Sports Report for Thursday, 5-24-2018

Local Notes:


  • District 56 Joins Other Districts and Schools in Lawsuit… According to various media reports around the area, Laurens School District 56 has joined a lawsuit against the SCHSL concerning allowing Union County to be realigned into Class AAA for the next two years… Originally they were placed in Class AAAA where they would not have been the smallest school and appealed to the SCHSL Executive Committee which denied the appeal by a vote of 14-0… They appealed on the basis of travel and time out of class… They carried the appeal to the league’s Appellant Panel where they won a narrow 4-3 decision to grant the appeal and put them in Class AAA in the region with Clinton where they by far and away will be the largest school…  The suit by the other schools and districts cites the lack of transparency in the process, failure to notify schools ahead of the appeal that would be affected by the move, violation of Freedom of Information act and other factors… Personally I hope they win because the Appellant Panel had no basis or precedent strong enough to act as they did.


College Notes…  Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest

  • Clemson 21 – Notre Dame 4… Yesterday in the ACC Baseball Tournament the Clemson Tigers put a good old-fashion stomping on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame by taking a 21-4 win… The BIG inning for the Tigers was the 4th when they scored an ACC Tournament record 17 runs… The Irish actually led 3-1 going into that offensive explosion in the 4th and the Tigers only outhit the Irish 17-8… In the BIG 4th inning the Tigers hit 3 homeruns… The Tigers will now face Miami about 7 pm tonight… If you would like to go to the ACC website where the results and schedules are posted, click here… You will have to scroll down some after you get there.
  • Arkansas 13 – South Carolina 8… Now in case you did not stay up past 2:00 am this morning, the news is not as good for Gamecock fans as Arkansas took a 13-8 over South Carolina in the SEC Baseball Tournament…. The Razorbacks scored 3 runs in each of the first two innings to go up 6-0 before the gamecocks finally got a run on the board in the 3rd inning… By the time the game reached the top of the 9th inning the Gamecocks trailed 13-6 and did have a rally scoring two runs but it was too little too late… The Gamecocks now drop into the elimination portion of the double-elimination tournament and will face LSU in the second game of the day today… That game will take place sometime after noon following the Georgia Ole Miss game starting at 9:30 this morning… To see how other teams did in eh tournament and the tournament bracket, click here.
  • Southern Conference Baseball Tournament… Now for the Furman and Wofford fans out there I’ll quickly tell you that in the Southern Conference baseball Tournament being played up at Flour Field in Greenville last night, one team won and one team lost… For Furman fans the news is not good as the Paladins lost to Samford 4-0… The Wofford Terriers had to go 10 innings to do it but they did take an 8-7 win over ETSU…Furman drops to the elimination bracket and will play ETSU today about 12:30 pm while Wofford will face Samford about 7:30 tonight…For more information on those games and the other results and schedules in the tournament, click here.


Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Phillies 4 – Braves 0… In the rubber game of their three-game series with the Phillies in Philadelphia last night, the Braves gave up single runs in four different innings all after two were out to fall to the Phillies 4-0… Both teams had 8 hits each but the Phillies got theirs at the more opportune times… The Braves will take the night off tonight and return to action tomorrow night as they travel to Boston for a weekend series with the Red Sox.
  • Drive 4 – Tourist 3… Yesterday up in Ashville the Greenville drive did something they have only done 11 times this season as they won taking a 4-3 win over the Tourist… The Drive led 3-0 going into the bottom of the 7th inning when the Tourist plated 3 runs to tie the game… The game winning hit for the Drive was a solo homer by their right fielder Marino Campana in the 8th inning.


This and That:

  • Raider Youth Football Camp 2018… On Thursday, June 7th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm the Laurens Raider football staff will be conducting a youth football camp at KC Hanna Field… The camp is open to rising 2nd – 8th graders and it is always a lot of fun for the youth as the Raider staff has age appropriate football related activities… The cost is only $20 and you register the day of the camp between the hours of 8:00 – 9:00 am…By the way that cost includes launch…  If you have any questions contact either Coach Sentell Peake or Coach Brian Lothridge…. Their email addresses are or… If you wish to reach them by phone call 864.426.6076 or 864.682.3151… Go ahead and make plans to have your youth have a fun filled and instructive half day with the Raiders.
  • Finally Friday… The City of Laurens and Main Street Laurens will hold the first of their Finally Friday on the Square Friday, May 25 from 7- 9 pm… There will be a family game area, music, concessions, beer & wine and businesses on the square will be open late… The music for this Friday will be provided by the Carolina Coast and it is free to the public… The other Finally Friday events will be held on the last Friday of each month… The theme for the summer concert series will be beach music… On June 29th the Shag Doctorz will perform and on July 27th there will be an ice cream event…. At the end of August Split Shot will present the music and in September The Carolina Player are scheduled to provide the music.

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