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Sumter's Kiara Croskey (3) and the Lady Gamecocks will face Wando in the 5A lower state championship on Monday.

Sumter playoff basketball highlights 5 Things to Watch This Week

1. SUMTER GIRLS PLAY FOR LOWER STATE TITLEThe Sumter High School girls basketball team will go up against Wando in the 5A lower state championship game on Monday at 6 p.m. at Lake Marion High School …

University of South Carolina - Sumter head coach Tim Medlin

Cancellations plague USC-Sumter baseball early in season

Coming into the season, University of South Carolina Sumter baseball head coach Tim Medlin knew he was going to have a pretty fluid schedule. With the coronavirus pandemic still affecting teams, games would have to be moved and cancelled. That …

South Carolina's Wes Clarke, right, and the Gamecocks will face Clemson for their annual 3-game series this weekend.

South Carolina, Clemson meet on diamond this weekend

After opening their respective seasons with 3-game sweeps of Ohio schools, South Carolina and Clemson get down to business this weekend - against each other. The Gamecocks and Tigers will play their annual 3-game series on Friday, Saturday and …

Scott's Branch guard Montrez Sinkler goes up for a layup during the Eagles' 70-46 win over Hannah-Pamplico in their quarterfinal matchup in the 1A state playoffs on Wednesday.

Scott’s Branch blows past Hannah-Pamplico 70-46

SUMMERTON – The Scott’s Branch High School boys basketball team looked like it was going to be going down to the wire against Hannah-Pamplico in their quarterfinal game in the 1A state …

Lee Academy's Caleigh Barrett (15) won the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week after scoring her 1,000th point in a win over John Paul II on Friday.

Lee's Barrett wins Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week after scoring 1,000th point

The Lee Academy girls basketball team has leaned on Caleigh Barrett a lot this season. The senior forward almost always led the team in scoring and was great at cleaning up on the boards. That continued when the Lady Cavaliers faced John Paul II in …

From the Wire

Atlanta manager Brian Snitker signed an extension with the Braves through 2023 on Friday.

Braves extend manager Snitker through 2023

ATLANTA - It took a while for Brian Snitker to get his shot at being a big league manager. He's in no hurry to let it go. The Atlanta Braves announced Friday they have extended Snitker's contract through the 2023 season, with a club option for …

Former Crestwood High standout and Memphis guard Ja Morant (12) shoots during the Grizzlies' 122-94 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday in Memphis, Tennessee.

Grizzlies take down Clippers 122-94

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Grizzlies clamped down on the Los Angeles Clippers. Tyus Jones scored a career-high 20 points, Memphis slowed Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and the Grizzlies beat the Clippers 122-94 on Thursday night. Dillon …

The Associated Press  South Carolina forward Keyshawn Bryant (24) led the Gamecocks with 14 points in a loss to Mississippi State on Wednesday.

Mississippi State jumps out early, tops Carolina 69-48

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - D.J. Stewart Jr. scored 15 points, Abdul Ado had 11 and Mississippi State jumped out early and cruised to a 69-48 victory over South Carolina on Wednesday night. Tolu Smith added nine points and 13 rebounds for …

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin and the Gamecocks will be on probation for two years as punishment for former assistant coach Lamont Evans accepting bribes from a sports agent.

NCAA hands South Carolina 2-year probation for ex-assistant

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's men's basketball program was placed on probation for two years by the NCAA on Thursday for former assistant coach Lamont Evans accepting between $3,300 and $5,800 in bribes from a sports agent. The NCAA's decision put …

Atlanta Braves center fielder Cristian Pache hopes his big plays in the playoffs, like this home run-saving catch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, helps him earn the starting job in center this year.

Braves rookie CF Pache banking on postseason in bid to start

For a 22-year-old rookie who has had only four regular-season at-bats, Cristian Pache has good reason to look comfortable with Atlanta Braves starters in spring training. Pache already has delivered offensive and defensive highlights on one of …

Prep Sports

East Clarendon's Talaysia Cooper (10) dribbles around pressure during the Lady Wolverines' 67-58 loss to Military Academy on Tuesday. Cooper fouled out after being called for multiple offensive fouls while trying to dribble around heavy pressure from the Lady Eagles.

Cooper fouls out as East Clarendon’s season ends with loss to Military Magnet

TURBEVILLE -- The East Clarendon High School girls basketball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday, as Lady Wolverine star Talaysia Cooper, who was named the 1A Player of the Year by the …

Lee's Caleigh Barrett (15) drives to the basket during the Lady Cavalier's 75-25 loss to Palmetto Christian in the second round of the SCISA 2A playoffs on Monday.

Lee Academy can't beat the press, falls to Palmetto Christian 75-25 in 2A playoffs

The Lee Academy girls basketball team played Palmetto Christian twice in the regular season. In the first matchup, pressure from the Lady Eagles led to Palmetto Christian running away with a 73-43 …

Sumter's Kiara Croskey (3) handles the ball during Sumter's 48-27 win over Berkeley in the SCHSL 5A state playoffs on Monday.

Sumter routs Berkeley 48-27 in 5A playoffs behind Croskey, stout defense

The Sumter High School girls basketball team has been a dominant defensive unit for the overwhelming majority of its season. That did not change on Monday with the move from the regular season to the …

Lakewood's Jaqcorey Melton led the Gators with nine points in their 44-31 loss to Orangeburg-Wilkinson in the SCHSL 3A state playoffs on Monday.

Lakewood boys fall to Orangeburg-Wilkinson 44-31 in 3A state playoffs

SANTEE – Lakewood High School’s boys basketball team saw its season come to an end on Monday with a 44-31 loss to Orangeburg-Wilkinson in the first round of the 3A state playoffs at the …

Manning's La'Tavius Wilson led the Lady Monarchs with 13 points in their 45-32 loss to Orangeburg-Wilkinson in the SCHSL 3A state playoffs on Monday.

Manning girls basketball falls to Orangeburg-Wilkinson in 3A playoffs

SANTEE – The Manning High School girls basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 45-32 loss to Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Monday at the Lake Marion High gymnasium in the first round of …

CLEMSON

Clemson's Hunter Tyson (5) shoots over Wake Forest's Isaiah Mucius during the Tigers' 50-39 win on Wednesday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Clemson wins 4th straight, holds Wake Forest to 39 points

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Alex Hemenway scored 17 points with five 3-pointers, Aamir Simms had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Clemson beat Wake Forest 60-39 on Wednesday for its fourth straight victory. Clemson held its second opponent this …

Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (5) will take over for Trevor Lawrence full time next season after a brief stint as the starter while Lawrence was out with COVID-19 this past season.

Clemson, Swinney face major offensive changes this spring

COLUMBIA - Don't tell Clemson coach Dabo Swinney he has anything to worry about without offensive stars and team leaders in quarterback Trevor Lawrence and tailback Travis Etienne on the Tigers. "There's nobody that's left our program that we …

South Carolina guard Zia Cooke (1) drives to the hoop against Kentucky guard Chasity Patterson (15) during the Gamecocks' 76-55 win on Sunday in Columbia.

South Carolina recovers to beat Kentucky 76-55

COLUMBIA - Zia Cooke scored 21 points as South Carolina got back on track after its first Southeastern Conference loss in two seasons with a 76-55 victory over Kentucky on Sunday. The Gamecocks (18-3, 13-1 SEC) had won 31 straight over league …

South Carolina's Wes Clarke was named the national player of the week by Collegiate Baseball after hitting .700 with three home runs and nine RBI over the weekend.

USC, Clemson sweep opening series before facing each other this weekend

It was a good opening weekend for the South Carolina and Clemson baseball teams as they each swept their 3-game home series. The Gamecocks swept Dayton, winning 5-1 on Sunday with a late-inning rally at Founders Park. They won 12-5 on Saturday …

Former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) threw for NFL teams on Friday.

Expected top pick Lawrence throws for Meyer, NFL teams

CLEMSON (AP) - Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence worked out for several NFL personnel including his expected future pro coach, Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The former national championship winner is projected as the No. 1 overall …

USC

South Carolina guard Zia Cooke (1) shoots against Ole Miss during the Gamecocks' 68-43 win in Columbia on Thursday.

No. 5 USC women win 13th straight over Ole Miss 68-43

COLUMBIA - South Carolina didn't waste time celebrating its latest victory over Mississippi, not with the bigger picture in sight. Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley told her players in the locker room Thursday soon after the 68-43 rout that the stage …

South Carolina's Aliyah Boston (4) shoots while defended by Tennessee's Tamari Key (20) during the Gamecocks' 75-67 loss on Thursday in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Davis leads No. 21 Tennessee over No. 2 South Carolina

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For just a moment, Kellie Harper allowed herself to break COVID protocol. The hug she got from Tennessee men's basketball coach Rick Barnes was just too important to pass up. Harper was celebrating the biggest win in her …

South Carolina's AJ Lawson dunks during the Gamecocks' 93-73 loss to Tennessee on Wednesday in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Bailey leads No. 19 Tennessee over South Carolina 93-73

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Every time South Carolina made a move, Tennessee answered. Victor Bailey was a big part of the Volunteers' response. Bailey connected on 7 of 10 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points to lead No. 19 Tennessee to a …

South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston (4) and the Gamecocks are in line to be one of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA women's basketball tournament after the selection committee announced its initial top 16 on Monday.

UConn in line for women's tournament top seed; USC No. 2

UConn, South Carolina, Stanford and Louisville are in line for the top seeds of the women's NCAA Tournament. The women's basketball selection committee revealed the top 16 teams to this point Monday night. The Huskies, who moved up to No. 1 in …

South Carolina guard AJ Lawson scored 22 points in the Gamecocks' 81-74 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday.

Shuler's career-high 31 helps Ole Miss edge South Carolina

COLUMBIA (AP) — Devontae Shuler scored a career-high 31 points in a return to his native South Carolina and his shot block and resulting pair of free throws with nine seconds left helped Ole …

Outdoors

PHOTO PROVIDED BY CLEMSONSachin Rustgi, a molecular biologist at Clemson's Pee Dee Research and Education Center, tests wheat and peanut varieties to find ones that are naturally less allergenic than others.

Clemson researcher seeks to make peanuts, wheat easier to digest

FLORENCE- Peanuts and wheat are nutritional powerhouses but contain protein allergens that can be detrimental for some people. However, a Clemson University researcher thinks that if he can target these proteins, he can breed for safer, …

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes, making 2020 …

DAN GEDDINGS / THE SUMTER ITEM  A large gobbler track is seen in the sandy drive of the Man Cave.

Dan Geddings: The Man Cave

It is a small tract of land, close by the highway. Cars roar down the road, headed to some unknown destination. All of the other hunt club land lies across the busy road, where there is room to get away from the steady hum of traffic. There was a …