• Thomas earns another honor

    The Daktronics All-Southeast Region baseball teams have been announced.
    Lander’s Chris Thomas was named the Region Pitcher of the Year. Thomas is currently 8-2 with an ERA of 2.26. He has 90 strikeout to just 27 walks. The junior has helped lead Lander to a school record for victories in a single season (37) and its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
    Thomas is a Chester High School graduate.

  • Bumgardner named A-Sun Player of the Year

    USC-Upstate's recruiting efforts in Chester County have obviously paid off.
    After turning in the best season during the program's Division I era and one of the top campaigns in program history, the USC Upstate baseball team was heavily honored Tuesday when the A-Sun released its annual award winners and all-conference team. The Spartans took home two of the league's four top individual awards as outfielder (and Great Falls graduate) Gaither Bumgardner was named the A-Sun Player of the Year and head coach Matt Fincher was named the league's Coach of the Year.

  • Colorado Dreamin'

    To pitch in the World Series, you have to have more than a live arm and a strong will.
    "You've got be a rock star to handle that," said Lewisville baseball coach Billy Keels.
    Keels said former Lion Logan Pemberton fits the bill. Pemberton, now a sophomore at Spartanburg Methodist College, is heading with the rest of his teammates to Grand Junction, Colorado today for the Junior College World Series. SMC earned a spot there by virtue of its two-game sweep of Harford Community College this past weekend in the NJCAA Eastern District Series.

  • Lewisville grad headed to Junior College World Series

    By virtue of its 8-1 win and series sweep over Harford Community College, Spartanburg Methodist College won the NJCAA Eastern District Series on Saturday and has earned a spot in the Junior College World Series to be held next week in Grand Junction, Colorado.
    Logan Pemberton, a 2010 Lewisville graduate, is a member of the SMC team. Pemberton helped guide Lewisville to a state championship his senior season.

  • Wilhelm inducted into HOF

    If character is truly judged by what a person does when they know no one is looking, Bill Wilhelm had plenty of it.
    The late Clemson baseball coach was inducted into the S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this week. Jeff Kerr, the City of Chester's administrator, played for Wilhelm and said the honor was well-deserved not just because of Wilhelm's wins and losses, but because of the way he treated his players.

  • Thomas named PBC Pitcher of the Year

    Last season, Chris Thomas knew how good he wasn't. Now, he knows how good he is. If he needs any reminders, though, he can look at the shiny plaque he got earlier this week.
    Thomas, a Chester High graduate and redshirt junior at Lander University, was named the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year. He received the award at the conference's award ceremony.
    "My coach told me at practice during the week that he had nominated me," Thomas said. "It's voted on by the coaches in the conference. I was a little surprised."

  • Bumgardner just misses making history

    Gaither Bumgardner went his entire senior year at Great Falls without striking out in a single plate appearance. Amazingly, that now stands as only his second most impressive feat on the baseball diamond.

  • Chester grad signs with Vikings

    Charles "C.C." Whitlock didn't hear his name called during this weekend's NFL Draft, but that doesn't mean he won't hear his name called during an NFL game this season.
    Whitlock, a Chester High graduate who played the past four years at the University of South Carolina, signed on with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent not long after the annual player selection meeting ended on Saturday.

  • Thomas honored again

    Chester High graduate Christ Thomas has been named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season.
    Thomas, who also won the award on March 6, pitched eight innings of two-hit ball as he shutout Flagler in a win that clinched a PBC Tournament berth for the Bearcats. The junior righty struck out six and walked two, allowing only two base runners to reach second base. After allowing a one-out double in the fourth, he retired the next 14 Saints in a row before being taken out for the ninth inning as Lander had a 10-0 lead.

  • McNeal to miss 2012 season for Tigers

    Tony McNeal will miss the entire 2012 football season for the Clemson Tigers after suffering a torn ACL during the annual Orange & White Spring Football Game.
    McNeal was injured on the last play of the game and had to be helped from the field. He was competing to be the top back-up behind returning All-Conference signal-caller Tajh Boyd. McNeal completed 4-of-9 passes in the spring game before suffering the injury.