Sports Report for Thursday, 8-29-2019

Local Notes:

Red Devils & Raiders Battle in JV Football

  • Laurens 13 – Clinton 12Last night at the renovated Wilder Stadium the Raiders and the Red Devils got together in JV football action… It was a hard fought contest that saw the Red Devils go up 12 -0 only to have the Raiders come back and take a 13-12 win… The Red Devils scored at the end of their second possession of the game when Bryson James carried it in from 1 yard out at the 7:57 mark of the first quarter to cap a 31 yard drive that was set up when the Red Devils recovered at Raider fumble at the Raider 31… The two point conversion failed… The Red Devils scored again on their next possession when Austin Copeland hit Wilson wages on a 22 yard scoring strike but again the Pat attempt failed… That score came with 1:41 left in the half and at the time no one new that would be the last Red Devil score…. On the ensuing kickoff Cayson Elledge returned it 38 yards to the Clinton 47 yard line… Three plays later James Rawl connected with Jay Pulley on a 29 yard scoring pass and the PAT missed to make it 12-6 Red Devils with just under a minute left in the half….The second half saw both team have trouble to move the ball consistently but the Raiders did manage one more score… After the Raider defense held the Red Devils on a fourth and three at the Clinton 35 yard line… The Raiders covered that distance in 4 plays with Gemire Darden carrying it in from 6 yards out with 5:25 left in the game and then Brian Sheffield added the PAT to give the Raiders the 13-12 come from behind win.



Laurens County Touchdown Club Meets Today

  • The Laurens County Touchdown Club will hold its first meeting of the season today at noon out at The Ridge the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Headquarters out on Exchange Drive… As is customary for the Club, the local high school coaches and PC football coach Tommy Spangler will be the featured speakers talking about the upcoming football season:… The TD Club meets every other Thursday at noon and you need to make plans to come on out for some fellowship and food as we celebrate football in Laurens County… For more information about how to join the club, meeting dates and speakers for each date, click here.


Ball Run Today

  • Also taking place today for the third time is the game ball run for tomorrow night’s Clinton at Laurens football game… The two schools’ cross country teams will again be handling this event with the Clinton team starting at the 50 yard line at Wilder Stadium and running the ball about half way and handing it off to the Laurens cross country team who run it the rest of the way


 Laurens Academy

  • Varsity Volleyball Falls to Cambridge… Back on Tuesday, the Crusader volleyball teams hosted the Cougars of Cambridge Academy… In varsity action the Cougars took a 3-1 win over the Crusaders in a hard fought match… The Cougars won the first two sets by scores of 25-22 and 25-20… The Crusaders then were able to win the third set by a score of 25-23… However the Cougars came back to take the fourth set by a score of 25-17… The team is now 1-2 on the young season.
  • JVs Go to 3-0 on the Season… Now the news is better where the JV team is concerned as they took a 2-0 win over the Cougars… No other details on the match but I can tell you that the team is 3-0 on the season… Both Crusader teams will be in action today as they travel to Shannon Forrest to take on another set of Crusaders.    


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

  • Braves 9 – Blue Jays 4… The Braves finished their two-game series with the Blue Jays up in Toronto last night with a 9-4 win to earn a split of the series… The Braves put 5 runs on the board in the second inning and by the sixth inning the Blue Jays had cut that lead t just 1 as the score stood 5-4… The Braves responded by putting 3 more runs on the board in the seventh inning and another in the ninth… Matt Joyce homered in the second inning (5) for the Braves and Freddie Freeman (36) in the ninth…. The Braves will have the night off and return to Flour Field on Friday to start a series with the White Sox.
  • GreenJackets 5 – Drive 2… The Grenville Drive hoisted the Augusta GreenJackets in game 3 of their 4-game series last night and the GreenJackets put a single run on the board in the first inning and then added four more in the third as they went on to take a 5-2 win over the Drive… The GreenJackets simply outhit the Drive 13-3 and the Drive’s only runs came on a 2-run homer by Kervin Suarez in the fifth inning… The two teams finish the series tonight and ii is the last home game of the season for the Drive.
  • Panthers… A quick reminder for you Carolina Panther fans out there that the Panthers will hold their final preseason game tonight in Charlotte as they host the Pittsburg Steelers…. Game time is 7:00 pm and it can be seen on WYFF Channel 4 out of Greenville.


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.

  • 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): 1
  • Laurens Academy host Northside Christian (8-30-19): 1
  • PC at Stetson, 8-31-19): 2
  • PC home opener vs. Jacksonville (9-14-19): 16
  • Clemson host Georgia Tech (Thursday, 8-29-19): 0
  • South Carolina vs. North Carolina in Charlotte (8-31-19): 2


This and That

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.


 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!


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.


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



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