Sports Report for Wednesday, 2-21-2018

Local Notes… Right now things are a little quiet on the high school sports scene as we are “between seasons” with the spring sports getting started next week… The one exception is Laurens Academy where the girls will be playing in the SCISA Class-A Semi-Finals tomorrow night down in Sumter against Curtis Baptist and I’ll have more about that on tomorrow’s sports report


College Notes…. Well the end of the college basketball season is fast approaching and March Madness is just around the corner…

  • Men’s D-I AP Poll… The top 4 teams in the Men’s D-I AP Poll are the same as last week… Virginia (24-2) continues at #1 followed by Michigan State, Villanova and Xavier… Duke made a huge jump going from #12 last week to # 5 this week…  Texas Tech & Gonzaga are tied for the #6 / #7 spot and Kansas, Purdue and North Carolina round out the top 10… Clemson dropped from #11 to # 15 in this week’s poll… Now if you would like t see the entire top 25 in the poll, click here.
  • Women’s D-I AP Poll… Now the women’s D-I AP Poll was much more stable as the top 6 teams this week are the same as last week and the top two teams are undefeated… The #1 team is of course UConn 26-0 and #2 is Mississippi State 28-0… Spots 3-6 are held by Baylor, Louisville, Notre Dame and Texas… South Carolina moved up one spot from #8 to #7 and Oregon also moved up a spot from #9 to #8… Florida State and UCLA hold down spots 9 & 10 in that order… Again if ou would like to see the entire top 25 in the AP Poll, click here.

Clemson Basketball

  • Men… The Tigers Men’s team is 20-6 overall and 9-5 in ACC play… As mentioned above, they are currently ranked #15 … They have 3 games left in their regular season before ACC Tournament play begins and the next game is at home Saturday against Georgia Tech and it is scheduled to start at 3 pm.
  • Women… The Lady Tiger basketball team is not doing as well as eh men as they are 11-17 overall and 1-14 in conference play… They only have one regular season game left before the start ACC Tournament play next week… They will host wake Forest tomorrow at 7 pm.

South Carolina Basketball

  • Men… For the South Carolina gamecock men’ team what a difference there is from last year as they were getting set to make their run to the Final Four at this time 12 months ago… This year they are 14-13 overall and 5-9 in SEC play… They have 4 games left in their regular season… Their next game is tonight as they will host Georgia in a 6:30 pm contest that can be seen on the SEC Network
  • Women… The Lady Gamecocks as mentioned above are ranked #7 with a 22-5 record and 11-3 I conference play… They have only 2 games left in their regular season and the next one will be tomorrow night when they host LSU in the Gamecocks final home game of the regular season which is scheduled to tipoff at 6:30 an can be seen on the SEC Network.


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… Girls’ basketball in Sumter tomorrow.


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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