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Today's Sports

  • State champion Lightning set for...

    The Palmetto Lightning has struck gold again.

    The Lightning, an 11-under Youth Basketball of America (YBOA) girls basketball team, captured the gold at the state championship tournament in Greenville for the second straight year.

    The team, led by coaches Derek Vick and Jonathan Scott, includes 10 girls from the Lancaster, Heath Springs and Kershaw areas.

    The Lightning won the state title at the tournament held June 4-6 in Greenville.

  • Paxton big winner at Speedway

    Chad Paxton was a dominating winner to take the Limited Late Model win at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday.

    The Limited Late Model front row had heat winners Chad Paxton and Daniel Tucker.

    When the green flag dropped, Paxton wasted little time and grabbed the lead going into turns one and two. As the race went on, Paxton built his lead to a straightaway and a half over the field and cruised to the win.

    Behind Paxton, Mike Huey and Chris Hargett and Jay Sessoms battled for second.

  • P-31 juniors keep rolling

    The Lancaster American Legion Post 31 junior baseball continued its stellar play Thursday night, but the senior team wasn’t as fortunate Friday evening.

    The junior squad of head coach Sam Sinclair improved to 7-1 overall with a 5-1 road win over Chester Post 27.

    The four-run victory pushed the juniors’ League V baseball mark to 6-1.

    Southpaw C.D. Pelham combined with right-handed reliever Tripp Rollings to hurl a one-hitter.

    Pelham, in 5.1 innings, struck out 10 Post 27 batters. He allowed four walks and a run.

  • Hallman, Brugh set for all-star...

    Two Lancaster County high school softball stars will cap their prep careers among the elite this week.

    Buford High’s Jena Hallman and Indian Land High’s Paige Brugh will play for the Class A-AAAA North all-star team in the annual North-South All-Star Softball Classic at the University of South Carolina at Aiken. Play in the three-day event begins Tuesday.

    Hallman is coming off a banner season for the Lady Jackets, who went 25-7 this spring.

  • Day 2 exciting with school visit...

    Editor’s note: Sarah Katherine DeVenny, a rising senior at Lancaster High School and a member of the Lancaster Fútbol women’s team, is writing about the team’s recent visit to Panama.

    The second day in Panama began with another training session during which we worked on our technique on the hotel tennis court.

    After extracting as much energy from us as possible at 6 a.m., coach Bo Sylvia let us shower and eat breakfast. We sleepily got ready to visit our first Panamanian school, Academia Interamericana de Panamá.

  • LDB salutes its elite performers

    Lancaster Dixie Baseball capped its 2010 season, honoring top players, coaches and teams at the Wylie Park Complex on Thursday night.

    An annual highlight of the LDB awards night is the presentation of the Dixie Boys Matt Blackwell Sportsmanship Award.

    A.J. Collins, who played for Anderson Jewelers, was the 2010 recipient as Skip Small, a Lancaster Dixie Baseball product who is now on the Matt Blackwell Foundation Board, made the presentation.

    The award is given in memory of the late Lancaster Dixie Baseball player who died in a 2001 auto accident.

  • Nucor tourney honors Craig,...

    The 10th annual Nucor Steel Berkeley golf tournament, held in memory of Lancaster native Jamie Craig, enjoyed its second-best tournament in terms of funds raised.

    The one-day tournament raised $321,809 after a $254,332 effort in 2009.

    “We were well pleased,” said Buffy Fortner, a Nucor Steel cost accountant who has worked with the tournament for 10 years, including the last eight as chairman. “It’s really amazing. It’s all about the love of kids.”

  • P-31 offense paces wins

    After scoring one run in a 9-1 road loss to Pineville on Monday, Lancaster Post 31 senior team coach Tyler Anderson said he knew he had to make a switch to ignite the offense.

    Anderson has opted for live batting practice instead of the team taking its cuts in the batting cage.

    The result was 34 runs and a pair of wins in League V play over two nights.

    Lancaster clubbed Chester Post 27 18-6 on Wednesday night after drubbing Clover Post 38, 16-11 on Tuesday at Eggleton Field.

  • Banks fall short in quest for...

    Trevor Banks’ hopes of earning a bid to the 2010 U.S. Open fell shy at the Settindown Creek Golf Club in Roswell, Ga., on Monday.

    Banks, a University of South Carolina at Lancaster sophomore golfer, shot a 158 (78-80) over 36 holes to place 15th in the 28-player field.

    Only two golfers advanced from the Settindown Creek Golf Club field to play the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Cal., June 17-20.

  • Etters paces junior golfers in...

    Chester golfer Jeremy Etters made the most of playing on his home course, shooting a par 72 to win the boys 13-14 age division in the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association opener on Monday at the Chester Golf Club.

    The Chester tournament opened the chapter’s 16th season of play.