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AJ shows progress with improvement over qualifier

Buford cheerleaders fifth in state field

By Robert Howey

The Buford High School cheerleaders continued their tradition of outstanding competition with a third straight top five finish in the state field.
The Jackets, fourth in Class AA the last two seasons, had a challenge for the 2016 season when they competed in Class AAA.
BHS, led by coach Julie Thompson, answered the challenge with a fifth overall finish in the Class AAA field at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on Saturday.
The Jackets scored 245 points, improving their state qualifying score 11 points.


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Coaches look for physical clash in 2nd round play

Vols facing tough foe

By Robert Howey

Andrew Jackson High second-year head coach C.J. Frye said the Volunteers will need a top effort to keep their season alive Friday night when they face Saluda in Class AA Upper State second-round football playoffs.
AJ, 8-2, earned its shot at the 10-1 Saluda Tigers with a 42-21 win over Ninety Six on Friday night at home.
AJ trailed 21-20 at the half, but roared back for the 21-point victory to keep its Class AA state title hopes alive.


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AJ’s Sowell, IL’s Pressley ranked among state’s top senior players

By Robert Howey

Two Lancaster County senior girls hoops stars and a county team are among the hardwood elite with the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association preseason state rankings recently released.


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AJ’s Poston takes pride in play

By Robert Howey

KERSHAW – The 2016 Andrew Jackson Volunteers, at 8-2 on the season, are regarded as one of the state’s most improved football teams this season.


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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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Prep basketball roundup

Bruins go 3-0, win BHS preseason hoops tourney

By Robert Howey

The Lancaster Bruins completed a stellar run to the championship in the annual Buford High Preseason basketball tournament with a 62-46 win over Fairfield Central High on Monday night.
LHS senior Nehemiah McGriff, the recent Limestone College signee, paced the Bruins with 26, 18 in the first half.
Lancaster, which went 3-0 in the three-day tourney, built a 40-19 lead at the break and cruised to the 16-point win over the Griffins.
LHS held a 51-31 edge after three periods.
McGriff, in three tourney games, had 75 points to lead the LHS cause.


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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

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