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Sumter blows 11-point lead in final minutes, falls to Irmo 45-41

The third round of the 5A boys basketball state playoffs could be seen in the distance for Sumter High School in its second-round game against Irmo on Saturday at the SHS gymnasium. The Gamecocks … more

Zion marches on : Duke-bound Williamson leads Spartanburg Day to third straight SCISA 2A crown

Zion Williamson's storied high school basketball career came to an end on Saturday at Sumter County Civic Center. And the 6-foot-6-inch McDonald's All-American said he couldn't have asked for a better ending. "It's in the city of Sumter where I … more

Lee Central rolls past Abbeville 76-48; Barons' season ends

BISHOPVILLE – Lee Central High School had four players score in double figures as it defeated Abbeville 76-48 in the second round of the 2A boys basketball state playoffs on Saturday at the … more

Gators defend The Swamp

With the television cameras of WACH FOX 57 rolling live from The Swamp on Friday and a packed gymnasium that was rocking all night, the varsity boys basketball teams from Lakewood and Crestwood high … more

East Clarendon tops Scott's Branch 60-47

East Clarendon's varsity girls basketball team took its final step toward claiming a state title on Friday with a 60-47 victory over Scott's Branch in the 1A lower state championship game at the … more

Gamecocks survive Goose Creek

Well, that didn't go quite as planned. Isaih Moore scored 21 points in the Sumter varsity boys basketball team's 5A first-round state playoff game against Goose Creek Wednesday at the SHS … more

Sumter baseball beats Socastee 4-3

When Sebastian Ducom stepped to the plate for the first time leading off the bottom of the sixth inning for the Sumter High School baseball team, he had one simple approach. “I was just … more

Clarendon Hall season ends with loss to Anderson Christian

The Clarendon Hall varsity boys basketball program entered the 2017-18 season on a 34-game losing streak. The Saints’ season came to an end on Thursday, one victory short of playing for the … more

Strong defense lifts Lakewood past Dreher 60-45 in 4A playoffs

Through the first three minutes of Lakewood High School's first-round 4A boys basketball state playoff game against Dreher, LHS raced out to an 8-2 advantage.The Blue Devils then got hot, pulling … 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

Lady Barons crush Orangeburg Prep 61-20

It definitely wasn't your typical Wilson Hall-Orangeburg Prep varsity girls basketball game. Wilson Hall head coach Glen Rector is normally prepared for a tussle when his teams face off against … more

Big first quarter helps Lady Knights top Lakewood 53-33

Big first quarter helps Lady Knights top Lakewood 53-33 By DENNIS BRUNSON dennis@theitem.com The Crestwood High School varsity girls basketball team pitched a shutout in the first quarter … more


SCHSL Lower State Championships At Florence Civic Center Today 1A Girls East Clarendon vs. Scott's Branch, 4 p.m. 1A Boys Hemingway vs. C.E. Murray, 5:30 p.m. 4A Girls Wilson vs. Myrtle Beach, 7 p.m. 4A … 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

Todd, Lakewood blanks Hannah-Pamplico 8-0

Lathan Todd pitched six perfect innings to lead Lakewood High School's baseball team to a 8-0 victory over Hannah-Pamplico in a preseason tournament game on Tuesday at the LHS field. Todd struck out 12 batters for the Gators, who are 2-0 on the … more

LMA boys win region tournament; Lady Barons fall short

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 at Sumter County Civic Center. The LMA boys … more

Lady Knights fall to Wilson 52-44 in third round of playoffs

In the four years that Crestwood High School senior stalwarts Jah'Che Whitfield and Destinee Jamison have been in high school, the Lady Knights basketball team has been really good. They helped … more

REL lineman Jackson signs with Newberry

In its ultra-successful run of the last three years, the Robert E. Lee Academy varsity football team has had an explosive offense. It was led by quarterback Bryce Barrett, who has had a plethora of talent around him at the skill positions as … more

Worth the wait: Lakewood standout Johnson will sign with USC

When Tyreek Johnson found out that he wasn't going to be able to sign to play college football with the University of South Carolina on National Signing Day in February of this year at part of the school's 2017 recruiting class, it didn't sit well … more


MONDAY Varsity Baseball Lakewood at Stratford, 6 p.m. Junior Varsity Baseball Sumter at Hartsville, 6 p.m. Manning at Crestwood, 6 p.m. Lake City at Lakewood, 6 p.m. B Team Baseball Brookland-Cayce at Sumter, 6 … more
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