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home : news : sports July 16, 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

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Lander women's soccer announces date for Summer Elite ID Camp

The Lander women's soccer program will host its Summer Elite ID Camp at the Jeff May Complex on August 3, head coach Chris Ayer announced.

The camp, which will run from 9:300 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., is designed to give each camper an inside look into what it means to be a collegiate soccer player. Campers will participate in two training sessions that will mirror sessions that the Lander soccer staff runs for its current team. Each session will test the campers physically as well as expand their tactical knowledge. The sessions will be run by the Lander staff and will be assisted by the current Bearcat women's soccer players. Training sessions will conclude with match play. During the lunch break, campers will be able to engage in Q&As regarding what it is like to be a collegiate athlete, the college recruiting process and academics.

Spots are $125 and registration is available at For additional information, contact

Tuesday, June 18, 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 –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 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 (choose Department - Parks & Recreation)

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

Friday, May 24, 2019

Lander baseball places 12 player on PBC All-Academic team

The Lander baseball team landed 12 players on the Peach Belt Conference's All-Academic team, the PBC office announced today.

Vincent Addona, Bailey Connell, Fraser Ellard, Mike Fitschen, Ryan Flores, Robbie Hoyt, Carson Jones, Alex Moore, Carson Schlegel, Marshall Thompson, Joseph Whitt, and Colton Yeager earned all-academic honors for the Bearcats. Lander's 12 selections led the conference and accounted for nearly one-fourth of the 52-player list.

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee the program.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Lander set for 14th straight NCAA Tournament appearance

The No. 8-ranked Lander men's tennis team earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday, the 14th consecutive appearance for the Bearcats. Lander is the No. 5 seed in Southeast Regional I, which will be held in Columbus, Ga.

Lander (17-5) will play No. 4-ranked and fourth-seeded Flagler (16-7) in the first round on Saturday at 12:00 p.m., with the host, No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Columbus State (23-2), facing eighth-seeded Limestone (13-7) in the first match of the day at 9:00 a.m. The two winners will face each other Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for the right to advance to Altamonte Springs, Fla., for the championships on May 21-24. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Four earn all-Peach Belt Conference honors for Lander softball

GREENWOOD – Lander softball tied a program record with four all-Peach Belt Conference honors, including three first-team selections, the league announced on Thursday night. 

Second baseman Sydney Grimes, outfielder Kelli McCormack, and designated player Brianna Surrento earned first-team all-PBC accolades while pitcher Abby Killian earned second-team honors. 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Lander caps season with a pair of shutouts over USC Aiken

AIKEN, S.C. – The Lander softball team ended its season with a dominant sweep of in-state rival USC Aiken on Sunday afternoon, beating the Pacers 10-0 and 8-0 in a pair of five-inning games. 

Lander (21-25, 6-14 PBC) surpassed the 20-win mark for the fourth consecutive season, the first time since 2003-06, while the senior class became the first since 2006 to notch 100 wins. 

Monday, April 29, 2019

Lander adds 11 to incoming recruiting class

Lander wrestling head coach R.C. LaHaye announced the addition of 11 wrestlers that will join the Bearcats' wrestling program in the fall.

"We are very excited to add these student athletes to our first recruiting class for Lander wrestling," said LaHaye. "Not only are these excellent athletes, but they excel in the classroom as well. This crop will help lay the foundation for Bearcat wrestling and insure we start the program off in the right direction with quality student athletes that will represent Lander on and off the mat. It will be very exciting next fall to watch these student athletes develop and build the culture of Lander Bearcat wrestling."

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Game Recaps - Monday, April 22nd

8U Game

Away Team - Score:  8U Sandlot Sluggers – 18

Home Team - Score:  8U Storm Chasers – 19

Game Summary:  The Storm Chasers got out to a ten-run lead in the third inning and held on for a 19-18 victory over the Sandlot Sluggers on Monday.  The Storm Chasers totaled 23 hits in 3 1/2 innings. Holden S, Chance W, Milo D, Rylan J, Sawyer B, Harrison R, Cayden W, Riley P, Trey O, and Wade M all collected multiple hits for the Storm Chasers.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Emerald High School Varsity Baseball beat Carolina High School & Academy 15-0
Cam Lollis had all the right stuff on Tuesday for Emerald Vikings Varsity, allowing zero runs and besting Carolina Academy by a score of 15-0

Emerald Vikings Varsity fired up the offense in the first inning. Sean Adams drove in two when he doubled.  Emerald Vikings Varsity put up six runs in the second inning. Emerald Vikings Varsity's offense in the inning came from singles by Lollis and Caleb McLaughlin, a walk by Braeden Burton, a sacrifice fly by Gage Timmerman, and an error on a ball put in play by Brayden Ridge.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lander's Bocchino earns Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week honor

Lander senior Peter Bocchino claimed Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week honors as the Bearcats secured their second straight conference Player of the Week award, the league office announced on Monday.

Bocchino, a native of Saugus, Mass., batted .500 (4-for-8) with three home runs, seven RBI and three runs scored. Making his second start of the season, Bocchino gave Lander a 4-0 lead on No. 1-ranked North Greenville on Wednesday night with a second inning grand slam, his first homer of the season and first hit since Feb. 16.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Lander men's basketball to host tryout on April 30

The Lander University men's basketball program will hold an open tryout for graduating high school seniors and Lander student on Tuesday, April 30th at Finis Horne Arena from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Interested players must complete the tryout packet (available here) and bring it to the arena, along with a current physical (summer of 2018 or sooner) and basketball apparel. 

For more information, please contact head coach Drew Richards at

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Lander men's soccer announces summer camp dates

The Lander men's soccer program will host two summer camp programs at the Jeff May Complex in July, head coach Lee Squires announced on Tuesday.

The Bearcats will partner with the Lakeland Toros for half-day and full-day summer camps on July 8-12. The half-day camps, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon are open to any kids ages 4-14, while the full-day camps will go from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, with an 8:30 a.m. to noon session on Friday and are designed for all kids ages 8-14.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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