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High School

  • Cyclones mix mistakes, big plays during first scrimmage

    Chester coach Anthony Sterling can deal with mistakes, particularly in the first scrimmage of the year. What he won't tolerate is players that don't project the proper attitude on the field.
    “You shouldn't be tired,” Sterling told his team after Friday's encounter with Union County. “That is a sign of weakness.”

  • Class is in session for Lamar

    Being a student of the game is allowing Great Falls quarterback Shaq Lamar to be a teacher on the field.

  • Just like home

    Jamarius Robinson found himself around a group of former Lewisville teammates on Wednesday. Not that that's anything new.
    Robinson was on his alma mater's practice field to have a look at the 2010 edition of the Lions. He said he liked what he saw and even gave a few pointers here and there. During some passing work, when a receiver tried to make a one-handed grab, he said “Hey, two hands.”

  • Hot start for Lions

    Lewisville trainer Al Shuford was happy with what he saw. Armed with a couple of different gauges, Shuford checked the air temperature, the ground temperature and even the temperature of a couple of players to make sure conditions on the first day of practice wouldn't venture into dangerous territory.
    Coach Marvin Burke was more concerned with temperament than temperature, but he too was happy with what he saw.
    “The work ethic is much better this year,” Burke said. “The kids are working hard. They are determined to get better.”

  • Bigger, stronger, faster

    This should be a scary prospect for the opponents that have watched the Chester High offense rip off huge chunks of yardage with one big play after another for the past few years.
    “We're getting better every day,” said coach Anthony Sterling. “We're also getting faster every day.”
    Working on that speed, and agility, was job one when the team convened its first practice on Friday morning. During the early session, varsity players were outside running through conditioning drills while JV players were in the weight room.

  • Great start for Great Falls

    At one end of the field, quarterbacks and wide receivers worked on pass routes. On the other end, two separate groups of linemen were going through their paces, working on pulling and recognizing what a defense was doing. There was no contact, that will start later in the week, but it looked like every other first day practice at Great Falls High School, with one exception.

  • A (grill) fire side chat

    COLUMBIA -- The Chester Cyclones may have come up 2 points short in their quest for a state football championship, but Cyclones fans are without question the undisputed champions when it comes to tailgating.

    About the time the AA title game between Cheraw and Chapman started up Saturday, I decided to head out into the Williams-Brice Stadium Parking lot to find Chester Mayor Mitch Foster. The city was holding a tailgate party and Foster was grilling up hamburgers and hot dogs. The mayor is a champion barbecuer, so I figured I'd just follow my nose.

  • Cyclones come up short

    COLUMBIA -- As soon as he snared a 15-yard touchdown pass from teammate Gene McCaskill, Chester's Charles Whitlock knew what his team had to do.

    "We needed that 2-point conversion," said Whitlock, whose fourth quarter scoring grab narrowed the deficit his team faced to 14-12. "We needed 2."

    McCaskill's lunge for the goal line on the 2-point try came up just inches short, as did Chester's quest to bring the school it's first state title trophy since 1963 with Saturday's 14-12 loss to Wilson.