Community Sports

  • Parker tops in bodybuilding field
    A field of 14 bodybuilders competed in the first NGA Red Rose City Classic Natural Championship at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 17. Octavious Parker took the overall title, and Maceo Thompson was named meet runner-up. Parker received a pro card, which allows him to advance to the professional level of bodybuilding competition. The competitors came from across the area, and even one from Ohio, to claim a coveted trophy. Thompson, Michael Duncan, and Kyle Montgomery are from Lancaster.
  • Red Rose City Bodybuilding Classic Oct. 17
    The NGA Red Rose City Classic Natural Body Building competition is set for Oct. 17 at the Bundy Auditorium on the University of South Carolina Lancaster campus. The pro qualifier meet, hosted by Lancaster native Kennett Washington, will feature divisions for men, women, children and a wheel chair division for physically-challenged athletes.
  • Team’s net 47 tops McMackin field
    The three-man team of Andy Davis, Lee Gronkiewicz, Jayson Parker and a reserved space in memory of Chris Wriston teamed to take the net title in the 11th annual Neil McMackin Memorial golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club on Friday, Sept. 18. Davis, Parker and Gronkiewicz held the open spot for Wriston, nicknamed “Quarter Cake,” who died last fall. The field included 31 teams held in memory of Neil McMackin, who died in a 2004 Charleston bike accident. Tournament proceeds benefit the Neil McMackin Memorial Scholarship Fund.
  • Foursome teams for Rotary crown
    Tight play highlighted the annual Rotary Golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club on Thursday, Sept. 10. The foursome of Jalen Perry, Kenny Faulkenberry, Wayne Joyner and Quinton Rodgers captured the win with a birdie on No. 18 when the tourney went to a sudden-death playoff. The tournament, which drew 17 teams, featured three teams with a 60 each after 18 holes. The card playoff began on No. 15 and went to No. 18.
  • Foursome teams for Hyde Park win
    The foursome of Logan Sowell, Hubert Brown, Caleb Brown and Jerry Pardue captured top honors in the Sports Ministry of Hyde Park Baptist Church eighth annual golf tournament on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Kershaw Golf Club. Sowell, an Andrew Jackson High School golf standout, recently won the Kershaw Golf Club title, while Pardue, a retired Lancaster County teacher and coach, was the KGC runner-up in the championship field. Tournament proceeds help sponsor HPBC’s mission opportunities for all ages.
  • LHS swimmers notch home wins over KHS Raiders
    The Lancaster High School Bruins swim team remained unbeaten on the season with a sweep of Keenan High School of Columbia on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the Lancaster County Pool. The LHS girls rolled over the Keenan girls, 126-19 and the LHS boys took a 134-22 win over the KHS Raiders. The LHS teams are each 3-0 on the season. Lancaster hosted Blythewood on Thursday, Sept. 10. The team’s annual senior night meet is set for Sept. 17.
  • CPTC earns five bronze medals at AAU Junior Olympics
    Columbus Parker Track Club (CPTC) celebrated the team’s success at its annual dinner banquet Saturday, Aug. 29 at A.R. Rucker Middle School, according to a CPTC press release. Each track member there introduced him or herself and gave a brief speech about the team and what it meant to them. Guest speaker Bobby Bailey motivated the team members by telling them to never give up – whether it’s competing on the track, or seeking their life goals. Bailey also encouraged parents to be involved in the community.
  • Cox to play in U.S. Women’s State Team national title tourney
    Andrew Jackson High School junior ace golfer Emily Cox has earned a bid to play in the prestigious 2015 U.S. Women’s State Team National Championship golf tournament. Cox, through a spring and summer of success, will play in the elite tournament Sept. 7-12 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. “This is a big honor and I’m so proud of Emily,” AJ High golf coach Champ Williams said. Team members are selected based on points earned in USGA-sponsored tournaments. The three women with the highest points from each state form a team.
  • Sowell captures Kershaw crown
    Andrew Jackson High School golf star Logan Sowell captured the Kershaw Golf Club championship, prevailing in a one-hole playoff on Sunday, Aug. 16. Sowell and Jerry Pardue were tied at 135 after 36 holes in the Kershaw Golf Club championship to force a playoff. Sowell parred No. 1 to take the one-shot win for the title. The battle for the Kershaw title was tight as Pardue, a former KGC champion, held a one-shot lead after the opening 18 holes. Pardue carded a 68, while Sowell posted a 69.
  • Olivers pace LJGA effort in all-star field
    The Olivers led the way for the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association in the annual Thomas D. Todd all-stars tournament at the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six on Aug. 22-23. David Oliver and his sister Braelyn Oliver were the top finishes for the LJGA all-stars in the two-day tournament. David Oliver, in the boys 7-9 age division, tied for second with a 73 over 18 holes. Landry Williams, age 6, placed ninth. Braelyn Oliver, in the girls 7-9 age group, finished fourth and Rachel Kate Hinson was sixth.