Sports Report for Thursday, 8-3-2017

Local Notes: 

Re-Alignment Shuffles Clinton & Laurens Next School Year… Yesterday the SCHSL announced the proposed re-alignment for high school athletics starting with the 2018-2019 school year.

  • Clinton… The Clinton Red Devils will remain in Class AAA Region 3 but will have some changes as the other members of the region… Chapman and Broome will be moving out and Emerald will be moving into the region… Mid-Carolina, Newberry and Woodruff will remain in the region thus Clinton will be in a 5-team region… Clinton with 824 students will be in about the middle of the pack attendance wise as the largest 3-A school is Camden (988 students) and the smallest is Landrum (641 students).
  • Laurens… The Laurens Raiders will also be seeing their region change even more than Clinton… Laurens will be moving from 5A-Region 2 to 5A-Region 1 and the opponents will be very familiar to the Raiders… Laurens will be in an 8-teqm region made up of Ealey, Greenwood, JL Mann, TL Hannah, Wade Hampton, Westside and Woodmont… Gone are Hillcrest, Mauldin, and Riverside who remain in 5A-Region II… Of the 48 school in the 5A classification, Wando with 4,365 students in the largest while Laurens with 1,607 students is the 46th smallest with York being the smallest with 1,573 students.
  • Entire Re-AlignmentTo go to the SCHSL website to see the entire re-alignment for 2018-2020 click here.


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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 22
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 22
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 28
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 44 

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here…. By the way, this Friday night (8-5-17) at 7 pm they will have their High School Red Zone Preview Show… Think I’ll tune in. 

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

  • Braves 5 – Dodgers 3… The Braves snapped their losing streak at 8 games last night by taking a 5-3 win over the Dodgers in Atlanta… The game was tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the 8th inning when Tyler Flowers came off the bench to pinch hit for the Braves pitcher and smacked a 2-run, two out homer to bring in what would prove to be the winning runs for the Braves… In the second inning the Braves leftfielder Danny Santana also had a 2-run homer … The final game of the 3-game series with the Dodgers will take place tonight at Sun Trust Park with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
  • Drive 1 – Tourist 0… There is also good news for Greenville Drive fans as they took a 1-0 win over the Ashville Tourist last night at Flour Field… As you might imagine it was pretty much a pitcher’ duel as the Tourist managed only 5 hits in the game to the Drive’s 6 but that one hit difference was a big one as in the 5th inning the Drive’s third baseman Bobby Dalbec had a solo homer (7) to provide the one run they needed… The win allowed the Drive to avoid a sweep by the Tourist of the 3-game series and the Drive will now start a 7-game road trip with the first stop being down on the coast to start a 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs tonight.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here…. The Panthers will be on the practice field this morning from 9:25 – 11:0 am.

This & That:

  • Laurens Family YMCA Kids Splash & Dash… Once again this year the Laurens Family YMCA in cooperation with the Laurens County Memorial Hospital / Greenville Health System are having the popular Kids Splash and dash on Saturday August 4th… This is a good way for kids 3-11 to get a taste of multi-sport competition without the pressure of as full triathlon…. There will be 3 different age groupings; 3-5, 6-8 and 9-11… Each group will have different lengths of swimming and running tailored to their age grouping… The event will start at 10 am and end by 11 am after which lunch will be served…. Following that they will have their awards ceremony… The cost is only $15 if you register at the YMCA and family members are invited to root on the competitors… You can register online by clicking here….
  • Clinton YMCA Fall Flag Football and Cheerleading… Registration is now open for flag football and cheerleading at the Clinton Family YMCA… For flag football there will be 3 age groupings 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12…. Cheerleading is open to youth in grades K-6…. For more information including cost, fall-out dates, click here… The last day to register is Friday, August 18th… Of course you can call the Clinton YMCA at 833-1555.
  • Red Devil Season Football Tickets on Sale …. Season football tickets for Red Devil football are now on sale at CHS. .  During the summer dates we will sell season tickets Monday through Thursday from 8:30-1:30 in the athletics office located in the main gym…  When school starts back on August 17th tickets will be sold 8:30-1:30 Monday through Friday…  Please enter through the main entrance of the gym, and Kathy Schumpert’s office is to the left and first office on the left (beside the men’s restroom in the gym lobby).  Kathy will also have membership forms for you to sign up with the CHS Booster Club as well…  Season Tickets will be $45 for one season ticket and one parking pass…  It will be $90 for two season tickets and one parking pass…  If you are a senior pass holder, you may purchase a parking pass for $20…  Parking spaces are limited, so they will be issued on a first come first serve basis… All senior pass holders must come to pick up a new senior pass this year!!!!  Senior passes will be printed each year starting with this up and coming school year…  All seniors may pick up their new senior pass in the athletics office and may come during the hours listed above…  All seniors must be prepared to show an ID to Kathy Schumpert…  In order to receive a senior pass, an individual must be at least 65 years old or older… If you need to make arrangements for an alternate time to pick up season tickets or senior passes, please call Kathy Schumpert at 864-938-1981 or Nickie Templeton at 864-938-1982.
  • LDHS Athletic Booster Club – Century Club Membership… Membership renewal letters and forms for the Laurens Athletic Booster Club Century Club have been mailed to last year’s members… Now if you did not get yours or you would like to join the Century Club, don’t worry I have links to all the information you need to know about it here… To find out what you get with the Century Club (reserved seats, parking, passes to other regular season home sports, etc.) and cost, click here…. For the application form and instructions on how to join, click here… For the price this is the best value on attending Raider home athletic events!
  • 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 and the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department. 

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: No further summer camps… See above for flag football and cheerleading information.
  • Laurens YMCA: The next camp at the Laurens YMCA is a soccer camp for youth ages 7-15 that will take place from Tuesday, August 8 to Thursday, August 10th…The camp will be conducted by the Lakeland Toros a Greenwood based soccer team… The camp will be in the mornings from 9-11 am and with the experience of the Toros should be an excellent camp!… Click here for more information.

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.

  • 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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