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TIM LEIBLE / THE SUMTER ITEM Wilson Hall quarterback Tate Sistare (5) and the Barons struggled to get their offense moving in a 47-7 loss to Hammond on Friday.

Wilson Hall gets behind early in 47-7 loss to Hammond

COLUMBIA - The fast start enjoyed by the Wilson Hall football team came to a screeching halt on Friday. The Barons, who had opened the season with two straight convincing victories, went up against 3-time defending SCISA 3A state champion Hammond …

Lee cashes in on great Price as Cavs beat Florence Christian 35-19

BISHOPVILLE – Quarterback Keaton Price rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 90 yards and another score to lift Lee Academy to a 35-19 football victory over Florence Christian …

The Sumter football team will travel to Socastee for its season opener on Friday.

The return of SCHSL football highlights the 5 things to watch this week

1. SCHSL FOOTBALL IS BACKThe South Carolina Independent School Association has had the high school football spotlight for four weeks, but the South Carolina High School League will join in this …

Wilson Hall quarterback Tate Sistare (5) and running back Doc Walker (6) and the rest of the Barons will travel to Columbia to face Hammond on Friday.

Wilson Hall takes on SCISA football behemoth Hammond

The first two weeks of the season have been a progression for the Wilson Hall football team. The year started against SCISA 1A power Lee Academy, and the Barons came away with a 40-6 triumph. Last week, WH took a fellow 3A school in Pinewood Prep …

The offensive line is a major question mark for Lakewood this year, as the Gators have to replace four of their five starters from last season.

Defense ready to take center stage for Lakewood

Confusion has been the leading emotion for high school athletes across the country during the coronavirus pandemic, and that has not stopped as sports has resume. The Lakewood football team will open its season next Friday, but even that first game …

From the Wire

South Carolina offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, left, said that graduate transfer quarterback Collin Hill (15) won the USC starting job based on consistency. Bobo was Hill's head coach at Colorado State for the last three seasons.

Bobo: Consistency earned Hill starting Gamecocks QB job

COLUMBIA - Collin Hill has never backed away from a challenge, especially if it meant getting back on the field at his home state university. Hill overcame rehabbing from a third ACL tear this spring and bonding with new teammates as a graduate …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the top-ranked Tigers will host The Citadel on Saturday.

Citadel embraces shot at No. 1 Clemson in revamped schedule

Citadel coach Brent Thompson wasn't sure his team would ever get the chance to play this season, let alone take on the nation's top-ranked team. But he said the school stayed patient as the coronavirus pandemic altered the college football …

Carolina cornerback Rasul Douglas (24) and the Panthers defense will need to take some big steps this week if they want to slow down Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Brady focused on Panthers, not subpar opening performance

TAMPA, Fla. - Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers expect to be better against the Carolina Panthers. The six-time Super Bowl champion struggled in his debut with his new team, was called out by his coach for throwing an interception that was …

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) was named the MVP of the NBA for the second straight season on Friday.

Antetokounmpo wins 2nd straight NBA MVP award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Giannis Antetokounmpo's historic year earned him a historic awards sweep. The Milwaukee forward is the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season, receiving that award Friday. He got the Defensive Player …

Graduate transfer Collin Hill was named the starting quarterback for South Carolina on Thursday.

Grad transfer Hill to start at quarterback for USC

COLUMBIA - Graduate transfer Collin Hill will start at quarterback for South Carolina when it opens against No. 15 Tennessee on Sept. 26. Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp announced the decision on Thursday. Hill arrived at South Carolina from …

Prep Sports

Laurence Manning Academy rushed for 316 yards in its 28-0 win over Porter-Gaud last Friday. The Swampcats will look to continue that success when they play host to Ben Lippen on Friday at Billy Chitwood Field.

Laurence Manning looks to start winning streak against Ben Lippen

The Laurence Manning Academy football team was able to breathe a sigh of relief last week, as it was able to avoid turnovers for the first time this season on its way to a 28-0 win over Porter-Gaud. The Swampcats will try to get their second win in …

Thomas Sumter head coach Brannon Tidwell had to cancel Friday's game with Pee Dee because injuries were piling up for the Generals.

Thomas Sumter cancels matchup with Pee Dee after injury bug bites too hard

The Thomas Sumter Academy football team has been battling injuries all season. Injuries are a regular part of football, but when you've got a roster size of 20 and start to see the injury report get longer and longer, things get difficult. After …

TSA volleyball gets first win of season

DALZELL - The Thomas Sumter Academy varsity volleyball team picked up its first victory of the season with a 3-2 triumph over Calhoun Academy on Tuesday at Edens Gymnasium. The Lady Generals won the final two sets to get the win. They won by the …

Wilson Hall linebacker Max Kaziah (28) makes a tackle in the backfield during the Barons' 40-6 win over Pinewood Prep on Friday.

Wilson Hall showing propensity for big defensive plays so far

It's still early in the SCISA football season, but some trends appear to be developing with the local schools. Here are five takeaways after the five games involving local teams. 1. WILSON HALL HAS A BIG PLAY DEFENSE The Barons have not …

Sumter volleyball beats Lakewood for first win

The Sumter High School volleyball team picked up its first victory of the season with a 3-0 sweep of Lakewood on Monday at the SHS gymnasium. The Lady Gamecocks won by the scores of 25-11, 25-14, 25-20. Jessica Martinez-Cruz led SHS with 12 …

CLEMSON

For the first time since the end of the 2011 season, Ohio State is not ranked in the AP Top 25, as the Buckeyes with quarterback Justin Fields (1) sidelined after the Big Ten elected not to play games this fall.

Ohio State top 25 streak ends, but not really

For the first time since the end of the 2011 season, Ohio State is not ranked in the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes' streak of 132 straight poll appearances is the second-longest active streak in the country, behind Alabama's 198. Of course, in this …

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney celebrates with the defense after a Wake Forest turnover during Clemson's 37-13 win on Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

No. 1 Clemson building depth with highly touted newcomers

Like college coaches around the nation, Clemson's Dabo Swinney is always looking to build on his team's depth. That wasn't hard to do in the top-ranked Tigers opener as several highly-regarded freshmen played early and often in a win against Wake …

Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) finds a hole in the Wake Forest defense during the Tigers' 37-13 win on Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Clemson still at No. 1 in new coronavirus poll

Sun Belt rivals Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State were among 10 new teams ranked Sunday in first regular-season Associated Press college football poll, which was stripped of the teams not yet scheduled to play a fall season. There was no …

The Sumter volleyball team will face crosstown rival Lakewood on Monday.

Panthers' season opener against Las Vegas highlights 5 things to watch for this week

1. PANTHERS OPEN WITH RAIDERS The Carolina Panthers open their season at home - albeit in an empty Bank of America Stadium - on Sunday by playing host to the Las Vegas Raiders. While the Raiders are playing in a new city this year, having …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) and the Tigers will begin another run at a national title with a matchup against Wake Forest on Saturday.

Lawrence, No. 1 Clemson begin another title chase with trip to Wake

Trevor Lawrence has only lost one game since taking over as Clemson's starting quarterback in 2018. But that one defeat was a big one - a lopsided 42-25 loss to Louisiana State in last year's College Football Playoff championship game - and …

USC

Former South Carolina center A'ja Wilson, center, was named the AP WNBA player of the year after leading the Las Vegas Aces to the top playoff seed this season.

Former Gamecock Wilson wins AP WNBA player of the year honors

Former South Carolina center A'ja Wilson has been the cornerstone of the Las Vegas franchise since she was drafted and took her game to another level this season, earning her The Associated Press WNBA player of the year honors. The former No. 1 …

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp announced on Thursday that two USC players tested positive for COVID-19.

2 South Carolina football players test positive

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp said two players have tested positive for COVID-19 while another nine are being held out because of possible contact with the infected players. Muschamp gave the update Thursday night. …

South Carolina's returning starting quarterback Ryan Hilinski (3) is still fighting for his job against transfer quarterback Collin Hill and freshman Luke Doty.

Muschamp: South Carolina quarterback competition continues

COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Will Muschamp is letting his first true quarterback battle in four years go a little bit longer. Muschamp and the Gamecocks have had the luxury of an established starter in recent years since Jake Bentley took over …

South Carolina wide receiver Or'Tre Smith (18) opted out of the 2020 season on Friday due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Two Gamecock receivers opt out, OL Rhodes opts back in

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina receivers Randrecous Davis and OrTre Smith have chosen to skip the season because of concerns regarding the coronavirus. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said Friday he understands and accepts the players' …

Times, television set on some USC, Clemson games

South Carolina and Clemson both found out the starting times and television sites for their first two games of the college football season on Wednesday, as well as a game in the middle of the season. Clemson, the 2018 national champion and the …

Outdoors

3 ways to make your yard a safe haven for birds

Without a few measures in place, your home and garden could be hazardous to birds. Here are some great ways to create a safe haven for beautiful flying visitors. - Garden organically: Conventional pesticides can be toxic to …

A buck grunt tube call and a doe bleat can are used by deer hunters.

Some deer sounds

A deer started blowing back in the pines, and I hadn't even sat down yet. It was dark, and the soft wind was in my face. I had climbed the stand slowly and carefully and had not made a sound. Yet this deer had detected my presence somehow. All I …

SCDNR: Regulation bans use of natural lures, attractants for deer hunters

COLUMBIA - S.C. deer hunters are reminded that the following regulation was put in place last year, affecting the use of natural deer lures and attractants in South Carolina."No person shall for the purposes of taking or attempting to take, …