Sports Report for Thursday, 2-22-2018

Local Notes:


Four Sign at LDHS…  Yesterday in the mini-gym at LDHS four student athletes signed letters of intent to continue their education at three different institutions of higher learning…. As Head Football Coach Chris Liner put it, these are the best of the best in Laurens County… Afterwards video interview were done with each of these young men asking them why they chose their respective institutions and what they plan on doing after college… If you want to see those interviews, click here.

  • Nathan Rudder… Senior baseball player Nathan Rudder signed to play baseball and continue his education at Montreat College for the Cavaliers… Nathan saw limited duty on the diamond last year as he was recovering from a severe knee injury that occurred during the second game of the 2016 football season… That was his second injury in as many years… he is expected to contribute much more to the Raider baseball team this season whose season starts in a few days.
  • Troy Dendy… Senior running back Troy Dendy signed with Carson Newman University up in Jefferson City, Tennessee… His sophomore season (2015) he rushed for 847 yards and scored 8 TDs… His junior season (2016) he rushed for 960 yards and scored 10 TDs… This past season he rushed for 935 yards and scored 11 TDs.
  • Tyrese Moses… Senior linebacker Tyrese Moses was one of two student athletes to sign with PC yesterday… This past season he was second on the team with 33 solo tackles and first in assisted tackles with 33 from his linebacker position.
  • Braylen Williams… Senior defensive back / linebacker is the other student athlete who signed with PC… Braylen led the team this past season with 66 solo tackles and second on assisted tackles with 32… He also led the team in tackles for loss with 11.


Laurens Academy

  • Lady Crusaders back In Action Tonight… The Lady Crusaders will once again board the bus this afternoon and head down to Sumter to take on the Curtis Baptist Crusaders in one of the semi-finals of the SCISA Class A basketball Tournament… Curtis Baptist is located in Augusta, Ga…  As you may recall the Crusaders took a 59-18 win over Coastal Christian Monday to punch their ticket to tonight’s game… Curtis Baptist reached the game by defeating Dorchester Academy 58-45 last Monday night also… Both the Crusaders of LA and the crusaders of CB came into the tournament as #1 seeds in their part of the bracket…  from what I can gather, CB comes into tonight’s contest with a 21-3 record and are averaging 45.5 points per game while their defense gives up 26.8 points per game… LA is averaging 51.8 points per game and giving up 24.3 points per game…  CB and LA have faced two common opponents… CB defeated Wardlaw 48-28 & 55-22 while LA defeated Wardlaw 54-28 & 63-36… The other opponent they have in common is WW King which CB defeated last weekend 55-18 whil LA has taken 51-8& 47-13 wins over WW King… Sounds like these two teams will match up about evenly on paper and one thing I can promise… the Crusaders will win…. I truly hope it is the LA Crusaders


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… See above.


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.
  • Bus Driver Training Class… Laurens District 55 Transportation Supervisor Geoff Stephens announced recently that there will be a School Bus Driver Class for anyone interested in driving a school bus in Laurens School District 55… The class will be held Mach 5-8, 2018 at the School Bus Shop at 310 Fairgrounds Road… The class will start each morning at 8:30 and run until 2:30 each day… Now in order to attend the class you must pick up an application for the class from the District Transportation Office and turn it back in to the office BEFORE the class… The office is located on the campus of Laurens District 55 High School… Enter through the gates on the west side of LDHS (side closest to Brothers fast Stop / Hickory Tavern) and proceed around behind the buses where you will see the Transportation Office… If you have any questions contact Mr. Stevens at 682-9117.
  • 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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