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Buford golf places sixth at state tournament


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lancaster – Buford’s spring sports teams were highly competitive across the board in 2018 and all of the programs experienced some level of playoff participation.

The boys golf team had another solid campaign, winning the region 4-AA title for the second straight year while finishing with an 11-1-1 record. The Yellow Jackets qualified for the Class AA state golf tournament. The event was scheduled for two days and 36 holes but inclement weather moved in after day one and ended the tournament after 18 holes.

Buford finished in sixth-place for the tournament. The Jackets were led by Caleb Henson, who earned all-state honors with a fourth-place finish, carding a 73 in his 18 holes of play.

Anthony Sutton shot 79 and Chandler King shot 89. Rounding out the scoring was Michael McCowan at 100.

In their postseason team honors, Henson and Sutton were named Co-Most Valuable Players for the season while Jacob Threatt was named Most Improved Player.

Two girls and two boys qualified for the Class AA state track and field meet on May 13-14 at Spring Valley High School.

Senior Christine Snuffer qualified for the finals in the 3200 meter run, finishing fourth in the championship race.

Sophomore Autumn Rollings was a finals qualifier in the high jump, finishing fifth overall.

On the boys side, senior Peyton Norcia finished fifth in the 800 meter finals while senior Jarrod Carnes finished seventh in the 400-meter run finals.

The softball team had the deepest run in the Class AA Upper State playoffs. The Lady Jackets went 3-0 in district play and captured the championship. They moved into the Upper State final four bracket with Andrew Jackson, Cheraw and Landrum.

Buford lost to Landrum and faced elimination twice. They held off one attempt with a win over Cheraw then beat Andrew Jackson on May 9th to advance to the championship game. Buford played Landrum on May 10th in the upper state championship game, needing two wins on the same night to advance but dropped an 11-0 decision to end its season.

Kristin Wemes was selected as a Class AA all-state performer this season. Wemes was one of the team’s leading hitters and run producers.

Buford will have two new basketball coaches for the 2018-19 season. The school recently announced the hiring of Jamaal Brown as the new boys basketball coach, while Susan Scott will take over the varsity girls program.

Brown comes from Pelion High where he was the girls varsity coach this past season. Scott is a former middle school coach in the system.


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