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High School Sports

  • News salutes top athletes, coaches and teams

    Jackets’ Barton, ILHS’s Rodman top athletes
    Two Lancaster County athletes who earned statewide recognition as state champions are The Lancaster News’ Athletes of the Year.
    Buford High School state champion wrestler Dakota Barton and Indian Land High track and cross country star Kaitlyn Rodman are TLN’s top athletes for 2017.
    Barton, the Class A-AA Wrestler of the Year, capped his senior season, repeating as the Class AA-A 220-pound state champion after a tough 2-1 win over Ninety Six High’s Cody Fleming.

  • Warriors top Highlanders in York tourney

    The Indian Land High School basketball team snapped a five-game skid in a big way Wednesday in the opening round of the Wing Bonz Holiday Basketball Tournament at York High School.

    The Warriors, ending their slide, opened play in the three-day tourney with a 58-43 win over Heathwood Hall, a Columbia area private school.

    The Warriors, who hadn’t played since Dec. 18, got on track early to take a 19-14 lead after one period.

    Indian Land stretched its lead to eight, 29-21, at the break.

  • IL tops in Eagles Duals

    The Indian Land High Warriors wrestling team continued to soar at the Airport High Eagles Duals on Saturday.

    The Warriors, ranked second in Class AAA wrestling according to the SC wrestling website SCMAT, topped the 16-team field at AHS with a 5-0 mark.

    Indian Land, with the first-place finish, improved to 13-3 on the season.

    ILHS’s tournament triumph was the Warriors’ third tourney crown of the 2017-18 season.

  • Lady Jackets finish fifth in Winborn tourney

    Buford rallied from an opening round loss to post two wins and finish fifth in the annual Y.C. Winborn girls basketball tournament at Rock Hill High School on Saturday.
    The Lady Jackets, after a first-round 60-26 loss to host Rock Hill High, rebounded to down two Class AAAA schools, Lugoff-Elgin High School and Airport High School of Columbia.
    BHS wrapped up fifth place with a 34-30 win over the Airport Lady Eagles.
    Buford, up 14-13 at the half, used a 9-4 third-period surge to take a 23-17 lead going into the final eight minutes.

  • Gregory signs with Bobcats

    INDIAN LAND – High school football has a familiar drill – key work in the summer likely reaps an award come fall.
    For Indian Land High senior football star John Gregory, it worked into a bright future for the Warriors’ two-way ace performer.
    Last summer, Gregory attended a University of Pittsburgh football prospect camp and drew the interest of the Ohio University football coaches. The 6-2, 190-pounder made the OU coaches take notice with a 4.5 40-yard dash and a 4.2 shuttle run.

  • All-county football team ‘O’ generates big stats

    The Lancaster News’ 2017 all-county offense sports its share of big-play performers.
    Buford High School senior quarterback Ryan Moore heads the team.
    Moore, an all-region selection, was named the Jackets’ Best Back for the 2017 season.
    Moore accounted for 2,000 total yards, with 1,400 yards passing. He hit 95-179 passes with 17 touchdowns. Moore ran for 600 yards in 148 carries with eight touchdowns. In his career, Moore accounted for over 4,300 yards and 57 touchdowns.

  • All-county football team defense sports big hitters

    The Lancaster News’ all-county football defense has a rock-solid reputation for big hitters.
    The 2017 TLN defensive unit holds true to form, with the squad loaded with impact players.
    Indian Land High junior Robbie Csuhta, an all-region selection who had more than 100 tackles for the second straight season, racked up 127 total tackles, 84 solos,12 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

  • An elite football trio: Watts, Vincent and McKittrick lead the way

    The story of the 2017 Lancaster County high school football season was the Buford High School Yellow Jackets.
    Buford, coming off a 3-8 season in 2016, reversed the turnover margin and in doing so, flipped its record with a 7-4 finish.
    The Jackets, on their way to their third straight Class AA playoff bid, handed Region IV-AA football champion Lee Central its lone league loss, 28-27.

  • Jackets honor fall sports stars

    BUFORD – Fall’s finest took the maroon and gold spotlight at the annual Buford High School fall sports awards in the BHS cafeteria Monday night.

    Ace athletes in football, volleyball, cross country and competitive cheer were honored for their performances.

    The Buford High football team, which finished 7-4 and earned a third-straight playoff bid, honored senior linebacker Noah Vincent as the Jackets football MVP and Best Linebacker.

  • Watts signs with 49ers

    Markees Watts’ anticipation for a special day ended Wednesday morning in the Lancaster High School media center.

    Watts, a four-year starter for the Bruins, took advantage of the NCAA’s early signing period to sign with the Charlotte 49ers, who had received an oral pledge from him earlier this month.

    “I’m excited,” said Watts as he smiled with his parents, coaches and teachers watching. “I’ve been looking forward to this since my ninth-grade year.”

    Watts has been with the Bruins since his freshman year.