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High school sports notes: RNE hires new coach, basketball scoreboard, schedule

GoFlashWin photos. Feature photo from Ridge View Athletics Twitter. Huge slate of action from Tuesday night. Here’s a look at some of the area scores: 3A BOYS FAIRFIELD CENTRAL 50 PENDLETON 37 Griffins pull off a big upset here. That’s a 4 seed over a 1. They travel to Southside Friday. SENECA 62 CAMDEN 56 Kasean Crews had 20 KEENAN…

High school playoff scoreboard, upcoming games to watch

GoFlashWin photos. The South Carolina High School League basketball playoffs kicked off Monday with the 3A girls. Here is a look at the scores from Monday night and the match ups to look forward to Tuesday: 3A GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS FAIRFIELD CENTRAL 38 POWDERSVILLE 31 Fairfield will face Emerald Thursday PENDLETON 44 CAMDEN 42 Pendleton vs Southside Thursday WOODRUFF 62…

River Bluff, Gilbert place runner-up at state wrestling finals

The Gilbert wrestling team gather together to receive the S.C. High School League Class 3A wrestling runner-up trophy at Airport High School. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. Gilbert High wrestlers made their first SC High School League championship appearance in Class 3A. River Bluff was seeking its second title in three years in Class 5A at Airport High’s Eagles Nest. Both…

Gamecocks rally for win over Razorbacks

South Carolina overcame a 13-point second half deficit and beat Arkansas 77-65 on Saturday. With the win, the Gamecocks are now 12-11 and 7-3 in the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks are a surprise, in fourth place in the SEC after going 5-8 in non-conference play. Freshmen A.J. Lawson and Keyshawn Bryant scored 31 of South Carolina’s 46 second-half points. Lawson…

Lexington completes first-ever undefeated regular season

River Bluff forward J.T. Reeves grabs the rebound from Lexington’s Bradley Foulks. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. The first-ever undefeated regular season by the Lexington boys’ basketball team was earned in dramatic fashion Thursday night in “The Swamp”. Senior guard Mason Carver’s floater with .9 seconds left gave the third-ranked Wildcats a 58-56 victory over archrival and seventh ranked River Bluff….

Lexington County wrestling teams advance to Lower State final

Gilbert’s Joshua Johnson locks in on his Aynor opponent and comes away with the pinfall win. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Lexington County had plenty to brag about thanks to its high school wrestling teams. Seven of the nine schools that reached the S.C. High School League playoffs came away with opening round victories. Wins in the second round by River…

$23 million bond boosts recreational facilities in Lexington County

A rendering of the planned Lexington County Recreation and Aging Recreation building on Barr Road. The Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission has completed some major projects over the last six years. Using a $23 million bond issue approved by the Lexington County Council in 2013, the commission has accomplished a number of advancements: • Converted the former Wildcat Hallow…

South Carolina gets road win over Georgia

South Carolina ended a two-game losing streak with an 86-80 win over Georgia, Saturday. The Gamecocks (11-10, 6-2 SEC) led the whole game, but had to fight off some comeback attempts by the Bulldogs. Georgia cut the USC lead to 83-80 with 1:06 to play, but that was as close as it got. The Gamecocks started the game hot. South…

Lexington County teams advance in state wrestling tournament

River Bluff wrestling coach Evan Moxie gives instructions during the second round matchup against Stratford. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. For the third straight year, the River Bluff wrestling team is headed to the third round of the S.C. High School League tournament. The Gators defeated first and second round opponents St. James (66-6) and Stratford (39-31), respectively, in The Swamp…

16 Midlands hoops teams appear in this week’s SCBCA poll

Gray Collegiate’s Khalil Robinson is guarded by Keenan’s Q’dardius Sanders during the MLK Hoops Classic matchup. Thomas Grant photos. S.C. BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION TOP 10 POLL (BOYS) CLASS 5A 1. Dorman, 2. Berkeley, 3. Lexington, 4. Nation Ford, 5. River Bluff, 6. Fort Mill, 7. Blythewood, 8. Riverside, 9. West Florence, 10. Wade Hampton CLASS 4A 1. Ridge View, 2….

Dutch Fork boys’ basketball upsets fifth-ranked River Bluff

Dutch Fork boys’ basketball coach Brett Jones. Photo courtesy of GoFlashwin. With home games this week against the two top teams in Region 5-5A, the Dutch Fork boys’ basketball team find themselves in the “spoiler” rule. The Silver Foxes took down River Bluff 47-41 at home Tuesday to move into second place behind undefeated region leader and Friday’s visiting opponent,…

Preseason high school baseball rankings include 10 Midlands teams

Thomas Grant photos. Midlands teams dominate the preseason rankings of the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association. A total of 10 teams, including 5 in Class 5A, are included in the first rankings of the season. Six of the eight teams ranked are also competing in the NaturChem Invitational starting Feb. 28 at River Bluff and Lexington high schools, including defending…

Two sets of fraternal twins are major athletes at Lexington High School

LHS basketball players Brooke and Bradley Foulks (left), with Mason Carver and volleyball/track and field athlete Mackenzie Carver. National Center for Health Statistics data shows 33 twins are born for every 1,000 US pregnancies. The odds of having twins competing at the same high school at the same time seem even more rare. At Lexington High, the rare exception is…

Lexington defeats River Bluff, improving to 22-0

Lexington’s Bradley Foulks closely guards River Bluff’s J.T. Reeves. Thomas Grant photos. Bragging rights and sole ownership of first place in Region 5-5A were not the only things on the line Tuesday night at Wildcat Gymnasium. A victory by undefeated, fourth-ranked Lexington would extend the boys’ basketball program’s best start ever. Visiting fifth-ranked River Bluff would need a win to…

Irmo’s Coach Whipple moves to second all-time in coaching wins

Coach Tim Whipple. Thomas Grant photo. Tim Whipple’s Irmo High office reveals testaments to his 39 years coaching basketball. You will see three of his five state title trophies and pictures of former teams and players. What’s not present yet is something to recognize Whipple’s latest achievement. Irmo defeated Blythewood 46-45 to earn the longtime boys’ basketball coach his 750th…

Lexington boys improve to 21-0

lexington-2 Show Caption Hide Caption lexington1 Show Caption Hide Caption lexington-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Thomas Grant photos. Another night of milestones for the fifth ranked, undefeated Lexington boys’ basketball team. Friday’s 68-39 win over Chapin extended the Wildcats’ best start and longest regular season streak in school history to 21-0. More importantly, they kept pace with River Bluff in…

Bearcat standout Rev. Charles Jackson meets with former Coach Tom Crump at new BC arena

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Second half lifts Gray Collegiate past Calhoun County

Thomas Grant photos. With a state record of nine championships and over 700 career victories, Calhoun County boys’ basketball coach and former University of South Carolina scoring champion Zam Fredrick has a distinguished legacy. It’s one Dion Bethea, head coach of defending Class 2A champion Gray Collegiate Academy, greatly admires and hopes to emulate. “From me coaching his son (in…

Columbia plans big bash for March Madness games

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Columbia could generate up to $9 million for the local economy. Columbia  will host the first and second round of March Madness March 22 and 24 at the Colonial Life Arena on the USC campus. The tournament was the topic of discussion at a press conference Monday.  The NCAA regional will be the first…

Gamecocks defeat Missouri to go 3-0 in the SEC

USC Athletics photo. South Carolina upped its record to 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference  with an 85-75 win over Missouri on Sunday. The Gamecocks are 8-7 overall, andthe Tigers  fell to 9-5, and 0-2 in the SEC. Missouri got to within a possession of tying the game with with 3:17 left in the game, but  back-to-back 3-pointers put South Carolina…

Lexington boys tie school’s record with win over Pelion

Thomas Grant photos. Years ago, Bailey Harris and David Smith were teammates on the 4×400 meter relay track and field team at Presbyterian College. For the first time Thursday, they faced each other as head boys’ basketball coaches. Smith and the host team Panthers under looked to upend Harris’s fifth-ranked and undefeated Wildcats. For the 19th time this season in…