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.


 

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

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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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.

 

Mike-YMCA-C-LFor information on Youth Basketball through the Clinton Family YMCA, click on the following: 2016-17-clinton-ymca-youth-basketball-and-cheerleading. The deadline to register is Thursday, December 8th.

 

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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.

 

12-7-2016: Awards Banquet where All-County Team, Coach of the Year and Player of the year are announced. The keynote speaker was former Carolina Panther Travelle Wharton.

 

 

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.