Sports Report for Thursday, 11-2-2017

Local Notes:


  • Raiders Face Northwestern Tonight… The Laurens Raiders (3-7) travel to Rock Hill tonight in first round action in the Class AAAAA playoffs to take on the Northwestern Trojans (6-4)… The Raiders finished fourth in Region II-AAAAA (2-3) while the Trojans finished in a tie for first place in Region IV-AAAAA with Rock Hill and Nation Ford with a region record of 3-1 and won the top spot on the region’s tie breaking procedure… The Raiders are no stranger to Northwestern as the two teams met in the opening round of the Class-AAAA playoffs back in 2015 and the Trojans took a 46-7 win over the Raiders and went on to win the Class-AAAA Championship handily… The Trojans are averaging just over 27 points per game on offense while their defense is allowing just under 25 points per game… The Trojan offensive line is anchored by 6’3, 265 pound Shrine Bowl player Caderrus (KD) Canty.. They also have two players selected for the Touchstone Energy North-South All-Star game and they are defensive lineman Chance Miller (6’1 – 260) and wide receiver Jordan Starkes (6’0 – 185)… The Trojans are being led by interim head coach james Martin who took over after back to back losses to Byrnes (48-14) and Spartanburg (40-14) in mid-September when the former head coach and offensive coordinator were fired… As usual, kick off is at 7:30 pm and please note the team does not play on the campus of Northwestern HS but instead at District 3 Stadium which they share with Rock Hill HS which will be hosting Mauldin tomorrow night… For GPS purposes, the address of the stadium is 210 South Cherry Road, Rock Hill, SC… If you would like to see the Trojans schedule and results for this year, click here…  We will go live to District 3 Stadium about 6:40 today for our pregame show and if you are carrying your FM radio, 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


  • Houston 5 – Dodgers 1… In game 7 of the World Series last night out in LA, the Houston Astros scored 2 runs in the first inning and 3 in the second inning as they went on to take a 5-1 win over the Dodgers to claim the MLB World Series Championship for this year… The Astros George Springer had a 2-run homer in the second inning to give him 5 homers in the series tying the record for most homers in the series with the Phillies Chase Utley in 2009 and the Yankees “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson in 1977… For this he was named the Series MVP… For more details and stats on the game, click here.

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.
  • 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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