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.

Lady Red Devils' soccer deliver carols and candy canes

The Lady Red Devils' soccer season may still be over a month from starting, but these young athletes have already begun conditioning that goes beyond running sprints – they are priming their hearts for what may pan out to be their most challenging season in recent school history.

On the Monday before Christmas, fourteen young women from Wade Hampton High School and North District Middle School kicked off their cleats to deliver carols and candy canes to hospital and nursing home residents in Hampton and Estill.

PHA basketball recap

Since Dorchester Academy joined their region, there would never have been a night when a 2-2 split of games would have disappointed the Patrick Henry faithful until last night. A JV girl’s blowout, and then three very close games, kept the PHA faithful rooted to their seats all night.

In what is becoming a pattern, the JV girls managed to overwhelm their opponent early, and run away, winning 26-10. Saniah Sexton scored 10, Madelyn McKenzie scored 6, and Logan Cone tossed in 4.

N.D. Middle School complete successful season


The 2016 North District Middle School Wolverine football team was able to handle a few scheduling problems and finish the season with an unblemished record. The defense was outstanding throughout the year, posting several shut outs. The offense improved weekly, giving the Wolverines the balance that they needed to become a pretty good team.



Wade Hampton Cross Country finishes season

The 2016 edition of Wade Hampton Cross Country finished a season considered by coach Bert Burch as “a mixed season”. Individually the Red Devils had another strong showing but the teams fell a little short of the goals they had set at the start of the season. Trevor Wilson once again made the All-State team, this time in class 3A by placing 15th in the state championship race on November 5 in Columbia. Trevor also won the individual conference championship at the Region 8AAA championships held at Lake Warren on October 19th.

Estill and Wade Hampton fall in first round

Wade Hampton

The Red Devils hosted Strom Thurman High School to begin their run at postseason glory. The team fought hard, especially the team’s defense, but lost the game 27-0. According to Head Coach Matt Fligg, the score didn’t represent the game accurately. Strom Thurman scored in the final moments of the game, adding insult to injury.

Red Devils fall to Bluffton in region championship, Hall of Fame inductees

2016 Hampton District 1 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees:

Jimmie Ayer

Jimmie Ayer is a 1956 WHHS graduate.  His family moved to Hampton County at the beginning of his junior year.  Ayer played varsity football for two years.  His positions included center, offensive tackle, linebacker and kicker.  He also played baseball during his senior year and was the senior class treasurer. 

Red Devil/Gator Players of the Week

Estill Gators

Estill Gator Simeon Shriggs has been named this week high school football Player of the Week. Shriggs, a freshman at Estill High School, recently began playing football this season. His only previous experience on the gridiron was during recreational league matches. Shriggs racked up a large number or yards this season, helping his team achieve several victories and a first round playoff seed.

Wade Hampton Red Devils

Patriots take first round playoff win, 36-6

When Patrick Henry Academy faced Jefferson Davis Academy in the regular season, Mike McCoy’s Patriots may have been lucky to escape Blackville with a win. “Up there, a couple of special plays, and their snap issues let us escape with a win,” said McCoy. “We knew we had to be ready tonight. Our team came out ready to play; several players had exceptional games, and truthfully, the game was not as close as the final score.”

WHHS vs. May River from Oct. 28; WHHS volleyball falls in first round

The Wade Hampton High School Red Devils football hosted May River High School Friday, Oct. 28, and scored over 40 points for the fifth week in a row as the team chalked up another blowout victory. The final score after four quarters was 68-0, although the second half was shortened due to the overwhelming score.

WHHS Head Coach Matt Fligg gave much credit to his relentless Devil defense, which controlled the momentum of the game in its entirety.  Some heavy hits and several interceptions were made by members of the Devil defense resulting in three defensive touchdowns.

Red Devils fall to first place Bluffton

The Wade Hampton Red Devils lost their final regular season home game of the season as the team battled region leader Bluffton High School at home Nov. 11. Although the game was close during the first half, Bluffton extended upon their slight first half lead during the third quarter and left Varnville with a 32-19 win. 

The Red Devils struggled to capitalize on several early penalties by Bluffton and also felt the sting of errant passes which ended in interceptions and points for Bluffton when it counted in the second half.  

PHA falls to AJ 34-0 on Senior Night

On Senior Night, Patrick Henry had to face a team in Andrew Jackson that they had not played since early 2013 due to the vagaries of SCISA scheduling. PHA had won 33 regular season games in that stretch. AJ came into Cone Field on a 23-game winning streak as defending state champions. The two old foes would renew their rivalry with the region championship and playoff seeding on the line.

Estill wins homecoming

The Estill Gators hosted Denmark-Olar Friday, November 4 during their homecoming celebration. A large number of people came out to cheer on the Gators and enjoy the festivities.

The Gators controlled the game all night and came away with a 27-6 victory over Denmark-Olar. Win Friday's win, the Gators (3-6) may still be playoff bound this season.

Look for the full story in next week's Guardian.

H.S. football Player of the Week

For the past four weeks, Wade Hampton High School football quaterback Deon Singleton has led his team to overwhelming victories. According to Head Coach Matt Fligg, Singleton is deserving of the title of Player of the Week due to his on field performances and off-field dedication to his sport.  

Singleton and the Red Devils will look to score over 40 points for the fifth week in a row tonight, in Varnville, as they take on May River at 7:30 p.m.

Red Devils beat Ridgeland-Hardeeville

The Wade Hampton High School Red Devils took to the road Oct. 21 and dominated the Ridgeland-Hardeeville Jaguars. In the end, the Red Devils came away with a crushing 47-0 win; their fourth win in a row ending with over 40 points on the board.

The Red Devils (6-2) began the game playing loose and made several mistakes in the first quarter, which gave the Jags an opportunity to steal the momentum of the game early on.


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