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Prep Notes: Several football jamborees set for this weekend

Dreher running back Jay Washington is brought down by Richland Northeast’s Michael Joyner, left, and T.J. Brunson last season. Both Dreher and RNE will be playing jamborees this weekend.
Dreher running back Jay Washington is brought down by Richland Northeast’s Michael Joyner, left, and T.J. Brunson last season. Both Dreher and RNE will be playing jamborees this weekend. jblake@thestate.com

Several Midlands high school football teams will be participating in jamborees in preparation for the upcoming season.

On Friday, there will be jamborees held at Irmo, White Knoll and Camden. The matchups at the Joe Turbeville Jamboree at Irmo are Westwood/Swansea, Lower Richland/Blythewood, Richland Northeast/Fairfield Central, Spring Valley/Chapin and Ridge View/Irmo. The jamboree begins at 5:30 p.m., and will honor the late Irmo coach Joe Turbeville, who died in January.

The Lexington County Sportsarama returns this year and will be at White Knoll High. The matchups are Batesburg-Leesville/Pelion, Mid-Carolina/River Bluff, Lexington/Gilbert and White Knoll/Gray Collegiate. Games begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Camden Shrine Club jamboree features A.C. Flora/Buford, Camden/Andrew Jackson and North Central/Lugoff-Elgin and begins at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the 56th annual Richland One Sertoma Sportsarama will be held at District One Stadium, and the Aun and McKay Kickoff Classic will be at Chapin High.

The Sportsarama begins at 6 p.m. with four matchups: C.A. Johnson/Eau Claire, Columbia/A.C. Flora, Dreher/Hammond and Lower Richland/Keenan.

The Aun and McKay Kickoff Classic starts at 5 p.m. and features Mid-Carolina/Ben Lippen, Airport/Lexington, Blythewood/Brookland-Cayce and Chapin/White Knoll.

All games at the jamborees will be two quarters. Week 0 of the season begins Aug. 19.

RNE’s Riley to play senior year in NC

Richland Northeast guard Marquise Riley will play his senior season of basketball at Quality Education Academy in North Carolina.

Riley joins Keenan’s Tariq Simmons, who announced Friday he’s headed to the school in Winston-Salem, N.C. The 6-foot-3 senior missed most of last season with an injury.

Riley is the second RNE hoops player to transfer. Alex Caldwell announced he’ll attend Wilson High in Florence because of his mother getting a job there.

Ben Lippen’s Satcher commits

Ben Lippen infielder Robert Satcher committed to College of Charleston over the weekend.

Satcher, a rising senior, hit .435 with three home runs, 33 RBIs and 11 doubles last season. He was a SCISA all-state selection.

“I chose College of Charleston for multiple reasons,” Satcher said. “C of C has a great baseball program, they are competitive year-in and year-out with Carolina, Clemson, and Coastal Carolina. I am very excited to be playing under coach (Matt) Heath. He values strong work ethic and has Christian values, so he is my kind of coach.

“Also, when I visited the school, I left there feeling like that was the place for me.”

Satcher also had an offer from The Citadel and interest from UNC and Furman among others.

Westwood’s Hiller headed to CSU

Westwood offensive lineman Ryan Hiller committed to Charleston Southern on Monday.

Hiller (6-foot-2, 270 pounds) also had offers from Gardner-Webb, Florida A&M and Newberry. He’s been a four-year starter for the Redhawks on the offensive line, and also will see some time on defense this year.

More Recruiting

Ridge View’s Latheron Rogers-Anderson and Dutch Fork’s Jordan Davis made recruiting visits over the weekend.

Anderson, a defensive back, visited East Carolina on Sunday. ECU is one of the senior’s 13 offers and in his top five schools. He also plans on visiting Coastal Carolina and Cincinnati in the next few weeks.

Anderson plans to announce his college choice after a few more visits. He plans on enrolling early at whichever school he picks.

Davis, the Class 4A Boys Basketball Player of the Year, visited Butler over the weekend. Butler is in his top five along with Dayton, Kansas State, Middle Tennessee and South Alabama.

Davis said he’ll probably announce his decision in the early signing period.

Beatty injured

Chapin quarterback Trad Beatty suffered a shoulder injury during Saturday’s scrimmage against Richland Northeast.

No surgery will be needed, and Beatty hopes to be back in a few weeks. Chapin opens the season Aug. 19 at River Bluff.

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