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home : news : sports August 18, 2019 



Veach hired as Assistant Coach on Lander Volleyball Staff

Former Ole Miss standout Ashley Veach has been named assistant coach for the Lander volleyball program, head coach Ashley White announced on Monday.

"I am excited for the opportunity to work with this amazing Lander family," said Veach. "I am coming into an already successful volleyball program and I am looking forward to being a part of that. I hope to be able to add to the growth and success of each individual player."

Veach joins the Bearcats after spending the last five years coaching at the collegiate and club levels following a four-year career with the Ole Miss volleyball program, where she was part of 52 victories with the Rebels.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Lander Women's Soccer Hires Former Player as Assistant Coach

The Lander women's soccer program has hired former midfielder Noel McDaniel as an assistant coach, head coach Chris Ayer announced on Monday.

"I count it a great privilege to have the opportunity to return to and serve a community, school, and program that I have benefited so much from," said McDaniel. "I am excited about where the Bearcat women's soccer program is headed and am extremely grateful to be a part of it."


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Lander Women's Tennis Releases 2019-2020 Schedule

With five returning members from the 2018-19 team, the Lander women's tennis team looks to return to postseason play in 2019-20. The team finished eighth in the Peach Belt Conference last year and secured a berth in the conference tournament before falling to top-seeded Columbus State. The Bearcats will participate in four tournaments throughout the fall season.

The Fall

The Bearcats will open fall play (Sept. 7-8) with a trip to Wingate, N.C. to compete in the Wingate Invitational. Following a three-week break, the team will head to the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, S.C. (Sept. 26-29) to compete in the Southeast ITA Regional Tournament. After another three-week break, the Bearcats will return home and host the Blue and Gold Invitational (Oct. 19-20). Lander will wrap up the fall season at home as they will host the Bearcat Invitational (Oct. 26-27).

The Spring

The Bearcats will face five teams that were ranked in the final Oracle/ITA top-25 last year and two top-10 ranked teams.


Monday, August 5, 2019

Squires Adds Dale Parker as Lander Assistant Coach

Lander men's soccer head coach Lee Squires announced the hiring of former Lees-McRae teammate Dale Parker as an assistant coach on Friday.

Squires and Parker were teammates at Lees-McRae from 2007-09, helping lead the Bobcats to an appearance in the 2009 national championship match. 

"I am delighted to be able to bring Dale in," said Squires. "Having played and lived together back in our own college days, I know first hand the qualities Dale can bring to our program. He's an experienced coach who carries himself very well and I know our guys will enjoy having him around and learning from him."

Parker most recently served as the Director of Coaching for the Virginia Soccer Assocation and as the head coach of the U16/17 boys team of the Virginia Develpment Academy. Prior to that, Parker served as the Director of Girls Coaching for Chesterfield United FC and as head coach for the club's women's pre-WPSL team. 


Monday, August 5, 2019

Squires Adds Dale Parker as Lander Assistant Coach

Lander men's soccer head coach Lee Squires announced the hiring of former Lees-McRae teammate Dale Parker as an assistant coach on Friday.

Squires and Parker were teammates at Lees-McRae from 2007-09, helping lead the Bobcats to an appearance in the 2009 national championship match. 

"I am delighted to be able to bring Dale in," said Squires. "Having played and lived together back in our own college days, I know first hand the qualities Dale can bring to our program. He's an experienced coach who carries himself very well and I know our guys will enjoy having him around and learning from him."

Parker most recently served as the Director of Coaching for the Virginia Soccer Assocation and as the head coach of the U16/17 boys team of the Virginia Develpment Academy. Prior to that, Parker served as the Director of Girls Coaching for Chesterfield United FC and as head coach for the club's women's pre-WPSL team. 


Monday, August 5, 2019

Lander women's soccer releases fall schedule

Lander women's soccer head coach Chris Ayer has finalized the 2019 fall schedule. The Bearcats' regular season will consist of 16 matches.

Three home contests open the campaign as the Bearcats host Converse on Sept. 5 in the season's first match. Coker visits Van Taylor Stadium on Sept. 11, followed by a date with Wingate on Sept. 14. 

Lander then embarks on a four-match road swing, visiting Limestone, a participant in last year's NCAA Tournament, on Sept. 18 and Anderson on Sept. 25. Peach Belt Conference play begins with a Sept. 28 trip to Georgia College and plays its first PBC road match at Francis Marion on Oct. 2.


Saturday, July 6, 2019

Lander men's basketball adds Dory Hines as assistant coach

Dorionte' "Dory" Hines has been named an assistant coach for the Lander men's basketball program, head coach Drew Richards announced Wednesday.

Hines spent the previous five seasons at Arendell Parrott Academy, the last two as head coach. The Patriots earned a berth in the NCISSA Tournament for the first time since 2011 and notch their first NCISSA Tournament win in nearly 20 years under Hines. 

"Dory will be a fantastic addition to our staff and a great mentor for our players," said Richards. "His background as a tough nosed Division II player and a head high school coach is a perfect fit for our program. He has an extremely bright future in college coaching and I feel lucky he choose to begin his career with us."


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Area youngsters learn baseball fundamentals at Lander University

Lander University hosted 28 participants during the first session of its baseball camp, held June 17-20. Open to youngsters between ages 6-12, the camp focused on the fundamentals of the game, and the importance of working hard and being a good teammate. Held at Dolny Stadium, known for being one of the finest baseball facilities in the Southeast, the camp was led by Lander head baseball coach Jason Burke, pitching coach Connor Kelly, hitting coach Ricky Santiago, and current Bearcat players Davis Agle, of Duncan, and Zeke Stephens, of Greer. The second session of the baseball camp is scheduled for July 8-11. For registration information, visit www.landerbearcats.com.



Sunday, June 23, 2019

Lander announces men's basketball recruiting class

Head coach Drew Richards announced the commitments of six student-athletes to the Lander men's basketball program for the 2019-20 season. The incoming class hails from four different states, highlighted by two Georgia and two South Carolina natives.

"I am excited to welcome these six young men to Lander in the fall," Richards said. "They all excel on the court and in the classroom and will be great representatives of our program and our school. All six have been part of winning programs and will make a great impact on Bearcat basketball. I also want to thank our staff for working so diligently in a difficult situation to help bring in such a strong class."


Monday, June 17, 2019

Area youngsters learn soccer fundamentals at Lander University

Lander University hosted nearly 70 participants for the three-day annual Chris Ayer Soccer School at Van Taylor Stadium. Open to area youngsters between the ages of 4-14, the camp is named for the head coach of Lander’s women’s soccer team. During the camp, Coach Ayer and members of the women’s Bearcat soccer team work with the camp participants on the fundamentals of the game and provide them with an inside look into what it means to be a collegiate soccer player. Photo by Laura Brown.



Saturday, June 15, 2019

Bearcat Buddies Summer Camp

Participants of Lander University’s Bearcat Buddies summer camp showcase a selection of cheers and dances they learned during camp for friends and family on Friday, June 6. Held annually, Bearcat Buddies allows kids ages 3-12 the opportunity to perform with the award-winning Lander University cheerleaders and dancers. More information can be found at www.bearcatbuddies.com. –Photo by Laura Brown.



Monday, June 10, 2019

Lander's Moore and Troutman selected in MLB Draft

The Lander baseball team had two players selected on the final day of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday afternoon.

Senior right-handed pitcher Alex Moore was the first Bearcat selected, taken in the 18th round (552nd overall) by the Chicago Cubs while senior right-hander Ryan Troutman followed as the Pittsburgh Pirates made him their 26th round pick (784th overall). 


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

GALL hosting District 8u Championship at YMCA

The Greenwood Abbeville Little League is hosting the 8u District Championship Tournament starting today through the weekend at the YMCA.  Games begin today at 6 pm. Please come out and support our local players if you can.



Friday, May 31, 2019

GHS Eagles hosting Wrestling Clinic

The Greenwood Eagles are hosting a wrestling clinic for those in K-8th grade starting on June 17th through June 20th.

The clinic will be held from 8 am to 12 pm and the cost is $15 per day per child.  $10 per day for 2 or more children per child.

Please contact Nicholas Mountz at mountzn@gwd50.org if interested.



Friday, May 31, 2019

Youth Fall Sports Information

The Greenwood County Parks & Recreation Department will be registering for our

2019 Youth Football - Cheer and Volleyball Leagues Monday, July 8 through Friday, 19, 2019.

Registration is open to all Greenwood County Youth between the ages of 5 and 12.

Please visit our website www.greenwoodsc.gov (choose Department - Parks & Recreation)

Cost is $50 per child for Football & Volleyball - $20 per child for Cheer



Friday, May 24, 2019


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