Sports Report for Wednesday, 12-6-2017

Local Notes:

CHS … Last night the Clinton Red Devils hosted the Emerald Vikings in varsity basketball action.

  • G: Emerald 56 – Clinton 23… The Lady Red Devils and the Lady Vikings battled almost to a tie in the first half of play as the score stood 18-16 at the end of the first half of play… However the Vikings came out hot in the third quarter and the Red Devils did not as the Vikings pulled away to a 56-23 win… Coach Gardner said afterwards “They were able to come out in the third and get some easy buckets and we couldn’t get into a rhythm… They are a very good basketball team and we competed hard for a half… Got to keep getting better and being more consistent.”… Sorry no scoring details.
  • B: Clinton 68 – Emerald 45… In boys’ action the Red Devils had very little problem as they defeated the Vikings 68-45… The Red Devils easily outscored the Vikings in every quarter but the last where they had a 57-27 lead heading into it… Zay Bennett had a game-high 17 points and was the only Red Devil in double digits… Others scoring for Clinton were; BJ Bluford 8, Ahmarie Bates 6, Ty Priestley 6, Zack James 6, Zay Hurley 4, Qua Quarles 4, Vilo Boyd 4, Jahleed Cook 3, Konnor Richardson 3, Sam Tiller 3 and Titus Hood 2

LDHS… The Raiders traveled up to Spartanburg to take on the Vikings last night.

  • G: Spartanburg 53 – Laurens 50…. The Lady Raider team suffered a tough 53-50 loss to the Lady Vikings last night… The game was tied 14-14 at the end of the first quarter but Spartanburg pulled away to a 33-13 lead at the half and then extended it to 20 points during the third quarter… However the Raiders started a comeback late in the third quarter and held Spartanburg to just 4 points in the final quarter but saw they rally come up just short losing by 3 points… Cali Heisey led the Raiders in scoring with 14 points while Qua Fortson was also in double digits with 11 points… Others scoring for the Raiders were. Sandajah Vance 10, Alexis Espinoza 7, KT Foggie 4, Paula Abrams 2, Ashanti Conway 1, Lamoria Allen 1
  • B: Spartanburg 57 – Laurens 56… As tough as the ladies basketball loss was, the boys’ was even tougher as the Raiders fell 57-56 to the Vikings… A fast start and some timely offensive rebounds propelled Spartanburg to the win over the Raiders as they led 21-12 at the end of the first quarter… The Raiders battled all the way back over the next 3 quarters to cut into the lead after each period… In the 4th, the Raiders fought all the way back with full court pressure and had a chance to tie at the end….  Josh Green’s 3-point attempt fell just short and the Raiders lost by one… Green was the leading scorer with 16 points. Carson while Carson Todd had 11and Dee Foster 10 to give the Raiders 3 players in double digits… Also scoring for the Raiders were Christian Anderson with 9, Ryan Dacre 8 and Ty Foster with 2.

Laurens Academy… The Laurens Academy Crusaders hosted the SCISA 2A Oakbrook Prep Knights last night out at LA…

  • G: LA 59 – OP 29… The Lady Knights of Oakbrook Prep came into last night’s game with a 6-1 record but when they left their record was 6-2 as the Crusaders took a 59-29 win… In the first quarter Ruthie Moore and Taylor Campbell combined for 27 points while the Crusaders held the Vikings to just 6 points in the quarter and then went on to take the one-sided win… Moore finished the night with 26 points to lead all scorers and Campbell had 19… Jennifer Wu added 6 points, Florence Mitchell 3, Regan Williamson 2, Blair Quarles 2, and Julia Kerber 1.
  • B: OP 63 – LA 53… Now I wish I could say that the Crusader boys team also took a big win but I cannot as in fact they started slow with the Knights taking a 34-23 lead into the locker room at the half and went on to take a 63-53 win over the Crusaders… Joshua Moore led the Crusaders with 22 points and Noah Moore was the only other Crusader in double digits with 13 points…. Wil Tindal had 9, Dawson Foster 5 and Charlton McCall 4

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

  • 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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