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Weathering the storm? Sumter, Wilson Hall football games canceled; other games could still possibly be played

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 9/5/19

For the second straight season, the Sumter High School and Wilson Hall football teams will play just nine regular-season games - at least for now.

Both schools canceled their games scheduled for Friday because of the impending threat of Hurricane …

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Weathering the storm? Sumter, Wilson Hall football games canceled; other games could still possibly be played

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For the second straight season, the Sumter High School and Wilson Hall football teams will play just nine regular-season games - at least for now.

Both schools canceled their games scheduled for Friday because of the impending threat of Hurricane Dorian.

Sumter, which is 2-0 on the season, was scheduled to play its home opener against Conway, which is located in the coastal county of Horry. SHS athletics director Curtis Johnson said the game will not be rescheduled.

Wilson Hall was supposed to travel to Charleston to take on First Baptist on Friday. Wilson Hall athletics director Glen Rector said that game will not be made up even though it is a SCISA 3A contest that would have played a part in seeding for the state playoffs.

Both schools, along with many other schools throughout the state, lost a game last season due to Hurricane Florence.

Sumter also canceled its Lady Gamecock Spike-Off volleyball tournament scheduled for Saturday. Johnson said he had three schools from coastal counties scheduled to play.

He said the only athletic event for Sumter that make take place this is the swimming teams traveling to Rock Hill for the Upstate Invite on Saturday. A decision hasn't been made on that yet.

None of the local schools will be in session on Thursday because of the hurricane. They called off of the scheduled athletic events for Thursday.

While those football games have been canceled, there is still a possibility of games being played on either Friday or Saturday.

Crestwood is still scheduled to travel to Columbia on Friday to face Richland Northeast beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Manning and Lakewood are tentatively scheduled to play at J. Frank Baker Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The other four local privates schools are still scheduled to play on Friday as well. Laurence Manning Academy is set to play host to Florence Christian School, Robert E. Lee is at home against Dillon Christian, Thomas Sumter Academy is scheduled to travel to Darlington to face Trinity-Byrnes, and Clarendon Hall is on the road against Holly Hill Academy.

If both schools are in session on Friday, Scott's Branch will go on the road to face Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

Lee Central is still tentatively scheduled to travel to Timmonsville on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. game. However, Stallions head coach Justin Danner said if the teams don't play on Friday, the game will be played on Saturday beginning at noon.