https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sports/rss.xml en Fast track to head coach https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/fast-track-head-coach <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-10_pageland_mcbee_coach_johnny_kline_and_his_team_in_a_recent_7-on-7_drill_.jpg" alt="Coach Johnny Kline reviews plays with his new players at a recent 7-on-7 game." title="Coach Johnny Kline reviews plays with his new players at a recent 7-on-7 game." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> At 25, Johnny Kline is one of, if not the youngest, high school football coaches in South Carolina.<br /> The former junior varsity coach at Central High School, Kline was recently named the head coach at McBee High School. He replaces Charlie Poole, who stepped down after seven seasons.<br /> Poole was 39-40 overall and twice took the Panthers to the semifinals of the Class A playoffs.<br /> Kline brings a rich football pedigree to the job.<br /> He is from Football Town, USA, Rock Hill, S.C..<br /> Former Central volleyball star named varsity coach https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/former-central-volleyball-star-named-varsity-coach <p> <u><strong>Central&rsquo;s first game under new coach Logan Parker is Aug. 20 against South Pointe Christian School.</strong></u><br /> <br /> Former Central High School two-sport standout standout Logan Parker is the Eagles&rsquo; new volleyball coach.<br /> Parker played volleyball and softball for Central, graduating in 2009. She was setter on volleyball and second baseman in softball. She was a big hitter in both sports, leading the softball team in batting average. When she graduated, she signed a softball scholarship with Florence-Darlington Technical College.<br /> Following in her grandfather's path https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/following-her-grandfathers-path <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/drag_racing_anna201806101112310002.jpg" alt="Learning the sport of drag racing is a family affair for Anna Pyler of Pageland. Her father, Michael, is always there to lend a hand when she race. " title="Learning the sport of drag racing is a family affair for Anna Pyler of Pageland. Her father, Michael, is always there to lend a hand when she race. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>By DAVID KELLIN</strong></p> <p> <em>For the Progressive Journal</em></p> <p> <strong>DARLINGTON</strong> - Imagine for a moment that your 14-year-old daughter&rsquo;s passion is racing down an 1/8-mile track at 80 miles per hour.&nbsp;</p> <p> Michael Plyler knows all about this. His youngest daughter, Anna, is a dragster driver. She is a rising 9th grader from Pageland.&nbsp;</p> <p> She is in her second season racing junior dragsters and is taking after her grandfather, Mickey Plyler, who holds a track record in Pageland.</p> King of the Street returns to Pageland https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/king-street-returns-pageland <p> <em>From release&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> <p> King of the Street is returning to the Pageland Dragway after a two-year hiatus.&nbsp;</p> <p> The July 21 event is a being sponsored by 1st Class Promotions and Pink Seal Health Awareness.</p> <p> The event has been coming to Pageland since 2005 when a runway was converted into the Pageland Dragway.&nbsp;</p> <p> The event includes blower injected and nitrous oxide purging doorslammers. The dragsters have all types of body styles, ranging from the 1950&rsquo;s up to late model cars.&nbsp;</p> New catch limit for red drum to address overfishing https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/new-catch-limit-red-drum-address-overfishing <p> <em>From release</em></p> <p> <strong>CHARLESTON</strong> &ndash;&nbsp; Red drum, redfish, spottail, channel bass &ndash; South Carolina&#39;s most popular saltwater gamefish goes by many names and plays a key role in the coastal economy and ecosystems.</p> <p> State biologists have documented a declining trend in the state&#39;s red drum population, matching reports from longtime local anglers.&nbsp;</p> <p> The South Carolina General Assembly has passed legislation intended to reverse overfishing.&nbsp;</p> Central searching for a quarterback https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/central-searching-quarterback <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/6-26_pageland_the_catch_1.jpg" alt="Curt Chapman (white helmet) of Central goes up with two McBee defenders for a pass – and comes down the catch – in recent 7-on-7 drills at Central. " title="Curt Chapman (white helmet) of Central goes up with two McBee defenders for a pass – and comes down the catch – in recent 7-on-7 drills at Central. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> With spring practice over, and the team in the middle of 7-on-7 drills, Central coaches are still searching for a key ingredient for the 2018 football season &ndash; a quarterback.<br /> Central went 8-5 last year with senior Quan&nbsp; Chambers taking most of the snaps. It was suppose to be Kevon Wall&rsquo;s final season at quarterback, but a shoulder injury limited his throwing. Wall moved to wide receiver and Chambers from wide receiver to quarterback.<br /> Yet, when Chambers need a breather or was banged up, it was Wall who played quarterback.<br /> Central softball gets hall-of-fame coach https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/central-softball-gets-hall-fame-coach <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/9-26_pageland_sports_eddie_rivers_.jpg" alt="Eddie Rivers" title="Eddie Rivers" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Central High School&rsquo;s new softball coach brings hall- of-fame credentials to the job and he already knows most of his players.<br /> Eddie Rivers, Central&rsquo;s basketball coach, will coach basketball and softball next season for the Eagles.<br /> Rivers is a member of the North Carolina Softball Coaches Hall of Fame.<br /> At Forest Hills High School in Monroe he had a 388-290 record covering 30 seasons and was named conference coach of the year five times and Union County coach of the year six times.<br /> Brother Open raises funds for American Cancer Society https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/content/brother-open-raises-funds-american-cancer-society <img src="https://www.pagelandprogressive.com/sites/www.pagelandprogressive.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/6-26_pageland_sports_brother_open_2.jpeg" alt="Lloyd Caldwell’s family joined many others at The Brother Open tournament, honoring Caldwell’s memory and raising money for the American Cancer Society. From left, Heather Jackson, Pat Caldwell and Tracy Caldwell." title="Lloyd Caldwell’s family joined many others at The Brother Open tournament, honoring Caldwell’s memory and raising money for the American Cancer Society. From left, Heather Jackson, Pat Caldwell and Tracy Caldwell." align="left" hspace="6" width="72" height="85" /><p> <em><strong>By Penelope McClenny </strong><br /> For the Progressive Journal<br /> </em><br /> Ben Miller captured the trophy at The Brother&nbsp;Open&nbsp;golf tournament at White Plains Country Club with a tournament record low score of 65 that included two eagles and two birdies on the back nine.<br /> Yet, he left the course with much more than the champion&nbsp;hardware and a good round of golf.<br />