District 9 Officials Christmas tournament starts today at LCHS


The District 9 Officials Christmas Basketball Tournament begins today at the Lee Central High School gymnasium in Bishopville.

Play today begins at 11 a.m. with seven games on the schedule. The final one is a boys game scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. between C.E. Murray and Lee Central.

Six games are scheduled for Friday with the first one set for a noon start. The final game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. between Lee Central and Scott's Branch.

The championship games are scheduled for Saturday with the girls starting at 6 p.m. and followed by the boys contest.

There are seven girls teams in the tournament and three boys teams.

All-day tickets are $7 for students and $9 for adults.


11 a.m. - Crestwood vs. Scott's Branch (Girls)

12:30 p.m. - Blythewood vs. Hartsville (Girls)

2 p.m. - Scott's Branch vs. Newberry (Girls)

3:30 p.m. - Scott's Branch vs. C.E. Murray (Boys)

5 p.m. - Spring Valley vs. Crestwood (Girls)

6:30 p.m. - Hartsville vs. Lee Central (Girls)

8 p.m. - C.E. Murray vs. Lee Central (Boys)


Noon - Newberry vs. Spring Valley (Girls)

1:30 p.m. - Lee Central vs. Blythewood (Girls)

3 p.m. - Spring Valley vs. Scott's Branch (Girls)

4:30 p.m. - C.E. Murray vs. Scott's Branch (Boys)

6 p.m. - Crestwood vs. Newberry (Girls)

7:30 p.m. - Lee Central vs. Scott's Branch (Boys)


6 p.m. - Girls Championship Game

7:30 p.m. - Boys Championship Game


HOUSTON - Jose Altuve was chosen as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

Altuve is a five-time All-Star who led the majors with a career-high .346 batting average and his 204 hits topped the American League. He is the first player in MLB history to lead his league in hits in four straight seasons. He tied a career-best with 24 homers and had 81 RBIs. He was second in the AL by scoring 112 runs, his on-base percentage of .410 ranked third, he was third with 32 steals and his .547 slugging percentage ranked sixth.

His work made him the second Astro to win an MVP award , joining Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell, who picked up the National League's honors in 1994.

Ledecky swims to AP Female Athlete of the Year honors

Katie Ledecky earned five golds and a silver at this year's world championships in Budapest, maintaining the upward trajectory she first established as a surprise gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics.

Her dominant performance in Hungary earned Ledecky Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year honors, it was announced Tuesday.

From staff and wire reports