Derik Vanderford

Position: Sports writer
E-Mail Address: dvanderford@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 864-427-1234


About Derik Vanderford

Derik Vanderford is a staff writer who covers USC Union, Union County School Board, general news and features about local clubs, churches and other organizations. He can be reached at 864-427-1234 or by email at dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

Latest Stories by Derik Vanderford

UNION COUNTY — The 2014 Union County Agricultural Fair concluded Saturday night, but not before there were more agricultural and related competitions. Here are those competitions and the persons who won them.
Union County Fair Rabbit Show Winners
James Howard — Junior Buck Double First, Grand Champion
David Garner — Junior Buck

More results from the Agricultural Fair

UNION COUNTY — The 2014 Union County Agricultural Fair concluded Saturday night, but not before there were more agricultural and related competitions. Here are those competitions and the persons who won them. Union County Fair Rabbit Show Winners James Howard — Junior Buck Double First, Grand Champion David Garner — Junior Buck

UNION — The Sims Middle School volleyball team lost to Granard Middle School 2-0 at the Peachtree Conference Tournament on Saturday.
“We played well in the first game leading them, but could not come back after they went ahead,” said Coach Tracy Duncan. “In the second game, we could not receive serve well. I had four player

Sims falls to Granard in volleyball

UNION — The Sims Middle School volleyball team lost to Granard Middle School 2-0 at the Peachtree Conference Tournament on Saturday. “We played well in the first game leading them, but could not come back after they went ahead,” said Coach Tracy Duncan. “In the second game, we could not receive serve well. I had four player

CLINTON — The Union County Yellow Jackets suffered another loss in the final seconds of the game, giving Clinton Red Devils their first win of the season.
With 17 seconds to go in the game, Clinton scored a touchdown and two-point conversion, defeating Union County in a final score of 22-19.
Aside from the final seconds, the Yellow Jackets

Jackets fall to Red Devils

CLINTON — The Union County Yellow Jackets suffered another loss in the final seconds of the game, giving Clinton Red Devils their first win of the season. With 17 seconds to go in the game, Clinton scored a touchdown and two-point conversion, defeating Union County in a final score of 22-19. Aside from the final seconds, the Yellow Jackets

Sims 8th grade loses to DR Hill

UNION — The Sims Middle School 8th grade football team fell to DR Hill 28-6 on Thursday. The Tigers were down 8-0 late in the second half, and Tykevius Kershaw ran in a six-yard touchdown cutting DR Hill's lead to 8-6. With 13 seconds remaining in the half, DR Hill ran the kickoff back for a touchdown, taking a 14-6 lead. The Tigers were una

JV volleyball falls to Chester

UNION COUNTY — The Union County JV volleyball team lost its final game of the season to Chester. Union County lost the first set 25-13. The Jackets fought hard to come from behind to win the second set 27-25. They then fell in the third set 15-7. “Even though we did not win many games, I feel like the girls have learned a lot of basic

Whitmire falls to Abbeville in tennis

WHITMIRE —The Whitmire tennis team fell to Abbeville 7-0. Match results are as follows: #1 Singles: J. Edwards (A) d. Rebecca Glymph (W) – (6-3, 3-6, 10-5) #2 Singles: S.B. Sears (A) d. Haven Coppock (W) – (6-0, 6-1) #3 Singles: M. Ramey (A) d. Alexis Swain (W) – (6-1, 6-0) #4 Singles: K. Durham (A) d. Lauren Couch (W) &

Lockart Middle falls to Mabry

LOCKHART — The Lockhart middle school volleyball team fell to Mabry 19-25, 19-25, 25-22, and 21-25 on Monday. “I was so disappointed — along with the girls — that we lost,” said Coach Tracie Campbell. “I really thought that we could have done well in the tournament. This year's group of girls was one of the best

Lady Wolverines defeat Newberry

WHITMIRE — The Whitmire Lady Wolverines tennis team defeated Newberry 7-0, picking up their 10th win of the season. “I could not be more proud of the way they have performed in terms of their play and their sportsmanship,” said Coach Chaz Adams. “We have played some tough matches and suffered some heartbreaking defeats but

UNION — The Sims Middle School 7th grade football team clinched the Peachtree Conference West Division Championship.
The Sims Tigers 7th grade team defeated DR Hill Wednesday in a final score of 26-8.
To begin the game, Sims' Keion Glover ran in a 45-yard touchdown. Then, on defense, Keion's brother KeSean Glover set the tone with a tackle

Tigers win West Division Championship

UNION — The Sims Middle School 7th grade football team clinched the Peachtree Conference West Division Championship. The Sims Tigers 7th grade team defeated DR Hill Wednesday in a final score of 26-8. To begin the game, Sims' Keion Glover ran in a 45-yard touchdown. Then, on defense, Keion's brother KeSean Glover set the tone with a tackle

UNION COUNTY — Today is the last day of the Union County Agricultural Fair but there's still plenty of fun to be had throughout the day and into this evening.
The fair, which got under way Tuesday, has offered the public a number of attractions, several of which will also be presented today including:
• The “Big Cats” show

Agricultural Fair continues today

UNION COUNTY — Today is the last day of the Union County Agricultural Fair but there's still plenty of fun to be had throughout the day and into this evening. The fair, which got under way Tuesday, has offered the public a number of attractions, several of which will also be presented today including: • The “Big Cats” show

UNION COUNTY — Next week is Homecoming Spirit Week at Union County High School.
Spirit Week at Union County High School will culminate with Friday night's Homecoming football game as well as the halftime ceremony crowning the Homecoming King, Homecoming Queen, and princesses for 9th, 10th and 11th grades.
Homecoming Queen candidates are Dee

Homecoming Spirit Week at UCHS

UNION COUNTY — Next week is Homecoming Spirit Week at Union County High School. Spirit Week at Union County High School will culminate with Friday night's Homecoming football game as well as the halftime ceremony crowning the Homecoming King, Homecoming Queen, and princesses for 9th, 10th and 11th grades. Homecoming Queen candidates are Dee

UNION COUNTY — Union County Yellow Jackets Wrestling is currently selling raffle tickets for three big prizes.
Led by Coach G.B. McDaniel, the Union County High School wrestling program is currently selling raffle tickets to raise money for team expenses such as tournament fees and travel costs.
The raffle tickets are $2 each, and the prize

Jackets Wrestling holding raffle

UNION COUNTY — Union County Yellow Jackets Wrestling is currently selling raffle tickets for three big prizes. Led by Coach G.B. McDaniel, the Union County High School wrestling program is currently selling raffle tickets to raise money for team expenses such as tournament fees and travel costs. The raffle tickets are $2 each, and the prize

UNION COUNTY — A new initiative/grant program could put Union County High School in the running for up to $100,000 and a concert by the Band Perry.
Union County High School has been sponsored by State Farm-Letha King Agency in the Celebrate My Drive safe driving initiative/grant program, which allows anyone age 14 and older to log onto a web

UCHS looking to win $100,000, concert

UNION COUNTY — A new initiative/grant program could put Union County High School in the running for up to $100,000 and a concert by the Band Perry. Union County High School has been sponsored by State Farm-Letha King Agency in the Celebrate My Drive safe driving initiative/grant program, which allows anyone age 14 and older to log onto a web

UNION — The 2014 Union County Agricultural Fair will be held daily through Saturday, Oct. 18.
On Monday, the Union County Fair Association held its annual Premier Night Banquet and Program at the fairgrounds, giving local officials, fair sponsors and board members a sneak peak at what this year's fair has to offer.
Executive Director Paul W

Agricultural Fair under way

UNION — The 2014 Union County Agricultural Fair will be held daily through Saturday, Oct. 18. On Monday, the Union County Fair Association held its annual Premier Night Banquet and Program at the fairgrounds, giving local officials, fair sponsors and board members a sneak peak at what this year's fair has to offer. Executive Director Paul W

Whitmire wins two of three tennis matches

WHITMIRE — Whitmire Varsity Girls Tennis Head Coach Chaz Adams submitted the following match results: Whitmire 0 – Abbeville 7 #1 Singles: J. Edwards (A) d. Bethany Cromer (W) – (3-6, 2-3 (retired-injury)) #2 Singles: M. Ramey (A) d. Rebecca Glymph (W) – (6-2, 6-3) #3 Singles: S.B. Sears (A) d. Haven Coppock (W) –

UNION — Pro wrestling matches will be featured during “School Day” at Union County Agricultural Fair this Friday.
Trans-South Wrestling will present the “School Day Slam” at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Union County Agricultural Fair.
The main event of the “School Day Slam” will pit Deon Johnson —

'School Day Slam' this Friday

UNION — Pro wrestling matches will be featured during “School Day” at Union County Agricultural Fair this Friday. Trans-South Wrestling will present the “School Day Slam” at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Union County Agricultural Fair. The main event of the “School Day Slam” will pit Deon Johnson —

UCHS Cross Country results

UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School cross country team hosted Clinton last week. The runners' times were as follows: Boys Times Matthew Caldwell. 20:43 Ricky Belue 21:03 Tyrin Briggs. 21:59 Clint Smallwood. 23:56 Jakob Lawson. 23:58 Jordan Lawson 24:58 Sebastian Kirkland. 25:10 Ryan Durham 25:14 Grant Berry 27:43 Girls Time

UNION — A special birthday party for a local Miracle League of Union County baseball player raised over $1,200 for the league.
Dennis “Hilltop” Crisp has played with The Miracle League of Union County (MLUC) since its inception last season.
“I enjoy it, I really do,” Crisp said. “I've always loved baseball.R

Party raises over $1,200 for MLUC

UNION — A special birthday party for a local Miracle League of Union County baseball player raised over $1,200 for the league. Dennis “Hilltop” Crisp has played with The Miracle League of Union County (MLUC) since its inception last season. “I enjoy it, I really do,” Crisp said. “I've always loved baseball.R

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Athletic Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2014 during halftime of Friday night's game against Broome.
This year's Hall of Fame class includes Tiffany Rice (Union), Josh Harris (Union), Trey Strom (Union), Jare Gault (Jonesville), Billy Robbins (Lockhhart), and Dennis Cooper (Lockhart). 
Tiffany Rice was the

Six inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Athletic Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2014 during halftime of Friday night's game against Broome. This year's Hall of Fame class includes Tiffany Rice (Union), Josh Harris (Union), Trey Strom (Union), Jare Gault (Jonesville), Billy Robbins (Lockhhart), and Dennis Cooper (Lockhart). Tiffany Rice was the

UNION — The Sims Middle School volleyball team defeated Carver Middle School 3-1 on Wednesday.
After losing the first game 25-17, the Sims Tigers won the next three games 25-13, 25-8, and 25-16.
“The first game did not go as well as I wanted it, but the girls got focused for the next three games and played as a team,” said Coach

Sims volleyball defeats Carver

UNION — The Sims Middle School volleyball team defeated Carver Middle School 3-1 on Wednesday. After losing the first game 25-17, the Sims Tigers won the next three games 25-13, 25-8, and 25-16. “The first game did not go as well as I wanted it, but the girls got focused for the next three games and played as a team,” said Coach





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