SPORTS ROUND-UP: Sept. 27-Oct. 3

Panthers cross-country competes at Pelion Invitational

The Batesburg-Leesville cross-country teams traveled to Pelion last week to compete in the huge Pelion Invitational.

In all, 22 boys teams competed while 16 girls teams battled in the large meet. The girls placed 12th overall while the boys finished 20th. Lexington, Chapin and Dutch Fork were the top three on the boys side of the ledger. Dutch Fork, Chapin and Cardinal Newman were the top three for the girls.

The Panthers were to host a home meet this week on Tuesday before traveling to Fox Creek next week for a Tuesday meet.

For the girls team, Mina Shull paced the Panthers with a time of 25:47, which was 34th place overall out of 121 runners. Liza Rios and Hailey Fulmer were back to back at 28:57 and 29:03 respectively.  Katie Beth Covington recorded a time of 32:04, while Cheyenne Lee recorded a time of 32:58. Carley Muilenburg finished with a time of 33:40, while Maria Reyes had a time of 35:25 to round out the top seven runners which make up the varsity team.

For the boys, Brayan Villaseca-Torre finished with a time of 25:14 with Jorge Torres second on the team at a time of 27:15.  Corey Weed and Taylor Cook were back-to-back with times of 27:44 and 27:50, while Eric Gambrell finished with a time of 28:04. Cayden Bundrick and Hansel Discua both finished with a time of 28:39 with Bundrick edging Discua by sixth-tenths of a second.

Panther tennis wins three straight

The Batesburg-Leesville girls tennis team had a great week last week as they knocked off Ben Lippen, Columbia and region foe Fox Creek.

The wins improved the Panthers to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in Region 2-AA.  This week, the Panthers were to visit Saluda on Tuesday and Abbeville on Thursday in key conference games. Next week , the Panthers will host Fairfield Central on Monday and Williston-Elko on Thursday.

The Panthers knocked off Ben Lippen 4-2 behind the play of top seed Hannah Derrick, who won 6-1, 6-2 and No. 4 seed Anna Grace Shealy 6-1, 6-1 and fifth-seeded Morgan Price 6-3, 6-2. The Panthers picked up the win thanks to the number two doubles team winning 6-3, 6-1.

B-L would then defeat Columbia 5-1, as Derrick won 6-0, 6-0 while No. 2 seed Catherine Bedenbaugh won 7-5, 7-5.  Shealy would win easily 6-1, 6-0 while Price fell in a third set tiebreaker.  Fifth seed Riley Bundrick would 6-1, 7-5 with the number two doubles being won by forfeit.  The biggest win of the week with a 6-0 win over the Predators of Fox Creek for the Panthers first conference win.  Derrick, Bedenbaugh and Shealy won 6-0, 6-0 while Keiley Frye and Price won their matches 6-2, 6-1.  Stephanie Lopez and Anahi Torres won the number two doubles match 8-1 in a pro set.

Panther volleyball drops two

Conference play has been brutal for the Batesburg-Leesville Panthers as they dropped two matches last week to Ninety Six and Fox Creek to fall to 3-5 overall and 0-4 in Region 2-AA.

The junior varsity also dropped both contests last week. This week the Panthers were to travel to Saluda on Tuesday and Pelion on Wednesday before hosting Abbeville on Thursday. Next week the Panthers host Strom Thurmond on Monday and visit Silver Bluff on Tuesday before hosting Ninety Six on Oct. 10.

In the varsity match at Ninety Six, the Panthers fell behind 2-0 by dropping the first two sets 25-14 and 25-13. In the third set, the Panthers fought back and won 27-25 but the Wildcats were too strong in the fourth set, winning 25-15. Kiara Quattlebaum had 10 kills, two blocks and an ace, while Jaylah Barr added four kills, a block and 11 assists. Savannah Rye added six kills, two blocks and an ace, while Amarina Tolen had two kills and three blocks.

The varsity would again fall to Fox Creek by  a score of 3-1. This time the Predators won the first set 25-21 before B-L won the second set 25-16 to even the match. In the third set the Predators dominated to win 25-11, and then held off a spirited B-L rally in the fourth set to win 25-22.  The Panther were again led by the same quartet as Barr had three kills, two blocks, 12 assists and an ace, while Quattlebaum had seven kills, two blocks and three aces.  Rye added five kills, two aces and a block, while Tolen had four kills and two blocks.

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In junior varsity action at Ninety Six B-L lost 2-0 as the Wildcats won 25-21 and 25-18.

Laci Dubose had five kills, three blocks and two aces, while Ella Sawyer had two kills and two aces.

Against Fox Creek the Panthers lost by an identical score 2-0, with the sets going 25-21 and 25-18.  Dubose added four aces and five kills, while Mia Ortiz had four aces and a kill.  Maggie Childers added eight assists.

Sports briefs compiled by Jay Hendrix / Posted October 3, 2019