Sports Report for Monday, 7-23-2017

Local Notes:

Barry Atkinson No Longer Head Trainer at LDHS… It came as a shock to many Raider fans Friday when they found out that Barry Atkinson will not be on the sidelines and courtside at LDHS athletic events this coming school year… Barry has served the student athletes of LDHS and visiting school with some of the best care around as he has been since 1981… For the last several years Barry has been retired as a teacher and served as head trainer only at a reduced salary… According to other media reports Barry was asked to teach again at his present salary or take a pay cut to serve as head trainer only… At that point the Barry decided it was his time to go…. Recently Barry was inducted into the first class of the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame and during his distinguished career has been awarded many other honors… As with many others, I will truly miss him and wish him nothing but the best as he moves into the next phase of his life.


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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17) : 53
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 53
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 58
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 74

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

Braves… The Braves finished their long road trip over the weekend with a 3 game series with the Athletics out in Oakland

  • Friday: Braves 3 – Athletics 1… On Friday the two teams hooked up in a pitcher’s duel and the Braves held a 1-0 lead going into the top of the 9th inning… The Braves plated 2 runs in the top of the 9th and then held on to take a 3-1 win… The Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz (Ful-ta-nev-ich) went 8 innings giving up 1 hit (a homer in the bottom of the 9th before being knotted) while striking out 8 and walking 4.
  • Saturday: Braves 4 – A’s 3… On Saturday there was a little more scoring in the game and again the Braves took a one-run win this time by a score of 7-3… Dansby Swanson had an RBI-double to provide the winning run for the Braves… Swanson had 2 of the Braves 7 hits and had 2 RBIs.
  • Sunday: Braves 4 – A’s 3 (12)… Yesterday the Braves were able to pull the brooms out of the bat bags as they again took a 4-3 win to sweep the Athletics in the series but it was not easy as the game went 12 innings… The game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation and both teams scored a singe run in the 11th inning to make it 3-3… The Braves scored the winning run in the top of the 12th inning on a line drive homer to center field off the bat of Kurt Suzuki… The homer in the 12th was Suzuki’s second solo homer of the game… The Braves are off tonight as they travel home to start a short 2-gane seies wit the Astros tomorrow night at Sun Trust Park.

Drive… The Drive returned home to Flour Field last Friday night to start a 4-game series with the Lexington Legends..

  • Friday: Legends 17 – Drive 7… If you like a baseball game with a lot of offense than you should have been at Flour Filed last Friday night as the two teams combined for 32 hits and 24 runs but the only problem for Drive fans is that the Legends had 20 of the hits and 17 of the runs as they took a 17-7 win over the Drive… The game was only 1-0 Legends going into the top of the 3rd inning where they broke it open scoring 8 runs.
  • Saturday: Drive 5 – Legends 2On Saturday the Drive bounced back scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning and then going on to a 5-2 win… Both teams had 9 hits and the Legends only error of the game aided the Drive in scoring at least one of their runs in the first inning.
  • Sunday: Legends 8 – Drive 4Yesterday the Legends had a big 5th inning where they scored 6 runs and then went on to take an 8-4 win over the Drive… If the Drive want to break even in the 4-game series they will have to beat the Legends tonight at Flour Field in the series finale.

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…. Note: There will be no clinics the week of July 4th.
  • 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!
  • 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…

  • Clinton YMCA: The next camp at the Clinton YMCA is a T-ball camp July 10-13 for boys and girls ages 4-6 that you must sign up for by July 7th … Click here for more information.
  • Laurens YMCA: The next camp at the Laurens YMCA is a Pee-Wee camp for youth ages 3-6 that is to be held July 11-13… The campers will be introduced to T-ball, flag football, soccer, gaga ball & disc golf… Click here for more information.
  • Free Swimming Lessons @ Laurens YMCA… The Laurens Family YMCA along with Kennedy Mortuary are sponsoring FREE swimming lessons for parents and children who are both looking to learn how to swim together… There are two sessions with one beginning on July 10th and the other Juy 19th… They will run Monday thru Thursday each week and will be 30 minutes each… There are different time periods based on the age of the child (3-6, 7-10a and 11-15)…. For more information and an application form, click here.

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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