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Cardinal Newman wins Gold Division of 2019 Nike Palmetto Cup

Photo courtesy of Cardinal Newman (The Cardinal Newman boys’ soccer team following the 2-1 overtime win over Clover). The final day of the Nike Palmetto Cup witnessed another nationally-ranked team upended this season in the Midlands Cardinal Newman defeated Clover 2-1 in a shootout to claim the boys’ Gold Division championship at Palmetto Heath Fields at Saluda Shoals Park. In…

Midlands players named to All-USA South Carolina Girls Basketball teams

Swansea guard Danae McNeal. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. More honors were bestowed Wednesday upon Girls’ Basketball Co-Players of the Year Danae McNeal of Swansea and Olivia Thompson of Lexington. The future Clemson University guard, Danae McNeal, was named Player of the Year for the Palmetto State by USA Today’s All-USA South Carolina team. She averaged 24.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and…

S. C. High School League Lacrosse playoffs start Tuesday

Chapin girls’ lacrosse head coach Jennifer Green speaks to players during a timeout against Lexington. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. The road to W.C. Hawkins Stadium for the S.C. High School League Championships starts Tuesday for seven Lexington County teams. Undefeated Region 5, District 3 champion Chapin will begin its quest for a third consecutive state title match appearance at Cecil…

2019 Nike Palmetto Cup starts Monday at Saluda Shoals Park

For the second straight year, the NIKE Palmetto Cup will take place at the Saluda Shoals Complex. It’s the 26th year for the event, which features 29 boys’ and girls’ teams from throughout the Palmetto State and two from Virginia. It starts Monday and concludes Wednesday. “Our boys field includes 24 teams broken up into two divisions – Gold Division…

Lexington High School boys’ basketball gets new coach

New Lexington boys’ basketball coach Elliott Pope (left) with former head coach Bailey Harris (right). Thomas Grant Jr. photo. A new era of Lexington High School boys’ basketball was ushered in Thursday. The program’s reins were officially turned over to Elliott Pope during a morning press conference at the school. He succeeds longtime head coach Bailey Harris, who stepped down…

River Bluff wins region/district boys’ lacrosse title in overtime

River Bluff head coach Gordie Howe speaks to his team during a timeout. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Lexington and River Bluff have played numerous sporting contests since the rivalry’s inception in 2013. Wednesday night at Wildcat Stadium, the two adversaries waged arguably one of its biggest contests again each other in boys’ lacrosse. At stake was the Region 5, District…

NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski meets with Gov. Henry McMaster to talk about Bojangle’s Southern 500

NASCAR Show Caption Hide Caption NASCAR-1 Show Caption Hide Caption A-NASCAR Show Caption Hide Caption Brad Keselowski and Rick Allen. The Bojangle’s Southern 500 NASCAR race in Darlington is not until Labor Day weekend. But Gov. Henry McMaster had Brad Keselowski on the Governor’s Mansion grounds, Thursday afternoon. Keselowski is last year’s winner of the race, and he and McMaster…

Lexington, River Bluff boys’ lacrosse to meet for region title Wednesday

Lexington’s Michael Werny (16) and Trey Gunter (20) team up against A.C. Flora. GoFlashWin photo. Archrivals River Bluff and Lexington are enjoying historic seasons for their respective boys’ lacrosse programs. The Gators improved to a program-best 11-4 on March 30 in defeating Irmo 16-4 in The Swamp. The contest also witnessed senior co-captain Kevin Flannery set a single-game program record…

Chapin baseball closing in on region title

Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Another strong pitching performance by University of South Carolina commit Cade Austin has Chapin a step closer from clinching the Region 5-5A title. The 2-0 shutout win over Lexington at home Monday night saw Austin strike out 8 and allow just 3 hits in going the distance. “Cade was phenomenal, as usual, so if we can…

River Bluff lacrosse sets more records in win

Thomas Grant photos. Saturday marked another historic note in the history of the River Bluff High School boys’ lacrosse program. On a day the team extended its school record for victories, one of its 17 seniors established an individual mark. Senior captain Kevin Flannery scored 10 goals in the 16-4 win over Irmo. The new single-game mark helped the Gators…

Chapin edges River Bluff in pitchers’ dual of future Gamecock, Tiger

Chapin pitcher Cade Austin. Thomas Grant Jr. photos. Tuesday’s latest Region 5-5A battle in The Swamp pitted two pitchers who are heading to the state’s two largest rivaled colleges. Taking the mound for host team River Bluff was Ricky Williams, a righthanded commitment to Clemson University. Opposing him was Chapin righthander and University of South Carolina commit Cade Austin. Through…

Blythewood’s Trey Jackson III has record-setting performance at Carolinas Classic

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Local Class 5A region adopts three-game baseball series format

Dutch Fork players greet teammate Noah Jackson after his solo home run against River Bluff. Thomas Grant Jr. photo. Region 5-5A baseball has earned a reputation for fierce rivalries and competitive teams. The “Iron Region” has lived up to the moniker. For two straight years, River Bluff, Lexington and Dutch Fork have reached the Class 5A Lower State playoffs. Both…

Lexington takes comeback victory at Segra Park

Thomas Grant photos. Down 7-0 in the bottom second Thursday, the Lexington High School baseball team could have folded Thursday night at Segra Park. A.C. Flora was the Wildcats’ third straight ranked non-region foe. A loss would not have damaged their post-season hopes compared to upcoming Region 5-5A games the next three weeks in Chapin, Dutch Fork and River Bluff….

March Madness is energizing Columbia’s Vista

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A. C. Flora seniors earn MVP honors at North-South All-Star Games

McKinley Brooks-Sumpter of A.C. Flora receives the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association’s South Most Valuable Player Award. Thomas Grant photos. Lexington High School was once again the site for the North-South All-Star Games. Held by the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association, the boys and girls’ contests offered seniors a final opportunity to play amongst their peers. The two games featured different outcomes:…

White Knoll softball rallies to defeat Lexington

Thomas Grant Jr. photo. Tuesday’s Region 5-5A softball opener qualified as a “statement” game for host team White Knoll and rival Lexington. A win would help re-certify the defending Class 5A champions’ standing as the team to beat. For the Lady Wildcats, a victory would gain them an early advantage in ending the Lady Timberwolves’ two year region winning streak….

Swansea’s Danae McNeal leads comeback win at S.C. Hoops Festival Senior Showcase

Swansea guard Danae McNeal receives the Player of the Game award from S.C. Hoops Festival organzier Carey Rich. Thomas Grant Jr. photo.  “Rewarding” is perhaps the best way to describle the last 48 hours for Danae McNeal. The three-time S.C. Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A Player of the Year and Clemson University signee added to her trophy case when she…

Naturchem Invitational ends with two undefeated teams

Thomas Grant Jr. photo. If Mother Nature was the “official” champion of the 2019 Naturchem Invitational, River Bluff was one of the fourth annual tournament’s “unofficial” winners. The Gators completed an undefeated three-game run at the event Sunday with a 7-1 victory over Sumter in five innings. All-Tournament team selection Ricky Williams and Preston Sansone both drove in two runs…