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LHS linebacker pledges to Bulldogs

Ricks commits to S.C. State

By Robert Howey

Lancaster High School senior linebacker Desmond Ricks has given S.C. State University a commitment to sign with the Bulldogs.
The NCAA national signing day for football is Feb. 1, 2017. Verbal pledges are non-binding to the school.
Ricks, a three-year member of the LHS varsity, was a two-year starter for the Bruins.
Ricks, for the Bruins’ 5-6 season under third-year head coach Bobby Collins, notched 88 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles, two blocked passes, a fumble recovery and blocked extra point.


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Vols top Cats, advance

David Kellin


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Bears edge Bruins, 37-31

By Robert Howey

BELTON – In a beast mode clash, the Belton Honea Path Bears were able to claw out a thrilling 37-31 triple overtime win over the Lancaster Bruins to open the Class AAAA Upper State football playoffs at BHP on Friday night.


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Bears roar on Jackets’ turnovers

Eric Rowell


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Bulldogs end Warriors’ run, 35-6

Lee McManus


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Catoe, Watts and Barnes reap awards

LHS Bruins trio earns Tri-County Coaches honors

By Robert Howey

FORT MILL – Three Lancaster High School football standouts were honored at the weekly meeting of the Tri-County Football Coaches Association on Wednesday.
Bruins’ stars Markees Watts, C.D. Catoe and Kevius Barnes were honored for their play in LHS’s 28-26 playoff-clinching win over Richland Northeast on Nov. 3.
Watts reaped the Class AAAA-AAAAA Defensive Lineman of the Week with eight tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and two batted down passes.


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Vols rely on senior’s play, leadership in AJ secondary

Moore’s plenty dependable

By Robert Howey

KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson head football coach C.J. Frye, pushed to the brink, can find only one problem with Volunteers’ senior defensive back Tay Moore.
“We need more players like him,” Frye said. “If we could clone him, that might be an option, but we will take what we have. Tay is a high-caliber kid.”
Frye, the Vols’ second-year head coach, can reel off a bunch of adjectives to describe the 5-10, 160-pounder, but said Moore’s dependability ranks as his highest asset.


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Buford pitcher to play for Saints

Jackets’ diamond ace Sullivan signs to play at Limestone

By Robert Howey

Limestone College softball is getting a diamond ace out of the Buford High School softball program.
BHS Lady Jackets ace hurler Sydney Sullivan, who guided Buford to the 2016 Class AA state softball championship, solidified her verbal commitment signing with the Saints after giving them an oral pledge last fall.
“I love the atmosphere at Limestone,” said Sullivan, who signed with the Saints on Nov. 10. “The school isn’t huge, but it is not small. It is what I was looking for in a college.


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Four county schools in postseason play Friday

Teams eye playoff openers

By Robert Howey

Lancaster County high school football teams are focused on the “second season” as they look to make a playoff run.
All four county teams are in the playoffs which open Friday night at 7:30, with three teams on the road.
Lancaster, 5-5 and the fourth seed out of Region III-AAAA, travels to face 9-1 Belton-Honea Path.
Andrew Jackson, 7-2 and the Region IV-AA runner-up, is at home to face Ninety Six, 2-8 as the Volunteers host their first playoff game since the 2013 season.


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Bruins hoops standout

McGriff signs to play at Limestone

By Robert Howey

The 2016-17 Lancaster High School basketball season has yet to tip off, but Bruins’ senior forward Nehemiah McGriff knows where he will play next season.
McGriff, a 6-5, 177-pounder, made his college choice official Friday morning when he signed with Limestone College to play for the Saints.
McGriff, who chose Limestone over Wingate, Catawba and Johnson C. Smith University, said selecting the Saints was an easy choice.


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