Sports Report for Thursday, 11-29-2018

Local Notes:


Basketball… The Red Devil varsity basketball teams were on the road last night as they traveled up to Chapman HS to take on the Panthers

  • Girls: Clinton 61 – Chapman 54… In the girl’s game the Red Devil according to Coach John Gardner had a bad half as missed easy shots and ran into foul trouble… Because of that they found themselves trailing the Panthers 25-20 at the half… However the second half was a different story as they played better and outscored the Panthers 24-17 in the 3rd quarter and 17-12 in the Final quarter to take a 61-54 win… The Red Devils were led by DeShanti Watts who had 22 of her game-high 33 points in the second half… Savannah Campbell was also in double-digits with 10 points… Others scoring for Clinton were Taneal Evans with 9 points, Terriauna Bennett 5 and Peyton Price-walker 4…. The team is now 3-0 on the young season.
  • Boys: Chapman 79 – Clinton 73…  I hate to have to tell you but the news is not as good where the boys are concerned as the Red Devils fell 79-73… Clinton led 41-32 at the half and extended the lead to 65-53 going into the 3rd quarter of play… In that final quarter as Coach Eddie Romines put it “we just let it get away” as the Panthers outscored the Red Devils 26-8 to take the win…. The Red Devils were led in scoring by JD Payne who had a game-high 34 points. Two other Red Devils were in double-digits with Davis Wilson scoring 14 and Ahmari Bates 13… Other scoring for Clinton were PJ Bluford with 4 points, Elijah Campbell 3, Sam Tiller 2, Titus Hood 2 and Kimon Quarles 1… The varsity teams will be back in action tomorrow as they host the Laurens Raiders… The JV teams will travel to Laurens today with the girls’ game starting at 6:00 pm.


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.



Bragg signs to Play Baseball at Florence-Darlington Tech…. Yesterday at LDHS senior baseball player Jalen Bragg signed a letter of intent to continue his education and baseball career next season at Florence-Darlington Tech playing for the Stingers… This past season Jalen hit .313 for the Raiders with 1 homerun and 10 RBIs… He also pitched in 10 games finishing the season with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 5.82…. He struck out 23 batters while walking 17…. He says they plan on using him mostly at third base…. To see a few photos and a short video interview done with him after the signing, click here…. Congratulations to Jalen!

Wrestling….. This past Tuesday the Raider wrestling team kicked off its season as they traveled to Byrnes HS for a tri-match with not only the Rebels but the Riverside Warriors.

  • Laurens 52 – Riverside 30… Raiders taking win on the mats against their opponents were Brian Sheffield, Cody Emert, Chase Teague, Myles Reppart, Austin James and Stetson Dawson… Some other Raiders took wins due to forfeits and if you would like to see who those were and complete match details click here.
  • Byrens 67 – Laurens 12….The Raiders did not do as well against the Rebels as they fell 67-12… No Raider actually defeated their opponent on the mat but there were some close decisions… The Raider points actually came on two forfeited matches… If you would like to see match details click here.



Middle School Basketball:

  • Boys: CMS 48 – GCO 19…. Yesterday I told you that the CMS Wildcats traveled to GCO on Monday and I gave you the girls’ score (CMS 36 – GCO16) but I did not get the score reposted to me in time to bring it to you yesterday… I can now tell you that the Wildcats took a 48-19 win over the Tigers but I do not have any scoring details.


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 Pantherrs 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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