Gracie Waldron Signs With Charleston Southern

On 11-16-2016 at CHS senior tennis player Gracie Waldron signed a letter of intent to continue her education andgracie_waldron tennis career at Charleston Southern University… Introduced by AD Nickie Templeton her career highlights were mentioned and to say that she is one of the successful student-athletes at CHS might be an understatement… She has been a member of the Red Devil tennis team since 20012 and each of those years the team was region champion except this past year when the finished second in the region and made it to the upstate finals before losing in the playoffs… She has been named to all-region team in each of these seasons and was region player of the year in 20014 & 2015… She has participated in the SCHSL Singles Tournament in each of the last 3 season and made it to round of 12 this season… She will be playing in the North / South Tennis All-Star Tournament this weekend… She was selected for the Mark Hodgin Memorial Sportsmanship Award by the SCTA… Numerous other media and associations have also recognized her for her ability and sportsmanship on and off the court… In her “spare time” she has managed to been named Homecoming Queen, a youth leader in her church and excel in the classroom… She signed in the CHS auditorium with her parents Mary and Chuck Waldron and her brother Ike as well as Coach Clovis Simmons, teammates, students and faculty present…. Below is a short video interview with her done after the signing plus a couple of photos.

 

Four Sign Letters of Intent at LDHS

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On Thursday 11-10-2016,  four Raider student athletes signed letters of intent to continue not only their athletic careers but also continue their education at various institutions of higher learning… Mattie Cantrell, Summie Carlay, Anna Stevenson and Jalen Walker signed in the main gym at LDHS which was packed with not only students but also parents, relatives and friends of these four outstanding representatives of LDHS… The ceremony was emceed by Athletic Director Mark Freeze who first pointed out to the those in attendance the difficulty against very small odds that these four had to face to get to this point and the work not only on the athletic field but in the classroom that it took… Each of their coaches introduced the players and echoed his sentiments.

  • Mattie Cantrell… Mattie is a 6-year member of the LDHS softball team that is going for its fourth consecutive region title this spring… She signed with Anderson University.
  • Summie Carlay… Summie is member of the Raider region champion football team and signed with the University of South Carolina and is expected to play somewhere on the offensive line… He will be graduating next month and plans on enrolling at USC this spring to get an early start with the Gamecocks.
  • Anna Stevenson… Anna is a member of the Raider volleyball team and signed with Auburn University… Anna was named to the All-Region team and to the North/South All-Star Team… She is ranked I the top 100 high school volleyball players in the country.
  • Jalen Walker… Jalen Walker is another member of this year’s Region Champion Raider football team and he signed with Coastal Carolina… Jalen will also graduate in December and enroll early to start down the path that will lead him to playing on the Chanticleers defensive line… He also is a champion weight lifter.

Below is a video of interviews done with each of them after the signing and it also includes a few more photos.

Congratulations each of these fine individuals!

2016-17 Youth Basketball Opportunities in Laurens County

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Youth Basketball is being offered at the Clinton Family YMCA and also through a joint effort with Laurens Family YMCA and the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department. The Clinton YMCA is also offering cheerleading. For more information about these, click on the appropriate link below.

 

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For Information about youth basketball thorough the Laurens Family YMCA and the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department, click on the following: 2016-17-youth-basketball The deadline to register is Saturday, November 19th.

Laurens District 55 Hall of Fame Ceremony 9-23-16

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On Friday, September 23, 2016 the Laurens District 55 Hall of Fame Committee of 2016  inducted three former athletes and one coach to the Hall of Fame. They were Albert Garrett, Stan Whitlock, Marcus Whitmore and Coach Eddie West.

Below is a link to information about each of these fine men and the video of the induction ceremony. Congratulations to these fine men!

For information about these men, click on the following: Information about those inducted

 

Video of the ceremony:

2016 TD Club Videos

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Below are videos of the Laurens County TD Club meetings every other week at The Ridge. The most recent meeting video will be at the top with older ones below it.  If you have any questions about the club such as meeting dates, speakers and how to join, click here.

 

11-4-2016: Local Coaches and Coach Mike Ayers of Wofford College

10-21-16: Local Coaches and David Wyatt President of the SC Football Hall of Fame

10-7-2016: Local Coaches with Todd Kirk talking Tennessee.

9-23-16: Local Coaches and Coach Harold Nichols of PC

9-9-16: Local Coaches and Coach Bobby Johnson former coach at Furman and Vanderbilt as well as member of NCAA Football Playoff Committee

8-26-2016: Local high school coaches and Coach Harold Nichols of PC.

2016 Laurens County TD Club Information

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Laurens County Touchdown Club 2016 Schedule 

Mission Statement: The Laurens County Touchdown Club was organized to promote a spirit of cooperation and association among citizens of Laurens County through a common interest, “football”.

Meeting Location: The Ridge at Laurens at Noon 

Date:                               Speaker:

8/26/16                          Local Coaches: LDHS, CHS, LA & PC

9/9/16                            Bobby Johnson College Football Playoff Committee

9/23/16                          Harold Nichols Head Coach, Presbyterian College

10/7/16                          Marcus  Latimore (Tentative)  USC & NFL Standout

10/21/16                       David Wyatt, NFL agent and Chairman of the SC Football Hall of Fame.

11/4/16                           Mike Ayer Head Coach, Wofford Terriers

11/18/16                        Don Munson/Todd Ellis Voice of the Tigers / Gamecocks

12/7/16 (Banquet)        Travelle Wharton Former USC & NFL Standout, Carolina Panther Broadcaster

 

Please be sure to thank our sponsors for each meeting this year.

Date:                           Sponsor:

8/26/16                       First Baptist Churches (Laurens & Clinton)

9/9/16                         City of Clinton

9/23/16                       YMCA of Laurens/YMCA of Clinton

10/7/16                      City of Laurens

10/21/16                    Chris Benson; Raymond James & Laurens Co. Chamber of Commerce

11/4/16                       Founders Federal Credit Union

11/18/16                     LEC vs. PRTC

12/7/16 (Banquet)    LCWSC

Sponsorship levels start at $150 and include levels at $250, $350 and cap out at $750… Each different level has different benefits associated with it. If you are interested in what those benefits are and possibly becoming a sponsor, click on the following:  TD Club 2016 Sponsor Levels Form PDF…. If you are not a sponsor and want to come to the regular season meetings, the meal cost will be $15 per person.

For more information, contact Marlene Owings at 864-833-2716 or by email at mowings@laurenscounty.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame

On 9-12-2016 at the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce Billy Dunlap Chairman of the newly formed Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame held a press conference to introduce the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame … Obviously the hall is intended to honor those who have through sports have brought pride and honor to Laurens County… The inaugural class is expected to be inducted in late March. 2017… Those who will be eligible for nomination must have lived in Laurens County at least 5 years, out of high school for at least 10 years and should represent the positive aspects of sports in general… The public may nominate and former athlete, coach, sports administrator or official they choose and once nominated they do NOT have to be re-nominated each year… Nominations will be forwarded to a nominating committee where the field will be narrowed down to 10-15 nominees that are then sent to an anonymous selection committee of Laurens County residents who are supremely qualified to make the final choice each year which is expected to be 4-6 individuals… A banquet will then be held in late March honoring theses individuals… Duplicate plagues of the members will then be mounted in both the Clinton and Laurens Family YMCAs for public viewing… Now again nominations are to be made by you the public and the nomination period is now open until October 31st… To nominate someone or to find out more information about the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame, click here which will carry you to their new website and to an online nomination form… Below is a video of that conference that goes into more detail.

 

The Ridge at Laurens Opens Video and Interview

The Ridge at Laurens Opens … Yesterday the City of Laurens and their Parks and Recreation Department saw the culmination of what was a dream just 5 years ago as the Ridge at Laurens officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony… Leaders from other local communities and all levels of city, county and state government were present for the ceremony… The facility has two double gyms along with a multi-purpose room, kitchen and offices for the Parks and Recreation staff… For more information about the facility including rental fees, click here which will take you to the new City of Laurens Parks and Recreation website where a multitude of information is available…. Below and I have a video of the remarks and a slide show of photos taken yesterday along with an interview done with Jason Pridgen the parks and recreation Director.

 

 

Summer Offerings at the Clinton Family YMCA

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Each summer the Clinton YMCA has numerous activities going on to help the youth of our community develop their minds and bodies. Below is a link to the various activities that the Y has to offer… If these links do not answer all your questions please contact the Y at 864-833-1555

Summer Sports & Specialty Camps…. This summer the sports and specialty camps in June will be girls volleyball, girls basketball, football (boys and girls),boys baseball, tennis, horse riding, golf and art…. Camps in July include horse-riding, girls softball, 3 different basketball camps and marksmanship (air rifle & archery)… Now there are registration fees, registration deadlines, age restrictions and limited capacity in each of these… To see the camps flyer with more information on each of these click on the following: Summer 2016 Sports and Specialty Camps

 

Swimming Lessons…. The Y is offering swimming lessons … These lessons help overcome fears and build confidence and just as importantly may save your life… They have lessons for youth ages 3-5 and lessons for ages 6 and up… For more information about this, click on the following: Summer 2016 Swimming Lessons

Summer Offerings at the Laurens Family YMCA

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Each summer the Laurens YMCA has numerous activities going on to help the youth of our community develop their minds and bodies. Below is a link to the various activities that the Y has to offer… If these links do not answer all your questions please contact the Y at 864-984-2626

Summer Sports & Specialty Camps…. This summer the sports and specialty camps in June will be synchronized swimming, horse camp, golf and archery… In July and early August they will include water polo, fishing, splash n dash and soccer… Now there are registration fees, registration deadlines, age restrictions and limited capacity in each of these… To see the camps flyer with more information on each of these click on the following:  2016 Summer Sports Camp Flyer

 

Swimming Lessons…. The Y is offering swimming lessons to individuals as young as 6 months old… These lessons help overcome fears and build confidence and just as importantly may save your life… For more information about this, click on the following: 2016 Swim Lesson Flyer

 

Summer Camp 2016… The Y is also offering an ongoing weekly camp for youth ages 5-11… For more information about this click on the following: 2016 Summer Camp Flyer

 

 

 

2016 Youth Baseball Registration Information for Dixie Youth and Little League

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This season the Laurens Dixie Youth and Laurens Little League are working together to provide a combined quality program.

WEE BALL (ages 2-4) and TEE BALL (ages 5-6) will register through the Laurens Family YMCA.

Ages 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 BASEBALL and SOFTBALL will register for Lauren Little League at the Little River Park.

Middle school players will register for Dixie Boys through the Laurens family YMCA.

Deadline to register is February 12.

Skills evaluation will be February 13-14 and the cost to participate is $60.

For more information, please contact the Laurens Family YMCA at 984-2621 or Laurens Little League at 681-7275.

 

Clinton YMCA 2016 Youth Baseball & Girls Softball Registration Information

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CLINTON FAMILY YMCA ‘YOUTH BASEBALL’ AND ‘GIRLS SOFTBALL’

 

The Clinton Family YMCA is offering open registration for ‘Youth Baseball’ and ‘Girls Softball’ for numerous playing divisions through the February 16th deadline.

The YMCA will offer co-ed instructional leagues for ages 3 – 4 and 5 – 6, respectively. Wee-ball is for ages 3 – 4 and will hit off of a tee and have adult coaches on the field of play for instructional purposes.  Ages 5 – 6 will be T-ball with a coach throwing three pitches to the batter and then revert back to the tee after three thrown pitches, if necessary.  Ages 7 – 8 is called AA/Coach Pitch League with an adult pitcher throwing pitches to the batter with a five pitch limit.  Ten players will play defensively and all batters will bat in each rotation.  Ages 9 – 10 is called Dixie Minors and will play regulation baseball on a modified baseball diamond and modified rules pertaining to stealing, etc.  Ages 11 – 12 will play in the new Dixie Youth ‘O’ Zone league for the second consecutive year.  ‘O’ Zone is on a modified diamond but play regulation baseball.

The youth baseball and softball registration deadline is Tuesday, February 16th.  After registration baseball ages 9 – 10 and 11 – 12 must go through an on-field skills evaluation and then will be placed on evenly balanced teams through a detailed coach’s selection process.  Younger age groups of Wee-ball (3-4), T-ball (5-6) and AA League (7-8) as well as all Girls Softball teams will have a league fall-out on Tuesday, February 23rd for team assignment and to receive practice and game assignments.

All players will receive full uniforms and re833-1515plica Major League baseball jerseys and caps. The age cut-off is May 1, 2016.  (As an example, if a child is 10 years of age but turns 11 before May 1 he/she is considered 11 years of age and must play in the proper age group.)  All League games will be played at the Clinton YMCA complex this year on 100 YMCA Drive and no games will be scheduled during the Laurens County School District #56 Spring Break April 4 – 8.

Registration is $50 for YMCA members inside the city limits and $55 for members outside the city limits. Non-member registration is $65 inside the city limits and $70 outside the city limits.  A $10 discount will be provided for each additional child in the same family and Financial Assistance is available to families as well.

Registration is being taken daily from 8 am – 9 pm Monday – Friday; 9 am – 6 pm on Saturdays and 2 – 5 pm on Sundays at the YMCA reception desk on 100 YMCA Drive. For additional details or information call the Clinton YMCA at 833-1555

Irby & Jones Sign Letters of Intent

On Monday 11-16-2015 at LDHS seniors Makaila Irby and Thomas Jones both signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletic careers … Makaila signed with Southern Wesleyan University to play softball… She has been on the varsity softball team since the 8th grade and is expected to be one of the team leaders this season at first base as the Raiders defend their region championship…. Thomas signed with Vanderbilt University to play baseball next year… Thomas is a multisport star who has been selected to play on this year’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas… This past summer Thomas was invited to Florida and Illinois for baseball all-star events that showcased his baseball talent in front of not only the public but also pro scouts… Thomas will be one of the team leaders again this year for Coach Dale Nelson and the Raider baseball team… Below are interviews done with them after the signing.

 

Cunningham & Todd Sign with Erskine College

On Friday 11-13-2015 CHS seniors Davis Cunningham and Chandler Todd signed letters of intent to continue their education and baseball careers next year with Erskine College… The pair have been mainstays of the Red Devil baseball team over the last couple of years and it was not by design that they wound up signing with the Flying Fleet… Below is an interview with these young men after they signed with the Flying Fleet

2015 SCHSL Football Playoff Brackets

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To see the bracket for each of the different classifications, click on the name of the division below.

Check back each week after noon on Mondays to see the results from the previous Friday’s games.

Class AAAA Division I

Class AAAA Division II – Where Laurens is

Class AAA

Class AA Division I

Class AA Division II

Class A Division I

Class A Division II

Laurens County Touchdown Club Videos

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Videos of the speakers at the Laurens County Touchdown Club meetings

Most recent video will be at the top and older below that.

 

12-2–15 Awards Banquet


 

11-20-15 Clemson vs. South Carolina Meeting

11-6-15 Meeting

10-23-15 Meeting

10-9-15 Meeting

9-25-15 Meeting

9-11-15 Meeting

 

8-28-15 Meeting

 

 

Interview With New Head Football Coach At Ware Shoals Mike Craigo

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Recently WLBG was able to sit down with the new head football coach at Ware Shoals Mike Craigo.  Mike is a Ware Shoals graduate and comes to Ware Shoals from Calhoun Falls Charter.

Click on the link below to hear that interview.

 

Ware Shoals Varsity Football Schedule

8/21 @ Southside
8/28 Open Date
9/4 @ Ninety Six
9/11 McCormick
9/18 Dixie
9/25 Calhoun Falls (Homecoming)
10/2 @ St Josephs
10/9 Fox Creek (Rec. Night)
10/16 Christ Church
10/23 @ Southside Christian
10/30 Whitmire (Senior Night)

An Interview with CHS Coach Andrew Webb, 7-6-2015

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Yesterday (7-6-2015) I had the opportunity to sit down with the interim Head Football Coach at Clinton High School Andrew Webb… We talked about a myriad of subjects including his lifelong ties to Clinton, high school and college athletic career, his start in coaching at Clinton, his reason for wanting the head coach position and what has been transpiring since he was named to that position back in February…. I invite you to click on the link below to hear that interview.

 

Staton Signs with the Cardinals

Allen Staton Signs with the Cardinals… Former Laurens Raider and Allen-statonNorth Greenville University baseball standout Allen Staton did not get drafted lasted week in the MLB draft… However on Friday Allen did get a call from the St. Louis Cardinals and signed a free agent contract with the team… On Saturday morning (6-13-15) I was able to sit down with Allen and talk about his career at North Greenville, the MLB draft and his signing with the Cardinals… Below is a link to that interview.

 

 

NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Information – Brackets

For basic information about the 2015 Division I Baseball Tournament, click here.

For an interactive bracket, click here

For a printable bracket, click here.