23 with JDA losing to Covenant Academy 50-39 in the second round of the SCISA 1A playoffs at Orangeburg Preparatory Academy.

The loss closes out JDA's season at 19-3 overall, including a perfect 10-0 record in region play.

JDA coach Clint Inman said the team played as good as they could.

WEHS Blue Devils' playoff run ends at Upper State

The Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team took over the role as this season Class 1A Cinderella team.

After finishing third in its region, the Blue Devils stormed into the playoffs with three straight wins, including victories over top seeds SouthSide High and McCormick High.

However, the Blue Devils deepest run into the playoffs in more than 10 years ended Saturday at the BI-LO Center in Greenville. In a battle of Devils, Blue Devils fell to the top ranked Red Devils of Great Falls High by a score of 46-39.

JDA boys race past competition in playoffs

The Jefferson Davis Academy boys varsity basketball team entered the playoffs with a splash Saturday evening at Orangeburg Prep Academy.

Behind the play of Nic Jamison and Edward Givens, the Raiders made easy work of Wardlaw Academy of Edgefield by a score of 65-43.

Jamison and Givens led the charge as the Raiders raced to a 28-16 halftime lead.

From there, the Raiders broke the game wide open at the start of the third quarter with a 15-3 run for a 43-19 lead.

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