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Daniel tennis drops state title match

FLORENCE — The Daniel High School boys’ tennis team came up short of winning its first state championship since 1981 over the weekend, as it fell to Camden by a score of 5-1 on Saturday in the Class 3A state championship match in Florence.

The Lions (14-1), who have won the Class 3A Upper State title each of the last two years, got their lone win Saturday in doubles action from the duo of Nolan Garrett and Aiden Rollins, who won their match by scores of 6-3 and 6-2.

Daniel played for a state title for a second straight year despite losing four seniors from last season’s team. This year’s team featured only two seniors — and only one starter in captain Ian Burton — as first-year head coach Zaina Nait Omar feels the Lions are capable of a third

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Lions rout Hurricanes to punch ticket to 3A state championship

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — Coming off an emotional win on Friday over Powdersville, the Daniel High School boys’ soccer team had one final test against Wren on Monday if it wanted a chance to defend its state championship on Saturday at Irmo.

The Lions passed that test with flying colors, as they took control early against the Hurricanes and never looked back in a 4-0 home win to

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Daniel girls fall to Powdersville

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

POWDERSVILLE — After falling to Powdersville in last year’s Upper State championship game, the Daniel High School girls’ soccer team entered Friday’s matchup hoping to avenge the loss.

Instead, the Lions were never able to find their footing as a lack of cohesion, especially on the attack, ended their season in a 4-0 road loss to the Patriots in third-round playoff action.

“That’s a very good Powdersville team,” Daniel head coach Chad Perry said. “They’ve got a great midfield, and they play hard. We know if we’re ending our

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County squads fighting in playoffs

By Bru Nimmons

COUNTY — More than a week into the South Carolina High School League playoffs, four county teams remain in the state championship race, while many others have seen their seasons come to a close.

Daniel High School has the most remaining teams in the playoffs, with both its boys’ soccer and softball teams in great spots. The boys’ soccer team has already punched its ticket to the state championship with a 4-0 win over Wren on Monday and will play Beaufort High School on Saturday night at Irmo for the Class 3A title. Meanwhile, the Lion softball team will host Belton Honea-Path on Wednesday for the Upper State District 2 championship. The

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Easley girls’ season ends in second-round loss to Eastside

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Hosting Eastside in the second round of the Class 4A girls’ soccer playoffs on Thursday, the Easley Green Wave knew it would bea tough game after falling to the Eagles 1-0 earlier in the season.

They had no idea how tough, though, as Eastside controlled the game from start to finish in a 6-0 victory to end the Green Wave’s season.

“Eastside wanted it more than we did,” Easley head coach Paul Horn said. “That’s why they are where they are. They know how to move the ball and they played

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Lions knock out Southside to begin state title defense

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — On an extremely windy evening, the Daniel High School boys’ soccer team began its state championship title defense at home against Southside on Monday in round one of the Class 3A playoffs.

While the wind seemed to throw the Lions off at times, that didn’t stop them from pulling out a dominant 3-0 win.

“I had no doubt in my mind that this was ours,” Daniel head coach Thomas Izaguirre said. “The biggest factor in this game was the wind. There were a lot of

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Liberty falls to Blacksburg

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — With a chance to stay atop the region standings, the Liberty Red Devil baseball team hosted Blacksburg last week.

However, the Red Devils were never able to put things together against the Wildcats, falling 5-0 to put them on the road for the majority of the Class 2A playoffs.

“It hurts, for sure,” Liberty head coach Trey Ulmer said. “That’s a good team we lost to. I have no doubt about that, I just don’t think we gave them our best tonight.”

The disappointing result for Liberty came as errors and a huge three-run third inning gave the Wildcats the advantage while the Red Devils struggled to string

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Daniel, Pickens seniors recognized for signing with colleges

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — With graduation nearing at the end of the month, multiple Pickens County high school student-athletes made their final decisions and signed with colleges in ceremonies last week as they prepare to compete at the next level.

Daniel held the first ceremony on April 25, which saw basketball star Destiny Hoover sign with Hollins University.

Hoover was a three-time all-region selection for the Lions and also earned a spot in the North-South All-Star Game following her senior

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Blue Flame fall to Westside with region title on the line

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

ANDERSON — As Pickens catcher Kaylee Bolding drove the ball down the right field line to bring home Ava Belle Lawton in the top of the ninth inning on Monday night against Westside, it seemed like the Blue Flame were destined to bring home their first region title since 2002.

Add in the insurance RBI double by pitcher Sophie Duzan, who also had not given up a run in the circle since the third inning, and the 6-4

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Lions’ Young earns camp MVP honors

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

ROCK HILL — Heading into his senior season at Daniel High School, accolades continue to come for offensive lineman Watson Young, and he earned another big one over the weekend as he was named one of two offensive line MVPs at the Under Armour ESPN Camp in Rock Hill.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Young competed against some of the top football players from around the Southeastern

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