Destination Guinea Part 8

African offroad adventure

It was 5 am on June 7, 2009 when I left Conakry with the former president’s military chauffeur. It had been agreed that I should see the Fouta Djallon region of the country. After leaving the peninsula where Conakry sits, the elevation quickly rose into very beautiful mountains. Though it had stormed the previous night and the rain continued to […]

Eagles stay unbeaten with win over Dreher

After a slow start to the game, the Airport Eagles put together three scores in the third quarter to pull away from Dreher and defeat the Blue Devils 48–7 Friday October 23. Airport quarterback W.T. Murden completed 17–of– 23 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Ryan Smith helped Murden by rushing for 164 yards and three touchdowns […]

High School Football

Week 9 Stats

By The NUMBERS The Records   Overall Region Points For Points Against   A.C. Flora 4-5 1-3 163 215   Ben Lippen 8-2 2-2 276 186   Brookland–Cayce 0-9 0-4 80 361   Cardinal Newman 1-7 0-3 77 175   Dreher 2-7 1-3 157 265   Hammond 8-1 2-1 224 69   Heathwood Hall 9-0 3-0 248 142   Richland […]

Falcons pull away from Cardinals late

The Ben Lippen Falcons came to George R. Watson Field Friday, October 23 looking to spoil Senior Night for the Cardinal Newman Cardinals. After a tougher game than many expected, the Falcons went home with a 35–21 win. The Falcons (8–2, 2–2) began the game with an onside kick trying to catch the Cardinals off guard. Cardinal Newman recovered, but, […]

An instant classic: Highlanders’ late kick beats Skyhawks

Heathwood Hall quarterback Mac Whalen circled the date and opponent as soon as he saw this season’s football schedule: at Hammond, Oct. 23. “I’ve been waiting the whole year for this game,” the senior quarterback Mac Whalen said. “I had to redeem myself. Last year (a 51–28 loss), I threw a couple of picks. They (Hammond) got to me early […]

Cardinals fall one game short of final


SUMTER – After Cardinal Newman’s first and last matches of the day Saturday, volleyball coach Bob Watson immediately guided his team out of the building and out of hearing range. The first meeting was tough love. The second meeting was just tough. In between, the players added a lengthy oncourt, mid–match heart– to–heart. However, none of the words could get […]

Falcons make it to day two

SUMTER – Sarah Yeakel would have liked a video of her senior volleyball year at Ben Lippen. But, the kind of video parents might shoot from the stands wasn’t what she’d be after. Neither would a compilation of personal highlights for recruiting purposes. “I wish there was a before and after video of the team – it would have been […]

Skyhawks overachieve at state tournament

SUMTER – The members of the Hammond volleyball team knew who would take the end of the season the hardest. “You know how on Facebook, they have that space where you can describe how you’re feeling?” senior Sophia Chen said. “I’m always emotional.” So it came as no surprise to the Skyhawks that she was the first one to shed […]

Skyhawks are champs!


Hammond School’s girls’ golf team won its first–ever state championship last week at Hidden Valley Golf Course edging out Heathwood Hall by three strokes, 221–224. “We got off to a bad start, then played better in the middle, finished strong at the end, and just squeaked by,” said head coach Fred Wadsworth. “It could have gone either way.” The one–day […]

Bearcats cruise through first round


After a week with nothing to do except stew about how it ended the regular season, the Brookland– Cayce volleyball team couldn’t wait to start the South Carolina Public High School Class 3A playoffs on Tuesday. The Bearcats (11–6) unleashed that pent up energy while making very short work of an overmatched squad from Wilson, 25–12, 25–5, 25–9, to advance […]