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Community Sports

  • Local team wins Fall Ball crown
    A softball team made up of players from Chester and Lewisville has been crowned 2011 Fall Ball High School League champions. The Joe's Towing team posted a 10-2 record, with the only two losses coming when the team did not have enough girls to play. The team more than made up for that, though, winning its other 10 games against teams from Spring Valley, Ridgeview and Blythewood..
  • Craig on hot streak for Spartans
    Great Falls graduate Torrey Craig reached the 20-point plateau for the third straight game; however, a five-plus minute drought in the second half proved to be the difference in the contest as Dayton claimed a four-point win Sunday inside the University of Dayton Arena. At halftime, the two teams were deadlocked at 32, but Upstate (6-4) used a quick 5-0 spurt to take a 37-32 lead with 18:49 to play. Mario Blessing connected on a three-pointer from the wing and Ricardo Glenn connected on his lay-up to give the Spartans the five-point lead.
  • Tri-County golf tournament results
    The 33rd annual Tri-County Golf Tournament was held on Sept. 3 and 4 at the Chester Golf Course with a total of 95 players participating. The highlight of the tournament weekend was the appearance of Charlie Sifford, the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour in 1961. In 1967 he became the first African-American to win a fully-sanctioned PGA Tour event.   Here are a list of the top four winners in each flight: • Championship Flight: Addison Cudd, Chester: 66-73=139. Ed Johnson, Orangeburg: 70-71=141.
  • Nixon, Strong get back to basics
    He has shared the court with "Magic" Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and James Worthy. On Saturday, Norman Nixon shared the court with a group of children from Chester. As part of the film festival and dance workshop that his wife Debbie Allen took part in here this past weekend, Nixon and former Great Falls stand-out Danny Strong conducted a three-hour basketball clinic at Chester High School. "This is fun," Nixon said. "I like working with young players."
  • Hunting class offered
    A class will be offered at the York Technical College/Chester Center next month which will allow hunters to obtain a license. This will be the only class of its kind offered in Chester County. Anyone 16 or older who wants a hunting license must take the class. There is normally a charge for the class, but anyone who registers through the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources can take the class free of charge. You can register online at DNR.sc.gov or by calling 800-277-4301.
  • Chester All-Stars fall in district finals
    They fought their way out of the losers bracket and fought back to claim a lead late in Friday's district championship game. Unfortunately, the Chester Major League All-Stars will not be in the fight for a state title. Chester fell to the Union Nationals by a 7-6 score on Friday. The loss ended the team's terrific run through the District Two playoffs. Chester lost its opening game of the tournament, but rallied for three straight wins. Early in Friday's contest with Union, it was clear the team would have to rally yet again.
  • Chester rallies for last at-bat win
    After the Chester Major League All-Stars lost their District Two tournament opener against Clover on Monday, coach Troy Roberts said his team had a tall task in front of it, but was far from finished. He was right. Chester has fought its way out of the loser's bracket with back-to-back victories and is still in contention for a berth in the state tournament. On Tuesday, Chester downed Union by a 12-7 score and Wednesday the team rallied for an 8-7 walk-off victory over York. "Our bats came back in the last two games," Roberts said.
  • Chester loses district opener
    They are called "all-stars" for a reason. There was solid pitching and some nice defensive plays on display Monday night at the start of the District Two Major League All-Stars tournament. One big innings was enough to push Clover past Chester, though, by a final score of 6-3.
  • AAU basketball team continues to impress
    Chester Phoenix South, a new AAU basketball team, had another solid showing in Charlotte last weekend. In the opener of the Charlotte tournament, Chester faced The Heat, an elite squad from the Columbia area. Chester held a double-digit lead for most of the game, but the opposition made a late charge to send the game into overtime. Once the extra sessions began, Tommy Sanders took over the game offensively and helped carry Chester to victory. Sanders, who will be a freshman at Chester High this year, scored 43 points.
  • Memories and Memorabilia Part 3
    (This is part three of a series. If you have a special piece of sports memorabilia and would like to share the story behind it, contact Travis Jenkins at 385-3177 or at tjenkins@onlinechester.com. Lewisville baseball coach Billy Keels has a baseball autographed by Baseball Hall of Famer Connie Mack. Mack's name being on the ball makes it valuable and makes it a showpiece, but that isn't really what makes the ball important to Keels.