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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Tourney's boost for IL girls

    The Indian Land Lady Warriors went 1-2 in the annual Y.C. Winborn Holiday Classic, but IL coach Tamara Jacobus said overall the three-day tournament was a good experience.

    “We always want to win when we take the floor, but at this stage, we were looking to gain experience as he head into region play,” Jacobus said. “We faced some larger schools and competed well.”

    Indian Land, 5-3, capped play, dropping a 57-46 loss to Myers Park of Charlotte at Rock Hill High School on Tuesday.

  • AJ hosts Comporium Classic on...

    The annual Comporium Christmas Classic at Andrew Jackson will tip off play Tuesday.

    The two-day tournament concludes play on Wednesday in the AJ gym.

    The opening round features four games, with the host Vols playing in the evening sessions.

    The action Tuesday begins at 4:30 p.m. when Chesterfield will face the Great Falls High School girls. The second game is set for a 6 p.m. start as Marion battles Great Falls.

    The AJ Lady Vols swing into play at 7:30 when they battle North Central.

  • Holiday tournament play tips off...

    The school calendar says holidays, but a host of Lancaster County high school basketball teams will be busy over the next few days.

    Andrew Jackson and Buford will have both their varsity teams in action in holiday basketball play.

    AJ hosts the annual Comporium Christmas Classic at Andrew Jackson where play tips off Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. when the first of four games each day begins.

    Buford has its teams headed in opposite directions in holiday tournament play.