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Junior golfers blaze in return to links

By Robert Howey

CHESTER – The Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association matched the weather with a blazing return to the links at the Chester Golf Club on July 10.
The juniors, despite some sweltering playing conditions, posted some stellar scores in their first tournament coming off the chapter’s annual two-week break.
Buford High School star golfer Caleb Henson captured the win in the boys 15-18 age group, shooting an even 72 (35-37) to take a two-shot win over Nick Mangano, who finished with a 74, 37-37, over 18 holes.


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Tournament at Dillon

Dixie Softball stars launch state play

By The Staff

Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Dixie Softball teams open play in the state tournament in Dillon on Saturday.
The LCPR Dixie Softball teams – Angels, Darlings and Ponytails – earned bids to the state tournament after capturing District II championships at the Larry Doby Recreation Complex in Camden last month.
The Lancaster County Darlings (8U) all-star team opens play in Dillon where it faces Bluffton at 11:15 a.m.
The Darlings stars, who went 6-0 in capturing the district crown, are looking to stay unbeaten in postseason play.


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USC hires Kingston

Gamecock fans confident with new baseball coach

By Robert Howey

Lancaster area Gamecock baseball backers said they feel new University of South Carolina baseball coach Mark Kingston is the man for the job.
Kingston, who comes to Columbia from the University of South Florida where he took the Bulls to two NCAA Regionals in his three years in Tampa, was named the new USC baseball coach Friday.


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Post 31 returns to play

By Robert Howey

The Lancaster Post 31 Legion baseball team will return to League V play, looking to build off its latest success.
Lancaster, 3-5, opened the 2017 Legion baseball season with five straight losses, but rebounded to notch three straight victories.
Lancaster was off last week, but will return to play Monday when Post 31 will host Rock Hill Post 34 in the League V mini-series.
Game two is slated for Rock Hill Post 34 on Tuesday, with game three slated for Thursday at Lancaster’s Eggleton Field. All games begin at 7 p.m.


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From release, staff reports

SEC honors Thornwell for play

South Carolina senior guard Sindarius Thornwell is the SEC Player of the Week after averaging 36 points, 12.5 rebounds and three assists per game last week versus Alabama and at Mississippi State.
The weekly honor is the third Player of the Week award of his career, and the second this season.Thornwell was named SEC Freshman of the Week three times during his rookie campaign of 2013-14.


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Thornwell on Naismith Top 30 list

COLUMBIA – University of South Carolina senior guard Sindarius Thornwell was named to the Naismith Trophy Top 30 list on Thursday by Atlanta Tipoff Club.
The list is comprised of the nation’s top basketball players under consideration for the 2017 Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year award. Ten semifinalists for the honor will be announced on March 1.
Thornwell, of Lancaster, is having a career year at USC in the 2016-17 hoops season.


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Rucker tops rival South to finish 17-0

Rams cap unbeaten season

By Robert Howey

The A.R. Rucker Rams impressively put the finishing touches on an unbeaten basketball season and a conference title with a decisive win over rival South Middle School in the Lancaster High School gym on Wednesday night.
The Rams charged to a 75-40 win over the Mustangs to wrap up a 17-0 season.
The Rucker boys’ win came after the Lady Rams cruised to a 41-11 win over the Lady Mustangs.
The Rams started fast against the Mustangs and were in complete control for the victory.


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Stingers place in tourney

By The Staff

The Buford Stingers Wrestling Club had four youth wrestlers place in the recent tournament at Buford High School.
Gavin Laney captured a first to lead the Stingers effort. Maddox Hunter and Mason Knight each finished second in their weight classes.
Ashton Gardner was third in the tournament.
The Stingers Wrestling Club is open to wrestlers, ages 5-12, from Buford, Heath Springs, Kershaw and Lancaster.
If your child is interested, please contact Scott Teague at (803) 342-3647 or carolinacutters71@gmail.com


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Sports Talk

Brice savoring final hill thrill

By Robert Howey

Jaquarius Brice’s final Death Valley day Saturday is one he will never forget.
Brice, the senior walk-on defensive end for the national champion Clemson Tigers, totally enjoyed his final appearance at Frank Howard Field.
The former Lancaster High School football player called the experience “amazing.”
“There’s no experience like going down the hill at Death Valley,” Brice said.


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Sports Talk

Elementary to see Watson was extraordinary

By Robert Howey

In the wee hours of Tuesday morning on the heels of Clemson dethroning
Alabama for the College Football Playoff National Championship, my thoughts went back to Christmas Eve, 2013.
That day I recall buying a USA Today, which in that holiday edition focused on college football recruiting.
In the issue, I remember reading about a Clemson University football recruit named Deshaun Watson, considered the nation’s top dual threat quarterback.


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