Sports Report for Wednesday, 11-28-2018

Local Notes:


  • Basketball on the Road Tonight… The Clinton Red Devil varsity basketball teams will be on the road to Chapman tonight to take on the Panthers.
  • Blackout for Cancer Friday Night… This Friday night when the Red Devils host the Raiders in varsity basketball action they will be having a Blackout for Cancer Night… Not only are they asking Red Devil fans to come dressed in black but the Clinton teams will also have special black uniforms… They will be doing several things help raise money for the Laurens County Cancer Association one of which will be a 50/50 raffle… For more information about all they will be doing click here.


LDHS… The Raider varsity basketball teams hosted the Hillcrest Rams in their first home games of the season.

  • Girls: Hillcrest 62 – Laurens 41… The Lady Raiders saw their record drop to 1-2 on the young season as they fell to the Lady Rams 62-41… The Rams pulled out to a 15-8 lead after one quarter of play and then gradually extended that lead throughput the game… The Raiders were plagued by turnovers but the Rams also had way too many also… The Rams out rebounded the Raiders and the Raiders were also plagued by foul trouble… At the game’s end, 2 Raider starters were on the bench having fouled out and others were on the verge of doing the same… Lamoria Allen was the only Raider in double digits as she finished with 10 points…. Others scoring for the Raiders were Raniya Jackson with 8, Kenaja Burnside 7, Qua Fortson 6, Ashanti Conway & Hanna Wiles 4 each, and with 1 point each Diamond Pressley & Precious Grant.
  • Boys: Hillcrest 63 – Laurens 52… The news for Raider fans is no better where the boys are concerned as the Rams took a 63-52 win… This marked the second time in a week that the Rams defeated the Raiders as they also took a 61-57 win last week in the Impact Sports Tournament up in Spartanburg… The two teams played to a tie (12-12) after the 8 minutes of play and the Rams only had a 1 point 29-28 lead going into the locker room at the half… The Raiders came out in the third quarter and picked up the pace as by the end of the quarter they led 47-44… The start of the 4th quarter saw the Raiders go cold as they did not sink a bucket until 3:45 remained in it and that cold spell doomed the Raiders as they could not catch back up and the Rams took the win… The Raiders were led by Dra Copeland who had 18 points and Dee Foster who finished with 14… Others Raiders putting points on the board were Amaiji Hill with 9, Christian Anderson 5, Leonard Williams 3, J’Von Harris 2 and JQ fair 1…. The Raiders return to action Friday as they travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils.


Laurens Academy… The Laurens Academy Crusaders boarded the bus yesterday and went down to Augusta, Ga. to take on another set of Crusaders, the Crusaders of Curtis Baptist

  • Girls LA 51 – CB 29… In the first game of the evening, LA jumped out to a 23-2 lead after one quarter of play and never looked back as they took a 51-29 win… LA was paced by Jennifer Wu who had a game-high 17 points and Regan Williamson who finished with 10… Ruthie Moore had 9 points, Payton Breen 5, Sara Grace Natiello 4 while Blair Quarles, Morgan Marlett, and Lindsay Burroughs each had 2… The lady Crusaders are now 3-0 on the season.
  • Boys: LA 75 – CB 29… Now the news is just as good where the boys are concerned as the LA Crusaders rolled to a 75-29 win over CB… Again LA jumped out early taking a 19-2 lead after 8 minutes of play and never looking back… Noah Moore led all scorers as he finished with 25 points… Charlton McCall was the only other Crusader in double-digits as he finished with 25… Other scoring for LA included Dawson Foster with 9.Diamonte Grant 9, Jaren Jin 6, Sunny Li 4 and with 2 points each you have Thomas Lowry, Cal Robertson, Will Jones, Luke Kerber and Hunter Mullinax… The boys are now 2-1 on the season and the varsity teams will travel to Wardlaw tomorrow.


Middle School Basketball... The only games on tap last night was CMS at GCO.

  • Girls: CMS 34 – GCO 16… In the girls game the CMS Wildcats took a 34 – 16 win over GCO Tigers… The Wildcats opened up an 11-4 lead at the endo of the 1st quarter but the Tigers cut into that lead in the 2nd quarter making it 18-13 at the half… The second half was all Wildcats as they held the Tigers to just 3 points in the 3rd quarter and went on to take the win… Anna Litzenberger led the Wildcats with 11 points while the Tigers were led by Dayzia Grant who had all 16 of the Tiger’s points… Others scoring for the Wildcats were Mia Barr with 4 points, Zaniyah Richey 2, Fantasia Walker 8and Nevaeh Johnson 4
  • Boys… Sorry neither coach reported the score to me.


Broadcast Notes

  • Friday – 11-30-18… The Raider varsity basketball teams will be travelling to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in round one of the County Championships…. Join Dr. Rhett Harris and Coach George ward as they bring you all the action live starting a couple of minutes before 6:00 pm and as always you can also listen live at
  • Monday – 12-3-18… The Laurens MS Tigers will be traveling to Hickory Tavern to take on the Panthers in a double-header of middle school basketball… Join us a couple of minutes before 5:00 and as always you can also listen live at


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:

  • Basketball Registration Deadline Extended at City of Laurens PRD… The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department has extended their deadline to register for youth basketball until Saturday December1st… Youth basketball is open to those who are 7 to 11 years old… You can register at The Ridge the Park and Recreation Headquarter at 318 Exchange Drive… If you want more information call them at 681-7275 or email them at
  • 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 Wednesday night December 5th when they have their annual awards banquet… At that time they will announce the All-County Team, Coach of the Year and Player of the Year… The featured speaker will be Toby Anttigha who is a PC graduate and a second year player in the Canadian Football League.
  • 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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