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East Clarendon's Caleb Coker delivers a pitch against Carvers Bay on Wednesday.

East Clarendon baseball wins region title with 4-2 win over Carvers Bay; softball team wins 8-1

After sweeping Johnsonville before spring break, the East Clarendon baseball team was in a position to clinch the Region V-1A championship with a victory over Carvers Bay on Wednesday. With their ace on the mound, they did just that.

Lee Central's My'lasia Dennis delivers a pitch against Mullins on Tuesday.

Lee Central gets region sweep on the diamond over Mullins

The Lee Central baseball and softball teams returned to the diamond on Tuesday for a night of region action against Mullins. Both squads earned their first region victory of the season, but the games …

From left, Karson, Braden and Jacen Krammer of Thomas Sumter are used to change as a military family. When they moved to Sumter and TSA didn't have a soccer team, they took things into their own hands to help reboot the team together, and now they're teaming up one more time.

The Grind, presented by the Bank of Clarendon: Thomas Sumter's Krammer family comes together on the pitch with rebooted TSA soccer program

The Krammer family lives a very familiar life to any military unit. The family's patriarch is Col. Frank Krammer, who serves as a staff officer at U.S. Army Central at Shaw Air Force Base. Because of the nature of his job, the Krammers have done a …

From the Wire

UConn head coach Dan Hurley greets fans after their win against Purdue in the national championship game on Monday, April 8, in Glendale, Arizona.

UConn, Hurley provide blueprint on how to succeed in age of NIL, player transfers

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Dan Hurley and the UConn Huskies proved that even in the age of NIL and rampant player transfers, it's possible to build a program capable of winning back-to-back national titles. A few minutes after cutting down the nets on …

South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley carries the NCAA women's basketball championship trophy around Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on Monday, April 8.

S.C.'s Staley shares NCAA Tournament triumph with loyal FAMS upon return home

COLUMBIA - Dawn Staley proudly marched her latest NCAA championship trophy in front of the wild, cheering "FAMS" who've supported her throughout South Carolina's rise from SEC also-ran to three-time tournament winners. About 7,500 fans, who …

Memphis Grizzlies player Ja Morant, center, and friend Davonte Pack, right, appear in Judge Carol Chumney's courtroom at Shelby County Circuit Court Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. The hearing is to determine whether Morant used self defense during a fight last summer at his home. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian via AP)

2-time All-Star Ja Morant defended himself during pickup game fight, judge says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former Crestwood star Ja Morant acted in self-defense when a teenager accused the two-time NBA All-Star of punching him during a pickup game at the home of the Memphis …

South Carolina players and coach celebrate after the Final Four college basketball championship game against Iowa in the women's NCAA Tournament, Sunday, April 7, 2024, in Cleveland. South Carolina won 87-75.

South Carolina finishes perfect season with NCAA championship, beating Clark and Iowa 87-75

CLEVELAND — Dawn Staley and South Carolina completed their perfect season, ending Caitlin Clark’s historic college career with an 87-75 win over Iowa in the NCAA championship game Sunday. …

Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner Jim Phillips and the league earned a victory in North Carolina courts, as the ACC's lawsuit against Florida State will be allowed to move forward.

Judge denies Florida State's request to dismiss ACC's lawsuit against the school

A judge in North Carolina on Thursday denied Florida State's request to dismiss the Atlantic Coast Conference's lawsuit against the school, which is trying to sue its way out of the league with a complaint in its home state. A little less than …

Prep Sports

Wilson Hall's Blake Van Patten had eight hits in four games during the Ripken Experience.

Wilson Hall heads to the beach for Ripken Experience; baseball team goes 4-0, softball finishes 1-3

The Wilson Hall baseball and softball teams were busy this week, heading to Myrtle Beach to take part in the Ripken Experience on Monday and Tuesday. The baseball team had an incredible week, going 4-0 while scoring a total of 44 runs. The Lady …

East Clarendon's Caleb Coker threw a complete game shutout against Johnsonville to win the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week.

East Clarendon's Coker spins gem on way to Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week

The stakes were high last week when the East Clarendon baseball team faced Johnsonville for a home-and-away series just before spring break. Both games were paramount for the Wolverines, as Johnsonville stood as EC's top threat for the region …

Sumter High School's Kiara Croskey celebrates with family and friends after announcing her commitment to Francis Marion to play basketball.

Sumter High's Croskey commits to hoop at Francis Marion

Sumter High star Kiara Croskey has had a senior year to remember. After missing her entire junior year to an ACL injury, Croskey came back and led the Lady Gamecocks to their first state title in 40 years. She was named the SCBCA 5A Player of the …

Crestwood head coach Roosevelt Nelson speaks to players during a recent game.

Crestwood's Nelson earns AFCA Power of Influence Award for South Carolina

Crestwood head football coach Roosevelt Nelson led the Knights to great heights this fall. They advanced to the third round of the playoffs after a perfect run through Region VI-3A and a long-awaited win over their crosstown rivals, Sumter …

The Wilson Hall baseball team celebrates during their 14-0 win over Providence Athletic Club on Thursday.

AREA ROUNDUP: Wilson Hall baseball bashes PAC before heading to the beach for spring break tourney

The Wilson Hall baseball team got one final tune-up before heading to Myrtle Beach for the Cal Ripken Experience next week, hosting Providence Athlete Club on Thursday. The Barons hadn't played in a week, so they rotated through five pitchers in …

CLEMSON

Clemson head coach Erik Bakich talks with players in the dugout between innings during the Tigers' matchup against South Carolina on Sunday, March 5, in Columbia.

Clemson's best start since 2002 highlighted by rare series win over Miami

Clemson's best start since 2002 keeps getting better. The Tigers (24-3) are coming off their first series win over Miami since 2012, and first in Coral Gables since 2006. They entered April No. 1 in the RPI, No. 3 in strength of schedule and …

Clemson center PJ Hall celebrates after a dunk against Alabama during the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Clemson can't get crucial stops vs. Alabama as Tigers' bid for first Final Four falls short

LOS ANGELES - Clemson reached its second-ever Elite Eight with a staunch defense that took away opponents' perimeter game. On Saturday night, the Tigers couldn't get the stops they needed. Alabama was 16 of 23 from the field in the final 20 …

Clemson guard Chase Hunter (1) guard Joseph Girard III (11) and forward Ian Schieffelin (4) celebrate after a win over Arizona to advance to the Elite Right in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Clemson reaches the Elite Eight for the first time since 1980

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Clemson has encountered rough stretches this season, coach Brad Brownell has told his team, “We're built for this, we can handle this.” In their biggest …

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney thinks the five-game winning streak that ended the 2023 season will boost the Tigers heading into 2024.

Clemson, Swinney hoping to build off 5-game winning streak to finish 2023

CLEMSON - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney challenged his team to finish a spiraling season strong and the Tigers complied, ending with five straight victories. Swinney now wants his players to keep pushing forward as Clemson opened spring workouts …

Manning native Mance named SC Football HoF Humanitarian of the Year

The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame announced Manning native Brian Mance as its 2023 Humanitarian of the Year on Tuesday. He will be honored at the 11th-Annual Enshrinement Ceremony on April 18 …

USC

South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer is adjusting to some major changes on offense after losing players like Spencer Rattler and Xavier Legette to the NFL draft.

Gamecock football seeking consistency, playmakers this spring

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's best offensive playmakers are gone, not a promising prospect for an offense that had its share of problems last season. The Gamecocks were 5-7 and missed the postseason for the first time in coach Shane Beamer's three …

South Carolina guard Bree Hall (23) celebrates after making a three-point basket during the second half of a Final Four college basketball game against North Carolina State in the women's NCAA Tournament, Friday, April 5, 2024, in Cleveland.

South Carolina women stay perfect, surge past N.C. State 78-59 to reach NCAA title game

CLEVELAND — All-America center Kamilla Cardoso scored 22 points and unbeaten South Carolina emphatically kept its perfect season going, advancing to the championship game of the women's NCAA …

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley, seen cutting down the net after defeating Oregon State in an Elite Eight on Sunday, March 31, in Albany, New York, was named The Associated Press women’s college basketball Coach of the Year for the second time on Thursday.

South Carolina's Dawn Staley named AP Coach of the Year for 2nd time

Dawn Staley did a masterful job guiding a young South Carolina team back to the Final Four with an undefeated record for the second straight season. Staley was honored Thursday as The Associated …

South Carolina celebrates with the regional championship trophy after defeating Oregon State in an Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday in Albany, New York.

Undefeated South Carolina joined by N.C. State, Iowa, UConn in the Final Four

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Caitlin Clark and Iowa are back in the Final Four again. So are Dawn Staley and undefeated South Carolina. The women's basketball world will descend on Cleveland for the national semifinals on Friday and the championship game …

South Carolina center Kamilla Cardoso (10) takes a selfie with a fan after defeating Oregon State in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday in Albany, New York.

Gamecocks' leading scorer Cardoso to enter WNBA draft

COLUMBIA (AP) - Kamilla Cardoso's career at South Carolina will end at the Final Four. The 6-foot-7 senior from Brazil announced Monday night she will turn pro once the Gamecocks' season ends. Cardoso, the team's top scorer and rebounder, could …

Outdoors

The garden's waking up again. Spring chores to tackle first

As trees, shrubs, perennials and insects enter a new phase of life in our gardens, we, too, emerge from a type of dormancy in spring, a pause from yard work. Well, buckle up, buttercups. It's showtime. First, inspect and assess the garden for …

Spring gift plants are arranged on display in Old Brookville, New York, in March.

How to care for a potted lily and other spring gift plants

If you celebrated Easter, you might be reading this beside a cellophane- or foil-covered pot of lilies, hydrangeas, hyacinths or daffodils. Typically, spring gift plants like these are enjoyed until their flowers fade and then are thrown away like …

An adult cicada sheds its nymphal skin on the bark of an oak tree on May 4, 2021, on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Maryland.

Big emergence of cicadas this season in parts of U.S.

Trillions of evolution's bizarro wonders, red-eyed periodical cicadas that have pumps in their heads and jet-like muscles in their rears, are about to emerge in numbers not seen in decades and possibly centuries. Crawling out from underground …