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Bad weather forces early cancellation of Aun and McKay Kickoff Classic

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Fans of Chapin High School football will have to wait two more weeks before seeing their team in action at Cecil Woolbright. Bad weather forced the early cancellation of the third annual Aun and McKay Kickoff Classic Saturday night. Flashes of lightning from a storm system traveling from Newberry forced stoppage of Game Three of the…

Dominant victory by teams at Lexington Sportsarama

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. A near-capacity homecrowd at Gilbert High School were treated for a preseason warmup from seven Lexington County schools. The third annual Lexington Sportsarama featured 4 2 quarter scrimmages which had its share of high scores and big offensive plays. This was also the final opportunity for teams to prepare for their respective season-openers Aug. 23: GAME…

Ben Lippen coach to lead Lexington County Blowfish next summer

Lexington County Blowfish General Manager Theo Bacot and new head coach Matt Padgett. Photo courtesy of Lexington County Blowfish. New hometown leadership will be at the helm of the Lexington County Blowfish next summer. The team announced Thursday the hiring of Lexington native Matt Padgett as head coach. The current Ben Lippen head baseball coach replaces Marshall McDonald, who went…

Cayce honors 1964 Dixie Youth Baseball World Series Championship team

WIS-TV former host Joe Pinner talks to surviving players Show Caption Hide Caption Surviving players, six have passed away. Show Caption Hide Caption DYB Show Caption Hide Caption DYB 2 Show Caption Hide Caption Surviving members of the team Leo Redmond said he remembers the 1964 Cayce Dixie Youth Little League World Series Championship team. That team was honored in…

Carolina Panthers cheerleaders, mascot visit Dorn veterans

Sir Purr Show Caption Hide Caption cheerleaders-2 Show Caption Hide Caption cheerleaders 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Veterans, VA staff, and visitors at the Dorn facility were treated to a surprise visit Tuesday by two of the Carolina Panthers cheerleaders, and team mascot “Sir Purr.” The “Top Cats,” as these young ladies are known, visited with veterans, posed for pictures,…

Irmo, Ridge View lose at Midlands Honda Monday Night Football Classic

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Turning around struggling football programs was a reputation Aaron Brand proudly earned while in North Carolina. He now looks to return the Irmo High School team back to prominence. After Monday’s 16-7 scrimmage loss to Lancaster in the Midlands Honda Monday Night Football Classic at Fairfield Central High School, Brand acknowledged it won’t be a quick…

Cayce to honor 1964 Cayce Dixie Youth Little League World Series Champions

The City of Cayce has announced a very special exhibit, honoring the members of the 1964 Cayce Dixie Youth Little League World Series Championship team. It is coming to the Cayce Historical Museum beginning 3 p.m., Aug. 16. The surviving members of the 1964 Dixie Youth World Series Champions Team will gather for a celebration of the exhibit opening at…

Lexington National All-Stars claim runner-up trophy at Dixie Youth World Series

Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The Lexington National All-Stars came away with the national runner-up trophy at the Dixie Youth Baseball 2A Coach Pitch World Series Championships held last week in Ruston, LA. The team rebounded from an opening round loss to Mississippi to advance out the loser’s bracket with four straight wins, before losing in the final to the same…

Gilbert football looks to continue recent success

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. The perception of Gilbert High School’s football has changed over the past three seasons. Under head coach Chad Leaphart, the Indians have posted a 29-7 overall record, won a region tile for the first time in school history and advanced in the Class 3A playoffs three straight years. Senior quarterback Jy Tolen has especially noticed the…

First-ever female umpire in Coastal Plain League history works Blowfish game

Umpire Greta Langhenry. Fans at Lexington County Baseball Stadium witnessed history Thursday night. Greta Langhenry became the first female umpire in a Coastal Plain League contest at the stadium. She earned the assignment as a CPL umpire on July 11, after a round of call-ups to Minor League Baseball. Langhenry worked the contest between the Blowfish and the Macon Bacon…

Ponytail All Stars traveling to Texas to play in Dixie Softball World Series

ponytails 1 Show Caption Hide Caption ponytails 2 Show Caption Hide Caption ponytails 3 Show Caption Hide Caption ponytails 4 Show Caption Hide Caption Front Row: Daleah Dixon, Haydin Williams, Brylee Watkins, Maren Cox, Alexis Varney, Ella Sheron Back Row: Head Coach Lee Stokes, Emaree Ray, Kayley Lynch, Alyssa Faulkenberry, Madison Stokes, Iyana Chavis, Carleigh Wallace, Coach Waylin Watkins, Coach…

Track athletes from Lexington club participate in National Junior Olympics

(PHOTO BY THOMAS GRANT JR.) Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission Youth Track Club members and their parents. Starting from left – Sally Miedema, Kaden Murray, Caroline Near, William Smith, Director Anna Owens, Ricky Smith, Isabelle Smith and Tra’liyah Gardner. Not pictured is Jamey Patterson II The Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission’s Youth Track Club sent five runners to…

Pineview Dixie Youth Baseball Minors are SC Champions, going to World Series

The Pineview Dixie Youth Baseball Minors team won the South Carolina DYB tournament in Anderson, last Thursday. Pineview is based in West Columbia. With the win, the team will go on to represent the state of South Carolina in the DYB World Series Tournament in Ruston, LA Aug. 2- Aug. 8. Pineview win the Division 1 AAA crown. Pineview defeated…

Registration deadline for U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Qualifier in Lexington is Wednesday

A national golf qualifier for the 33rd U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship will be taking place July 31 at the Country Club of Lexington. All qualifiers will join a field of 156 golfers competing at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz. from Sept. 14 to 19, to win a United States Golf Association (USGA) title. Any female amateur who has…

Lexington National All-Stars headed to Dixie Youth World Series

Lexington County Blowfish designated hitter Houston Wright with members of the Lexington National All-Star team during the pre-game ceremonies at the July 13 home game. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The Lexington National All-Stars won the District 4 and state Coaches Pitch championships, going 10-0 and outscoring their opponents by a 94-22 margin. Team members include Evans Herndon, Hamp Watts, Connor…