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Former Bruins basketball coach headed to Fort Mill High

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Hartsoe to guide Yellow Jackets

By Robert Howey

Former Lancaster High School boys basketball coach Dwayne Hartsoe is staying in York County, but in a new locale.

Hartsoe, a York native, is the new boys basketball coach and athletic director at Class AAA Fort Mill High School.

Hartsoe, who guided the LHS Bruins into a Class AAAA hoops power, was named the Yellow Jackets coach last week.

He replaces former FMHS boys basketball coach and athletic director Bailey Jackson.

Jackson, a Clover native, is returning to his hometown to serve in a school administrative position at Clover High School.

Jackson formerly coached at Buford High where he built the Jackets into a force in Class A basketball.

Hartsoe was selected from a final field of four at Fort Mill High after the group was sliced from 25. Hartsoe comes to Fort Mill from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill where he guided the Stallions program six seasons.

Before going to South Pointe High School, he spent nine seasons in Lancaster where he guided the Bruins to a 122-117 mark, including 63 wins, three playoff berths and a region title in his final three seasons. Hartsoe led Lancaster to the 2005 Class AAAA Upper State championship game where the Bruins fell to Gaffney. He also guided LHS to a No. 1 ranking in those final three seasons.

 Hartsoe, selected from a 28-person field at LHS, replaced W.C. “Bill” Lewis as the Bruins coach in 1995 when he retired at LHS.  Lewis led the LHS boys basketball program for 26 seasons, coming to Lancaster after leading the fortunes at the then all-black Barr Street High School prior to total integration in the Lancaster County Schools. Hartsoe, prior to coming to LHS, served as the boys basketball coach at Williston-Elko High where he defeated Great Falls High for the 1995 Class A state crown. GFHS is led by legendary coach John Smith.