CROSS - Branchville took two wins in a tri-match at Cross on Thursday, as the Yellow Jackets (10-6 overall, 3-0 in region) defeated Cross 2-0 (25-7, 25-11) and Scott's Branch 2-0 (25-12, 25-9).
The Yellow Jackets were led by Kelsey Kinard with 16 kills, Lynasia Felder with 7 kills, 4 aces, 7 digs, and 7 receptions, Danielle McAlhany with 5 kills, Madison Leggett 16 digs, 15 receptions.
Branchville JV and varsity will be in action at home Monday against Woodland, with the JV starting play at 4:30 p.m.
CHAPIN - Orangeburg-Wilkinson lost a 3-2 match at Chapin on Thursday in Region 5-4A play.
Chapin won with set scores of 22-25, 25-11, 17-25, 25-21, and 16-14.
Orangeburg Prep 3
Laurence Manning 0
MANNING - Orangeburg Prep took a 3-0 win at Laurence Manning on Thursday, with set scores of 25-9, 25-13, and 25-13.
OPS plays at home on Tuesday against Wilson Hall, with JV starting at 4 p.m.
Lake Marion 0
The Lady Gators were defeated 3-0 by Hanahan on Thursday, with set scores of 25-21, 25-20, and 25-15.
Leading the Lady Gators was Lynn Bryant with 7 points, Jailyn Bryant & Georgiana Goodwin with 4 points.
Lake Marion will host Timberland on Thursday at 5 p.m., with JV followed by varsity.
Lake Marion is 1-4 overall and 0-1 in region play.
Calhoun Academy 42
Thomas Sumter 8
Matt Layton scored 4 rushing touchdowns and added two 2-point conversions to lead the Cavaliers to a 42-8 win against Thomas Sumter on Thursday.
Andrew Tucker and Conner Hayes each returned interceptions for CA touchdowns. Tucker also added a two-point conversion.
Adam Lowder led the defense with 8 tackles and 1 sack. Hunter Summers also recorded 2 sacks. Caleb Quattlebaum had a fumble recovery.
CA is 2-0 and plays at home on Thursday against Robert E. Lee at 6 p.m.
Orangeburg Prep 20
Orangeburg Prep took a 20-13 win against Porter Gaud on Thursday night.
McCullough Mims had 3 touchdown passes, including two to A.J. Tolbert, of both 8 and 23 yards. Another TD pass went to Nick Shafer on a 16-yard play on fourth down in the last 2 minutes of the game.
Dylan Wilson added the 2-point conversion on the score.
On defense, Copeland Furtick and Peyton Inabinet each had interceptions.
The Indians host Wilson Hall next Thursday at 7 p.m.
Claflin volleyball picks
up first win for Rotimi
BIRMINGHAM - The Claflin University women's volleyball team went 1-2 on day one of the 2017 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Crossover Tournament.
The crossover, which is hosted by Miles College, will run thru Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Birmingham Crossplex.
The Lady Panthers now sit at 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the SIAC.
Claflin head coach Mary Rotimi picked up her first win as the Lady Panthers coach.
In its opening match, Claflin lost a hard fought battle to Central State, 2-3 (25-16, 16-21, 25-23, 24-26, 25-17). Graduate transfer Diara Lewis paced the Lady Panthers, putting down 21 kills with six digs, two block assists and one service ace.
Junior Jamie Dobson had 15 kills with two block assists and junior Jordan Wallace was solid at the net with two solo blocks and six block assists. Freshman setter Chania Rispress recorded a double-double, 46 set assists-13 digs. Juniors Gabrielle Williams and Jhi Piper-Murles added seven kills with four block assists and a game-high 20 digs, respectively.
In their middle match on the day, the Lady Panthers used a well-balanced attack en route to defeating Tuskegee, 3-1 (25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 25-18). Claflin had three players to record eight or more kills led by Lewis with nine. Wallace and Dobson added eight kills apiece while Williams added six kills with six block assists in the win.
The Lady Panthers were equally solid on defense as they finished with three players with double-digit digs. Piper-Murles picked up 13, Alexcia Herring had 11, and Rispress picked up 10 in the contest.
Kentucky State defeated Claflin, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-15), in the final match of the day. Wallace continued to play solid, putting down eight kills in 15 attempts for a hitting percentage of .400. She also added three block assists to push her blocking totals on the day to 16 (4 solo-12 assists).
Rispress added four kills with 13 set assists while Piper-Murles picked a game-high nine digs in the loss.
Claflin will face Spring Hill College, Miles College and LeMoyne-Owen at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 6 p.m., respectively on day two of the tournament.
The Bruinettes took a 2-1 win at home on Thursday, with set scores of 25-21, 19-25, 19-17.
O-W was led by Amber Carr with 10 service points and 10 assists. Khaji Colas had 9 service points and 5 assists. Morgan Hughes had 4 service points, 5 assists and 4 kills.
O-W is 4-3 and will play again on Tuesday at Lower Richland.
Orangeburg Prep 2
Laurence Manning 0
MANNING - OPS took a 2-0 win at Laurence Manning on Thursday, with set scores of 25-11 and 25-18.
OPS plays at home on Tuesday against Wilson Hall at 4 p.m.
Orangeburg Prep 14
Orangeburg Prep took a 14-6 win against Porter-Gaud on Thursday.
Blake Croft intercepted a pass and returned it for an OPS score in the first quarter. Forrest Sutcliffe added the two-point conversion to make it 8-0. Javon Jamison scored on a one-yard run in the second quarter, making the score 14-0.
Porter-Gaud scored with less than a minute in the half to make it 14-6 at halftime, prior to a scoreless second half.
OPS is now 1-2 and will host Wilson Hall next Thursday at 5 p.m.
Felton Laboratory tops
Felton Lab (5-0) took a win against Carver-Edisto on Thursday.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by McKenzie Morgan with 2 kills, Ayana Daniels with 1 ace and 1 kill, Stephany Brailey with 2 aces and 3 kills, Kaitlyn Starks with 1 kill, Darian Dawson with 2 kills, Trinity Winningham with 1 ace, and Journii Hilliard with 1 ace and 1 kill.
Holly Hill-Roberts 1
ELLOREE – The Lady Warriors of Elloree took a 2-1 home win against Holly Hill-Roberts Middle on Thursday, with set scores of 23-25, 25-17, and 25-15.
Elloree was led by Tylaysia Davis with 10 points, Johnasia Brantley with 9 points, Talayeh Robinson with 8 points.
Elloree is 1-1 overall.
Next game: Elloree at home on Monday against Orangeburg Prep at 6 p.m.