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

UCHS girls defeat Chester in tennis

UNION COUNTY — The UCHS girls tennis team defeated Chester in a final score of 7-0. Match results were as follows: Singles Dexlie Inman d. Ashley Russell 6-0, 6-1 Alexa Nance d. Jenesha Land 6-0, 6-0 Rebecca Lee d. Kiana Caldwell 6-0, 6-0 Adelaide Adamo d. Lakia Keener 6-0, 6-0 Reid Bailey d. Tellyonna Evans 6-0, 6-0 Doubles Bailey a

Tigers win, lose against Dawkins

UNION — The Sims Tigers took on Dawkins Middle School to open the season this week, resulting in one victory and one loss. 7th Grade On Wednesday, the 7th grade Sims team defeated Dawkins in a final score of 28-8. “It is not how you start but how you finish,” said Sims Coach Mitchell Moss. “This was our first game. We pla

UNION COUNTY — The UCHS cross country team had a meet against South Pointe this past Tuesday. The team overall did well, as many of the runners PR'd over their times on the same course two weeks prior.
Runners' times are as follows:
Boys
Matthew Caldwell — 20:51
Tyrin Briggs — 23:06
Clint Smallwood — 24:21
Sebastian Ki

UCHS cross country team does well in meet

UNION COUNTY — The UCHS cross country team had a meet against South Pointe this past Tuesday. The team overall did well, as many of the runners PR'd over their times on the same course two weeks prior. Runners' times are as follows: Boys Matthew Caldwell — 20:51 Tyrin Briggs — 23:06 Clint Smallwood — 24:21 Sebastian Ki

UNION COUNTY — At press time for this edition of The Union Daily Times, Union County led Greer in “Jacket Bowl 20” with a score of 12-10.
Union County QB Brandon Thompson started for the second straight week. Greer put the first points on the board with a field goal in the first quarter. Union County answered when Thompson threw

UCHS vs. Greer: 'Jacket Bowl 20'

UNION COUNTY — At press time for this edition of The Union Daily Times, Union County led Greer in “Jacket Bowl 20” with a score of 12-10. Union County QB Brandon Thompson started for the second straight week. Greer put the first points on the board with a field goal in the first quarter. Union County answered when Thompson threw

Sims girls fall to Granard in volleyball

GAFFNEY — The Sims Middle School girls volleyball team lost its opening match to Granard Middle School with a score of 3-0. The scores of the three games were 13-25, 20-25, and 22-25. Coach Tracy Duncan said serving was an overall weakness for the team in Game 1. “I think the girls were nervous and got really frustrated because we co

UNION — The local Woodmen of the World chapter held a ceremony in honor and remembrance of America's heroes at the Minute Men Rescue Squad headquarters Thursday morning.
The ceremony was called “In Honor and Remembrance,” and Woodmen of the World Area Manager Paul Winters welcomed those in attendance. He said the dedication of th

Woodmen of the World dedicate flagpole, plaque

UNION — The local Woodmen of the World chapter held a ceremony in honor and remembrance of America's heroes at the Minute Men Rescue Squad headquarters Thursday morning. The ceremony was called “In Honor and Remembrance,” and Woodmen of the World Area Manager Paul Winters welcomed those in attendance. He said the dedication of th

JV defeats Laurens in volleyball

UNION COUNTY — The Union County JV volleyball team defeated Laurens 25-23 and 25-21. “It was another close match but we came out on top this time,” said coach Sherry Jackson. “The girls were trying really hard not to let them beat us again.” Cheyenne Knox delivered three assists and an ace; Claire Pridemore had one k

Whitmire girls lose to Woodruff, beat Newberry

WHITMIRE — On Thursday, the Whitmire girls tennis team suffered a 5-2 loss to Woodruff. “This is one of the closest matches I have ever been a part of and I am looking forward to playing Woodruff again,” said Coach Chaz Adams. Singles Bethany Cromer (WH) d. Eryn Beeler (WO) – (5-7, 6-2, 10-6) Lily Cairns (WO) d. Rebecca

UNION COUNTY — Coach Kelly Jenkins said the Union County girls tennis team had a great start to the regular season, defeating Woodruff in a final score of 6-1.
Match results were as follows:
Eryn Beeler (W) d. Dexlie Inman (UC) 6-4, 6-0
Rebecca Lee (UC) d. Lily Cairns 6-0, 6-0
Alexa Nance (UC) d. Alexis Lyda 6-2, 6-3
Adelaide Adamo (UC)

UCHS girls defeats Woodruff in tennis

UNION COUNTY — Coach Kelly Jenkins said the Union County girls tennis team had a great start to the regular season, defeating Woodruff in a final score of 6-1. Match results were as follows: Eryn Beeler (W) d. Dexlie Inman (UC) 6-4, 6-0 Rebecca Lee (UC) d. Lily Cairns 6-0, 6-0 Alexa Nance (UC) d. Alexis Lyda 6-2, 6-3 Adelaide Adamo (UC)

UNION COUNTY — The Miracle League of Union County's fall season has begun.
The Miracle League of Union County (MLUC) held games Monday and Tuesday at Timken Sports Complex. Buddies for the games were Union County High School tennis, volleyball, cross country, and boys and girls basketball athletes. The MLUC's upcoming game schedule is as fol

Buddies help out at MLUC games

UNION COUNTY — The Miracle League of Union County's fall season has begun. The Miracle League of Union County (MLUC) held games Monday and Tuesday at Timken Sports Complex. Buddies for the games were Union County High School tennis, volleyball, cross country, and boys and girls basketball athletes. The MLUC's upcoming game schedule is as fol

Guardian ad Litem holds kickoff celebration

UNION — Community members are invited to a fun celebration of children and volunteers. The Cass Elias McCarter Guardian Ad Litem Program will hold the “I am for the child” Kickoff Celebration from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at the USC Union Gazebo. In the case of rainy weather, the event will be held at the Union County Rec

WCS varsity girls fall to Saluda in tennis

WHITMIRE — The Whitmire Community School varsity girls tennis team fell to Saluda in a final score of 6-1 Monday. The match results were as follows: No. 1 Singles: Bethany Cromer (W) d. L. Rita (S) – (6-1, 6-3) No. 2 Singles: B. Schmieding (S) d. Rebecca Glymph (W) – (6-2, 6-3) No. 3 Singles: K. Dumont (S) d. Haven Coppock (W)

UNION — Pro wrestling fans enjoyed a night of action at the Union County Fairgrounds Saturday, and future fundraisers and events were announced in the process.
Saturday night's Trans-South Wrestling main event saw former WCW star and current TSW Heavyweight Champion The Stro “The Maestro of Wrestling” successfully defend his titl

An evening of championship action

UNION — Pro wrestling fans enjoyed a night of action at the Union County Fairgrounds Saturday, and future fundraisers and events were announced in the process. Saturday night's Trans-South Wrestling main event saw former WCW star and current TSW Heavyweight Champion The Stro “The Maestro of Wrestling” successfully defend his titl

UNION COUNTY — Twelve students were recognized during Monday's meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees. Those twelve students each earned perfect scores during their PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) testing.
The students were (from Buffalo Elementary) Chloe Anna Rector and Ja O-Marion Ruth; (from Foster Park Element

Students recognized for perfect test scores

UNION COUNTY — Twelve students were recognized during Monday's meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees. Those twelve students each earned perfect scores during their PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) testing. The students were (from Buffalo Elementary) Chloe Anna Rector and Ja O-Marion Ruth; (from Foster Park Element

BUFFALO — Gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen spent time in Union County Saturday.
With 58 days left in his campaign, Democratic gubernatorial challenger Vincent Sheheen visited Union County Saturday afternoon during an event at Midway BBQ hosted by the Union County Democratic Party. The event was held to allow constituents the opportuni

Sheheen criticizes Haley during visit to Buffalo

BUFFALO — Gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen spent time in Union County Saturday. With 58 days left in his campaign, Democratic gubernatorial challenger Vincent Sheheen visited Union County Saturday afternoon during an event at Midway BBQ hosted by the Union County Democratic Party. The event was held to allow constituents the opportuni

UCHS falls to Spartanburg

UNION COUNTY — After opening the season with a big win at home against Gaffney, the Union County Yellow Jackets have suffered two straight losses on the road. Both teams were defense-oriented Friday as Spartanburg defeated Union County with a final score of 32-7. Union County QB Brandon Thompson completed 22 passes for 149 yards. Union Coun

SPARTANBURG — The UCHS Cross Country team ran the Eye Opener at Millken in Spartanburg on Saturday. This event — attended by more than 70 teams from various high schools and colleges — kicks off the cross country season. Results for Union County students were as follows:
Championship Boys Varsity division
Matt Caldwell — 1

UCHS competes in cross country Eye Opener

SPARTANBURG — The UCHS Cross Country team ran the Eye Opener at Millken in Spartanburg on Saturday. This event — attended by more than 70 teams from various high schools and colleges — kicks off the cross country season. Results for Union County students were as follows: Championship Boys Varsity division Matt Caldwell — 1

UNION — Sims Tigers Football hosted a middle school jamboree on Thursday in preparation for next week's season opener.
In jamboree competition, Jonesville defeated Whitmire 8-0. In 7th grade competition, Sims defeated Woodruff 22-14, and in 8th grade competition, Woodruff defeated Sims 13-8.
Those wins and losses do not count toward the mid

Sims hosts middle school jamboree

UNION — Sims Tigers Football hosted a middle school jamboree on Thursday in preparation for next week's season opener. In jamboree competition, Jonesville defeated Whitmire 8-0. In 7th grade competition, Sims defeated Woodruff 22-14, and in 8th grade competition, Woodruff defeated Sims 13-8. Those wins and losses do not count toward the mid

Vikings lead Yellow Jackets 12-7

UNION COUNTY — At the time this edition of The Union Daily Times went to press, the Spartanburg Vikings led the Union County Yellow Jackets 12-7. For the second week in a row, the Union County Yellow Jackets went on the road. This week, they faced the Spartanburg Vikings at Wofford College's Gibbs Stadium. The game began as a back-and-forth

UNION COUNTY — The Union County JV Yellow Jackets are now 1-1 for the season after falling to Spartanburg Thursday night. The final score was 34-22.

JV Jackets fall to Spartanburg 34-22

UNION COUNTY — The Union County JV Yellow Jackets are now 1-1 for the season after falling to Spartanburg Thursday night. The final score was 34-22.




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