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Emerald’s Myles Williams runs through the arms of Ninety Six defender Chris Booker during Friday night’s game at Ninety Six. (MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Emerald’s Myles Williams runs through the arms of Ninety Six defender Chris Booker during Friday night’s game at Ninety Six. (MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:34 AM
NINETY SIX -- There were about eight minutes left in the third quarter, and Ninety Six was trying to comeback. Down to Emerald 24-7, the Wildcats attempted a hand off to Rod Johnson.  
The ball was fumbled and Johnson recovered.
  • Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The final of the Ninety Six Lakelands Invitational was supposed to follow a 25-25-15 format.
    But the championship match of Abbeville and Gray Collegiate Academy required 12 extra possessions before Gray took the 2-1 match victory, 22-25, 25-23, 21-19. 

  • Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    This is going to be a special season for Lakelands fall college sports programs.
    At 5:30 Sept. 22, the 550-seat soccer facility at the Jeff May Complex will be named “Van Taylor Stadium,” for the coach who is leading the Lander men’s soccer program for the 30th year.
    During that time, Taylor’s Lander program has won almost 70 percent of its matches. Last season, the Bearcats were a top regional seed and reached the NCAA Division II Sweet 16. Taylor, who actually was a star goalkeeper at Erskine, is the reigning region coach of the year.      

  • Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    FRESHWATER
    Lake Jocassee
    Largemouth and Spotted Bass: Slow to fair. Guide Brad Fowler reports that bass fishing has slowed on Lake Jocasse as water temperatures have warmed, although the general pattern remains pretty similar. Early in the morning fish are chasing bait pretty well around shallow, flat points, and throwing topwater lures around shallow water has been producing. During the day fishing turns into a slower grind where fish can be found in 20-30 feet of water off the ends of places where they were schooling earlier. Shakey head worms, drop shot rigs and Carolina rigs can all catch bass. 

  • Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:03 AM
    Ninety Six will be holding its first invitational volleyball tournament today, inviting a list of seven other teams — which includes Abbeville —to participate in the all-day event.
    The NSHS Lakelands Volleyball Tournament will consist of two four-team pools playing on the school’s two courts. The teams will then play round-robin style starting at 8:30 a.m., playing each team in their pool once. 

  • Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:58 AM
    EHRHARDT -- Greenwood Christian 8-man football coach Gary Gillion was driving the bus Friday night after the Hawks’ 62-52 win against Andrew Jackson.
    “I’m driving the bus and got no voice,” Gillion said laughing. 

  • Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:56 AM
    SALUDA — The Saluda High School football team overcame multiple injuries to outlast its rival from Ridge Spring-Monetta 47-20 Friday at Bettis Herlong Stadium.
    The game saw a number of players from both schools suffer injuries and cramps. The most gruesome injury occurred late in the first quarter when Saluda’s sophomore running back Malik Brooks sustained a likely compound fracture to one of his forearms. 

  • Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:51 AM
    IVA — The Crescent Tigers, coming off a late-game 21-14 loss against Liberty last week, bounced back in a big way by trouncing the Dixie Hornets 35-6 Friday. Senior Ray Artybridge led the way for the Tigers with two rushing and one receiving touchdown, all three of which came in the first quarter. 

  • Christ Church outlasts Abbeville
    Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:44 AM
    GREENVILLE -- With the state’s record for consecutive wins in a row on the line, Christ Church nearly blew Abbeville High School’s football team off the field in the first half. Cavaliers’ quarterback Andrew Slade threw four touchdowns, and Christ Church led 28-7 at the break and were two quarters from a blowout win to set the record at 42 wins in a row Friday. 

  • PURPLE POUNDERS
    Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:34 AM
    NINETY SIX -- There were about eight minutes left in the third quarter, and Ninety Six was trying to comeback. Down to Emerald 24-7, the Wildcats attempted a hand off to Rod Johnson.  
    The ball was fumbled and Johnson recovered. 

  • Friday, August 29, 2014 12:35 AM
    History could be made tonight at the expense of the Abbeville Panthers.
    Abbeville travels to Christ Church tonight to play the Cavaliers, who are three-time defending Class A state champions. They are also riding a 41-game winning streak that ties the state record for consecutive wins, a record set by Summerville from 1978-80. With the win, Christ Church sets the record.
    Obviously, Abbeville has no desire to be the team that gives Christ Church the record. Panthers coach Jamie Nickles downplayed the streak and said he would not even bring it up, which is what a coach should say. In the grand scheme of things, this game does not mean a whole lot. Abbeville could lose tonight and be on the wrong side of history, but then rebound to win the Class AA Division II state championship. No one will remember losing to Christ Church then. 

  • Friday, August 29, 2014 12:30 AM
    Ninety Six’s 41-20 victory against St. Joseph’s last Friday was the first test run for coach Mike Doolittle. But fortunately, he says the turnover has been quite easy since returning to the school. And a lot of that, he says, was based off respect and discipline.
    “The first lesson I had with them through the year was telling time,” Doolittle said. “It is better to be early than on time.” 

  • Friday, August 29, 2014 12:28 AM
    Tonight will be a historic night at Christ Church Episcopal School’s Carson Stadium.
    Abbeville travels to Greenville to battle the Cavaliers in a game that could set a state record. Christ Church tied Summerville’s nearly 40-year old mark for consecutive wins last weekend at 41. 

  • Greenwood cruises past Emerald
    Friday, August 29, 2014 12:24 AM
    The Greenwood High School volleyball team played flat and lifeless Thursday against Emerald.
    But, the Eagles had enough energy to put away the scrappy Vikings in three sets, winning 25-15, 25-27 and 25-20.
    “We were flat and not excited, not pumped up at all,” Greenwood Julie Cox said. “I hate that because when our team is excited and pumped up, we’re a fantastic and unstoppable team. When we’re flat, everybody is flat. 

  • STIRRING COMEBACK
    Thursday, August 28, 2014 11:43 PM
    DUE WEST -- In the first two sets of their rivalry match with Dixie High School, Abbeville experienced a similar problem: the Panthers would build up an early lead but allow the Hornets to come back for the win.
    So going into the third set, Abbeville coach Krystal Brown was set to give a pep talk. The only problem was her seniors beat her to it. 

  • TRUE LEADER
    Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:40 AM
    Temoris Coates has lofty expectations for the Greenwood High School defense.