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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.

Barnwell Dixie boys baseball team pounds Elloree, 9-1

The white team for the Barnwell Dixie boys baseball didn't hold any punches as they pounded Elloree by a score of 9-1 June 3 at Fuller Park.

The White team ripped Elloree for 13 hits. Barnwell had four different players collecting a least two hits apiece. Leading the bats were Justin Wyndham, Zach Massengale and Rylan Still with three hits apiece.

With the victory, Barnwell improves to 7-2 in the season.

Wyndham had a good all-around performance also earned the win in the starting role as the pitching. He allowed three hits, no runs, one walk and six strkeouts.

BHHS athletes attend basketball clinic

The Blackville-Hilda High varsity and junior varsity boys to sharpened its round ball skills at the Louie O'Gorman basketball camp.

The clinic was held June 7-11 at the USC-Aiken Convocation Center.

The clinic included various activities, including one-on-one competition, team competition, free throw competition, film study and a slam dunk event.

Blackville-Hilda High was one of eight teams participating in the practices.

Ribbons drape Warhorses for athletic achievements

Barnwell High School student-athletes were recognized for their accomplishments and success in the athletic fields of battle during its annual sports award banquet May 26 held at the Elementary School Auditorium.

Athletic Director Rosey Anderson took charge of the ceremony, welcoming of parents, friends, coaches and athletes.

The guest speaker for the occasion was former Barnwell High student athlete Rupert Leary. Leary, a graduate of Georgia Southern University, played under former Warhorse legendary coach Mac Wier.

Spec's Vision team eyes title in minor league play

Fueled by Boldt Richardson's game high three hits and four RBIs, Spec's Vision downed Doc Depot by a score of 10-5 Saturday, June 6 at Lemon Park.

Ricardson, who drove in the first runs of the game with a two-RBI double in the first inning, finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Josh Shealy also had a solid game at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

Williston-Elko High honors athletes at banquet

Williston-Elko High School athletic department honored its student-athletes May 14 at its annual banquet.

Blue Devils sports continues to reach new heights its second year under athletic director Dwayne Garrick.

This season, Williston-Elko sports captured region championships in girls and boys tennis, baseball and golf. In varsity football, the Blue Devils were upper state champs. In boys varsity basketball, Williston-Elko advanced to the final rounds of Upper State.

Garrick said the program is coming along well.

Spec's Vision survives scare in recreation baseball action

A sign of relief came across the face of Lee Richardson, coach of the Spec's Vision following his team 9-8 victory over Kinard's Used Cars Saturday at Lemon Park.

Leading by seven runs in the last inning, Spec's Vision needed only one out to wrap up the win.

However, Kinard's Used Cars didn't go down without a fight. Sparked by a two-run RBI double by Tyler Hutto, Kinard's stormed back with six runs to narrow the lead to 9-8.

With a batter at the plate and a runner at second base, Kinard hope to keep the rallying going in the inning.

BHHS celebrates its athletes in year-end banquet

After the greens of the playing fields and courts came the trophies and plaques for the athletes of Blackville-Hilda High School May 26 during its annual sports banquet.

Blackville-Hilda High recognized more than 100 athletes for their accomplishments in competition.

Blackville-Hilda High athletics enjoyed another successful season. The varsity football team won the region 4A title after going unbeaten in the regular season at 10-0. The Hawks finished 12-1 overall after losing to Scott's Branch High in the Lower State Finals.

Huggins to play in soccer all-star game

Kaylyn Huggins of Barnwell High School girls varsity soccer team has been selected to participated in the 2009 North/South All-Star game.

The contest will be held at noon Saturday, June 13 at Wofford College.

Huggins was chosen from a pool of more than 60 players throughout the state. Huggins is the first female soccer player from Barnwell High School to be selected to the soccer classic.

Huggins said she's grateful to be chosen.

Area football teams start spring drills

There was a feeling of autumn in the atmosphere last week as area football players donned jerseys, pants and pads for spring drills.

For local teams as well as teams regionally, the start of spring practice will be the first step of many more that will come between now and the start of the 2009 season which begins in mid-August.

In the Devils Den, it was plenty of repititions for majority of the players returning from last season Upper State championship squad.

Barnwell High varsity girls close out soccer season

The best soccer season in Barnwell High School varsity girls history came to a close May 15 in the class 2A playoff.

Barnwell High, coming off an impressive 4-1 playoff victory over Wade Hampton High, was hoping to keep the momentum going traveling to Bishop England High on Daniel Island in the third round of the playoffs.

However, despite a strong effort, the Lady Warhorses were unable to keep pace with a talented Bishop England squad and fell in the end by a score of 4-0.

The loss ends Barnwell High Schooool season at 16-7 overall and 1-1 in post-season play.

Warhorse soccer ends at Waccamaw

Although the Barnwell High varsity boys closed out its soccer season May 16 in the playoffs, the Warhorses didn't go down without a fight.

Barnwell High gave No. 2 ranked Waccamaw High all they could handle before losing a heartbreaker in four overtimes by a score of 1-0.

The contest was hampered by constant rain and a muddy surface. Both teams found it difficult trying to kick the ball through the net on a field completely waterlogged and potholed.

BHS boys shutdown Dillon in soccer playoffs

Barnwell High boys varsity soccer coach David Anastasia didn't need to gaze into a crystal ball to know what kind of task was at hand for his team taking on Dillon High School Thursday at home in the second round of the class 2A playoffs.

For Anastasia and his squad, the mission was clear- stop a Dillon High team that averages seven goals a game.

BHS defenders executed the game play to perfection against an aggressive Dillon High offense.

Instead of the Wildcats scoring, it was the Warhorse defense which made the big plays in a 4-0 victory.

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