Sports Report for Wednesday, 12-27-2017

PC Notes:

  • Basketball… The PC basketball teams have been idle for the last few days as they take a break for the holidays and they will not return to action until this Saturday when they both get back into action at the Templeton Center… The women’s team will kick the action off at 2:00 pm when they host the Lady Paladins of Furman… Then at 4:00 pm the men will host Radford… Go ahead and make plans to attend this Saturday for a full afternoon of basketball at PC.

Local Notes:

Lady Raider Rumble… The Third Annual Lady Raider Rumble starts today and runs through Friday at LDHS… In addition to the Raiders other teams that are scheduled to be there are Clinton, BHP and Greenwood, Union County, Palmetto and Brookland-Cayce…  The teams will be divided into two pools and toward he end of the tournament there will be cross pool play… Today Clinton will play BHP at 11:00 am, Laurens will play Palmetto about 12:30, Greenwood will play Clinton about 6:30 pm and Brookland-Cayce will face Laurens about 8:00… Of course there are other games today and if you look just below you will see all the information I have about the tournament… Good luck to both Laurens and Clinton!

Wednesday, December 27  Home Teams Listed First

  • 11:00 Clinton vs Belton- Honea Path
  • 12:30 Laurens vs Palmetto
  • 2:00 Union County vs Brookland-Cayce
  • 3:30 Belton-Honea Path vs Greenwood
  • 5:00 Palmetto vs Union County
  • 6:30 Greenwood vs Clinton
  • 8:00 Brookland-Cayce vs Laurens

Thursday, December 28

  • 3:00 Pool A 2nd Place vs. Pool A 3rd Place
  • 4:30 Palmetto vs Brookland-Cayce
  • 6:00 Laurens vs Union County
  • 7:30 Pool A 1st Place vs Pool A 3:00 Winner

Friday, December 29 

  • 5:00 Pool B 2nd Place vs Pool A, loser of Thursday’s 7:30 game
  • 6:30 Pool B 1st Place vs Pool A, winner of Thursday’s 7:30 game

Pool A                       Pool B

Greenwood               Union County

BHP                          Laurens

Clinton                      Palmetto


Tiebreaker Protocol:

Head to Head


Coin Toss


Clinton and Laurens Boys teams participate in Emerald City Classic… Also today the Red Devil and Raider boys’ basketball teams start their participation in the Emerald City Classic at Emerald HS in Greenwood… In addition to the host Emerald HS other teams in the tournament are BHP, Ware Sholas, Greenwood, McCormick and Abbeville… Now as luck would have it, the Red Devils and the Raiders will play each other today about 6:00 pm… If all goes as planned I plan on going down to cover the game and will tweet the score as often as possible on Twitter at AM860Mike… By the way I will tweet results from any of the games I attend today…. For the complete tournament schedule, see below… Again good luck to both the Red Devils and the Raiders!

Wednesday, Dec 27 …. Home team listed last

  • 3:00 1.Ware Shoals / Emerald
  • 4:30 2. BHP / Greenwood
  • 6:00 3. Laurens / Clinton
  • 7:30 4. McCormick / Abbeville

Thursday, Dec 28

  • 3:00 5. L-1 / L-4
  • 4:30 6. L-2 / L-3
  • 6:00 7. W-2/ W-3
  • 7:30 8. W-1 / W-4

Friday, Dec 29

  • 3:00 9. L-5 / L-6
  • 4:30 10. W-5 / W-6
  • 6:00 11. L-7 / L-8
  • 7:30 12, W-7 / W-8

Laurens Academy

  • New Baseball Coach at LA….Two months ago Coach Halbert and I met and he formally resigned his position as head coach.  It was a difficult decision and one that he labored over since the end of last season.  Coach Halbert felt that after coaching for nearly 20 years at Laurens Academy and Southside Christian that it was the right time for him to retire from coaching.  At the time of our meeting Coach Halbert expressed that he was humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to coach baseball at LA for five years…. Coach Halbert leaves a strong legacy at Laurens Academy with the effort and time he gave to our athletes.  He carried on the tradition of our baseball program with dignity and class.  Twice his teams reached the state finals, and in 2012 they won the sixth state championship in school history.  Most importantly his influence on the character of our players will be his greatest accomplishment.  On behalf of the Athletic Department I am forever grateful for the sacrifices and commitment Coach Halbert made to LA baseball….I am very pleased to formally announce that he will be replaced as head baseball coach by Luke Tollison.  Coach Tollison is well known at Laurens Academy and has a tremendous background in baseball that will grow our program.  He was a member of four state championship teams at Laurens Academy, a member of the LA Hall of Fame, and following graduation he played college baseball at Spartanburg Methodist Community College and Francis Marion University.  We are excited to have Coach Tollison in this role and look forward to watching his teams compete on Crusader Field. 

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…Dec. 28, 29 & 30… Varsity girls will participate in Lowes Classic Tournament at Chesnee. 

Broadcast Notes

Raider Basketball Broadcast… Join us here Tuesday, 1-16-18 at 6:00 pm as we bring you all the action as the Laurens Raiders host the Riverside Warriors in a girls / boys doubleheader of varsity basketball at the LDHS main gym… And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at

Middle School BasketballOur next few middle school broadcast will be (starting about 5:00 pm and streamed on the internet at

  • Mon. 1-8-18 when Sanders host Laurens MS
  • Thur. 1-11-18 when Hickory tavern host Clinton MS White
  • Wed. 1-17-18 when Hickory tavern host Clinton MS Red
  • Thur. 2-1-18 when Laurens MS host Sanders.  

This & That

  • 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.
  • Christians United Co-ed BasketballThe Laurens Family YMCA is starting a co-ed basketball league for church youth groups ages 13 – high school senior… Each team will have 6 members and play 4 vs. 4 games… The registration fee will be 4$0 and the games will start 1-9-18 and the deadline for registration is 12-30-17… Registration is done through the youth minister at each church… For more information call the Y at 984-2626.
  • Laurens Baseball Winter CampRaider Head Baseball Coach Tori Patterson has announced that there will be a hitting camp at the LDHS Hitting Facility on Saturday, 1-13-18… The camp will run from noon – 3:00 pm and is open to 5th thru 8th graders… In addition to Coach Patterson instructors will be current Raider Hitting Coach Allen Staton and another former Raider baseball player Thomas Jones who plays minor league baseball for the Marlins… The cost of the camp is only $25 and will be paid in cash at the start of the camp… The deadline to register is 1-5-18 to register click on the link below and once you have registered send the form to Coach Patterson by email to:… The link for the registration form is:

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