Sports Report for Wednesday, 8-30-2017

Local Notes:


  • Clinton Gets New / Old Region Member Next Year… The executive committee of the SCHSL meet last week to consider appeals to the recently announce re-alignment for the next two school years… A few of the appeals were upheld and some were denied… Those that denied then had the opportunity to present their case to the appellate panel for the final word… Well it seems and old region foe Union County which had appealed their move to Class AAAA did take their case to the appellant committee and found a sympathetic ear… The committee allowed them to remain in Class AAA and they will be in the Region 3 with Clinton, Mid-Carolina, Newberry Emerald and Woodruff…It was a split decision that went 4-3… They will now be the largest AAA school with 1,100 students whereas they would have been the 8th smallest school in AAAA… Clinton with 824 students is in about the middle of Class AAA enrolment wise… All student numbers are from the 135 ADA used by the SCHSL to do the 2018-2020 re-alignment… Kind of makes me wonder if Laurens the third smallest AAAAA school with 1,607 students (Wando with 4,365 is the largest) might have caught a sympathetic ear also.
  • Meet The New Baseball Coach… The CHS Athletic Department and Athletic Director Nickie Templeton invite the community to meet our new varsity baseball coach, Tom Fortman, on September 8, prior to the varsity football game…  Coach Fortman will be on the middle school baseball field with soda and sports drinks from 6:30-7:15 that evening…  Please come out and chat with him before you head into Wilder Stadium to see the Red Devils take on South Aiken.  GO BIG RED!


  • Girls Golf: Riverside 193 – Laurens 233… The Lady Raiders traveled to The Thornblade Club to face Riverside in the season opener… Riverside won the match 193-233. Scores for the Lady Raiders were Hannah Finley 54, Bailey Carder, 59, Anna Gray Rowland and Madison Wilson 60…. Afterwards Coach Jim Iacuone commented “ I thought we handled our first match pretty well… This was the first match ever for Anna Gray and Madison. Only Hannah Finley played this course last year…  I thought everyone played well on a course that is longer and more difficult that our home course..  We travel to Pebble Creek to face Wade Hampton on Thursday.”

Laurens Academy:

  • Volleyball: Laurens Academy 3 – Anderson Christian 0… Sorry no other details on this match other than the fact that the Crusaders won 3-0 to take their first region win.

Middle School Athletics:

  • Jamboree Tonight at KC Hanna Stadium… The local middle schools have been practicing and they are about ready to kick off their season… Tonight at KC Hanna Stadium they four middle schools in Laurens District 55 will hold their annual jamboree where they will play a half of football against each other… The first half of football will pit the Hickory tavern Panthers against the sanders Yellow Jackets starting at 5 pm… After those two teams finish it will be a battle of Tigers as the Laurens Middle School Tigers and the Gray Court-Owings Tigers take the field…. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and concessions will be available… Why don’t you make plans to come on out and watch the future Raiders tonight.

Pro Sports     For more information on each game, click on the score at the start.

  • Braves… The Braves and the Phillies were forced to postpone their game in Philadelphia last night due to bad weather… The game will be made up today (weather permitting) as part of a doubleheader starting a few minutes after noon
  • Drive 2 – Braves 1 (12)… The Greenville Drive started a series wit the Rome Braves up at Flour Field last night and it started on a positive note as the Drive took a 2-1 win but it took them 12 innings to do it… The Braves got on the scoreboard first scoring their run in the 2nd inning o a solo homer and the Drive tied the game in the 7th inning on a solo homer by their center fielder Tyler Hill… The Drive won the game in the bottom of the 12th inning on a walk-off RBI single by Ryan Scott. 

Local Sports Schedule:

  • LDHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • CHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here
  • Laurens Academy: Volleyball
  • Thur. 8-31 host WW King 4/5
  • MS Football: Thur. 8-31 host WW King 6:30
  • Varsity Football Fri. 9-1 host Wardlaw 7:30

 Broadcast Notes

  • Raider Football Broadcast… Our next Laurens varsity football broadcast will be this Friday night when Laurens travels to Chapman… We will start with our Friday Night Insiders program at 6:00 and then go live to KC Hanna Stadium about 6:35 with Doug Holiday calling the game and King Dixon adding his analysis of the game… Mike Hughes will report from the sideline…Our FM in-stadium transmitter will be set on 95.5, 104.1 or 87.9 whichever I find is best when I get there… And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at
  • JV Broadcast… Join us here Thursday as we bring you JV Football action from KC Hanna Stadium as the Raiders host the Panthers in JV football action… We will go live between 7:00 & 7:30.

This & That:

  • Laurens County TD Club… Once again the Laurens County TD Club has a full slate of very interesting speakers lined up for its meetings every other week during the football season out at The Ridge starting at noon on Fridays… each week the local coaches will recap the games their teams have played since the last meeting and the talk about the game that night… There are several levels of sponsorship available and of course you can just come on the day of the meeting for a small fee… Now for a complete list of speakers and other information about the club, click here… If you still have questions, contact Marlene Owings at 864-833-2716 or by email at…. The next meeting will be Friday, September 9th and the featured speaker will be Clay Hendrix Head Football Coach at Furman University coaches as the speakers.
  • 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.
  • Fall Baseball at the City of Laurens Parks & Recreation Department… Registration is now underway for fall baseball at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department at their main office out at The Ridge… There will be “Coaches Pitch” for ages 6-8 and “Kids Pitch” for ages 9-1… Now registration for either is only $40 and registration closes Thursday, August 31… There will be a mandatory skills evaluation on Tuesday September 5…. For any questions about new bat rules or registration questions call The Ridge at 681-7275.
  • Fall Weeball / Tee Ball at the Laurens family YMCA… Now there are also fall baseball opportunities for those ages 3-6 as the Laurens family YMCA has their Weeball & tee ball program… Again the ost is $40 and registration ends August 31… Practice will begin on September 5th at Collyar Park. Please register at the Laurens Family YMCA and call them if you have any questions at 984-2626.
  • Fall Soccer at the Clinton YMCA… Registration is now open at the Clinton Family YMCA for fall soccer… It is open to youth ages 3-12 and will be divided into three age appropriate groups. The deadline to register is September 25th Now for more information like what the age groupings are, when practice starts, where it will be held, cost and other information click here or call the Clinton YMCA at 833-1555
  • Clinton YMCA Better Together 50th Anniversary Celebration… The Clinton YMCA celebrated their 50th year in operation this past 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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