The Weekend of Champions at Williams-Brice Stadium drew 15,500 for its three-game slate on Saturday.
Attendance was not recorded for individual games.
Hillcrest in elite groupWith its win in the Class 4A Div. 1 championship, Hillcrest became part of an elite group in Greenville. Hillcrest, one of 14 schools in the Greenville County school district, was the the fourth to appear in a state title game. The others were Eastside, JL Mann and Greer.
All-Star time beginsThe season continues for some Midlands players this week in Myrtle Beach. More than a dozen area players are at the beach, preparing for Saturday’s North-South Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl.
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The North team defense features Dutch Fork’s Dominique Scott, A.C. Flora’s Denzel Johnson and Tyrell Goodwin, linebackers Stephen Timmons from Westwood, Tyler Frazier from Spring Valley, Nate Blankenship from Chapin, and Dunstan Padgett from Fairfield Central.
Spring Valley’s Ja’lon Williams, Newberry’s Benjamin Blackmon, and Lower Richland’s Lateef Robinson will be on the line.
Fairfield’s Shadarius Hopkins and Keenan’s Kendrick Gathers will man the defensive backfield. Westwood receiver Adonus Lee should be a highlight on the North offense, and C.A. Johnson’s Wendell Bing is part of the offensive line.
Lexington County is well-represented on the South squad, with Gilbert running back Jakayus Leaphart, Swansea linebacker Jonathon Sutton, and offensive linemen Whitt Warner of River Bluff and Alex Bray from Brookland-Cayce.
Hayes unbeatenSouth coach Jackie Hayes will be looking to extend his undefeated season. Two weeks ago, Hayes’ Dillon squad completed its first undefeated season with a Class 2A Div. I championship. This week, Hayes pits his All-star squad against a North team coached by Lower Richland’s Darryl Page.
Holidays mean basketballMeanwhile, basketball season has tipped off, and the holiday tournaments are just around the corner.
Several teams are headed to tournaments in the Upstate and the prestigious Beach Ball tournament in Charleston, but there will be lots of hoop action in the Midlands in the coming weeks, too.
The Bojangles BBall Bash will be Thursday-Saturday at Ridge View. The 12-team tournament features several of the area’s top teams and a handful of the nation’s top-ranked players, including Dreher’s Tevin Mack, A.C. Flora’s Karl Gamble, Spring Valley’s PJ Dozier, and Zion Lutheran star Keith Stone.
Richland Northeast hosts the nationally-renowned Chick-fil-A Classic and Carolina Challenge on Dec. 19-23.
Chapin and River Bluff are hosting tournaments Dec. 29-30.
Mats heat upIn wrestling, the Mid-Carolina Credit Union Holiday Classic at Lugoff-Elgin, and the Palmetto Sting Classic at Irmo, are Friday and Saturday.
Next weekend, River Bluff hosts the Gator Invitational, and Westwood hosts the Bojangles Clash at the Castle.
Lexington’s First Responder Wildcat Duals are Dec. 29-30.