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Today's Sports

  • Hagen Strength Team at Hyde Park...

    The Mike Hagen Strength team, a group of professional athletes who travel the world, will bring its message of inspirational speaking and strength exhibition to Hyde Park Baptist on Wednesday through Sunday.

    The Hagen Strength Team performs amazing feats of strength, which include ripping a phone book in half, crushing walls of concrete with a blow from their arm or head, breaking hand-cuffs, running through two-by-fours and blowing up hot water bottles until they explode.

  • Watkins signs to play for...

    For the better part of his high school career, Indian Land High School’s Tyler Watkins considered football his “second sport.”

    That was until this year.

    “Something just clicked and I started loving football,” Watkins said. “I just got focused on football.”

    Watkins’ focus was front and center in the Lancaster County Class A school’s media center Wednesday afternoon.

  • Lady Jackets blank Lions

    Buford avenged an earlier softball loss to Conference III-A foe Lewisville to down the Lady Lions 6-0 at home on Wednesday night.

    BHS senior hurler Jena Hallman notched the win, striking out eight and allowing a hit and two walks. Carley Bailey worked an inning, whiffing two and walking one.

    Hannah Knight keyed the Lady Jackets’ attack with two hits, two RBIs and scored two runs. Kayla Lloyd laced a double and drove in a run. Catie Rowell had a hit and scored twice. Leslie Pressley and Carley Bailey each had a hit and scored a run. Kendall Boone added a hit.

  • Blankenship to guide Lancers...

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster athletic program’s newest sport is softball and a familiar face will lead the Lancers’ team.

    Alan Blankenship, who has coaching experience in high school and advanced girls youth softball, will guide the Lancers’ softball program as its first head coach.

    Blankenship, 59 and a Lancaster native, worked eight years with the Lancaster High School Lady Bruins’ softball program, including two seasons as the LHS head coach.

  • District screening applications...

    Lancaster County School District officials are in the process of screening applications for the job of head football coach at Andrew Jackson High School.

    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said applications will be taken until the job is filled this spring.

    “We want to get the best possible person for the job,” Moore said.

  • Vols hammer Warriors

    The Andrew Jackson Volunteer baseball team returned to the diamond to drill county rival Indian Land 21-8 in five innings on Monday night at IL.

    AJ, up 8-6, ignited for 13 runs in the third inning on the way to the 13-run win. The Vols’ victory gave AJ a season’s sweep of the Warriors.

    Chandler “Cha Cha” Gardner, who hurled two innings, was the winner, allowing six runs – three earned, five hits and five walks. He fanned three.

    Tanner Gardner, in three innings, yielded two runs, two hits, three walks and hit a batter. He fanned four.

  • Lancers split four games with...

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster Lancers moved into fourth place in regular-season Region X baseball play with a split of four games with Guilford Tech (N.C.) over the weekend at the Lancaster High School baseball field.

    The 20-18 Lancers, who are 13-14 in Region X play, opened the four-game series – two doubleheaders – with a sweep of the Titans, 3-2 in the first game and 7-6 in the nightcap.

    In the first game, Jarrett Miller worked six innings and struck out 11 to notch the win over Guilford Tech. Miller allowed three hits and a walk.

  • Lady Vols hope to net more wins

    After the Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers’ lost to Walhalla, 2-1 in the Class AA Upper State soccer playoffs last spring, coach Ronnie Wall and the AJ girls are gearing up to return to the playoffs again this year.

    “This year our goal isn’t just to go to the playoffs – it’s to win in the playoffs,” Wall said. “We’ve gone to the playoffs several years, but this year I hope we can win in the postseason.”

    AJ went 11-5 and won the Conference IV-AA title before falling to the Lady Razorbacks in double overtime.

  • Bruins belt Hidden Valley

    The Lancaster Bruins were quite offensive at the fifth annual Wheels Baseball Invitational at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill.

    The Bruins ignited for 20 runs on 14 hits on the way to a 20-17 slugfest win over Hidden Valley High School of Roanoke, Va. on Friday.

    Ron Trapps, who worked two innings as one of four LHS hurlers, was the winner, with Zack Rollings notching the save.

    “It looked more like a football game score at the end,” LHS coach Brett Blackmon said. “We just had a little more in our tank at the end.”

  • Blackwell's spirit is alive...

    Matt Blackwell’s 24th birthday was Thursday – April 8.

    Matt, of course, left us some nine years ago when he died in a May 11, 2001 auto accident, just over a month past his 15th birthday.

    Death took the body in the spring of 2001, but Matt Blackwell’s spirit was alive and well at Doomsday Corner at the first Matt Blackwell Invitational, his prep stomping grounds.