Sports Report for Wednesday, 10-14-2020

Local Notes:

TD Club News

  • McGowan TD Club Player of the Week… Yesterday it was announced that Laurens District 55 High School’s Jayden McGowan has been named its Player of the Week for his performance in last Friday night’s 24-16 win over Eastside by the Raiders… Jayden is a junior defensive back/wide receiver for the Raiders playing both ways for the Raiders Friday night against Eastside…  Offensively, in scoring two touchdowns on the night for the Raiders, McGowan ran for 84 yards, including an 80 yard run in the fourth quarter… Jayden also had two receptions for 27 yards, in which also included his first TD of the night, a 26 yard pass reception that put the Raiders ahead just after halftime… It was a lead that the Raiders never relinquished. McGowan also ran a kickoff return for 25 yards…Defensively, McGowan played outstanding from his cornerback position, recording 4 tackles and several pass break ups… Jayden McGowan’s ability to play both offense and defense for the Raiders is a key component to the Raiders game plan every Friday night…. Congratulations to Jayden!
  • TD Club Video… If you were not able to attend last week’s Laurens County Touchdown Club the video of that meeting is now available… If you click here it will carry you to YouTube where the video is posted with a couple of pictures at its conclusion…. In addition to the local high school coaches the club also honored Hezekiah Kinard and Jykorie Gary of Clinton High School as their last two Players of the Week… The guest speaker was Gary Patterson an ACC football official… He had some very interesting comments and stories.

Laurens vs. Clinton Game in Jeopardy

  • Yesterday during a routine weekly conversation I have with Clinton’s Coach Corey Fountain I confirmed that unless they are having an open date with no game this Friday unless something drastic changes… He also confirmed that the game on Friday, Oct. 23rd is presently scheduled to be at home with Woodruff (provided everyone dodges the COVID-19 virus)… When I questioned him about the makeup date for the Union County game postponed from the start of the season due to Union having a COVID-19 problem, he told me that he had just been informed on Monday that the game must be made up at the earliest possible date even if it meant doing it on a date where there’s a non-region game already scheduled… Well for the Red Devils that would be Friday, Oct 30th when they are scheduled to host the Raiders…. After talking with him and officials at LDHS I was reminded that if both teams don’t make the playoffs that there is the opportunity to reschedule that game as the eighth – bonus game that the SCHSL is allowing for teams that don’t make the playoffs… One little problem there, if either team makes the playoffs then the game will go the way of the Carolina –Clemson game this year… I know for a fact that even with two region losses already this season, the Raiders still have a chance to finish in a tie for second place in the region an make it to the playoffs this season if a certain scenario of other team wins and losses as well as the Raiders beating Greer one week from this Friday night should occur… Just a possibility I thought I’d let you know about… I hate to see the game canceled this year but by the same token I don’t want to wish the Raiders bad luck and not make the playoffs… Only time will tell and we shall see.

 Laurens Raiders:

  • Ticket Information… For information on purchasing tickets for the JV game on Thursday and the varsity game on Friday click here… There is more information there about where tickets can be bought in person at 4 different locations around Laurens and COVID-19 relate and other policies in place for KC Hanna Stadium.

Laurens Academy Crusaders:

  • Volleyball: Crusaders 3 – WW King 1… The Crusader volleyball teams were back in action yesterday as they hosted the Knights of WW King… There is good news where the varsity squad is concerned as they took a 3-1 win over the Knights… The Crusaders took the first set 25-11 but the Knights regrouped and took the second set 25-20… The Crusaders then got back on track and took the next two sets by scores of 25-12 and 25-11 to win the match 3-1.
  • Middle School – Crusaders 2 – WW King 0… In middle school action I am also happy to report that the Crusaders took a 2-0 win over the Knights… Sorry no further details available.
  • Today… The teams return to action today as they host Richard Winn with middle school actin starting at 5:00 pm… Go Crusaders.

Broadcast Notes…  Below is a list of dates, kickoff times and teams that we plan on broadcasting live sports on Real Radio WLBG… And as usual you can hear it live on 860AM, 104.1 FM and the internet at www.wlbg.com.

  • October 15: Laurens Middle School at Gray Court-Owings… We will go live about 5:00 pm
  • October 16: Aiken at Laurens …. Friday Night Insiders will start about 6:03 and then we will go live from the stadium about 6:35.

Local Sports Schedule:

  • School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • School District 56:  To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here
  • Laurens Academy: To see the schedule for varsity football click here…. To see the schedule for middle school football click here…. To see the schedule for varsity and middle school volleyball click here. 


College Notes:

  • Football Scores from This Past Weekend… To see the FB football scores from this past weekend click here…. To see the scores from the FCS division click here.
  • Football Rankings… To see the latest FBS rankings click here


Pro Sports: For more information on the game(s) below, click on the score at the beginning.

  •  Braves 8 – Dodgers 7The Braves and the Dodgers got together for game 3 of the NL Championship Series last night and the Braves had an8-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning and then held on as the Dodgers scored 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying run on third with two outs when the Braves managed to get the third out and escape with an 8-7 win… Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies both homered for the Braves to help build the lead going into the bottom of the ninth… The Braves now lead the best of 7 series 2-0 with game 3 scheduled for tonight at 6:00 pm and it can be seen on FS1…
  •  Rays 5 – Astros 2… Also yesterday the Tampa Bay Rays took a 5-2 win over the Houston Astros in game 3 of the AL Championship series to lead the series 3-0… To get more information on that game click on the score at the start of this note.
  •  MLB Playoff Information… This year’s playoffs and World Series will be like no other in that once they get past the wild card games all series will be played at neutral sites including the World Series… To read more about this setup click here… To see the bracket and schedule for the entire post season click here

NASCAR

  • NASCAR Results From Talladega Last Weekend… To see the race results from Las Vegas this past weekend click here… Once you get there you can  choose the series you are interested in.
  • This Weekends Schedule at Charlotte Roval… To see the schedule for this weekend click here
  • 2020 NASCAR Series Standing... To go to the NASCAR posting where driver standing for each of the 3 main NASCAR series is located click here and then choose the series you are interested in.

NFL

  • Schedule and Scores … To see the NFL schedule for the current week and scores (if any) click here.


This and That

  • Laurens County Touchdown Club… The next meeting of the Laurens County TD Club will be at noon on October 22nd out at The Ridge on Exchange Drive… In addition to the local high school coaches the featured speaker is scheduled to be Shell Dula former coach and native Laurens…To view a posting that has more information about the club, how to join and schedule of speakers, click here.
  • Boo In The Park… The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation department is proud to announce that Boo in the Park will be held on Thursday, October 29th from 6:00-7:30pm at Laurens City Park on Brownlee Avenue…  This event is a safe Trick or Treating event that has been extremely popular going on 14 years and is sponsored by PRTC…  Trick or treating is open to any child ages 1-10…  Recreation Director Jason Pridgen states, “We are excited to once again offer Boo in the Park.  We chose Laurens City Park because it will allow to most effectively help social distance while also providing all the children as safe place to trick or treat.”…  To become a vendor for the event please call the Rec. Department at 681-7275 or email LaurensPRD@yahoo.com
  • Tae Kwon Do Returns to Laurens YMCA… Tae Kwon Do classes are returning to the Laurens Family YMCA starting on October 5, 2020… These classes are for youth 7-15 years old and are $25 per month… Classes will be held each Monday from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm… If you have more questions call the Y at 984-2626

 

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