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Ameer Williams is autistic but that doesn't slow him down as a wrestler for Dutch Fork High. His coach, Kyle Kimrey and his teammates say that he inspires them with his work ethic and his upbeat personality.
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Ameer Williams is autistic but that doesn't slow him down as a wrestler for Dutch Fork High. His coach, Kyle Kimrey and his teammates say that he inspires them with his work ethic and his upbeat personality.

The Dutch Fork community and other Midlands high schools are pitching in to help Silver Foxes wrestler Ameer Williams and his family.

Williams, who suffers from autism, and his family lost everything when a fire destroyed their home Friday afternoon. The family is currently staying at a friend’s house.

“The family is OK. They are just taking it one day at a time,” Dutch Fork wrestling coach Kyle Kimrey said. “They want to rebuild their house.”

A gofundme account to help the Williams family can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/dinkinswilliams. So far, more than $4,100 has been raised as of Monday afternoon.

Some spring sport events at Dutch Fork are taking donations for the Williams at their games this week.

Kimrey said Lugoff-Elgin’s wrestling team raised $750 at their banquet Sunday and other wrestling programs including Airport, Boiling Springs and River Bluff have reached out to help. Members of the church where the Williams attend also are assisting the family.

In addition to money, Kimery said gift cards to Walmart, Target and places where they can get groceries and clothing items and everyday necessities also are being accepted.

Midlands players part of NCAA tournament upsets

Two former Midlands basketball players were part of two of the biggest upsets in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday.

Ridge View’s Jarrod Johnson is a senior at Stephen F. Austin, which defeated third-seeded West Virginia 70-56. Johnson, a senior, had six points and an assist in 15 minutes of action.

A.C., Flora’s Karl Gamble had two points and a rebound in helping 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee defeat No. 2 Michigan State 90-81.

Former Irmo wrestler makes it to NCAA championship

Irmo’s T.J. Dudley advanced to the finals at the NCAA wrestling tournament at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Dudley, a junior at Nebraska, lost to Cornell’s Gabe Dean, 5-3, in the championship of the 184-pound division. He was 23rd finalist in Nebraska history.

For the season, he finished 24-7 and captured his second straight All-American honor after finishing eighth last year.

Dreher-Chapin set for big soccer matches

Chapin and Dreher will meet in a pair of key region contests in soccer Tuesday.

The Eagles are ranked No. 1 in the latest Class 3A boys soccer polls and will host the third-ranked Blue Devils. The defending state champion Blue Devils girls team hosts No. 2 Chapin.

Lugoff-Elgin softball wins Chesnee tournament

The Lugoff-Elgin softball team went 5-0 over the weekend to claim the Lady Rebel Invitational at Tyger River Park in Duncan.

The Demons defeated Chesnee 3-0 to win the championship as Baleigh Lunsford tossed a two-hitter with eight strikeouts.

Keenan’s Simmons picks CSU offer

Keenan junior guard Tariq Simmons picked up an offer from Charleston Southern over the weekend.

Simmons now has offers from Stephen F. Austin, College of Charleston, Maryland Eastern Shore and now CSU. He averaged 17.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in helping the Raiders to the Class 2A upper state championship game.

Inaugural Bojangles’ Invitational set for Airport

The eight-team Bojangles’ Baseball Invitational will be held at Airport High on March 26, 28-30.

The eight-team field features Mid-Carolina, South Aiken, Gray Collegiate, Crestwood, Chester, Palmetto, Eastside and host Airport.

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