Today's Sports

  • Lady Vols hope to net more wins

    After the Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers’ lost to Walhalla, 2-1 in the Class AA Upper State soccer playoffs last spring, coach Ronnie Wall and the AJ girls are gearing up to return to the playoffs again this year.

    “This year our goal isn’t just to go to the playoffs – it’s to win in the playoffs,” Wall said. “We’ve gone to the playoffs several years, but this year I hope we can win in the postseason.”

    AJ went 11-5 and won the Conference IV-AA title before falling to the Lady Razorbacks in double overtime.

  • Bruins belt Hidden Valley

    The Lancaster Bruins were quite offensive at the fifth annual Wheels Baseball Invitational at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill.

    The Bruins ignited for 20 runs on 14 hits on the way to a 20-17 slugfest win over Hidden Valley High School of Roanoke, Va. on Friday.

    Ron Trapps, who worked two innings as one of four LHS hurlers, was the winner, with Zack Rollings notching the save.

    “It looked more like a football game score at the end,” LHS coach Brett Blackmon said. “We just had a little more in our tank at the end.”

  • Blackwell's spirit is alive...

    Matt Blackwell’s 24th birthday was Thursday – April 8.

    Matt, of course, left us some nine years ago when he died in a May 11, 2001 auto accident, just over a month past his 15th birthday.

    Death took the body in the spring of 2001, but Matt Blackwell’s spirit was alive and well at Doomsday Corner at the first Matt Blackwell Invitational, his prep stomping grounds.

  • Truesdale's hopes high for...

    New Andrew Jackson High School varsity soccer coach Marc Truesdale has high hopes for Andrew Jackson’s team this year.

    Truesdale, who guided the AJ junior varsity soccer team, has taken over from coach Randy Jordan, who left the AJ program to lead the University of South Carolina at Lancaster women’s soccer team.

    Jordan’s final team compiled a 15-6 mark, which included a 2-0 Class AA Upper State playoff loss at Walhalla.

    Truesdale, who guided the Junior Vols to a 9-0 mark last spring when they outscored their foes 42-1, is assisted by Van Steen.

  • Lancers seek to rebound this...

    The University of South Carolina will be seeking to get back on track this weekend after dropping four at home last weekend.

    The Lancers host Guilford Community College for two games Saturday and a pair on Sunday.

    USCL, 18-16, dropped a four-game set – two twin bills – to Pitt Community College of Greenville, N.C. The visiting Bulldogs won the first doubleheader, 11-5, 13-1.

    In the opener, Cameron Baker, in 1.1 innings, allowed five runs – all earned runs, and five hits. He struck out one.

  • Junior Bruins earn Blackwell...

    The Lancaster Junior Bruins capped a comeback attack to capture the first Matt Blackwell Invitational junior varsity baseball tournament Thursday afternoon at LHS’s Doomsday Corner.

    The tournament is held in memory of the late Matt Blackwell, a former Lancaster High junior varsity catcher who died in an auto accident in 2001. Thursday was Blackwell’s 24th birthday.

  • Buford's bronze champ

    The Buford High School softball team’s spring break road trip resulted in the bronze, that’s title not tan.

    The Lady Jackets, after a 0-2 start, came back strong with three straight wins to capture the bronze title in the annual Azalea Invitational softball tournament at Summerville on Wednesday.

    “I thought we came back and played well after the first day in the tournament,” BHS softball coach “C” Davis said. “I was glad to see the kids come back strong.”

  • Speedway sets double points...

    Lancaster Motor Speedway will host double points races at the half-mile dirt track on Saturday.

    Double points will be awarded in all divisions except the limited late models.

    A track highlight Saturday is in the Super Street division where Brandy Baker has won three  straight, but Baker, “The  Gambler” will start in the back for the main. That  leaves him having to come from the back of the pack against some of the best Super Street drivers.

  • Jackets rebound, top Gators

    Buford ace pitcher Colt Ellis helped the Jackets rebound in the second round of the Cheraw Braves Diamond Classic at Cheraw High School on Tuesday.

    Ellis posted the win and drilled three hits to key BHS to a 6-4 win over Lake View.

    Buford opened play Monday when it fell to Wilson of Florence, 8-3.

    Ellis hurled a complete game in the BHS win Tuesday. Ellis yielded eight hits, four runs, one earned, and two walks. He struck out three.

  • Total Control strong in Battle...

    The Total Control Power Club of Elgin had a major hand in helping South Carolina defeat North Carolina in the recent Battle of the Border Powerlifting and Bench Press meet in Charlotte at the Dowd YMCA.

    “There was a lot of pride and determination in this meet,” said Terry Marshall of Total Control. “Our guys did an outstanding job.”

    Wade McAteer, in the the 242-pound weight class, had a 1,504 total – 556.5 squat, 473.7 bench press and 473.7 dead lift.