Sports Report for Wednesday, 11-29-2017

Local Notes

LDHS… The Laurens Raiders hosted the Byrnes Rebels in the first home games of the season for th varsity squads.

  • G: Byrnes 66 – Laurens 37… In a game that featured about as about 60 turnovers by both team, the Lady Rebels pulled out to a 9-0 lead before the Lady Raiders finally got on the with 3:40 left in the first quarter and then went on to take a 66-37 win over the Raiders dropping them to 1-2 on the season while Byrnes improves to 2-1… Cali Heisey led the Raiders in scoring with 14 points… Others who scored for the Raiders were; Qua Fortson 7, Sandajah Vance 3 and scoring 2 points each were Jayla Mosley, KB Burnside, Alexus Espinosa, Hannah Wiles, Ashanti Conway and Portland Wallace… Aija Davis had 1 point.
  • B: Byrnes 62 – Laurens 61… In boys action, Byrnes also took a win by the score of 62-61 but had to hang on tom do it as the Raiders had a chance to tie the game with 1.8 seconds left but just could not sink a critical free throw to send it into overtime… The Rebels came out hot and the Raiders did not as Laurens did not score until 4:18 were left in the first quarter which by its end saw Byrnes leading 19-10… Byrnes continued to lead throughout the remainder of the half as turnovers plagued the Raiders… By the time the final quarter started, the Raiders had cut the Rebels lead down to 3 (51-48)… Byrnes would build the lead back up only to have the Raiders play better and reduce their turnovers and tie the game with 1:18 left at 60 all… Byrnes would score with 18 seconds left to make it 62-60 and the Raiders came down the court quickly and got of a shot which missed but the Raiders Dee Foster was fouled as he tried to put the miss back in with 1.8 seconds left… He made the first free throw but missed the second and the Rebels grabbed the rebound and held on as the clock ran out…. Foster was the high scorer for the Raiders with13 points all of which came in the second half as he keyed the Raider comeback…. Other scoring for Laurens were: Josh Greene 11, Ty Foster 10, Christian Anderson 9, Carson Todd 8, Justin Anderson 7 and Connor Dunlap 3… The Raiders fall to 1-3 on the young season and the Raiders will host Clinton this Friday in Round 1 of the County Championship.

Laurens Academy… The Crusader basketball teams traveled to the Columbia area yesterday to take on the Covenant Classical Christian Academy Eagles… I’ll start off by telling you both the Crusader middle school teams won but I do not know the scores.

  • G: LA 59 – CCCA 31… The Lady Crusaders came off the bus hot and scored 28 points in the first quarter while holding the Lady Eagles to just 4 points and then rolled on to a 59-31 win over the Eagles to improve their record to 3-0… The Eagles outscored the Crusaders14-6 in the last quarter to make the game look closer than it was… Ruthie Moore led all scorers with 25 points… Jennifer Wu was also in double-digits with 11 points… Others scoring for the Crusaders were: Blair Quarles 6, Taylor Campbell 5, Florence Mitchel & Audrey Noffz 4 each, and Regan Williamson & Julia Kerber each had 2.
  • B: LA 58 – CCCA 36… The Crusader boys’ team completed the sweep of the Eagles by taking a 58-36 win over the Eagles… The game was tied 10-10 at the end of the first quarter but the Crusaders broke the game open outscoring the Eagles 16-5 in the second quarter and the going on to the win… Joshua Moore led the Crusaders in scoring with a game-high 22 points while Noah Moore added 19… Others scoring for the Crusaders were: Will Tindall 5, Jared Jin & Ryan Anderson3 each, while Dawson Foster, Luke Kerber & Thomas Lowry each had 2 points… All 4 of the Crusader teams will host Greenwood Christian tomorrow starting at 4 with the middle school girls.

 Middle School Basketball … We will do some catching up with middle school basketball tomorrow 

College Notes:

  • FBS Football Playoff Rankings… The latest College Football Rankins used to determine which 4 teams make it into the playoffs came out yesterday and just like the AP Poll on Monday there was a lot of movement at the top due to Alabama and Miami’s losses last weekend… Clemson jumped from #3 to #1 with Auburn going from #6 to #2 while Oklahoma moved up a spot to #3 as did Wisconsin going from #5 to #4… Alabama dropped to #5 and Georgia checks in at #6… If the playoff were st by that today, Clemson would face Wisconsin in one semifinal game and Auburn would take on Oklahoma in the other…It’s entirely possible that the results of games this weekend could change those standings.


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

  • Thur. (11-30) – host Greenwood Christian starting at 4:00
  • Fri. (12-1) – varsity boys & girls at Shannon Forrest starting at 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. The banquet starts at 7:00 pm.
  • 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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