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High School

  • Wright to play football at Barton College...eventually

    Emmanual Wright is signing to play college football, but won’t be on the field next year. That actually suits him fine since he’s spent a full year away from the field before.

  • Mills plans more firsts at Community Christian

    Zion Mills was a big part of the first team in Chester High School history to post a 15-0, state championship-winning season. He plans to be a part of several other firsts as well.

    Mills is part of the first signing class for a Lancaster County branch of Community Christian College, a California-based school. He could be a wide receiver, a cornerback, a kick returner or all three, but he’ll definitely be a playmaker, which is why coaches wanted him in the first place.

  • Brown moving onto Illinois State

    In 2018, the game of football started to slow down a bit for Pha’Leak Brown.

    “I think I probably understand the game more. I’ve seen most things before and know how to approach them differently,” Brown said.

    Obviously, Brown didn’t slow down. The record-breaking Chester High School running back helped power the Cyclones offense to one of the best seasons in history and will be taking his talents to Illinois State University.

  • Basketball playoffs underway

    The high school basketball postseason begins this week and three county teams are still alive in their quest for a state championship game appearance.

    The Chester High boys basketball earned a number two seed and opened the playoffs at home Tuesday night against three-seed Powdersville. The Cyclones picked up a 57-56 win in that game and travel to Newberry Friday.

    The Lewisville boys team earned a number three seed in the AA playoffs and travel to Abbeville tonight for a 7 p.m. game. The winner goes to either Eau Claire or St. Joe’s on Saturday.

  • Dylan Jacobs will tee it up at CIU

    As Dylan Jacobs walked to the podium to address the Lewisville student body on National Signing Day, he told everyone up front he was going to be quick and on point…just like he is on the links.

    Jacobs signed last Wednesday to play golf at Columbia International University. To say that Jacobs has been a quick study in the sport would be quite an understatement, since he didn’t pick up a club until he was 12-years-old. He has more than made up for lost time, though, showing an uncommon level of dedication once he started playing.

  • Brown takes physical style to USC-L

    Anyone who looks at Aerial Brown’s small size and assumes she is a finesse player on the soccer field is making a mistake…a big, big mistake.

    “I like soccer because you can get down and dirty. You can’t be soft and play soccer. I am very aggressive and like the physical part of the game,” Brown said.

    So, USC-Lancaster (with whom Brown signed last week) is obviously getting a tough-nosed defensive player. That isn’t all they’re getting, though, because Brown said she is not one-dimensional.

  • Stillwell kicks it into high gear

    Rick White, Lewisville girls soccer coach, said he has a hard time scheduling out-of-region games, partly because of Lydia Stillwell.

    “With this group, we’ve improved to the point that people don’t want to play us,” he said.

    Plenty of people are anxious to have Stillwell play for them, however. The Lewisville senior inked a deal last week to continue her athletic and academic careers at USC-Lancaster.

  • Southern Wesleyan reels in Bass

    Some athletes are so supremely gifted, it is sometimes said they can do everything on the field but shake pom poms. That doesn’t apply to Amber Bass, since she’s actually done that too.

    “It was just a one-time thing,” the Lewisville senior said jokingly of her impromptu performance with the Lewisville cheerleaders during a game this past football season.

    Bass, who will graduate as one of the school’s all-time most decorated athletes, signed last week to play volleyball at Southern Wesleyan University.

  • Chester wrestlers win two, but bow out at Crescent

    The Chester High wrestling team didn’t really need any motivation for its first-round meet on Saturday morning, but got some anyway.

    “We heard a lot from Powdersville before the match that they were going to hurt some feelings,” said Chester Wrestling Coach Dennis Jensen.

  • Chester Cycs lock up home playoff game

    In terms of region standings and playoff implications, Chester’s regular season finale against Fairfield Central Tuesday night really didn’t mean much. But it still meant a lot.

    “We kind of locked up a second place to get a home (playoff game)…but as a team we still want to win or last regular season game. (We want to finish) on a winning note against our rival Fairfield,” said Cyclones Coach Sebastian Hopkins.