Sports Report for Monday, 12-3-2018

Local Notes:

Laurens at Clinton Basketball… Last Friday night the Raiders traveled to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in Round I of the County Championships for this season.

  • Girls: Clinton 48 – Laurens 43… The girls game was a hard fought back and forth affair that saw the Red Devils take a 48-42 win over the Raisers… Clinton jumped out to a 14-6 lead after 1 quarter of play but the Raiders fought back to cut the Red Devil lead to 21-20 at the half… The 3rd was an even battle as Clinton led 33-32 going into the final quarter of play…  In the final quarter the Raider’s offense went cold but did score 6 of their 11 points from the free-throw line in the quarter while Clinton was able to score but missed pulling even further away by missing all 8 of their free-throw attempts in the quarter… As a matter of fact missed free-throws were a problem for the ref Devils all night long…Clinton led by Terriauna with a 17 points while Payton Price-Walker 14 & De’Shanti Watts had 12… Taneal Evans and Dana Kinard finished with 2 points each while Tinique Austin had 1…. Laurens’ Diamond Pressley only Raider in double-digits with 17 points… Others scoring for the Raiders were Qua Fortson 9, Raniya Jackson 6, Mikajia Moore 6, Kenaja Burnside, Aija Davis 2 and Precious Grant 1…Clinton improves to 4-0 on the season while the Raiders fall top 1-3
  • Boys: Laurens 65 – Clinton 60… The boys game was a back and forth game that was to say the least “physical” as the refs let them bang on each other somewhat more than normal… Laurens led by 1 (13-12) at end of the 1st quarter but the Red Devils came back to take a 2 point lead (29-27) at the half… It was more of the same in the 3rd quarter as the teams battled to a 42-42 tie….In the decisive 4th quarter Amaija Hill had 9 of his 15 points and JD Payne tried to keep the Red Devils in it by scoring 12 of his 27 points…. However Clinton missed 5 free-throws in the period that could have made a difference as the Raiders outscored the Red Devils 23 -18 to take the win… Payne led all scorers with his 27 points and Ahmarie Bates was also in double-digits for the Red Devils with 19 points… Others scoring for the Red Devils were P.J. Bluford with 4 points, Elijah Campbell 3,  Davis Wilson 2, Titus Hood 2, Sam Tiller 2 and Kimon Quarles 1 .… The Raiders were led by Dee Foster with 19 points and Hill’s 15…. Others scoring for the Raiders were Dravious Copeland 9, Leonard Williams 9, J’Von Harris 4, Jordan Woodruff 4, Shamare Dendy 3 and Christian Anderson 2… The Red Devils fall to 0-2 on the season while the Raiders improve to 2-3 on the season…  Round 2 of County Championship will be this Friday at LDHS…. In the meantime the Red Devils travel to Chester tomorrow while the Raiders travel to Hillcrest.


Laurens Academy: The Crusaders hosted the Greenwood Christian Hawks last Frida out at the Academy.

  • Girls: LA 55 Greenwood Christian 14…. The lady Crusaders ran out to an 18-3 at the end of the first quarter and led 31-9 at the half and never looked back…The Crusaders held the Held Hawks scoreless in 3rd and only allowed them 5 points in the final quarter to make final score 55-14… Three Crusaders scored in double digits and they were Ruthie Moore with 17 points, Blair Quarles with 14 & Jennifer Wu 11… Others scoring for the Crusaders were Regan Williamson with 8 points, Sara Grace Natiello 3 and Payton Breen with 2… The Lady Crusaders are 5-0 on the young season.
  • Boys: LA 66 – Hawks 55… Crusaders outscored the Hawks 15-8 in the first quarter and then went on to hold off the Hawks as they took a 66-55 win to run their record to 3-2 on the season… Noah Moore led the Crusaders with a game-high 26 points and Dawson Foster also finished in double-digits with 15… Others scoring for the Crusaders were Thomas Lowry with 6 points, Charlton McCall 4 and both Cal Robertson and Luke Kerber with 2 points each… The Crusaders will be back in action tomorrow as the boys host Covenant Christian at 6 and the girls host Gray Collegiate after the boys somewhere around 7:15 or so.


Broadcast Notes

  • Today… 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:

  • The Laurens County Touchdown … 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…. Banquet tickets can be purchased for$15 each and are available at the Chamber Office.
  • 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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