2015 Year in Review: Sports

The Darlington Junior League Baseball Team with their championship banner. Photo by Jana E. Pye

The Darlington Junior League Baseball Team with their championship banner.
Photo by Jana E. Pye

Hear her roar: Stacy Burr wins National USPA Championship
Don’t ever underestimate the power of a dream, or the strength of a determined young woman from Darlington, South Carolina. Stacy Burr is proof of both.
Burr began powerlifting in October of 2014, and a mere nine months later attended her first national competition and won the Juniors 20-23 age, 132 lb National USPA Championship and placed 2nd Overall in Women’s Open on July 10, 2015 at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino USPA National Powerlifting Championships.
She lifted a total of 832.4 lbs at a 131 lbs body weight in the 60 kg weight class, 20-23 age division. She was a RAW division lifter- no knee wraps or extra support/equipment.

Darlington named Junior Little League State Champs
The Darlington Junior Little League Baseball Team for yet another Little League Junior South Carolina District 5 State Championship and the State Championship at the Junior Level. Most of this year’s team players won at State’s last year in the Intermediate Division.
The team, coaches and their families returned to Darlington with a parade around the Public Square on Wednesday, July 22nd with their banner, ready to represent South Carolina at the next level.

Southern 500 and Car Hauler’s Parade, Return of the Southern 500 Parade
Carl Edwards came from two laps down to win the Bojangles’ Southern 500, his 25th career victory. Did he do his famous back flip after a 500 mile, 4 1/2 hour race? You better believe it! The Track Too Tough To Tame tradition returned to Labor Day weekend for the first time since 2003, delighting fans with throwback paint schemes on the cars from the 1970’s. The Southern 500 Parade returned to the area delighting locals and fans alike, and the annual Car Haulers Parade and Race Fest brought the racing tradition home to Darlington like never before.

Lamar High School named S.C. IA Champs
It had been over ten years since the Lamar Silver Foxes had been able to call themselves state champions of the 1A division.
The last time to be exact was back on December 4, 2004 when a J.R. Boyd led Lamar team defeated Calhoun Falls 26-0 at Williams-Brice Stadium, wrapping up its third straight 1A state championship.
Fast forward 11 years later and Lamar is once again back on top of the totem pole, defeating C.E. Murray 28-0 for the class 1A, division II state championship.
“We’re blessed,” Lamar head coach Corey Fountain said on winning the state championship.

Author: Duane Childers

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