http://www.thelancasternews.com/sports/rss.xml en AJ honors Volunteers stars http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/aj-honors-volunteers-stars <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/a25_12.jpg" alt="Andrew Jackson High School Volunteers’ two-sport star Dalton “Tex” Haven led the AJ honorees on Tuesday night at the Vols’ All-Sports Awards in the school auditorium. Haven was an all-state pick in football and won a state championship in the 195-pound class during the Vols wrestling season." title="Andrew Jackson High School Volunteers’ two-sport star Dalton “Tex” Haven led the AJ honorees on Tuesday night at the Vols’ All-Sports Awards in the school auditorium. Haven was an all-state pick in football and won a state championship in the 195-pound class during the Vols wrestling season." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> <span class="s3" style="line-height: 20.4px;"><b>KERSHAW</b></span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> &ndash; The &ldquo;Big Orange Country&rdquo; spotlight was on a host of Andrew Jackson High School sports stars at the annual AJ All-Sports banquet in the school&rsquo;s auditorium Tuesday night.</span></p> <p class="p3"> Volunteers&rsquo; senior stalwart Dalton &ldquo;Tex&rdquo; Haven led a parade of ace honorees during the evening.</p> Perry retiring as LHS softball coach http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/perry-retiring-lhs-softball-coach <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5977.jpg" alt="Retiring Lancaster High School softball coach Kim Perry talks strategy with Lady Bruins, from left, Tomeshiona Jackson, Jada Ames and Gracie Revels, during the 2017 Class AAAA Upper State playoffs. Perry, in seven seasons leading LHS softball, is 107-62, including a 22-4 record this spring when the Lady Bruins won the region crown, district title and advanced to the Class AAAA Upper State championship series." title="Retiring Lancaster High School softball coach Kim Perry talks strategy with Lady Bruins, from left, Tomeshiona Jackson, Jada Ames and Gracie Revels, during the 2017 Class AAAA Upper State playoffs. Perry, in seven seasons leading LHS softball, is 107-62, including a 22-4 record this spring when the Lady Bruins won the region crown, district title and advanced to the Class AAAA Upper State championship series." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Kim Perry, a solid constant with the Lancaster High School girls softball program, is hanging up her signature visor as the Lady Bruins&rsquo; coach.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s3">Perry, with the 2016-17 LHS season which saw the Lady Bruins win the Region III-AAAA championship, capture the Class AAAA District III crown and compete for the Class AAAA Upper State title, is retiring from coaching.</span></p> Baker, Knight seeking to extend LSS streaks http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/baker-knight-seeking-extend-lss-streaks <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/18157795_1291811540888011_2898680964127527162_n.jpg" alt="“The Nature Boy,” Andrew Baker, in 16B, will be going for five straight wins in a row in the Renegade Division." title="“The Nature Boy,” Andrew Baker, in 16B, will be going for five straight wins in a row in the Renegade Division." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Track streaks will be on the line Saturday night when Lancaster Super Speedway returns to racing with an action-packed night.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">The night will be highlighted as Andrew Baker, in the Renegade Division, will be shooting for five wins in a row.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">LSS announcer Doug Hawkins has started calling Baker the &ldquo;Nature Boy&rdquo; because as pro wrestling legend Ric Flair once said, &ldquo;To be the man, you gotta beat the man.&rdquo;</span></p> Stingers halt Lancers’ run http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/stingers-halt-lancers%E2%80%99-run <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fdtc_vs._lancaster_championship14.jpg" alt="University of South Carolina Lancaster infielder Jared Williams (3) dives for the ball during the NJCAA Eastern District baseball tournament at Francis Marion University’s Sparrow Field in Florence on Saturday. Florence-Darlington Tech downed the Lancers, 14-0 to end the USCL season under retiring coach Steve Williams." title="University of South Carolina Lancaster infielder Jared Williams (3) dives for the ball during the NJCAA Eastern District baseball tournament at Francis Marion University’s Sparrow Field in Florence on Saturday. Florence-Darlington Tech downed the Lancers, 14-0 to end the USCL season under retiring coach Steve Williams." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The University of South Carolina Lancaster&rsquo;s best baseball season ended with a loss in the National Junior College Athletic Association Eastern District tournament championship game at Sparrow Field on the Francis Marion University campus in Florence on Saturday.</span></p> Sports Talk: Buford fell, but Lady Jackets are in the elite http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/sports-talk-buford-fell-lady-jackets-are-elite <p> &nbsp;I<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">f ever a photo told the story, The News&rsquo; May 19 front page picture of Buford High School senior softball stars Sydney Sullivan and Morgan Deese said it all.</span></p> <p class="p3"> Their long faces and sad eyes, likely tear-filled soon after the final out of the Lady Jackets&rsquo; 8-1 loss to Latta in the Class AA softball state championship game, spoke volumes of their expected disappointment.</p> <p class="p3"> The image was dejection personified on the mid-May evening in the Pee Dee.</p> Truesdale dashes to Rotary Club win http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/truesdale-dashes-rotary-club-win <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3585.jpg" alt="Area runner Marc Truesdale ran a personal-best 18:12 to win the sixth annual Lancaster Rotary Club 5K Race for Charity at Lancaster High School on Saturday." title="Area runner Marc Truesdale ran a personal-best 18:12 to win the sixth annual Lancaster Rotary Club 5K Race for Charity at Lancaster High School on Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Area runner Marc Truesdale posted his best time-ever &ndash; 18:12 &ndash; to capture the win in the sixth annual Lancaster Rotary Club 5K Race for Charity at Lancaster High School on Saturday morning.</span></p> <p class="p3"> Truesdale, an Andrew Jackson High School social studies teacher and avid runner, said second-place finisher E.J. Threatt played a key role in his winning effort.</p> IL’s Krest signs with Converse http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/il%E2%80%99s-krest-signs-converse <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3307.jpg" alt="Indian Land High School softball standout Makayla Krest signs with Converse College as her father Nick and ILHS softball coach Monica Barfield and assistant coach Mark Barfield witness in the school’s media center on May 16." title="Indian Land High School softball standout Makayla Krest signs with Converse College as her father Nick and ILHS softball coach Monica Barfield and assistant coach Mark Barfield witness in the school’s media center on May 16." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span class="s3" style="line-height: 20.4px;"><b>INDIAN LAND</b></span><span class="s2" style="line-height: 20.4px;"> &ndash; The 2018 softball season will be the third for the Converse College Valkyries&rsquo; program and include an Indian Land High School standout among the newcomers.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Lady Warriors&rsquo; softball ace hurler Makayla Krest, an all-region player for the Region IV-AAA champion ILHS team, has signed with Converse, a Conference Carolinas member in Spartanburg.</span></p> Lancaster Super Speedway returns to racing action Saturday night http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/lancaster-super-speedway-returns-racing-action-saturday-night <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/18195163_1291809600888205_7568577226039400470_n.jpg" alt="Timbo Mangum (T107) battles Brady Kirk (16K) and “Wild Bill” Knight (35) in recent S.E.C.A. Crate Sportsman racing action. Knight will have to start in the rear of the field this Saturday night after capturing three straight wins." title="Timbo Mangum (T107) battles Brady Kirk (16K) and “Wild Bill” Knight (35) in recent S.E.C.A. Crate Sportsman racing action. Knight will have to start in the rear of the field this Saturday night after capturing three straight wins." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Lancaster Super Speedway returns to racing action Saturday night at the big half-mile dirt track.</span></p> <p class="p3"> Headlining the night will be two drivers on winning streaks.</p> <p class="p3"> In the Renegade Division, the driver to beat this season is Andrew Baker. Baker is currently on a four-race win streak and he seems to be unbeatable as he came from the rear of the field to take the win during the last race at LSS on May 13.</p>