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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,…

Dutch Fork, Chapin fall in lacrosse state championship games

Chapin co-captains Olivia Flauding, Ellie Hoos, Chaney Patrich and Jordan Green hold the S.C. High School League Class 4A runner-up trophy for girls’ lacrosse. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. First-ever championship dreams for the Dutch Fork boys and Chapin girls’ lacrosse teams were thwarted Saturday at Irmo High School. The Silver Foxes fell 15-8 to defending champion Wando in the Class…

Kingston hopes Gamecocks build on series sweep, as USC heads to Vanderbilt

USC Athletics Department photo Just when it appeared all might be lost for the South Carolina baseball team’s postseason chances, it did an about face. Following a mid-week win over a Citadel team that defeated them earlier in the year, the Gamecocks pulled off a Southeastern Conference sweep against nationally ranked LSU. The win allowed the team, which stands 24-17…

Chapin girls, Dutch Fork boys lacrosse to play for state titles Saturday

Chapin head coach Jen Green hugs a player after win. GoFlashWin.com photo. Click for link. A year after head coach Jen Green guaranteed a state championship victory in 2018, Chapin is back in the title game. The Lady Eagles routed Christ Church 10-1 to win their second straight Class 4A Upper State title. Jordan Green had five goals and Eden…

USC’s Will Muschamp excited about his football team’s future

USC Athletics Department photo. As Will Muschamp walked into The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium for the Midlands Gamecock Club event, he was greeted by a group of fans excited about the future of USC football. That’s different from Muschamp’s initial year making the rounds with Carolina fans during the spring. “We’re better,” said Muschamp. “There’s no doubt. Everyone in our…

USC athletes put their best foot forward at Gamecock Gala

USC Athletic Department graphic. A’ja Wilson duplicated her sweep of national awards Monday at the Gamecock Gala earning both the President’s Award and South Carolina’s Female Athlete of the Year. Akram Mahmoud, a member of the men’s swimming and diving team, claimed the Male Athlete of the Year. “It means a lot,” Wilson said of her return to Columbia following…

Gamecocks sweep LSU in baseball

USC Athletics Department photo. The University of South Carolina baseball team rallied from down 6-0 to score eight consecutive runs in the last three innings to complete the three-game sweep of No. 19 LSU Sunday afternoon at Founders Park. South Carolina beat LSU 11-4, Saturday afternoon. The Gamecocks won 11-0 Friday as freshman Logan Chapman pitched a career high 6.2…

Gilbert defeats Brookland-Cayce, claims Region 5-3A boys soccer title 

Gilbert soccer team. (Photo by Thomas Grant Jr.) The Region 5-3A champion Gilbert HIgh School boys’ soccer team and head coach Robby Setzler. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. A year ago, Robby Setzler celebrated a Region 5-3A title on the sidelines as the head coach of his alma mater Brookland-Cayce. This time around, Setzler was even more celebratory leading his visiting…

More than 1,000 athletes compete in Area 7 Special Olympics, Friday

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Former Brookland-Cayce soccer coaches faring well in their new jobs

Kevin and Emily Heise. Life is good right now for some former Brookland-Cayce  soccer coaches. A year ago, Kevin Heise of Gray Collegiate Academy and Robby Seltzer of Gilbert were embattled head coaches at Brookland-Cayce High School. Heise was placed on administrative leave following a school incident and his brother-in-law Seltzer had to deal with the pressures of serving as…

USC’s Bobby Bentley is looking for a running back to step up

Entering his third season as running backs coach at South Carolina, Bobby Bentley believes the talent level at the position has improved significantly. Now, he is ready for one of his talented athletes to become the leader of the group. “We want a dominant person to step up,” said Bentley. “You have to have another guy to fill in just…

Spring sports season coming to an end for high school teams

The Lexington High School girls’ soccer team has clinched a fourth straight region title. LHS photo. By Thomas Grant Jr. The regular season in high school spring sports is drawing to a close. Teams in soccer, softball and baseball have either won and closing in on region titles, while the lacrosse playoffs kicked off for five teams. SOCCER Top-ranked and…

Presbyterian retirement community holds statewide Olympic games

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Dutch Fork boys’ lacrosse team on record-breaking course

Dutch Fork boys’ lacrosse players (starting from left) Chris Dimler, Kendon Walker, Jackson Loftis, Griffin Read and Jacob Fisher. (GoFlashWin.com Photo) Reed Gunter has guided the Dutch Fork boys’ lacrosse season since its inception in 2012. As of Tuesday, the Silver Foxes were 11-1 overall and 5-0 in region play. Their current 9-game winning streak is one more than the…

Cardinal Newman, Lexington PAC get wins over Lexington High, Gray Collegiate in NIKE Palmetto Cup soccer tournament

(PHOTO COURTESY OF NIKE PALMETTO CUP) Gray Collegiate Academy captain Catherine McKeown, Jennifer Gonzalez and Ada Jenkins hold NIKE Palmetto Cup runner-up trophy. The 26th annual NIKE Palmetto Cup at Saluda Shoals Park could not have gone better, according to event-co-founder and Gray Collegiate Academy boys’ soccer coach Kevin Heise. “Saluda Shoals Soccer Park was awesome to work with this…

USC’s A’ja Wilson claims the Wooden Award

USC Athletics Department graphic. The most decorated athlete in University of South Carolina history, made it a clean sweep Friday night. A’ja Wilson claimed the John Wooden Award as NCAA Women’s Player of the Year Award in Los Angeles completing her sweep of all the Women’s Collegiate Division I Player of the Year honors.  “It’s a lot of responsibility, but…

Gamecocks’ Shameik Blackshear ready to increase football playing time

Click to enlarge South Carolina outside linebacker coach Mike Peterson smiles when talking about redshirt junior end Shameik Blackshear. “Shameik Blackshear, I would call him my project kid,” said Peterson. “We’re trying to find what he does really, really well in this system. “He changed his life. You hear him talking about it and seeing it out on the field….

Nike Palmetto Cup high school soccer tournament begins Tuesday

Special to ColaDaily  The Nike Palmetto Cup has undergone quite an evolution. The tournament started in 1993 as the Brookland-Cayce Classic by co-founder and former Bearcats’ head coach Kevin Heise and his brother Kyle. In 2002, it became the Palmetto Cup. For six years, the tournament has been recognized as the NIKE Palmetto Cup to reflect the sponsorship from the…

USC previews new offense for fans at the Garnet and Black Game

USC Athletics Department photo. Will Muschamp was pleased with South Carolina’s fast pace offense during Saturday’s Garnet and Black Spring Game. He was not as enthusiastic with the defense, however, in the contest which was won by the Black squad 34-20. “I was pleased with how we moved the ball offensively,” said Muschamp. “On defense we’ve got to continue to…

Gamecock baseball team completes sweep of Tennessee

USC Athletics Department image. The University of South Carolina baseball team came from behind on Saturday afternoon, tying the game at three with a run in the seventh and taking the lead with three runs in the eighth to complete the series sweep against Tennessee, 6-3, at Founders Park. South Carolina won, 6-2,  Friday and and 6-1, Thursday. Carolina was the…

Chapin confident of lacrosse title chances heading into Bishop England rematch

Chapin’s Jordan Green (PHOTO BY THOMAS GRANT JR.) Special to ColaDaily A 2018 state championship was all but guaranteed last year by Chapin girls’ lacrosse coach Jen Green. And that was after a Class 4A final loss to Bishop England on her home field. Chapin plays Bishop England in a rematch on April 7. That confidence level remains as the…

Dan Werner “Quarterback Whisper” prepared to help USC’s offense

Dan Werner-USC Athletics images. It didn’t take long for Dan Werner to decide the University of South Carolina was the place to continue his football coaching career. Since making the move to Columbia, the man who has been described as “The Quarterback Whisperer” has hit the ground running. “I met with (USC coach) Will (Muschamp) before I took the job,”…