Sports Report for Thursday, 2-15-2018

Local Notes:


  • Wise Signs with Newberry… Yesterday Clinton HS senior running back and defensive player Mark Wise signed a letter of intent to continue his education and football career at Newberry College… This last season Mark rushed for over 1300 yards in 192 attempts and averaged 6.8 yards per carry and 118.9 per game while scoring 13 TDs… Mark was a starter on the Red Devil defense for 3 years playing several positions wherever the coaching staff needed him…He was named to the All-Region and All-County Teams the last two years and was this year’s Laurens County TD Club Player of the Year… If you click here it will take you to a short video interview done with Mark after the signing… You can also find a link to the video in the Between the Lines section on the homepage… Congratulations to Mark!


Laurens Academy

  • MS Boys Win Region Tournament… Last Saturday the Laurens Academy Crusader boys’ team won the Region Tournament Championship by defeating the Knights of WW King 31-29… The game was tied 20-20 after 3 quarters of play and 25 -25 with 3:41 to play and then the Crusaders outscored the Knights 6-4 down the stretch to take the win… Cal Robertson led the Crusaders with 11 points… Diamonte Grant finished with  7 points, Andrew Codington 6, Colton McGee 5, and Clarence Bertoli 2.
  • Middle School Awards… Boys… The Tournament MVP was Diamonte Grant and both Cal Robertson & Andrew Codington were named to the All-Tournament Team… Girls… Olivia Huck was named to the All-Tournament team… Congratulations to one and all!
  • Lowry Honored by SC High School Sports Report.. On Sunday February 11th the South Carolina High School Sports Report recognized Laurens Academy freshman quarterback Thomas Lowry.  He was named to their All-Rookie Team for his play in the 2017 varsity football season.  Thomas threw for over 1,600 yards and 21 touchdowns and he added 246 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground.  There was an award banquet in Columbia last Sunday where he was honored… Congratulations to Thomas!.


College Notes

  • Men’s basketball D-I AP Poll… Well there was a good bit of shake-up in the men’s D-I basketball poll this week as Virginia moved up to the #1 spot followed by Michigan State, Villanova, Xavier and Cincinnati to round out the top 5…. Purdue, Texas Tech, Ohio State, Gonzaga and Auburn are in spots 6-0 in that order… Clemson jumped all the way from #16 to #11… To see the entire top 25 in the AP Poll, click here.
  • Women’s’ basketball D-I AP Poll… Unlike the men’s poll, women’s poll stayed pretty much the same as last week… As a matter of fact, the top 6 spots are the same as last week with UConn leading the way as usual… spots 2-6 are occupied by Mississippi State, Baylor, Louisville, Notre Dame and Texas…  UCLA moved up a spot to #7 while South Carolina dropped a spot to #8… Oregon and Maryland round out the top 10… Again to see the entire top 25 that the poll ranks, 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… TBD


This & That:

  • 40th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast… The 40th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast will be taking place at Clinton HS March 5-9, 2018 and will start at 7:00 am each day… The event is being sponsored by the CHS /CMS FHA and the Clinton Family YMCA… There will be a different quest speaker each day and if you would like to learn who they are and a brief biography on each, click here… Breakfast will last from 7-7:40 am each day and is free to students and adults will pay $3.00 at the door if they plan to eat… There is no cost to anyone to hear the speaker and that will start at 7:50 am… If you have any questions, call Gene Simmons at the Clinton YMCA and their number is 833-1555… Make plans to come out to hear some great speakers.
  • 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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