Today's Sports

  • Knight to lead Newberry football

    Newberry College has tapped within its ranks to land its new head football coach.

    Lancaster County native Todd Knight, a 1984 Buford High School graduate who was a star football player and wrestler for the Jackets, is the Newberry College football coach.

    Knight, 43, was named Friday to replace former NC coach Zak Willis, who was released earlier this week.

    Knight, who has been Newberry’s assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the last six seasons, is the school’s 18th head football coach.

  • County softball teams seek to...

    The 15-10 Lancaster High Lady Bruins earned a measure of postseason revenge, downing Clover 5-2 on Tuesday night at home in the Class AAAA District II softball playoffs.

    The LHS win advanced the Lady Bruins to Mauldin to face the Lady Mavericks at 5 p.m. Thursday. Should Lancaster win the first game, the Lady Bruins would play Mauldin again to decide the District II champion for a bid to the Class AAAA Upstate championship series which opens Saturday.

  • Lady Bruins hoping to rebound...

    The Lancaster High School Lady Bruins’ softball team was scheduled to play in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs on Saturday, but the game has been reset for Monday.

    LHS, the Region IV-AAAA runner-up, fell to Clover High School 3-1 at the Lady Bruins’ field on Thursday in the opening round of the Class AAAA Upper State softball playoffs and was to meet the Mauldin-Westside first-round loser on Saturday.

    School was canceled at Mauldin High School on Thursday and Friday due to concerns some students may be infected with swine flu.

  • Wright joins Lancers

    A Buford High School baseball player who has earned recognition for his banner play at home plate is staying close to home to extend his education and athletic career.

    BHS senior catcher Joseph Wright will continue his baseball career at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Wright, who also is a standout student and football player at Buford, signed with the Lancers on Tuesday afternoon in the BHS conference room.

  • Lady Warriors stay unbeaten

    The Indian Land Lady Warriors stayed unbeaten in the Class A Upper State softball playoffs, winning their second straight game in extra innings.

    The 12-10 Lady Warriors, who downed Fox Creek 5-2 in eight frames Thursday, needed ninth innings Saturday to defeat Ninety Six 4-1.

    The IL girls are idle to Wednesday when they host the Class A District IV championship game.

    The Buford girls, the third-place team in Conference III-A, will have to battle through the loser's bracket after dropping a 4-3 road loss to Dixie of Due West.

  • Jackets, Vols battling to stay...

    The Buford High School baseball team ventured to Due West on Saturday, seeking to keep alive its postseason hopes in an elimination game with Dixie.

    BHS, which finished fourth in Conference III-A, dropped a tough 6-5 loss to Williston-Elko in the opening round of the Class A district playoffs.

    BHS, 8-10, trailed 5-1, but rallied to tie the game before host W-E rallied to pull out the one-run win.

    Colt Ellis, who worked 7.1 innings, took the loss. He allowed six runs – four earned, four hits and six walks.

  • Lancers earn bid to Region X...

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster Lancers reached their team goal of earning a bid to the Region X baseball tournament, taking two wins over Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, N.C., last weekend.

    The Lancers, 14-28, 5-22, swept Blue Ridge 7-1, 15-5 on Saturday to gain their bid.

    In the six-run win, Thomas Little, 2-5, went the route, allowing three hits and striking out five. He walked none and allowed an earned run.

    Kyle Heffner led the offense with three hits and scored a run.

  • Rain washes out LMS action...

    Racing action at Lancaster Motor Speedway was rained out Saturday night.

    Action this Saturday, sponsored by Cauthen Motor Company, includes a race with posted bonuses.

    “We want to thank Cauthen Motors for their faithful support of Lancaster Speedway,” said track official Mark Huey. “We would encourage all who race with us to thank them also for their help and support.”

    The event includes the NDRA crate late models with $1000 to win. The super street $600 to win. The crate sportsman has $500 to win and the pure street has $350 to win.

  • Buford tops IL in play-off

    Buford defeated county rival Indian Land for the second time in four days to wrap up a third-place finish in Conference III-A Monday at Andrew Jackson High School.

    The one-game play-off game was needed after Buford and Indian Land were tied at the end of regular-season conference play. BHS took a 4-3 win.

    Buford downed Indian Land 4-2 on Lady Jackets’ Senior Day on Friday. Indian Land then fell to regular-season runner-up Chesterfield in its final regular-season game on Saturday.

  • Blackmon nabs first young guns...

    Young guns driver Brandon Blackmon now knows the winning feeling.

    His eager fans had to wait through massive delays, such as watering the track after heat races, a kids activity and seven other main events. Brandon led flag-to-flag, en route to the win Saturday night at Lancaster Motor Speedway. He was given an inaugural winner’s mud bath. His fans and crew got him good. Congrats to Brandon on this memorable win. Andrew Yandle was second, Andrew Blackwood was third, with Josh Langley fourth and Nathan Geist fifth.