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LHS, IL postseason posts

By Robert Howey

Bruins shoot       to stay alive

Lancaster ventured to Dorman High School in Spartanburg on Tuesday night for a third-round game with the Cavaliers. The Lancaster vs. Dorman winner advances to the Class AAAA Upper State title game on Friday night at 8:30 to meet the winner of the Irmo vs. Westside game at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville.

 

Warriors seek  Bi-Lo Center bid

Indian Land is also in quest of a bid to the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, with the winner of its home game with Eau Claire tonight at 7 advancing to face the winner of the Lee Central vs. Keenan game on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Keenan is the defending Class AA boys state champion. IL fell to Lee Central, 67-63 in a special play-off for the regular-season Region IV-AA title on Feb. 11 at North Central. The Warriors and LC Stallions split a pair of region games and had the special tiebreaker to decide seeding for the AA Upstate bracket.

 

Familiar face        at Easley High

Lancaster High basketball fans, who also follow Bruins football, saw a familiar face at LHS’s second-round clash with Easley on Saturday.

Among the green-clad Green Wave throng was former Andrew Jackson head football coach and athletic director Andy Tweito, now an Easley assistant football coach. Tweito coached at AJ from 1987-98, compiling an 80-61 mark with eight winning seasons, including an 11-2 record and a Class AA state runner-up finish in 1990.

 

Warrior hoops family affair

The Indian Land High boys basketball team has a solid family affair. The IL roster includes junior Terrell Rodgers and Darnell Rodgers, an IL freshman. Terrell Rodgers, the county’s top scorer, is regarded as one of the state’s top junior players. The IL coaching staff includes their father, Shawnta Rodgers, a former basketball star at George Washington University who played pro basketball in France.

 

Dorman High’s familiar foe

Lancaster High’s third-round opponent, Dorman, is no stranger to the LHS Bruins. The schools have been members of the same Class AAAA athletic region in the past.

Of course, a familiar name to Bruins’ and Cavaliers’ fans is former Lancaster High coach, the late Wade Corn.

 Corn coached in Lancaster from 1951-1963, fashioning a 95-54-10 record as the LHS football coach. Corn guided the 1959 Lancaster  team to the Class AA state football title. Corn, during his LHS tenure, also coached girls and boys basketball at one time or another. The 1959 LHS girls, known as the “Mighty Mites,” won the state title. During his tenure, Corn also coached one of Lancaster High’s all-time great basketball players, John Smith, who has built a Class A basketball dynasty at Great Falls High. After leaving Lancaster, Corn became the athletic director and football coach at Dorman. Corn retired from coaching in 1969.