Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Class

The Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame will induct five members into its third class on April 25, 2019.

The induction ceremony will be held at The Ridge at Laurens at 6:30pm.

The process of selecting the third class of the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame began in the summer of 2018. Nominations were taken from Sept. 15 until Dec. 31.

Once nominations were complete, the nominating committee, made up of eight individuals from Laurens County, narrowed the field of 53 nominations down to 10 finalists. The 10 finalists were then taken to the anonymous three-person selection committee that picked the five finalists that will make up the class of 2019.

To be eligible for the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame, nominees must have lived in Laurens County for five years and must be 10 years out of high school.

Current members of the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame include: Keith Richardson, Chrissy Floyd, J.D. Fuller, Kevin Long, King Dixon, Barry Atkinson, Cally Gault, Sam Owens, Kinard Littleton, Rickey Foggie, Truman Owens, Bobby Ivey and Chick Galloway.

“After two great classes of inductees, we are excited about the group that we have assembled to induct in 2019,” said Billy Dunlap, president of the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame. “It is once again a who’s who of individuals that have been involved in the sports landscape of Laurens County for the past century. I think the committees did a great job of selecting this class and it is something that we can all be proud of.”

Members of the class of 2019 of the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame are:

 William Hill – Hill was a three-sport athlete at Presbyterian College, playing basketball, football and running track. He attended PC on a football scholarship. At PC, Hill was named to the All-Decade team, started on the 1959 Tangerine Bowl team and still holds the record for most interceptions in a season with 11. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL and the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. Hill played two seasons with the Eskimos.

 Bill Hogan – Hogan was a pioneer in sports broadcasting in SC. At WLBG AM/FM, Hogan expanded the footprint of the local station to include high school and college sports throughout the Upstate of SC. He was the play-by-play announcer for Laurens High School, Presbyterian College and Furman University. Hogan also hosted a statewide high school football scoreboard show, a first of its kind at the time. 

Lonnie Pulley – Pulley led the Laurens Raiders to a football state championship in 1983. That same year, he was Shrine Bowl MVP, All-State, SC Back of the Year and named to the Adidas All-American team. He played collegiately at Winston Salem State University from 1984-1987, winning the CIAA championship and named all-conference in 1987. 

Phil Rogers – Rogers played for the legendary Coach Frank Howard at Clemson University from 1964-1968. He was a starter at receiver for three seasons, setting records that stood for over 40 years for most catches in a game (11) and most catches in a career (106). Rogers played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1968 and the New Orleans Saints in 1971. At Clinton High School, Rogers played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. Inducted posthumously into the Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.

 Clovis Simmons – Simmons is currently in her 28th year as the head boys and girls tennis coach at Clinton High School. During her tenure at CHS, Simmons has won 33 conference coach of the year awards and taken her team to the state finals 13 times, winning the boys championship in 2000. She has served 24 years as the SCHSL boys and girls singles tournament director.

 Tickets for the induction banquet will go on sale on Monday, March 25 at the Clinton and Laurens YMCAs. Individual tickets are $25 and includes a meal catered by Lee’s BBQ.

For more information on the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame, visit www.laurenscountysportshalloffame.com or email bdunlap@golaurens.com.

 

Corey Fountain Introduced as New Head Football Coach at Clinton HS

On Tuesday, 2-5-19 Athletic Director Dr. Nickie Templeton and the administration introduced Corey Fountain to the community as the head football coach at Clinton High School.  

Fountain comes to Clinton from Lamar HS where he has been the head coach since 2014 after having served as an assistant since 2012. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at Laurens HS and Hillcrest HS. He has led his team to winning seasons since 2014. The 1-A team was Region and Upper State Champions in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2015 and 2017 they were also the 1A Division II State Champions. Fountain received recognition as Region Coach of the Year, SC High School Sports Report Regional Coach of the Year, Class A Upper State Coach of the Year and SC High School League Coach of the Year. 

He is a graduate of Lamar HS and North Greenville University.  

If you would like to see a video shot during the introduction that includes comments from Coach Fountain and a few photos at the end, click here

 

Hunter Benson, Chelsea Hill and Paige Trent Sign at CHS

On Thursday morning (11-15-2018) at CHS three student athletes signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletic careers…. Hunter Benson and Paige Trent both signed with North Greenville University… Paige signed to run cross country and track while Hunter signed to play softball… Chelsea Hill was the third Red Devil to sign and she signed to play soccer at Converse College… After the signings the media interviewed all three of these young ladies and if you would like to see a shot video of those interviews and some photos taken during the signings, click here…. Congratulations to all three of these fine young adults!.

Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame is Now Accepting Nominations for the Class of 2019

The Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the Class of 2019.

The 2019 induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30pm at The Ridge at Laurens. This ceremony will feature the third class of inductees in the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame.

The Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame was created to honor the men and women that, through sports, have brought pride and honor to Laurens County.

The Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame began in 2017 with the inaugural class. The first class of inductees included Barry Atkinson, King Dixon, Chick Galloway, Cally Gault, JD Fuller, Chrissy Floyd, Keith Richardson and Kevin Long. The Class of 2018 included Rickey Foggie, Kinard Littleton, Truman Owens, Sam Owens and Bobby Ivey.

Nominations for the 2019 class opened on November 1, 2018 and will remain open until December 15, 2018. Nomination forms are available at www.laurenscountysportshalloffame.com

The Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame is open to all Laurens County residents, past and present, with certain criteria.

  • Must have been a resident of Laurens County for five years
  • Must be out of high school for 10 years
  • Main emphasis for selection will be athletic achievement and performance but all nominees should represent the positive aspects of sports in general.
  • Other criteria considered for selection will be: sportsmanship, integrity, citizenship, character, leadership, community and civic contributions to Laurens County, awards and honors. Deceased citizens may be nominated and all nomination forms remain on file each year.

For more information about the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame, contact Billy Dunlap at bdunlap@golaurens.com.

Laurens YMCA 2018 Reindeer Run and Cookies & Cocoa With Santa Information

 

On Friday, December 7th the Laurens Family YMCA will be holding its Cookies and Cocoa PJ Party with Santa.  The event will start at 5:00 pm and run until 9:00 pm.  The cost is $7 per person and for more information about this event, click here  

On Saturday the 19th Annual Reindeer Run will take place starting at 9:00 am and a Fun Run will start at 9:45. There are registration discounts for registration by November 20th and also registration discounts based on the size of teams.  To find out the specifics of that information, how to register and other details click here.

 

If you need more information about either of these call the Laurens Family YMCA at 864-984-2626

 

 

Laurens County TD Club Information and Videos

Once again this year the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce along with some fine community sponsors is presenting The Laurens County Touchdown Club

The Club will meet every other Friday starting on August 24th at The Ride and will start at noon

Please plan to come out for some great food, fellowship and speakers as we honor the athletes and coaches that make up football in Laurens County

Annual membership is only $150 and includes 1 ticket to all 7 regular meetings and 1 ticket for the annual banquet. If you wish to come to an individual meeting, the meal will cost you $15 at the door. Additional tickets for the banquet are also $15 each.

Contact Marlene Owings at 833-2716 or mowings@laurenscounty.org for more information or to join.

The schedule is below and videos of the speakers will be available a few days after the meeting. Past meetings and videos will be moved to the bottom as the year goes on so that the upcoming meeting is at the top. To see the video of the past meetings as posted on YouTube click on the meeting date.


 

 

December 5th – Annual Meeting and Banquet, Tobi Antigha . He is a Presbyterian grad and is a 2nd year player with the Saskatchewan RoughRiders in the Canadian Football League. To see a video of the awards portion of the banquet where the All-County, Coach of the Year and Player of the year were announced click here.

 

Chick on the date of the meeting to go to a video posted on YouTube of the speakers.

August 24 – Local Coaches

September 7th – Shell Dula, Executive Director of the SC Athletic Coaches Association

September 21st – Tommy Spangle, Head Football Coach at PC

October 5th – Gary Patterson, ACC Official and Referee

October 19th – Hunter Reid, Assoc. Athletic Director and SID at Furman University

November 2nd – Brent Thompson, Head Coach at The Citadel

November 16th – Carolina – Clemson Meeting. Langston Moore  Sideline Reporter for USC and Woody McCovey Assoc. A.D. for Football Operations at Clemson

 

 

 

 

Conteras Signs With USC-Union

Wednesday morning (3-21-18) in the auditorium at CHS surrounded by family, friend, parents and teammates, senior goalie Tania Conteras signed a letter of intent to continue her education and soccer career next year at USC-Union playing for the Bantams… Tania has been playing soccer for the Red Devils for at least three years even though this is the first year for girls’ varsity soccer at CHS… Two years ago she played goalie for the JV boys’ team and last year for the first year JV girls’ team… This year the program transitioned to a varsity and JV program and she has become a leader on the pitch for the Red Devils… She also very active around CHS and is a member of the ROTC program… At this point in the season the team is 3-2 on the year… She is the first goalie ever signed by USC-Union… To go to a video interview with her after the signing, click here… There are a few photos at its end made yesterday also… Congratulations to Tania!

Four Sign at LDHS

On Wednesday 2-21-18 in the mini-gym at LDHS four student athletes signed letters of intent to continue their education at three different institutions of higher learning…. As Head Football Coach Chris Liner put it, these are the best of the best in Laurens County… Afterwards video interview were done with each of these young men asking them why they chose their respective institutions and what they plan on doing after college… If you want to see those interviews, click here.

Nathan Rudder… Senior baseball player Nathan Rudder signed to play baseball and continue his education at Montreat College for the Cavaliers… Nathan saw limited duty on the diamond last year as he was recovering from a severe knee injury that occurred during the second game of the 2016 football season… That was his second injury in as many years… he is expected to contribute much more to the Raider baseball team this season whose season starts in a few days.

Troy Dendy… Senior running back Troy Dendy signed with Carson Newman University up in Jefferson City, Tennessee… His sophomore season (2015) he rushed for 847 yards and scored 8 TDs… His junior season (2016) he rushed for 960 yards and scored 10 TDs… This past season he rushed for 935 yards and scored 11 TDs.

Tyrese Moses… Senior linebacker Tyrese Moses was one of two student athletes to sign with PC yesterday… This past season he was second on the team with 33 solo tackles and first in assisted tackles with 33 from his linebacker position.

Braylen Williams… Senior defensive back / linebacker is the other student athlete who signed with PC… Braylen led the team this past season with 66 solo tackles and second on assisted tackles with 32… He also led the team in tackles for loss with 11.

Raiders Participate in Upper State 5-A Individual Wrestling Tournament

On Friday and Saturday (2-16 & 17-2018) several members of the Laurens Raider wrestling team participated in the Upper State Class-AAAAA Individual Wrestling Tournament which was held at LDHS… Chris Jackson led the Raider team finishing third in the 182 lb. class and therefore qualifying for the State Tournament this weekend in Anderson… Other Raiders who were able to pick up at least 1 win on the mats were Damien Ladd (1), Myles Reppart (1), Caleb Reid (3), Jalick Dendy (2), Will Pontoon (2) and Hunter Hamby (2)… To see a weight class by weight class final bracket that shows how the completion went. Click on the following: …Congratulations to not only Chris but to all the Raiders on their showing in the tournament.

Video of Some Matches… I was able to shoot some video of matches involving Chris Jackson, Will Pontoon and Caleb Reid late in the tournament on Saturday.., I also shot a few photos of other Raider wrestlers… To see that video with photos added at the end, click here

CHS Mark Wise Signs With Newberry

On Wednesday, 2-14-18 Clinton HS senior running back and defensive player Mark Wise signed a letter of intent to continue his education and football career at Newberry College… This last season Mark rushed for over 1300 yards in 192 attempts and averaged 6.8 yards per carry and 118.9 per game… He also played on defense in several positions wherever the coaching staff needed him… Below is a link to a short video interview done with Mark by the media where he talks about his reasons for choosing Newberry and what his major and career goals are…… Congratulations to Mark!

 

Kuykendall and Varn of Clinton HS Sign Letters of Intent

On Wednesday 2-7-18 at CHS Haleigh Kuykendall and Kody Varn signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers.

Haleigh signed to attend Martin Methodist College in Tennessee and her sport is somewhat of a non-tradition sport not part of most high schools offerings and that is bowling… She has been a very active in tournaments throughout the south and has an average of about 210 with her best game a 279… She plans on majoring in Business and minor in Mathematics and hopes to become a financial manager and maybe even bowl professionally and/or in the Olympics.

Kody signed with Newberry College where he will play on the offensive line… He will be majoring in Sports Management and says he would like to become and athletic director one day.

Below is a link to a short video interview with each of these student athletes after the signings

Raider Wrestlers Host Region II-AAAAA Tournament Saturday, 1-27-18

Raider Wrestling… The Raider wrestling team hosted the Region II –AAAAA Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, 1-27-18.

Team… As a team the Raiders finished fourth with 109 points… Traditional powerhouse Hillcrest finished first with 228 points, Greenwood second with 164 points and Mauldin third with 159.5 points… Wade Hampton finished fifth and Riverside sixth with 81 and 60 points respectively.

Individual… The Raiders did have a Region Champion (which means he is All-Region) as Will Pontoon took the win in the 220 weight class… Three Raiders took 2nd place finishes: Damien Ladd @ 113, Robert Lawson @ 145, and Chris Jackson @ 195… Two Raiders finished in 3rd place and they were Caleb Reid @ 170, and Hunter Hamby @ 285… Below is video of 4 different raider wrestlers in action including Will Pontoon’s championship match as well as a few photos at the end of the 4 wrestling segments.

Laurens County TD Club Videos and Information

The Laurens County TD Club is holding meetings every other Friday at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Headquarters out at The Ridge. The meetings started August 25th and will end with the Annual Awards banquet on December 6th where Danny Morrison former President of the Carolina Panthers will be the featured speaker. To see the dates that the club is scheduled to meet, the guest speaker that day, and how you can become a member or simply attend the meetings, click here.

Below are videos of the meetings with the most current one at the top.

December 6 – Awards Banquet with Guest Speaker Danny Morrison Former President of the Carolina Panthers

November 17 – Don Munson Voice of the Clemson Tigers and Mo Brown former Carolina Standout

November 3 – Coach Buddy Pough of SC State

October 20 – Coach Tommy Spangler of PC

October 6 – Ali Rogers FountLeRoy

September 22 – Penn Wagers, ACC Replay Official

September 8 – Clay Hendrix – Head Coach of the Furman Paladins

August 25 – Local high school coaches

Jack Snelgrove Signs with USC-Union

On 11-13-2017 in the auditorium at CHS, senior soccer player Jack Snelgrove signed a letter of intent to continue his education and soccer career next year at USC-Union playing for the Bantams… Jack is not only a standout in soccer but also in the classroom as he currently has a 4.5 GPA and will most likely enter USC-Union next year with enough college credit to be a sophomore… He is also in the top 20 in the senior class… Below is a link to a short video interview done with Jack after the signing that has a few photos at its end… Congratulations to Jack!

Taylor Campbell Signs with Newberry College

On 11-8-2017 just before lunch, Laurens Academy senior Taylor Campbell signed a letter of intent to continue her education and basketball career next year at Newberry College… The entire school and coaches assembled in the gym along with her family to witness the event… Coach Todd Kirk opened with a few remarks pointing out that was Taylor was doing was due to a lot of hard work by her both on and off the court…He challenged them to follow in her footsteps to achieve their goals and one day be assembled there for a similar event… I invite you to look below to see a short interview done with Taylor after the signing and a few photos at its end… Congratulations to Taylor!

Photo Slideshows and Videos from 1-1-2017 to 6-30-2017

                                                                               

 

Below are the different photo slideshows and videos that have appeared in conjunction with the daily Sports Reports.  The most recent will always be closest to the top and the oldest toward the bottom. Enjoy!

 

5-23-17: Photos from LDHS Softball Banquet

5-19-17: An interview with Coach Liner after the Spring Game and photos from the game.

5-19-17: An Interview With Daniel Black and Will Price After signing With Montreat

5-18-17: Photos From Laurens Academy Athletic Banquet

5-17-17: Photos From CHS Spring Sports Awards Ceremony

5-16-17: Photos of Clinton vs. Hanahan for Class AAA Boys Tennis Championship

5-12-17: Pearson and Tribble Sign Letters of intent at CHS

4-13-2017: Blackshire and Ginn Sign to Continue Their Education and Sports Careers

3-30-2017: Slideshow From Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame Inaugural Induction Ceremony

3-16-2017: Slideshow from Dedication of New baseball and Softball Fields at CHS.

2-21-2017: Slideshow from Clinton’s 70-62 Win Over Berea in Third Round Action of the AAA Playoffs

2-18-2017: Video of LDH’s Shokeil Moses in Action at AAAAA Tournament

2-17-2017: Slideshow from Clinton’s 53-42 Win Over Pendleton in Second Round Action of the AAA Playoffs

2-14-2017: Slideshow from Clinton’s 80-70 Win Over Indian Land in First Round Action of the AAA Playoffs

2-9-2017: Donte Reeder Signs with Alderson Broaddus University.

2-6-2017: Slideshow from Little River Middle School Conference Tournament Finals at Clinton Middle School