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REL's Shannon signs on with Francis Marion

Carson Shannon, a human Swiss Army Knife when it comes to softball, has signed to play third base at Francis Marion University beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. The standout Robert E. Lee Academy first baseman, third baseman and pitcher … more

Unbeaten Saints red hot going into 2019

There is an easy New Year's resolution available for the Clarendon Hall varsity boys basketball team: keep playing in 2019 the way they played at the end of 2018. The Saints have been red-hot this season, taking a perfect 11-0 record into the new … more

Bates wins Chestnut Oaks tournament

The Bates Middle School boys basketball team defeated Clark Middle of Orangeburg 40-20 on Saturday to win the Chestnut Oaks Christmas Tournament at the COMS gymnasium. Corean Nelson led the Bantams with 14 points. Caleb Jenkins added eight … more

State championships, individual achievements, inductions highlight the year that was in local sports

The year that was 2018 was a busy one on the sports scene in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties. Former Hillcrest High School basketball standout Ray Allen was inducted into a pair of hall of fames - first the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame … more

Wilson Hall girls win Carolina Invitational

The Bates Middle School girls basketball team defeated Hillcrest 39-25 on Saturday to win the Chestnut Oaks Christmas Tournament at the COMS gymnasium. Dalashia Brunson led the Lady Bantams, who improved to 9-1 on the season, with 17 points. … more

Lady Barons open Carolina Invitational with 62-55 win over Burke

CHARLESTON – The Wilson Hall varsity girls basketball team defeated Burke High School 62-55 in the first round of the Carolina Invitational on Thursday at the Porter-Gaud gymnasium.Natalie … more

Notre Dame has no chance against Tigers' depth, talent

Yes, Notre Dame is 12-0 on the season, and I know the Fighting Irish played perhaps the "toughest" schedule ever put together in the history of college football. Hear this, however. There is no chance, no way, no how Notre Dame is going to take … more

Knights open with win in District 9 tourney

BISHOPVILLE - Christmastime has proven to be very therapeutic for the Crestwood High School varsity boys basketball team. The Knights defeated Trinity-Byrnes 62-45 on Thursday in their opening game in the 22nd Annual District 9 Officials … more

Belk Bowl very important for South Carolina

Face it. The Belk Bowl just wasn't of the utmost importance to former South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel. For a young man who struggled with injuries throughout his career with the Gamecocks before finally playing a full season this year - … more

Dinkins lifts Lady Cavaliers to tourney championship

BISHOPVILLE - Rebecca Dinkins was selected as the most valuable player as she led the Robert E. Lee varsity girls basketball team to the championship of the Robert E. Lee Christmas Tournament held on Friday and Saturday at the REL … more

District 9 Officials Christmas tournament starts Thursday at Lee Central

The biggest high school basketball tournament in the tri-county area - the 22nd Annual District 9 Officials Christmas Basketball Tournament - will begin on Thursday at the Lee Central high school and middle school gymnasiums in Bishopville. If … more

Gamecocks lose 61-49 to Ridge View in Ben Lippen tournament; Lee Central gets region win

COLUMBIA - The Sumter High School varsity boys basketball team fell to 5-6 on the season with a 61-49 loss to Ridge View on Saturday in the Phenom Winter Classic at the Ben Lippen gymnasium. Omar Croskey led the Gamecocks with 18 points. Jalen … more

Dodgers send Puig, Wood to Reds for Bailey

CINCINNATI - The Los Angeles Dodgers had a surplus of outfielders. With one attention-getting deal, they reshaped their roster in hopes of another pennant run. The reigning NL champions shook up their lineup on Friday, trading Yasiel Puig, Matt … more

SHS girls crush Carolina Forest 64-34 to win Greenville tourney

GREENVILLE - The Sumter High School varsity girls basketball team defeated Carolina Forest 64-34 on Saturday to win the Greenville High School Christmas Tournament on Saturday at the GHS gymnasium. The Lady Gamecocks, who improved to 12-1 on the … more

McGee signs with D1 Buffalo after year at Highland CC

When Ronald McGee signed with Highland Community College in February, the former Sumter High School defensive tackle stated he hoped that decision would make it where "hopefully some day I can go and play (NCAA) D(ivision)I ball." That day came … more

Crestwood girls fall to West Florence 51-43; boys lose 66-55

In two battles of dueling Knight squads it was the visitors from West Florence who stormed Crestwood's version of The Castle on Tuesday and escaped with all of the loot, coming away with wins in both contests. Crestwood rallied late in both … more

Watts signs with UConn

Just like Basketball Hall of Famer Ray Allen, Sumter outside linebacker Eric Watts will go from Sumter County to attending the University of Connecticut, except Watts will be playing on the gridiron for the Huskies instead. Watts, who played … more

Lakewood star Richardson bound for Western Carolina

Malik Richardson wanted there to be a little drama when it came to where he was going to play college football. Otherwise, he wouldn't have waited to tell everyone where he was going until Wednesday, which was the first day high school football … more

Driven Simon signs to play for Western Kentucky U.

Crestwood High School's all-around standout athlete Josh Simon almost didn't need to come back for his senior season after spending much of his academic life getting ahead. And with the Knights losing their first eight games before earning a spot in … more

Sumter's Tayvian Gass heading to Wofford

Sumter High School offensive tackle Tayvian Gass signed to play college football with Wofford College on Wednesday beginning in the 2019 season. Gass won't be waiting until the heat of summer to begin his time at the Southern Conference school … more
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