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Sumter girls win Zaxby's Clasic

The Sumter High School varsity girls basketball team opened its season by winning the Arby's Classic with a 54-30 triumph over River Bluff on Monday at Scott's Branch High School's Jim Jones Gymnasium. The Lady Gamecocks went 2-0 in the …

Sumter wide receiver Lodaine Redwood (11) catches a touchdown pass during the Gamecocks' 25-13 win over River Bluff on Friday.

Sumter advances in 5A playoffs with 25-13 win over River Bluff

Sumter High School advanced to the semifinals of the 5A football state playoffs with a 25-13 victory over River Bluff on Friday on Sumter Memorial Stadium's Freddie Solomon Field. The Gamecocks, who improved to 8-0 on the season, will travel to …

Laurence Manning's Jackson Brown (22) avoids a Hammond tackler during LMA's 26-6 loss in the SCISA 3A state championship game.

Laurence Manning falls to Hammond 26-6 in SCISA 3A championship

NORTH CHARLESTON -- Laurence Manning Academy's varsity football team and head coach Austin Floyd were looking for a breakthrough on Friday. The Swampcats journeyed to Charleston Southern University's Buccaneer Field to face off against a familiar …

Sumter High School's Layken Cox, center, signed to play college basketball with Gardner-Webb University on Friday. Seated with Cox, from left to right, are her brother Braylon, father David, nephew Landon, mother Vanessa and cousin Amari. Standing is Sumter head coach Jeff Schaffer.

Sumter's Cox signs with Gardner-Webb

Layken Cox played on the Sumter High School varsity girls basketball team as an eighth-grader and was a starter as a freshman. Now a senior, the 6-foot-1-inch Cox has been a solid contributor each of those seasons. That steady progress has given …

Laurence Manning's Lexi Bennett, center, is joined by her parents Gary, right, and Tabitha as she signs to play golf at Gardner-Webb on Thursday.

Laurence Manning's Bennett signs to golf at Gardner-Webb

MANNING -- Golf has been a part of Lexi Bennett's life since she was about seven years old. She became so passionate for the game that she began competing on a state-wide stage on her own before being a part of Laurence Manning Academy's first ever …

From the Wire

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney claimed Florida State used a positive coronavirus case as an excuse not to play the No. 4 Tigers, as their game scheduled for Saturday was postponed.

FSU's Norvell: 'Right decision' to postpone Clemson game

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - Florida State coach Mike Norvell is standing by the decision to postpone the Seminoles game Saturday against No. 4 Clemson after the Tigers reported a positive player test following their arrival on campus, adding that …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) and the Tigers had their game against Florida State that was originally scheduled for Saturday postponed due to coronavirus concerns.

No. 4 Clemson's game at Florida State postponed

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — The game between No. 4 Clemson and Florida State was postponed when medical personnel from both schools could not agree on playing Saturday. The Atlantic Coast …

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

QBs Bridgewater, Stafford both questionable for Lions, Panthers

Detroit's Matthew Stafford and Carolina's Teddy Bridgewater are both questionable for Sunday's game between the Lions and Panthers - and aside from those two quarterbacks, several other players are dealing with injuries for the two …

Coastal Carolina's D'Jordan Strong (7) and the Chanticleers will look to make more history when they host Appalachian State on Saturday.

No. 15 Coastal looks for more history against App State

It's been a history-making period for Coastal Carolina athletics. The 15th-ranked Chanticleers football team hopes to add to the major accomplishments against Appalachian State this weekend. The men's soccer team just won it's fourth Sun Belt …

South Carolina running back Kevin Harris (20) and the Gamecocks are playing their first game since firing head coach Will Muschamp as they host Missouri on Saturday.

Missouri's Drinkwitz seeking more success against South Carolina

COLUMBIA - Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz has some good memories of playing at South Carolina. He hopes to make a few more this week. It was a year ago that Drinkwitz, then the coach at Appalachian State, brought the highly overmatched Mountaineers …

Prep Sports

Lee's Lucas Friedenberger (17) catches a touchdown pass from Josh Kirven during the Cavalier's 46-14 loss to Thomas Heyward in the SCISA 1A championship on Saturday.

Lee can’t climb out of early hole, falls to Thomas Heyward 46-14 in 1A championship

The Lee Academy football team has lived and died by the strength of its offense this season. With a defense full of newcomers, the Cavaliers leaned heavily on an offense led by senior quarterback …

The return of Wilson Hall basketball highlights this week's 5 Things to Watch

1. WILSON HALL HOOPS BEGINSThe high school basketball season for Wilson Hall will open in its normal fashion with a Tuesday game before beginning the Thanksgiving holiday.Wilson Hall will play host …

Sumter running back Nathan Harris-Waynick, center, and the Gamecocks will try to keep their running game going strong against River Bluff in the 5A quarterfinals on Friday at Sumter Memorial Stadium.

Sumter looks to keep running game going against River Bluff in 5A quarters

Upon looking at the statistics for the River Bluff High School football team, the first thing that jumped out to Sumter head coach Mark Barnes was this: the Gators are allowing an average of 74 rushing yards a contest through their five …

Tickets are still available for Sumter's 5A quarterfinal against River Bluff on Friday.

Sumter High playoff tickets still available

Tickets are still available for Sumter High School's home football game against River Bluff on Friday in the quarterfinals of the South Carolina High School League 5A state playoffs. Tickets will not be sold at the gate. The only way to purchase …

Lee Academy quarterback Keaton Price racked up nearly 300 yards of total and accounted for three touchdowns in the Cavaliers' 26-12 win over St. John's Christian on Friday to lead to his being selected as the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week.

Lee's Price named Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week after dominant performance in 1A semis

Lee Academy's Keaton Price has been the heart and soul of the Cavalier football team all season long. That continued on Friday when the senior quarterback dominated with nearly 300 yards of total offense, powering Lee past St. John's Ch26-12 to earn …

CLEMSON

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) said Tuesday that he's ready to return for the No. 4 Tigers' run toward another national title.

QB Lawrence returns as No. 4 Clemson resumes title chase

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is fit, confident and most importantly for the Tigers, virus-free. The junior said Tuesday he is ready for the fourth-ranked Tigers championship run down the stretch. Lawrence missed past last two games for …

Laurence Manning's Bryce Accord (7), Nolan Osteen (5) and the Swampcats will face Hammond for the SCISA 3A title for the second straight season on Friday.

SCISA championship games headline 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. SCISA CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKENDThe South Carolina Independent School Association will be holding its four football state championship games next Friday and Saturday.The 1A, 2A and 3A title games will …

Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei looks for a receiver during the first quarter against Notre Dame in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in South Bend, Ind.

No. 4 Notre Dame sacks No. 1 Clemson 47-40 in double OT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — When Clemson's desperate attempt to convert a fourth-and-forever ended in a scrum, Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book tossed his helmet as he sprinted onto the field to …

Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (5) and the top ranked Tigers travel to South Bend to face No. 4 Notre Dame on Saturday.

'Natural born leader': Clemson calls on Uiagalelei vs Irish

The gold chains DJ Uiagalelei wears around his neck and rubber bands around his wrist tell a lot about Clemson's freshman quarterback. The No. 5 pendant hanging down to his chest refers to his …

Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei (5) is the latest in a growing list of quarterbacks of Polynesian heritage who have starred in college football and the NFL.

Clemson's Uiagalelei latest rising QB star with Polynesian heritage

The list of "Throwin' Samoans" continues to grow - with no end in sight. Jack Thompson, the first with the nickname, said he's glad he's already part of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. With fellow passers of Samoan heritage like Heisman …

USC

Former South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz confirmed on Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Former USC coach Holtz tests positive for coronavirus

COLUMBIA (AP) - Lou Holtz has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 83-year-old former college football coach confirmed the test Thursday to Columbia TV station WOLO. "I don't have a lot of energy right now," Holtz told the ABC …

South Carolina defensive backs Jaycee Horn (1) and Israel Mukuamu (24) both opted out of the remainder of the 2020 season this week.

USC players opt out, others out with injuries

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina has lost another starting cornerback in Israel Mukuamu after he opted out of the season, joining his defensive backfield partner Jaycee Horn in preparing for the upcoming NFL draft. Interim coach Mike Bobo said …

South Carolina fired head coach Will Muschamp on Sunday. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will fill the role for the rest of the season.

South Carolina interim coach Bobo aims to rally Gamecocks

COLUMBIA - Mike Bobo didn't plan to be back in charge of a football team this quickly. Now that he's South Carolina's interim coach, Bobo understands his mission is to rally a fragile group of players stinging after Sunday's firing of Will …

South Carolina fired head coach Will Muschamp, center, on Sunday.

South Carolina fires Muschamp

The University of South Carolina fired football head coach Will Muschamp on Sunday, a day after the Gamecocks suffered their third straight loss, 59-42 to Mississippi.USC director of athletics Ray …

South Carolina running back Kevin Harris (20) and the Gamecocks face Ole Miss on Saturday in one of the few Southeastern Conference games not postponed by COVID-19 this week.

Rebels, Gamecocks carry on amid SEC's COVID troubles

Mississippi and South Carolina both appeared to score one big victory this week in otherwise disappointing seasons. They meet Saturday night in Oxford, Mississippi, for one of the few Southeastern Conference games to survive the league's COVID-19 …

Outdoors

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Part 2 in a series about Eudora Farms: Dreams and dreamers and drive-thru safaris

Imagine getting a private tour of Disneyland led by Walt Disney himself. That's how I felt as I walked the Eudora Farms property in Salley with owner and entrepreneur Mark Nisbet. I've always heard that every great dream begins with a dreamer. In …

Visitors enjoy the sights and sounds at Woods Bay State Park in Olanta.

S.C. State Parks to offer free admission Nov. 27

COLUMBIA - Admission will be free at state parks in South Carolina on Friday, Nov. 27, as the Park Service joins the national #OptOutside initiative. The promotion, sponsored by REI, encourages people to spend some time in the great outdoors the day …

Dan Geddings: A very different kind of recovery

The odor was faint and unpleasant, but a smile spread across my sweaty face. I knew that I was close. Stopping to check the wind direction, I noted a slight breeze out of the northwest. It was mid-morning, and I was on a hillside above the swamp. …