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Anthony Garzilli

Basketball: John Paul II sweeps Thomas Heyward

The SCISA Region 4-AA seasoned heated up Tuesday as John Paul II Catholic School visited rival Thomas Heyward Academy.

Myles Pinckney applies pressure during RHHS’s win over May River. The Jaguars began the week ranked No. 2 in the Class AAA poll.

Basketball: RHHS sweeps Battery Creek

RHHS boys coach Jeremiah Faber

State-ranked Jaguars continue hot streak

The No. 2 boys basketball team in the state is not quite at a championship level.

Janine Wilson/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Rashamel Butler drives to the hoop during the Jaguars’ 56-55 home win last week over Lake Marion.

Ridgeland-Hardeeville girls starting to surge

The Jaguars were ranked No. 3 in the state before the season by the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association, but Ridgeland-Hardeeville’s girls basketball coach wasn’t convinced his team was ready for the high praise.

Janine Wilson/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Que Drayton drives to the basket against Woodland.

Nelson out as Jaguars football coach

Jahmaal Nelson will not return as Ridgeland-Hardeeville High’s varsity football coach.

Jahmaal Nelson will not return after four seasons as Ridgeland-Hardeeville High’s football coach, the school said.

Jasper church collects 1,850 shoeboxes for kids around world

The community’s churches have helped make Christmas special for kids around the world.

Photo courtesy Step of Faith Christian Academy Great Swamp Baptist Church was an area hub for Operation Christmas Child. Jasper County — led by the church — collected 1,834 boxes. Overall, the Lowcountry gathered 16,000 boxes.

1 dead after train hits car in Hardeeville

One person is dead after a train hit a car in Hardeeville Thursday evening.

Anthony Garzilli/JCST Emergency personnel on the scene in Hardeeville after a train struck a car. The driver of the car died.

Jaguars continue impressive run of success

The Jaguars continue to enjoy some home cooking.

JCST file photo RHHS coach Jeremiah Faber has the Jaguars off to a 3-0 start. RHHS is 31-2 at home since 2014.

Rebels putting on the pressure

Thomas Heyward’s girls are keeping up the pressure.

Carmen Pinckney/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Thomas Heyward’s pressure defense helped lead THA to a strong start.

THA boys (5-1) surging

A busy schedule has been good, but Bob Layman’s looking forward to the rest of December.

Carmen Pinckney/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Zack Black helped the Rebels to two wins in their first three games. Carmen Pinckney/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Zack Black helped the Rebels to two wins in their first three games.

Fundraiser for United Way reading program raises $8,800

Reading remains a priority in the Jasper County School District, and recently the district’s schools each participated in a campaign to raise money for the United Way’s Early Grade Reading initiative.

Ridgeland Elementary School coordinator Chandra Brooks $4,685 for the United Way’s Early Grade Reading initiative.

Ridgeland Elementary food drive benefits Hunger Free Zone

The word of the month for Ridgeland Elementary School’s students was “compassion” and the school’s 851 students truly showcased their compassion in November by holding a canned food drive to benefit the county’s Hunger Free Zone.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Ridgeland Elementary School’s food drive raised 1,300 cans for the county’s Hunger Free Zone.

Jaguars begin quest for Class AAA boys state crown

Jeremiah Faber often talks about his continued thirst and hunger to win a state championship. He’s in his 33rd season coaching the Jaguars, but has yet to win a boys basketball title.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Rashamel Butler, RHHS’s point guard, is part of a deep Jaguars team that began the season ranked No. 2 in the state by the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association.

Jags aim to get on winning track

Led by Que Drayton, a preseason top five Class AAA senior in the state and last season’s Region 8-AAA Player of the Year, Ridgeland-Hardeeville’s girls hope to make a run at a state crown. The team, which began the season 0-2 and ranked No. 3 in the state in the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association poll, hosts Colleton County on Friday.

Anthony Garzilli/JCST Jamee Mack and the Jaguars host Colleton County on Friday.

Lattimore Foundation helps feed 875 people on Thanksgiving

The first volunteer arrived at 7 a.m. An hour later there were 25 people ready to help.

Photos/Siobhan Egan/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Marcus Lattimore serves up Thanksgiving meals for the community along with his wife Miranda and several volunteers at Bar-B-Q Grill in Ridgeland on Thursday. This is the 4th year the Marcus Lattimore Foundation has brought Thanksgiving meals to Jasper County.

Rebels boys (2-1) and girls (3-0) enjoy winning ways

The Rebels have started strong. Thomas Heyward’s boys and girls basketball teams each began the season 2-0 with convincing wins last week. The girls won Tuesday night and the boys lost.

Photo courtesy Thomas Heyward Academy Coach Bob Layman led Thomas Heyward to a 2-0 start to the basketball season.

THA’s Thomas is on the mend, talks region-winning season

Logan Thomas’ football season ended with 8 minutes, 46 seconds remaining in Thomas Heyward’s SCISA Class A state playoff game against visiting Pee Dee.

Carmen Pinckney/Special to JCST THA quarterback Logan Thomas broke his fibula and tore ligaments in his left ankle during the team’s Nov. 11 loss to Pee Dee. He had surgery last Friday and said he hopes to be out of the cast by late February.

$10,000 raised for THA sporting clays team

A golf cart and trailer raffle helped raise $10,000 for Thomas Heyward’s sporting clays team.

Frankie Denmark won the golf cart and trailer raffle that earned $10,000 for Thomas Heyward’s sporting clays team.

RHHS boys basketball ranked No. 2 in the state, girls are No. 3

Ridgeland-Hardeeville High’s boys and girls basketball teams are considered to be among the best teams in the state.

JCST file photo Ridgeland-Hardeeville’s Que Drayton was named a top five Class AAA senior in the state by the SCBCA.