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High School Sports

  • Teams focus on contact

    Lancaster County high school football coaches will have a better idea about their respective teams as the squads near their first scrimmage sessions this weekend.
    Buford, under third-year head coach Tripp Watts, will get the jump on its country gridiron brethren with a scrimmage at McBee today.
    The Jackets, coming off a 6-5 season, will battle the host MHS Panthers and Hannah-Pamplico in a three-way session today at the Panthers’ field where play begins at 6 p.m.

  • Basics dominate first day of drills

    The first day of football practice began at Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land and Lancaster high schools on Friday as players donned shorts, shirts, helmets and cleats to prepare for the upcoming season.

    Shoulder pads will be added into the mix on Monday. Here’s a little glimpse of what went on at three county schools.

    Lancaster High School

  • Ready for some football?

    Lancaster County’s four high school football teams will kick off preseason drills today in preparation for the 2016 prep football season.
    Practice, between light days and heavy days, will continue much of this month in preparation for the Aug. 19 openers.

    Andrew Jackson
    Andrew Jackson High School opens preseason drills at 6 p.m. today.
    Coach C.J. Frye, who is in his second year, said the Vols have been chomping at the bit all week in anticipation for today.

  • Warriors’ star Gerdes to make ILHS soccer history in Clash match Saturday

    Indian Land High School senior midfielder Garrett Gerdes will make Warriors’ soccer history Saturday afternoon.
    Gerdes, a four-year player for ILHS boys soccer team, will play in the 10th annual Clash of the Carolinas all-star soccer match at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh.
    Gerdes’ selection marks the first time an Indian Land High soccer player has played in the elite match.
    The 2016 match, which kicks off at 2 p.m., also marks the first time the contest has been played in North Carolina.

  • Thompson works with Bruins

    The Lancaster High School football team’s summer workout Thursday at the Rice Athletic Complex had a new, but familiar face.

    Former University of South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson spent a part of the morning workout working with LHS senior quarterback Jamias “Truck” Shropshire and the Bruins’ receivers.

    Thompson, now with the Los Angeles Rams, was in Lancaster on a visit to his wife’s hometown. Thompson married the former Melanie Helm in June 2015.

  • Prep legend Smith retires at Great Falls

    John Smith lost his first-ever game as coach at Great Falls, falling to the Chester Cyclones in 1969. He lost his last one, too, dropping a tough decision to the McBee Panthers in February...but in-between, he did pretty well.
    Smith, the winningest basketball coach in state history, announced Tuesday he was stepping down as coach and athletic director of the Red Devils. He leaves with 943 career wins, 19 Upper State championships and eight state crowns.

  • Trio in all-star matches

    A trio of Lancaster County high school soccer stars will be in the state spotlight as they play in the annual North South All-Star soccer matches Saturday.
    Indian Land’s Bailey Penegar and Katherine Kilroy will play for the North team in the girls all-star match, while Lancaster High’s Zeke Williams will play for the North boys.
    Both matches will be played at Rock Hill’s District Three Stadium on Cherry Road.
    The girls match is at noon, with the boys contest set for a 2:15 p.m. kickoff.

  • Trapps to play at NCCU

    Former Lancaster High School basketball star Ron Trapps earned his undergraduate degree May 7 at Coastal, but he still has eligibility.
    Trapps, as a graduate transfer under NCAA regulations, is going to take that extra year and play at N.C. Central University in Durham, N.C.
    Trapps is pursuing a graduate degree not offered at Coastal and as a CCU graduate can transfer and be eligible at another school for the 2016-17 season.
    Trapps had a serious knee injury in his freshman season that severely hampered his college hoops career and led to a redshirt season.

  • Four in final soccer poll

    Four Lancaster County high school soccer teams finished the season ranked in the final EurosportScoreboard state soccer polls.
    The EurosportScoreboard is the scoreboard for S.C. scores and updates on soccer teams.
    Both Indian Land teams capped the season with a top three ranking in Class AA soccer.
    The Indian Land High School boys of veteran coach Adam Cole finished No. 2 in the final Class AA boys state poll.
    The Warriors, who were 17-6 on the season, fell to Bishop England for the Class AA boys state title May 13 at Irmo High School.

  • Whites win BHS spring game

    The White team shined brightest in the annual Buford High School spring football game Wednesday at Jacket Stadium.

    The White, with a 31-13 win over the Maroon team, used a strong second half to take the 18-point victory to close BHS spring drills.

    “We had a good spring and made strides with our team,” BHS third-year coach Tripp Watts said.