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Matthew Dailey

The lost spring seniors: COVID-19's impact on Sumter, Clarendon, Lee high school athletes, Part II

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Daniel Gamble

The lost spring seniors: COVID-19's impact on Sumter, Clarendon, Lee high school athletes, Part I

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Lakewood defensive back Zayveon Wells and the Gators will move to Region VI-3A this fall.

Lakewood looking forward to everything with new region

Editor's note: The South Carolina High School League recently finalized its realignment for the 2020-21 and the 2021-22 school years. The Sumter Item will talk to the athletic directors at each of the seven local SCHSL schools over the next several …

Lakewood's Quentin Hodge signed to continue his basketball career at USC Upstate on Wednesday.

Lakewood's Hodge commits and signs with USC Upstate

Lakewood High School's Quentin Hodge announced on Wednesday with whom he would be playing college basketball. Oh yeah, he signed as well. Hodge, the Gators' 6-foot-4-inch senior wing, announced via his Twitter account that he would be attending …

Lakewood softball head coach Ashley Cappelmann, background, and the Lady Gators are hoping to get back on the field this spring after the coronavirus put a halt to their season.

Coaching in quarantine: Lakewood's Cappelmann keeps a positive outlook

Adjusting to life during the coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for everyone. The role of a high school coach looks very different now than it ever has and Ashley Cappelmann, who coaches softball at Lakewood, is a prime example. Cappelmann …

Lakewood's James Wright (14) is one of three Gators who have been picking up FBS and FCS recruiting offers despite the recruiting process being limited due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lakewood football players starting to get attention on the recruiting scene

The Lakewood High School football program has been slowly building over the last few seasons under head coach Larry Cornelius. The Gators won four games last season and made the 4A state playoffs for the first time in Cornelius' third …

There is still a chance scenes like this may be seen again this spring as the South Carolina High School League announced on Thursday it is waiting to see what happens with the coronavirus in the state before making a decision on the spring sports season.

SCHSL not ready to cancel spring season yet

The South Carolina High School isn't ready to throw in the towel on the spring sports season just yet. During its scheduled teleconference on Thursday, the SCHSL Executive Committee said it will leave the door open for the possibility of having …

Lakewood pitcher Cody Windham delivers a pitch during the Gators' 3-2 loss to Sumter on Thursday. Windham will be Lakewood's ace as the Gators work to get back to the postseason this year.

Sumter tops Lakewood 3-2 in rivalry game; Gators look to make it back to playoffs

Despite an excellent performance from starting pitcher Cody Windham, Lakewood High School's varsity baseball team dropped a tightly-contested rivalry game to Sumter 3-2 on Thursday. Sumter's Brandon Arnold doubled in a pair of runs in the bottom …

Lakewood quarterback Cody Windham (12) signed to play college football at Louisburg College last week.

Lakewood quarterback Windham to play college football at Louisburg

Cody Windham just had one season as a starter at quarterback for the Lakewood High School football team. It was good enough though to give him the opportunity to play at the next level. Windham recently signed to play with Louisburg College, a …

Carson Shannon

REL alum Shannon shines with Francis Marion softball

Carson Shannon has had an impressive start to her college softball career. The Robert E. Lee Academy graduate started the first 21 games for Francis Marion University and hit .333 with 20 runs batted in, which ranked second on the team. During …

Sumter soccer beats Lakewood to win Gator Classic

The Sumter High School varsity boys soccer team defeated Lakewood 2-0 on Saturday at J. Frank Baker Stadium to win the 24th Annual Gator Classic. The Gamecocks went 3-0 in the tournament, beating Camden 3-0 and Wilson Hall 8-0. Jordy …