http://www.thelancasternews.com/sports/rss.xml en Lady Vols earn Upstate title bid http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/lady-vols-earn-upstate-title-bid <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc02878.jpg" alt="Andrew Jackson High School’s Alexxus Sowell (35) drives to the basket on Landrum’s Kaylee Huntley (15) in the Lady Volunteers’ 55-42 third-round win over the Lady Cardinals in the Class AA Upper State girls basketball playoffs on Monday night at AJ. The Lady Vols face the Christ Church Lady Cavaliers for the Class AA Upstate title on Friday at 4 p.m. at the Bon Secours Arena in Greenville." title="Andrew Jackson High School’s Alexxus Sowell (35) drives to the basket on Landrum’s Kaylee Huntley (15) in the Lady Volunteers’ 55-42 third-round win over the Lady Cardinals in the Class AA Upper State girls basketball playoffs on Monday night at AJ. The Lady Vols face the Christ Church Lady Cavaliers for the Class AA Upstate title on Friday at 4 p.m. at the Bon Secours Arena in Greenville." align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> <span class="s3" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><b>KERSHAW</b></span><span class="s2" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &ndash; The fourth-ranked Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers, sparked by senior center Alexxus Sowell, came on strong in the clutch to top a scrappy Landrum team, 55-42 in the Class AA Upper State girls basketball semifinals Monday night at AJ.</span></p> AJ girls wing War Eagles, advance http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/aj-girls-wing-war-eagles-advance <p class="p1"> <span class="s1"><b>David Kellin</b></span></p> <p class="p2"> <em><span class="s2">For The Lancaster News</span></em></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s3"><b>KERSHAW</b></span><span class="s4"> &ndash; The Andrew Jackson Lady Vols advanced to the third round of the Class AA girls Upper basketball playoffs, defeating Gray Collegiate Academy, 63-41 at AJ on Friday.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s4">The Lady Vols came out strong and built a 10-point lead early in the first quarter. AJ led 17-8 after one period.</span></p> County trio wins Upstate titles http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/county-trio-wins-upstate-titles <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2305.jpg" alt="Buford High School’s Dakota Barton battles a mat foe during the 2016-17 season. Barton captured his first Class AA Upstate 220-pound title over the weekend and will defend his state title this weekend at the Anderson Civic Center in Anderson." title="Buford High School’s Dakota Barton battles a mat foe during the 2016-17 season. Barton captured his first Class AA Upstate 220-pound title over the weekend and will defend his state title this weekend at the Anderson Civic Center in Anderson." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Three Lancaster County wrestlers captured Class AA Upper State titles over the weekend.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s3">Andrew Jackson High School&rsquo;s Hunter and Dalton Haven each won Upstate crowns as did Buford High School senior 220-pounder Dakota Barton.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s3">Hunter Haven won at 138 and Dalton Haven prevailed at 195.</span></p> War Eagles soar by Vols http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/war-eagles-soar-vols <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc01771.jpg" alt="Andrew Jackson’s Dontarius James (12) puts up a shot over Gray Collegiate’s Mike Marsch (15) in the Volunteers’ loss to Gray Collegiate in the Class AA Upper State second-round boys basketball playoffs Saturday at Allen University. The Vols’ loss capped AJ’s season at 16-6." title="Andrew Jackson’s Dontarius James (12) puts up a shot over Gray Collegiate’s Mike Marsch (15) in the Volunteers’ loss to Gray Collegiate in the Class AA Upper State second-round boys basketball playoffs Saturday at Allen University. The Vols’ loss capped AJ’s season at 16-6." align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> <span class="s3" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><b>COLUMBIA</b></span><span class="s2" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &ndash; The high-flying Gray Collegiate Academy War Eagles continue to soar in the Class AA Upper State boys basketball playoffs.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Gray Collegiate, 16-7, ignited in the first period on a pivotal 17-0 surge and cruised to a 93-41 win over Andrew Jackson High School at the John Hurst Adams gym at Allen University in Columbia on Saturday night.</span></p> Lancers win 2 of 3 games in Invitational http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/lancers-win-2-3-games-invitational <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The University of South Carolina Lancaster Lancers won two of three games in the Florence-Darlington Tech Invitational over the weekend.&nbsp; The Lancers, 13-2, capped play Sunday with a split.&nbsp; USCL fell to Potomac State, 7-6, but rebounded to top Cecil College of Maryland, 9-4.</span></p> <p class="p2"> The Lancers ignited for six runs in the fifth inning to fuel their second win over Cecil.</p> <p class="p2"> USCL beat Cecil College, 6-1 on Saturday.</p> Jackets honor top basketball standouts http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/jackets-honor-top-basketball-standouts <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Buford Yellow Jackets honored their top players at the annual BHS boys awards night Feb. 14.</span></p> <p class="p2"> The Jackets, who went 3-16, 2-10, saluted guard Tanner Wallace as the team&rsquo;s Best Offensive Player for the 2016-17 season.</p> <p class="p2"> Wallace, a junior, averaged 10.2 points a game in earning All-Region IV-AA honors.</p> <p class="p3"> Freshman Joe Barrino was selected as the team&rsquo;s Best Defensive Player.</p> County trio nets all-state honors http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/county-trio-nets-all-state-honors <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc04198.jpg" alt="Andrew Jackson High School junior basketball player Dontarius James (12) has been named to the Class AA boys all-state team." title="Andrew Jackson High School junior basketball player Dontarius James (12) has been named to the Class AA boys all-state team." align="left" hspace="6" width="51" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A<b>&nbsp;</b>trio of Lancaster County high school basketball standouts has been selected for all-state honors.</span></p> <p class="p5"> The talented threesome includes a pair of Andrew Jackson High School hoops aces &ndash; Lady Volunteers&rsquo; center Alexxus Sowell and Vols&rsquo; junior star Dontarius James.</p> <p class="p5"> Indian Land High School&rsquo;s Nia Pressley, a senior standout, has been selected for the Class AAA girls all-state basketball team.</p> Steen named head coach at Great Falls http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/steen-named-head-coach-great-falls <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/steen_color.jpg" alt="Scotty Steen, a Red Devils assistant coach for 19 years, was named the head football coach Wednesday." title="Scotty Steen, a Red Devils assistant coach for 19 years, was named the head football coach Wednesday." align="left" hspace="6" width="69" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Travis Jenkins</b></p> <p class="p2"> <em><span class="s2">Landmark News Service</span></em></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s3"><b>GREAT FALLS</b></span><span class="s4"> &ndash; Great Falls High School didn&rsquo;t have to look very long for a new football coach, because they didn&rsquo;t have to look very far.</span></p>