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Today's Sports

  • New prep swim coach a familiar...

    The Lancaster High School swim team has a new coach with a familiar face.

    Daniela Sanchez-Gelpke is taking over for Charles Henry, who led the team for the past two seasons.

    A former competitive swimmer and U.S. Coast Guard veteran, Sanchez-Gelpke has helped coach the Lancaster Piranhas swim team for two years. She is also a volunteer elementary swim instructor at Gregory Family YMCA on the USC Lancaster campus.

    “I guess you’re kinda stuck with me,” she said, laughing. “Swimming finds me out, no matter where we live.”

  • Angels all-stars finish third in...

    BLUFFTON – Gene Knight, head coach of the Lancaster Dixie Softball 10U All-Stars (Angels) is still smiling after his team finished third in this week’s state tournament. Aynor won, followed by Sumter, Lancaster and Byrnes.

    “Disappointed? Nah, not one bit,” Knight said. “This is a very special group of girls. When we go back next year, I feel good about our chances. And I believe we will be going back.”

  • Bear Hug Brawl gets ‘Thursday...

    For the past six years, junior varsity football teams from the county’s four high school have played a preseason jamboree under a scorching Saturday afternoon sun.

    But no longer.

    The 7th annual Bear Hug Brawl is moving to Thursday night. This year’s game is set for 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at Buford High School Stadium on Tabernacle Road. Admission is $5 in advance and $6 at the gate.

  • Winged Outlaw series returns

    Drivers in the popular USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Car Series will be in action at Lancaster Motor Speedway on Saturday night after their first scheduled stop here was canceled earlier this year.

    The tour was set to race April 7, but the event was rained out.

    The 360 Winged Sprints are always a fan favorite at the high-banked, half-mile dirt track with straightaway speeds that approach the 150-mph mark and slide job passing.

  • Ray Faulkenberry an 8-time ace...

    Ray Faulkenberry registered his eighth hole-in-one July 2 at Lancaster Golf Club, while playing a round with Mark Logan, Ken Boucher and Haskell Faulkenberry. 

    Faulkenberry got the ace on the par-3 seventh hole with a 7-iron. 

    “It was roughly 135 yards,” he said. “No. 7 is an island hole and is always a little intimidating to me, so I really never expected to get one there.” 

  • A NASCAR 'ROVAlution'

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The unknowns of the Bank of America ROVAL 400 on Sept. 30 could become the wildcard for those in contention for this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR CUP Series crown.

    “A lot of fans have said for years we should have a road course race in the playoffs,” said Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. SMI owns eight tracks including Charlotte Motor Speedway.

  • Lancaster 10U Ponytails win...

    JEFFERSON – The Lancaster Dixie Softball 10U All-Stars (Ponytails) fought their way out the losers’ bracket in late June to win the district title and advance in state play.

    The ponytails beat Blythewood twice on the last day of the district tournament to advance. 

    They topped the Blythewood stars 7-1 in a winner-take-all finale after winning the seesaw first game by a 6-4 margin.

  • SECA Crate Late series invades...

    The SECA Crate Late Model division will take center stage at Lancaster Speedway on Saturday night with its biggest local payday of the season. 

    The SECA SRI Topless Tour feature, which pays $2,000 to win, will draw some of the biggest names in the Carolinas. 

    In the topless tour, teams remove the roofs from their racecars, exposing the roll bar cage that protects drivers.

  • Pelham pitches his way to 2nd...

    Former Lancaster High School and American Legion Post 31 baseball star C.D. Pelham has pitched his way into his second all-star game of 2018.

    Pelham, now a member of the AA Frisco [Texas] Roughriders, has been selected to play in the 2018 Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.

    “I’m honored and blessed to be a part of something like this. It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Pelham said before Monday’s road game against the AA Tulsa, Okla., Drillers.

  • Clinton eliminates O-Zone in...

    UNION – The Lancaster Dixie Baseball O-Zone 12U stars fell to Clinton 22-4 on Monday in the elimination round of state tournament play at Timken Athletic Park.

    Clinton put six runs on the board in the first inning and never looked back.

    The Lancaster stars plated one run in the bottom of the first, but didn’t tally again until the fourth, adding three more runs.

    Clinton pounded out 16 hits in the game, which was called after the 10-run mercy rule.