Sports Report for Thursday, 5-28-2020

Local Notes:

 CHS

  • Greg Sanders Signs with PC… Yesterday at Clinton HS senior football player Greg sanders signed a letter of intent to continue his education and football career close to home at PC… This past season he saw action on both sides of the ball as he played defensive line some for the Red Devils and was also a running back for the team… He saw action in all 11 games for the Red Devils and carried the ball 63 times for 326 yards and was only tackled for a loss one time losing just 1 yard… He also carried the ball into the end zone for 4 rushing TDs last season… He joins teammate Austin Caughman who signed with PC earlier… While he sees himself mainly as a running back he said “I’ll play wherever I’m needed”… Now I did a very short interview with him after the signing and if you would like to see that, click here… Congratulations to Greg!

 

 Laurens Academy:

  • Crusaders Hire Brian Kneece… Yesterday Laurens Academy announced the hiring of Brian Kneece as a teacher and a coach… Coach Kneece has spent the past eight years coaching at Greenwood Christian, where he was an assistant for varsity football, and was the head middle school football and baseball coach… He attended WW King Academy where he lettered in football and basketball… While attending Lander University he coached at King and was involved in the football and basketball programs… After graduating with a degree in history from Lander, Coach Kneece began teaching and coaching at Greenwood Christian… Coach Kneece will be an assistant varsity football coach and be the head middle school football coach at Laurens Academy… Also, he will teach history and physical education.

COVID-19 Related:

  • SCHSL Expected to Release Restart Guidelines Today… June 1 is the date that SCHSL Rules and Regulations normally kick in for the summer and that is next Tuesday… Well there has been nothing normal about this spring sports season as you are well aware of… Several coaches and athletic directors expect the SCHSL to send out an email outlining what can and cannot be done now that Governor McMaster has said youth and adult sports leagues can start practice on Monday and contest on June 15… No one that I have talked to expects it to be “as in the past” and they do expect more regulations designed to protect the health of the athletes, coaches, trainers and staff as the practices and summer schedule resumes… I have a sneaky feeling you will see a lot more thermometers in use not just checking to see if the weather is too hot and sticky for the players to practice but are the players, coaches, trainers and staff too hot (fever) when they show up each day… What happens this summer may dictate what happens in August and also be an indicator of how things will be handled this fall… If I hear anything I’ll let you know… Let’s Play Ball!

 


NASCAR

  • Cup Race Postponed Until Tonight… As the true NASCAR fans can already tell you, last night’s Cup race had to be postponed due to the bad weather associated with Tropical Depression Bertha… Now NASCAR officials have their fingers crossed that the bad weather will move on out today enough for them to get the race in tonight… If it does the green flag will drop about 7 pm.
  • 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 Moves to Phase II of Reopening… The Laurens YMCA (which is part of the Lakelands Region YMCA) has moved into Phase II of its reopening… Their hours of operation are still Monday-Friday from 5 am to 7pm, Saturday 8 am to 4 pm and will be closed on Sunday… In Phase II they still have many of the same restrictions and policies that were put in place for Phase I but more programs and activities will be opening up on June 1 or June 8 such as the aquatic center, private swim lessons as scheduled, personal training, wellness classes and others including T-Ball practice at Collyar Park on June 1… Now to see their press release concerning the Phase II portion of their reopening along with the Phase I restrictions and guidelines, click hereIf you have any further questions call the YMCA at 984-2626

 

This & That:

Golf for Kids… On Monday 5-25-20 I was informed by Brian Harlan that the Annual Golf for Kids Golf Tournament scheduled for Saturday, May, 30, 2020 at Lakeside Country Club has been postponed… At this time no makeup date has been scheduled but if I hear of the date I’ll be sure to pass it along to you… For any questions concerning this Brian Harland at 984-2626 or email him at brian@lakelandsymca.org.

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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