New WHHS baseball, JV soccer coaches happy to be home

Varsity Baseball

In his first time role as head coach for the school, Wade Hampton High School varsity baseball coach Joel Vaughn is feeling at home again on the Red Devil diamond.

Vaughn, whose father, Randy Vaughn, once coached baseball for the school, is finally back in a Red Devil uniform after coaching for several nearby high schools. Vaughn has coached at Barnwell and Greenwood in previous seasons, but stated there’s nothing better than heading onto the field in a Red Devils uniform.

Pictures from Hampton County Rec. League Basketball

Each Saturday, area youth participate in multiple age brackets in a basketball league hosted by the Hampton County Recreation Department. The co-ed league allows young basketball players to remain proficient at their basketball skills while basketball season is not in season, as well as being a fun pastime for kids on a Saturday morning.


WHHS soccer scores first goal; first place during track meet

WHHS Soccer

Trent Terry, #6 for the WHHS boys varsity soccer team, scored the Red Devils first goal of the season against Berkeley High School.

Also pictured, #1 Scott Wilson showcases his skills against opponents during the team's first win of the regular season.

Photos by Stacy Strickland.

WHHS Track and Field

All boys basketball done, Lady Gators continue run at state title

The Estill High School Lady Gators varsity basketball team won their third round South Carolina High School League tournament matchup against Denmark-Olar 46-39 Monday night on the road.  

According to coaches, the Lady Gators are seeking the support of the community as they travel to Greenville, SC on Saturday to battle Lamar High School at 11 a.m. for the right to play for the State Championship title.  

Red Devil boys win first round playoff game

The Red Devil boys varsity basketball team held a healthy lead over their Swansea High School competition throughout Tuesday night’s first round postseason battle. Both teams left it all on the court, but in the end the Swansea Tiger boys fell to the Devils, 55-43.

Although the team played well on both sides of the ball, Head Coach Romon Gray said after the game it was his athlete’s defensive skills, specifically their ability to successfully execute half-court traps, which tipped the scales in the favor of Wade Hampton.

Spring sports nearing

The Wade Hampton High School Red Devils have been busy on the diamond and soccer pitch after school has ended for the day. As well as changing weather, several WHHS teams have acquired new coaches, including baseball and j.v. ladies soccer.

Estill girls b-ball on fire

The Estill High School basketball teams were at home Friday, Jan. 20 as they went back and forth with the Williston-Elko Blue Devils boys and girls. The Estill Lady Gators stayed ahead of their competition throughout all four quarters of play.

Heading into the third quarter of action during Friday’s matchup, the girls were ahead of their opponent 20-6. By the end of the third, the Gator girls had increased their lead to 39-14 over the Blue Devils.

PHA wins four of six games, then sweeps Clarendon Hall

On Friday night Patrick Henry Academy hosted Andrew Jackson at the Harper Gymnasium. As a Friday night bonus, two B-team (middle school) games were added at the front of the schedule. It was a long night of basketball.

The B-team girls of coach Joe Hester played to a hard fought 12-12 tie. (No overtime in the interest of time.)

Holly Mikell and Harper Rice both scored 4 points.

The B-team boys game turned into a high scoring affair, but the home standing Patriots were not able to corral the Confederates, finally falling 30-25.

PHA basketball takes on St. John's Christian

Patrick Henry returned to home basketball action Friday night as they hosted St. John's Christian Academy of Moncks Corner.

PHA's JV girls came out with all guns blazing, taking early leads of 16-0 and 26-3. Belinda McCoy's bench played extensively as the Lady Patriots finished off a 34-16 win.

Saniah Sexton, Logan Cone, and Madelyn McKenzie all scored 8. Abbie Wiggins tossed in 6 points. They remain undefeated.

Gators fall to Devils at home

The Estill boys (5-4 overall, 4-1 region) and the girls (2-2 overall, 1-1 region) basketball teams fought hard against their cross-county opponents, the Wade Hampton Red Devils, last Saturday in Estill. The Devils came away with a boys varsity win, to the disappointment of the Estill fans in attendance. The Wade Hampton boys (10-2 overall, 1-0 region) beat the Fighting Gators by a final score of 56-32.

PHA Sweeps South Aiken Baptist Christian

Coming off the three week break for Christmas, all three teams won handily over the home standing Crusaders.

There was no JV girls game.

The JV boys team got the night off to a great start as they jumped off to a 19-0 lead, and cruised to a 40-9 victory.

Jonathan Schaffer led the way for the Patriots with 14 points. Zach Mathis added 9 points; John Gardner Griner tossed in 6, and Karan Patel added 5 points.

N.D. Middle boys/girls b'ball win annual championship

The North District Middle School basketball teams each completed the December portion of their schedules with four wins and by winning the third annual Colleton County Middle School Christmas Classic championship held Dec. 16-17.

The Lady Wolverines won the girls championship with an average margin of victory of 27 points in their four games; defeating Bamberg Middle 37-20, Robert Smalls International Academy 41-8, River Ridge Middle School 37-13 and Howard Middle School 37-4 during the championship game.

Several Patriots attend SCISA 8-Man North South All-Star game

On Dec. 3, four Patrick Henry Academy senior football players participated in the SCISA 8-Man North South All-Star game. Reeves Altman, Gill Griner, Mitchell Hanna and Alex Jones were chosen to play in the game which matched the best seniors from all the 8-man SCISA schools. The game took place at St. John’s Christian Academy in Moncks Corner.

Jones steps away from PHA booth

After numerous years volunteering his time in the Cone Field press box, Patrick Henry’s football announcer and statistician Greg Jones decided this year’s football season would be his last. Jones has become well-known by PHA fans, and rival schools, for his comedic relief and eclectic choice of music during sporting events.

“I’m a ham, I don’t play it to straight up there [press box],” he said. He acknowledges his announcing style has caused him to be sent to the Headmasters office on occasion, however.


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