Sports Report for Friday, 6-1-2018

  • Presbyterian College Notes: Please look in the This & That Section below for information about PC Baseball Camps.


Local Notes:


  • Spires New AD at LDHS… Mark Freeze the current AD at LDHS let it be known about a year ago that this school year would be his last at LDHS as he was retiring… Yesterday afternoon Laurens District 55 Athletic Director Ed Murray confirmed that Tommy Spires has been tapped to take over for the retiring Coach Freeze… Coach Spires is a Laurens native and LDHS graduate who is in his 21st year in education and 15th in Laurens District 55…He is presently an assistant principal at LDHS and prior to that Coach Spires was the AD at Hickory Tavern Middle School and taught and coached at Sanders… When contacted about this Coach Spires said “I’m really excited about the opportunity to move the program forward in all areas. I want to be able to provide support for our coaches, which in return will give our student athletes the best chance to be successful. We want people in our community to be excited and proud of what the Raiders represent.”… My personal congratulations to Coach Spires and I am certainly looking forward to working with him!
  • Carson Todd Raider Student-Athlete of the Year… I told you a few days ago that three student-athletes were in the running for Student-Athlete of the Year at LDHS and that you the fans could vote for your favorite… Those three student-athletes are Braylen Williams, Carson Todd and Tamar Haney…  Yesterday it was announced that Carson Todd is the Raider Student-Athlete of the Year 2017-2018 as he received 45.8% of the votes… Now for more information on why Carson was selected for this award, click here… Congratulations to Carson!


  • Caughman New Softball Coach at CHS… A week ago today I happened to be at CHS for a Jahleed’s Cook signing with Newberry College… I happened to ask Coach Andrew Caughman who is Assistant AD at CHS if he had any idea who would be taking Coach Dillon Salmans place as Head Coach of the Red Devil softball team… His response was that I was looking at him… He told me it was not official yet but since other media sources have mentioned it I thought I would to… After congratulating him I asked if any of the assistant coaches would be staying on to help him… He assured me that before he commuted to the job he put in a call to G. Ramage to see if would be his assistant… A positive response from Ramage then caused him to ask AD Nickie Templeton to put his name in the hat for the job and a few days later…  He admitted he had never coached softball before but was looking forward to the challenge and building on the foundation that Coach Salmans established this year… He will continue coaching middle school football but will be giving up his assistant AD job… Congratulations to Coach Caughman!

College Baseball Notes … The big news in college baseball yesterday was the announcement of which teams made it into the regionals that start later this week… As you may recall I told you yesterday that it was announced Sunday that Clemson would be hosting a regional… Let’s look further at who will be in the Clemson Regional, how the Gamecocks faired and the entire bracket.

  • Clemson… The Clemson Tigers will be hosting Morehead State (37-24), Vanderbilt (31-250 and St. John’s (39-15)… Vanderbilt will face St. John’s at noon on today and the Tigers will take on Morehead State at 6:00 pm tonight… For more information about the Clemson Regional including ticket prices, click here… The Tigers were one of six ACC schools chosen to the NCAA Tournament, joining Duke, Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina and NC State.
  • South Carolina… The Gamecock baseball team (33-24) will head to the Greenville, North Carolina Regional, hosted by East Carolina University (43-16)… In addition to the host the other two teams in the regional are Ohio State (36-22) and UNC-Wilmington 37-21)… The Gamecocks first game will be this today at 2:00 pm when they take on Ohio State in a game that can be seen on ESPN2… For more information about the teams in this regional and ticket information, click here…. The SEC had the most teams (10) to make it into the World Series…. Besides South Carolina the other teams were Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi St., Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
  • College World Series Information… Now for more general information about the field selected click here… Now if you are one of the real baseball junkies who would like to see the entire bracket which is interactive, click here… Let the fun begin!

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

  • Braves 4 – Washington 2… The Braves started a 4-game series with the Washington Nationals in Atlanta last night trailing the division leading Nationals by ½ in the NL East…. When the final out was recorded, the Braves had a ½ game lead over the Nationals as they took a 4-2 win… Sean Newcomb went 7 innings giving up the 2 earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 2 and walking 2…  Ozzie Albies had 2 of the Braves 7 hits one of which was a double and drove in 1 run.
  • Augusta 9 – Drive 2… The Greenville Drive and the Augusta GreenJackets were supposed to play a doubleheader yesterday but  Mother Nature said “No, No, No” as they were only able to get in one game and the GreenJackets won that by a score of 9-2… The Drive remain at home this weekend as they host the Ashville Tourist in a 3-game series.

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 another Finally Friday on the Square Friday, June 29th 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 Shag Doctorz 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 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.
  • PC Baseball Camps… Coach Elton Pollock and his staff will be conducting at least two baseball camps this summer and might do more… Their first camp will be a one day camp on Tuesday, June 12 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm… It is open to youth in grades 9-12 and Junior College players… The camp will consist of intensive instruction, an extensive pro-style workout, batting practice and scrimmages… The cost is only $175.00. For more information about the camp including what to bring and a link to registration for the camp click here and be sure to click on the More Info tab under the June 2018 bar…. There will also be a two-day camp Saturday and Sunday August 25 & 26… This camp is also open to youth in grades 9-12 and Junior College players … The camp emphasis will be on offense & defense approach, pitching philosophy, base running, mental approach, team approach and much more!… The cost for this camp is $245.00… Again to get more information about this camp click here and be sure to click on the More Info tab under the August 2018 bar… If your questions are not answered following the links provided call 864-833-8236 or e-mail

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