Community Sports

  • Picks spoils due me at Taxahaw Inn
    The Taxahaw Inn is where I’m bound. Anyone who follows The Lancaster News Pigskin Picks knows those are the coveted spoils for the winning picker in the Picks. This year, I took the title after Ernie “Big E” Rowell registered back-to-back Picks crowns. Now, the winner’s suite is going to take on a new look at least for a year. The first order of business is a complete paint job of Citadel blue. That’s like sky blue, and that’s most fitting because The Citadel, at 9-3, is soaring these days.
  • Junior Bruins open with victory over Rock Hill
    The Lancaster Junior Bruins opened their season with a 37-26 win over Rock Hill on Nov. 30. Roshaun McGriff paced the Lancaster effort with 17 points. Shammah Clyburn hit 10 and Remington Totten grabbed 14 rebounds. Lancaster visits Nation Ford in its next outing. Rucker falls to Great Falls The A.R. Rucker Rams dropped a 31-29 loss to Great Falls on Nov. 30. O’Mazeon Tinsley led Rucker with 14 and Phillip Mickles II hit nine. Ger’heim Richardson scored four and Janyle Pittman had two. Talford’s 15 led Great Falls.
  • Watson the difference in Tigers’ triumph
    No. 1 and unbeaten Clemson’s margin of victory over South Carolina in the annual Palmetto Bowl was a surprising five points. The difference, by no stunning notion, was Tigers’ ace sophomore quarterback Dashaun Watson. Watson, regarded two seasons back as the top prep quarterback in the land by ESPN, has certainly responded to those lofty expectations in Tigertown.
  • Soccer stars sweep to district crowns
    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation youth soccer program will be represented well at the state tournament in Bluffton this fall, with all three age groups winning the district title and earning a state bid. The district tourney was held at the Buford High School football stadium Nov. 21. The LCPRC 10U all-stars opened the day  with a 1-0 victory over Kershaw County-Camden. The match was a back-and-forth contest, with both teams having opportunities to score, but tough defense on both sides kept the game scoreless for most of the first half.
  • Thornwell leads USC in Paradise Jam hoops title
    The South Carolina men’s basketball team is coming home with a new addition to the trophy case Tuesday, after winning the 2015 Paradise Jam in convincing fashion Monday night with a 83-75 win over Tulsa (4-1). Five Gamecocks scored double figures, and a fast start played a big role in moving the team’s record now to 5-0, best start since the 2004-05 season. Junior Sindarius Thornwell was named the tournament’s MVP, and Mindaugas Kacinas joined  him as an all-tournament honoree.
  • Bulldogs’ big day a capital gain
    The Citadel’s stellar football season is still going and no matter where it finishes, it’s going to be chronicled as a Bulldogs’ banner campaign. Co-champs of the Southern Conference is nice, but a cherished capital moment in Columbia on Saturday afternoon made it that much better for those of the “long gray line.” The 24th-ranked Bulldogs, 8-3, are headed to play Coastal in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs on Nov. 28.
  • LGC receives Audubon designation
    The Lancaster Golf Club has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Ross Baker, Superintendent, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property. Lancaster is one of 24 golf courses in South Carolina and 912 in the world to hold the title of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
  • Tigers triumph in Big Thursday golf
    The streak has been stopped, at least for a year. A team of Clemson golfers halted the University of South Carolina and University of South Carolina Lancaster’s run in the 14th annual Big Thursday golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club on Nov. 19. The Tigers prevailed with an 8-5 win over the team of Gamecocks and Lancers players. A year ago in a close win, the Lancers and Gamecocks notched an 8.5-7-5 win over the Tigers golfers.
  • Small fry stars open with 46-6 in Central District playoffs
    The Lancaster County small fry all stars, ages 9-10, opened Central District play, rolling to a 46-6 win over Kershaw County-Camden on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Chester. The Lancaster small fry stars had plenty of contributors in posting the 40-point win over Kershaw County-Camden. Zi Moffett paced the Lancaster County stars with three touchdowns to lead the win. Kaden Sapp scored a pair of touchdowns and added a two-point conversion. Fuller Sims returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown and Kenyon Blair had a 90-yard touchdown run on a sweep.
  • Big Thursday bragging rights at stake Nov. 19
    The links streak will be on the line Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Lancaster Golf Club. The team of University of South Carolina Lancaster Lancers and USC Gamecock golfers will be out to pad their string of golf triumphs in the 14th annual Big Thursday golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club. A year ago, the Gamecocks and Lancers teamed for an 8.5-7.5 win over the Clemson golfers at the LGC.