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Manning's Justin Daniels and the Monarchs are now ranked No. 3 in the SCBCA 3A rankings.

Manning climbs to No. 3, girls fall out of Top 10 in latest SCBCA rankings

Crestwood has some new company at the top of SCHSL 3A.The Manning boys continued their rise in the SCBCA rankings on Tuesday, climbing from No. 6 to No. 3 in the latest release. Crestwood remains at …

Sumter High's Peyton Morris, seated center right, is surrounded by family, coaches and administrators as she signs with USC Union on Monday.

Sumter High's Morris signs to play softball at USC Union

Sumter High's Peyton Morris has been a consistent bat in the middle of the Lady Gamecocks' lineup since making the jump to the varsity softball team as a sophomore. She thought Sumter High would be where her softball career ended. Morris plans to …

Team Perseverance owner and operator Junko Allen holds a ribbon after the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the after-school program at the South Sumter Gymnasium on Jan. 25. The program will be free for South Sumter-area residents and provide homework help, reading time, instruction about various sports, exercise classes and more. It will also offer programs for adults in the future.

Team Perseverance opens in South Sumter; free after-school program will focus on importance of education, teach sports and life skills

Team Perseverance held a ribbon cutting for its new program at the South Sumter gymnasium on Wednesday, Jan. 25. It has been more than 20 years in the making for Junko Allen, and she finally gets to live her dream by helping those in the South …

Lakewood's Myles Squirewell, center, fights through traffic against Lake City on Friday.

AREA ROUNDUP: Lakewood sweeps Lake City for crucial region wins

The Lakewood basketball teams hosted Lake City for a region matchup on Friday. Region VI-3A is extremely competitive for both the boys and girls, so a victory was crucial for both LHS squads. The …

Scott's Branch forward Ernie Calloway (1) drives against East Clarendon on Friday.

Scott's Branch spoils East Clarendon senior night with sweep

Both Scott’s Branch teams were able to complete the season sweep of East Clarendon on Friday night. The wins allowed both teams to stay in great positions in the region standings. The No. 2 …

From the Wire

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley and the Gamecocks remain on top of the Associated Press Top 25.

South Carolina tops women's AP Top 25; Ohio State tumbles

It was a rough week for Ohio State, which lost all three of its games and tumbled down the AP Top 25 as a result. The previously unbeaten Buckeyes fell from second to 10th in The Associated Press women's basketball poll released Monday after …

Philadelphia Eagles edge rusher Haason Reddick hits the arm of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) during the first half of the NFC championship game on Sunday in Philadelphia.

49ers' Purdy has torn ligament in right elbow

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy tore a ligament in his throwing elbow, putting his status for the start of next season in question. A person familiar with the injury confirmed the diagnosis of the injury Purdy …

Orlando Magic's Paolo Banchero will play in the Rising Stars Game as a part of the NBA's All-Star weekend.

Banchero headlines field for All-Star Rising Stars event

Paolo Banchero's rookie season will include a trip to NBA All-Star weekend. The Orlando Magic forward and No. 1 pick in last year's draft was announced Tuesday as a participant in this year's Rising Stars Game, to be held in Salt Lake City on …

Former Crestwood star and current Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) passes the ball over Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell (9) on Sunday in Memphis, Tennessee.

Grizzlies use Morant's triple-double, rally to beat Pacers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Former Crestwood star Ja Morant had 27 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 28 points and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame a lackluster first half to defeat the Indiana Pacers 112-100 on Sunday. Brandon …

South Carolina guard Bree Hall (23) shoots a three-point shot against Alabama on Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Boston, Hall lead No. 1 Gamecocks past Alabama 65-52

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Dawn Staley has "utmost confidence" in Bree Hall's ability to knock down shots. Hall richly rewarded that faith with a career-high 18 points and four 3-pointers in No. 1 South Carolina's 65-52 victory over Alabama on …

Prep Sports

Cavaliers fall in 2OT as Williamsburg sweeps Lee Academy

The Lee Academy basketball teams hosted Williamsburg Academy on Thursday. The boys game was a thriller, needing two extra periods before WA finished off a 70-68 win. The girls game wasn't quite as dramatic, as the Lady Cavs fell …

Lakewood's Josiah Dinkins, center, won the Region VI-3A title at 195 on Wednesday.

Lakewood wrestling wins 3 individual titles as Gators thrive in region meet

The Lakewood wrestling team made the trek back to Camden on Wednesday for the Region VI-3A individual meet. Two days after finishing in second place as a team, the Gators had an excellent showing with three wrestlers winning titles. "Overall, I …

Wilson Hall's Dani Hanley, center, is surrounded by family after signing to play softball at Limestone on Thursday.

Wilson Hall's Hanley signs to play softball at Limestone

Wilson Hall's softball program is in the midst of an incredible run. The Lady Barons have won the last two SCISA 3A state championships and now have their sights set on claiming the inaugural 4A title this spring. One of the reasons for that …

Laurence Manning's Josiah Burson (2) scored 21 points in a win over Orangeburg Prep on Wednesday.

Laurence Manning basketball splits with Orangeburg Prep

The Laurence Manning basketball teams hosted Orangeburg Prep on Wednesday. The boys were able to earn a win for the second-straight night, earning a 58-51 win, while the girls fell 50-27.After …

Sumter High's Rickell Brown averaged 18.5 points in two region wins on her way to Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week honors.

Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week: Sumter High's Brown sparks Lady Gamecock offense in region wins

The Sumter High girls basketball team was left with a massive void this season when All-State point guard Kiara Croskey suffered an ACL tear in the spring. Without their top player, someone needed to step up for the Lady Gamecocks to live up to …

CLEMSON

Clemson guard Brevin Galloway (11) drives against Georgia Tech guard Miles Kelly (13) on Tuesday in Clemson.

Hall, Galloway lead No. 24 Clemson to win over Georgia Tech

CLEMSON - No limits, no excuses, no regrets. No. 24 Clemson has followed its preseason motto all the way to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers, predicted to finish 11th back in October, continued their surprise ACC run with a …

Clemson center PJ Hall (24) shoots against Wake Forest forward Davion Bradford (20) during the Tigers' loss in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Tuesday.

Wake Forest spoils No. 19 Clemson's perfect ACC start

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest ended No. 19 Clemson's unexpected perfect start in Atlantic Coast Conference play in a style that demands the Demon Deacons start getting more attention of their own. Tyree Appleby scored 24 points to help Wake …

Clemson center PJ Hall (24) and the Tigers enter the Associated Press Top 25 at No. 19 after knocking Duke out of the polls.

Houston, KU stay atop Top 25, Clemson enters

Houston and Kansas remained firmly atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll Monday after a record weekend of Top 25 losses, while Florida Atlantic took advantage of the chaos to crack the ranking for the first time in school …

Clemson guard Brevin Galloway, forward Ben Middlebrooks and the Tigers lead the ACC as they prepare to face No. 24 Duke on Saturday.

Surprising Clemson hoops leads ACC, faces big test with No. 24 Duke

Clemson coach Brad Brownell's had a landmark ACC start at exactly the right time. The Tigers (14-3) lead the Atlantic Coast Conference at 6-0, the only undefeated team in league play. And it follows an underachieving 2021-22 season when athletic …

Clemson hired TCU offensive coordinator Garrett Riley for the same position with the Tigers on Friday.

Clemson hires TCU OC Riley to spark Tigers' offense

COLUMBIA - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has hired TCU offensive coordinator Garrett Riley to reignite the Tigers' attack. The school's board of trustees compensation committee approved a three-year contract Friday that will pay the 33-year-old …

USC

Florida leaves Gamecocks behind in 2nd half of 81-60 win

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Colin Castleton scored 18 points and Florida pulled away in the second half to beat South Carolina 81-60 on Wednesday night. Castleton was 7-of-10 shooting and blocked four shots in leading the Gators (12-8, 5-3 SEC) to …

South Carolina guard Raven Johnson and the Gamecocks remain at the top of the Associated Press Top 25.

South Carolina stays at No. 1 in AP Top 25; no Texas teams for 1st time

For the first time in the 47-year history of The Associated Press women's basketball poll no team from Texas is in the Top 25. The Texas Longhorns fell out of Monday's poll, ending a 835-week run that had at least one team from the Lone Star …

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley talks to her team during the Gamecocks' win over Vanderbilt on Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee.

No. 1 South Carolina trounces Vandy with Cooper sidelined

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Aliyah Boston could be scoring and grabbing even more rebounds for top-ranked South Carolina. Surrounded by a talented group of Gamecocks, the reigning AP national player …

South Carolina forward Gregory Jackson II scored 15 points against Mississippi.

Mississippi gets first SEC win over South Carolina

COLUMBIA (AP) - Matthew Murrell made five 3-pointers and scored 23 points, Jayveous McKinnis had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Mississippi beat South Carolina 70-58 on Tuesday night for the Rebels' first SEC victory this season. It was the first …

South Carolina shortstop Braylen Wimmer and the Gamecocks are ranked No. 23 in the D1Baseball.com preseason poll.

South Carolina baseball earns preseason ranking

OMAHA, Neb. - The University of South Carolina baseball team is ranked No. 23 in the D1Baseball.com preseason poll, the publication announced on Tuesday. Carolina, one of nine SEC teams ranked in the D1 preseason poll, returns 17 players, six …

Outdoors

GEDDINGS

Sumter Item outdoors columnist: The big woods

The mixed timber of pine and oak towered above me. There was some underbrush, but it was not thick. I stood still in the cold morning air taking in the scene before me. The sky above was clear and bright. I had walked in from a woodland road along …

Sumter outdoors columnist Dan Geddings: Unwritten rules

Mister Jim emailed me a copy of the general rules, a copy of the by-laws and a copy of the rules of the hunt. There were dozens of pages. I read over the documents very carefully. There were only a few rules relating to turkey hunting. I wasn't …

Learn to improve quail habitat at SCDNR seminar March 9-10

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will host its Annual Wild Quail Management Seminar on March 9-10 at the James W. Webb Wildlife Center and Management Area in Hampton County. The registration …