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Wilson Hall boys swim team finishes second

CHARLESTON - The Wilson Hall varsity boys swim team finished second and the girls team seventh in the Pinewood Invitational on Saturday. Porter-Gaud won the 6-team boys meet with 200 points followed by the Barons with 96. Porter-Gaud also won the …

Crestwood defensive lineman Parris Lowery will be the centerpiece of the Knights' defensive front this season.

Quarterbacks still battling it out as season approaches for Crestwood

The Crestwood High School football team has been forced to make a lot of adjustments during the coronavirus pandemic, but the Knights are finally gearing up for their first game of the season. The virus has made this offseason difficult and weather …

Tickets for Lakewood's opener along with the rest of the home games for Sumter School District football teams, will be sold in advance this season.

Tickets for Sumter School District home football games to be sold in advance

All of the tickets for Sumter School District home football games will be sold in advance, according to COVID-19 game guidelines released by the district on Monday. Gates will open one hour prior to start time for all of the home games at Sumter …

East Clarendon running back Marques Webb (26) and the Wolverines have a lot of offensive continuity to help boost their offense after an offseason that was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

East Clarendon bonds over football as season approaches

The coronavirus pandemic has made 2020 difficult for almost everyone and has shut down the world in an unprecedented way. However, many people have been fortunate not to be directly affected by it. The football players at East Clarendon High …

Laurence Manning scored touchdowns in each half and played shutdown defense in a 14-0 win over Ben Lippen on Friday.

Laurence Manning defense shines again in 14-0 win over Ben Lippen

MANNING -- In what will likely be one of the most watched SCISA football games of the week, Laurence Manning Academy put up a touchdown in each half and the defense made those scores stand for a 14-0 win over Ben Lippen on Friday at Billy Chitwood …

From the Wire

Avoiding the coronavirus is the biggest concern for Clemson running back Travis Etienne, left, and the top-ranked Tigers during their bye week.

No. 1 Clemson, Swinney worried about COVID during bye week

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has few worries about his football team on the field. Off it? That's another story. Swinney is concerned that the top-ranked Tigers' bye week - especially with players getting Friday and Saturday off - could result in …

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) stiff arms Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) as he scores on a touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

Panthers' McCaffrey out multiple weeks with ankle sprain

CHARLOTTE — Christian McCaffrey said he plans to attack his rehabilitation from a high ankle sprain the same way he does everything else — with a full head of steam. The All-Pro …

Patrick Reed plays a shot off the second fairway during the second round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship on Friday in Mamaroneck, New York.

Reed takes the lead as the real U.S. Open gets started

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - This was the Winged Foot everyone has heard about. This is the U.S. Open everyone expected. Patrick Reed answered the first big test Friday when the wind arrived out of the north, bringing a little chill and a lot of trouble. …

South Carolina offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, left, said that graduate transfer quarterback Collin Hill (15) won the USC starting job based on consistency. Bobo was Hill's head coach at Colorado State for the last three seasons.

Bobo: Consistency earned Hill starting Gamecocks QB job

COLUMBIA - Collin Hill has never backed away from a challenge, especially if it meant getting back on the field at his home state university. Hill overcame rehabbing from a third ACL tear this spring and bonding with new teammates as a graduate …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the top-ranked Tigers will host The Citadel on Saturday.

Citadel embraces shot at No. 1 Clemson in revamped schedule

Citadel coach Brent Thompson wasn't sure his team would ever get the chance to play this season, let alone take on the nation's top-ranked team. But he said the school stayed patient as the coronavirus pandemic altered the college football …

Prep Sports

Lee cashes in on great Price as Cavs beat Florence Christian 35-19

BISHOPVILLE – Quarterback Keaton Price rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 90 yards and another score to lift Lee Academy to a 35-19 football victory over Florence Christian …

The Sumter football team will travel to Socastee for its season opener on Friday.

The return of SCHSL football highlights the 5 things to watch this week

1. SCHSL FOOTBALL IS BACKThe South Carolina Independent School Association has had the high school football spotlight for four weeks, but the South Carolina High School League will join in this …

Wilson Hall quarterback Tate Sistare (5) and running back Doc Walker (6) and the rest of the Barons will travel to Columbia to face Hammond on Friday.

Wilson Hall takes on SCISA football behemoth Hammond

The first two weeks of the season have been a progression for the Wilson Hall football team. The year started against SCISA 1A power Lee Academy, and the Barons came away with a 40-6 triumph. Last week, WH took a fellow 3A school in Pinewood Prep …

The offensive line is a major question mark for Lakewood this year, as the Gators have to replace four of their five starters from last season.

Defense ready to take center stage for Lakewood

Confusion has been the leading emotion for high school athletes across the country during the coronavirus pandemic, and that has not stopped as sports has resume. The Lakewood football team will open its season next Friday, but even that first game …

Lee Academy quarterback Keaton Price rushed for 228 yards and 5 touchdowns against Calhoun last week and will look to build off that performance when the Cavaliers face Florence Christian on Friday at McCutchen Field.

Lee's Rankin wary of winless Florence Christian

Lee Academy may be going up against a winless Florence Christian School football team on Friday at McCutchen Field in Bishopville, but Cavaliers head coach David Rankin is very wary of the adversary. "They're 0-3, but they're doing a lot of good …

CLEMSON

For the first time since the end of the 2011 season, Ohio State is not ranked in the AP Top 25, as the Buckeyes with quarterback Justin Fields (1) sidelined after the Big Ten elected not to play games this fall.

Ohio State top 25 streak ends, but not really

For the first time since the end of the 2011 season, Ohio State is not ranked in the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes' streak of 132 straight poll appearances is the second-longest active streak in the country, behind Alabama's 198. Of course, in this …

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney celebrates with the defense after a Wake Forest turnover during Clemson's 37-13 win on Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

No. 1 Clemson building depth with highly touted newcomers

Like college coaches around the nation, Clemson's Dabo Swinney is always looking to build on his team's depth. That wasn't hard to do in the top-ranked Tigers opener as several highly-regarded freshmen played early and often in a win against Wake …

Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) finds a hole in the Wake Forest defense during the Tigers' 37-13 win on Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Clemson still at No. 1 in new coronavirus poll

Sun Belt rivals Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State were among 10 new teams ranked Sunday in first regular-season Associated Press college football poll, which was stripped of the teams not yet scheduled to play a fall season. There was no …

The Sumter volleyball team will face crosstown rival Lakewood on Monday.

Panthers' season opener against Las Vegas highlights 5 things to watch for this week

1. PANTHERS OPEN WITH RAIDERS The Carolina Panthers open their season at home - albeit in an empty Bank of America Stadium - on Sunday by playing host to the Las Vegas Raiders. While the Raiders are playing in a new city this year, having …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) and the Tigers will begin another run at a national title with a matchup against Wake Forest on Saturday.

Lawrence, No. 1 Clemson begin another title chase with trip to Wake

Trevor Lawrence has only lost one game since taking over as Clemson's starting quarterback in 2018. But that one defeat was a big one - a lopsided 42-25 loss to Louisiana State in last year's College Football Playoff championship game - and …

USC

Graduate transfer Collin Hill was named the starting quarterback for South Carolina on Thursday.

Grad transfer Hill to start at quarterback for USC

COLUMBIA - Graduate transfer Collin Hill will start at quarterback for South Carolina when it opens against No. 15 Tennessee on Sept. 26. Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp announced the decision on Thursday. Hill arrived at South Carolina from …

Former South Carolina center A'ja Wilson, center, was named the AP WNBA player of the year after leading the Las Vegas Aces to the top playoff seed this season.

Former Gamecock Wilson wins AP WNBA player of the year honors

Former South Carolina center A'ja Wilson has been the cornerstone of the Las Vegas franchise since she was drafted and took her game to another level this season, earning her The Associated Press WNBA player of the year honors. The former No. 1 …

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp announced on Thursday that two USC players tested positive for COVID-19.

2 South Carolina football players test positive

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp said two players have tested positive for COVID-19 while another nine are being held out because of possible contact with the infected players. Muschamp gave the update Thursday night. …

South Carolina's returning starting quarterback Ryan Hilinski (3) is still fighting for his job against transfer quarterback Collin Hill and freshman Luke Doty.

Muschamp: South Carolina quarterback competition continues

COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Will Muschamp is letting his first true quarterback battle in four years go a little bit longer. Muschamp and the Gamecocks have had the luxury of an established starter in recent years since Jake Bentley took over …

South Carolina wide receiver Or'Tre Smith (18) opted out of the 2020 season on Friday due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Two Gamecock receivers opt out, OL Rhodes opts back in

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina receivers Randrecous Davis and OrTre Smith have chosen to skip the season because of concerns regarding the coronavirus. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said Friday he understands and accepts the players' …

Outdoors

3 ways to make your yard a safe haven for birds

Without a few measures in place, your home and garden could be hazardous to birds. Here are some great ways to create a safe haven for beautiful flying visitors. - Garden organically: Conventional pesticides can be toxic to …

A buck grunt tube call and a doe bleat can are used by deer hunters.

Some deer sounds

A deer started blowing back in the pines, and I hadn't even sat down yet. It was dark, and the soft wind was in my face. I had climbed the stand slowly and carefully and had not made a sound. Yet this deer had detected my presence somehow. All I …

SCDNR: Regulation bans use of natural lures, attractants for deer hunters

COLUMBIA - S.C. deer hunters are reminded that the following regulation was put in place last year, affecting the use of natural deer lures and attractants in South Carolina."No person shall for the purposes of taking or attempting to take, …