High School

  • As usual, Pendergrass rarely leaves the field

    The best of the best where South Carolina prep football is concerned are on the practice field this week, readying themselves for the annual Shrine Bowl showdown with North Carolina. It says something, then, with so much talent on hand, that Chester's Julius Pendergrass is working with both the offense and defense of the Sandlappers team. Pendergrass will play both defensive back and running back in Saturday's contest.

  • Lewisville grapplers still learning the ropes

    To say the Lewisville High wrestling team is lacking in experience would be an understatement.
    "Not a single member of this team has wrestled at any level, except maybe in their back yard," said coach Scott Reen.
    It's a safe bet that very few former Lions ever got much experience in the sport either, since this year's team is the first in the school's history. Because of that, there have been some growing pains. Reen said his team is eager to learn and works hard, but is still learning the basics of the sport.

  • Sports round-up

    Great Falls basketball coach John Smith said he didn't look at Tuesday's 70-42 win over Newberry as his team avenging its only loss of the season, a setback at Newberry two weeks ago.
    "I'm very happy we were able to redeem ourselves," Smith said.
    Great Falls built an early six-point lead, stretched it out to 15 by the break and continued to pull away in the second half.
    Smith said a number of things led to his team's win Tuesday, and better play recently in general.

  • Red Devils run through Eagles, girls fall short

    The Red Devils were heating up the court Saturday night and Pageland was caught in the crossfire.  
    “To Pageland’s credit, they’re still celebrating their state championship in football and are still getting players out.  They’ve had very limited practice so we played them at an opportune time,” said Coach John Smith.  
    While the timing may have been opportune, racking up 90 points is quite a feat in high school basketball, and coach Smith had pulled his starters from the game before the fourth quarter.

  • Chester grad putting up great numbers in 'Bama

    Jasmine Sanders, a 2010 graduate of Chester High School, is putting together a terrific freshman campaign for the Alabama A&M women's basketball team.
    Sanders has started four of her team's six games thus far and is averaging about 19 minutes a game. She has been extremely efficient when in the line-up, shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 84.6 percent from the line.
    Sanders has averages this season of 9.3 points, nearly five rebounds, an assist and a block a game. Alabama A&M is 3-3 on the season thus far.

  • Williams make a big impression

    When he missed his junior year because of an injury, Chester High's Neil Williams may have been a bit forgotten and didn't get much notice. It would have been impossible for anyone at Saturday's North-South All-Star Game not to notice him, though.
    Williams didn't earn defensive MVP honors, but he had to be in the discussion with four tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the North's 23-6 victory.
    "I did good, but the biggest thing is that we won the game," Williams said.

  • Chester girls win big, boys lose close

    The shots didn't fall Tuesday, though ultimately the Chester Cyclones did, losing to Northwestern 48-41. Coach Andrew Dean said he saw some good things from his team, though, enough to know his squad is headed in the right direction.
    "This is the third game of the year that we had a chance to win," Dean said. "Turnovers hurt us early but the boys played with heart and as a team. As the game went on they were playing off one another."

  • Craig honored again

    Great Falls High product and current USC-Upstate Spartan Torrey Craig has been named the Atlantic Sun Newcomer of the Week for a second time.
    Against East Tennessee State University, Craig had 18 points and 15 rebounds to help the Spartans to a 60-59 victory. For the season, Craig is averaging 11.1 points and 7.3 rebounds, both team highs.

  • Lions come up just short

    For the second straight week, the Lewisville boys had the effort and defense needed to knock off AAAA Rock Hill, but for a second straight week, too many turnovers undercut the Lions' effort in a 60-49 loss on Tuesday.
    "We just turned the ball over too many times," said Lewisville coach Tony Busby.

  • McNeal out of North-South game

    Chester High quarterback Tony McNeal will not be participating in the North-South All-Star game.
    During McNeal's three years as a starter, Chester was 28-15. He threw for nearly 2,500 yards as a senior and tossed 25 touchdowns. For his career, McNeal threw for more than 7,000 yards and 70 scores.