New Heights

  • ‘United We Ball!’
    By JAMAL BALDWIN Special to the Progressive Journal After a couple of friendly matches last year to evaluate student interest, 2019 marked the debut of the soccer program at New Heights Middle School The program has more than 30 students with girls, boys, and coed teams.
  • Hawks remain unbeaten
    By JANET HAIGLER For the Progressive Journal The New Heights Hawks are off to a 3-0 start, beating McBee, 20-6 and Lewsville, 14-6. Against McBee, Ronnie McBride got the Hawks on board early in the first quarter on a 3-yard touchdown. The conversion attempt failed. In the second quarter, Daniel Leaird hit Brayden Zerr with a 22-yard touchdown pass. Zach Sowell made the two-point conversion for a 14-0 score  at halftime.
  • New Heights Middle defeats Long
    New Heights Middle School started its football season off with a big win, defeating Long Middle School 32-12.  With several returning starters experience paid off for New Heights. “Daniel Leaird showed that experience the most at quarterback,” said coach Billy Blakeney. He completed all five passes, three for touchdowns.  Leaird threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Raymond. Zack Sowell added a two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead after one quarter. 
  • Pageland runners 5th in 4x400m relay
    Five Central and New Heights Middle athletes qualified for last Saturday’s track meet in Columbia: Jaquel Funderburk, alternate in the 4x400 meter relay; Miquel Funderburk, third leg of relay; Tevin Cannon, second leg of relay; Brandon Edmonds, final leg of relay, also 400 meter run and long jump; and Ay’den Chambers, first leg of relay. Edmonds was seventh in the long jump at of 20 feet, 7 inches, sixth in the 400 in 51.26.1 The 4x400 meter relay finished fifth at 3:30.
  • Lady Hawks off to slow start
    By JANET HAIGLER For the Progressive Journal The New Heights Lady Hawks have lost the first three games of their season. They lost the season opener, 44-26, to Long Middle School on Nov. 27. Kaylee Davis led New Heights with 11 points, followed by JaNiyah Wilson with seven. Kyleigh Hough and Kelly Chambers each had four points. “The girls were a little nervous with it being their first game,” said coach Shanethia Hamilton.
  • New Heights Hawks opens season 1-1
    By Janet Haigler For the Progressive Journal New Heights Middle School boys’ basketball team opened its season last week, beating Chesterfield, 34-27, and losing to Long Middle School of Cheraw, 40-34. In the loss to Long Middle School Tyus Miller scored 14, Chris Rushing 7, Jamius Dunlap 6, Taariyen Webber and Dalphus Miller 2 each, and Ashton Rollins 1 point for New Heights.
  • New Heights Middle wins homecoming
    By JANET HAIGLER For the Progressive Journal  The New Heights Hawks celebrated Homecoming last Thursday with 50-0 victory over McBee. After losing a close game last week the Hawks came out on fire, scoring early and often. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Hawks scored on a 65-yard pass from Daniel Leaird to Isaiah Rivers. Ronnie McBride’s two-point conversion made it 8-0.
  • New Heights falls to South Middle School 20-12
    By Janet Haigler For the Progressive Journal The New Heights Hawks lost to South Middle School of Lancaster last week, 20-12. Isaiah Huntley scored the Hawk’s first touchdown early in the game on a 5-yard run. The two-point conversion failed. South led 8-6 at halftime and took advantage of New Height fumbles in the second half to add two more touchdowns for a 20-6 lead.
  • New Heights sneaks past Chesterfield/Ruby
    By JANET HAIGLER For the Progressive Journal  In a defensive battle, the New Heights Hawks kept Chesterfield/Ruby Rams out of the end zone and scored a touchdown on a busted play for a 6-0 win Thursday at Central High School. The only score came when Alex Edgeworth fell on a Hawks’ fumble in the end zone. The conversion attempt failed.
  • New Heights football team 1-1
    By JANET HAIGLER For the Progressive Journal The New Heights Hawks are off to a 1-1 start, losing to Long Middle School of Cheraw, 18-8,  followed by a 34-0 victory over McBee last Wednesday. “We are very young,” said Coach Billy Blakeney. “It’s almost like we are starting from scratch as we only have a handful of returning players from last year’s season.”