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Midlands runners shine in high school cross-country state championship

Several Midlands runners finished in the top 15 in both the AAA and AAAA state championship. (photo by Tom Lanahan) Some Midlands high school cross-country runners had big performances Saturday in the South Carolina High School League State Championships. In Class AAAA, Lexington High’s Zack Langston became the state champion after finishing first in the boys’ race with at 15:27.57, while…

Marlboro County moves on in AAA state playoffs with 42-14 win over Swansea

Junior quarterback London Johnson tallied four touchdowns, and the Bulldog defense stepped up big time in the second half, as Marlboro County High beat Swansea 42-14 Friday night in the first round of the AAA state playoffs. Marlboro County struck first on their opening possession of the game. After starting on their own 32-yard line, the Bulldogs drove down the field…

The Score: Week 10 and high school football playoff scoreboard

Westwood 38, Woodruff 10 In their first-ever playoff game, Westwood beat Woodruff 38-10 Friday night to move on to the second round of the AAA state playoffs. Redhawks running back Christian Brown ran for 257 yards and four touchdowns, which accounted for 28 of Westwood’s 38 points. Another Redhawk running back, Miquelle Canady, also scored a touchdown and ran the…

Dutch Fork moves on to girls’ tennis state championship after overcoming Lexington 4-2 in division title game

Dutch Fork 4, Lexington 2 The Silver Foxes are headed to the AAAA State Championship game after their 4-2 win Wednesday over division rival Lexington. Heading into the state championship game, Dutch Fork holds a perfect 19-0 record (not including tournament matches). Lexington’s Katie Thompson defeated Lauren Joch 6-3, and 6-4, while Dutch Fork’s Sam Calais beat Amy Lance 7-6 and…

USC volleyball hits road in SEC play this weekend

After a weekend off, the South Carolina volleyball team will be back in action this weekend with a pair of SEC contests on the road. The Gamecocks will take on the Kentucky Wildcats at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky., and then will face the Georgia Bulldogs at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ramsey Center in Athens,…

Jadeveon Clowney named finalist for Lombardi Award

University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been named a semifinalist for the 44th Rotary Lombardi Award. The 6-foot-6, 274-pound All-American player was a finalist for the award last year and is one of 12 players to be selected in the country for this year’s award. The award is designated for down lineman on either the offensive or defensive side of…

Damiere Bryd named to the Capital One Academic All-District 4 Team

South Carolina junior wide receiver Damiere Byrd has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 4 Team for the second-consecutive year, according to the College Sports Information Directors of America. To be nominated, student-athletes must at least be a sophomore athletically and academically, have a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be starters or significant contributors to the team. On the season,…

USC quarterback Connor Shaw named finalist for 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

BALTIMORE, MD. — University of South Carolina senior quarterback Connor Shaw is one of 10 finalists named for the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, it was announced Wednesday. Shaw, a 6-foot-1, 209-pound senior has completed 62.9 percent (122-for-194) of his passes this season for 1,655 yards with 18 touchdowns and just one interception. His quarterback efficiency rating of 164.13 ranks…

High school football: 5 games to watch

The AAA state playoffs will begin Friday, while AAAA teams will finish up the last week of their regular season. Dutch Fork (8-2) at North Augusta (9-1), 7:30 p.m.(AAAA) In the regular-season finale for both AAAA schools, the Silver Foxes and Yellow Jackets will meet to decide the Region V-AAAA champion. Dutch Fork comes in with a 4-0 conference mark, and North Augusta…

USC men’s golf team wins Wendy’s Kiawah Classic

The South Carolina men’s golf team closed out its fall season Tuesday by winning its second-straight Wendy’s Kiawah Classic by 22 strokes at Turtle Point Golf Club. The Gamecocks posted a final score of 295 (+7) to finish the week with a three-round total of 864 (E) and secured their second-consecutive tournament title of the fall. Four out of the five…

The Score: High school girls’ tennis third-round playoff results

Dutch Fork 6, West Florence 0 The Silver Foxes are headed to the AAAA Lower State Championship game after their 6-0 win Monday night over West Florence. Lauren Joch defeated Graysen Elms 6-1 and 6-0, and Sam Calais beat Riley Dunnam 6-2 and 6-1. In doubles play, Sara Riehm and Anna Maria Gardiner defeated Alli Freeman and Connor Raines 6-2 and…

USC women’s soccer players earn SEC honors

Some University of South Carolina women’s soccer players have been honored by the Southeastern Conference after helping lead the Gamecocks to a 15-2-2 overall record. Junior goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year. D’Angelo’s 10 shutouts so far this year moved her into second place overall at USC, and she is ranked No. 4 in the NCAA. Redshirt…

USC’s Victor Hampton named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

The University of South Carolina rolled to a 34-16 win Saturday over Mississippi State, and one contributor to the Gamecocks’ win has been honored by the Southeastern Conference. Cornerback Victor Hampton was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Hampton had eight tackles Saturday, a season high for him. He also broke up three Bulldog passes, deflected a…

Weekend notebook: Gamecock athletics roundup

Men’s Soccer The Gamecocks upset No. 10 University of Alabama-Birmingham 4-3 Sunday in a back-and-forth game that moved South Carolina into third place in the Conference USA standings. With the game tied 2-2, UAB’s Moses Adeniran broke the tie with a shot to the lower right corner and gave the Blazers a 3-2 lead in the 83rd minute. About a minute later,…

Dutch Fork beats Lexington 31-20 despite late Wildcat rally

The rain let up a good bit Friday night before the game began but the Dutch Fork Silver Foxes did not as they beat division rival Lexington 31-20. The win gives Dutch Fork a 4-0 conference record and improves them to 8-2 on the season, while Lexington drops to 3-1 in conference play and a 7-2 season mark. Dutch Fork head…

Irmo takes down Blythewood 25-7

The Irmo Yellow Jackets picked up another win Friday night over the Blythewood, beating the Bengals 25-7. The win gives Irmo, who started the season 0-4, a 5-5 overall record and a 3-1 conference mark. The loss drops Blythewood to 6-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference. Irmo senior quarterback Demetrius Lewis threw for 117 yards and scored two touchdowns….

The Score: High school girls’ tennis second-round playoff results

Lexington 6, Bluffton 0 The Lexington girls’ tennis team defeated Bluffton Thursday night 6-0 and will move on to the third round of the AAAA state playoffs where they will face Aiken. Katie Thompson defeated Taylor Soop 6-1 and 6-0, and Amy Lance beat Justine Wilson 6-1 and 6-3. In doubles play, Mary Weston Lawrence and Sarah Katherine Eckstrom defeated Lauren…

Free admission for USC women’s basketball exhibition Friday

Basketball season opens Friday night, for the University of South Carolina women’s team with an exhibition game against North Greenville, and admission is free. Hall of Famer Dawn Staley The No. 21 Gamecocks tip off at 7 p.m. Friday night at Colonial Life Arena. South Carolina is coming off back-to-back 25-win seasons that included NCAA tournament appearances. This is coach Dawn…