Sports Report for Wednesday, 6-20-2018

Local Notes:


Volleyball and Softball at LDHS Getting New Head Coaches… In a press release yesterday, Ed Murray the Dist. 55 Athletic Director announced that the Raiders will have new volleyball and softball head coaches… To read the entire press release about this, click here.

  • Volleyball… Erin Fleming will be joining the Raider coaching staff as the new Head Volleyball Coach replacing Caroline Culbertson who has stepped down from that position… She is coming from Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida where she has been in charge of their volleyball program since 2011… Her teams have won 3 state championships and she won Coach of the Year Honors in 2012…
  • Softball… The Raider softball team is also getting a new head coach and it will be a familiar face as Raider Micaela Smith is giving up her last year of eligibility to play college softball at Anderson University to take over the Raiders as Coach Satterfield departs… As you may recall she graduated from LDHS in 2015 and earned a scholarship to play at Anderson where she has been very successful… Coach Butch Clark ranks her in the top 5 of the players he has coached and had other very positive remarks about her… When I contacted her last night she said she was excited to come back to the Raiders but it was not an easy decision giving up her last year of softball at Anderson but it was an opportunity almost too good to pass up to come back and coach at the school she loves… She will continue working on her degree in biology with an eye on teaching in District 55 in the 2019-2020 school year… I can promise you both her and her parents are excited about this opportunity… My best wished to both coaches and “Welcome back Michaela!

LDHS to Have Four Assistant Athletic Directors… As you may recall, it was recently announced that Tommy Spires will take over as Athletic Director at LDHS for the retired Mark Freeze… Since then it was announced that he will have four assistant athletic directors…

  • Jim Iacuone… Raider golf coach Jim Iacuone will be one of the four as Asst. AD for Communications… Jim will be doing much of the same as he has been doing behind the scenes working with the Century Club, booster club and have additional duties also many dealing with media athletic record keeping…. Jim’s “full time” job is working in the district’s IT Department.
  • Rob Sheffield… I didn’t think Rob Sheffield had any more room on his plate as it is pretty full teaching, being the wrestling coach and one of the faculty members working with the Robotz Garage but he must have a little more rom as he will be an assistant AD also… A lot of his duties will most likely revolve around the fall sports and game day operations… I just hope he will still be able to help us out on our football broadcast if we need him!
  • Lee Taylor… Coach Lee Taylor is slated to be an Asst. AD this year… As you may recall, he joined the Raider football staff this past season coming from Mauldin HS… Coach Taylor will be an asset to Coach Spires as he served as AD at Southside HS for 5 years and an Assistant AD at Mauldin for 7.
  • TBA… Now Coach Adam Taylor was penciled in to be the fourth assistant but his recent promotion to assistant principal at LDHS plus his other coaching duties forced a change in plans there… Coach Spires said they hope to name the fourth assistant soon. 


College World Series Notes  Well they had some weather problems at the CWS yesterday but they did manage to get 2 games in…. For more details on each game, click on their scores at the start.

  • Mississippi St. 12 – North Carolina 2… In a winners’ bracket game that was delayed from Monday due to weather, Mississippi St. took a 12–2 win over North Carolina… They used two big innings to do it… They scored 4 runs in the 2nd inning and 8 in the 8th in route to the win.
  • Florida 6 – Texas 1… In another elimination game, Florida defeated Texas 6-1 thus ending Texas’ season… Four runs in the 6th inning by the Gators broke the game open.
  • Arkansas vs Texas Tech Delayed… Early evening weather problems yesterday caused the other winners’ bracket game between Arkansas and Texas Tech that was scheduled for yesterday to be postponed until noon today… If you wish to see the other game(s) scheduled for today and the TV network they can be seen on, click here to go to the interactive brackets.


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

  • Braves 11 – Toronto 4… In the first game of their two game series in Toronto, the Braves pounded out 14 hits as they took an 11-4 win over the Blue Jays… Johan Camargo had his first grand slam homer in a four-hit night for him… Charlie Culbertson also had a solo homer in the game to give him 4 homers on the season.
  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game… The MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 17th and it will be at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and you will be able to watch it on FOX… Now some of you die-hard baseball fans out there may be interested in voting on the players you would like to see in the game… If so click here to go to the MLB website where you can vote…. You may vote up to 5 times every 24 hours (up to a total of 35 ballots) and the voting ends on July 5th at 11:59 pm ET… Vote, I did!
  • Drive… The Drive were off last night as SAL held its All-Star Game in Greensboro… The Southern Division defeated the North 9-5… If you would like to see the box score on the game, click here


This and That:

  • Clinton YMCA Summer Camps and Swimming Lessons… The Clinton Family YMCA will be having a full slate of summer sports camps this summer and will also be offering swimming lessons throughout the summer… To see complete details on all these click here… The camps that start next week are baseball and T-Ball… The deadline to register is this Friday at 5:00 pm… Again for more details on these and swimming lessons click here.
  • City of Laurens Parks and recreation Sumer Camps… The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department will be conducting 3 camps this summer… They will have a Straight Street Camp (June 11-29), basketball camp (July 9-12) and a baseball camp (July 16-19)… Also registration will open for cheerleading, football and fall baseball at different times this summer… For more information about all of these, click here.
  • PC Summer Sports Camps… This summer various sports at PC will be holding camps for various age groups of youth in the area… To see a complete listing of all the camps click here… The nest camp is: 2018 Elite Women’s Basketball Camps… Saturday, June 23 and Saturday, August 4, 2018… These camps are open to all girls who will be in grades 7-12 this next school year… The goal of the camps is to provide excellent instruction, promote the love of the game, and create an environment which fosters a lifetime of memories while improving the campers’ skills through drills and game play… The cost is $50 and you can find more information about the camp including online registration by clicking here.
  • 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.

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