Fire Ant Athletics
In 2006, the University of South Carolina Sumter announced the return of intercollegiate athletics to the campus. Competitive sports had not been on campus since the 1970s, when the mascot was The Partisans and the school colors were purple and white.
USC Sumter now sponsors two collegiate teams, softball and baseball, known as the Fire Ants. The teams compete in Region 10 of Division I in the NJCAA.
The Fire Ants baseball team has an impressive brief history. In its 2nd season, the team won the 2009 NJCAA Region 10 Regular Season Championship Title. They repeated the feat again in 2011. In 2014, the team garnered its first outright Region 10 Championship and placed second in the Eastern District Tournament. The overall team record is 283-118 and the 2014 record is 41-15. Former Fire Ants baseball players have gone on to play for NCAA Division I and II universities, the minor leagues and several have been selected in the MLB draft. Fourteen players from the 2014 team have received scholarship offers to attend four year universities.
The Fire Ants softball has been recognized by the NJCAA on three occasions for achieving Academic All-American Team status. Players have also achieved individual success in the classroom, having 9 student-athletes recognized as NJCAA Academic All-Americans (3.7 GPA or above after 4 semesters).
Fire Ant players represent the team well in classroom, on the field and in the community with numerous community service activities throughout the year. This year they helped mentor younger students, helped feed more than 800 needy families in the Sumter area, volunteered for the Salvation Army, collected can goods from the community and assisted with Special Olympics.
2014 Region X Champions (41-15)
2014 Eastern District Tournament Runner-Up
2013 Season Record: 38 - 20
2012 Region X Tournament Runner Up
2012 Season Record: 37 - 19
6-year Overall Record: 241 - 101 (.705)
2011 Region X Regular Season Champions
2010 Region X Tournament Runner Up
2009 District Tournament Participant
2009 Region X Tournament Runner Up
2009 Region X Regular Season Champions
2009 Finished Season Ranked 3rd in NJCAA Poll (52-11)