Sports Report for Wednesday, 5-17-2017

Local Notes: 

  • Tennis… Hanahan 6 – CHS 0…. After being rained out last Saturday, the Clinton Red Devils and the Hanahan Hawks finally were able to get together late yesterday afternoon down at the Cayce Tennis Center to determine the State AAA Champion… The Red Devils knew that the Hawks were a tough team for several reasons… One is that they are the defending champions in Class AAA … Two, they went undefeated this season and three several of their team members either won or placed in the top five of the singles tournament… Well once the matches started it was evident that the Hawks were “the real deal” as they took a 6-0 win over the Red Devils to claim their second state championship in as many years… The Red Devils competed well and never gave up but Hanahan was just a little better in all aspects of the game… The closest the Red Devils came to picking up a win was in the #2 doubles match where Zack Bedenbaugh and Anders Orr lost the first set 6-3 but rebounded to take the second set 6-4 then lost the tie-breaker 10-6… Coach Simmons expressed pride in the team after the match and said net season starts today and the future looks bright for the Red Devils as they only lose Robert Powell to graduation… By the way, Hanahan’s future also looks bright as they had no seniors… Congratulations to the Red Devils and Coach Simmons on an outstanding season! Check back later for photo slideshow from the match.
  • Spring Sports Athletic Banquet… With the school winding down it is time for the Spring Sports Athletic Banquet at CHS and that will take place tonight in the gym and start at 6:00 pm…. The public is invited but admission will be $2.00 except for athletes who will be admitted free.
  • Football Spring Game… Spring football practice has been going on now for a couple of weeks and this Friday there will be a Spring Game at Wilder Stadium starting at 6:00 pm… The football team is selling discount cards for $20 that will be available Friday night… Also old helmets, Black Jerseys and Digi Camo jerseys will also be for sale…. Make plans to come out Friday night and have a good time while you get a preview of what next season’s version of Red Devil football will look like.
  • Community Football Clinic… Thursday night May 18, Clinton Football will be hosting a “Community Football Clinic” at 6:00 in the CHS auditorium… The Clinton coaching staff will give the community an inside look of what it’s like to be a Red Devil… All men and women are invited… Cost is $10 per person.


  • Spring Football GameThe Laurens Raiders have also been holding spring football practice and they also will be having their spring Game at KC Hanna Stadium and it will start at 6:30… The Raiders will also be selling old helmets and jerseys that I know some of the future Raiders would love to have… Every year the Raider staff takes some of the team members to an FCA Camp and they do this with funds that are donated by organizations and members of the community and do NOT use any monies that come from any normal school funding sources… The team will be accepting donations for this cause Friday night so if you feel lead to, please help them out.


 Pro Sports

  • Braves 9 – Blue Jays 5… After the Braves ended a six game losing streak down in Miami last Friday night, the Braves have now won 4 of their last 5 games as they took a 9-5 win up in Toronto last night… The Braves jumped out to an early lead but the Jays tied the game 5-5 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 6th inning… The Braves broke the tie with a single run in the top of the 7th then added 3 insurance runs in the top of the 9th to take the win… The Braves pounded out 15 hits and one of them was Freddie Freeman’s 14th homerun of the season a 2-run shot in the 5th inning… The Braves DH Nick Markakis went 3-5 with an RBI while matt Kemp went 2-5 with 4 RBIs… For more information on this game, click here.… The Braves return home tonight and the first team in will be the Blue jays for 2 more games starting at 7:35 pm.
  • Shorebirds 6 – Drive 5… The Greenville Drive finished their 3-game series with the Delmarva Shorebirds last night and the Shorebirds scored 2 runs in the 9th to take a 6-5 win thus avoiding being swept by the Drive… The Drive actually outhit the Shorebirds 10-7 but missed a couple of opportunities to get a clutch hit or two… For more information on this game, click here…. The Drive are off tonight as thy have the long trip back to Greenville to make today and will start a home stand on Thursday as the Ashville Tourist are the first team into Flour Field during this home stand.

This & That:

  • Rhythm on the Rails… The City of Clinton’s Rhythm on the Rails is coming up this Friday and Saturday and as usual there will be free musical entertainment all day Saturday including the Jake barley band and The tams… This year there will also be a sanction BBQ contest and sales as well as other food sales and merchandise… There will also be other activities such as a model train displays and rides… You can purchase a $5:00 wristbands for all rides, inflatables and the rock wall… Go ahead and make plans to come on to the City of Clinton’s Rhythm on the Rails this weekend.
  • Laurens Adult Basketball League… The Laurens Adult Basketball League (LABL) will kick off its inaugural season on June 5, 2017…The LABL will take the first six teams to register for the 2017 season. The LABL is open to teams consisting of players ages 16 and up… Teams must submit a roster with a maximum of 10 players before their first game. All players must have matching jerseys with visible numbers… Games will be played at The Ridge at Laurens on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from June 5 to June 28. Game times will be 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. The top 4 teams will advance to the semifinals on Thursday, July 6 with the championship game being played on Monday, July 10… Registration is open now and will continue until Friday, May 26 at The Ridge at Laurens… The cost to register is $100 per team… Each team will also be responsible for paying a $30 referee fee at each game… There will be a mandatory team captains meeting on Wednesday, May 31 at 6pm at The Ridge at Laurens… For more information, contact Jason Pridgen at or 864-681-7275.
  • CHS Athletic Booster Golf Tournament… Athletic Director Nickie Templeton and Booster Club President Buddy Bridges have released information about the 2107 CHS Booster Club Golf Tournament… This year, the tournament will be held at Musgrove Mill, on July 27…  Registration begins at 8:30…  For more information: CHS Golf Tourney Brochure 2017… This is a major fundraiser for our Red Devil student-athletes, and it is also a lot of fun… GO BIG RED!
  • Clinton YMCA Better Together 50th Anniversary Celebration… The Clinton YMCA will be celebrating their 50th year in operation this June… To help celebrate this milestone the YMCA is offering a way that current members can get 20% off their membership for a year by  referring a new member who also gets the same 20% off for a year… This special celebration offer can be taken advantage of for the remainder of the calendar year… For complete details call the Clinton YMCA at 833-1555 or simply click on the following which has all the details, click here … Don’t let this opportunity to save on Y memberships pass you by and help celebrate the YMCA’s 50th year! !

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