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Former Crestwood running back Ty'Son Williams (34), right, signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday after spending the last two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

Former Crestwood running back Williams signs with Colts

Former Crestwood running back Ty’Son Williams is headed to Indianapolis. After two years in Baltimore, the former Knight signed a contract with the Colts on Tuesday. He joins a running back …

Team Hilton celebrates their victory at the Diamond-Stackz Classic on Saturday.

Diamond-Stackz Classic back at Sumter High and better than ever

After two years away, the Diamond-Stackz Classic returned to Sumter High School this weekend. That detail may seem like one almost every other group or event is encountering this year since the pandemic, but it was monumental for DSC Director …

South Carolina men's soccer coach Tony Annan, right, joined head football coach Shane Beamer making the rounds with the Gamecock Club when they made the trip to Sumter earlier this month.

A conversation with South Carolina soccer coach Annan

While University of South Carolina head football coach Shane Beamer received top billing as keynote speaker when the Gamecock Club came to the Sumter County Civic Center earlier this month, he was not the only prominent Gamecock head coach to speak …

Sumter High's Alicia Spann stands on the podium after winning the SCHSL 5A state title in the discus for the second straight year.

Sumter’s Spann, Manning’s Frierson win state titles, local schools all have placers

The South Carolina High School League held its state meets across the weekend and tri-county schools thrived.Sumter High’s Alicia Spann defended her 5A state title in the discus, while Delaney …

The Laurence Manning baseball team lifts their championship trophy after beating Ben Lippen for the SCISA 3A title on Thursday at Riley Park.    Photos by Tim Leible / The Sumter Item

A week of celebrations on the diamond: Clarendon Hall, Laurence Manning and Wilson Hall win championships

Three local schools claimed SCISA state championships this week. Clarendon Hall claimed the first championship, defeating Wardlaw for the 1A softball title on Tuesday. Minutes later, Wilson Hall finished off the 3A softball championship with an 8-6 …

From the Wire

Hoover, Alabama will play host to the SEC Tournament this week.

Conference tourneys to set stage for NCAA baseball regionals

Three NCAA Tournament spots have been clinched, and conference tournaments this week will determine the other automatic bids. The 16 NCAA regional hosts will be announced on Sunday and the rest of the 64-team field next Monday. There are 31 …

Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship on Thursday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

McIlroy powers to a 65 for early lead at PGA Championship

TULSA, Okla. - Tiger Woods made it sound as though Rory McIlroy played a brand of golf with which he wasn't familiar Thursday in the PGA Championship. McIlroy looked free and easy and saw only opportunity at Southern Hills. He blasted his driver …

Former Sumter High star and current New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery throws during the Yankees' loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday in Baltimore.

Montgomery solid as O's hit walk-off HR against Yankees

BALTIMORE - Anthony Santander lined a three-run homer in the ninth inning off Lucas Luetge and the Baltimore Orioles avoided a four-game sweep by beating the New York Yankees 9-6 on Thursday. "I put myself in the pitcher's shoes in that …

Atlanta third baseman Austin Riley hits a three-run home run during the Braves' 7-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday in Milwaukee.

Hiura's HR in 11th gives Brewers 7-6 victory over Braves

MILWAUKEE - Keston Hiura celebrated his return to the majors by delivering the huge blow that capped the Milwaukee Brewers' biggest comeback of the season. Not bad for someone who spent much of the previous day battling the flu. Hiura hit a …

ASSOCIATED PRESS  Tiger Woods smiles on the driving range before a practice round for the PGA Championship on Tuesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tiger says he's all about majors, a Mickelson rebuke

TULSA, Okla. - Tiger Woods is all about majors and legacy, a point he drove home Tuesday in a sharp rebuke of Phil Mickelson and his support of a Saudi-funded golf venture that led to Lefty not defending his title at the PGA Championship. Even as …

Prep Sports

Scott's Branch boys basketball coach Kevin Miller has been promoted to athletic director.

Scott’s Branch promotes Miller to AD, State hired as football coach

The winds of change are blowing through Scott’s Branch.After returning for a third stint with the Eagles as head football coach and athletic director in the 2021-22 school year, Leonard Johnson …

The Laurence Manning baseball team gathers after winning the SCISA 3A state championship on Thursday.

Senior savvy: Experienced squad at Laurence Manning wins SCISA 3A state title

A sixth-grader's dream came true on a magical Thursday night at Historic Riley Park.Senior pitcher Jackson Campbell crafted a 5-hitter to lead Laurence Manning Academy to a 7-3 victory over Ben …

Will McMillan is leaving the East Clarendon baseball program to become the head coach at Sumter High.

McMillan named head baseball coach at Sumter High, Cook returns to the dugout at East Clarendon with Johnson as an assistant

Sumter High School didn’t have to go too far to find its next head baseball coach. After five seasons as head coach at East Clarendon Will McMillan will make the drive over from Turbeville to …

Lakewood point guard Stevye Sinkler, seated center right, is joined by family as she signs her letter of intent to play basketball at Denmark Technical College.

Lakewood’s Sinkler signs to play basketball at Denmark Tech

Lakewood point guard Stevye Sinkler has made a career out of overcoming obstacles.As a sophomore, she tore her ACL. While on the road to recovery, COVID-19 erased most of her senior season. She …

East Clarendon's Kyler Odom pitched a 3-hit shutout in the first game of the Wolverines' doubleheader with Johnsonville on Wednesday. He entered the second game in relief, throwing just one pitch before the Flashes earned a walk-off win to advance to the 1A state championship series.

East Clarendon falls two outs shy of state series with 6-5 loss to Johnsonville

The last three outs of a baseball game tend to be the hardest to get.Those outs only get more difficult to attain as the games get more important. On Wednesday, that last inning of outs proved to be …

CLEMSON

Former Princeton guard Jaelin Llewellyn (13) is transferring to Clemson, the school announced on Wednesday.

Clemson adds Princeton's top scorer Llewellyn

CLEMSON (AP) - Clemson has added Princeton leading scorer Jaelin Llewellyn to its men's basketball team. The school announced the addition on Wednesday. Llewellyn, who played three seasons with the Ivy League school, will be eligible to play this …

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney hopes to continue his success with a lot of new coaches in key roles with the Tigers.

Clemson looks to keep winning with new staff

CLEMSON - Change can bring chaos. It can also bring excitement. And new Clemson offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter believes it's a hungry, energized team that has embraced the Tigers' new leaders. "Anytime you have a new starter, a fresh …

Clemson Tigers' Nick Honor (4) announced he is entering the transfer portal on Tuesday.

Clemson starting guard Honor enters transfer portal

CLEMSON (AP) — Clemson starting guard Nick Honor has entered the NCAA transfer portal and plans to play his final college season elsewhere. Team spokesman Benjamin Winterrowd confirmed …

Clemson's PJ Hall (24) and Virginia Tech's Justyn Mutts (25) battle for a loose ball during the Tigers' 76-75 overtime loss in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament on Wednesday in New York.

Maddox 3 lifts Virgina Tech to 76-75 OT win over Clemson

NEW YORK (AP) — Darius Maddox buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime and Virginia Tech held off a furious rally by Clemson for a 76-75 victory in the second round of the Atlantic Coast …

Clemson head coach Monte Lee swept South Carolina over the weekend to remain perfect to open the season.

After 1st losing season since 1957, 11-0 Clemson riding high

Clemson's 11-0 start following a three-game sweep of in-state rival South Carolina has quickly put the Tigers' first losing season since 1957 in the rearview mirror. The Tigers are out to their best start since Jack Leggett's 2002 team opened …

USC

The Sumter County Gamecock Club welcomes the University of South Carolina's football head coach, Shane Beamer, to the Sumter Civic Center for a banquet on May 12. Beamer met with the media, signed autographs and took photos with fans before making a speech.

South Carolina's Beamer comes to Sumter with Gamecock Club's Welcome Home Tour

The University of South Carolina Gamecock Club's Welcome Home Tour made a stop on Thursday evening at the Sumter County Civic Center, and Gamecock head football coach Shane Beamer was front and center as the night's keynote speaker. Beamer enters …

Mississippi quarterback Jaxson Dart (2) is among the players to watch this fall in the SEC.

Several players to watch in the Southeastern Conference

A look at Southeastern Conference players who appear poised to have breakout seasons: SEC EAST Florida: Running back Montrell Johnson followed new Florida coach Billy Napier from Louisiana-Lafayette and was a bright spot during spring …

Former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) transferred to South Carolina this offseason, joining a large group of players to transfer into the SEC.

SEC proving to be a preferred destination for transfers

Quarterback Jaxson Dart didn't know exactly where he wanted to go upon deciding to leave USC, just that the Southeastern Conference was a preferred destination. Dart wound up landing at Mississippi and in the SEC, along with a number of other top …

Former Lakewood standout Tyreek Johnson (92) lines up to rush the passer during the South Carolina spring game on Saturday.

Sumter natives making an impact as USC hosts spring game; Green enters transfer portal

Saturday night marked a first for the University of South Carolina football team, as the program played its spring football game under the lights at Williams-Brice Stadium.As the respective teams …

South Carolina's Saniya Rivers announced her intention to transfer on Thursday.

South Carolina guard Rivers entering transfer portal

COLUMBIA - Saniya Rivers, part of South Carolina's No. 1 women's basketball recruiting class this past season, has entered the NCAA transfer portal a day after the Gamecocks celebrated their national championship with a downtown parade. Rivers …

Outdoors

An entrance to the new ground on a wet day.

Sumter outdoors columnist Dan Geddings: Some new ground

We could hear the big equipment running on the land. Logging trucks rolled in and out. The property had changed ownership, and the new owner was making an aggressive timber harvest. The forest was being clear cut. It seemed like the piney woods were …

SCDNR to hold courtesy boat inspections at Alex Harvin Landing

To help prepare for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will be holding courtesy boat inspections at public boat landings across the state.SCDNR officers will perform a quick, but …

A whitetail deer fawn is seen in the spring.

Dan Geddings: The story of wildlife conservation

Hunters and fishermen have led the way in wildlife conservation. Outdoorsmen have devoted the time and money toward managing America's natural resources. Our dollars and habitat work have made a difference in natural ecosystems. Game animals and …