November 19, 2014

Hartsville runs away and shuts down Georgetown in second round

That was what every Red Fox fan was waiting on.
The best team in the state, showing everybody that was watching why it is the best team in the state.
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DHS Cross Country Team ends successful season

The coach may shy, he may not want to say much, but that does not mean he does not know what he wants for this up and coming season.
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November 12, 2014

Hartsville opens up 3A playoffs with win at home

It may not have been as easy as most had anticipated, but the end result was what every fan dressed in red and black expected; a victory.
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DHS Cross Country Team ends successful season

Coach Rich Wideman sat down with the News and Press on the Thursday before the State Meet to talk about his seniors, many of the team has been with him as his coaching has evolved.
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November 5, 2014

Red Foxes uses a strong second half to get by the Falcons

This season had a lot of hope. This season had a lot of promise. However, this season was also filled with a lot of heartbreak.
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Lady Falcon tennis end very successful season

Before the start of Darlington’s Class AAA state semifinal match against Hilton Head, Lady Falcon head coach Spencer Tyner said he was more relaxed than he’d been throughout the playoffs.
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October 29, 2014

Falcons miss out against Marlboro; fall to 1-3 in region play

This past Friday night was once again another tough game for the Darlington Falcons to handle.
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Darlington tennis continues to make strides under Coach Spencer Tyner

When talking to Darlington head varsity girls tennis coach Spencer Tyner, he points out that in his five years of coaching, his most prized possessions are the relationships he has made with girls and their families, the letter/picture collage the girls made in his first year of coaching, and the poem the team wrote for him last year.
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October 22, 2014

Falcons rallied until final minute of Homecoming game

Home is supposed to be a place of comfort, a place of refuge. For the Darlington Falcons, however, it became a place of heartbreak Friday night.
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DHS Tennis Team honors their seniors

Coach Spencer Tyner has had an incredible season this year with his team, and looks forward to ending the season with a chance as the top school in the State Playoffs.
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October 15, 2014

Darlington snaps losing streak, gets a win in region

After suffering through a two-game losing streak, the Darlington Falcons got back to its winning ways this past Friday, squeezing by the Manning Monarchs on the road by a score of 21-20 for its first region victory of the year.
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October 8, 2014

Falcons fall to Crestwood in region opener

On a rainy, muddy evening the Darlington Falcons traveled to Sumter to face Crestwood in its region opener and fell 21-12.
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October 1, 2014

A look back, and look forward at the Falcons football season

After starting the season 4-1 for the second straight season, the Darlington Falcons had this past week off as it prepares to get ready for the start of region play.
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September 24, 2014

Darlington’s win streak ends at four games

For two straight years the Darlington Falcons started the season 4-0 and for the second straight year the Falcons failed to improve to 5-0.
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September 17, 2014

Trayvon Thomas and the Falcons run past Lamar for 4-0 start

For the second straight year the Darlington Falcons are off to a 4-0 start and leading the way to the impressive start is starting tailback Trayvon Thomas.
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September 10, 2014

Darlington withstands the wishbone and improves to 3-0

In today’s football, with the evolution of spread offenses and an increased focus on speed and quickness, instead of size and strength, seeing a ground and pound style of football game is becoming increasingly rare.
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September 3, 2014

Darlington uses second half comeback to beat Wilson and get inaugural trophy

This past Friday the Darlington Falcons not only defeated one of its biggest rivals in the Wilson Tigers, but it captured the inaugural Virgil Wells Memorial Trophy by a score of 26-20 in front of a packed home crowd.
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August 27, 2014

Darlington runs away from the Panthers in regular season opener

Heading into Thursday’s walk through, the Darlington Falcons had not practiced up to its potential.
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August 20, 2014

Falcons soar just a bit higher than the Eagles in jamboree

While the game may not officially count in the record books, a victory is a victory and that is exactly what the Darlington Falcons earned this past Friday, defeating the Central Eagles 21-20 in the two-quarter jamboree.
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July 30, 2014

Richardson signs with S.C. State

“There’s no crying in baseball.”
Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan movie quote in the film A League of Their Own, 1992
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July 23, 2014

Dan E. Lockemy won the Necktie Invitational

Dillon Native and 92.9 Radio Host Dan E Lockemy took the checkered flag first in the Dillon Motor Speedway this Saturday Night July 19th in the Necktie Invitational Celebrity Charity Race.
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July 16, 2014

STATE CHAMPIONS

The boys of summer came rolling onto the Public Square on Sunday night with sirens and lights as the Darlington Little League Intermediate 11-13 team brought their bus back home from Charleston with some proud young ball players and a hard-won State Championship title banner.
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May 21, 2014

Poor hitting and critical mistakes end Lady Falcons playoff run

The Darlington Lady Falcons quest at a second straight 3A lower state championship and state title game appearance came to an end this past Wednesday with its 5-2 loss to the Gilbert Lady Indians.
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Trinity-Byrnes wins SCISA 2A State track title

The Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School Boys' Track Team captured the SCISA 2A state title for the fourth year in a row, beating multiple 3A schools along the way.
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May 14, 2014

Falcons fall To Soccastee

The Falcons knew it would be tough to beat number one seed Soccastee away from the Falcon’s nest.
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Lady Falcons bounce back

You could have called it elimination Wednesday last week as the Darlington Lady Falcons faced the Airport Eagles in a rematch with the winner advancing to the district championship and the loser’s season coming to an end.
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May 7, 2014

Falcons use late inning heroics to soar past Strom Thurmond

Playoffs differ from the regular season in so many ways, but the biggest difference of all is a team’s drive to not lose.
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April 30, 2014

Burch, Hartsville too much for Falcons as Red Foxes claim region title

Over the last few years the Darlington vs. Hartsville baseball game has had a critical impact on determining who wins region six, 3A.
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April 23, 2014

Huggins pitches his first Region win

Sophomore Bryant Huggins has been biding his time all year waiting for his first Region start as a varsity pitcher.
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April 16, 2014

Rest does not equal rust; Falcons crush Lakewood

Sometimes all a team needs is a break.
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April 9, 2014

Classic pitching matchup goes Hartsville’s way, snaps Darlington’s win streak

It was a game for the baseball purists to enjoy.
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Up and down game plays out in the Falcons favor vs. Lamar

It may not have been the way head coach Billy Sylvester and his players had scripted it heading into the game, but after nine innings the end result was just as good with the Darlington Falcons coming out on top with an 11-9 victory over the Lamar Silver Foxes this past Wednesday.
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April 2, 2014

A slow start, but a strong finish for the Falcons

Sometimes even the best of teams get off to a slow start, but they somehow find a way to turn everything around and perform at that highest level.
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March 26, 2014

Falcons cruise to two victories while Lady Falcons show off potent offense

The baseball and softball season is getting into full swing and this past week both the Darlington Falcons baseball and Lady Falcons softball team were in action.
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March 19, 2014

Dillon Motor Speedway honors champions at Annual Banquet

Dillon Motor Speedway’s Pro All Star Series (PASS) South Carolina Clash 150 season opener held on Saturday, March 8 had plenty of excitement, but now the speedway looks ahead to the 2014 local racing season.
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March 12, 2014

Darlington’s run at the title comes up just short

Every bit of hard work, every practice, every weight lifting session, every film room session, every shoot around, everything that a basketball team does throughout a season is for one purpose, and one purpose only. That is, to win a championship.
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Fountain named new head football coach at Lamar

Corey Fountain is a Silver Fox, born and raised, and was pleased to be announced as the head coach for the Lamar High School’s varsity football program on March 5th, along with Athletic Director Alan Poole and Principal Kathy Gainey.
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March 5, 2014

Darlington beats Myrtle Beach, claiming lower state title and earning shot at state

Jubilation. Excitement. Accomplishment. Maybe even satisfaction.
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Darlington hosts Junior Olympic boxing

Spectators, coaches and fighters packed into Darlington’s Arthur Stanley Gym for an exciting afternoon as Lion’s Den Boxing hosted the South Carolina Junior Olympics boxing tournament.
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February 26, 2014

Darlington keeps title hopes alive

Step one to the 3A state was completed on Thursday with the win over Brookland-Cayce.
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Lady Falcons playoff run ends in Hilton Head

While the end result was not what was hoped for, the Darlington Lady Falcons can hold its head high as it looks back on the 2013-2014 basketball season.
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February 12, 2014

Falcons sweep Hartsville, inch closer to region title

With Lakewood losing on Friday, Darlington had a chance to move back into a tie for first place in region six, 3A.
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Lady Falcons get revenge, beat Hartsville by two

The last time these two teams met up, it was Hartsville coming out on top.
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February 5, 2014

Slow fourth and controversial call spoils Falcons senior night

If you had only watched the first quarter of the game, you would have thought Darlington was going to blow the Lakewood Gators out before halftime.
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Turnovers turn the tide of the game

The comeback was just a little too late.
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January 29, 2014

Falcons beat Crestwood despite sloppy second half

It was a 10-point victory and for most coaches that is a good night, with little to nothing to argue about.
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Defense and offensive cohesion lacking for Lady Falcons

Unable to ever find its groove against the Crestwood Lady Knights, the Darlington Lady Falcons missed out on a golden opportunity to close the gap in the region six, 3A title race.
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January 22, 2014

Balance leads Falcons to victory over the Monarchs

Call it balance, call it scoring by committee, but most importantly call it a victory.
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Grit and perseverance leads Lady Falcons past Manning

It was not easy and it definitely was not pretty, but at the end of the night it was effective and that is all that matters.
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January 15, 2014

Whirlwinds blow by Lamar

The rough and rocky season that the Lamar Silver Foxes have been experiencing continued this past Friday night at home as the Timmonsville Whirlwinds were able to win by a score of 56-39.
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Timmonsville blows its way through the Lady Silver Foxes

This was not the start to the New Year that the Lamar Lady Silver Foxes wanted.
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January 1, 2014

Johnson hits layup late as Falcons sneak by Wilson

When the Darlington Falcons and Wilson Tigers take to the court against one another, it becomes more than just another basketball game.
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With speed, Lady Falcons able to run away from Wilson

What a difference two games can make in the morale of a team and the outlook of a season.
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December 25, 2013

Falcons rebound from lost and crush Silver Foxes

Sometimes a team is just better.
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Lady Falcons snap losing streak and soar pass Lamar

It needed to end. It had to end. It did end.
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December 18, 2013

Falcons get revenge for opening night loss

Redemption is such a sweet word in the realm of sports. It gives coaches, players and fans an opportunity to forget setbacks and relish in the triumphs.
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Second half skid proves fatal for Lady Falcons

For the second straight game, the Darlington Lady Falcons were unable to hold to the lead, losing it and the game in the fourth quarter.
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Both Lady Red Foxes and Red Foxes leave with victory

The Hartsville Red Foxes made a clean sweep on December 10 against the Lamar Silver Foxes, with both the girls and boys basketball successfully going on the road in Lamar and winning in double digits.
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December 11, 2013

Falcons cruise to victory over the Silver Foxes

Looking to rebound from an opening game loss to West Florence on the road, the Darlington Falcons rebounded strong against the Lamar Silver Foxes on December 3, winning 70-51.
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Lady Falcons run away with the win in the fourth quarter

Behind Jada Richardson’s nine points in the fourth quarter, the Darlington Lady Falcons were able to get out of Lamar with a 51-36 victory over the Silver Foxes.
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December 4, 2013

Familiar and fresh faces look to lead Darlington back to the promise land

We all know how it ended. It was possibly one of the best lower-state title matches in years and with it being between two bitter rivals, a fan could not ask for much more.
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Lady Falcons come in second in preseason tournament

For the first time in the school’s history, a Darlington basketball team hosted a preseason tournament and it was the girl’s team getting the honor.
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November 27, 2013

Field goal ends Lamar’s season as Boyd hangs up the whistle

A 25-yard field goal by Christ Church with two seconds left in the fourth quarter propelled the Cavaliers in the division one-class 1A state by a score of 17-14 while ending a storybook season for the Lamar Silver Foxes.
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November 20, 2013

A dominant first quarter leads Lamar into the upper-state championship

Every football game is four quarters long, but the game between the Lamar Silver Foxes and the St. Joseph’s Catholic Knights this past Friday in Lamar was over by the end of the first quarter.
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Coker Basketball: new conference, same attitude

The Coker College men's basketball team may be debuting in the South Atlantic Conference, but the attitudes and expectations don't change for head coach Dan Schmotzer and his players
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Davis signs to play baseball at Appalachian State

Family, friends, and Darlington High School faculty joined Falcons baseball standout Henry Davis, IV on Nov. 18 as he signed a letter of intent to attend Appalachian State University and play baseball for the Mountaineers. Davis says he decided to attend App State after a visit to the university’s Boone, North Carolina campus.
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November 13, 2013

Hartsville rolls through opening playoff game with shutout victory

The Hartsville Red Foxes began its quest for a second straight 3A state championship this past Friday against the Midland Valley Mustangs and it could not have started much better.
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Falcons season comes to an end, but future looks bright

The Darlington Falcons historic season came to an end this past Friday by the hand of the Strom Thurmond Rebels in Johnston by a score of 35-6 in the opening round of the class 3A state playoffs.
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Heidi McNeil earns all state honors at cross-country state championships

Darlington High School’s Heidi McNeil (19:31) was ninth in the 3A girls race.
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November 6, 2013

The rain drowns out the Falcons in Kelleytown

When weather is bad people typically like to stay home and just relax.
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Darlington native to play basketball in Italy

Kierra Patterson is a native of Darlington and standout basketball player of the class of 2009 from Darlington High School.
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October 30, 2013

Falcons punt problems and lack of offense spoils senior night

The Falcons were 6-2 entering the game, it was senior night, region title aspirations were in the minds of all the players, the energy was ecstatic and the cold, crisp air of that October night in the Falcons Nest just screamed a perfect night of football.
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DHS Lady Falcons Tennis: Coach Tyner’s Update

Lady Falcons’ Tennis ended the season with great momentum as they enter the state playoffs- hard work always pays off.
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October 23, 2013

Darlington, Hartsville and Lamar all win big

Darlington County’s three public schools enjoyed victories this past Friday night.
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This Week in Sports

Sign up now for the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce Fall Golf Tournament Friday, November 1 at the Darlington Country Club
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October 16, 2013

Offensive air attack is key in Darlington’s homecoming win over Manning

This past Friday was a welcoming sight for both past and present Darlington Falcons’ alumni as the Falcons defeated the Manning Monarchs on homecoming in a down to the wire thriller that ended in the close score of 34-32 to earn their first region win of the year.
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Knights shut the lights out on Hartsville’s win streak

It happens in every sport. Every once in a while a team comes that appears to be unbeatable. They go on win streaks that never seem to end.
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October 9, 2013

Multiple mistakes cost Darlington in region opener

With last week off, the Darlington Falcons came into the game against the Crestwood Knights hoping to be refreshed and ready to compete for a region championship in its opening region game of the season.
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Hartsville gets by Marlboro in overtime with Tinsley’s kick

Behind the leg of Jones Tinsley, the Hartsville Red Foxes were able to extend its win streak to 21 games while moving to 1-0 overall in the region by defeating the Marlboro County Bulldogs by a score of 30-27 in overtime this past Friday.
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October 2, 2013

Down early, Lamar ruins Rams homecoming with comeback

Would you call it the “game of the week?” The answer is a most definitely “yes”. Would you call it the “game of the month?” There is a high possibility.
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DHS Tennis

Lady Falcons Tennis team continues to soar through their season, picking up two more wins against South Florence and Marion.
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Scott Speed Wins Chaotic Global RallyCross Event At Charlotte

For the first time in history, the Global RallyCross presented by SYLVANIA SilverStar zXe competed at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, located between the zMAX Dragway and Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
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September 25, 2013

West Florence use special teams to slide past Falcons

Darlington’s unprecedented run came to an end this past Friday at Memorial Stadium in Florence as the Falcons lost their first game of the year against the West Florence Knights in double overtime by a score of 30-27.
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DHS Cross Country update from Coach Rich Wideman

The DHS Boys Cross Country team competed in the Lake Murray Invitational Saturday Sept. 21st and finished 14th out of 34 teams and 3rd among the 3A teams present.
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September 18, 2013

Falcons soar in fourth, comeback to beat the Silver Foxes

The back and forth, down to the wire game between the Darlington Falcons and Lamar Silver Foxes this past Friday made sure that all the people in the stands knew that it was Friday the 13th.
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Darlington High School Tennis: 2-1, 1-0 Region

“After a tough season opening loss to West Florence, the girls responded well and went 2-0 on the week, including starting region play 1-0. Darlington defeated Manning 6-1 on Tuesday and defeated South Florence 6-0 on Thursday.
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September 11, 2013

Explosive runs and dominate defense guide Falcons to victory

The Darlington Falcons continued its unprecedented run in the football’s program history by improving to 3-0 overall after defeating the Hannah-Pamplico Raiders on Friday night in Darlington.
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Darlington High School Tennis

West Florence 4, Darlington 2
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Darlington High School Cross Country and Track

Rich Wideman took his Darlington High School Cross Country-Track Team to Mason, Ohio for a the Mason Invitational on Sept. 7.
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September 4, 2013

Kalmia Gardens of Coker College will host a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 7

The race will start and finish at Kalmia Gardens, with all proceeds supporting the Gardens.
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August 28, 2013

A two Thomas led offense and unbreakable defense lead Falcons to opening win

A two and half-hour storm delay could not damper the excitement of the Darlington Falcons winning its opening game of the season by a score of 22-6 against the Lake Marion Gators.
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Labor Day Kart Race at Moree’s 95/38 Paradise Raceway

“You’ve never seen a kart track like this,” said Troy Duncan, promoter of the DynoCams Tri-State Series. “Henry Moree’s 95/38 Paradise Raceway is something special.”
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Darlington 5000 coming Saturday, September 14

When you read “Darlington 5000” you might imagine the sound of cars on the Track Too Tough To Tame, but what you're more likely to hear are the footsteps of the many people who are out to run and walk 5 kilometers (or 5,000 meters) through Williamson Park, a beautiful woodland preserve in Darlington.
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August 21, 2013

Gov. Nikki Haley signs Student Athletes Concussion bill H.3061 promoting concussion awareness and prevention

Governor Nikki Haley participated in a ceremonial bill signing today for H.3061, the Student Athletes Concussion bill. H.3061 works to advance the identification and treatment of concussions in student athletes, focusing on concussion awareness and prevention.
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This Week in Sports

Fall Baseball Registration
For the first time ever in Darlington the Darlington Area Recreation Department will be offering Fall Baseball.
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August 14, 2013

Florence-Darlington Technical College Athletics hosts golf tournament

Florence-Darlington Technical College’s Athletics Department holds a golf tournament, Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Traces Golf Club benefiting both men and women Tech Stingers.
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This Week in Sports

Fall Baseball Registration
For the first time ever in Darlington the Darlington Area Recreation Department will be offering Fall Baseball.
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August 7, 2013

Shaw named head basketball coach of Hartsville High

Hartsville High School (HHS) has named Calvin Shaw to lead the Red Foxes’ boys varsity basketball program.
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July 31, 2013

CareSouth Carolina 5K Run and Walk August 17

Mark your calendars for the CareSouth Carolina 5k Run and Walk on Saturday, August 17 during National Health Center Week.
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July 24, 2013

Samuel leaves HHS heads to Coker

Aric Samuel, coach of the Hartsville High School boys’ basketball team, has resigned to serve as assistant coach at Coker College. Samuel and the Red Foxes recently completed a 28-1 season by winning their second consecutive South Carolina AAA state championship.
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July 17, 2013

Samuel leaves HHS heads to Coker

Aric Samuel, coach of the Hartsville High School boys’ basketball team, has resigned to serve as assistant coach at Coker College. Samuel and the Red Foxes recently completed a 28-1 season by winning their second consecutive South Carolina AAA state championship.
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July 10, 2013

This Week in Sports

Free Play Basketball: 1 to 6 p.m. weekdays at the A.W. Stanley Gym, 100 Magnolia St., Darlington. Ages 13 and older on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Ages 6-12 on Tuesday and Thursday.
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July 3, 2013

James signs with Spartanburg Methodist

Another Falcon has signed a letter of intent to play at the collegiate level. Fonta James Jr. signed to play baseball for Spartanburg Methodist College on Thursday.
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This Week in Sports

Free Play Basketball: 1 to 6 p.m. weekdays at the A.W. Stanley Gym, 100 Magnolia St., Darlington. Ages 13 and older on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Ages 6-12 on Tuesday and Thursday.
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June 26, 2013

Eight-run ninth dooms Hartsville

Hartsville Post 53 came up just short again on the baseball field, this time at the hands of Cheraw at Jimmy White Park on June 19.
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This Week in Sports

Free Play Basketball: 1 to 6 p.m. weekdays at the A.W. Stanley Gym, 100 Magnolia St., Darlington. Ages 13 and older on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Ages 6-12 on Tuesday and Thursday.
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Hall extends winning streak at Dillon

On Saturday, June 15, Dillon Motor Speedway held the Black’s Tire Service 200, which featured the Late Models, Chargers, Mini Cup Stocks, Pure Stock Fours, and Ford Flatheads.
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June 19, 2013

Falcon honored as finalist

A three-run top of the ninth inning by Manning was too much for Hartsville Post 53 to overcome on June 11 at Jimmy White Park, leading to a 7-4 defeat.
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This Week in Sports

Basketball Camp: 10 a.m. to noon July 8-11 at First Baptist Church of Darlington and Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center. Ages 7-14. Free. Must register for T-shirt. Info: (843) 393-2874 or 398-4030.
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Hall wins fourth straight at Dillon Motor Speedway

Dillon Motor Speedway hosted $20 Car Load Night along with four features on Saturday, June 8.
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June 12, 2013

Falcon honored as finalist

Mary Frances “Mance” Stokes was recently named as one of 10 finalists for the Honda Power of Dreams Scholarship. She graduated from Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology last week.
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This Week in Sports

Free Play Basketball: 1 to 6 p.m. weekdays at the A.W. Stanley Gym, 100 Magnolia St., Darlington. Ages 13 and older on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Ages 6-12 on Tuesday and Thursday.
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Herrington holds off Cox for truck win at Dillon Motor Speedway

Five divisions took to the banks of Dillon Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 1, for a wild, action-packed night in Dillon County.
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June 5, 2013

Hartsville unable to complete opening night comeback

While high school baseball may officially be over, it does not mean that players in the Hartsville, Darlington, Lamar, and McBee area still do not have a chance to play some baseball during the summer.
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This Week in Sports

Free Play Basketball:
1 to 6 p.m. weekdays at the A.W. Stanley Gym, 100 Magnolia St., Darlington. Ages 13 and older on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Ages 6-12 on Tuesday and Thursday.
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Bizarre weekend presented great racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Coca-Cola 600
The Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway held two weekends ago has a reputation to be an all-out, go big or go home type of event, but this year, the Coca-Cola 600 stole the spotlight after an extremely bizarre, yet action packed night.
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Big night ahead at Dillon Motor Speedway

Dillon Motor Speedway will host $20 Car Load Night on Saturday, June 8.
Between 6 and 8 p.m., fans can bring a carload of their family and friends for only $20.
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May 29, 2013

Storybook finish comes up short

Lady Falcons fall to Daniel in state championship

The clock struck midnight for Cinderella this past Tuesday as the Darlington Lady Falcons fell to the Daniel Lady Lions by a score of 4-0 in game two of the 3A softball state championship.
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This Week in Sports

Gerald Malloy Summer Slam Youth Basketball League: Register through May 31. For boys and girls ages 9-17.
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Five to join the Hall of Fame

After starting from the pole and leading 107 laps on four occasions, Kyle Busch in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry took the checkered flag in the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 while earning Joe Gibbs Racing their seventh victory at Darlington Raceway in the last eight NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
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May 22, 2013

Defying the odds, Darlington sweeps Hartsville, advances to state

Any trip to the NASCAR Hall of Fame puts fans face-to-face with some of the sport’s most remarkable artifacts, stories and legends.
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Falcon runner signs with Patriots

After starting from the pole and leading 107 laps on four occasions, Kyle Busch in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry took the checkered flag in the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 while earning Joe Gibbs Racing their seventh victory at Darlington Raceway in the last eight NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
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Ricky Benton Racing overcomes adversity for strong finish in Charlotte

After starting from the pole and leading 107 laps on four occasions, Kyle Busch in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry took the checkered flag in the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 while earning Joe Gibbs Racing their seventh victory at Darlington Raceway in the last eight NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington Girls Softball: 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at the Blue Street Complex
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May 15, 2013

Southern 500

Matt Kenseth’s dream now a reality

Visiting Victory Lane three times in the Nationwide Series at Darlington Raceway, Matt Kenseth had never won a Sprint Cup Series event at the historic track until this weekend when he passed teammate Kyle Busch in the closing laps.
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Kyle Busch captures monster win at Darlington

After starting from the pole and leading 107 laps on four occasions, Kyle Busch in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry took the checkered flag in the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 while earning Joe Gibbs Racing their seventh victory at Darlington Raceway in the last eight NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
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Milestone weekend for Jeff Gordon at Darlington Raceway

Jeff Gordon captured a solid third place finish in his 700th consecutive start this weekend during the Bojangles’ Southern 500.
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Hamlin overcomes back injury for a runner-up finish

For more than 60 years, Darlington Raceway has had a reputation for being the toughest track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, and this weekend, Denny Hamlin felt the full wrath of the Lady In Back.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington Girls Softball: 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at the Blue Street Complex
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Lewisville ends Lamar’s run in the playoffs

The Lamar Silver Foxes faced the Lewisville Lions in Lamar with the winner continuing its pursuit of playing for the 1A state baseball championship and the loser having to face the reality that its season is over.
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May 8, 2013

Lamar captures second straight district title

With the district championship and a shot to play for the class 1A upper state championship on the line, the Lamar Silver Foxes and the Southside Christian Sabres squared off in Lamar on May 1.
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Lady Falcons defeat Tigers 2-1 in second round of playoffs

The Lady Falcons won the district title Friday, continue to lower state tournament

Darlington pitcher Ramsey Sherrill hit the game-winning RBI in the seventh inning during round two of the playoffs in Class 3A softball action. The Lady Falcons defeated the Swansea Tigers 2-1 in a long playoff bout on April 29.
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Falcons sneak by Swansea in elimination game

With its back against the wall, the Darlington Falcons put together a magnificent performance of precise pitching and strong defense to propel past the Swansea Tigers by a score of 1-0 in Darlington on April 30.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington Dixie Youth Baseball: 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at the Blue Street Complex
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May 1, 2013

Mistakes, missed opportunities sink Hartsville

Hartsville’s first game in the playoffs as a No. 1 seed did not go as planned against the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs, as the Red Foxes lost 4-2 on Friday night.
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Rosenwald students read their way to Darlington Raceway finish line

Students from Rosenwald Elementary and Middle School received a special reward for winning a recent Darlington County School District reading competition.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington Girls Softball: 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at the Blue Street Complex
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Strong pitching drives Hartsville to region title

HARTSVILLE – With the victors come the spoils and that saying was no truer than this past Monday, April 22, at Jimmy White Park as the Hartsville Red Foxes defeated the Darlington Falcons 2-1.
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April 24, 2013

Hits keep coming for Darlington boxing brothers

Local boxing standout Bobby Parker, III added some valuable experience to his record – and racked up another victory – when he competed in the Golden Gloves amateur boxing regional tournament held April 11 -14 at the “Ace” Miller Golden Gloves Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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Sloppy third and fourth too much for Darlington to overcome on senior night

Senior night did not go as planned for the Darlington Falcons as the Manning Monarchs were able to sneak out of Darlington with a 5-3 victory on April 16.
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This Week in Sports

Baseball Tryouts: The Chargers Boys’ Travel Baseball Team is looking for players for well-established team in Hartsville.
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All the puzzle pieces fell into place for Trent Owens

On Tuesday morning last week at Darlington Raceway, Turner Scott Motorsports drivers Kyle Larson and Nelson Piquet Jr. along with their team members unloaded to test for the upcoming VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series event to be held on Friday, May 10.
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April 17, 2013

Lack of offensive too much for Falcons to overcome

The Darlington Falcons dropped its next to last regular season non-conference game of the year on Thursday against the Marion Swamp Foxes, losing by a score of 5-2.
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Win against Marlboro County puts Hartsville closer to chance at region title

The Hartsville Red Foxes kept its Region-6 title hopes alive on Friday, defeating the Marlboro County Bulldogs by a score of 5-3 behind the strong pitching of Worth Burch and the consistent offensive production of Conner Johnson.
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Kids Racing 4 Kids

More than 25 junior dragsters from across the Southeast lined up to compete in the annual Kids Racing 4 Kids event at Darlington Dragway Saturday afternoon.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington Girls Softball: 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at the Blue Street Complex
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April 10, 2013

Hartsville drops two, Hanover wins the SBC

Baseball Tryouts: The Chargers Boys’ Travel Baseball Team is looking for players for well-established team in Hartsville. Play tournaments in fall and spring, commitment is a must. Players must not turn 10 before May 1, 2013. Players from all areas are welcome. Set up a tryout time with Steven Wint at (843) 858-6630. Tryouts end May 1.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington Girls Softball: 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at the Blue Street Complex
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April 3, 2013

Darlington squeezes by Hartsville

In a classic pitcher’s duel, where one mistake, one wrong pitch or one key hit could change the course of the game, the Darlington Falcons came out on the upper hand against Region-6 rival the Hartsville Red Foxes by a score of 3-1.
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Falcons blank Silver Foxes

LAMAR – Behind starting pitcher Holden Carter, Darlington Falcons completed the season sweep of the Lamar Silver Foxes on Thursday night in Lamar.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington Girls Softball: 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
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March 27, 2013

Samuels throws a no-hitter, Falcons squeezed by Knights

The Darlington Falcons defeated the Crestwood Knights 5-2 on Friday in Darlington to improve to 9-2 overall, 8-0 in the regular season and 4-0 in Region 6-3A.
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Hartsville survives horrible sixth inning to beat Crestwood

There are times when something can be going one way to only change and go in the complete opposite direction. There is usually no warning, and, before the effects are even truly realized, the consequences are already taking place.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington Girls Softball: Games will be played at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
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March 20, 2013

Softball season arrives

The Darlington Girls Softball Association opened its spring season with a series of exhibition games, picture day, and opening ceremonies at the Blue Street ball fields on Saturday.
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Falcons crush Lakewood behind strong pitching, big hitting

The Darlington Falcons stayed on its hot streak Friday night, defeating the Lakewood Gators 12-0 in five innings in Darlington.
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Red Foxes get first win of regular season

Led by a strong pitching performance from Conner Johnson, the Hartsville Red Foxes got on the winning track in baseball defeating the Lakewood Gators 11-1 in five innings March 12 at Jimmy White Park in Hartsville.
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March 13, 2013

Robinson makes the comeback

Falcons start season off strong

After kicking the season off by participating in the Hartsville preseason tournament, the Darlington Falcons baseball team hit the field for the first time at home to start the regular season against county rival, the Lamar Silver Foxes.
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Top of the fifth dooms Red Foxes, Knights roll

Hartsville Red Foxes regular season opener at home did not go as planned on Thursday night as the West Florence Knights got the upper hand, winning 12-3.
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This Week in Sports

Kinder Basketball and Cheerleading: Registration begins April 15 at the Darlington YMCA. Cost is $30 for members and $40 for others. Program begins May 18. Info: (843) 398-0844.
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Pappas signs with The Citadel

Darlington High School senior Gregory Pappas signed a letter of intent to play football at The Citadel in the fall.
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March 6, 2013

State champions again

Two familiar faces help lead Hartsville to capture its second straight state title

COLUMBIA – After a victory against the Darlington Falcons in the lower state championship, Hartsville boys’ head coach Aric Samuel said that Jaylen Shaw and Devontae Washington had been not only the key reason for the victory but had been a cornerstone for Red Fox basketball over the past three years.
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JV Falcons show promise for season

During the South Florence pre-season tournament last week, the Darlington JV Falcons showed promise for a good season to come.
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Goodson to compete in PASS Pro Race

Hayes Goodson, an 18 year old from Darlington, will make his fourth Pro All-Star Series (PASS) Pro Late Model division appearance of his career on March 9.
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February 27, 2013

Hartsville claims second straight lower state title

Late shot sinks Falcons in fantastic contest

FLORENCE – With six seconds left in the Class 3A boys’ lower state championship game, Hartsville’s Jaylen Shaw hit the game-winning shot, propelling the Red Foxes over arch rival, the Darlington Falcons, and into its second straight state title game with a 64-62 victory on Saturday night in Florence.
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This Week in Sports

YMCA Dance: Registration begins Feb. 1 at the Darlington YMCA. Cost is $30 for members and $40 for others. Program begins March 5.
Info: (843) 398-0844.
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Darlington Raceway sprints into history

Track’s former director of public relations authors fascinating new book

Darlington Raceway has been part of the landscape of South Carolina and of NASCAR for over six decades, and a new nostalgic book celebrates the history of the track through extraordinary vintage images.
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February 20, 2013

Falcons gain edge in rivalry when it counts

Darlington. Wilson. Those two schools have become a match made in heaven over that last couple of years for fans when it comes to basketball and this past Tuesday’s game did not change that.
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Red Foxes send Hilton Head Island back to the beach

From start to finish, the Hartsville Red Foxes dominated the Hilton Head Island Seahawks on Friday night winning 96-46 in the second round of the 3A playoffs and keeping its hopes alive for a shot at back-to-back state championships.
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Ticket package gives fans ultimate access

Darlington Raceway is once again giving its fans the opportunity to receive the ultimate access during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 on May 11.
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February 13, 2013

Four Falcons football players sign with college teams

Four Falcons football players committed to colleges and universities this week: Darvia DuBose, Oliver Chandler, Shaq Johnson, and Cayland Howard.
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Owens joins three South Carolinians in NASCAR’s Hall of Fame

Everett “Cotton” Owens from Union, S.C., was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame located in uptown Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, Feb. 8, along with Buck Baker, Herb Thomas, Rusty Wallace and Leonard Wood.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Hall of Fame’s S.C. roots run deep

The motorsports press corps is a dedicated and close-knit group. Just like the teams on the top three NASCAR racing circuits, they travel as a group.
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Crestwood’s hot hand ruins Falcons’ night

Coming off possibly the biggest win of the season against cross-county and region rival, the Hartsville Red Foxes, the Darlington Falcons were unable to ride that momentum into senior night against the Crestwood Knights.
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Senior night ends on a sour note in Darlington

Senior night did not play out to how most of the Darlington Lady Falcons envisioned.
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Generation-6 takes on the Lady in Black

Five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams unloaded in the garage at Darlington Raceway for a Generation-6 Goodyear tire test on Feb. 5..
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Titans reels in a big win against the fighting Marlins

The varsity boys of Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School dominated the Fighting Marlins of Low Country Prep in a 71-23 victory during the final home game of the season on Feb. 4.
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Marlins disrupt Lady Titans’ winning streak

The Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School Lady Titans upset by the Low Country Prep Fighting Marlins, 43-30, during their final home game of the regular season on Feb. 4.
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February 6, 2013

Falcons upset the undefeated Red Foxes in thrilling finish

The Darlington High School varsity boys defeated the No.4 ranked, conference leading Hartville High Red Foxes 79-72 on the road Saturday, Feb. 2.
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Lady Falcons fall short in rivalry game

The Darlington High School Lady Falcons fell short 61-51 as they traveled to Hartsville High School to take on the rival Red Foxes on Saturday, Feb. 2.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington Girls Softball Association: Registration will be held through Feb. 15 for ages 4-18 at the Darlington Recreation Department, 300 Sanders St. Cost: $30.
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January 30, 2013

Darlington crushes Manning while sitting starters in the fourth

The Darlington boys’ basketball team had no problem handling the Manning Monarchs, winning in convincing fashion by a score of 87-48 on Jan. 22.
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Darlington gets beat on the glass by Manning, loses convincingly on the scoreboard

The Darlington Lady Falcons played possibly one of its worst games of the year against the Manning Lady Monarchs losing 76-40 on Jan. 22.
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Disc golf tourney this weekend in Dovesville

The S.C. Disc Golf Organization and Spike Hyzer will hold the Pim Farms Corn Maze Open Feb. 2-3 at Pim Farms Disc Golf Course, 464 Dovesville Highway.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington Girls Softball Association: Registration will be held through Feb. 15 for ages 4-18 at the Darlington Recreation Department, 300 Sanders St. Cost: $30.
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Tire test at Darlington Raceway open to public

Testing returns to Darlington Raceway on Feb. 5, this time with the new and highly touted Gen-6 racecar.
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January 23, 2013

Darlington High School inducts third member into Athletic Hall of Fame

The Darlington High School Hall of Fame proudly enshrined its third inductee, Holly Lee, for her contributions on and off the field in Darlington County and beyond during halftime of the Darlington Falcons versus Marlboro County Bulldogs basketball game at the Falcons Nest on Jan. 18.
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Darlington squeaks by Bulldogs after rough third quarter

The Darlington boys’ basketball team kept up with its winning ways on Friday, defeating the Marlboro County Bulldogs 59-54 for its second straight win and fourth in the last five games.
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Strong first and fourth quarter propel Lady Falcons past Marlboro County

The Darlington Lady Falcons basketball used a strong start and finish against the Marlboro County Lady Bulldogs on Friday, winning 56-45.
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NASCAR's Generation-6 cars bring new life to the sport

NASCAR's Generation-6 car returned to Charlotte Motor Speedway this past Thursday and Friday after the long trip from Daytona International Speedway the week before.
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January 16, 2013

Third quarter dooms Darlington, Hartsville sails to victory

A rough third quarter proved to be too much for the Darlington Falcons to overcome Saturday as the Hartsville Red Foxes walked away with a 79-58 victory and a perfect record still enacted.
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Lady Falcons lose lead late, unable to hold off Hartsville

Despite leading for almost the entire game, the Darlington Lady Falcons came up on the short end against cross county rival, the Hartsville Lady Red Foxes, by a score of 57-51.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington Girls Softball Association: Registration will be Jan. 21 through Feb. 15 for ages 4-18 at the Darlington Recreation Department, 300 Sanders St. Cost: $30.
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Garland receives NASCAR's Track Services Innovation Award

For the second consecutive year, a Darlington Raceway staff member was recognized by NASCAR and his peers for success in the industry.
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January 9, 2013

Shifting gears to New Year's

With the stellar play of Torri Smith and Jada Richardson, the Darlington Lady Falcons cruised to a 48-29 victory over the Lamar Lady Silver Foxes this past Tuesday.
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Darlington crushes Gators, start strong in the region

The Darlington Falcons crushed the Lakewood Gators on Friday, winning its opening Region 6-3A game by an impressive score of 71-38.
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Lady Falcons open up region with a win, defeat Lakewood

The Darlington girls basketball team got off to a great start in Region 6-3A play, defeating the Lakewood Lady Gators 50-34 on Friday night, improving the Lady Falcons to 7-5 overall, 1-0 in the region.
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This Week in Sports

Dixie Youth Baseball: Register during the month of January at Darlington Recreation Department, 300 Sanders St. Ages 4-14. Cost: $25 for T-ball and $40 for others. After January, fees will be $45. After February, fees will be $50. Birth certificates required at registration.
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January 2, 2013

This Week in Sports

YMCA Dance Classes: Tuesdays beginning Jan. 8 at Darling Family YMCA, 123 Exchange St. Ages 3-11. Cost: $30 per month for members and $40 per month for others. Info: (843) 383-4547 or 230-6997.
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December 26, 2012

Falcons fall in final home match

The Darlington High School wrestling team took a hard loss to cross county rival Hartsville, losing 67-6 on Dec. 19.
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All Falcons score in win over Lamar

In possibly one of its most complete games of the year, the Darlington Falcons boys’ basketball team eased its way to an 80-46 victory over the Lamar Silver Foxes on Dec. 18.
Darlington used two big runs in the first half and hot three-point shooting throughout the game to overtake the Silver Foxes for the second time this season.
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Richardson, Smith lead Darlington over Lamar

With the stellar play of Torri Smith and Jada Richardson, the Darlington Lady Falcons cruised to a 48-29 victory over the Lamar Lady Silver Foxes this past Tuesday.
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This Week in Sports

YMCA Youth Basketball: Learn the fundamentals of the game in a fun and enjoyable environment at the Darlington Family YMCA, 123 Exchange St. Ages 4-8 and 9-12. Registration through Dec. 28. Cost: $30 members and $40 for others. First practice Jan. 3, and last game Feb. 11. Info: (843) 398-0844
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December 19, 2012

Lamar youth football builds confidence, gridiron skills

Long known as a high school football dynamo, the town of Lamar has a tradition of gridiron toughness that reaches all the way from the varsity Silver Foxes to the Recreation Department Small Fry teams.
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NASCAR’s sixth generation car exceeds track record at Charlotte Motor Speedway

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams hit the high banks of Charlotte Motor Speedway on Dec. 11-12 to test out the brand new sixth generation cars.
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This Week in Sports

YMCA Youth Basketball: Learn the fundamentals of the game in a fun and enjoyable environment at the Darlington Family YMCA, 123 Exchange St. Ages 4-8 and 9-12. Registration through Dec. 28. Cost: $30 members and $40 for others. First practice Jan. 3, and last game Feb. 11. Info: (843) 398-0844
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Strong second half propels Lamar past Timmonsville

LAMAR – The Lamar boys’ basketball team used a strong third quarter to erase a one-point deficit at half and beat the Timmonsville Whirlwinds 74-53 on Friday night in Lamar.
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Defending state champs too much for Lady Silver Foxes

LAMAR – Playing the defending state champs is never an easy task, but when you are six players short it can make the task even that more daunting.
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December 12, 2012

Former Falcon kicking strong at Furman

Darlington High School alum Ray Early capped off another college football season with the Furman Paladins in grand style, booting career-best field goals and pinning back opponents on the regular.
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Trinity-Byrnes sets standards with state wins

Heading into the new school year, no one had any idea what would happen to the Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School located just outside of the city limits of Darlington.
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Falcons, Red Foxes to play at Carolina Classic

Both the Darlington Falcons and the Hartsville Red Foxes varsity boys’ basketball teams will participate in the 27th annual Carolina Classic at West Florence High School in Florence.
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Falcons complete comeback,beat West Florence in overtime

The Darlington Falcons boys’ basketball team did not back away from the stiff competition of the West Florence Knights, winning 71-60 in overtime on Dec. 4. 
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Second comeback comes up short for Lady Falcons

In a game of two halves, the Darlington girls’ basketball team was unable to overcome a 20-point deficit at half to defeat the West Florence Lady Knights instead losing 61-55 on Dec. 4.
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This Week in Sports

YMCA Youth Basketball: Learn the fundamentals of the game in a fun and enjoyable environment at the Darlington Family YMCA, 123 Exchange St. Ages 4-8 and 9-12. Registration through Dec. 28. Cost: $30 members and $40 for others. First practice Jan. 3, and last game Feb. 11. Info: (843) 398-0844
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December 5, 2012

Falcons set tone in the second quarter, beat Lamar

LAMAR – The Darlington Falcons boys’ basketball team dominated the Lamar Silver Foxes in Lamar, winning by a score of 63-45, on the opening game of the season on Nov. 27. The Falcons lead for the majority of the entire game, including the end of four quarters.
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Lady Falcons fight off turnovers, beat Lamar

LAMAR – Despite starting the season with a new head coach and on the road, the Darlington girls’ basketball team got off to the right start in Lamar, defeating the Lady Silver Foxes 38-27 on Nov. 27.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington Youth Basketball: Late registration for youth basketball will be held through Dec.5 at the Darlington Area Recreation Department, 300 Sanders St. Anyone wishing to play this season must register at this time. 
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My Brain on NASCAR - Viva Las Vegas

On Nov. 30, NASCAR Champion’s Week drew to a close with one newly-crowned American Idol serenading another as Phillip Phillips performed his hit song “Home.” 
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November 28, 2012

Darlington boxers collect more titles and victories

The hits keep on coming for two young Darlington boxers as brothers Bobby Parker III and Judah Jernigan-Parker both racked up wins in recent weeks.
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Lamar looks to make noise in upper state

When you play in a county that has basketball programs as strong as Hartsville and Darlington, it is easy to go unnoticed, but the Lamar boys’ basketball team is hoping that is going to change this year.
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Scott, Lady Silver Foxes look to make playoffs in year two

Have you ever heard the old saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day?” That saying could not be truer for Lamar girls’ basketball team.
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Hartsville aims for repeat in boys’ basketball

What does one do when it reaches the mountaintop? Do you just go right back down, thinking that the goal is accomplished or do you instead reevaluate your goals and strive to obtain more than previously conquered?
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Lady Red Foxes look to improve from last season

The boys may be getting all of the hype, but do not let that fool anyone because the Hartsville girls’ basketball team is ready to compete and gain some of the attention this season.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington Youth Basketball: Registration for youth basketball will be held through Nov. 30 at the Darlington Area Recreation Department, 300 Sanders St. Anyone wishing to play this season must register at this time.
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Seventh Annual Reindeer Run 5K this weekend

Join runners and walkers from around the Pee Dee region and beyond for the Seventh Annual Reindeer Run 5K. This beautiful course takes participants through some of the historic areas of Darlington as well as Williamson Park and beyond.
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November 21, 2012

Falcons aims high for upcoming season

In every sport there is always the occasion that the most talented team does not come out on top, and that was no more evident than last season when the Darlington Falcons boys’ basketball team failed to reach the state title.
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New regime takes over the Lady Falcons basketball program

After a few down years, the Darlington girls’ basketball team looks to rebound under the new leadership of head coach Jabari Deas.
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This Week in Sports

Basketball Coaches: The Darlington Area Recreation Department is in need of basketball coaches for the upcoming season. If you would like to help the young people of Darlington, call Bobby Cook at (843) 398-4030 as soon as possible. All age groups, 7-14.
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November 14, 2012

Hartsville holds off late comeback to beat Swansea

The Hartsville Red Foxes completed its second step in winning the 3A state championship, defeating the Swansea Tigers 49-36 on Friday.
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Former Miss Southern 500 recognized for humanitarian efforts

After being told she was a finalist for the 2012 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, Lorri Unumb of Lexington couldn’t help but think how the sport of NASCAR has again been a platform she has utilized to make a difference in people’s lives.
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This Week in Sports

Youth Basketball: Registration for youth basketball will be held through Nov. 30 at the Darlington Area Recreation Department, 300 Sanders St. If your birth certificate is not already have on file, you must bring a copy or the original birth certificate with you to registration. Cost is $20 and must be paid at registration.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Check, but no Mates

As the green flag waved to signal the start of the Advocare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) on Nov. 11, we had a perfect storyline to follow.
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November 7, 2012

Falcon runners make history

Both teams place higher than ever at state meet Saturday

The Darlington High School cross country teams made school history as the boys finished in sixth place and the girls finished 14th behind some perennial powerhouses at the state competition on Saturday.
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Red Foxes dominate in playoff opener

Hartsville’s quest for the 3A state championship got off to a good start on Friday night in Kelleytown Stadium as the Red Foxes defeated the Southside Tigers 54-0.
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This Week in Sports

Youth Basketball: Registration for youth basketball will be held through Nov. 30 at the Darlington Area Recreation Department, 300 Sanders St. Anyone wishing to play this season must register at this time. If your birth certificate is not already have on file, you must bring a copy or the original birth certificate with you to registration.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Game, Set, Match?

When the expectations of winning are decreased, do the chances of winning proportionally increase?
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October 31, 2012

Red Foxes rally to spoil Falcons’ senior night

In a two-part game that saw a little bit of everything, the Darlington Falcons could not hold on to 22-13 lead at half, instead losing 33-30 to the its cross county rivals, the Hartsville Red Foxes.
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Falcons fly to new heights

The Darlington High School varsity cross-country teams came home with both the girls’ and boys’ region titles after the meet at Hartsville Middle School on Oct. 16.
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Lady Falcons fall in first round

After a spectacular undefeated regular season, the Lady Falcons lost a close match to the Wilson Tigers 4-3 in the first round of playoffs on Oct. 25. Bethany Byrd, Anna Godbold, and the doubles team of Elizabeth Sturgeon / Heather Godbold picked up wins in their matches.
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Dillon Motor Speedway ends season strong with records shattered

ASA-sanctioned Dillon Motor Speedway hosted the final races of the season on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21.
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This Week in Sports

Oct. 31
Racing – Grudge Test-N-Tune @ Darlington Dragway. Info: (843) 383-0008 or darlingtondragway.com
Running Club – 6:45 p.m. at Fitness World in Darlington
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My Brain on NASCAR - Always Ready to Rumble

Most fans would probably agree that while it is great to debate the finer points of NASCAR, sometimes these discussions bring to mind the old saying that “It’s only fun until someone loses an eye.” But in the world of NASCAR partisanship, it’s even more fun when someone loses their temper.
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October 24, 2012

Strong JV squad building bright future for Falcons football

With a 2011 season record of two wins and right losses, the Darlington High School junior varsity football program was in need of a turnaround, and Coach Dennis Gearhart says that directional change required a team effort from both players and coaches.
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Titans enroute for first conference title

The Darlington High School varsity cross-country teams came home with both the girls’ and boys’ region titles after the meet at Hartsville Middle School on Oct. 16.
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Falcons soar above competition, take region titles

Darlington County is well known throughout the NASCAR community for its rich stock car history, and fans travel from all around the world to compete at the local short tracks located in nearby Dillon and Timmonsville.
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Tennis team finishes season undefeated

The Darlington High School girls’ tennis team finished the regular season undefeated (14-0 overall, 4-0 region) after defeating Manning 5-1 on Oct. 16.
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This Week in Sports

Oct. 24
Racing – Grudge Test-N-Tune @ Darlington Dragway.
Info: (843) 383-0008 or darlingtondragway.com
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My Brain on NASCAR - The ‘It’ factor

In sports, as in any other entertainment field, it seems we are always looking for what some call the next big thing, that actor or athlete who possesses the elusive “It Factor” necessary not only to rise to the top of one’s area of expertise, but to make the rest of the world take notice, and want to come along for the ride.
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October 17, 2012

Falcons enjoy happy homecoming

The Darlington Falcons enjoyed a pleasant homecoming on Friday in the Falcons Nest, winning in impressive fashion, defeating the Lakewood Gators by a score of 33-6.
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One quarter-mile at a time

Darlington County is well known throughout the NASCAR community for its rich stock car history, and fans travel from all around the world to compete at the local short tracks located in nearby Dillon and Timmonsville.
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Lady Falcons tennis continues to win

The Darlington High School tennis team continues its winning ways, taking the region championship and going undefeated (13-0) so far this season.
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This Week in Sports

Oct. 17
Aerobics – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Pilates, aerobics, dance class @ Darlington YMCA. Info: (843) 398-0844
Flexible Core Class – 8 to 8:45 a.m. @ Darlington YMCA
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My Brain on NASCAR - Earnhardt Demonstrated Proper Head Restraint

Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he know “something was just not quite right” after he experienced a hard crash during a tire test at Kansas Speeding in September.
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October 10, 2012

Hartsville homecoming overshadowed

Even with a victory, Hartsville loses in the toughest of ways

Football, like any other sport has a winner and loser. This past Friday, however, there were no winners, as tragedy of the worst kind hit the Hartsville High Red Foxes.
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Weatherford-Calhoun duo dominate at Myrtle Beach Speedway

This past April, Jason Calhoun got behind the wheel of Dwayne Weatherford’s Frank Kimmel Street Stock National car at Rockingham Speedway for the annual Polar Bear 150, and success came as soon as the car was unloaded.
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This Week in Sports

Oct. 10
Aerobics – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Pilates, aerobics, dance class @ Darlington YMCA. Info: (843) 398-0844
Cross Country – 5 p.m. Hartsville v. Camden @ Revolutionary Park
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My Brain on NASCAR - Taking voyeurism one lap too far

The last lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega has made one burning question stand out in my mind: Are we race fans, or wreck fans?
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October 3, 2012

Region opener has unexpected ending for the Falcons

SUMTER – Disappointment and frustration are the two most accurate words to describe the Darlington Falcons football team’s emotions after a devastating 39-38 lost to the Crestwood Knights in overtime on the road Friday in Sumter.
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Lady Falcons remain undefeated

The Darlington High School Lady Falcons tennis team continued to dominate the competition last week, moving to 9-0 overall and 2-0 in the region.
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This Week in Sports

Aerobics – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Pilates, aerobics, dance class @ Darlington YMCA. Info: (843) 398-0844
Flexible Core Class – 8 to 8:45 a.m. @ Darlington YMCA
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My Brain on NASCAR - Opportunity’s Hard Knocks

In the world of stock car racing, at what point does talent trump trouble, or vice versa?
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Dillon Motor Speedway crowns two track champions

ASA-sanctioned, Dillon Motor Speedway hosted the final points event for the Late Models as well as the Four Cylinders on Sept. 22.
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September 26, 2012

Lady Falcons tennis continue to fly high

The Lady Falcons tennis team racked up two more wins last week, a 6-0 sweep of East Clarendon on Sept. 20 and a 4-1 victory over former region rival Camden on Sept. 17. Darlington improves to 7-0 on the year.
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This Week in Sports

Travel Baseball Team Seeks 9&U Players: Serious inquiries for any child that loves the game and wants an opportunity to enjoy yearlong play at no charge. All tournaments fees, uniforms, and bat bags are provided for each player. Info: Jay Lane at (843) 245-4358 or (843) 506-7895.
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September 19, 2012

Victory slips past the Falcons in the final minute

What looked to be a promising night for the Darlington Falcons turned out to be a nightmare as the West Florence Knights rallied from 13 points down late in the fourth quarter to win by a score of 20-19 on Friday night in the Falcons’ Nest.
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Falcons take top honors in Darlington meet

For the first time in school history, the Darlington High boys’ cross-country team has been ranked No. 8 in Class AAA in the state.
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This Week in Sports

Travel Baseball Team Seeks 9&U Players: Serious inquiries for any child that loves the game and wants an opportunity to enjoy yearlong play at no charge. All tournaments fees, uniforms, and bat bags are provided for each player. Info: Jay Lane at (843) 245-4358 or (843) 506-7895.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Going for broke pays off

I sometimes like to entertain myself by going back a few years and remembering all the negative things we said back in 2003, when Brian France first announced this new championship format, which people still insist on calling “NASCAR’s playoffs.”
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September 12, 2012

Strong offense, defense leads Darlington over Lamar

Darlington High School’s volleyball team hasn’t had the greatest record in the last few years, going 2-8 for two seasons in a row, but the wins After winning only two games last season, the Darlington Falcons captured their third win this season, defeating the Lamar Silver Foxes 28-14 in the Falcons Nest on Friday night.
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Sept. 12
Aerobics – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Pilates, aerobics, dance class @ Darlington YMCA. Info: (843) 398-0844
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My Brain on NASCAR - Chase prediction: You Gotta Believe

I am fortunate to be invited to do regular weekly NASCAR segments on a couple of local radio talk shows.
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Trinity-Byrnes has early homecoming

The Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School Titans opened the gates to their brand new football field as they faced off against the Thomas Sumter Generals on Aug. 31.
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September 5, 2012

Lady Falcons volleyball team gears up for another season

Darlington High School’s volleyball team hasn’t had the greatest record in the last few years, going 2-8 for two seasons in a row, but the wins and losses are not the top concern for Varsity Head Coach Jessica DeStefano.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington County Recreation Girls Fall Softball: Registration Cost: $30. Ages: 5-12 as of Jan. 1, 2013. Society Hill and Dovesville residents, sign up at the Society Hill Town Hall or call Chief Capers at 378-4681.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Chase prediction: No Mouse in This House

At a press conference in Darlington in 2006, Greg Biffle was asked for his opinion of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which was still relatively new at the time.
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Darlington Raceway to host annual blood drive event on Sept. 11

Fans who are looking for a way to honor the tragedies of 9-11 can take advantage of the opportunity to give blood during Darlington Raceway’s seventh annual Blood Drive, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 11.
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August 29, 2012

Turnovers, penalties come back to haunt the Falcons in first home game

The Hartsville Red Foxes used many big running plays to beat the Lamar Silver Foxes 62-38 Friday at Donald R. Poole Stadium in Lamar.
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Red beats Silver 62-38

The Hartsville Red Foxes used many big running plays to beat the Lamar Silver Foxes 62-38 Friday at Donald R. Poole Stadium in Lamar.
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Lady Falcons tennis team has depth, drive

Last year, the Darlington High School Lady Falcons tennis team came in as runners up for the region, but they have plans to win that title this season.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Chase prediction: Somebody will win

At a press conference in Darlington in 2006, Greg Biffle was asked for his opinion of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which was still relatively new at the time.
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Free admission on Labor Day at Dillon Motor Speedway

For the second year in a row, the grandstands on Labor Day will be absolutely free at Dillon Motor Speedway thanks to Fred Bowker and Raceway Automotive of Hartsville.
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This Week in Sports

Darlington County Recreation Girls Fall Softball: Registration through Sept. 4.
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August 22, 2012

Falcons look for banner year on the trails

All summer long, the Darlington High School Falcons cross-country team has been training. Their eyes are on the prize: a trip to the state championship meet – a place the girls’ team has been the last four consecutive years.
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Silver Foxes outbid Auctioneers 34-8

The Lamar Silver Foxes forced six turnovers and scored 28 first-half points in a 34-8 non-conference win over Mullins at Auctioneer Field.
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Weather doesn’t damper on Hartsville’s opening game

In the start of a much anticipated season, the Hartsville Red Foxes battled through two lightning delays, totaling three hours and 35 minutes, and rainy conditions to start off its run at the Class 3A state championship with a convincing 40-0 victory over the Mid-Carolina Rebels.
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Are you tough enough to run the Darlington 5000?

When you read “Darlington 5000” you might imagine the sound of cars on the Track Too Tough To Tame, but what you’re more likely to hear are the footsteps of the many people who are out to run and walk five kilometers (or 5,000 meters) through Williamson Park, a beautiful woodland preserve in Darlington.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Picky, picky

At Michigan International Speedway (MIS) on August 19, Jimmie Johnson did something so shocking, so unthinkable, that radio call-in shows, the Internet, and even some respected print publications have been literally crackling with outrage ever since.
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August 15, 2012

Poland wins first feature at Dillon

Several drivers visited Victory Lane for the first time this season at Dillon Motor Speedway on Aug. 4.
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Darlington Little League represents South Carolina in regional tourney

Darlington Little League represented the state of South Carolina in the Little League regional tournament in Melbourne Florida on Aug. 3-6.
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This Week in Sports

Registration for youth football will be held through Aug. 24 at Darlington Area Recreation, 300 Sanders St. You must bring a copy of your birth certificate, registration fee of $30, and a parent to sign the forms. Late registration ($45) will be held Aug. 27-29.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Brad Pitt on road racing

On the question of road course racing and its place in NASCAR, fans are nearly as divided as they are on the subject of Angelina Jolie versus Jennifer Anniston.
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August 8, 2012

Darlington Ponytails come up short

HARTSVILLE – The quest to win the Dixie Ponytails Traditional World Series came up short for Darlington as Georgia eliminated the team on July 31.
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Florida knocks Hartsville out of series

Hartsville’s run at the Dixie Softball X-Play World Series was put to an end by the Spring Hill all-stars out of Florida on Monday, July 30, by a score of 10-0 in in four innings.
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This Week in Sports

Patsy Hathcock Dance Studio presents fall dance class beginning Aug. 14 for ages 2 and older. Classes offered are tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, combo, shag, and ballroom.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Change of Fortune

There are some words and phrases that simply don’t fit together, things like “Rush Limbaugh and open-minded discussion” or “Ellen Degeneres and lunch at Chik-Fil-A.”
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August 1, 2012

Darlington starts strong in the softball World Series

Controversy and domination are the two best words to describe the opening weekend for the Darlington Ponytails all-star team at the Dixie Softball Ponytails Traditional World Series in Hartsville.
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Hartsville splits its first games on Sunday

Hartsville’s opening day in the Dixie Softball Ponytails X-Play World Series did not go as well as one would hope, but itdid not go as bad as it could have.
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This Week in Sports

Registration for youth football will be held through Aug. 24 at Darlington Area Recreation, 300 Sanders St. You must bring a copy of your birth certificate, registration fee of $30, and a parent to sign the forms. Late registration ($45) will be held Aug. 27-29.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Time Out!

It may not be your beverage of choice this time of year, but as TV commercials and magazine ads regularly remind us, milk is good for you.
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July 25, 2012

Softball World Series coming to Darlington County

For the first time ever, Darlington County will play host to a national-level softball event when 21 teams from 11 states converge on Hartsville’s Byerly Park for the Dixie PonyTails Softball 37th Annual World Series.
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This Week in Sports

Registration for youth football will be held from July 30 through Aug. 24 at Darlington Area Recreation, 300 Sanders St. You must bring a copy of your birth certificate, registration fee of $30, and a parent to sign the forms. Late registration ($45) will be held Aug. 27-29.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Milk is good for you

It may not be your beverage of choice this time of year, but as TV commercials and magazine ads regularly remind us, milk is good for you.
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July 18, 2012

This Week in Sports

July 18
Aerobics – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Pilates, aerobics, dance class @ Darlington YMCA. Info: (843) 398-0844
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My Brain on NASCAR - When Positive is Negative

The recent drug controversy surrounding NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver A.J. Allmendinger has a lot of people around the garage looking pretty worried.
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July 11, 2012

If you build it, he’ll race it

Later on this year, Sheriff Wayne Byrd will attempt something that he has never done before, in fact, it’s something that few people have ever done.
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This Week in Sports

First Baptist Church of Darlington will hold a free basketball camp for boys and girls in the community from 10 a.m. to noon July 9-12. Ages 7-10 will meet at the Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St., and ages 11-14 will meet at the First Baptist Church gym, S. Main St. 393-0307.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Beat-up or Beatdown?

While I will continue to maintain that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) competition is the most exciting sport on the planet, I have been forced to lend at least part of an ear recently to complaints that the current season has been a little, well … uninspiring.
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July 4, 2012

Hartsville Northern edges Darlington All Stars for sub-district victory

On Friday, June 29, the Darlington Minor All-Stars went head-to-head with Hartsville Northern for bragging rights to see who the better team in Darlington County was.
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This Week in Sports

The Hartsville United Soccer League is forming teams, ages 8-18, for fall 2012. Evaluations will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 9-10 with all games at Byerly Park. Pick up flyer with medical release at Coker Athletic Office, Hartsville YMCA, or the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center. What to bring to evaluations: Medical Release Form, copy of birth certificate, shin guards, cleats, soccer ball, water bottle. Info: Ms. Chris Alexander (843) 453-2887 or chrisa377@gmail.com.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Everybody’s talkin’ at me

Well, I really have to hand it to Matt Kenseth. After only 15 years of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, he has finally gotten my attention.
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June 26, 2012

Angels win sub-district championship

The Darlington Angels All Star team was crowned Sub-District 3 champions after a nail-biter two-game title fight on Friday.
After going undefeated throughout the tournament, Darlington took its first loss of the week against Dillon in game one.
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This Week in Sports

June 27 - July 9
The Hartsville United Soccer League is forming teams, ages 8-18, for fall 2012. Evaluations will be in July with all games at Byerly Park. Players must attend one of the following two-day evaluations: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 2-3 or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 9-10. Pick up flyer with medical release at Coker Athletic Office, Hartsville YMCA, or the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center. What to bring to evaluations: Medical Release Form, copy of birth certificate, shin guards, cleats, soccer ball, water bottle. Info: (843) 453-2887 or chrisa377@gmail.com. .
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Darlington snaps losing streak against Hartsville

DARLINGTON – Darlington Post 210 defeated Hartsville Post 53 this past Thursday in Darlington by a score of 13-3 in just seven innings of work due to the 10-run rule.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Wild road trip

It’s kind of funny that not too terribly long ago, people were complaining about the “yawn factor” of road course races, claiming they had no place on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, and now, they are two of the most exciting events of the year.
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Lady Falcons get new coach

Darlington High School officials announced that Jabari K. Deas Sr. will take the helm as new head girls’ basketball coach.
“We are excited to have Coach Deas on board at Darlington High,” said Dr. Greg Harrison, principal of Darlington High. “With his background experience and proven track record, we feel Coach Deas has a lot to offer our girls’ basketball program.”
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June 20, 2012

Former NFL player holds free clinic

Former Washington Redskins wide receiver Charlie Brown hosted a football camp in Darlington last week, and dozens of area youth got to sharpen their football techniques and receive valuable advice from college and professional veteran players.
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Darlington rallies past Hartsville in senior legion baseball

Hartsville – Darlington Post 210 rebounded from a Sumter loss in a previous game, defeating Hartsville Post 53 by a score of 12-8 and keeping the team alive in the senior legion baseball championship hunt.
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This Week In Sports

June 20
Jr. Legion Baseball – 7 p.m. Darlington @ Marlboro
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My Brain on NASCAR - Finally

It takes a lot to draw people’s attention from a PGA major golf tournament, but Michigan International Speedway did just that on Father’s Day.
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June 13, 2012

Spurrier talks Gamecock football in Hartsville

University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier made a special appearance at the Hartsville Country Club on June 5, making up for the May 23 Fan Fest Event that was canceled due to inclement weather.
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This Week In Sports

June 13
Jr. Legion Baseball – 6:30 p.m. Darlington @ South Florence
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My Brain on NASCAR - Please pass the soap

When discussing the manner in which an athlete responds to the media, how far do you have to go in order to go too far?
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Gale captures first victory at Dillon Motor Speedway

Dillon Motor Speedway hosted five divisions for the Carolina Batteries 200 on June 2.
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June 6, 2012

Legion baseball begins; Darlington adds team to go with Hartsville’s

Two Falcons, Justin Brockington and Ashton Nesmith, signed letters of intent to play baseball at the University of South Carolina Sumter on May 23.
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My Brain on NASCAR - When bad is good

New this week, a Valley Girl weighs in on NASCAR: “Hendrick Motorsports is so, like, totally two-faced. You know?”
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This Week In Sports

Basketball – Teasley Assist Basketball Camp 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 4-8 at Trinity Collegiate School. Info: (843) 395-9124 or www.tcstitans.org.
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May 30, 2012

Two Falcons sign with USC Sumter

Two Falcons, Justin Brockington and Ashton Nesmith, signed letters of intent to play baseball at the University of South Carolina Sumter on May 23.
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Eagles advance to state for first time in school history

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) boys soccer team recently advanced to the Class 1A state championship game, becoming the first athletic team in GSSM history to play for the state title.
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Griggs, Adams win for first time at Dillon Motor Speedway

Dillon Motor Speedway hosted Black’s Tire Service night on May 19.
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May 23, 2012

Lamar comes up short in state title game

The Lamar Silver Foxes season came to an end on Friday, losing 13-2 to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Knights at Lamar, in the second game of the 1A championship series.
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Red Foxes take state title

Hartsville completes stellar season with state championship in softball

Despite dropping the first game of the state championship against the Daniel Lady Lions at home, the Hartsville Lady Red Foxes rebounded, winning the final two games of the three-game series and claiming the school’s first softball state title.
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Darlington High School Athletic Banquet

Pick up the May 23 and May 30 editions to see the honored athletes. You can also see a slideshow and purchase photos here. http://newsandpress.dotphoto.com/CPViewAlbum.asp?AID=6532877

My Brain on NASCAR - Too-Faced

New this week, a Valley Girl weighs in on NASCAR: “Hendrick Motorsports is so, like, totally two-faced. You know?”
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This Week In Sports

May 23
Racing – Grudge Test N Tune @ Darlington Dragway. Gates open at 5 p.m. Info: (843) 383-0008 or darlingtondragway.com
Running Club – 6:45 p.m. at Fitness World in Darlington
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May 16, 2012

Lady Red Foxes win first Lower State softball title

The Hartsville Lady Red Foxes softball team made history on Friday by capturing the program’s first Lower State Championship, defeating the Georgetown Lady Bulldogs.
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This Week In Sports

May 16
Baseball – High School State Championship Game Two
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My Brain on NASCAR - I came, I saw, I was conquered

You know those people who are always happy to pontificate at great length on the subject of things they know very little about?
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Lydia native to hold baseball clinic in June

In honor of his late uncle, Harry Colclough Sr., one of the founding fathers of the Lydia Recreation Center, and in remembrance of his late father, Charlie Colclough Sr., University of South Carolina Aiken Hall of Fame baseball player Charlie Colclough Jr. will hold Lydia Community Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 2 at Lydia Red Sox baseball field.
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May 9, 2012

Bojangles’ Southern 500 Special Section:

Pick up a copy of the May 9th edition of The News & Press to find our annual special section dedicated to race week. Inside you’ll find interviews with drivers, things to do and more.

This Week In Sports

May 10
Church League Softball – 7 p.m. First Baptist v. Mt. Elon, 8:15 p.m. Central Baptist v. Darlington Presbyterian
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Lamar captures district title

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, the Lamar Silver Foxes won its second District title in the last three years defeating the Whale Branch Warrior 6-0 at home. Lamar went undefeated in the district.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Sales pitch strikeout

I couldn’t help smiling just a little bit when I saw Darlington Raceway’s advertising campaign for the 2012 Bojangles Southern 500.
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Falcons beat Camden to stay alive in playoffs

Darlington defeated its region rival, the Camden Bulldogs, by a score of 15-6 at home to keep its district title hopes alive on April 30.
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May 2, 2012

Blue Devils disrupt Darlington’s opening playoff game

Darlington’s postseason play got off to a rocky start on Thursday, with the Falcons losing 4-3 to the Dreher Blue Devils at home.
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This Week In Sports

Adult Softball at Byerly Park is registering teams for two leagues: Church League (ages 14 and older) and Industrial League (ages 18 and older). Deadline: May 9. Cost: $365 per team.
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My Brain on NASCAR - A class act to follow

I would love to tell you I greeted the news that Jimmie Johnson was ranked No. 1 on Forbes magazine’s annual list of most influential athletes – Dale Earnhardt Jr. was ranked seventh on the same list -- with nothing more dramatic than a smile and a quiet feeling of pride.
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Lady Falcons celebrate senior night

The Darlington High School Lady Falcons celebrated Senior Night on April 24 prior to an 11-6 loss to the Dillon High School Wildcats.
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Life father, like son

Racing is a family sport, and well, sometimes it’s just in the genes. The Goodson family in Darlington has three generations of winners with Howard and Hal down right dominating the Carolinas in recent years past.
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April 25, 2012

Falcons beat Red Foxes, clinch second straight region title

On an exciting Friday night in Darlington, the Falcons not only defeated their county rivals, the Hartsville Red Foxes, by a score of 3-1, but they clinched their second straight region title and honored the team’s four seniors in the process.
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This Week In Sports

Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball continues at 5:30 and 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights at the fields on Blue Street in Darlington and at Byerly Park in Hartsville.
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My Brain on NASCAR - Meteorologists report large rock on fire

In perhaps the most popular case of rebirth since the first mythological phoenix burst into flames only to reemerge feeling quite frisky, Rockingham Speedway has risen from its own ashes in a most spectacular fashion.
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Hartsville’s JV runs a clean sweep of region

When a fan keeps up with high school athletics, very rarely does that person pay any attention to the junior varsity team.
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Lady Red Foxes triumph over Falcons

The Hartsville Lady Red Foxes trounced the Darlington High School Lady Falcons 15-1 in Darlington on Friday.
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April 18, 2012

This Week In Sports

April 18
Baseball – 7 p.m. Coker @ FMU; 6:30 p.m. Hartsville (Senior Night) v. West Florence; 6 p.m. Lamar @ Timmonsville
Softball – 6:30 p.m. Darlington JV @ Hartsville; 6 p.m. Lamar @ Timmonsville
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Darlington drops first region game

The Darlington Falcons dropped its first region game of the year, losing 4-3 to the Marlboro County Bulldogs on April 10.
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My Brain on NASCAR - The time is now … maybe

The great actor Sam Waterston once commented, “I don’t think playing a villain is my greatest talent.” You have to believe David Reutimann knows exactly how that feels.
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Hartsville comes back on Gaffney, Cuthbertson wins the SBC

In its final game of the week in the Southeastern Baseball Classic, the Hartsville Red Foxes enjoyed the taste of victory, defeating the Gaffney Indian 6-5 in an exciting contest.
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April 11, 2012

DuBose’s bottom-of-ninth hit lifts Darlington past Manning

With people enjoying spring break, the Darlington Falcons took the field just once during the school holiday, on April 3, and it proved to be one of the most entertaining games of the year.
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This Week In Sports

April 11
Baseball – 6:30 p.m. Darlington @ Marion; Southeastern Baseball Classic at Jimmy White Park in Hartsville; 6 p.m. Lamar v. McBee
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My Brain on NASCAR - Reutin’ tootin’ racin’ riot

The great actor Sam Waterston once commented, “I don’t think playing a villain is my greatest talent.” You have to believe David Reutimann knows exactly how that feels.
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April 4, 2012

Darlington need only five innings against Crestwood

The Darlington Falcons improved to 7-0 in the region on Friday night, defeating the Crestwood Knights 12-2 in five innings at home.
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My Brain on NASCAR - The one-ring circus

In typically grand and very public fashion, Bruton Smith has announced plans to perform a spectacular feat of public relations showmanship even the great P.T. Barnum would have been proud of. He is going to put toothpaste back into the tube.
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Southeastern Baseball Classic comes to Hartsville

The Southeastern Baseball Classic returns to Hartsville’s Jimmy White Park to promote the game of baseball, to enhance the lives of athletes through competition and scholarship, and to involve the community by assembling sportsmen in tournament play. The tournament will run April 10-14.
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March 28, 2012

This Week In Sports

Adult Basketball League: Register for the Hartsville Area Recreation Department’s adult basketball league through April 16. Fee: $375 per team. Women ages 18 and older. Men ages 30 and older. All games played at Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center, 700 Washington St., Hartsville. Info: (843) 383-3020 or 339-2878.
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Plummer’s pitching silences Falcons bats

LAMAR – Lamar’s Jeff Plummer pitched a no hitter against Darlington in the teams’ second matchup of the season. The Silver Foxes defeated the Falcons 5-0 in Lamar on March 19.
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Pitchers duel turns into an explosion of runs

HARTSVILLE – What started as a pitchers duel, ended up as a classic back and forth contest between the Darlington Falcons and the Hartsville Red Foxes on Friday in Kelleytown.
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My Brain on NASCAR - The case of the great C-post conspiracy

Each and every day, in courts of law all across this great land of ours, juries examine evidence of various crimes and make determinations of guilt or innocence based on their interpretation of that evidence.
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March 21, 2012

Falcons continue early, hot start against Camden

Minus a rough third inning, the Darlington Falcons remained composed and defeated the Camden Bulldogs at home by a score of 10-5 on March 13.
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Lady Falcons defeat Bulldogs 4-0

The Darlington Lady Falcons varsity softball team defeated Camden 4-0, but the score didn’t reflect the tense moments late in the game.
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Red Foxes boys’ soccer remains undefeated in region

The Hartsville boys’ soccer team came up with a 2-1 victory over the Camden Bulldogs on Friday to remain undefeated in the region.
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Comeback falls short for the Red Foxes

The Hartsville Red Foxes dropped its first region game of the year on Friday night in Kelleytown as the Marlboro County Bulldogs were able to sneak out with a slim 5-4 victory.
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My Brain on NASCAR - The kids’ table

The Easter holiday is fast approaching, complete with beautiful sunrise services on the beach, an unfortunate explosion of pastel clothing/white shoe combinations, and of course, a big meal after church.
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March 14, 2012

Intense night for Lady Falcons

After a disappointing loss to rival Marlboro County, the Darlington High School Lady Falcons’ softball team was ready to go head-to-head with West Florence High School on March 7.
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Darlington opens season with win over Lamar

The Darlington Falcons kicked the 2012 baseball regular season off at home, defeating cross county rival, Lamar Silver Foxes 8-5 on March 5.
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Extra inning give Hartsville the victory over Camden

The Hartsville Red Foxes rallied late against the Camden Bulldogs on Friday night, winning 4-3 in nine innings at Jimmy White Park in Kellytown.
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This Week In Sports

March 14
Baseball – 5 p.m. Coker @ UNC Pembroke; 6:30 p.m. Darlington @ Wilson
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My Brain on NASCAR - A NASCAR Fish Story

Being somewhat of a living-in-the-moment type, I tend to shy away from pre-season predictions and other prognostications as a general rule; first of all, because they’re basically meaningless, and second, because I’m usually wrong.
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March 7, 2012

Falcons, Red Foxes play in preseason tourney

As the month of March has entered and high school basketball season closes, the next round for high school athletics begin with baseball.
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This Week In Sports

March 7
Baseball – 3 p.m. Coker @ West Ga.; 6 p.m. Hartsville JV v. Sumter; 6 p.m. Lamar @ McBee
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My Brain on NASCAR - Speedweeks Spectacular

Q: What’s the difference between Speedweeks 2012 and a Charles Dickens novel?
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Raceway launches mobile website

With nearly 95 percent of its race fans utilizing a cell phone for personal use, Darlington Raceway has launched its mobile web site, designed to keep fans updated with year-round news and race information for its upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Southern 500® race weekend on May 11-12.
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February 28, 2012

Red Foxes capture Lower State Championship

The Hartsville Red Foxes reached a new height in its strong playoff run, reaching the 3A state championship game after defeating the Lower Richland Diamond Hornets 60-46 in the Florence Civic Center on Saturday and capturing the Lower State Championship.
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This Week In Sports

Darlington Dixie Youth baseball registration will be held through February for ages 4-14 at the Darlington Recreation Department.
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on NASCAR - Best in Show

In perhaps the only time these two sporting entities may ever be mentioned in the same sentence, I always enjoy watching the Westminster Dog Show (WDS) this time of year, because it reminds me a lot of NASCAR.
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Kenseth looks to prevail at Dillon

Ross Kenseth, son of 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth will visit Dillon Motor Speedway for the first time in his career on March 10 for the South Carolina Clash 150.
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February 21, 2012

McDowell signs with Spartanburg Methodist

Falcons’ shortstop and Mayo High School senior Kennard McDowell signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Spartanburg Methodist College on Friday.
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Falcons advance past Airport

The Darlington Falcons opened up the first round of the 3A playoffs with a victory against Airport Eagles on Feb. 14, winning 65-51 in Darlington.
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Gators take a bite out of Falcons in second round

The Darlington Falcons season came to an end on Friday night in Darlington as the Lake Marion Gators were able to get the upper hand, defeating the Falcons 79-75.
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NASCAR Column - Return of the Wild Bunch

Is it totally uncool to admit that the Budweiser Shootout is one of my top five favorite races of the year?
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Dillon Motor Speedway unveils Full Throttle campaign

After several years of anticipation, Dillon Motor Speedway finally unveils its multi-year marketing campaign, Full Throttle.
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Darlington Dixie Youth baseball registration will be held through February for ages 4-14 at the Darlington Recreation Department.
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February 14, 2012

NASCAR Column - Pretty is as Pretty Does

All this bellyaching I keep hearing about Danica Patrick is beginning to get on my nerves.
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What you need to know about lacrosse

Coker College is gearing up for its first season of lacrosse in school history.
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Pee Dee Invitational starts baseball season

Local teams will compete in a pre-season baseball tournament Feb. 27 through March 3 with the championship game being held at 2:30 p.m. March 3 at Jimmy White Park in Hartsville. The Florence site will be West Florence High School.
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February 7, 2012

Scott inducted as second member of Darlington High Hall of Fame

During halftime of the Darlington-Hartsville basketball game Saturday, Brian Scott became the second Darlington High alumni inducted into the Darlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
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Falcons clinch region for third consecutive year

With its 70-45 victory over the Hartsville Red Foxes on Saturday, the Darlington Falcons clinched the Region 6 Class 3A for the third straight year and guaranteed itself a home game for the first two rounds of the playoffs.
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Lady Falcons use late run to win

The Darlington Lady Falcons snapped a nine game losing skid and defeated their bitter rival, the Hartsville Lady Red Foxes, in the last home game of year on Saturday, winning 59-52.
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January 31, 2012

Falcons keep region streak rolling against Marlboro County

After finishing the first quarter down by three to Marlboro County, the Falcons found its groove in the second quarter, hitting four three pointers and never looking back, winning 69-56 in Darlington on Jan. 24.
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Lady Falcons get bit by Marlboro County in the second half

Behind Rasheda Patter-son's 27 points, the Marlboro County Lady Bulldogs defeated the Darlington Lady Falcons in Darlington by a lopsided score of 60-33 on Jan. 24.
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Hartsville Basketball Jamboree

The Hartsville Area Recreation Department held its youth basketball Jamboree and picture day on Jan. 8 at the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center.
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January 17, 2012

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Falcons stop Hartsville’s comeback, defeat county rival

HARTSVILLE – In front of a packed crowd in one of the largest gyms that they will play in all season, the Darlington Falcons rose up to the challenge and defeated the Hartsville Red Foxes on Saturday in overtime by a score of 78-71.
For most of the game, Darlington controlled the Red Foxes, keeping around a 10-point lead over Hartsville.
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Hartsville squeaks past Lady Falcons

HARTSVILLE – Despite having the lead at half, the Darlington Lady Falcons came up just short against its cross county rival, the Hartsville Lady Red Foxes, losing 53-50 on Saturday in Hartsville.
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S.C.’s Cale Yarborough Inducted Into NASCAR Hall of Fame

The “Cale Yarborough Special” was designed to be the finest, fastest racing vehicle the Soap Box Derby world had ever seen. Cobbled together from random scraps of lumber and old nails pulled from barn walls, it was a labor of both love and family pride for young Cale and his father Julian, and was one of the few projects they ever had the opportunity to work on together.
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January 17, 2012

Falcons use strategy, late heroics to beat Camden

In a back and forth game that basically had everything a basketball game has to offer, the Darlington Falcons came out on the upper hand, defeating the Camden Bulldogs 45-43 on Friday in Darlington.
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Missed free throws haunt Lady Falcons against Camden

A completely different second half performance in the terms of free throw shooting and rebounding proved fatal to Darlington as the Lady Falcons fell to the Camden Lady Bulldogs by a score of 48-43 on Friday in Darlington.
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This Week in Sports: Jan. 4 - Jan. 13

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January 10, 2012

Falcons need extra time but finish off Bruins

In all games, no matter what the sport, there is a time when both teams can appear to be evenly matched. That exact dilemma became present in Darlington as the Falcons played host to the South Florence Bruins on Jan. 3.
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Lady Falcons use strong second half to beat Bruins

The Darlington Lady Falcons started on the right track, returning from Christmas break with a 52-39 victory over the South Florence Lady Bruin in Darlington on Jan. 3..
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Darlington Warriors seek players, coaches

The Darlington Warriors semi-pro football team will hold its second annual football tryouts from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 14 at Virgil Wells Stadium.
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Hudson holds charity weekend

MLB All-Star player Orlando Hudson, the current second baseman for the San Diego Padres will host his Fourth Annual Strike Out! Autism Charity Weekend to raise funds for the fight against Autism.
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January 4, 2012

This Week in Sports: Jan. 4 - Jan. 13

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December 28, 2011

Letters to Santa: Some NASCAR drivers have very specific Christmas wishes

From Carl Edwards’ request for more points in the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup to Kurt Busch’s appeal to Santa for a job, several racing folks put the 2012 NASCAR season at the top of their wishlists, says Cathy Elliott.
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December 21, 2011

This Week in Sports: Dec. 21 - Jan. 6

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Falcons prove to be too much for Lamar

After Lamar took an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter, the Falcons went on a quick 10-0 run and never looked back as the Darlington boys’ basketball team defeated the Silver Foxes 73-40 in Lamar on Dec. 13 as the team heads into Christmas Break.
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Lady Falcons down Lamar to sweep season series

The Darlington girls basketball team defeated the Lamar Lady Silver Foxes for the second time this season, this time in a more dominate fashion, winning 54-38 in Lamar on Dec. 13.
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Second to none: Dillon, Stenhouse avoid slumps, seize first national series titles

From Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors to their first national series titles, NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champ did much more than survive their sophomore seasons, says Cathy Elliott.
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December 14, 2011

Lamar teams see first chance at state titles
Small Fry team takes championship with 28-20 victory

The people of Lamar came together Thursday night to encourage and celebrate its youth football teams with a bonfire at the recreation field. The Small Frys (10&U) and Mites (12&U) recreation teams traveled to Abbeville Saturday to compete against eight teams for the state championship. The Small Fry team took the state title in a 28-20 victory over Pickens.
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Darlington youth to compete for regional boxing title

Darlington boy Judah Jernigan-Parker, 12, made his family and his hometown proud by bringing home the South Carolina Silver Gloves Championship. A natural right-hander with surprising power, the 95-pounder will move on to a new challenge in January when he participates in the Regional Silver Gloves tournament in January of 2012, to be held in Wilmington, N.C.
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Strip search: NASCAR’s stars keep it real in Las Vegas

If the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season can be compared to a cup of coffee – sometimes warming, sometimes energizing and sometimes stomach-acid inducing – then Champion’s Week in Las Vegas is more like a triple shot of espresso. The energy level got ramped up on Day 1, and never paused for air.
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Falcons fly right past Silver Foxes in rout

In a game of complete domination, the Darlington Falcons easily handled the Lamar Silver Foxes, winning 78-29 in Darlington on Dec. 6.
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Lady Falcons tame Silver Foxes for first victory of the season

The Darlington Lady Falcons earned its first victory of the season on Dec. 6 against Lamar, defeating the Lady Silver Foxes 38-36 at home in the Falcons Nest.
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December 7, 2011

Falcons pick up from last season against West Florence, drop a heart breaker to Wilson

The Darlington boys' basketball team tipped its season off with a victory at home, defeating the West Florence Knights 78-58 behind consistent shooting and defense on Nov. 29.
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Lady Knights outlast Lady Falcons in overtime; lose by one to Wilson

In their first game under new Head Coach Jeff Bley, the Darlington Lady Falcons basketball team came up short against the West Florence Knights losing 46-40 in overtime at Darlington on Nov. 29.
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New wrestling coach aims to build program

Talking to his Darlington High Falcon's Wrestling Team at its first practice on Nov. 15, Coach Dean Fullard challenged the young men to push themselves as part of an effort to build an already successful program. Darlington won the conference last season, tying with rival Hartsville High. Fullard naturally wants a repeat this season.
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Lady Silver Foxes energetic, hopeful

After a dismal 3-17 season, you wouldn't expect the Lady Silver Foxes to be hopeful, but the Lamar High School varsity girls' basketball team is full of energy and ready for action.
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Champion's week gives fans a rare glimpse into NASCAR

Hosted by Las Vegas for the third straight year, Champion's Week allows fans to get up-close-and-personal with the drivers of the sport's premier series, says Cathy Elliott.
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This Week in Sports: Dec. 7 - Dec. 17

The last day of late registration for Darlington Area Recreation youth basketball will be held Dec. 7 for ages 5-14. Anyone wishing to play this season must register at this time. If the department does not have your birth certificate, please bring a copy to put on file. Cost is $30. Info: (843) 398-4030.
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November 30, 2011

Darlington girls’ basketball season ready to tipoff; Bley looks to lead the way as new coach

After coming off a 12-5 season, losing to Myrtle Beach in the third round of the Class 3A state playoffs, the Darlington girls’ basketball team gears itself up for another season of basketball.
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Young faces in new places; Boys basketball team has new look

Inexperience? That word may best describe the varsity Darlington boys’ basketball team as the Falcons enter into the 2011 season.
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Race of his life: Stewart chases Edwards, history

In a run A.J. Foyt called the “best race of (Tony Stewart’s) life,” ‘Smoke’ signaled that he’s ready to take his place among the all-time greats in the sport, says Cathy Elliott.
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November 23, 2011

Teasley wants Titans to focus on how to win

Having previously worked with Trinity Collegiate School Headmaster Ed Hoffman at another facility, Varsity Boys Basketball Team Head Coach Mike Teasley says that, in the interest of growing the basketball program, Hoffman invited him to come down to Darlington from Washington, D.C. Teasley said he gladly obliged, wanting to coach as successfully down here as he did up at Notre Dame Academy where he served in the same capacity for the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams.
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Kaye encouraged by young Lady Titans

Almost every player on the Trinity Collegiate School girls’ varsity basketball team is in the 10th grade or below, but that's just fine with Coach Bryan Kaye.
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Giving thanks for NASCAR now and next year

Thirty-five weeks a year, one of the most fun and challenging things about this column is the fact that it can often be quite speculative in nature.
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November 16, 2011

The man behind the marketing plan

The 2011 Dillon Motor Speedway racing season was so intense that car count and attendance records were broken. The speedway also had the closest finishes since it reopened in 2007. However, there is one individual that put the spark back into local racing, that electric atmosphere that kept the fans wound up and the drivers determined to win. That individual is Fred Bowker, the general manager at John Newsome GM Parts of Hartsville.
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Power of Pride: Saluting Johnson’s streak, paying tribute to true heroes on Veterans Day

Against the backdrop of America honoring its heroes in the armed forces on Veterans Day, Cathy Elliott looks at the reign and run of Jimmie Johnson, a NASCAR veteran who has been honored as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion for the past five years.
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Danica Patrick on Oct. 8
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IndyCar sensation turned NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will make her first trip to Darlington Raceway a memorable one. Patrick announced today that she will run in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Southern 500 and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Darlington 200 at the Track Too Tough To Tame.
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November 9, 2011

Wildcats cage Silver Foxes 34-9

The Lamar Silver Foxes football season ended Friday night at Donald R. Poole Stadium as the Ninety Six Wildcats (7-4) topped Lamar (5-6) in the first round of the Class A Division 1 playoffs. Coach J.R. Boyd’s Silver Foxes trailed 14-7 at the half and watched the Wildcats post 20 third quarter points as Ninety Six avenged a previous 23-0 playoff loss to Lamar.
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Closing Time: Budding rivalry plays into Harvick’s hands

While Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart jaw at each other in their quest for Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title, Kevin Harvick stays true to his closer form, sneaking up on his first premier series title, says Cathy Elliott.
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This Week in Sports - Nov. 11 - Nov. 29

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November 2, 2011

Falcons get wings clipped by Red Foxes

Hartsville – The Darlington Falcons season came to end on Friday night, losing 41-20 to the Hartsville Red Foxes on a cold, windy night at Kelleytown Stadium.
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Silver Foxes lose on last second Whirlwind score

The Timmonsville Whirlwinds scored a touchdown with no time left on the clock to beat Lamar 24-22 in a closely fought contest Friday night at Donald R. Poole Stadium. The loss evened Lamar’s record at 5-5 and left the Silver Foxes with a 4-1 record in conference play.
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Sport News

Falcon runners head to state

The Darlington High School cross country girls’ team will head to the State Championship on Nov. 5 to compete for the fourth year in a row. Three Lady Falcons deserve special recognition for qualifying as individuals by finishing in the top 45: Heidi McNeil - 7th, Savanna Jayne Rivas - 18th, and Katlyn Farmer - 41st. This is the first time Darlington has had three runners qualify as individuals. The boys’ team fell short from qualifying for state by two places, but Aaron Robinson will represent Darlington at state as an individual.

On NASCAR: King Keselowski? Wild card makes case as next in line to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series throne

Shall the next-to-last into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint be first? Brad Keselowski has climbed eight spots since earning a Wild Card, and Cathy Elliott says he’s quietly positioned himself to take the crown.
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October 19, 2011

Falcons soar past Camden, claim first region victory

In a game that saw complete control and domination from one team, the Darlington Falcons claimed its first region victory of the year, defeating the Camden Bulldogs 31-10 on Friday night in the Falcons Nest.
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This Week in Sports - Oct. 19 - 29

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On NASCAR: Edwards falls up to chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup lead

“Everybody got the runs for glory” wrote Paul Simon in the song “Learn To Fall,” and Cathy Elliott says Carl Edwards’ runs in the first half of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup could help him fall into his first championship.
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October 12, 2011

Lamar holds off Scott’s Branch 10-6

The Lamar Silver Foxes scored 10 first half points and held off a late rally to defeat the Scott's Branch Eagles 10-6 Friday night at Don R. Poole Stadium. The victory was the third straight for Lamar (3-4 overall 2-0 in conference) as the Foxes make a run for the conference title.
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Foxes too sly for Bulldogs

After falling behind 3-0 to the Camden Bulldogs on Friday night at Kelleytown Stadium with one quarter complete, the Hartsville Red Foxes rallied behind a solid defensive performance, shutting out Camden for the final three quarters and winning 28-3.
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DHS Carnival

See photos from the 2011 DHS Carnival from Oct. 8 at Darlington High School here

This Week in Sports - Oct. 12 - 21

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October 4, 2011

Bulldogs bite the Falcons

The Darlington Falcons got off to rocky start in Region 6-3A on Friday night, losing to the Marlboro County Bulldogs 41-6.
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Lamar grounds Eagles 51-20

The Lamar Silver Foxes grounded the C.E. Murray War Eagles 51-20 Friday night at Don R. Poole Stadium. Coach J.R. Boyd’s Silver Foxes (2-4 overall, 1-0 in region play) stopped the Eagles on three fourth down plays in the first half and scored almost at will against their conference foes.
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Byrnes celebrates 45th anniversary with win

The Byrnes Schools celebrated homecoming as well as the school’s 45th anniversary on Friday with a 47-30 win over St. John’s Christian.
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Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is must-see, non-stop drama

There was an interesting conversation on Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio recently on the topic of TV ratings for the races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. They’re up. Way up.
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This Week in Sports 10/5 - 10/15

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September 28, 2011

Bruins offense too much to handle

In the last non-conference game of the season, the South Florence Bruins offense proved too much for the Darlington Falcons to handle as the Bruins defeated the Falcons 34-6 on Friday night in Darlington.
“We played pretty well,” South Florence Bruins Head Coach Lynn Fleming said after the game. “We played sloppy at times. Darlington played well. On a wet, sloppy field its good to come out with a victory.”
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This Week in Sports 9/28 - 10/8

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Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is a stress test

Not to take anything away from the stick-and-ball guys, but stock car racing is one humdinger of a pressure point, anxiety-ridden by its very nature. Throw in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and the angst-ometer goes off the charts.
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September 21, 2011

Marion edges Lamar 32-24

The Marion Swamp Foxes held on for a hard fought 32-24 win over Coach J.R. Boyd's Lamar Silver Foxes Friday night at Don R. Poole Stadium. Lamar (0-4) trailed 32-18 late in the game and rallied to have an opportunity to tie the non-conference contest.
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Volleyball team gears up for another season

Coach Jessica DeStefano has set her sites high. In her first year teaching in 2010-11, she took on the Falcons volleyball team along with her other duties and was named the Darlington High School and the district Outstanding First Year Teacher. She also will lead the girls’ track team and serve as assistant girls basketball coach in the upcoming season.
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This Week in Sports 9/21 - 9/30

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Trojans dominate Cavaliers for fourth straight win

The Byrnes Schools Trojans dominated the Robert E. Lee Academy Cavaliers 41-8 for their fourth straight win of the season in Florence on Sept. 16.
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Never say never again: Chase drivers share ‘bond’ to break No. 48’s sixth sense

The beginning of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is reminiscent of the style and pacing of a classic James Bond movie. There is a definite starting point, and an end goal, but everything in the middle is a perilous combination of booby traps, comedy, unexpected twists and turns, and plenty of head-to-head competition.
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September 14, 2011

This Week in Sports 9/14 - 9/24

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Falcons soar to first victory over Lamar

LAMAR – The Darlington Falcons grabbed its first victory of the season and the first under new Head Coach Will Lampkin on Friday night in Lamar, defeating the Silver Foxes 12-7 in a game that went to the final minute. Read more...

Two of a kind: A Tradition that's rock solid

From 1965 to 2004, race fans in South Carolina had two tracks marked on their calendar, Darlington Raceway and Rockingham Speedway (formally known as North Carolina Speedway). The two tracks are within an hour of each other and are the heart and soul of the die-hard race fans in the Carolinas, more importantly the Sandhills (Geographical area that covers southern North Carolina and northern South Carolina). Read more...

Gordon, Johnson going strong as The Rock rolls back Into NASCAR

It isn’t a word you hear much in conversations about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but the battle between Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon during the final laps of the Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 6 displayed a certain elegance. Read more...

Panthers claw their way to a victory over the Falcons

In a game that saw missed opportunities, stout defense and a lack of offense, the Darlington Falcons fell victim to the Lake City Panthers 10-6 in Darlington on Sept. 2. “It wasn’t pretty, but we hung on,” Lake City Head Coach Jim Rowell said after the game. “Coach Lampkin and I both know our teams got to get better. Darlington fought hard.” Read more...

September 7, 2011

This Week in Sports

Sept. 7
Swim – 6 p.m. Trinity, GSSM, Wilson, South Florence, West Florence @ Hartsville
Volleyball – 5:30/7 p.m. JV/V Hartsville v. West Florence

Sept. 8
Football – 6 p.m. Byrnes B-Team v. King’s Academy; 6:30 p.m. Darlington JV v. Lamar; Hartsville JV v. Airport
Tennis – 4 p.m. Trinity @ Low Country Prep; 4:30 p.m. Darlington v. Manning; 4:30 p.m. Hartsville @ Wilson
Volleyball – 4 p.m. Byrnes @ King’s Academy; Trinity @ Carolina Academy; 6 p.m. Darlington @ Cheraw

Sept. 9
Football – 7:30 p.m. Darlington @ Lamar; Byrnes v. Williamsburg Academy; Hartsvillle @ Airport

Sept. 10
Cross Country – 8 a.m. Darlington, Hartsville @ Sandhills Invitational
Golf – 8 a.m. Lamar Masonic Lodge #287 will hold its 6th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament at Governors Run Country Club in Lamar. Four-man captain’s choice (40 handicap min). Entry fee: $240 per team. Prizes for top three teams. Includes breakfast and lunch. Info: Hamer Parnell (843) 326-5462 or Wayne Weaver (843) 326-5155.
Running Club – 7:15 and 8:30 a.m. @ Hartsville YMCA

Sept. 12
Golf – 4:30 p.m. Hartsville v. McBee
Tennis – 4:30 p.m. Darlington @ South Florence
Volleyball – 5 p.m. Darlington @ South Florence; 4:30/6 p.m. JV/V Hartsville v. McBee

Sept. 13
Cross Country – 5 p.m. Darlington @ Cheraw
Golf – 4:30 p.m. Hartsville v. AC Flora, Chesterfield
Tennis – 4:30 p.m. Darlington @ Hartsville
Volleyball – 4 p.m. Byrnes v. King’s Academy; Trinity @ Dillon Christian; 5:30 p.m. Darlington @ Hartsville

Sept. 14
Cross Country – 5 p.m. TCS Invitational @ Trinity
Football – 6:30 p.m. Darlington JV v. West Florence
Volleyball – 4 p.m. Trinity v. Low Country Prep


Darlington fields largest team of cross country yet

Running 3.1 miles over hills and through a park may seem daunting to some, but not to the more than 50 Darlington students on the cross country team.
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Falcons drop first game as Tiger roars

After being canceled on Aug. 27 due to the threat of Hurricane Irene, the Darlington Falcons opened up the 2011 football against the Wilson Tigers on Aug. 29 at Florence Memorial Stadium, falling short, losing 14-0 in a hard fought battle.
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August 31, 2011

Trojans take down cross-town rival

On Thursday, Aug. 25, The Byrnes Schools’ Trojans defeated the Florence Christian School Eagles 25-20. The game was held on Thursday night due to the threat of Hurricane Irene impacting the Pee Dee area.
“It was good to get a win,” Coach Jared Amell said. “It’s always good to get a win against a cross-town rival, and it certainly had its ups and downs. All-in-all, we beat a pretty good team. The game plan now is to prepare for our first conference game against Carolina.”
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Falcons JV team falls in season opener

The Darlington High School JV football team fell 12-0 to rival Wilson in the season opener at the Falcons Nest in Darlington on Thursday night. The Falcons, coached by Dennis Gearhart, took the field against the Tigers with a new logo as well as a new coaching staff.
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Hartsville dominates in Battle of the Foxes

In the battle of the foxes, the Hartsville Red Foxes triumphed over the Lamar Silver Foxes in dominant fashion, winning 45-6 on a windy, Friday night in Kelleytown Stadium. From start to finish Hartsville controlled the entire game, outgaining Lamar in total yards 376 to 160 while both teams ran an equal 50 plays for the game.
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August 24, 2011

Falcons tennis team hosts inaugural tourney to kickoff season

After bringing home Darlington High’s first region title in girls’ tennis in 2010, the Falcons plan to work hard to create a winning tradition.
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Pick up the Aug. 24 edition of The News & Press for preseason coverage of all the Darlington County varsity football teams.

This Week in Sports Aug. 24 - Sept. 3

Aug. 24
Golf – 4:30 p.m. Hartsville v. Chesterfield, McBee, Lexington, @ Green River Country Club
Swim – 6 p.m. Hartsville @ Brookland Cayce

Aug. 25
Golf – Hartsville v. Ridge View, Spring Valley
Football – 6 p.m. Lamar JV v. Hartsville; 6:30 p.m. Darlington JV v. Wilson; 7 p.m. Byrnes B-Team v. REL

Aug. 26
Football – 7:30 p.m. Lamar @ Hartsville; Trinity v. Beaufort Academy; Byrnes @ Florence Christian
Rodeo – 8 p.m. @ Antioch Recreation Center

Aug. 27
Football – 7:30 p.m. Darlington @ Wilson in Florence
Running Club – 7:15 and 8:30 a.m. @ Hartsville YMCA
Swim – 9 a.m. Trinity, Hartsville @ Ripley’s Invitational in Myrtle Beach
Tennis – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Darlington High Tennis Tournament against Trinity, McBee and Marion
Volleyball – Trinity @ Cathedral Academy in Charleston
Rodeo – 8 p.m. @ Antioch Recreation Center

Aug. 29
Tennis – 5 p.m. Hartsville @ Sumter
Volleyball – 4 p.m. Trinity @ Thomas Hart Academy (JV) in Hartsville

Aug. 30
Golf – 5:30 p.m. at Beaver Creek Golf Course in Darlington. Weekly captain’s choice tournament. Cost: $20 non-members and $18 for members, includes dinner. Info: (843) 393-5441
Swim – 6 p.m. Hartsville @ Sumter
Tennis – 4 p.m. Trinity @ Low Country Prep in Pawleys Island
Volleyball – 4 p.m. Trinity @ Low Country Prep in Pawleys Island

Aug. 31
Cross Country – 5 p.m. Trinity @ Skyhawk Invitational at Hammond School in Columbia
Tennis – 4:30 p.m. Hartsville v. McBee @ Byerly Park

Sept. 1
Football – 6 p.m. Byrnes B-Team @ Dillon Christian; 6 p.m. Lamar JV v. Timmonsville; 6:30 p.m. Darlington JV @ Lake City; Hartsville JV @ Lee Central
Volleyball – 4 p.m. Trinity @ Florence Christian

Sept. 2
Cross Country – 4:30 p.m. Hartsville @ West Florence Relays
Football – 7:30 p.m. Darlington v. Lake City (Senior Night); Lamar @ Timmonsville; Trinity v. Faith Christian; Byrnes v. Carolina; Hartsville v. Lee Central

Sept. 3
Cross Country – 9 a.m. Darlington @ Spartanburg

One for the road warriors

Anyone who was on the fence about the appeal of road course racing leading up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Watkins Glen International on August 15 must now have surely cold-shouldered the “road courses are boring” side in favor of the side simply known as “wow.”
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August 17, 2011

This Week in Sports: Aug. 17-27

Aug. 17
Football – 6 p.m. Lamar v. Crestwood (scrimmage)
Tennis – 4 p.m. Trinity @ Pee Dee Academy in Mullins

Aug. 19
Football – 7:30 p.m. Trinity @ James Island Christian in Charleston; Byrnes @ Wilson Hall; Hartsville @ Hanahan

Aug. 20
Running Club – 7:15 and 8:30 a.m. @ Hartsville YMCA
Swim – 9 a.m. Trinity @ SCISA Meet at USC

Aug. 23
Golf – 5:30 p.m. at Beaver Creek Golf Course in Darlington. Weekly captain’s choice tournament. Cost: $20 non-members and $18 for members, includes dinner. Info: (843) 393-5441
Tennis – 4 p.m. Trinity @ Carolina Academy in Lake City
Volleyball – 5 p.m. Byrnes v. Christian Academy

Aug. 25
Football – 6 p.m. Lamar JV v. Hartsville; 6:30 p.m. Darlington JV v. Wilson; 7 p.m. Byrnes B-Team v. REL

Aug. 26
Football – 7:30 p.m. Lamar @ Hartsville; Trinity v. Beaufort Academy; Byrnes @ Florence Christian

Aug. 27
Football – 7:30 p.m. Darlington @ Wilson in Florence
Running Club – 7:15 and 8:30 a.m. @ Hartsville YMCA
Swim – 9 a.m. Trinity @ Ripley’s Invitational in Myrtle Beach
Tennis – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Darlington High Tennis Tournament
Volleyball – Trinity @ Cathedral Academy in Charleston


Darlington boys brought home first state title

The Darlington Dixie Youth Machine Pitch All Star Baseball Team competed as the No. 1 seed for South Carolina in the Dixie Youth World Series in Mulberry, Fla., from July 29 to Aug. 2. The state championship was a first for the Darlington program.
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Senior League state champions

After years of losing in the state championship game by one or two runs, the Darlington Little League Senior League broke that streak and won the state title in July, paving the way for the team to compete for the first time in the South Eastern Region Tournament.
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August 10, 2011

This Week in Sports

Aug. 12
Football – Hartsville, Lamar and others @ Marlboro County High Jamboree

Aug. 13
Running Club – 7:15 and 8:30 a.m. @ Hartsville YMCA Swim – 9 a.m. Trinity at Thomas Sumter Academy

Aug. 16
Golf – 5:30 p.m. at Beaver Creek Golf Course in Darlington. Weekly captain's choice tournament. Cost: $20 non-members and $18 for members, includes dinner. Info: (843) 393-5441 Tennis – 3 p.m. Trinity @ Florence Christian

Aug. 17
Football – 6 p.m. Lamar v. Crestwood (scrimmage)
Tennis – 4 p.m. Trinity @ Pee Dee Academy in Mullins

Aug. 19
Football – 7:30 p.m. Trinity @ James Island Christian in Charleston;
Byrnes @ Wilson Hall; Hartsville @ Hanahan

Aug. 20
Running Club – 7:15 and 8:30 a.m. @ Hartsville YMCA
Swim – 9 a.m. Trinity @ SCISA Meet at USC

Aug. 23
Golf – 5:30 p.m. at Beaver Creek Golf Course in Darlington. Weekly captain's choice tournament. Info: (843) 393-5441
Tennis – 4 p.m. Trinity @ Carolina Academy in Lake City Volleyball – 5 p.m. Byrnes v. Christian Academy


Rattlers bite Warriors at home

Posted on August 10, 2011
By Drake Horton
Contributing Writer

After falling behind by a score of 34-0 at halftime, the Darlington Warriors semi-pro football team fell to the Georgia Rattlers 34-12 on Saturday night in Darlington.

Despite gaining momentum in the third quarter, outscoring the Rattlers 12-0, turnovers and lack of offensive production proved to be too much for the Warriors to overcome.

"We lost," Darlington Head Coach Trey Smith said after the game. Darlington's defense started the game off strong, holding the Rattlers to a quick four and out, but on their first offensive possession the Warriors ran into trouble.

On an attempt flare pass to the tailback, Rattlers Tony McCoy broke threw Darlington's offensive line, tipping the ball to himself and returning it for a 65-yard interception touchdown return.

"On the first play of the drive, they tried to run the same play to the left side then they switched it to the right," McCoy said on his interception play. "I was in the right place at the right time."

The trouble did not go away for the Warrior, as Darlington committed its second turnover of the game on its second offensive possession, and it took the Rattlers only two plays to capitalize.

After running for 26 yards on the previous play, Rattlers quarterback Ulysses Morgan threw a 26-yard touchdown pass, his first of the game. Morgan had three touchdown passes for the game.

"I just came out here and played to my full potential," Morgan said about his overall performance. "I tried to get everybody involved, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do."

After halftime, however, a spark appeared to light in the Warriors as Darlington finally got on the board after forcing a turnover on the Rattlers first possession of the second half.

With the ball on the Rattlers 11-yard line after the fumble, Darlington quarterback Tiyon Tolbort executed a perfect quarterback sneak on third down for the Warriors first touchdown of the game. "It was just another day at the office," Tolbort said on his touchdown. "Go hard or go home. I just wish we would work a little harder and get it together."

Darlington's defense kept it strong play up in the third quarter, ending on a high note when Warriors Dannie Jacobs recovered another Rattlers fumble and returned it 12-yards for the touchdown. It was the third fumble of the quarter for the Rattlers.

"The ball popped directly into my hands," Jacobs said on his fumble recovery for the touchdown. "I was in the right place at the right time."

That score, however, was the last of the game for the Rattlers controlled the clock in the fourth and secured the victory.

"We did real good tonight," Rattlers head coach Jade Richards said after the game. "We still have some things to work on, but we did some good things."

Another key contributor for the Rattlers was Quincy Smith. Smith, playing in his first game since 2009, rushed for 70 yards, including a five-yard touchdown run, one interception and one forced fumble.

"This is my first game since 2009," Smith said. "I had fun. It was good to get back into football again."


OZONE Baseball

Darlington OZONE All Stars Win District Title Advance to State Tournament

The Darlington OZONE (11&12 year old boys) All Stars defeated Hartsville in a best of three series to claim the District 5 title on July 7th. The win earned them a trip to the State Championship that was played at Patriot Park in Sumter. Opening ceremonies were held at the Sumter civic Center on July 22nd and emceed by Darlington native Phil Parnell who now works for Sumter Recreation Dept. Matt Price, pitcher for the two time National Champion SC Gamecocks, was special guest speaker to the 24 teams present at the ceremony.

Darlington got off to a god start with Trace Atkinson hitting the very first pitch of the game over the left field fence to give them a 1-0 lead over Mid-Carolina. Dekari Peguese also added to Darlington's score with a homerun but Mid-Carolina would go on to give Darlington their first loss. Darlington was eliminated from the double elimination tournament on Sunday by Pineview. This is only the second year Darlington has played in the OZONE league and the first time they advanced to the State Championship.


Nucor Night at Dillon Motor Speedway

Posted August 10, 2011
By Hunter Thomas
Dillon Motor Speedway

On Aug. 13, Dillon Motor Speedway will host Nucor Steel night at the 4/10-mile oval in Dillon.

All Nucor employees will get in the grandstands for free once they show their Nucor Steel work credentials. The promotion is presented by Nucor Steel in Darlington.

Race fans can look forward to lots of excitement with the Late Models, Super Trucks, Chargers, Street Stocks, Four Cylinders and UCARs that night.

The Super Truck finishes have been decided by mere feet all year long.

There have been a large variety of Late Model winners this year, so anyone can pull off a victory. The Charger features have been insane this year. There has been many bump and runs for the win, so Aug. 13 shouldn't be any different. Randy Hall is looking to capture six wins in a row in the Street Stock feature, but there is a trio of Darlington drivers that plan on a different outcome. As for the Four Cylinders, they have had some of the best side-by-side racing all year long. There is no telling who will win.

Pit gates open at 2 p.m., and practice starts at 4 p.m. Cars will hit the track at 6:30 p.m. for qualifying, and the green flag will fly at 8 p.m.

For more information, visit www.DillonMotorSpeedway.com or the Facebook and Twitter page. You may also call the race hotline at 843.774.1888. Also, for a chance to win race tickets, please text RACE to 313131.


August 3, 2011


This Week in Sports

Aug. 6
Football – 6:30 p.m. Lamar v. North Central (scrimmage); 7 p.m.
Darlington Warriors v. Hinesville Hurricane
Running Club – 7:15 and 8:30 a.m. @ Hartsville YMCA

Aug. 9
Football – 6 p.m. Lamar @ Camden (scrimmage)
Golf – 5:30 p.m. at Beaver Creek Golf Course in Darlington. Weekly captain's choice tournament. Cost: $20 non-members and $18 for members, includes dinner. Info: (843) 393-5441
Football – Trinity @ King's Academy (scrimmage)

Aug. 12
Football – 9 p.m. Lamar @ Marlboro County High Jamboree

Aug. 13
Running Club – 7:15 and 8:30 a.m. @ Hartsville YMCA
Swim – 9 a.m. Trinity at Thomas Sumter Academy

Aug. 16
Golf – 5:30 p.m. at Beaver Creek Golf Course in Darlington. Weekly captain's choice tournament. Cost: $20 non-members and $18 for members, includes dinner. Info: (843) 393-5441
Tennis – 3 p.m. Trinity @ Florence Christian

Aug. 17
Football – 6 p.m. Lamar v. Crestwood (scrimmage)
Tennis – 4 p.m. Trinity @ Pee Dee Academy in Mullins

Aug. 19
Football – 7:30 p.m. Trinity @ James Island Christian in Charleston; Byrnes @ Wilson Hall; Hartsville @ Hanahan

Aug. 20
Running Club – 7:15 and 8:30 a.m. @ Hartsville YMCA Swim – 9 a.m. Trinity @ SCISA Meet at USC


On NASCAR

Nothing beats first place: Just ask ESPN, Dale Jr., Danica, Jeff and Kyle

Sometime around 2 a.m. during a recent bout of insomnia, I happened across a rebroadcast of "The Dan Patrick Show." In a stroke of good luck for me, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of the guests. Patrick, never afraid to ask the goofy questions, hit Junior with a real politically incorrect gem. He posed a scenario involving a gorgeous girl with a Jimmie Johnson tattoo; would Junior date her?

"Heck no," replied NASCAR's most popular driver. "That would be a deal breaker."

I had a couple more sports epiphanies that night. First, radio shows should definitely be heard and not seen, and second, while I may be envisioning Ryne Sandburg, Brad Daugherty and Tony Stewart in my mind's eye, the voices I hear belong to Harry Caray, Woody Durham and Barney Hall.

Broadcasters bring sports to life. As surely as star athletes are the faces of their respective sports, broadcasters are the voices. We grouse about them sometimes, but remember a few years back when an NFL game was broadcast without the benefit of play-by-play announcing or color commentating? It was – let's see, how can I put this nicely – BORING.

Even when you know full well what's going on, it just seems more exciting when you have an expert or two to tell you about it. When those experts are the same people week to week, it's even better, and that's one of the cool things about NASCAR. Rather than being moved around from sport to sport – a baseball game today, a golf tournament tomorrow – race announcers stay put.

The mid-season shift change has just taken place, as the FOX and TNT networks, which handle broadcasting duties during the first half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, have turned the job over to ABC/ESPN. Beginning with the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 31, the final 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races will be televised on ESPN networks, with 14 airing on ESPN and three Saturday night races airing on ABC.

The on-air broadcast trio of Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree and Allen Bestwick is fired up and ready to race. While commentators are often referred to as "talking heads," these guys are more like talking brains. With a former Cup Series champion, a championship crew chief and a veteran broadcaster in the booth, all the bases are exceptionally well-covered.

These guys couldn't wait for the Brickyard 400 to weigh in on the 36-round boxing match known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. They have been listening to their able counterparts at the other networks since February, and now they're ready to talk, about anything and everything. The ultimate NASCAR insiders, they are willing to tell us not only what they know, but what they think. In other words – spoilers. Cool.

There's something about the term "spoiler alert" that makes me revert back to the days when my mom told me to stay away from the cupcakes. Even if I didn't want a cupcake (like that would ever happen in this lifetime), suddenly they represented the most delicious snack imaginable, the absolute pinnacle of culinary bliss.

Nowadays the term "spoiler" is used to describe an advance revelation of critical plot elements in things like TV shows or other entertainment media. Spoilers usually include information that would surprise viewers if they just waited and watched things unfold naturally. Sports are unscripted and nearly impossible to predict – did anyone out there really think Trevor Bayne would win the 2011 Daytona 500? – but that doesn't keep us from trying.

We can look at these guys for hours on end, but it's when they open their mouths that things get really interesting. So as they waited for the Brickyard 400 weekend to arrive at last, the ESPN broadcast team happily offered their opinions and predictions on several popular NASCAR subjects.

Can Dale Jr. halt his current downward turn in the driver standings? "At some point Junior is going to have to step it up a little bit, and he has, at the beginning of this year,"

Petree says. "But he's got to continue that … There are still a lot of races left this year. We'll see what they can do with them." Can anyone unseat five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson? Jarrett says … maybe.

"Kyle Busch is certainly a very formidable foe for Jimmie Johnson. They've shown they can win and challenge on every type of racetrack. That's what you have to do," he says.

Can Danica Patrick live up to her hype?

"If she came over here on a fulltime basis, I think we would see what kind of talent she really is. She needs a full season without any distractions and all her eggs in one basket to see what she can really do," says Petree.

As Jeff Gordon's 40th birthday approaches, is he ready to trade his Chevy seat for a front-porch rocking chair?

"My career pales in comparison to his, but a lot of my career didn't even start until I was right at the age of 40," Jarrett says. "We've seen great things from Jeff Gordon, but I think we still have the opportunity to see really good things to come from him … possibly even a championship this year."

Can NASCAR's so-called "young guns" live up to the high standards of their predecessors?

According to Jarrett, "These are the best drivers in the world. It takes a special talent to come in here and be able to beat them … but it also takes character. The young guys come in fast, but they have to learn how to do it for the long haul."

So Jeff Gordon is still a contender, the young drivers have a lot of potential, Danica Patrick is talented, Kyle Busch can drive the wheels off of most anything … and if you have a No. 48 tattoo, Dale Jr. will not be calling you up for a date. None of this is exactly breaking news, but it sounds more official when the experts say it. So while everyone is eagerly watching to see how the second half of the 2011 NASCAR season will unfold, I intend to balance my peeled eyes with a set of wide-open ears.

I can't wait to hear what happens next.

To hear the complete Dale Earnhardt Jr. interview, visit www.danpatrick.com.



Darlington Recreation Department

Take the time to get physically fit at the Darlington Area Recreation Department.

The Darlington office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The gym is open to the public as early as 6 a.m. for walking. Just walking alone can add years to your life. It's a nice way to start a day with a clear mind. Bring a friend or meet a new friend. The recreation department offers our exercise room and gym free to the public. With no cost, there's no excuse not to get in shape. The exercise room may be used by anyone age 18 and older.

Please take an opportunity to stop in and see what the department has to offer and be greeted by a friendly smile. Meet the staff: Ken, Wallace, Bobby, Sherry, Shirley (at A.W. Stanley Gym), Richard and Ellen; and the maintenance crew, Tolland, Charles and Truth. Outside the office door pick up a flyer or two about upcoming events. To find recreation information online, visit www.darcosc.com, scroll to citizens services, forms and downloads to Parks and Recreation.

Register for Darlington County Fall Softball. Games will be played throughout the county in Darlington, Hartsville and Lamar. Girls may be ages 5-18. Register Aug. 15 through Sept. 2 at the Darlington Area Recreation Department. Cost: $25.

Birthday cutoff Jan. 1, 2012. Games begin Sept.19. Info: Lee Andrews (843) 383-3020.

Register for cheerleading from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ages 5-14 as of Sept. 1, 2011. Cost: $30. Late registration: Aug. 22-24. Cost: $45. Interested in coaching? Contact Sherry Hanniford at (843) 398-4030.

Youth football registration continues through Aug. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Darlington Area Recreation. Cost is $30. Children must be ages 5-14 as of Sept. 1 of this year. Info: (843) 398-4030.

Register now for fall dance classes that will begin Aug. 15. The classes will be offered at 3 p.m. and at 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Applications may be picked up at the recreation department. Info: Patsy Hathcock at (843) 393-4766 or the Recreation Department at (843) 398-4030.

A Bingo lunch will be held from 10 a.m. to noon July 27 at the Darlington Area Recreation. Cost: $5. Another lunch will be held 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 24.

A day trip to Chesterfield to Southern Restaurant for lunch and shopping will be held July 28. Depart from the recreation department at 10 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. Cost: $5. Lunch on your own.

A day trip to Columbia, Lizard Thicket and Mall Shopping for lunch and shopping will be held Aug. 16. Depart from the recreation department at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Cost: $5. Lunch on your own.

Free movie day for seniors will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 9 at the recreation department.


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