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Lady Bruins topple Fort Mill in playoffs

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By Robert Howey

The Lancaster High School girls’ tennis team launched the playoffs with a 6-1 win over Fort Mill at the J.P. Richards Complex at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on Tuesday.In a match that saw several close scores, the 14-3 Lady Bruins rallied to win in two different third-set tiebreakers to seal the win.Haley Heath and the LHS No. 2 doubles team of Sara Hicks and McKenzie Blanton were able to pull of victories in comeback fashion as Lady Bruins defeated Fort Mill for the third time this season.The team travels to Mauldin for their second-round match Thursday evening.Lyndsey Hegler (L) def. Julianna Araque (FM) 6-1, 6-2Morgan Gardner (L) def. Spencer Collins (FM) 6-1, 7-5Haley Heath (L) def. Dana Proctor (FM) 6-2, 1-6, 12-10Mady Katz (FM) def. Rebecca Simpson (L) 6-4, 6-2Sarah Gilreath (L) def. Bri Larive (FM) 6-1, 6-2Sara Hicks-McKenzie Blanton (L) def. Kayla Blackley-Manuel Araque (FM) 6-2, 4-6, 10-8Hegler-Gardner (L) def. Collins-Proctor 8-1IL girls advanceThe Indian Land Lady Warriors’ volleyball team made the most of a long road trip Monday as the IL girls defeated Williston-Elko 3-0 to advance in the Class A Upper State playoffs.Indian Land, which placed third in Conference III-A play, advances to meet Greenville Tech, the fourth seed out of Conference II-A. The Lady Warriors host the match at 6 p.m. today.Greenville Tech downed top-seeded Ninety Six out of Region I-A on Monday.“Our whole team played well,” IL coach Sally Brandwood said. “It was a little rocky at the start, but we came on to get the win.”The IL vs. Greenville Tech winner moves on to face the Chesterfield-Landrum winner on Monday.AJ Middle triumphsThe Andrew Jackson Middle School football team stayed unbeaten on the season at 6-0 with a 30-6 road win over New Heights of Jefferson on Thursday night.Gavin Clyburn scored on runs of 10 and 65 yards and also added a two-point conversion run for the Vols. Clyburn hauled in a 10-yard pass from Tripp Rollings on the first touchdown.Javaris Clyburn had a 15-yard touchdown dash and also hauled in a 28-yard scoring pass from Rollings. Javaris Clyburn also had a two-point conversion. Tanner Gardner had a two-point conversion in the win for AJ Middle.“Our defense had a strong effort in the game, “ AJ Middle coach Jerry Pardue said.The Vols will seek to cap an unbeaten season Thursday when they host Buford Middle School at 5:30 p.m.Buford Middle rollsBuford Middle School rolled to a 44-6 win over Indian Land Middle School on Monday in a make-up football game.Trip Wright opened the BMS scoring with a 25-yard scoring run. Mikeem McKinney added the conversion for an 8-0 lead. Wright tallied on a two-yard run and McKinney added the two-point conversion for a 16-0 Buford Middle School lead.Wright connected with Bodie Benton on a 20-yard touchdown pass to give the Jackets a 22-0 halftime lead.McKinney raced 15 yards for a third-period score and Wright tacked on the two-point conversion for a 30-0 Buford Middle lead.Tyler Stiwinter’s 80-yard TD dash gave Buford a 36-0 lead.C.J. Blackmon capped the Buford Middle School scoring as he returned an ILMS fumble 40 yards for a score. Matt Bayne added the conversion.Buford Middle coach Greg Caskey lauded the play of Nathan Saxon, Austin Harrison, Steven Daigle, Jordan Whitaker and James Shehane.Harrison had a sack and fumble recovery. Saxon recovered a fumble. Whitaker and Shehane each had a sack. Daigle played well defensively.Buford Middle visits AJ Middle on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.IL jayvees prevailThe Indian Land High junior varsity football team improved to 4-5 on the season with a 36-6 win over Buford on Monday in a game which was reset from last week.Rondreas Truesdale sparked the Junior Warriors with four touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Jarrell Robinson scored a touchdown and added a conversion, while Jonny Mace scored a conversion in the jayvee win.BHS cheer shinesThe Buford High School varsity cheerleaders placed fifth overall in the Dorman High School Cavalier Classic at Dorman High School in Spartanburg on Saturday.“I was real proud of our team,” BHS coach Julie Thompson said. “We’ve competed at Dorman before, but this was our first time to bring home a trophy. Our team did real well.“It’s was a tough field there and it was a packed gym, but we responded well and that is a good meet to gain experience and momentum for our competition season,” Thompson said of the BHS performance.