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Faile shines in debut

By Robert Howey

Louisiana State University freshman softball player Casey Faile posted her first collegiate win in the Lady Tigers’ 4-2 win over Tulsa in the Easton Purple and Gold Challenge at LSU’s Tiger Park on Saturday.The ninth-ranked Lady Tigers captured the tournament title over the weekend, going 5-1.A former Andrew Jackson High School softball star, Faile allowed two runs, five hits and walked two. She struck out six in the complete-game effort.


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Vols net Rose Classic crown

By Eric Rowell

Andrew Jackson scored a pair of goals over a five-minute flurry to take a 2-1 win over Lancaster High School and capture the first Rose City Soccer Classic championship on Saturday.The Volunteers’ win capped a 3-0 run in the two-day tournament which was played at Lancaster Memorial Stadium.The field included all four county boys’ soccer teams.LHS, which went 0-1-2 in the tourney, broke on top as Drew Christensen scored off a Ethan Kramer corner kick five minutes into the match.The Vols answered as Daniel Wright tallied a goal to s


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Jackets confident about campaign

By Robert Howey

Buford has an old face in a new place for the Jackets’ 2008 soccer season.

Leland Summers, who coached the BHS junior varsity team and a former varsity assistant, is the new varsity head coach.

Summers’ chore is to keep the Jackets’ program among the Class AA elite.

A year ago, the Jackets fashioned a 17-5 mark and earned a Class AA Lower State playoff bid.


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AJ, LHS battle for Classic title

By Eric Rowell

Andrew Jackson and Lancaster met late Saturday afternoon to decide the title in the first Rose City Classic at Lancaster Memorial Stadium.

The Vols entered the clash with LHS with two wins, while Lancaster had a pair of (2-all) ties with county foes Buford and Indian Land.

Buford and Indian Land met in the third match Saturday, with Lancaster and AJ slated to play in the final match late Saturday afternoon.

The final two matches were completed after the paper’s deadline for the Sunday edition. See Wednesday’s edition for a report.


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AJ upbeat about baseball

By Robert Howey

Andrew Jackson High School baseball coach Andy Morton is confident the Volunteers can shine on the diamond this spring.Morton, the AJ jayvee baseball coach last season, is upbeat with the return of seven starters to the Vols’ lineup this season.The veteran cast includes MVP Daniel Pardue along with Josh Eubanks, the team’s Offensive Award winner last season, and Defensive Award winner Greg Cook.Pardue, a junior, returns at shortstop to solidify the heart of the AJ defense, which includes senior second baseman Eubanks along with senior catche


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Bruins fall to Airport

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Bruins fall to Airport

Lancaster dropped an 11-5 loss to Airport of Columbia in the third round of the Lake Murray Classic on Wednesday.

Nick Ferguson led the Bruins with two hits and a pair of stolen bases. Bryan Gainer had two hits and drove in two runs. Trevor Hammond had a hit and a RBI.

Will Gaston and Josh Warfield each had a hit.

Warfield worked an inning and allowed four hits and an earned run.

Michael Catoe went three frames and yielded four hits and a walk. Evan Byrd hurled two innings and gave up three hits and two walks.


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Volunteers crown Knights

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Andrew Jackson capped play in the North Central preseason baseball tournament, taking a 12-4 win over the Knights on Wednesday at the NCHS field.

AJ sophomore Dylan McKittrick was the winner, working four innings and fanning five batters. Lance Horton went three innings to notch the save. He struck out three.

Daniel Pardue led the Vols' 10-hit attack with three hits and a walk. Senior catcher Greg Cook rapped two doubles. Justin Hinson added a triple for the winners.


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Lancaster County stars open play in Central District tournaments

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The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department will have six youth basketball teams in action this weekend.All six squads will be vying for the Central District championships Saturday.The 10-under girls team, coached by Derek Vick, travels to Forest Lake Park in Columbia to take on Fairfield County in a first-round game at 11:15 am.The 10-under boys have two teams traveling to Columbia and both will play at Trenholm Park.


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LHS booters face challenging season

By Robert Howey

First-year Lancaster High School soccer coach Bo Sylvia said the Bruins are starting from scratch, but are shooting to make their mark in time.“We know we’re in a complete rebuilding mode,” said Sylvia who will be guiding a team which won only two matches last season. “We’re facing a challenge, but we look forward to the challenge. We hope to have a surprise or two this season.”Sylvia, a Panama native, has coached high school soccer in Missouri, N.C. and S.C.


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Classic kicks off play Friday

By Robert Howey

The first Rose City Soccer Classic kicks off play Friday at Lancaster Memorial Stadium.

The two-day-event, which involves all four county high school boys' teams, will continue Saturday with four matches on tap starting at 11 a.m.

The Classic's opening match has tournament host Lancaster meeting Indian Land at 5:30 p.m. The second match of the opening night pits Conference VIII-AA foes Andrew Jackson against Buford at 7.

Play opens Saturday with four matches on tap.


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