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Former South Carolina football coach Warren Giese dies

Former South Carolina head football coach Warren Giese died Thursday in Columbia. He was 89 years old. Giese coached the Gamecocks from 1956-1960 and compiled a 28-21-1 record in his five years at Carolina. Giese’s best season was in 1958 when he led the Gamecocks to a 7-3 record, which included a 5-2 conference mark in the ACC and a…

Weekend notebook: Gamecock athletics roundup

Football: Carolina football fans breathed a sigh of relief Saturday, as the Gamecocks held off Vanderbilt’s late charge to win 35-25. South Carolina scored on its first four possessions of the game. Senior quarterback Connor Shaw threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns on 21-for-29 passing while also leading the Gamecocks in rushing with 84 yards on 19 carries. Junior wide receiver…

Lexington still eyes state championship despite loss of Morales

Just a year ago, senior cross-country runner Tony Morales was winning an individual state championship and helping win a team state championship for the Lexington Wildcats. Fast-forward to today and he now wears a different uniform, one that reads “River Bluff” right across the chest. Morales was one loss for Lexington High School when the new River Bluff High School was…

Lexington High School’s Zack Langston takes top spot at Coaches Classic

Lexington High School senior Zack Langston beat Christ Church Episcopal High School senior James Quattlebaum by 11 seconds to win the boys’ international race today at the Bob Jenkins Coaches Classic cross-country meet in Sandhills. Langston posted a time of 15:10 to place first, while Quattlebaum finished with a time of 15:21. The Coaches Classic, which is considered the second-biggest meet…

Brookland-Cayce maintains perfect record after 35-14 win over Chapin

Quarterback Zeke Walker threw for two scores and ran for another two as the Brookland-Cayce Bearcats defeated the Chapin Eagles 35-14. The win improves the Bearcats’ record to a perfect 4-0, a far cry from last years’ 1-9 finish. Head coach Rusty Charpia was happy for the win and the improvement this team has made. “I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t…

The Score: Week 3 high school football scoreboard

Dutch Fork 63, Rock Hill 28 The Silver Foxes dominated again last night as they defeated the Bearcats 63-28 at home. Senior quarterback Derek Olenchuk was 16 of 21 for 327 yards and threw five touchdowns. Junior running back Matt Colburn led all rushers with 27 carries for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Austin Ruger also caught three touchdown…

Photo Gallery: Gamecocks freeze out Vanderbilt in hockey opener

There are plenty of people in the Midlands who know a thing or two about ice hockey, including a team of Gamecocks that knows how to play, as USC proved with a 5-4 win over Vanderbilt in the hockey club team’s season opener Friday night. A standing-room-only crowd packed the Plex Indoor Sports rink in Irmo, and it looked like they…

Cross-country teams set for Coaches Classic on Saturday

The Bob Jenkins’ Coaches Classic cross-country meet will be held Saturday morning at the Sandhills Research Park in Columbia. Around 100 schools from all over the state are slated to compete in the event. This is one of the most important meets of the year as it allows schools to compete with teams they probably would not play at all…

Lady Gamecocks take down South Florida, 1-0

The South Carolina women’s soccer team defeated the South Florida Bulls 1-0 Thursday night in a battle of the unbeatens. South Carolina improved their record to 6-0-1, while the loss dropped the Bulls to 4-1-2 on the season. The match was a defensive game with both teams having to settle for long-range shots early and neither team giving an inch…

High school football: Week 3 games to watch

Week 3 of high school football starts tonight and along with Chapin taking on Brookland-Cayce, there will be some other keys games going on tonight that you will want to keep an eye on. Spring Valley at Lexington, 7:30 p.m. The Vikings dominated the Clover Blue Eagles 49-14 at Harry Perrone Stadium. In their first four possessions, Spring Valley scored…

Gamecocks on ice: Hockey season begins Friday

It’s Friday night in September. Are you ready for some ice hockey? Many minds are on football at this time of year, but USC’s ice hockey club team is focused on defending its SEC East Championship and aiming for a national tournament berth. Gamecocks go through drills Wednesday night at The Plex (photo by Allen Wallace)Founded in 2001, the club…

Chapin, Brookland-Cayce to put offense on display in Friday contest

The Brookland-Cayce Bearcats head into their match-up against the Chapin Eagles with a perfect 3-0 record, but they will have their hands full with the high-flying passing attack of the Eagles. It also will be a battle between the Charpias. Brookland-Cayce head coach Rusty Charpia is a cousin to Chapin quarterback Matt Charpia. Matt Charpia already is having an outstanding…

Dutch Fork girls’ tennis team dominates Hammond

It was a dominating performance for the Dutch Fork girls’ tennis team as they beat Hammond 6-0 Wednesday night in their mid-week match-up. The win gives the Silver Foxes a perfect 3-0 record so far this year. “I am proud of the girls for their win tonight. I am hoping that they are learning what they will need to do…

Class AAA high schools hold first meeting of the year

Eligibility, practice schedules and concussions were just some of the topics discussed at today’s Class AAA South Carolina High School League meeting. There were 52 of the 53 Class AAA schools at the meeting that is held twice a year, once in September and once in February. Hanahan High School was the only school that didn’t attend, and no reason was…

Gamecocks fall to Coastal Carolina, 3-1

The Gamecocks men’s soccer team fell 3-1 to No. 12 Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night at Coastal Carolina University Soccer Field. The loss gives Carolina a 2-2 record on the year, while the win also gives Coastal Carolina a 2-2 record. Freshman Ive Burnett netted his first career goal as a Gamecock and in the process gave Carolina an early 1-0…

Gamecocks to face Chanticleers in pivotal match

The University of South Carolina men’s soccer team travels to Conway tonight to face an early season test against the No. 12 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. This will be the second meeting between the Gamecocks and the Chanticleers in two years. Coastal Carolina leads the series 5-2-1. Last year, the Gamecocks fell to the Chanticleers 3-2 in what was the regular-season…

Grumbach, Kaiser take 1st place in White Knoll cross-country meet

Bryan Grumbach of White Knoll and Paige Kaiser of Batesburg-Leesville took the top spots in the boys’ and girls’ races Monday afternoon at the cross-country meet hosted by White Knoll. In the boys’ meet, Grumbach’s first-place finish was decided by just one second. He passed the finish line at 18:58, while teammate Tyler Rivera came in right behind at 18:59….

USC women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley inducted into basketball Hall of Fame

“It was an incredible weekend.” That’s how USC women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley describes a whirlwind few days that culminated with her Sunday induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Staley joins the greatest names in basketball history in the Hall, from Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird to Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Julius “Dr. J” Winfield Erving II…

White Knoll to host cross-country meet today

White Knoll will host a cross-country meet today for a race against four other Midlands teams. Swansea, Calhoun Academy, Airport and the Providence Athletic Club will participate in the meet being held at White Knoll High School. The boys’ race will start at 5:30 p.m., and the girls’ race will be right after at 6:15 p.m. In the Lexington County…

Sumter High School marching band garners major honor

The Sumter High School marching band will perform in Washington, D.C., next spring as part of the National Memorial Day Parade. Sumter High’s band performs at the season’s first home football game (photo by Allen Wallace) The band was chosen by U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., and will be representing all of South Carolina in the annual parade. Last year,…

On the legs of Gurley, Georgia defeats Carolina

Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley combined for five touchdowns as the 11th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs defeated the sixth-ranked Gamecocks 41-30 at Sanford Stadium in Athens. The win snaps a three-game skid against the Gamecocks and gives the Bulldogs the early edge in finding their way to Atlanta for the South Eastern Conference championship game. Georgia’s first score came late in the…

Dutch Fork’s Anna Johnson wins girls’ meet at Trojan Invitational

Anna Johnson of Dutch Fork High School and Lauren Henderson of Irmo High School finished first and second, respectively, today at the Trojan Invitational cross-country meet at Northwestern High School. Johnson finished with a time of 19:13, while Henderson finished in 19:54 to finish in the top seven of the race. For the boys, Dutch Fork’s Avery Dominick placed fifth with…

The Score: Week 2 high school football scoreboard

White Knoll 21, Airport 17 White Knoll running back E’Mond Brown had two touchdowns and quarterback Craig Blakey had another to put up 21-points on Airport. Brown had 20 carries for 186-yards while Blakey was 7 of 10 and passed for 99 yards. Airport defensive end Stan Jones had a fumble recovery in the end zone for a score and…