The Carolina Spartans semi-pro football team ended the season in the second round of the playoffs with a 31-7 loss to the visiting North Carolina Kings Mountain Force on June 4 at Charleston County School District 4 Stadium.
The Force (9-1) scored 31 unanswered points to knock the Spartans out of the American Football Alliance playoffs.
The Spartans end the season with an 8-2 record as the Force advance to the AFA Semi-Finals to take on the Virginia Storm in Axton, Va. on June 11. The league championship game will take place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The Spartans scored their lone touchdown on a 19-yard pass from quarterback Tremez Brown to receiver Torrest Richardson with 6:10 left in the first quarter. The Spartans turned the ball over three times in the second half and came back empty twice in the fourth and short.
They were coming off a 42-0 first-round win over the Lexington (NC) Jaguars on May 21.
Running back Darius Capers scored twice for the Spartans in the win while defensive back Tylan Williams returned an interception and a punt for the touchdowns.
Softball stars announced
Five senior female softball players from the Berkeley County School District have been named All-Stars by the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports.
Berkeley’s Gracie Decuir (OF/P) and Riley Daniel (IF), Stratford’s Madison Goossens (C) and Hanahan’s Kaylee Lecompte (P) and Anderson Thrower (OF) will represent a Southern All-Star Team in the SCCAWS North Series -South June 14-15 at USC Aiken.
Daniel, Decuir and Goossens are part of the AAAAA-AA-A South class team, while Lecompte and Thrower are part of the AAAA-AAA South class team.
CSU 3rd in Sasser Cup standings
Charleston Southern placed third in the annual Sasser Cup standings, its best result in more than 20 years. The Buccaneers averaged 8.64 points for their highest ranking among their Big South Conference peers since 1999-2000.
Sasser Cup standings are determined by an overall average of points received in each sport divided by the number of conference championship sports sponsored by the institution. Teams selected for overall spots in the NCAA receive a bonus point added to their average in that sport.
Leading Charleston Southern were teams that won conference titles and reached the NCAAs: men’s cross country, women’s tennis and men’s golf.
The two men’s championships propelled CSU to third place in the men’s standings, its best since the league began featuring gender-segregated awards in 2003-04.
An average 0.01 point difference prevented Charleston Southern from making the top three in the women’s standings. Tennis had the most points with 13. Fourth place and an 8.06 average for the women is the best for the Bucs since their fourth place finish in 2018-19.