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Sumter's Jacob McDonald, left, is a returning state qualifier for the Gamecocks.

Sumter and Lakewood wrestling programs navigate complicated season amid COVID

The coronavirus pandemic changed how we look at sports through the last year, and that was no different coming into the winter sports season. One of the biggest question marks as sports moved inside was how would wrestling, a sport entirely based …

Sumter's Layken Cox, right, and the Gamecocks will open the SCHSL 5A state playoffs against Berkeley on Monday.

Playoff basketball highlights this week's 5 Things to Watch

1. SUMTER GIRLS OPEN PLAYOFFS MONDAYThe Sumter High School girls basketball team will begin the 5A state playoffs on Monday with a home game against Berkeley beginning at 6 p.m.2. HIGH SCHOOL SPRING …

Sumter's Devin Boston (23) scored 22 points in the Gamecocks' 81-69 overtime loss to Carolina Forest on Thursday.

Sumter boys season ends with 81-69 OT loss to Carolina Forest

MYRTLE BEACH – The Sumter High School varsity boys basketball team saw its run to the 5A state playoffs come up short with an 81-69 overtime loss to Carolina Forest on Thursday at the CFHS …

Brooks Shumake, center, is out as the baseball head coach at Sumter High School after 21 years. The move came after the SHS baseball program was banned from the 5A state playoffs this season due to rules violations.

Shumake out at Sumter as baseball banned from playoffs

Brooks Shumake, who has been the baseball head coach at Sumter High School for over 20 years and led it to three state championships, is out as the head coach. Shumake's tenure came to an end late last month. It came after the baseball program …

Lakewood's Jaqcorey Melton (1) and the Gators will open the SCHSL 3A playoffs on the road against Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Saturday.

Lakewood boys basketball team to open playoffs with press-heavy Orangeburg-Wilkinson

The Lakewood High School boys basketball team had to hit the ground running after resuming its season at the beginning of February. The Gators had to pack an entire Region VI-3A schedule into two weeks and didn't have much practice time. In …

Sumter's Joseph Durant (2) scored six points in the Gamecocks' 38-25 win over Conway on Monday.

Sumter boys basketball takes down Conway, stays in playoff hunt

In their first meeting just under two weeks ago, the Sumter High School varsity boys basketball team lost to Conway 62-56. Most of the Tigers’ points came via them getting in the lane and …

Lakewood at Crestwood - Feb. 12, 2021. Senior Night.

PHOTOS: Crestwood hosts Lakewood to cap off regular season

The Lakewood boys basketball team clinched a trip to the playoffs with a win over Crestwood on Friday. Here's a look at Senior Night at The Castle courtesy of The Item's Micah Green.

Lakewood's Jamond Lewis (11) and the Gators will kick off the SCSHL playoffs this week.

SCHSL and SCISA playoffs highlight 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. SCHSL BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS BEGINAfter a season thrown for a loop by the coronavirus pandemic, the South Carolina High School League basketball state playoffs will begin on Saturday. Either …

Lakewood's Kameron Rodriguez (3) and the Gators will face Crestwood on Friday with a chance to clinch a playoff spot.

Win or go home: Victor in Crestwood-Lakewood boys game makes playoffs, loser's season comes to end

No matter the sport, there is always a little extra intensity in an athletic event when teams from Crestwood and Lakewood high schools meet. The former Sumter School District 2 schools opened at the same time and have always been region foes. The …

Sumter boys basketball gets first region win on late basket by Owens

MYRTLE BEACH - Leslie Owens Jr. hit a basket with 10 seconds left to lift Sumter High School to a 42-41 varsity boys basketball victory over St. James on Wednesday at the SJHS gymnasium. SHS picked up its first Region VI-5A victory in four tries …

Parker scored 1,000th career point leading Scott's Branch to win over CEM

SUMMERTON - Cambria Parker scored her 1,000th career point in leading the Scott's Branch High School varsity girls basketball team to a 50-36 win over C.E. Murray on Monday at Joseph Jones Gymnasium. Parker finished with 17 points, six assists, …

Sumter's Leslie Owens Jr. (0) drives to the basket during the Gamecocks' 37-35 loss to Carolina Forest on Friday.

Sumter boys basketball suffers tough loss to Carolina Forest

Although far from a thing of beauty, the Sumter High School looked to be in position for a victory in its varsity boys basketball game against Carolina Forest on Friday at the SHS gymnasium. However, …

PHOTOS: Manning hosts Crestwood for region battles

Manning hosted Crestwood for a pair of region games on Wednesday. The Lady Monarchs claimed victory in the girls game, while Crestwood won the boys game. Here's a look at the action courtesy of The …

Sumter's Kiara Croskey fires a 3-point shot during the Lady Gamecocks' 49-41 win over Carolina Forest on Friday. Croskey scored 18 points in the win.

Sumter girls basketball team holds on to beat Carolina Forest 49-41

After restarting its season and opening its Region VI-5A schedule with a blowout victory over Conway on Wednesday, the Sumter High School varsity girls basketball team appeared on its way to another …

Crestwood's Corean Nelson (10) and the Knights will host Lakewood to finish off their abbreviated seasons on Friday.

Rivalry games highlight 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. LAKEWOOD FACES OFF AGAINST CRESTWOODThe basketball teams from Lakewood and Crestwood will close out their abbreviated seasons on Friday facing off against one another at The Castle. Both of the …