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College

  • Gaines, Gamecocks, compete in Final Four Sunday

    Chester's Olivia Gaines and her South Carolina Gamecock teammates are one game from the women's basketball national title game. They can punch their ticket to the finals on Sunday.
    South Carolina (34-2) will face Notre Dame (35-2) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in Tampa, Florida in the Final Four. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. A preview of the game on GamecocksOnline.com notes the important role Gaines has played in her team's success.

  • Kerr shuts down Winthrop

    He helped Coastal Carolina win its 11th straight game including its third shutout, propelled his team back into the national polls and recorded his fifth win of the season...not a bad night for Austin Kerr.
    On Saturday, Coastal Carolina downed Winthrop by a score of 6-0. Anthony Marks paced the Chanticleer offensive attack with three infield singles, while Michael Paez, Connor Owings,  Zach Remillard and Tyler Chadwick each contributed two hits.

  • Gaines' three helps win it for South Carolina

    University of South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley says that when she tells Olivia Gaines to be ready to shoot, that means she's going to shoot. After Friday, Staley is probably glad.
    Gaines, the Chester High graduate, didn't hit the game-winning shot in her team's Sweet 16 game against the University of North Carolina, but it's hard to see how they'd have claimed the 67-65 victory without her.

  • Gaines, Gamecocks on ESPN tonight

    Chester's Olivia Gaines and the rest of the South Carolina Women's basketball team, are playing in their second-straight Sweet 16 tonight.
    The team (now 32-2 on the year) will face the University of North Carolina at 7 p.m. in Greensboro. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

  • Holmes and Gaines wrapping up college seasons

    The college basketball season is drawing to a close and two former Chester County standouts are putting the finishing touches on outstanding years.
    The Newberry College men's basketball team wrapped up its season with a loss in the SAC Conference Tournament. However, Great Falls High graduate Xavier Holmes was a big contributor for the 20-9 Wolves. For the year, he played in 28 games with 12 starts, averaging 10.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, an assist and a steal per game. He shot 63.3 percent from the field and blocked 23 shots during the season.

  • Holmes named SAC Player of the Week

    A super-hot week of shooting from the field has earned Great Falls native Xavier Holmes South Atlantic Conference AstroTurf Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for games played February 16-22.
    Holmes averaged 20 points, five rebounds and 75 percent shooting in the Wolves’ two victories during the past week. On Wednesday at Queens, Holmes tied a career-high with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor. He also tallied six rebounds and two blocks in Newberry’s 90-85 victory.

  • Cok earns first college win

    He earned a spot on the team, now Christian Cok has earned his first college baseball win.
    Cok, a freshman pitcher at Randolph Macon College in Virginia and a Lewisville High School graduate, has made his way into two of his team's first three games this season. In the team's most recent contest, a 12-8 victory over St. Mary's on Sunday, Cok came on in relief and picked up a victory. He's actually pitched in two games already, throwing 1.2 innings, allowing no hits, striking out four and yielding one walk.

  • Holmes and Gaines continue solid play

    A pair of former Chester County basketball standouts continue to help their college teams to successful seasons as the 2014-'15 slate begins to wind down.
    Xavier Holmes, a Great Falls High School graduate, is a key contributor for the 15-8 Newberry Wolves men's basketball team. Holmes, a junior, has appeared in 22 of his team's 23 games (including 12 starts) and has averages of 8.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, one assist and one steal per game. Additionally, he is shooting 60.2 percent from the floor.

  • Ealey comes up big for Brevard

    Freshman Deandre Ealey has started her freshman college softball season as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner at Brevard College. She may not stay in those roles much longer.

  • Holmes, Gaines putting together solid seasons

    A pair of former Chester County athletes are playing a big role in the success of their respective college teams.
    Xavier Holmes is now a junior on the Newberry College basketball. He has appeared in 16 of the team's 17 games and started 10. For the year, Holmes is averaging 9.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and a steal a game. He also has 14 assists and eight shot blocks on the season and is shooting 58 percent from the floor. The Wolves are 13-4 overall but have lost a couple in-a-row. Holmes has excelled in those losses, though, averaging 17.5 points a game in the last two.