High School Sports

  • County senior hoops trio earns all-state honors

    An ace trio of Lancaster County girls basketball stars has been honored as all-state selections for the 2017-18 season.

    The girls, all seniors, include Andrew Jackson High School’s Danielle Ussery, Lancaster High School’s Zaria Woods and Payton Howell of Buford High School.

    Ussery, the Region IV-AA Player of the Year for the region champion Lady Volunteers of coach Sha’Ron Robertson, has produced a stellar senior campaign.

  • Keenan’s second-half surge sacks Lady Jackets hopes

    COLUMBIA – Keenan came on strong in the second half to notch a 61-27 win over Buford High School in the opening round of the Class AA Upper State girls basketball playoffs on Tuesday night in Columbia.

    The Lady Raiders trailed 26-18 at the half, but charged hard in the second half to outscore the Lady Jackets, 43-1 for the 34-point win.

    “We came out flat and turned the ball over,” BHS girls coach T.J. Armbrust said. “We never could get on track in the second half.

  • Cougars halt Jackets run

    North Charleston, in a battle with Buford, rallied in the second half to take an 88-66 win over the Jackets in the Class AA basketball playoffs on Wednesday night at the Cougars gym.

    North Charleston, up 17-15 after one period, held a 42-32 lead at the half.

    The Cougars charged in the final two periods to take the 22-point win.

    NCHS outscored BHS 24-21 in the third period to take a 66-53 edge after three quarters on the way to the win.

  • County wrestlers focused on tournaments

    Indian Land, the Region IV-AAA champion, has four No. 1 seeds heading into the Class AAA Upper State individual wrestling tournament this weekend at Powdersville High School in Greenville.

    The Warriors’ top seeds are Solomon Cortez (106), Austin Ross (113), Xavier Dreese (145) and Kyle Daley (152).

    Ross is a defending state champion.

    Juan Alejandro, at 126, is a third seed.

    The Warriors have two wrestlers seeded fifth, including Weston Nguyen (120) and Alfred Cortez (182).

  • Warriors win, face Walhalla

    GREENVILLE – Indian Land went on the road and came home an upset winner to open the Class AAA Upper State boys basketball playoffs Tuesday night.

    The third-seeded Warriors, 11-13, used a strong start to take a 62-49 win over Berea, a second seed in the Class AAA Upstate playoffs.

    “In our final regular season game at Fairfield Central, we said it was like a playoff game because it was on the road and we knew we were going to be on the road for the playoffs,” ILHS coach Nate Smith said.

  • Lady Vols top Shamrocks

    David Kellin

    For The Lancaster News

    KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson Lady Vols advanced to the next round of the Class AA Upper State girls basketball playoffs with a 53-33 win over Eau Claire High School of Columbia on Tuesday evening.

    The Lady Volunteers, the Region IV-AA regular-season champions and ranked seventh in the latest Class AA state poll, face Blacksburg tonight at 6.

  • LHS mat trio in Class AAAA Upstate field

    A trio of Lancaster High School wrestlers, led by Bruins sophomore heavyweight Immanuel Bush, have qualified for the Class AAAA Upper State individual tournament.

    The LHS wrestlers qualified during the Region III-AAAA tournament at Westwood High School earlier this month.

    Bush, unbeaten on the season at 17-0 with 17 pins, is the Region III-AAAA heavyweight champion and ranked sixth in the Class AAAA state individual heavyweight class, according to SCMAT, the South Carolina high school wrestling website.

  • IL’s Jake Locklear signs to play at PC

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Warriors’ senior lineman Jake Locklear recalls attending a football camp nearly three years ago, which has made a recent impact.

    “It was at the end of my ninth grade year and I was at a camp at Clemson,” Locklear said. “I remember Coach Caldwell (Robbie, Tigers’ offensive line coach) told me at the camp, if I kept working hard, I would have a chance to play in college.”

  • South Pointe spoils Bruins senior hoops night

    Lancaster High School basketball senior night was a double downer in the packed LHS gym on Friday night.

    The Bruins dropped both ends of their regular-season home finale, falling to visiting South Pointe High School of Rock Hill in the Region III-AAAA twin bill.

    SPHS rallied for a pair of wins as the Lady Stallions took a 69-66 victory and the Stallions prevailed 67-62 to earn a Class AAAA Upper State playoff bid.

    The SPHS boys, 11-13, 4-6, capped the sweep, holding off the Bruins’ late hard charge.

  • Lady Vols win region title

    David Kellin

    For The Lancaster News

    KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers captured the Region IV-AA girls’ basketball championship with a tough 47-40 win over the rival Buford Lady Jackets on Friday night at AJ High.

    The fourth-ranked Lady Vols took the seven-point win to cap regular-season play with their 10th straight win.

    In the boys game, Buford gained a measure of revenge with an overtime win to earn a Class AA playoff bid.