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The Item's Wednesday Watch 2.19.20

The Item’s Wednesday Watch is a weekly look at the buzz around tri-county sports. The Item sports staff will pick its most noteworthy stories, stats and quotes for the week. 1. SCHSL …

Crestwood's CeCe Wells (4) fires a three-point shot during the Lady Knights' 73-28 win over Lakewood on Friday. Wells knocked down six 3s and scored her 1,000th career point in the victory.

Wells scores 1,000th point as Lady Knights thump Lakewood; Gators cruise in boys game

Crestwood High School point guard CeCe Wells hit six 3-point baskets and scored a game-high 20 points while scoring the 1,000th point of her career to lead the Lady Knights to a 73-28 varsity basketball victory over Sumter School District rival …

Sumter's Kiara Crosky (3) and the Lady Gamecocks will host J. L. Mann in the first round of the 5A playoffs on Tuesday.

Busy week of playoff hoops ahead for local schools

If the Sumter High School varsity girls basketball team is to make a return trip to the 5A upper state championship game this season, it will be taking pretty much the same route it did a year ago. The Lady Gamecocks, who lost to Irmo 50-47 on …

Kalus Benjamin, center, was joined by his family as he signed with Iowa Western.

Crestwood's Benjamin excited for opportunity with IWCC

There were plenty of suitors for Crestwood High School offensive lineman Kalus Benjamin, but Iowa Western Community College ultimately made his decision an easy one. Benjamin signed with Iowa Western on Feb. 5 to play football for the Reviers in …

Crestwood guard Shania Davis led the Lady Knights with 12 points in their 44-40 loss to Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Tuesday at The Castle.

Crestwood swept by O-W; Lady Knights still secure region's 1-seed

In a matchup that had the feel of a prize fight, the Crestwood High School varsity girls basketball team took one on the chin against Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Tuesday at The Castle. The Bruinettes came away with a 44-40 victory, handing the Lady …

East Clarendon falls to Woodland in first round 56-34

TURBEVILLE -- On a night where the term hotly contested could be considered an understatement, Woodland came into East Clarendon's gymnasium and played the role of bracket buster, knocking the higher seeded Wolverines out in the first round of the 2A state playoffs with surprising ease, 56-34.

East Clarendon's Talaysia Cooper recorded a quadruple-double in the Lady Wolverines' 55-36 win over Barnwell on Tuesday.

Cooper nets quadruple-double as EC rolls past Barnwell

TURBEVILLE -- Whenever Talaysia Cooper takes the floor for East Clarendon High School’s varsity girls basketball team, people expect to see spectacular things. The Lady Wolverines' super …

Calvin notches double-double, Wolverines fall to Johnsonville 67-56

East Clarendon’s varsity boys basketball team fell to 17-5 overall and 11-2 in region play with a 67-56 road loss to Johnsonville on Monday night. The Wolverines beat Johnsonville 65-56 back on Jan. 10.

Calvin scores 1,000th point, East Clarendon downs Latta 63-62

East Clarendon High School’s varsity boys basketball team improved to 17-4 overall and 11-1 in region play with a 63-62 victory over Latta on Tuesday night.

East Clarendon's Jeremy Baker, right, is part of the school's first wrestling team and is trying to help build a foundation.

EC's Graham happy with first-year wrestling team as season coming to a close

Maybe it was the turkey. In the first practice after Thanksgiving break, East Clarendon High School wrestling head coach Kevin Graham noticed something different about his team. Something had finally clicked for the wrestlers on the school's …

Laurence Manning running back Wyatt Rowland (22 )has committed to Presbyterian and is expected to sign with the Blue Hose on Wednesday.

Wednesday to be busy signing day for local athletes

There will be plenty of local high school football players putting ink to paper on Wednesday in Phase 2 of National Signing Day. Sumter High School will have at least six players signing. Crestwood is set to have six, Lakewood four, Lee Central …

Lady Knights remain undefeated in region with 47-24 victory, Knights fall to A.C. Flora

The combination of Region IV-4A leader A.C. Flora visiting The Castle and what Crestwood High School varsity boys basketball coach Aric Samuel might term as home court jitters led to a 72-47 romp by the Falcons on Friday.

Lakewood guard Quentin Hodge scored 25 points in the Gators' 58-33 win over Crestwood on Tuesday.

Lady Knights down Lakewood, Gators win boys game in rivalry matchups

It took the Crestwood High School varsity girls basketball team into the fourth quarter to separate itself from Sumter School District rival Lakewood on Tuesday at The Swamp. It only took the Lakewood boys a half to take control of its game. The …

Sumter-Palmetto Rotary Club president Ken Bell, right, speaks to the boys basketball head coaches at the three Sumter School District high schools, left to right, Lakewood's Ed Scott, Crestwood's Aric Samuel and Sumter's Bryan Brown, after recently spoke to the club. Each coach is in his first year at his respective school, but they all knew of each other in some manner before ending up in Sumter together.

Three Sumter School District first-year boys hoops coaches share good relationships

This has been an interesting year for boys high school basketball in Sumter School District. Each of the schools is under the direction of a first-year coach. Well, Lakewood's Ed Scott is a legitimate first-year head coach. Crestwood's Aric …

Big second quarter lifts Lady Knights past LR

Crestwood High School's varsity girls basketball team opened the second quarter of Friday's Region IV-4A game with Lower Richland on a 13-2 run that broke open what had been a close game and helped propel the Lady Knights to a 61-42 win at The Castle.