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Today's Sports

  • Rec soccer stars shine

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation youth soccer teams posted a strong showing in the state tournament Dec. 5-6 with the 10u and 12u teams each finishing second in the state field and the 15u stars placing third.
    u The 10u stars opened play Dec. 5 with a dominating 3-1 win over Bluffton.
    Sergio Pavon, Braxton Cordova and Kevin Cruz each scored in the first half to put the game out of reach.
    Adriel Garcia and Landon Williams provided clutch goalie play. The win put the 10u team playing Beaufort County, the defending state champ.

  • Jackets deck Rams in consolation...

    The Buford boys, with a strong finish, downed Region IV-AA foe Chesterfield to capture consolation honors in the Anson County Invitational holiday basketball tournament at Anson County (N.C.) High School on Dec. 22.
    The Jackets, who split in the two-day tournament, had a solid fourth quarter to seal the 65-56 win over the Rams. Buford, on top 45-41 after three periods, ignited on a pivotal 20-15 run to take the nine-point victory.

  • Defense has state, regional...

    Ace defensive players who earned state and regional football honors this season lead The Lancaster News’ 2015 all-county defense.
    Buford High School senior defensive back Christian Catledge and Lancaster High School sophomore defensive end Markees Watts pace the  stop unit.
    Catledge, a North-South All-Star game pick, leads the secondary with 193 tackling points on 56 first hits, 58 assists, seven interceptions, three pass break-ups, and a blocked kick.

  • Offense sports big-play...

    The Lancaster News 2015 all-county offense sports its share of big-play performers, including an 1,000-yard rusher and a pair of ace runners who were just shy of the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
    Andrew Jackson High School’s Heath Gandy topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark with 1,014 yards and 15 touchdowns to go with 20 catches for 422 yards and three touchdowns.
    The versatile all-region pick, Gandy also completed nine of 19 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown.

  • TLN honors Bruins' duo

    The Lancaster Bruins’ 2015 football season didn’t last as long as second-year LHS coach Bobby Collins hoped, but it was a step in the right direction.
    The Bruins, coming off an 8-4 mark in Collins’ first season at LHS, again posted eight wins and a runner-up finish in Region III-AAA.
    LHS, 8-3, once again was the runner-up to South Pointe High School of Rock Hill, which won the Class AAA state championship for the third time in five seasons.

  • Elf on the Shelf was a daily...

    This Christmas season when it came time to unpack the family decorations and ornaments, one we didn’t have to seek was our Elf on the Shelf.
    He was already out and kept his familiar place, atop the clock on the den mantel.
    Our elf, which my wife Anne got last Yule season, was a bit different, donned in University of South Carolina attire.
    With a USC grad in the home, Caroline, along with a USC Lancaster student, Jackson, and their grandfather, the late Jim Howey, a USC grad and law school alum, don’t think a whole lot of explaining is needed.

  • Anson County rallies, tops BHS

    Host Anson County High School (N.C.) roared in the final period to post a 70-56 win over Buford High School in the Anson County Invitational basketball tournament Dec. 21.
    Anson County held a narrow 52-50 lead after three periods and then ignited in the final quarter on an 18-6 surge to take the 14-point win.

  • Jackets capture three titles in...

    A trio of Buford High School wrestlers led the Jackets’ mat effort in the Palmetto Slam at Lugoff-Elgin High School in Kershaw County on Dec. 18-19.
    The BHS threesome of Scotti Moser, Nick Jones and Dakota Barton each posted a weight division title to lead the Jackets to a seventh overall finish in the 21-team field.
    Moser, unbeaten on the season, won the 170-pound division with three pins and a decision of Antwan Frazier of North Charleston in the championship round.

  • Vols post second mat victory...

    Andrew Jackson completed a season’s wrestling sweep of Class AAA county rival Lancaster High School, taking a 54-27 win over the Bruins on Dec. 15 in the Volunteers’ gym.
    AJ posted six pins in the 27-point victory over the Bruins on Dec. 15 at AJ.
    The Vols, 7-3 on the season, defeated Lancaster 60-18 at the Bruins’ gym on Dec. 3.
    Andrew Jackson used eight pins to post the win over Lancaster High at the LHS gym on Dec. 3. The Volunteers opened a 36-6 lead and cruised to the 42-point win.

  • Warriors split games in Challenge

    Cardinal Newman rallied in the second half to take a 59-49 win over Indian Land in the second round of the Chick-fil-A Carolina Challenge at Richland Northeast High School on Dec. 21.
    The Warriors opened play in the holiday tournament, taking a 54-53 win over Heathwood Hall of Columbia at RNE on Dec. 19.
    The Cardinals’ 10-point win snapped IL’s three-game win streak to leave the Warriors at 3-6 on the season.
    ILHS held a 28-25 halftime lead, but the Cardinals charged back in the second half for the comeback win.