Sports Report for Friday, 3-23-2018

PC Notes:

  • Softball… The Blue Hose softball team had their mid-week games at Western Carolina postponed this week because of the weather but they will return to action this weekend as they the Liberty Flames in a 3-game series… The first two games will be today at 2:00 & 4:00 PM and the final game of the series is scheduled for tomorrow starting at 1:00 pm…. You will be able to see all 3 games on the Big south Network.
  • BaseballUSC-Upstate 10 – PC 3… The PC baseball team was in action back on Tuesday as they traveled up to Spartanburg to take on the USC-Upstate Spartans. After a 50 minute rain delay, the two teams took the field and when the final out was recorded the Spartans had taken a 10-3 win over the Blue Hose… For details on this game, click here…  The Blue Hose baseball team is at home this weekend also as they host Charleston Southern in a 3-game series… Games are scheduled for 3:00 pm today, 2:00 pm tomorrow and 1:00 pm on Sunday…These games will also be carried on the Big South Network.

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Two Red Devil Basketball Players Make All-Region Team… The other day I mentioned to you that a couple of Lady Red Devil basketball players had made the All-Region 3-AAA Girls Team and Coach Gardner had been selected as the Region Coach of the Year… Well Coach Eddie Romines was kind enough to pass along the All-Region 3-AAA Boys basketball Team members and two of his Red Devils made the team… Senior Jahleed Cook and Junior JD Payne were selected as representatives from CHS… Congratulations to these fine young men!

 

Laurens County Sports Hall Of Fame Inducts Five…. Last night the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame inducted its 2018 Class of five members at The Ridge… After opening remarks by Billy Dunlap Chairman of the LCSHOF, Rev. Chas Hayes of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church had the invocation…  BSA Troop 339 of Laurens then presented The Colors and the National Anthem was sung by Ophrah Kablan of LDHS… After the dinner the Induction Ceremony took place and the five members of this year’s class were inducted… Below are their name (in alphabetical order) and a brief comment about them… With each will be a link to a copy of the page for each as it appeared in the program last night… Congratulations to each of these deserving and distinguished individuals!

  • Rickie Foggie… Rickie led the Laurens Raider football team to a state championship in 1983 under Coach Buddy Jennings… He went on to play for the University of Minnesota as a quarterback who still holds records there… He went on to play in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League… Click on the following to see his page in last night’s program: LCSHOF-18-Rickey_Foggie
  • Bobby Ivey… The former Raider head football coach led the raiders to a state championship in 1991 but he also coached at other school across South Carolina before coming to Laurens… Like many coaches of his era the Woodruff native was influenced by his head coach at Woodruff, Coach Willie Varner… Click on the following to see his page in last night’s program: LCSHOF-18-Bobby_Ivey
  • Kinard Littleton… Many people say that Kinard Littleton was the greatest all-around athlete to come out of CHS… He excelled at both football and baseball… He signed with the Cleveland Indians coming out of high school but the army also drafted him…An arm injury kept him in the minors for 8 years… Click on the following to see his page in last night’s program: LCSHOF-18-Kinard_Littleton
  • Sam and Truman Owens… I grouped the last two recipients together not only because they were brothers but because their careers were son intertwined as multi-sport officials in the area… Sam passed away in 2007 but “Mr. Truman” as he is known to local officials was there to accept his award while Sam’s son Mike accepted his father’s award on behalf of his family … Both their officiating career goo back decades and their awards not only include local an state recognition but also national as they are both members of the national High School Federation Hall of Fame and were the first brothers to be so honored… Both their legacies were on display last night by the large number of official who were present to help honor them… Click on the following to see Sam’s page in last night program: LCSHOF-18-Sam_Owens … To see Truman’s, click on the following: LCSHOF-18-Truman_Owens

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… To see the Laurens Academy baseball schedule and results, click here.

 Broadcast Schedule… Below is the broadcast schedule for baseball and softball for the next several days on Real Radio 860 WLBG…  And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at www.wlbg.com… All are home games unless noted.

  • Friday, 3-23-18, softball host Mauldin @ 7:30
  • Tuesday, 3-27-18, Softball host Boiling Springs @ 7:30
  • Wednesday, Softball at Clinton @ 7:00
  • Thursday, Baseball host Easley @ 7:30

This & That:

  • 14th Annual GOLF FOR KIDS… The Laurens Family YMCA and Piedmont Rural Telephone Cooperative will be having their 14th Annual Golf for Kids on March 24th at the Lakeside Country Club… This is one of the YMCA’s major fundraisers for their Scholarship Program which helps those unable to participate in YMCA programs due to financial difficulties… Last year the YMCA awarded almost $50,000 in scholarships … Now if you are interested in the format, cost and starting time, click here to open a brochure that tells you all about the tournament or contact Brian Harland at 864-984-2626 or brian@laurensymca.org
  • The Annual Little River Spring Festival sponsored by PRTC will be held at Laurens City Park on Saturday, March 31 from 10am-12pm…  The event is free and includes activities such as an Egg Hunt, Crafts, Bounce houses and other fun games…  The event is open to children ages 10 and under…  The egg hunt will be divided into age appropriate groups…  For more information or to find out how you can get involved please contact the Recreation Department at 681-7275 or email LaurensPRD@yahoo.com
  • Inaugural Raider Alumni Baseball Game Scheduled… The LDHS Raider baseball team will be holding their first ever alumni baseball game on Saturday, April 14th at Ed Prescott Field… Any alumni who wishes to participate needs to contact Coach Tori Patterson at 864-200-8654 or email kjpatterson@laurens55.org…. The first pitch is scheduled for 11:00 am… Now the night before (Friday, April 13th) they will have a meet and greet for the alumni players starting at 5:45 pm at the field… Those alumni on hand will be recognized before the Raider baseball game against the Hillcrest Rams that starts about 7:30… So if you are an baseball alumni and want to meet up with other past players and have a little fun mark those dates on your calendar and contact Coach Patterson.

If you have any comments, suggestions, or want to reports scores, please contact me via email at: sports@wlbg.com or text me at 864-981-3470.