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The Sumter wrestling program has been sidelined by COVID-19 since early January and returns just in time to take part in their region duals on Wednesday.

Sumter wrestling trying to recover after season halted by COVID-19

This season has been an absolute rollercoaster for the Sumter wrestling program. The Gamecocks got out to a solid start this season, finding success in tournament action as a team and individually. As the calendar flipped, however, things got …

Former Sumter P-15's coach Wallie Jones was recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association for his longtime commitment to the organization at their annual convention earlier this month.

Former P-15's coach Jones celebrated by ABCA

Longtime Sumter P-15's baseball coach Wallie Jones was among seven coaches recognized on Jan. 7 at the American Baseball Coaches Association's 78th-annual convention in Chicago after spending 35 years as a member. Now he'll be one for a …

The Merit Scholarship recipients pose for a photo with keynote speaker Levon Kirkland, left, at the Sumter Touchdown Club end-of-year banquet on Thursday at the Sumter County Civic Center.

Sumter Touchdown Club recognizes area's top football players at annual banquet

After having to cancel last year's event due to COVID-19, the Sumter Touchdown Club's end-of-year award banquet returned on Thursday to celebrate the area's top football players. Along with recognizing The Item's All-Area and All-Independent teams, …

Wilson Hall's Shawn Michael Matthews (30) fights against Florence Christian's Ethan Kelly on Thursday.

Wilson Hall drops dramatic pair with Florence Christian in region opener

The Wilson Hall basketball teams hosted Florence Christian for their region opener on Thursday in a pair of games that came down to the wire. The Lady Barons lost a heartbreaker 49-48, missing the final shot in the process. The boys followed with a …

Scott's Branch point guard Randy Gibson has been a constant for the Eagles since their first state championship run during his freshman season.

Ready for another go: Eagles primed to make another title run despite chaotic region

The Scott's Branch boys basketball team came into the season with shy high expectations. The Eagles entered as the top-ranked team in 1A and have played in each of the last two state championship games. Nearly two months later, those expectations …

From the Wire

South Carolina guard Zia Cooke (1) and the Gamecocks remain on top of the latest Associated Press Top 25.

South Carolina remains atop AP women's poll, Ole Miss ranked for 1st time in 15 years

Unbeaten on the road this season, Mississippi entered The Associated Press women's basketball poll for the first time in 15 years on Monday, coming in at No. 24. The Rebels (17-2) have won their first seven games away from home, including a …

The Carolina Panthers hired former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo as their offensive coordinator on Monday.

Panthers hire McAdoo as offensive coordinator

CHARLOTTE - The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo to become their next offensive coordinator on Monday. The Associated Press reported last week that the team has settled on McAdoo to replace Joe …

Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws a pass during the Bengals' 19-16 win over the the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Epic playoffs show new wave of quarterback talent

Aaron Rodgers seemed tired and uninterested, almost as if working overtime to spread fake science and conspiracy theories was more important to him than getting the Green Bay Packers to the Super Bowl. Tom Brady didn't look much better. He was …

Former Crestwood star and current Memphis guard Ja Morant (12) shoots over Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the Grizzlies' 104-91 loss in Dallas on Sunday.

Doncic, Porzingis lead Mavs past Griz

DALLAS (AP) - Luka Doncic had 37 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists and Kristaps Porzingis had 15 points, eight rebounds and a season-best six blocks as the Dallas Mavericks shut down the Memphis Grizzlies to win 104-91 on Sunday night. The …

Major League Baseball deputy commissioner Dan Halem, center, arrives for a meeting in New York on Monday for the first in-person baseball negotiating session since the MLB lockout began. At far left is Patrick Houlihan, Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Labor Relations at Major League Baseball, second from left is Colorado Rockies owner Dick Montfort, and behind Halem is executive vice president Morgan Sword.

MLB negotiators meet in person for 1st time since Dec 1

NEW YORK - Negotiators for locked-out baseball players and management met in person Monday for the first time since Dec. 1, the day before the start of the sport's first work stoppage since 1995. Veteran reliever Andrew Miller was the only player …

Prep Sports

Thomas Sumter's Austin Anderson (3) fires a pass during the Generals' 62-22 win over Lee Academy on Wednesday. Anderson returned to the lineup after injuring his ankle against Orangeburg Prep two weeks ago.

Thomas Sumter boys basketball back at full strength after week off

The Thomas Sumter boys basketball team has played most of the season down a player or two. Matthew Hawkins, the Generals' top player, missed the beginning of the year with a shoulder injury and Austin Anderson suffered an ankle injury soon after …

Region meet moved for Sumter wrestling as Gamecocks return from quarantine

The Sumter High varsity wrestling team is yet to wrestle in 2022, as COVID-19 put a halt on their season. The Gamecocks were originally slated to take part in their region tournament this weekend, but that has now been postponed to next week. The …

Crestwood's Corean Nelson and the Knights moved up to No. 3 in the latest South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association polls on Thursday.

Crestwood boys jump to No. 3, Sumter girls fall to No. 2 in latest SCBCA polls

The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association released their latest polls on Thursday, which saw a lot of movement from tri-county schools. The Crestwood boys saw the biggest jump this week, leaping from No. 5 in 3A up to No. 3 following wins …

Scott's Branch guard Keonna Felder (10) scored a total of 48 points in two wins over C.E. Murray last week on her way to winning the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week.

Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week: Lady Eagle's Felder lifts Scott's Branch to 2-0 start in region

The last few weeks have been a grind for the Scott's Branch basketball program. COVID-19 issues with various schools in Region IV-1A have seen schedules constantly shift. When things settled last week, the Lady Eagles had two games against C.E. …

Sumter's Kiara Croskey directs traffic during the Lady Gamecocks' 65-12 win over St. James on Tuesday.

Sumter basketball dominant in blowout wins over St. James

The Sumter boys and girls basketball teams each crushed St. James on Tuesday, holding their opponents under 20 points on the night. The girls opened with 65-12 thrashing. St. James scored six points in the first quarter before scoring just one …

CLEMSON

Buddy Boeheim, Girard lead Syracuse over Clemson 91-78

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Buddy Boeheim scored 25 points, Joe Girard added 23 and Syracuse never trailed in the second half and beat Clemson 91-78 on Tuesday night. Jesse Edwards had 15 points and 11 rebounds for a second double-double of the season …

Former Sumter High and Clemson star Terry Kinard is among the finalists for the 2021 class of the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame.

Sumter's Kinard among finalists for S.C. Football Hall of Fame

Former Sumter High and Clemson standout Terry Kinard is among 26 modern era finalists for the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021. The list was announced Wednesday. The SCFHOF also announced four legacy finalists. That group of 30 …

Dexter Davis speaks at a ceremony at Clemson where he was honored with the Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award.

Clemson honors Sumterite Davis for excellent career on and off the field

This weekend, Dexter Davis received recognition he never dreamed was on his horizon when he was walked the halls at Sumter High. Davis was honored with the Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award at Clemson, where he starred as a defensive back …

ACC commissioner says CFP expansion should be put on hold

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner Jim Phillips took the strongest public stance yet against expanding the College Football Playoff by the 2024 season, saying a new postseason format should not be a priority with so much uncertainty throughout …

Clemson's PJ Hall (24) goes up for a shot over Notre Dame's Paul Atkinson Jr. (20) during the Tigers' 72-56 loss on Wednesday in South Bend, Indiana.

Goodwin, Notre Dame beat Clemson 72-56 for 6th straight win

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Dane Goodwin had 21 points and seven rebounds, freshman Blake Wesley scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and Notre Dame won its sixth straight game, 72-56 over Clemson on Wednesday night. Notre Dame made its …

USC

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley and the Gamecocks will not face UCONN on Thursday, as they needed to adjust their schedule to fit in a game with Ole Miss that was previously postponed.

No. 1 South Carolina calls off UConn game for SEC contest

COLUMBIA — No. 1 South Carolina won't get the chance to beat ninth-ranked UConn for a second time this season. Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley said Sunday night that Thursday night's contest …

South Carolina guard James Reese V (0) knocks the ball away from Arkansas guard Chris Lykes (11) during the Gamecocks' 75-59 loss on Tuesday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Arkansas jumps out early in 2nd, beats South Carolina 75-59

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Jaylin Williams scored a career-high 19 points, JD Notae added 17 and Arkansas cruised to a 75-59 victory over South Carolina on Tuesday night. It was the third consecutive win for Arkansas (13-5, 3-3 Southeastern …

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley and the Gamecocks remain the top team in The Associated Press Top 25.

South Carolina still No. 1 in women's Top 25; Oklahoma rises

South Carolina remained the No. 1 team in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll released Monday after knocking off two unranked opponents. The Gamecocks received 28 of the 30 first-place votes from a national media panel after …

South Carolina guard Destanni Henderson (3) drives past Arkansas guard Makayla Daniels (43) to score during the Gamecocks' 61-52 win on Sunday in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Boston, Henderson help No. 1 South Carolina beat Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Aliyah Boston and Destanni Henderson each scored 19 points and No. 1 South Carolina beat Arkansas 61-52 on Sunday. Boston also had 13 rebounds for South Carolina (17-1, …

Former Sumter standout and current Florida forward CJ Felder (1) has improved during his time with the Gators. He credits head coach Mike White with helping him improve his shot.

Coming home: Former Gamecock Felder to face South Carolina with Florida

Former Sumter High basketball star CJ Felder will finally fulfill one of his collegiate dreams on Saturday, but it's not on the side of the court he expected. After two seasons of playing for Boston College, Felder never thought he'd play at …

Outdoors

Coyote trapping, management workshop will be held March 17-18

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the South Carolina Trappers Association, will host a Coyote Trapping and Management Workshop at the Webb Wildlife Center, located in Hampton County, on March 17-18.Sign-in and …

Walter Saenz with his first deer, a big doe taken on Youth Day.

Sumter outdoors columnist Dan Geddings: Walter's hunt

It was late, and daylight was fading. In the last few minutes of light, four deer walked out and stopped in the opening near the stand. Wes knew he had to get Walter moved over to his side of the stand to get a shot. He urgently whispered …

Volunteers keep the Palmetto Trail clear

Tom Michalsk, Ben Schooler and Bob Chase make sure the Palmetto Trail is clear for hikers, cyclists and pets following last weekend's wind event. Anyone interested in volunteering on the trail is asked to contact Marie Butler, trail coordinator, at …