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Laurence Manning Boys’ Basketball Having Winning Season Once Again 

From Staff Report

Manning—The Laurence Manning Academy Swamp cat’s varsity basketball team is now 15-6 following a hard-fought 46-42 loss at Wilson Hall on January 24th playing with a short roster.

As always veteran head coach tells the HSSR, “Our team goal is to win the region championship,” said Will Epps a former HSSSR all-state basketball player back in the day.

For reason unknown at press time the Swamp cats played Wilson hall minus star point guard Umar Lawson who is averaging 19 points, five rebounds, three assists, steals and five assists a game. Also shooting guard Chase Lee missed the game and he is averaging 10 points, six rebounds, one steal and three assists a game.

Other top stats leaders for LMA include small forward Brandon King who is averaging 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists a game. Guard Deron Medley is contributing 10 points, four rebounds, one steal and two assists a game.

Other hard-working members of the LMA team include quick senior guard Wyatt Rowland who is a defensive spark plug. Junior Gabe Harris. Sophomore Jaden Sanders, sophomore Bryce Acord, sophomore Denzell Sigler, sophomore Aaron Medley, senior Trey Sharpe, and junior A. J. Nelson round out the hard-working players on the 2019-20 LMA varsity boys’ team.

The team has a busy schedule with a lot of games on the docket between January 27 and the conclusion of the regular season on February 13th. The team is at Hammond on the 27th, then host highly regarded Cardinal Newman on the 29th. They host Florence Christian on the 31st to close out the month. Then on Feb. 4 they travel to Orangeburg Prep and then return to host SCISA Class A power Clarendon Hall on the 7th  LMA is at Trinity-Byrnes a then rival Wilson Hall pays a return trip to LMA on the 11th. The regular season concludes with an away game at Conway Christian on the 13rh.

The girls’ basketball team is coached by Gary Bennett. The Lady Swamp cats defeated Orangeburg Prep 41-35 on January 17.      


Laurence Manning Bowling Team Seeking 6th Straight Boy’s Championship Feb. 3rd In Sumter

By Billy Baker


Manning—One would be hard-pressed to find a more motivated and engaged head bowling coach that Jay Atkins truly is as he works with 28 students in the outstanding and championship program, he instructs at Laurence Manning Academy.

The annual team SCISA Bowling championships will take place at the Gamecock Bowling Lanes in Sumter starting at 5 p.m. on February 3rd. Just a week later the individual championships will take place at the same time in the same location.

In the 10 years Coach Atkins has headed up the program the Swamp cats have won five state titles in a row with two state runners-up.

Among the favored teams at the upcoming teams’ championships are Laurence Manning, Heathwood Hall, Spartanburg Christian, and Cardinal Newman. Last year LMA won the SCISA state tile over Cardinal Newman by one pin.

Coach Atkins puts together three teams of five members each to participate in the SCISA championships. He has a five member boys’ team, a five member girls’ team and then a co-ed team as well.

The five male bowlers expected to represent LMA at the championships are sophomore Kaleb Caulder, junior Harley Sandifer, senior Brandon Rogers who are all back from last year. The two newcomers are seventh grader Nathan Stewart and senior Aaron Carlton. The two outstanding bowlers who gradudated were Seth Stamps and James Sandifer.

The girl’s team (last names were not provided) include Isabella, Grace Ann, Savannah, Maddison, and Alyssa.

“We have now beat Cardinal Newman with the boy’s team three years in a row and they were quite shaken to lose the state title by on pin but of course we were excited winning for the 5th time in a row,” said Coach Atkins. “Sometimes it comes down to which team gets the luck of the pin falls. There is some luck involved in the game of bowling just like in most sports.

“I like to take players to the finals who spare a lot,” said Coach Atkins. “It would be nice to get all strikes, but you need to be good at making spares because that is what happens a lot of the time when you bowl. This is a hard-working group of bowlers and we are looking forward to the championships.

Coach Atkin sis assisted by Kim Alsbrook.



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