AFHS Tigers claw BHHS Hawks in rematch

It was payback time Friday night in the Hawks Nest for the Allendale-Fairfax High varsity football team. Last season, the Blackville-Hilda High Hawks pounded the Tigers by a score of 42-14 in Allendale.

This time, it was Blackville-Hilda was left with the most battle scars as the Tigers rolled to a 20-7 victory.

Blackville-Hilda High trailed on the scoreboard the entire game.

However, the Hawks managed whittled Allendale-Fairfax High's 14-0 halftime lead within a touchdown early in the third quarter.

Blue Devils torch Denmark-Olar Vikings in 60-12 football victory

The Williston-Elko High varsity football team pulled out all the stops offensively Friday for Denmark-Olar High.

Engineered by quarterback Quantel Mack, the Blue Devil offense laid out a blueprint for success, posting eight touchdowns while rolling up more than 400 yards of offense in a 60-12 rout of the Vikings.

Mack replaced starting quarterback Tamyn Garrick. Garrick was sideline with a non-football related foot injury. However, despite Garrick's absence, the Blue Devils didn't miss a step offensively, scoring touchdowns its first five possessions.

BHHS Hawks claw BHS Warhorses

In a defense-dominated and penalty-plagued contest, the Blackville-Hilda High Hawks emerged with a 12-6 victory over in-county rival Barnwell High Friday night at W.W. Carter Field in Barnwell.

Tied at 6-6 midway in the third quarter, Hawks junior quarterback Chris Kearse led his team seven-play march that concluded when Jamell Dukes crossed the goal line from three yards out for the winning score.

Kearse, who finished with 88 all-purpose yards, said the team needed to step up at crunch time.

Blue Devils roll over Barnwell, 56-14

Whatever plans Barnwell High had of springing an upset over Williston-Elko High quickly went out of the window late in the second quarter of the Aug. 27 game between the incounty rivals.

The Warhorses, coming off a disappointing 30-29 loss to Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High, gave the Blue Devils a fight for the first 21 minutes of the contest as the teams battled to a 14-14 tie.

JDA Lady Raiders fall in season opener

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity volleyball team dropped its season opening match by a score of 3-0 Thursday to Orangeburg Christian Academy.

Organgeburg Christian Academy didn't overpower Jefferson Davis Academy, but they did manage to mix a power game with occassional finesse to give the Lady Raiders problems. The Lady Raiders inability to ouy of the starting gates also proved to be costly with the team falling behind by 10 points to start each match.

JDA coach Bart Owens said the team had to become more aggressive.

HKT Trojans corral Warhorses

High school football games in fact last 48 minutes; not 24, 30 or even 37 minutes, which would have helped the Barnwell High Warhorse varsity team Friday night in Norway.

Barnwell High held a 21-8 advatage over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler going into the fourth quarter.

However, in the last 10 minutes and thirty seconds of the fourth quarter, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler outscored Barnwell High 22-8 to pull off a stunning 30-29 upset victory.

Local teams inaugurate new football season with jamborees

Although high school football season doesn't officially kick off until Aug. 21, local teams hit the battlefield during last weekend's jamborees. The players - Allendale-Fairfax High, Barnwell-Hilda High, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High and Williston-Elko High - got opportunities to show their skills for the first time in a game atmosphere.

The first jamboree kicked off Thursday for Region 4A in Blackville-Hilda. There were four games scheduled with each game played in two 12-minute quarters, the equivalent of half a game.

JDA football gets off to running start

There was plenty of huffing and puffing coming from players of Jefferson Davis Academy Friday morning as the team concluded its first week of football drills.

For Jefferson Davis Academy coach Joey Lott the mission, is simple: "Let's get into shape."

"The team that is the best shape got a very good chance of winning a lot of football games. This is the first week of drills for us," Lott said. "We went over a lot of stuff offensively and defensively, but the bottom line for us as coaches is whipping this team into football shape."

Area football teams meet again in pre-season scrimmages

After beating on each other for seven straight days, area high school football teams squared off against the opposition in full contact scrimmages.

In the Devils Den, Williston-Elko ended its first week of workouts Friday with a scrimmage against Wade Hampton High School. The Blue Devil first-team offense was sharp under the direction of juniors Tamyrn Garrick and Dexter Staley. The quarterback receiver duo combined for more than 150 yards passing on offense as they led the Blue Devils to four scoring drives.

Former Barnwell Warhorse coach Mac Wier inducted into state hall of fame

Former Barnwell High School football coach Mac Wier was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame July 26 at the Area Convention Center in Charleston. Wier's coaching career spanned 26 years. He retired from coaching shortly after the 1999 season as the winningest football coach in the history of Barnwell High.

Wier, who has spent the last 10 years teaching at Barnwell High, said receiving such a prestigious honor was worth the wait.

Area football teams begin pre-season practices

Tick tock, tick tock.

The official countdown began Friday signaling the end of summer vacation for high school football players across the state.

High school football teams across the state began organizing in preparation for the upcoming season. According to the S.C. High School League rules for the first three days, teams must work in helmets, shorts before switching to full pads and contact.

Carolina Roadrunners break even with season's final games

The Carolina Roadrunners softball team concluded its summer season play at the Hawaiian Tropic tournament July 24-26 in Myrtle Beach. The Carolina Roadrunners, comprised of high school players from Barnwell County, broke even in its last outing with two wins and two losses.

Roadrunners coach Michael Beasley said it was another fun-filled summer with the girls.

Area teams set sights on Dixie baseball title

Area major leaguers (12-year-olds) squared off in a battle for all the marbles last week in the Dixie 6A baseball tournament.

The six-team tournament held at the Ness Sports Complex in Bamberg included Bamberg, Barnwell, Edisto, North Augusta, Orangeburg and Silver Bluff.

This year local prize winner was the Bamberg All-Stars.

However, the road to victory for Bamberg didn't come easy as they had to hold off a pesky Orangeburg squad for a 7-6 victory in the championship game.

Barnwell All-Stars competes in machine-pitch tournament

The best of the City of Barnwell boys ( 8-and under age group) showcased their hardball skills in the Machine Pitch sub-district All-Star tournament June 20 in Edisto.

The four-team double elimination tournament included Bamberg, Edisto and Orangeburg.

The Barnwell All-Stars played admirably during the tournament, advancing to the championship round before being eliminated by Edisto. Barnwell finished with a 2-2 record.

Barnwell coach Lon Walsh said his team rebounded well after a case of nerves in starting the tournament.

Barnwell All-Stars become runner-up in tournament

The Barnwell Minor League (10-and-under age group) All-Stars took runners-up honors in the Dixie 6 baseball tournament held June 27-June 30.

The four-team tournament, which was played at the Barnwell Lemon Park sports complex included Bamberg, Edisto and Orangeburg.

For the Barnwell All-Stars, the team sparkled on the diamond with impressive victories over Edisto and Orangeburg.

However, the team's inability to beat Bamberg spoiled its title hopes. Barnwell fell to Bamberg twice in the tournament, including a 10-0 loss in the championship game.

Carolina Roadrunners get 'moral' victory in softball

Carolina Roadrunner softball coach Michael Beasley isn't much of a fan for moral victories. Beasley stances is simple "Either you win or you lose."

However, Beasley's views changed a little after his team's first round bout Saturday with the Carolina Hurricanes in the ISA tournament in Lexington.

The Roadrunners trailed the Hurricanes by three runs going into its last at-bat.

Barnwell Angels compete in Dixie tournament

The Barnwell Angel All-Stars (10-and-under age group) showcased their diamond skills at the Dixie 4 softball tournament June 20-24.

The City of Barnwell hosted this year's tournament with the games being played a the remodeled Lemon Park sports complex.

The nine-team tournament field included Midland Valley, Dentsville, Edisto, Lake Marion, Batesburg-Leesville, Newberry, Prosperity and Orangeburg.

The Barnwell Angel All-Stars advanced to the third round before being eliminated by Lake Marion. Barnwell concluded the tournament with a 1-2 record.

Paradise team wins title in recreational baseball

Paradise Heating and Cooling continued to roll over the competition last week in major league (11- to12-year-old) baseball action.

Spark plugged by a three-hit effort from Dylan Bryant, Paradise Heating and Cooling racked up its fourth win in a row in a 10-4 triumph over Query Pritchard Construction.

Bryant brought his "A" game, finishing with two singles, a double, three RBIs and three runs scored.

Father-daughter duo play in SCISA All-Star game

Jefferson Davis Academy was well represented last month at the SCISA 1A softball All-Star classic played at Orangeburg Preparatory School.

On hand for event for Jefferson Davis Academy were the Raiders father and daughter team of Tim Owens and Kasey Owens.

Both garnered post-season honors with Tim Owens named SCISA 1A Coach of the Year and Kasey Owens selected SCISA 1A Region Player of the Year.

The contest pitted the North All-Stars against the South All-Stars with Tim Owens coaching and Kasey Owens playing for the North team.


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