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High School Sports

  • Vols battle War Eagles for Class AA state title

    COLUMBIA – The Andrew Jackson Volunteers missed the playoffs last season, but now they’re in the biggest postseason game for the program going back nearly 40 years.
    The year was 1980 when the AJ boys were in their last state title basketball game.
    “I wasn’t even born,” said AJ coach Danny Wright, 37, and a former Vols player.
    Wright, now in his eighth season guiding the Vols, can recall when AJ began to lay the foundation for their stellar 17-4 season.

  • Masters of the mat
  • AJ Vols win

    GREENVILLE - The upstart Andrew Jackson Volunteers took charge in a pivotal second period on the way to an impressive 66-47 win over Silver Bluff High School for the Class AA Upper State boys basketball championship.
    AJ, locked in a 13-all first period tie, ignited on a key 23-10 surge to take a 36-23 halftime lead on the way to the 19-point win at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Friday night in Greenville.
    "We played smart and controlled the game," AJ senior guard Joey Walters said.

  • Returnees key in LHS baseball hopes

    The Lancaster Bruins have eight returnees to their 16-player baseball roster this season as they look to make a run at the Class AAAA Upper State playoffs.
    LHS, which just missed out on the playoffs last spring, is hoping to land a bid to the postseason tournament.
    Lancaster High School, 9-11 last season under then first-year head coach Trevor Hammond, has its share of veterans on the mound.
    Senior right-hander Raul Garcia-Mora, a four-year member of the LHS squad, heads the pitching staff as a battle-tested performer.

  • Old to play soccer at Wofford

    INDIAN LAND – Soccer has been a major part of Josh Old’s life and will continue to be.
    Old, an Indian Land High School senior and soccer goalie, will be playing soccer for the next four seasons after signing with Wofford College on Thursday morning in the ILHS media center.
    Old made it official, signing with the Terriers of the Southern Conference as family members, teammates, schoolmates, teachers, coaches and school officials watched and applauded.

  • Dickerson to get his kicks for Catamounts

    INDIAN LAND – On an afternoon of mixed emotions, the overriding feeling was happiness on the part of Indian Land High School senior kicker Brandon Dickerson.
    Dickerson, discussing his journey to his big moment – signing with Southern Conference member Western Carolina University – noted several feelings before inkng with the WCU Catamounts in the ILHS media center.
    “I’m happy and I’m relieved,” said Dickerson. “I’m glad this part is over and I can move on in the next chapter in my life.”

  • 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.