B-L cross-country prepares for Region meet

The Batesburg-Leesville cross-country teams traveled to Fox Creek last week for their final regular season meet.

They are off this week for final preparations for next week’s Region 2-AA meet at Fox Creek on Tuesday.

The girls team placed third in the meet with Westminster Schools of Augusta dominating, while Fox Creek edged the Panthers 52-55 with Saluda a distant fourth with 101 points. Fox Creek, Abbeville, Ninety Six and B-L are all going to be competitive for the Region championship with all teams nearly equal.

Mina Shull was the fourth overall with a time of 24:15, which edged the top Fox Creek runner.  Cheyenne Lee posted a 25:59 to finished ninth. Liza Rios was 12th with a time of 26:51, while Olivia Derrick was next at 27:17. Katie Beth Covington posted a time of 28:24, while Hailey Fulmer came in at 29:25. Carley Muilenburg came in at 30:22, with Maria Reyes at 32:47 and Nicole DeLuna at 35:36.

The boys team placed seventh out of the eight teams competing with Fox Creek claiming the win. Saluda was fifth overall.

Corey Weed paced the Panthers with a 23:03 time, while Hansel Discua and Jorge Torres came in back to back at 23:53 and 23:54, respectively. Eric Gambrell posted a time of 24:43, with Joseph Jimenez coming in at 25:04 to round out the top five finishers.

B-L Middle picks up season’s first football win

The Batesburg-Leesville Middle School football team picked up their first win of the season last week as they defeated Pelion 30-22.
B-L went up 8-0 in the first quarter, as Kayne Youngblood scored on a 59-yard run. Youngblood also ran in the two-point conversion.  In the second, Youngblood added a 62-yard run and the conversion to make it 16-0.  Pelion would cut the lead to 16-6 at the half.

In the third quarter, Tanner Fulmer scored on a 9-yard run with the conversion being no good as B-L led 22-6. In the fourth quarter, Pelion cut the lead to 22-14 with a long scoring run, but Youngblood would add another score from 54 yards out to make it 30-14 after he also added the conversion.  Pelion would score late to make the final margin.

Tanner Rikard had a good game for the Panthers on defense in the victory.

B-L tennis team eyes playoffs after split week

The Batesburg-Leesville girls’ tennis team won two and lost one match last week.

The Panthers are now 10-5 overall. They are slated to wrap up the regular season this week with a home match against Saluda on Thursday for Senior Night.  The Panthers are in position for a playoff berth with the playoffs slated to begin Oct. 28. B-L would have to travel to the Upstate in the opening round as Abbeville should win the region and host a first-round match.

B-L fell 5-0 to Fairfield Central with several close matches. Anna Grace Shealy fell in a third set tiebreaker 6-1, 4-6, 9-11, while Hannah Derrick and Keiley Frye each lost a close two-set match.

B-L bounced back on Tuesday with a 7-0 win over Eau Claire. Derrick, Frye, Shealy and Morgan Price all won their singles matches, and Frye and Stephanie Lopez won their doubles match 6-0, 6-0. Catherine Bedenbaugh won her match 6-0, 6-1 while Derrick and Riley Bundrick won their doubles match 8-2 in a pro set.

The Panthers capped their week with a 7-0 win over Williston-Elko as they again dominated. Derrick, Bedenbaugh, Shealy and Price all won 6-0, 6-0 while Frye won 6-1, 2-0 as the player retired. In doubles, B-L won with Derrick and Bundrick 8-1 while Frye and Lopez led 6-1 when their opponents retired.

B-L volleyball enter final week with playoff hope

The Batesburg-Leesville varsity volleyball team entered the final week of the regular season with playoff hopes alive.

The Panthers, 7-7 overall and 2-6 in Region 2-AA, need to win one of their final two matches to qualify for the playoffs, which begin on Oct. 23.  The Panthers traveled to Fox Creek Tuesday and host Saluda on Senior Night on Thursday, Oct. 17th at 5:30.

Last week, the Panthers dropped a five-set non-conference match to Strom Thurmond 3-2. The Rebels won the first two sets 25-21 and 25-15 before B-L rebounded to win 25-23 and 25-17 to force the fifth set.  In the fifth Strom Thurmond won 15-7.

On Tuesday, the Panthers faced Silver Bluff and pulled off a close 3-1 win. The Panthers won the first set 25-23 before falling in the second set 25-20 to even the match. The Panthers would dominate the third set 25-13 to go up 2-1 before winning a close fourth set 25-21 to claim the win.

The junior varsity also picked up the win as they won the first set 25-23 before dropping the second set 25-17 and then winning a back and forth third set 15-13.

Against Ninety Six on Thursday, the Panthers fell 3-1 again. This time they dropped the first two sets 25-23 and 25-17 before winning the third set 25-21 but fell in the fourth set 25-17. Jaylah Barr had 12 assists, six kills and four blocks while Kiarea Quattlebaum added 12 kills and two blocks. Amarina Tolen had three kills and five blocks while Savannah Rye added three kills and three aces. Annabelle Summers added three kills in the loss.

In the junior varsity contest, the Panthers lost 2-0 by the score of 25-17 and 25-18. Laci Dubose and Mia Ortiz played well in the loss.

Sports briefs compiled by Jay Hendrix / Published October 17, 2019