Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-3-2018


  • Todd named Tournament MVP… A follow-up note to the Raiders winning the Emerald City Classic Tournament last week, Carson Todd was named the Tournament MVP… Todd finished the tournament with 43 points and in the championship game on Friday he had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2.5 steals… Congratulations to Carson on the award and again to the team for winning the tournament.

College Notes:  It has been a while since we had time to time to look at D-I college basketball so let’s take care of that now.

  • D-I Men’s AP Poll… In this week’s D-I AP Men’s Poll there was some shakeup when compared to last week… Michigan State moved up 1 spot to #1 and Duke jumped from #4 to #2… Last week’s #1 Villanova dropped to #3 and the top 5 are rounded out by Arizona State and Xavier… Spots 6-10 also had a good bit of shakeup and are occupied by West Virginia, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wichita State and Kansas… The top 8 teams only have 1 loss while spots 9 & 10 have 2 losses… Other team rankings include North Carolina #12, Kentucky 17 and Clemson #25… To see the entire top 25 of the AP Poll, click here.
  • D-I Women’s AP Poll… The AP Women’s Poll had very change in it as the 8 spots are the same as the week before… UCONN continues to hold down the #1 spot followed by Notre Dame, Louisville, South Carolina and Mississippi State coming in at #5… Baylor, Tennessee, and Texas hold spots 6, 7 & 8… Oregon moved up a notch to #9 and Ohio State went from #12 to #10… To see the entire top 25 team in the women’s AP Poll, click here.

Clemson and South Carolina Basketball Checkup

  • Clemson Men…  Coach Brad Brownell and the Clemson men’s basketball team is off to a great start as they are 12-1 overall and 1-0 in ACC play… Their only loss so far has been to Temple by a score of 64-60 back in mid-November… They defeated NC State 78-62 last Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum and will travel to Boston College tonight for a 7:00 pm contest.
  • Clemson Women… The Lady Tigers under Coach Audra Smith are 10-4 overall and 0-1 in ACC play… They fell hard to Georgia Tech in Atlanta Sunday by a score of 66-33 and will host top 25 rated Florida State tomorrow at 7:00 pm at Littlejohn.
  • South Carolina Men… Coach Frank Martin and the Gamecock men’s basketball team are off to a 9-4 overall start and fell to Ole Miss last Sunday 74-69 to put them at 0-1 in SEC play… They will be back in action tonight as they host Missouri at the Colonial Life Center with tipoff scheduled for 9:00 pm…. The game can be seen on ESPN2.
  • South Carolina Women… Coach Dawn Staley and the #4 ranked Lady Gamecocks defeated Texas A&M 61-59 last Sunday in Columbia to run their season record to 12-1 and 1-0 in SEC play… Their only loss so far this season was to #2 Notre Dame 92-85 in late November… They travel to Ole Miss tomorrow night for a 7:00 pm contest hoping to do better than the men did last Sunday.

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:

  • 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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