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Lakewood safety James Wright committed to Kansas on Wednesday. Wright had been previously committed to East Carolina University, before decommitting on Friday.

Lakewood safety Wright commits to Kansas

Lakewood High School safety James Wright decommitted from East Carolina University on Friday, but he didn't need long to find his next commitment. The Gator senior committed to Kansas on Wednesday and made the quick decision because it just felt …

Lakewood's James Wright decommitted from East Carolina University on Friday, reopening his recruitment in the process.

Lakewood's Wright decommits from ECU, goes back on recruiting market

Lakewood High School defensive back James Wright announced on Friday that he is decommiting from East Carolina University. Wright originally committed to ECU in late May, but wanted to reopen the door on his recruitment. "I had long talks with …

Lakewood volleyball players stretch during workouts on Tuesday. The Lady Gators finally began summer workouts this week after the coronavirus pandemic kept the team from  beginning their offseason program.

Sumter, Lakewood, Crestwood get the ball rolling on volleyball

Fall sports coaches in Sumter School District have been preparing for this week all summer. Those sports finally got to start workouts on Monday after sitting out most of the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. The volleyball coaches at …

PHOTOS: Lakewood football underway as workouts begin

The Lakewood football team held their first workout of the summer on Monday. Check out how workouts look during the coronavirus pandemic through the lens of The Item's Tim Leible.

The Crestwood and Lakewood football teams began summer workouts on Monday.

Crestwood, Lakewood knock out the kinks after a successful first workout

The Sumter School District football teams at Sumter, Lakewood and Crestwood had their long awaited first workouts of the summer on Monday. Coaches knew this day was going to come with its share of hiccups as they have an extra layer of protocols …

Lakewood senior defensive end Jayleal Fuller and the Gators are excited to hit the field for the first time as a tem this summer on Monday.

Lakewood leaving the past behind as it prepares to start workouts

High school student-athletes from Sumter School District have been frustrated this summer as they've waited for permission from the district administration to take part in workouts. That wait came to an end this week, as the district gave Sumter, …

Zayveon Wells

On the COVID recruiting trail Part 8

High school football players across the country are fighting to be seen on the recruiting trail during a pandemic that has taken away their chances to be seen by coaches across the country. The Sumter Item met with football players from Sumter, …

The Sumter School District high schools -- Sumter, Crestwood and Lakewood -- will begin Phase 1.5 of conditioning on Monday, Aug. 17 after the district announced on Monday they could begin.

Sumter School District allows conditioning to begin; teams to start up on Monday

While Sumter School District announced on Monday it will allow fall sports teams at its three high schools to begin Phase 1.5 conditioning on Tuesday, all of three of the football programs and the other fall sports programs at two of the schools …

Sumter School District will allow its fall sports teams to begin Phase 1.5 of conditioning on Tuesday.

Sumter School District to allow fall sports Phase 1.5 conditioning beginning Tuesday

Sumter School District will allow its fall sports teams begin Phase 1.5 conditioning on Tuesday, according to Superintendent Dr. Penelope Knox-Martin in a release on Monday morning. That means …

Juan Correa - Lakewood

On the COVID recruiting trail Part 6

As is normally the case, high school football players across the country are trying their best to be seen by college football coaches on the recruiting trail. However, the coronavirus pandemic has caused in-person recruiting to be shut down, taking …

Athletes from Sumter School District are working out together as they wait for permission to have organized team workouts. The South Carolina High School League approved start date for football practices, which was originally Aug. 17, has been pushed back to Sept. 8.

SCHSL: Districts won't be penalized for no sports

School districts or schools that choose to cancel games or seasons in the upcoming fall sports season due to the coronavirus pandemic will not be penalized, according to the South Carolina High School League executive committee. In a Zoom meeting …

Jayleal Fuller, Lakewood

On the COVID recruiting trail Part 4

High school football players across the country are fighting to be seen on the recruiting trail during a pandemic that has taken away their chances to be seen by coaches across the country. The Sumter Item met with football players from Sumter, …