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Today's Sports

  • News salutes 2009’s...

    Two Buford High School athletes are The Lancaster News’ 2009 Athletes of the Year.

    Buford High School softball star Jena Hallman, who as a junior led BHS to its first-ever state softball title, is The News’ Female Athlete of the Year.

    Trevor Banks, who won his second straight state medalist honor in golf, is the Male Athlete of the Year.

  • LHS 'Sweet 16' runnerup

    The Lancaster Bruins returned home from the “Sweet 16” holiday tournament with a victory to savor Wednesday night.

    The Bruins, who finished in a three-way tie for first in the three-day tourney at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, capped play with an exciting 83-81 win over First Presbyterian Christian Academy of Hinesville, Ga.

    The Highlanders, a two-time Georgia independent Schools state champion, had won 43 straight games, including 13 consecutive wins this season before falling to the Bruins.

  • Bruins hammer Indians

    The Lancaster Bruins, showing no ill signs of a 17-day layoff, rolled to a 71-41 win over Orangeburg Prep in the opening round of the “Sweet 16” tournament at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg on Monday.

    Lancaster last saw action Dec. 11 in a tough 64-62 home loss to Fort Mill.

    Lancaster, 7-2, bolted to a 20-9 lead after a period  of play on the way to the lopsided win.

    Ron Trapps, who scored 12 points, ignited the Bruins early with a couple of hard dunks. Tracy Ingram led the Bruins with 15 points.

  • Jackets wrestlers profit in...

    Buford captured two wins out of 10 matches in the Ram Rumble, but Jackets’ coach John Mahaffey saw his share of positives.

    Buford, in the two-day wrestling tournament at Chesterfield High School, had several outstanding individual performances.

    “We were in a tough field,” said Mahaffey, who noted BHS and the host CHS Rams were the lone Class A schools in the field. “We faced good competition and I think that can only help us in the long run.

    “You really don’t gain much going up against easy competition,” he said.

  • County trio earns honors

    Two athletes who gained statewide football honors and a coach who led an impressive turnaround are The Lancaster News honorees for the 2009 high school football season.

    Lancaster High School’s Darius Robinson and Buford’s two-way ace Andrew “A.T.” Jennings shared the 2009 County Player of the Year Award.

    Buford High School coach Mike Wells, who saw his Jackets rally from a 1-3 start to go 7-5, is The Lancaster News’ Coach of the Year.

  • All-county offense sports big-...

    Big-play performers, sure-handed receivers and seasoned offensive lineman lead The Lancaster News’ 2009 all-county offense.

    A stable of ace running backs head the backfield.

    Lancaster High School senior running back Zed Truesdale, an all-region pick and the Bruins’ Offensive MVP, ran for 1,075 yards in 160 carries and scored 12 touchdowns.

    Truesdale’s numbers might have been better, but he was hampered by a nagging ankle injury over the last month of the season.

  • Shrine Bowl had a few local links

    The 2009 Shrine Bowl game didn’t feature a direct Lancaster County connection, but there were a few local ties.

    North Carolina, in the 73rd annual charity prep football game which features the Carolinas’ top senior football players, took a 24-14 win. The Tar Heels bolted to a 17-0 lead, and held off a Sandlappers’ rally. The game-clinching touchdown was scored by Northern Guilford’s Keenan Allen on a 32-yard jaunt out of the Wildcat formation.

  • All-county defensive unit...

    Big-play producers and big hitters head The Lancaster News’ all-county defense.

    The unit is bolstered by a solid linebacking corps which included Andrew Jackson’s Dylan McKittrick, Buford’s Britt Wells, Ervin Moore of Lancaster and Indian Land’s Tyler Watkins.

    McKittrick, a repeat selection, paced the Vols with 65 total tackles and six sacks in his senior campaign. He also added a touchdown on a return of a blocked punt.

  • Bruins wrestlers hopeful

    Jeff Foo has moved into the role of head coach of the Lancaster High School wrestling program and he hopes to continue on the Bruins’ mat success of last winter.

    LHS, a year ago, went 5-8 and earned a Class AAAA playoff bid, a program first dating back some eight years.

    “We made some strides last season and we hope to continue,” said Foo, who served as an LHS wrestling assistant last season to Terry Marshall, who yielded his coaching duties to spend more time with his family.

    Foo, a 23-year U.S. Army veteran who is now retired, is hopeful.

  • Yule spirit came in June this...

    It was the last week in June, so I guess this incident qualifies for, say Christmas in July.

    What happened over the course of two mornings at the beach last summer gave me a Christmas-like feeling. As I said, it was the last week in June and our family was vacationing in North Myrtle Beach.