Sports Report for Monday, 6-26-2017


  • District 56 Boards Votes to Start Improvements to Wilder Stadium… In case you missed it on the WLBG news last Friday, I’ll take a moment here to again mention that last Thursday night the Laurens School District 56 Board of Trustees voted to approve a 1.4 million bond issue to start needed upgrades to Wilder Stadium… The monies will most likely not be enough to complete all the goals set out in the in the Wilder Improvement Drive about 4 years ago according to Dr. David O’Shields it will be a start after the priorities of handicap accessibility, restrooms and concession / ticket booths are taken care of, they will launch other efforts to take care of other identified needs. 

CWS is All SEC Affair… The College World Series Finals kickoff tonight at 7:00 pm on ESPN and in case you didn’t know the finals will be an all SEC affair as Florida and LSU will be playing in the best of 3 series finals…. For more information on the following or the CWS finals click here to go to the interactive bracket.

  • LSU… The Tigers made it to the finals by defeating the top seeded Oregon State Beavers twice over the weekend… They defeated the Beavers 3-1 last Friday and 6-1 last Saturday handing the Beavers just their 5th and 6th loss of the season.
  • Florida… The gators only needed to defeat TCU once to make it to the finals but TCU managed to hold off elimination on Friday by taking a 9-2 win over the Gators on Friday… The Gators rebounded to take a 3-0 win on Saturday thus setting up the SEC showdown in the finals… 

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17) : 60
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 60
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 66



Pro Sports    For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

Braves… The Braves finished their current home stand over the weekend hosting the NL Central leading Milwaukie Brewers.

  • Friday: Braves 5 – Brewers 4… The first game of the series on Friday night both teams had to fight the rain in a nail-bitter the Braves took the lead early and then held on to take a 5-4 win over the Brew Crew… The Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips supplied a lot of the Braves offense with a homer and a RBI double.
  • Saturday: Braves 3 – Brewers 1… On Saturday the Braves assured themselves of the series win by taking a 3-1 win over the Brewers… Both teams scored single runs in the first inning and Brandon Philips again came through for the Braves as he had a two-run homer in the third inning to provide what proved to be the winning runs for the Braves… The Braves knuckleballer RA Dickey picked up the win going 7 strong innings giving up the run while striking out 6 and walking just 1.
  • Sunday: Brewers 7 – Braves 0… Sunday the Brewers avoided the series sweep as they scored 7 runs on 11 hits while the held the Braves to just 5 hits and no runs in a 7-0 defeat of the Braves and broke the Braves 4 game winning streak… Two of the Brewers 11 hits were homers… The Braves have the night off as they board the planes and travel to the west coast to start a 6-game road trip with the first stop being in Oakland tomorrow night.

Drive… The Greenville Drive completed their 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs at Flour Field over the weekend… As you may recall the RiverDogs won the first game last Thursday by a score of 2-1.

  • Friday: Charleston 4 – Drive 3… On Friday the RiverDogs won another one-run game as they took a 4-3 win over the Drive… The game was scoreless until the 6th inning when the Drive scored the first run of the game but the RiverDogs responded with 3 runs in the top of the 7th… Greenville tied it with 3 in the bottom of the 7th only to give up the winning run in the top of the 8th on a Charleston homer.
  • Saturday: Drive 5 – Charleston 4 (10)… The Drive did rebound to win Saturday’s game by a score of 5-4 in 10 innings… The Drive trailed 4-2 going into the 8th inning when they scored 2 runs to tie the game and then scored the winning run on 3 consecutive singles leading off the 10th inning.
  • Sunday: Charleston 8 – Drive 5… Then yesterday the RiverDogs scored 6 runs in the second inning to go up 7-0 and then went on to take an 8-5 win over the Drive giving them a 3-1 edge in the 4-game series… Two of Charleston’s 11 hits were homers… The Drive now hit the road and take a short drive up to Ashville for a 4-game series with the Tourist starting tonight. 

This & That:

  • Raider Softball Clinics… Coach Haley Register Satterfield the new head coach of the of the Laurens Raider varsity softball team will be holding FREE softball clinics at LDHS this summer… The clinics are open to all young ladies between the ages of 8 and 13 who are interested in learning to play softball and depending on participation they may lead to a travel team being formed this summer… The clinics will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between the hours of 7:00 – 8:15 pm… The clinics will end July 31st and there will not be any clinics during the July 4th week.… Each young lady needs to bring a glove, bat, tennis shoes and cleats to practice… If you have any questions about this, contact coach Satterfield at
  • Raider Youth Baseball Camp… Coach Patterson, his staff and both current and former players will be conducting a youth baseball camp July 10-13… The camp is open to all youth in the community between the ages of 7-13…. The basic fundamentals including throwing, catching, hitting, base running, and pitching will be covered… Water and snacks for the campers will be provided with plenty of breaks between periods each day… The camp will be held at Ed Prescott Field between the hours of 5:00 – 7:30 pm and the cost is $40 (cash only) per camper… If you click here you will find more information as to what you should bring and a form that needs to be completed and signed by the parents and brought to the camp when you register that morning… Raider Baseball wants to provide our youth baseball players with the proper instructions on how to become a successful baseball player, and also an idea of what it takes to be RAIDER!
  • MLB All-Star Game Ballot… The MLB All-Star Game is scheduled to be played in Miami on July 11th… If you would like to vote for your favorite player(s) you may do so by clicking here which will take you to the MLB website’s page where the ballot is located.
  • Laurens Parks & Recreation Youth Football Camp….The Laurens Parks and Recreation Dept. is having a youth football camp on July 22nd for youth ages 7-12… The camp is designed to teach the proper fundamentals of football and to give the attendees experience and knowledge of what it takes to make it to the NFS… Autwan Edwards, Rahim Abdullah and Airese Currie all of whom are NFL draftees will be coaching the camp… Ramon Robinson an elite QB coach in the southeast will also be one of the coaches… The cost of the camp is $65 and those who register will automatically be registered for the Parks and Recreation youth tackle football program this fall….You do noy have to be a resident of Laurens to attend and you do not have to play in the youth football program this fall to attend…If you have questions or want more details contact the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department at       681-7275 or email them at
  • 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! !


Sport and Specialty Camps at the Clinton & Laurens YMCA as well as Presbyterian College 

The Family YMCAs of Clinton and Laurens want to remind you that they have a full summer of specialty camps and activities available for the youth of our area… If you go to the WLBG home page and look down in the Featured Sports section on the right side toward the bottom of the page, you will find a posting that has information about these camps at both YMCAs or simply click here to go to that posting…



2017 PC Sports Camps… PC has different sports camps throughout the summer… Below are the next couple of camps that I know of being held at PC.

  • PC 2017 Elite Residential Boys Soccer Camp…       July 13 – 16… Boys 11-18The Presbyterian College Elite Residential Camp is intended to put college-bound elite high school soccer player in the best possible environment in this intense four-day camp. During the day, camper will be in high-level technical and tactical training session conducted by the Presbyterian College staff or other high level college coaches from the area. In the evening players will be coached and evaluated in 11 vs.11 match play…. It is open to boys ages 11-18 and the cost is $450.00 (more or less) for each camper… For more information on how to register and what to bring, click here.
  • Elite Football Camp…July 15th, 10:00– 3:00 pm… The Coach Tommy Spangler Elite Football Camp is designed for high school juniors and seniors to receive individual instruction from the Presbyterian College coaching staff…  Campers will receive instruction in Fundamentals, Skills, and Techniques as well as one-on-one drills…  Our camps are designed to make each participant a better football player while creating a fun and competitive environment…. The cost is $40… For more information on how to register, cost and what to bring, click here.
  • Boys Evening Day Soccer Camp… August 4-6…Boys 5-15… This camp is designed to help young men improve their skills at any level through teaching fundamentals and game play…       … For more information on how to register and what to bring, click here.

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