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Barnwell hitting stride as region play starts to heat up

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Goose Creek – The Barnwell Warhorses men’s basketball team got off to a slow start this season as they lost their first five games but a recent seven game winning streak has them playing their best basketball as region play begins.

The Warhorses saw their winning streak come to an end Tuesday night to region foe Whale Branch 68-36. The loss evened their record at 1-1 in region 5 AA play and dropped them to 7-6 overall. They have a big region contest Friday night as they will be on the road at Woodland 8-8/2-0. A win will move the Warhorse into a three-way tie atop the region standings.

When asked what triggered the turn around, first year head coach Marcus Rivera said, “Honestly the ending of football season has been our turn around.  We made an outstanding run this year in football and we had at least nine of our fifteen man roster playing football. It was somewhat difficult in the beginning with both a change in the system we're implementing and the culture, but the guys have bought in and it's paying dividends.”

Despite the early difficulties the Warhorses have already accomplished three of their four goals on the season. They have won the county championship winning all four contest against Blackville- Hilda and Williston-Elko. Second, they won the Hawk Invitational over Ridge Spring-Moneta 69-61. Third and most important they continue to improve daily and are coming together as a team.

“Our fourth goal is to capture the region crown. We got awake call Tuesday night but it should help us as we go through the region schedule,” said Coach Rivera.

The team’s motto is “Win by committee” so the Warhorses do not have a set starting lineup. What they do have is a collection of inter-changeable parts that allows them to play a lot of people at various positions.

Leading the way for the Warhorses are a pair of guards in 6'2 freshman Russell Branch and 6'4 junior James Mingo. Branch is the team’s leading scorer at 15.3 points per game and his 7 dimes a game leads team as well.

Mingo drops in 13 points per game along with four assists and he grabs six rebounds a night.

Two senior guards Ziran Williams and Bobby Carter Jr. are the team’s captains. Both play hard at both ends of the court and despite being 5’10” they can mix it up in the low post. Williams can dial up from long distance to help spread the court.

Seniors Brayshawn Spann (6'4) and Christopher Hicks (5’10) are shut down defenders that can play any position on the court for the coach Rivera.

Others who have seen time in the starting lineup are 5'9 junior guard Titus Creech and sophomores 6’2 Jamari Chisolm and 6’0 Adam Clarke.

Rounding the rest of the Warhorses are seniors 6’1 Julius Arnold, 6’1 Markell Corley, 6’4 Markeith Corley and 6’0 Desmond Hunter and juniors 5’8” Levi Flowers and 6’3 Ena Bynum.

Arnold was recently named the defensive MVP for the South Carolina squad in the sixth annual Border Bowl. He helped lead team SC to a 27-18 victory over team Georgia. He had several tackles and a blocked punt.

Coach Rivera wanted to thank Warhorse Nation and all of our sponsors for their continued support this entire Basketball Season!!

 

 

 

Barnwell wrestling looking to qualify for the state tournament

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Goose Creek – The Barnwell Warhorses wrestling team is off to a 2-4 start to the season and while that will not turn any heads it is a very solid start considering that they only fill 7 of the 14 weight classes.

The Warhorses are currently ranked 16th in class 1A/2A according to SCMAT.com.

Despite the handicap first year head Coach Trent Creech still has high expectations for his team. “I want my team to be confident and execute everything that the coaching staff has taught them.We teach our team to win and lose with class and know the name on their singlet and represent it well. Wrestling is a violent sport and is not only physically but mentally taxing and teaching kids the ability to fight through adversity and not quit is huge for us at Barnwell.”

Senior Harrison Walsh was all region and a state qualifier last season at 160 pound weight class.

 At 152lbs is sophomore Jarvis James. He is currently ranked 8th by SCMAT.com after qualifying for the state tournament last season as freshmen. He finished second at the Leon Maxwell memorial tournament at 152lbs.

Seniors Austin Jackson and Armani White wrestle at 170 and 182 lbs. respectively while sophomore C.J. Ransom is at 195lbs, junior Justin Still is at 220lbs and sophomore T.J. Williamson is at 285lbs.

“We are trying to change the culture at Barnwell and with a few more guys in the smaller weight classes we definitely feel like we could challenge for the region,” said coach Creech.

He continued, “No one coaches by their self, I’ve got some of the best coaches in the state to work with, long time Barnwell athletic trainer Coach Rob Roth and volunteer Brent Cook. Without either one of these guys this wrestling season wouldn’t be possible.”

 

 

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