Sports report for Thursday, 8-8-2019

Local Notes

Raiders and Red Devils Hit Someone Else Today… The Clinton Red Devil and the Laurens Raider football teams will be on the road today as they have the opportunity to take on other opponents and start hitting someone else today to see how they are doing with their preparation for the upcoming season…

  • Laurens… The Raiders will be the first to hit the field as they travel to Strom Thurmond HS for a scrimmage this morning at 10 am… For those of you who might want to drive down the address for Strom Thurmond HS is 1131 Columbia Rd, Johnston, SC 29832.
  • Clinton… The Red Devils will board the bus this afternoon to travel down to Silver Bluff HS to take on the Bulldogs in a 5:00 pm scrimmage… For those of you who might want to follow the team down the address for Silver Bluff HS is 64 Desoto Dr., Aiken, SC 29803.
  • Other Scrimmages… Please note that I have a list of other scrimmages that are coming up for all our county schools in the Features Sports Section on our homepage at… To go there now, click here.


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

  • Braves 11 – Twins 7In the final game of their 3-game series with the Twins in Minneapolis yesterday, the Braves took an 11-7 win thus giving them the series win 2 games to 1… The Braves put 3 runs on the board in the first inning and then went on to take the win outhitting the Twins 16-13 with 4 of the Braves hits being homers… Ozzie Albies had a pair of solo homers (16 & 17) in the first and sixth inning while Freddie Freeman added a solo homer in the (29) in the first inning and Ronald Acuna Jr. (29) had a two-run homer in the eighth inning… Albies had two other hits in the game to lead the Braves at the plate going 4 for 5… The Braves will now travel to the Sunshine State to start a 4-game series with the Miami Marlins tonight.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive were off last night but return to action tonight as they travel to Columbia to start a 4-game series with the Fireflies.
  • Panthers Training Camp Info… The Carolina Panther are holding their training camp at Wofford College until Wednesday, August 14th and if you click will take you to a posting on the Panthers’ website where the complete training camp schedule is located and it has details on promotions and special events during the camp…. The Panthers are traveling to Chicago tonight for their first pre-season game with the Bears… Kickoff is at 8 pm and the game can be seen on WYFF TV Channel 4 out of Greenville…. The Panthers return to Spartanburg Sunday where they will start the last 4 days of their training camp at 3:10 pm.



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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-30-19): 23
  • Laurens Academy host Faith/Ridge (8-30-19): 22
  • PC at Stetson, 8-31-19): 23
  • PC home opener vs. Jacksonville (9-14-19): 37
  • Clemson host Georgia Tech (Thursday, 8-29-19): 21
  • South Carolina vs. North Carolina in Charlotte (8-31-19): 23


This & That: 

Discounted Resort Rates for Laurens vs. Myrtle Beach Football Game… A reminder that this season the Laurens Raiders will be traveling to Myrtle Beach to take on the Seahawks in the second game of the season pm September the 6th… Now if you are like me, which is an awfully long drive to turn around and drive back to Laurens after the game… I plan on spending two nights down there and if you would like to do the same, the Captain’s Quarters Resort is offering some special rates to Raider fans… The offers include not only special room rates but also discounts on other activities…. Now if you would like to learn more about this click here to go to a posting on the Laurens Athletic website that has more information about this…. One important note here, this is a limited time offer and your reservations must be booked by August 16th so don’t delay.


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:


Raider Youth Volleyball Camp… On Friday, August 9th Coach Lake and the LDHS volley ball team will be conducting a camp from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym and LDHS… The camp is for 3rd through 8th graders and the cost is only $40… Lunch will be provided but there are a couple of things the camper should bring… To find out what they are and for more information about this camp, click here… To register for the camp click here… Don’t let this opportunity to improve your child’s volleyball skills pass you by!


Fall Ball at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation… Registration is now open at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department for Fall Baseball… Ages 6-8 can register for coaches pitch while ages 9-11 can register for kids pitch baseball…. The cost is $40 for either and you can register at The Ridge on Exchange Drive daily… Registration closes August 30.


 Laurens YMCA Flag Football and Soccer… Registration is now open for soccer and flag football at the Laurens Family YMCA… Soccer is open to youth ages 3-15 while flag football is open for youth ages 3-14… The cost is $50 for YMCA members and $60 for potential members… The registration deadline is August 25…. Call 984-2626 for more information.


Next Sports Camps at PC

  • Boys Soccer Evening Camp… This camp will take place Saturday August 10th – Monday 12th and is for youth ages 5-14… The cost is only $30 and run from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm… For more information on this camp click here and to register click here.


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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