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Laurence Manning's Josiah Burson and the Swampcats host Camden Military tonight.

Laurence Manning looks to right ship against Camden Military

Laurence Manning's football team has played two of its most familiar foes in the last two weeks. Two weeks ago, the Swampcats hosted Wilson Hall, their biggest rival, winning 19-7. Last Friday, LMA made the trip to Columbia to face Hammond, the …

Wilson Hall's Rylee Bath, center, celebrates with her Lady Baron teammates against Laurence Manning on Tuesday.

Wilson Hall volleyball outlasts Laurence Manning for rivalry win

Wilson Hall hosted their rivalry matchup with Laurence Manning on Tuesday evening. The Lady Barons defeated the Lady Swampcats in straight sets to improve to 18-3 on the season. It was a battle in the first set, with the Lady Swampcats getting …

Sumter High's Zyeir Gamble (19) tackles Crestwood's Javion Martin on Friday.

High School Football Week 3: The 5 biggest local stories on the gridiron

Early rivalry games continued in Week 3 as two sets of schools faced off. Those games found different results and lead the biggest storylines from a tough Friday night for tri-county schools. SUMTER HIGH OUTLASTS CRESTWOOD Sumter High and …

Wilson Hall's Connor Smith set a new school record in the 5K with a time of 15:59.21 on Saturday at the Highlander Invitational.

Wilson Hall’s Smith breaks school record at Highlander Invitational

Wilson Hall senior Connor Smith continued his run through the Baron history books on Saturday, breaking the school record in the 5K at the Highlander Invitational. This is the second school record …

Thomas Sumter hosted a cross country meet featuring Sumter High and Laurence Manning on Wednesday at Patriot Park.

Thomas Sumter wins home XC meet; Sumter and Laurence Manning also shine

The Thomas Sumter cross country team hosted a meet at Patriot Park on Wednesday. Sumter High and Laurence Manning also took part as the General took home team wins for the boys and girls. While Thomas Sumter won both the boys and girls meets as a …

Laurence Manning's Tyler June leads the Swampcats against Wilson Hall in their annual rivalry matchup tonight.

Laurence Manning hosts Wilson Hall for early season rivalry matchup

Wilson Hall. Laurence Manning. A classic rivalry. In recent years, the two schools have met as the weather turns cool deep into the fall. Last season, Wilson Hall fell just shy of the playoffs after a season-finale loss to the Swampcats. This …

Crestwood's Javion Martin passes against Gray Collegiate on Friday.

High School Football Week 1: The 5 biggest headlines from a packed Friday

While it's still early in the season, this past Friday is an early contender for most thrilling night of football this fall. Sumter's game-winning 2-point conversion was just one of the wild comebacks this weekend, as the Sumter School District …

Laurence Manning beat Pinewood Prep in overtime for their first win of the season on Friday.

Laurence Manning outlasts Pinewood Prep in OT for first win under Furse

Four quarters wasn’t enough to decide a winner when Laurence Manning faced off against Pinewood Prep on Friday. Two failed extra points kept the Swampcats from a regulation win, but they …

Sumter Item sports reporter Isaiah Lucas, seated center left, had a chance to dive into the deep end of local football at The Item's Football Media Day on Wednesday.

Isaiah Lucas' takeaways from Sumter Item's Media Day

I've been a sports reporter here at The Item for a little over a month now. Media day was the second big event that I've been able to attend and the first I was able to have an integral part in. It was my first chance to interact with every school …

CAL CARY / THE SUMTER ITEM..The Sumter Item hosts Media Day, a day devoted to 12 High Schools to bring their football coaches and athletes for live discussions about the upcoming football season on August 11.

PHOTOS: Sumter Item's Football Media Day returns

The Sumter Item's Football Media Day, presented by Hines Furniture, made its return after a 2-year hiatus yesterday at USC Sumter.

Laurence Manning's Jaden Sanders is the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Year after finishing as the runner up last summer.

Laurence Manning's Sanders caps off senior year with Hines Furniture Athlete of the Year honors

As the polls for the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Year contest came to a close on Tuesday afternoon, Laurence Manning's Jaden Sanders was hoping his main goal for this summer came to pass. He made it all the way to the championship matchup last …

Sumter High's Nicole Wells is back in the finals for the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Year after winning the contest last summer.

Final 2, Take 2: Wells and Sanders face off for Hines Furniture Athlete of the Year

The Hines Furniture Athlete of the Year is experiencing some Déjà vu as we reach our championship matchup. For the second year in a row, Sumter High track star Nicole Wells and Laurence Manning Academy basketball standout Jaden Sanders will …

The final four of the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Year will feature matchups, from left to right, of Sumter High’s Nicole Gamble, the reigning and inaugural athlete of the year, against Crestwood High’s Ryan Cowell, along with Laurence Manning’s Jaden Sanders against Lakewood High’s Zayveon Wells.

Final four: Hines Furniture Athlete of the Year moves into semifinal round

And then there were four. The semifinals of the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Year bracket contest officially opened this morning at https://www.theitem.com/athlete-of-the-year-2022. We now move one step closer to determining this year's …