Sports Report for Wednesday, 11-1-2017

Local Notes:

Laurens Academy:

Crusaders Participate in SCISA Class A State Championship Cross Country Meet…  Last Saturday the Laurens Academy Crusader cross country teams were in action down at Heathwood Hall in the SCISA Class A State Championship meet.

  • Girls Finish Second… The Lady Crusader cross country team did very well as they finished second in the meet just 3 points behind Holy Trinity Classical which finished first… The Crusaders were led by Blair Quarles who finished second overall and Ruthie Moore who finished 6th… To see the entire girls’ meet results, click here.
  • Boys Finish Eleventh… The Crusader boys’ team was also in action but they did not do quite as well as they finished 11th… Dawson Foster led the Crusaders finishing 16th overall… To see the complete result for the boys portion of the meet, click here…. Congratulations to the Crusaders for the great showing.

College Notes:

  • College Football Rankings… Well yesterday if you remember I brought you the FBS AP Poll rankings which had Alabama #1 and Georgia #2… Well yesterday the committee that is in charge of setting the 4 teams that make it into the playoff at the end of the year released their first College Football Rankings and they see things just a little differently… They have Georgia at #1 and Alabama at #2… Spots 3 and 4 are held down by Notre Dame and Clemson… Spots 5 & 6 are occupied by Oklahoma and Ohio State… It’s still a long way to the end of the season when the final rankings come out but it is interesting to see some of the reasoning that they are using to justify the rankings… One thing for sure, it is highly likely that Georgia and Alabama will meet in the SEC Championship to iron out that difference… If you want to see the entire top 25 as the committee sees and the posting and comments on the NCAA website where this is located, click here.


  • World Series Game 6: LA 3 – Astros 1… The World Series moved back to Los Angeles last night and the Dodgers who were down a game to the Astros took a 3-1 win to force a winner take all game 7 tonight… The Astros took a 1-0 lead in the third inning but the Dodgers came back to take the lead with a pair of runs in the sixth inning and added an insurance run in the 7th in route to the win… To see details a wrap of the agme and the box score, click here… Game 7 is on Fox tonight and coverage starts at 8:00 pm.

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… None noted 

Broadcast Notes.

  • Raider Football Broadcast… Our next Laurens varsity football broadcast will be this Thursday night when Laurens travels to Rock Hill to take on the Trojans in first round action of the Class AAAAA playoffs… We will go live to Rock Hill 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: 92.3, 87.9 or 101.5… 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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