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The football teams from Sumter, Lakewood and Crestwood will transition from summer workouts to practice on Tuesday.

Sumter School District football teams prepare to shift from workouts to practice

After Labor Day weekend, the football practice fields at the high schools in Sumter School District will look a bit different. This week marked the final week of summer workouts, as teams transition to officially moving into practice mode next …

Kirkhart wins two events in Sumter High swim meet

Hayden Kirkhart won two individual events and swam a leg on a winning relay team to lead Sumter High School's girls swim team to a second-place finish in a 3-team meet on Tuesday at City of Sumter Aquatics Center. Kirkhart won the 100-yard …

South Carolina High School League commissioner Jerome Singleton said that schools like Sumter High will have the ability to make their own decision on attendance for football games this fall.

SCHSL's Singleton: Schools must 'take ownership' of attendance plans this fall

There was a lot on the table for discussion during a Zoom meeting hosted by the South Carolina High School League and an ensuing press conference. However, what attendance numbers will look like for football games amidst the coronavirus pandemic was …

Lakewood volleyball players stretch during workouts on Tuesday. The Lady Gators finally began summer workouts this week after the coronavirus pandemic kept the team from  beginning their offseason program.

Sumter, Lakewood, Crestwood get the ball rolling on volleyball

Fall sports coaches in Sumter School District have been preparing for this week all summer. Those sports finally got to start workouts on Monday after sitting out most of the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. The volleyball coaches at …

PHOTOS: Sumter High begins football workouts

The Sumter football team began workouts on Monday with a few extra protocols in place, such as masks and temperature checks. Here's a look at that first day through the lens of The Item's Tim Leible.

Athletes from Sumter School District are working out together as they wait for permission to have organized team workouts. The South Carolina High School League approved start date for football practices, which was originally Aug. 17, has been pushed back to Sept. 8.

SCHSL: Districts won't be penalized for no sports

School districts or schools that choose to cancel games or seasons in the upcoming fall sports season due to the coronavirus pandemic will not be penalized, according to the South Carolina High School League executive committee. In a Zoom meeting …

Jayleal Fuller, Lakewood

On the COVID recruiting trail Part 4

High school football players across the country are fighting to be seen on the recruiting trail during a pandemic that has taken away their chances to be seen by coaches across the country. The Sumter Item met with football players from Sumter, …

James Wright

On the COVID recruiting trail Part 2

High school football players across the country are fighting to be seen on the recruiting trail during a pandemic that has taken away their chances to be seen by coaches across the country. The Sumter Item met with football players from Sumter, …

Marcus Lane

On the COVID recruiting trail Part 1

As is normally the case, high school football players across the country are trying their best to be seen by college football coaches on the recruiting trail. However, the coronavirus pandemic has caused in-person recruiting to be shut down, taking …

Sumter School District Superintendent Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox

Sumter School District still holds keys to when - if - fall sports will begin

The decision as to when or if Sumter School District will allow a restart of fall sports is still in the hands of Superintendent Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox and not the South Carolina High School League. After a meeting on Monday between district …

Sumter High School's Jordan McGee (23) has signed to play football at Allen University in Columbia this fall.

Sumter's McGee signs to play football at Allen University

Sumter High School H-back Jordan McGee plays a position that doesn't get much attention. His role is typically to open running lanes and opportunities for his teammates. As a result, it wasn't easy to find a place to continue his football career. …

Former Sumter punter Dyson Roberts, center, won't get to play football his freshman year at S.C. State after the school's conference, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, canceled fall sports for 2020.

Roberts, Smith disappointed over MEAC's decision to cancel fall sports

Aaron Smith said he almost cried when he heard the news. Dyson Roberts said he actually did come to tears. What brought the two to such an emotional state was when they found out on Thursday that the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference was canceling …

The South Carolina High School League announced on Wednesday that the start of fall sports practices will be delayed until at Aug. 17. Sumter running back Nathan Harris-Waynick (26) and the rest of the student-athletes in Sumter School District are still waiting to see when they will be allowed to begin summer conditioning and weightlifting.

Sumter School District to meet next week about athletics after SCHSL reveals plan

Sumter School District will be meeting next week to discuss the possibilities of starting up fall sports for the 2020-21 school year after the South Carolina High School announced its intentions on Wednesday following a Zoom meeting of the …

SCHSL votes to keep fall sports in same order, pushes back start dates to mid-August

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Former Manning running back and linebacker Aaron Smith (11) hasn't had the ideal start to his career at South Carolina State, as the former Monarch hasn't been able to see the team's playbook or report to campus.

Sumter's Roberts, Manning's Smith gear up for complicated first season at S.C. State

Sumter High School kicker and punter Dyson Roberts and Manning High linebacker Aaron Smith are preparing to play their first season of college football during one of the most difficult summers in history due to the coronavirus pandemic. The pair …