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Tigers, Gamecocks renew rivalry on diamond

Mark Kingston will get his first taste of likely the best rivalry in college baseball - South Carolina and Clemson. Kingston, in his first season as the Gamecocks head coach, will see his team play host to the Tigers today at 7 p.m. at Founders … more

SHS' Koty to play soccer at Coker

Thomas Koty first started playing soccer when he was seven years old, and it has been a constant part of his life ever since. And the Sumter High School senior has signed up for four more years of playing soccer, this time at the collegiate … more

Gamecocks dominate West Florence 70-40

By DENNIS BRUNSONdennis@theitem.comAfter a dominating first half in which it took a 44-16 lead into the locker room, the Sumter High School varsity boys basketball team had a less-than-inspiring … more

After coming out of nowhere a year ago, EC shooting for 1A state title Saturday

The 2016-17 season was a fun run for the East Clarendon High School girls basketball team. The Lady Wolverines went from a 1-17 team to a 15-8 squad that lost to Green Sea-Floyds 71-68 in overtime in the 1A lower state championship game. While … more

USC 2018 similar to USC 2017

It is uncanny how much the 2018 season resembles the 2017 season for the University of South Carolina baseball team. And as almost any Gamecock fan will tell you, that's not a good thing. USC is having its good moments and its bad moments. There … more

Shumake gets 400th win as Gamecocks top region foe Conway 3-2 in 8 innings

It took some more extra-inning magic, but Sumter High School baseball head coach Brooks Shumake notched his 400th career coaching victory on Friday as the Gamecocks rallied with single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings for a 3-2 Region … more

Gators grab share of region lead with 49-38 win over Darlington

With the Region VI-4A lead on the line on Friday at The Swamp, Lakewood's varsity boys basketball team got off to a 9-0 start and seemed poised for an easy win over Darlington.While the Gators, who … more

Lady Gamecocks get back on winning track, top SF 57-31

FLORENCE – Sumter High School’s varsity girls basketball team snapped a 2-game losing streak with a 57-31 victory over West Florence on Friday at the WF gymnasium. The Lady Gamecocks, … more


TODAY Varsity Baseball Sumter at Cane Bay, 7 p.m. Creek Bridge at East Clarendon (DH), 5:30 p.m. Wilson Hall at Thomas Sumter, 6 p.m. Varsity and JV Baseball Robert E. Lee at Carolina, 4 p.m. Junior Varsity Baseball Crestwood … more

Lee Central softball sweeps C.A. Johnson 30-12, 14-12

BISHOPVILLE - Lee Central High School swept a doubleheader from C.A. Johnson on Wednesday, winning 30-12 and 14-12 at the LC field. The Lady Stallions stole 39 bases in the two games. Brianna Hickmon, Shakila Pollard and Gracie Blackwell each … more

Lee Central's Knox gets 499th career victory

BISHOPVILLE – Laverne Knox picked up his 499th career victory on Friday as his Lee Central varsity boys basketball team defeated North Central 49-43 at the LC gymnasium. Knox will go for win … more

Fire Ants win 3 of 4 in Softball Spring Training; Clemson, USC pick up victories on diamond

MYRTLE BEACH - The University of South Carolina Sumter softball team won three of its four games in the Softball Spring Training at The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach, winning two on Friday and splitting two on Saturday. In Friday's opening game, … more

Clemson, Cougars await NCAA fate; USC finds out if season continues

The Clemson Tigers know they are in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. They just need to find out all of the specifics. The South Carolina Gamecocks are hoping they are in the National Invitation Tournament. They will find out this evening if … more

Thomas Sumter soccer beats The King's Academy 1-0

Thomas Sumter Academy's varsity boys soccer team defeated The King's Academy 1-0 on Thursday. Richard Huntley scored the match's only goal. VARSITY TRACK Wilson Hall third CHARLESTON - Wilson Hall finished third in a 9-team meet on … more

Crowe, Furrow win at Diamond Hornets Invitational track meet

COLUMBIA - Thomas Sumter Academy's Bella Crowe and Triston Furrow both won their respective events in the Diamond Hornets Invitational on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Crowe won the varsity girls 800-meter run in a school record time of 2 … more

Making contact

Ashton Rogers had no grand illusions as she stepped to the plate with a runner on base and her University of South Carolina Sumter softball team trailing Spartanburg Methodist College 8-7 in the bottom of the seventh inning. "I was just trying to … more

Thrice as nice

The Laurence Manning Academy boys bowling team felt good about its chances of winning its third straight SCISA team championship on Thursday at Gamecock Lanes. "We were really confident going in," said … more

Lee Central all-state defensive end Lowery glad mama let him play; signs with S.C. State

BISHOPVILLE - When Deontae Lowery was in the seventh grade at Lee Central Middle School, he was approached by a coach at the school who asked him if he was interested in playing football. Lowery wasn't sure if he did or not. He had to check with … more

Tourney bound

Ja Morant's decision to play college basketball with Murray State University could not have had a much better outcome in his freshman season. And there may be more good yet to come. Morant, the former Crestwood High School standout guard, was … more

Crestwood Shrine Bowl defensive lineman Simon becomes Bulldog

Crestwood High School Shrine Bowl defensive lineman Chris Simon is heading to South Carolina State University next fall to join the Bulldogs' storied football program, and he's taking a few Stallions along with him. Simon will be joined by Lee … more
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