Friday, March 2, 2012
A valiant Wildcats squad falls a fourth time to the Indians in the state Class AAAA basketball championship.
In a raucous, nail-biting thriller, Gaffney beat Lexington High Friday night in overtime 58-55 to claim the Class AAAA state boys basketball championship. With seconds ticking away in regulation, it appeared that the Wildcats, up by 2, would put an end to years of futility against the Indians. But a pair of free throws knotted the score, and Lexington could't convert at the other end, sending the game into overtime. Both teams traded leads throughout the extra period, but with three seconds left, Lexington missed a three-point try, giving Gaffney the championship. The pain of the loss was etched on the faces of the Wildcat players after the game. Making matters worse was losing to Gaffney, which beat Lexington for the fourth time in a …
Tonight, Wildcats Take Shot at Glory
Monday, February 27, 2012
Lexington High will square off Friday night for the 4A state basketball championship against Gaffney.
Lexington High boys' basketball coach Bailey Harris and star Shaq Roland said Monday in a press conference they looked forward to Friday night's matchup against Gaffney for the state Class AAAA championship. Roland, a senior, said he vividly remembered the "tough loss" to Gaffney two years ago in the state title game. "It should be motivation for the game Friday," he said. Coach Harris said no lead will likely be safe against the Indians, but said he believed the key to winning was not only to play "hard and smart," but "get off to a good start." The game, which will be played at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, tips off at 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Lexington High faces region foe Aiken Friday night for shot at state championship.
Will the third time be the charm? The Lexington High Wildcats boys basketball team defeated county rival White Knoll earlier this week 56-43 to advance to the Class 4A Lower State finals against region foe Aiken. It's the third straight year that Lexington has made it this far. Should Lexington win this weekend, they will face the winner of the Dorman-Gaffney game in the state championship next weekend. In the past 2 games against Aiken, Lexington won by 26 points both times. 71-45 on Feb. 3, and 63-37 on Jan. 13. The Lower State final will start at 7 p.m. at the Florence Civic Center. Tickets are $10.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Wildcats Advance to Lower State Finals
- On The State
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Shaq Roland, the state's top HS football player, and three of his Lexington High teammates signed national Letters of Intent on Wednesday to play college ball.
Surrounded by friends, family and coaches, four of Lexington High's top football players signed letters of intent on Wednesday to play college ball. At the head of the class was wide receiver Shaq Roland, who signed with the USC Gamecocks. Roland led the Wildcats to an undefeated regular season with 79 catches for 1,546 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also ran for 305 yards and 10 TDs. For his efforts, Roland was named South Carolina's "Mr. Football" for 2011. Roland is the third Mr. Football in as many years to pick the Gamecocks, joining running back Marcus Lattimore and defensive end Jadaveon Clowney. Roland said the Gamecocks' recent success on the field and in recruiting was a key factor in his decision. "I just want to b a part of that…
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Stand-out receiver and USC commitment Shaq Roland of LHS honored as state's top high school player
Racking up 29 touchdowns and amassing more than 2,000 yards receiving, rushing, and returning kicks this season, Lexington High School's all-star wide receiver Shaq Roland has captured the coveted title of South Carolina's "Mr. Football." The award was presented Friday night at Myrtle Beach High School in conjunction with the SCADA North-South All Star Game weekend. Roland, a linchpin for Lexington's explosive offense this season, is the fourth straight USC Gamecock recruit to win the award. South Pointe’s Stephon Gilmore won in 2008. Byrnes' Marcus Lattimore won the award in 2009, and South Pointe’s Jadeveon Clowney took the honor last year. Roland helped lead the Wildcats to an historic undefeated regular season this year, and shined …
Friday, November 11, 2011
In perhaps the biggest upset in South Carolina, the Blythewood Bengals dramatically end the undefeated Wildcats' dream season
Updated post: The Lexington Wildcats' historic, dream season is over. Despite a stellar night by star receiver and USC recruit Shaq Roland, who scored three TDs, the Wildcats were beaten by the Blythewood Bengals 32-28 in the first round of the state AAAA Division 1 football playoffs Friday night at Wildcat Stadium. The loss undoubtedly will go down as the state's biggest upset of the night. Ranked second in the state, and 79th nationally, the third-seed Wildcats saw their season-long dreams of a state championship fade late in the game against a 14-seed Bengals squad they soundly thumped 52-17 earlier in the regular season. Blythewood got on the board first in the game and a lethargic Wildcats squad found itself struggling the rest of …
Saturday, November 5, 2011
The Wildcats will host 14-seed Blythewood next week.
The Lexington Wildcats football team, which wrapped up an historic 11-0 regular season on Friday night over White Knoll, earned the third seed in the AAAA Division 1 playoffs, according to unofficial pairings from GoUpstate, the Web site of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. The Wildcats will open the playoffs at home next Friday against the Blythewood Bengals, whom Lexington beat in the second game of the season, 52-17. Here are the complete brackets:
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wildcats finish perfect regular season against cross-town rival
On a nippy and breezy Friday night, the Lexington High Wildcats cruised past cross-town arch rival White Knoll High School 42-12 to finish a perfect 11-0 regular season. Minus their star running back, Kevin Miller, who is nursing an injury in advance of next week's state playoffs, the Wildcats struggled with the Timberwolves' archaic yet tricky Wing-T offense in the first half -- going into halftime up only 22-12. But the Wildcats offense came to life in the second half behind sophomore standout QB Will Hunter, and wide receiver Shaq Roland, and the defense shut down the Timber Wolves the rest of the way for the easy win. According to the unofficial stats, Hunter passed for 355 yards, and Roland -- a potential S.C. Mr. Football and a four-…