Sports Report for Thursday, 9-14-2017

College Sports:

  • FBS AP Poll… The latest FBS AP Football Poll came out late Sunday night and in case you missed it I thought I’d give you a quick recap of it… #1 is still Alabama but former #5 Oklahoma jumps from #5 to #2 since they defeated former #2 Ohio State… Clemson still hold down #3 and USC (the west coast pretender) moves from #6 to #4… Penn State drops a spot to #5 and Washington moves up a notch to #6… Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin round out the top 10 in that order…. To see the entire AP top 25, click here.
  • FCS Coaches Poll… Now in the FCS Coaches Poll the top 4 remain the same as last week and they are James Madison, North Dakota State, Sam Houston State and South Dakota State… Wofford moves up a spot from #10 to #9 and The Citadel remains at #13 (hope they are not superstitious)…. Charleston Southern is also in the top 25 checking in at #19… In order to see the entire top 25 in the Coaches Poll, click here.

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

  • Braves 8 Nationals 2… The Braves made it two in a row over the Nationals up in DC last night as they took an 8-2 win… The game was tied 2-2 going into the 7th inning when the Braves broke it open by scoring 6 runs… The big blow in the inning was a grand slam homerun by Matt Kemp.
  • Drive 2 – Intimidators 0… The Greenville Drive are just one game away from capturing their first ever South Atlantic League Championship as they took a 2-0 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators up in NC last night to take a 2 games to none lead in the best of five series… The Drive pitchers set the pace as they allowed just 3 hits while the Drive bats produced 6 hits one of which was a solo homer by the Drive’s catcher Rolandi Baldwin in the third inning… The Drive can clinch the championship tonight as the series now shifts to Flour Field with a 7:05 first pitch. 

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. host Newberry Acad. (4/5pm)
  • MS Football: Thur. 9-14 Newberry Academy at home 6:30
  • Varsity Football Fri. 9-15 host Cathedral Academy and its Grandparents Day kickoff at 7:30 

Broadcast Notes

  • Middle School Football Broadcast…. Join us here Thursday at 5:00 pm as we bring you all the action live from Wilder Stadium as the CMS Wildcat 7th grade team takes on the Gray Court-Owings in middle school football action…. And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at www.wlbg.com.
  • Raider Football Broadcast… Our next Laurens varsity football broadcast will be this Friday night when Laurens host Boiling Springs… 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 95.7… And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at www.wlbg.com.

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 mowings@laurenscounty.org…. The next meeting will be Friday, September 22nd and the featured speaker will be Penn Wagers ACC replay official.
  • Throw Back Night at CHS… On Friday September 22, the Clinton Red Devils will honor the 1977 and 1987 State Championship teams during “Throwback Night” in their game versus Chesnee… All members and coaches of the two championship teams are invited to attend… Special jerseys will be worn that replicate the 1977 state championship uniforms and will have a commerative patch that honor both teams… All team members are encouraged to email Coach Webb at andrewwebb@lcsd56g.com if you plan on attending… After the game, all team members and coaches are invited to go to the high school to eat “Friday Night Chicken” in the school cafeteria with the team… The throwback uniforms will be available to purchase for $50… The State Champion members will have the first opportunity to buy the jersey, and then they will go on sale to the public. Go Big Red!
  • 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
  • Flag Football at the Laurens YMCA… Registration in now open thorough October 1st for flag football at the Laurens YMCA… Registration is open to youth ages 3-14 and the cost is $50 for YMCA members and $60 for non-members… Practices will begin at 5:45 on October 2nd and games and practices will be on Mondays and Thursdays… For more information call the Laurens YMCA at 984-2626.
  • Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations for 2018 Class… The Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations through October 31st for their second class, the Class of 2018… Those selected will be inducted March 27, 2018 in a 6:30 pm ceremony at The Ridge… But first you the general public must nominate those you think are worthy and fall into the set criteria for inclusion in the hall… For more information about who is in the hall already, criteria those nominated have to meet and other information about the hall, click here… Nomination forms are available at www.laurenscountysportshalloffame.comFor any questions about the Laurens County Sports Hall of fame, contact Billy Dunlap at bdunlap@golaurens.com
  • 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!

If you have any comments, suggestions, or want to reports scores, please contact me via email at: sports@wlbg.com or text me at 864-981-3470.