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Lady Warhorses extend winning streak

The Barnwell High varsity girls easily disposed of in-county rival Williston-Elko High Wednesday night in Barnwell.

For the Lady Warhorses, a strong first half was more than enough for the team to register its sixth straight victory as they cruised past Williston-Elko High 47-26.

The win improves Barnwell High to 10-3 overall.

Barnwell High coach William Hammonds said the team played well.

National Signing Day: Signatures change lives of two Barnwell High football players

Two Barnwell High School seniors grinned as they wrote their names on the documents before them.

Those signatures officially changed the lives of Marcus McKethan and Earl Bostick Jr. starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 – college signing day.

McKethan will be joining the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill football team while Bostick picked the University of Kansas’ football program, both Division 1 universities.

Tigers find rhythm in win over Red Raiders

The Allendale-Fairfax High Tigers were hitting on all cylinders Friday night in a 68-45 win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt High.

The Tigers delivered an early knockout blow on their rivals. The combination of a relentless defense and an overpowering inside scoring game helped the Tigers build a 24-7 halftime lead.

It was the best defensive performance by the team as they held Bamberg-Ehrhardt High to just two of 19 shooting from the field in the first half.

Blackville-Hilda boys end drought

The Blackville-Hilda High boys varsity basketball team broke out of a mid-season slump in impressive fashion Saturday night in the Hawks’ Nest.

Blackville-Hilda High snapped its four-game slide with a thrilling 97-91 double overtime win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt High.

Trailing 88-86 with 1.4 seconds to play in the first overtime period, Blackville-Hilda High looked to be headed for its fifth straight loss.

Karim Kinard, however, came through in the clutch for the Hawks. Kinard grabbed a rebound in the paint and scored on a putback to send the game into double overtime.

Barnwell High girls keep rolling

It’s been a while since the Barnwell High varsity girls basketball team has reigned as champions of their region.

However, if the Lady Warhorses can continue doing the things they did in Friday’s game against Silver Bluff High, then the team has a chance this season of ending that drought.

Using a strong first half start, the Lady Warhorses leashed the Lady Bulldogs as they scored an easy 52-37 win.

For the Lady Warhorses, the good was bountiful offensively with a season-high nine players contributing.

A-F Lady Tigers claw Lady Saints

On Jan. 17 in region play, the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers clawed the Calhoun County High Lady Saints by a score of 42-37.

For the first two quarters of the game, Allendale-Fairfax and Calhoun County went back-and-forth, trading the lead 11 times.

The Lady Tigers, however, took control at the start of the second half with a 10-2 run to start the third quarter. From there, the Lady Tigers maintained their advantage to score their second region win of the season.

Allendale-Fairfax High coach Austin Jeffries said he was satisfied with the win.

Lady Hawks soar to victory

The Blackville-Hilda High Lady Hawks flew past region rival Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High by a count of 61-38 on Jan. 17 in Blackville.

The Lady Hawks wasted little time attacking the Lady Trojans on both ends of the court.

Setting a blistering pace for the team was center De’Siree James. James pulled down five defensive rebounds and highlighted the offense with six points during a 12-5 first-quarter run.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in region play.

Area players showcase skills in Border Bowl Classic

The high school football season may have officially ended three weeks ago, but there was football played Saturday, Jan. 14 at Laney High School in Augusta, Ga.

The fourth annual Border Bowl was played at Laney High School and the contest featured several area players, coaches and cheerleaders.

In the end, it was Team South Carolina that scored a 22-20 victory to even the series between Georgia at two games apiece.

Ahead 22-20 with 1:47 left to play, Team South Carolina’s lead was in jeopardy as Team Georgia drove to its three-yard line.

Barnwell girls rally past AFHS

The Barnwell High varsity girls came from behind to beat Allendale-Fairfax High 42-35 Friday, Jan. 13 in Allendale.

At haltime, the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers held a 24-16 lead.

Then Barnwell High responded with a 15-2 third-quarter run to erase an eight point halftime deficit.

Anajae James, who finished with 13 points, highlighted the Lady Warhorses as they outscored the Lady Tigers 26-11 in the second half.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in region play.

Allendale-Fairfax boys get first region win

The Allendale-Fairfax High boys varsity basketball team bounced back from a slow start to dispose of Barnwell High by a score of 58-44 Friday, Jan. 13 in the Tigers’ Den.

Allendale-Fairfax High, which trailed by as much as 12 points in the opening qurater, outscored Barnwell High 50-30 over the final three quarters.

The victory was the first for the Tigers in region play.

Allendale-Fairfax improves to 6-6 overall and 1-2 in region play.

Allendale-Fairfax High coach Coby Brandyburg said they came alive on both ends of the court after a sluggish start.

Barnwell Warhorses roll over BHHS Hawks

The Barnwell High Warhorses got the best of the Blackville-Hilda High Hawks by a count of 49-38 Wednesday in Barnwell.

The Warhorses led for most of the game and found a way to fend off a Hawks’ late comeback attempt.

Offensively, the Warhorses had three players to score in double figures.

One of those players was senior shooting guard Devin Creech, who had a big second half. With the Warhorses leading 25-21 early in the third quarter, Creech erupted for eight points, including two three-pointers during a 16-8 run.

Lady Hawks soar over Lady Blue Devils

The Blackville-Hilda High girls’ varsity basketball team was hitting on all cylinders in Friday’s home game against Williston-Elko High.

The Lady Hawks turned its in-county rival game against the Lady Blue Devils into a showcase of absolute dominance as they rolled to a 55-25 win.

Blackville-Hilda turned what was a close game in the first half into a rout early in the third quarter. Leading 22-16 to start the second half, the Lady Hawks went on a 17-4 run to take a commanding 39-20 lead with 28 seconds left in the third quarter.

Blue Devils knock off Hawks again

On Friday night in the Hawks’ Nest, Blackville-Hilda High fans were hoping for some payback after their varsity boys lost to Williston-Elko a week ago in the Hawks’ Invitational championship game.

Blackville-Hilda High’s faithful, however, were disappointed once again as they witnessed Williston-Elko High dominate from start to finish in a 43-32 triumph.

Williston-Elko High, which led by as much as 14 points in the first half, was led by Desmond Murray, who had a double double performance of 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals.

Area middle school basketball teams battle

In middle school basketball action, the Guinyard-Butler girls outlasted Williston-Elko 29-19 Monday night in Barnwell.

Tied at 17-17 after third quarter, the Lady Ponies pulled away with a 12-2 scoring run in the final quarter.

Fueling the Lady Ponies surge was Emoni Bennett, who scored six of her game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Ruth Small also came up big for the Lady Ponies with six points and seven steals.

Another playing well for Guinyard-Butler was Aneiccia Workman with three points, six steals and four assists.

Williston-Elko boys best Blackville-Hilda in title game

The Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team walked away champions of the Hawks’ Invitational Tournament Friday in Blackville.

The Blue Devils were able to use a third quarter run to shift the momentum in an otherwise close game to come away with a 37-22 victory.

Holding to a 17-13 haltime lead, the Blue Devils seized control of the game with a 14-3 run in the third quarter to go ahead 30-16.

In the final quarter, the Blue Devils continued to take advantage of a difficut shooting night by the Hawks by outscoring them 7-6 to complete the game.

Warhorses drub Yellowjackets

The Barnwell High varsity boys drubbed Branchville High 71-47 Friday in the final round of the Hawks’ Invitational holiday basketball tournament.

Barnwell High, which trailed briefly in the first quarter, shot a season-best 50.7 percent from the field on 28-of-55 field goal tries.

It was a second half surge by Barnwell High that turned the game into a rout in the final quarter. During the last two quarters, the Warhorses dominated the Yellowjackets with a 45-22 advantage in scoring. The Warhorses also won the battle on the glass with a 23-11 edge in rebounding.

BHHS girls rebound with win over W-E

Coming off a tough opening loss to Allendale-Fairfax High in the Hawks’ Invitational Tournament, the Blackville-Hilda High varsity girls could have easily hung their heads in Thursday’s second round game against Williston-Elko High.

Instead, the Lady Hawks responded with their best performance of the season in a convincing 52-24 win.

After not having a single player to score in double digits in the opener, the Lady Hawks responded with three players scoring in double digits against the Lady Blue Devils.

Lady Tigers too much for Lady Hawks

On Friday in the final round of the Hawks’ Invitational Tournament, the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers cruised past Blackville-Hilda High by a score of 50-40.

Allendale-Fairfax High came out more aggressive on offense, taking a 12-6 first-quarter lead before extending its advantage to 21-15 at halftime.

Behind the jumpers of Marlayna Singleton and De’siree James, Blackville-Hilda narrowed the lead to 27-23 early in the third quarter.

Lady Horses outlast Lady Hawks, 65-62

On Dec. 20 in the Hawks’ Nest, local basketball fans got their money’s worth in the in-county battle between the varsity girls of Barnwell High and Blackville-Hilda High.

In what turned into a nip-and-tuck game with 12 ties and 10 lead changes, Barnwell High outlasted Blackville-Hilda High by a score of 65-62.

The back-and-forth affair wasn’t decided until the last three minutes of play.

Trailing 55-52 with 3:07 left to play, the Lady Warhorses went on a 13-7 scoring run to pull out the win.

With the win, Barnwell High moves to 3-0 in the standings.

Williams waiting on call from NFL

Rokeem Williams’ personal story of overcoming hardships mimics the storyline of his football team at Miami University in Ohio.

The fifth year captain of the RedHawks and NFL hopeful is part of college football history as they are the first team to ever start 0-6 and finish 6-6 to be bowl eligible. The team played in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 26 against Mississippi State. Despite losing by one point in the bowl game, Williams said he is still proud of their accomplishments.

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