Sports Report for Thursday, 11-9-2017

Local Notes:

Laurens Academy:

Taylor Campbell Signs with Newberry College… Yesterday just before lunch, Laurens Academy senior Taylor Campbell signed a letter of intent to continue her education and basketball career next year at Newberry College… The entire school and coaches assembled in the gym along with her family to witness the event… Coach Todd Kirk opened with a few remarks pointing out that was Taylor was doing was due to a lot of hard work by her both on and off the court…He challenged them to follow in her footsteps to achieve their goals and one day be assembled there for a similar event…  I invite you to look below to see a short interview done with Taylor after the signing and a few photos at its end… Congratulations to Taylor!

College Notes:

College Basketball Season Kicks Off Tomorrow… For most of the college teams around the area the regular season kicks off tomorrow… Let’s take a look at who will be playing where.

  • PC Men…. Coach Dustin Kerns kicks off his inaugural season as the Head Coach of the Blue Hose men’s basketball team tomorrow as the team travels to Knoxville to take on the Volunteers in a 7:00 pm contest… He comes to PC after a seven year stint as an assistant coach at Wofford… last year the Blue Hose were 5-25 on the season.
  • PC Women… The Lady Blue Hose will open their season on the west coast as they travel to San Diego, CA to take on San Diego State in a 3:00 pm contest… The team finished last season with an 13-18 record and Coach Todd Steelman and the team look to improve on that this season in his second year at the helm.
  • Clemson Men… Coach Brad Brownell is entering his eighth season in charge of the Clemson men’s basketball team and he and the team are striving to improve on the team’s 17-16 record last year where they were eliminated in the first round of the NIT at home… They open at home tomorrow night as they host Western Carolina in a 7:00 pm contest at Littlejohn Coliseum.
  • Clemson Women… Coach Audra Smith hopes to improve upon the Lady Tigers 14-16 record last year in her fourth year as the head coach at Clemson… They open play tomorrow morning at 11:00 am as they host Kennesaw State at Littlejohn Coliseum in an 11:00 am contest.
  • SC Men… The South Carolina men’s basketball team is coming off one of the better seasons in the team’s history as they finished the year 26-11 overall and made it all the way to the Final Four where they fell in the semi-finals to Gonzaga 77-73… Coach Martin is surely not one to rest on his or the team’s laurels and he knows that if this year’s team wants to duplicate last season, they have a long road filled with hard works ahead this season… They kick off their season tomorrow night as they travel up I-26 to Spartanburg to take on the Wofford Terriers in a 7:00 pm contest which I believe you can see on ESPN 3…. It will be the first official game in the new Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium that was donated to the school by the Panthers owner,
  • SC Women… Coach Dawn Staley and the Gamecock Lady Basketball team finished their season last year with a 33-4 record and a national Championship the first in the programs history… The team is ranked #3 in the nation in pre-season polls but Coach Staley will quickly tell you that graduation and the WNBA took a few of her key players from last year’s team… Still she has a good nucleus left from last year’s team and some key additions may help them make it back to the Final Four… They start their quest tomorrow night as they host Alabama State at the Colonial Life Center in a 7:00 pm contest that can be seen on the SEC Network.

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, November 17th and it will be Clemson – Carolina Day… The featured speakers Don Munson Voice of the Clemson Tigers and Clyde Wrenn USC Director of High School Relations… This is always a great meeting so make plans to attend!
  • 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 mowings@laurenscounty.org 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.
  • Youth Basketball in Laurens… Youth basketball registration through the City of Laurens and the Laurens Family YMCA is now open… If your child is ages 3-6 or 13-15 they will register at the Laurens YMCA and they must do so by 1-2-2017… If you child is ages 7-12 they will register at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation offices located at The Ridge… Registration for these ages closes Dec. 1, 2017… The fee at either facility is $40 per child… Specific information for each league will be given out at the time of registration… If you have any questions you call the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation office at 681-7275 of the Laurens YMCA at 984-2626.
  • Youth Basketball and Cheer at Clinton YMCA… The Clinton Family YMCA is offering open registration for ‘Youth Basketball’ and Cheerleading for six (6) playing divisions and Cheer through the December 12th registration deadline…. To see complete information such as age groupings, fall-out dates, fees and who to call if you want more information, click here.

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