http://www.thelancasternews.com/sports/rss.xml en Lady Jackets region volleyball champs http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/lady-jackets-region-volleyball-champs <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc01940.jpg" alt="Buford High’s Hannah Boone (12) battles North Central’s Rhi Hendrix (8) at the net during the Lady Jackets’ 3-2 win over the Lady Knights for the Region IV-AA volleyball championship on Thursday at Andrew Jackson High School." title="Buford High’s Hannah Boone (12) battles North Central’s Rhi Hendrix (8) at the net during the Lady Jackets’ 3-2 win over the Lady Knights for the Region IV-AA volleyball championship on Thursday at Andrew Jackson High School." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>KERSHAW</strong> &ndash; The Buford High School Lady Jackets&rsquo; volleyball team, for the second time in three seasons, is the queen of the Region IV-AA court.</p> <p> Buford, in a tough, tense tie-breaker match for the region volleyball title at Andrew Jackson High School on Thursday, defeated defending Region IV-AA volleyball champion North Central High School, 3-2.</p> Warriors’ defense delivers 14-6 win http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/warriors%E2%80%99-defense-delivers-14-6-win <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/a18y5797.jpg" alt="Indian Land High School senior receiver John Gregory (11) looks for yardage after making a catch in the Warriors’ 14-6 Region IV-AAA road win over Columbia High School on Thursday night. Gregory had three catches for 43 yards in the ILHS eight-point victory." title="Indian Land High School senior receiver John Gregory (11) looks for yardage after making a catch in the Warriors’ 14-6 Region IV-AAA road win over Columbia High School on Thursday night. Gregory had three catches for 43 yards in the ILHS eight-point victory." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>Lee McManus</strong></p> <p> <em>For The Lancaster News</em></p> <p> <strong>COLUMBIA</strong> &ndash; The Indian Land Warriors were well rested, having the week off, coming into their Thursday night Region IV-AAA game against the Columbia High School Capitals at Memorial Stadium.</p> <p> The Warriors would need every bit of it, particularly the defense, in ILHS&rsquo;s hard-fought 14-6 win over the Capitals.</p> <p> ILHS, 2-6, 1-2, snapped a four-game losing skid with the win over CHS.</p> Blue Devils won Upper State title in convincing win over Norway http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/blue-devils-won-upper-state-title-convincing-win-over-norway <p> <em>(Editor&rsquo;s note: This is the third part in a series about the 1967 Heath Springs Blue Devils&rsquo; run to the Class C state football championship.)</em></p> <p> <em><br /> </em></p> <p> <strong>Charles Ussery</strong></p> <p> <em>For The Lancaster News</em></p> <p> The conference champion Heath Springs Blue Devils launched their postseason run, facing Norway High for the Upper State title.</p> <p> Norway, 15 miles from Orangeburg, was undefeated and unscored on during the 1967 high school football season.</p> Vespe sparks Junior Jackets to victory http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/vespe-sparks-junior-jackets-victory <p> The Buford High Junior Jackets, sparked by Tyler Vespe, posted their first win, a 28-22 victory over host North Central on Thursday night.</p> <p> BHS, 1-4, broke on top as Evan Teague scored on a 25-yard run and added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.</p> <p> NCHS tied the game at 8-all, but Teague hooked up with Vespe on an 80-yard scoring pass to give Buford a 14-8 edge.</p> <p> Vespe put the Junior Jackets up, 22-14 with a 24-yard touchdown run. Vespe scored on the conversion.</p> Nelson is full bore for Vols http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/nelson-full-bore-vols <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc00834.jpg" alt="Andrew Jackson High School senior running back Lamont Nelson is a solid team leader for the Volunteers football team this season." title="Andrew Jackson High School senior running back Lamont Nelson is a solid team leader for the Volunteers football team this season." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>KERSHAW</strong> &ndash; Andrew Jackson High School senior player Lamont Nelson is hailed by Volunteers head coach Todd Shigley as &ldquo;most dependable.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Whatever we need from Lamont, he&rsquo;s going to give it to us,&rdquo; Shigley said. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s going to step up and give you his best shot.&rdquo;</p> <p> Nelson, a three-year varsity member, has been a key contributor for the Volunteers this season.</p> <p> He&rsquo;s scored five touchdowns, two a week ago when the Vols blanked Class A foe Great Falls High School, 48-0 at home.</p> Fall Sports Roundup: Buford Lady Jackets down AJ http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/fall-sports-roundup-buford-lady-jackets-down-aj <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4874b.jpg" alt="Buford High School’s Kristin Wemes (7) controls the ball as Andrew Jackson High’s Savannah Small (9) and Sheridan Todd (20) focus on the play during the Lady Jackets’ 3-1 win over the Lady Volunteers on Tuesday in the BHS gym." title="Buford High School’s Kristin Wemes (7) controls the ball as Andrew Jackson High’s Savannah Small (9) and Sheridan Todd (20) focus on the play during the Lady Jackets’ 3-1 win over the Lady Volunteers on Tuesday in the BHS gym." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Buford Lady Jackets rebounded from an opening game loss to notch three straight wins in defeating county and Region IV-AA rival Andrew Jackson for the second time in region volleyball play this season.</p> <p> Buford, 14-1, 11-1 in region play, used the 3-1 win over AJ to force a special tie-breaker match at AJ on Thursday when BHS faced North Central for the region title.</p> <p> The Lady Jackets and Lady Knights split during regular-season region play this season.</p> Pigskin Picks race getting tight http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/pigskin-picks-race-getting-tight <p> The Pigskin Picks are getting tight at the top.</p> <p> Lorie Sistare &ldquo;Bright,&rdquo; always among the panel leaders, is a game back in the race for the Picks top spot this week.</p> <p> Sistare, rolling with a 15-5 week, is one pick out of the top perch.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve got my focus on the front,&rdquo; Sistare said. &ldquo;Well, it&rsquo;s time to shine.&rdquo;</p> <p> News correspondent Mandy Catoe, who has led for the bulk of the Picks season, went 13-7 to see her lead sliced to a mere game.</p> LSS points banquet to be announced http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/lss-points-banquet-be-announced <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/101317_speedway.jpg" alt="Driver Ronnie Mosley is one of a host of Lancaster Super Speedway regulars at Carolina Speedway this weekend for the King of the Carolinas race weekend in Gastonia, N.C." title="Driver Ronnie Mosley is one of a host of Lancaster Super Speedway regulars at Carolina Speedway this weekend for the King of the Carolinas race weekend in Gastonia, N.C." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Lancaster Super Speedway 2017 points champions are SECA Crate Late Models Timbo Mangum, Super Stock Brandy Baker, SECA Crate Sportsman Bill Knight, Renegade Andrew Baker, Pure Stock V8 Adam Bowers, Vintage Marty Spittle and Extreme Rusty Catoe.</p> <p> The 2017 points banquet is to be announced, with various awards presented during the event. Keep checking The Lancaster News, or Lancaster Motor Speedway facebook group page for more details.</p>