Sports Report for Wednesday, 8-24-2016

Local Notes: 

  • Clinton vs. Laurens Volleyball… Last night both the Clinton Red Devil and the Laurens Raider volleyball teams opened their season playing each other… Now I don’t have any details but I can tell you that in varsity action Clinton took a 3-0 win over Laurens with set scored being 25-10, 25-19 and 25-14… In JV action before that, the Red Devils were again victorious as the won both sets one by a score of 25-9 and the other by a score of 25-13 to win the match 2-0. 
  • PC Athletics Featured on Local TV Today… Presbyterian College Athletic Director Brian Reese and head football coach Harold Nichols, along with “The Voice of the Blue Hose” Eric Thacker, will make an appearance on Your Carolina with Jack Roper and Megan Heidelberg this morning. ..The show airs at 10 a.m. on WSPA Channel 7 in the Upstate…The trio will be appearing on the show to discuss Presbyterian athletics as a whole, as well as promoting the upcoming 2016 football season, which is set to begin in just nine days… Nichols and the Blue Hose travel to Central Michigan on September 1 to open the season. 
  • Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 2 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 7 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 31 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.

 Broadcast Notes… WLBG will start its football coverage as we bring you the Clinton at Laurens JV game live from Laurens Middle School Thursday at 6:00 pm… Then on Friday we will have the battle for the County Championship as Laurens travels to Clinton … We will start with our Friday Night Insiders program at 5:30 followed by Stan Olenick & Mike Anthony and then go live to Wilder Stadium about 6:35 with Doug Holiday calling the game and King Dixon adding his analysis of the game… Mike Hughes will report from the sideline. 

Pro Sports

  • Braves 7 – D-backs 4… In game 2 of their 4-game series with the D-Backs last night out in Arizona, the Braves took a rare cone from behind 7-4 win… The Braves trailed 4-2 at the end of three innings last night when the cut the lead to putting a run on the board in the 4th to cut the D-Backs lead to 1 then put 3 on the board in the 8th inning to take the lead and added an insurance run in the 9th to make the final 7-4… The Braves bats were hot last night as they pounded out 12 hits while six Braves pitcher held the D-Backs to just 5… Adonis Garcia led the Braves going 3-5… For more information on this game, click here. 
  • Green Jackets 2 – Drive 1 (10)… The Greenville Drive started a 3-game series with the Augusta Green jackets last night down in Augusta…. It turned out to be a pitcher’s duel as the two teams combined for only 3 runs but bad news for Drive fans as Augusta had 2 of them taking a 2-1 win in 10 innings… Augusta scored first in the 1st inning and Greenville tied it in the 5th inning… The game remained scoreless until the 10th when the Green Jackets had a two-out walk off single that drove in the winning run…For more information on this game, click here.

NASCAR… It’s been a while since we had time to check in on NASCAR so let’s correct that now..

  • Sprint Cup Standings… After last week’s race, Kevin Harvick moved up one spot to claim the lea in the Sprint Cup Standings with 762 points… Last week’s leader Brad Keselowski dropped one spot 27 points behind Harvick… Hurt Busch, Carl Edwards & Joey Logano round out the top 5 in that order… Sports 6-10 are held by Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson & matt Kenseth..
  • This Week’s Schedule… Well there are only 3 races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup starts and the race this weekend is the Pure Michigan 400 at the Michigan International Speedway this Sunday… The green flag is scheduled to drop at 2 pm and it can be seen on the NBC Sports Network. 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 8-23-2016

PC Notes

  • The Blue Hose football team held its second scrimmage last Saturday morning and according to Coach Harold Nichols “I think we are certainly improving… Comparing where we are today to where we were a week ago, I think we have come leaps and bounds… We are executing better, doing a better job of getting lined up right, playing faster and having a better understanding of what we are doing in our assignments so I think that was much better… Overall, I was very pleased that we came out and really attacked the day.”… Now for more information about the scrimmage and more comments from Coach Nichols, click here.. By the way, the team will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Day this coming Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bailey Memorial Stadium.

 

Local Notes: 

  • Broadcast Notes… WLBG will start its football coverage as we bring you the Clinton at Laurens JV game live from Laurens Middle School Thursday at 6:00 pm… Then on Friday we will have the battle for the County Championship as Laurens travels to Clinton … We will start with our Friday Night Insiders program at 5:30 followed by Stan Olenick & Mike Anthony and then go live to Wilder Stadium about 6:35 with Doug Holiday calling the game and King Dixon adding his analysis of the game… Mike Hughes will report from the sideline.
  • Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 3 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 9 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 32 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech 

Pro Sports

  • D-Backs 9 – Braves 8… The Atlanta Braves opened a 4-game series out in Arizona last night as they took on the D-Backs… The old saying “close but no cigar” applies to this game as far as the Braves are concerned because they led early but could not hold the lead as the D-Backs won the game 9-8… The Braves led 7-4 going into the 7th inning when the D-Backs struck for 4 runs to go up by 1… The Braves tied the game in the top of the 9th only to have the D-Backs Paul Goldschmidt hit a walk off homer in the bottom of the inning to win the game… The Braves’ Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia both had homeruns… For more information on this game, click here.
  • RiverDogs 8 – Drive 2… Last night the Greenville drive closed out their 4-game series with the RiverDogs down in Charleston with an 8-2 loss which means the RiverDogs won the series 3 games to 1… Charleston held Greenville scoreless until the top of the 9th inning when the Drive got their 2 runs on a couple of walks and a double… The RiverDogs out hit Greenville 11-8 but 2 of their hits were homeruns by their first baseman Chris Gittens who had a solo homer and a 3-run homer… For more information on this game, click here…. The Drive will open a 3-game series in Augusta tonight against the Green Jackets.

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Sports Report for Monday, 8-22-2016

Local Notes:

  • Raiders Final Scrimmage… The Laurens Raiders traveled to York HS last Friday for their final game like scrimmage and though they trailed 20-7 at the half they rallied for a 23-20 win… Long punt returns by York in the first half hurt the Raiders but the Raider defense stepped up in the second half all but shutting down the Cougars and the Raider offense started to click and was aided by personal foul penalties on the Cougars… For more details on this scrimmage, click here.
  • Dixie 28 – Ware Shoals 21The Ware Shoals Hornets opened up their season last Saturday afternoon with a 28-21 loss to their arch rival Dixie Green Hornets at Riegel Stadium in Ware Shoals… Not only did bad weather cause the game to be postponed from Friday night to Saturday but early in the third quarter Saturday there was another rain delay… Ware Shoals had some miscues that helped Dixie carry a 28-8 lead into the fourth quarter… Ware Shoals did manage to get the score down to 28-21 and had the ball on the Dixie 5 yard line with 9 seconds left when they turned the ball over on downs… For more information on this game, click here… The two teams are in the same region will face off again in Due West as their last game of the regular season when it will count toward their region records… Ware Shoals will host Southside Christian this Friday.
  • Countdown to Kickoff… … Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 10 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 33 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.

 

 Pro Sports

Braves… The Braves completed their 4 game series with the Washington Nationals at the Turner Field this weekend and as a reminder the Nationals took the first game on Thursday night by a score of 8-2.

  • Friday: Nationals 7 – Braves 6… The Nationals took Friday’s game by a score of 7-6 but not without a fight from the Braves… Washington led early but the Braves tied the game 6-6 when they put 3 runs on the board in the 8th inning… The Nationals regained the lead with a single run in the 9th and held the Braves scoreless in the bottom of the inning to take the win…. For more information on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: Nationalss11 – Braves 9… Again on Saturday the Braves played the Nationals close but fell by a score 11-9… The Nationals put 8 runs on the board in the 4th inning to take a 9-3 lead but Atlanta did battle back in the last 3 innings scoring 6 runs to close the gap but could get no closer… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday: Braves 7 – Nationals 6 (10)… Yesterday the Braves avoided the sweep and broke a 7-game losing streak by taking a 7-6 win over the Nationals in 10 innings… The winning run came off the bat of Jace Peterson as he as he belted a 3-2, 2 out pitch over the right field fence to give the Braves the win… For more information on this game, click here… The Braves now start a westerly road trip with their first stop being in Arizona to take on the Diamond Backs tonight at 9”30 pm Eastern Time.

 Drive… The Drive started a road trip Friday and their first stop was on the coast of SC as they took on the Charleston RiverDogs.

  • Friday: RiverDogs 2 – Drive 0… In Fridays’ game the two team had only 9 hits between them and 2 runs and unfortunately for Drive fans the RiverDogs had 5 of the hits and both of the runs as they took a 2-0 win… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: Drive 6 – RiverDogs 4… On Saturday the Drive had 2 more hits (8-6) than the RiverDogs and 2 more runs as they rebounded to take a 6-4 win… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday: RiverDogs 9 – Drive 2… Then yesterday the RiverDogs roughed up 3 Drive pitchers collecting 17 hits and 9 runs as they took a 9-2 win over the Drive… For more information on this game, click here… The Drive and the RiverDogs finish their 4-game series tonight.

 Panthers 26 – Titans 16… In case you missed it, the Carolina Panthers took a 26-16 win over the Tennessee Titans in a preseason contest n Nashville Saturday… For more information on this game, click here. 

Olympics

Medal Count… The 2016 Olympics wrapped up last night and the final medal count shows the USA led the medal count with 121 total medals; 46 gold, 37 silver & 38 bronze… China is second in total medals with 70 total: 26 gold, 18 silver & 26 bronze…. Great Britain has a total of 67 medals with 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze…. Now if you want to start making plans to attend the summer Olympics of 2020 go ahead and find hotel space in Tokyo, Japan between the dates of July 24th and August 9th… Good Luck. 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 8-18-2016

Local Notes:

  • Meet the Devils Tonight… Tonight at 6 pm in the gym at CHS they will be having their fall version of Meet the Devils… Players, coaches and cheerleaders from all the fall sports at CHs and Clinton Middle School will be introduced… Don’t’ miss this chance to Meet the Devils. 
  • Ivey Selected for SC Football Association Hall of Fame… Several local and out-of-town media are reporting that former LDHS football coach Bobby Ivey has been selected as one of seven coaches in the Third Hall of Fame Class by the South Carolina Football Coaches Association… Coach Ivey had a total of 26 years in coaching and won 206 games at Marion, Lake City, Northwestern and Laurens… During his career at these schools he won 12 region championships and a state championship at Laurens in 1991… He also had the honor of not only playing in both the Shrine Bowl and All-Star game but coached in them as well… One of the reports says that he also played professional football with the Cubs… I’ll have to ask him about that the next time I see him… To find out who the other coaches that were selected are, a brief profile on them and about when the induction ceremony will be, click here or click here…. Congratulations to Coach Ivey!! 
  • Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 8 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 14 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 37 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.

 

Pro Sports

  • Twins 10 – Braves 3…. The Braves and the Twins finished their short 2-game series last night in Atlanta and the Twins took a 10-3 win to capture both games of the series… The game was tied 2-2 going into the top of the 6th inning when the Twins started to get to the Braves bullpen scoring one run there and adding more runs in each of the remaining innings except the 8th… Freddie Freeman had a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning and Nick Markakis had a solo shot in the 9th… For more information on this game, click here… The Braves now start a 4-game series tonight in Atlanta with the Washington Nationals… The Nationals lead the NL East and are 26.5 games in front of the cellar dwelling Braves… Maybe the Braves can do some catching up….Nah. 
  • Intimidators 9 – Drive 2 (14)… The Greenville Drive and the Kannapolis Intimidators battled to a 2-2 tie at the end of 9 innings last night at Flour Field and the score stayed that way until the top of the 14th inning when the Intimidators struck for 7 runs delivering the knock-out blow as they defeated the Drive 9-2 in 14 innings For more information on this game, click here.

Olympics

  • Medal Count… As of the end of competition last night the USA led the medal count with 93 total medals; 30 gold, 32 silver & 31 bronze… China is second with 54 total: 19 gold, 15 silver & 20 bronze…. Great Briton has a total of 50 medals, 19 gold, 19 silver and 12 bronze.
  • Schedule of Events, Results and Medal Count… To see the schedule of events for today and the results by clicking on each day when you get there, click here. … While you on that page if you look on the left side margin you will see several icons one of which says “Medals”… If you click on it will open up a tab that shows the current medal count. 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 8-17-2016

Local Notes:

  • Clinton Volleyball Strong in Scrimmage Yesterday… Both the red Devil varsity and JV teams travelled to BHP yesterday for some scrimmage action and both teams looked strong… The varsity defeated BHP 3-0 and the JVs took a 2-0 win… Both teams will be back in action today as they host Greer HS starting at 6 pm. 
  • Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 9 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 15 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 38 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.

 Pro Sports

  • Twins 4 – Braves 2… The Braves opened a short 2-game series with the Minnesota Twins last night in Atlanta… The Twins jumped out to a 1-0 lead after one inning of play and it stayed that way until the top of the eighth inning when the Twins added 2 more runs to go up 3-0… The Braves rallied scoring two in the bottom of the inning but the Twins added another run in the ninth to win 4-2… The bottom line is the Twins outhit the Braves 11-6 and one of theirs was a homerun… For more information on this game, click here. 
  • Drive 3 – Intimidators 2 (11)… The Greenville Drive started their 3-game home stand with a 3-2 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators last night with a 3-2 win in 11 innings… Michael Chavis sent the fans home happy with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th to give the Greenville Drive a 3-2 win over the Intimidators… For more information on this game, click here.

Olympics

  • Medal Count… As of the end of competition last night the USA led the medal count with 84 total medals; 28 gold, 28 silver & 28 bronze… China is second with 50 total: 17 gold, 15 silver & 19bronze…. Great Briton has a total of 50 medals, 19 gold, 19 silver and 12 bronze.
  • Schedule of Events, Results and Medal Count… To see the schedule of events for today and the results by clicking on each day when you get there, click here. … While you on that page if you look on the left side margin you will see several icons one of which says “Medals”… If you click on it it will open up a tab that shows the current medal count. 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 8-16-2016

PC Notes:

  • Baseball Announces Signing Class… As expected, there has been a lot of focus on the upcoming football season at PC but activity is occurring in other sports there even those that are not about to start their season… For example, the Presbyterian College baseball team and head coach Elton Pollock announced the signing of 16 student-athletes on yesterday… The group will begin classes later this month and join the squad for the 2017 season… The class features eight players from South Carolina, four from North Carolina and one each from Colorado, Florida, Georgia and New Jersey…. Now to see who those players are, where they are from, the position they play and comments from Coach Pollock, click here.

Local Notes:

Laurens County Speedway… In action last Saturday night at the LCS the results in each divisions main event were;

  • Crates… The Crates saw Goose Calvert winning his first-ever main event and getting the traditional mud bath celebration for winning his first race at the track… Terry Bullard finished second and Michael Lyons finished third.
  • Limited… Larry Timms lead wire-to-wire picking up the win in the Limited main event… Frankie Coates had to hold off Michael Smith to take second and Smith took third.
  • Super Stock 4… Michael Simmons held off second place finisher Tim Collins to take the win in the SS4 main event… Jasper Brown took third.
  • Stock Thunder… The Stock Thunder saw Casey Lawson pick up a hard fought win over Don Hiott with Tinker Roberts finishing third.
  • Front Wheel Drive… Andrew Patterson took the lead at the start of the race and was never really threatened… The next two across the finish line were Grant Burton and Luke Tollison in that order.
  • Hobby… Someone might could make a case to rename the Hobby main event the “Chris Lyons Invitational” as he picked up his 15th main event win of the season and 12th consecutive win holing off Lucas Motte who finished second.
  • Remember the gates open at 6 and racing starts at 8 each Saturday night out at the LCS. 

Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 10 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 16 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 39 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech 

Pro Sports

  • The Braves and the Drive were both off last night and the Braves return home tonight hosting the Minnesota Twins in a pair of games before they the Washington Nationals…. The Drive also return home tonight to start a short 3-game home series with the Kannapolis Intimidators. 
  • Panther Practice schedule…. The Carolina Panthers will hold their practice at Wofford College today from 9:25 – 11:30 am…. This the last day they will practice there.

Olympics

  • Medal Count… As of the end of competition last night the USA led the medal count with 75 total medals; 26 gold, 23 silver & 26 bronze… China is second with 41 total: 16 gold, 17 silver & 8 bronze…. Great Briton has a total of 41 medals, 16 gold, 17 silver and 8 bronze.
  • Schedule of Events, Results and Medal Count… To see the schedule of events for today and the results by clicking on each day when you get there, click here. … While you on that page if you look on the left side margin you will see several icons one of which says “Medals”… If you click on it it will open up a tab that shows the current medal count. 

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Sports Report for Monday, 8-15-2016

Local Notes:

  • Clinton 7 – Strom Thurmond 0… The red Devil football team finished a grueling week of scrimmages Friday night with a 7-0 win over the Rebels of Strom Thurmond HS… The Red Devils had a scrimmage every night of the week except Monday and had shown improvement from last year in each of them… Friday night in the second half of the Clinton Jamboree, the only score came on a 70 yard pass play from Charlie Craven to Aaron Copeland… Elvis Fitz kicked the Pat to make it 7-0 which held up… Copeland has been one of Craven’s favorite receivers during the scrimmages and an interesting note id that this is the first time the baseball standout has ever played football… Athleticism carries over from one sport to another I guess.
  • Meet The Devils This Thursday… While we are on the subject of CHS athletics, let me take a moment to inform you that the fall sports version of Meet The Red Devils will take place this Thursday (8-18-16) at 6 pm in the CHS gym… All the players, coaches and cheerleaders will be introduced in any of the fall sports at CHS and also from Clinton Middle School… Mark you calendar and don’t miss this opportunity to “Meet the Devils”. 
  • Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 11 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 17 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 40 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.

 Pro Sports

Braves… The Braves were up in DC taking on the Nationals over the weekend and let’s check on how they did.

  • Friday: Braves 8 – Nationals 5… In Friday’s game, the Braves took an 8-5 win over the Nationals… The Braves basically did it with the long ball as Freddie Freeman, Jace Peterson and Anthony Recker all had homers….For more information on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: Nationals 7 – Braves 6… Close but no cigar is a good way to describe the Braves 7-6 loss to the Nationals on Saturday night… The Braves trailed 7-1 going into the 8th inning when they started a comeback scoring 1 run there and 4 in the ninth to cut the deficit to 1 but could get no closer… For more information on this game, click here
  • Sunday: Nationals 9 – Braves 1… The Braves started the series with a win on Friday, a close loss on Saturday and a not even close loss yesterday as the nationals took a 9-1 win to win the series 2 – 1… The nationals only outhit the Braves 9-5 and 2 of the Nationals hits were homeruns plus the Braves made 2 errors which did not help their cause… For more information on this game, click here… The Braves have tonight off and will start a 6-game home stand tomorrow night with the Twins coming into Atlanta first.

Drive… The Greenville Drive concluded their series with the Charleston RiverDogs at Flour Field over the weekend so let’s also catch up with them.

  • Friday: RiverDogs 4 – Drive 0… After winning the opening game of the 4-game series on Thursday night, the Drive dropped Friday’s game to Charleston by a score of 4-0… Charleston simply outhit the Drive 8-4 and got the clutch hits when they were needed including a homer…. For more information on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: Drive 5 – RiverDogs 1….On Saturday night the Drive scored 5 runs in the 3rd inning and then made them hold up as they took a 5-1 win over the RiverDogs… The big blow in the decisive 3rd inning was a 3-run homer by third baseman Michael Chavis… For more information on this game, click here
  • Sunday: Drive 8 – RiverDogs 5… In the final game of their series with Charleston yesterday, Greenville scored 5 runs in the 2nd inning and then went on to take an 8-5 win over the RiverDogs… That means the Drive won the series 3-1…For more information on this game, click here… The Drive also have the night off and will start a 3-game series with Kannapolis tomorrow night at Flour Field.

 Panther Practice Schedule…. If you want to see the Carolina Panthers practice up at Wofford you only have 2 opportunities left to do that as tomorrow is their last day of training camp in Spartanburg and they will back up and head to Charlotte after tomorrow’s practice… They will practice this morning and tomorrow morning from 9:25-am until 11:30 am and then it’s adios until next season. 

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 8-12-2016

Local Notes:

Clinton and Laurens Participate in the Arthur State bank Wolverine Showcase Last Night

  • Clinton 24 – Blue Ridge 7… The Red Devils took on the Tigers of Blue Ridge and came away with a 24-7 win in 2 quarters of action… The Red Devils scored on the first series of action when Tashymen Boyd scored from 1 yard out capping an 80 yard drive.. Elvis Fitz converted the PAT… With about 3 minutes left in the first quarter, Clinton’s KoKo Richey scored on a 25 yard run on the first play after Sincere Hunt intercepted a Tiger pass… Fitz’s PAT made the score 14-0… With 4:53 left in the 2nd quarter, Charlie Craven connected with Donte Reeder to make the score 21-0 with the PAT… T’Quan Cromer then intercepted a Tiger pass and Clinton turned that into 3 points when their drive stalled and Fitz had a 32 yd field goal… The Tigers got on the board with just under 3 minutes left on a long pass play… An audio clip of Coach Webb’s remarks is below here…. The Red Devils will be back in action tonight as they take on the Rebels of Strom Thurmond in the second game of the Clinton Jamboree at about 8 pm…. Woodruff will take on Saluda in the first game at 7 pm

 

  • Woodruff 14 – Laurens 13… The news is not as good for Raider fans as the Wolverines took a 14-13 win scoring the winning TD with 1:42 left in the contest… Laurens opened the half of football marching 90 yard and scoring first on a Nathan Rudder run from 7 yards out… Devin Hubner added the Pat to make it 7-0… The Wolverines blocked a Raider punt the next time the Raiders had the ball and took over at their own 45 yard line… They then hit 2 pass plays scoring on the second and added the PAT to tie the game with 33.6 seconds left in the opening quarter… Two possessions later the Raider defense put pressure on the Woodruff quarterback and Jaylin Walker intercepted a hurried pass… Six plays later Troy Dendy scored from one yard out but the PAT was missed and the score stood 13-7 Raiders with 4:58 left in the contest… The Wolverines then mounted a 62 yard drive aided by a couple of Raider penalties and scored the tying TD with 1:42 left in the contest… The PAT was good as they took a 14-13 lead… The Raiders then drove down the field to the Wolverine 20 yard line but an interception dashed the Raiders’ hopes with 12.5 second to play as the Wolverines then took the victory knee on the last play of the game… Below is an audio clip of an interview done with Coach Liner after the game scrimmage.

 

  • Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 14 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 20 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 43 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.
  • WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. Clinton was featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… If you missed it click here to go to their webpage to see the video… Likewise Laurens was featured during the sports segment during the 6 pm news on Thursday July 28th…. If you click here you can see the Raider video…They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm.  

Pro Sports

  • Brewers 11 – Braves 3… The Braves finished their 4-game series with the Brewers in Milwaukie last night on a sour note as the Brew Crew took an 11-3 win over the Bravos… The Brewers scored 2 runs in the first inning and then scored 1 run in each of the remaining 7 innings except the 6th where they scored 3 in route to the win… For more information on this game, click here… The win means the Braves and the Brewers split the series at 2 games each and the Braves remain on the road as they start a 3-game series with the Nationals tonight.
  • Drive 8 – RiverDogs 3… The Greenville Drive finally made back to Flour Field last night as they started a 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs… Charleston jumped out to an early 1-0 win after 1 inning of play but the Drive tied it in the second and then scored 3 in the 4th inning and 4 in the 5th inning to pull away for the win… For more information on this game, click here 
  • Carolina Panthers  …. In case you missed it, the Baltimore Ravens took a 22-19 win over the Carolina Panthers last night in Baltimore in the first pre-season game for each tem… For the box score and stats on the game, click here…. The Carolina Panthers will not practice at Wofford College today…. They will practice tomorrow afternoon from 3:10 pm – 5:10 pm and again Sunday morning from 9:25 – 11:30… Their last day of training at Wofford will be next Tuesday so if you want to go them time is running out.

Olympics

  • Medal Count… As of the end of competition last night the USA led the medal count with 38 total medals; 16 gold, 12 silver & 10 bronze… China is second with 30 total: 11 gold, 8 silver & 11 bronze….
  • Schedule of Events, Results and Medal Count… To see the schedule of events for today and the results by clicking on each day when you get there, click here. … While you on that page if you look on the left side margin you will see several icons one of which says “Medals”… If you click on it it will open up a tab that shows the current medal count. 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 8-11-2016

Local Notes:

  • Red Devil Scrimmages… Thanks to Coach Andrew Webb I now have the score from the BHP at CHS scrimmage on Tuesday night… The always tough and this year in SCHSL Class 4 BHP Bears took a hard fought 27-23 win over the Red Devils… Coach Webb stated that the Red Devils got off to a slow start but stayed together and overcame some adversity and had a chance to win but came up a little short…. He also stated he was proud of the leadership on the team and the fight the team showed… The Red Devils were at Berea last night and mainly due to the fact the team is involved in so many scrimmages this week, most of the time the younger (non-starting) players saw most of the playing time… Coach Webb stated they played different scenarios in the game and he really didn’t care about the score… He was very pleased with the play of his younger players as he was more interested in getting them reps and film on them… I am sure that helped their morale and will pay dividends before the season is over. 
  • Clinton and Laurens at Woodruff Tonight.…. The Arthur State Bank Wolverine Showcase will take place tonight at Varner Stadium on the campus of Woodruff HS and both the Clinton Red Devils and the Laurens Raiders will be there… The Red Devils will take on Blue Ridge at 6:30 in the opening half of football… Chapman and Spartanburg will tangle in a half of football next and finally the Raiders and the Woodruff Wolverines will close out the action in a half of football that will start at about 8:30… Clinton will be on the home side of the field while the Laurens will be on the visiting side of the field… Cost of admission will be $6… Good luck to the Red Devils and the Raiders.  
  • Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 15 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 21 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 44 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech 
  • WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. Clinton was featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… If you missed it click here to go to their webpage to see the video… Likewise Laurens was featured during the sports segment during the 6 pm news on Thursday July 28th…. If you click here you can see the Raider video…They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm.  

Laurens County Speedway Main Event Results From Last Saturday

  • Limited… Larry Timms picked up his 3rd win of the season… Michael Smith finished 2nd and Jimmy Taylor 3rd.
  • FWD… Spud Ammons pulled away late in the race to take the win… Mason Mack was next across the finish line with Landon Mack finishing 3rd.
  • Crates… A familiar scene in the Crates main event as Dale Timms picked up his 13th win of the season…Jim Puggiero and Steve Bowie were the next two across the finish line in that order.
  • Hobby… Like the crates division, the Hobby division had a familiar winner as Chris Lyons picked up his 14th win of the season… Clark Smith took second and Lucas Motte was third
  • Stock 4… Michael Simmons won his second consecutive race leading wire to wire…The next two drivers to see the checkered flag were Wayne Summers and Brandon Patterson in that order.
  • Stock Thunder… Brandon Summers crossed the finish line first but did not win the race because he was disqualified for failing a post race inspection after being challenged by Casey Lawson… Lawson was declared the winner with Bruce Barnett ending up in 2nd place.

Pro Sports

  • Brewers 4 – Braves 3… The Brewers used a 4-run third inning to propel them to a 4-3 win over the Braves in Milwaukie last night… This broke a 4-game winning streak the Braves had going (the Braves had a winning streak???)… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Drive 7 – Fireflies 3…. The Greenville Drive completed their 3-game series and current road trip last night with a 7-4 win over the Columbia Fireflies… The drive fell behind 1-0 at the end of the first inning but Derek Miller’s 3-run homer in the top of the second inning gave the Drive a lead they would never relinquish… For more information on this game, click here… The Drive will now start a 7-game home stand tonight with the Charleston RiverDogs being the first opponent in the home stand. 
  • Panther Practice schedule…. The Carolina Panthers will have their first preseason game tonight as they travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in a 7:30 pm contest…. The game can be seen locally on ABC Channel 13 WLOS out of Ashville…. There will be no practice tomorrow..

Olympics

  • Medal Count… As of the end of competition last night the USA led the medal count with32 total medals; 11 gold, 11 silver & 10 bronze… China is second with 23 total: 10 gold, 5 silver & 8 bronze….
  • Schedule of Events, Results and Medal Count… To see the schedule of events for today and the results by clicking on each day when you get there, click here. … While you on that page if you look on the left side margin you will see several icons one of which says “Medals”… If you click on it it will open up a tab that shows the current medal count. 

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Sports Report for 8-10-2016

 

Local Notes

  • 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…. Watch below and I will soon 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.


 

  • Raiders Host A 3 Team Scrimmage… Yesterday afternoon the Raider football team hosted Goose Creek and Byrnes at PC where each team played a half of football against the other…. The scrimmage saw Laurens take a 20-7 win over the Gators of Goose Creek…. The Raiders scored first on a 21 yard TD run by D.Q. Floyd capping a 70 yard drive… The PAT made the score 7-0… After forcing the Gators to punt, the Raiders scored in their next possession on a 22 yard pass from Nathan Rudder to Desmond Cunningham… The PAT failed…. Two possessions later, the Gators mounted a 50 yard drive and their quarterback scored from about 10 yards out… After punting on their possession, Laurens held the Gators at the on fourth down at the Raiders 2 yard line and then mounted a drive that resulted in their final score on a 1 yard run by Floyd… The PAT made the score… The second scrimmage pitted the Gators against the Byrnes Rebels and the Rebels outscored the Gators 3 TDS to 1… The Final scrimmage of the night saw the Raiders and the Rebels tangle with Byrnes taking a hard-fought 10-7 win… Byrnes scored in the first possession of the scrimmage to go up 7-0… Their second possession ended with a field goal which put them up 10-0… The two teams battled evenly for the next couple of possessions and Laurens finally got on the board on an 8 yard run by D.Q. Floyd capping a 70 yard drive… The PAT made the score 10-7 which was the final… Check below for the audio of an interview done with Coach Liner afterwards.

 

  • Red Devils Host BHP… The Red Devils hosted BHP last night and I could not get any results but if I do I will let you know later. 
  • Upcoming Football Scrimmages…. CHS at Berea tonight at 6 pm… Both Laurens and Clinton will be at Woodruff tomorrow night.
  • Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 15 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 22 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 45 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.
  • WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. Clinton was featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… If you missed it click here to go to their webpage to see the video… Likewise Laurens was featured during the sports segment during the 6 pm news on Thursday July 28th…. If you click here you can see the Raider video…They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm.  

Pro Sports

  • Braves 2 – Brewers 1… Last night in Milwaukie the Braves made it 2 in a row against the Brewers as they took a 2-1 win…. The Brewers led 1-0 going into the 7th inning when the Braves put 2 on the board and then made them stand up for the win… Nick Markakis and Adonis Garcia both had RBI singles in the 7th inning driving in the Braves runs… Five Brave pitchers held the Brewers to just 4 hits one of them bring a solo homer Ryan Braun in the 4th inning which gave the Brewers their only run… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Drive 2 – Fireflies 1… In game 2 of their 3-games series last night down in Columbia against the Fireflies, the Drive scored 2 runs in the third inning and made them standup as they took a 2-1… A double, two singles, an error and wild pitch is how the Drive got those 2 runs… The series is now tied 1-1 and the rubber game of the series is today at 7:05 in Columbia.    For more information on this game, click here.
  • Panther Practice schedule…. The Carolina Panthers will hold their practice at Wofford College today from 9:25 – 11:30 am.

Olympics

  • Medal Count… As of the end of competition last night the USA led the medal count with 26 total medals; 9 gold, 8 silver & 9 bronze… China is second with 17 total: 8 gold, 3 silver & 6 bronze….
  • Schedule of Events, Results and Medal Count… To see the schedule of events for today and the results by clicking on each day when you get there, click here. … While you on that page if you look on the left side margin you will see several icons one of which says “Medals”… If you click on it it will open up a tab that shows the current medal count.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 8-9-2016

PC Notes:

  • Pre-Season Big South Football Poll… Well it is only 23 days until the Blue Hose football kicks off their season on the road at Central Michigan… In case you missed it the team was picked by coaches and media to finish 6th in the Big South Conference race this year…. Defending champion Charleston Southern was picked to finish first…. If you would like more information on how the coaches and media predicted where each team in the conference will finish, click here… Personally I hope they are wrong where PC is concerned and they finish a good bit higher than that. 

Local Notes: 

  • Upcoming Football Scrimmages…. CHS vs. BHP @ Wilder Stadium today @ 6 pm…. LDHS will host Byrnes and Goose Creek at Presbyterian college today starting at 5 pm
  • Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 17 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 23 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 46 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.

 Olympics

  • Medal Count… As of the end of competition last night the USA led the medal count with 19 total medals; 5 gold, 7 silver & 7 bronze… China is second with 13 total: 5 gold, 3 silver & 5 bronze…. The USA swim teams won a total of 6 medals yesterday including 2 gold.
  • Schedule of Events, Results and Medal Count… To see the schedule of events for today and the results by clicking on each day when you get there, click here. … While you on that page if you look on the left side margin you will see several icons one of which says “Medals”… If you click on it it will open up a tab that shows the current medal count.

Pro Sports

  • Braves 4 – Brewers 3 (12)… It took them 12 innings to do it but last night the Braves extended their current winning streak to 3 games as they took a 4-3 win over the Brew Crew in the first game of a 3-game series in Milwaukie… Gordon Beckham had a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning to drive in Nick Markakis who had doubled to score what would be the winning run… Markakis also had a homerun in the 2nd inning and AJ Pierzynski also had a homer in the 5th inning…For more information on this game, click here.
  • Fireflies 3 – Drive 2… The Greenville Drive started a 3 game series in the capital city last night with the Columbia Fireflies and it did not start as well as Drive fans would have liked as the Fireflies took a 3-2 win over the Drive… The Fireflies broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 8th inning scoring what would prove to be the winning run… The Drive had 8 hits in the game and their third baseman Roldani Baldwin had 3 of them going 3-4 at the plate… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Panther Practice schedule…. The Carolina Panthers will hold their practice at Wofford College today from 9:25 – 11:30 am….The Panthers will NOT be practicing at Wofford again until Saturday afternoon as they have tomorrow off and then will travel to Baltimore for a preseason game on Thursday night followed by a day off on Friday. 

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Sports Report for Monday, 8-8-2016

Local Notes:

  • Clinton takes Win over Ninety Six in Friday Scrimmage… The Red Devils took to the field at Wilder Stadium Friday evening looking for someone else to hit other than themselves and found the Ninety Six Wildcats there and ready to rumble… The team that did most of the rumbling was the Red Devils as they took a 34-15 win… Charlie Craven had a good day at quarterback as the Red Devils probably had over 150 yards in passing… Aaron Copeland was his favorite receiver… The Clinton ground game was also potent with Mark Wise and Kris Holmes getting big chunks of yardage… The Clinton defense was registering some big hits that resounded across the field and swarmed to the ball well… See photos & interview with Coach Webb below…

  • Laurens Takes on Four Teams in Five Team Scrimmage on Saturday… The Laurens Raiders also had the opportunity to hit on someone other than themselves as Maudlin, Emerald, Strom Thurmond and Midland Valley all came to the LDHS campus on Saturday… This year’s region foe the Mauldin Mavericks were the Raiders first opponent and they fought to a 0-0 tie…. The Emerald Vikings were the Raiders next opponent and the Raiders scored the only TD in this completion… Nathan Rudder connected with Zae Butler on a short TD pass… The Rebels of Strom Thurmond were up next for the Raiders and they scored on a long pass play on the very first snap of the scrimmage… The Raider defense held them on 4th down at about the 10 yard line on the Rebels next possession… A fumble cot the Raiders a chance to score on their next possession after a long run… The Raiders did tie the scrimmage on a very long run by DQ Floyd… Midland Valley was the Raiders last opponent and they scored first on a long pass play… The Raiders rebounded to take the win scoring 2 TDs on short runs by Carado Ray and Nathan Rudder…   Photos & interview with Coach Liner below…

  • Upcoming Football Scrimmages…. CHS vs. BHP @ Wilder Stadium tomorrow @ 6 pm…. LDHS will host Byrnes and Goose Creek at Presbyterian college starting at 5 pm
  • Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 18 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 24 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 47 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.
  • WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. They have released the schedule of when each school will air… Clinton will be featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… Laurens was featured during the sports segment during the 6 pm news on Thursday July 28th…. If you would like to go to the WSPA webpage and see the Laurens segment, click here…They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm…. Thought I’d let you know in case you wanted to catch each schools segment… If you have other area teams you are interested in, click here to go to the WSPA website where you will find the complete schedule for all the teams they will cover.

 

Pro Sports

Braves… The Braves started a long road trip over the weekend and their first stop was in St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in a 3-game series.

  • Friday: Cards 1 – Braves 0… On Friday night the Braves had only 3 hits and the Cards just 2 but the Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia struck out 11 Braves in 8 innings of work and had an RBI single in the second inning to drive in the game’s only run as the cardinals took a 1-0 win… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: Braves 13 – Cards 5… On Saturday night the Braves’ bats awoke as they pounded out 15 hits and 13 runs in a 13-5 win over the Cardinals… The Braves led only by a score of 7-5 going into the top of the 9th inning when they put 6 runs on the board as they nailed the coffin shut… The long-ball played a large part in the Braves victory as they had 4 homers… Freddie Freeman had a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning, Adonis Garcia also had a 3-run homer in the 5th inning, Ender Inciarte had a 2-run homer in the 9th and leftfielder Matt Kemp also had a 2-run homer in the 9th inning… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday: Braves 6 – Cardinals 3…. Yesterday the Braves scored 3 runs in the first inning and 3 in the second in route to a 6-3 won over the Cardinals which gave the Braves a 2 games to 1 series win thrir second series win in a row (sorry Braves fans too little, too late)… The Braves got their 6 runs on 11 hits (no homers) while the Cards got their 3 runs on 9 hits…For more information on this game, click here…. The Braves remain on the road moving on to Milwaukie tonight to start a 3-game series.

Drive… The Greenville Drive completed their series with the Charleston RiverDogs down on the coast this weekend… As you may recall the RiverDogs won the first game of the series on Thursday night by a score of 2-1

  • Friday: Drive 5 – RiverDogs 4… On Friday the Drive rebounded to take a 5-4 win over the RiverDogs despite the RiverDogs outhitting the Drive 13-6…. The RiverDogs did have 2 errors that did not help their cause… For more information on this game, click here
  • Sat. Game 1: Drive 4 – RiverDogs 1… The Drive played two games on Saturday as they needed to make-up and earlier rained-out game with the RiverDogs… In the regularly scheduled game the Drive took a 4-1 win…. Both teams had 8 hits but the Drive got theirs when they would do the most good… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sat. Game 2: Drive 1 – RiverDogs 0… The second game on Saturday was the make-up game and it was a pitcher’s duel as the two teams could only muster 5 hits between them but more importantly the Drive got the only run in the third inning taking a 1-0 win…For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday: Drive 4 – RiverDogs 3…. In the final game of the series in Charleston the Drive took a 4-3 win over the RiverDogs… The Drive trailed early but came back to take the win… For more information on this game, click here.

 Panther Practice schedule…. The Carolina Panthers will hold their practice at Wofford College today from 9:25 – 11:30 am.

This & That:

  • Laurens YMCA Soccer Camp… August 10-12… Ages 4-16 from 6 – 8 pm… Dills in all aspects of the game to improve your youth’s skills… For more information on these camps such as registration deadlines, cost, age restrictions and camp instructor as well as information about all camps offered at the Laurens YMCA this summer, click here
  • Third Annual GHS Battlemud Laurens County is set for Saturday, August 13…. Main Street Laurens and the Family YMCA of Greater Laurens announce the third annual GHS Laurens County Battlemud Mud Run. The event is set for Saturday, August 13 and online registration is open at active.com…. The GHS Battlemud Laurens County Mud Run will be the toughest two-miler but also the most fun! Beginning on a Nature Trail, the course will be challenging and continue through large pipes under Anderson Drive and end back on the trails with a slip-n-slide type final obstacle! The course will include 20 challenging obstacles, many of which will be natural obstacles located on the property of the Family YMCA of Greater Laurens…. The teams are 4-person teams and must include at least one adult 18 years or older. The competitive teams aim to be the first to cross the finish line and want everyone to get out of their way! The non-competitive teams also aim to cross the finish line, but are out to have fun getting dirty! Awards will be given to the top 5 teams and the first team out will be at 9AM… For more information about the GHS Battlemud Laurens County mud run, contact the Laurens Y at (864) 984-2626 or Main Street Laurens at (864) 984-2119 or click here. For information and a link to the registration website.
  • Flag Football & Cheerleading at the Clinton Family YMCA… Registration is now open for flag football and cheerleading at the Clinton Family YMCA…. There will be 3 age grouping; 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12… For more information as to cost, fall-out dates and practice information, click here…. The deadline to register is Friday, August 19th but they highly recommend you register well before that… Also you can call the Y at 833-1555 for more information.
  • Fall Soccer at Laurens YMCA… Registration is now open for fall soccer at the Laurens family YMCA through August 21st… Fall soccer is open to youth 5-15 and will cost $50 for members of the YMCA and $60 for non members… Practice begins August 22nd… For more information contact the Y at 984-2626.

If you have any comments, suggestions, or want to reports scores, please contact me via email at: sports@wlbg.com or text me at 864-981-3470.

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Sports Report for Friday, 8-5-2016

PC Notes

PC Football season Tickets… The Blue Hose will open their home football season on Sept 24th as they host Florida Tech…. In addition they will have 3 other home games…. Season tickets for the Blue Reserved seats are only $75 each… Bench reserved season tickets are $60 each… It’s not too early to go ahead and but in your application for season tickets… To go to the PC website where the season ticket order form is, click here… You will find out here how to get the optional season parking pass, single home game tickets (if available) and tickets to select away games…. For more information, call 864-833-8240.

Local Notes: 

  • Upcoming Football Scrimmages….  CHS vs. Ninety Six tonight @ Wilder Stadium @ 6 pm…. LDHS will host multi-team scrimmage tomorrow starting @ 10 am. 
  • Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 21 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 27 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 50 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech 
  • WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. They have released the schedule of when each school will air… Clinton will be featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… Laurens was featured during the sports segment during the 6 pm news on Thursday July 28th…. If you would like to go to the WSPA webpage and see the Laurens segment, click here…They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm…. Thought I’d let you know in case you wanted to catch each schools segment… If you have other area teams you are interested in, click here to go to the WSPA website where you will find the complete schedule for all the teams they will cover.

Pro Sports

  • Braves 5 – Pirates 2…. After a 2 hour rain delay, the Braves and the Pirates finished the third game of their game series last night and the Braves came out on top by a score of 5-2 which means they di something rare… they won the series 2games to 1…. The Braves got their 5 runs on just 6 hits but were aided by a couple of Pirate errors… Ender IInciarte was the only Brave with more than one hit going 2-4 and scoring both times…For more information on this game, click here…. The Braves start a 10 game road trip tonight with their first stop in St. Louis taking on the Cardinals in a 3-game series.
  • RiverDogs 2 – Drive 1… The Greenville Drive started a 4-game series last night down on the coast in Charleston against the RiverDogs in Joe Riley Park… The two teams combined for a total of 9 hits and 3 runs with the RiverDogs getting 5 of the hits and 2 of the runs as they took a 2-1 win over the Drive… For more information on this game, click here. 
  • Panther Practice schedule…. The Carolina Panthers will hold their next practice at Wofford College Sunday from 3:10 – 5:10 pm…. Tonight they will be up at the bank of America Stadium in Charlotte for their annual Fan Fest starting at 7:30 and running until 9:30 pm… They will have tomorrow off.
  • NASCAR… The NASCAR schedule for this weekend has the XFINITY Series racing at Watkins Glenn tomorrow at 2 pm and can be seen on CNBC… The sprint Cup gang will also be at the Glenn on Sunday for a 2:30 race that can be seen on the USA Network.

Olympics… Well the 2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony takes place tonight and NBC and WYFF out of Greenville will carry it starting at 7:30… I think there will be a lot of other story lines in this Olympics besides the competition itself.

Sport and Specialty Camps at the Clinton & Laurens YMCA as well as Presbyterian College [Read more…]

Sports Report for Thursday, 8-4-2016

Local Notes:

  • Copeland to Play Baseball at College of Charleston… I was looking on twitter last night and saw a tweet from Diamond Prospects that Clinton’s Aaron Copeland has made a commitment to play baseball at the College of Charleston… If memory serves me correct he is a junior and when he is not pitching plays shortstop for the Red Devils… I’ll see if I can get more information on this and follow-up with you.
  • Upcoming Football Scrimmages…. CHS vs. Ninety Six this Friday @ Wilder Stadium @ 6 pm…. LDHSwill host multi-team scrimmage this Saturday starting @ 10 am.
  • Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 22 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 28 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 51 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.
  • WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. They have released the schedule of when each school will air… Clinton will be featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… Laurens was featured during the sports segment during the 6 pm news on Thursday July 28th…. If you would like to go to the WSPA webpage and see the Laurens segment, click here…They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm…. Thought I’d let you know in case you wanted to catch each schools segment… If you have other area teams you are interested in, click here to go to the WSPA website where you will find the complete schedule for all the teams they will cover.

 

Olympics… Well the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are now just hours away as they will take place tomorrow…. Those of you out there who are younger than 28 or so may not remember that Atlanta hosted the Olympics 20 years ago… I remember them well as my family went down for a couple of games and took in some basketball and baseball games… We even walked through the Olympic Park where the bomb exploded less than 2 hours before that tragic event happened…. The reason I bring this up is tonight at 7 pm WYFF Chanel 4 in Greenville will have a live look-back at the Atlanta Olympics… This is a lead-up to NBC’s coverage of the Olympics on WYFF… Should be interesting and I plan on watching it.

Pro Sports

  • Braves 8 – Pirates 4… The Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburg Pirates faced off in game 2 of their 3 game series last night in Atlanta and the Braves bats got hot as they pounded out 15 hits in route to an 8-5 win over the Pirates… To be honest it was a come from behind win as the Pirates put 4 runs on the board in the top of the first inning and then were held scoreless the rest of the way by 5 Brave pitchers…. Braves centerfielder Ender Inciarte led the Braves at the plate going 3-4 with an RBI… Game 3 of the series is tonight and is the last game at Turner Field for a while as the Braves hit the road tomorrow for a 10-game road trip…. For more information on this game, click here.
  • Drive 5 – Tourist 4… The Greenville Drive wrapped up their 3-game series with the Ashville Tourist last night at Flour Field with a 5-4 win allowing them to take the series 2 games to one…. The Drive put 3 runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning with 2 of those runs coming on a homer by Josh Ockimey (16th of the season)… The Tourist had a 3-run homer in the top of the second to tie the game… The Drive regained the lead in the third inning scoring 2 runs… The Tourist scored once more in the eighth to make the final 5-4… For more information on this game, click here.… The Drive will start a 7-game road trip tonight with their first stop being down on the coast of S.C. as they take on the Charleston RiverDogs.
  • Panther Practice schedule…. The Carolina Panthers will hold their practice at Wofford College today from 9:25 – 11:30 am…. I’ll go ahead and tell you they will not practice at Wofford again until Sunday afternoon so don’t make plans to go up Friday or Saturday.

Sport and Specialty Camps at the Clinton & Laurens YMCA as well as Presbyterian College  [Read more…]

Sports Report for Wednesday, 8-3-2016

Local Notes: 

  • Barry Atkinson Featured in Local Media Story… I was surfing through the internet last night looking at some of the area media websites and an article on the Greenwood Index Journal site caught my attention… The article is about LDHS head athletic trainer Barry Atkinson…. Monte Dutton does a nice job recounting the highlights of Barry’s 35 year plus career at Laurens and his commitment to the wellbeing of student athletes…I know that when I ask if some specific feat on whatever athletic field has ever happened before at LDHS the reply I most likely will get “I’ll have to ask Barry about that, he will know”…. Some coaches have actually called him Moses (in a very respectful way) because of his knowledge of LDHS athletics…. Again it’s a good article and well worth the read…. To go to the Index Journal’s website where it is, click here. 
  • Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 23 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 29 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 52 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.
  • WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. They have released the schedule of when each school will air… Clinton will be featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… Laurens was featured during the sports segment during the 6 pm news on Thursday July 28th…. If you would like to go to the WSPA webpage and see the Laurens segment, click here…They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm…. Thought I’d let you know in case you wanted to catch each schools segment… If you have other area teams you are interested in, click here to go to the WSPA website where you will find the complete schedule for all the teams they will cover.  

Pro Sports

  • Pirates 5 – Braves 3… The Braves and the Pirates started a 3-game series last night at Turner Field and if you have followed the Braves all year long you can probably guess how it came out the only question would be the finals score…. Well if you guessed the Braves lost you would be right as the Pirates took a 5-3 win… The Braves led 2-1 going into the top of the 6th inning when the Pirates struck for 4 runs to make it 5-2… In that inning they picked up their 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk…. The Braves Nick Markakis did have a solo homer in the 9th to make the final 5-3…. For more information on this game, click here.
  • Tourist 1 – Drive 0… In game two of their three-game series at Flour Field last night the Greenville Drive and the Ashville Tourist managed only 1 run and 8 hits total for the two teams on the night and unfortunately for Drive fans the Tourist had 5 of the 8 hits and the only run as they took a 1-0 win over the Drive… The Tourist picked up their only run in the top of the 5th inning and with the win ties the series at 1-1 with the rubber game coming tonight at 7:05…. For more information on this game, click here
  • Panther Practice schedule…. The Carolina Panthers will hold their practice at Wofford College today from 9:25 – 11:30 am.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 8-2-2016

PC Notes

  • Soccer Summer Day Camp… This camp will be held August 7-10 and is open to boys ages 5-15… This camp is designed to help your son or grandson improve their basic skills no matter what level they are at now… For more information on this camp, click here.

Local Notes: 

Upcoming Football Scrimmages…. CHS vs. Ninety Six this Friday @ Wilder Stadium @ 6 pm…. LDHS will host multi-team scrimmage this Saturday starting @ 10 am.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 24 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 30 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 53 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.

WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. They have released the schedule of when each school will air… Clinton will be featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… Laurens was featured during the sports segment during the 6 pm news on Thursday July 28th…. They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm…. Thought I’d let you know in case you wanted to catch each schools segment… If you have other area teams you are interested in, click here to go to the WSPA website where you will find the complete schedule for all the teams they will cover.

Pro Sports

  • Braves… The Braves were off last night and will start a 3-game home series with the Pirates tonight… The Braves are 37-68 on the year and 24 games behind the Washington Nationals who lead the NL East with a 61-44 record… The Braves record is the worst in MLB.
  • Drive 10 – Tourist 5… The Greenville Drive started a 3-game series with the Ashville Tourist at Flour Field last night with a 10-5 win… The Drive trailed 5-2 going into the bottom of the 5th inning when they put 8 runs on the board and the Tourist were shell shocked the rest of the game… The big blow in the fifth inning was a grand slam homer by the Drive’s second baseman Mitchell Gunsolus…  For more information on this game, click here.
  • Panther Practice schedule…. If you want to go see the Carolina Panthers today be prepared to do some hunting in and around Spartanburg as they are not scheduled to practice today. … Tomorrow they are scheduled to practice from 9:25 – 11:30 in the morning.
  • NASCAR… Most NASCAR fans already know that the Pennsylvania 400 scheduled for Sunday had to be delayed until yesterday due to weather at the Pocono Raceway… Well weather again played a role in yesterday’s race as they got the race going and ran 138 of the scheduled 160 before NASCAR had to red flag the race due to rain and then a little later declared the race over… When that happened Chris Buescher was in the lead sitting on pit road and was declared the winner… This was his first victory in the Sprint Cup Series after having captured the XFINITY Championship in 2015… Brad Keselowski finished second, followed by Regan Smith, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart rounding out the top 5…. For more information on the race, click here.

 

Sport and Specialty Camps at the Clinton & Laurens YMCA as well as Presbyterian College 

Laurens YMCA…Below you will find the next sports and specialty camps being offered at the Laurens YMCA… For more information on these camps such as registration deadlines, cost, age restrictions and camp instructor as well as information about all camps offered at the Laurens YMCA this summer, click here

  • Splash & Dash August 6th, 9:00 am… Is a fun way for kids ages 3-16 to get a taste of multi-sport competition without all the pressure of a full triathlon…The event features a pool swim followed by a cross-country run… Our focus is on encouraging participation and getting kids of all ages active… All pre-registered competitors will receive a race packet, t-shirt, and finishers’ medal. … The entire event will finish in about an hour… For more information on this event, click here.
  • Soccer August 10-12… Ages 4-16 from 6 – 8 pm… Dills in all aspects of the game to improve your youth’s skills.

PC Sports Camps… PC has different sports camps throughout the summer… Below are the next couple of camps that I know of being held at PC.

  • Soccer Summer Day Camp… This camp will be held August 7-10 and is open to boys ages 5-15… This camp is designed to help your son or grandson improve their basic skills no matter what level they are at now… For more information on this camp, click here. 

This & That:

  • Third Annual GHS Battlemud Laurens County is set for Saturday, August 13…. Main Street Laurens and the Family YMCA of Greater Laurens announce the third annual GHS Laurens County Battlemud Mud Run. The event is set for Saturday, August 13 and online registration is open at active.com…. The GHS Battlemud Laurens County Mud Run will be the toughest two-miler but also the most fun! Beginning on a Nature Trail, the course will be challenging and continue through large pipes under Anderson Drive and end back on the trails with a slip-n-slide type final obstacle! The course will include 20 challenging obstacles, many of which will be natural obstacles located on the property of the Family YMCA of Greater Laurens…. The teams are 4-person teams and must include at least one adult 18 years or older. The competitive teams aim to be the first to cross the finish line and want everyone to get out of their way! The non-competitive teams also aim to cross the finish line, but are out to have fun getting dirty! Awards will be given to the top 5 teams and the first team out will be at 9AM… For more information about the GHS Battlemud Laurens County mud run, contact the Laurens Y at (864) 984-2626 or Main Street Laurens at (864) 984-2119 or click here.
  • Flag Football & Cheerleading at the Clinton Family YMCA… Registration is now open for flag football and cheerleading at the Clinton Family YMCA…. There will be 3 age grouping; 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12… For more information as to cost, fall-out dates and practice information, click here…. The deadline to register is Friday, August 19th but they highly recommend you register well before that… Also you can call the Y at 833-1555 for more information.
  • Fall Soccer at Laurens YMCA… Registration is now open for fall soccer at the Laurens family YMCA through August 21st… Fall soccer is open to youth 5-15 and will cost $50 for members of the YMCA and $60 for non members… Practice begins August 22nd… For more information contact the Y at 984-2626.

If you have any comments, suggestions, or want to reports scores, please contact me via email at: sports@wlbg.com or text me at 864-981-3470.

Sports Report for Monday, 8-1-2016

 Local Notes

  • Football Practice Underway… Football practice got underway at the local high schools last Friday and they all worked out in helmets and shorts only as per SCHSL rules… Today they will be able to put ojn shoulder pads and on Wednesday they can go to full pads and contact… Individual drills and conditioning have been on the agenda so far. Clinton and Laurens will both have their first scrimmages coming up at the end of this week and I will update you on those later in the week.
  • LDHS 9th Grade Football Practice… A quick reminder to rising 9th grade football players that football practice for you starts tomorrow (8-2-16) at 9 am … Please be sure you have a current physical on file…. If you have any questions, contact Coach Liner at celiner@laurens55.org.
  • Countdown to KickoffWell its only 25 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 31 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 54 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.
  • WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. They have released the schedule of when each school will air… Clinton will be featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… Laurens was featured during the sports segment during the 6 pm news on Thursday July 28th…. They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm…. Thought I’d let you know in case you wanted to catch each schools segment… If you have other area teams you are interested in, click here to go to the WSPA website where you will find the complete schedule for all the teams they will cover.

Pro Sports

Braves… The Braves wrapped up their 4-game series with the Phillies over the weekend and as you may remember the series started Thursday night with the Phillies taking a 7-5 win.

  • Friday: Braves 2 – Phillies 1… On Friday the Braves took a 2-1 win with both teams scoring their runs in the 3rd inning…. Obviously a little bit of a pitcher’s duel with the Braves tallying only 9 hits to the Phillies 5… Tyrell Jenkins picked up his first MLB win going 6 innings giving up the 1 unearned run on 4 hits… For more information on this game, click here
  • Saturday: Phillies 9 – Braves 5… The Phillies came back on Saturday and defeated the Braves 9-5 even though the Braves outhit them 14-9… The big inning for the Phillies was the 8th when they put 4 runs on the board to take a 9-3 lead… The Braves got two of the runs back in the bottom of the inning but could get no closer… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday: Braves 2 – Phillies 1… Yesterday the Braves managed to earn a split of the series as they took a 2-1 win… Jeff Francouer broke a scoreless tie with a 2-run homer in the in the 7th inning and the Braves held on to take the win… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Today…. The Braves have the day off today and will get back into action tomorrow night as they start a 3-game series with Pittsburg at Turner Field.

Drive… The Greenville Drive wrapped up their 4-game series with the Rome Braves at Flour Field yesterday… As you may remember they took a 5-4 win on Thursday night.

  • Friday: Rome 5 – Drive 3… Rome had a 3-run homer in the second inning to go up 3-0 and the Drive were just not able to come back from that…For more information on this game, click here.
  • Saturday: Rome 3 – Drive 2… This was a pitchers battle with the two teams combining for 13 hits with rome getting 7 of them… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sunday: Rome 6 – Drive 3… Yesterday the Drive outhit the Braves 11-2 but could not get the clutch hits as they fell to Rome by a score of 6-3 … For more information on this game, click here.
  • Today… The Drive start a 3-game series tonight at Flour Field with the Ashville Tourist.

Panther Practice schedule…. The Carolina Panthers will hold their practice today from 9:24 – 11:30 am.

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 7-29-2016

PC Notes:

  • Basketball… August 1-5 Coach Greg Nibert and his staff will be conducting the 2016 Camp of Champs Morning Camp for youth ages 5-10… The camp will start at 9 am each day and end at noon… Coach Nibert and his staff will definitely help your child improve his / her basketball fundamentals… For more information on the camp and to get a copy of the camp registration form, click here.
  • PC Football season Tickets… The Blue Hose will open their home football season on Sept 24th as they host Florida Tech…. In addition they will have 3 other home games…. Season tickets for the Blue Reserved seats are only $75 each… Bench reserved season tickets are $60 each… It’s not too early to go ahead and but in your application for season tickets… To go to the PC website where the season ticket order form is, click here… You will find out here how to get the optional season parking pass, single home game tickets (if available) and tickets to select away games…. For more information, call 864-833-8240.

Local Notes:

Laurens County Speedway Results… after a week off due to rain the [previous Saturday, they were able to get back to racing last Saturday night and let’s look back at the top 3 finishers in each main event (sorry no other details)… But before we do, remember that gates open at 6 pm and racing starts at 8 pm at the LCS…. In each below they are listed in order of finish (1 then 2 then 3).

  • Hobby… Chris Lyons, Lucas Motte & Tinker Roberts
  • Stock Thunder…. Poppie summers, Casey Lawson & Bruce Barnett
  • FWD… Travis Jamieson, Mason Mack & Landon Mack
  • Stock 4…. Michael Simmons, Wayne Summers & D.J. Crawford
  • Crates… Dale Timms, Trent Ivey & Travis Pennington
  • Limited… Larry Timms, Billy Rushton & Frankie Coates

 

LDHS Notes

  • Cross Country Practice… LDHS has a new cross country coach and his name is Thomas Moore… He has asked me to remind those youth are members of the team to be meet him at the LDHS track in KC Hanna Stadium next Monday morning at 8 am for your first team practice… If you are interested in joining the team, I am sure you can meet him there that morning to get all the details and answer any questions you may have. 

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 28 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 34 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 57 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech 

Football Practice has Started At All 3 Local High Schools… Well our old friend Bi Gene would be smiling because we are so close and today marks the start of football practice at all three (4 counting Ware Shoals)… If you get a chance go by and give the teams a look…. I’ll try to keep you posted on scrimmages as the coaches let me know about them.  

WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. They have released the schedule of when each school will air… Clinton will be featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… Laurens was featured during the sports segment during the 6 pm news on Thursday July 28th…. They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm…. Thought I’d let you know in case you wanted to catch each schools segment… If you have other area teams you are interested in, click here to go to the WSPA website where you will find the complete schedule for all the teams they will cover.

Pro Sports

  • Phillies 7 – Braves 5… Well the Braves finally got back home last night and their two-game winning streak (that is a streak for the Braves this year you know) was broken as the Phillies took a 7-5 win… The Phillies started out as hot as the weather as they put 5 runs on the board in the first inning in part mostly on the strength of two homeruns and the Braves just could not come back though they tried… They even put 1 run on the board in the bottom of the 9th inning but still came up short… For more information on this game, click here…. Game time tonight at The Ted will be 7:30 and it will be on Fox Sports South.
  • Drive 5 – Rome 4… The Greenville Drive started their home stand last night with a 5-4 win over the Rome Braves… The Drive got their 5 runs on just 7 hits while Rome got their 4 runs on 10 hits… For more information on this game, click here. 
  • NFL.. Panther Practice schedule…. The Carolina Panthers will hold their practice today starting at 3:10 pm and going until 5:10.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 7-28-2016

Local Notes:

  • Countdown to KickoffWell its only 29 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 35 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 67 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.
  • Fall Sports Parent Meeting at CHS… Parents of student athletes participating in fall sports (football, volleyball, cross country, & girls’ tennis) mark your calendars for July 28!  The CHS Athletic Department will hold its annual Fall Sports Parent Meeting on July 28 at 6:00 in the auditorium at CHS… It is HIGHLY recommended that all parents attend this meeting to get to not only meet the coaches but also find out what is expected of your student-athlete in whatever sport they will be participating.
  • WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. They have released the schedule of when each school will air… Laurens will be featured during tonight’s sports segment during the 6 pm news…. Clinton will be featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm…. Thought I’d let you know in case you wanted to catch each schools segment… If you have other area teams you are interested in, click here to go to the WSPA website where you will find the complete schedule for all the teams they will cover.

LDHS Notes

  • Football Practice Starts Friday @ LDHS… Coach Chris Liner wants to remind varsity and JV football practice begins this Friday, July 29th at 9:00 A.M. and for rising 9th graders on Tuesday, August 2nd at 9:00 A.M…. All players must have a current physical (after April 1st) and completed parent permission form before they can participate…. Please contact Coach Chris Liner at celiner@laurens55.org if you have any questions.
  • Cross Country Practice… LDHS has a new cross country coach and his name is Thomas Moore… He has asked me to remind those youth are members of the team to be meet him at the LDHS track in KC Hanna Stadium next Monday morning at 8 am for your first team practice… If you are interested in joining the team, I am sure you can meet him there that morning to get all the details and answer any questions you may have.

Pro Sports

  • Braves 9 – Twins 7… The Braves did something last night that has been somewhat unusual this year and that is they won their second game in as many days by defeating the Twins 9-7… The Braves took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning as their bats were about as hot as our weather as they pounded out 16 hits and Freddie Freeman had 4 of them…. Included in his 4 hits were a double and a 2-run homer…. He finished the night with a career high 5 RBIs…. For more information on this game, click here. … The Braves now return home for 7 games with the Philadelphia Phillies being the first team in town tonight at 7 pm.
  • Drive The Greenville Drive were off last night but return home tonight with the Rome Braves being their opponent.

NFL

  • Panthers Training Camp Opens at Wofford… Well today is the day that the Panthers will have their first practice up at Wofford College… The practice is scheduled to start at 6:30 and run for 2 hours but there will be a kickoff party starting at 4:30… Festivities include on-field performances by the TopCats, Sir Purr, PurrCussion and Black & Blue Crew, Mayor’s Ball Run delivery, face painting, food, interactive games, sponsor displays and more…. Admission is free…. For information about the training camp including a link to the daily schedule, click here.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 7-27-2016

Local Notes:

  • Laurens Falls to Northwood in Championship Game….The Laurens Junior Little League All-Star team faced off against Northwood for the second time in two days at Ed Prescott Field yesterday for the state championship and unfortunately the results were very similar as to the first meeting on Monday as Northwood took the championship with a 14-1 win over Laurens in 5 innings…. Laurens actually jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Heath Bragg drew a walk and Nic Robertson singled to centerfield and the center fielder misplayed the ball allowing Bragg to score… Robertson’s hit would prove to be the first of only three hits Laurens would have as Northwood used 15 hits and 3 Laurens errors to score their 14 runs…. Kobe Williams and Eric Jones had the other two hits for Laurens off Northwood’s Braden Johnson who picked up the complete game win…..To see the box score and associated statistics, click on the following; Laurens LL Junior AS 7-26-16 …. Congratulation to Laurens for a great showing in the tournament as their only two losses were to a very good Northwood team.

CHS Notes….

  • Fall parents Meeting & CHS Booster Club… Please scroll down to find more information about the fall sports parents meeting tomorrow night in the CHS auditorium at 6 pm and about membership in the CHS Athletic Booster Club for this upcoming school year.
  • Romines Named Head Boys’ Basketball Coach… Doing just a little bit of catching up, congratulations go out to Coach Eddie Romines for being named the new head boys’ basketball coach at CHS last Friday… Coach Romines stepped up from the assistant coach’s position after Coach Jim Still resigned to take an administrative position in Greenwood… My personal best wishes and congratulations to Coach Romines and I wish him nothing but luck!

LDHS Notes

  • Football Practice Starts Friday @ LDHS… Coach Chris Liner wants to remind varsity and JV football practice begins this Friday, July 29th at 9:00 A.M. and for rising 9th graders on Tuesday, August 2nd at 9:00 A.M…. All players must have a current physical (after April 1st) and completed parent permission form before they can participate…. Please contact Coach Chris Liner at celiner@laurens55.org if you have any questions.
  • Cross Country Practice… LDHS has a new cross country coach and his name is Thomas Moore… He has asked me to remind those youth are members of the team to be meet him at the LDHS track in KC Hanna Stadium next Monday morning at 8 am for your first team practice… If you are interested in joining the team, I am sure you can meet him there that morning to get all the details and answer any questions you may have.

Pro Sports

  • Braves 2 – Twins 0… The Atlanta Braves opened a short 2-game series with the Minnesota Twins last night in an unusual fashion, they won… Adonis Garcia had a solo homer in the second inning and the Braves scored another run in the third to take a 2-0 win… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Drive 11 – Tourist 3… The Greenville Drive finished their current road trip and series with the Ashville Tourist last night with a one-sided 11-3 win… The Drive scored 3 runs in the first and never looked back as they used 14 hits to score their 11 runs… For more information on this game, click here… The Drive have the night off tonight as they get ready to start a 6-hame, 7-day home stand tomorrow night with the first team in town being the Tourist for a 3-game series.
  • Panthers Training Camp Info… The Carolina Panthers have started arriving back in Spartanburg again this season for their training camp just like they have since their inaugural season back in 1995… They have high hopes of making back to the Super Bowl this season and this time winning it… For those of you who look forward to going up and watching, they hold their first day of practice tomorrow from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College… For more information including a link to the complete training camp schedule and special promotions during the camp, click here.

Countdown to KickoffWell its only 30 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Also on the same date Laurens Academy opens their season at home against Hilly Hill Academy… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 36 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 68 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech 

WSPA High School Red Zone Spotlight… Each year WSPA TV Channel 7 out of Spartanburg visits different schools in the area and does a brief segment on each of the schools’ football teams and their prospects for the upcoming season…. They have released the schedule of when each school will air… Laurens will be featured during the Thursday August 28th sports segment during the 6 pm news…. Clinton will be featured on the 11 pm newscast on Monday August 8th… They will also have their one-hour special highlighting area teams on Saturday, 8-13-16 starting at 7 pm…. Thought I’d let you know in case you wanted to catch each schools segment… If you have other area teams you are interested in, click here to go to the WSPA website where you will find the complete schedule for all the teams they will cover.   [Read more…]