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After playing a season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Canada, former Crestwood High defensive back Donald Rutledge Jr. (38) is coming back to the states after signing with the Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League, a professional American football minor league that began play in April 2022. It is the first major professional spring football league in nearly 40 years to complete a successful inaugural season and return for a second season.

Headed back south: Former Knight Rutledge reflects on season in CFL and return stateside to USFL

Former Crestwood standout Donald Rutledge has just about seen it all in his young football career. He attempted to break into the NFL in 2020, initially signing as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts. After a stint with the …

Lee Central's Shadae Rembert brings the ball up the court against Mullins on Tuesday.

Lee Central girls nearly shut out Mullins, boys falter on free throws

The night of basketball at Lee Central as the Stallions opened region play against Mullins was fascinating, to say the least. The Lady Stallions held Mullins scoreless in the first half and nearly pitched a shutout in a dominant 56-5 victory. The …

Crestwood point guard Corean Nelson has been an integral part of the Knights' rise to success as they currently sit as the top-ranked team in SCHSL 3A.

The Grind, presented by Bank of Clarendon: Crestwood's Nelson lets his game do the talking

Crestwood basketball is having one of its best stretches in recent memory. The Knights are building on last season's successes after going 21-3 and currently sit atop of the SCHSL 3A rankings with a 10-4 record. A major part of the Knights' …

Sumter High's Rickell Brown and the Lady Gamecocks moved up to No. 4 in the latest SCBCA rankings.

Sumter girls jump to No. 4, Crestwood holds at No. 1 in latest SCBCA rankings

The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association released its latest rankings on Tuesday.The Crestwood boys maintained their place atop SCHSL 3A despite Friday’s 60-52 loss to No. 9 Lake City. …

Sumter High's Shamira Andrews looks for room to shoot against Socastee on Friday.

Sumter High sweeps Socastee to open region play

The Sumter High basketball teams opened region play with a sweep of Socastee at home on Friday. The Lady Gamecocks rolled to an easy 53-27 win, while the boys earned a 48-35 victory. SHS took control of the girls game quickly, leading 13-6 at the …

Scott's Branch forward Ernie Calloway (1) drives against East Clarendon on Friday.

Scott's Branch spoils East Clarendon senior night with sweep

Both Scott’s Branch teams were able to complete the season sweep of East Clarendon on Friday night. The wins allowed both teams to stay in great positions in the region standings. The No. 2 …

Manning Jeh'Qwauyn Hilton nearly recorded a triple-double, finishing with 19 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks to go along with three steals and three assists.

Manning outlasts Loris for OT region win, girls fall

The Manning basketball teams hosted Loris on Friday for a key region tilt. The Monarchs were able to grind out an 83-81 win in overtime, remaining in the driver’s seat in Region VII-3A. A loss …

Manning basketball gets wins over Georgetown, Estill

The Manning High basketball teams were busy this weekend, matching up with Georgetown on Friday before facing Estill in tournament action on Saturday. Both teams left the weekend with a pair of wins for MHS. The Manning girls pulled out a tight …

Crestwood's Teon Tindal, center, drives against Wilson Hall's Daniel Burton on Thursday.

Crestwood teams punch tickets to title games of District 9 tournament

The Crestwood boys and girls basketball teams were able to secure their places in the title games of the District 9 Officials Christmas Tournament on Thursday. Both squads finished 3-0 runs on Thursday with the Lady Knights beating Lee Central, …

PHOTOS BY CAL CARY / THE SUMTER ITEM  The Lee Central boys basketball team celebrates against Wilson Hall on Wednesday.

Lee Central takes down Wilson Hall in OT to highlight Day 2 of District 9 Christmas Tournament

The District 9 Officials Christmas Tournament is in full swing at Manning High and Junior High. The second day of the tournament was played on Wednesday with some highlight performances, which included Lee Central taking down Wilson Hall in …

Former Crestwood standout Joshua Simon is transferring from Western Kentucky to South Carolina.

Former Crestwood standout Simon to transfer to South Carolina

Shane Beamer said on signing day he was not finished adding pieces to his 2023 recruiting class. That was proven to be true when it was reported Tuesday by GamecockCentral that Crestwood grad TE …