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The Sumter Braves won the Shipyard Charleston Tournament May 1-2. Members of the team are, front, Cade Mooneyham. First row, left to right: Connor Carter, Jack Gordon, Joey Hatchell, Zy Dennis, Drake Price and Larry Johnson. Second row: Coach Joseph Hatchell, Peyton Gilley, head coach Daniel Gordon, JE Rowe, Scoop Dennis and coach Elliott Rowe.

Sumter Braves win tournament

The Sumter Braves won the 10-team, 12-under Shipyard Charleston Tournament that featured 10 teams from across the Southeast. Sumter, which went 4-0 in the tournament, had two walk-off wins, including a base hit from Zy Dennis to win the …

USC one of 20 possibilities to be baseball regional site

The University of South Carolina's Founders Park has been announced as one of the 20 predetermined preliminary-round sites for the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, the organization announced on Friday. Due to the health and safety protocols …

pHOTOS BY: MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM  The Wilson Hall softball team celebrates winning the SCISA 3A state championship with a 14-4 win over Cardinal Newman on Thursday at Camden High School.

Wilson Hall wins SCISA 3A state title with 14-4 rout of Cardinal Newman

CAMDEN - Wilson Hall won its fourth SCISA 3A softball state title in the last eight years on Thursday, beating Cardinal Newman 14-4 in six innings at Camden High School's Marcus D. Warren Softball Feld. The Lady Barons won the series 2-1. It was …

The Sumter P-15's will begin practice for the upcoming season on Wednesday.

P-15's set to begin practice for upcoming season on Wednesday

The Sumter P-15's will begin practice for the fast-approaching American Legion baseball season on Wednesday, and they will be preparing for a season that will involve a fair amount of long road trips. Anyone interested in playing for either the …

Lakewood's Hunter Hoff is expected to start as the Gators host Gilbert to open the SCHSL 3A playoffs on Saturday.

Lakewood, East Clarendon baseball, softball teams open playoffs Saturday

Lakewood High School has played only one baseball game in the past two weeks after winning the Region VI-3A title. The cushion in the schedule was given because of possible coronavirus issues and any weather-related issues. The Gators played …

From the Wire

Tiger Woods watches his drive from the 17th tee during the 2012 PGA Championship tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island. Only about 10,000 spectators are allowed when the PGA returns to Kiawah next week, which should help with traffic issues.

PGA Championship promises improved access at the Ocean Course

KIAWAH ISLAND - The golf, as it usually is at the Ocean Course, was spectacular. Getting there to see it unfold at the PGA Championship nine years ago was more of a struggle. The major championship returns to the dramatic, sea-swept course next …

Former Crestwood star and current Memphis guard Ja Morant (12) shoots against Sacramento Kings guard Justin James (10) during the Grizzlies' 116-110 win on Thursday in Memphis, Tennessee.

Morant scores 12 as Grizzlies outlast Kings for 116-110 win

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dillon Brooks scored 30 points and the Memphis Grizzlies used a late rally to defeat the Sacramento Kings 116-110 on Thursday night in the first of a back-to-back between the teams. Jonas Valanciunas had 24 points and 13 rebounds …

Fans walk through the garage area before a NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway on Sunday in Darlington. It is the first time this year that fans are allowed back in the garage area.

NASCAR starting to allow access a year after restart

CHARLOTTE - Kevin Harvick crossed the finish line at Darlington Raceway a year ago and was struck by the stillness and silence of the empty grandstands. NASCAR was one of the first major sports to resume competition early in the pandemic, setting …

Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. grabs his left foot after falling in the seventh inning of the Braves' 8-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday in Atlanta.

Acuña injured as Braves fall to Toronto 8-4

ATLANTA - Bo Bichette and the Toronto Blue Jays are making comeback wins routine. Bichette hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied yet again to beat Atlanta 8-4 on Thursday and sweep six games from the …

Former Carolina quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) criticized the Panthers' practice methods this week.

Rhule 'disappointed' Bridgewater wasn't happy with practice

CHARLOTTE - Matt Rhule feels good about the way the Panthers approach practices and is "disappointed" former quarterback Teddy Bridgewater didn't feel the same way while in Carolina. "I'm not going to delve into specifics about our process, some …

Prep Sports

Laurence Manning's Madison Truett, seated right, is joined by family, friends and coaches as she signed her letter of intent to play softball at Newberry College on Wednesday.

Laurence Manning's Madison Truett signs to play softball at Newberry

Madison Truett has loved the sport of softball since she first stepped onto the diamond. The Laurence Manning Academy senior hoped to continue playing once her high school days came to an end, but didn't have any offers initially. In the last …

Laurence Manning's Hannah Truett was named the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week after going 8-18 with four RBI during the Lady Swampcats' playoff run over the weekend.

LMA's Hannah Truett wins Hines Furniture Athlete of Week with strong playoff performance

Senior catcher Hannah Truett was a key player for the Laurence Manning Academy softball team all season. That continued in the SCISA 3A state playoffs, where her bat and skills behind the plate pushed the Lady Swampcats within reach of the state …

Clarendon Hall's Mandy Wells had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run during the Lady Saints' 9-5 loss to Wardlaw Academy in Game 2 of the SCISA 1A championship series on Tuesday.

Clarendon Hall swept by Wardlaw Academy in SCISA 1A championship series

Clarendon Hall dug itself into an early hole that it could never climb out of in a 9-5 loss to Wardlaw Academy on Tuesday in Johnston that gave the Lady Patriots the SCISA 1A softball state …

Lee Academy's Jenkins McCullum pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and one earned run in the Cavaliers' 4-2 loss to Williamsburg in Game 2 of the SCISA 2A championship series on Tuesday.

Lee Academy swept by Williamsburg in SCISA 2A championship series

After a 15-14 slugfest in the opening game of the SCISA 2A baseball state championship series on Monday in Kingstree, Game 2 between Lee Academy and Williamsburg Academy in Bishopville on Tuesday was …

Wilson Hall's Andi Grae Wingate winds up to pitch during the Lady Barons' 8-4 loss to Cardinal Newman on Tuesday.

Wilson Hall softball falls to Cardinal Newman in SCISA 3A championship series, Game 3 set for Thursday

Wilson Hall had plenty of opportunities to put runs on the board in Game 2 of the SCISA 3A softball state championship series against Cardinal Newman on Tuesday at Patriot Park SportPlex. The Lady …

CLEMSON

Clemson knocks off Carolina 7-2

CLEMSON - Clemson used five pitchers tp shut down No. 16 South Carolina 7-2 on Tuesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. P.J. Labriola earned his first career win by recording two outs in relief. Nick Hoffmann pitched 1 2/3 innings to record his fourth …

Clemson's Justin Foster (35) has announced that he will rejoin the program after initially electing to step away from college football due to the side effects of contracting COVID-19 combined with his asthma.

Clemson DE Foster changes mind, will return to Tigers

CLEMSON (AP) - Clemson defensive end Justin Foster, who missed the 2020 season due to COVID-19 and asthma, has changed his mind about leaving the Tigers and will rejoin the program. Foster, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound senior from Shelby, North …

Clemson's Justyn Ross (8) is a prime candidate to break out in 2021 after missing the 2020 season due to injury.

14 players ready to break out in ACC in 2021

A look at football players in the Atlantic Coast Conference this spring who are poised to have standout seasons this fall (Notre Dame, which competed in the league last season, returned to FBS independent status in 2021): ATLANTIC …

Former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is expected to be the number one overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday.

NFL Mock Draft: As usual, it's all about the quarterbacks

Because they are make believe, mock drafts tend to go wild. Lots of projected trades. Runs on specific positions. A surprise pick or two. For this year's selection process there is an obvious trend - one that should stun nobody. It's all about …

Clemson keeping men's track and field, cross country teams

CLEMSON (AP) - Clemson is keeping its men's track and field and cross country programs after planning to eliminate them at the end of the current season. The school said Thursday revised financial projections found that COVID-19 did not impact …

USC

Former Sumter running back Nathan Harris-Waynick (26) cuts during the South Carolina Black and Garnet spring game on Sunday. Harris-Waynick led the Black team with eight carries despite his status as a preferred walk on.

Harris-Waynick making the most of his opportunity as a preferred walk-on

When Nathan Harris-Waynick stepped into the football locker room at Williams-Brice Stadium on Sunday, it felt almost like a dream come true. When the former Sumter High School running back with no major offers walked in the room before the …

South Carolina quarterback Luke Doty is expected to be the starter for the Gamecocks this fall.

QB competitions abound in Southeastern Conference

Southeastern Conference teams are searching for the next Kyle Trask or Mac Jones, quarterbacks who emerged as stars in their first full season as starters. Maybe it will be Alabama's Bryce Young or Georgia's JT Daniels, or some other young …

South Carolina defensive lineman Jordan Burch (3) hopes to be one of the Gamecocks' top playmakers entering his second season with the program.

SEC will once again feature playmakers on offense, defense

There are once again a host of playmakers in the Southeastern Conference. While there is going to be several quarterback competitions to keep an eye on heading into preseason camps, here's a look at non-quarterbacks players in the Southeastern …

Former Sumter High running back Nathan Harris-Waynick (26) fights through tacklers during the South Carolina Garnet and Black Spring Game on Sunday at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Sumter School District quartet performs in South Carolina spring game

The University of South Carolina football program held its annual Garnet & Black Spring Game on Sunday at Williams-Brice Stadium. Four former Sumter School District players each played a part in the game. Former Sumter High School players …

South Carolina's Colin Burgess bats during the Gamecocks' 6-2 win over No. 1 Arkansas on Friday.

Gamecocks defeat Arkansas 6-2

COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina baseball team scored four runs in the sixth inning and two more in the eighth to pick up a 6-2 victory over No. 1 Arkansas on Friday at Founders Park in the first game of a day/night doubleheader. The …

Outdoors

GEDDINGS

Outdoor columnist Dan Geddings: The turkey hunters

The turkey season is over now, and the obsessed have to wait for next year to come around. For me, it can't come too soon. I never thought that we would ever have a huntable population of wild turkeys in this part of the state. But eventually it did …

KNOPF VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESSThis combination of cover images shows "Birds of North America," left, and "Trees of North America" by the National Audubon Society.

Updated field guides, other titles lure readers outdoors

The new season of shows has begun, and viewership is way up by all accounts. We're not talking about screens, which we've all been glued to during the pandemic. Less noticed is another trend: people tuning in to nature for quieter, real-life, …

This cover image released by shows "The Chef’s Garden: A Modern Guide to Common and Unusual Vegetables — with Recipes" by Farmer Lee Jones. The 640-page handsome book is equal parts vegetable reference bible, family memoir and recipe collection.

Ohio farmer reveals deep knowledge of vegetables

NEW YORK — Despite thousands of years of humans working the soil, there are still things to learn. Just ask Farmer Lee Jones about the beet leaves.The Ohio-based farmer had planted too many …