Sports Report for Thursday, 10-26-2017

Local Notes:


  • Tennis: CHS 6 – Powdersville 1… I need to catch up with the Red Devil girls’ tennis team which was in action back on Tuesday but I just received the score of their match at Powdersville yesterday… The #3 seeded Red Devils traveled to Powdersville to take on the #1 seeded Patriots in second round action in the Class AAA playoffs and the ride back was a happy one as the Red Devils advanced to the third round by taking a 6-1 win… Elizabeth Jones, Mary Catherine Dailey, Gerri Hill, and Gracie Spangler all took wins in singles action… Jones and Dailey teamed up to form the #1 doubles team and defeat their opponents as did the #2 doubles team of Mary Grace Johnson and Aaliyah Johnston…. For complete match details, click here… The win on Tuesday allowed the Red Devils to advance to the third round and travel to Woodruff to take on the Wolverines a  region opponent yesterday… At the time of this report being recorded, I still had not been informed of those results.


  • 9th Grade & JV Broadcast… Join us here Thursday as we bring you 9th Grade JV Football action from KC Hanna Stadium as the Raiders host the Greenwood Eagles in a doubleheader of 9th grade & JV football… We will go live between about 5:30 for the 9th grade game and then the JV game will follow about 15 minutes after the 9th grade game finishes (about 7:30)… And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at

Laurens Academy:

  • MS FB: WW King 48 – LA 18… The Crusader middle school football team closed out their season last night at Todd Kirk Field and the news is not what I like to report as the Knights took a 48-18 win over the Crusaders… Sorry no other details.

Middle School Athletics:

  • LMS 40 – Sanders 14… Yesterday at KC Hanna Stadium the Sanders Yellow Jackets and the LMS Tigers closed out their football season as they met for their annual battle for the mythical City Championship… It was close games at the half as the Tigers only led 14-6 but in the second half the Tigers broke the game open as they went on to take a 40-14 win… The Tigers scored on the first play of the game as Zy’Tavius Todd rambled down the left side for a 55 yard TD… The 2-point conversion was successful as James Rawl connected with Devon Redd to make it 8-0 with 7:26 left in the first quarter… On the third play of the Tigers next possession, sanders Ty Roberson had pick-six that was returned about 70 yards for the score… The extra point conversion failed and the score stood 8-6 Tigers with 3:27 left in the first quarter… Todd had another TD run just before the end of the quarter to make the score 14-6 which is where it stood at the half as neither team score in the second quarter..  The Tigers then went on the score 26 unanswered points in the second half before Sanders finally got on the board with 1:36 left in the game on a 70 yard run by Ty Roberson and the ensuing 2-point conversion made when Andrew Kuykendall connected with Vantavious Butler… In the second half Todd had a 20 yard TD run to give him 3 in the game… Rawl had 2 TD passes one to Devon Redd and the other to Waldrick Burnside… Jay Pulley closed out the scoring for the Tigers when he connected with Tre Massey for a 42 yard score… In addition to his pick-six, Roberson had another interception for the Yellow Jackets.


  • World Series Game 2: Astros 7 – Dodgers 6 (11)… Well in case you did not stay up late enough to catch all 11 innings of game 2 of the World Series in LA, I’ll tell you that the Astros evened the series at one game apiece by taking a 7-6 win in 11 innings…  The two teams traded the lead several times and the Astros Marwin Gonzalez tied the game at 3-3 with a homer in the 9th inning to send it into extra innings… Both teams scored twice in the 10th inning and in the 11th the Astros’ George springer had a 2-run homer to give the Astros a 7-5 lead… The Dodgers then scored a run in the bottom of the 11th but the rally fell short as the Astros took the 7-6 win… For more details on the game, click here…. The series now moves to Houston with game 3 taking place tomorrow at 8pm.

Sports Schedules for this Week

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:

  • Varsity Football: Friday the Crusaders travel to Northside Christian in Columbia for their last regular season game starting at 6:30. 

Broadcast Notes.

  • Raider Football Broadcast… Our next Laurens varsity football broadcast will be this Friday night when Laurens travels to Greenwood to take on the Eagles… We will start with our Friday Night Insiders program at 6:05 and then go live to Greenwood about 6:35 with Doug Holiday calling the game and Mike Hughes adding his analysis of the game… Coach Rob Sheffield will report from the sideline…Our FM in-stadium transmitter will be set to one of the following depending on which I find is best when I get there: 95.7 or 101.9… And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at

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, November 3rd and the featured speaker will be Buddy Pough Head Football Coach of the South Carolina State Bulldogs.
  • 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
  • Joe Adair Outdoor Education Fundraiser… The Joe R. Adair Outdoor Education Center is having a chicken stew fundraiser to raise money for maintenance of the center, supplies, or helping us achieve our purpose… The center is a great educational resource used by students of all ages in both Laurens School Districts 55 & 56 … The stew is $7.50 per quart and will be available at the center between 10 am and 3pm on Friday, November 3rd… You can preorder by emailing or calling the Joe Adair Center at 984-5492
  • Laurens County Chamber of Commerce Oyster Roast… The Laurens County Chamber of Commerce 10th annual College Football Fan Challenge Oyster Roast which will be on Thursday, November 9th out at the chamber’s office… It features all you can eat and drink and food service starts at 6 pm but the gates open at 5 pm… There will be steamed oysters, low country boil, chicken gumbo, as well as silent and live auctions… Tickets are $40 each and are on sale now… Contact Marlene Owings at 864-833-2716 or to purchase tickets, or inquire about sponsorship opportunities!
  • 18th Annual Laurens Family YMCA Rein Deer Run… The 18th Annual Laurens Family YMCA Rein Deer Run is coming up on Saturday, December 9th… A few things have changed for this year and I want to make sure you are all aware of it… If you click here, you will open a flyer that has registration information, registration fee, sponsor levels and other information including the fact that you need to register by November 17th to avoid late registration fees… You will notice, a parent can complete a registration form AND register his/her children for the fun run on the same form… Also there are discounts for teams… New this year will be inflatables for those children that register for the fun run, a Dress like a Reindeer Costume Contest and a drop box to benefit the Toy Drive for the Laurens City Police…. Again click here for more information or call the YMCA at 984-2626
  • Breakfast with Santa… The Laurens family YMCA is also having Breakfast with Santa again this year on Saturday, December 16th… The tickets for this event will again be $5 and everyone entering MUST have a ticket… This covers the cost of breakfast, photo with Santa and lots of games, crafts and activities… Tickets will go sale at the front desk of the YMCA on November 1st… New This Year will be a Merry Market… They will have several small businesses set up “markets” for last minute Christmas gift purchasing… If you or someone you know that may be interested in participating in the Merry Market, please have them contact the YMCA at 984-2626… That is the number to call for more information about the event in total or click here to open up a flyer about the event.
  • 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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