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PHOTOS BY NICH PITTS / SPECIAL TO THE SUMTER ITEM   Manning defensive lineman Monteque Rhames transferred from Sumter High this year and played his first game against Lake Marion two weeks ago before the Monarchs' bye. The senior is committed to South Carolina.

Manning uses bye week to integrate transfer, USC commit Rhames as region play approaches

The Manning football team had its bye last week, taking time to focus on themselves. The Monarchs are 3-1 after suffering their first loss of the season against Lake Marion 27-13 two weeks ago. Head coach Reggie Kennedy said his team needed the …

The Sumter High football team moved into the Top 5 of the S. C Media Football Poll for the first time this season on Tuesday.

Sumter moves up to No. 5 in latest S.C. Media Football Poll

The Sumter football program is moving up in the latest South Carolina Media Football Poll. For the first time this season, the Gamecocks are moving into the Top 5 in Class 5A.Sumter jumps up one spot …

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 …

The Sumter High defense wraps up Crestwood running back Azarian Yates (2) on Friday.

Sumter High and Wilson Hall win rivalry matchups to lead Friday Night Scoreboard

SUMTER 21 CRESTWOOD 14 Sumter High got two crucial touchdowns from Zyeir Gamble, a kickoff return for a score and a rushing TD and held off a Crestwood comeback for a 21-14 win over their …

Sumter's Fred Edwards (4), Kam Fortune (25) and the Gamecocks are ranked No. 6 in the latest South Carolina Prep Football Media Poll.

Sumter stays at No. 6 in latest football polls; Crestwood, Manning still just outside Top 10

The latest South Carolina Prep Football Media Poll was released on Tuesday with Sumter High in a similar spot.As they have been since the beginning of the season, the Gamecocks remain at No. 6 in the …

Manning quarterback Justin Daniels and the Monarchs host East Clarendon tonight.

Manning hosts East Clarendon for second straight county matchup

Manning High School continues its run through the newly consolidated Clarendon School District with a matchup against East Clarendon. Tonight's matchup will feature two teams that have started their seasons on different notes. East Clarendon …

Sumter's John Peeples and the Gamecocks maintained their No. 6 ranking in the latest S.C. Prep Football Media Poll.

Sumter stays at No. 6 in latest Prep Football Media Poll; 3 local teams also receive votes

It’s a new week, but the same ranking for Sumter High in the latest South Carolina Prep Football Media Poll, which was released on Tuesday.The Gamecocks remained at No. 6 in 5A after a 15-14 …

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 …

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

Sumter School District gets wins from Sumter, Crestwood, Lakewood to lead Friday Night Scoreboard

SUMTER 15RIDGE VIEW 14Sumter High hit the road to face Ridge View on Friday. The 5A No. 6 Gamecocks narrowly defeated the 4A No. 10 Blazers 15-14 to improve to 2-0. Sumter scored with less than two …

Manning quarterback Justin Daniels (1) runs against Scott’s Branch on Friday.

Manning downs Scott's Branch in run-heavy matchup 32-14

A “rivalry with respect” is the way to describe meetings between Manning High School and Scott’s Branch High School. That proved to be the case on Friday evening. The game was …

Manning's Justin Daniels (1) runs against Crestwood on Monday.

Kennedy finds positives as Manning faces Crestwood in scrimmage

With the start of the football season a few weeks away, teams are beginning to scrimmage each other and see where they stand before beginning the regular season in the coming weeks On Monday evening, former Region VI-3A foes Manning and Crestwood …

PHOTOS: Manning falls to Lake City

The Manning baseball team fell to Lake City 14-0 on Friday. Here's a look at the action courtesy of Item sports contributor Nich Pitts.

PHOTOS: Manning baseball, softball each sweeps doubleheader with Crestwood

A big night for Manning on the diamond!   The baseball and softball teams each earned a sweep over region rivals Crestwood last night with a pair of doubleheaders!   The …

Jerry Coker remembers his brother during the Richard Coker Manning baseball field dedication..Manning High School honors their past Manning baseball coach Richard Coker by naming it's baseball field after him on March 19, 2022. Alumni and current players also gathered at the field to also play a game in dedication to Coker.

PHOTOS: Manning High dedicates baseball field to late coach

Manning High School honored former baseball coach Rick Coker on Saturday, naming the school's field after him at a dedication. Several of Coker's former players took part in an alumni game after …

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PHOTOS: Lakewood baseball takes down Manning in extras

The Lakewood and Manning baseball teams faced off to open region play on Tuesday. Seven innings wasn’t enough to decide a winner, but the Gators were able to push three runs across in the …