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Campers from last year's Sumter P-15's camp run through drills. This year's camp will run June 5-8.

P-15's set to host annual youth baseball camp

As the season kicks off for the Sumter P-15's, their players are also getting ready to give back to the next generation. The P-15's will host their annual camp on June 5-8. Head coach Randy Twitty set a soft deadline of May 31 for registration, …

Crestwood football players, seated from left, Hashim Patterson, Curtis Wilson and Ryan Cowell signed to play in college on Thursday, Patterson signed with Coffeyville, Wilson signed with LaGrange and Cowell will play at Brevard.

Crestwood football trio signs to continue careers

As the saying goes, it's better late than never. Three Crestwood football players shared that sentiment on Thursday, as they signed to continue their careers on the gridiron. Linebacker Curtis Wilson signed with LaGrange, fellow linebacker Hashim …

The Sumter P-15's break down the huddle after practice on Wednesday

P-15's gear up for summer, kick off season with Manning-Santee in preseason tourney tonight

High school sports are done for the year, which means it's time for the American Legion to take center stage. The Sumter P-15's will kick off their season tonight at Riley Park, hosting Manning-Santee to open their preseason tournament. On …

Runners from Sumter Speed gather after practice for some popsicles. The track team from Next Level Athletics is primarily made up of young runners who are learning the basics of the sport.

Next Level Athletics continues to grow as Sumter Speed enters 2nd summer

Wilson Hall assistant athletic director Rip Ripley founded Next Level Athletics last year in an attempt to expand the horizons of local opportunities in various sports. NLA started with an AAU basketball team aimed at giving unsigned seniors an …

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) celebrates after beating the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday in Los Angeles.

Nuggets make Denver a hoops town with first trip to NBA Finals in 47 years

DENVER - It took 3,787 regular-season games and 29 trips to the playoffs, countless ripoffs of rainbow uniforms and even more 'yeah, buts' than any city should have to stomach. Finally, 47 seasons into an entertaining, often frustrating and almost …

From the Wire

Michael Block watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday.

'Block' party over at Colonial for PGA Championship sensation

FORT WORTH, Texas - Michael Block walked out after signing his scorecard at Colonial on Friday afternoon with his cap turned backward, his shirt untucked and still with a smile on his face after a grueling 36 holes and being at the bottom of the …

Iga Swiatek is among the French Open favorites heading into the tournament's first matches Sunday after winning last year's title.

Post-Serena, women's tennis heads to French Open led by Big 3 of Swiatek, Sabalenka, Rybakina

PARIS - All of those questions about who would step to the fore once Serena Williams walked away from the tennis tour - joining more recent No. 1 Ash Barty in retirement - seem to be getting answered with three names: Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka …

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

NFL can't shake perception it doesn't care what players and coaches think

Even when the NFL institutes a rule designed to reduce concussions, it can't shake the perception that it doesn't care what players and coaches think. The league took a step toward eliminating kickoffs this week by enhancing the touchback rule …

Felix Rosenqvist celebrates with his crew during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Four years after missing Indy 500 with Alonso, McLaren Racing very much a contender

INDIANAPOLIS - It is hard to be an introvert among the bodacious characters of Arrow McLaren Racing. But Felix Rosenqvist, who readily admits he "was closed as a shell" when he joined McLaren for the start of the 2021 season, is having a blast …

Defending French Open champion Iga Swiatek attends the tournament draw at Roland Garros Stadium on Thursday in Paris.

FRENCH OPEN 2023: Alcaraz, Djokovic on same half of draw; Swiatek-Gauff potential quarters

PARIS - Carlos Alcaraz and the man he just replaced atop the rankings, 22-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, were placed in the same half of the French Open field in Thursday's draw and could face each other in the semifinals. Alcaraz is …

Prep Sports

Bridget Parker Richardson

Crestwood High hires new girls basketball, volleyball coaches

Crestwood High School has an influx of new coaches. The Lady Knights will have new leaders atop the girls basketball and volleyball programs after new hires were announced on Wednesday. Bridget …

East Clarendon runs in SCHSL 1A track meet

The East Clarendon track team ran in the delayed SCHSL 1A state meet on Monday with several strong finishes. The girls 4x800 team led the pack with a sixth-place finish, crossing with a time of …

Crestwood head coach Aric Samuel and the boys basketball program will host the Junior Knights Basketball Camp on June 5-8.

Crestwood basketball hosting camp June 5-8

The Crestwood boys basketball team is celebrating a historic season by giving back to the next generation. Head coach Aric Samuel will lead the second Junior Knights Basketball Camp on June 5-8 from 6-8 p.m. at Crestwood High. The cost is $50, …

Lakewood's Raniya Phillips, left center, is joined by family and Lady Gator assistant coach Indya Kinard, right, as she signs with Morris College on Friday.

Lakewood's Phillips signs with Morris College

Lakewood's Raniya Phillips may have only been in Sumter for a year, but she's ready to have the city as a home for a little bit longer. The Lady Gator hooper signed to stay in town and play at Morris College on Friday afternoon. "It's very …

Laurence Manning's Will Epps will coach both boys and girls basketball this season.

Double duty: Epps to coach both boys and girls basketball at Laurence Manning

The Laurence Manning girls basketball team had a head coaching void when Betsy Reynolds stepped down from the position at the end of the 2022-23 season. After some searching, the brass at Laurence Manning realized they had a great option already …

CLEMSON

Oklahoma starting pitcher Jordy Bahl (98) is among the top reasons the Sooners are favorites to win the national championship this spring.

Dominant pitching helps make top-seeded Sooners favorites heading into softball regionals

Last season, all-time home run leader Jocelyn Alo led an Oklahoma squad that pounded its way to a second straight Women's College World Series title. The Sooners still can light up the scoreboard, but their pitching staff and defense stand out …

New Clemson offensive coordinator Garrett Riley is starting simple during spring practice with the Tigers.

Clemson looks to new OC Riley to fire up offense

CLEMSON - Clemson quarterback Cade Klubnik loves the repetition and simplicity of Garrett Riley's first spring as offensive coordinator. Riley's message is it's more important to master a handful of plays he's shown them this spring than overload …

Clemson defensive lineman Bryan Bresee runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis last Thursday.

Clemson's Bresee continues on NFL path after sister's death

CLEMSON - Defensive tackle Bryan Bresee put on a strong face and a good showing for NFL teams at Clemson's pro day on Tuesday. Bresee, surrounded by teammates and family, continued moving forward on his pro football path after t he death of …

Clemson's Hunter Tyson (5) and the Tigers are the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament, which begins today.

No. 14 Miami top seed in wide-open ACC tourney, Clemson seeded 3rd

Miami coach Jim Larrañaga congratulated his 14th-ranked Hurricanes for battling through a "marathon" and claiming a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. The Hurricanes face a different challenge now as the top seed for this …

Former Sumter High standout and current Clemson runner Theron Bradford, left, turns the corner during the 800m run during the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship on Friday.

Former Sumter High track standout Bradford runs in ACC Indoor Championships

When former Sumter High runner Theron Bradford walked up to the starting line in the 800m run at the ACC Indoor Championships this weekend, he could hardly believe it was a reality. Bradford had a long journey to even get to Clemson, running for …

USC

Former Rutgers and Northwest Florida State center Sakima Walker (12) is transferring to South Carolina.

South Carolina adds JUCO player of year in Sakima Walker

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley is adding junior college player of the year Sakima Walker to her roster. Walker announced on social media on Friday that she was joining the Gamecocks. They lost seven seniors, …

Former Crestwood standout Josh Simon (6) carries the ball up field during South Carolina's Black and Garnet game on Saturday.

Local athletes make their mark at the South Carolina Black and Garnet game

The South Carolina football team hosted its annual Black and Garnet game on Saturday.A few tri-county natives had a chance to shine on the spring game stage, while others were recognized for their …

South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler is back for a second year with the Gamecocks after a strong finish to the 2022 season.

Rattler's return, new OC bring hope to Gamecocks offense

COLUMBIA - South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler needed answers before deciding his football future. He got all the right ones from his teammates and new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains that led to Rattler sticking around for another …

Former East Clarendon star and current South Carolina guard Talaysia Cooper will need to make sure her passport is up to date as the Gamecocks will open the 23-24 season in Paris.

South Carolina to open next season in Paris vs. Notre Dame

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina and Notre Dame will open the next women's college basketball season in Paris, the schools announced Wednesday. The Nov. 6 matchup will mark the first time an NCAA regular-season game has been played in the French …

South Carolina's Aliyah Boston was the first overall pick in the WNBA draft on Monday, leading a draft that included four of her Gamecock teammates.

Boston headlines WNBA draft that includes 5 Gamecocks

NEW YORK (AP) — The Indiana Fever made the most of the first No. 1 draft pick in franchise history, selecting Aliyah Boston. The South Carolina star had a stellar college career, leading …

Outdoors

SCDNR officers will perform quick but thorough inspections for required safety equipment at public boat landings during the Memorial Day weekend.

Free boating inspections set for Sunday at Alex Harvin Landing

SUBMITTED BY SCDNR In an effort to keep people and waterways safe during the Memorial Day weekend, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Law Enforcement Division will be conducting courtesy boat inspections at public boat landings …

Sumter Mayor David Merchant holds the National Safe Boating Week Proclamation along with United States Coast Guard Auxiliary members Bob Young and Perry Moses.

Brush up on boating skills, stay safe

SUBMITTED BY LAKE MARION, FLOTILLA 12-1 United States Coast Guard Auxiliary National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, is held to remind all boaters to brush up on boating safety skills and prepare for the boating season. This observance week is …

GEDDINGS

Column by Dan Geddings: Woodland roads

It was the first one I walked before the timber was cut. The road was basically just a woodland road, a trail, or a crude set of wheel paths through the woods. The surface was grassy and covered in a layer of pine straw. As it turned away from the …