Sports Report for Wednesday, 12-5-2018

Local Notes:

CHS: The Red Devil varsity basketball teams traveled to Chester to take on the Cyclones a former region foe….

  • Girls: Clinton 63 – Chester 21… The Red Devil girls’ basketball team went into last night’s game undefeated and came out the same way as they routed the Cyclones by a score of 63-21… The game was never in doubt after the first quarter as the Red Devils put 22 points on the boards while holding the Cyclones scoreless… By the time the half rolled around the Red Devils led 42-6 and everybody got to play in this one… The Red Devils were led in scoring by savannah Campbell who had a game-high 16 points… Tinique Austin was also in double-digits with 12 points and so was Danah Kinard with 11… Others scoring for the Red Devils were De’Shanti Watts with 8, Payton Price-Walker 4 and scoring 2 points each were Taneal Evans, Aaliyah Johnston, Terriauna Bennett, Latoria Johnson, Quiana Suber and Adaija Darby… The team record is now 5-0 on the season.
  • Boys: Chester 80 – Clinton 53… The news is not as good for Red Devil fans where the boys are concerned as Chester took an 80-53 win over the Red Devils… The Cyclones opened up a 26-14 lead after 8 minutes of play and then outscored Clinton in each of the remaining quarters except the last where the Red Devils outscored them 12-8… As Coach Romines commented afterwards “Chester played well and we struggled on both offense and defense”… He also noted that they were playing shorthanded as last night JD Payne was not able to play  in addition to Konnor Richardson who has been out due to a football injury… Ahmari Bates led the Red Devils on offense with 23 points while PJ Bluford was also in double digits with 12 points… Kimon Quarles and Davis Wilson both contributed 3 points each… Titus Hood, Qua Quarles, Elijah Campbell, Juan Lawson, Danny Kinard and Theo Sparks all had 2 points each.


LDHS: The Laurens Raider varsity teams traveled up to Simpsonville last night to take on the Hillcrest Rams a former region foe…. The Raiders were hoping to avenge losses to the Rams at LDHS one week earlier.

  • Girls: Hillcrest 55 – Laurens 44… In the first game last night the Lady Raiders were hoping to avenge a 62-41 loss a week ago but it was not to be as Hillcrest took a 55-44 win… The rams jumped out to a 10 point lead (18-8) at the end of the first quarter and the Raiders were able to cut the lead to 7 (26-19) at the half but were outscored by the Rams in each of the last two quarters… The rams had 3 players scoring in double-digits while the Raiders had none… The Raiders were led in scoring by Kenaja Burnside, Qua Foster, and Diamond Presley who all had 8 points… Hanna Wiles added 7 points, Raniya Jackson  6, Lamoria Allen 5, and Nadia Anderson 2… The Raiders are now 1-4 on the season.
  • Boys: Hillcrest 59 – Laurens 53… Now Tuesday of last week the rams took a 63-52 win over the Raiders at home where the Raiders led most of the way and let the win slip away in the fourth quarter… well last night was pretty much the same as the Raiders led 31-20 at the half but the Rams chipped away at the lead and overtook and passed the Raiders with a couple of minutes left in the game to take a 59-53 win over the Raiders…The Raiders were led by Amaiji Hill’s14 points while Dra Copland was also in double-digits with 11 points as well as Christian Anderson with 10… Dee Foster added 7 points while Leonard Williams, Shamare Dendy and JQ Fair all had 4 points each…The Raiders are now 3-4 on the season and the teams will host Clinton this Friday night for round 2 of the County Championship.


Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusaders were the only team in the county that played at home last night… The boys and middle school teams faced off against Covenant Christian which does not have a varsity girls’ team so the Lady Crusaders took on Gray Collegiate Academy.

  • Girls: LA 38 – Gray 32… The girls’ game saw two undefeated teams get together… The Lady War Eagles are a SCHSL Class AA team out of West Columbia and they came into the game with a 5-0 record the same as the Lady Crusaders… This was the toughest test to date for the Crusaders as they found themselves trailing 9-5 at the end of the first quarter of play… However they came back in the second quarter and outscored the War Eagles 13-6 in the second quarter to lead 18-15 at the half and then held on to take a 38-32 win over Gray… Ruthie Moore led the Crusaders with 20 points and was the only Crusader scoring in double-digits… Regan Williamson added 7 points, Jennifer Wu 5, Blair Quarles 4, and Florence Mitchell 2
  • Boys: LA 50 – Covenant Christian 12…  Now the news is just as good in the boys’ game as the Crusaders rolled over the Covenant Christian Eagles by a score of 50-12… The score was 24-2 at the end of the first quarter and needless to say the Crusaders never were challenged… The Crusaders were led by Noah Moore who had 16 points on the night and was the only player to score more than 10 points… Others scoring for the Crusaders were Charlton McCall with 7 points while scoring 6 points each were Dawson Foster, Cal Robertson, and Diamonte Grant… Thomas Lowry had 4 points, Luke Kerber 2, Sunny Li 2, and jred Jin 1… The Crusaders are now 4-2 on the season.


Broadcast Notes… Remember sporting events are streamed live on the internet at

  • Thursday, 12-6-18… The Clinton MS Wildcats 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
  • Tuesday, 12-11-18… The Raider varsity basketball teams will be hosting the Westside Rams as they start their region schedule… We will go live just before 6:00 pm.
  • Friday, December 14-18… The Raider varsity basketball teams will be hosting the JL Mann Patriots as they continue region action… We will go live just before 6:00 pm.


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… The banquet will start at 7:00 pm and will be held at The Ridge the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Headquarters.
  • 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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