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Laurence Manning's Meri Ellen Johnson, center, is surrounded by family and coaches after signing her letter of intent to run at Francis Marion. She was joined by her parents, Frank and Paul, seated, and coaches, back from left, Karla Beard, Becky Driggers and Rachel Conklin.

Laurence Manning's Johnson signs to run at Francis Marion

A year ago, Laurence Manning's Meri Ellen Johnson had no intention of running cross country. She was gearing up for track, and she's primarily a sprinter, not a distance runner. But head coach Karla Beard and a few other coaches made the pitch …

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 …

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 …

Laurence Manning's Brandon King drives against Pee Dee Academy on Thursday.

Laurence Manning boys still finding themselves as region nears

The Laurence Manning boys basketball team found itself in an identity crisis this season. Last year's team was defined by experience with three senior leaders and a junior who had played just as long. That core was able to win a region tournament …

Crestwood's Tashiana Farmer (15) fights through contact on her way to the basket against Baptist Hill on Tuesday.

Crestwood's rout of Lee Central highlights 1st day of District 9 Christmas Tournament

The 25th installment of the District 9 Officials Christmas Basketball Tournament kicked off at Manning High School and Junior High on Tuesday. Tri-county participants included Lee Central's girls and boys teams, Crestwood's boys and girls teams, …

Manning's Justin Daniels and the Monarchs will play in their home gym in the District 9 Officials Christmas Basketball Tournament, which begins on Tuesday.

District 9 Christmas Basketball Tournament coming to Manning

Local basketball fans will flood to Clarendon County next week as Manning High School and Junior High will play host to the 25th Annual District 9 Officials Christmas Basketball Tournament. The tournament kicks off on Tuesday and concludes with …

The Lee Academy football team had six players on The Sumter Item's All-Independent Team after winning the SCISA 1A state championship.

SCISA stars: The Sumter Item names 25 to All-Independent Football Team

The Sumter Item has selected 25 players to its All-Independent Football Team. The team was selected based on nominations from local South Carolina Independent School Association school coaches. Final selections were chosen by The Item sports …

Wilson Hall's Aubrey Payne drives against Thomas Sumter on Friday.

Wilson Hall, Laurence Manning, Thomas Sumter play in Baron Classic

Wilson Hall's Nash Student Center was a basketball hub during the weekend. Locally, Wilson Hall, Laurence Manning and Thomas Sumter all took part in a busy weekend of hoops. The Lady Barons had the most successful weekend of the local bunch, …

Laurence Manning quarterback Tyler June (1) and the Swampcats will face Hammond for the SCISA 4A state championship tonight.

Laurence Manning hopes to avoid repeating history in SCISA 4A title game with Hammond

Laurence Manning will play for the SCISA 4A title for the third time in four seasons tonight at Charleston Southern University. The Swampcats will take on a familiar foe in the Hammond Skyhawks. Laurence Manning lost to Hammond consecutive times …

Laurence Manning's Brandt Reynolds (7) leaps over Joe Wilson in celebration after the Swampcats' 28-27 win over Trinity Collegiate in the SCISA 4A playoffs on Wednesday.

Laurence Manning wins thriller over Trinity Collegiate, advances to SCISA 4A state championship

After a flurry of late scores and a crucial stop, Laurence Manning clinched a spot in the SCISA 4A state championship with a 28-27 win over Trinity Collegiate on Friday. It was a completely different …

Laurence Manning senior Brandon King committed to Coastal Carolina this weekend.

Laurence Manning's King commits to Coastal Carolina

Laurence Manning senior Brandon King has committed to continue his football career at Coastal Carolina. The 6'3" wide receiver announced the decision to become a Chanticleer on Sunday. The decision was one King had made a while ago, but he …