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We are now just 10 days away from the start of the regular season. The Panthers will be traveling “Across the River” to Lincolnton, Georgia on Friday August 17th for their week zero match-up versus the Lincoln County Red Devils. The Panthers are hard at work sharpening their skills and getting ready for the regular

Preseason Preview Vol. 3

The boys are back in town! Yes that’s a hit song from 70’s rock band Thin Lizzy, but it’s also what comes to mind as Fall Camp began this past Friday. Seeing the boys back on the practice field, running though individual drills and getting ready for the season put a smile on my face.

Preseason Preview Vol. 2

The anticipation of the 2018 season is almost hitting a fever pitch. We are only a little over a week away from the WCTEL Kickoff Classic at Hite Stadium. That’s right, August 3rd at 6pm you will get to hear the pads popping and whistles blowing at Hite Stadium for the official kickoff of the

Preseason Preview Vol. 1

For football junkies, July is one terribly awful month. Sure the weather calls for lake days, pool parties and beach trips, but the thought of football season being so close, yet so far away is brutal. The magazine racks are full of pre-season college and NFL football previews. The sports networks are beginning their annual

50 and Counting

Fifty, no it’s not the number of laps around the field Coach Nickles runs on his lunch break. It’s not the number of games in a win streak or the number of trophies in the trophy case. Fifty is the exact amount of days before you will see the boys in Garnet and Gold take

Spring (football) Fever

I realize that I am one of the handful of folks that never really lets football season die. It’s a constant with me, I mean, it kind of has to be, as it’s part of my job. My thoughts are never too far away from rosters, starting line-ups, players leaving, players returning, road trips and

Like All Good Things…

The past two weeks have been busy. Spring sports are winding down, just the same as the school year. A group of Senior student athletes are going to be turning the page to a new Chapter in their life and leaving behind their beloved alma-mater. Like all good things, baseball and softball season has come

Heating Up

The flowers are blooming, the pollen is thick and frosty nights are giving way to warm sunny days. Spring is here and as April slowly drifts by us, things are really beginning to heat up with the varsity baseball and softball teams. The playoffs begin next week and both Panther teams are set to begin

Spring Break Update

It’s Spring Break at Abbeville High this week. Some are headed to the beach or the mountains with family and friends. Some are staying home and hanging around the house, and some are still competing in their respective sports. The varsity baseball team defeated Southside Christian Tuesday night by a score of 12-1. The game

Lady Panthers Complete Opening Week

The Abbeville Lady Panthers softball team found their stride on opening week. The girls in garnet and gold are currently 2-1 on the season and they are swinging a hot bat as Region play looms in the near future. The Lady Panthers, led by head coach Tim Collins, played three games this past week and

Panthers Perfect on Opening Week

Baseball typically starts in early March, and while baseball teams are sometimes referred to as the ‘Boys of Summer’, you needed a heavy coat to catch the games on opening week. Tuesday of this past week the Panthers were supposed to play at Dixie to open the 2018 season. Mother Nature had other plans as

A Mixed Bag

Usually our articles focus on one subject, but there is a lot going on right now at AHS so I wanted to touch on quite a few different sports and try to cover it all in one article. The alumni baseball game was this past Saturday. There was not a cloud in the sky and

The Milford Era Begins

This past Saturday the annual Abbeville High Alumni Baseball game was rained out. It has been rescheduled for Saturday February 24th at 9am. There will be a familiar face leading the Panthers this season. Familiar, yet brand new. AHS head baseball coach Nick Milford has been an assistant for the last seven years under long

Varsity Boys Start Playoffs

The Abbeville High Varsity Boys basketball team enters into playoff action tonight. The game will be played at home versus Christ Church. The Panthers have secured a #2 seed in the AA Upperstate Playoff bracket. The Panthers, led by head coach Doug Belcher, finished the regular season with a 14-8 overall record and a 8-2

Basketball Season Begins

Still basking in the glow of a third straight AA football state championship, the AHS staff, student athletes and fans alike are now turning the page to basketball season. As you can see, the atownpanthers.com site has undergone some changes and that is why there has been a delay in reporting on the beginning of

2017 AA State Champions

Dynasty. That’s the adjective that is being used after the Abbeville Panthers won their third consecutive AA State Championship, and rightfully so. The boys from A-Town endured a physical, knock down, drag out slobberknocker of a game Friday night at Charlie W Johnson Stadium on the campus of Benedict College in Columbia. Head C oach

State Championship Game Preview

Here we are. The 15th and final game of the season. The game we’ve all hoped for. The game the players have worked their tails off for. The ultimate prize in high school football awaits the winner. The 2017 AA State Championship Game will be played Friday December 1st at 5pm between the Bamberg-Ehrhardt Red

Upperstate Championship Preview

Abbeville is rich in history and tradition. That’s not exactly a bold statement or a new revelation. Just as sure as you’ll eat turkey and dressing on Thanksgiving, it’s become almost a safe bet that on the morning before you stuff your face, the Panther coaching staff will be orchestrating their yearly walk through inside

Round 3 Preview

The Panthers breezed through the first two rounds of the South Carolina 2A State Playoffs by a combined score of 103-41. We are down to the Upperstate’s final four teams. So basically, the best of the best is what is left. Saluda and Lee Central will play in Saluda Friday night for a chance at

Panthers Run Away with Round 2 Win

There are very few games that are played when everything just clicks. Offense, defense, special teams. Everything synced up perfectly, just the way you would practice it. This past Friday night was one of those games. The Panthers literally ran the football with ease against a hapless Chesterfield defense. When you average over 15 yards

Round 2 Preview

There is one thing that you can count on this time of year. Everybody left in the playoffs is a good football team. The field of 32 was cut in half last week. The 2nd round of the AA State Playoffs will continue this Friday night and the Panthers will face an outstanding Chesterfield team

Panthers Pound St. Joes

The first round of the 2A playoffs have come and gone and the Panthers took care of a pesky St. Josephs Catholic Knights squad by a score of 42-6. St Joe’s didn’t just lay down and accept their fate though. They came out swinging and in typical fashion, the Panthers had to answer the bell

Round One Preview

It’s time to turn the page to Phase 3 of the season. It’s playoff time. All of those February days in the weight room. Those spring conditioning drills. The hot summer days at practice, melting away under the sweltering sun. All of those days matter. They matter because they lead you to this time, this

Region Champs!

The Abbeville Panthers secured their 26th Region Championship this past Friday night with a dominate 42-7 victory over region rival Ninety Six. The Panthers left no doubt as they scored early and often. Bryce Jackson saved his best passing game of the season for the Homecoming showdown with the Wildcats. Jackson finished the night 8-10

Homecoming Week Preview

Where has this season gone? It seems like Week Zero was yesterday and Panther Nation was gearing up to take on the Ninety Six Wildcats in the season opener. Friday night will mark the end of the regular season, but there is one common denominator. The Ninety Six Wildcats. The 2017 season has been polar

Southside Christian Preview

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Games that matter. Games that have a purpose. Games that lead you in a certain direction. Games that add to the trophy case. And that is exactly what we have in front of us tonight at Hite Stadium – Dennis Botts Field. The undefeated and

Liberty Wrap-Up

I think many of us had a preconceived notion that the Liberty game was going to be a cake walk. That was not the case at all. Liberty is a much improved team, with a big, strong, physical defense. They will make a run in the playoffs this season, mark my words on that one.

Week 8 Preview: A-Town @ Liberty

The bye week came at a great time. The Panthers were battered and bruised and honestly, just tired. Tonight the A-Train rolls into Liberty with renewed enthusiasm and for the first time this season, something to play for. Liberty marks the first region game of the season. Kudos to the Panther coaching staff for getting

Phase Two Begins

A well deserved bye week has the Panthers licking their wounds and trying to heal, after Coach Nickles described the health of the team as, “Beat to smithereens” entering their bye week. Summer workouts, 7 on 7 camps, summer practice, numerous scrimmages, jamborees and seven consecutive games have the Panthers tired, yet still hungry. The

Hartsville Game Preview

Most Panther fans had two games circled with a big red marker when the schedule was announced in the spring. The first game was versus Lincoln Co. The second game was Hartsville. That game is upon us and you can feel the excitement building in the air as we inch ever so close to kickoff

Magic Shoes

Surely everyone has watched the movie Forrest Gump. In one scene, while sitting on a park bench, Forrest is telling the story of his childhood. He had to have braces on his legs. His mama called them his “Magic Shoes”, she said they’d take him anywhere. After Forrest’s legs strengthened, he ran right out of

Mid Carolina Preview

The back to back 2A State Champs have extended their unbeaten streak to a state best, regardless of classification, 28 games. The Panthers rolled Clinton 49-12 last week, and the A-Train rolls into Prosperity, SC this coming Friday night to take on the Mid Carolina Rebels. Rebel head coach Louie Alexander has his hands full

Clinton Game Preview

Wilson Pickett sings a song called “Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool Ya” and that’s exactly what comes to mind when thinking about Friday nights contest between the #1 ranked, back to back 2A State Champion Abbeville Panthers (4-0) and the Clinton Red Devils (1-2). Why that song? Well, looking at Clinton’s record this season,

Panthers Extend Streak

What Happened: Two elite football programs clashed at Hite Stadium-Dennis Botts Field in a game that produced a State Championship type atmosphere. The Panthers and Red Devils traded blows and showcased the athletes that make each program special. Lincoln County received the opening kickoff, and the fourth play of the drive saw the very athletic LC

Week Zero Wrap-Up

What Happened: The Panthers left no doubt when the horn sounded Friday night at Wilson-Campbell Stadium in Ninety Six, as to who was the #1 team in Class AA. Abbeville, whom allowed Ninety Six to drive the length of the field on Ninety Six’s very first possession, put the clamps down on the Wildcat offense

Week Zero – at Ninety Six

As famed UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer would say, “It’s TIMEEEEE”. Game week is upon us and the greatest time of the year, football season, is merely hours away. Here in the south we have four seasons. Spring, Summer, Football, and Winter. It’s a way of life and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Finally, It’s Game Week

The slow, painful, football-less July is behind us. The summer practices and scrimmages are behind us. The jamboree season is over.  It’s game week and it couldn’t get here soon enough. This coming Friday night, the Abbeville Panthers will open their 100th year of football with a road trip to Ninety Six to take on

Greenwood Jamboree Info

Jamboree season will come to an end for the Panthers when the final whistle blows on Thursday night at Babb Stadium in Greenwood. The annual Greenwood Jamboree will get started at 6pm on THURSDAY August 10th. The Panthers will not practice Friday and will begin their regular season game prep on Monday August 14th at

WCTEL Kickoff Classic

Can we all collectively give a big round of applause to West Carolina Tel for an outstanding event last night?! Having a major corporation such as WCTEL in our community is a huge asset. Their relentless effort of giving back is just short of amazing. So, before we get into the heart of this article

The Hogmollies

Think about some endearing names you might call your loved ones. Honey, baby, sweetie. You probably would never think to call your special someone a Hogmollie. You might come away with a black eye, right? Well there’s one group of young men who want nothing more than to be called a Hogmollie. Being a Hogmollie

It’s Officially Football Season

  About sixty Abbeville High School student athletes gathered on the practice fields behind Hite Stadium-Dennis Botts Field this morning at 10am for the first official practice of the 2017 season. The Panthers, as mandated by state law, only practiced in helmets and shorts for about two hours under mostly sunny skies. The temperature inched

Way Too Early Prediction Part 3

Today, we sit just two weeks away from the unofficial kickoff of the 2017 football season as the WCTEL Kickoff Classic is coming up on August 4th. Hang in there guys, we’re almost there! Today I’m going to look at the last four regular season games on the schedule and give my Way Too Early

Pre-Season Rankings

While stuck in the purgatory of football-less July, you do get a nugget of hope from time to time. The South Carolina High School Sports Report has issued their pre-season rankings. We all know they mean absolutely nothing, other than a starting point for the regular season rankings. The Sports Report does not even give

Way Too Early Predictions Part 2

Earlier this week we took a look at the first three games on the Panthers schedule in our Way Too Early Predictions article and today we’ll do the same, starting with weeks three through five. Can football just get here already?!? Lincoln Co. vs A-Town @ Hite Stadium Week 3 Are there two schools that

Way Too Early Predictions

July is a wonderful, yet terrible month. Wonderful for all that July has to offer. Hot summer days, beach trips, family bar-b-ques, 4th of July celebrations. Honestly, July has just about everything you could ask for, except one thing. Football. For those of us that are chomping at the bit to see the “toe touch

Abbeville Hosts 7 on 7

Sunshine and blue skies was the perfect backdrop for the Abbeville High School FCA 7 on 7 scrimmage, that took place Tuesday morning. Eight teams made the trip to A-Town to work on their passing, route running, catching and defensive pass coverage skills. The day started at 9am with all of the teams participating in a devotion

1 Down 52 to Go

The Abbeville Panther varsity football team took to the practice fields this morning and worked for about two hours. The sun was out in full force and today began the first official day of summer practice. It was 85 degrees at 11am, add in the humidity and the temps pushed over 90. Add in the

Two Panthers Land on All-Lakelands Team

Zach Overholt and Bryce Jackson parlayed their stellar junior seasons into some post-season accolades. Both Panther baseball players were named to the All-Lakelands team, which is put together by the Index Journal at the end of each season. Bryce Jackson, Panther starting shortstop and pitcher, was this year’s South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association’s Player of the Year.  Jackson had a

Post Spring Depth Chart

Spring football has come and gone for the Panthers and the coaching staff has put together a depth chart heading into summer camp. Of course this is a ever moving and changing list. The coaching staff will put the best product on the field and it’s ultimately up to the players to decide where they

Spring Game Observations

A few hundred Panther faithful grabbed a seat to watch the defending AA State Champs buckle their chin straps for their annual “Garnet and White Spring Game” Thursday evening at Hite Stadium-Dennis Botts Field. The sun-splashed afternoon saw big plays, turnovers, touchdowns, big hits and gave fans just enough of a football fix, to hold

2017 Football Summer Schedules

A reminder for all football players. A Physical must be turned in to being your summer workouts! By law, there are no exceptions. The weight room will be closed June 5th through June 11th. Week 1 workouts will resume on June 12th at 9am. See the attached pics for the full schedule. The Summer Football

2017-18’s Best of the Best: Boys Baseball – Presented by VNN x Rapid Replay

This Summer, we’re teaming up with our friends at Rapid Replay to hand pick our favorite fan-recorded highlights from this past school year across the VNN Network. Each week, we’ll be spotlighting a new sport’s Top Plays.  There’s nothing like a baseball game on a summer day! This week we’re showcasing our favorite highlights from across the country in Boys

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2017-18’s Best of the Best: Girls Softball – Presented by VNN x Rapid Replay

This Summer, we’re teaming up with our friends at Rapid Replay to hand pick our favorite fan-recorded highlights from this past school year across the VNN Network. Each week, we’ll be spotlighting a new sport’s Top Plays.  Here are our favorites from across the country in Girls Softball: Do you want to showcase your own highlights on your page?

2017-18’s Best of the Best: Boys Lacrosse – Presented by VNN x Rapid Replay

This Summer, we’re teaming up with our friends at Rapid Replay to hand pick our favorite fan-recorded highlights from this past school year across the VNN Network. Each week, we’ll be spotlighting a new sport’s Top Plays.  Here are our favorites from across the country in Boys Lacrosse: Want to see highlights from your school and feature them on this site?

2017-18’s Best of the Best: Girls Basketball – Presented by VNN x Rapid Replay

This Summer, we’re teaming up with our friends at Rapid Replay to hand pick our favorite fan-recorded highlights from this past school year across the VNN Network. Each week, we’ll be spotlighting a new sport’s Top Plays.  Here’s our favorites from across the country in Girls Basketball:   Want to see highlights from your school and feature them on this

2017-18’s Best of the Best: Boys Basketball – Presented by VNN x Rapid Replay

This Summer, we’re teaming up with our friends at Rapid Replay to hand pick our favorite fan-recorded highlights from this past school year across the VNN Network. Each week, we’ll be spotlighting a new sport’s Top Plays.  Looking forward to the upcoming basketball season? We can’t wait either! We’re continuing this week with the top fan-recorded highlights from