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Sumter's Kiara Crosky (3) and the Lady Gamecocks will host J. L. Mann in the first round of the 5A playoffs on Tuesday.

Busy week of playoff hoops ahead for local schools

If the Sumter High School varsity girls basketball team is to make a return trip to the 5A upper state championship game this season, it will be taking pretty much the same route it did a year ago. The Lady Gamecocks, who lost to Irmo 50-47 on …

Lakewood High School offensive and defensive lineman Kyliek Baxter (52) has signed to play with Iowa Western Junior College.

Lakewood's Baxter finds way to play with Reivers

Kyliek Baxter has never been to the state of Iowa, but he can find it on a map. That's a good thing for the massive Lakewood High School lineman since he will be going there to play football. Baxter recently signed to play with Iowa Western …

The Item's Wednesday Watch 2.12.20

The Item’s Wednesday Watch is a weekly look at the buzz around tri-county sports. The Item sports staff will pick its most noteworthy stories, stats and quotes for the week. 1. USC women …

Lakewood boys lose heartbreaker to Lower Richland, girls fall 64-46

If Friday night’s game between Lakewood High School’s varsity boys team and Lower Richland had lasted another five seconds, you get the feeling the Gators would’ve hit their own buzzer-beater as well, but instead, the game ended after 32 minutes, like it always does, and the Lakewood fans went home heartbroken.

Lakewood linebacker Amari Martin (7) signed to play college football at Wingate on Wednesday.

Lakewood linebacker Martin excited to be heading to WU

Amari Martin played outside linebacker for the Lakewood High School football team as a sophomore. In his final two years, he moved to the inside and became the leader of the unit. He also played tight end on offense and was the long snapper for …

Wright scores 19, Lady Gators fall to Dreher 64-35

Lakewood’s varsity girls basketball team lost to Dreher 64-35 on Friday, falling to 0-4 in conference play.

Hodge's 23 points leads Lakewood to 58-46 victory over Dreher

Lakewood’s varsity boys basketball team beat Dreher 58-46 on Friday, improving to 2-2 in conference play.

Sumter-Palmetto Rotary Club president Ken Bell, right, speaks to the boys basketball head coaches at the three Sumter School District high schools, left to right, Lakewood's Ed Scott, Crestwood's Aric Samuel and Sumter's Bryan Brown, after recently spoke to the club. Each coach is in his first year at his respective school, but they all knew of each other in some manner before ending up in Sumter together.

Three Sumter School District first-year boys hoops coaches share good relationships

This has been an interesting year for boys high school basketball in Sumter School District. Each of the schools is under the direction of a first-year coach. Well, Lakewood's Ed Scott is a legitimate first-year head coach. Crestwood's Aric …

Lakewood guard Quentin Hodge (3) drives against A.C. Flora in the Gators' 62-56 loss on Friday at The Swamp. Hodge scored 18 points.

Lakewood boys show improvement despite tough loss to A.C. Flora

Lakewood High School's varsity boys basketball team entered Region IV-4A play with just a 3-8 overall record. Just two games into region play though and it's obvious the Gators are playing much better than they did in non-region action. Lakewood …

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Sumter Item names 25 players to 2019 All-Area Football Team

Twenty-five players have been selected to the 2019 The Sumter Item All-Area Football Team. The team is selected based on nominations from the head coaches of the seven South Carolina High School League schools in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee …