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Sumter running back Nathan Harris-Waynick (26) finds a seam during the Gamecocks' 63-2 win over Crestwood earlier this season. SHS is looking forward to hitting the field after Hurricane Dorian caused the cancellation of its game against Conway last week.

Home opener Part II: Sumter plays host to Lakewood after losing game to hurricane

Sumter High School will get back on the football field on Friday after missing last week's home opener against Conway due to Hurricane Dorian. The Gamecocks will play their home opener this week now against Lakewood in the annual matchup of …

Photos: Lakewood v Manning football

Lakewood football hosted Manning for a matchup on Saturday night. The following gallery is a collection of images from that contest.

Lakewood's Jeffery Lawson, center, looks for a hole against Manning on Saturday. Lawson found plenty of holes against the Monarchs, rushing for 105 yards and a pair of scores in the win.

Gators run over Manning en route to first win

Lakewood and Manning had to wait an extra day to face off thanks to hurricane Dorian, but it was worth the wait for the Gators. Manning struck first with a 64-yard touchdown on their first offensive play, but after that it was all Lakewood in the Gators’ 33-14 victory on Saturday night.

Sumter wide receiver Tylee Craft (13) goes up to make a catch over Crestwood defensive back Quinton Harrison in the Gamecock's 63-2 victory on Friday in Dalzell. Sumter's home game against Conway scheduled for Friday was canceled, but Crestwood is still scheduled to play at Richland Northeast.

Weathering the storm? Sumter, Wilson Hall football games canceled; other games could still possibly be played

For the second straight season, the Sumter High School and Wilson Hall football teams will play just nine regular-season games - at least for now. Both schools canceled their games scheduled for Friday because of the impending threat of Hurricane …

Photos: Lakewood football v Lake City

Lakewood faced off against Lake City on Friday night. The following gallery is a collection of images from that contest.

PHOTOS BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEMScott’s Branch High School head coach Leonard Johnson, right, listens to Eagles player Marquel Coard answer a question during The Sumter Item Media Day Fan Fest on Saturday at USC Sumter’s Arts & Letters Building. Johnson will be starting his second stint at Scott’s Branch.

The Sumter Item newcomer sees boundless enthusiasm as teams prepare for Football 2019

The Sumter Item hosted its second annual Media Day on Saturday. The local high school coaches and players had a chance to talk about the upcoming football season in a day that was packed with great energy and information. As the new guy in town, I …

PHOTOS BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM

Sumter, Crestwood, Lakewood happy to get 1st day of fall practice out of way

The South Carolina High School League football teams started practices on Friday as they gear up for the 2019 season. Sumter, Crestwood and Lakewood all hit the ground running with morning practices. Sumter is coming off a 10-win season and is …

Hines Athlete of the Year: First round complete, second round voting now open

The first round of the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Year is now complete. Nearly 700 votes were cast from Monday through midnight on Wednesday. Results are listed below.Josh Fugate | Cross Country …

Voting now open in Hines Furniture Athlete of the Year contest

Over the past two weeks The Sumter Item and Hines Furniture have teamed with area coaches to select the 24 Athletes of the Year in 24 different sports.