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Community Sports

  • Annual Blackwell tourney has special tribute
    A beautiful spring day greeted 111 golfers April 30 when they competed in the 15th annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Golf Tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club. The team of Jerry Pardue, Shane Brewer, AJ golf coach Heath Brewer, and AJ golf standout Logan Sowell topped the 28-team captain’s choice field, carding a low-net score of 48.4.
  • Mama had a special way with her words
    Can’t quite recall the situation on our way to Rice Elementary that morning, but it seems in the area of Woodland Drive and Laurel Court, Mama, at the wheel of our family station wagon, offered some sage advice. I wasn’t feeling quite up to par and school, to say the least, wasn’t my top priority that morning, but Mama, not about to turn the car around, gave me a good verbal dose to get me “turned around” as we drew closer and closer to Rice. “Robert, know what President Kennedy says?”
  • Founding Leadership gives insight
    In this day and age of sports, coaches often claim there’s no off-season. When the season is complete and the last game is played, there’s always the play to find the edge for the coming season. Founding Leadership provides the means to gain the upper hand through career development and personal growth. The fourth annual Founding Leadership, hosted at the Founders Federal Credit Union Corporate Headquarters on Tuesday, offered college and high school coaches a chance to step-up their game.
  • Playoff decides Kershaw Golf Course win
    Sunshine broke through the clouds at the Kershaw Golf Course on Saturday as 18 teams competed on the links to conquer the challenge of the 2016 KGC Spring Tournament. The tournament to benefit the Kershaw Golf Course saw two teams tie at 54, 18-under par. The foursome of Hubert Brown, Wade Floyd, Jay Pardue and Jerry Pardue captured first place in a card playoff against the team of Caleb Brown, Chandler Norville, Logan Sowell and Mason Sowell, who finished as the runner-up team. The winning team had a birdie on No. 2 to earn top honors.
  • Bailey 10K Laps winner
    Jareth Bailey’s first attempt at a 10K road race resulted in a first finish. Bailey, the Buford High School track and football coach and math teacher, posted top honors in the Laps for Lancers’ 10k, a first in the USC Lancaster Educational Foundation fundraiser, with a 39:57 Saturday morning at USCL. Bailey, 28, said he held true to his race strategy for his first 10K race.
  • Thornwell earns SEC All-Defensive team honor
    Former Lancaster Bruins basketball star Sindarius Thornwell has been honored by the Southeastern Conference, selected to the SEC’s All-Defensive squad. Thornwell is a force on both ends of the court for the Gamecocks. Not only an offensive threat from both inside the lane and beyond the arc, he consistently guards the opponent’s top offensive threat on the defensive end.
  • Mills, Teague to swim in Eastern Section Southern Zone meet
    Makenzy Mills and Taylor Teague, two Lancaster County seventh graders, are headed to the 2016 USA Swimming  Eastern Section Southern Zone Age Group Championships in Atlanta, Ga. March 11-13. The swimmers compete for Ms. Anne Small at the USC-Lancaster extension of the Upper Palmetto YMCA Stingrays. On Feb. 12-15, the duo competed in the USA Swimming S.C. State Competition in Greenville.
  • Manning likes USC’s chances for Big Dance
    The South Carolina Gamecocks will end their 12-year NCAA men’s tournament drought this season. I got the certain word from the judge earlier this week. Gamecock radio network color analyst, the Honorable Casey Manning, a state circuit judge, was in town for General Sessions Court. Judge Manning granted me a court time out and gave his view on the Gamecocks’ postseason hoops hopes.
  • State champion 'Net Results' has strong sectional showing
    The “Net Results” Sun City Carolina Lakes’ 65-and-over ladies tennis team concluded an inspiring season recently  in Dothan, Ala., losing to a powerful Arkansas team in the Sectional Finals. The team qualified for the South Carolina State Championships by winning the Mid Carolina Tennis League regular season with a record of 5-1. The state championship was played in Hilton Head on Nov. 6-9.
  • Rucker rallies for boys crown
    The Rucker Rams capped a season’s hoops sweep of rival South to capture the middle school boys conference championship with a 46-41 win over the Mustangs at the Lancaster High School gym on Thursday night. The Rams’ five-point comeback win gave Rucker a sweep of Mustangs for the season. Rucker posted a 37-21 win back in December at the South gym, but the hardwood rematch was tougher. South led 19-18 at the half, but Rucker rallied to take a 27-26 lead after three periods and held on for the 46-41 victory.