Sports Report for Monday, 1-1-2018

Local Notes:


Emerald City Classic

  • Laurens 72 – Emerald 67… In the finals of the Emerald City Classic last Friday night the Raiders took a 72-67 win to claim the tournament championship… The Raiders led early in the first quarter (10-2) but the Vikings rebounded to take an 18-16 lead at the end of the quarter… The Raiders then were able to regroup and take a 36-28 lead in to the locker room at the half… The two teams battled about even in the third period as the Raiders led 52-42 going into the final 8 minutes of the game… The Vikings were able to get as close as 7 points on a couple of occasions in the final quarter but the Raiders held them at bay with a couple of clutch baskets and free throw shooting… Christian Anderson had 17 points to lead the Raiders while Carson Todd and Dee Foster had 12 each… Ryan Dacre and Josh Greene were also in double-digits with11 points each…. Justin Anderson had 5 points for the Raiders and both Ty Foster and J’von Harris contributed 2 points each… The Raiders improve their record to 6-7 on the season and will be back in action this Thursday when they travel back to Emerald as part of a girls-boys doubleheader of action starting with the girls game at 6:00 pm.
  • Clinton 57 – Ware Shoals 48… Earlier in the afternoon at the Emerald City Classic the Clinton Red Devils took a 57-48 win over the Ware Shoals Hornets… The Red Devils did not play particularly well in the first half as they trailed 33-28 after 16 minutes of play… However Coach Romines and his troops rallied in the third quarter outscoring the Hornets 20-7 to take a 48-40 lead into the quarter and made it stand up for the win… Jahleed Cook led the Red Devils in scoring with 14 points while Zay Bennett had 11 and JD Payne 10… Others scoring for Clinton were Zack James with 9, Ty Priestley 6, Zay Hurley 4 and Konnor Richardson 3… The Red Devils are now 8-6 on the season counting pre-season tournaments action.

Lady Raider Rumble

  • Greenwood 65 – Laurens 50… In the Championship Game of the Lady Raider Rumble, the Lady Eagles of Greenwood HS took a 65-50 win over the Lady Raiders… The Eagles jumped out to an 18-13 lead at the end of the first 8 minutes of the game and stretched that to 32-19 at the half… The Eagles continued to outscore the Raiders in the third and fourth quarters to take the win… Cali Heisey was the only Raider in double-digits with 18 points… Others scoring for the Raiders were Qua Fortson with 7 points, Sandajah Vance 7, Jayla Mosley 6, Alexus Espinoza 4, KB Burnside 4, KT Foggie 2 and Aija Davis 2… The Raiders are now 6-6 on the season.
  • Union County 37 – Clinton 35… In the game just before the championship game, the Lady Red Devils lost a heartbreaker to the Lady Yellow Jackets of Union HS… Union only led 16-15 at the half but a poor third quarter by the Red Devils saw the Union lead stretch to 32-20 by the end of the third quarter… The Red Devils did not give up and fought back to tie the game at 35-35 with about a minute left to play… A couple of free throws by Union and turnovers by the Red Devils eventually resulted in Union taking the win… Savannah Campbell led the Red Devils with14 points and Ashlyn Abercrombie was also in double-digits with11 points… DeShanti Watts had 8points and Terriauna Bennett rounded out the Clinton scoring with 2 points… The Lady Red Devils are now 6-8 on the season and both Clinton varsity teams will return to action this Friday as they host the Chapman Panthers.

Laurens Academy Girls… The Laurens Academy girls’ team concluded their play in the Lowe’s Classic at Chesnee this weekend so let’s check on how they did.

  • Friday: LA 43 – Chapman 36… On Friday the Lady Crusaders took a hard-fought win over the Lady Panthers of Chapman HS by a score of 43-36… It was a tight first half as LA led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter but Chapman led 23-22 at the half… The big quarter for the Crusaders was the third when they put 10 points on the board while holding Chapman scoreless and then went on to take the win… Taylor Campbell had a game-high 21 points to lead the Crusaders and Ruthie Moore was also in double-digits with 16 points… Jennifer Wu finished with 4 points and Florence Mitchell had 2.
  • Saturday: LA 53 – Pickens 22… Saturday the Crusaders closed out the tournament with a 53-22 win over the Lady Blue Flame of Pickens HS… The Crusaders jumped on top 17-7 at the end of the first quarter and then outscored the Blue Flame in each of the remaining three quarters to take the win… Ruthie Moore led the Crusaders with a game-high 24 points and Taylor Campbell had 17 points… Reagan Williamson finished with 6 points while Mattie Noffz, Blair Quarles and Florence Mitchell each finished with 2 points… The win boosted the Crusaders record to 14-1 as they finished in 4th place in the tournament.

Ruthie Moore Named to All-Tournament Team… Ruthie Moore was named to the All-Tournament team scoring 48 points in the three games… Congratulations to her and the team!









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…1-5-18: Middle school and varsity boys at Anderson Christian.


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.
  • 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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