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High School

  • SMITH'S LEGACY: 1969 Great Falls basketball preview

    The Great Falls High School Red Devils, Devilettes and Jayvees begin their basketball season Tuesday when they meet Chester High School in three non-conference games at the local gym. The junior varsity game begins at five o'clock, the girls' game at 6:30 and the boys' game at 7:30.
    Devil Coach John Smith, in his first year at Great Falls after a sparkling playing career at Newberry, says he is concerned with lack of height. He's got a couple of six footers and that's all.

  • Williams and Erby light it up

    Even when they come minus blocking, tackling and running plays, the numbers posted by Chester's Malik Williams and John Erby this past weekend look like something from a video game.
    The Chester Cyclones football team took part in a huge, multi-team 7-on-7 tournament Saturday on the campus of the University of South Carolina. With coaches from multiple schools looking on, Williams, Chester's quarterback, completed 106 of 133 passes in seven games and threw 28 touchdowns against a single interception. To say the least, Chester Coach Victor Floyd was impressed.

  • Sorry Coach...

    Since I began working at a newspaper for a living, John Smith has always been one of my absolute favorite people to cover. He's smart, he's funny, he's the best at what he does...the last thing I'd ever want to do to someone I hold in such high regard is make them mad at me, but I'm afraid I'm about to do just that.

  • BREAKING NEWS: John Smith retiring from coaching, AD duties at Great Falls

    John Smith, the state's winningest boys basketball coach, has announced his retirement as coach and athletic director at Great Falls High School. He won eight state titles and 946 games with the Red Devils. Check back to OnlineChester.com for more on this developing story.

  • Josey plays well in all-star series

    The 2016 softball season is over, but Chester High graduate Elizabeth "B" Josey is still playing well.
    Josey took part in the North-South All-Star series held Wednesday and Thursday at USC-Aiken. Though she primarily pitched and played the infield for the Cyclones this year, she played in the outfield for the AA/AAA North squad. She went 0-for-2 at the plate but had several nice defensive plays as her team won 4-1 on Wednesday. She was 1-for-1 Thursday as her team fell to the A/AAAA North team by a score of 15-3.

  • Cycs win Irmo 7-on-7 tournament

    The Chester Cyclones football team won eight straight games and claimed the championship Saturday at the Irmo 7-on-7 tournament. Imagine if they've had all their players.
    During pool play, which featured a number of talented teams, including North Augusta, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Fairfield Central, Fox Creek, Spartanburg, Fort Mill and the host team, Chester was without normal starting quarterback Malik Williams and linebacker Jalyn Reid. The two were back home taking the ACT.

  • Schedules change radically for area football teams

    Region changes brought on by realignment and some different faces in out-of-region play have led to drastic alterations in the football schedules at Chester County's three high schools.

  • Great Falls Red Devils taking "baby steps"

    John Barrett wants the Great Falls Red Devils running at full speed, but he said the team has to take some baby steps to get there.
    Barrett, who was named head coach of the team in April, said his players are going through an adjustment period right now, which is to be expected when a new coach comes in and is running a totally new system. After running the Wing-T under former coach Kenneth Schofield for 16 seasons, Great Falls will be totally switching gears, going to a pass-heavy spread offense. It also takes time for players to adapt to a new coach and vice versa.

  • First 7-on-7 goes as expected for Cycs, Lions

    Chester and Lewisville hit the field Tuesday for their first 7-on-7 action of the season, and it went about like the respective coaches of each team figured an early summer session would go.
    "For it being the first time out, it was OK," said Cyclones Coach Victor Floyd. "We have plenty of work to do."
    "There were some bright spots, but we knew it would be a tough day," Lions Coach Will Mitchell said.

  • Stewart signs with Anderson Unviersity

    Drew Stewart has been a bad influence on Zack Weir...at least in the mind of Zack's Gamecock-loving father Wally.
    "It's Drew's fault that Zack has been wearing that orange," Weir joked, alluding to Stewart's allegiance to the Clemson Tigers.