High School Sports

  • Scrimmage reviews mixed

    The reviews were mixed following Saturday scrimmages for a pair of county high school football teams.
    Andrew Jackson second-year head coach C.J. Frye said the Volunteers competed well in their road scrimmage with Class A foe Great Falls High School on Saturday.
    “Overall, we were well pleased,” Frye said. “The effort was there for our team.”
    He noted AJ junior quarterback Tad McCowan threw and ran the football well.
    Frye said Bailey Johnson had a 40-yard touchdown catch from McCowan.

  • Lambert to lead AJ offense, Walters to guide defensive unit

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School second-year head football coach C.J. Frye will look to a pair of new coordinators to boost his Volunteers’ team this season.
    Frye, who led AJ to a 3-7 record last season, will look to Robert Lambert to guide the offense, and Brenton “Bub” Walters to lead the defense.
    Frye said he’s confident both coaches can do the job.
    Lambert, a Detroit native, is a 19-year faculty member at AJ where he is a ROTC instructor who also teaches SAT prep and advanced weight training.

  • Teams look to jamborees

    Buford High School head football coach Tripp Watts is looking to the Jackets’ next chance to go against another foe, which comes Friday in the 41st annual Camden Shrine Jamboree.
    Watts said the Jackets had a mixed bag in their road scrimmage with host McBee High School and Hannah Pamplico of Florence County on Friday afternoon.
    “We had some bright spots, but we also have some areas to work on,” Watts said. “That’s what you can expect from a first scrimmage.

  • 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.