Today's Sports

  • They made it happen!

    As the Central basketball team of 1993-94 celebrated its 25th anniversary last Friday, the last thing they expected were boos.
    But rivalries never die.
    The fans from Andrew Jackson booed when the announcer reminded the crowd of one of Central’s epic wins that season, a four-overtime thriller over Andrew Jackson.

  • Central player injury being...

    Yvonne Vanderpool of Central suffered a bad back bruise in Friday’s game with Andrew Jackson.
    She appeared to hit her head hard on the court in the second quarter, said coach Eddie Rivers. Rescue crews took every precaution in caring for her, Rivers said. She was put on a back board and taken from the court on a stretcher.
    When Vanderpool can return to play has not been determined, Rivers said.

  • Jefferson sports registration

    Jefferson Dixie Youth is accepting registrations for the spring softball and baseball seasons.
    The ages are 3 to 14 for boys and 3 to 18 for girls.
    The registration fee for wee ball, tee ball and sweet tees is $45 and $55 for all other divisions.
    Registration at the Jefferson Town Hall during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesday the hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    The last day to register is Feb. 22.

  • County rivals face off

    Myers Park Christmas Tournament
    Boys scores
    Dec. 27
    Myers Park 75, Central 43
    Dec. 28
    Central 61, Providence 58
    Dec. 29
    Hough 56, Central 32
    Girls scores
    Dec. 27
    Myers Park 62, Central 12
    Dec. 28
    Hough 64, Central 16
    Dec. 29
    Charlotte Catholic 63, Central 20

    The stats
    Varsity Boys Basketball
    Jan. 3
    Cheraw 58, Central 44

  • Central holds off McBee in home...

    Caleb Cofield sank last-second foul shots and Rob Price grabbed a crucial rebound as Central held off McBee, 54-51, in its home opener last Friday.
    A three-pointer by Tyrece Wright brought McBee to within two points with just over 20 seconds remaining, 52-50.
    The teams exchanged fouls and foul shots with Cofield’s shots making the difference.
    The win gives Central a 1-1 record. Central lost its opener to Marlboro County, 50-40 and played Marlboro County again on Monday.

  • Turnovers end Central playoff run

    A rash of turnovers, missed tackles and injuries ended Central High’s football season last Friday, a 39-0 loss to defending state AA champion Abbeville.
    The loss came after one of Central’s best efforts of the season, a 21-0 shutout of Batesburg-Leesville.
    The first of several key turnovers came midway through the second quarter.
    Sebastian Richardson fumbled at Central’s 16 yard line, and Abbeville recovered.
    Four rushes later, Abbeville led 10-0. Cortney Jackson gained all but 6 yards on that drive. He scored from a yard out.

  • Fourth-quarter fumble derails...

    A fumble on Dixie’s 5 yard line was the game-changer in McBee’s 26-6 playoff lost last Friday.
    Following the fumble recovery, Dixie went the length of the field for a touchdown.
    “They were a physical team, and they beat us up,” said Johnny Kline, who finished his year as coach at 4-9 overall. McBee advanced to the third round of the Class A playoffs.
    Kline praised the effort of his team. “They fought to the end,” he said.
    Dixie led 6-0 at halftime. It scored twice in the third quarter.

  • Robinson’s big hits noticed

    When Daylan Robinson was six, his mother, Wendy, signed him up for recreation-league football.
    He was the smallest player on the field, Wendy remembers.
    “He wasn’t afraid, he loved to hit,” Wendy says.
    At 6-foot-1 and 233-pounds, Robinson is no longer the smallest player on the field. His attitude is the same.
    He loves to hit, especially the big hit.
    “I want to hear the crowd go oooohhh!,” Robinson said.

  • Central returns core of last...

    Central has been picked to finish sixth out of the seven teams in Region 4-AA basketball.
    The prediction doesn’t bother Eagles’ coach Charles Brown. He knows he has a team capable of much more – even if most of the starting roster is on the football team now.
    Likely starters Devin Rushing, Brandon Edmond, Elijah Blakeney and Jemiah Smith, as well as key reserve Ron Benjamin, have been focused on football, while Brown begins practice for another season.
    He’s confident they will quickly make the transition to basketball.

  • Central girls still among region...

    Central fielded one of its youngest girls’ basketball teams last year – two of the starters were in the eighth grade.
    That twosome, Maia Price and Madison Hamilton, are now high school freshmen.
    Still, the Eagles’ starting five this year will be among, if not the youngest, in Region 4-AA.
    There are two juniors, guard Jamie Bracey and wing player Yvonne Vanderpool;  two sophomores, forward Alia Thomas and center Amber Gainey;  and two freshmen, guard Maia Price and forward Madison Hamilton, among the starting rotation.