Witherspoon earns postseason honors in Atlantic League


Travis Witherspoon has received postseason honors for his play in the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
The Sumter High School graduate was named as one of three outfielders on the all-defensive team. The 28-year-old was the lone York Revolution player to be recognized.
Witherspoon finished with a .992 fielding percentage in 367 chances and had seven assists in helping York win the league championship. He hit .275 while playing a team-high 126 games. He finished with eight home runs and 48 runs batted in.


Placekicker Nick Belcher re-signed with the Jacksonville Sharks of the National Arena League on Aug. 31. The Lakewood High graduate will enter his second season with the team. He was the league's special teams player of the year and an all-NAL first-team selection the past season, when the Sharks won the championship.
Defensive end Raymond Johnson III has been a starter as a freshman for Georgia Southern University. The former Gamecock played in the first three games before earning the start in the fourth and fifth games. He had a season-high four tackles in his first start and recovered a fumble. He had a 5-yard quarterback sack against New Mexico State in the next game.
Apprentice School starting cornerback Shawn Way tied his season high of five tackles in a loss to Hampden-Sydney College. The junior played for Lakewood.
Apprentice School junior linebacker Markeise Young tied his season high of five tackles against Hampden-Sydney. He is out of Crestwood High.
Redshirt junior linebacker Cam Darley had four tackles in six games for Charlotte. He competed for Manning High.

Women's soccer

Sumter resident Vannia Moreno-Gil started one of the seven games she played for Talladega College. The junior midfielder is from Lakewood High.

Women's swimming
Previously at Sumter High, Columbia College freshman Haley Stewart finished second in the 100-yard freestyle and fourth in the 50 freestyle against King University. She was part of the winning 200 freestyle relay.
Columbia freshman Tabitha Simonson was second in the 500 freestyle at the King meet. The Sumter alumna was third in the 1,000 freestyle and in the 200 individual medley.

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