Bryce Patterson is the son of Brantley and Angie Patterson of Florence. Asher Wallace is the son of Larry and Pam Wallace of Hartsville.
After a recent USSSA youth baseball tournament at Freedom Florence, a very unique act of sportsmanship took place. After his team, the Carolina Bruins, clinched the tournament championship and celebrated with a ring ceremony, Bryce Patterson ran over to one of his opponents. Were they friends? Relatives? Former teammates? Actually, they were none of the above. The two had actually never spoken before. Patterson removed his championship ring and handed it to his opponent. In any circumstance, this would be an unexpected act. In any circumstance, this would be seen as a great display of sportsmanship. In this case, there was more at play than baseball.
A trio of Patriots registered double-figure kills as Francis Marion University swept its annual Dig Pink Match with Barton College by scores of 25-21, 25-20, and 27-25, Tuesday night (Oct. 14) in non-conference women’s volleyball action. The FMU volleyball program, along with Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, held the annual event to bring awareness to and raise funds for breast cancer through the Side Out Foundation. The match drew a season-high crowd of 512. Francis Marion will play a pair of Peach Belt Conference road matches this weekend: at Lander University on Friday night and at Flagler College on Sunday afternoon. Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Side-Out Foundation and the Francis Marion University volleyball program will combine forces to host the annual Dig Pink Volleyball Match, Tuesday (Oct. 14) at 7 p.m. against Barton College. Admission is free. The match will be streamed live online, and shown locally on Time Warner Cable channel 11, courtesy of the Patriot Sports Network. Francis Marion owns a 5-12 record, while Barton stands at 7-10. The Patriots lead the all-time series against the Bulldogs 12-1. In the fall of 2014, hundreds of teams from around the country will participate in the "Dig Pink" National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally.
Another year has brought more honors to the Florence tennis community. USTA South Carolina has named the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center its 2014 Member Facility of the Year. And, Ed Sprenger, a longtime Florence tennis advocate, will receive the Community Service Award. The facility award goes to facility leaders who have supported USTA South Carolina through USTA programs, tournaments, leagues and volunteer work. The service award goes to a person who has devoted significant time to promoting a tennis program that benefits the community and USTA South Carolina. Sprenger said he is very humbled to receive the award. Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The McLeod for Health Florence Open has added another exceptional player to its already strong field. Tournament organizers learned Sunday that last year’s singles winner Anna Tatashvili, currently ranked 97 in the world, will enter the Open as a wild card. As a pro, Tatashvili has won 10 other singles titles and 7 doubles titles. Her best Grand Slam showing came in 2012 when she reached the fourth round of the US Open before being defeated by top seed Victoria Azarenka. The 24 year old Tatashvili, who has been ranked as high as No. 50 in the world in singles, won last year’s Florence Open title by defeating Madison Brengle in a tough three setter. Tatashvili, a native of Tbilsi, Georgia, came to the US at the age of seven and has trained at the Chris Evert Academy in Boca Raton since she was thirteen. Wednesday, October 15, 2014
CHARLOTTE, NC – Francis Marion University junior Meagan Wright and freshman Devin Nelson paced the Francis Marion University women’s and men’s squads at the Royals Cross Country Challenge hosted by Queens University of Charlotte on Saturday morning (Oct. 11). Wright placed 14th with a time of 19:02.4 over the 5,000-meter course to help lead the Patriot women to a 16th-place finish in the team standings.
Francis Marion University rallied from an early three-goal deficit against the nation’s seventh-ranked team to tie the match at halftime, but a hat-trick by Young Harris College senior Khurram Shazad proved too much to overcome as the Patriots fell to the Mountain Lions 6-3, Saturday evening (Oct. 11) in Peach Belt Conference men’s soccer action. Monday, October 13, 2014
Despite another double-double by junior Alexzandra Reed, Francis Marion University (5-12, 3-6) came up short against the University of Montevallo (14-7, 6-3) on Saturday (Oct. 11) as the Falcons came away with a 3-1 victory (25-22, 18-25, 25-15, 25-15). FMU will be back in action on Tuesday (Oct. 14) at 7 p.m. against Barton College as the Patriots will host their annual Dig Pink match to bring awareness to breast cancer. FMU's Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will be present along with a donation booth for the Side Out Foundation as well as several contests and prizes. Monday, October 13, 2014
Senior midfielder Chanel Harris went to differing lengths to score a pair of second-half goals that helped lead Francis Marion University to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Charleston Southern University, Saturday night (Oct. 11) in non-conference women’s soccer action. The Patriots win their second match in a row, while Charleston Southern drops to 5-8-1. FMU will travel to Spartanburg to play USC Upstate on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. The final home match of the year, Senior Day, will be Oct. 26 against Delaware State University at 1 p.m.
Columbus State University placed three players in double figures for kills as the Cougars defeated Francis Marion University in four sets (25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-20), Friday night (Oct. 10) in Peach Belt Conference volleyball action.
Francis Marion (5-11, 3-5) will have a quick turn-around as the Patriots return to the Smith University Center court on Saturday to host the University of Montevallo. First serve is set for 2 p.m. Admission is free. Monday, October 13, 2014
AKRON, OH – Led by junior Tobias Pettersen’s one-over-par 73, Francis Marion University shot a season-low 296 team score during Tuesday’s (Oct. 7) final round of the Firestone Invitational Golf Tournament hosted by the University of Akron. The Patriots finished the 54-hole event tied for 14th in the team standings. The tournament was played at the 7,125-yard, par-72 Firestone Country Club north course. FMU finished with a 54-hole score of 905 and tied Presbyterian College. USC Aiken rallied from a five-stroke deficit over the final 18 holes to claim the team championship. The Pacers (876) edged Xavier University by one stroke and Eastern Michigan University by two strokes.
AKRON, OH – Paced by senior Lukas Crisp and junior Tobias Pettersen, Francis Marion University stands 15th after Monday's (Oct. 6) opening two rounds of the Firestone Invitational Golf Tournament hosted by the University of Akron. The 54-hole event is being played at the 7,125-yard, par-72 Firestone Country Club north course. The final round will be played on Tuesday.
The Francis Marion University women's soccer team will host its annual Sea of Red Match on Tuesday (Oct. 7) when the Patriots entertain South Carolina State University. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Hartzler Field. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students (FMU students are admitted free with ID). The games will be streamed live online at http://www.ustream.tv/fmupatriots and shown locally on Time Warner Cable channel 11, courtesy of the Patriot Sports Network.
The Florence County Gamecock Club will host their annual Gamecock “Fall Rally” on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the First Presbyterian Church Conference Center, 700 Park Avenue in Florence. Join Athletic Director Ray Tanner and Head Baseball Coach Chad Holbrook, Gamecock Club directors, Spurs & Feathers representatives, along with other special guests at the event. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with Roger’s BBQ House supplying the meal. The program will begin at 7 p.m. The cost is $15 pre-paid or $20 at the door, check or cash. Tickets can be purchased starting on Oct. 8 from Roger’s BBQ House and Jernigan Law Firm on Second Loop Road; Crawford Law Firm on Coit Street; both Micky Finn’s on Cashua Drive and Pamplico Hwy.; or from a Florence County Gamecock Club Board of Directors member. For more information, contact Club President Scat Scaturro at 843-621-8008.
FARMVILLE, VA – Junior defender Kylie Allen scored her first career goal off a second-half corner kick, but Francis Marion University was unable to overcome three first-half scores as the Patriots fell to Longwood University 6-1, Tuesday evening (Sept. 30) in women’s soccer action. Francis Marion will play host to Winthrop University on Saturday (Oct. 4) at 5 p.m. on Hartzler Field. Longwood scored a trio of goals in the opening half – in the ninth, 28th, and 37th minutes – to lead 3-0 at intermission. Thursday, October 2, 2014
After a 2-0 home victory over Mount Olive and a 1-1 tie at Montevallo, the Francis Marion University men's soccer team (5-1-1) has broken into the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II poll at the No. 22 position, according to the rankings released on Tuesday (Sept. 30). The national ranking is the first for the Patriot program since FMU was ranked 21st in the Nov. 11, 2008 poll. That 2008 FMU squad captured both the Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles and finished with a 14-5-3 overall record.
A sleek new design and several updated features have been added to FMUPatriots.com, the official website site of Francis Marion University athletics, as officials announced the re-launch of the site on Tuesday (Sept. 30). The additions to the website include quick links to social media accounts for each individual sport, a spotlight zone for FMU’s student-athlete of the week, an updated navigation bar that makes the site much more accessible and maneuverable, and an overall cleaner, easier view of all content. Thursday, October 2, 2014
GREENVILLE – Micah Gold has been named to the Bob Jones University Bruins intercollegiate golf team. Gold, a resident of Florence, is a sophomore majoring in Sports Management at BJU. The Bruins men’s golf team is now in their second year of intercollegiate competition. Bob Jones University participates as a Division I university in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). BJU competes in soccer, basketball, cross country and golf. Located in Greenville, Bob Jones University is a Christian liberal arts university focused on educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ. BJU offers a unique blend of rigorous academic programs, discipleship, and character and leadership development. Wednesday, October 1, 2014
DARLINGTON – The Darlington Area Recreation Department is starting a Men and Women Basketball League. Anyone interested in forming an adult basketball team should contact Don Blakney at 843-393-9005 or 843-398-4030. Email: email@example.com.
MANAKIN-SABOT, VA – Francis Marion University junior Tobias Petersen is tied for 19th place after firing rounds of 76 and even-par 72 on Monday (Sept. 22), while the Patriots stand 10th in the team standings at the Janney VCU Shootout.
Mixed Emotions, representing the Pee Dee Tennis League, remained unbeaten in the Adult Mixed Doubles USTA SC State League Championships to win the mixed 10.0 State Championship title. The tournament was held in Florence Sept. 12-15. Mixed Emotions with captain Laszlo Leiter won all four matches in their division, playing at the Country Club of South Carolina. Three other teams in the Pee Dee Tennis League also brought home state titles in their division. Melinda Hodges’ team won the mixed 2.5 level state championship and Richard Storr’s team won the level 7.0 state title. Tuesday, September 23, 2014
SALISBURY, NC – Junior midfielder Sven Ricke scored one goal and assisted on another to help lift Francis Marion University to a 2-0 blanking of Catawba College, Saturday night (Sept. 6) in the final match of the Indian’s 2014 Men’s Soccer Tournament. Francis Marion (2-0-0) opens its season with back-to-back wins for the first time in six years. The Patriots will play at Queens University of Charlotte on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. FMU’s home opener will be Sept. 13 against Flagler College at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2014
DIRECTOR’S CUP – The University of South Carolina Gamecock Club announced that the Florence County Gamecock Club was awarded the 2014 Director's Cup for the Black Division of 500 members or more. Board members pictured, from left, are Rod Jernigan, Keith Buckhouse, Scat Scaturro, Wade Crawford, Mark Buxton, Rocky Rietkovich. Absent: Trey Ridgeway, Rob Goff and Rick Havekost.
Nearly 1,500 tennis players will come to Florence next weekend for the USTA South Carolina Mixed Doubles State League Championships. The players will enjoy co-ed doubles tennis and get to experience the City of Florence’s many restaurants and hotels. “We’re just looking forward to having all the people in Florence, showing them what Florence has to offer,” said Ed Sprenger, local league coordinator of the Florence Tennis Association. “(The mixed championship) just fits really, really well for our community.” This is the third consecutive year a USTA mixed state league championship has been in Florence. Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Florence Family YMCA 6th Annual Golf Classic will be held on Friday, Sept. 12 at Crossings Golf Club. It will be a four man captain’s choice tournament with a noon tee time. The cost is $200 per team and includes lunch. Lunch will be available at 11 a.m. 50/50 Putting Contest – $5 at the turn. A mulligan package is available for $80 per team that includes: 8 mulligans, four red tees and four strings. All proceeds benefit the annual campaign that keeps the YMCA available for kids and families that need us most.
The Florence Soccer Association’s U17 girls team, the Strikers, were the champions of the 19th Annual Aiken Cup held Aug. 23-24 on the polo fields in Aiken. The Strikers went undefeated during the weekend event and allowed only one goal in four matches. They are the first FSA girls team to win the Aiken Cup. FSA also had four other teams that were finalists: U9 boys (FSA Fear), U12 boys (FSA Inferno), U15 girls (FSA Heat) and U18 boys (FSA Fusion).