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JDA softball team wins title again

Not only did the Jefferson Davis Academy girls varsity softball team win the SCISA 1A region crown again, they did it with a perfect region record for the fourth straight year.

Jefferson Davis Academy defeated Clarendon Hall Academy with a score of 10-0 Friday in Blackville for its 29th straight region win and fourth straight region title.

Warhorses thump Cougars 7-0 in region soccer

After a year's absence, Barnwell High head coach David Anastasia has his team back on top of region 5 in boys varsity soccer.

The Warhorses reclaimed its crown Friday night by crushing the hapless Cougars of Edisto High by a score of 7-0 in Barnwell.

For Barnwell High, it was their first region title since 2007 and its third crown in the last four seasons.

The victory also improves Barnwell High's record at 8-0 in region play and 14-4 overall.

"It definitely feels good to be back on top in the region again," Anastasia said.

Blue Devils and Hawks soccer rivalry heats up

Whether it's football or basketball when in-county rivals Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High meet, it's usually a physical confrontation.

With the teams constantly competing for bragging rights, the fight to outdue the other has now spilled onto the soccer field.

"It's like football in the spring," Williston-Elko High senior forward James Elledge said. "If we don't win but one game, we want it to be Blackville-Hilda."

Lady Warhorses unbeaten in region softball

The Barnwell High Lady Warhorses knocked off the Silver Bluff High Lady Bulldogs by a score of 11-1 April 21 in Petticoat Junction.

Through the first couple of innings, the Lady Bulldogs were able to keep pace with the Lady Warhorses as the teams battled to a scoreless tie.

However, in the third inning, the Lady Warhorses bats came alive and the deadlock ended.

Sparked by doubles from Andi Hogg and Taylor Roberts, Barnwell High scored five runs off four hits for a 5-0 advantage.

Salkehatchie Lady Indians sweep doubleheader

The USC-Salkehatchie Lady Indians softball team swept Stanly Community College of Albermarle, N.C. in a doubleheader Sunday in Allendale.

Salkehatchie took game one by a score of 3-2. The Lady Indians followed with a 5-3 win in the second game.

The pair of victories gives USC-Salkehatchie its first winning season in school history. The Lady Indians wrap up the regular season at 21-20 overall and 10-6 in region play.

USC-Salk coach Mitch Smith said the team has picked up momentum at the right time of the season.

BHHS softball ends on a high note

The 4A region matchup between Blackville-Hilda High varsity girls and North High turned into a softball marathon Thursday in the Hawks Nest.

The four-hour affair turned into a shootout with the teams combining for 40 hits and 77 runs.

North High seemed to have victory in its grasp leading Blackville-Hilda by a score of 38-39 going into the last inning.

JDA softball team takes aim at playoffs

The Jefferson Davis Academy softball team is on track to win its fourth straight region crown. The Lady Raiders have been enjoying a good season with an overall record of 9-5, including a 5-0 mark in region play.

Jefferson Davis Academy head coach Tim Owens is in his fourth season at the helm. During the stretch, Owens has yet to lose a region game with a 28-0 mark.

However, despite the team's recent success, Owens said there is room for improvement and its needs to start doiing the post-season run.

Blue Devils ground Hawks in baseball

The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils ended its regular season April 21 against region rival Blackville-Hilda. In the contest, the Blue Devils showed just how dominant it can be offensively as they shot out 17 hits in a 13-3 victory.

Williston-Elko High delivered the knockout punch early, scoring six runs in its first at-bat. Matt Lightsey highlighted the inning with a two-run RBI double.

From there, the game never got close with the Blue Devils extending its lead to 8-0 in the second inning.

WEHS rolls over BHHS in softball

The Williston-Elko High softball team toppled in-county rival Blackville-Hilda High by a score of 20-3 April 21 in region play.

The game was never in doubt as the Lady Blue Devils blazed to a 12 run lead after the first two innings.

For Williston-Elko High, seven players had multiple hits, a season-high.

Leading the hit parade were Jennifer Croft, Kayla Nix. Croft turned in her best effort of the season with three hits, four RBIs and three runs while while Nix countered with four hits, including a double, three RBIs and three runs scored.

Blue Devils take region title in golf

The Williston-Elko High golf team is the champion of region 4A.

Williston-Elko High took top honors behind the the play of John Melton and Zac Smith as they outshot the competition during the region meet Thursday at the Williston Country Club.

Williston-Elko High shot a 157 on the front nine and a 162 on the back nine to finish with a team score of 319. Fox Creek High placed second with a team score of 363 followed by Wagener-Salley High with 402.

The victory improves the team record to 10-1 in the season.

Lady Blue Devils put the glitter in the diamond in softball

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils turned up the heat to "broil" against C.A. Johnson High Thursday in the Devils Den.

The Lady Blue Devils blistered the Lady Hornets, collecting a team-high 14 hits in a 19-0 lopsided victory.

It was an all out team performance for Williston-Elko High with eight players getting singles. Leading the hitting barrage was senior Kayla Nix with three hits, including a triple, two RBIs and four runs scored. Nix was equally effective on the mound, throwing a one-hitter with five strikeouts in two innings of work.

BHHS soccer team takes victory in shootout

‘Surviving the game' are the best words to describe Blackville-Hilda High's soccer team triumph over Fox Creek High Friday in the Hawks Nest.

Blackville-Hilda took the field against Fox Creek absent several starters, including all-state goalkeeper Thomas Daniels.

To make matters worse, the team leading scorer, Quentin Johnson, was moved to keeper in a last-minute shuffle by head coach Daniel Holbrook to aid the defense.

Warhorses beat Blue Devils in baseball

On April 17 in the Devils Den, Williston-Elko High was faced with a daunting task of playing a Barnwell High baseball team, coming off its worst region lost in BHS coach Joel Vaughn's four years at the school.

Barnwell High arrived at Williston still aching from a 7-0 whipping at the hands of the Pelion High Panthers April 15 in Pelion.

Itching to redeem themselves, Barnwell High took out its frustrations on Williston-Elko High.

Warhorses regain crown in softball

It was just a matter of time before the Barnwell High varsity girls rose back to the top of region 5 in softball.

In 2006, Barnwell High won its first region crown. However, since then, the Lady Warhorses have taken a back seat to Edisto High and Silver Bluff High in region play.

In 2007, the Lady Warhorses finished third in the region behind first place Edisto High and Silver Bluff. Last year, they lost out in a three-team tie for first place. In a coin toss to determine first in the region, Silver Bluff High was awarded the title followed by Edisto High for second place.

Golf competition suits WEHS team to a tee

When talking about the success of the Williston-Elko High golf team this season, look no further than 10-year-old member Tucker Neville.

Although he dosen't play in the regular rotation due to his age and size, Neville seems to know the pulse of his teammates.

"We love golf and we love winning," Neville said. "Our goal to to perform our best ever time we hit the greens. "We've been putting in a lot of hard work in those practice times and now its beginning to payoff."

New crew leads way for BHS junior varsity team

This was suppose to be somewhat of a rebuilding year for the Barnwell High junior varsity girls soccer team.

Prior to the start of the season, the Lady Warhorses lost several key starters to the varsity team including last season's leading scorer, Lynnsey Jamison.

The Lady Warhorses, however, have made the most of its resources this season and instead of starting over, the team reloaded.

Williston-Elko High triumphs again in tennis

The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils cruised past Fairfield Central High by a score of 6-1 April 1 in boys varsity tennis.

Wiliston-Elko High dominated, winning all five singles matches. Fairfield Central High's only win game was in a No. 2 doubles forfeit.

Williston-Elko High, winners of four of its last five matches, improves to 8-1 overall.

Williston-Elko High coach Bernard Walters said the team continues to make strides.

Warhorse baseball slides into first place again

Over the the past four seasons, baseball teams in region 5AA have become easy prey for the Barnwell High Warhorses.

The Warhorses have dominated its rivals with 38 victories its last 40 outings.

One of Barnwell High's losses came against Wade Hampton High in a 7-6 setback at Wade Hampton last season.

On Tuesday, March 31 at John Hall Field, the Red Devils were hoping to duplicate the feat.

The Red Devils seemed on its way, holding a two-run lead over the Warhorses through the first three innings of play.

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