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Sports Briefs: June 25, 2017

Trophy Night hoops June 30
Friday Night Basketball will have Trophy Night on June 30 at the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Springdale Complex gym, 260 S. Plantation Road.
Contests include a 3-point shootout, free throw challenge and 5-on-5 pickup tournament.
Awards will be presented to winners of each contest as well as MVPs for the night. Age groups are 7-12 and the cost is $3 per person.
Play begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9:45.


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San Antonio Spurs draft Tigers’ Blossomgame

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CLEMSON – Jaron Blossomgame was the 59th overall selection, the 29th pick of the second round, by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2017 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Thursday night.
Blossomgame is the 28th player drafted in Clemson history, and the first since K.J. McDaniels went 32nd overall to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014.
Blossomgame is just the second Tiger to be drafted by the Spurs, as Chris Whitney was selected as the 47th overall pick by the organization in the 1993 NBA draft.

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Lancaster’s Thornwell to play for LA Clippers

'Relief, man, finally!'

By Robert Howey

More than 300 supporters raised the roof off the Lancaster Moose Lodge Thursday night as Sindarius Thornwell, the best basketball player our city has ever produced, learned he’ll be playing for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.
After three hours of waiting through 47 draft picks, Thornwell stared at the TV and everyone fell silent as the 48th selection was announced. “Sindari…,” and the Moose Lodge erupted in cheers and applause. In the jostling ecstacy, someone whacked Thornwell on the back of the head.


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Baker, Knight look to extend LSS streaks

By Michael Knight

Two Lancaster Super Speedway drivers will highlight racing action at the big half-mile oval Saturday night.


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Dixie Baseball stars launch district play

By The Staff

Lancaster Dixie Baseball will have five all-star teams in action this weekend as the S.C. Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 tournaments open play.

The A-League (6U) machine pitch team will be in action at Rodman Park in Richburg as the Lancaster all-stars battle Jefferson at 6:30 p.m.

The A-League all-stars are Hunter Starnes, Arione Truesdale, Kolby Avant, Michael Hinson, Reno Blakely, Samuel Hunter, Lance Whitaker, Colton Helms, Aiden James, Brendan Horton, Carson Robertson and Cade Ghent.


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Column: Thornwells looking for exciting day

By Robert Howey

Sharicka Thornwell, mother of University of South Carolina basketball star and Lancaster native Sindarius Thornwell, says these are exciting times.  The excitement is building to Thursday night when her 6-5 son with a 6-10 wingspan is expected to be taken in the annual NBA draft.  Most draft projections have Thornwell, the Southeastern Conference MVP, going in the second round.

The Thursday draft has two rounds starting at 7 p.m. in the  Barclays Center in Brooklyn.


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Baker returns to victory lane for Super Stock Division win

By Michael Knight

A lot of dust has settled at Lancaster Super Speedway since the driver known as “The Gambler” visited victory lane in the Super Stock Division at LSS.


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Rec softball stars going strong

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The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Dixie Softball all-stars are off to a solid start in District II tournament play at the Larry Doby Sports Complex in Camden.

The Lancaster County Darlings (8U) are 3-0 in the tournament, outscoring three opponents in the district field, 57-3. The Darlings have hit 10 home runs, including a grand slam.

The Darlings stars rolled to their third straight win, taking a 22-3 win over Lugoff on Monday.


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American stars win tourney

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The annual Lancaster Dixie Baseball A-League (6U) Intra-league All-Star series was played last week at Wylie Park.

The American  League all-stars won two straight games to claim the best-of-three  series.

The American League stars won the series opener, posting a 6-5 win.

The game ended in dramatic fashion as the National League stars had the tying and game-winning run in scoring position with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but couldn’t get the runners home.


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CPTC solid in district qualifier

By The Staff

The Columbus Parker Youth Track Club produced a solid effort in the AAU Region 8 District qualifier at Broome High School in Spartanburg.


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