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Aiken Standard sports reporter Kyle Dawson and Multimedia Editor Eric Russell discuss the first week of football in the Aiken, Barnwell and Edgefield area.

Region 4-4A is up for grabs, but a few teams have some high expectations heading into the 2019 season. Others are building around new leaders.

The area's Class 2A teams feature some unknowns and one team with great expectations. The latter is something the area's lone Class 3A team is also familiar with. 

The first S.C. Prep Football Media Poll of the season is out, and eight area teams are either ranked or are receiving votes in their respective classifications.

There are some unknowns surrounding the Midland Valley football program, but one thing is certain, the Mustangs will enter the 2019 season with a new head coach and a new approach.

The cyclical nature of high school football rosters can give a team loads of returning talent one year, then leave it lacking a lot of experience the next.

NORTH AUGUSTA — The opening act set a tough example to follow Wednesday as the Nike EYBL Peach Jam tipped off at Riverview Park Activities Center.

The annual South Carolina Coaches Association of Women's Sports All-Star Softball Games returns to USC Aiken this week.

Over the past few years, the high school fishing scene has blossomed into a highly competitive league with significant scholarships and awards on the line.

Ryan Brash has been playing baseball for most of his life, but as his senior season at South Aiken High School drew to a close, he realized he couldn’t just end there. He knew he had more running, hitting and pitching left in him.

PETTICOAT JUNCTION — The auditorium at Silver Bluff High School almost wasn't big enough for Thursday's signing ceremony for four senior Bulldogs.

Eleven area high school soccer players were named to All-State teams, with three more picked for All-Star games this summer.

Eight area high school softball players earned All-State honors from the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women's Sports, and two were also selected to play in next month's North-South All-Star games at USC Aiken.

There's a diverse group of players vying for the 2019 Boys' Basketball Player of the Year award. North Augusta's RJ Felton, Strom Thurmond's Jamarvious Jones, Silver Bluff's Latavian Lawrence and Williston-Elko's Desmond Murray are all finalist for the award.

Ten area high school baseball players were recognized by the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association with All-State and All-Star team selections.