Today's Sports

  • Belles capture state title

    The Lancaster Southern Belles softball all-stars highlighted an exciting finish to capture the state championship and a berth in the World Series on Wednesday night in Seneca.

    The Belles, after dropping their first postseason loss, rebounded to down Saluda 5-4 in nine innings to  wrap up the state crown and Series bid to Sumter. The Belles’ regulation games are seven innings.

    Saluda had defeated Lancaster 5-4 in nine innings earlier Wednesday afternoon to force a decisive second meeting that night.

  • Caroway savors Cooperstown...

    The Carolina Reds, a Rock Hill area 12U travel baseball team, recently participated in one of the most celebrated tournaments in America at Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, N.Y.

    The Reds include 10 players from Rock Hill, one from Indian Land and one from Lancaster.  Versatile Lancaster player Jordan Caroway saw the majority of his tournament action at second base. He also saw time at shortstop, the outfield and pitcher.

    Caroway, a rising eighth grader at A.R. Rucker Middle School, said the Cooperstown experience was a career highlight.

  • Dixie Boys 14 stars win, play...

    The Lancaster Dixie Boys 14s all-stars stayed alive for the state championship and a bid to the World Series with an 8-0 win over Lexington on Wednesday night.

    The shutout win advanced the Lancaster Dixie Boys 14 stars to the state title game with Beaufort on Thursday night in Lexington.

    The Lancaster 14s have to beat Beaufort twice to take the title and a Series berth.

    The game was completed after The News’ deadline for Friday’s paper. See Sunday’s paper, or check The News’ web site, www.thelancasternews.com.

  • Robinson, Terry tie for LJGA win...

    Corey Robinson and Austin Terry each shot a 74 at Edgewater to lead the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association play on Monday.

    “Those scores were from the gold tees which is an outstanding number on a very difficult golf course,” Lancaster chapter director Raymon Chisom said.

    Robinson padded his boys 15-18 age division lead with his fourth win this season, giving him 100 points. Terry is second in the overall points with 79 and Dalton Bradley is third with 67.

  • Crenshaw's 35 highlights...

    Garrett Crenshaw paced play as the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association returned to action after its annual mid-season break.

    Crenshaw, in the boys 10-12 age division, registered the chapter’s first sub-par showing for the 2009 season. Crenshaw shot a 35 over nine holes from the red tees.

    Crenshaw’s effort included an eagle and three birdies.

    Crenshaw’s effort pushed him to second overall in the points with 58.

  • Palmetto Lightning hooping it up...

    The Palmetto Lightning, a 10-under girls basketball team of Kershaw and Lancaster area players, are going strong in the Youth Basketball of America (YBOA) national championship tournament in Polk County, Fla.

    The Lightning, led by coaches Derek Vick and Jonathan Scott, rolled to their second straight win in pool play, taking a 35-23 win over the Georgia Xtreme on Tuesday morning.

    Elizabeth Scott, who hit eight first-half points, led the Lightning with 10 points.

  • Baker's win part of LMS...

    Lancaster Motor Speedway featured an exciting night at the track Saturday.

    Austin Baker captured the checkers in the Young Guns main event to open action at the half-mile dirt oval. It was a spirited battle that took place between Baker and divisional rivals Nathan Geist and Andrew Yandle.

    Geist appeared to be well on his way to his first-ever dirt track win. The drivers battled often two- and three-wide en route to a thriller for the fans.

    Baker was the winner, Geist second, Yandle third, Brandan Blackmon fourth and Josh Langley fifth.

  • Ozone stars rally to stay alive...

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball Ozone stars stayed alive in their quest for the district championship with an exciting 10-9 win over host Lockhart on Friday night.

    The Lancaster stars captured the extra-inning win in the eighth inning when Quadarius Fair singled home Deuce Dunlap for the winning run. Dunlap, who had three hits and drove in a run, drew a walk to open the rally and then stole second and third. Fair, who had two hits and a pair of RBIs, then singled home Dunlap to cap the win.

  • Recreation Department sets...

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department’s fall sports programs are just around the corner.

    The registration window for soccer, football and cheerleading takes place from July 27-Aug. 21. This year there will be some changes for soccer and football.

    The fall soccer program will have five age groups.

    The age groups are as follows: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-15. Cost is $50 per child.

    Ages 5-6 and 7-8 will play 7 against 7 and on a 135 x 90 field with 6 x 12 goals. All other age groups will play 11 against 11 on a regulation size field.

  • Seniors fall in game three

    West Columbia rallied from an early 1-0 deficit with a five-run fourth inning on the way to a 6-3 win over Lancaster Post 31 in game three of the American Legion baseball Upper State best-of-five first-round series on Wednesday night.

    Lancaster, up 2-1 in the series heading to game four Thursday night at Lancaster, opened play with a 12-1 road win on Monday and a 6-2 victory on Tuesday night at Eggleton Field.