Sports Report for Thursday, 7-17-2014

Local Note: Clinton will be well represented in the state playoffs for Dixie Youth this weekend as they have two teams that will be in completion in different age groups…. Check back tomorrow when I will have more information including the brackets.


Braves: The Braves were off last night and will be again tonight as part of the all-star break… The Braves will start an 11-day home stand tomorrow night with the first team in being the Phillies for a 3-game series..

Greenville Drive: Braves 5 – Drive 2… Well the Greenville Drive had their winning streak snapped at 4 games yesterday as the Rome Braves took a 5-2 win over the Drive down in Georgia… The Braves took an early 4-0 lead and never really were threatened as the Drive’s offense generated only 4 hits in the game… The rubber game of the 3-game series will be tonight in Rome.


NASCAR: Well the Sprint Cup and Nationwide race schedule has a break built into the schedule for this weekend and the following weekend they will get back into action in Indianapolis at the Brickyard… With only 7 races left until the chase for the Sprint Cup begins let’s take a quick look at the driver standings…

  • Sprint Cup… Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson lead the pack with 3 wins on the season each but Keselowski has a 36 point lead over Johnson to be #1… Positions 3 thru 6 are occupied by drivers who have two wins each… In order they are Dale Earnhart Jr., Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick… spots 7 thru 11 are occupied by Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola and Kurt Busch in that order all of whom have 1 win each this season… Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Clint Boyer, Paul Menard and Kyle Larson would also qualify for the chase if it started next week.
  • Nationwide… In the Nationwide Series, the top 5 are Regan Smith, Elliott Sadler, Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon and Brian Scott.


Raiders 7 on 7… The Laurens Raiders will be traveling up to Woodruff this afternoon in a 7 on 7 passing completion… If you get a chance, travel on up there and the action starts at 5:00 pm.


Countdown to Start of Football Season: Hang on football fans it’s only 36 days until Clinton opens up its football season at AC Flora, 42 days until PC opens up at Northern Illinois and 43 days until Laurens host BHP in the start of the Chris Liner era at LDHS.


 Upcoming Summer Camps – Clinton & Laurens YMCA, City of Laurens Parks & Recreation 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; Archery Camp

  • July 22-24, Ages 7-12, 9:00 – 11:00 @ Laurens YMCA Gym
  • Cost: $40 Y-Members, $55 Non-Members
  • Capacity 40 and instructed by Ed Prescott

 Pee-Wee Camp

  • July 23-25, Ages 3-6, 9:00 – 11:00 @ Laurens YMCA
  • Cost: $35 Y-Members, $40 Non-Members
  • Gym-style games and activities instructed by Josie Parker & YMCA staff

 Basketball Camp

  • July 29-31, Ages 9-16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm @ Laurens YMCA Gym
  • Cost: $40 Y-Members, $50 Non-Members
  • Instructed by LDHS head Boys Basketball Coach Ben Sinclair

Cooking Camp

  • July 29-31, Ages 9-16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm @ First Presbyterian Church
  • Cost: $45 Y-Members, $55 Non-Members
  • Capacity 15 and instructed by Ray Bell

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:  Karate Camp

  • July 21-24, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm, boys & girls age 8-up, Instructor Master Johnny Kelley
  • Cost:  $40 members, $45 non-members  **$5 discount if live inside city limit
  • Sign-up deadline – Friday, July 18 at 5:00 pm

 Art Camp

  • July 21-25, 9:30 am – 10-30 am,  youth ages 8-11, Instructor – Sanna Kay Davis
  • 10:30 am – noon, Youth ages 12-13
  • Cost: $70 members, $75 non-members        **$5 discount if live inside city limit
  • (Includes $15 material fee per camper),   Sign-up deadline – Friday, July 11 at 5:00 pm


City of Laurens Parks and Recreation

Outdoor Adventure Camp.  This camp will be held at the Upland Wings Preserve July 21st  – 25th. Campers will learn techniques on various outdoor activities including hunting and fishing. On the last day of the camp the campers will take the DNR hunters certification course. This camp is for ages 12-15 and cost is. $60. For more information please call 681-7275 or email To register please visit the Little River park daily from 2:30-7.


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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