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Lakewood's Jamond Lewis (11) and the Gators will kick off the SCSHL playoffs this week.

SCHSL and SCISA playoffs highlight 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. SCHSL BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS BEGINAfter a season thrown for a loop by the coronavirus pandemic, the South Carolina High School League basketball state playoffs will begin on Saturday. Either …

Lakewood's Kameron Rodriguez (3) and the Gators will face Crestwood on Friday with a chance to clinch a playoff spot.

Win or go home: Victor in Crestwood-Lakewood boys game makes playoffs, loser's season comes to end

No matter the sport, there is always a little extra intensity in an athletic event when teams from Crestwood and Lakewood high schools meet. The former Sumter School District 2 schools opened at the same time and have always been region foes. The …

Lakewood's Jaqcorey Melton (1) fires a 3-point shot during the Gators' 71-58 win against Manning on Monday.

Gators keeps playoff hopes alive with win over Manning; Lady Monarchs clinch playoff berth

Every win matters a little bit more this season, as many teams will play single-digit games before the playoffs begin. Playing in just their third game in 2021, Lakewood head coach Ed Scott knew his team needed a win over Manning on Monday if the …

PHOTOS: Manning hosts Lakewood for region basketball matchup

The Manning boys and girls basketball teams hosted Lakewood on Monday. The Lady Monarchs won the girls game, while the Gators claimed victory in the boys game. Here's a look at the action courtesy of …

Crestwood's Corean Nelson (10) and the Knights will host Lakewood to finish off their abbreviated seasons on Friday.

Rivalry games highlight 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. LAKEWOOD FACES OFF AGAINST CRESTWOODThe basketball teams from Lakewood and Crestwood will close out their abbreviated seasons on Friday facing off against one another at The Castle. Both of the …

PHOTOS: Lakewood boys return to court with a win

The Lakewood basketball team returned to the court on Wednesday with a 62-26 win over Camden. Here's a look at their first game back courtesy of The Item's Micah Green.

Lakewood's Jaqcorey Melton, left, and the Gators hit the ground running with a 62-26 win over Camden on Wednesday at The Swamp after a 1 ½-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lakewood boys come back from hiatus with 62-26 win over Camden

The Lakewood High School varsity boys basketball team finally got the opportunity to get back on the court on Wednesday. After 1 ½ months without playing a game and only a handful of practices before facing Camden at The Swamp because of the …

Sumter's Devin Boston and the Gamecocks returned to practice on Friday after a 1 1/2 month long break.

Sumter School District basketball players happy to get back to work

Practice for any sport can sometimes become monotonous because the desire is to actually perform in competition that matters. However, when you haven't been able to do either for close to two months, practice isn't so bad. The varsity basketball …

The Sumter School District teams will be back on the court this week after a month and a half off.

A big slate of local hoops highlights 5 things to watch this week

1. LMA VISITS WILSON HALLThe varsity basketball teams from Laurence Manning Academy and Wilson Hall will finally get to play each other in key SCISA Region II-3A games on Monday. The games will be …

Crestwood's Jaden Broughton (11) and the Knights will begin region play against Manning on Wednesday.

Crestwood, Lakewood begin region play on Feb. 3

The varsity basketball teams for Crestwood and Lakewood high schools will begin their region schedules on Wednesday, Feb. 3, according to the Region VI-3A schedule released by Manning athletic director Reggie Kennedy on Wednesday. Sumter School …

Sumter junior Clayton Goff, seen here pitching for the Sumter Flyers, helped organize a workout for baseball players from Sumter and Lakewood on Saturday in an attempt to convince the Sumter School District to allow their season to begin on time.

Sumter, Lakewood baseball players get wish after practice

Last spring, the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill. As a result, athletes across the country in spring sports basically lost an entire season. A year later, the virus is threatening yet another seasons. Baseball players from …

Sumter point guard Kiara Croskey does a drill during an outdoors practice for Sumter School District basketball players on Sunday at the  courts near Riley Park to let the district know they wanted to resume their seasons. They got they wish on Tuesday, as the district said they begin practice on Friday.

Sumter School District athletics scheduled to resume on Friday

With hybrid learning restarting in Sumter School District on Monday, that too means the winter athletic teams at Sumter, Crestwood and Lakewood high schools will be able to resume practices and games …