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Fireflies host Superhero Night 

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River Bluff High School football to field a youthful squad – preview

River Bluff quarterback Braden Walker runs for yards during the May spring scrimmage. (PHOTO COURTESY OF GOFLASHWIN.COM) By Thomas Grant Jr.  The past two seasons have seen River Bluff experience its share of on-field struggles. After winning 22 games in the first three seasons of existence, the Gators have managed only three total wins in 2016 and 2017. Entering the second…

Ex-Swansea football coach, AD, ready to fight for reputation

Gregory Wright By Thomas Grant Jr.  Gregory Wright arrived at Swansea High School three years ago with enthusiastic support as the new head football coach and athletics director. He now finds himself without a job after his termination this past Thursday. Wrestling coach Eric Pack was reportedly named the interim head football coach. Lexington School District Four and Swansea High…

Gamecocks win Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series for GPA, food drive

USC Athletics graphic. The University of South Carolina has won the Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series for the third year in a row. The Palmetto Series is an annual points competition between the state’s flagship universities in head-to-head athletic events. Points were also awarded for highest team GPA and for a food drive tackling hunger in their communities. Presented by…

Lexington County Blowfish take on USC alumni, game ends in a tie

USC alumni.  By Thomas Grant Jr.  A “show” was promised Saturday night at Lexington County Baseball Stadium.Those in attendance for the 12th annual Gamefish Cup between the Lexington County Blowfish and University of South Carolina alumni baseball team indeed got a show beyond the post-game fireworks show:- The “ejection” of Blowfish head coach Marshall McFadden, who prompty “reentered” the game…

American Legion state tournament moving to Columbia’s Spirit Communications Park

By Thomas Grant Jr. The American Legion state tournament will have a different look this year. Instead of Riley Park in Sumter, the tournament will take place in Columbia at Spirit Communications Park from July 25-27. Along with a new location, the format will be condensed from an 8-man to a 4-team, double-elimination tournament. The top two teams out of…

Chapin/Newberry takes early lead in American Legion standings

Preston Farmer By Thomas Grant Jr. Mother Nature has become Chapin/Newberry Post 193/24’s biggest adversary this season. An early-season 2-game set with League IV rival Lexington Post 7 was rescheduled as well as a West Columbia game. With several newcomers, head coach David Coats said this has not hurt team chemistry. “It’s been slow, but it’s coming along,” he said….

Special Olympics South Carolina tennis team prepares for Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle

Photos by Allen Wallace – Click to enlarge With the sun shining brightly and the temperature above 90, Saturday was less than ideal for most tennis players. One group, however, overcame the heat to continue practicing to represent their state in the biggest tournament of their lives. Special Olympics South Carolina ‘s tennis team is preparing to be part of…

Gamecocks win ECU Regional, going to Super Regional

USC Athletics Department photo. The University of South Carolina baseball team won its 18th regional in school history, defeating UNC Wilmington, 8-4, Monday afternoon (June 4) in game six of the 2018 Greenville Regional at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The Gamecocks advance to the Fayetteville Super Regional, facing No. 5 Arkansas next weekend. The Gamecocks struck first with a pair of runs…

USC’s Regional Championship game versus UNC-W moved to Monday afternoon

USC Athletics Department photo. Game six of the 2018 NCAA Greenville Regional between South Carolina and UNC Wilmington has been postponed and will be played Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium. UNC Wilmington eliminated East Carolina, 9- 7, Sunday. The Seahawks are 39-22 and South Carolina’s record is 35-24. If there is a need for a second championship game…

Screaming Eagles play Fireflies, gives inclusion opportunity for special needs athletes from Chapin

Screaming Eagles 1 Show Caption Hide Caption Screaming Eagles 5 Show Caption Hide Caption Screaming Eagles 4 Show Caption Hide Caption Screaming Eagles 3 Show Caption Hide Caption Screaming Eagles 2 Show Caption Hide Caption The Columbia Fireflies are competing for a South Atlantic League championship, and individually hoping to make it to the majors. However, what they did Saturday…

Some changes as 2018 American Legion Baseball Post 7 season begins

By Thomas Grant Jr.  New league and region, same goals for Lexington Post 7 in American Legion baseball. Along with reducing the number of innings played from nine to seven at the orders of the national office, the state American Legion office has separated Lexington from longtime rivals Chapin/Newberry Post 193 and West Columbia Post 79. It has moved Post 7 to League 4,…