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Swampcats looking to stay among 3A unbeatens

The Laurence Manning Academy football team will finally make it back on the field on Friday when it plays host to Ben Lippen at Billy Chitwood Field beginning at 7:30 p.m. The goal for the Swampcats is a simple one: remain one of four undefeated … more

Sumter up to No. 7 in 5A poll without playing game

Although it didn't play due to games being postponed because of the threat of Hurricane Florence, the Sumter High School football team moved up a spot to No. 7 in the 5A poll of the S.C. Prep Media Football Poll released on Tuesday. The … more

Local teams taking wait-and-see approach after SCHSL adds week to football schedule

The executive committee of the South Carolina High School League voted on Tuesday in a conference call to extend the high school football season by one week due to the postponement of over 50 games because of Hurricane Florence. What the affect … more

Local high school sports returning to regular routine with few exceptions

After the threat of Hurricane Florence basically shut down sports at the seven local South Carolina High School League schools and the five South Carolina Independent School Association schools last week, things returned to some normalcy on Monday. … more

USC , Clemson Sept. 29 game times slated

The starting times for the Sept. 29 college football games featuring South Carolina playing at Kentucky and Clemson playing host to Syracuse were set on Monday. USC will travel to Lexington, Ky., for a 7:30 p.m. contest that will be televised on … more

U.S. Open champ Osaka latest PPO success story

Now 11 years into its existence, the Palmetto Pro Open should no longer a novelty act to the Sumter community. The USTA Pro Circuit event is a 32-player women's tournament held every summer in Palmetto Tennis Center. The PPO has brought some … more

Lady Knights off to hot start

The Crestwood High School volleyball team is off to a hot start this season, going 7-1 in its first eight matches. "We're having an exceptional season," said head coach April Myers, who is in her second year in charge of the program. "The girls … more

Scott's Branch to receive $10K in new football equipment

Both the Scott's Branch middle and high school football programs received a big surprise last week when they found out they were chosen as one of the winners of Riddell's '18 in 18' Smarter Football program. Scott's Branch was provided with … more

Sumter TD Club meeting, Wilson Hall game cancelled

The Sumter Touchdown Club's weekly breakfast meeting and Wilson Hall's football game against Hammond in Columbia both scheduled for Friday have been cancelled due to the threat of Hurricane Florence. Since the City of Sumter will be closed on … more

Florence causes USC-Marshall cancellation

The unpredictability involving the arrival and the path of Hurricane Florence has caused the University of South Carolina to cancel its home football game against Marshall on Saturday, while Clemson has switched the starting time of its home contest … more

Wilson Hall girls tennis team picks up where it left off as Sorrells takes over for Williams

The Wilson Hall girls tennis program had much success under the guidance of head coach Debby Williams, who stepped down after last season after many years at the helm. It has been a smooth transition to date from Williams to new head coach Julia … more

Most high school football games postponed because of hurricane

The only local high school football game that still has the possibility of being played on Friday is Wilson Hall's game against Hammond in Columbia as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Southeast coast. Officials at the schools are waiting a … more

Gass moves to middle of Sumter line to win award along with LMA’s Brunson, Lee and Knights' Lowery

Tayvian Gass has been selected as The Sumter Item Offensive Lineman of the Week for the second straight week. However, he didn't dominate at his normal right tackle spot like he did in the Gamecocks' 34-10 win over Conway the prior week. Instead, … more

No movement in 5A football poll; Sumter still No. 8

Sumter High School remained at No. 8 in the 5A classification in the latest S.C. Prep Media Football Poll released on Tuesday. And not only did the Gamecocks hold their spot in the poll, so did each of the other nine teams as there was no … more

Florence affects local sports

This week's South Carolina High School League athletic schedules for the schools in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties came to a screeching halt on Monday when Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the school districts in 26 counties to cancel classes in … more

Swampcats keep rolling with 48-25 victory over Heathwood Hall

COLUMBIA - Brewer Brunson ran for 217 yards and scored three touchdowns on 14 carries to lead Laurence Manning Academy to a 48-25 varsity football win over Heathwood Hall on Friday at the Heathwood field. The Swampcats, who improved to 3-1 on the … more

Wilson Hall still searching after 44-7 loss to Porter-Gaud

Sometimes you’re just simply outmatched, and that was the case for the Wilson Hall football team on Friday at Spencer Field. The Barons fell to the Porter-Gaud Cyclones 44-7. “We just have … more

Crestwood falls 14-7 to Manning

DALZELL -- In a game that saw almost as many punts as points, Manning High School's offense finally broke through with a big play late in the fourth quarter to secure a 14-7 win over Crestwood Friday … more

Sumter cruises past Lakewood 49-7

The Sumter High School football team completed a sweep of the Sumter County championship for a fourth straight season with a 49-7 victory over Lakewood on Friday at J Frank Baker Stadium. The … more

2-point conversion lifts Bantams over Hawks

The Bates Middle School football team scored a touchdown and added a 2-point conversion to beat Alice Drive 14-12 in overtime on Wednesday at the Bates field in the season opener for both teams. The game was tied 6-6 at the end of regulation. … more
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