Sports Report for Friday, 1-26-2018

PC Notes:

  • M: PC 57 – CSU 49… Back on Wednesday the Blue Hose men’s basketball team traveled to Charleston Southern to take on the Buccaneers… Good news here as PC broke a 6 game losing streak with a 57-19 win… PC trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half and fought back to take as much as a 12 point lead in the second half… Davon Bell had 19 points to lead all scorers… For more information on this contest, click here… PC improves to 9-13 overall and 2-7 in the Big South… PC returns home tomorrow to host Liberty in the Templeton Center at 4 p.m.
  • W: PC 78 – Winthrop 45… The Lady Blue Hose hosted the Winthrop Eagles back on Tuesday night and again there is good news for PC fans as they defeated the Eagles 78-45… The Eagles led 15-13 at the end of the first quarter but the Blue Hose outscored the Eagles 22-9 in the second quarter and never looked back… Kacie hall had a game-high 16 points… For more information on this contest, click here… The lady Blue Hose improve to 6-12 overall and 3-4 in conference play… The Blue Hose travel to Asheville, N.C.  to take on the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. .

Local Notes:


  • This Friday, January 26th, CHS varsity teams will host Mid Carolina and it will be “CHS Alumni Night” so be sure to wear your “throwback gear”… They would love to have former players, cheerleaders, trainers and coaches from all decades join us.  All participants will be asked to join us on the floor at halftime of the boys’ game.


Sub-Varsity Basketball… The Raider JV and 9th grade boys’ team traveled to Mauldin last night to take on the Mavericks.

  • JV-G: Mauldin 46 – Laurens 5… Sorry no other details.
  • 9th Grade Boys: Mauldin 43 – Laurens 30… This game was close through the first half as the Mavericks only led 17-15 at the half… The Mavericks came out in the second half and outscored the Raiders 24-15 to take the 43-30 win… The Raiders were led by Chase Jackson who had a game-high 14 points… Rashun Kennedy added 8 points, Sean Miller 4, Shamare Dendy 3 and Nick Cook 1.
  • JV-B: Maudlin 50 – Laurens 38… The Mavericks completed their sweep of the Raiders by taking a 50-38 win…This game was also relatively close at the half as the Mavericks held a 25-22 lead going into the locker rooms… The Raiders had big problems with their offense in the third quarter as they managed just 2 points while the Mavericks put up 10 points and then outscored Laurens in the fourth quarter 18-14 to take the win… Amaija Hill was the only Raider in double digits with 10 points while Jamir Booker finished with 7, CJ Austin 6, Rob Gilliam 5, Tre Williams 4, Nigel Owens 4, and Dravious Copeland 2.

Raider Wrestling

Thursday (last night)… The Raider wrestles took on Riverside and Wade Hampton at LDHS.

  • Laurens 56 – Riverside 19… Murphy Rush, Damien Ladd, Zachery Miller, Zharquel Castro, Caleb Reid, Jalick Dendy, Christopher Jackson and Will Pontoon all took wins on the mats against their opponents… Some other Raiders took win s by forfeits and to see who those were and how the other Raiders did, click here.
  • Laurens 54 – Wade Hampton 22… Raiders that took win over their opponents on the mats were Damien Ladd, Zachery Miller, Zharquel Castro, Will Hampton, Robert Lawson, Caleb Reid, Jalick Dendy, Chris Jackson, Will Pontoon, and Nathan Hamby… Now if you want to see a full accounting of the match that has how the other Raiders did, click here

Wednesday…The Raider wrestlers travelled up to Hillcrest HS Wednesday for a tri-match with the host Rams and the Mauldin Mavericks…

  • Hillcrest 60 – Laurens 15… The Hillcrest Rams year in and year out have one of the stronger wrestling programs in the state and they look that way again this year as last night they defeated the Raiders 60-15… Nathan Hamby, Christopher Jackson and Will Pontoon were the only Raiders to defeat their opponent on the mats… Now if you want to see a full accounting of the match that has how the other Raiders did, click here..
  • Mauldin 45 – Laurens 34… Now the Raiders were able to score more points on the Mauldin Mavericks but came up a little short as Mauldin took a 45-34 win… Will Pontoon, Murphy Rush, Damien Ladd, Zachery Miller, Nick Jones and Caleb Reid all defeated their opponents on the mats… To to see a full accounting of the match that has how the other Raiders did, click here

Raiders Host Region Tournament Tomorrow… Now if you like high school wrestling you need to come to LDHS tomorrow starting at 8 am as the Raiders will be hosting the Region II-AAAAA Tournament… should be some great wrestling there and in two weeks starting Friday 2-16 at 4 pm and continuing the next morning at 8 am the Raiders will be hosting the AAAAA Individual Upper State Tournament… Mark your calendar for that as I guarantee there will be some great wrestling there!

Laurens Academy… The Laurens Academy girls hosted Cambridge Academy last night and the boys hosted Palmetto Christian Academy

  • G: LA 65 – CA 26… The Crusader girls team wasted little time last night in taking charge of their game as they jumped out to 36-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and then went on to take a 65-26 win over Cambridge Academy… Ruthie Moore led all scorers with 22 points and Taylor Campbell was close behind with 20…. Blair Quarles and Jennifer Wu finished with 8 points each while Regan Williamson had 7…. The Crusaders are now 21-1 on the season and 8-0 in region play.
  • B: LA 71 – PCA 21… The news is very similar where the Crusader boys are concerned as they took a 71-21 win over PCA… The also took charge early outscoring the Lions 17-1 in the first quarter and kept on rolling from there…. Joshua Moore had a game-high 28 points with Noah Moore finishing with 20… Thomas Lowry had 9 points, Wil Tindal 4, Dawson Foster and Jared Dian 3 each and rounding out the Crusader scoring you had Charlton McCall and Ryan Anderson with 2 each…. The Crusaders improve their record to 7-13 overall and 4-5 in region play.


Middle School

  • B: HT 49 – GCO 26… Last night the Gray Court-Owings boys’ team traveled to Hickory tavern to take on the Panthers… Good news for Panther fans as the Panthers took a 49-26 win over the GCO Tigers… The Tigers actually led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter but the Panthers outscored them in the second quarter to take a 17-14 lead at the half and would lead the rest of the way…  Each time the Tigers tried to come back the Panthers matched them plus a little more…  Preston Mahon and Josh Cureton led the Panthers with 11 points each… Others scoring for HT were Thomas Willis with 10 points, Blake Nelson 9, Dylan Miller 4, Trevor Kitzmiller 3 and Mason Hamby 1… For the Tigers Lamont Allen led the way with 10 points… Jamarius Hunter, Zack Lecroy, and Isiah Burnside all finished with 4 points each while Tray Hunter and Jarvel Evans finished with 2 points each… The Panthers are now 10-4 overall and 8-3 in region play.

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 AcademyFriday 26th Crusaders travel to WW King

 Broadcast Notes

  • Raider Basketball Broadcast… Join us here Friday, 1-26-18 at 6:00 pm as we bring you all the action as the Laurens Raiders host the Mauldin Mavericks 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 Thur. 2-1-18 when Laurens MS host Sanders.


This & That:

  • Chicken Stew Sale for Joe Adair Outdoor Education Center… For those of you new to the area the Joe Adair Outdoor Education Center is a facility behind EB Morse Elem. School that is use by students and teachers of both the Laurens County School Districts 55 & 56 for just what the name implies… Each year they have 2 chicken stew fundraisers to help the center with maintenance of the center, supplies, or helping the center achieve its purpose….The next chicken stew will be available at the center on Friday, February 2nd and can be picked up between the hours of  10 am and 2 pm… The cost of the stew is $8 per quart and it is highly advisable that you preorder as last time they sold out of over 300 quarts and some walk-up orders could not be filled… You can preorder by emailing or calling the Joe Adair Center at 984-5492 and leaving a message if no one answers…. Again all proceeded go to cover needs that the school districts budgets for the center do not cover…. Help them out if you can and treat yourself to some great chicken stew at the same time.
  • Clinton YMCA Youth Baseball and Girls Softball… Registration is now open for youth baseball and girls softball at the Clinton YMCA… Co-ed instructional baseball ia open to youth ages 3-6 in two different groupings… Youth ages 7-12 will be playing regulation baseball in 3 different age appropriate groupings that have their own special rules… Girls’ softball will be available for young ladies 7-13 in two different age groups with their own special rules… Registration for all of these will close on Tuesday, 2-13-2018… Now for more information as to cost, age divisions, fallout dates and more you contact the YMCA at 833-1555 or click here to open a PDF document with more information.
  • City of Laurens and Laurens Family YMCA Youth Baseball & Softball… Youth Baseball and Softball Registrations are now underway at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department headquarters The Ridge and at the Laurens YMCA…   The Cost is $60 and depending on your age you will either register at The Ridge or at the Laurens YMCA… Ages 3-6 will register at the YMCA for Wee Ball and Tee Ball… Ages 7/8 Coaches Pitch, 9/10 Minors and 11/12 Majors will register at the Ridge…. 13-15 Will Register at the YMCA… Cost includes uniform and insurance…The deadline for registration is February 8th… Skill evaluations for ages 7-12 will be February 10th at Laurens City Park… For more information contact the Laurens City Parks & Recreation Dept. at 864-681-7275 or the Laurens Family YMCA at 864-984-2626.
  • 2018 Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Announced…  The Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting into their second class on March 22, 2018 at The Ridge the city of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department headquarters. The five who will enter the hall this year are Ricky Foggie, Bobby Ivey, Kinard Littleton, Sam Owns and Truman Owens… Now for more information about each of these worthy inductees, a reminder of who was in last year’s class, information about how they were selected and ticket information for the induction banquet, click here…. Congratulations to them all!

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