Sports Report for Friday, 8-1-2014

PC will open up on the road at Northern Illinois on Thursday night, August 28th…. That is only 27 days away… Don’t you think it is time to think about getting your season tickets for Blue Hose football… Blue reserved chair-back seats season tickets are only $75 each while bench reserved seats are $54 each… You can call the ticket office at 864-833-8240 or click on the following to link to the PC webpage where you will find more information: 2014 PC Season Football Ticket Information


Football Practice Starts Today… Well the preparation starts in earnest today as the local high schools start their preseason practices as well as most of the colleges… It really should be an interesting year in local high school football as Coach Todd Kirk returns to the helm of the Laurens Academy Crusader football team…Clinton has a new region alignment and will have a few longer road trips like to South Pointe and Lancaster who took the place of Woodruff and Chapman in the region… At LDHS there are changes also with the biggest being the start of the Chris Liner era as the new head coach… There region is almost the same as last year with the only change being the loss of JL Mann and the addition of Greenville High… Also, only 2 region head football coaches return in Region I-AAAA being those at Easley and Hillcrest… Again it should be an interesting year.
Braves: Dodgers 2 – Braves 1… The Braves concluded their series with the Dodgers last night in LA with a 2-1 loss… Similar to the night before, the Braves found themselves in a pitcher’s duel as the Braves Julio Teheran and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw battled it out… Kershaw picked up the complete game win giving up 1 earned run in the 9th inning and 9 hits while striking out 9 Braves and walking none… Teheran pitched well enough to win giving up only 5 hits which resulted in the 2 runs while he also struck out 9… The Braves remain on the west coast and start a series with the Padres tonight.


Greenville Drive: Braves 4 – Drive 1… The Greenville Drive and the Rome Braves opened up a home series for the Drive last night at Flour Field… The weather caused the game to be called after 6 innings with the Braves leading 4-1… The series will continue tonight (weather permitting) and it’s a battle for the cellar in SAL Southern Division.


Coaches Preseason College Football Poll: Well it has started the preseason college coaches’ poll…. Florida State was picked to finish first garnering 56 of 62 first place votes… The balance of the top 5 were Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Ohio State, UCLA, Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor… The second 10 start out with Stanford, Georgia, LSU, Wisconsin and USC… Clemson comes in at #16 followed by Notre Dame, Arizona State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M… Spots 21-25 contain Kansas State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas and Washington…


Carolina Panthers Training Camp schedule… Click on the following link to see the Carolina Panthers Training Camp schedule: Panthers Training Camp Schedule


Countdown to Start of Football Season: Hang on football fans it’s only 21 days until Clinton opens up its football season at AC Flora, 27 days until PC opens up at Northern Illinois and 28 days until Laurens host BHP in the start of the Chris Liner era at LDHS.


This & That

  • Season Tickets on sale For CHS Football… Season football tickets are now on sale at CHS for the upcoming football season… They can be purchased Mon. – Thur. from 8:00am – 3:30 pm in the business office… You need to ask for Ms. Ginger Eaton (938-1844) and will be $40 per ticket with 1 parking pass per family… For those 65 and older the season ticket is free but a parking pass will cost $20.00… Clinton has 5 home games this season… They are: Sept 12 – Woodruff, Sept. 19 – Laurens, Oct. 3 – Broome (Homecoming), Oct 17 – Union County & Oct 31 – south Pointe (Senior Night).
  • Raider Football Practice Schedule… The Laurens Raider Football program will begin practice on Friday, August 1st at 8:30 A.M.  This practice is for Varsity and JV players (10th graders that participated this summer) ONLY…Practice for rising 9th graders and any other student interested in playing Sub-Varsity Football (9th or JV) will begin on Monday, August 11th at 8:30 A.M…All participants must have a completed physical/parent permission form before they can begin practice… The deadline to play Sub-Varsity Football is Tuesday August 19th… Please contact Coach Liner at or 864-323-2472 if you have any questions.


Upcoming Summer Camps – Clinton & Laurens YMCA, City of Laurens Parks & Recreation and PC


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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