Sports Report for Monday, 8-26-2019

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.



Laurens Academy

  • Booster Club… A membership in the LA Booster Club offers free admission into home games of all sports (excluding play-off games.) Memberships are $75 per individual or $150 per family. They can be purchased at the ticket counter during home sporting events or by contacting Lisa Suttles in the school office. The phone number there is 682-2324


Hornets Roll to 32-12 Win to Open Season

  • The Ware Sholas Hornets opened the Chris Johnston era last Friday night with a 32-12 win over the Oakbrook Prep Knights up in Spartanburg… Jermarius Goodman had 3 TDs for the Hornets… He had a 54 yard pick-six in the first quarter and then added 2 more TDs later in the game on runs of 1 and 33 yards… Davis Blakely returned the opening kickoff of the second half 71 yards for a Hornet TD… The Hornet defense intercepted another Knight pass and recovered at least on Knight Fumble… Coach Johnston was obviously proud of the team as they made some mistakes which can happen in the first game and when you install a new offense but they fought through them for the win… For a more complete narrative of the game, click here… The Hornets travel to Calhoun Falls to take on the Blue Flashes this Friday night.


High School Football Scores and Standings

  • Thanks to you can now see last weekend’s scores for all games by classification… You can also see the standings in each region by classification… To see this information click here.


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

Braves…. The Braves were up in New York this weekend for a 3-game series with the Mets.

  • Friday: Braves 2 – Mets 1… On Friday the fans in New York were treated to a lot of free baseball as the game went 14 innings but the god news for the Braves fans is that they defeated the Mets 2-1… Both teams scored single runs in the 6th inning and the Braves’ came on an RBI single by Freddie Freeman driving in Ozzie Albies… The Braves picked up the winning run in the top of the 14th inning when Tyler Flowers led the inning off drawing a walk and was later driven in by Billy Hamilton’s RBI single.
  • Saturday: Braves 9 – Mets 5… On Saturday the Mets put 4 runs on the board in the 5th inning to go up 5-4 on the Braves but the Braves tied it with a single run in the 6th inning and then added two more runs in the 8th and 9th innings to take a 9-5 win over the Mets… Three different Braves had solo homers in the game and they were Ozzie Albies (1(), Josh Donaldson (30) and Freddie Freeman (35)… Freeman’s homerun in the 9th inning was a long drive to centerfield that gives him 35 homers on the season his personal best in homeruns in a season.
  • Sunday: Braves 2 – Mets 1… Yesterday the Braves pulled the brooms out of the bat bags as they took a 2-1 win over the Mets to sweep the 3-game series… Josh Donaldson accounted for all the Braves runs as he had a pair of solo homers in the game… He had one in the 2nd inning and another in the 7th to give him 32 homers on the season… The Braves travel out to Colorado this afternoon to makeup a weather delayed game with the Rockies from back in April… First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 pm EDT.


Drive… The Greenville Drive hosted the Ashville Tourist over the weekend up at Flour Field.

  • Friday: Drive 11 – Tourist 1… On Friday night the Drive found something that they had been missing lately and that is offense as they pounded out 11 hits and took an 11-1 win over the Tourist… Pf the 11 hits only 2 were extra bases… Jordan Wren had a double in the 5th inning to drive in a run and Kevin Suarez had a 2-run homer in the 7th inning.
  • Saturday: Drive 7 – Tourist 0… On Saturday something else happened that has been a rare occurrence the last couple of months, the won their second game in a row as they defeated the Tourist 7-0… They pounded out 9 hits to the Tourist 1 and 2 of those 9 hits were homes both coming in the first inning… Tyler Esplin (5) had a 2-run homer and Triston Casas (18) a solo homer.
  • Sunday: Tourist 7 – Drive 6… Yesterday the two teams closed out the series with what you might call a slug fest as they pounded out a total of 25 hits and 13 runs but the only problem for Drive fans is that the Tourist won 7-6… The Tourist had 12 hits two of which were homers while the Drive had no homers among their 13 hits… The Drive now start a 4-game series tonight at home with the Augusta GreenJackets… This will be the last 4 home games of their season.


Broadcast Notes…  The broadcast schedule for upcoming local sports is just below… Remember all local sports are streamed live on the internet at on our homepage where you need to click on the Listen Live button in the upper right area of the page.

  • Wednesday, 8-26-19… JV Football, Laurens at Clinton… 6pm
  • Friday, 8-30-19… Varsity football, Clinton at Laurens… Friday Night Insiders at 6:05 and live from KC Hanna Stadium about 6:35.


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 and middle school football schedules, click here


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

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-30-19): 4
  • Laurens Academy host Northside Christian (8-30-19): 4
  • PC at Stetson, 8-31-19): 5
  • PC home opener vs. Jacksonville (9-14-19): 19
  • Clemson host Georgia Tech (Thursday, 8-29-19): 3
  • South Carolina vs. North Carolina in Charlotte (8-31-19): 5


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:


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.


If you have any comments, suggestions, or want to reports scores, please contact me via email at: or text me at 864-981-3470.