PREP BASKETBALL

Sumter girls roll to 55-31 victory over Westside in 5A state playoffs

Jeff Schaffer let his players do some coaching at halftime of Sumter High School’s game against Westside in the second round of the 5A varsity girls basketball state playoffs on Friday at the SHS …

National Signing Day

Surrounded by family and coaches, Scott's Branch's Sean Swaringer signs on to play college football at Newberry during a National Signing Day event at the Summerton school.

Scott's Branch's Swaringer signs with Newberry

Sean Swaringer of Scott's Branch High School may not know what position he'll be playing at the next level, but he does know he'll be playing football at Newberry College next season. Swaringer said the Wolves currently have him listed as an …

Scott's Branch standout defensive back Amonte Brown, left, signs on to play college football at Newberry College during a National Signing Day event last week at the Summerton school.

Scott's Branch standout DB Brown signs with Newberry

When Amonte Brown went on a visit to Newberry College, the Scott's Branch High School quarterback/defensive back knew he had found the place for him. "I was looking for a family-based college and team," said Brown, who signed with the NCAA …

Crestwood standouts Zyricq Rufus, Terrance McClain and Anthony Bradley share a light moment  along with Knights head coach Roosevelt Nelson during a National Signing Day Event last Wednesday at the school. Bradley signed to play college football at Allen University in Columbia.

Crestwood QB Bradley signs to play with Allen

Crestwood High School quarterback Anthony Bradley is going to get an opportunity to play college football after a senior season in which he didn't get to play until the end of the year. Bradley, who missed all but the final four games of his …

Sumter's Abraham Temoney III is surrounded by family and Sumter High head football coach Mark Barnes during a signing ceremony on Wednesday at the school in which Temoney signed to play college football with the brand new football program at Erskine College in Due West. The Flying Fleet will take to the gridiorn for the first time in 2020.

SHS' Temoney joins nascent Erskine College football program

Erskine College in Due West, a picturesque liberal arts college of about 600 students at a crossroads not much bigger than Mayesville about 15 miles northwest of Greenwood, hasn't had a football team since 1951. The Flying Fleet will be taking to …

Crestwood standouts Zyricq Rufus, Terrance McClain and Anthony Bradley share a light moment  along with Knights head coach Roosevelt Nelson during a National Signing Day Event on Wednesday at the school. Rufus signed to play college football at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.

Crestwood's Rufus signs with Catawba

Crestwood High School offensive tackle Zyricq Rufus lets his actions speak louder than his words. On Wednesday morning, he went through with one of the most important actions of his young life when he signed to play college football with Catawba …

Local Sports

Thomas Sumter head varsity girls basketball coach B.J. Reed coaches her team during a timeout in the second half of the Lady Generals' 39-27 victory over Hilton Head Prep in the SCISA 2A state tournament on Friday at the Sumter Civic Center.

Thomas Sumter holds off Hilton Head Prep 39-27 in SCISA 2A girls state tournament

B.J. Reed's second stint as varsity girls basketball head coach at Thomas Sumter Academy is not done yet. The Lady Generals made sure of that thanks in large part to an 11-1 fourth-quarter run …

Lady Cavaliers roll, advance in 2A state playoffs with 63-44 win over John Paul II

By PATRICK ENZOR Special to The Sumter Item There's survive and advance, and then there's what the Robert E. Lee Academy varsity girls basketball team did to John Paul II on Friday in the SCISA …

Thomas Sumter varsity girls basketball head coach B.J. Reed addresses a crowd assembled for a retirement ceremony  on Monday at TSA’s Edens Gymnasium. Reed is stepping down from her position after 18 years at the helm in two stints.

Thomas Sumter legend B.J. Reed stepping down as girls head coach after playoff run

Billy Jo "B.J." Thames Reed calls Thomas Sumter Academy "my safe haven." As well she should. Thomas Sumter is where Reed went to school and was a star athlete, leading the girls basketball team to three consecutive state titles (1987-89) and a …

East Clarendon's Tylashia Cooper (10) and  Cambria Parker of Scott's Branch (4) have been selected as the 2A Player of the Year and the 1A Player of the Year, respectively, by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.

Cooper, Parker each Player of Year

East Clarendon High School's Talaysia Cooper has been named the 2A girls Player of the Year and Cambria Parker of Scott's Branch is the 1A Girls Player of the Year, according to the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association. Cooper has led …

Stallions advance in 2A playoffs with 84-50 victory over Columbia High

BISHOPVILLE -- Columbia High School came to the Lee Central High School gymnasium on Wednesday looking for an upset in the first round of the 2A boys basketball state playoffs. The Capitals …

From the Wire

TJ Hopkins (5) is one of the few returning players for the South Carolina baseball team this year. The Gamecocks open their today at 4 p.m. against Liberty at Founders Park in Columbia.

Gamecocks, Tigers, Fire Ants underway

It's the middle of the February, so that means it's time for the start of a very important season in this state: college baseball. Both South Carolina and Clemson open their seasons today with 3-game home series. The University of South …

Touki Toussaint is one of several candidates who will be vying for a spot in the Atlanta Braves rotation.

Toussaint among candidates for spot in Braves rotation

ATLANTA - Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino has help for anyone confused by the team's long list of young starting pitchers, including several who had Atlanta auditions in 2018. As Atlanta's pitchers and catchers prepare to report to spring training …

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  Jim France, executive vice president of NASCAR, stands on pit road on Feb. 9 as he watches racing at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. France replaced his nephew as head of NASCAR in August and has remained behind the scenes as he tries to stabilize the family business.

Jim France trying to lead NASCAR from the shadows

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Jim France is running NASCAR the same way he lives his life - quietly, in the background, away from the spotlight he never craved. The youngest son of NASCAR's founder carved his own path in the family business and left the …

As Kyle Larson enters his sixth season at NASCAR's top level, it is clear that once he starts winning on a consistent basis he could become the biggest star in the sport.

Larson just may be shining star that can help NASCAR rebound

CHARLOTTE - NASCAR's biggest stars have all moved on. Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are television analysts while Tony Stewart is racing sprint cars again. Danica Patrick traded her firesuit for athleisure-wear while Carl Edwards just kind of …

Martin Truex Jr. (19) got caught up in a in a multi-car pileup in Turn 3 during the NASCAR Clash race on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona  Beach, Florida. Truex will be racing for Joe Gibbs Racing this season.

Truex moves to Joe Gibbs Racing with championship goal

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Martin Truex Jr. was just one of many Philadelphia Eagles fans bummed when Nick Foles' pass deflected off a receiver and was intercepted to end a playoff push toward a second straight Super Bowl. "They had a shot," Truex …

CLEMSON

No. 14 Tigers open season with 6-2 victory over South Alabama

CLEMSON -- Logan Davidson's 3-run home run in the fifth inning lifted No. 14 Clemson to a 6-2 victory over South Alabama at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday in both team's season opener. After the …

Johnson's jumper gives Miami 65-64 win over Clemson

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - For someone who struggled offensively in the first 39 minutes, Zach Johnson scored at the most crucial of times. Johnson's jumper with 0.4 seconds remaining gave Miami a 65-64 victory over Clemson on Wednesday …

Clemson's Marcquise Reed (2) tries to pass while being defended by Virginia Tech's Isaiah Wilkins, right, and Ty Outlaw during the Tigers' 59-51 victory over the No. 11 Hokies on Saturday in Clemson.

Mitchell leads Clemson to 59-51 victory over No. 11 Virginia Tech

CLEMSON (AP) - Clemson coach Brad Brownell has seen plenty of teams with high expectations fall apart when adversity hits. He is proud that his Tigers are not among them. Shelton Mitchell scored 22 points with a career-best five 3-pointers as …

Clemson guard Marcquise Reed (2) drives between Georgia Tech's Jose Alvarado, left, and Abdoulaye Gueye during the first half of the Tigers' 65-42 victory on Wednesday in Atlanta. Read the full story at www.theitem.com.

Reed scores 19 as Tigers blow out Georgia Tech 65-42

ATLANTA - When Clemson got off to a rough start in the Atlantic Coast Conference, coach Brad Brownell told his players not to fret. There was still time to turn things around. Now, the Tigers are headed in the right direction. Marcquise …

USC

Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner (1) drives against South Carolina forward Felipe Haase (13) during the second half of the volunteers' 85-73 victory on Wednesday in Knoxville, Tennessee.

No. 1 Vols beat Gamecocks 85-73 for 19th straight win

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - South Carolina couldn't miss from 3-point range and still couldn't put up much of a challenge against No. 1 Tennessee. Admiral Schofield had 21 points and 10 rebounds as the top-ranked Volunteers defeated South Carolina 85-73 …

MEDLIN

Fire Ants drop 3 of 4 against Pitt

It wasn’t the greatest of weekends for a home-opening series for the University of South Carolina Sumter baseball team. The Fire Ants were swept by Pitt Community College on Saturday at Riley Park …

Freshman duo lifts Gamecocks to 77-65 win over Arkansas

COLUMBIA - South Carolina freshmen A.J. Lawson and Keyshawn Bryant live together as roommates. And they are getting to know what the other one is getting ready to do on the court. That connection helped the Gamecocks (12-11, 7-3 Southeastern …

No. 12 South Carolina women roll Ole Miss in 2nd half 75-42

COLUMBIA (AP) — Nelly Perry led a balanced attack with 13 points and No. 12 South Carolina warmed up for a showdown with UConn with an easy 75-42 win over Mississippi on Thursday night. Alexis …

Outdoors

Remember S.C.'s state forests on your tax return

FROM STAFF REPORTS The South Carolina Forestry Commission is encouraging taxpayers to make a charitable contribution on their tax returns to S.C. State Forests Fund. Contributions help support the five state forests: Harbison, Manchester, Poe …

A CES attendee prepares to release a tagged horseshoe crab in 2015.

DNR invites you to explore the South Carolina coast this year

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve offer these public programs to inspire stewardship and appreciation of our state's coastal wildlife and landscapes. Registration is required, and …

GEDDINGS

The story of my life

I can remember sitting on the floor in my pajamas, as a youngster, at my father's feet, listening to his tales of hunting and fishing adventures. He and my uncles would sit around the dinner table at night, drinking coffee, and tell each other …

Extras

SCISA STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Girls 3A First Round Friday At Pinewood Prep Orangeburg Prep at Pinewood Prep, 8 p.m. Augusta Christian vs. Porter-Gaud, 6:30 p.m. At Sumter Civic Center Hammond vs. Trinity-Byrnes, 5 p.m. At Pinewood Prep Heathwood …

TV SCHEDULE, STANDINGS & MORE - FEB. 15

TV, RADIO TODAY 10 a.m. - College Softball: St. Pete/Clearwater Invitational from Clearwater, Fla. - Notre Dame vs. Tennessee State (ESPNU). Noon - NASCAR Racing: XFINITY Series Daytona 300 Practice from Daytona Beach, Fla. (FOX SPORTS …