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Travis Yates was a standout defensive end at Hillcrest High School, part of a defensive unit that led the 1985 Wildcats football team to the 4A Division II state title. Upon graduating high school, Yates went to Wofford College to play football … more
The first year that Stacy Martin became the boys and girls track and field head coach at Wilson Hall, there wasn't a lot of interest. "We had less than 20 girls and boys girls combined," said Martin, who took over the program in 1999. "So we had … more
South Carolina coach Frank Martin had envisioned basking in the sun by the pool while studying film during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. And Wake Forest coach Danny Manning was eager to take his team to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise … more
Daulton Dabbs doesn’t mind being behind the plate as a catcher in a baseball game. “I realized it was my best bet if I wanted to play at the next level,” Dabbs said. “So I starting working … more
Connie Ballard didn't start playing the sport of golf until she became an adult, playing on the military courses where she and her husband, the late Dr. Marvin K. Ballard Jr., were stationed. And once she did, there was no putting down the clubs for … more
When Garon Jackson was in the fifth grade at Lemira Elementary School, he had to perform a fitness test in physical education. That's when he first found out that he could run long distances in a short period of time. "My coach said that I had a … more
When talking about the athletic career of Clifford Padgett "Buddy" Hodge it might be easier to list the things that he didn't do than the things that he did do. Hodge was a standout athlete at Edmunds High School, played four sports in college, … more
DALZELL - The first time that Josie Reed and Carmen Silvester were teammates it was when both were 3 years old playing T-ball. And as the years have gone along, they have pretty much remained teammates. No, they weren't always on the same teams … more
The Youth Athletics of Sumter Spartans Pee Wee football team is seeking financial support and sponsors from the community to play in the Pop Warner National Championship to be held Dec. 1-9 at Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. The … more
As Lisa Johnson, she was an outstanding athlete at Hudgens Academy and then at Coker College in Hartsville. As Lisa Ard, she was an outstanding girls basketball head coach at Crestwood High School … more
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