Sporte Report for Tuesday, 6-2-2020

COVID-19 Related:

  • Boston Marathon Canceled… In case you missed it, late last week Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the 2020 Boston marathon had become the latest victim of the COVID- 19 virus… The 124th marathon was originally scheduled for April 20 but was earlier postponed to September 14… They correctly pointed out that the social distancing would be impossible and they wanted to protect all involved even the spectators… They will allow registered participants an opportunity to run the race virtually at a location of their choosing and get a finisher’s medal by verifying they ran 26.2miles in 6 hours or less… For more information on this story click here to go to the Boston Marathon’s website where they have a posting on this… I’m curious how they “verify” that a person ran the 26.2 miles in less than 6 hours… Does anyone remember Rosie Ruiz? For the younger generations who do not remember her less than stellar marathon career click here to find out what I am hinting at.

Couple of Positive Notes

  • Laurens Academy the First on the Field… The Laurens Academy Crusaders became the first football team in Laurens County to hit the field after the suspension of all sports due to the COVIS-19 virus… The started yesterday morning and will continue practice for 3 days a week for the next few weeks… I don’t expect either Clinton HS or Laurens HS to get back on the field until after this week as they are concentrating on graduations this week… The Crusaders held theirs last week… Way to Go Crusaders!
  • Furman Sets Time for Football Opener… Yesterday the Furman Athletic website posted up the start time for their season opening football game with Wofford on September 5 at Furman… As of right now, the kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 pm… I know it just a proposed kickoff time and things can happen between now and then but it’s time to have the “can & will do” positive attitude… For more information on this including the series record between the two schools click here.

NASCAR

 

  • Gragson Takes Win in Xfinity Race Last Night… With 5 laps to go last night at Bristol, race leaders Noah Gragson and his JR Motorsport Teammate Justin Allgaier did a little paint swapping n the high banks at Bristol sending Allgaier into the wall and out of the race bringing out a caution that would send the race into overtime where Gragson held off Chase Briscoe to take the win… His margin of victory was only .328 seconds but that was enough to give his second win of the season… Allgaier led 156 of the 303 laps before being knocked out of the race and this was the third consecutive race at Bristol where he led for at least 100 laps but did not get the win… Tough luck I guess… To see information more information on this race click here where it will carry you to the NASCAR site where there is much more info including complete race results.
  • Cup Series Driver Standings… Taking a quick look at the Series driver standings you will find that the top driver is Kevin Harvick with 370 points… The next 3 drivers are Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski who is just is just 55 points behind the leader Harvick… To see the entire Cup Series standings click here.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here

 


Local YMCAs Open with RestrictionsThe 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 here If you have any further questions call the YMCA at 984-2626 

This & That:

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.

  

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