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Kirkhart wins two events in Sumter High swim meet

Hayden Kirkhart won two individual events and swam a leg on a winning relay team to lead Sumter High School's girls swim team to a second-place finish in a 3-team meet on Tuesday at City of Sumter Aquatics Center. Kirkhart won the 100-yard …

South Carolina High School League commissioner Jerome Singleton said that schools like Sumter High will have the ability to make their own decision on attendance for football games this fall.

SCHSL's Singleton: Schools must 'take ownership' of attendance plans this fall

There was a lot on the table for discussion during a Zoom meeting hosted by the South Carolina High School League and an ensuing press conference. However, what attendance numbers will look like for football games amidst the coronavirus pandemic was …

Lakewood volleyball players stretch during workouts on Tuesday. The Lady Gators finally began summer workouts this week after the coronavirus pandemic kept the team from  beginning their offseason program.

Sumter, Lakewood, Crestwood get the ball rolling on volleyball

Fall sports coaches in Sumter School District have been preparing for this week all summer. Those sports finally got to start workouts on Monday after sitting out most of the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. The volleyball coaches at …

PHOTOS: Sumter High begins football workouts

The Sumter football team began workouts on Monday with a few extra protocols in place, such as masks and temperature checks. Here's a look at that first day through the lens of The Item's Tim Leible.

Sumter defensive back Kameron Pearson (12) and the Gamecocks will finally begin summer workouts on Monday.

Sumter gears up to hit the field after long summer of waiting

The wait is finally over for Sumter High School football. After a summer where the Gamecocks were not able to do workouts as a team as Sumter School District chose not to allow it due to the coronavirus pandemic, they will finally get to gather …

Jayleal Fuller, Lakewood

On the COVID recruiting trail Part 4

High school football players across the country are fighting to be seen on the recruiting trail during a pandemic that has taken away their chances to be seen by coaches across the country. The Sumter Item met with football players from Sumter, …

James Wright

On the COVID recruiting trail Part 2

High school football players across the country are fighting to be seen on the recruiting trail during a pandemic that has taken away their chances to be seen by coaches across the country. The Sumter Item met with football players from Sumter, …

Marcus Lane

On the COVID recruiting trail Part 1

As is normally the case, high school football players across the country are trying their best to be seen by college football coaches on the recruiting trail. However, the coronavirus pandemic has caused in-person recruiting to be shut down, taking …

Sumter School District Superintendent Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox

Sumter School District still holds keys to when - if - fall sports will begin

The decision as to when or if Sumter School District will allow a restart of fall sports is still in the hands of Superintendent Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox and not the South Carolina High School League. After a meeting on Monday between district …

PHOTOS: Sumter, Lakewood, Crestwood football players workout together to show #WeWantToPlay

Football players from Sumter, Crestwood and Lakewood gathered at Dillon Park on Thursday to workout together. The purpose of the workout was to show the Sumter School District that they wanted to …

Former Sumter punter Dyson Roberts, center, won't get to play football his freshman year at S.C. State after the school's conference, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, canceled fall sports for 2020.

Roberts, Smith disappointed over MEAC's decision to cancel fall sports

Aaron Smith said he almost cried when he heard the news. Dyson Roberts said he actually did come to tears. What brought the two to such an emotional state was when they found out on Thursday that the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference was canceling …

The South Carolina High School League announced on Wednesday that the start of fall sports practices will be delayed until at Aug. 17. Sumter running back Nathan Harris-Waynick (26) and the rest of the student-athletes in Sumter School District are still waiting to see when they will be allowed to begin summer conditioning and weightlifting.

Sumter School District to meet next week about athletics after SCHSL reveals plan

Sumter School District will be meeting next week to discuss the possibilities of starting up fall sports for the 2020-21 school year after the South Carolina High School announced its intentions on Wednesday following a Zoom meeting of the …

SCHSL votes to keep fall sports in same order, pushes back start dates to mid-August

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Former Manning running back and linebacker Aaron Smith (11) hasn't had the ideal start to his career at South Carolina State, as the former Monarch hasn't been able to see the team's playbook or report to campus.

Sumter's Roberts, Manning's Smith gear up for complicated first season at S.C. State

Sumter High School kicker and punter Dyson Roberts and Manning High linebacker Aaron Smith are preparing to play their first season of college football during one of the most difficult summers in history due to the coronavirus pandemic. The pair …

Former Sumter pitcher Charlie Barnes narrowly missed out on being a part of the Minnesota Twins' 60-man "summer camp" but he's working to stay ready if he gets the call at some point this season.

No summer camp: Barnes misses out on spot on Twins 60-man roster

Charlie Barnes and his wife, Sydne Rae, are going through an exciting time in their lives. The couple is in the process of moving into a new house here in Sumter. However, there is somewhere else Barnes would really like to be right now. Summer …