Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-31-2018

Local Notes:

CHS… The Clinton Red Devils traveled Newberry last night to take on the Bulldogs… The Lady Bulldogs came into last night game ranked #3 in Class AAA in the latest coaches’ poll and the boys #6 while the Clinton boys were ranked #8 in the poll.

  • G: Newberry 75 – Clinton 41… The Lady Red Devils entered last night game on a 2 game winning streak but came out cold in the first quarter as the Bulldogs jumped up 27-10 and that was a hole the Red Devils could not climb out of as the Bulldogs took a 75-41 win… Both teams scored 13 points in the second quarter as the Red Devils defense stepped up the pace… Ho0wever the Bulldogs came out in the third quarter and outscored the Red Devils 21-7 and went on to take the win… Kailey Cheeks led the Red Devils in scoring with 14 points making four three-point goals in the game… Savannah Campbell and Terriauna Bennett were also in double digits with 10 points each… Ashlyn Abercrombie, Deshanti Watts, and Keyonie Reed all had 2 points each to round out the Clinton scoring… The Red Devils are now 10-12 overall and 4-4 in region play.
  • B: Clinton 53 – Newberry 51… Now there is better news for Red Devil fans where the boys are concerned as the Red Devils took an exciting 53-51 win over the Bulldogs… The game was a tght battle with the Red Devils holding a 24-21 lead at the half but Newberry battled back and tied the game 41-41 headed into the fourth quarter… The Red Devils found themselves down 48-43 with 4 mins left and Zay Bennett hit a 3 to cut lead to 2… Then with 50 seconds they we were down by 1(49-48) when Jahleed Cook hit a 3 to put Clinton up 51-49… JD Payne hit a layup with 30 seconds left to put the Red Devils up 53-49… Newberry then hit a shot to cut to 53-51 with 8 seconds left …Newberry then fouled Jahleed Cook with 3.2 seconds and he went to the line for a 1 & 1…  He missed the first free throw and Newberry got the rebound but couldn’t get a shot off before the buzzer and Clinton took the win… Afterwards Coach Eddie Romines commented “Newberry has a good team but we found a way to get a big road win tonight … We rebounded much better tonight than the first time we played them… Our guards did a pretty good job of handling Newberry’s press… We had several guys come off the bench and contribute to the win! “..  JD Payne led all scorers with 14 points and Jahleed Cook was also in double-digits with 12… Zay Hurley finished with 9 points, Zay Bennett 5, Vilo Boyd 4, Ty Priestley 4, Konnor Richardson 3 and BJ Bluford 2… The Red Devils are now 6-2 in region play and they will host the Broome Centurions this Friday night.

 

LDHS… The Laurens Raiders were at home last night as thy hosted the Generals of Wade Hampton whose varsity boys and girls teams are both ranked #5 in Class-AAAAA.

  • G: Wade Hampton 69 – Laurens 32… In girls action the Generals took a dominating 69-32 won over the Raiders… The Raiders were focused the first few minutes of the game but after that, turnovers, poor shot selection and the Generals talent laden players took over as the Generals cruised to the win… Jayla Mosley and Alexus Espinosa led the Raiders with 6 points each… Cali Heisey had 5 points, Qua Fortson 4, KT Foggie 3, Paula Abrams 2, Hanna Wiles 2, Sandajah Vance 1 and Lamoria Allen 1… The Lady Raiders fall to 7-13 on the season and 1-6 in region play.
  • B: Wade Hampton 65 – Laurens 44… In the final game of the evening the Generals took a 65-44 win over the Raiders thus giving them a season sweep of the Raiders… The Raiders started the game off with a decent first quarter as they only trailed 18-10 at its end… However the Generals came out in the second quarter and put up 21 points to the Raiders 10 in the second quarter thus taking a 39-20 lead into the locker room at the half and were really never really threatened after that… The Raiders had trouble stopping the Generals big center Will Edwards who had 15 of his game-high 25 points in the first half… Christian Anderson led the Raiders with 13 points and Ty Foster was the only other Raider in double digits with 10… Dee Foster finished with 8 points, Ryan Dacre 4, Josh Ricks 3, Carson Todd 2, J’von Harris 2, Cedraquan McDowell 2, Aden Partee 1 and Justin Anderson 1… The Raiders now stand 9-12 overall and 2-5 in region play… The Raiders travel to Riverside this Friday night to take on the Warriors.

 

Laurens Academy… The Laurens Academy Crusaders held their final home games of the regular season where they honored their seniors.

  • G: LA 52 – Bob Jones Academy 29… The Crusader varsity girls continued their winning ways as they took a 52-29 win over Bob Jones Academy…As they often do the Crusaders came out and took an early lead 15-5 at the end of the first quarter and were never really threatened after that as they cruised to a 52-29 win… The one-two punch of Ruthie Moore and Taylor Campbell led the Crusaders with 19 and 16 points respectively… Blair Quarles had 6 points, Regan Williamson 4, Jennifer Wu 4 and Florence Mitchell 3…
  • B: LA 75 – Covenant Christian 56… In the Crusader boys’ team took on the Covenant Christian Eagles… Good news here for Crusader fans as the Crusaders took a 75-56 win… The Crusaders outscored the Eagles in each of the first three quarters carrying a 57-34 lead into the final 8 minutes of play…The Eagles did try to come back there outscoring the Crusaders 22-18 but it was too little too late… Joshua Moore had a game high 34 points for the Crusaders while Noah Moore finished with 17 and Wil Tindall 12… Charlton McCall had 5 points, Thomas Lowry 3, Dawson Foster 2 and Ryan Anderson 2… The Crusaders close out their regular season this Friday night as they travel to Newberry Academy to take on their arch rivals the Eagles.

 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, 2-2-18… Crusaders travel to Newberry in the last games of the regular season.

 Broadcast Notes

  • Raider Basketball Broadcast… Join us here Tuesday, 2-6-18 at 6:00 pm as we bring you all the action as the Laurens Raiders host the Hillcrest Rams 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): 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 ccotney@laruens55.org 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.
  • 50 Inning game This Saturday… The Raider baseball and softball teams will be holding their annual 50 Inning softball game this Saturday at the LDHS softball field starting at 10 am… They will divide into coed teams coached by Coach Satterfield and Coach Patterson who face off for the first time… It’s always a lot of fun and hot dog plates will be on sale for $5… The new baseball hats will also be available for $25… Come on out and support the Raider baseball and softball teams as they prepare for their soon starting seasons.
  • 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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