Sports Report for Monday, 12-25-2018

Local Notes:


Wrestling… Back on Thursday of last week the Raider wrestling team traveled to Chester to participate in the Chester Quad. Note: You will also find a couple of photos if you click on the links mentioned below.

  • Laurens 42 – Cheater 36… One of the teams that the Raiders took the mats against was the Northwestern Trojans and the Raiders defeated them 42-36… Raiders taking wins on the mats against their opponents were Robert Lawson, Will Pontoon, Austin James, Richard Rush, Cody Emert, Josh Shubert and Trevor Neal…. Some Raiders did take wins by forfeits and if you would like to see who they were and complete match details, click here.
  • Union 51 – Laurens 30… The Raiders did not do quite as well against the Union County Yellow Jackets as Union took a 51-30 win… Will Pontoon, Austin James, Brian Sheffield, Cody Emert and Robert Lawson were all able to defeat their opponents on the mats… For complete match details click here
  • Chester 42 – Laurens 27… The third team the Raiders faced was the home team, the Chester Cyclones… The Cyclones defended their home mats well as they took a 42-27 win over the Raiders… Raider who defeated a Cyclone on the mats were Will Pontoon, Andrew Shelton, Josh Shubert and Trevor Neal… For complete match details and to see which Raider took a win by forfeit, click here.
  • Raiders Travel Hilton Head… On Friday and Saturday of this week the team will be traveling to Hilton Head to participate in the Coastal Clash.


Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusader boys’ varsity team was involved in a holiday tournament down in Newberry this past Friday and Saturday.

  • Friday: Northside Christian Academy 65 – LA 35…  The Crusaders took on another set of Crusaders the Northside Christian Academy Crusaders out of Lexington, SC…  LA lost this game 65-35…. Sorry no scoring details.
  • Saturday: LA 38 – South Aiken 37… Now the news is better where the Saturday game is concerned as the Crusaders took a come from behind 38-37 win over South Aiken Baptist School… SA led 10-6 at the end of the first quarter but the Crusaders rebounded in the second quarter and took a 19-12 lead into the locker room at the half… SA would come out in the third quarter and outscore the Crusader to tie the game 26-26 going into the final 8 minutes of play… The Crusaders took the lead with about 3 minutes left to play and then held on as they had problems scoring the last 3 minutes… Caleb Leverette of SA was high scorer in the game with 23 points… The Crusaders were led by Noah Moore who had 18 points and was the only Crusader in double-digits… Charlton McCall and Dawson Foster had 7 points each, Thomas Lowry 4 and Diamonte Grant 2…. The Crusaders are now 8-5 on the season.


Two Athletes Sign Letters of Intent… Last Friday I mentioned the Savannah Campbell at CHS and Octavia Johnson had both recently signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletic careers recently and that there was more information about this and a link to short interviews and photos with each of them on my sports report at … We had a website problem most of the day on Friday and you may have tried to go there to find out more and could not see my posting… Well it is there now and I have repeated that information here… Sorry about the problems last Friday.

  • CHS: Savannah Campbell Signs with Erskine… This past Wednesday in the auditorium at CHS senior Savannah Campbell signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career and education at Erskine College playing for the Flying Fleet… Savannah is getting a “full ride” not only because she is an outstanding athlete but an outstanding student and person as pointed out by her coach John Gardner… If you would like to see a short interview done with Savannah after the signing and a few phots, click here… Congratulation to Savannah!
  • LDHS: Octavia Johnson Signs with Allen University… Late last week LDHS senior Octavia Johnson signed a letter of intent to continue her education and softball career at Allen University next season for the Yellow Jackets… Johnson coming into her senior season she has a career batting average of .326 with 37 runs batted in and has scored 42 times herself… Last year she hit .395, had 3 homers and 26 runs batted in… If you would like to see a short interview done with Octavia after the signing and a few phots, click here… Congratulations to Octavia.


College Bowl Game List… Now for you college football junkies who want to know what has been the results of football bowl games played to date, which ones are left to be played, who is playing in them, when, time and broadcast information, click here.


Broadcast NotesRemember sporting events are streamed live on the internet at

  • Friday, 1-4-19: Laurens Raider varsity teams host the Wade Hampton Generals in Region I-AAAAA action…. We will go live a couple of minutes before 6:00 pm.
  • Tuesday, 1-8-19: Laurens Raider varsity teams host the Woodmont Wildcats in Region I-AAAAA action…. We will go live a couple of minutes before 6:00 pm.
  • Friday, 1-11-19: Laurens Raider varsity teams host the Greenwood Eagles in Region I-AAAAA action…. We will go live a couple of minutes 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:

  • 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… Registration is now open for youth basketball for ages 3-6… The cost is $40 per child and registration will close 1-6-2019 with the season starting the next day.
  • Baseball Winter Camp… The Raider Baseball program will be hosting a one-day baseball camp on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 11:00am-2:00pm… This camp will be held in the Main Gym at Laurens High School, as well as our indoor batting facility… The camp fee is $30/camper. If you have more than one child participating, each additional camper will be $20. This camp is being offered to anyone who is in 1st-8th grade. Campers will get the opportunity to practice and learn basic baseball fundamentals from the Raider Baseball coaches and players… For more information about his camp including what to bring, where to come to register that day, time to be there, who to contact for more information as well as the application form you will need to fill out, click here… Please email Coach Patterson if you plan on coming so they will know how many to expect…. His email address is:
  • 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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