Sports Report for Friday, 11-30-2018

PC Notes:

  • MBK: St. Francis 90 – PC 86… Back on Wednesday the Blue Hose men’s basketball team hosted the Terriers of St Francis – Brookland at the Templeton Center… The game was a close back and forth affair with the Terriers leading 42-41 at the half… In the end the Terriers hit a couple of 3-point goals in the last minute to pull out a 90-86 win over PC… PC’s Francois Lewis had a game high 35 points… For more details on this game click here and for the box score of the game click here….  PC drops to 3-4 overall, while St. Francis-Brooklyn improves to 4-3…. The Blue Hose travel to Greensboro tomorrow afternoon for a game with the NC A&T. The game with the Aggies is set for a 4 p.m. tipoff from the Corbett Sports Center.
  • Women’s Basketball… The lady Blue Hose have been off since last Sunday when they lost up at Vanderbilt and will return to action Sunday when the travel to Samford for a 3:00 pm contest.


Local Notes:


  • 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.


Clinton at Laurens JV Action…. Last night the Clinton and Laurens JV team met for the first time this season at LDHS.

  • Girls: Clinton 38 – Laurens 17… In the first game of the night the lady Red Devils came out hot and the Raiders did not as Clinton raced out to a 22-4 lead after the first quarter of play and then went on to take a 38-17 win over the Raiders… As Raider Coach Ben Coleman but it “ we just could not get on track tonight and had too many turnovers… Grayson Taylor led the scoring for the Red Devils with 9 points and angel Johnson led the Raiders with 6.
  • Boys: Laurens 41 – Clinton 26… Now for Raider fans there is better news where the boys’ game is concerned as the Raiders took a 41-26 win… The game was close for the first 3 quarters with the lead going back and forth between the teams… The Raiders led by 1 (26-25 at the end of 3 and held the Red Devils to just 1 point in the 4th quarter while they scored 15 to take the win… The Raiders were led by Joshua Cureton who had 11 points…. The Red Devils were led by CK Vance who had 6 points.


Laurens Academy… The Laurens Academy Crusaders traveled down to Edgefield last night to take on the Wardlaw Patriots.

  • Girls: LA 60 – Wardlaw 33… In girls action, the Crusaders opened fast taking a 16-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and then were never really threatened as they took a 60-33 win over the Patriots… Ruthie Moore had a game-high 19 points for the Crusaders… Regan Williamson was also in double–digits with 12 points… Others scoring for the Crusaders were Jennifer Wu with 8 points, Blair Quarles 6, Morgan Marlette 5, Payton Breen 3, Florence Mitchell 2, Lindsey Burroughs 2, Hanna Stribling 2 and Sara Grace Natiello 1.
  • Boys: Wardlaw 60 – LA 52… The news is not as good where the boys are concerned as the Patriots took a 60-52 win over the Crusaders… The Crusaders found themselves trailing 21-8 at the end of the first quarter and cut it to 31-29 at the half but just could not complete the comeback… Noah Moore led the Crusaders with 18 points… Dawson Foster was also in double-digits with 14 points… Charlton McCall finished with 8 points, Diamonte Grant 6 and both Thomas Lowry and Cal Robertson finished with 3 points…. The Crusaders are back in action tonight as they host Greenwood Christian starting with middle school games at 4:00 pm.


Middle School Basketball:

  • Hickory Tavern… The Panthers traveled down to Newberry yesterday and unfortunately dropped both games… Girls: Newberry 42 – HT 17… Faith Jackson was the leading scorer for the Panthers with 12 points… Boys: Newberry 50 – HT 35… Tylan Fowler led the Panthers with 8 points.
  • Gray Court-Owens… Meanwhile the Tigers of GCO travelled down to Mid-Carolina… The news again is not what I’d like to report as the Tigers also lost both of their game… Girls: Mid-C 38 – GCO 20… The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 7-4 lead after the first 6 minutes of play but were held scoreless in the 2nd & 3rd quarters as the Rebels took a 38-20 win… Dayzia Grant led DCO and all scorers with all 20 of the Tigers’ points.      Boys: Mic-C 35 – GCO 15…. Sorry no scoring details other than Coach Smith said they missed 20 free throws which could have made the difference in the game.


SCHSL Football Playoffs… The Upper and Lower State Championship games are scheduled to take place tonight… Below are the matchups by classification.

  • AAAAA – Byrnes at TL Hanna and Dutch Fork at Summerville
  • AAAA – Daniel at Greer and Myrtle Beach at Hartsville
  • AAA – Chester at Union County and Wade Hampton at Dillon
  • AA – Abbeville at Southside Christian and Carvers Bay at Barnwell
  • A – Lamar at Dixie and Hemingway at Green Sea-Floyd


Broadcast Notes

  • Tonight… 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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