Sports Report for Thursday, 8-6-2020

Local Notes: 


SCHSL Pushes Back Football Season… On yesterday’s sports report I mentioned that the Executive Committee of the SCHSL would be meeting and that one of the things they would be looking at was the fall sports season calendar… I also speculated that it was expected that the football season might be pushed back to a later starting date than planned… Well that turns out to be just what happened… Instead of starting play on September 11th play will now start on September 25th… The first practice date was also moved back to September 8th and first scrimmage date to September 12th… The state finals will now be held the weekend of December 4th and 5th… Other changes concerning football coming out of the meeting are:

  • Schools can start wearing helmets August 17th in Phase 1.5
  • Helmets and shoulder pads September 8th
  • Full pads September 10th
  • Varsity teams will be allowed only 2 scrimmages one of which can be replaced by a jamboree
  • Teams who do not make the playoffs will still be allowed 1 added game but it must be played no later than week 2 of the playoff schedule and only a maximum of 7 additional practices will be allowed for this extra game.

Other Fall Sports Have Changes… Now other fall sports have also had their calendars changed as to when they can start practices, scrimmages and competition… If you would like to see a table released by the SCHSL that shows this information for all the fall sports click here.

More Information… Also yesterday the SCHSL released a 24 page document titled “Best Practices – Return to Play for fall 2020” that has everything mentioned above in it plus a lot of sport specific and general information in it… If you would like to read that document click here… If you take the time to read through it shows the SCHSL staff has been putting a lot of thought into what they stated yesterday was their main goal in all of this – Keeping the student athletes as safe as possible.

Note about Clinton and Laurens Football Schedules… Late yesterday afternoon I reached out to the athletic directors at both Clinton and Laurens High School concerning whether they would simply move back the existing football schedule 2 weeks or completely redo it… Coach Alexander is yet to respond to me but I am sure he will soon… Coach Tommy Spires did respond and said that the Raider schedule is simply pushed back two weeks… That means that Laurens will travel to Greenwood to open their season and region schedule on September 25th…. Oh yes one more thing about all of this – I would not bet my house that all this comes to pass as is now planned…LOL

Pro Sports:

Braves… For more information on the game(s) below, click on the score at the beginning.

  • Blue Jays 2 – Braves 1… In the second game of their 3-game series in Atlanta last night, the Toronto Blue Jays took a 2-1 win over the Braves t even their series 1-1… Both pitching staffs led by the Braves starter Sean Newcomb and the Blue Jays Hyun Jin Ryu had good games allowing only a total of 8 hits between them with the Blue jays getting 5 of them… The Braves only run game on a solo homer by Adam Duvall (his second of the season) in the bottom of the 7th inning. The teams will play the final and deciding game of the series starting tonight at 7:10 pm.


  • MLB Schedule… To see the scores from yesterday around MLB and the games today click here….Once you get there you have several options to see the scores of past games and the schedule past today.


  • This Weeks TV Schedule for NASCAR… If you are one of the true NASCAR fans who likes to watch what they have available on TV this week click here to go to the NASCAR website where their TV schedule is located.


  • Scores and Schedule… If you want to check on the latest NBA scores and the schedule, click here to go to the posting on the NBA website where you can do that.


  • PGA Championship Starts Today… A reminder for the golf fans that the delayed PGA Championship starts today out at TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, CA… For more information about this click here.

This and That

  • Youth Tackle Football & Cheerleading… Registration is now open for youth tackle football and cheerleading through the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department… The registration fee is $60 for both and that includes uniform but does NOT helmet and shoulder pads for football… They can be rented from the Parks and Recreation Department… The age group for both football and cheerleading is ages 7-12… Those who will turn 12 on September 1st or later are eligible to play… You can register daily at The Ridge during normal business hours… For more information call 681-7275 or email them at:…. Registration will closes on August 8th so don’t wait too long.


  • Youth Soccer at Clinton Family YMCA… Registration is now open for youth soccer at the Clinton Family YMCA… Age groupings will be 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12… The cost is $60 for Y members and $75 for non-members with financial assistance for those who need it… All players will receive an open mesh full soccer uniform including a jersey, shorts and soccer socks… Soccer players are required to provide Soccer Shin Guards… For more information about this click here to go to a press release from the Y or call them at 833-1555… The deadline to register is August 31st!


  • Youth Soccer at Laurens Family YMCA… Registration is now open for youth soccer at the Laurens Family YMCA…Youth soccer at the Laurens Y will be for ages 3-15 in age appropriate groupings… The cost is $50 for Y members and $60 for non-members… If you want more information about youth soccer at the Laurens YMCA contact Haley Garrison at 984-2626 or email her at:… The season will start on Sept 14th and the deadline to register is September 5th.



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