Sports Report for Tuesday, 2-27-2018

PC Notes:

  • M-BK: Campbell 72 – PC 56… The Blue Hose men’s basketball team closed out their regular season last Saturday with a 72-56 loss to Campbell up in Buies Creek, NC… Simply put, Campbell shot over 50% from the field while the Blue Hose only managed 35.8% from the field… For more information on this game, click here… PC finishes the season with an 11-20 record overall and 4-14 in Big South play
  • Men Open Tournament Play Tonight… With the loss Saturday the Blue Hose finished 9th in the conference and will travel to Charleston Southern tonight to take on the # 8 seeded Buccaneers… The tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm and the game can be heard on the Blue Hose Sports Network and seen on the Big South Network.
  • W-BK: Radford 64 – PC 40… The L ady Blue Hose basketball team was also in action Saturday as they hosted Radford at the Templeton Center… Unfortunately the news is no better for PC fans than it was for the men’s team as the Highlanders took a 64-40 win over the Blue Hose… The Highlanders inside game was the difference as they made 40 points from the paint to PC’s 8… For more information on this game, click here… The team has two regular season games left in the season and the last home game is tonight as they host UNC Ashville in a 7:00 pm contest… As you might expect they will be honoring their 3 seniors tonight.
  • Baseball at Home Today… The 3-6 PC baseball team will be at home for the first time this season as they are scheduled to host USC Upstate in a 2:00 pm contest… If you can, why don’t you come out and see the baseball team and then stick around for the women’s basketball game.


Local Notes: 


  • Baseball… This past weekend the CHS Red Devil baseball team kicked off their season as they participated in the Hub City Tournament in and around the Spartanburg area… What follows is Coach Fortman’s reports on the games… Many thanks to him!!
  • Friday: Spartanburg 6 – Clinton 2… Clinton High lost a tough one to Spartanburg High 6-2 on Friday night, bringing the tying run to the plate in the last inning but was unable to push them across.  Starter Thomas Hellams was dominate for the first two innings, striking out four before being forced out of the game with back spasms.  Senior Corey Suber pitched valiantly in an emergency relief role but ended up taking the loss on four unearned runs in the fifth inning.
  • Saturday Game 1: Union 10 – Clinton 9… In the 10 am game on Saturday, Clinton fell behind Union County High School 9-4 but scored 5 runs in the top of the 7th thanks in part to run scoring doubles by Aaron Copeland and Konnor Richardson to force the game into extra innings.  Unfortunately for Clinton, Union was able to push across the winning run in the bottom of the 8th.
  • Saturday game 2: Clinton 10 – Dixie 4… In the third game of the weekend, Clinton found the win column, beating Dixie High School 10-4 in Taylor Bailey’s return to the mound.  Senior Aaron Copeland led the attack, going 3 for 3 with a double and a home run.  Caleb Riddle, Chance Ewell and Bailey all chipped in with two hit games.
  • Last Night: Clinton 6 – Southside Christian 3… Senior Thomas Hellams battled to pitched four strong innings and Junior Griffin Fuller came on to close out the final three innings. Offensively, the six runs were driven in by five different players in a true team win…. Coach Fortman added, “We have played a lot of baseball, five games in the last five days. Thomas wasn’t exactly 100% but he fought through those four innings and then what Griffin did, getting the final nine outs. He was a wild card because we haven’t used him on the mound but he just filled up the zone and was able to get it done.  We didn’t make every play but we were able to get the job done.”… Clinton closed the preseason at 4-2 and will open the regular season at home against BHP on March 6th.


  • Chris Jackson Participates in State Wrestling Tournament… This past Friday and Saturday Laurens Raider Wrestler Chris Jackson participated in the State Wrestling Tournament in Anderson… He was one of the best 6 wrestlers in his weight class…  While Chris only wrestled in two matches this weekend losing both on decisions, he is still to be congratulated for making to the State Tournament and being one of the six best in the state… Congratulations Chris!

Laurens Academy

  • Hammond 15 – LA 0… The Laurens Academy Crusader baseball team had to travel to Columbia yesterday afternoon to take on the SCISA Class AAA Hammond Academy Skyhawks… The results are not what I like to report as the Skyhawks took a 15-0 win over the Crusaders in 4 innings… The Skyhawks got their 15 runs of 16 hits… The Crusaders managed just two hits both back to back singles in the fourth inning by Thomas Lowry and Noah Moore with 1 out… Both moved up a base on a wild pitch and Joshua Moore reached on a walk to load the bases… However they would get no closer to home plate as the Hammond pitcher struck out the next two batters… To see the game’s box score click on the following:LA-2-24–Hammond   … To see the game’s scorecard click on the following: LA-SC-2-24-Hammond… The team will host Oakbrook Prep in their first home game this Friday with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 pm.


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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