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Panthers Wrap Up Fall Sports

By: Jay Hendrix


The Batesburg-Leesville fall sports wrapped up their season recently with their Fall Awards Night. The Panthers had four region 5-AA championships to celebrate in volleyball, girls tennis and boys and girls cross country. The football Panthers finished the season 7-6 overall with a third round playoff loss at Barnwell, 21-14.


In volleyball the Panthers finished 16-2 overall with star My’Laysia Gates being named the Region 5-AA player of the year and also selected to play in the North-South all-star game. Head Coach Courtney Ingle was named the region coach of the year while Jaylah Barr, Zoe Jackson and Roxi Rikard all earned all-region honors. In girls tennis the Panthers also won the region with Christyann English earning Coach of the Year honors. Caroline Bedenbaugh, Hannah Derrick and Magan Hook all earned all-region honors.


In cross country Head Coach Kim Hendrix picked up Coach of the Year honors for both the boys and the girls team as both teams claimed region championships. The girls placed 11th overall in the Class A/AA state meet while the boys placed 14th overall at the Class AA state meet. For the girls Mina Shull was the runner of the year for the region while Cheyenne Lee and Liza Rios both were all-region. For the boys Justin Castro was the runner of the year while Carlos Nolasco-Madrid, Dominic Bledsoe and Cayden Bundrick all earned all-region honors.


In football the Panthers finished third in Region 5-AA play behind the two teams that played for the Class AA Lower State Championship game, Bamberg-Ehrhardt and Barnwell. The Panthers defeated Mullins and Whale Branch in the first two rounds of the playoffs before falling at Barnwell in the third round, 21-14. The Panthers had a scoring opportunity midway through the fourth quarter but quarterback Bishop Cannon came up a yard short on a fourth down and goal run.


Cannon finished the season as the Region 5-AA player of the year as he finished the season with 1,490 yards passing and seven touchdowns to go with 841 yards rushing and 17 scores on the ground. Cannon also returned a punt for a score and had a receiving touchdown as he accounted for half of the team’s 52 touchdowns. Along with Cannon J.T. Wells earned co-offensive lineman of the year while Tabius Butler was co-linebacker of the year and Wells Hallman was the co-special teams player of the year.


The Basketball season’s got underway a couple of weeks ago and the girls got off to a 2-1 start with easy wins over Mid-Carolina and Gilbert and an overtime loss at Ridge Spring-Monetta as All-State wing player Gates fouled out late in the game. Last season the girls lost to Mullins in the Class AA Lower State Championship game and Head Coach Jessica Barr-Dennis has high hopes for the 2017-18 campaign as well with senior Gates leading the way as she is averaging 24.3 points per game through the first three games.


 The boys started their season slower as they defeated Mid-Carolina in the season opener before falling to Gilbert and RSM. Jontavious Merritt is leading the Panthers with nine points per game while Keshoun Williams and Wayman Gilliam are right behind at eight point per game for Head Coach Bob Roudybush.




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