The state tennis playoffs begin today and four teams from Region 3-AAAA take the court.
Region champ Fort Mill hosts Boiling Springs. Second-place Clover hosts Mauldin. Rock Hill (third) travels to Dorman. Fourth-place Northwestern is at Spartanburg.
The format is single elimination, with other rounds set for May 6 and May 8 and the state championship at 1:30 p.m. on May 10 at the Richland County Tennis Center.
Fort Mill and coach Willie Ware won five straight state championships from 1995-99, when the Yellow Jackets were in Class AAA.
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• ALL-STARS: York's Zac Fuesser and Fort Mill's Garrett Koster were among 16 select baseball players chosen to represent South Carolina in its all-star game against North Carolina.
The event includes the North-South All-Star Games and will be played on June 13-14 at Myrtle Beach's BB&T Coastal Field.
It's a spot well-deserved by the Trojans (17-2), who lost 2-1 to No. 1 Spring Valley (20-0) on penalty kicks.
South Pointe's boys (13-4) remained in the state poll at No. 13.
Two locals again made the Class AAAA girls poll. Fort Mill is No. 4, Clover No. 12.
Indian Land's boys (9-3-1) moved back into the Class A poll after dropping out last week, jumping to No. 4.
• SO LONG: Former Northwestern boys soccer coach Robbie Lineberger was honored at halftime last week during the Trojans' game against Clover.
Lineberger, who is retiring from teaching after 31 years, took over as varsity coach from 1986-97. He led Northwestern to seven region championships and was named region coach of the year seven times. Lineberger is the school's winningest soccer coach, with a 141-63-11 record.
Former assistant coach Bryan Coburn and former players Christian Adams, Charlie Moore, Bryan Ostrower, Chet Tucker, Chuck Wallace and Luke Weaver were on hand to present Lineberger a plaque of appreciation.
• SOFTBALL POLL: This week's South Carolina Softball Coaches Association's Class A poll still has Indian Land ranked No. 3.
Chester slipped a notch, dropping to No. 10 in Class AAA.
Mario McCullough was named MVP of the varsity boys team, Aaron Hemphill won it for the JV team and Trey McCullough for the ninth-grade team.
• NO SPIT: The South Carolina Tobacco Quitline announced that South Pointe's Brad Zebedis is the South Carolina "No Spit" All-Star of the Week as a high school baseball player in the state who had pledged not to use tobacco.
Zebedis hit .500 (35-for-70) this season with a .800 slugging percentage, a .586 on-base percentage, nine doubles, four home runs, 20 RBIs and 28 runs scored. As a weekly winner, Zebedis is eligible to win the South Carolina "No Spit" All-Star of the Year Award.
Great Falls' Gaither Bumgardner was the winner two weeks ago.
Coaches, parents and fans can nominate any player from South Carolina. For more information or to download a "No Spit" pledge for South Carolina, visit TheSportsFlash.com.