HAMPTON COUNTY- The rain is gone, the sun is out, the temps are cooler and high school football is back in action for all three area teams tonight.
After a disappointing 28-21 loss to Barnwell to open region play last Friday night, the Wade Hampton Red Devils head out on the road to take on Silver Bluff with the hopes of getting back to .500 overall and in Region 5AA.
The Devils enter the matchup at 3-3 winning every other game since week 0. Wade Hampton needs to get on a roll to salvage any hope they may have at winning the region title this year. A loss tonight will leave them playing for 2nd place at best. Offensively the Devils are scoring at a 24 ppg clip averaging 36 ppg in their three wins. Defensively Wade Hampton is giving up 18.5 ppg and only 12 points total in their wins. Silver Bluff is 2-3 on the year and 0-0 in region play.
The keys to defeating the Bulldogs will be eliminating mistakes like the Devils made last week against Barnwell (two early fumbles cost the Devils 14 points). Senior QB Bryson Butts also needs to get the ball into the hands of a more than adequate stable of running backs that includes a speedy Treyvon Williams. The defensive backfield will also need to keep the Bulldog receivers in front of them.
My Best Guess: Wade Hampton 28, Silver Bluff 21 in a barnburner.
Since their game against Wade Hampton back on September 4th, the Estill Gators have quietly managed to put together a three game winning streak and they enter tonight’s region contest against Bethune-Bowman at the Gator Pit.
The Gators have rolled up 92 points in those three wins while giving up on 24 in their game against Gray Collegiate back on the 18th. Estill whipped a 2-4 Branchville team 40-0 last week in a monsoon and looks to keep that trend going against Bethune-Bowman which has struggled all year with only one win. Through six games the Mohawks have surrendered 242 points while averaging a mere 50 points all year.
The keys to Estill running their streak to four in a row are continuing their running prowess against a weak Mohawk defense. They have a more-than-dependable running game that makes up for their lack of an air attack. Estill will also need to keep their mistakes to a minimum as they often make them at critical times. Athleticism will make a big difference with the Gators having the edge here.
My Best Guess: Estill 44, Bethune-Bowman 12 in a blowout.
Patrick Henry just keeps rolling along with their only bump in the road being a momentum-slowing rained out forfeit by Cathedral Academy last week. Sporting a 7-0 overall record and at 5-0 in the region, the Patriots will take on a 5-1, (4-0 region) Coastal Christian Prep at Ed Cone Field in Estill tonight.
Steamrolling their way through their schedule, PHA’s offense has racked up a 42 ppg while giving up a measly 13.5 ppg. CCP also has an explosive offense averaging nearly 60 ppg (57.3). The Mount Pleasant school isn’t quite as prolific defensively, giving up 22 ppg. Against common opponents both teams are 2-0.
The keys to a Patriot win will be to mix it up running and passing to keep CCP’s defense off guard. Long, time consuming drives should help the Pats as they need to keep the ball out of what may be an even more formidable offense than their own. With all the scoring that may take place in this game, defense could be the most important thing.
My Best Guess: Patrick Henry 56, Coastal Christian Prep: 40 in what could be over 100 points total for the night.
ALLENDALE- The USC Salkehatchie soccer program is holding their annual Christmas tree sale to raise much needed funds for soccer.
Orders for Fraser Fir trees are now being taken thru Nov. 1st. Trees will be delivered and picked up on Nov. 20th. Trees will be delivered to the USC Salkehatchie campus in Allendale and must be picked up by the purchaser between the hours of 3:00pm and 6:00pm on Friday Nov. 20th. Trees are guaranteed fresh and no trees will be cut until after ordered. Other items available for purchase are Fraser Fir wreaths and White Pine garland.
To place your order by Nov. 1st, please call 803-584-3446 or 1-800-922-5500 and ask for Marian Easterlin or call Rose Mixson at 803-632-3448.
MILEY- The work of neighbors and friends in the Miley area has finally come to fruition with the opening of the newest rural county Fire Station on Salkehatchie Road just off of Hwy 601 in northeastern Hampton County.
In honor of the activation of the new station, there will be a Grand Opening celebration held this Friday, Oct 9th at 6:00pm. The station address is 23227 Salkehatchie Road. The directions are as follows: If coming from Hampton on Hwy 601, take a left at the Miley crossroad. The Fire Station is approximately a quarter to half mile down on Salkehatchie Road on the left.
For years the residents of the Miley area have come to County Council about a new fire station being constructed before council finally agreed to the construction and equipping of a new station. Council sealed the deal last year by approving the funds for the construction. The new facility has two bays for a fire truck and a tanker truck and will be operated by members of the Brunson Fire Department. The Brunson Fire Department is also a county-run facility.
WALTERBORO- The University of South Carolina Salkehatchie Campus announced today the addition of women's volleyball for fall 2016.
The volleyball team will play in the USC Salkehatchie gym on the Walterboro campus. The search for the coach will begin in the next few months so recruiting for the 2016 USC Salk volleyball season can begin.
USC Salkehatchie is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region X. That region covers South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Teams with volleyball against whom USC Salkehatchie will compete include Louisburg College, Cape Fear Community College, Wake Technical College, Brunswick Community College, Surry Community College and Pitt Community College. Both home and away matches will be played against Region teams plus additional games with non-region opponents.
We are excited to add women's volleyball back to our USC Salk athletic program," said USC Salk athletics director Jane Brewer. "Through our athletic programs we have attracted wonderful student athletes to our campus not only from the local area but from all over the world. Student athletes from Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Russia -just to name a few - have brought the world to our campus. Adding volleyball gives us even more opportunity to attract students to our campus and to bring the community to our campus to enjoy college level sports."
USC Salkehatchie also fields teams in men’s basketball, baseball and soccer and women’s sports in softball and soccer.
For more information on USC Salkehatchie volleyball or other sports, contact Jane Brewer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-549-6314, ext 301.
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The Allendale County Arts Council in partnership with University of South Carolina Salkehatchie and Salkehatchie Arts are excited to announce ArtFlow 2015, our first annual Arts Festival and Juried Art Show. The name of the festival--ArtFlow--is in honor of our beautiful Salkehatchie River and the five South Carolina counties it flows through: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton and Hampton. As part of USC Salkehatchie’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, the ArtFlow Arts Festival and Juried Art Show will be held October 16-25, 2015 at USC Salkehatchie in Allendale, South Carolina and will offer many fun and informative presentations, including musical and theatrical performances, trips to an archaeological site, and professional artists’ presentations. This competition is open to artists 18 years of age or older at time of entry. The artist must be a resident of one of the 11 Southeastern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia). Although the deadline for entry into the competition has passed (Sept.1, 2015) you may still be a part of this historic occasion by attending the show. Call 803-584-6084 for more information.
The 18th Annual Fall Festival Committee is seeking volunteers and additional members. If interested, please contact Vikki Woods at the Estill Town Hall at 625-3243. The Committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm at the Bull Durham Center.
The Hampton County Watermelon Festival is always looking for new blood to help make the Festival a continuing success. The Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at the Hampton United Methodist Church annex on Mulberry Street in Hampton. Your help will be much appreciated.
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