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Hitting their strides

The varsity boys basketball teams from Sumter and Lakewood high schools had high expectations entering the 2017-18. Both stumbled a bit coming out of the gate, but they hit their strides once region play began and brought home region crowns. Now … more

Lady Gamecocks roll past White Knoll 56-31

Just as Jeff Schaffer didn’t know what to expect from a young Sumter High School girls basketball team that he took over as head coach just a couple of weeks prior to preseason practice, he … more

LOCAL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE FOR FEB. 13-14

TODAY Girls 5A White Knoll at Sumter, 7 p.m. 4A Dreher at Crestwood, 7 p.m. Lakewood at Lower Richland, 7 p.m. 2A Lee Central at Saluda, 7 p.m. Boys … more

Robert E. Lee's Odom signs with Newberry College

BISHOPVILLE - Kaitlyn Odom did not begin to play volleyball until she was in the sixth grade. And when she did take up the sport, it wasn't necessarily because she had an overwhelming desire to do so. It came about more at the behest of a … more

A reversal of roles

The Sumter High School varsity girls basketball team went 3-18 last season and just prior to the start of preseason practice head coach Frances Fields resigned for personal reasons. Fast forward a few months and the Lady Gamecocks completed a … more

USC Sumter splits season-opening double header with Pitt

GREENVILLE, N.C. - The University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team split its season-opening doubleheader with Pitt Community College on Friday. The Fire Ants won the opener 2-1 before blowing a 3-0 lead in the nightcap and losing … more

SCBCA TOP 10 POLLS

BOYS 5A 1. Blythewood 2. Dorman 3. Wade Hampton 4. Sumter 5. Conway 6. Nation Ford 7. West Ashley 8. Westside 9. Gaffney 10. Irmo 4A 1. Wilson 2. Greenville 3. Aiken 4. Berkeley 5. Westwood 6. … more

LMA boys, Lady Barons advance to region title games

The Laurence Manning Academy varsity boys basketball team and the Wilson Hall girls advanced to the respective championship games of the SCISA Region II-3A tournaments with semifinal wins on Monday … more

Lady Generals share region title with win

DALZELL – Thomas Sumter Academy’s varsity girls basketball team clinched a share of the SCISA Region II-2A title with a 36-24 victory over Northside Christian School on Monday at Edens … more

Lakewood DE Blanding signs to play football at Hutchinson

Lakewood High School defensive end Leroy Blanding, an Honorable Mention selection to the 2017 All-Area football team, signed a letter of intent to play football at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, at a National Signing Day event … more

Alice Drive boys, Chestnut Oaks girls win middle school titles

The Sumter Middle School Conference basketball tournament came to a thrilling conclusion Saturday at the Lakewood High School gymnasium as both regular season champions came out victorious. On the girls side, Chestnut Oaks trailed by 10 early in … more

Lee Central finishes undefeated season with win over Scott's Branch

BISHOPVILLE - The Lee Central Middle School boys basketball team completed an undefeated season on Saturday with a 46-42 victory over Scott's Branch in the Upper Pee Dee Conference championship game at the LC gymnasium. Rylik Slater led the … more

Laurence Manning cruises past Wilson Hall 72-53

The Laurence Manning Academy varsity boys basketball team showed why it is the team to beat out of SCISA Region 2-3A as the region tournament starts Monday at the Sumter County Civic Center. Both LMA and archrival Wilson Hall got off to quick … more

Sumter wins second-place tiebreaker 60-46 over West Florence

FLORENCE - The Sumter High School varsity girls basketball team clinched second place in Region VI-5A with a 60-46 victory over Conway on Saturday at the West Florence gymnasium in a special game to determine second. Sumter, which improved to … more

Twelve area teams begin play in SCHSL playoffs

Seven local high school girls basketball teams and five boys teams will begin play in the South Carolina High School League state playoffs with 10 of them playing their first games at home. Both teams from Sumter, Manning and East Clarendon will … more

Lady Barons hold off archrival Laurence Manning 66-56

Through three quarters of basketball at Laurence Manning Academy's Bubba Davis Gymnasium, it looked as though the Swampcats might be able to pull off an upset victory over their archrival Wilson … more

Sumter QB Jackson signs with Highland CC

Fans of Sumter High football will hate to see 3-year starting quarterback Zykiem Jackson go, but Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas, will be happy to see him coming. Jackson, the Region VI-5A Offensive Player of the Year, signed a … more

Sumter clinches region with 61-53 win over West Florence

FLORENCE - The West Florence High School boys basketball team was not able to sustain the magic from Tuesday's upset of second-ranked Conway in overtime. Against No. 6 Sumter on Thursday, an early 17-4 Gamecocks run was too much as coach Pete … more

Sumter's Moore named to all-star roster

Sumter High School's Isiah Moore has been selected to play for South Carolina in the Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Games. The boys and girls games, which pit the top seniors from the Palmetto State against those from North Carolina, will … more

Turning over the roster

As is always the case in junior college baseball, there is going to be steady turnover on a year-in, year-out basis. However, for the University of South Carolina Sumter, there is going to be a bit more than usual. The Fire Ants will have just … more
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