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Landon DeLavan pitched for the Sumter P-15's.

P-15's can't muster up the offense in 4-1 loss

The Sumter P-15's had trouble getting their offense going against Florence Post 1, resulting in a 4-1 loss on Wednesday. Landon Delevan for the P-15's went the full seven innings and gave up six hits and four runs.The P-15's held Florence close for …

Sumter American Double AA Team.

Dixie Youth Baseball championships Friday

The Dixie Youth District 9 Baseball Tournament continued Wednesday night at Patriot Park, drawing closer to the championship games at 6 p.m. Friday. June 22 scores Double AA Lake Marion 26, Kingstree 24 St. George 13, Sumter American …

Sumter P-15 Lady Storm Maliah Wright pitches a stellar three-hit game while also scoring a homerun against Bishopville on Tuesday.

Legion action continues with wins for Lady Storm, Manning, losses for Bishopville, Dalzell-Shaw

The Sumter P-15 Lady Storm snatched both victories in their doubleheader against Bishopville on Tuesday, winning 4-0 and 10-2. Sumter managed four runs off five hits in the first game as Maliah Wright led the Lady Storm to a win pitching five …

From left, Curtis Johnson, Sumter High School athletic director presents, Gary Nelson a plaque naming the Sumter Athletic Training Room after him. A retirement party was held at Patriot Park for Nelson, who retired after 38 years.

Sumter School board wants input on renaming facilities after Sumter's Nelson, Norris

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees is looking for community input on a proposal to honor two men who made a major difference in Sumter High School's athletic program. The proposal, if passed, would name Sumter High School's athletic …

Cameron Baker celebrates with his team after pitching a no-hitter.

Manning's Cameron Baker pitches no-hitter en-route to big win

When your pitcher doesn't let any hits on base, it's hard to lose. Manning Post 68's offense took off as they beat the Dalzell-Shaw Jets 12-0 with 10 hits in their five-inning game. Cameron Baker for Manning threw a masterpiece, pitching a …

From the Wire

Oklahoma outfielders Tanner Tredaway, left, Kendall Pettis (7) and John Spikerman celebrate the team's win over Texas A&M during an NCAA College World Series baseball game June 17 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Underdogs Ole Miss, OU set for College World Series finals

OMAHA, Neb. - Less than a month ago, Mississippi players and coaches didn't know if they would make the NCAA baseball tournament. This weekend, the Rebels will play for the national championship. Next up is Oklahoma in the College World Series …

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley celebrates with her team after a college basketball game in the final round of the Women's Final Four NCAA tournament against UConn on April 3 in Minneapolis. South Carolina won 64-49 to win the championship. The number of women competing at the highest level of college athletics continues to rise along with an increasing funding gap between men's and women's sports programs, according to an NCAA report examining the 50th anniversary of Title

Title IX: NCAA report shows stark gap in funding for women

The number of women competing at the highest level of college athletics continues to rise along with an increasing funding gap between men's and women's sports programs, according to an NCAA report examining the 50th anniversary of Title IX. The …

Tennessee Titans tight end Chig Okonkwo takes part in a drill at the NFL football team's practice facility in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 2. Okonkwo has a really good reason not to be working with the rest of the Titans' rookies as they wrap up their offseason at the team headquarters. Okonkwo, the rookie who ran the fastest 40-yard dash among tight ends earlier this year at the NFL Combine had somewhere better to be: Tight End University.

Tight ends gather in Nashville to learn from NFL's best

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee tight end Chig Okonkwo has a really good reason not to be working with the rest of the Titans' rookies as they wrap up their offseason at the team headquarters. Okonkwo, the rookie who ran the fastest 40-yard dash …

Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, prepares to drive before the final practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis on May 27.

Castroneves hoping SRX win leads to seat in Daytona 500

Justin Marks' own mother heard the rumor and texted her son, the owner of Trackhouse Racing, to find out if Helio Castroneves will be running the Daytona 500 for the NASCAR team. That would be the logical spot for the four-time Indianapolis 500 …

Alex Bowman waits for the start of a NASCAR Cup Series auto race on June 20, 2021, in Lebanon, Tennessee. Bowman felt he underperformed last year when NASCAR brought the Cup Series back to the Nashville area for the first time in 37 years.  He's now seeking a stronger showing Sunday, June 26, 2022.

Alex Bowman seeks big Nashville Superspeedway weekend for Ally

LEBANON, Tenn. - Alex Bowman looks back at last year's return to Nashville Superspeedway as a bit of a bust. The weekend opened just fine: Hendrick Motorsports announced a two-year contract extension with Bowman that locked him in the No. 48 …

Prep Sports

Lakewood High School's Landon DeLavan, center right, is surrounded by family after signing his letter of intent to play baseball at USC Sumter on Friday. Joining Landon was, from right to left, his father and head coach, Bill DeLavan, mom, Dana, and sister, Riley.

Lakewood's DeLavan signs to pitch at USC Sumter

Landon DeLavan is staying home. The Lakewood lefty sifted through a late batch of college offers this summer, but eventually decided to stick with the school that reached out first. DeLavan will make the short trip over to USC Sumter to continue …

Lakewood's Brandon Cisse holds up his hand with the symbol of the Wolfpack after announcing his commitment to play football at N. C. State on Tuesday.

Lakewood DB Cisse verbally commits to North Carolina State

The Wolfpack just added a second member from the Gamecock City.Lakewood defensive back Brandon Cisse welcomed friends, family and teammates to a ceremony in the school’s auditorium where he …

Sumter High's sprint medley team of (from left to right) Simone Wells, Crystal Mitchell, Makayla Bonnett and Nicole Wells qualified for Nike Outdoor Nationals, which begins next Thursday at the University of Oregon. A total of eight Sumter athletes are raising money to fund the trip out west.

Sumter track athletes raising money for trip to Nike Outdoor Nationals

Eight Sumter track and field athletes earned the chance to take part in the Nike Outdoor Nationals, which are set to begin at the University of Oregon June 16-19. Now they just need to get there. The runners and jumpers from Sumter High, Alice …

Sumter High Athletic Director Curtis Johnson, left, and Principal Nicholas Pearson, right, present Gary Nelson with a plaque, which states that the SHS athletic training room will be named after him.

Lasting legacy: Nelson reflects on special career after 38 years as Sumter High's athletic trainer

For nearly four decades, there has been one constant force in Sumter High athletics.Coaches and administrators have come and gone through the years, but one man has been there through it all: Gary Nelson. Nelson first stepped foot onto Sumter …

Lakewood hired former Ridge View assistant Cameron Lee as their next head boys basketball coach on Thursday.

Lakewood hires Ridge View assistant Lee as head basketball coach

Lakewood High School didn’t take long to find a new head basketball coach.Less than a month after Ed Scott stepped down from the position to coach at A.C. Flora, the Gators have found his …

CLEMSON

Clemson head baseball coach Erik Bakich

Clemson names Michigan's Bakich next head baseball coach

CLEMSON – Clemson Director of Athletics Graham Neff named Erik Bakich as the Tigers' 28th head baseball coach on Thursday. The Clemson University Board of Trustees Compensation Committee …

Clemson fired head baseball coach Monte Lee on Tuesday.

Clemson fires Lee after missing NCAA Tourney

CLEMSON (AP) - Clemson has fired baseball coach Monte Lee after his team missed its second straight NCAA Tournament. First-year athletic director Graham Neff announced the move Tuesday. Lee has spent seven seasons with the Tigers. He made the …

Hoover, Alabama will play host to the SEC Tournament this week.

Conference tourneys to set stage for NCAA baseball regionals

Three NCAA Tournament spots have been clinched, and conference tournaments this week will determine the other automatic bids. The 16 NCAA regional hosts will be announced on Sunday and the rest of the 64-team field next Monday. There are 31 …

Former Princeton guard Jaelin Llewellyn (13) is transferring to Clemson, the school announced on Wednesday.

Clemson adds Princeton's top scorer Llewellyn

CLEMSON (AP) - Clemson has added Princeton leading scorer Jaelin Llewellyn to its men's basketball team. The school announced the addition on Wednesday. Llewellyn, who played three seasons with the Ivy League school, will be eligible to play this …

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney hopes to continue his success with a lot of new coaches in key roles with the Tigers.

Clemson looks to keep winning with new staff

CLEMSON - Change can bring chaos. It can also bring excitement. And new Clemson offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter believes it's a hungry, energized team that has embraced the Tigers' new leaders. "Anytime you have a new starter, a fresh …

USC

Former South Carolina football players Langston Moore, left, and Preston Thorne show of their latest book, "Usta Wuz a Rooster" at the Gamecock Club event in Sumter on May 12.

From the gridiron at USC to children's books, Moore and Thorne make a perfect pair

Langston Moore and Preston Thorne, who visited Sumter as part of the recent Gamecock Club gathering, have a lot in common. The two were teammates on the University of South Carolina defensive line in the early 2000s under former USC head coach …

Former Sumter High standout and current South Carolina golfer Evans Lewis, left, missed the cut at the NCAA Championships on Sunday.

Former Sumter High golfer Evans misses cut at NCAA Championship

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Former Sumter High golfer Evans Lewis wrapped up play at the NCAA Championship on Sunday. The University of South Carolina redshirt senior shot 79 (+9) in the third round and missed the cut for Monday's medal round. Lewis teed …

Former Sumter golfer Evans Lewis is playing in the NCAA Championships as an individual this weekend, representing South Carolina.

Sumter High grad Lewis tees off at NCAA championships

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Former Sumter High standout and current South Carolina golfer Evans Lewis is set to tee it up as an individual at the 2022 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship (May 27-30) on …

South Carolina men's soccer coach Tony Annan, right, joined head football coach Shane Beamer making the rounds with the Gamecock Club when they made the trip to Sumter earlier this month.

A conversation with South Carolina soccer coach Annan

While University of South Carolina head football coach Shane Beamer received top billing as keynote speaker when the Gamecock Club came to the Sumter County Civic Center earlier this month, he was not the only prominent Gamecock head coach to speak …

The Sumter County Gamecock Club welcomes the University of South Carolina's football head coach, Shane Beamer, to the Sumter Civic Center for a banquet on May 12. Beamer met with the media, signed autographs and took photos with fans before making a speech.

South Carolina's Beamer comes to Sumter with Gamecock Club's Welcome Home Tour

The University of South Carolina Gamecock Club's Welcome Home Tour made a stop on Thursday evening at the Sumter County Civic Center, and Gamecock head football coach Shane Beamer was front and center as the night's keynote speaker. Beamer enters …

Outdoors

Coneflowers, black-eyed Susans and turban lilies share a garden with nonnative daylilies and roses in Glen Head, New York.

Embracing native plants doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing proposition

As home gardeners become more educated about the role native plants play in the ecosystem - and their importance to pollinators, wildlife and humans - many are turning to "rewilding." The term refers to a landscaping approach that depends on the use …

DHEC, SCDNR urge residents not to keep wild animals as pets

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources urge South Carolinians not to keep wild animals as pets.To protect people and wildlife, DHEC and SCDNR have teamed up to share …

Dan Geddings: The blue line

The roads were in bad shape. Logging trucks loaded with timber had used the narrow dirt trails throughout the winter. Wet weather and heavy traffic made the roads almost impassable. There was severe erosion on sections of the rolling terrain. A …