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Tournament gets Lady Warhorses started on softball

For a little while, the Lady Warhorses of Barnwell High galloped with Thoroughbreds. But in the end, they couldn't keep up the pace inthe Midland Valley High Thoroughbred softball tournament.

The six-team tournament was held at two sites with games played at Midland Valley High and Aiken Technical College March 2-7.

The Lady Warhorses got off to a running start in the tournament with victories in their first three games.

However, after a quick start, the Lady Warhorses slowed down, suffering losses in its final two games to end the tournament with a 3-2 record.

Barnwell girls fend off Ben Lippen in soccer

The Barnwell High varsity girls soccer team celebrated a 2-1 win over Ben Lippen Academy in the Lady Warhorses Classic tournament championship game Feb. 28 in Barnwell.

The final was an impressive game highlighted by superb play by the defenses.

Scoring as at a minimum at the start of the contest as teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half.

However, a minute into the second half, the Lady Warhorses surged ahead 1-0 on a goal by Katylyn Huggins from an assist from Lynnsey Jamison.

JDA girls close out varsity season

The Jefferson Davis Academy girls varsity basketball team saw a nine-point halftime lead disappear in a frustrating 56-47 loss to Low County Day Academy Feb. 23 in the second round of the SCISA 1A playoffs.

The Lady Raiders shot 51 percent in the first half on their way to a 28-19 halftime lead.

The second half, however, was a different story as the Lady Raiders struggled to score points. JDA scored only 19 second half points on six-of-22 shooting from the field and seven-of-15 from the free throw line.

JDA girls lose in tough softball season-opener

Jefferson Davis Academy's 7-5 loss to Holly Hill Academy Friday in its softball season-opener was a bitter pill to swallow for coach Tim Owens and his team.

The Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders of SCISA division 1A had the defending SCISA 2A champions on the rope leading 5-4 with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.

With the bases empty and needing only one out to secure the victory, the Lady Raiders surrendered the tying run off a double and two-base error.

WEHS Blue Devils compete in soccer tournament

The Williston-Elko High soccer team opened its season Saturday in the Tri-County Invitational tournament at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High.

Williston-Elko High Blue Devils took on the Bamberg-Ehrhardt High Red Raiders in the opening round.

Behind the plays of senior James Elledge and sophomore Cody Garrett, the Blue Devils turned in a valiant effort before losing in a close call in a 5-4 decision.

The Blue Devils fell behind 4-1 in the first half before answering with three goals in the last 40 minutes to narrow the gap.

Lady Hawks exit basketball playoffs

The Blackville-Hilda High School girls varsity basketball team exited the playoffs with a 50-37 loss to Christ Church High School Feb. 23 in the quarterfinals of the state 1A playoffs.

Blackville-Hilda High tied a season low in shooting at 32 percent and never got going against Christ Church High.

The Lady Hawks stumbled at the start, falling behind by as many as 10 points in the first half.

Midway in the fourth quarter, the Lady Hawks narrowed the lead to 40-33 before Christ Christ High answered with a 10-4 run to close out the contest.

Blue Devils close out boys basketball season

The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils quest for a class 1A title in basketball ended in a 70-54 loss to Landrum High Feb. 24 at Newberry High School in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.

For the first three quarters, Williston-Elko High won pretty much every statistical battle against Landrum High - winning the war on the boards; free throw shooting and forcing turnovers.

For the majority of the season, that was the formula for victory for the Blue Devils. However, Williston-Elko High's shooting in the fourth quarter was its final undoing.

JDA girls beat Glenforest Academy in basketball playoffs

The Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders out-scrapped Glenforest Academy for a 45-35 victory in the opening round of the SCISA 1A basketball playoffs Friday, Feb. 20 at Wilson Hall Academy in Sumter.

The Lady Raiders, who led by a much as 10 points in the first half found themselves in a tussle with Glenforest Academy, trailing 35-34 midway in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Raiders, however, got its offense going down the stretch, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 11-0 during the last 4:02 for the win.

WEHS boys advance in basketball playoffs

The Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team entered the fourth quarter of its Feb. 17 opening round playoff game against Lewisville High minus its best player.

Leading scorer Antonio "Busta" Walker was plagued by foul trouble and had to watch from the bench with as his team trailed Lewisville High.

However, Williston-Elko High showed its resiliency as a team, overcoming an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 47-45 victory.

Down 40-32 with seven minutes to play, Williston-Elko High rallied, outscoring Lewisville High 17-5 to end the game.

BHHS Lady Hawks soar in basketball playoffs

The Blackville-Hilda High girls varsity basketball team made easy work of McCormick High by a score of 59-41 Friday night in the second round of the class 1A playoffs.

Blackville-Hilda High dominated the contest mostly, leading by as much as 20 points.

The defense forced 24 turnovers; the frontline had a 39-28 edge in rebounding and the team shot 52.3 percent from the floor. Seven players scored with in double digits and two racked up double-doubles.

Barnwell High boys qualify for the playoffs

As the game entered the third quarter, the Barnwell High boys varsity basketball teamwas trailing Ridgeland High by a score of 39-21 Feb. 6 in Ridgeland.

However, with its playoff hopes on the line, the Warhorses fought back, outscoring the Trojans 42-20 in the second half to pull out a 64-61 win.

Chris Mixon led the comeback for Barnwell High with 17 points, including three three-pointers. Mixon scored seven of the team's 19 points in the final quarter.

The win improves Barnwell High to 12-7 overall and 4-5 in region play.

BHHS boys beat WEHS Blue Devils at buzzer

In a region 4A basketball nail-biter, the Blackville-Hilda High Hawks stunned the Williston-Elko High Blue Devils by a score of 47-45 Feb. 12 in the Devils Den.

Blackville-Hilda High, which scored only four points in the opening quarter, trailed by a much as nine points in the first half.

However, the Hawks rallied in the second half behind the shooting of Larry Johnson. Johnson scored 17 points in the second half, including the winning basket, as time expired for the win. Johnson finished with 20 points, 10 assists and six steals.

WEHS Lady Blue Devils upset BHHS Lady Hawks in basketball

The Williston-Elko High girls varsity basketball team had its work cut out for them Thursday night in the Devils Den.

The Lady Blue Devils were faced with the daunting task of beating a Blackville-Hilda High squad which has defeated them eight times in its last eight meetings.

To make matters worse, Blackville-Hilda High was riding a seven-game winning streak highlighted by a victory over region leader Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

Despite the odds being stacked against them, the Lady Blue Devils pulled off the improbable, beating the Lady Hawks by a score of 47-42.

Lady Hawks find path to victory

Basketball was not the inspiration for the American poet Robert Frost when he wrote his 1915 poem, "The Road Not Taken."

However, for the Blackville-Hilda High girls varsity basketball team, the poem title pretty much summed up their regular season series against region rival Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High of in Norway.

In their first meeting Jan. 9 in Norway, the Lady Hawks were tied at 44-44 with the Lady Trojans after three quarters before going down a road of turnovers and mistakes in the final quarter in a 63-55 defeat.

BHHS boys even score, beats HKT in rematch

Revenge was on the mind of the Blackville-Hilda boys varsity basketball Feb. 3 as they took on Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

When the teams first met Jan. 9 in Norway, the Trojans had their way with the Hawks in a 67-53 blowout victory.

This time it was all Blackville-Hilda as they evened the season score in region action with a 68-52 win over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

Blue Devil boys roll in region play

The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils blistered the Ridge Spring-Monetta High Trojans by a score of 66-30 Feb. 3 in boys varsity basketball.

The game was never in doubt as the Blue Devils took a 34-17 halftime on 18-second quarter points. Antonio "Busta" Walker had 10 points to lead the Blue Devils at the break. Walker finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 14-6 overall and 10-2 in region play.

The Trojans started the game just four-of-13 from the field for nine points in the opening quarter.

WEHS girls win in region basketball play

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils disarmed the Lady Trojans of Ridge Spring-Monetta by a score of 46-35 Feb. 3 in the Devils Den.

The "Big Three" came through for the Lady Blue Devils on offense as Courtney Corley, Charnica Williams and Tierra Richberg all scored in double-digits. Corley led the group with 19 points.

Williams had 10 points, including two three-pointers. Richberg had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Blue Devils upset HKT in basketball

In a battle between the top two teams in region 5A basketball, Williston-Elko High varsity boys knocked off No. 5 ranked Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High by a final of 56-46 in front of a sellout crowd Friday night in Williston.

Blue Devils senior forward Antonio "Busta" Walker burn the nets in the Devils Den for 39 points which also included 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Walker was plagued by legs cramps during the second half. However, he fought through the discomfort for a career high in scoring.

Lady Warhorses end slump in basketball with win over Edisto High

It didn't take long Friday night for the Barnwell High varsity girls basketball team to ensure its home crowd their its losing was over.

The Lady Warhorses jumped out to 18-2 first quarter lead and never looked back, winning in convincing fashion over Edisto High by a score of 66-28.

Senior point guard Brittany Williams fueled the Lady Warhorse offense with 18 points, including four three-pointers. Williams captured a double-double in the contest finishing with 10 steals.

Williams said team had to set up its performance to end the losing.

The People-Sentinel names its All-Area team


The People-Sentinel announced its fourth annual All-Area football team. Although the football season has come and gone, there were plenty of big accomplishments during the 2008 season.

Again this season, Barnwell County schools bolstered some of the top talent in the 1A and 2A divisions of public school as well as the private school ranks.

Some of the highlights for the 2008 season included Williston-Elko High advancing to the class 1A state finals.

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