Jackets swarm Vols in region opener

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Spring Sports Roundup

By Robert Howey



Buford, in impressive fashion, opened Region IV-AA baseball play with a 14-2 win over county rival Andrew Jackson at the Vols’ field on Friday, March 14.

The Yellow Jackets, 3-3, 1-0, drilled 15 hits on the way to the 12-run road win over the Volunteers in five innings.

Buford held a 4-2 edge after three innings, but ignited for five runs in each of its next two at-bats to seal the win over the Volunteers.

“Coming off a tough one-run (5-4) loss to Blacksburg in our last game Tuesday, I was proud of the way our players were focused on the challenge of facing Andrew Jackson,” BHS coach Eric Funderburk said. “Our fans also gave us a great deal of support and that was a key for us.”

Austin Pate and Daniel Mackey led the BHS offense with three hits each.

Pate had a triple, two singles to go with two RBIs and three runs scored. Mackey supplied three hits and four RBIs.

Troy Cunningham, who opened the game with a home run, had two hits, three runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base.

Winning pitcher Kholby Pate rapped a pair of hits. Evan Flynn posted two hits, scored four runs and drove in three runs.

Scotti Moser had a hit, drove in a run and scored a run. James Gardner and Brady Horton each had a hit and a RBI.

BHS southpaw Kholby Pate, 2-1, hurled four frames and allowed two runs, three walks and four hits. He fanned three. Gage Hinson worked an inning and struck out one with a walk.

Kipp Rollings, who worked three innings, took the loss. Eric Miles and Gunnar Lucas each worked an inning in relief for AJ.

Dustin Eddins had a RBI-double for AJ, while Corley Faulkenberry had a hit and scored a run. Trey Rollings had a hit and drove in a run. Kipp Rollings had a hit, scored a run and a stolen base.

AJ, 4-1, 0-1, hosts North Central on Monday, March 17. Buford travels to Indian Land on Tuesday, March 18 to face the 3-1 Warriors.

Trojans top Bruins

Lancaster fell to 0-2 in Region III-AAAA baseball play, dropping a 10-2 loss to Northwestern at the LHS field on Friday, March 14.

Neil Taylor went three frames and posted a strikeout. Brady Collins hurled three innings and fanned two. Holden Payne went an inning and whiffed one.

Holden Payne, Wesley Knight, Jason Dobbins and Cooper Ledbetter each had a hit for LHS.

Northwestern built a 5-0 lead through six innings and added five in the seventh before Lancaster tallied  two in its seventh.

The Bruins visit York on Tuesday, March 18.



Lady Vols edge BHS

Andrew Jackson edged Buford in Region IV-AA softball, posting a 3-2 win over the Lady Jackets at AJ on Friday, March 14.

Hannah Cobb, 2-1, was the winner, allowing a hit, four walks, and hit a batter. She fanned six.

Sydney Sullivan, 2-1, took the loss. She struck out seven and allowed five hits and two walks.

Haley Faulkenberry had a double and drove in a run for AJ.

T.G. McCowan had a hit and drove in a run. Angela Sims and Katlyn Starnes each had a hit and scored a run. Savannah McKittrick had a hit. Kaitlyn Holden had a RBI.

Jensen Shelby led BHS with two hits. Sullivan had a hit and a RBI. Cassidy Solomon and Morgan Deese each added a hit for BHS.

u AJ opened its regular-season schedule, falling to Hartsville, 9-1 as Cobb took the loss.

Haley Faulkenberry had two hits, including a double, and scored a run. Angela Sims added a single.

u Buford opened its softball season with a pair of wins.

Sydney Sullivan was the winning pitcher in the Lady Jackets’ 4-3 win over Parkwood of Union County, N.C., in eight innings.

Mikayla Hannah led BHS with three hits, including two home runs, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Sydney Sullivan had two hits, including a walk-off hit, and drove in a run.

Courtney Ackerman had a hit and tallied twice.

Sullivan was the winner in the Lady Jackets’ 7-2 win over Class AAA foe Chester.

Adrianna Ray had two hits and drove in three runs. Madison Adams had two hits, including a home run, with two RBIs and a walk.

Morgan Deese added a hit for the winners.

AJ soccer team wins

On Thursday night, March 13 at AJ stadium, the Vols soccer team finally got back into a scoring groove in defeating Class AA foe Columbia, 5-0.

After many near misses and several saves by the Columbia keeper, Jacob Ware scored AJ’s first goal with 15 minutes left in the first half.

The assist came from John Ware.

The second goal came in the second half by Luke Sowell, with an  assist came from John Ware.

The third goal was by Zach Arioli, with an assist from Ryan Burgess. The fourth goal came when McKenzie Denkins scored on penalty kick after Zach Arioli was fouled in the box.

Later on after a handball in the box, Arioli took the penalty kick which bounced off the Columbia keeper and a crashing Jacob Ware was able to get his second goal of the match for the 5-0 final score.

The AJ the defense was solid as AJ keeper Jeremy Moseley only had to make two saves.

AJ golfers win

The Andrew Jackson Volunteer golf team, 3-0, defeated Buford, 157-170 at the Kershaw Golf Club on Thursday, March 13.

AJ’s Logan Sowell was the match medalist with a score of even par 36.

Sowell’s 36 was followed by Emily Cox with a 38 and Caleb Brown shot a 41.

Chandler Norville posted a 42.

Tyler Bowers carded a 43 and Nick Cauthen had a 54 for AJ.

The Vols’ next match is Monday, March 17 when AJ faces Indian Land at the Fort Mill Golf Club.

The Vols, 1-0 in region play, opened their season, topping Fort Mill and Lancaster in a three-way match.

LHS tennis splits

The Lancaster High School boys tennis team opened its 2014 campaign on the road, going 1-1 for the week after trips to Nation Ford and Northwestern.

LHS traveled to Nation Ford on Tuesday, March 11 and fell 4-2 to the Falcons.

The lone wins for the Bruins were from No. 1 singles Adam Whetstone and No. 4 singles Tyler Ferguson, who both win via third-set tiebreakers.

David Jewell battled back from an early deficit in his No. 3 singles match, but ultimately fell in his third-set tiebreaker to Alex Jacob.

On the jayvee side, for the Bruins, Charlie Ellis won his match by a commanding 8-1 score over Deep Patel.

The Bruins faced Northwestern on Thursday, March 13 in Rock Hill and bounced back with a strong 7-0 win over the Trojans.

All 11 Bruins who entered the court were victorious for LHS.

David Jewell’s 6-0, 6-0 victory paced LHS.

At No. 4 singles, Matthew Graham fell into some early trouble due to enforced errors, but rallied to win 10 of his final 12 games for a 7-5, 6-1 victory.

Adam Whetstone, Peyton Brumfield and Tyler Ferguson all had close first-set wins before finally closing out the match with near-perfect second-set wins for the Bruins.

On the doubles side, Isaac Thomas and Spencer Blackmon prevailed at No. 2 doubles. This was the first varsity win for Thomas, a seventh-grader at Buford Middle School.

In the final match of the evening, Peyton Brumfield and David Jewell capped the night with a 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles win over Myles White and Elliott Goodwin.

LHS swept the JV matches with wins from Jalik Wright, Dilon Patel, Josh Gregory and Brian Williams.


Adam Whetstone (L) def. Johnathan Habbick (NF) 6-4, 5-7, 10-4

Raj Dwivedi (NF) def. Peyton Brumfield (L) 6-1, 6-0

Alex Jacob (NF) def. David Jewell (L) 6-2, 3-6, 10-3

Tyler Ferguson (L) def. Banks Reigel (NF) 3-6, 7-5, 10-6

David Plasko (NF) def. Isaac Thomas (L) 6-1, 6-3

Alex Smith-Jon Kesey (NF) def. Spencer Blackmon-Jalik Wright (L) 5-7, 6-3, 10-5

Harry Morgan-Riley Jordan (NF) def. Dilon Patel-Josh Gregory (L) 8-5

John Rahal (NF) def. Brian Williams (L) 8-0

Charlie Ellis (L) def. Deep Patel (NF) 8-1

Ajay Hassani (NF) def. Luke Hendryx (L) 8-1


Adam Whetstone (L) def. Myles White (N) 6-4, 6-1

Peyton Brumfield (L) def. Elliot Goodwin (N) 7-6, 6-1

David Jewell (L) def. Chris Costley (N) 6-0, 6-0

Matthew Graham (L) def. Gage Thomas (N) 7-5, 6-1

Tyler Ferguson (L) def. Trey Helms (N) 6-4, 6-0

Isaac Thomas-Spencer Blackmon (L) def. Andrew Warren-Lawton Evans (N) 6-2, 6-4

Jalik Wright (L) def. Chase Harrington (N) 8-1

Dilon Patel (L) def. Neal Addiches (N) 8-5

Josh Gregory (L) def. Lorenzo Lewis (N) 8-7

Brian Williams (L) def. Dondre Moore (N) 8-3

Lady Warriors win

The Indian Land Lady Warriors improved to 4-2 on the prep soccer season with a 5-0 win over Forrest Hills of Union County, N.C.

IL senior Shalyn Dougherty scored three goals to boost the Lady Warriors’ win.

Babs Marshall and Kelsey Groll each scored a goal. Kate Komorous and Kristen Carpenter each had an assist in the IL win.

Isabella Maia and Erica Krul teamed for the IL shutout.

Indian Land had 12 shots to none for The FHHS Lady Jackets.