Sports Report for Thursday, 11-21-2019

Local Notes:

Laurens Academy Crusaders:

  • Crusaders on the Road Today… All four of the Laurens Academy Crusader basketball teams will be traveling over to the Anderson area tonight to take on the New Covenant Cavaliers… The MS Girls game starts at 4:00 om and if you get a chance go over and root them on The address for New Covenant is 303 Simpson Rd, Anderson, SC 29621


College Sports:

  • DI Men’s Basketball AP Poll… The men’s DI AP Poll had most of the top 10 teams moving up at least one spot after last week’s #1 Kentucky lost and dropped all the way to #9 in this week’s poll… The top 10 in the men’s poll now has Duke ranked #1 followed by Louisville, Michigan State, Kansas and North Carolina rounding out the top 5… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Maryland, Virginia, Gonzaga, Kentucky and Ohio State… To see the entire AP Poll for this week click here.
  • DI Women’s AP Poll… Taking a look at the Women’s AP Poll this week the top 4 spots remain unchanged… They are occupied by Oregon, Baylor, Stanford and UConn… South Carolina moved up a spot and now is ranked #5… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Texas A&M, Oregon State, Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State and UCLA… To see the entire AP Poll for this week click here


PC Basketball:

  • M: Notre Dame 63 – PC 53… back on Monday the PC men’s basketball team traveled to South Bend, Indiana to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame… PC trailed by double-digits in the second half but fought back to cut the Irish lead just 2 points late in the game but the Irish pushed back and took a 63-53 win over the Blue Hose… Corey Hightower led PC with 15 points and 8 rebounds… For more information on this contest, click hereThe men are now 1-3 on the season. The Blue Hose travel to Hamden, Conn. To take part in the Bobcat Invitational starting tomorrow at 5:00 pm with games on Saturday and Sunday also… To see the complete schedule click here.
  • W: Florida 60 – PC 46… The Lady Blue Hose basketball team was also in action Monday as they traveled to Gainesville, Fla. to take on the Florida Gators… Despite PC’s Jade Compton scoring a game high 20 points the Blue Hose fell to the Gators by a score of 60-46… The second and fourth quarters were the problem for the Blue Hose as they scored only 9 points in the second and 8 points in the fourth while the Gators scored in double-digits every quarter… For more information on this contest, click hereThe team is now 2-2 on the season… The team returns home tomorrow to host the College of Charleston on Education day with tip-off scheduled for 11:00 am.


 Clemson Basketball:

  • M: Clemson 87 – Detroit Mercy 65… Back on Sunday the Clemson men’s basketball team hosted the Titans of Detroit Mercy and they had no mercy on the Titans as they took an 87-65 win to run their season record to 3-1… Hunter Tyson led the Tigers with 20 coming off the bench… For more information on this contest, click here…  The Tigers are back in action tonight as they host Alabama A&M with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 pm…
  • W: Clemson 76 – Alabama State 43… Back on Monday night the Lady Tigers evened their season record at 2-2 as the defeated Alabama State Hornets by a score of 76-43 at home… They lead 37-23 at the half but outscored the Hornets 21-9 in the third quarter to start pulling away and take the win… For more information on this contest, click here… The team is back in action tonight as they travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions.


South Carolina Basketball

  • M: Boston University 78 – South Carolina 70… The Gamecock men’ basketball team suffered their first loss of the season (3-1) on Tuesday as they lost to the Boston University Terriers 78-70 in Columbia Tuesday night… They lost despite AJ Lawson having a game-high 22 points… The Gamecocks shooting percentage was only 37.5% in the second half which led to their downfall… For more information on this contest, click here… The Gamecocks are back in action tomorrow night as they host Gardner-Webb with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 pm.
  • W: South Carolina 92 – Appalachian State 50…  The #5 Lady Gamecocks were in action last Sunday and they defeated the Lady Mountaineers of Appalachian State 90-53 in Columbia to run their record to 4-0 on the season… The Gamecocks outscored the Mountaineers 35-3 in the first quarter and went on to take the win …   For more information on this contest, click hereThey host USC Upstate tonight at 7:00 pm at the Colonial Life Center.


Laurens County TD Club

  • The Laurens County Touchdown Club meets every other Thursday at noon out at The Ridge the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Headquarters on Exchange Drive…. If you would like to see the entire schedule and information on how to join the club, click here.
  • The next meeting is November 21st and in addition to the local high school coaches talking about their past and upcoming games, it will be the annual Carolina – Clemson day.
  • If you would like to see video of the past club meetings, click here.


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.
  • Schedule for all Sports at PC… If you would like to see the upcoming schedule for all sports at PC as well as results from recent contest in all sports, click here.


This and That

 Youth Basketball at the Ridge… Youth basketball registration in now underway at The Ridge the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Headquarters on Exchange Drive… Youth basketball is for ages 7-12 and the cost is only $40… You can register daily at The Ridge from now until November 23rd…. If you have any questions call them at 681-7275.


Youth Basketball at the Laurens YMCA… Youth basketball registration is under way at the Laurens Family YMCA for youth 3-6… The cost is $40 and registration will close on January 12, 2020… You can register at the YMCA during normal operating hours and if you have any questions call them at 984-2621


Youth Basketball and Cheerleading at the Clinton YMCA… Registration is also open at the Clinton YMCA for both youth basketball and cheerleading… Youth basketball will be for youth ages 5-12 in 6 appropriate age groupings… Registration will close December 9th and the cost is $50 for Y members and $65 for non-members and financial help is available… Now for more information about this you can click here to open up document about youth basketball and cheerleading by the Y or call them at 833-1555… Register at the Clinton YMCA during normal business hours.


2019 Reindeer Run… The 2019 version of the Laurens YMCA Reindeer Run will take place on 12-14-19… The 5K race will start at 9:00 am and the Fun Run for ages 1-12 will start at 9:05… There is discount for early registration ($25) which will end November 22nd and will be $30 after that… There are also team discount available… You can register at the YMCA or online at:… There is more information on the flyer for the event that you can see if you click here.


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