https://www.thelancasternews.com/sports/rss.xml en AJ’s Funderburk signs with Newberry https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/aj%E2%80%99s-funderburk-signs-newberry <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/avery_funderburk_signing.jpg" alt="Andrew Jackson High School senior kicker Avery Funderburk signs with Newberry College in the AJ media center on Feb. 6. Funderburk is flanked by his grandmother Linda Adams, brother Cruz Funderburk, and his mother Jennifer Funderburk. Attendees, back row from left, are AJ Principal Alex Dabney, father Bobby Funderburk, Vols Athletics Director Jimbo Barton, AJ Head Football Coach Todd Shigley and Assistant Principal Scottie Phillips. Funderburk’s brother Tyson Funderburk and grandmother Fran Funderburk were unable to attend the signing." title="Andrew Jackson High School senior kicker Avery Funderburk signs with Newberry College in the AJ media center on Feb. 6. Funderburk is flanked by his grandmother Linda Adams, brother Cruz Funderburk, and his mother Jennifer Funderburk. Attendees, back row from left, are AJ Principal Alex Dabney, father Bobby Funderburk, Vols Athletics Director Jimbo Barton, AJ Head Football Coach Todd Shigley and Assistant Principal Scottie Phillips. Funderburk’s brother Tyson Funderburk and grandmother Fran Funderburk were unable to attend the signing." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>KERSHAW</strong> &ndash; Andrew Jackson High School senior kicker Avery Funderburk is kicking his way to college.<br /> Funderburk, the Volunteers&rsquo; all-region kicker, is headed to Newberry College to kick for the Wolves.<br /> Funderburk signed with Newberry on Feb. 6, college football&rsquo;s national signing day.<br /> He noted several reasons for picking Newberry, a NCAA Div. II school and member of the South Atlantic Conference (SAC).<br /> Newberry is guided by Todd Knight, a Lancaster County native who played high school football at Buford High School.<br /> Sports Talk: Coach Kersey would have been proud of Warriors https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/sports-talk-coach-kersey-would-have-been-proud-warriors <p> As the jubilant Indian Land High School wrestling team celebrated the school&rsquo;s first-ever boys&rsquo; sports team state championship Saturday afternoon, I, from the edge of the mat, turned to watch the ILHS fans&rsquo; reaction.<br /> 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.<br /> Among those elated Warrior fans was a beaming Wayne Kersey.<br /> Volunteers have solid hope for new season https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/volunteers-have-solid-hope-new-season <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aj_baseball_piximg_ls.jpg" alt="Andrew Jackson head baseball coach Mike Lucas talks with his team during the Doomsday Jamboree last weekend at the Lancaster High School baseball field. AJ returns a strong nucleus of seasoned performers for the 2019 prep baseball season." title="Andrew Jackson head baseball coach Mike Lucas talks with his team during the Doomsday Jamboree last weekend at the Lancaster High School baseball field. AJ returns a strong nucleus of seasoned performers for the 2019 prep baseball season." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>KERSHAW</strong> &ndash; 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.<br /> The Volunteers are ranked No. 1 in the state by Diamond Prospects and No. 3 by the S.C. Baseball Coaches Association (SCBCA).<br /> Experience will be a key factor in the Volunteers&rsquo; diamond success this spring with five seniors, eight starters, and 11 lettermen returning.<br /> Andrews signs with Patriots track https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/andrews-signs-patriots-track <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_2329.jpg" alt="Indian Land High School track standout Artiana Andrews signs with Francis Marion University as, from left, brother Jayceon Robinson, stepmother Shelein Robinson, and father Randolph Robinson witness along with Lady Warriors track sprint coach Eric Streeter on Wednesday afternoon in the ILHS media center." title="Indian Land High School track standout Artiana Andrews signs with Francis Marion University as, from left, brother Jayceon Robinson, stepmother Shelein Robinson, and father Randolph Robinson witness along with Lady Warriors track sprint coach Eric Streeter on Wednesday afternoon in the ILHS media center." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>INDIAN LAND</strong> &ndash; Artiana Andrews is on the move, heading to the next level.<br /> 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.<br /> She made it official, signing with the FMU Patriots on Wednesday afternoon in the ILHS media center.<br /> &ldquo;I chose Francis Marion because it is an amazing school with so many opportunities for me with academics and athletics,&rdquo; Andrews said.<br /> Curtis has big night at Hanging Rock Kartway https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/curtis-has-big-night-hanging-rock-kartway <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kating_photo.jpg" alt="Driver Emma Curtis, with friends and family, celebrates in victory lane at Hanging Rock Kartway on Feb. 9." title="Driver Emma Curtis, with friends and family, celebrates in victory lane at Hanging Rock Kartway on Feb. 9." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Emma Curtis highlighted the action at Hanging Rock Kartway on Feb. 9 in the&nbsp; Top Gun Championship Series 9.<br /> Curtis captured two wins in the Amateur Predator 350 Trophy and Amateur Predator 350.<br /> The Red Plate Trophy went to Alexis Vasser, with the second Red Plate Trophy going to Connor Langley.<br /> Clay Bellamy captured the win in Jr. 1 Top Gun and was second in the Jr. 1 main event.<br /> Trace June won the Jr. 2 and then Jr. 2 Top Gun.<br /> Vols sweep in playoff openers https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/vols-sweep-playoff-openers <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc05874.jpg" alt="Andrew Jackson High School senior Joey Walters penetrates to the basket as Ninety Six’s Jack Waldrop (13) and Logan Bruce (20) close in on the play during the Volunteers’ 56-52 win over the Wildcats. AJ moves on to face Christ Church on Saturday in Greenville." title="Andrew Jackson High School senior Joey Walters penetrates to the basket as Ninety Six’s Jack Waldrop (13) and Logan Bruce (20) close in on the play during the Volunteers’ 56-52 win over the Wildcats. AJ moves on to face Christ Church on Saturday in Greenville." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>David Kellin</strong><br /> <em>For The Lancaster News</em><br /> <strong>KERSHAW</strong> &ndash; The Andrew Jackson Volunteers and Lady Volunteers advanced to the second round of the Class AA Upper State basketball playoffs with their home victories over Ninety-Six High School on Tuesday night.<br /> The Lady Vols defeated the Ninety-Six girls 46-32.<br /> The Vols, in the nightcap, won a close contest in a 56-52 victory.<br /> In the nightcap, AJ senior Jamie Hinson sealed the win with last-second free throws which gave the Vols the four-point win.<br /> Lady Jackets swarm Panthers for playoff win https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/lady-jackets-swarm-panthers-playoff-win <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2341sm.jpg" alt="Buford High School girls basketball coach Susan Scott stresses a point to her team during the Lady Jackets’ home game with North Central High School last week. Buford hosts Blacksburg in a second-round home game tonight at 6:30." title="Buford High School girls basketball coach Susan Scott stresses a point to her team during the Lady Jackets’ home game with North Central High School last week. Buford hosts Blacksburg in a second-round home game tonight at 6:30." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>Lorie Sellers</strong><br /> <em>For The Lancaster News</em><br /> <strong>BATESBURG</strong> &ndash; The Buford Lady Jackets battled to the end and came home a winner in the Class AA Upper State basketball playoffs on Tuesday night.<br /> Buford, the third seed out of Region IV-AA on the road to face second-seeded Batesburg-Leesville in the opening round of the playoffs, rallied for a 50-48 win over the Lady Panthers.<br /> Buford, down by two with 87 seconds to play, kept plugging.<br /> Paige Davis netted two free throws with 58 seconds to play.<br /> Bruins fall in playoff openers https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/bruins-fall-playoff-openers <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_2249.jpg" alt="Lancaster High School freshman guard LaDarian McCree (5) penetrates to the basket during a Bruins’ home game with Richland Northeast earlier this month. The Bruins saw their season end with a 66-37 road loss to A.C. Flora High School in the opening round of the Class AAAA Upper State basketball playoffs on Wednesday night." title="Lancaster High School freshman guard LaDarian McCree (5) penetrates to the basket during a Bruins’ home game with Richland Northeast earlier this month. The Bruins saw their season end with a 66-37 road loss to A.C. Flora High School in the opening round of the Class AAAA Upper State basketball playoffs on Wednesday night." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>COLUMBIA</strong> &ndash; The Lancaster Bruins were right there with the host A.C. Flora Falcons, and then came the pivotal fourth quarter.<br /> The Falcons, up 42-31 after three periods, outscored the Bruins 25-5 in the closing period to take a 66-37 win over LHS in the opening round of the Class AAAA Upper State basketball playoffs on Wednesday night.<br /> &ldquo;We were in the game going to the fourth quarter, and then the turnover bug bit and big us hard,&rdquo; LHS coach Ricardo Priester said.<br />