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Brooks Shumake, center, is out as the baseball head coach at Sumter High School after 21 years. The move came after the SHS baseball program was banned from the 5A state playoffs this season due to rules violations.

Shumake out at Sumter as baseball banned from playoffs

Brooks Shumake, who has been the baseball head coach at Sumter High School for over 20 years and led it to three state championships, is out as the head coach. Shumake's tenure came to an end late last month. It came after the baseball program …

PHOTOS: Sumter girls claim region title, Gamecocks sweep St. James

The Sumter boys and girls basketball teams swept St. James on Wednesday with the Lady Gamecocks claiming a region title in the process. Here's a look at the action courtesy of The Item's Micah Green.

Sumter's Kiara Croskey scored 25 points in a 53-17 win over St. James on Wednesday.

Sumter girls basketball team claims Region VI-5A title with dominant victory over St. James

The St. James High School varsity girls basketball team brought the same roster to face Sumter High on Wednesday that it used to pick up a 40-32 victory in Myrtle Beach just over a week ago. The Lady …

Sumter's Nakeem Isaac recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Gamecocks' 56-32 win over St. James on Wednesday.

Sumter boys basketball rolls past St. James behind double-double from Isaac

After losing their first three Region VI-5A boys basketball game, the Sumter High School Gamecocks knew they couldn’t have another misstep in their final five region games if they hoped to have …

Wilson Hall girls fall to Florence Christian in regular-season finale

FLORENCE - Wilson Hall's varsity girls basketball team closed out its regular season with a 43-32 loss to Florence Christian School on Monday at the FCS gymnasium. The Lady Barons fell to 5-8 on the season and 1-5 in SCISA Region II-3A. They will …

Sumter’s Layken Cox (22) scored 15 points in the Lady Gamecocks’ 50-15 win over Socastee on Monday.

Sumter girls basketball team rolls past Socastee 50-15

Jeff Schaffer wasn't particularly pleased with how his Sumter High School varsity girls basketball team played defense in its 49-41 win over Carolina Forest on Friday. He had no such feelings on Monday. The Lady Gamecocks held Socastee …

Parker scored 1,000th career point leading Scott's Branch to win over CEM

SUMMERTON - Cambria Parker scored her 1,000th career point in leading the Scott's Branch High School varsity girls basketball team to a 50-36 win over C.E. Murray on Monday at Joseph Jones Gymnasium. Parker finished with 17 points, six assists, …

Sumter's Leslie Owens Jr. (0) drives to the basket during the Gamecocks' 37-35 loss to Carolina Forest on Friday.

Sumter boys basketball suffers tough loss to Carolina Forest

Although far from a thing of beauty, the Sumter High School looked to be in position for a victory in its varsity boys basketball game against Carolina Forest on Friday at the SHS gymnasium. However, …

Sumter's Kiara Croskey fires a 3-point shot during the Lady Gamecocks' 49-41 win over Carolina Forest on Friday. Croskey scored 18 points in the win.

Sumter girls basketball team holds on to beat Carolina Forest 49-41

After restarting its season and opening its Region VI-5A schedule with a blowout victory over Conway on Wednesday, the Sumter High School varsity girls basketball team appeared on its way to another …

Hawkins double-double powers TSA past Lee

BISHOPVILLE - Matthew Hawkins had a double-double and two of his teammates joined him in scoring in double figures to lead Thomas Sumter Academy to a 47-37 varsity boys basketball win over Lee Academy on Thursday at the Doty Dome. Hawkins had 18 …

The Sumter School District teams will be back on the court this week after a month and a half off.

A big slate of local hoops highlights 5 things to watch this week

1. LMA VISITS WILSON HALLThe varsity basketball teams from Laurence Manning Academy and Wilson Hall will finally get to play each other in key SCISA Region II-3A games on Monday. The games will be …

Former Sumter defensive end Raymond Johnson III (0) set a Georgia Southern record with 15 quarterback pressures this season.

Former Sumter star Johnson prepares for NFL draft after strong final season at Georgia Southern

Raymond Johnson III came into his senior season at Georgia Southern looking to cap off an excellent collegiate career. The former Sumter High School was consistently great for the Eagles, earning All-Sun Belt Conference in each of the previous two …

Sumter junior Clayton Goff, seen here pitching for the Sumter Flyers, helped organize a workout for baseball players from Sumter and Lakewood on Saturday in an attempt to convince the Sumter School District to allow their season to begin on time.

Sumter, Lakewood baseball players get wish after practice

Last spring, the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill. As a result, athletes across the country in spring sports basically lost an entire season. A year later, the virus is threatening yet another seasons. Baseball players from …

Sumter point guard Kiara Croskey does a drill during an outdoors practice for Sumter School District basketball players on Sunday at the  courts near Riley Park to let the district know they wanted to resume their seasons. They got they wish on Tuesday, as the district said they begin practice on Friday.

Sumter School District athletics scheduled to resume on Friday

With hybrid learning restarting in Sumter School District on Monday, that too means the winter athletic teams at Sumter, Crestwood and Lakewood high schools will be able to resume practices and games …

Christie Dennis, left, coaches Kiara Croskey, center, Layken Cox and other basketball players from Sumter School District during an athlete-organized practice on Sunday  on the outdoor courts at Riley Park.

Basketball players from around Sumter School District practice to show they want to play

After a series of delays to their seasons, basketball players from Sumter, Lakewood and Crestwood high schools gathered at the courts by Riley Park and Morris College on Sunday with the hopes of showing the Sumter School District administration that …