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Today's Sports

  • Lady Jackets claim first-ever...

    BUFORD – A second straight blank job earned the Buford High Lady Jackets’ softball team the gold.

    The BHS girls completed a two-game sweep of Class A Lower State champion Johnsonville to capture the school’s first-ever Class A state softball championship on Wednesday night at the Lady Jackets’ field.

    Buford, 26-9, opened the best-of-three series with a 4-0 road win Monday and completed its quest for the coveted state championship gold medals with a 7-0 victory over the Lady Flashes.

  • Strain paces CPTC in district...

    Kadedra Strain, a girls 13-14 age division competitor, paced the Columbus Parker Track Club’s showing in the 14-under Hershey District track meet held in Columbia.

    Strain captured firsts in the 100-meter dash, softball throw and ran a leg on the 4 x 100 relay team, which included Zankel Stevens, Daneka Degraffenreid and LaDasia Blakeney.

    The meet was the first competition for the CPTC this season.

    In the 10-under girls, Alexis King won the long jump, while Tyesha Perry was the winner in the 200-meter dash.

  • Post 31 Legion team off to 1-1...

    The Lancaster Post 31 senior team is 1-1 after its opening two games.

    P-31 opened the 2009 senior team season with a 13-6 home win over Bishopville on Wednesday, but then dropped a 9-5 loss to Pineville, N.C., on Thursday.

    In the seven-run win over Bishopville, Lancaster rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to take the comeback win.

    P-31 used an eight-run fifth inning to take control.

    Bishopville scored a single run in the sixth to make it 8-5, but Lancaster responded with a three-run charge to build an 11-5 edge.

  • Blackmon upbeat about Post 31...

    New Lancaster Legion Post 31 coach Brett Blackmon will be looking to blend a group of veteran players with a solid nucleus of young players in hopes of earning a playoff bid this summer.

    Blackmon sports a group of players who have Legion baseball experience as well as a cast of young players poised to move into senior team roles and contribute.

    “We have to mesh up our younger guys with some of these veteran players and get them working as a unit.” said Blackmon. “I view us as a young team which will improve as the season moves on.”

  • Newberry honors former county...

    Two former Lancaster County high school football standouts were recently honored at the Newberry College football banquet.

    Kamaal McIlwain, a former Indian Land High School football star, received a pair of honors.

    McIlwain, a sophomore, was presented the Most Valuable Defensive Back and Most Valuable Special Teams player.

  • Lady Jackets win, face IL

    County softball rivals Buford and Indian Land have battled three times this spring and they will tangle again today with high stakes on the line in the Class A Upper State championship.

    BHS, which defeated IL in two of the meetings, visits the Lady Warriors’ field today to decide which team advances to the Class A state championship series next week.

  • Lady Jackets in title series lead

    The Buford High girls host game two today at 6 p.m., needing a win to clinch their first-ever state softball championship.

    Buford, the Class A Upper State champion, opened the best-of-three Class A state title series with a 4-0 win over Class A Lower State champion Johnsonville.

    Should Johnsonville win today, a decisive third game is scheduled for Friday at a neutral site.

    Family backing for BHS hurler

  • P-31 juniors seek to continue...

    The 2009 Lancaster Post 31 junior team faces a challenge this season after a record run by the 2008 P-31 team last summer.

    The 2008 team, which finished 16-10, earned a first-ever state tournament bid and placed third in the Lake City field.

    The 2009 team, led by first-year coach Josh Pauling, sports a solid unit, including a host of players who played a year ago when the P-31 junior team qualified for the playoffs as the League V runner-up.

  • Buford snuffs Flashes

    JOHNSONVILLE The Buford High School Lady Jackets’ softball team needs one win to produce a program first.

    The 25-9 BHS girls are a game away from winning their first-ever state softball championship.

    The Lady Jackets, 9-2 in postseason play, took a major step toward the Class A state softball crown with a 4-0 win over Lower State champion Johnsonville at the Lady Flashes’ field on Monday.

  • Vols, Jackets notch first-round...

    Andrew Jackson and Buford posted first-round home playoff soccer wins on Tuesday night.

    The Vols launched the Class AA Upper State playoffs with a  5-0 win over Mid Carolina, while Buford was blanked Landrum 7-0 in the Class A playoffs.

    AJ senior Jason Faile, a USC-Sumter soccer signee, scored three goals to pace the Vols, who held a 3-0 lead at the half.

    Tyler Stroud and Justin Deese each added a goal for the winners. Tyler Dinkins, Brandon Neal and Paul Harris each had an assist for AJ.

    Senior keeper Justin Sellers notched the shutout.