Community Sports

  • Getting better with age
    Sun City Carolina Lakes swimmer Fred Ruppenthal is just getting better with age. The 78-year-old won six gold medals in the Beaufort County Senior Games in Bluffton on Nov. 1, 2011, two of them in events he doesn’t usually swim in. “They are beautiful medals, with a torch on the front,” he said. Ruppenthal, who has dominated the state’s senior swimming scene since he moved here in 2007, won four freestyle events and two backstroke events. Here are his results:
  • Goose Creek tops Post 31, 4-1
    Lancaster Post 31 fell in its opening game of the American Legion state baseball tournament, dropping a 4-1 loss to Goose Creek at Greenwood's Nave Stadium on Saturday morning. Lancaster, 21-9, snapped a scoreless draw in the sixth when Tripp Rollings’ RBI-hit scored Bobby Delly who had singled and stole second. Goose Creek came back to score two unearned runs in the sixth and a pair in the eighth to take the three-run win.
  • Dixie Boys 13 all-stars win three
    Staff Reports The Lancaster Dixie Boys 13 all-stars rallied for a 6-5 win over Sumter to stay unbeaten in the state tournament in Bluffton on Tuesday night. Jamias Shropshire singled home Justin Jones in the bottom of the eighth to lift Lancaster to the one-run win. Andrew Caskey opened the eighth with a hit and Jones entered as a pinch runner for Caskey. Jones moved to second on a passed ball and then third when Ryan Griffin put down a bunt. That set the stage for Shropshire, who delivered the game-winning hit, his second hit of the night.
  • P-31 in state tourney Saturday
    Staff Reports Opening round pairings for the S.C. American Legion state tournament are set. Lancaster Post 31 will open play Saturday with a 9 a.m. clash with Goose Creek at Dolny Stadium at Lander University. The Lancaster vs. Goose Creek game is one of two games set for a 9 a.m. start Saturday. West Columbia faces Greer at Greenwood Post 20’s John Nave Stadium at 9. The second session of play begins at 7 p.m. Saturday when Greenwood Post 20 meets Sumter at Nave Stadium.
  • NDRA Road Show set for Saturday
    Michael Knight For The Lancaster News Although the July 21 race at Lancaster Motor Speedway was rained out, it did not stop the racing action for some drivers, who traveled to Sumter Speedway in Sumter and Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney.
  • Lancaster P-31 rally nets state bid
    Down to its final strike, Lancaster Post 31 struck for two runs to earn a 9-8 win over Greenwood Post 20 to capture a berth in the upcoming American Legion baseball state tournament in Greenwood. Lancaster’s comeback win gave P-31 the second-round series win, 3-2.   P-31, 21-8, trailed 8-6 going to the ninth inning at Greenwood’s John Nave Stadium.
  • LJGA division titles, all-star slots to be decided in Roy Small Championship
    Staff Reports Age division titles and all-star berths will be decided at the annual Roy Small Junior Championship golf tournament Monday and Tuesday at White Plains Golf Club in Pageland. Winners will earn double points and the chance to represent the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association all-stars in the state tournament next month. The Lancaster chapter capped its regular-season Monday, July 16 when it played at the Kershaw Golf Club.
  • P-31 falls in game three at Greenwood
    Ernie Rowell For The Lancaster News Greenwood built an early lead and held on for a 6-3 win over Lancaster to take a 2-1 series edge in the best-of-five American Legion baseball Upper State second-round playoffs Friday night. Post 20, which had a 10-game win streak snapped in a 10-7 game two loss to Lancaster on Thursday night, rebounded for the three-run win. Game four was played in Lancaster on Saturday night when the game was completed after The News’ deadline for the Sunday paper.
  • Post 31 falls to Greenwood
    Greenwood Post 20 took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five American Legion baseball second-round series with a 3-0 win over Lancaster on Tuesday night at John Nave Field. Greenwood, 18-4, scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth and added a single run in the seventh for all the runs it needed.
  • Area swimmers shine in Aquatics