Sports Report for Thursday, 12-16-2017

College Notes:

  • AP Div. I AP Basketball Poll… Now that the college basketball season is under way I thought I’d catch you up on the D-I AP Basketball Poll… Duke checks in at #1 with Michigan St. #2… The balance of the top 5 is Arizona, Kansas and Villanova… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Wichita State, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina and Southern California… If you would like to see the entire poll, click here.
  • Women’s D-I AP Poll… Turning to the women’s side of Division I basketball, perineal powerhouse UConn holds down the #1 spot with Texas, Baylor, South Carolina and Louisville rounding out the top 5 in that order… Notre Dame, Mississippi State, UCLA, Ohio State and Oregon hold down spots 6-10… To see the entire poll, click here

 PC Notes

  • WBK: PC 83 – USC Upstate 69… The Lady Blue Hose basketball team picked up their first win of the season last night as they defeated the Lady Spartans of USC Upstate 83-69 in Spartanburg… Cortney Storey led the team with 27 points which tied her career high…. If you would like more information on the game, click here
  • PC Soccer Plays UNC Wilmington Today… A quick reminder that the PC men’s soccer team travels to UNC Wilmington tonight for a 7 pm match with the Seahawks in first round action of the NCAA Division I Soccer Tournament… For more information on this match including where you will be able to watch the match, click here
  • USC Upstate to Join Big South Conference… Yesterday it was announced that the USC Upstate will be joining the Big South Conference effective July 1, 2018… Pending approval by the USC Board of Trustees… They will come on board as a full member and be eligible for all conference championships… The Spartans have 17 varsity sports at the Division I level in but do not play football and according to reports do not plan on adding football…  The biggest benefit for the Spartans is reduced travel when compared to their present situation…. For more background on this, click here to see the posting concerning this on the Big South website or click here to see a posting on the USC Upstate athletic website about this.

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 17th and it will be Clemson – Carolina Day… The featured speakers Don Munson Voice of the Clemson Tigers and Mauricus “Moe” Brown played receiver for the South Carolina Gamecocks from 2006-09 when he caught 85 passes for 1,124 yards and four touchdowns…Brown serves on the University of South Carolina’s Board of Visitors and is the immediate-past president of the university’s Association of Letterman, having served as captain of the football team as a student.… This is always a great meeting so make plans to attend!
  • 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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