B-L volleyball drops two
The Batesburg-Leesville varsity volleyball team had a tough week last week as they dropped their first two conference games, losing at home to both Abbeville and Silver Bluff.
The Panthers, 3-3 overall and 0-2 in Region 2-AA, were to travel to Ninety Six on Tuesday and host Fox Creek on Thursday. Next week, the Panthers will play at Saluda on Tuesday and host Pelion on Wednesday before visiting Abbeville on Oct. 3.
The Panthers fell in the conference opener to Abbeville 3-0 by the scores of 25-19, 25-20 and 25-18. The Panthers were competitive in each game but couldn’t pull it out. Kiara Quattlebaum had 10 kills while Emily Leaphart had six. Savannah Rye had two aces, six kills and a block while Jaylah Barr had two kills, a block and 20 assists.
On Thursday night, the Panthers hosted Silver Bluff and fell to the Bulldogs 3-2. B-L won the first two sets 25-20, 25-20, dropped the third and fourth sets 25-19 and 25-16, then fell in the fifth set 15-10. Quattlebaum was again a star for the Panthers with 17 kills and 10 aces, while Barr added two aces, four kills and an amazing 31 assists. Leaphart added four aces and four kills while Rye had two aces and nine kills. Amarina Tolen finished the night with five kills and two blocks.
The junior varsity topped Abbeville 2-0, 25-19 and 25-17. Laci Dubose led the attack with five aces and three kills while Ella Sawyer added four kills. Cadence Smith had six aces, while Aislyn Hutchinson and Hunter Kirkland each had two kills.
The JV would also blanks Silver Bluff on Thursday night 2-0 with wins of 25-11 and 25-10. Mia Ortiz was huge as she had six aces but more importantly gave a boost as she entered a set with B-L trailing 6-0 and then served 15 straight points as B-L took control. Dubose again had a nice game with six kills.
The junior varsity would also go on to place fourth in the Pelion JV Jam Tournament.
Middle-school Panthers fall to 0-2
The 2019 edition of the Batesburg-Leesville Middle School football team is a much younger squad after the veterans of 2018 matriculated to the high school. Head Coach Jacob Prahst and the other coaches have been hard at work building up the young Panthers, but the early season has been tough.
This week the Panthers were to host Lexington at Panther Stadium on Wednesday night at 5:30, and then Beachwood will come to Panther Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
In the season opener two weeks ago, the Panthers went on the road and fell to White Knoll 42-14. The Panthers were blanked in the first half but got on the board in the third quarter as Kanye Youngblood scored on a 45-yard run. In the fourth quarter, B-L would score again as Javonte Adams threw a 40-yard touchdown to Daiquan Richardson. Still, the Panthers fell.
Last week, the Panthers fell to Pleasant Hill Middle School 52-0 on the road.
Panther tennis tops Aiken
The Batesburg-Leesville girls’ tennis team is now 4-3 overall after defeating Aiken last week.
The Panthers also dropped their conference opener to Abbeville and fell to Gilbert in a continuation from an earlier match.
In the 4-3 win over the Hornets, the Panthers were led by No. 1 seed Hannah Derrick, who won 6-3, 6-4. No. 3 seed Keiley Frye won 6-0, 6-4 while Anna Grace Shealy won the No. 4 seed match 6-4, 6-4.
In the 5-2 loss to Gilbert, the No. 2 seed Catherine Bedenbaugh won 7-5, 6-3, while Shealy won again 6-2, 7-5. The Panthers also had a strong showing from Frye as she fell in a third-set tiebreaker, losing 6-3, 2-6, 6-10.
The Panthers fell 6-0 to Abbeville with the only close contest being Shealy, who fell 1-6, 6-1, 6-10.
This week, the Panthers the Panthers were to host Ben Lippen on Monday and visit Columbia on Tuesday before hosting Fox Creek on Thursday. Next week, Batesburg-Leesville travels to Saluda on Tuesday and Abbeville on Thursday.
Batesburg-Leesville sports briefs are compiled by Jay Hendrix