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Pitch man

One year as a pitcher for the New York Yankees has turned Jordan Montgomery into a pitch man. Montgomery, the Sumter native who starred at the University of South Carolina before making the Yankees out of spring training as a non-roster invitee … more

Friday's Crestwood-Lakewood games to be televised on WACH

The varsity boys and varsity girls basketball games between Crestwood and Lakewood on Friday at The Swamp will be televised by WACH 57 as part of its Rush's High School Hoops schedule. The girls game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. followed by … more

Stallions' Knox feted after 500th victory

By all accounts, LaVerne Knox is a humble man of few words who normally shies away from the spotlight. There was no hiding from the spotlight for Knox on Tuesday. As the final seconds wound down on his Lee Central varsity boys basketball … more

East Clarendon tops in 1A girls poll

As expected, the East Clarendon High School girls basketball team moved to the top of the 1A poll released by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday. The Lady Wolverines jumped ahead of Green Sea-Floyds, the defending state … more

Sumter runs away to 63-35 win over South Florence

Sumter High School turned a 19-16 halftime lead into a 46-27 advantage after three quarters on the way to a 63-35 varsity girls basketball win over South Florence on Tuesday at the SHS gymnasium. The Lady Gamecocks, who improved to 13-5 on the … more

Sumter beats South Florence 61-52

  FLORENCE – Sumter High School’s varsity boys basketball team had four players score in double figures and two others finish with nine as it defeated South Florence 61-52 on … more

Not their night

When Ashanti Washington drilled in a jump shot with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter, she gave her Crestwood varsity girls basketball team a 43-26 lead over Hartsville. A victory that would give the Lady Knights at least a share of the Region … more

Lee Central's Knox gets 500th career victory; Stallions triumph 81-45

BISHOPVILLE - LaVerne Knox picked up his 500th career victory as his Lee Central High School varsity boys basketball team thrashed Central 81-45 on Tuesday at the LC gymnasium. The Stallions made Knox's milestone victory a foregone conclusion … more

LMA's Lupori wins SCISA individual bowling title

Mark Lupori has been a league bowler since he was five years old. He has a per-game average around 215, and he has had three perfect games of 300. He has even helped lead Laurence Manning Academy to three straight SCISA boys team … more

Win away from milestone

Laverne Knox, the only varsity boys basketball head coach Lee Central High has ever had, will be going for a milestone victory today at the LCHS gymnasium in Bishopville. Knox will be going after career victory No. 500 today when the Stallions … more

First-rounds pairings set for middle school hoops tourneys

The first-round pairings have been set for both the boys and girls bracket in the Sumter Middle School Conference basketball tournament.The girls games will be played on Wednesday. Top seed Chestnut … more

Sumter makes quick work of West Florence, wins 70-40

After 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 third quarter against West Florence. The Gamecocks scored just eight points. Even … more

Sumter girls top South Florence 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, who improved to 12-5 on the season and 5-2 in Region VI-5A, … more

Wilson Hall's Talley to undergo surgery

Longtime Wilson Hall varsity boys basketball head coach Eddie Talley will undergo surgery on Monday to have his prostate removed because of cancer. The surgery will be performed at Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C. It will be an open surgery … 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 No. 500 on Tuesday when the Stallions play host to … more

Clean sweep

DALZELL - The Thomas Sumter Academy varsity girls basketball team entered Friday's contest at TSA's Edens Gymnasium against Williamsburg Academy sitting in second place in SCISA Region II-2A, starting its second swing through the region … 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

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

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

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
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