High School Sports

  • Numbers reflect AJ’s loss in AA state title game

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News
    COLUMBIA – The Andrew Jackson Volunteers fell to Gray Collegiate Academy, 79-38 at the 2019 SCHSL Class AA boys state championship in Columbia on Saturday.
    The 17-5 Volunteers finished runner-up as Gary Collegiate won back-to-back state championships.

  • Title Notes: AJ Volunteers’ special season

    The 2018-19 Andrew Jackson High School Volunteers produced a banner campaign.
    AJ, led by veteran coach Danny Wright, posted a 17-5 finish.
    The Vols, en route to the Class AA state runner-up finish, produced their share of hoops hoopla.
    AJ won its annual holiday tournament, the Comporium Christmas Classic, downing Eau Claire of Columbia, 83-59 and Chester, 79-70 at the Vols’ gym.
    Wright noted the Vols’ win over Chester, which finished as the Class AAA Upstate runner-up to Class AAA state champion Keenan, was a spark in the splendid season.

  • War Eagles soar late to net win over Volunteers, AA state crown

    COLUMBIA – Gray Collegiate coach Dion Bethea said his players told him they were going to take it to another level – they did, a second straight Class AA state basketball championship.
    The War Eagles, in a hardwood battle with the valiant Andrew Jackson Volunteers, took flight late with a furious flurry to defeat AJ, 79-38 for the AA state title at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on Saturday afternoon.
    Grace Collegiate, 21-10, bolted to a 10-0 lead off the jump, but the determined Vols fought back to make it interesting.

  • BHS has solid hope for baseball season

    There’s a new look with the Buford High School baseball team, and the Yellow Jackets are hoping to continue their old ways of solid baseball play.
    BHS has a new head coach in Michael Adams, who served as a Jackets assistant coach last season.
    “We’re very excited about our team this season,” Adams said.
    A bulk of the Buford High baseball optimism centers on five seniors, who will play roles in the Jackets’ hopes for the 2019 season.
    The senior group is led by Brett Sistare, a BHS veteran who will serve as a team captain.

  • Bruins honor hoops standouts

    The Lancaster High School Bruins took to the court of the LHS Multipurpose Building to honor a host of players at the LHS boys’ basketball banquet Thursday night.
    Standout members of the Bruins varsity and junior varsity basketball teams were saluted during the event.
    Lancaster High School sophomore sensations, guard Omazeon “Dude” Tinsley and forward Janyle Pittman, led the Bruins honorees.
    Tinsley and Pittman were named to the All-Region III-AAAA team as selected by the league coaches.

  • Vols fall to War Eagles in state final

    COLUMBIA – Gray Collegiate Academy's War Eagles soared late to capture their second straight Class AA boys basketball state championship.

    The 21-10 War Eagles, up 50-37 after three periods, finished on a pivotal 29-1 surge to seal the 79-38 win over Class AA Upper State champion Andrew Jackson on Saturday at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. AJ's Jalen Robinson hit a free throw at 7:39 of the final quarter, but the Vols didn't score again and GCA rolled.

  • Lady Jackets jolt Lady Bruins

    The Buford High School girls’ soccer team opened its season, rolling to an 8-0 win over county rival Lancaster High School on Tuesday at Memorial Stadium.
    Chaney Smith scored her first of three goals at the 11:20 mark in the match.
    Isabella Jones led all scorers with four goals. Marisa King had one goal.
    The Jackets led at halftime 3-0. They added 5 more in the second half. Goalkeepers Madison Funderburk and Karen Chappell shared the shutout.
    The Lady Jackets travel to Hartsville on tonight.
    Lady Warriors fall to Nation Ford

  • Bruins booters open with win

    The Lancaster Bruins had a solid start to their 2019 prep soccer season with a 7-0 win over Class AAA foe Chester High School on Monday night at Memorial Stadium.
    Johan Deras tallied three goals, while Benjamin Guevara Salmoron netted two. Jacob Cato and Aydan Saldana scored one each.
    Saldana, Colby Faulkenberry, Mason Green, Jonathan Baker and Russ Baker each had an assist.
    Keeper Osiel Tello notched the LHS shutout.
    The Junior Bruins also notched a 7-0 win over Chester.

  • Bruins blast Cyclones in 11-4 tourney win

    The Lancaster Bruins rebounded from an 8-4 loss to Central of Pageland to take an 11-4 win over Chester High School on Tuesday night at AJ in the Comporium Preseason Invitational.
    The Bruins drilled 10 hits, with J.P. Cunningham clouting a grand slam in the seven-run LHS win.
    Logan Phillips, the winning pitcher, hurled five frames and struck out five, with no walks.
    He allowed three hits and two runs.
    Ashton Phillips went two innings and gave up a hit, two runs, one earned run and two walks. He fanned three.

  • Title Notes

    Game tickets on sale today
    Tickets to the Andrew Jackson vs. Gray Collegiate Class AA boys basketball state championship game are $12 each. Tickets are on sale at the AJ High School office, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through today. AJ school and athletic officials urge Volunteers fans to buy tickets today to avoid long lines Saturday at the Colonial Life Arena.
    For more details, call (803) 475-2381. Tickets are good for all games Saturday at the CLA.
    Directions to Colonial Life Arena