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USC-Clemson football game is 61-year tradition for Tommy Harman

The South Carolina Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers have met on the football field 111 times to renew the annual Battle of the Palmetto State. Fans from each school flock to Columbia or Clemson each year to watch their respective teams, but few have been to each rivalry game during their lifetimes. Tommy Harman holds the ticket stubs for the 1953…

Dutch Fork tops Byrnes, moves on to AAAA football championship

Junior running back Matt Colburn ran for 312 yards and three touchdowns, and senior quarterback Derek Olenchuk added another score as Dutch Fork defeated the top-seeded Byrnes Rebels 31-21 Friday night in Duncan. The Silver Foxes now move on to the Class AAAA, Division I State Championship game against the Sumter High School Gamecocks. The win for the Silver Foxes…

Evan Moxie will continue success, but bring his own ideas to coaching Cardinal Newman wrestlers

Evan Moxie knows what he is stepping into as the new head wrestling coach at Cardinal Newman High School. The Cardinals were the South Carolina Independent School Association runners-up behind Hammond School last year. They are also four-time state champions for the previous four years. This year, they are the No. 1 team, according to the SCISA league preseason ranking. And…

Lexington Wildcat wrestling team has eye on another title

Lexington wrestling coach Derek Strobel plans on making another run at a state championship. (photo by Tom Lanahan) When the Lexington High School wrestling team steps onto the mat for their first match of the year, they’ll already have an impressive résumé. The Wildcats won the state dual wrestling tournament, in which the junior varsity and varsity teams compete. The…

Lexington, River Bluff win state cheerleading championships

Two Midlands high school cheerleading teams walked away with state championships Saturday at the Colonial Life Arena. The Lexington Wildcats became state champions in Class AAAA, and the River Bluff Gators took home the trophy in Class AAA. The Wildcats won with an overall score of 296, one point better than Mauldin High School in the Upstate, which scored a 295. The…

Dutch Fork moves on in playoffs after beating Spring Valley 31-28

Junior kicker Tyler Bass hit a 27-yard field goal in overtime Friday night to send the Dutch Fork Silver Foxes to the fourth round of the Class AAAA Division I state playoffs, beating undefeated Spring Valley 31-28 in a back-and-forth game. Dutch Fork will face the top-seeded Byrnes Rebels next week. The Rebels beat Lexington High School 63-21 Friday night….

Lexington falls 63-21 to top-seeded Byrnes

The Wildcats headed to Spartanburg Friday night to take on top-seeded Byrnes High School but fell to the Rebels 63-21. Lexington senior quarterback Will Hunter, who has passed for more than 10,000 yards in his four-year career, was a a big part of the Wildcats’ 21 points, throwing for three scores. He ended the night going 18 for 34 on 245 yards…

Irmo High School athletes sign national letters of intent to play college sports

Javis Howard (left) and Kiera Holland sign national letters of intent to their respective colleges. (photo by Tom Lanahan) Two Irmo High School senior athletes inked their names on letters of intent Thursday to play their respective sports in college. Javis Howard will play basketball for Charleston Southern University, and Kiera Holland will play volleyball for Lincoln Memorial University in…

Midlands basketball teams, players honored during preseason awards banquet

Former Gamecock basketball player Carey Rich told the athletes if they play great, they’re teams can be great as well. (photo by Tom Lanahan) The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association held its preseason basketball banquet Wednesday at Seawell’s Banquet Center. High school basketball coaches and players from all over the state were in attendance to announce the top-10 preseason rankings in…

South Carolina takes down Clemson in women’s basketball

CLEMSON — The South Carolina women’s basketball team dominated on the glass to pick up the 68-43 win over Clemson in the team’s first road game of the season. Four Gamecocks (4-0) finished in double figures, led by Aleighsa Welch’s 17 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Her all-around effort included four assists and three blocked…

High school football playoff games to watch

The South Carolina high school football playoff action continues Friday, and there are some big time matchups to keep an eye on. Here are some games to keep an eye on in 4-A and 2-A action. Dutch Fork at Spring Valley, 7:30 p.m. The No. 5 seed Silver Foxes come into the game after their 56-28 win over Fort Dorchester in…

Game time set for South Carolina-Clemson football game

Game time has been set for the annual “Battle of the Palmetto State” football game between the University of South Carolina and Clemson University. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 30th at Williams-Brice Stadium. As of now, the Gamecocks are 8-2 overall and No. 11 in the Bowl Championship Series rankings, while Clemson is 9-1 and No. 7 in…

USC volleyball falls 3-0 to No. 7 Missouri

The South Carolina volleyball team ended their weekend Sunday with a three-set loss to No. 7 Missouri. The Gamecocks lost sets of 25-13, 25-12 and 25-16. The loss drops South Carolina to 12-16 overall and 3-12 in the conference, while Missouri holds perfect records in both categories, 31-0 and 15-0 respectively. Missouri’s offensive efficiency played a key roll in their…

Greer kicker Nik Roberson played pivotal role in defeat of Westwood

The leg of sophomore kicker Nik Roberson was the deciding factor in a back-and-forth game Friday night as the Greer Yellow Jackets beat the Westwood Redhawks 45-42. With 2.7 seconds left in the game, Roberson hit a 37-yard field goal to lift Greer past Westwood and send them to the third round of the Class AAA state playoffs. Greer head coach…

The Score: High school football playoff scoreboard

Dutch Fork 56, Fort Dorchester 28 The Silver Foxes will be moving on to the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs after their 56-28 win Friday night over Fort Dorchester. Junior running back Matt Colburn had a huge night for Dutch Fork as he ran for 372 yards and six touchdowns. Senior quarterback Derek Olenchuk was 13-for-18 on 141 yard…

USC ice hockey team collecting toys, food for those in need

The University of South Carolina’s club ice hockey team is unbeaten in the SEC, and this weekend fans coming to cheer on the Gamecocks can help those in need this holiday season. The Gamecocks donned pink for a fundraiser earlier this year. (photo provided) During home games against Florida on Friday and Saturday at the Plex Indoor Sports facility in…

USC volleyball team falls 3-0 to No. 5 Florida

The Gamecocks went three sets with No. 5 Florida, but the Gators were too much as South Carolina lost all three Wednesday in Gainsville, Fla. South Carolina lost their sets with scores of 25-15, 25-9 and 25-22. With the loss, the Gamecocks are now 12-14 on the year with a 3-10 Southeastern Conference mark. Florida improves to 23-2 overall and…

High school football playoff games to watch

The playoffs are in full swing for all the high schools around the state, and things are starting to heat up in the second round. Here are some games to keep an eye on this Friday: Westwood at Greer, 7:30 p.m. The Redhawks are coming off their first-ever playoff win as football team after beating Woodruff High 38-10. The Yellow…