http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sports/rss.xml en Winter storm weather postpones hardwood matchups http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/winter-storm-weather-postpones-hardwood-matchups <img src="http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/12-19_pageland_central-aj_saving_the_ball.jpg" alt="Central’s Devin Rushing extends to try and keep the ball alive against Andrew Jackson Dec. 15. " title="Central’s Devin Rushing extends to try and keep the ball alive against Andrew Jackson Dec. 15. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <em><strong>By JANET HAIGLER</strong><br /> For the Progressive Journal<br /> </em><br /> Snow was the winner last week as the wintry mix closed Chesterfield County School, canceling all after-hour activities.<br /> Central&rsquo;s game against Nation Ford, Lee Central and Monday&rsquo;s game at Marlboro County were canceled. The Nation Ford game will not be rescheduled. Central&rsquo;s next game is Friday at Buford.<br /> <br /> <strong>BOYS&rsquo; GAME</strong><br /> Three Central players scored in double figures for a 58-51 win over rival Chesterfield.<br /> Mixed results for Central teams http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/mixed-results-central-teams <img src="http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/12-19_pageland_central_bb_kevon_main_art.jpg" alt="Kevon Wall makes a strong move to basket, colliding with an Andrew Jackson player as he concentrates on the shot. The Andrew Jackson player was called for a block. " title="Kevon Wall makes a strong move to basket, colliding with an Andrew Jackson player as he concentrates on the shot. The Andrew Jackson player was called for a block. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Central&rsquo;s basketball teams had unusual homestand last week &ndash; Tuesday and Friday games against regional opponents, following a Monday game against Marlboro County.<br /> The boys&rsquo; varsity won Monday, 50-42, outraced Cheraw on Tuesday, 91-77, but couldn&rsquo;t hold a lead against Andrew Jackson, falling 45-39.<br /> The girls&rsquo; team and the boys&rsquo; junior varsity each lost all three games.<br /> The boys&rsquo; varsity played Lamar Monday in the Darlington tournament. They also play today in the four-team tournament.<br /> BACK TO BACK CHAMPS http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/back-back-champs <img src="http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/12-12_pageland_front_pagelands_9-10_year-old_all-star_celebrate_their_state_title_at_the_intersection_of_pearl_and_mcgregor_streerts_saturday.jpg" alt="Pageland&#039;s 9-10 year-old all-stars celebrate their state title at the intersection of Pearl and McGregor streets Saturday." title="Pageland&#039;s 9-10 year-old all-stars celebrate their state title at the intersection of Pearl and McGregor streets Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Two long runs and a crushing defense propelled Pageland&rsquo;s&nbsp; 9-10 year-old all-stars to a state championship Saturday&nbsp; &ndash; the second straight for the town&rsquo;s youth league.<br /> The Pageland all-stars defeated Chester, 14-0.<br /> Last year the 7-8 year-old all-stars defeated Abbeville, 30-6. Seven of the players from last year&rsquo;s championship team were on this year&rsquo;s championship team.<br /> Defensive sparks Central wins http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/defensive-sparks-central-wins <img src="http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc05250_devon_rushing.jpg" alt="Devon Rushing watches as his shot heads for the basket." title="Devon Rushing watches as his shot heads for the basket." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Central and McBee exchanged places and outcomes last Tuesday.<br /> In the Nov. 28 season opener for both teams McBee won on its home court. &nbsp;<br /> Central returned the favor, winning on its home court for a 1-1 season record for the boys&rsquo; and girls&rsquo; squads.<br /> The boys&rsquo; team won 63-58. The girls&rsquo; team won 58-32.&nbsp; The boys&rsquo; junior varsity lost again to McBee, this time 38-30.<br /> The teams return to action this week with three games.<br /> Central played Marlboro County, a AAAA school, on Monday.<br /> Lady Hawks off to slow start http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/lady-hawks-slow-start <p> <em><strong>By JANET HAIGLER<br /> </strong>For the Progressive Journal<br /> </em><br /> The New Heights Lady Hawks have lost the first three games of their season.<br /> They lost the season opener, 44-26, to Long Middle School on Nov. 27.<br /> Kaylee Davis led New Heights with 11 points, followed by JaNiyah Wilson with seven. Kyleigh Hough and Kelly Chambers each had four points.<br /> &ldquo;The girls were a little nervous with it being their first game,&rdquo; said coach Shanethia Hamilton.<br /> Lady Eagles face Chesterfield today http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/lady-eagles-face-chesterfield-today <img src="http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc03317_kylie_mangum_passes.jpg" alt="Kylie Mangum passes the ball to a teammate during a match against Lee Central Sept. 5. The Lady Eagles will face Chesterfield today." title="Kylie Mangum passes the ball to a teammate during a match against Lee Central Sept. 5. The Lady Eagles will face Chesterfield today." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Central&rsquo;s junior varsity volleyball team lost two games last week, falling to Cheraw and Andrew Jackson.<br /> Against Cheraw, Central won the first set 25-19, before losing 24-26 and 11-15. Against Andrew Jackson, Central fell 25-13 and 25-18.<br /> Results of the varsity games were not available at press time. Central plays Chesterfield today and is at Lee Central Thursday.</p> New Heights football team 1-1 http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/new-heights-football-team-1-1 <p> <em><strong>By JANET HAIGLER</strong><br /> For the Progressive Journal<br /> </em><br /> The New Heights Hawks are off to a 1-1 start, losing to Long Middle School of Cheraw, 18-8,&nbsp; followed by a 34-0 victory over McBee last Wednesday.<br /> &ldquo;We are very young,&rdquo; said Coach Billy Blakeney. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s almost like we are starting from scratch as we only have a handful of returning players from last year&rsquo;s season.&rdquo;<br /> Buford, Cheraw take top slots in cross country meet http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/buford-cheraw-take-top-slots-cross-country-meet <img src="http://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_2110.jpg" alt="E.J. Threatt of Central is all alone in the lead as he approaches the final lap around the football field to the finish line in Thursday’s race at Central High School." title="E.J. Threatt of Central is all alone in the lead as he approaches the final lap around the football field to the finish line in Thursday’s race at Central High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em><strong>By JANET HAIGLER</strong><br /> For the Progressive Journal<br /> </em><br /> Central&rsquo;s girls&rsquo; and boys&rsquo; cross country teams placed second on their home course Thursday.<br /> In the girls&rsquo; race Buford won with 32 points to continue to lead the region. Central had 47, Chesterfield, 70 and Lewisville, 79<br /> Cheraw won the boys&rsquo; race, edging Central by seven points, 38 to 45. Chesterfield was third with 103 points, followed by North Central, 108; Lewisville, 109; and Buford, 111.<br />