Sports Report for Monday, 12-4-2017

Local Notes:

CHS & LDHS… Round one of the Laurens County Championship in basketball took place last Friday night at LDHS and in case you have not heard how it came out let’s recap the games.

  • G: Laurens 50 – Clinton 36… In the first game the Lady Red Devils and the Lady Raiders battled about even in the first half as the Raiders led by 1 point at the half 22-21… However the Raider pressure defense got to the Red Devils in the third quarter only allowing them to score a single basket with just 58 seconds left in the quarter while the Raiders put 17 as the Raiders went on to take a 50-36 win… The Raiders were led by Sandajah Vance with 16 points followed by senior Cali Heisey with 15 points…. 8th grader Qua Fortson had 10 points and junior Kenaja Burnside had 5 points…  Senior Portland Wallace chipped in 2 points while freshman Jayla Mosley and Hannah Wiles both had 1 point a piece… For the Red Devils DeShanti Watts had 13 points and was the only Clinton player in double digits… Others scoring for the Red Devils were Terriauna Bennett 7, Savanah Campbell 5, Shy Haskell 5, Ashlyn Abercrombie 4 and Sara Olivia Stephens 2…The Raiders even their season record at 2-2 while the Red Devils fall to 1-3
  • B: Laurens 58 – Clinton 52… In boys’ action, Laurens completed the sweep of the Red Devils Friday night as they took a hard-fought 58-52 win… The game was tied 13-13 after the first 8 minutes of play but the Red Devil offense went cold for about 2 minutes on 2 different occasions in the second quarter as the Raiders pulled out to a 32-24 lead at the half… The Red Devils cut the Raiders lead to 9 points (43-34) by the end of the third period and tried to continue the rally in the fourth quarter but the Raiders held on to take the win… Justin Anderson, Christian Anderson and Josh Greene led Laurens with 11 points each and Dee Foster was also in double digits with 10 points… Other Raiders putting points on the board were Ryan Dacre 6, Ty Foster 5, Carson Todd 2, J’von Harris 2… The Raiders are now 2-3 on the season… Clinton was led by JD Payne led with 16 points and Ty Priestley was in double-digits with 10 points… Zay Bennett had 7points, Zay Hurley 5, Ahmarie Bates 5, Vilo Boyd 4, Jahleed Cook 4 and Konnor Richardson 1… Both teams now have a 2-3 record on the season.

Laurens Academy… Last Friday the Laurens Academy Crusader teams travelled to Greenville to take on another set of Crusaders the Shannon Forrest Crusaders.

  • G: LA 63 – SF 10… In girls’ action, LA held SF to 0 points in the first quarter, 2 in the second and 2 in the third in route to a very one-sided 63-10 win over SF… Ruthie Moore led all scorers with 24 points while Taylor Campbell and Jennifer Wu were also in double-digits with 12 and 10 points respectively… Others scoring for LA were Julia Kerber 5, Florence Mitchell & Blair Quarles 4 each while Julia Kerber & Linsey Burroughs had 2 each… The Crusaders now stand 5-0 on the season.
  • B: SF 55 – LA 37… In boys’ action the news is not as good as SF took a 55-37 win over LA… SF held the Crusaders to just 7 points in the first quarter while they put 20 on the board and then outscored LA in every quarter but the last to take the win… Joshua Moore led the Crusaders with 15 points and was the only Crusader in double-digits… Others scoring for LA were Noah Moore and Dawson Foster who had 5 points each, Will Tindall had 4 and both Thomas Lowry and Ryan Anderson added 4 points each…. The Crusaders are now 2-3 on the season… The Crusaders will be at home today as they host Northside Christian starting with the girls’ middle school game at 4:00 pm.

College Notes:

  • Playoff Pairings Announced… In case you missed it yesterday, the committee that sets the final 4 rankings for the college playoffs has spoken and they say the Clemson ends the season with the #1 ranking going into the bowl season… Oklahoma checks in at #2 and then two SEC teams land at 3 & 4… SEC Champion Georgia picked up the #3 spot and Alabama the #4… That means that the Tigers will face the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl game on January 1st and Oklahoma and Georgia will collide in the Rose Bowl that same day with the two winners to play for the National Championship a week later… I’ll have more on the other Bowls tomorrow but I will tell you that the gamecocks will take on the Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl in Tampa.

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

  • Monday (12-4): host Northside Christian …Varsity only…6:00 pm
  • Tuesday (12-5)… host Oakbrook Prep… All teams… 4:440
  • Friday (12-8) … host Newberry Academy… all teams… 4:00

Raider Basketball Broadcast… Join us here Friday, 12-8-17 at 6:00 pm as we bring you the action as the Laurens Raiders travel to Clinton in a girls / boys doubleheader of varsity basketball at the CHS main gym… And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at

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 would have registered at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation offices located at The Ridge… Registration for these ages closed 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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