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Today's News

  • Celebrating achievement at AJHS

    David Kellin

    For The Lancaster News

    Andrew Jackson High School students were riding high this week, with a number of outstanding accomplishments to celebrate, both in athletics and the arts.

    The Lady Vols basketball team was playing late Friday in the SCHSL Class AA Upstate Championship. (See coverage in Sports.) And four of the school’s wrestling team members advanced to their state championships.

  • Rivers nets CIAA All-Rookie team honor

    Johnson C. Smith freshman guard Malia Rivers has been named to the CIAA All-Rookie team for the 2016-17 women’s basketball season.
    Rivers, a former Lancaster High School Lady Bruins hoops star who led the LHS girls to the 2015 Class AAA girls basketball state title, made an early splash in the CIAA.
    In her collegiate debut, she scored 25 points against Slippery Rock University in the JCSU season opener Nov. 11. Against SRU, she nailed three treys and finished 10-of-22 from the field.

  • Sports Briefs: Feb. 26, 2017

    Parker Track Club meeting
    The Columbus Parker Track Club will hold an organizational meeting March 2 at 6 p.m. at 117 South Wylie Street.
    The meeting will include registration. Any athlete planning to join the team after finishing the high school track season, should plan to attend the meeting.
    For more details on the meeting, call coach Arthur Benjamin at (803) 283-3606, or email Tina Shaw at tina.shaw@bankofamerica.com.

    Gamecock Club to host Muschamp

  • Lancers sweep Belmont Abbey jayvees

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster baseball team swept a pair from the visiting Belmont Abbey junior varsity Thursday at the Lancaster High School baseball field.
    USCL, 15-2, downed the Junior Crusaders, 9-5 and 12-3.
    In the nine-run win to cap the sweep, the Lancers ignited for a seven-run sixth inning on the way to the lopsided win.
    USCL used its share of long balls – three homers – to notch the win.
    Tyrie Blalock belted a three-run shot, while Jared Williams and Kyle Strovink each slammed a solo blast.

  • Funderburk confident about BHS hopes

    Buford High School baseball coach Eric Funderburk, with the departure of nine seniors last season, has some big cleats to fill, but he’s confident the Jackets will step up this spring.
    Buford, which went 16-12 and advanced to the Class AA Upper State playoffs, has unproven players at nearly every position, and Funderburk is confident they will come around.

  • Lady Jackets to host preseason softball tourney

    The Buford High School softball team, the defending Class AA state champion, hosts its annual preseason tournament Feb. 27-March 4 at the Buford High varsity field (field 1) and the recreation field (field 2) below the BHS student parking lot.
    Teams competing include host Buford, Andrew Jackson, Lancaster, Chester and Central of Pageland. Chester will compete in pool play, but is unable to play in the single-elimination tournament March 4.

  • Lady Vols lose in Upstate finals

    The Andrew Jackson Lady Vols ended their season Friday with a 63-25 loss to the Christ Church Lady Cavaliers in the Class AA Upper State girls basketball championship game.
    The 25-2 Lady Cavs built an early lead and rolled to the overwhelming win Friday afternoon at Bon Secours Arena in Greenville.
    The Lady Cavs were sparked by a tough inside game and a sticky press. CC was led by Bailey Breazeale’s 19 points, nine in the first half when the Lady Cavs built a 33-6 lead.

  • IL’s Pressley selected for North-South All-Star March 18 basketball game

    Indian Land High School senior basketball star Nia Pressley will be among the state’s hoops elite March 18.
    Pressley, a three-year star player for the Lady Warriors, has been named to the 2017 North-South All-Star girls basketball game.
    Pressley is the first ILHS girls player to be selected for the game, which features the state’s top senior basketball players, since former Lady Warriors star Mariah Williams played in the 2011 North-South All-Star contest.
    The 2017 North-South game will be played at Lexington High School on March 18.

  • Column: Encouraging investments in poorest communities

    Restoring hope and opportunity is critical to lifting up our communities who feel like they have been left behind.
    We have people all across the country living paycheck to paycheck who are forced to make choices no family should, like whether they should pay for heat in the winter or purchase necessary medications. Our country has witnessed under-employment rates soar, high school graduation rates drop, and poverty numbers remain stagnant.

  • Column: Tommy Pope cares about people, gets my vote for 5th District seat

    Billy Dale McCants, my son, was in a car wreck Nov. 12, 1988. I met the then-16th Circuit Solicitor Tommy Pope in 1995 for the trial of the two men that murdered my other son, Deputy James Brent McCants, killed in the line of duty Sept. 25, 1992.
    Tommy and his wife, Kim, are the best people I know. They really care for people. You become their friends, and they are yours.
    Tommy became speaker pro tem of the S.C. House in 2014. Now he is running for the 5th District congressional seat.