Sports Report for Monday, 11-20-2017

Local Notes:

  • High School Basketball Starts Today… The high school basketball season kicks off tonight as both the boys and girls teams at Clinton an Laurens are involved in different preseason tournaments… The Laurens Academy Crusaders are starting their regular season today also… A quick look at today’s schedule shows:

Laurens Academy

  • All four of the Crusader teams will be in action today as they host Wardlaw… The action will kick off this afternoon at 4:00 pm with the middle school girls to be followed by the middle school boys and then the varsity girls and boys will take to the court in that order… Head out to the academy today if you get a chance as they are the only county high school teams at home today.


  • Boys… The Red Devils are hoping to have similar success as they did last year when they went 21-4 and being knocked out of the playoffs in the Upstate Finals… Coach Romines and the team open tonight as they participate in the Greenville Tip-Off Tournament where they will face Eastside at 7:30.
  • Girls… Coach John Gardner and the girls team are coming off a 6-15 season which was an improvement over the previous year and they will open up tonight in a pre-season tournament up at Woodruff… I do not know at what time they will play or against whom as Coach Gardner did not get that information to me.


  • Girls… Coach Yoneko Allen and the Lady Raiders are opening their season tonight as they participate in the Tip-Off Tournament at BHP… The Raiders will take on the host BHP starting at 7:30 and BHP will be a good test for the team as the Bears are usually a very tough team in the Class-AAAA ranks.
  • Boys… The Raider boys’ team also returns to action tonight as they travel to Spartanburg to participate in the SCA Impact Sports Tournament… The Raiders have a new leader this season as Coach Ryan Walker takes over after serving as an assistant at Dorman the last few years… The Raiders were very young last year with hardly any starters coming back from the previous team but Coach Walker has a little more experience to work with this year… They start tonight at 8:30 as they take on the host Spartanburg Christian Academy in an 8:30 contest.


  • NASCAR… In case you missed it yesterday, Martin Truex Jr. won the final race of the season down at Homestead, Fla. but more importantly he took the his first Monster Energy Cup Series title… He won the race by less than a second over Kyle Busch… Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. closed out his career with a 25th place finish in the race and afterwards said he plans on keeping the #88 he drove… For more information on the race, click here.

Sports Schedules for this Week

CHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.

Laurens Academy

  • Tuesday – varsity host Shannon Forest… 6:00

 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 Wednesday night, December 6 when the Awards banquet will take place…   Danny Morrison former President of the Carolina Panthers will be the featured speaker. And the club will name the All-County Team, Coach of the Year and Player of the Year,
  • 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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