Sports Report for Thursday, 7-18-2019

Local Notes:

 Clinton and Laurens to Scrimmage Today in Softball… If you get a chance to ride over to Clinton today at 6:00 pm you might want to stop by the CHS softball field because that is where the Raiders and the Red Devils will be having a friendly softball scrimmage this afternoon… It gives both teams a chance to see now the young players are developing in true game type situations instead of playing themselves… Should be interesting so go on over if you get the chance.


 Laurens County Speedway results from the main events last Saturday night…

  • SECA 604 Crate… The start of this main event was delayed for almost an hour but when they did get is started Brad Rachels took the win leading from start to finish but had to hold off Michael Akeson at the end… Danny Howell finished third.
  • Limited… Another driver that led wire-to-wire was Taylor Puckett as he picked up the win in the limited main event… Second place finisher Frank Coates tried to challenge in the part of the race but Puckett pulled away to take the win by over 3 seconds… Tony Quarles finished third.
  • FWD… The main event in the FWD saw Seth Smith take his first –ever win at the LCS… He took the lead late in the race after a crash knocked out the front runner… Travis Jamieson was second and Mason Mack was third.
  • 4-Cylinder… Travis Sharpe took the lead in the 4-Cylinder main event shortly after the start of the race and stayed there to take the win… Phillip Wilson was the next driver to see the checkered flag with Scott Nelson finishing third.
  • Thunder Bombers… The Thunder Bombers main event was shortened by rain and at the time the race was called Dan Lawson had the lead with Dylan Chappell taking second and Scott Pulley third.
  • 602 Crate… The 602 Crate main event was delayed by rain but when it finally started Billy Rushton and Michael Smith were on the pole and battled throughout the caution filled race… When the checkered flag finally came out it was waved first over Billy Rushton with Smith coming in second… Colt Smith finished third.
  • Young Guns… In a two-car main event in the Young Guns, Caleb Jolly was declared the winner as he was able to complete a lap while T.J. Teal took second crashing his car on the start of the race.


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

  • Brewers 5 – Braves 4The Brewers built up a 5=0 lead going into the top of the 8th inning in Milwaukie last night and then held on as the Braves scored 2 runs in the 8th inning and 2 in the ninth but could get no closer as the Brewers took a 5-4 win over the Braves thus giving them the series win 2 games to 1… Three Braves pitchers gave up 7 hits to the Brewers two of which were homers….Four Brewer pitchers gave up 6 hits and only one of those was a homer… Josh Donaldson (22) had a 2-run homer in the 8th inning and then he drove in the other 2 Brave runs with a single in the 9th inning… The Braves finally get to come home tonight and start a 4-game series with the Washington Nationals.


  • Tourist 4 – Drive 0After losing the first 2 games of their 3-game series with the Grenville Drive at Flour Field, the Ashville Tourist avoided the sweep last night by taking a 4-9 win over the Drive… The reason why is simple, the Tourist held the Drive to just 2 hits while they had 6 timely hits… The Drive start a 4-game series with the Columbia Fireflies tonight at Flour Field.


Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-30-19): 43
  • Laurens Academy host Faith/Ridge (8-30-19): 43
  • PC at Stetson, 8-31-19): 44
  • PC home opener vs. Jacksonville (9-14-19): 58
  • Clemson host Georgia Tech (Thursday, 8-29-19): 42
  • South Carolina vs. North Carolina in Charlotte (8-31-19): 44



This & That: 

Football and Cheerleading at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department… Registration is now open for tackle football and cheerleading at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department…. These are open to youth ages 7-12 and the cost is $60 per person plus a $25 equipment rental fee for those participating in football…. You can register at The Ridgeon Exchange Drive during their normal business hours and if you have any questions visit them there of call 681-7275… The last day to register is July 26th.


Flag Football and Cheerleading at the Clinton YMCA… Registration is now open for flag football and cheerleading at the Clinton Family YMCA… There will be 3 age appropriate divisions for flag football that include 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 years old…Cheerleading is for youth in kindergarten through 6th grade… Now for more information about this such as cost, age date determination, fall-out dates and financial assistance click here or call the YMCA at 833-1555… The last day to register is August 16th.


Raider Youth Softball Camp… Starting June 10th and running through August 26th Coach Michaela Smith will be offering a FREE softball camp on Mondays for young ladies in grades 1-6…. There is no registration required and all you need to bring is your glove… Again the clinic is free and it is on Mondays at the LDHS softball field or adjacent hitting building from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm… If you have any questions email Coach Smith at:


Clinton YMCA Summer Sports Camps, Swimming Lessons and Pool Schedule… The Clinton YMCA has a full summer of sports camps scheduled and again this summer they will be offering swimming lessons just about every week…. If you would like to see the full schedule of sports camps and swimming lesson as well as the pool schedule click here or see the posting in the Featured Sports section of our homepage… The next two camps at the Clinton YMCA are a Volleyball Camp July 22-26 for boys or girls ages 7-14 that you must register for by Friday, July 19 at 5:00 pm and a Dance Camp August 5-8 for girls ages 5-12 that you must register for by Friday, August 2 at 5:00 pm …For more information on these camps click here or call the YMCA at 833-1555.


Laurens YMCA Summer Sports and Specialty Camps … Starting July 1st, the Laurens family YMCA will be having several sports and specialty camps… All camps cost $50 for YMCA members and $60 for non-members…. To see a full list of these camps click here and if you have more questions call the YMCA at 984-2621… You must register by the Friday before the camp starts. The next 2 camps are: Archery July 23-25, 9:00.-11:00 am, Ages 7-15… Ready, aim, fire! Campers will learn the basic skills of archery, shooting targets, and learned different styles of shooting. The camp will be instructed by Ed Prescott. Spaces are limited for this camp… Soccer Camp July 29-August 1, Ages 5-9 at 9-11 am, Ages 15 and up at 6:00-8:00 pm… Goal! Take your soccer skills to the next level! Campers will participate in soccer drills to improve their skills in passing, dribbling and shooting! This camp will be at Collyar Park… Again click here for more details.


PC Season Football Tickets on Sale

  • PC has 6 home games this season and the first one is on Saturday, Sept 14 when the Blue Hose host Jacksonville.
  • Blue chair back reserve seats are only $90.00 for the entire 6-game home season.
  • Parking is $5 per game but season parking passes are available for $25.
  • Per game seating (subject to availability) is $20 per game for chair type seats bench general admission will be $10 per seat for adults and $5 for students.
  • For more information on PC season tickets and a link to the season ticket order form click here… For the PC football schedule, click here. … Go Blue Hose!!



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