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The Laurence Manning defense held Ben Lippen to 105 total yards on Friday in the Swampcats' 14-0 win.

Stellar LMA defense highlights this week's Friday Night Takeaways

There were only three local football games last week after Thomas Sumter Academy was forced to cancel its matchup with Pee Dee and Clarendon Hall took advantage of its bye week, but there were still plenty of noteworthy things that happened on …

Running back Isiah Washington (3) will be one of eight returning starters on offense for Scott's Branch.

Scott's Branch playing for fourth head coach in four years in Barr

The seniors on the Scott's Branch High School football team are used to change. With Rodney Barr taking over as the Eagles' head coach this season, they will be playing for their head coach in as many years. It will also be the fourth different …

Manning quarterback Justin Daniel returns as the starter after taking over late in the season last year.

Manning has holes to fill in Kennedy's second year

Reggie Kennedy is set to begin his second season as football head coach at Manning High School when the Monarchs play host to Marlboro County at Ramsey Stadium. And the veteran head coach is happy it's Year 2 for him and not the first. Why? The …

Sumter defensive end Justus Boone (6) will lead a stout Gamecock defense that has a lot of returning talent.

Sumter High returns defense loaded with talent

The Sumter High School football team has a lot of experience on defense with nine returning starters. And almost half of those returning players are very, very good in the eyes of college scouts, as four of them have Football Bowl Subdivision …

Wilson Hall boys swim team finishes second

CHARLESTON - The Wilson Hall varsity boys swim team finished second and the girls team seventh in the Pinewood Invitational on Saturday. Porter-Gaud won the 6-team boys meet with 200 points followed by the Barons with 96. Porter-Gaud also won the …

From the Wire

Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano will open the season as the undisputed starter for the No. 16 Volunteers.

QB Guarantano opens season as undisputed starter for No. 16 Vols

Jarrett Guarantano and the 16th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers are about to find out how much it helps them having the same offensive coordinator for consecutive seasons. The quarterback who lost his starting job last season and even received death …

Atlanta shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) moves in to tag out Miami Marlins' Monte Harrison, back right, at third base to make a crucial double play in the ninth inning of the Braves' 5-4 win on Monday in Atlanta.

Bullpen, defense preserves Braves' 5-4 win over Marlins

ATLANTA - At the start, it looked like a slugfest. By the end, it came down to defense. The Braves ad-libbed a brilliant double play to snuff out a potential Miami comeback in the ninth, moving Atlanta a step closer to a third straight NL East …

Avoiding the coronavirus is the biggest concern for Clemson running back Travis Etienne, left, and the top-ranked Tigers during their bye week.

No. 1 Clemson, Swinney worried about COVID during bye week

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has few worries about his football team on the field. Off it? That's another story. Swinney is concerned that the top-ranked Tigers' bye week - especially with players getting Friday and Saturday off - could result in …

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) stiff arms Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) as he scores on a touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.

Panthers' McCaffrey out multiple weeks with ankle sprain

CHARLOTTE — Christian McCaffrey said he plans to attack his rehabilitation from a high ankle sprain the same way he does everything else — with a full head of steam. The All-Pro …

Patrick Reed plays a shot off the second fairway during the second round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship on Friday in Mamaroneck, New York.

Reed takes the lead as the real U.S. Open gets started

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - This was the Winged Foot everyone has heard about. This is the U.S. Open everyone expected. Patrick Reed answered the first big test Friday when the wind arrived out of the north, bringing a little chill and a lot of trouble. …

Prep Sports

Tickets for Lakewood's opener along with the rest of the home games for Sumter School District football teams, will be sold in advance this season.

Tickets for Sumter School District home football games to be sold in advance

All of the tickets for Sumter School District home football games will be sold in advance, according to COVID-19 game guidelines released by the district on Monday. Gates will open one hour prior to start time for all of the home games at Sumter …

East Clarendon running back Marques Webb (26) and the Wolverines have a lot of offensive continuity to help boost their offense after an offseason that was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

East Clarendon bonds over football as season approaches

The coronavirus pandemic has made 2020 difficult for almost everyone and has shut down the world in an unprecedented way. However, many people have been fortunate not to be directly affected by it. The football players at East Clarendon High …

Laurence Manning scored touchdowns in each half and played shutdown defense in a 14-0 win over Ben Lippen on Friday.

Laurence Manning defense shines again in 14-0 win over Ben Lippen

MANNING -- In what will likely be one of the most watched SCISA football games of the week, Laurence Manning Academy put up a touchdown in each half and the defense made those scores stand for a 14-0 win over Ben Lippen on Friday at Billy Chitwood …

TIM LEIBLE / THE SUMTER ITEM Wilson Hall quarterback Tate Sistare (5) and the Barons struggled to get their offense moving in a 47-7 loss to Hammond on Friday.

Wilson Hall gets behind early in 47-7 loss to Hammond

COLUMBIA - The fast start enjoyed by the Wilson Hall football team came to a screeching halt on Friday. The Barons, who had opened the season with two straight convincing victories, went up against 3-time defending SCISA 3A state champion Hammond …

Lee cashes in on great Price as Cavs beat Florence Christian 35-19

BISHOPVILLE – Quarterback Keaton Price rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 90 yards and another score to lift Lee Academy to a 35-19 football victory over Florence Christian …

CLEMSON

For the first time since the end of the 2011 season, Ohio State is not ranked in the AP Top 25, as the Buckeyes with quarterback Justin Fields (1) sidelined after the Big Ten elected not to play games this fall.

Ohio State top 25 streak ends, but not really

For the first time since the end of the 2011 season, Ohio State is not ranked in the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes' streak of 132 straight poll appearances is the second-longest active streak in the country, behind Alabama's 198. Of course, in this …

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney celebrates with the defense after a Wake Forest turnover during Clemson's 37-13 win on Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

No. 1 Clemson building depth with highly touted newcomers

Like college coaches around the nation, Clemson's Dabo Swinney is always looking to build on his team's depth. That wasn't hard to do in the top-ranked Tigers opener as several highly-regarded freshmen played early and often in a win against Wake …

Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) finds a hole in the Wake Forest defense during the Tigers' 37-13 win on Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Clemson still at No. 1 in new coronavirus poll

Sun Belt rivals Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State were among 10 new teams ranked Sunday in first regular-season Associated Press college football poll, which was stripped of the teams not yet scheduled to play a fall season. There was no …

The Sumter volleyball team will face crosstown rival Lakewood on Monday.

Panthers' season opener against Las Vegas highlights 5 things to watch for this week

1. PANTHERS OPEN WITH RAIDERS The Carolina Panthers open their season at home - albeit in an empty Bank of America Stadium - on Sunday by playing host to the Las Vegas Raiders. While the Raiders are playing in a new city this year, having …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) and the Tigers will begin another run at a national title with a matchup against Wake Forest on Saturday.

Lawrence, No. 1 Clemson begin another title chase with trip to Wake

Trevor Lawrence has only lost one game since taking over as Clemson's starting quarterback in 2018. But that one defeat was a big one - a lopsided 42-25 loss to Louisiana State in last year's College Football Playoff championship game - and …

USC

Graduate transfer Collin Hill was named the starting quarterback for South Carolina on Thursday.

Grad transfer Hill to start at quarterback for USC

COLUMBIA - Graduate transfer Collin Hill will start at quarterback for South Carolina when it opens against No. 15 Tennessee on Sept. 26. Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp announced the decision on Thursday. Hill arrived at South Carolina from …

Former South Carolina center A'ja Wilson, center, was named the AP WNBA player of the year after leading the Las Vegas Aces to the top playoff seed this season.

Former Gamecock Wilson wins AP WNBA player of the year honors

Former South Carolina center A'ja Wilson has been the cornerstone of the Las Vegas franchise since she was drafted and took her game to another level this season, earning her The Associated Press WNBA player of the year honors. The former No. 1 …

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp announced on Thursday that two USC players tested positive for COVID-19.

2 South Carolina football players test positive

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp said two players have tested positive for COVID-19 while another nine are being held out because of possible contact with the infected players. Muschamp gave the update Thursday night. …

South Carolina's returning starting quarterback Ryan Hilinski (3) is still fighting for his job against transfer quarterback Collin Hill and freshman Luke Doty.

Muschamp: South Carolina quarterback competition continues

COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Will Muschamp is letting his first true quarterback battle in four years go a little bit longer. Muschamp and the Gamecocks have had the luxury of an established starter in recent years since Jake Bentley took over …

South Carolina wide receiver Or'Tre Smith (18) opted out of the 2020 season on Friday due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Two Gamecock receivers opt out, OL Rhodes opts back in

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina receivers Randrecous Davis and OrTre Smith have chosen to skip the season because of concerns regarding the coronavirus. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said Friday he understands and accepts the players' …

Outdoors

3 ways to make your yard a safe haven for birds

Without a few measures in place, your home and garden could be hazardous to birds. Here are some great ways to create a safe haven for beautiful flying visitors. - Garden organically: Conventional pesticides can be toxic to …

A buck grunt tube call and a doe bleat can are used by deer hunters.

Some deer sounds

A deer started blowing back in the pines, and I hadn't even sat down yet. It was dark, and the soft wind was in my face. I had climbed the stand slowly and carefully and had not made a sound. Yet this deer had detected my presence somehow. All I …

SCDNR: Regulation bans use of natural lures, attractants for deer hunters

COLUMBIA - S.C. deer hunters are reminded that the following regulation was put in place last year, affecting the use of natural deer lures and attractants in South Carolina."No person shall for the purposes of taking or attempting to take, …