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‘Had what it takes’

Lady Lions down Patriots to advance to third round for first time since ‘14

By Bru Nimmons
Sports Editor
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — Despite missing the playoffs for just the third time in 20 years last season, Daniel girls basketball head coach Cosandar Griffin knew her team had special potential coming into the season.

The Lions proved just how special they could be on Saturday night as they downed the Powderville Patriots, 56-37

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Pickens girls best South Aiken, fall to Riverside in second round

By Bru Nimmons
Sports Editor
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Coming off a disappointing end to the regular season, the Pickens girls’ basketball team hoped to regain its form in the playoffs as they hosted the South Aiken Thoroughbreds in round one of the Class 4A playoffs last week.

Despite an off-shooting night, the Blue Flame managed to advance in the playoffs for the third consecutive

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Patriots end Lions’ season

By Bru Nimmons
Sports Editor
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — Boasting a one-point halftime advantage over the fourth-ranked Powdersville Patriots, the Daniel boys basketball team just needed to hold on for 16 more minutes in order to advance to the Class 3A quarterfinals for the third consecutive year.

Instead, the sixth-ranked Lions came out of the locker room flat allowing the Patriots to go on a 14-0 run that they were never able to overcome in a  72-59 season-ending loss.

“You have to give Powdersville a lot of credit,” Daniel

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Touchberry named next Daniel athletic director

By Bru Nimmons
Sports Editor
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — Daniel High School didn’t have to look far for its new athletic director, as a familiar face was selected to lead the Lions’ athletic programs according to a release from the school last week.

Ben Touchberry has been selected as the next Athletic Director. This announcement follows the resignation of Tommy Plumblee, current Athletic Director, at the end of the 2023-24 school year, the release said.

Coach Touchberry has been on staff at D.W. Daniel

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Lions celebrated at State House

COLUMBIA — Two months removed from their Class 3A state championship win over Camden, the Daniel High School football team travelled to the state house last week at the invitation of South Carolina House of Representatives District 3 representative Jerry Carter.

The Lions were presented with a resolution adopted by the House recognizing the team for being the 3A State

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Devils fall to Chesnee at Upper State

By Bru Nimmons
Sports Editor
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CHESNEE — Falling behind 31-13 through nine weight classes, the Liberty wrestling team was in for an uphill battle against the Chesnee Eagles during the Class 2A Upper State championship on Feb. 7. The Red Devils managed to battle back but were unable to match the Eagles on the mat as they fell 36-30 to end their bid to repeat as state champions.

The Eagles got off to a strong start early getting first period pins at both 215 and heavyweight to get an early 12-0 advantage. Liberty battled right back with Alex Allison getting a third period pin at 106 and Jonah Pierce overcoming an injury for a major decision at 113 to cut the lead to 15-13.

Chesnee’s Ben Hefner picked up a 14-7 decision over

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County athletes sign with colleges

Pickens County schools celebrated signing day on Feb. 7 with athletes signing to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level. Above: Freda Ruiz (Southern Wesleyan, track/cross country), Emma Kutilek(USC Upstate, cross country) and Ashton Moseley (Newberry, golf) pose after signing at Pickens High School. Bottom left: Daniel’s Kolton Chapman (Union College, football), Jaedyn Young (Limestone, football), Sean Bolger (Catawba, football), Peyton O’Brien (Anderson, golf), Chaney Crosby (Anderson, softball), Kurtlyn Alexander (Belmont Abbey, softball), Ally Grace Batson (Western Carolina, softball) and Qwentin Welborn (Coker, wrestling) signed on Wednesday. Bottom right: Easley football players Will Patton and Carter Owen signed with Presbyterian and Anderson University, respectively.

Pickens girls drop third straight in loss to Rams

By Bru Nimmons
Sports Editor
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — After coming back from an early 10-point deficit, the Pickens girls’ basketball team looked to hold off the fourth-ranked Westside Rams on Senior night hoping they could end a two-game losing skid in their final game of the regular season.

However, a 21-4 run spanning the last minute of the first half and the first five minutes of the third quarter was too much to overcome for the Blue Flame as they fell 57-45 for their third straight loss.

It was a disappointing finish to the regular season for the Blue Flame after a strong start to the year, as Pickens has

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County schools open basketball playoffs this week

By Bru Nimmons
Sports Editor
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — With the regular season coming to a close last week, six county basketball teams will begin their push toward a state championship this week.

Boasting the county’s lone region champions, Daniel High School opened the playoffs on the hardwood on Tuesday.

The seventh-ranked Daniel girls (14-9, 9-1 Region 1-3A) opened the playoffs by hosting Broome, while the sixth-ranked Daniel boys (19-7, 9-1) took on Chapman.

Results from Tuesday’s matchups were unavailable as of press time but should both teams win, they would

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Red Devils to take on Chesnee for upper state championship

By Bru Nimmons
Sports Editor
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — The Liberty Red Devil wrestling team took two big steps toward defending their Class 2A wrestling championship over the last few days by taking down Landrum and Ninety Six to open the wrestling duals playoffs.

With those wins, the Red Devils will now have to travel to Chesnee on Wednesday to take on the top-ranked Eagles for the upper state

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