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Bulldogs begin region play as familiar face returns to the court

  • 9 January 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs begin region play as familiar face returns to the court

The Marlboro County Bulldogs will kick off the region campaign Friday night as they host the Wilson Tigers.
Both the boys' and girls' teams enter the critical part of the schedule with optimism.  
The Lady Bulldogs (10-1) have been rolling, blasting opponents with an impressive offensive attack.  Junior Jasmine Norman and sophomore Tysonia Lowe have been lighting up the scoreboard, each averaging over 20 points per contest.
However, region play will raise the level of competition significantly.  Last year, the Lady Bulldogs were not able to win a Region 6-4A contest.  
All five of their region rivals have impressive records, led by North Myrtle Beach.
The Lady Chiefs are 12-1, with a championship in a Georgia holiday tournament.

Bulldogs blast Central, 78-37

  • 3 January 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Bulldogs blast Central, 78-37

Marlboro County rode a strong first quarter to a huge lead, enroute to blowing out Central of Pageland  Monday night at home.  The Bulldogs cruised to a 78-37 victory.
Ryan Dupree opened the game with a short jump shot, blocked an Eagle shot, then raced for a layup to get the Bulldogs off to a quick start.  Devonta Oliver nailed a three-pointer, then senior Wesley Brown scored on back-to-back possessions as the Bulldogs raced to a 13-4 advantage.
By the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs led 20-5 and the reserves were on the court for Marlboro County.
The Bulldogs continued to pull away in the second period, led by a three-pointer from Shawn Lucas, a layup by Kieran Leviner and a jumper by Jameik McCoy.  
Marlboro led 40-14 at intermission.  After a sluggish third quarter, the Bulldogs reignited the offense in the fourth, outscoring their guests 25-11.

Academy turns to Hubbard to rebuild boys’ hoops program

  • 21 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Academy turns to Hubbard to rebuild boys’ hoops program

After some severe struggles the last three years, Marlboro Academy has turned to a familiar face to resurrect the boys’ basketball program.
"There are several challenges in getting us back on solid ground.  The students lack confidence and are having to learn to play with structure," said Hampton Hubbard.
Hubbard played for a state championship when he was a student at the Academy in the 1970s.  He later taught and coached at the Academy and in the Marlboro County School District.
After retiring from public education, Hubbard rejoined the faculty of the Academy.  Last spring, soon after it was announced that the previous coaching staff would not be returning, Hubbard agreed to take the reins.

Fumbles doom Bulldogs against Lower Richland

  • 14 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Fumbles doom Bulldogs against Lower Richland

Self-inflicted wounds brought an end to Marlboro County High's hopes in the Class AAAA state playoffs.    Lower Richland defeated the Bulldogs 20-14 Friday night in Columbia in the first round to eliminate them from the postseason.
The loss ended a season of missed opportunities as the Bulldogs finish with a 2-9 overall record.
"It all came down to holding on to the football.  We played right with them but turnovers will kill you and that was the case here," said Bobby Collins, Marlboro County head coach.
"It was a case of guys just trying to make plays but getting the ball knocked out but it was the difference between winning and losing," he said.
In a preview of things to come, Marlboro County suffered a fumble on their first snap of the game.  The turnover gave the Diamond Hornets the ball at midfield.
Lower Richland drove deep into Marlboro County territory, only to turn it over themselves.  Skishaun Palmer picked off a LR pass, his sixth interception of the season, near the endzone.

Won state championship

  • 14 November 2019
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Won state championship

Several local tennis players participated in the S.C. 65+ 3.5 state championship matches held in Hilton Head the weekend of Nov. 1 thru Nov. 4. The team won the state championship. Members of the team have been state runners-up and won six Pee Dee League Championships in various leagues, but this is their first state championship. Team members from Bennettsville are: Bogen Berry, Harry Blackmon, Otis Harrison, John McLaurin, and Jay Owens. From Rockingham, NC.: Mike Rainwater and Gene Stewart: From Chesterfield - Nicky Cohen; and Team Captain Steve Quick from Florence. The team enjoys practicing Wednesdays and Sundays at Quick’s court, supported by their families and friends. 

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