Today's Sports

  • Sumter Slashers take pair

    The Sumter Slashers Travel Team swept a pair of games from Team Inverness on Saturday, April 2 at Inverness High School. The scores were 11-8 and 5-0. The team is pictured here. They are (back row, left to right) Coach John Guarino, Mariah Guarino, Monica Arnold, Coach Phil Jessmer, Kylie Jessmer, Shelby Spruill, Coach Tom Nowicki, Mckayla Peninger; (front row, left to right) Kyra Eastburn, Kelsey Nowicki, Kaley Martin, Skye Davenport.

  • Grant lifts his way to Kissimmee

    Jeremy Grant is heading to Kissimmee.
    With a little luck, the South Sumter High boys weightlifter may have some company.
    Grant won the 139-pound class Saturday, April 2 at the Class 1A District 6 Boys Weightlifting State Qualifying Meet at Sunlake High School.
    Grant had a 210-pound bench press and a 185-clean and jerk for a 385-pound total. He tied with Colton Nichols of Anclote High School but Grant weighed less in the tiebreaker.
    For his prize, Grant may be kissing a medal in Kissimmee. The state Class A meet will be there April 16.

  • Lady Raiders continue winning

    The South Sumter High School varsity softball team inched closer to the district playoffs with an 11-9 conference-game win over the Wildwood Wildcats Monday, April 4.
    The Lady Raiders are relentless on offense and defense as evidenced by the team’s steady climb in conference and district rankings. The team has amassed a 13-3 record with just three games left in the conference season against Umatilla and Mt. Dora. The last game of the season will be a non-conference match-up against Lecanto.

  • Outta’ theWoods




    Back in November, my girlfriend, Katie Hughes, and I each applied for 2011 spring turkey quota hunt permits.  Katie has never bagged a turkey before, so I really want her to have an opportunity to get one. 

    I was hoping the “guest permit” would increase the odds of us being able to hunt together.  If I got drawn, we would obtain a guest permit in her name, and if she got drawn, she would take me as her guest. 

  • South Sumter Girls Go Travel...

    The South Sumter Girls Senior Go Travel team earned the second place spot in the annual Senior Softball Jamboree last weekend.
    There were four teams from Sumter last weekend, including Designs in Signs, Sumter County Farmer’s Market and Pike’s Electric.
    Each team played three games on Saturday in a “Pool Play” tournament — Go Travel was the only team to win all three games by defeating Inverness Wildcats 3-2, Inverness Synergy 2-1, and Crystal River X-factor 7-1.

  • South Sumter Lady Raiders in hunt

    The South Sumter High School girls softball program is in the District hunt after dismantling The Village Charter Buffalo team in The Villages, March 24.
    The Lady Raiders dispatched their cross-county rivals 13-7 coming off a huge week during which they also edged a Tennessee team, the Waverly High School Lady Tigers, 8-7. The Tigers spent their spring break playing several Florida teams.
    The Lady Raiders also got past Crystal River with a 4-3 win March 22.

  • Many Half Moon trails

    Dozens of visitors recently had an opportunity to explore the new and improved hiking, biking and horse trails at the 9,479-acre Half Moon Wildlife Management Area during a trail opening hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Saturday, March 19.
    Residents brought their bikes, horses and hiking boots to Half Moon for a walk on the wild side of Florida’s heartland.

  • Merritt, Breen lead as South...

    The South Sumter High softball team erupted for 10 runs in the fifth inning downing Wildwood High 19-4 Thursday, March 3, in a battle of local rivals at the Wildwood High field.
    South Sumter is now 4-2 overall and Wildwood has a 0-6 mark.
    The Raiders had eight hits but took advantage of five Wildwood errors.
    Michelle Breen tripled for the Raiders. Tori Thompson scored four runs and drove in an RBI. Cassie Arnold walked four times and scored four runs.

  • Henderson signs with Thomas...

    South Sumter High School (SSHS) softball stand out Shelayne “Shey” Henderson signed with The Thomas University Night Hawks Tuesday with her mother Sharon Henderson and Thomas Head Coach Bill Wilson looking on. Thomas University is in Thomasville Georgia.
    Henderson, five-feet six inches, wore jersey #13 for the Raiders girls varsity softball team and the pitcher will get a chance to prove herself as a hurler for the Night Hawks.

  • Kennerson: All-around hoop ace

    Latasha Kennerson doesn’t look like the sort of basketball player who would hold the all-time scoring record for anyone.
    She rarely attempts a three-pointer. She makes most of her points on lay-ups and high percentage shots. She said she works hard for her points.
    The 5-foot-6 South Sumter High senior guard also pulls down lots of rebounds and makes plenty of steals for the South Sumter High girls basketball team.
    She happened to lead the Raiders to a 27-2 record. They lost to Port Orange Atlantic 58-50 in the Class 3A Regional Final.