Sports Report for Thursday, 8-22-2019

Local Notes:


CHS Red Devils:

  • Season Football Tickets on Sale… With football season just over a week away don’t forget that season football tickets are on sale for $45 each… The tickets can be purchased Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 am – 3:00 pm at the CHS Athletic office… With the season tickets you will get one parking pass… Senior Citizens (60 and older) can get their season ticket for $20 and that comes with the parking pass… To get to the athletic office, enter the campus at gate #3 and proceed to the parking lot in front of the main gym… Enter the building through the main gym door and the athletic office will be the first door on your left… If you have any further questions, Contact Mrs. Kathy Schumpert at 864-938-1981, or Athletic Director Louie Alexander at 864-938-1982… Go Big Red!


LDHS: Raiders

  • Laurens Raider Athletic Booster Club Selling Season Tickets and Athletic Passes…Now season football tickets are also on sale through the Laurens Raider Athletic booster Club… The traditional Century Club which cost $150 gets you two regular season tickets and a reserved parking spot plus two Home Athletic passes to any Raider regular season game in all the other sports… (Note: In all playoffs for any sport you will have to pay to get in as per SCHSL rules)… This year they are also offering a Gold Club level that cost $75 but you do not get the reserved parking spot or the two home athletic passes… They even offer a Green Club level for $25 which gets you a discount on Raider gear, a window decal and recognition in the football program… Those three items also come with the Century and Gold levels… For more information and to get the application for membership, click here.
  • Raider and Boiling Springs Take the Field at KC Hanna
  • Last night the Raiders had their last scrimmage of the preseason as they took on the Boiling Springs Bulldogs… The Raiders started slow and the Bulldogs took advantage of a Raider fumble to set up and early score… After that the Raiders started getting more physical and the two teams played to pretty much a draw after that… The Raiders were missing a couple of offensive weapons running backs Duane Martin and Jordan Woodruff who have slight injuries but are expected to be ready to play for the season opener with Clinton… The two teams even managed to give their JV teams some playing time last night… Coach Liner agreed with the statement that the team looks better at this point of the preseason than it did last year.


  • Raider Sports Rally and Preview… Prior to the scrimmage the second Annual Raider Sports Rally and Review took place and by the looks on fans faces especially the younger Raider fans it was a hit… All the sports set up tables that had players and coaches present to talk about their teams and hand out schedules… There were also bounce houses for the younger ones that were a big hit and Raider gear for sale… Prizes were also raffled off during the scrimmage from tickets sold during the rally… Younger fans were also allowed to run through the Raider Helmet onto the field just before the Raider scrimmage.


Laurens Academy

  • Volleyball Defeats Wardlaw 3-0… back on Tuesday night the Laurens Academy Crusader volleyball teams kicked off their season as they traveled to Wardlaw Academy to take on the Patriots… Good news for Crusader fans as they took a 3-0 win over the Patriots… Set scores were 25-21, 25-21 and 25-22… In middle school action before the varsity, the Crusaders were also victorious as the defeated the Patriots 2-0… set scores were 25-11 and 25-23… The Crusaders return to action this afternoon as they host Shannon Forest in a middle school – varsity doubleheader starting at 5 pm.


Pro Sports… For more information on the game(s) below click on their score.

  • Braves 5 – Marlins 0Normally when one baseball team outhits another 7-3 you would expect them to win the game and would never imagine that they would be shutout… Well last night the marlins outhit the Braves 7-3 down in Atlanta but lost the game 5-0… In the 2nd inning Tyler Flowers tripled driving in Josh Donaldson and that was followed by Adeiny Hechavarria homering (6) for the Braves to Drive in Donaldson to make it 3-0… The Braves other run came in the 5th inning when Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 36th homer of the year a two-run shot to center field.
  • Drive 5 – Suns 4… The Greenville Drive managed win a game up in Maryland last night as they took a 5-4 win over the Hagerstown Suns… They did this by outhitting the Suns 10-8The Suns took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the 6th inning but the Dri8ve bounced back scoring 2 runs in the top of the 7th inning and the winning run in the top of the 8th inning.
  • Panthers… The Carolina Panthers are on the road tonight as they take on the defending Super Bowl New England Patriots in their third preseason games… The action starts at 7:30 and it can be seen on WYFF, TV 4 out of Grenville…. Coach Ron Rivera is expected to play some of the starters like Cam Newton tonight who have yet to see action in any preseason game.
  • Falcons… The Atlanta Falcons will be hosting the Washington Redskins tonight… Not sure what channel that might be carried on.


High School & Middle School Sports Schedules for this Week

  • Laurens School Dist. 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • Clinton School District 56: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see 2019 Crusader volleyball schedule click here…. To see the 2019 Crusader varsity football schedule click here…. To see the 2019 middle school football schedule click here.


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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-30-19): 9
  • Laurens Academy host Faith/Ridge (8-30-19): 9
  • PC at Stetson, 8-31-19): 10
  • PC home opener vs. Jacksonville (9-14-19): 24
  • Clemson host Georgia Tech (Thursday, 8-29-19): 8
  • South Carolina vs. North Carolina in Charlotte (8-31-19): 10


This and That


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:


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.


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.


Next Sports Camps at PC

  • Blue Hose Select Baseball Camp… This camp will take place Saturday August 24th thru Sunday August 25th and is for young men in grades 9-12 and Junior College players… For more information about this camp and a link to the registration form, click here.


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