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Manning High's Justin Daniels, center, carries the ball against First Baptist on Friday.

High School Football Week 5: The 5 biggest headlines from Friday night

Friday night was relatively quiet locally, as four schools had the week off. With Crestwood, Lakewood, Laurence Manning and East Clarendon all on bye, there were fewer games but still plenty of noteworthy results. MANNING THRASHES BAPTIST …

Lee Academy head coach David Rankin and the Cavs cruises to a win over Cross Schools on Friday.

Lee Academy cruises to another blowout over Cross Schools

Blowouts have become a regular occurrence for Lee Academy and that continued on Friday when the Cavaliers played host to Cross Schools. Lee ran out to a 28-0 lead in the opening quarter, as the …

Laurence Manning and Wilson Hall shake hands after a Lady Baron victory on Thursday.

Wilson Hall volleyball completes regular season sweep of Laurence Manning

The Wilson Hall volleyball team improved to 21-3 on the season and 3-0 in region play with a 3-set road sweep of rival Laurence Manning on Thursday. The Lady Barons also earned a sweep against LMA at home earlier this season to go unbeaten against …

Clarendon Hall fell to Patrick Henry 22-16 on Friday.

Turnovers bookend Clarendon Hall’s 22-16 loss to Patrick Henry

Mistakes buried Clarendon Hall as they faced longtime 8-man rival Patrick Henry in an 11-man battle on Friday.The Saints’ first offensive play of the game was a fumble that Patrick Henry …

Thomas Sumter's Gatlin Kimbro rushed for two scores and threw for a third in the Generals' win over Greenwood Christian on Friday.

Thomas Sumter uses late score to outlast Greenwood Christian

The Thomas Sumter football team had an ideal start against Greenwood Christian on Friday but needed a few big plays late to earn a comeback win.The Generals sprinted out to an early 14-0 lead but …

From the Wire

President Joe Biden, center, holds up a jersey during an event celebrating the 2021 World Series champion Atlanta Braves in the East Room of the White House on Monday in Washington.

Biden praises Braves' 'unstoppable, joyful run' to 2021 win

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden said Monday the Atlanta Braves will be "forever known as the upset kings of October" for their improbable 2021 World Series win, as he welcomed the team to the White House for a victory celebration. Biden called …

North Carolina State's Devin Carter (88) prepares to stiff-arm Connecticut's Chris Shearin (10) on Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina.

AP Top 25: Vols, Wolfpack join top 10; Florida State returns

Tennessee and North Carolina State broke into the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, and Florida State is back in the rankings for the first time in four years. Georgia remained No. 1 and received 55 of 63 first-place …

Clemson cornerback Nate Wiggins (20) is congratulated by teammate Keith Maguire (30) after knocking down a fourth down pass intended for Wake Forest wide receiver A.T. Perry (9) during the second overtime the Tigers' 51-45 2OT win on Saturday.

No. 5 Clemson hangs on, tops No. 21 Wake Forest 51-45 in 2OT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.  — DJ Uiagalelei kept delivering the ball on target downfield for No. 5 Clemson in a shootout with No. 21 Wake Forest. That offered enough cover for a defense that …

Boston head coach Ime Udoka was suspended for the upcoming season for "multiple" policy violations, according to Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck on Friday.

Celtics: Udoka suspended for 'multiple' policy violations

BOSTON - The reigning Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics suspended coach Ime Udoka after a months-long investigation by an outside law firm that found multiple violations of team policies but did not point to a larger cultural problem of …

Chris Buescher celebrates with his trophy and sword after winning a NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday in Bristol, Tennessee.

Buescher looks to be playoff spoiler at home track Texas

One of the first things Brad Keselowski did before buying into Jack Roush's race team was check the years remaining on the contract for Chris Buescher, the driver he was inheriting with his purchase. He was pleased to learn that Buescher was …

Prep Sports

Sumter High's John Peeples and the Gamecocks host Socastee on Wednesday.

Wednesday Night Football? Storms throw wrench in schedules as games move off Friday

With Hurricane Ian making its way to the South Carolina coast, football teams across the state are moving their games up from Friday night. While some games are still being decided, most if not …

The Crestwood and Lake City volleyball teams gather for a photo after their matchup on Tuesday.

Crestwood volleyball wins region match with Lake City

The Crestwood volleyball team improved to 2-2 in Region VI-3A with a win over Lake City on Tuesday. The Lady Knights had to grind to complete a 3-set sweep. The first set came down to the wire, but Crestwood managed to pull out a 25-21 win. The …

Scott's Branch's Tyler Kind (1) and the Eagles host Lee Central for their home opener tonight.

Scott's Branch and Lee Central programs growing as they meet on the gridiron

The Scott's Branch and Lee Central football teams find themselves in in similar positions as they meet on the gridiron tonight. The Eagles are in their first season under head coach Randall State. He's in the process of establishing the program's …

The Sumter High cross country team hosted a meet on Wednesday that featured Wilson Hall, Lakewood, Manning, Scott's Branch, Ragin Preparatory Christian Academy and Westside Christian Academy.

Runners flood Sumter High as Gamecocks hosts cross country meet, Wilson Hall sweeps

A total of 15 programs came to Sumter High on Wednesday as SHS hosted its Gamecock Cross Country Meet. Locally, the Gamecocks were joined by Wilson Hall, Lakewood, Manning, Scott's Branch, Ragin Preparatory Christian Academy and Westside …

Manning quarterback Justin Daniels leaps into the end zone for a score against Baptist Hill on Friday.

Manning crushes Baptist Hill for homecoming victory

Manning High School’s varsity football team made it a happy homecoming for all of the alumni and faithful with a 44-18 romp over Baptist Hill on Friday at Ramsey Stadium.The Monarchs scored …

CLEMSON

Arkansas defensive lineman Jordan Domineck (14) and the Razorbacks travel to Texas A&M on Saturday.

Week 3 preview: SEC has four ranked teams squaring off

Georgia and Alabama have held down the top two spots in the AP Top 25 the past three weeks and are a good bet to stay there after this weekend's games. The rest of the Southeastern Conference - at least the top half - is proving to be pretty …

The Clemson football team is among the ACC teams getting out to a hot start.

ACC off to strong start in nonconference games

BOSTON - All that talk about how the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference are making the rest of college football irrelevant? Well, the Atlantic Coast Conference would like a word. Winner of two national championships in the past six years - …

Georgia's Dan Jackson (17) intercepts a pass against South Carolina on Saturday.

Georgia stays atop AP poll, Washington moves in

Washington made its season debut in The Associated Press college football on Sunday at No. 18, and Penn State and Oregon moved into the top 15 after all three had decisive nonconference victories. A weekend filled with blowouts by highly ranked …

Clemson running back Will Shipley (1) celebrates a touchdown against Louisiana Tech on Saturday in Clemson.

No. 5 Clemson overcomes slow start to beat La Tech 48-20

CLEMSON - Will Shipley told his mother as a youngster there was one thing he loved above all else in football - scoring touchdowns. Shipley's done that a bunch for Clemson this season in his impressive start. He added two more Saturday, along …

Clemson's K.J. Henry and the Tigers host Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Louisiana Tech embraces chance against No. 5 Tigers

CLEMSON - First-year Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Cumbie had a message for his players while prepping for No. 5 Clemson this week. The Bulldogs have an opportunity to mark themselves alongside Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Marshall, all …

USC

South Carolina running back MarShawn Lloyd (1) looks for running room against Charlotte defensive back Valerian Agbaw (9) on Saturday in Columbia.

Lloyd shines as South Carolina takes down Charlotte

After two decimating, injury-filled weeks of play against Top 10 Southeastern Conference competition, including a 48-7 home field thrashing against No. 1 Georgia last Saturday, the University of …

Former Sumter High start and current South Carolina defensive back O'Donnell Fortune (25) and the Gamecocks are looking to build on a solid first season under head coach Shane Beamer a year ago.

SEC breakthrough: Programs need players, culture, patience

If you want to break through at the top level of college football, it's essential to have skilled players, an established culture and time to get both. Still, year after year, fans, boosters and administrators expect their team to celebrate a …

South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer hangs his head during the Gamecocks' loss to Georgia on Saturday.

South Carolina struggles to find bright spots in loss to Georgia

South Carolina fans came into Williams-Brice Stadium hoping for the Gamecocks to pull off one of the season’ most unlikely upsets with No. 1 Georgia coming to town on Saturday. They left …

South Carolina coach Shane Beamer isn't focusing on Georgia's standings atop the Associated Press Top 25 as the Bulldogs come to Columbia on Saturday.

USC's Beamer focused on field, not on Georgia's No. 1 rank

COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Shane Beamer was adamant about his team's approach - and enormous challenge - during Georgia week. He emphatically told his staff on Sunday that he didn't want to hear about "shocking the world" or how the …

South Carolina tight end Jaheim Bell (0) is one of the SEC's top tight ends this season.

SEC full of tight-end talent, led by SC's Bell

It's difficult to truly gauge the Southeastern Conference's tight-end talent through two weeks of the season. There's little chance the same will be said after two months. The powerhouse league has arguably its deepest and most skilled …

Outdoors

Camp Leopold, S.C. Waterfowl Association announce partnership with Dominion Energy

STAFF REPORT PINEWOOD -Camp Leopold and the South Carolina Waterfowl Association recently announced a partnership with Dominion Energy. Dominion Energy has pledged $50,000 in support to provide multi-day outdoor education experiences to more …

Midlands Fall Plant and Flower Festival Oct. 7-9

STAFF REPORT WEST COLUMBIA - Mark your calendars for the 2022 Fall Plant and Flower Festival at the South Carolina State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, on Oct. 7-9. Shop for fall plants, flowers, pumpkins, gourds and other home, yard …

Mike Benenhaley shot this coyote on an early morning deer hunt.

Column by Dan Geddings: Coy dogs

The shot caught me completely by surprise. It came from behind me, straight down the old railroad bed. I knew it was Mike. His was the only stand in that direction. And it was about the right distance. For a moment or two I wondered, "Did he shoot …