Sports Report for Thursday, 5-21-2020

Senior SalutesAs of this date I have not received information from CHS- track and baseball coaches and the LDHS– boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches as well as the track coaches.


COVID-19 Related:

  • Governor Eases Restrictions on Recreational Sports Leagues… As many of you may have heard Governor McMaster yesterday announced that attractions like zoos, museums, amusement parks, planetariums, bingo halls and other similar businesses can reopen beginning tomorrow if they follow certain guidelines… To see the entire list and text of his announcement click here… In that same announcement he also stated that youth and adult sports leagues may resume practices starting May 30 and competition June 15 if they also follow certain guidelines… Those guidelines include but are bit limited to any activities that could spread saliva including things like spitting, chewing gum, licking fingers and the eating or spitting of seeds… Now there is a lot more to the guidelines covering reopening of sports and if you care to see the long list of guidelines and suggestions click here… Now obviously this announcement comes much too late to salvage the high school spring sports and most likely Little League and Dixie Youth baseball / softball as the national organizations have called a halt to all regional and national playoffs and championships… One note of encouragement from this tough is that things are looking up for high school athletics and their being able to do what they normally do during the summer… The SCHSL summer rules and regulations normally take effect on June 1 of each year… By order of the Executive Committee all organized activities related to high school athletics are forbidden until further notice… At their last meeting in April, the committee did give SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton and his staff the authority to lift that ban based on whether or not Governor McMaster lifted his restrictions on sports… I hope this announcement from Governor McMaster will trigger a similar announcement from the SCHSL so that coaches and student-athletes can start preparing for next school year!

NASCAR

  • Hamlin Wins Rain Delayed and Shortened Toyota 500… Well for those of you who may have had to go to bed early last night I’ll tell you that Denny Hamlin won the Toyota 500 Cup Series Race last night down at Darlington… Rain caused the start to be delayed just over 2 hours and then rain caused the race to be stopped with about 20 laps to go… Hamlin stayed on the track during a late race caution while those in front of him headed to the pits and took the lead… He held off the pack on the restart and was still there when another caution came out with 29 laps to go and before the race could be restarted the rain came and NASCAR parked the cars on pit road… When the rain intensified a short time later NASCAR called a halt to it and he was declared the winner… If you would like to see the official race results click here.
  • Toyota 200 Today… Now a quick reminder for the casual NASCAR fans out there that the Xfinity Series Toyota 200 which was postponed by rain Tuesday night will be run today at noon… The race will be held at Darlington and again there will be “no fans in the stands”… FS! And the MRN networks will broadcast the event live (weather permitting) and if you are interested in the starting lineup click here… Got to love all the publicity the State of South Carolina is getting by having these “come-back” races at Darlington.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions… The Clinton and Laurens YMCAs have now reopened with restrictions and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the safety of their members and staff in mind.

  • Clinton YMCA… The Clinton Family YMCA opened Monday, 5-18-2020 under what they refer to as Phase 1 Guidelines and Restrictions… First the Y’s hour are now Monday-Friday 7am to 7 pm, Saturday 7am to 6 pm and closed on Sunday… The list of restrictions and guidelines are quite long but a few of them require social distancing (6 feet minimum), use of one entrance only where all will have their temperature checked, class sizes limited to 10, gym for walking only (no basketball), time limits on some equipment and many other items including but not limited to more frequent cleaning and sanitizing… To see the entire list of guidelines and restrictions click here.
  • Laurens YMCA… The Laurens YMCA (which is part of the Lakelands Region YMCA) also changed it operating hour … They will be open Monday-Friday from 5 am to 7pm, Saturday 8 am to 4 pm and will be closed on Sunday… They also have a list of restrictions and guidelines similar to the Clinton YMCA during Phase 1 of their reopening… To see that list and other important information click here.

 

City of Laurens Parks and Recreation NOT Reopened Yet… WLBG contacted Jason Pridgen the Director of the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department and he stated that they are not yet… He said the situation is “very fluid and it could change daily”… If I find out that they are open I will pass that information on to you.


This & That:

Golf for Kids… The Laurens YMCA and PRTC will be holding their 16th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, May, 30, 2020 out at Lakeside Country Club… The monies raised at this tournament will benefit the Scholarship Program at the YMCA… The scholarships are designed to support those unable to participate because of financial difficulties… In 2019 the Y awarded more than $52,000 in financial assistance… For more information about the tournament, click here to see the tournament brochure… If you still have questions contact Brian Harland at 984-2626 or email him at brian@lakelandsymca.org… Make plans to come out for some great golf with your friends and support a very worthy cause.

Rhythm on the Rails… The City of Clinton’s first Rhythm on the Rails event of this season originally scheduled for May 15-16 has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been rescheduled for June 19-20… In addition to the usual entertainment, vendors and rides it will also include Smokein’ on the Rails a BBQ cooking contest…. For more on this event including links to vendor applications, click here.

  

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