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Team goes 4-1 in Southern Sectionals

State champion 'Net Results' has strong sectional showing

By The Staff

The “Net Results” Sun City Carolina Lakes’ 65-and-over ladies tennis team concluded an inspiring season recently  in Dothan, Ala., losing to a powerful Arkansas team in the Sectional Finals.
The team qualified for the South Carolina State Championships by winning the Mid Carolina Tennis League regular season with a record of 5-1.
The state championship was played in Hilton Head on Nov. 6-9.


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Rams top South 46-41

Rucker rallies for boys crown

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The Rucker Rams capped a season’s hoops sweep of rival South to capture the middle school boys conference championship with a 46-41 win over the Mustangs at the Lancaster High School gym on Thursday night.
The Rams’ five-point comeback win gave Rucker a sweep of Mustangs for the season.
Rucker posted a 37-21 win back in December at the South gym, but the hardwood rematch was tougher.
South led 19-18 at the half, but Rucker rallied to take a 27-26 lead after three periods and held on for the 46-41 victory.


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Sports Talk

Jim Duncan’s due a golden football for SB V play

By Robert Howey

Lancaster is due a golden football.
To be more specific, the late Jim “Butch” Duncan, a former Barr Street High School great and Lancaster Athletic Hall of Famer, is due one of those golden footballs, which in the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, is given to a coach or player who played in a past Super Bowl.


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Panthers looking to wear Super Bow1 50 crown

By Robert Howey

The NFC Champion and Super Bowl 50-bound Carolina Panthers insist they will follow the same game plan, which has been a fine formula for their success this season.
The Cats say they will use the two-week preparation plan they followed at the end of the regular season to the divisional playoff game with Seattle. Following the Carolina Blue-print for success has set the Panthers as the “cat’s meow,” with a distinct roar across the NFL.
One tweak for the Panthers is their attire for Super Bowl L.


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Resolute Reindeer 5K

Run raises funds for Habitat building fund

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Mustapha Elgazar of Pageland repeated his win in the Resolute Reindeer 5K held at the University of South Carolina Lancaster on Dec. 12.
Elgazar posted an 18:51 to top the field. A year ago, Elgazar ran an 18:55 to take the victory in the Resolute Reindeer 5K.
The second overall male finisher was Matthew Collins with a 19:13 and Walker Kirkley was third in 19:58.
Andrea Brunsvold of Lancaster ran a 23:25 to finish as the top overall female. Brunsvold was followed by Elizabeth Monroe in a 23:36 and Sydney Cauthen was third in 24:18.


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Catoe recalls Tigers' battles with Bama

By Robert Howey

Clemson battling Alabama is nothing new to former Tigers’ great Jimmy Catoe, who starred at old Kershaw High School under the late Bill Few before heading to play at Tigertown under the legendary Frank Howard in the mid-1960s.
For Catoe, a crackerjack linebacker in his day at Clemson, facing the Tide is old helmet, uh, “old hat,” akin to “Bear” Bryant’s familiar black and white “hounds tooth” cover.


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Clemson seeks to build off win over Oklahoma

Tigers elated with success

By Robert Howey

Clemson University football fans are excited about the Tigers’ upcoming clash with Alabama to decide college football’s national champion.
The No. 1 Tigers, fresh off a 37-17 rout of Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, battle the No. 2 Crimson Tide, which mauled Michigan State, 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl, for the national crown on Jan. 11 at 8:30 p.m. in the University of Phoenix Stadium at Glendale, Ariz.


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Micky Taylor

Rec soccer stars shine

The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation youth soccer teams posted a strong showing in the state tournament Dec. 5-6 with the 10u and 12u teams each finishing second in the state field and the 15u stars placing third.
u The 10u stars opened play Dec. 5 with a dominating 3-1 win over Bluffton.
Sergio Pavon, Braxton Cordova and Kevin Cruz each scored in the first half to put the game out of reach.
Adriel Garcia and Landon Williams provided clutch goalie play. The win put the 10u team playing Beaufort County, the defending state champ.


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Elf on the Shelf was a daily Yule reminder for us

By Robert Howey

This Christmas season when it came time to unpack the family decorations and ornaments, one we didn’t have to seek was our Elf on the Shelf.
He was already out and kept his familiar place, atop the clock on the den mantel.
Our elf, which my wife Anne got last Yule season, was a bit different, donned in University of South Carolina attire.
With a USC grad in the home, Caroline, along with a USC Lancaster student, Jackson, and their grandfather, the late Jim Howey, a USC grad and law school alum, don’t think a whole lot of explaining is needed.


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Soccer Play

Palmetto United 00 Boys Gold wins State Cup

By The Staff

The Palmetto United 00 Boys Gold, after winning the SCYSA PMSL 1 East Division, set its   sight on the coveted State Cup.
The opening day featured a beautiful Dec. 5 morning when PUFC launched the tournament with a 4-0 win over CFC Premier.
PUFC goals were scored by Luis Alanis, Jaime Bonilla, Martin Cruz to go with an own goal for the 4-0 win.
The second match was a little more challenging as the PUFC boys rallied to secure a 2-1 victory on goals by Martin Cruz and Luis Alanis.


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