Michael Young

Team South Carolina wins Border Bowl V

Area fans braved the cold temperatures Saturday morning at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium for the fifth annual Border Bowl high school All-Star football game.

Despite the chilly conditions, Team South Carolina made it a warm occasion for the Palmetto faithful by coming away with a thrilling 32-25 win over Team Georgia.

Team South Carolina, which overcame a 15-point first half deficit, capped the victory with a 90-yard interception return by Dejuan Bell of North Augusta High with 1:35 left to play.

Blue Devil hot streak continues with win over Hawks

When a basketball team is clicking at the rate of the Williston-Elko High Blue Devils, there’s really not much the opposition can do to stop them.

The Blackville-Hilda High Hawks found that out first-hand Friday night in the Devils’ Den.

Sparked by junior forward Keshawn Toney, the Blue Devils captured their fifth straight win of the season with a 53-39 win over the Hawks.

BHHS girls cruise past WEHS

The Blackville-Hilda High girls varsity basketball team cruised to an 64-17 win over in-county rival Williston-Elko High Friday, Jan. 5 in the Devils’Den.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 7-3 overall.

Blackville-Hilda High coach Coretta Richmond said the team played well all around.

“I’m really proud of these young ladies’ athletic performance tonight,” Richmond said. “Offensively, the points were evenly distributed among the team.”

For the Lady Hawks, the tempo was set early thanks to the pin-point passsing of point guard Kaitlyn Richmond.

WEHS boys capture tournament title

The Williston-Elko High varsity boys claimed top prize in the Hawks’ Holiday basketball tournament with a 63-54 win over Ridge Spring-Monetta High on Saturday night in the championship game.

The first half was tight with eight lead changes. The Trojans briefly took a six-point lead late in the second quarter before the Blue Devils fought back to take a two-point halftime lead.

The Blue Devils continued to control the tempo in the second half behind senior point guard Desmond Murray.

BHS girls cruise over BEHS for title

The Barnwell High girls varsity basketball team won the Hawks Invitational holiday tournament with a convincing 53-30 blowout win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt High Saturday in Blackville.

The Lady Warhorses stampeded the Lady Red Raiders from the get-go. The Lady Warhorses took a double-digit lead less than three minutes into the game and never looked back, leading by as much as 25 points in the contest.

A-F girls fall to BEHS in hard-fought battle

The Hawks’ holiday Invitational second round matchup between the Allendale-Fairfax High girls and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High turned into a thriller Friday in Blackville.

In a back-and-forth affair with 10 lead changes and eight ties, Allendale-Fairfax High took Bamberg-Ehrhardt High down to the wire before dropping a tightly-contested game by a score of 33-31.

The Lady Tigers seemingly had victory in their grasp at 31-30 when Shateal McMillan scored on a floater in the paint with 21.3 seconds left to play.

BHS boys rebound with win over Wagener-Salley

Fears of any lingering effects from the Barnwell High boys second round loss to in-county rival Williston-Elko High were quickly silenced Saturday in the Warhorses’ 71-60 third round win over Wagener-Salley High in the Hawks’ holiday tournament.

Trailing 30-29 at halftime, the Warhorses circled the wagons in the third quarter and outscored the War Eagles, 25-11. Russell Branch sparked the team in the third quarter with seven points on three of five shooting from the field.

Hawks soar from behind to sink Vikings

Everything was seemingly going the Denmark-Olar High boys’ way in Friday’s clash with Blackville-Hilda High in the Hawks’ Nest.

Denmark-Olar had a double-digit lead in the second quarter and was primed to knock off its Hwy. 78 rivals for the third time in two years.

Then, out of nowhere, Blackville-Hilda High responded.

Blackville-Hilda High used a big run midway in the second quarter to trim what was a 12-point deficit to a 28-24 Vikings lead at the half.

Raiders make quick work of Knights

The Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders were hitting on all cylinders in their Dec. 5 home matchup against rival W.W. King Academy.

The Raiders established a level of defensive intensity that set the tone as they held the Knights scoreless in the first half on their way to a convincing 42-16 victory.

JDA coach Brian Williams said the team fed off its defensive pressure and rebounding.

JDA girls fall to St. John’s, 54-31

The Jefferson Davis Academy girls varsity basketball team put up a good fight for three quarters in Friday’s home game against St. Johns Christian Academy of Moncks Corner.

Trailing by seven points going into the fourth quarter, the Lady Raiders ran out of steam down the stretch and fell to the Lady Cavaliers by a score of 54-31.

JDA coach Barry Morehead said his young team is coming along.

Lady Hawks out-hustle Lady Vikings

Not unexpectedly, the Blackville-Hilda High and Denmark-Olar High girls varsity basketball game Friday night in the Hawks’ Nest went right down to the wire.

It wasn’t until the Lady Hawks pulled away with an 8-3 run in the final two minutes to secure the 48-43 win.

The game turned into a seesaw battle with 10 lead changes. While both offenses flourished, it was the Lady Hawks’ defense that came up with four turnovers in crucial situations late in the game to hold off the Lady Vikings.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High moves to 3-2 overall.

Lady Tigers, Devils face off in rematch

A week ago, the Allendale-Fairfax High girls varsity basketball team beat Wade Hampton High by 13 points in the Tigers’ Den.

On Friday night in Hampton, the Lady Tigers and Lady Red Devils squared off again.

This time, however, the final results were different. Wade Hampton High jumped on the Allendale-Fairfax High team early, then fended off a late rally by the Lady Tigers for a 50-43 victory.

Tied at 43-43 with 1:45 left to play, the Lady Red Devils took over the game behind the tough-to-defend Deja Smith-Gross.

Blue Devils outlast Warhorses in overtime

On Dec. 4 in their season opener against Barnwell High, the Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team went through an absolute roller coaster ride for their first win of the season.

The in-county battle turned into a nip-and-tuck affair with the Blue Devils outlasting the Warhorses in overtime by a score of 62-55.

The game went into overtime after being tied 49-49 after regulation.

In the extra session, the Blue Devils were more aggressive offensively, outscoring the Warhorses 13-6 to close out the game.

Barnwell girls remain unbeaten

The Barnwell High girls basketball team is off to a terrific start this season with four straight wins.

The Lady Warhorses’ latest triumph came on Monday night in a dominating 47-32 win over Pelion High in Barnwell.

In that game, the Lady Warhorses led from start to finish behind the backcourt duo of Maleah Williams and Adriana Bell. Williams finished with a game high 20 points and 12 steals. Bell also had a good all-around performance with 13 points, seven assists and six steals.

Barnwell High coach William Hammonds said the team continues to play well.

Barnwell girls collide with Blackville-Hilda

The Barnwell High and Blackville-Hilda High girls varsity basketball game turned into a one-sided affair for the most part in Friday’s season opener in the Hawks’ Nest.

Barnwell High built a 16-point lead after the end of three quarters, but as methodically as the team built that advantage, Blackville-Hilda High started chipping away at it.

By late fourth quarter, Blackville-Hilda High had whittled the lead to 44-39 with 1:18 left to play.

However, in the end, it was the Lady Warhorses who were able to hold off a scrappy Lady Hawks squad for a 47-39 victory.

BEHS takes down BHS in Lower State finals

Although it was only a 3-0 lead at the time, Barnwell High had all the momentum early in the second quarter and seemed poised to end its drought Friday night against Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

Only it didn’t happen.

The result - a 23-3 loss to Bamberg-Ehrhardt High that was especially tough this time around as it ended Barnwell High’s season for the second year in a row in the Lower State Finals.

In some ways the game resembled the first meeting between the teams that was played at W.W. Carter Field in which the Red Raiders won 21-0.

BHS standouts make college choices

Barnwell High School softball standouts Kelci Brown and Kyra Shuler signed their letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the next level Nov. 12 in the school library.

Brown committed to Erskine College in Due West. Last season, she was selected All-State and Region Player of the Year. She was the top pitcher in the region with 16 wins, an ERA of 1.95 and 103 strikeouts. At the plate, Brown batted .529 with 45 hits, 42 runs scored and 18 RBIs.

Championship slips through Raiders’ fingers

Despite being plagued by injuries, the Jefferson Davis Academy eight-man football team’s dream of winning its first title since 2010 shifted from a fleeting hope at the beginning of the game to a realistic possibility with seven minutes left in Saturday’s SCISA Finals.

Jefferson Davis Academy led the two-time defending champions of Andrew Jackson Academy 30-22 and appeared to be on the way to victory.

And just like that, the bottom fell out from beneath the Raiders.

Warhorses prevail over Panthers

It’s become apparent over the past couple of years that anytime Barnwell High and Batesburg-Leesville High play each other in football, expect a battle.

The teams have played three times during the stretch with Barnwell High prevailing twice in games that were decided by a touchdown or less.

That was pretty much the case again Friday night at W.W. Carter Field with the region rivals meeting in the third round of the class AA playoffs.

Blue Devils fall to Silver Foxes

Friday’s third round playoff game in the Devils’ Den between top seeded Williston-Elko High and Lamar High was supposed to be a closely-contested game.

However, from an early point it became clear it wasn’t going to be Williston-Elko High’s night.

A nightmarish start put Williston-Elko High in a 20-0 hole.

From there, Lamar High continued to benefit from Williston-Elko High miscues on its way to a convincing 48-14 win.

With the loss, Williston-Elko High completes the season at 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the playoffs.

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