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Today's Sports

  • Buford sweeps into state

    INDIAN LAND  Buford’s diamond mission was simple get it done the hard way and the battling Lady Jackets did so in flying colors BHS maroon and gold.

    Buford, needing two wins over county rival Indian Land, swept the Lady Warriors 5-2 and 6-0 to capture its first Class A Upper State softball championship at the IL field on Friday.

    The sweep sends BHS to the best-of-three Class A state title series Monday when the Lady Jackets venture to Lower State champion Johnsonville for the opening game.

  • Breaking News Bench new Andrew...

    Elmer Bench is the new Andrew Jackson High School football coach. Bench, who comes to AJ from West Florence High School in Florence, was approved as the Vols 10th head football coach today at a morning meeting of the Lancaster County School Board.

    Bench, a four-year football letterman at Clemson, served as the WFHS Knights' defensive coordinator.

  • AJ Vols, Jackets fall in playoffs

    Walhalla scored a goal in each half on the way to a 2-0 home win over Andrew Jackson in the Class AA Upper State playoffs on Thursday night.

    The loss ended AJ’s season at 15-6.

    The match was the final contest for AJ boys coach Randy Jordan who is moving to USCL to work with the Lancers’ soccer program as the girls’ coach.

    Jordan has already signed Lady Vols’ soccer standout Rachael Dippel to play at USCL in the fall.

  • County athletes place in state...

    A host of Lancaster County athletes turned in solid performances at the state track meet at Lower Richland High School over the weekend.

    Indian Land High Lady Warriors Mariah Williams and Lindsay Johnson each posted a third-place in their events.

    Williams was third in the 100 hurdles with a 17.63 effort. An IL sophomore, Williams ran a 17.4 to place first in the Upper State qualifier.

    Williams was seventh in the high jump with a 4-10 showing. Johnson was third in the long jump with a 16-2 performance.

  • AJ's Dippel to play for...

    KERSHAW  Andrew Jackson High School girls’ senior soccer player Rachael Dippel doesn’t receive as much attention for her solid defensive play, but the notice is enough to propel her to the next level.

    Dippel, a two-sport standout at AJ, recently joined the University of South Carolina at Lancaster women’s soccer program as a Lancers signee.

    Randy Jordan, who will lead the Lancers’ women’s program, signed Dippel in the AJ media center on May 6.

  • Lions rally to end Buford's...

    RICHBURG  Buford battled to the finish, but the Jackets fell short in an 8-5 season-ending loss to Lewisville on Wednesday night at the Lions’ field.

    The Jackets’ three-run loss foiled their hopes of a Class A Upper State baseball championship. Lewisville advances to face Chesterfield today, needing to defeat the host Rams twice to move to the Class A state title series next week.

  • Hodges wins crate late model...

    Andy Hodges took over the No. 7 Country’s Race Team in 2007 when Rooster Ghant left the crate late model team. Jerry “Country” and Valerie Strickland, the car owners, make sure the crew is always dressed with racing-style uniforms. They have raced Lancaster Speedway since the 2004 inception of the crate late model division.

  • Banks Class A medalist

    Buford High School senior golfer Trevor Banks used some sage advice to capture a second straight state medalist championship on Tuesday afternoon.

    Banks, who shot a 77 in the opening round of the Class A state golf tournament at the Wellman Club in Johnsonville, said his putting needed to quickly improve to have a shot at the individual state title for a second straight season.

    Banks’ solution was to sleep with his putter Monday night.

  • USCL's Jones earns first...

    Dee Jones, off the bat, has established himself as a player known for firsts in the University of South Carolina at Lancaster baseball program.

    Jones, in the Lancers’ first-ever baseball game, notched the program’s first hit, first run and first home run.

    Jones’ solid play throughout the Lancers’ season has landed him another USCL diamond first.

    Jones, who played baseball at Spartanburg High School, is the first recipient of the Matt Blackwell Foundation Player’s Player Award.

  • Lady Jackets fall to Landrum...

    Landrum opened the Class A Upper State softball championship series with a 3-0 home win over Buford on Saturday.

    The Lady Cardinals cruised to the shutout, allowing only four hits.

    The Lady Jackets were led by Jena Hallman, Jordan Boone, Hannah Knight and Kayla Lloyd, who had one hit each.

    Landrum advances in the winner’s bracket to face the Indian Land-McBee winner on Monday.

    Buford, 20-9, will seek to stay alive as the Lady Jackets meet the loser of the opening round game between Indian Land and McBee on Monday.