Category: South Carolina

S.C. community reeling after prep football player killed in car crash

A South Carolina community is mourning the death of a high school football player who was killed in a car crash.
Joshua Daniel Burgess, a 17-year-old senior at Wade Hampton High School (Greenville, S.C.), was pronounced dead on scene of the Wednesday crash in front of a Target shopping plaza, reported Greenville County Coroner B. Parks Evans, Jr., to The State and other outlets.
Additionally, three others have been hospitalized with serious injuries after the three-vehicle collision involving a stolen car, the Greer (S.C.) Police Department told The State and other outlets.
Burgess played wide receiver and cornerback for Wade Hampton.
According to a Facebook post from the Taylors Youth Association, Burgess was also a youth football coach.

“Josh was a great guy and will never be forgotten. He was a great coach and mentor to our players,” read a Facebook post on the association’s page. According to the post, there will be a candlelight vigil in Burgess’ memory Thursday night at the high school.
According to police, Burgess was driving a 2016 Toyota Corolla when the crash occurred just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
As The State describes, Burgess had two passengers in the car, which was stopped at a red light when it was struck from behind by a 2016 Honda Accord. Police reported that the Accord was stolen earlier that day.
Police told The State and other that witnesses claimed the Accord was speeding when it crashed into the Corolla.
The impact caused Burgess’ car to roll on its side after being hit from behind, and the Accord went into the median, “where it struck a 1998 Honda that was attempting to make a left turn,” according to what police said.
Both of Burgess’ passengers were taken to an area hospital, along with the driver of the stolen Accord, according to what police told outlets. Both Burgess’ sister and cousin were in the car with him as they were returning from church, according to WYFF.
According to a GoFundMe set up for the Burgess family, Joshua’s sister Lily needs “extensive orthopaedic surgery.” In one day, the campaign has raised over $18,000.
Per The State, there has been no update on the conditions of Burgess’ cousin or the driver of the Accord.
No charges have been filed, but the collision remains under investigation.

Playoff games in Texas, S.C. moved to Friday to avoid winter weather

The weather outside is frightful, but the football is so delightful. So long as they can play more, let it pour let it pour let it pour.
Just don’t let it snow.
Apparently that’s the message for state playoff games scheduled for Saturday in the Texas panhandle and South Carolina, where expected winter weather forced up the intended schedule so that games could be played on Friday as well to accommodate the full playoff slate.
As reported by Amarillo CBS affiliate KFDA, the games in Texas are all regional finals (i.e., state quarterfinals) with the exception of one state semifinal between Jayton (Texas) High School and Follett (Texas) High School.
The matchups in South Carolina are state championships to be held at Brice Williams Stadium, home of the University of South Carolina football program. Two state title games in the state’s smallest classifications were already scheduled for Friday at Benedict College and will be played as planned.
“The safety of our student-athletes, as well as the strong fan base they have garnered this season is our primary focus,” South Carolina High School League commissioner Jerome Singleton told the Charleston Post and Courier. “We realize this is an inconvenience for some but we hope everyone can understand the priority for this weekend must be providing the safest environment possible. Knowing the high school sports fans of South Carolina, Friday is sure to be the biggest day of football for the entire state.”
Of course, all this preventative planning requires the weather to actually cooperate, of which there’s no guarantee. The weather in Lubbock looks particularly harrowing, with temperatures scheduled to be in the lower 30s with rain or wintry mix, combining for a real-feel temperature in the 20s for much of the day.
The weather in South Carolina appears more moderate, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s throughout the day and the chance of precipitation peaking at just 15 percent.
Given the arrangements already made to avoid even worse expected weather on Saturday, all games will almost certainly go ahead on Friday.