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LMA faces tough test in First Baptist

For the unbeaten Laurence Manning Academy varsity football team, the opponents keep getting tougher and the stakes higher as the season rolls on. The Swampcats, now 4-0 after last week's victory over Ben Lippen, host Charleston's First Baptist … more

Monarchs host Academic Magnet for homecoming

A game that could have had a devastating affect on the football season for Manning High School has become something of a bitter memory. That's because the Monarchs have responded with two straight victories and now get a chance to make a push for … more

Unbeaten Gamecocks host winless Lugoff-Elgin in Region IV-5A debut

The Sumter High School football team is 5-0 on the season, ranked No. 7 among 5A teams in the latest S.C. Prep Media Football Poll and has outscored its foes 221-67. The Gamecocks will be trying to remain undefeated when they take to the road … more

SHS swim team prepares for Saturday's Region IV-5A meet

The Sumter High School swim team was at the City of Sumter Aquatic Center on Thursday watching the skies as it tried to get in a practice session ahead of Saturday's Region IV-5A meet at the Harbison Rec Center in Columbia. Wednesday's practice had … more

3-1 Gators reset for region play

It's been three weeks since the Lakewood High School varsity football team has taken the field due to a cancellation because of Hurricane Florence and a bye week. However, the Gators, who are 3-1 on the season, are ready to finally get back at it … more

SHS girls tennis, volleyball teams pick up 1st region victories

The Sumter High School varsity girls tennis team won both of the double matches to beat Irmo 4-3 on Tuesday at the SHS courts. It was the Lady Gamecocks' first Region IV-5A victory and third of the season. SINIGLES 1 -- Whitney Crawford (S) … more

Boxing returns to the Midlands

COLUMBIA - Professional boxing returned to the Midlands on Saturday with "Put Up or Shut Up," an event presented by Andrew Stokes Promotions. Roughly 800 fight fans filled Jamil Shrine Temple for the seven fights, all but one of which ended by … more

0-4 Knights return to action against IV-4A foe A.C. Flora

Despite a 0-4 start to the 2018 season, there is good news for the Crestwood High School football team. The Knights can turn things around with a good performance in Region IV-4A. That part of the season begins on Friday with a home matchup … more

S.C. COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORES & SCHEDULES

SOUTH CAROLINA (2-1) Sept. 1 Coastal Carolina, 49-15 W Sept. 8 Georgia, 41-17 L Sept. 15 Marshall, canceled Sept. 22 at Vanderbilt, 37-14 W Sept. 29 at Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 Missouri, noon Oct. 13 Texas A&M TBA Oct. 27 … more

Herlong, Smith, Nelson, Warren earn weekly honors

Mills Herlong has been an integral part of the Wilson Hall football team since his freshman season as a kicker. Last week against Pinewood Prep, Herlong put himself in the spotlight with his play as a cornerback. Herlong, now a senior who is … more

Middle schools will make up postponed football games

The Sumter Middle School Conference will make up the football games postponed because of Hurricane Florence on Saturday. Bates will play at Ebenezer beginning at 9 a.m. The other three games - R.E. Davis at Alice Drive, Manning at Hillcrest and … more

Sumter holds at No. 7 in poll despite blowout of Bluffton

After moving up a spot in the 5A poll of the S.C. Pre Media Football Poll last week despite not playing a game, Sumter High School is still in the same position this week after a blowout victory. The Gamecocks, who improved to 5-0 on the season … more

Wilson Hall volleyball team goes 3-1-1 in Baron Bash tourney

The Wilson Hall varsity volleyball team went 3-1-1 in the Baron Bash Invitational on Saturday at Nash Student Center. The Lady Barons, who improved to 8-15-2 on the season, picked up victories over Thomas Sumter Academy, Heathwood Hall and … more

TV SCHEDULES, STANDINGS & MORE: Sept. 25, 2018

TV, RADIO TODAY 12:20 p.m. - International Soccer: Bundesliga League Match - Hertha Berlin vs. Werder Bremen (FOX SPORTS 2). 2:30 p.m. - International Soccer: Bundesliga League Match - FC Augsburg vs. Bayern Munich (FOX SPORTS 1). 2:30 … more

Former Thomas Sumter standout Hunley proves self for Randolph

Taja Hunley has been the most productive freshman for the Randolph College volleyball team in Lynchburg, Virginia. The middle blocker out of Thomas Sumter Academy led the freshmen with appearances in the first 11 matches, including seven starts. … more

In-house High School Football Players of Week

IN-HOUSE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF WEEK Editor's Note: While The Sumter Item picks four local high school football players for Players of the Week each week for recognition by the Sumter Touchdown Club, most of the local schools pick their … more

Barons get 1st win, beat Pinewood Prep 25-14

SUMMERVILLE - Something had to give on Friday as Wilson Hall and Pinewood Prep took to Panther Field, both in search of their first win of the 2018 season. Paced by three Mills Herlong interceptions and two Graham Van Patten touchdown runs, it … more

Carolina Academy shuts out Thomas Sumter 30-0

DALZELL - It was an ugly first half for the Thomas Sumter Academy football team against Carolina Academy on Friday at General Field. Carolina scored all of its points in the first two quarters en route to a 30-0 victory over the Generals, who … more

Mitchum runs for 322 yards, 4 TDs in Clarendon Hall win

WINNSBORO - Tyrese Mitchum ran for 322 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries to lead Clarendon Hall to a 44-17 varsity football victory over Richard Winn Academy on Friday at the RWA field. The Saints improved to 4-0 on the season in winning … more

Laurence Manning cruises past Ben Lippen 35-19

MANNING - The Laurence Manning Academy varsity football team remained unbeaten on the season, moving to 4-0 with a 35-19 victory over Ben Lippen that was closer than the score might indicate. The Swampcats had little trouble moving the ball, … more
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