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Gamecocks win at Texas A&M to even series

Graham Lawson pitched four scoreless innings of relief, Hunter Taylor doubled twice and the 25th-ranked University of South Carolina baseball team took advantage of three Texas A&M errors in a 5-3 win over the Aggies Friday night at Blue Bell Park. USC lost to Texas A&M Thursday. With the win Friday, the Gamecocks move to 16-13 in SEC play this…

USC travels to Texas A&M hoping for a strong finish to SEC Regular season

USC Athletics photo. South Carolina has won four straight Southeastern Conference Baseball Series. The last time the Gamecocks won five straight league series was 2012. Enter Texas A&M. USC (30-21, 15-12) closes the regular season on the road against the Aggies (35-17, 12-15). Carolina coach Mark Kingston is pleased with his team’s standing entering its final regular season confrontation. The…

USC baseball’s Drew Meyer inducted into S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame

USC Athletics Department graphic. Drew Meyer knew the University of South Carolina was the place to build his college baseball career. He came to that realization immediately following an official visit to the University of North Carolina. The Charleston native knew home was where belonged. That decision continued to pay off as Meyer is part of the 2018 Induction Class…

Casey Manning, trailblazer, inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame

Casey Manning – USC Athletics photo. Despite a leaning to attend school out of state, Casey Manning opted to become a trailblazer in his home state of South Carolina. Following 50 years of involvement with the University of South Carolina, Manning is part of the 2018 Class inducted to the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. The first African-American to…

Lexington girls fall to J.L. Mann in Class 5A soccer final

Thomas Grant Jr. photo. Special to ColaDaily by Thomas Grant Jr.  A second state championship in four years would provide a fitting end to the careers of the senior players on the Lexington High School girls soccer team. A 3-minute scoring surge by J.L. Mann, however, helped put the Lady Wildcats in a deficit it could never overcome. They fell…

White Knoll softball team going to the 5A state final

WKHS softball team- by Thomas Grant Jr.  Special to ColaDaily by Thomas Grant Jr.  It took 16 innings over two games on the road, but the White Knoll softball team earned a second straight trip to the Class 5A final. Needing two victories Friday at Ashley Ridge to repeat as Lower State champions, the Lady Timberwolves emerged from the Class…

5A River Bluff, 4A Airport, Chapin begin baseball championship series Saturday, Ben Lippen and Cardinal Newman play Monday

Lexington at River Bluff, last Wednesday. The 5A and 4A state championship final in high school baseball begins Saturday. Dorman will play at 5A River Bluff High School at 7 p.m., Saturday. In the 4A state championship final, Chapin will play at Airport High school, beginning Saturday. In the 3A S.C. Independent Schools Association state championship final, Ben Lippen plays…

Adrenaline Trampoline Park and Entertainment Center opening in Columbia

Adrenaline Trampoline Park and Entertainment Center 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Adrenaline Trampoline Park and Entertainment Center 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Adrenaline Trampoline Park and Entertainment Center Show Caption Hide Caption Adrenaline Trampoline Park and Entertainment Center staff- Karamie Sullivan photos. There’s a new business opening this month at 7451 Garner’s Ferry Road, with the goal to provide entertainment for…

River Bluff, Airport headed to state finals in high school baseball

Airport after win, Wednesday- Christy Stone photo Show Caption Hide Caption River Bluff versus Lexington Show Caption Hide Caption For the second consecutive year, the River Bluff baseball team is headed to the Class 5A final. The Gators shut out Region 5-5A champion and rival Lexington 4-0 to repeat as Lower State champions. Grant Brittingham struck out nine and held…

USC’s Frank Martin still waiting on the status of Silva and Bowen

USC Athletics Department image. Frank Martin has had a busy offseason. The South Carolina Men’s Basketball coach has seen several players transfer, been forced to dismiss a performer slotted to be his starting point guard and watch potentially the Gamecocks two top performers test entering the 2018 National Basketball Association Draft. Martin remains optimistic about the product he’ll put on…

Airport High baseball team to play for Upper-State Championship, Wednesday

From Dawn Kujawa- Lexington 2 Schools Communications Director So what’s the secret to Airport High School’s success on the baseball diamond this tournament season? If you ask Coach Tim Perry, it’s confidence. That means even when the team gets behind — as was the case twice during recent playoff games against Belton-Honea Path  — they kept believing. “We fell behind…

Gamecocks defeat No. 4 Ole Miss, again

USC Athletics photo. The University of South Carolina baseball team scored in double figures in runs for the third straight game and Adam Hill allowed just three hits in six innings as the Gamecocks defeated No. 4 Ole Miss, 11-6, Saturday afternoon at Founders Park. South Carolina has now won three straight SEC series, the first time for the Gamecocks…

Sixth-inning rally lifts River Bluff over Lexington in state baseball playoffs

River Bluff players celebrate. Thomas Grant photo. Special to ColaDaily from Thomas Grant Jr.  Different year, different result, in the Class 5A Lower State baseball playoffs. A year ago Sunday, Lexington defeated River Bluff in the winner’s bracket contest to advance to the Lower State final. The Wildcats would lose two straight to the Gators, who advanced to the Class…

USC Baseball Players agree, there’s nothing like a good batting machine

It has taken on a life of its own, it even has a twitter account. What is it? The USC Batting Machine. Since Gamecocks coach Mark Kingston began dictating taking the machine on the road, Carolina’s offense has sky rocketed. “It certainly helped,” said Kingston. Since we got back to that back to the basics approach we’re averaging almost 10…

Midlands high school baseball, soccer playoff scores

River Bluff’s Cameron Ferrell celebrates safely reaching second base against Dutch Fork on Thursday.  Thomas Grant Jr. photo. Special to ColaDaily from Thomas Grant Jr.  It’s deja vu’ time for River Bluff and Lexington. For the second straight year, the two teams will meet in the winner’s bracket of the Class 5A Lower State playoffs. The rematch was set up…

NASCAR Legend Rusty Wallace talks economics of Bojangle’s Southern 500, at Governor’s Mansion

Gov. Henry McMaster Show Caption Hide Caption Southern 500 car Show Caption Hide Caption Tharpe, Wallace, Peggy McMaster, Gov. Henry McMaster Show Caption Hide Caption Tharpe Show Caption Hide Caption Tharpe, Wallace, Peggy McMaster, Gov. Henry McMaster. Karamie Sullivan photo.  Gov. Henry McMaster welcomed NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace to the Governor’s Mansion Wednesday afternoon. Wallace came to town…

West Columbia’s Gray Collegiate Boys Basketball team honored at State House, Wednesday

West Columbia’s Gray Collegiate Academy Boys Basketball team won the 2A State Champs State this school year. Coach Dion Bethea, and his team, were invited to the S.C. State House Wednesday, and received a proclamation from the S.C. House of Representatives. “It was a great feeling,” said Bethea, “to hear our name called and hear about our accomplishments. I could…

Lexington, River Bluff, Dutch Fork return to Lower State baseball finals, Airport plays Thursday

Lexington head coach Brian Hucks, team after win over West Florence. Thomas Grant Jr. photo.  Special to ColaDaily by Thomas Grant Jr.  The last time the Lexington High School baseball team had an opportunity to close out a playoff series, it lost two straight at home to archrival River Bluff. On Monday, the Wildcats earned a second chance at redemption…

Gamecocks claw back in late innings to earn series win at Vandy

USC Athletics Department photo NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the second time in the series, the University of South Carolina baseball team clawed back from a multi-run deficit, scoring seven runs in the final three innings to earn a 10-9 win over No. 17 Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon (April 29) at Hawkins Field. The Gamecocks earned their second straight conference series win,…