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Scott's Branch hasn't won a playoff game since Leonard Johnson's last stint as head coach in 2011. Johnson led the Eagles to a postseason victory over Hemingway 38-7 on Friday.

Scott's Branch beats Hemingway to set up rematch with C.E. Murray

Few people would've likely picked Scott's Branch High School to win a road game in the 1A football state playoffs this season after the Eagles opened the year losing four straight games by an average margin of nearly 40 points. That's exactly what …

J. SCOTT SEWELL / THE SUMTER ITEMManning quarterback Justin Daniels (8) fakes a handoff to running back Aaron Smith in the Monarchs' 34-12 loss to Cheraw in the first round of the 3A state playoffs on Friday at Ramsey Stadium in Manning.

Cheraw pulls away to top Manning 34-12

MANNING - The Manning High School football team fell to Cheraw 34-12 on Friday at Ramsey Stadium, seeing its season end in the first round of the 3A state playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. The Braves will face Strom Thurmond in the …

ROWLAND

Swampcats blow out Porter-Gaud in 2nd half

MANNING -- Wyatt Rowland had another spectacular game on Friday as Laurence Manning Academy won going away, 40-14, over Porter-Gaud in the SCISA 3A football quarterfinals at Billy Chitwood Field. The Swampcats' undisputed Mr. Everything did just …

MICAH GREEN  / THE SUMTER ITEMSumter wide receiver Tylee Craft hauls in a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Hayden Vasquez in the second quarter of the Gamecocks' 45-7 win over Woodmont in the first round of the 5A state playoffs on Friday at Memorial Stadium.

Sumter overcomes slow start to beat Woodmont 45-7

Through one play of the second quarter, Woodmont High School had run 19 plays to just four for Sumter in their first-round game in the 5A football state playoffs on Friday. The Wildcats rode that disparity to an early 7-0 lead. It didn't take the …

Tim Leible / The Sumter Item  Manning's Dontavus Hilton (7) and the Monarchs will play host to Cheraw on Friday at Ramsey Stadium in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.

Manning looking to break 1st-round jinx against Cheraw

Manning High School's varsity football team hopes to bury some of its past demons on Friday when it plays host to Cheraw at Ramsey Stadium in their 3A state playoffs opener. The Monarchs have finished with a 7-4 record while losing in the first …

From the Wire

Green Bay Packers' Jamaal Williams runs for a first down during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis.

Panthers run defense a concern, allowing 10 TDs in 3 games

CHARLOTTE - Panthers coach Ron Rivera is growing increasingly concerned with his team's struggles against the run - and with good reason. The Green Bay Packers ran for 163 yards and Aaron Jones scored three times on the ground in a 24-16 win over …

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, left, avoids being sacked by Seattle defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) during the Seahawks' 27-24 OT win in Santa Clara, Calif. on Monday.

Seahawks knock 49ers from unbeaten ranks with OT win

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Russell Wilson high-stepped his way down the sideline before hugging coach Pete Carroll after Jason Myers' kick split the uprights. After a wild overtime that featured a rare Wilson interception, a missed field goal by San …

Clemson's Tyler Davis (13) celebrates a fumble recovery with teammates James Skalski (47) and K'Von Wallace (12) during the Tigers' 55-10 win over North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday.

No. 3 Clemson tops N.C. State 55-10 to win ACC division title

RALEIGH, N.C. - Trevor Lawrence said he and his Clemson teammates aren't focused on trying to make a point about their outside-looking-in position in the first College Football Playoff rankings. Maybe not, but the reigning national champion …

South Carolina wide receiver Bryan Edwards runs after a catch during the Gamecocks' 20-15 loss to Appalachian State on Saturday in Columbia.

Appalachian State beats USC 20-15 for 2nd Power Five win

COLUMBIA - Appalachian State just keeps adding to its rich, college football history. The small school champions that took down mighty Michigan in the Big House 12 years ago has now beaten two Power Five programs - and its first Southeastern …

Denny Hamlin's win on Sunday earned him a spot in the championship field.

Hamlin races way into championship field with Phoenix win

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Denny Hamlin adamantly insisted 'it's not over" after a critical mistake last week put the Daytona 500 winner on the verge of elimination from NASCAR's championship race. He remained undeterred, confident in his chances to win …

Prep Sports

TSA volleyball falls to Palmetto Christian on Senior Night

Thomas Sumter Academy’s varsity volleyball team fell to Palmetto Christian Academy 3-0 (25-10, 25-23, 25-17) in their regular season finale on Tuesday night.

Sumter Sports Week in Review (9/29/19)

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Gamecocks swept by Blythewood

Sumter varsity volleyball was swept by Blythewood 3-0 (25-6, 25-12, 25-17) on Tuesday night.

Robert E. Lee varsity volleyball downs Dillon Christian 3-1

BISHOPVILLE -- Robert E. Lee’s varsity volleyball team improved their record to 3-3 in region play with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-7, 25-15, 26-24) victory over Dillon Christian on Monday night.

East Clarendon’s Rhamey Floyd celebrates after the Lady Wolverines scored a point in their 3-0 victory over Laurence Manning Academy on Wednesday at Bubba Davis Gymnasium.

East Clarendon improves to 7-0, sweeps Laurence Manning Academy

MANNING - East Clarendon’s varsity volleyball team improved to 7-0 on the season with a 3-0 (25-8, 25-21, 25-12) sweep of Laurence Manning Academy on Wednesday night.

CLEMSON

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS   Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers will be looking to stay undefeated when they take on North Carolina State on Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Clemson continues playoff push with trip to N.C. State

RALEIGH, N.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney doesn't see a lot of difference between the way the Tigers were playing at this point last year on the way to a national championship and now. That's why he's not worried about the fourth-ranked Tigers' …

BROWNELL

Newman scores 16, leads Clemson past Presbyterian 79-45

CLEMSON (AP) - What a difference a couple of nights can make. After struggling from long range in a season-opening loss to Virginia Tech on Tuesday night, the Clemson Tigers found the range time and again Thursday night against …

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell speaks during a news conference at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Omaha, Neb. Clemson faces Kansas in a regional semifinal on Friday.

Horne, Nolley lead VT to 67-60 win over Tigers

CLEMSON - Virginia Tech coach Mike Young knew before his first game with the Hokies he'd have a marquee player in Landers Nolley II. Nolley, playing his first game, didn't disappoint with 30 points in leading the Hokies to a 67-60 win over …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the defending national  champion Tigers are ranked fifth the first College Football Playoff standings released on Tuesday.

Clemson on outside looking in 1st CFP poll

NEW YORK - Two from the Big Ten. Two from the Southeastern Conference. And the undefeated defending national champions on the outside looking in - for now. Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Penn State were the top four teams Tuesday night in the …

Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) eludes the tackle attempt by Wofford's Mason Alstatt (13) to score a touchdown during the Tigers' 59-14 victory on Saturday in Clemson.

Swinney: No. 4 Clemson is once again peaking at right time

CLEMSON - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney doesn't need a top-four College Football Playoff ranking to know his fourth-ranked Tigers are playing well and have developed the leadership and chemistry they need to defend their national …

USC

Aliyah Boston

Boston has triple-double in debut for No. 8 USC

COLUMBIA - Aliyah Boston had a debut for South Carolina like no other. The freshman had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks to lead the No. 8 Gamecocks to a 103-43 win over Alabama State in Tuesday night's season opener. Boston's …

South Carolina's AJ Lawson is a preseason first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection. Lawson and the Gamecocks open their season today against North Alabama.

South Carolina's Frank Martin welcomes back familiar roster

COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Frank Martin found himself with extra time on his hands this offseason instead of scrambling around searching for players to plug holes in a roster riddled with transfers and departures. "We've had the first summer …

South Carolina wide receiver Bryan Edwards (89) and running back Deshaun Fenwick (14) celebrate Edwards' touchdown during the Gamecocks' 24-7 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday in Columbia.

South Carolina beats Vandy 24-7 with career game from Edwards

COLUMBIA - With one of their key playmakers out injured, South Carolina again turned to dependable "old man" Bryan Edwards. Edwards caught a school record 14 passes for a career best 139 yards to lead the Gamecocks (4-5, 3-4 Southeastern) to a …

South Carolina tight end Kyle Markway (84) runs with the football after a catch in the Gamecocks' 41-21 loss to Tennessee last week. The Gamecocks play host to Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Vandy, South Carolina meet, both looking for strong finish

COLUMBIA - If there were ever two football coaches needing a strong finish to the regular season, it's South Carolina's Will Muschamp and Vanderbilt's Derek Mason. The pair have been subject to whispers about their futures as their teams have …

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp

South Carolina faces difficult stretch run for bowl game

COLUMBIA - These are desperate times for South Carolina's football team - again. It was only a month ago the Gamecocks had to right themselves after a 1-3 start with two straight wins, including a stunning 20-17, double overtime upset at …

Outdoors

DAN GEDDINGS / SPECIAL TO THE SUMTER ITEM  Pools of rain water collect on the Forty Acre Rock.

40 acres of wonder

The upper trail was wide and sloped gently downhill. It was easy walking. Thick pine forest closed in on each side. The blackened trunks were evidence of a low-intensity prescribed burn. Dogwoods, post oaks and a few small sweetgums were scattered …

Here's how to extend the vase life of your flowers

Fresh cut flower arrangements are fleeting, but you can keep them lively longer by taking a few simple steps in selection, conditioning and nourishment. "Cut flowers generally last five to seven days after the time they get to the consumer," said …

Wild turkey harvest in S.C. down slightly last spring

COLUMBIA - Approximately 50,000 turkey hunters take to the woods annually in South Carolina with hopes of harvesting a wily gobbler, and the 2019 spring turkey season was no exception. With an estimated harvest of 15,783 adult gobblers and 1,591 …