Community Sports

  • Elf on the Shelf was a daily Yule reminder for us
    This Christmas season when it came time to unpack the family decorations and ornaments, one we didn’t have to seek was our Elf on the Shelf. He was already out and kept his familiar place, atop the clock on the den mantel. Our elf, which my wife Anne got last Yule season, was a bit different, donned in University of South Carolina attire. With a USC grad in the home, Caroline, along with a USC Lancaster student, Jackson, and their grandfather, the late Jim Howey, a USC grad and law school alum, don’t think a whole lot of explaining is needed.
  • Palmetto United 00 Boys Gold wins State Cup
    The Palmetto United 00 Boys Gold, after winning the SCYSA PMSL 1 East Division, set its   sight on the coveted State Cup. The opening day featured a beautiful Dec. 5 morning when PUFC launched the tournament with a 4-0 win over CFC Premier. PUFC goals were scored by Luis Alanis, Jaime Bonilla, Martin Cruz to go with an own goal for the 4-0 win. The second match was a little more challenging as the PUFC boys rallied to secure a 2-1 victory on goals by Martin Cruz and Luis Alanis.
  • Rec stars fall in state title bid
    Lancaster County Parks and Recreation small fry all-star coach Kris Self, despite a loss in the state championship game, said he was still proud of the 9-10 all-stars’ postseason run. The Lancaster County stars captured the Central District title and the Upper State crown on the way to the state title game against the City of Florence all-stars at River Bluff High School in Lexington on Dec. 12.
  • Buford Middle splits hoops games with South Mustangs
    The Buford Middle School basketball teams split a doubleheader with South Middle School on Dec. 14. In the opening contest, the Buford Middle School girls posted a huge win, 52-6 victory over South. BMS, in the first period, took a 12-0 lead. Buford then forged a 16-4 edge going into halftime. During the third quarter, Buford Middle turned up the offense on South, scoring 20 points and taking a 36-6 lead into the final quarter. In the final period, Buford still held the hot hand to take a 52-6 win.
  • LC stars Upstate champs
    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation small fry football all-stars are coming up big in postseason play. The small fry stars posted their fourth straight playoff win – a 28-0 victory over Mauldin – to win the Upper State championship and earn a bid to the state championship game. The Lancaster County small fry stars, ages 9-10, will face Florence for the state title at River Bluff High School in Lexington on Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.
  • USC fans backing Muschamp
    Lancaster area University of South Carolina football fans are excited about the hiring of new Gamecocks’ head football coach Will Muschamp. Muschamp, 44, was named the Gamecocks’ 34th head coach Dec. 6, and was formally introduced at a Williams-Brice Stadium press conference Dec. 7. “I’m encouraged,” said Hugh Mobley, a Lancaster native and USC board of trustees member. “Coach Muschamp is full of enthusiasm and he gets you excited. He has a lot of confidence in what he does.”
  • Rucker, Buford split in hoops play
    Buford Middle and A.R. Rucker split a pair of middle school basketball games Dec. 7. In the opener, the Buford girls rallied from a 14-9 halftime deficit to take a 32-19 win. BMS used a 12-2 third-period run to take a 21-16 lead going to the final period. Buford Middle, with tough defense, kept the upper hand for the 13-point win. BMS has allowed only 19 second-half points, 10 in the final period this season.
  • Buford Middle splits with IL
    Buford Middle School split a pair of games with Indian Middle School on Dec. 3. The Buford Middle girls, with a strong second half, posted a 42-21 win. Buford led 10-6 after one period and took an 18-12 lead at the half. BMS picked up the pace in the second half to build a 28-14 edge on the way to the 21-point win. The Jackets held ILMS to nine points in the second half, two in the third period.
  • Rucker takes two from rival South
    A.R. Rucker posted a sweep of Lancaster area middle school rival South on Dec. 3 in the SMS gym. The Rams capped the sweep with a 37-21 win over the Mustangs. Rucker, up 9-0 after one period, forged a 21-8 halftime edge. The Rams took a 25-13 lead after three periods on the way to the 16-point win. O’Mazeon Tinsley hit 15 points to pace the Rams. Phillip Mickles II had 11 points. Ji’Keem Catoe and Emanuel Clark hit three each. Ger’Heim Richardson netted two.
  • 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.