Sports Report for Thursday, 7-3-2014

All-Star Notes: Congratulations go out to the Clinton Dixie Youth Minor 9-10 All-Star team as they defeated Mid-Carolina 15-2 last night to win the district championship down in Batesburg-Leesville thus punching their ticket to the state tournament in Florence beginning July 18th… The district tournament began last week and the team went undefeated… On Friday they defeated Abbeville 12-2 and on Saturday defeated Mid-Carolina 14-5… Then on Sunday they defeated Batesburg-Leesville 11-0… Rain on Monday caused the semi-finals to be held Tuesday where they once again defeated Abbeville this time by a score of 8-6… That set up last night’s championship game with Mid-Carolina… For more information on the game, click on the following link: Clinton Minors Win District Tournament… Congratulation and good luck to the team!

Braves: Braves 3 – Mets 1… The Atlanta Braves ran their winning streak to 7 games last night as they took a 3-1 win over the Mets and swept the 3-game series from them… The Braves scored all 3 of their runs in the first inning with the big hit coming from the bat of Chris Johnson who had a 2-out, bases loaded double to drive in the Braves 3 runs… Johnson and Andrelton Simmons led the braves with both players getting 2 hits each of the Braves total of 8 hits… Julio Teheran picked up the win for the Braves going 7 innings and giving up 1 earned run on 4 hits while striking out 5 and walking 3… The Braves will have the night off tonight…. A quick reminder that the 85th MLB All-Star Game will be July 15th at Target Field the home of the Minnesota Twins… The All-Star voting has started and will be open until just before midnight on tonight… You can vote multiple time.… If you are interested, click on the following link: MLB All-Star Voting


Greenville Drive: Tourist 8 – Drive 7 (10)…. The Greenville Drive are headed in the opposite direction when compared to the Braves as they lost their 9th consecutive game as the Ashville Tourist took an 8-7 win last night at Flour Field… Granted the Drive came close last night and rallied putting 5 runs on the board in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game at 6-6 to send it into extra innings… In the top of the 10th, the Drive gave up 2 runs but responded getting a single run in their half of the 10th before a double play ended the game with the Tourist winning 8-7…. The Drive will finish their current series with the Tourist and their home stand tonight at 7:05.


Laurens County Speedway Results… Let’s take a moment and recap the results from the main events at the Laurens County Speedway last Saturday night.

  • Super Stock 4… Brandon Patterson picked up his first win of the season in the Super stock 4 main event as the 2 cars ahead of him took each other out with about a half-lap left to go in the race… TJ Baker finished 2nd and Brandon Frazier 3rd.
  • FWD… In the Front Wheel Drive, Joel Cabe’s car was smoking (literally) as he took the win with his car sparking and smoking due to a fire… Travis Jamieson and Spud Ammons were the next two across the finish line.
  • Limited… Billy Rushton appears to be the driver to beat in the Limited division as he took another win again last Saturday night… Frank Coates and B.J. Eubanks finished second and third respectively.
  • Hobby… The Hobby main event was dominated by Chris and Mart Patterson who finished first and second in that order… Tinker Roberts finished third.
  • Crates… And finally in the Crates, Dale Tims took the win with Chris Pendleton finishing 2nd and Nick Deitz 3rd.
  • Remember, the gates open at 6 and racing starts at 8:00 at the Laurens county Speedway each Saturday night where they do dirt right!


Countdown to Start of Football Season: Hang on football fans it’s only 51 days until Clinton opens up its football season at AC Flora, 57 days until PC opens up at Northern Illinois and 58 days until Laurens host BHP in the start of the Chris Liner era at LDHS.


This & That: Football Officials Wanted… Have you ever sat in the stands at a football game and said to yourself I can do as good a job as those “blind zebras” out there… Well now is your chance to prove that… The District 13 Football Officials Association is looking for a few good men or women to who want to be football officials… If you are interested, call Brian Shealy at the Clinton YMCA… The phone number there is 833-1555… Also you can come to their meetings which are held each Monday night in the meeting room at the Clinton YMCA to get more information… The meetings start at 6:00 pm… The last date to join them is Sunday, July 13th 

Upcoming Summer Camps – Clinton & Laurens YMCA and PC


Laurens YMCA:

The Laurens YMCA will be having summer sport and specialty camps all summer long… You can get a $10 discount on each camp by registering the Friday prior to each camp… Call the YMCA at 984-2626 for more information about this or any of the camps…  The following are the next camps on their schedule;   Art Camp

  • July 8-10, Ages: 6-9 / 10-15, 8:30 – 10:00 am / 10:30 – Noon @ Laurens YMCA
  • Cost: $45 Y-Members, $60 Non-Members
  • Capacity 20 per age group, Instructed by Cindy Wright

Wrestling Camp 

  • July 8-10, Ages: 5-13, 9:00 – 11:00 @ Laurens High School
  • Cost: $40 Y-Members, $50 Non-Members
  • Instructed by LDHS Wresting Coach Rob Sheffield and Joseph Kemp

Fishing Camp

  • July 15-17, Ages: 7 – Up, 9:00 – 11:00 @ Lakeside Country Club
  • Cost: $40 Y-Members, $55 Non-Members
  • For beginning anglers instructed by Jerry Poole


Clinton YMCA:

The Clinton YMCA will be having summer sport and specialty camps all summer long also … Call the YMCA at 833-1555 for more information about this or any of the camps…  The following are the next camps on their schedule: Tennis Camp

  • July 7-10, Instructor: Coach Clovis Simmons
  • 9-9:45 am boys & girls age 4-6
  • 10-11 am boys & girls age 7-10
  • 11-12 noon boys & girls age 11-up
  • Cost: $35 members, $45 non-members, **$5 discount if live inside city limit.
  • Sign-up deadlines –July 19, at 5:00 pm

Boys Basketball Camp

  • July 10-13, 9:30 am-11:30 am, boys age 6-12, Instructor: Coach Todd Frazier
  • Cost: $35 members, $40 non-members **$5 discount if live inside city limit
  • Sign-up deadline – Friday, July 5 at 5:00 pm

Music Camp

  • July 14-18, 9 AM – 12 Noon, Ages 8-13, Instructor: Terri Ray
  • Cost: $145 per child, $20 discount per sibling
  • Sign-up deadline – June 30 or $15 late fee


PC Sports Camps 

Baseball Camp Coach Elton Pollock will be holding the Blue Hose Select baseball Camp (Session II) for baseball players in grades 9-12 and Junior College August 30-31… If your youngster is into baseball this is a great way for them to improve their basic skills… It’s not too early to register… For more information click on the following link: Blue Hose Select baseball Camp (Session II) Information


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