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Sumter's Sam Ackerman celebrates on third base against Lakewood on Wednesday.

Sumter takes advantage of Gator errors, walks in rout of Lakewood

The Sumter baseball team spoiled Senior Night for their cross-county rivals with a 17-7 win over Lakewood. The Gator defense struggled in the loss, committing seven errors. The Lakewood pitchers also combined to throw 11 walks. Sumter needed just …

Wilson Hall's Talan Griffin (6) leads off from first base behind Laurence Manning's Lindsey Barwick during the Lady Barons' 7-3 win on Tuesday.

Wilson Hall softball takes down Laurence Manning in region duel

The Wilson Hall softball team earned its first region win of the spring on Tuesday, taking down Laurence Manning 7-3. The Lady Swampcats struck first, scoring all three of their runs in the top of the second inning with Lindsay Barwick and …

Manning's RJ Cantey pitched three no-hit innings while going 3-6 at the plate with three RBIs and three runs scored in the Monarch's doubleheader sweep of Crestwood on Friday, earning Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week honors in the process.

Manning's Cantey uses arm and bat to take down Crestwood

After violent storms blew through Manning last week, the Monarch baseball team was left trying to figure out how to remake its schedule. In the end, they managed to host Crestwood for a pair of region games on Friday and got a huge performance …

Wilson Hall's Dylan Jones delivers against Laurence Manning Academy on Monday. He pitched five innings, allowing one unearned run in the win.

Baron baseball wins region with 6-4 win over Laurence Manning

The Wilson Hall baseball team secured the Region II-3A title with a 6-4 win over Laurence Manning on Monday. After rough weather last week pushed their series finale to Monday, the Barons found enough offense late to take down their longstanding …

PHOTOS: Manning baseball, softball each sweeps doubleheader with Crestwood

A big night for Manning on the diamond!   The baseball and softball teams each earned a sweep over region rivals Crestwood last night with a pair of doubleheaders!   The …

Thomas Sumter's James Claffy delivers a pitch during the Generals' win over Lee Academy on Tuesday.

Thomas Sumter strikes early to take down Lee in region matchup

The Thomas Sumter baseball team used a big first inning to take down Lee Academy for a 9-3 region victory on Tuesday. The Generals put up four runs in the first inning to take an early lead. Lee Academy responded with two in the third, but TSA …

The Sumter track team will take part in the Bob Jenkins Coaches Classic on Saturday.

Sumter High's annual Magnolia Invitational highlights 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. SUMTER GOLF HOSTS MAGNOLIA INVITATIONALThe Sumter High golf team will host the 20th-annual Magnolia Invitational on Monday at Tuesday at Beech Creek Golf Club. Locally, East Clarendon will also …

Jerry Coker remembers his brother during the Richard Coker Manning baseball field dedication..Manning High School honors their past Manning baseball coach Richard Coker by naming it's baseball field after him on March 19, 2022. Alumni and current players also gathered at the field to also play a game in dedication to Coker.

PHOTOS: Manning High dedicates baseball field to late coach

Manning High School honored former baseball coach Rick Coker on Saturday, naming the school's field after him at a dedication. Several of Coker's former players took part in an alumni game after …

Laurence Manning's Laini Kosinski delivers a pitch during the Lady Swampcats' win over Lee Academy on Thursday.

Laurence Manning softball uses hot start to take down Lee Academy

The Laurence Manning softball team struck early, putting up four runs in the first inning on the way to an 8-3 win over Lee Academy on Thursday. Lee Academy scored first, knocking in a run in the top of the first, but LMA responded with four in …

Jerry Coker shared a love of baseball with his brother, Rick. The two made careers out of the sport as coaches, while Jerry played in the minors. As Rick's health deteriorated, the two still bonded over the game, often texting about games as Rick lost the ability to speak.

"He was one in a million": Jerry Coker remembers his brother, Rick, as Manning dedicates baseball field to late coach

Baseball has always been integral to the Coker family. Jerry Coker found success on the field, foregoing a chance to play college ball at South Carolina to play in the minor leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies. His younger brother, Rick, …

Wilson Hall's Amberly Way was dominant in the circle and at the plate as the Lady Barons went 4-1 in the Pee Dee Pitch Off.

Local softball teams take part in Pee Dee Pitch Off

The Wilson Hall, Sumter High, East Clarendon and Clarendon Hall softball teams all took part in the Pee Dee Pitch off over the weekend. The Barons led the way locally, going 4-1 over the span of the …

Lakewood softball shines in tourney play to open season

The Lakewood softball team took part in the High School Beat Cancer with a Bat tournament in Lugoff over the weekend, winning the Hope Division with three victories. The Lady Gators started with a 20-0 victory over Richland Northeast, needing …


PHOTOS: Lakewood and Manning basketball split at The Swamp

The Lakewood boys and girls basketball teams hosted Manning on Tuesday in Region VI-3A action. The Lady Monarchs eked out 45-43 win, while the Gators took the boys game 63-57. Here's a look at the …


PHOTOS: Crestwood girls take down Manning at the buzzer

The Crestwood girls outlasted Manning on Tuesday thanks to a game-winning three from Javia Martin. Here's a look at the action from the 65-63 Lady Knight victory from The Item's Cal Cary.


PHOTOS: Crestwood basketball sweeps Manning on the road

Crestwood traveled to Manning on Friday and got a pair of big region wins on the road. Here's a look at the action courtesy of The Item's Cal Cary.