Sports Report for Friday, 1-5-2018

PC Notes:

  • M: PC 78 – Longwood 65… This past Wednesday the PC men’s basketball team traveled to Farmville, Va. to take on the Longwood Lancers… The Blue Hose trailed the lancers 31-28 at the half but came out in the second half and outscored the Lancers 50-34 to take a 78-65 win… Francois Lewis scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Blue Hose… For more details on this game, click here… With the win the Blue Hose improve their record to 8-7 overall and 1-1 in Big South play…. They will be back in action tomorrow afternoon when they take on Liberty up in Lynchburg, Va.
  • W: Liberty 76 – PC 64… The Lady Blue Hose were also in action earlier this week as they hosted the Liberty Flames at the Templeton Center on Tuesday… The news here is not as good for PC fans as the men’s was as the Flames took a 76-64 win… PC actually led 37-33 at the half but could not hold on to the lead in the third quarter as Liberty led 62 – 54 going into the last quarter and were never able to catch up after that… For more details on this game, click here… The team record fell to 3-9 overall on the season and 0-1 in Big South play… The team will travel to Longwood tomorrow to take on the Lancers in a 2 pm contest.

Local Notes:

LDHS

Basketball… The Raider varsity basketball teams traveled to Emerald HS to take on the Vikings in their last non-region games.

  • B: Laurens 63 – Emerald 42… The Raider boys took an 82-79 won over Emerald when the met at LDHS and then last Friday night took a 72-67 win over the Vikings to win the Emerald City Classic at Emerald HS… Most any coach will tell you it is not easy to beat a team 3 times in one season but that is exactly what the Raiders did last night as they took a 63-42 win over Emerald… The Raiders took a 14-9 lead at the end of the first quarter but the Vikings rallied to tie the game the game midway through the second quarter at 18 all… The Raiders did outscore them the rest of the quarter to lead 27-21 at the half… Going into the fourth quarter the Raiders led 39-33 but the Raiders ended any hope of a Viking victory by outscoring the Vikings 24-9 in the final 8 minutes to seal the win… Christian Anderson led all scorers with 21 points… Dee Foster finished with 14 points while Carson Todd and Ty Foster scored 9 points each… Ryan Dacre had 5, J’von Harris 3, and Cedraquan McDowell 2…. The Raiders are now 7-7 on the season.
  • G: Emerald 74 – Laurens 35… In action prior to the boys’ game, the Lady Vikings completed the season sweep of the Lady Raiders by taking a 74-35 win… The Raiders kept it close for the first quarter as they only trailed 10-6 at its end but the Vikings increased their lead to 10 (27-17) at the half and then steamrolled the Raiders who were as cold as the weather in the second half… Cali Heisey led the Raiders in scoring with 11 points… Others scoring for Laurens were KB Burnside, Qua Fortson and Sandajah Vance all with 5 points each… Lamoria Allen and Alexus Espinosa each had 4 points while Jayla Mosley rounded out the scoring with 1 point… The Raiders fall to 6-7 on the season and both Raider teams return to action next Tuesday when they travel to Mauldin to start region play.

Wrestling… Over the holidays the Raider Wrestlers were also in action and let’s catch with them with this brief recap furnished by Coach Sheffield…

  • Ram Invitational… The Raiders participated in a re-scheduled Ram Invitational at Hillcrest HS on December 22… The team finished 4th with Hunter Hamby taking the Champion at Heavyweight…  Luke Tatham finished 3rd at 106, Damien Ladd finished 3rd at 113, Chris Jackson finished 2nd at 195, and Will Pontoon finished 3rd at 220.
  • Wildcat Duals… The team was also in action at the Wildcat Duals at Lexington HS December 29th and 30th.  The team finished 10th out of 16 teams, but wrestled really well!  The team had two close losses (by 7 to Ft. Mill and 1 to Ft. Myers Florida) and a tough loss to the host Lexington HS… The Raiders did take wins over Sumter, Spring Valley and Westwood.

 Pros:

NFL Playoffs… Now for you NFL junkies what I am about to mention is not news but for the casual NFL fan it very well may be news… The NFL starts its post-season play with the Wild card games this weekend… On Saturday it will be the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Tennessee Titans while the rams will be hosting the Falcons…. Then on Sunday The Jaguars will be hosting the Bills and the saints will be hosting the Panthers… or more information on game times, TV network carrying the games and the entire NFL post-season schedule, click here.

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 www.wlbg.com.

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

  • Tues. 1-9-18 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 family YMCA Annual Meeting January 11th… The Laurens Family YMCA will be holding its annual meeting on Thursday, January 11th at noon at the YMCA t 410 Anderson Drive… Members who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by Monday, January 8th… You cans send your RSVP to: info@laurensymca.org… The luncheon is sponsored by the Laurens Electric Cooperative, the Laurens Commission of Public Works and the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission.
  • 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: kjpatterson@laurens55.org… The link for the registration form is:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/16iW5g4GtwNj4ncU4Tyy-JV2odlAgUT8lcfz877d0HnU/edit#

 

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