Sports Report for Friday, 8-11-2017

 Local Notes:

Clinton O-Zone All-Stars Fall Just Short of Title… The Clinton O-Zone All-Star team played two games out in Oxford, AL yesterday so let’s catch up with them.

  • Clinton 4 – Tennessee 3… In the first game Clinton played at 10am yesterday morning, they took a 4-3 win over Tennessee to punch their ticket into the finals against unbeaten Alabama knowing they would have to beat them twice to claim the championship.
  • Alabama 7 – Clinton 3… In the second game of the day yesterday afternoon, Clinton found itself tied 3-3 with Alabama going into the 6th inning… Unfortunately Clinton could not hold them scoreless the rest of the way as Alabama went on to take a 7-3 win thus capturing the O-Zone World Series Championship… Coach Matt Stewart said he was proud of his team’s effort against the best in the nation… The team is to be congratulated for winning the state title and being one of the last two teams playing… A lot of other teams wish they could say that. 

Clinton and Laurens Both Take Wins at Woodruff Jamboree.

  • Clinton 20 – Blue Ridge 7… The Clinton Red Devil offense looked strong last night as they rolled to a 20-7 win over the Blue Ridge Tigers in a half of football… Darien Bailey and Kris Holmes both d rushing TDs for the Red Devils and quarterback Konnor Richardson hit Dawson Green for a TD… The Red Devil defense also looked very respectable and Tquan Cromer had 2 interceptions in the half of football…. The Tigers only score came with about 13 seconds left and it was on a 1 yard run
  • Laurens 9 – Woodruff 7… The Laurens Raiders showed a good deal of improvement last night from their previous scrimmages as they took a 9-7 win over the host Woodruff Wolverines… Laurens ground game was the bread and butter of the offense last night as Troy Dendy must have had over 120 yards rushing… Laurens first two drives were stopped on interceptions and the defense kept Woodruff off the board in the first quarter… Laurens got on the board first in the second quarter on a 25 fiels goal by Luke Mann…. Woodruff responded going the length of the field to score and go up 7-3 with 4:37 left in the contest… The R aiders then marched down the field themselves Troy Dendy breaking off some big runs… Duane Marin carried the ball in for the Raiders only TD and they went up 9-7 as the PAT failed with 2:01 left… Woodruff then marched down the field and had a pass completion to the Laurens 1 was then fumbled into and then out of the end zone for a touchback with 1:04 left and the Raiders ran the clock out.

Scrimmages and Jamborees Tonight

  • Clinton… Tonight the Clinton Red Devils will be hosting Game Night starting at 7:00pm… Ben Lipton will be taking on Woodruff in the first half of play and then Clinton will take the field against Strom Thurmond… after that.. Admission will be charged and it will be $5… Only SCHSL passes will be accepted according to what is on the CHS Athletics website…
  • Laurens Academy… Laurens Academy will also be hosting a 3-team scrimmage tonight starting at 6:00 pm… The Crusaders will take on WW King in the first part of the scrimmage and then WW King will take on Richard Winn Academy… In the final competition of the night, the Crusaders and Richard Winn will tangle with each other… There is no admission charge to this event and the concession stand will be open.

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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 14
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 14
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 23
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 36 

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. 

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

  • BravesThe 51-61 Braves were off last night and start a road trip tonight with the first stop being in St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in a 3-game series.
  • Drive 3 – Braves 2 (16)… The Greenville Drive came back home to Flour Field last night to start a 4-game series with the Rome Braves…. The fans who attended were treated to some “free baseball” as the game went 16 innings before the Drive won it by a score of 3-2…The game was tied 2-2 at the end of 9 innings and remained that way until the Drives’ third baseman Bobby Dalbec led off the bottom of the 16th inning with a solo homer to give the Drive the win.
  • 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 today from 93:10 – 5:10 pm and then on Saturday and Sunday they will be on the field from 9:25 am to 11:30 am… Sunday is the last day of camp for the Panthers in Spartanburg so your chances to go see them are almost gone.

This & That:

  • Back to School Celebration This Saturday in Gray Court… This coming Saturday (August 12th) there will be a Back to School Celebration for students in grades K4-12 who live in the Gray Court – Owens attendance area… The event is being sponsored by Be Relevant a community group in Gray Court… The event will take place in the lot beside the Town Hall and will run from 11am – 2 pm.
  • Met The Devils… Meet the Devils for fall sports will be on Thursday, August 17, at 6:00 in the CHS gym.  JV and varsity cheerleaders, JV and varsity volleyball players, girls’ tennis players, cross country team members, and the JV and varsity football teams will be recognized. CMS cheerleaders, volleyball players, and football players will also receive recognition.  Come out and support YOUR Red Devils!  GO BIG RED!
  • 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!

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