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Blue Devils torch Hawks

The Williston-Elko High baseball team cruised past Blackville-Hilda High by a count of 17-1 Friday in Blackville.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 8-3 overall and 7-0 in region play.

It was all Blue Devils from the opening pitch as they raced to a 6-0 first-inning lead before extending their advantage to 11-0 after two innings.

The Blue Devils bats exploded in a big way against their in-county rivals for a total of 15 hits. Leading the hitting barrage was senior Will Nolind, who went three for three with a double and a triple.

BHS boys soccer team wins overtime thriller

The Barnwell High boys varsity soccer team scored a thrilling 2-1 double overtime win over Woodland High Thursday, March 30 in Barnwell.

Tied at 1-1 after the first overtime period, the game appeared to be headed for a shootout with less than two minutes to play.

Trent Baxley, however, came through during crunch time for the Warhorses, scoring off a direct kick for the win.

With the victory, Barnwell High improves to 7-3 overall.

Barnwell High coach David Anatasia said the team struggled at times but found a way to win.

WEHS tennis team nets win over BHS

The battle for bragging rights in boys tennis took place Tuesday, March 28 between Barnwell County rivals Barnwell High and Williston-Elko High.

The contest turned into a intense match with several players reflecting with utterances of frustration while others pumped their fists as a show of triumph.

However, when all was said and done, the advantage went to the Blue Devils who netted a 4-2 home win.

Williston-Elko High coach Bernard Walters said the team came through in a big match.

BHHS softball gets on hot streak

The Blackville-Hilda High varsity softball team has been on a hot streak over the past two weeks.

After a mid-season slump with three straight losses, the Lady Hawks have flipped the script. The team has posted four straight wins with victories over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, North High, and a doubleheader sweep of Ridge-Spring Monetta High.

Blackville-Hilda High is now 9-6 overall and 4-2 in region play.

With the playoffs right around the corner, Blackville-Hilda High coach Michael Beasley is pleased with what he’s been seeing the last couple of weeks.

Barnwell softball dominates BLH

On March 27 in Region V softball action, the Barnwell High Lady Warhorses outplayed Batesburg-Leesville High in all facets in a 10-0 blowout win.

The game was close until the fifth inning when the Lady Warhorses erupted for five runs to take a 9-0 lead.

In that inning, Kelci Brown, Kyra Shuler and Maleah Williams provided the big hits. Brown and Shuler each belted a RBI triples. Williams, who has been playing really well this season, recorded a RBI double.

With the win, Barnwell High improves to 14-0 overall and 8-0 in region play.

Barnwell High girls hold on in soccer

The Barnwell High varsity girls soccer team held off Batesburg-Leesville High by score of 5-4 in region play on March 27 in Barnwell.

After taking a 4-1 lead into halftime, the Lady Warhorses had to fend off a late charge by the Lady Panthers to preserve the win.

Barnwell High coach Kaylyn Huggins said the team got a little complacent after a fast start.

Barnwell tops Williston-Elko in golf

The Barnwell High golf team hit the green March 27 in a match against in-county rival Williston-Elko High.

The Warhorses played well from top to bottom of the lineup and came away with a score of 162 compared to the Blue Devils who shot 226 as a team.

For the match, it was a tie on the leaderboard with Boldt Richardson and Kody Reynolds, both of Barnwell High, shooting a 38 and sharing medalist honors on the day.

Others playing well for Barnwell High included Kyle Horton with a 40, Luke Moody with a 46 and Kyle Horton and Wyatt Mahuron each with a score of 48.

USC-Salk earns doubleheader split

The USC-Salkehatchie Indians baseball team earned a split with Spartanburg Methodist College Saturday, April 1 in Allendale.

The Indians dropped the opening game 11-1, but rebounded to post a 8-4 win in the second game.

For USC-Salkehatchie, the victory didn’t come easy. The Indians rallied from three runs down. The comeback was fueled by a four-run sixth inning highlighted by a grandslam homer by Nick Delbianco. Caleb Talton also homered in the inning.

Warhorses win easily over Tigers

The little things made the difference in Friday’s region baseball game between Allendale-Fairfax High and Barnwell High.

Barnwell High took advantage of seven errors by Allendale-Fairfax High Tiger and some additional miscues to take home an easy 19-1 victory on March 31.

With the win, Barnwell High moves to 5-1 in region play.

Miscues on the day just weren’t limited to the Tigers. The Warhorses were also guilty of a few mishaps, including a couple of fielding and outfield errors.

JDA clobbers Clarendon Hall in baseball

On March 21 in SCISA baseball action, the Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders clobbered the Clarendon Hall Saints by a count of 9-0.

The game was never in doubt as the Raiders raced to a 3-0 first inning lead and never looked back.

With the win, Jefferson Davis Academy improves to 7-4 overall.

JDA coach Michael Tindal said the team is gaining momentum.

“The big win over Williston-Elko High coupled by this victory gives us a lot of confidence,” Tindal said. “So far it’s been a total team effort. Everyone stepped up and made plays for us this season.”

Barnwell High softball remains unbeaten

There is a calm, business-like demeanor to the Barnwell High varsity softball team. After finishing off Bamberg-Ehrhardt High 8-1 at home Wednesday, March 22, there was little celebration from the group as they went through the normal post-game field sprints.

“Right now, every win is important. We knew coming in Bamberg was going to be a good test for us, so we came out focused and ready to play. It was a good team win, but we’re not satisfied just yet. We want to keep moving forward,” Barnwell High Coach Carol Massengale said.

Williston-Elko Blue Devils rebound for win

The Williston-Elko High varsity baseball team bounced back in fine fashion Friday, March 24 with a 6-4 win on region rival Wagener-Salley High.

The game was close until the sixth inning when the Blue Devils erupted with three runs to take a 6-1 advantage.

The Blue Devils were then able to hold off a late charge by the War Eagles, who answered with three runs in the seventh inning, to preserve the win.

With the victory, Williston-Elko High moves to 5-3 overall and 4-0 in region play.

Toney, Youngblood, Lehman awarded at District 7 basketball banquet

Williston-Elko sophomore Keshawn Toney was recognized as the 2017 Player of the Year at the 31st Annual District Seven Basketball Officials’ Banquet March 12.

Toney was chosen for the award based on his outstanding skills, leadership and character demostrated during the school year. Toney also helped lead the Blue Devils to a region title.

Other Blue Devils receiving awards on the night included Derek Youngblood as Athletic Director of the Year and boys varsity basketball coach Jeremy Lehmen who won the Excellence in Coaching Award.

Lady Blue Devils torch Lady Hawks in cross-county rivalry game

Rich in softball tradition, the Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High varsity girls are considered one of the most competitive rivals in the state.

That, however, was not the case when the teams met March 21 in the Devils Den.

The Lady Blue Devils, who were coming off a disappointing loss to Jefferson Davis Academy, took out their frustrations on their in-county rivals.

The end result was a lopsided 18-3 victory.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 4-1 in region.

JDA jv softball team pounds AJA

The Jefferson Davis Academy junior varsity softball team took care of business against archrival Andrew Jackson Academy Friday in Blackville.

The Lady Raiders opened up big and picked up speed from there on their way to trashing the Lady Confederates by a score of 13-2.

With the victory, JDA improves to 6-1 in the standings.

JDA coach Bart Owens said the team continues to come through at the plate.

Area softball teams play to tie

The Bamberg-Ehrhardt High and Barnwell High junior varsity softball game turned into a competitive contest Wednesday in Barnwell.

As a matter of fact, the Lady Red Raiders and Lady Warhorses were so evenly matched that they battled to a 5-5 tie after five innings.

The game was called by the officials after five innings because the teams had played its allowable one hour and 15 minutes.

Barnwell coach Michael Watkins said his team made mistakes, but made some good plays late.

Warhorses recognized for sportsmanship, ethics and integrity in athletic programs

Barnwell High School’s athletic program was recently recognized for the sportsmanship, ethics and integrity displayed by its athletes and coaches.

The school was one of only 15 of the S.C. High School League’s 214 member schools to receive the Award of Excellence for Exemplary Display of Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity for the 2016-2017 school year. The SCHSL gave the award in conjunction with the National Federation of State High Schools Association.

Barnwell Baseball to remember Maybell Mitchell at season-opener

In the 1930s a young newlywed couple in Luray (Hampton County), Olive Faust and Howard Gordon Dickinson, were about to start their lives together. But the young bride didn’t know a lot about cooking and cleaning for her new husband.

Her mother’s cook suggested they should take her 15-year-old daughter, Maybell Mitchell, to live with them as she had experience in those domestic areas.

Maybell moved to Barnwell in 1932 with the Dickinson family as cook, housekeeper and, in time, nurse to their children.

Coach Dee brings passion and skills home

The sound of intermittent whistles is the signal to youth to start moving.

Mostly middle-school age boys dressed in white T-shirts and black gym shorts listen for the next burst of sound, their minds and bodies running to the next station marked by an orange cone on the wooden basketball court. Between and at each station they are challenged to master their skill of running, bouncing a basketball, passing, maneuvering and shooting.

Also dressed in black is Darene Thomas who eyes each young athlete critically. She’s the one with the whistle. She’s also the one in charge.

Warhorses suffer tough loss to Bamberg

The Barnwell High varsity baseball team suffered a tough loss Friday, March 17 in Bamberg.

In a contest that turned into a pitching duel between the old foes, the Red Raiders rallied late to come away with a 2-1 victory in seven innings.

Clinging to a one-run lead, the Warhorses seemingly had things in control after six and a half innings of play.

Unfortunately for the Warhorses, the momentum changed in favor of the Red Raiders in the bottom of the seventh inning.

A Red Raider squad that trailed the entire game fired back in their last at-bat.

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