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IL falls to BHS

Blacksburg's late flurry foils Warriors' hopes

By The Staff

Indian Land High School’s final game as a Class AA hoops competitor was a bummer in Blacksburg on Saturday night.
The Warriors, bidding to continue their postseason run in their final season of Class AA basketball, saw it end with a 77-72 loss to the host BHS Wildcats.
Indian Land, with the S.C. High School League’s realignment for 2016-17, will move into the Class AAA ranks next season.


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AJ rolls by Ninety Six

Volunteers finish strong, advance

By Robert Howey

KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson took a while to get on track, but once the Volunteers did, they rolled.
The Vols, hindered by a slow start, picked up the pace on the way to a 69-40 win over Ninety Six in the second round of the Class AA Upper State boys basketball playoffs.
AJ’s 29-point win sends the Vols to a third-round home clash with Keenan to decide which team will advance to the AA Upper State title round in Greenville on Saturday.
Tipoff tonight in the AJ gym is at 7 p.m.


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'Canes dash Lady Bruins' title hopes

Wren ends LHS girls' run

By Robert Howey

PIEDMONT – Wren’s Lady Hurricanes, with a fourth-quarter surge, swept away Lancaster High’s hopes of a repeat Class AAA girls basketball state championship Monday night in Piedmont.
The Lady Canes, sparked by the play of senior guard Nakol Franks’ 38 points, rallied to post a 59-54 win to halt the LHS girls’ hopes of a second straight state title.
Lancaster, in the seesaw battle, held a 40-38 lead going into the final period and quickly extended the edge to 45-38 on an Amirah Steward trey and a Malia Rivers’ steal and score.


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LHS girls face Wren on Monday

Lady Bruins edge Diamonds

By Robert Howey

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The Lancaster High School girls basketball team followed the postseason mantra – survive and advance – to a V, as in victory, Thursday night.
The 19-3 Lady Bruins, in a hardwood battle with upset-minded Lower Richland, held on to notch a tough 42-39 win over the visiting Lady Diamonds.


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AJ baseball preview

Vols like diamond chances

By Robert Howey

KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson has plenty of optimism as the Volunteers’ baseball team heads into the 2016 season.
AJHS, which has won a Class AA Upstate district crown twice in the last three years, has a solid cast back from the 2015 team which went 16-11 and won the district crown and advanced to the Class AA Upstate final four.
The Vols qualified for the Class AA Upstate playoffs as the Region IV-AA runner-up with an 8-4 mark after starting 1-3 in league play.


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Flora tops LHS in round two

Falcons soar by Bruins, 70-54

By Robert Howey

COLUMBIA – The high-flying A.C. Flora Falcons are bidding to make their third straight Class AAA state title game appearance with the 2015-16 season.
If their playoff play is a hoops indication, the 23-2 Falcons may return.
Flora, which has won its first two playoff games by a combined 37 points, advanced to third-round play at Berea with a 70-54 win over Lancaster at the Falcons’ Nest on Friday night.
Flora bolted to a 13-2 first period lead and held a 29-10 edge at the half.


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Kenneth Truesdale

Lady Vols charge for victory over Woodruff


KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers rallied to keep alive their Class AA Upper State basketball playoff hopes with a 45-40 win over Woodruff on Friday night.
The Lady Vols, down at the half, picked up the pace to post the second-round playoff win.
The fifth-ranked Lady Vols jumped to a quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but star junior center Alexxus Sowell got tagged for two early fouls and headed to the AJ bench.


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County grapplers in AA,AAA mat fields

Wrestlers set for Upstate tourneys

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Lancaster County Class AA wrestling teams will have a strong contingent in the Class AA Upper State individual tournament at Liberty High School this weekend.
Indian Land, Buford and Andrew Jackson will each have wrestlers in the Class AA Upstate mat field.
Buford, which finished 17-10 on the season, has nine wrestlers set to compete. The Jackets are led by senior top seeds Scotti Moser and Nick Jones, who have also been tabbed for the annual North-South All-Star wrestling tournament next month in Myrtle Beach.


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Bruins move to round two with victories

Home wins advance LHS

By Robert Howey

The Lancaster Bruins, in different ways, opened the Class AAA Upper State basketball playoffs with wins in the LHS gym on Tuesday night.
The second-ranked Lady Bruins cruised to a 71-48 win and the LHS boys, in comeback fashion, forged a 61-56 win over Wren.
The Lancaster girls, 17-3, were slated to open defense of their Class AAA state title on Monday night at home, but a winter storm stalled those plans to Tuesday night.
Lancaster, once on the floor, rolled to the 23-point win behind senior guard Malia Rivers’ 29 points.


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Vols rally, top Capitols to move on

The Andrew Jackson High boys launched their Class AA Upper State playoff hopes with a 56-42 comeback home win over stubborn Columbia High on Wednesday.
The CHS Capitols team proved to be a challenge as they had some good height on the inside and a couple quick aggressive guards.
CHS, in a low scoring first quarter, took an 8-6 edge.
Columbia managed to get AJ’s leading scorer, sophomore ace Dontarius James in foul trouble midway of the second quarter and the Caps claimed a 20-19 halftime lead.


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