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Sumter High sweeps Marlboro County in home opener

After kicking off their seasons in tournaments last week, the Sumter High boys and girls basketball teams played their first games in front of their home crowd on Tuesday, cruising to wins over …

Clarendon Hall's Darius Aiken, left, leaves the gym with Alison, right, and Hanna Ridgeway after playing Faith Christian on Monday. Aiken has been welcomed into the Ridgeway family for more than two years.

The Grind, presented by Bank of Clarendon: Found family: Darius Aiken finds a home at Clarendon Hall

Darius Aiken didn't have the easiest childhood. The Clarendon Hall standout athlete needed to be taken from his parents at an early age. He grew up with his grandmother before going to live at Connie Maxwell Children's House in Orangeburg. While …

Students from Ragin Prep cheer at a pep rally at the Birnie HOPE Center before the school's home opener on Thursday.

Ragin Prep Rams beats South Aiken Baptist Christian in home opener

The Ragin Prep basketball team hosted South Aiken Baptist Christian for its home opener on Thursday. After a pep rally at the Birnie Hope Center, the middle school boys and girls teams joined the varsity boys for a triple header. All three teams …

Clarendon Hall earned a playoff berth in its return to SCISA 1A and its first season under head coach Justin Logan, center.

Clarendon Hall takes strong first step in return to 11-man

The Clarendon Hall football team made the leap back into SCISA 1A this fall after 13 years of 8-man football. While their season ended earlier than hoped, this was a positive first season for head …

Clarendon Hall fell to Calhoun Academy on Friday.

Aiken injured as Clarendon Hall falls to Calhoun Academy

Sometimes, one injury can flip a game on its head.Clarendon Hall was in a tight, low-scoring battle with Calhoun Academy on Friday and learned that first-hand. Trailing 8-0 coming out of halftime, …

Sumter High's Kam Fortune and the Gamecocks won Region V-5A with a win over St. James on Friday.

Sumter High sews up region title to lead Friday Night Scoreboard

SUMTER 42ST. JAMES 14The Sumter High football team improved to 8-1 (4-0 in Region V-5A) with a 42-14 win over St. James on Friday. SHS won the region with the victory. The Gamecocks will close out …

Clarendon Hall's Darius Aiken ran for 214 yards and four touchdowns in the Saints' win over Dorchester Academy on Friday.

Clarendon Hall outlasts Dorchester Academy 40-24

The Clarendon Hall football team went through the softest portion of its schedule in late September and early October, regularly subbing in their bench for most of the second half. On Friday, they …

Sumter High's John Peeples runs against Carolina Forest.

Sumter School District sweeps, LMA gets homecoming win to highlight Friday Night Scoreboard

SUMTER 42CAROLINA FOREST 21The Sumter High football team improved to 7-1 with a 42-21 win over Carolina Forest on Friday for homecoming. The Gamecocks will travel to St. James next week.LAKEWOOD …

Lee Central quarterback Chuck Harry drops back to pass against Scott’s Branch.

Lee Central edges Scott's Branch to lead Friday Night Scoreboard

LEE CENTRAL 12 SCOTT'S BRANCH 8 Penalties hampered both teams, but Lee Central was able to hold off a Hail Mary from Scott's Branch to cling to a 12-8 win. Lee Central opens region play at home …

The Sumter High defensive line makes a tackle in the backfield  against Summerville on Friday.

High School Football Week 4: The biggest headlines from Friday night

From tight games between ranked foes and massive blowouts, there was a little bit of everything on the menu on Friday night. These are the five most important storylines The Sumter Item's sports staff saw during a Week 4 that provided another busy …

Clarendon Hall's Griffin McIntosh (15) returned his second pick-6 of the season in the Saints' 39-7 win over The King's Academy on Friday.

Clarendon Hall returns from bye with 39-7 win over King’s Academy

Bye weeks can be a double-edged sword.There are obvious benefits, as teams have the chance to focus on themselves and avoid injury without a game on Friday night.On the other hand, a week without a …

Sumter High’s John Peeples (22) runs against Summerville on Friday.

Sumter High stays undefeated to lead the Friday Night Scoreboard

SUMTER HIGH 16 SUMMERVILLE 0 Sumter High scored on a halfback pass on their first play of the game and never trailed in a 16-0 win over Summerville on Friday. The Gamecocks host Oceanside …

Lakewood's Brandon Cisse (1) carries the ball against Dreher on Friday.

High School Football Week 2: The 5 biggest stories from Friday on the gridiron

The high school football season is in full swing, as all of our local schools have now played at least two games. As the season continues, the thrills keep COMING, specifically with the Crestwood Knights. Crestwood and the rest of the Sumter School …