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Ragin Prep's Zymir Robinson-Hill handles the ball against Riverpointe Christian on Thursday.

Ragin Prep falls short against Riverpointe Christian in SCISA 1A semifinals

The Ragin Prep boys basketball team was shorthanded when they faced off with Riverpointe in the SCISA 1A semifinals on Thursday. The Rams have been built around balance this season, and missing two …

The Clarendon Hall girls basketball team celebrates their victory over Dorchester Academy in the SCISA 2A state semifinals on Thursday.

Clarendon Hall Lady Saints punch tickets to state with OT win over Dorchester Academy

The Clarendon Hall girls basketball team seemed to have the deck stacked against them on Thursday. The Lady Saints were facing a Dorchester Academy team that had already beaten them twice during the …

Crestwood's London Vaughn reacts after fouling out against Darlington on Thursday.

No. 6 Crestwood girls fall to Darlington in 3A quarterfinals

It’s hard to beat a good team three times. That is a classic coaching cliché, but it’s cliché for a reason. That level of familiarity with a team, especially when the stakes …

From the Wire

South Carolina forward Ashlyn Watkins (2) scores over Alabama guard Jessica Timmons (23) on Thursday in Columbia.

No. 1 Gamecocks win share of regular-season SEC title with 72-44 victory over Alabama

COLUMBIA - Ashlyn Watkins had no clue South Carolina would be as good as it is before the season began. Now that the top-ranked Gamecocks have rolled to another Southeastern Conference title, they plan to keep chasing down championships. "We lost …

Milwaukee Bucks head coach Doc Rivers reacts during a matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, Feb. 15, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Rivers hasn't been what the doctor ordered yet

MILWAUKEE - Doc Rivers' arrival was supposed to ensure the Milwaukee Bucks would develop into one of the NBA's most dangerous teams by the postseason. But they sure haven't looked like contenders so far. The Bucks return from the All-Star …

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey traveled to South Carolina on Thursday.

SEC's Sankey talks with trustees, leaders at South Carolina on changing sports landscape

COLUMBIA - Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey told University of South Carolina trustees the league's union with the Big Ten Conference was created to provide leadership for a challenging landscape in college athletics. It is not, …

ASSOCIATED PRESS  Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is among the favorites for the MVP, but the race is still wide open as the league hits the home stretch of the season.

Amid a wide-open playoff race, a wide-open NBA MVP race might be brewing as well

The new rule that rendered Philadelphia's Joel Embiid ineligible for a second-consecutive NBA MVP award because he's missing too many games has the potential to create something the league hasn't seen in almost two decades. That would be a …

Chicago quarterback Justin Fields said Wednesday that he wants to stay with the Bears as he remains the center of trade rumors with the team holding the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Bears QB Fields says he wants to stay in Chicago, tired of trade talk

CHICAGO - Bears quarterback Justin Fields said he wants to remain in Chicago and is tired of the trade talk surrounding him. Fields made his feelings clear during an episode of the "St. Brown Brothers" podcast that was released on Wednesday. The …

Prep Sports

Sumter High's Araina Ross will be a critical player on both sides of the ball as Sumter High faces another tall, athletic combo player in Summerville's Molly Daugherty on Friday in the SCHSL 5A lower state championship in Florence.

No. 1 Lady Gamecocks gear up for lower state rematch with Summerville

Two years ago, the Sumter High girls basketball team saw their season end in Florence Center in the SCHSL 5A lower state championship. When they made the same trip to Florence a year ago, it was Stall that knocked them out of the postseason one …

AREA ROUNDUP: Wilson Hall baseball thrashes Heathwood Hall in opener

The Wilson Hall baseball team traveled to Heathwood Hall on Wednesday to open their season and ran away with a 17-0 win in five innings. The Barons took a few innings to really get rolling …

Crestwood's Aaron Coleman lies on the floor after the final buzzer sounds on the Knights' 55-52 overtime loss to Lower Richland on Wednesday in the 3A state quarterfinals.

No. 1 Crestwood boys drop OT thriller to No. 10 Lower Richland in quarterfinals after Tindal fouls out

The gym at Lower Richland was packed and raucous on Wednesday night as the top-ranked Crestwood boys basketball team traveled to face the No. 10 Diamond Hornets in the SCHSL 3A state quarterfinals. …

Wilson Hall's Shawn Michael Matthews scored 22 points in the Barons' region championship win over Trinity Collegiate on his way to Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week honors.

HINES FURNITURE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Wilson Hall's Matthews helps push Barons to region tournament title

Last season, the Wilson Hall boys basketball team won their region title in the regular season only to fall short of claiming the crown in the region tournament. After finishing atop the region once again this season, the Barons were determined to …

CLEMSON

From left, Clemson men's soccer coach Mike Noonan, South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney and Coastal Carolina football coach Tim Beck pose for photos with lawmakers before a meeting of a South Carolina House committee considering a bill allowing schools to help athletes with name, image and likeness deals on Tuesday in Columbia.

Football powers converge to support South Carolina athlete compensation bill

COLUMBIA - Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney, South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer and Coastal Carolina football coach Tim Beck all came together at the Statehouse to urge lawmakers to pass a law allowing their schools to directly compensate …

PHIL KORNBLUT

South Carolina adds transfer QB Ashford

South Carolina added a second quarterback transfer to the incoming group of players for the 2024 season on Tuesday. Robby Ashford (6'4" 225 lbs.), a native of Hoover, Alabama, played two seasons at …

PHIL KORNBLUT

South Carolina continues to add from transfer portal

South Carolina coach Shane Beamer had another big week mining talent from the transfer portal. Beamer has commitments from 15 portal transfers, adding eight more this week and making sure a previous commitment didn't flip. South Carolina on …

Sumter High defensive lineman Anthony Addison has been offered by South Carolina.

Sumter High's Addison talks South Carolina recruitment

Sumter High DE Anthony Addison (6'3", 215 pounds) had been a regular visitor to South Carolina for games when he arrived at Williams-Brice Stadium on Nov. 25 for the Clemson game. Addison had been drawing serious recruiting attention from Gamecock …

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney hoists the Ash Verlander Champions Trophy after beating Kentucky in the Gator Bowl on Friday in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mafah runs for 4 TDs, Clemson rallies to beat Kentucky 38-35 in wild Gator Bowl

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Clemson finished the Gator Bowl on Friday just like it did the season: with a flourish. Phil Mafah ran for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder with 17 seconds to play, and the Tigers rallied to beat Kentucky 38-35 in one of …

USC

New South Carolina Shawn Elliott left Georgia State to be closer to his family, who has remained in Columbia during his coaching tenure further south.

South Carolina's Elliott says downsizing was for family reasons, not changes in college football

COLUMBIA - Newly hired South Carolina assistant Shawn Elliott did not leave his job as Georgia State's head coach because of challenges with NIL, retaining players or other changes in college football. His reasons were a lot closer to home. For …

South Carolina center Kamilla Cardoso (10) looks to shoot over Tennessee center Tamari Key (20) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Cardoso leads No. 1 South Carolina past upset-minded Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Kamilla Cardoso had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 1 South Carolina past upset-minded Tennessee 66-55 on Thursday night. Cardoso had missed two previous games while playing for Brazil in an Olympic qualifying tournament. …

Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott resigned on Thursday and announced a return to South Carolina, where he will serve as the tight ends coach for the Gamecocks in order to be close to his family, which still resides in Columbia.

Georgia State HC Elliott resigns, heading to South Carolina as assistant

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia State abruptly postponed spring football practice on Thursday after Shawn Elliott became the latest head coach to accept an assistant's job at another school. Elliott is headed to South Carolina as tight ends coach, pending …

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley and the Gamecocks were one of four teams seeded No. 1 when the NCAA women's basketball selection committee revealed its current expectation for seeds on Thursday.

South Carolina, Stanford, Ohio State and Colorado top seeds in early women's NCAA Tournament reveal

South Carolina, Stanford, Ohio State and Colorado would be the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament if it began now. The NCAA women's basketball selection committee on Thursday did its first reveal of the teams in line for the top 16 seeds. "It …

South Carolina guard MiLaysia Fulwiley, front left, drives to the basket ahead of UConn guard Paige Bueckers (5) in Columbia on Sunday.

South Carolina still No. 1 after win over UConn

Ohio State is up to No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 women's basketball poll, matching the best ranking in school history. The Buckeyes, who were fifth last week, have won 11 straight games and their only losses this season have come to USC, …

Outdoors

GEDDINGS

Sumter outdoors columnist Dan Geddings: Things change

I remember seeing an article in The Sumter Item about the entire staff of a small newspaper in Clarendon County all quitting at the same time. The publisher of the paper vowed to continue. It was quite a shock that everyone left, but I was elated! I …

Deer antler-measuring sessions set across South Carolina

Antlers will abound throughout the Palmetto State as the search for new state record deer antlers gets underway during the S.C. Department of Natural Resources' annual series of measuring sessions. Each winter S.C. Department of Natural Resources …

More than 200 years ago, Jimbo and Pearlie were enslaved on this land. James, one of their 10 children who grew up here, became a sharecropper and in 1898 married Cornelia on this land. Sandra Myers, above, is the great-granddaughter to James and says she feels blessed.

African American farm owner feels connected to her Sumter property

Year 'round, month to month, the Natural Resources Conservation Service in South Carolina serves to support the landowners, farmers and ranchers of private lands in the state. Whether that land is passed from one generation to another or procured …