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High School Sports

  • Vols’ three spree boosts win

    KERSHAW – What’s that they say about the early stages of the second half in a basketball game?
    Andrew Jackson had the answer to the ageless hoops question about key hardwood momentum.
    The Volunteers, in the pivotal early minutes of the second half, opened strong and stayed in control for a 67-55 win over Abbeville in the Class AA Upper State semifinals on Tuesday night at the packed and rocking AJ gym.
    The Vols were sparked by a key three spree, which shot AJ, up 29-26 at the half, into a 38-26 spread on the stunned Panthers.

  • Vols top Panthers for Upstate title bid

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News
    KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson Volunteers finished strong to down the Abbeville Panthers, 67-55 in the third round of the Class AA Upper State basketball playoffs on Tuesday night in the AJ gym.
    The Vols came out in a calm and determined manner and took control of the game by a well-defined passing game.
    By slowing the tempo, the Vols were able to use the clock to their advantage in the 12-point win.

  • Drakeford leads Warriors in state qualifying

    Class AAA state team champion Indian Land High School has six wrestlers qualified for the state tournament this weekend in Anderson.
    Markeith Drakeford (40-6, 160) led the Warriors with a first-place finish after going 4-0 on the day at Powdersville High School in Anderson County.
    Drakeford, in the Warriors’ 44-12 state title match to cap the 32-point win over Gilbert High School the week prior, posted a 10-0 major decision.
    Weston Nguyen, 41-5, was the runner-up at 126 with a 3-1 showing for the two-day event.

  • Lady Cavs halt Lady Jackets’ playoff run

    GREENVILLE – Host Christ Church, with a key third-period surge, halted the Buford High School girls’ basketball postseason run with a 57-36 win over the Lady Jackets on Monday night in Greenville.
    The Lady Cavaliers, 24-4, held a 28-21 lead at the half, but used a 14-7 third-period surge to take a 42-28 lead with a period to play.

  • Vols win, advance in playoffs

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News
    GREENVILLE – The Andrew Jackson Volunteers, in the Class AA Upper State playoffs, went 1-2 on the hardwood at Christ Church Episcopal School of Greenville over the weekend.
    The one win was a big one as the AJ Vols topped Christ Church, 61-56 in the second round of the boys Class AA Upstate playoffs on Saturday night.
    The Lady Vols saw their season end with a 66-51 loss to the host Lady Cavaliers on Friday night.

  • Volunteers have solid hope for new season

    KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson Volunteers enter the 2019 high school baseball season with high expectations of competing at the top of Region IV-AA and making a deep run in the Class AA playoffs.
    The Volunteers are ranked No. 1 in the state by Diamond Prospects and No. 3 by the S.C. Baseball Coaches Association (SCBCA).
    Experience will be a key factor in the Volunteers’ diamond success this spring with five seniors, eight starters, and 11 lettermen returning.

  • AJ’s Funderburk signs with Newberry

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School senior kicker Avery Funderburk is kicking his way to college.
    Funderburk, the Volunteers’ all-region kicker, is headed to Newberry College to kick for the Wolves.
    Funderburk signed with Newberry on Feb. 6, college football’s national signing day.
    He noted several reasons for picking Newberry, a NCAA Div. II school and member of the South Atlantic Conference (SAC).
    Newberry is guided by Todd Knight, a Lancaster County native who played high school football at Buford High School.

  • Sports Talk: Coach Kersey would have been proud of Warriors

    As the jubilant Indian Land High School wrestling team celebrated the school’s first-ever boys’ sports team state championship Saturday afternoon, I, from the edge of the mat, turned to watch the ILHS fans’ reaction.
    The ardent ILHS fans were thrilled with the coveted gold medals sported by their Warriors heroes as they hoisted the long-sought state title trophy.
    Among those elated Warrior fans was a beaming Wayne Kersey.

  • Andrews signs with Patriots track

    INDIAN LAND – Artiana Andrews is on the move, heading to the next level.
    Andrews, a standout member of the two-time Region IV-AAA champion Indian Land High School girls track team, will continue her education and track career at Francis Marion University in Florence next fall.
    She made it official, signing with the FMU Patriots on Wednesday afternoon in the ILHS media center.
    “I chose Francis Marion because it is an amazing school with so many opportunities for me with academics and athletics,” Andrews said.

  • County wrestlers quest for individual state title bids

    Seeds for the individual state wrestling tournaments in all classes will be on the line this weekend, Feb. 15-16.
    Lancaster County high school teams will be competing in the Upper State tournaments at three different locations.
    Lancaster High School will wrestle in the Class AAAA Upstate tourney at Eastside High School in Taylors of Greenville.
    Indian Land, fresh off its first Class AAA team state crown last Saturday at Airport High School, will battle at Powdersville High School in Greenville.