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Former Clemson, NFL star speaks at FCA banquet

Perry said faith vital in his NFL career

By Robert Howey

Michael Dean Perry said his faith played a role in his success in the National Football League.
Perry, who played 10 seasons in the NFL and earned six Pro Bowls, was the featured speaker at the second annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet at Second Baptist Church on Tuesday night.
“There’s a lot of different things coming at you in the NFL and I took my faith serious,” said Perry, an Aiken native who starred at Clemson along with his brother William “The Refrigerator” Perry.


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Road race at Memorial Stadium

Run with the Bruins set Saturday

By The Staff

The seventh annual Run with the Bruins 5K road race and quarter-mile fun run is Saturday at Lancaster Memorial Stadium.
The kids’ fun run, open to youngsters age 10-under, begins at 8:15 a.m. The 5K run and walk, which also features a 5K team relay, begins at 9:15 a.m.
The 5K team relay features a three-runner relay, with each runner to participate for a mile. All 5K participants will receive a T-shirt and bib race number. All ages and running abilities are welcome to compete.


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Tourney features fun, good cause

Dizzy bat race decides McMackin golf tourney victor

By Robert Howey

The deciding dizzy bat race was the difference in the 12th annual Neil McMackin Memorial golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club on Sept. 10.
The gross score title ended in a tie, and as the tournament rules came into play was decided by the dizzy bat race.
The dizzy bat race includes a member of the teams, which were tied at the end of regulation.
The members each circle a bat and then race a certain distance and the first to cross the finish line is the winner.


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Middle School Football

Buford Middle rolls to win over Lewisville

By The Staff

The Buford Middle School Jackets rallied from an early 8-0 deficit to post their first win of the season with a 20-8 comeback victory over Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School on Wednesday.
Buford, down 8-0, rallied to slice the lead to 8-6 on Tyler Vespe’s 50-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion try failed.
Buford came back to take the lead for good as quarterback Evan Teague tallied on a three-yard run. Teague’s scoring run was set up when he hit Dalton “Bubba” Catoe on a 25-yard pass.


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Golf Roundup

Playoffs decide LGC captain’s choice title

By Robert Howey

Competitive play highlighted the field in the Lancaster Golf Club’s captain’s choice fall tournament on Saturday.
The 10-team field of four-player teams saw playoffs decide all the winners in the 18-hole tournament.
The team of Mike Brazzell, Garrett Hammond, Steve Harper and Ed Meyer won the overall title, taking first in a card playoff after posting a 57.
Hammond sparked the winning team, carding a hole-in-one on number four.
Hammond used an eight iron on the 149-yard shot.


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Red Roses team earns Sectional bid

Seniors mixed doubles team state champ

By Robert Howey

For the second time in three years, a Lancaster area senior mixed doubles tennis team, age 65-over, has netted a coveted state championship.
The Lancaster area senior mixed doubles tennis team captured the state championship at the Florence Tennis Center where the tournament was held Sept. 9-12.
The Lancaster area team, which included five of the 11-team members from Lancaster County, qualified for the state tournament after winning the Mid-Carolina Regional championship.
The Mid-Carolina Regional League includes Rock Hill, Lancaster, Chester and York.


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Staff Reports

Springs Memorial team wins Rotary tourney

The Springs Memorial Hospital team captured top honors in the 25th annual Rotary Club golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club on Thursday afternoon.
The Springs Memorial team posted a 57 for a one-shot win in the captain’s choice tournament at the LGC.
The foursome of Richard Warrin, Mark Wallace, Ian Stewart and Jonathan Scott carded a 15-under to take the close win in the 18-team field.


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Middle School Football

South blanks Buford

By The Staff

The South Mustangs evened their record at 1-1 on the season, taking a 20-0 win over Buford Middle School at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday night.
SMS’s Jay Bumpass scored on a 55-yard run and added the two-point conversion to give the Mustangs an 8-0 edge.
South upped its lead to 14-0 as Keyonte Rivers returned a punt 85 yards. South wrapped up the scoring as Sean Truesdale scored on a three-yard run. The two-point conversion failed.
South Middle travels to face Lewisville on Thursday for a 5:30 game with the Lions.


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Avid baseball fan completes circuit of MLB cities

Richard Plyler ‘touches ’em all’

By Robert Howey

Richard Plyler has completed the circuit.
In his terms, Plyler, 72, calls it a “check off his bucket list.”
Plyler, an avid baseball fan for the better part of his life, completed a visit to all 30 Major League Baseball cities last Saturday when he attended the Twins-Indians game at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. The host Twins, in 12 innings, took a 2-1 win over Cleveland.


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Middle School Football

Rams open with win over Mustangs

By Robert Howey

The A.R. Rucker Rams, sparked by running back Nigel Moore, rolled to a 26-8 win over Lancaster area football rival South Middle School on Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
Moore scored on runs of 60, 65 and 90 yards in the Mustangs’ 18-point win.
Moore’s 90-yard scoring scamper came after the Rams held the Mustangs out of the end zone when SMS drove deep into Rucker territory to open the second half.
Moore’s long TD dash put the Rams up, 20-8 and they added another touchdown to seal the win.


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