Sports Report for Wednesday, 11-14-2018

Local Notes:


  • Winter Sports Meet the Devils (CMS and CHS Basketball Teams)… On Monday November 26th at 6:00 pm the winter version of Meet the Devils will place in the CHS Main Gym… This will be the first opportunity for Red Devil fans to meet the players and coaches of not only the basketball teams at CHS but also the coaches and players of the CMS Wildcat teams… Go ahead and make plans to come on out that Monday.
  • Fall Sports Athletic Banquet… The following night on Tuesday November 27th CHS will be having its Fall Athletic banquet also at 6:00 pm but in the CHS Auditorium instead of the gym… There is a $2 per person fee for the banquet except for the athletes who get in free… Again go ahead and make plans to come out and celebrate the fall athletes who are standouts in their sport.


College Sports:

D-I Basketball Polls

  • Men’s D-I Basketball AP Poll… There was some shakeup in the Men’s Basketball D-I AP Poll this week…. Duke jumped from #4 last week to #1 this week while last week’s #1 Kansas fell to #2… Gonzaga remains at #3 while Virginia moved up a spot from #5 to #4… Spots 5 through 8 saw everyone move up a notch as they are now occupied by Tennessee, Nevada, North Carolina, and Villanova in that order… Auburn moved from 11 to #9 while last week’s #2 Kentucky rounded out the top 10… Clemson checked in at #19 up from #22 last week… To see the entire top 25 in the poll, click here.
  • Women’s D-I Basketball AP Poll… Now turning to the women’s D-I AP Basketball Poll there was no change from the week before… The top 5 in order are Notre Dame, UConn, Oregon, Baylor and Louisville…. Spots 5-10 are occupied are in order are Mississippi State, Stanford, Oregon State, Maryland and South Carolina… To see the entire 25 in the poll click here.


Recent Basketball Results For more information on these games, click on their scores.


  • MBK: PC 80 – Tennessee Tech 65… Last Saturday the PC men’s basketball team travelled to Cookville, TN to take on the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech University…  The Blue Hose led 43-34 at the end of the first half of play and then went on to take an 80-65 win over the Golden Eagles… Francois Lewis had a game-high 20 points to lead PC in scoring.
  • MBK: PC 109 – Welch 57….  The team returned home Monday night to take on the Flames of Welch College out of Tennessee… Again there is good news to report as the Blue Hose jumped out to a 20-5 lead in the opening 5 minutes of play and then went on to extinguish the Flames as they took a 108-57 win… Again Francois Lewis led the Blue Hose with a game-high 18 points… PC moves to 2-1 on the young season and returns to the court tomorrow against Boyce with a 1:00 p.m. tipoff inside Templeton Gymnasium.
  • WBK: Tennessee 97 – PC 49… The Lady Blue Hose opened up their season last Sunday on the road up in Knoxville, TN taking on the #11 ranked Lady Volunteer of Tennessee…The Volunteer lived up to their ranking as they jumped out to a 24-12 lead after the first quarter and ten went on to take a 97-49 win over the Blue Hose… The Volunteer were able to control the board on both ends of the court and were able to shoot just over 47% from the field to PC’s 34%… Shamani Stafford led PC with 20 points… The team will be back in action today as they travel to UNC-Wilmington for an 11:30 contest this morning with the Seahawks.


  • MBK: Clemson 71 – NC Central 51… The Clemson Tigers defeated the Eagles of NC Central 71-51 last Friday night at Littlejohn Coliseum… The Tigers made the first 8 shots they attempted and then went on to take the win running their season record to 2-0… The Tigers host Sam Houston State tonight at 7:00.
  • WBK: Clemson 68 – Lipscomb 26… Last Thursday the Lady Tiger basketball team also ran their record to 2-0 on the season as they corralled the Lipscomb Bisons 68-26 at Littlejohn Coliseum… Kobi Thorton led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points… The team returns to action tomorrow night as they travel to Columbia for a 6:30 contest with the Gamecocks.

South Carolina

  • MBK: SC 81 – Norfolk State 64… Last night the Gamecock men’s basketball team hosted the Spartans of Norfolk State and took an 81-64 win to advance their record to 2-1 on the young season… Hassani Gravett and A.J. Lawson scored 18 points each to lead the Gamecocks in scoring…. Carolina heads to the Mohegan Sun Arena this weekend for a pair of matchups to conclude the Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.  The Gamecocks face Providence on Saturday, before facing either George Washington or Michigan on Sunday.
  • WBK: SC 94 – Alabama State 38… The Lady Gamecock basketball team opened their season on the road last Sunday as they traveled to Alabama State and took a 94-38 win over the lady Hornets… Te’a Cooper led the Gamecock offense with 17 points… The Gamecocks as previously mentioned will hoist Clemson tomorrow night. 


High School & Middle School 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 2018-2019 Crusader basketball schedule click here. 


This and That:

  • The Laurens County Touchdown Club has a full set of meetings scheduled to help celebrate high school football in Laurens County… The Club meets every other Friday at The Ridge with the meetings starting at noon… For more information about the TD Club including schedule, how to join and videos of the past meetings click here… The next meeting will be Friday, November 16th when the club will have its annual Carolina –Clemson Meeting where the guest speakers will be Langston Moore Sideline Reporter for USC and Woody McCorvey Associate AD for Football Operations at Clemson University.
  • Laurens YMCA Cocoa & Cookies With Santa and Reindeer Run… On Friday, December 7th the Laurens Family YMCA will be holding its Cookies and Cocoa PJ Party with Santa… The event will start at 5:00 pm and run until 9:00 pm…The cost is $7 per person and for more information about this event, click here…On Saturday the 19th Annual Reindeer Run will take place starting at 9:00 am and a Fun Run will start at 9:45… There are registration discounts for registration by November 20th and also registration discounts based on the size of teams… To find out the specifics of that information, how to register and other details click here… If you need more information about either of these call the Laurens Family YMCA at 864-984-2626
  • The Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame is Now Accepting Nominations for the Class of 2019… The 2019 induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30pm at The Ridge at Laurens. This ceremony will feature the third class of inductees in the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame… Nominations for the 2019 class opened on November 1, 2018 and will remain open until December 15, 2018… Nomination forms are available at… For more information about the criteria a person must meet to be considered, present members of the Hall of fame and who to contact for more information, click here.
  • Youth Basketball & Cheerleading Registration Open at Clinton YMCA… Registration is now open for youth basketball and cheerleading at the Clinton Family YMCA until December 11th… Age groups will be 5 – 6, 7 – 8, 9 – 10, 11 – 12, 13 – 15 and ages 9 – 12 for Girls in ‘Youth Basketball’ and for grades K – 6 in Cheerleading…. Team assignment Fall-out will be on Tuesday, December 18th for all age groups and cheerleading… Something new this year is that the first 100 basketball participants that register and pay by the December 11th deadline will receive a FREE Spalding indoor/outdoor regulation basketball upon registration…. For more information about age cut-off dates, cost, fall-out date, game & practice locations, equipment provided and scholarships click here or contact the YMCA at 833-1555.
  • Laurens Family YMCA 2018 – 2019 Sports Schedules… The Laurens Family YMCA has released the schedules for signing up for different sports during the 2018-2019 sports seasons… To see the entire list of sports, ages for participation, sign-up dates, cost and when the season begins click here… If you have any other questions call the Y at 984-2626… At this time there is no registration for any sports… The next registration will be for basketball and it will start December 1st.
  • A Team of 1,000” Fundraising Campaign… Laurens District 55 High School (LDHS) with the support of Laurens County School District 55 (LCSD 55) is launching a Team of 1,000 athletic fundraising campaign. LDHS hopes to raise $55,000 to contribute towards the wishes of the athletic programs. Any funds raised will not supplant existing funding from LCSD 55 but we want to enhance the pride and possibilities inherent in our athletic programs… The funds raised will go toward ensuring adequate resources for travel to camps, scrimmages, and other activities that improve student-athlete performance but may stretch the regular season travel budget… The different coaches are compiling a “wish list” of items they would like to see the monies go toward… If you would like you to be a part of our Team of 1,000. Just a $55 gift from each member of our Team of 1,000 will help us reach our goal of $55,000. By donating to the Team of 1,000 fundraising campaign, you are helping the student-athlete experience; you are also joining many others in a commitment to athletic excellence in Laurens…. For more information on this including how you can join the team, click here… Please consider joining, I have.


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