Sports Report for Thursday, 5-23-2019

Local Notes:


  • Spring Game Follow-up… Yesterday I reported to you on the raiders’ Spring Game and the Powder Puff game on Tuesday night… I mentioned to you that later in the day yesterday I would have a short video interview Dione with Coach Liner after the game and a few phots later in the day… Well computer problems did not allow me to get that done as quickly as I had hoped… However that interview and the photos are now ready for you… If you would like to see that interview and the few photos I shot at its conclusion, click here.


Laurens County Speedway Results (5-18-19)… Results from each of the main events:

  • SECA 604 Crate… Dale Timms took the lead at the start of the race and never gave it up as he finished over 2nd place finisher Danny Howell. .. Pat Linsey was the next on to take the checkered flag.
  • Limited… It took 3 attempts to get this race started but once they did, Mike Huey took the lead and then had to fight off Larry Timms to take the win… Frank Coates finished third.
  • FWD… This race had a major crash in lap 8 that took out 2 of the 3 top drivers at that point… T.J. Hill was the one of the trio left and went on to take the win with Billy Medlin finishing second and Charles Outs third.
  • 4-Cylinder… J.R. Baker took advantage of a couple of cautions to remain in contention and eventually take the lead in the main event… Philip Wilson and Nick Broome were the next two across the finish line.
  • Thunder Bombers… Dylan Chappell started on the outside of Row 1 in this race and Tinker Roberts on the inside of Row 1… Chappell got off to a better start than Roberts and went past him to take the lead and maintain it during the rest of the race… Roberts finished second and Scott Pulley third.
  • 602 Crate… In the main event Steven Bowie was able to survive a couple of “love taps” from Rod Tucker to take the win… Tucker had to settle for second and Chris Patterson third.
  • Young Guns… Zac Brown took the lead at the start and never gave it up although he almost wrecked his car but was able to recover and save it… T.J. Neal finished second.


College Notes:

  • ACC Tournament… The Clemson Tigers will take on the #1 seeded Louisville Cardinals today at 11:00 am… For more on the ACC Tournament schedule for today, click here.
  • SEC Tournament… To check on scores in the SEC Baseball Tournament and the schedule for today, click here.
  • Southern Conference Baseball Tournament… In the Southern Conference Tournament Mercer defeated Furman 11-2 yesterday and Wofford defeated VMI 12-7…. For more information on these games and other games as well as the schedule for today, click here.
  • Big South… PC defeated Gardner-Webb 2-1 yesterday and will play Winthrop this morning at 9:00 am… For more on this game and the tournament, click here.


Pro Sports    For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

  • Braves 9 – Giants 2… In game 3 of their 4-gqme series with the Giants out on the left coast, the Braves only outhit the Giants 7-6 but 3 of the Braves hits were homers as they took a 9-2 win over the Giants… Dansby Swanson (8), Freddie Freeman (12) and Austin Riley (4) had the 2 Braves homers… Freeman went 3-4 at the plate to lead the Braves attack … The teams will conclude the current series at 3:45. This afternoon.
  • Drive 4 – Fireflies 3… Now there is also good news for you Greenville Drive fans as they took a 4-4 win over the Columbia Fireflies in Columbia last night… Main reason for the win is that they outhit the Fireflies 11-5 and the reason the game was as close as it was is that the Fireflies had a homer and the Drive did not.


This & That:

Raider Volleyball… The Raider volleyball team started spring practice yesterday… Coach Erin Lake would like for any young lady who is in the 7th – 12th grade next year and is interested in joining the Raiders to contact her… If you click here it will carry you to the LDHS Athletic Site where there is a posting about this and a link to a form you can fill out and submit online to contact Coach Lake about your interest in Raider volleyball.


Raider Girls Golf… The LDHS Lady Raider golf team will begin spring practice on Monday, May 6 2019. Practice will be from 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM at Lakeside Country Club on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday until May 30. No golf experience is necessary but proper golf attire is required… Any girl who lives in District 55 and is a rising seventh grader (current 6th grader) or above may play for the team… There are will be no try-outs or cuts to form the team… If you have any further question please contact Head Coach, Jim Iacuone at or (864)681-3630.



Raider Baseball Camp

The Raider Baseball Program will be hosting a 4-day camp, June 24th-27th. This camp is offered to young boys and girls, ages 7-12. While at camp, your son/daughter will learn basic baseball fundamentals; including base running, hitting, catching, throwing, and specific position fundamentals. Our goal for this camp is to serve youth baseball players in our county that want to become better players. We feel like it is our duty to give back to the community that has grown and shaped so many of our Raider Baseball players, past and present. We look forward to working with our youth and hope to see all of you on June 24th. Registrations will take place every morning beginning at 8am. Snacks and water will be provided. Players should wear proper baseball attire every day; baseball pants, hat, and cleats. If a player does not have appropriate baseball attire, please have them dress in clothes that they can get dirty in and tennis shoes. The cost is $45 per player / $55 for Siblings. A Google Form link is provided below if your children plan to attend, in order for us to get a head count… For more information or if you have questions contact Coach Patterson by email at     Click on following to register: LINK: Baseball Camp



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