Sports Report for Monday, 1-29-2018

Local Notes:

CHS… The Clinton Red Devils played host to the Rebels of Mid-Carolina last Friday night in region action.

  • G: Clinton 48 – Mid-Carolina 32… In the first game of the evening, the Lady Red Devils improved their region record to 4-3 as they took a 48-32 win over the Rebels… The Red Devils came out strong and posted a 14-3 lead at the end of the first 8 minutes of play and then stretched it to 29-14 at the half… The two teams battled almost even in the second half as the Red Devils went on to take the win… The Red Devils had three players scoring in double-digits with DeShanti Watts leading the team with 14 points while Savanna Campbell and Terriauna Bennett had 10 each…. Kailey Cheeks finished with 6 points, Ashlyn Abercrombie 3, Sara Olivia Stevens 2, Tinique Austin 2 and Dena Kinard 1.
  • B: Clinton 60 – Mid-Carolina 42… The Clinton boys’ team completed the sweep of the Rebels with a 60-42 win in the final game of the evening… Just like the ladies, the boys came out strong and posted a 12-7 lead at the end of the first 8 minutes of play and expanded that to 30-14 at the half… The second half was just about the same except the Rebels did outscore the Red Devils 20-19 in the final quarter but of course that was way too little way too late… Zay Hurley has come on strong for the Red Devils recently and he led all scorers Friday night with 22 points… JD Payne finished with 14 points, Ty Priestley 8, Vilo Boyd 6, Zay Bennett 4, Zack Jones 3, Qua Quarles 2 and Konnor Richardson 1… Afterwards Coach Eddie Romines commented “Defensively, we rebounded well and played good defense most of the game, especially the first three quarters.”… The Red Devils improve to 5-2 in the region… The Red Devils will travel to Newberry tomorrow to take on the Bulldogs in what are HUGE region games.


Basketball… The Laurens Raiders hosted the Maudlin Mavericks Friday night in a pair of Region II-AAAAA games.

  • B: Laurens 54 – Mauldin 53…. The Laurens Raider boys’ team made it two region wins in a row as they took to say the least an exciting 54-53 win over the Mauldin Mavericks…. It was a back and forth game with the Raiders leading 16-12 at the end of the first quarter due in large part to Dee Fosters 9 points in the quarter… Mauldin came back to take a 29-27 lead going into the locker rooms at the half…. The Raiders then battled back in the third quarter and when it ended the game was tied 10-40… The two teams battled back and forth in the fourth quarter with the game being tied at least twice with the last one about 1:53 left in the contest where it stood 51-51… The Mavericks scored next on a pair of free throws to go up 53-51… Dee Foster then made one of two free throws to cut the Maverick lead to 1 with 1:08 to play… The Raiders got a stop on defense and Carson Todd made the winning basket with less than 10 seconds to play… Mauldin’s last second shot was missed and the Raiders grabbed the rebound and the win… Todd led the Raiders with 17 points while Dee Foster finished with 16, Ryan Dacre 10, Justin Anderson 7 and Christian Anderson 4… The Raiders are now 9-11 on the season and 2-4 in region play.
  • G: Mauldin 41 – Laurens 31… The news is not as good for Raider fans where the Lady Raiders are concerned as the Mavericks took a 41-31 win… The Raiders jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the first quarter but by the time the quarter ended the Mavericks had come back to take a 13-9 lead… The Mavericks then outscored the Raiders 8-7 in the second quarter and continued to outscore the Raiders in each of the last two quarters to take the 41-31 win… Qua Fortson was the only Raider in double-digits with 10 points… Alexus Espinosa scored 9 points, Cali Heisey 6, Sandajah Vance 4 and KB Burnside 2… The Raiders fall to 7-12 overall and 1-5 in region play…. The Raider varsity teams will host the top 10 ranked wade Hampton generals tomorrow night.

Raider Wrestling… The Raider wrestling team hosted the Region II –AAAAA Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

  • Team… As a team the Raiders finished fourth with 109 points… Traditional powerhouse Hillcrest finished first with 228 points, Greenwood second with 164 points and Mauldin third with 159.5 points… Wade Hampton finished fifth and Riverside sixth with 81 and 60 points respectively.
  • Individual… The Raiders did have a Region Champion (which means he is All-Region) as Will Pontoon took the win in the 220 weight class… Three Raiders took 2nd place finishes: Damien Ladd @ 113, Robert Lawson @ 145, and Chris Jackson @ 195… Two Raiders finished in 3rd place and they were Caleb Reid @ 170, and Hunter Hamby @ 285… To see how all the Raiders did, click here …Congratulations to all the Raiders!.
  • NOTE… If you go to and look in the Between the Lines section in the lower right area of our homepage, you will find a posting that has a video showing 4 Raider wrestlers in action Saturday including Will Pontoon’s championship match as well as a few photos at the end of the 4 wrestling videos or click here to go to that page.

Laurens Academy… Last Friday night the Crusaders traveled to WW King to take on the Knights

  • G: LA 47 – WWK 13… The Lady Crusaders held the Knights to just 3 points in the first half while they put up 28 points and then they cruised to a 47-13 win over the Knights… Ruthie Moore had a game-high 20 points to lead the Crusaders and Taylor Campbell was also in double digits with 14 points… Regan Williamson and Blair Quarles finished with 4 points while Florence Mitchel had 3 and Jennifer Wu 2…. The Crusaders are now 22-1 on the season and 9-0 in region play.
  • B: LA 61 – WWK 21… There is more good news for Crusader fans as the boys also took a win over the Knights with their final score being 61-21 Crusaders… The Crusaders took the court and got down to business in a hurry as they outscored the Knights 16-7 in the first quarter and then continued to outscore the Knights in the remaining three quarters actually holding the Knights scoreless in the third quarter…. Joshua Moore led all scorers with 21 points and Noah Moore put up 13 points… Dawson Foster and Wil Tindall finished with 6 points each, while Jared Dian had 5 and both Thomas Lowry and Ryan Anderson finished with 3 each… To round out the scoring for the Crusades Charlton McCall and Luke Kerber had 2 each… The Crusaders improve their record to 8-13 overall and 5-5 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 AcademyTuesday, 1-30-17 the Crusaders host Covenant Christian in their last home games of the regular season… Friday, 2-2 Crusaders travel to Newberry in the last games of the regular season. 

Broadcast Notes

  • Raider Basketball Broadcast… Join us here Tuesday, 1-30-18 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 is 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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