WHHS wins big in Ridgeland Oct. 21


The Wade Hampton High School Red Devils took to the road Oct. 21 and went to battle with the Ridgeland-Hardeeville Jaguars. In the end, the Red Devils came away with a major 47-0 win. 

The first quarter of action looked as though the Jags were ready to take an upset win over the Devils. WHHS Head Coach Matt Fligg was right to feel the three week break from play was going to make the game difficult.

Estill, WHHS football from Sept. 30; both teams play Oct. 21

According to Estill Gator Football Head Coach J.C. Threatt, his team’s road win over the North Eagles Sept. 30 was imperative and leaves his team in the hunt of post season glory. Although it will be difficult, Threatt’s game plan of “one game at a time” will become words to live by for his athletes as they battle to achieve a seed in the post-season.

Red Devil band wins competition

In its second competition of the year, the Wade Hampton High School Red Guardsmen Marching Band traveled to Midland Valley High School this Saturday to compete in the Mustang Classic. The Red Guardsmen won First Place in Class 2A and were named the Orange Division Champions with the highest overall score in Class 1A/2A. The band also earned Best Visual Performance in Class 2A, Best Music Performance in 2A and Best Overall Effect in 2A.

Photo and information courtesy of Angie Mixson Crosby, Hampton County Guardian.

Estill and Wade Hampton football recaps from last week

The Wade Hampton Red Devils varsity football team won big for the second time in a row last Friday night, in Varnville, as they beat Lakewood High School by a final score of 42-0 during homecoming. Last week, the Red Devils beat their Oceanside Academy opponents 63-0.

The Devils took the lead early in the first quarter and never looked backed. Quarterback Deon Singleton threw for multiple completions, including a beautiful touchdown to Justin Solomon in the fourth. On the ground, the team’s running backs got free from trouble and found space to run for multiple touchdowns.

PHA football wins homecoming

The Patrick Henry Academy Patriots celebrated their homecoming with a 42-8 victory over Coastal Christian Academy September 30, in Estill. The Patriots came out ready to play and outmatched their opponents all night.

Defensively, the Pats were strong and stopped Coastal Christian on fourth down repeatedly throughout the game.

On offense, Gill Griner had several tremendous runs which resulted for points on the board for the Pats. As well as Griner, Mitchell Hanna had a great game and put points on the board for his team, as well.

Patriots steal win at Jeff Davis, 20-14

Due to the unique nature of this year’s SCISA schedule, Patrick Henry Academy will not face another region opponent for five weeks. Last night, though, they traveled to Blackville to play arguably their biggest rival, Jefferson Davis Academy. While it’s unlikely any of the players on either team was aware of this, JDA had not beaten the Patriots in football since 2010. The Raiders players certainly came out and played like they wanted to change that particular piece of history.

Patriot runners overwhelm Clarendon Hall

In their first televised game of the season, Patrick Henry Academy traveled to Summerton and began staking their claim for playoff seeding with a 38-14 victory.

“We had been telling the boys all week how important this game was,” said PHA Coach Mike McCoy. “With the new SCISA alignment, and the two teams dropping out, a win in this game guarantees us at least one home playoff game. We won’t face our next region foe for six weeks. We could not overlook Clarendon Hall.”

Wade Hampton a foot short

The Red Devils made it to within one foot of the goal line when time expired Friday, September 9, ending a hard-fought battle against the Barnwell Warhorses in Varnville. The final score of the back-and-forth offensive contest was 37-34, in favor of the Warhorses.

Both team’s offenses were on fire throughout the game, but the Wade Hampton defense was not able to stop a strong drive late in the fourth quarter by Barnwell, allowing them to score with only minutes left to play in the game.

High School Football Player of the Week

After a major win September 9 over the Faith Christian Academy, Patrick Henry Academy’s Mitchell Hanna has been named as Player of the Week. According to Head Coach Mike McCoy, Hanna is deserving of recognition after a tremendous performance on the football field last Friday. Hanna, 17, a junior at PHA, spends a majority of his time with his studies and football. Hanna began playing football in the sixth grade and has competed at the varsity level since the ninth grade. When he is not busy honing his athletic skills, you can find Hanna in a deer stand or a dove field.

Patriots Run Over Faith Christian Sep. 9


WBHC radio covered the game Friday night as Summerville’s Faith Christian Academy visited Patrick Henry for a non-region game. After watching the Patriots roll up 185 yards rushing and three TDs in the first quarter of play, radio play-by-play man Burt Burch stated, “You know what you’re going to see when you come watch Mike McCoy’s team play. They are going to line up, and run right, and run left, and just wear you out.”

Patrick Henry Academy volleyball

The Patrick Henry Academy Patriots have started their volleyball season in strong fashion with September, 8 win over the Lady Cavaliers of St. Johns Christian Academy. The Lady Pat’s beat their opponent in three matches in Estill last Thursday.

The team won their first match 25-22, their second match 25-14 and their third and final match by a score of 25-12. The team advanced their season record to 3-4, with a record of 3-1 in regional competition.

Wade Hampton volleyball beats Barnwell

The Wade Hampton High School Red Devils varsity volleyball team came away with a big home win Monday night against the Barnwell Warhorses. The ladies are now 5-8-4 this season after they took the win from their Barnwell opponents by a final score of three matches to one.

According to Head Coach Michael Paul, the ladies continue to improve upon their skills each week. He commends the ladies for their abilities to learn multiple roles and excel when they are given a new assignment on the court. 

Estill Volleyball wins big over North

The Estill Gator girls volleyball team took a chomp out of their North High School competition Tuesday. The Gators won both games of a two game event. The Gators won their first game in the second and third sets and their second game in the first and third set.

Gator Head Coach Shinette Dobson, who was last year’s assistant volleyball coach, see’s great potential in her athletes. The ladies were able to control both matches due to their exceptional ability to be vocal on the court and call out who was to attack the net or set the ball.

PHA steamrolls Faith Christian

It was a blowout win tonight in Estill for the Patrick Henry Academy Patriots as they defeated Faith Christian Academy by a final score of 74-6.

The team took an early lead and continued to pressure the Knights the rest of the game.

Reeves Altman, Gill Griner, Batten Bostick and Neil Chassereau all played tremendously, including many more Patriots.

Look for a full game story next Thursday in your Guardian.

Estill and Wade Hampton football from August 26

All three Hampton County high school football teams took to the field this past Friday night, August 26, but only one local team found success on the gridiron this week.

The Wade Hampton High School Red Devils were victorious over rival Allendale-Fairfax High School. The Red Devils took the Highway 278 trophy for the first time in five years and Head Coach Matt Fligg was proud of his team’s achievement.

PHA Falters in Opening Tilt

Update: The game scheduled for September 2 between PHA and Beaufort Academy was canceled, and will not be made up, due to Hurricane Hermine.


The Patrick Henry Patriots traveled to Batesburg-Leesville Friday night to face the WW King Knights in a non-region game. It was the first game for both teams; PHA’s game last week had been canceled due to weather. Patriot Head Coach

Mike McCoy has frequently stated that opening games are especially difficult. “You’re not sure what you have, and you really don’t know what the other team has.”

Wade Hampton falls to Screven County

The Wade Hampton Red Devils varsity football team went up against one of their most talented opponents of the year Saturday, in Varnville. Although the team handed Screven County the game in the second half due to careless mistakes and penalties, the team showed great promise by coming out firing on all cylinders in the first half and leading the stand-out Screven team 14-0 at the end of the first half.

Estill falls to Ridgeland during first home game

The Estill Gators lost their first home game of the 2016-17 season to the Ridgeland-Hardeeville Jaguars. The Jaguars, a bigger and faster team, had difficulty battling the Estill defense at points during the game but in the end found the endzone on several occasions.

The Gators' offense showed moments of greatness, with the team being able to go to the air for big yards on several occasions, but the size and strength of the Jaguars was too much for the Gators to overcome.

H.S. Football season begins in Hampton County

Wade Hampton, Estill and the Patrick Henry Academy will each begin their 2016-17 varsity football seasons Friday, August 19. 

Starting at 7:30 p.m. in Allendale, the Fighting Gators football team will take to the field to battle the rival Tigers. The first home game of the season for Estill will be against Ridgeland on August 26.

The Patrick Henry Academy Patriots will look to win big during their first game this season as they travel to Holly Hill for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.

Dixie youth done with season

The team lost to North Carolina on Saturday 6-3.  The turning point in the game was when we were tied 3-3 in the sixth inning.  North Carolina hit a couple of home runs that we couldn’t recover from.  Honestly, we played good enough to win that game but just never could get the big hit when we had a chance to break it open early. 


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