Community Sports

  • Brice savoring final hill thrill
    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.
  • Elementary to see Watson was extraordinary
    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.
  • Tiger fans roaring with win
    Lancaster area Clemson football fans are roaring about the latest Tigers’ triumph and what lies ahead as the Tigers prowl for the national championship. The 13-1 Tigers earned a second straight shot at the national title after blanking the Ohio State Buckeyes, 31-0 in the Play Station Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., on Saturday night. Clemson faces defending national champion Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship in Tampa, Fla., on Monday night.
  • Youth football star Sims in Diamond Games
    MYRTLE BEACH – Kershaw area recreation youth football standout Fuller Sims is playing in the Diamond All-American Games in Myrtle Beach this week. The games, open to youth football standouts, are played Dec. 29-31. In the Dec. 29 game on Thursday morning, Sims’ sixth grade white squad dropped a 33-12 loss to the sixth grade red squad. Sims, from his linebacker post, had a tackle, four assists and forced a fumble. The elite youth football all-star games have drawn 1,235 nominations from across the world since May 1.
  • Rams charge to hoops title
    The A.R. Rucker Rams are the toast of the Chestnut Oaks Middle School holiday basketball tournament. The unbeaten Rams, 10-0, rolled through the field on the way to the championship in the three-day tournament at the Sumter County middle school on Dec. 22. Rucker, led by coach Lamont Elder, captured the tournament crown with a 47-35 win over host Chestnut Oaks Middle School on Thursday afternoon.
  • Rec small fry football all-stars fall to North Charleston in state title game
    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation small fry all-star football team, ages 9-10, fell short in its quest for the state championship at River Bluff High School in Lexington on Saturday. North Charleston, the Lower State champion, built a 14-0 halftime lead on the way to a 14-6 win over the Lancaster County stars. The Lancaster County stars, the Upstate champions, battled to the end, but dropped the tough eight-point loss. North Charleston, up 14-0 at the break, allowed its only postseason points in the second half when Lancaster struck.
  • Rec stars capture Upstate football crown
    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation small fry football all-stars are headed to the state championship game. The Lancaster County small fry stars earned a state bid, capturing the Upper State title with a 14-8 win over Western District champion Mauldin on Saturday. The Lancaster County small fry stars, in the state title game for the fifth time in the last 14 seasons, face North Charleston for the state title at 2 p.m. Saturday at River Bluff High School in Lexington County. North Charleston defeated Florence to win the Lower State crown.
  • Ern earned his 2016 Picks win
    A year ago, veteran Pigskin Picks panelist Ernie “Big E” Rowell got off to a slow start and never fully recovered. The 2016 season is different and that’s why Ern, known as the “Big E,” is bound for the fabled Taxahaw Inn for a winner’s weekend wingding. The Picks “Big E” is the champion for the 2016 season, holding off a hard charge from third-year picker Lori Sistare “Bright.”
  • Gamecocks suspend Thornwell
    South Carolina Gamecocks senior guard Sindarius Thornwell, a Lancaster native and former Bruins’ basketball star, has been suspended indefinitely. Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said in a Sunday statement  that Thornwell was suspended for violating an athletic department policy, but did not disclose the policy in question.
  • Thornwell honored as SEC Player of the Week
    Lancaster native Sindarius Thornwell, a former LHS Bruins hoops star who now plays for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, earned the SEC Player of the Week award after leading the Gamecocks to wins over nationally ranked Michigan and Syracuse last week. The 6-foot-5 USC senior guard averaged 18.5 points and eight rebounds in the two wins while shooting 61.6 percent from the floor.  He also had four assists and two steals in the wins over No. 25 Michigan and No. 18 Syracuse last week.