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.

Aiken High's Rafferty Hall closed out the golf season strong by tying for second at the Class AAAA state championship tournament at Hilton Head's Barony Course at Port Royal Golf Club.

NORTH AUGUSTA — Fox Creek golfer Colin Trahan sat on the clubhouse lead for a couple of hours Monday at the Class AA state championship tournament before finally a lower score came in to knock him from the top spot.

NORTH AUGUSTA — Colin Trahan didn't want to get too far ahead of himself, but there was no hiding his enthusiasm following his first round Monday at the Class AA golf state championship.

COLUMBIA — Tez'Waun Starlings wanted to prove his doubters wrong. Maggie Massey wanted to start strong and finish strong. Key'Asia Dunbar wanted to contribute to her team's score.

The weather didn't cooperate Saturday, after all, altering the schedule of the Class AAAA state championship baseball series between Midland Valley and Eastside.

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COLUMBIA — The top-ranked South Aiken girls' soccer team knew that second-ranked Eastside would be a formidable challenger.

The T-Breds also knew they'd need to come out the gates quickly in order to avoid an early lull against a team that would play hard from the opening kick.

So they went on the attack early and didn't let up

The celebratory ice bath Wednesday may have briefly interrupted Midland Valley baseball coach Brad Richardson's message, but it also confirmed exactly what he was saying:

The season came to an end Wednesday night for the Strom Thurmond baseball team and Wagener-Salley softball team.

Marx Mills started his senior season thinking it'd be his last playing soccer competitively as a student-athlete. About halfway through his senior season that all changed, and he realized playing college soccer was a real possibility.

The road to the Class AAAA baseball state championship runs through Midland Valley, and the Mustangs will welcome region rival Airport for Wednesday's Lower State championship, with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.

Wagener-Salley golf coach Parrish Deans told his players there were two things they could control heading into Monday's Class A state championship.

Growing pains were expected this past season for the Aiken High boys' basketball team following the graduation of a large and successful senior class.

Members of the Christ School golf team were upset they couldn't play in this year's Southern Cross at Palmetto Golf Club, but they were very happy junior Cameron Akers would be making the trip to represent them as an individual.

JOHNSTON — It only took one big inning. Strom Thurmond used a six-run third inning to propel it to a 7-0 victory against Aynor on Thursday and advance into the winners bracket in the Class 3A Lower State Tournament.

Jeremiah Green and Stavon Porter will be teaming up once again. This time in Auburndale, Florida.

A'Mia Bussey knew she wanted to branch out a bit in college, but she also didn't want to go too far from home. She also knew she wanted to continue her track career.

GRANITEVILLE — Despite giving up four runs in the final two innings of the first game on Monday night, which forced them to have to play a winner-take-all game for the District VIII title, the Mustangs never felt like they'd lost the momentum. 

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