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Wilson Hall's Camryn Bateman, seated, signed to play college volleyball with Columbia International University on Thursday in a ceremony at Nash Student Center. Standing behind her are her mother, Ashley, left, and father Jamie.

Wilson Hall's Bateman signs to play volleyball at CIU

Camryn Bateman had never picked up a volleyball until she was an eighth-grader at Wilson Hall. "I was playing it in PE and enjoyed it," Bateman said. We were just playing around in PE one day, and we said, 'Hey, why don't we (she and her friends) …

East Clarendon pitcher Maddie Newsome has been dominant for the Lady Wolverines this season, leading the team in the circle while providing a lot of offense as well.

East Clarendon softball using tough schedule to prepare for playoff run

The East Clarendon High School softball program is no stranger to postseason success. The Lady Wolverines won 1A state titles in 2013 and 2017 and played for three more championships since winning that first trophy. However, East Clarendon has …

Sumter High's Nicole Wells, center, celebrates with teammates after the 4x100-meter relay team won on Wednesday in a meet at Sumter Memorial Stadium. Wells won three individual events.

Wells wins three events to lead Sumter girls to win

Nicole Wells won three individual events to lead Sumter High School to a victory in a 4-team meet on Wednesday at Sumter Memorial Stadium. Wells won the 200- and 400-meter dashes and the long jump to lead the Lady Gamecocks, who won with 63 …

Sumter's Kameron Pearson lands during the long jump in a meet at Sumter Memorial Stadium on Wednesday.

Sumter baseball beats St. James 8-1 in eight innings

Ja'Shawn Benbow drove home AJ Smith with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Sumter High School to a 2-1 varsity baseball victory over St. James on Wednesday at Gamecock Field. The win was SHS' first in seven tries in …

Lee Academy's Ethan Grantham won the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week after delivering a walk-off hit against Wilson Hall on Friday.

Lee Academy's Grantham wins Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week after walk-off hit against Wilson Hall

Lee Academy senior Ethan Grantham may bat at the end of the lineup for the Cavaliers, but he's far from your average No. 9 hitter. Grantham is batting around .340 on the season and serves an important role in head coach David Rankin's …

From the Wire

Former South Carolina edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney (99) is looking forward to playing opposite Myles Garrett for the Cleveland Browns.

Clowney wants to 'dominate' alongside Garrett in Cleveland

CLEVELAND - As he considered his next stop in the NFL, Jadeveon Clowney said there was something about the Cleveland Browns that made them very appealing. "They're winning," he said. They are now, and Clowney wants to help them win it …

Cameron Smith watches his drive off the 10th tee during the first round of the RBC Heritage tournament in Hilton Head Island on Thursday.

Smith leads Heritage by one stroke after opening-round 62

HILTON HEAD ISLAND - Cameron Smith made nothing but pars and birdies on Thursday at Harbour Town Links, and that was enough to give him the lead after the first round of the RBC Heritage. Smith shot a 9 under 62, shooting nine pars and - …

NCAA dumps requirement that transfers sit a year

Starting next season, major college football and basketball players will be permitted to transfer one time before graduating without being required to sit out a year of competition. The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to changed the …

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin admitted that he did a poor job leading the Gamecocks this season, but believes he can turn things around after receiving a contract extension.

South Carolina's Martin: 'I did a poor job' with Gamecocks

South Carolina's Frank Martin admits he did a bad job as men's basketball coach this past season. He also believes his track record shows that he knows how to turn things around. The Gamecocks finished 6-15, the worst showing in Martin's 14 years …

Atlanta shortstop Dansby Swanson celebrates after a walkoff single to beat the Miami Marlins 7-6 on Thursday in Atlanta.

Swanson's RBI single caps rally in 9th, Braves beat Marlins

ATLANTA — Dansby Swanson's RBI single with the bases loaded capped Atlanta's two-run rally in the ninth inning and the Braves beat the Miami Marlins 7-6 Thursday to snap a four-game losing …

Prep Sports

Laurence Manning pitcher Jackson Clemmons delivers a pitch against Wilson Hall during the Swampcats' 7-4 win on Tuesday.

Laurence Manning holds on to top Wilson Hall 7-4

MANNING -- Wilson Hall's varsity baseball team was potentially one sixth-inning, bases-loaded, disputed called third strike away from a different ending against archrival Laurence Manning Academy on …

Grantham lifts Lee Academy over Wilson Hall

BISHOPVILLE - Ethan Grantham had a walkoff, run-scoring single in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap off a 4-run rally and lead Lee Academy to a 7-6 varsity baseball win over Wilson Hall on Friday at the Lee field. Grantham and Keaton Price …

Lee Academy's Jenkins McCullum throws across the diamond during the Cavaliers' 7-6 win over Wilson Hall on Friday.

Lee Academy baseball hopes bats stay hot for crucial region stretch

The Lee Academy baseball team has been spectacular this season. The Cavaliers sit at 13-2 with just one loss in the region, but their season depends on another solid week, as they face a busy and important 3-game stretch. The Cavaliers open the …

Laurence Manning first baseman Britton Morris leads the Swampcats with a .447 batting average to go along with four home runs and 21 RBI on the season.

Laurence Manning baseball looks to carry momentum into home stretch

The Laurence Manning Academy varsity baseball team is 12-2 on the season as it prepares for the home stretch of its regular season after spring break. Head coach Barry Hatfield is not surprised. "Right now I think we're playing at the level I …

Wilson Hall, Laurence Manning pick up easy baseball victories

William Reese hit a walk-off grand slam home run to lift Wilson Hall to a 14-3 varsity baseball win over Pee Dee Academy in five innings on Thursday at Baron Field. The Barons improved to 7-4 on the season. Clark Kinney had a double and three …

CLEMSON

Clemson's Kameron Jones is lobbying to save the men's track and field program - along with cross country - from being cut by the school for budgetary reasons.

Clemson men's track and field athletes trying to save program

Middle-distance runner Kameron Jones' lasting mark on the Clemson track and field program may not have anything to do with the times he turns in or the medals he brings home. It will be a win, for sure - just not on the track but through lobbying …

Clemson's D.J. Uiagalelei (5) takes over as the full-time quarterback for the Tigers with Trevor Lawrence preparing for the NFL Draft.

QB Uiagalelei in charge of Clemson with Lawrence gone

COLUMBIA - D.J. Uiagalelei took charge of Clemson's offense Saturday as the Tigers closed spring practice with the Orange and White game. It was the first spring in several years that Clemson was without its two main offensive playmakers, …

Clemson guard Clyde Trapp (0) dunks during the Tigers' 60-56 loss to Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Friday.

Geo Baker speaks loudly, lifts Rutgers past Clemson 60-56

INDIANAPOLIS — Geo Baker spent part of this week using his voice to raise awareness about inequities in college sports. He’ll get to use his platform for a couple more days after …

Clemson forward Aamir Simms (25) and the Tigers open the NCAA Tournament against Rutgers on Friday.

Winthrop, Clemson open NCAAs on Friday

COLUMBIA (AP) - Winthrop men's basketball head coach Pat Kelsey smiles as he considered the nearly 2-year journey to play in the NCAA Tournament. "We did it the hard way," Kelsey said. Kelsey and the Eagles won the Big South Conference …

Sumter's Kiara Croskey (3) and the Lady Gamecocks will face Clover for the 5A state championship on Saturday, March 20 at 1 p.m. at USC Aiken Convocation Center.

The Sumter girls finally play the 5A state championship to highlight 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. SUMTER GIRLS GO FOR STATE TITLEThe Sumter High School girls basketball team will finally get their chance to win the 5A state title on Saturday. After having their March 5 game against Clover …

USC

The Sumter track team will host the other two teams in the school district, Lakewood and Crestwood, on Wednesday.

Major track meets for Wilson Hall, Sumter School District highlight 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. WILSON HALL HOSTS REGION MEETWilson Hall’s dominant track teams will play host to the SCISA Region II-3A meets on Tuesday at Spencer Field. The Region III-3A meet will be held there as …

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin received a 2-year extension on Friday.

USC's Martin gets 2-year extension, but no raise

COLUMBIA - South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin has received a two-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season. The school's board of trustees approved the deal on Friday. The move ends more than a month of questions about …

South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston, right, blocks a shot by Stanford guard Lexie Hull (12) during the first half of a women's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament semifinal game Friday, April 2, 2021, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Stanford tops South Carolina 66-65 to reach title game

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Haley Jones came up with a big shot, and Stanford got a little bit of luck to get back to the national championship game for the first time in 11 years. Jones scored 24 …

The Wilson Hall baseabll team will face off against Lee Academy on Friday.

Wilson Hall against Lee Academy baseball highlights 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. WILSON HALL, LEE MEET The local high school schedule is slim next week because of spring break, but there will be one matchup between two local baseball teams. Lee Academy will play host to Wilson …

South Carolina forward Victaria Saxton (5) and the Gamecocks will face Stanford in the Final Four on Friday.

VanDerveer, Staley prepare for Final Four rematch

SAN ANTONIO - Dawn Staley remembers talking to her Olympic coach Tara VanDerveer before she took the job at Temple two decades ago. The longtime Stanford coach actually suggested that Staley not become the head coach at the Philadelphia school …

Outdoors

Trash is seen dumped off a Sumter County road.

Sumter outdoors columnist Dan Geddings: Some trash talking

The big meadow in front of my house was a cornfield when we moved into our new home. For more than 20 years, we've been able to sit on the porch in the evenings and enjoy the sunsets. Now the meadow is part of a big subdivision. The corn was …

Gail Hepworth, right, and Amy Hepworth, sisters and co-owners of Hepworth Farms, are seen in front of crates full of hemp plants at their farm in Milton, New York, recently.

Swap the crop? N.Y. hemp farmers eager to grow marijuana

ALBANY, N.Y. - Legal marijuana is coming to New York, and hemp farmer Samir Mahadin sees it as a potential lifeline. Farmers dealing with depressed prices for plants that produce CBD are eager to take part in a statewide marijuana market …

SCDNR: Please don't touch that fawn

We know fawns are cute, but please leave them be.It's that time of year when mother deer leave their babies in "safe" locations while she finds food and rests. She's likely not far and will return to get her baby soon.It's part of nature's plan for …