Sports Report for Friday, 11-24-2017

PC Notes :  The PC basketball teams have been busy this past week so let’s do a quick catch up with them…  For more information on each of these games, click on their scores.

  • Men: Back on Monday the Blue Hose traveled to Charlotte, NC and fell to the Forty-Niners by a score of 83-74 despite Davon Bell having a career-high 27 points… The team was back in action yesterday afternoon as they took on Nichols State in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in Baltimore, Md….. PC trailed by as many as 15 and cut into that lead on several occasions only to lose 76-64 dropping their record to 1-5… They continue play in the tournament today taking on Chicago State at noon and it can be seen on ESPN3.
  • Women: Back on Tuesday the women hosted Kennesaw State and fell by a score of 60-51 as the Owls went on a 19-1 run at the end of the game to take the win… The Lady Blue Hose are now 1-4 on the season and they are on the road Sunday taking on the top 20 ranked Duke Blue Devils. 

Local Notes:

High School Football Playoffs… The high school football playoffs are tonight as the upper and lower state championships will be decided in each classification… A quick look shoes the following teams meeting for the upper state (U) and lower state (L) titles and the right to go to Columbia next week.

Class AAAAA:

  • U: Gaffney (9-4) at Dorman (11-2) … The two teams met during the regular season with Dorman taking a 42-35 win… Dorman has gone undefeated since losing their first two games of the season Fort Dorchester (35-14) and Northwestern (42-28).
  • L: Fort Dorchester (13-0) at Dutch Fork (11-1)… These teams also met during the regular season with Fort Dorchester taking a 41-25 win in Dutch Forks second game of the season

Class AAAA:

  • U: Greer (12-1) at South Pointe.(13-0)…  Greer’s only loss was to Byrnes in their second game… Both teams played Eastside which Greer defeated 42-7 and South Pointe defeated 48-0
  • L: Berkley (12-1) at Hartsville (12-1)… Both these schools appear to be about evenly matched looking at common opponents.

Class AAA

  • U: Emerald (10-3) at Chapman (13-0)… Looking at records against common opponents, Chapman should be at least a 2 TD favorite but sometimes that football bounces funny.
  • L: Brookland-Cayce (9-4) at Dillon (13-0)… The two teams played 3 common opponents… Dillon defeated them all while B-C lost to two of them

Class AA

  • U: Saluda (12-1) at Abbeville (12-1)… On paper against common opponents, the Panthers appear to be a 2 TD favorite and Abbeville is tough place to play… But you never know.
  • L: Barnwell (11-1) at Bamberg-Ehrhardt (12-1)… These two teams met in the regular season with B-E taking a 21-0 win… Against other common opponents they are pretty evenly matched.

Class A:

  • U: Ridge-Springs-Monetta (9-3) at Lamar (12-0)…  On paper looking at common opponents and margins of victory, Lamar should be 13-0 Saturday morning.
  • L: CE Murray (10-2) at Baptist Hill (9-1)… On paper looking at points scored and given up as well as common opponents, this game should be about even with a slight edge to Baptist Hill.

College Notes:

  • State Bragging Rights Determined Tomorrow Night… Well unless you are an alien who just landed from outer space or an “outsider” such as a Yankee who just moved into the state, I think you all know that the 115th meeting between the Gamecocks and the Tigers will take place tomorrow at 7:30 pm at Williams Brice Stadium and the outcome of the game will give one team’s fans bragging rights for the next 365 days… Clemson has a 3-game winning streak against the Gamecocks and South Carolina would love to hand the 10-1 Tigers their second loss of the season and most likely killing the Tigers chance to play for the National Championship again this year… Now you can stay home and watch it on ESPN or you can join the fun at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation headquarters The Ridge as they host the Palmetto Bowl 2017 starting at 4:30 and ending when the game is over… Not only will they have a large TV screen to watch the game but they will have bounce houses, dodge ball and more for the kids..  They will have a grill available that you can use to prepare your own food for your tailgating or purchase some from their concession stand including Chick-fil-A sandwiches… The admission is free only the concessions will cost you… For more information about this, click here… Note to all, don’t try to reach me tomorrow starting at about 7 pm until the game is over unless my house is on fire….LOL

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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