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Manning outlasts Marlboro County for key region victory

The Manning boys basketball team hosted Marlboro County on Tuesday seeking some revenge. The Monarchs lost to the defending 3A champs on the road 79-67 earlier this season and weren’t going to … more

Sumter Touchdown Club recognizes area's top football players at annual banquet

After having to cancel last year's event due to COVID-19, the Sumter Touchdown Club's end-of-year award banquet returned on Thursday to celebrate the area's top football players. Along with recognizing The Item's All-Area and All-Independent teams, … more

Rescheduled basketball games for Lakewood, Laurence Manning highlight 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. BUSY WEEK OF LAKEWOOD HOOPSAfter missing over a week of games due to COVID-19, the Lakewood basketball teams will be busy this week. The Gators are currently slated to play a total of four games … more

Region meet moved for Sumter wrestling as Gamecocks return from quarantine

The Sumter High varsity wrestling team is yet to wrestle in 2022, as COVID-19 put a halt on their season. The Gamecocks were originally slated to take part in their region tournament this weekend, but that has now been postponed to next week. The … more

PHOTOS: Thomas Sumter basketball sweeps Lee Academy

The Thomas Sumter basketball teams swept Lee Academy on Wednesday. The boys won 62-22, while the girls won 45-31. Here's a look at the action courtesy of The Item's Cal Cary. more

Friday games across tri-county moved due to weather, COVID-19

With rough winter weather expected to hit South Carolina over the weekend, area schools have moved to shift their schedules. Most of the schools in the tri-county area have already elected to move games away from Friday, but some games are still up … more

Lakewood faces Crestwood, Manning to highlight 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. GATORS FACE KNIGHTS, MONARCHSLakewood will return to the court after missing the last week due to COVID-19 with a trip to Crestwood on Friday. The Crestwood boys are currently ranked No. 5 in 3A … more

Manning wins ranked battle with Scott's Branch, several schools sidelined by COVID-19

Manning and Scott's Branch met on Saturday in a battle of ranked teams in Clarendon County. The Monarchs, who broke into the 3A polls at No. 10, used a hot start to take down 1A's top-ranked Eagles 59-48 to win bragging rights on their home court. … more

Rematch between Crestwood and Manning highlights 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. CRESTWOOD-MANNING PART 2Crestwood will travel to Manning for a crucial region match on Friday. This will be the second time the boys teams face off, as the Knights beat Manning in the District 9 … more

Gridiron Greats: The Sumter Item names 24 to All-Independent Football Team

The Sumter Item has selected 24 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 … more

Sumter basketball sweeps Westwood

The Sumter boys and girls basketball teams completed a sweep of Westwood on Tuesday. The girls kicked things off with a 51-43 win, before the boys narrowly came away with a 55-52 victory. The girls played excellent defense to start the night with … more

2021 in review: Looking back on the top moments in sports in Sumter, Clarendon, Lee counties

The world of sports took a step closer to normalcy in 2021. There were some hitches along the way as COVID-19 issues continue to sprout up as the calendar turns into 2022, but most local seasons were played without concerns of season-wide … more

The start of region basketball games highlights 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. REGION PLAY BEGINS IN SCHSLThe South Carolina High School League will see most of its teams begin region play this week. Sumter High opens at Socastee on Friday, Lakewood travels to Camden Friday, … more

Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week: Lee Academy's Price sparks the Lady Cavalier offense

Lee Academy's Savanna Price has been a big part of the Lady Cavaliers' early success this year. She's been among the team's leading scorers in every game as the Lady Cavs have gotten out to a 4-1 start to the season. Last week, she continued her … more

Sumter wrestling shines at Dutch Fork

The Sumter wrestling team took park in the Silver Fox Invitational at Dutch Fork on Saturday, earning three top-3 finishes. Sumter also took part in the Greenwood Female Tournament, where two Lady Gamecocks placed in the top three. Sumer was led … more

Lathan stepping down at Lee after health scare, Bochette to take over boys hoops

The Lee Academy boys basketball team will be under new leadership for the remainder of the season, as head coach Woody Lathan is stepping down due to health issues. Head of School Brad Bochette, a longtime South Carolina basketball coach, will take … more

Sumter County basketball highlights 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. SUMTER COUNTY GAMES AT SHSSumter High will host their final two matchups against their county rivals this week. The Gamecocks host Lakewood on Friday, before a date with Crestwood on Saturday. … more

Sumter boys, girls basketball sweep Westwood

The Sumter boys and girls basketball teams completed a sweep of Westwood on Wednesday with the girls coming away with a 44-38 win before the boys used a dominant second half to run away with a 65-43 win. The Lady Gamecocks maintained a 30-21 lead … more

Wilson Hall boys, girls beat Ben Lippen, fall to Heathwood Hall

The Wilson Hall boys and girls basketball teams each split their two games this week. Both teams beat Ben Lippen on Tuesday before falling to Heathwood Hall The Barons started the week with a 52-39 win over Ben Lippen thanks to Matthew Miller's … more

Local basketball matchups across Sumter, Clarendon, Lee counties highlight 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. SUMTER, LAKEWOOD FACE OFFLakewood plays host to the crosstown rival Gamecocks in the first of four Sumter County matchups to be played in December. The JV games will be played on Monday at 6:15, … more
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