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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Clips’ Thornwell aims to improve...

    LAS VEGAS – In his rookie NBA campaign, Lancaster native Sindarius Thornwell was counted on as a defensive stopper for the Los Angeles Clippers, guarding the likes of LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Paul George.

    But he’s now aiming to improve his shooting aim through a second year of NBA Summer League play. And so far, it seems to be working.

  • Gulledge wins big in Knight...

    Jason Gulledge separated himself from the field Saturday night to win the Super Stock Division feature at Lancaster Speedway during the Huey Knight Memorial.

    When the green flag dropped Gulledge, who started on the second row, veered past Dennis Knight, Andy Blackwood and Brandy Baker coming off the second turn to grab the lead.

    Meanwhile, Knight, Blackwood and Baker dueled for second place as the laps wound down, with Gulledge pulling away by five car lengths. 

    Baker got by Blackwood and then by Knight, setting his sights on Gulledge.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Howell leads Lady Jackets hoops...

    Senior guard Payton Howell headed the Buford High School Lady Yellow Jackets’ basketball awards for the 2017-18 season.

    Howell, who averaged 11.2 points and 6.5 rebounds a game for the BHS girls, was named the team’s MVP. 

    Howell also averaged 4.3 assists and 3.3 steals per game for the 12-11 Lady Jackets. Buford, 6-6 in region play, earned a Class AA Upper State playoff bid.

    She was selected to play in the annual North-South All-Star game in Lexington. Howell was a Class AA all-state pick and named to the all-region team.

  • Lancaster Dixie AAA stars headed...

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA 10U all-stars are headed to the state tournament in Moncks Corner next weekend.
    The AAA stars finished as the runner-up team in the District II tournament in Gaffney this week.
    District II is sending two teams to the state tournament in Berkeley County, the 2018 district champion and the district runner-up Lancaster 10U stars.
    The Lancaster AAA all-stars open play July 14 when they play the District 7 all-stars at noon at the Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex.