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High School Sports

  • Indian Land’s Otte signs to play at Coker

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School baseball coach Joey Robinson said Warriors’ senior first baseman Lawson Otte won’t be stopped.
    That’s why he’s headed to the next level.
    Otte, who has battled a patella (kneecap) injury in his senior season, keeps on keeping on.
    “Lawson is driven to accomplish any task before him,” Robinson said.
    Back in fall practice, Otte dislocated his patella, and re-injured it when practice opened for the Warriors’ 2019 season.

  • Bruins claw back, edge Stallions

    The Lancaster Bruins, coming off a disappointing 10-3 Region III-AAAA home loss to Richland Northeast High School on Wednesday night, quickly rebounded to down South Pointe High School in Rock Hill to clinch a Class AAAA Upper State playoff bid.
    The game was slated for Friday, but moved to Thursday night with expected rain in the area.
    “We did a good job of refocusing on what the task was before us,” LHS second-year head coach Trevor Hammond said. “We needed a team effort and got it.”

  • Buford’s Scott, Hunter, AJ’s Gaines head girls’ basketball all-county awards

    First-year coaches made a major impact in Lancaster County high school girls’ basketball for the 2018-19 season.
    New coaches at Andrew Jackson and Buford high schools guided their teams to stellar hardwood seasons.
    Buford High School first-year coach Susan Scott, who led the Lady Jackets to an 18-4 mark, and AJ girls basketball coach Olivia Gaines, who led the Lady Vols to a 16-5 record and the Region IV-AA runner-up, are The Lancaster News’ Coaches of the Year for girls basketball.

  • Wright, Walters lead all-county boys honors

    The Andrew Jackson High School Volunteers, in a magical 360-degree hardwood turnaround this season, netted tops honors for the 2018-19 Lancaster County boys basketball season.
    AJ veteran head coach Danny Wright and Volunteers’ senior guard Joey Walters led the hoops awards for 2018-19.
    Wright, in his eighth season leading the Vols basketball program, was named The Lancaster News’ County Coach of the Year, while senior guard Joey Walters was named The Lancaster News’ Player of the Year.

  • Warriors’ Ross to wrestle at Lander

    INDIAN LAND – Austin Ross saw the Indian Land High School wrestling steadily built into an elite mat program.
    He wants the same for his college future at Lander University.
    Ross, who holds Warriors wrestling records for career pins and wins, is looking to help establish Lander as a mat power.
    Ross, a four-year grappler for the Warriors, signed with the LU Bearcats in the ILHS media center on Tuesday afternoon.
    Lander, a NCAA Division II school in Greenwood, will field its first wrestling team with the 2019-20 season.

  • Vols booters blitz Lions, 14-0

    Andrew Jackson stayed unbeaten in Region IV-AA soccer play with a 14-0 win over Lewisville High School on Wednesday night.
    Jared Truesdale led the Volunteers with five goals and Mason McKittrick tallied four goals. Cam Vincent netted two goals.
    Stiles Joyce, Rhett Bowers and Brice Harbin each had a goal.
    Truesdale and Jake Vaughn each had two assists. Tyler Williams added one.
    Williams, with two saves, also teamed with Nolan Plyler for the shutout.
    In the junior varsity match, the Junior Vols blanked the Junior Lions, 8-0.

  • Lady Jackets, Lady Warriors region champs

    Buford and Indian Land High girls’ soccer teams secured region crowns with shutout wins on Wednesday.
    Buford top Lions
    The Buford High School girls’ soccer team blanked Lewisville High School, 4-0 to claim the Region IV-AA championship with a 6-0 region mark.
    Isabella Jones led all scorers with two goals and two assists.
    Peyton Deese and Chaney Smith each scored one goal in the BHS win.
    Madison Funderburk posted three saves and recorded her eighth shutout of the season.

  • Vols rally, down Eagles

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson rallied from an early 3-1 deficit to take a 5-4 Region IV-AA home baseball win over Central High School of Pageland on Wednesday night.
    AJ, 8-3 in region play, rallied to tie the game at 4-all, and then tallied a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to notch the one-run, comeback win.
    Bry Neal drilled a two-out RBI-double to score courtesy runner Dylan Hendrix, who was running for AJ catcher Gavin Phillips.
    Phillips, on the night, drew three walks, and Hendrix, running for him, scored two runs.

  • Priester out as LHS basketball coach

    Lancaster High School will have a new basketball coach for the 2019-20 season.
    Ricardo Priester, who has guided the Bruins boys’ team since the 2005-06 season, has been relieved of his coaching duties with the LHS basketball program.
    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Jonathan Phipps called the issue a personnel matter.
    “We’re just making some changes in the coaching staff,” Phipps said.
    The Lancaster News made several attempts to contact Priester on Thursday, but he was unavailable for comment at press time.

  • Bruins' Tucker wins medalist in Fleischer tourney

    The Lancaster Bruins finished seventh in the 12-team Fleischer Invitational high school golf tournament at the Rock Hill Country Club, with Mason Tucker leading the way as tournament medalist Saturday.
    LHS shot a 499 team total over 27 holes, nine in the opening round Friday and 18 Saturday.
    Teams played only nine holes Friday due to wet playing conditions.
    Tucker carded a 105, with a 37-68, to top the individual field.
    “Mason did well,” LHS golf coach Joe Adams said. “He brought it home and finished well in the tournament.”