Sports Report for Thursday, 2-27-2020

PC Notes: For more information about any of the PC games or topics below, click on the score or title at the beginning.

  • Men’s Basketball at Home Tonight… A quick reminder that the PC men’s basketball team has two home games left in its season and one of them will be tonight as the team will host Longwood in a 7:00 pm Big South contest… The game can also be seen on ESPN 3 and heard on the PC Sports Network… For more information on the game, the teams and history of past meetings between the two teams, click here.

 

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils:

  • Fall and Winter Athletic Awards Program Tonight… The outstanding athletes that have taken part in the Red Devil fall and winter sports will be recognized tonight in the main gym at CHS… The athletes that picked up team, region and other honors will be announced and receive their recognition… The program will start at 6:00 pm…. Go Big Red!

 


Middle School Athletics

  • Little River Conference Coming Back… Earlier this week Laurens School District 55 announced that all four of the district’s middle schools would be playing in the same athletic conference next school year as the Little River Conference is being reborn… In addition to Gray Court-Owings MS, Hickory Tavern MS, Laurens MS and Sanders MS other middle schools that will be in the conference are Dixie, Ware Shoals and Whitmire… The student-athletes in these schools will be able to competing against each other in football, volleyball and girls’ and boys’ basketball…. This will reduce the time and mileage to get opponents that the local schools faced during the last two years.

 


City of Laurens Parks and Recreation All-Star Basketball Teams in Action Starting Tomorrow:

  • The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation department will be hosting two of the 2020 South Carolina Western District Athletic Program (SCAP) All-Star Basketball Tournaments starting tomorrow out at the Ridge on Exchange Drive… They will have two of the Laurens All-Star teams involved in these two tournaments… One tournament involves the Boys 10U team and the other the 12U team… the 10U team does not actually get into action until Saturday morning at 10:30 while the 12U team starts tomorrow at 6:30 pm… Now the cost will be $6 per day for adults and 5$ for students 17 and under… Of course concessions will be available… To see the tournament bracket for the 10U team click here… To see the tournament bracket for the 12U team click here.
  • Two other Laurens Parks and Recreation all-star teams will also be in action starting tomorrow in other locations around the upstate… For example the 8U boys will be playing up in Greer starting tomorrow and if you want to see that bracket and more information about where in Greer, click hereThe 12U girls all-star team will also be in action starting Saturday up at Pickens HS… Again if you want to see the bracket and other information about the tournament including the address for Pickens HS, click here.\

 


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Sports Report for Wednesday, 2-26-2020

Laurens Academy Crusaders:

  • G: Dorchester Academy 43 – LA 35… The Lady Crusaders traveled down to Heathwood Hall last night in round two action of the SCISA Class A Playoffs taking on the Lady Raiders of Dorchester Academy… The Crusader offense started the game very cold as they were held scoreless in the first quarter while the Raiders scored 13 points… By the half the Crusaders had cut the Raider lead to 8 (19-11)…The Crusaders did outscore the Raiders 7-6 in the third quarter but the Raiders turned the tables in the fourth outscoring the Crusaders 18-17 to take the win… After the game Coach Jason Marlette commented “It was a tough night for us offensively as we were not able to get shots to fall early and had key players in foul trouble. Credit to Dorchester as they out-rebounded us and were able to hit big shots while we were attempting a comeback in the second half. We were able to cut the lead to three but they continued to answer.”… The players he must have been talking about getting into foul trouble early were most likely Reagan Williamson and Blair Quarles who both had 4 fouls when the game ended… The Raiders’ Lydia Hofstetter led all scorers with 18 points… Williamson led the Crusaders scoring with 16 points and was the only Crusader in double-digits… Quarles finished with 7 points, Olivia Huck 6 while SG Natiello, Rylee Ballard and Payton Breen all finished with 2 points each… The Crusaders end their season with a 19-8 record… Coach Marlette also had this to say about his team and season, ”After losing 7 players from last year’s State Championship team, our goal coming into this season was to just focus on getting 1% better each day. Our Seniors Reagan Williamson and Blair Quarles have done an excellent job leading our team and mentoring our younger players. I’m proud of this group and how they have improved and grown closer together. Winning the region Tournament Championship was a great accomplishment for us.   We came into the state tourney ready to compete. I have truly enjoyed coaching this team and appreciate their commitment to our program and each other.   We wish our seniors the best moving forward.”… Congratulations to the Lady Crusaders on better season than most thought they would have this year!!

All-Laurens County Basketball Team Announced… Late last night the All-Laurens County Basketball Team, Coach of the Year and Player of the Year were announced.

  • Boys… Taking a look at the All-County Team for the boys you find that the following made the team; Dra Copeland (LDHS), Jadden Copeland (CHS), Diamonte Grant (LA), Dee Foster (LDHS), Thomas Lowry (LA), Konnor Richardson (CHS) and Caio Rita (LA)… Dee Foster was also selected as the Player of the Year and Coach Travis Plowden (LA) was selected as Coach of the Year.
  • Girls… Turning to the All-County Team for the ladies you find the following made the team; Tinique Austin (CHS), Payton Breen (LA), Taneal Evans (CHS), Qua Fortson (LDHS), Olivia Huck (LA), Raniya Jackson (LDHS), Payton Price-Walker (CHS), Blair Quarles (LA), De’Shanti Watts (CHS), and Reagan Williamson (LA)… De’Shanti Watts was selected as the Player of the Year and Coach John Gardner (CHS) as the Coach of the Year.
  • More Information… Now if you would like to see more information on these outstanding players and coaches as to why they were selected, click here…. Congratulations to one and all!

Middle School Athletics

  • Little River Conference Coming Back…       Yesterday Laurens School District 55 announced that all four of the district’s middle schools would be playing in the same athletic conference next school year as the Little River Conference is being reborn… In addition to Gray Court-Owings MS, Hickory Tavern MS, Laurens MS and Sanders MS other middle schools that will be in the conference are Dixie, Ware Shoals and Whitmire… The student-athletes in these will be able to competing against each other in football, volleyball and girls’ and boys’ basketball…. This will reduce the time and mileage to get opponents that the local schools faced during the last two years.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 2-25-2020

PC Notes: For more information about any of the PC games or topics below, click on the score or title at the beginning.

  • WBK: Hampton 67 – PC 53… Last Saturday the Lady Blue Hose basketball team traveled up to Hampton, Va. to take on the Pirates of Hampton University… The Pirates jumped out to a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and then outscored the Blue Hose in every quarter except the last where PC outscored them 23-13 but it was too little too late as the Pirates rolled to a 67-53 win… The Pirates shot 41.2% in the game while PC only sot 30.8%… Shamani Stafford led the Blue Hose in scoring with 12 points… The Blue Hose fall to 10-16 on the season and 6-11 in Big South play… They will be back on the court tonight at the Templeton Center in a 6:00 pm contest with High Point University.
  • MBK: UNC Asheville 75 – PC 64… The PC men’s basketball team was also in action last Saturday as they traveled up I-26 to take on the Bulldogs of UNC Ashville… PC led 35-25 at the half but the Bulldogs came out in the second half and outscored the Blue Hose 50-29 to take a 75-64 win over PC… Zeb Graham led the Blue Hose with 18 points and Cory Hightower was right behind with 17 points… The Blue Hose fall to 9-20 overall and 6-10 in Big South play… The team will be back in action this Thursday as they host the Longwood Lancers in a 7:00 pm contest that can be seen on ESPN+ and heard on the PC Sports Network.

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils:

  • GBK: Keenan 80 – CHS 20… Last night the Lady Red Devil basketball team hosted the Keenan Raiders in third round action of the SCHSL Class AAA Playoffs… They knew ahead of time that Raiders had a high-powered offense averaging just over 66 points per game which would be pitted against the Red Devils defense which found ways to keep most teams scoring well below their average all season long… They also knew that the Raiders have one of the best players in the state a freshman by the name of Milaysia Fulwiley who is averaging about 27 points per game this season… What they may not have realized is that Keenan had a lot more offensive weapons than Ms. Fulwiley and a good pressing defense also as the Raiders rolled to an 80-20 win over the Red Devils to end the Red Devils season… Keenan raced out to a 23-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and then proceeded to score at least 16 points in each quarter while not allowing the Red Devils to score over 7 points in a quarter… Coach Gardner had nothing but praise for his team that battled hard against an obviously more talented and deeper team… He noted that they were a team that fans could enjoy watching, unless you were their opponents coach or fans… Fulwiley did lead all scorers with 28 points (and could have scored more but she is a very unselfish player who finds open teammates) and two of her teammates finished with 18 points each… DeShanti Watts led the Red Devils with 12 points… Asia Boyd finished with 5 points, Grayson Taylor 2 and Taneal Evans 1… Clinton finishes the season with a 22-5 record and Coach Gardner was also quick to point out he has no seniors on this team which means the Red Devils will be ready to go next season he hopes playing just as hard but smarter form the lessons learned this season…. To that I say Amen, congratulations to the team on a great season and Go Big Red! 

Laurens Academy Crusaders:

  • Lady Crusaders Back in Action Tonight… A quick reminder that the Lady Crusader varsity basketball team will travel down to Heartwood Hall in Columbia for a second round game in the SCISA Class A playoffs… They will be taking on the Lady Raiders of Dorchester Academy out of Saint George, SC… I can’t tell you much about them other than they had a #1 seed in the bracket while the Crusaders drew a #2 seed… Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 in Gym B at Heathwood hall… Oh yes one last note… Go Crusaders!

 


Middle School Athletics

  • Little River Conference Coming Back… Yesterday Laurens School District 55 announced that all four of the district’s middle schools would be playing in the same athletic conference next school year as the Little River Conference is being reborn… In addition to Gray Court-Owings MS, Hickory Tavern MS, Laurens MS and Sanders MS other middle schools that will be in the conference are Dixie, Ware Shoals and Whitmire… The student-athletes in these will be able to competing against each other in football, volleyball and girls’ and boys’ basketball…. This will reduce the time and mileage to get opponents that the local schools faced during the last two years.

 

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Sports Report for Monday. 2-24-2020

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils:

  • GBK: CHS 34 – PHS 28… The Lady Red Devils hosted the Lady Bulldogs of Pendleton HS in second round action of the SCHSL Class AAA playoffs last Friday night… As has been the case all season long, defense and rebounding were key factors in the Red Devils taking a 34-28 win over the Bulldogs and advancing to the their round on Monday… The Red Devils came out and set the tone by holding the Bulldogs to a single point in the first quarter while they scored 10… The Red Devils out rebounded the Bulldogs 17-5 in the first half and had a 19-6 lead going into the locker room at the half… Pendleton did pickup its offense in the second half only trailed 25-17 going into the third quarter but again the Red Devil defense and rebounding especially on the defensive boards kept the Bulldogs at bay… The one thing that the Red Devils continue to have problem with is free throw shooting as they only made 8 of 27 free throws attempted…. The Bulldogs Karsen Cheek and the Red Devils De’Shanti Watts both finished the game with 12 points to lead their team in scoring… Other scoring for the Red Devils were Tinique Austin with 8 points, Taneal Evans 7, Dana Kinard 4 and Grayson Taylor 3.
  • Red Devils Back in Action Tonight… The Red Devils will jump right back into playoff action tonight taking on the Keenan Raiders at CHS with tipoff scheduled for 6:30 pm… Kennan defeated Newberry 86-54 in first round action and on Saturday defeated Chapman 100-50 to set up tonight’s meeting… Keenan comes in with an 18-6 overall record and finished 10-0 record in Region IV AAA winning the region… They are led by a very talented freshman Milaysia Fulwiley who played for them in the playoffs as a 7th grader and made the varsity team as an 8th grader… In the 20 games I found stats on this year she is averaging 25.7 points per game while dealing out 6.1 assists per game… she is also pulling down 7.5 rebounds per game and 6.2 steals per game… Reports have it the south Carolina Head Coach dawn Staley has already offered her a full scholarship as well as a couple of other colleges… Sounds like she is the “Real Deal”.

Laurens Academy Crusaders: The Laurens Academy Crusaders opened up play in the SCISA Class A Basketball Tournament this past weekend…

  • B: AJA 68 – LA 38… Friday night the Crusader boys’ basketball team traveled down to Heathwood Hall in Columbia to take on the Confederates of Andrew Jackson Academy id first round action of the SCISA Class A Playoffs… The Confederates came into the game with a 26-6 overall record featuring an offense that averaged just over 77 points per game while their defense only allowed an average of 49.7 points per game and 3 of their loses came in overtime games… Well the Crusaders found them to be the real deal as the Confederates took a 68-38 win over the Crusaders… The Crusaders kept it close in the first quarter as they only trailed 15-13 at its end but the Confederates held them to just 4 points in the second quarter while they scored 19 to take a 34-17 lead into the locker room at the half and then never looked back in the second half as they cruised to the win… The Confederates played everyone on their bench before the game ended and each one scored at least 2 points with their James Mingo leading them with a game-high 15 points…. The Crusaders were led by Thomas Lowry who scored 12 points while Caio Rita and Diamonte Grant were also in double-digits with 11 and 10 points respectively… Andrew Codington finished with 2 points as did Nicholas Rita while Luke Kerber the team’s only senior finished with 1 point… The Crusaders end their season with a 12-15 record.
  • G: LA 48 – LCP 45… On Saturday afternoon the Lady Crusaders took on the Fighting Marlins of Low Country Prep at Wilson Hall down in Sumter to open their play in the SCISA Class A Playoffs and I am glad to report they won by a score of 48-45 but it was not an easy victory… The Crusaders started the game with a cold offense as they only scored 2 points in the first quarter and found themselves trailing the Marlins 19-13 at the half… The Crusaders got hot in the third quarter outscoring the Marlins 23-11 to take a 36-30 into the final 8 minutes of play… The Marlins did not go down quietly… They retook the lead and had the ball leading by 2 with less than 30 seconds to play when Reagan Williamson intercepted a Marlin pass in front court and brought it down feeding the ball to Blair Quarles in the paint who scored and was fouled making the free throw to put the Crusaders up by 1 and then they later added 2 more points to take the win… The Marlins Sailor Rearden had 18 points to lead all scorers while Payton Breen led the Crusaders with 17 points… Blair Quarles and Olivia Huck each scored 11 points for the Crusaders while Reagan Williamson finished with 5 and Rylee Ballard 4 to round out the Crusader scoring… The Crusaders will board the bus and travel to Heathwood Hall in Columbia to take on Dorchester Academy which defeated Charleston Collegiate on Saturday.

PC, High School & Middle School All Sports Schedules

  • Laurens School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • Clinton School District 56: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see 2019-2020 Crusader basketball schedule and results, click here
  • Schedule for all Sports at PC… If you would like to see the upcoming schedule for all sports at PC as well as results from recent contest in all sports, click here.

 


This and That

Beginners Tennis Clinics… The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department will be offering beginners tennis clinics for youth ages 6-9 the first four Mondays in March… The cost is $40.00 and you can register at their headquarters The Ridge during their normal business hours daily but the deadline to register is Thursday, February 27th.… If you have any question call them at 681-7275

 

42nd Annual Clinton YMCA Youth Prayer Breakfast…. Mark your calendars for March 2-6 because that is when the Clinton YMCA will be holding its 42nd Annual Prayer Breakfast… This year the breakfast will be held at the Broad Street United Methodist Church in their Cunningham Center… They will start serving breakfast each day at 6: am and the speakers will start their presentation about 7:10 am… The event is free for both youth and adults and it will wrap up by 7:50 so that the YMCA can transport those youth in attendance back to CMS or CHS… As they always do, they have a different speaker each day that is sure to inspire and motivate those in attendance… If you would like to see who the speakers are each day and a brief bio on them, click here and it will carry you to the Y’s brochure about the event where the speakers are listed… If you have any questions about this event, call the Clinton YMCA at 833-1555… Make your plans to come out now and I am sure you will not be disappointed.

  

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 Friday, 2-21-2020

PC Notes: For more information about any of the PC games or topics below, click on the score or title at the beginning.

  • MBK: High Point 82 – PC 70… The Blue Hose men’s basketball team traveled up to High Point last night to take on the Panthers… PC led 38-32 going into the locker room at the half… The Panthers came back out in the second half and shot almost 70% from the floor outscoring PC 50-32 to take an 80-72 win over the Blue Hose…. Ben Drake led the Blue Hose in scoring with 15 points… PC falls to 9-19 overall and 6-9 in Big South play and will be back on the road for the final time this season tomorrow as they travel to UNC Asheville for a 4:30 contest that can be seen on ESPN3 and heard on the PC Sports Network.
  • WBK: PC 64 – Gardner-Webb 49… The Lady Blue Hose basketball team took on the Runnin Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb last Tuesday at the Templeton Center and the news is better here as they took a 64-49 win over the Bulldogs… PC trailed 12-9 at the end of the first quarter but had a 24-23 lead at the half and then never looked back after that… Tionna Carter led the Blue Hose in scoring with 24 points… PC is now 10-15 on the season and 6-10 in Big South play… They also will be on the road tomorrow as they travel to Hampton to take on the Pirates in a 5:00 pm contest that can be seen on ESPN3.

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils:

  • Lady Red Devils Play Tonight… Well by now most of you know that the Lady Red Devils second round Class AAA playoff game against Pendleton last night was postponed due to weather concerns… well that game is now scheduled to be played tonight at 6:30… Remember that admission is $6.00 and only SCHSL passes will be accepted… In case you missed it the following information was on yesterday’s sports report… Pendleton finished second in Region I-AAA with a 7-3 region record behind Seneca which finished first with a perfect 10-0 region record… Pendleton comes into tonight’s game with a 15-10 overall record and is coming off a 50-36 win over Chesnee Monday night in the first round of the playoffs… Of course the Red Devils are 21-4 and coming off a 30-23 win over Catawba Ridge Monday night… The winner of tonight’s game will face the winner of the Chapman at Keenan next Monday and if Clinton wins they will host….Go Big Red!
  • Richardson Makes All-Region Team… Yesterday I learned that Red Devil senior Konnor Richardson has been named to the Region III Class AA All-Region Team… Konnor averaged 7.2 points per game while pulling down 9.4 rebounds per game… He also blocked 2.7 shots per game… If you would like to see who else made the all-region team, coach of the year and player of the year click here… Congratulations to Konnor!!

 

Laurens Raiders:

  • AAAAA Individual Wrestling Tournament Delayed… The raider wrestling team is scheduled to host the Class AAAAA Upper State Individual Wrestling Tournament starting tonight and finishing up tomorrow… This is a qualifying tournament for wrestlers in the upstate of S.C. who want to make it to the state finals… Out of an abundance of caution and concern for wrestlers who will be coming from areas in the upstate that were more impacted by yesterday’s weather than we were locally, the start of that tournament has been postponed until 9:00 am tomorrow (Saturday) morning… Now because there is a 5 matcher per day on each wrestler that most likely will cause some of the weight class matches to be completed on Sunday afternoon… If that happens I will have a post on our website and on my Twitter account…. All that being said, if you want to see high school wrestling at its best make your plans to come to the main gym at LDHS starting at 9:00 tomorrow morning… Good luck to the Raider wrestlers as they try to qualify for the state finals.

 

Laurens Academy Crusaders: The Laurens Academy Crusader varsity basketball teams will start their participation in the SCISA Basketball Playoffs this weekend.

  • Boys… The boys will take to the court tonight at 8:00 pm as they take on the Confederates of Andrew Jackson Academy… The game will take place in Gym B at Heathwood Hall down in Columbia… If you want to follow them down the address is 3000 South Beltline Blvd., Columbia, South Carolina 29201… If you would like to see the entire SCISA Class A Boys basketball bracket click here.
  • Girls… The Lady Crusaders will not take to the court until tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 when they take on the Fighting Marlins of Low Country Prep… This contest will take place in Gym A at Wilson Hall down in Sumter… If you want to follow them down the address is 520 Wilson Hall Rd., Sumter, SC 29150… If you would like to see the entire SCISA Class A Girls basketball bracket click here… Good Luck to both Crusader teams!!!

Pro Sports:

NASCAR... The NASCAR races this week will be held out in Los Vegas this weekend with Cup Series race taking place on Sunday at 3:30 and it can be seen on FOX… For the complete schedule of what is happening out there this weekend click here.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 2-20-2020

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils:

  • Pendleton vs. Clinton Tonight… Weather permitting the Lady Red Devils will host the Lady Bulldogs of Pendleton HS tonight at 6:30 in round 2 f the SCHSL Class-AAA playoffs…. Pendleton finished second in Region I-AAA with a 7-3 region record behind Seneca which finished first with a perfect 10-0 region record… Pendleton comes into tonight’s game with a 15-10 overall record and is coming off a 50-36 win over Chesnee Monday night in the first round of the playoffs… Of course the Red Devils are 21-4 and coming off a 30-23 win over Catawba Ridge Monday night… The winner of tonight’s game will face the winner of the Chapman at Keenan next Monday and if Clinton wins they will host….Go Big Red!
  • Boys Soccer: Clinton 4 – Chapman 3… Back on Tuesday the Red Devil soccer team traveling up to Chapman to take on the Panthers in a preseason scrimmage… Good news for Red Devil fans as they took a 4-3 win… The humped out to a 3-2 lead at the end of the first half and then held on to take the win… JP Snelgrove, Luke Mann, Zeke Case and Juan Lawson all had goals for the Red Devils… For more information on this scrimmage click here.

 


Laurens Raiders:

  • Senior s Honored…. At their last home game of the season the Raiders honored their senior basketball players and cheerleaders… For the Lady Raiders they honored Aija Davis, M.K. Moore, Ashanti Conway and Mackenzie Ward… The Raider boys honored Dra Copeland, Leonard Williams, Nigil Owens, Aiden Pridgen, Dee Foster and Tyrese Thompson.

 


Laurens Academy Crusaders:

  • Crusaders Pick-Up All-Tournament Honors…. As you may recall last weekend the Laurens Academy Crusaders participated in the region tournament down at Greenwood Christian Academy… After the tournament it was announced that five Crusaders were selected for tournament honors… Two Crusaders made the Boys All-Tournament Team and they are Thomas Lowry and Caio Rita… As you may also recall the Lady Crusaders won the tournament after finishing second in the regular season… Olivia Huck, Regan Williamson and Blair Quarles all made the All-Region Team… Payton Breen was named to the All-Tournament Team and Blair Quarles was named the Region Tournament MVP… Congratulations to all these fine young people!
  • Crusaders Honor 3 Seniors… In their last home game this season the Crusaders honored their three seniors… Blair Quarles and Reagan Williams were honored off the girls’ team and Luke Kerber was the only senior from the boys’ team.     Photos courtesy of Laurens Academy

 


PC, High School & Middle School All Sports Schedules

  • Laurens School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • Clinton School District 56: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see 2019-2020 Crusader basketball schedule and results, click here
  • Schedule for all Sports at PC… If you would like to see the upcoming schedule for all sports at PC as well as results from recent contest in all sports, click here.

 


This and That 

Little League Baseball (L3)… Registration is now open for L3 baseball at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation headquarters The Ridge… L3 will be for youth ages 7-12 and the cost will be $60…. There will be 3 age groupings which include Coaches Pitch, Minors and Majors… Registration is set to close on Thursday February 20th… Register at The Ridge during normal business hours and if you want more information call them at 681-7275… You can also find more information on their website…. To go there click here.

 

Tee Ball and Softball at the Laurens YMCA…. Registration is now open for Tee Ball and Softball at the Laurens Family YMCA… Tee Ball is for youth ages 3-6 and softball is for young ladies ages 7-9… The cost for either is $60 and registration will close March 1st… Stop by the YMCA to register during their normal business hours and if you have any questions call them at 984-2626

 

Beginners Tennis Clinics… The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department will be offering beginners tennis clinics for youth ages 6-9 the first four Mondays in March… The cost is $40.00 and you can register at their headquarters The Ridge during their normal business hours daily but the deadline to register is Thursday, February 27th.… If you have any question call them at 681-7275

 

42nd Annual Clinton YMCA Youth Prayer Breakfast…. Mark your calendars for March 2-6 because that is when the Clinton YMCA will be holding its 42nd Annual Prayer Breakfast… This year the breakfast will be held at the Broad Street United Methodist Church in their Cunningham Center… They will start serving breakfast each day at 6: am and the speakers will start their presentation about 7:10 am… The event is free for both youth and adults and it will wrap up by 7:50 so that the YMCA can transport those youth in attendance back to CMS or CHS… As they always do, they have a different speaker each day that is sure to inspire and motivate those in attendance… If you would like to see who the speakers are each day and a brief bio on them, click here and it will carry you to the Y’s brochure about the event where the speakers are listed… If you have any questions about this event, call the Clinton YMCA at 833-1555… Make your plans to come out now and I am sure you will not be disappointed.

 

  

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 Wednesday, 2-19-2020

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils:

  • Red Devils Pick Up Region Honors… Since the Lady Red Devils finished first in their region this year they were able to place three players on the Region III-AAA All Region Team… They are De’Shanti Watts, Tinique Austin and Payton Price-Walker… De’Shanti Watts was also selected as the Region Player of the Year… The junior averaged 13 points per game in all games and 17 points per game in region contest… She also averaged 8.5 rebounds per game and 2.5 assist per game… By being name the region player of the year she also made the Girls All-State Team for Class-AAA… Red Devil Head Coach John Gardner was also the Region Coach of the Year… Congratulation to all three of the young ladies and Coach Gardner!
  • Red Devil Host Pendleton Bulldogs… The start time for the game tomorrow night for the second round game between the Lady Red Devils and the Pendleton Bulldogs has been set for 6:30 with gates opening at 6:00 pm… Admission is $6 per person and only SCHSL passes will be accepted as per SCHSL rules.

 


Laurens Academy Crusaders:

  • Crusaders Pick Up All-Tournament Honors…. As you may recall last weekend the Laurens Academy Crusaders participated in the region tournament down at Greenwood Christian Academy… After the tournament it was announced that five Crusaders were selected for tournament honors… Two Crusaders made the Bots All-Tournament Team and they are Thomas Lowry and Caio Rita… As you may also recall the Lady Crusaders won the tournament after finishing second in the regular season… Olivia Huck, Regan Williamson and Blair Quarles all made the All-Region Team… Payton Breen was named to the All-Tournament Team and Blair Quarles was named the Region Tournament MVP… Congratulations to all these fine young people!
  • Crusaders Honor 3 Seniors… In their last home game this season the Crusaders honored their three seniors… Blair Quarles and Reagan Williams were honored off the girls’ team and Luke Kerber was the only senior from the boys’ team.     Photos courtesy of Laurens Academy

 

 

 


Laurens County Sports hall of Fame Announces Five New Members… On Thursday, April 30, 2020 the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting five new members as part of its fourth class… They are:

  • Shell Dula – A Laurens native and very successful high school football coach.
  • Buddy Jennings – He led the Laurens Raider to back-to-back state football championships in 1983 and 1984.
  • Ann Simmons Dean Parks – She played on Ware Shoals Hornet basketball teams that went 42-0 with two back-to-back state championships and then went on to coach at Clinton HS.
  • Edward Pitts – A Clinton native who Clinton native who played football at Clinton from 1952- 55 and then at South Carolina from 1956-1959 winning several post-season honors and was gamecock Club Director for 22 years.
  • Roy Walker – Played on the Clinton HS 1975 state championship team and went on to play at PC where he was an outstanding offensive tackle picking up several post-season awards.
  • For more information about these honorees, current members of the Laurens County Sports Hall of fame and how to get your tickets for the banquet on April 30th at The Ridge starting at 6:30 pm, click here.

 

PC, High School & Middle School All Sports Schedules

  • Laurens School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • Clinton School District 56: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see 2019-2020 Crusader basketball schedule and results, click here
  • Schedule for all Sports at PC… If you would like to see the upcoming schedule for all sports at PC as well as results from recent contest in all sports, click here.

This and That 

Little League Baseball (L3)… Registration is now open for L3 baseball at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation headquarters The Ridge… L3 will be for youth ages 7-12 and the cost will be $60…. There will be 3 age groupings which include Coaches Pitch, Minors and Majors… Registration is set to close on Thursday February 20th… Register at The Ridge during normal business hours and if you want more information call them at 681-7275… You can also find more information on their website…. To go there click here.

 

Tee Ball and Softball at the Laurens YMCA…. Registration is now open for Tee Ball and Softball at the Laurens Family YMCA… Tee Ball is for youth ages 3-6 and softball is for young ladies ages 7-9… The cost for either is $60 and registration will close March 1st… Stop by the YMCA to register during their normal business hours and if you have any questions call them 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 Tuesday, 2-18-2020

PC Notes: For more information about any of the PC games or topics below, click on the score or title at the beginning.

  • WBK: PC 76 – CSU 53… last Saturday afternoon the Lady Blue Hose basketball team hosted the Lady Buccaneers of Charleston Southern University… The Bucks led 19-13 at the end of the first quarter and 35-34 at the half but the Blue Hose came back in the second half and led 56-49 going into the fourth quarter where they put the game away outscoring the Bucks down the stretch to take a 76-53 win… They did it in part by making 9 three-point goals in the second half… Kacie Hall led the Blue Hose with 19 points… The team is now 9-15 overall and 5-10 in Big South play… The ladies return to action tonight as they host the Runnin Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb in a 6:00 pm contest that can be seen on ESPN+
  • MBK: WU 89 – PC 88Now the PC men were also in action last Saturday afternoon as they hosted the Winthrop Eagles in a game that followed the Lady Blue Hose basketball team’s game… Unfortunately the news is not as good as they fell to the Eagles in a close one 89-88… PC trailed 45-35 at the half and by 12 points early in the second half but came back to take a lead but could not hold on as the eagles took the one point win… Chris Martin led PC in scoring with a career-high 26 points… PC is now 9-18 on the season and 6-8 in Big South play… The Blue Hose will be in action this Thursday night as they travel to High Point for a 7:00 pm contest that can be seen on ESPN+ and heard on the PC Sports Network.
  • Other Sports… Now other sports such as baseball and softball are now in season at PC and if you want to keep up with them the website for PC athletics is www.GoBlueHose.com where you can find out all you want to know about PC athletics.

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils:

  • G: CHS 30 – CRHS 23… Last night the Lady Red Devils hosted the Lady Copperheads of Catawba Ridge HS in first round action of the SCHSL Class AAA playoffs… As Coach John Gardner put it afterwards “We found a way to win despite not playing our best” as the Red Devils took a 30-23 win to advance to the second round Thursday… The not playing our best he referred to was the fact that the Red Devils only made 4 of 16 free throws and were out rebounded in the first half… The score was 7-4 Copperheads at the end of the first quarter in which the Red Devils missed all 6 free throws they attempted… The Red Devils fought back in the second quarter behind DeShanti Watts’ six points in the quarter take a 15-14 lead into the locker room at the half… Catawba Ridge came out in the third quarter and outscored the Red Devils to take a 21-19 lead into the last 8 minutes of play… The Red Devils scored first in the fourth quarter to make it 21-20 Copperheads and then the Copperheads scored their last basket of the game with 5:31 left to play to make it 23-20 Copperheads… After that the Red Devils forced a couple of turnovers, pulled down key defensive rebounds and blocked a shot or two to pull ahead 27-23 with 2:16 left in the game… Soon after that Catawba Ridge was forced to foul to try to get the ball back and in the last 1:23 of the game the Red Devils made 3 of six free throws (two of the missed free throws were the front ends of a one-and-one) to ice the game… Watts and the Copperheads’ Elly Zeanchock both finished with 12 points to lead their teams in scoring… Taneal Evans finished with 9 points while Dana Kinard, Grayson Taylor and Tinique Austin all scored 3 points to round out the Red Devil scoring…. The Red Devils will be back in action this Thursday as they host the Pendleton Bulldogs who defeated Chesnee 50-36 last night.

 NASCAR

  • Daytona 500… Well they finally finished the Daytona 500 last night after weather caused it to be delayed form from Sunday… It was a wild and dangerous finish as the race went to a three lap shootout in overtime with a wild crash on the last lap that took out the leader Ryan Newman and sent him sliding on his roof down the track while Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag for the second year in a row to win the race… To see the order of finish for the drivers in the race click here… The latest word on Newman early this morning is that he is in a local hospital in Daytona with serious but not life threatening injuries.

PC, High School & Middle School All Sports Schedules

  • Laurens School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • Clinton School District 56: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see 2019-2020 Crusader basketball schedule and results, click here
  • Schedule for all Sports at PC… If you would like to see the upcoming schedule for all sports at PC as well as results from recent contest in all sports, click here.

 


This and That 

Little League Baseball (L3)… Registration is now open for L3 baseball at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation headquarters The Ridge… L3 will be for youth ages 7-12 and the cost will be $60…. There will be 3 age groupings which include Coaches Pitch, Minors and Majors… Registration is set to close on Thursday February 20th… Register at The Ridge during normal business hours and if you want more information call them at 681-7275… You can also find more information on their website…. To go there click here.

 

Tee Ball and Softball at the Laurens YMCA…. Registration is now open for Tee Ball and Softball at the Laurens Family YMCA… Tee Ball is for youth ages 3-6 and softball is for young ladies ages 7-9… The cost for either is $60 and registration will close March 1st… Stop by the YMCA to register during their normal business hours and if you have any questions call them 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, 2-17-2020

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils:

  • Lady Red Devils Host Catawba Ridge Tonight… The CHS Lady Red Devils will be back in action tonight as they host the Lady Copperheads of Catawba Ridge HS in first round action of the SCHSL AAA Playoffs…. Catawba Ridge is a new high school in York County just a few miles south of Fort Mill HS… They finished fourth in Region IV-AAA with an overall record of 10-16 and 3-7 in region play… They are averaging 47.8 points per game while giving up 53.4 points per game… Of course the Red Devils finished first in Region III-AAA with an overall record of 20-4 and 9-1 in region play… They average 43-8 points per game while giving up 31.9 points per game… The winner of this game will take on the winner of the Chesnee at Pendleton game taking place tonight and if Clinton wins they will host no matter who the opponent is… Tipoff tonight is scheduled for 6:30 pm and admission will be $6:00… Only SCHSL passes will be accepted…. Go Big Red!!! 

LDHS Raiders: The Laurens Raider varsity basketball teams closed out their season last Friday night as they hosted the Eagles of Greenwood HS.

  • G: GHS 74 – LDHS 56… The Lady Raiders came into Friday’s game hoping to repeat their 53-45 victory at Greenwood earlier in the season but that was not to be as they fell to the Eagles 74-56… The Raider did lead very briefly early in the game but by the time the first quarter ended the Eagles had an 18-12 lead and never looked back… One of the key factors was their rebounding dominance as they out rebounded the Raider 22-9 on the defensive boards…. Greenwood’s Kendhal Spearman and Laurens’ Raniya Jackson both finished the game with 23 points to lead their respective teams… Also scoring for the Raiders you have MK Moore with 8 points, Mackenzie ward 6, Aija Davis 5, Qua Fortson 5, CaDayzhia Grant 3, Lamoria Allen 3 and Ashanti Conway 3….The Lady Raiders finish their season with an overall record of 4-17 and region.
  • B: LDHS 73 – GHS 71 in OT… Well I guess that if you are only going to make one basket all night long in a game you might as well make it a winning one as time runs out in overtime… Well that is exactly what the Raiders’ JQ Fair did Friday night as his only bucket of the night (a three-point one) lifted the Raiders to a 73-71 win over the Eagles in overtime as time expired… The Raiders led at the end of each of the first three quarters and led 43-37 going into the fourth quarter of play… The Eagles came back and tied the game 61-61 to send the game into overtime… The Eagles took a 71-70 lead with 11.5 seconds left in the overtime setting the stage for Fair’s game-winning shot… Dee Foster led all scorers with 34 points and Leonard Williams was also in double-digits with 19…. Dra Copeland and Josh Cureton both finished with 7 points while Fair had 3 and Chase Jackson 1… The Raiders finished the season 7-17 overall and 3-11 in region play.

 Laurens Academy Crusaders: The Laurens Academy Crusader varsity basketball teams were in action this weekend down at Greenwood Christian Academy.

  • B: ACS 87 – LA 31… Friday evening the Crusader boys’ team took on the Anderson Christian School Lions in semifinal action… The Lions used their press effectively for the whole game even after the outcome was no longer doubt to throttle the Crusader offense as they rolled to an 87-31 win… They led 26-3 after the first quarter of play and never scored less than 14 points in a quarter… Caio Rita led the Crusaders in scoring with 8 points… Thomas Lowry finished with 7 points, Luke Kerber 5, Clarence Bertoli 4, Davis Thompson 2, Nicholas Rita 2, Diamonte Grant 2 and Cal Robertson 1.
  • G: LA 43 – RWA 35… Earlier in the day on Friday the Lady Crusader basketball team took a 43–35 win in girls’ semi-final action… The Crusaders led 19-13 at the half and then went on to take the win… Blair Quarles had a game-high 19 points to lead the Crusaders in scoring… Payton Breen finished with 11 points and Olivia Huck 10 to give the Crusaders 3 players scoring in double-digits… Reagan Williamson rounded out the Crusader coring with 3 points.
  • LA 35 – NA 25… In the championship game Saturday afternoon the Lady Crusaders took on the Newberry Academy Eagles… Good news for Crusader fans as they took a 35-25 win over the Eagles to win the Region Tournament… The Crusaders only led 9-7 after 8 minutes of play but stretched that to 17-10 going to the locker room at the half… They put the game away in the fourth quarter outscoring the Eagles 14-11 to take the win… Blair Quarles and Payton Breen led all scorers as each scored 11 points… Reagan Williams on finished with 6 points, Olivia Husk 5 and Rylee Ballard 2.   Photo courtesy of Laurens Academy
  • SCISA Playoff Brackets Released Tomorrow… Now both teams have qualified for the SCISA Playoffs which start this coming Friday… I’ll bring those to you as soon as I can get them.

 


PC, High School & Middle School All Sports Schedules

  • Laurens School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • Clinton School District 56: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see 2019-2020 Crusader basketball schedule and results, click here
  • Schedule for all Sports at PC… If you would like to see the upcoming schedule for all sports at PC as well as results from recent contest in all sports, click here.

 


This and That 

Little League Baseball (L3)… Registration is now open for L3 baseball at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation headquarters The Ridge… L3 will be for youth ages 7-12 and the cost will be $60…. There will be 3 age groupings which include Coaches Pitch, Minors and Majors… Registration is set to close on Thursday February 20th… Register at The Ridge during normal business hours and if you want more information call them at 681-7275… You can also find more information on their website…. To go there click here.

 

Tee Ball and Softball at the Laurens YMCA…. Registration is now open for Tee Ball and Softball at the Laurens Family YMCA… Tee Ball is for youth ages 3-6 and softball is for young ladies ages 7-9… The cost for either is $60 and registration will close March 1st… Stop by the YMCA to register during their normal business hours and if you have any questions call them 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 Friday, 2-14-2020

PC Notes: For more information about any of the PC games or topics below, click on the score or title at the beginning.

  • WBK: UNC Ashville 64 – PC 48… Back on Tuesday the Lady Blue Hose hosted the Bulldogs of UNC Asheville… The Bulldogs led 15-11 at the end of the first quarter and then continued to outscore the Blue Hose by at least 3 points in each of the 3 remaining quarters to take a 64-48 win… Trinity Johnson led the Blue Hose in scoring with 14 points… The team will be back in action tomorrow as they host Charleston Southern in a 2:00 pm contest at the Templeton Center that can be seen on ESPN+
  • MBK: Radford 81 – PC 71… The men’s basketball team was on the road last night as they traveled up to Radford to take on the Highlanders… The Highlanders connected on 10 three-point goals to help lift then to an 81-71 win over PC… Cory Hightower had a game-high 21 points to lead the Blue Hose in scoring… The team will be in action tomorrow as they host the Winthrop Eagles in a 4:00 pm contest that will be the second game in a doubleheader of basketball at the Templeton Center… The game can be seen on ESPN3 and heard on the PC Radio Network.
  • Other Sports… Remember to check on other sports at PC just go to www.GoBlueHose.com.

 

Local Notes: 

LDHS Raiders:

Varsity Basketball… The Raider varsity basketball teams hosted the Woodmont Wildcats in region action in the main gym at LDHS last night making up games that had twice been postponed due to bad weather

  • G: WHS 60 – LDHS 37… As has been the case too often this season, the Lady Raider offense struggled to find its rhythm as the Raiders only scored 13 points in the first half while the Wildcats scored 28 as the Wildcats went on to take a 60-37 win… Another factor in the Wildcats win was the fact that they out rebounded the Raiders by almost a 2-1 margin as the Raiders got few second chances while the Wildcats had numerous offensives rebounds… Raniya Jackson led the Raiders in scoring with 12 points and CaDayzhia Grant was also in double-digits with 11 points… Lamoria Allen finished with 8 points, Qua Fortson 3, MK Moore 2 and Aija Davis 2
  • B: WHS 68 – LDHS 49… The Wildcats completed the sweep of the Raiders last night as they took a 68-49 win in boys’ action… The Raiders’ offense was missing one of its key components last night as Dee Foster who is the Raiders’ leading scorer was injured in the first half of the Easley game the night before tried to play but just could not make it playing maybe a couple of minutes…Also Leonard Williams who scored 28 points the night before just could not buy a basket despite getting good shots until the fourth quarter was held to making just 10 free throws in the first 3 quarters… Dra Copeland led the Raiders in scoring with 20 points and Williams was the only other Raider in double-digits with 14 points… Zy Miller finished with 5 points, Josh Cureton 4, Nigil Owens 3 and Aiden Pridgen 3 also.
  • Raider Finish Season Tonight… The Raiders will end their season tonight as they host the Greenwood Eagles on Senior Night starting a 6:00 pm… we do plan on brining you those games here on Real Radio WLBG and streaming on the internet at www.wlbg.com

 

Sub-Varsity Basketball… The Raider sub-varsity basketball teams traveled down to Greenwood last night to take on the Eagles in their final games of the season.

  • JVG: LDHS 23 – GHS 21… The Lady Raider JV team ended its season on a positive note as it took a close 23-21 win over the Eagles… The held the Eagles scoreless in the first quarter while they put 5 on the board and then held on for the win… Amillion Evans led the Raiders in scoring with 8 points… Angel Johnson finished with 7 points, Osaviona Swindler 3, Haylie Cannon 2, Wymaya Givens 2 and T’Keyah Berry 1.
  • Freshman Boys: Greenwood 43 – LDHS 35… Sorry no scoring details
  • JVB: GHS 44 – LDHS 29… In JV boys action the Eagles took a 44-29 win over the Raiders… The score was 7-6 Eagles at the end of the first quarter of play and 16-9 at the half and then the Eagles continued to outscore the Raider in the second half to take the win… Isaac Craig led the Raiders in scoring with 8 points while van Butler finished with 6 points, Chris Graham 5, Travon Hunter 5, Isaiah Craig 3 and Dorian Gibson 2

 Laurens Academy Crusaders:

  • Crusaders Continue in Region Tournament… The Crusader varsity basketball teams will be back in action today down at Greenwood Christian Academy in region semifinal games…The girls will take on Richard Winn at 4:00 pm in one semi-final game and the boys will take to the court about 8:30 as they take on Anderson Christian Academy… The finals of the tournament will be held tomorrow with the girls’ game starting ad presentation… I’m hoping both Crusader teams will be in action tomorrow and pick up the “Bog Trophy” afterwards… Go Crusaders!

 


Broadcast Notes… The broadcast schedule for upcoming local sports is just below… Remember all local sports are streamed live on the internet at www.wlbg.com on our homepage where you need to click on the Listen Live button in the upper right area of the page.

  • Friday, February 14th when the Raiders host the Greenwood Eagles in their final games of the regular season… We will start our coverage with the girls’ game at 6:00 pm.

 

PC, High School & Middle School All Sports Schedules

  • Laurens School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • Clinton School District 56: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see 2019-2020 Crusader basketball schedule and results, click here
  • Schedule for all Sports at PC… If you would like to see the upcoming schedule for all sports at PC as well as results from recent contest in all sports, click here.

 


This and That

 Little League Baseball (L3)… Registration is now open for L3 baseball at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation headquarters The Ridge… L3 will be for youth ages 7-12 and the cost will be $60…. There will be 3 age groupings which include Coaches Pitch, Minors and Majors… Registration is set to close on Thursday February 20th… Register at The Ridge during normal business hours and if you want more information call them at 681-7275… You can also find more information on their website…. To go there click here.

 

Tee Ball and Softball at the Laurens YMCA…. Registration is now open for Tee Ball and Softball at the Laurens Family YMCA… Tee Ball is for youth ages 3-6 and softball is for young ladies ages 7-9… The cost for either is $60 and registration will close March 1st… Stop by the YMCA to register during their normal business hours and if you have any questions call them 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 Thursday, 2-13-2020

Local Notes:

 LDHS Raiders:

Basketball: The Raider varsity basketball teams traveled up to Easley HS last night to take on the Green Wave in a pair of region games that had been postponed due to bad weather from last week.

  • G: EHS 64 – LDHS 45… When the Lady Raiders played Easley at home back in early January the Raiders took a 44-33 win… Well last night the Green Wave extracted a measure of revenge as they rolled to a 64-45 win over the Raiders…. They outscored the Raiders 24-17 in the first half and then continued to outscore the Raiders in each of the last two quarters to take the win… Coach Yoneko Allen said the bid difference between this game and the first game with Easley was the poor defensive play by the Raiders… The Green Wave had three players scoring in double-digits while the Raiders had only one… Qua Fortson was that player whom had a game-high 15 points… Aija Davis finished with 6 points as also did MK Moore, Ashanti Conway 4, CaDayzhia Grant 3, Raniya Jackson 3, and both Mackenzie ward and MaCayle Revis finished with 1 point each…. The Raiders are now 4-15 on the season 2-10 in region play.
  • B: EHS 71 – LDHS 65 in OT… Just like the girls’ team, the Raider boys’ team also defeated Easley back in January by a score of 51-49… Again similar to the girls’ game the Green Wave took a measure of revenge as they defeated the Raiders 71-65 in overtime… The Raiders jumped out to a 15-5 lead after 8 minutes of play and stretched that to 36-20 at the half… The Green Wave picked up their defense and offense coming out of the locker room in the third quarter as they outscored the Raiders to make it 49-45 going into the final 8 minutes of play… The Raiders continued to struggle on offense in the fourth quarter and when the buzzer to end it sounded they found the game tied at 58-58… In the overtime the Raiders continued to struggle offensively as the Green Wave outscored the Raiders13-7 to take the win… Leonard Williams had a game-high 28 points to lead the Raiders’ offense and Dee Foster was also in double-digits with 16 points all coming in the first half… Josh Cureton finished with 7 points, Dra Copeland 5, JQ Fair 5, Nigil Owens 2, and KD Mosley 2… The Raiders fall to 6-16 on the season and 2-10 in region play.
  • Raiders at Home Tonight and Tomorrow… The Raiders will play their final two games of the regular season tonight and tomorrow both at home… They will host the Woodmont Wildcats tonight and the Greenwood eagles tomorrow… we do plan on bringing you all 4 of these games her on Real Radio WLBG.

 Interview with Coach Daryl Smith

  • Back on Tuesday I sat down with Coach Daryl smith the new raider Head Football Coach… We recorded a short video interview talking about his past coaching experiences, his thoughts on the future of the raider program and a few other things… A link to that interview can be found in the Between the Lines section on the right of our homepage at wlbg.com or you can click here to view it.

Broadcast Notes… The broadcast schedule for upcoming local sports is just below… Remember all local sports are streamed live on the internet at www.wlbg.com on our homepage where you need to click on the Listen Live button in the upper right area of the page.

  • Thursday, February 13th when the Raiders host the Greenwood Eagles in their final games of the regular season… We will start our coverage with the girls’ game at 6:00 pm.
  • Friday, February 14th when the Raiders host the Greenwood Eagles in their final games of the regular season… We will start our coverage with the girls’ game at 6:00 pm.

 

PC, High School & Middle School All Sports Schedules

  • Laurens School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • Clinton School District 56: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see 2019-2020 Crusader basketball schedule and results, click here
  • Schedule for all Sports at PC… If you would like to see the upcoming schedule for all sports at PC as well as results from recent contest in all sports, click here.

 

This and That

 Little League Baseball (L3)… Registration is now open for L3 baseball at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation headquarters The Ridge… L3 will be for youth ages 7-12 and the cost will be $60…. There will be 3 age groupings which include Coaches Pitch, Minors and Majors… Registration is set to close on Thursday February 20th… Register at The Ridge during normal business hours and if you want more information call them at 681-7275… You can also find more information on their website…. To go there click here.

 

Tee Ball and Softball at the Laurens YMCA…. Registration is now open for Tee Ball and Softball at the Laurens Family YMCA… Tee Ball is for youth ages 3-6 and softball is for young ladies ages 7-9… The cost for either is $60 and registration will close March 1st… Stop by the YMCA to register during their normal business hours and if you have any questions call them 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 Wednesday, 2-12-2020

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils: In their final regular season games, the Red Devils hosted the Wolverines of Woodruff HS on Senior Night.

  • G: CHS 30 – WHS 24… In the first game last night at CHS, the Lady Red Devils claimed the region championship by defeating the Wolverines 30-26… It was a game that featured about as many turnovers in the first half as there points as the score stood 8-7 Red Devils at the half while woodruff had 13 turnovers and Clinton 6 in the first 16 minutes of play… The offense for both teams was erratic as the score stood 16-15 Red Devils going into the fourth quarter… The score was 24-23 Woodruff with 2:52 left to play but the Red Devils used their defense to create turnover down the stretch as they scored 7 unanswered points to claim the region title… DeShanti Watts led the Red Devils in scoring with a game-high 12 points… Tinique Austin scored 8 points, Taneal Evans 5, Grayson Taylor 3, and Payton Price-Walker 2… The Red Devils will be hosting a first round playoff game next Monday against an opponent yet to be determined.
  • B: WHS 54 – CHS 43… The news is not as good where the Red Devil boys are concerned as they finished their season with a 54-43 loss to the Wolverines… The young Red Devils (7 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 2 juniors and a senior) played tough and only trailed by 9 (29-20) at the half… They cut that lead to 6 (36-30) going into the fourth quarter but just could get no closer… Davis Wilson, Wil Stewart and Konnor Richardson each had 10 points to lead the Red Devil scoring… Richardson, who is the only senior on the team, also had a great night rebounding… Austin Copeland finished with 4 points, CK Vance 3, Kimon Quarles 3. Jadden Copeland 2 and Tylon Scurry 1… The Red Devils finish their season with a 1-23 record but due to the number of young players the Red Devils had to play, Coach Eddie Romines thinks the future is bright for the Red Devil basketball program.

 


LDHS Raiders:

Smith Named Raider Head Football Coach… Now as most Raider fans already know, defensive coordinator Daryl Smith was named the new head football coach at LDHS… I invite you to click here for more information about Coach Smith and comments from Tommy Spires the Raider athletic director… Yesterday I did a short video interview with Coach Smith and I hope to have a link to that interview posted on our website in the Between the Lines section on our homepage at www.wlbg.com… Congratulations to Coach Smith!

 

Basketball… The Raider varsity basketball teams traveled to Anderson last night to take on the Yellow Jackets of TL Hanna in the first of 4 games they will have this week.

  • G: TLH 62 – LDHS 26… As has been the case several times in the last few weeks, the Lady Raiders offense misfired as they only scored 26 points in the game while the Yellow Jackets 62… The Raiders were held to just 4 points in the first quarter and just 3 in the third while the Yellow Jackets scored at least 15 points in each quarter…       Hanna’s Maleia Bracone led all players with 23 points while the Raiders were led by Nadia Anderson with 6 points… Mackenzie ward scored 5 points, Macayla Revis 4, CaDayzhia Grant 2, MK Moore 2, Raniya Jackson 2, Ashanti Conway 2, Nadia Blanding 2 and Qua Fortson 1.
  • B: TLH 61 – LDHS 53… In boys’ action, the Yellow Jackets took a 61-53 win over the Raiders… Hanna led 14-5 at the end of the first 8 minutes of play as the Raider offense opened the game a little on the cool side… After that the two teams played just about even with the Raiders only training by 4 (40-36) going into the final 8 minutes of play where the Yellow Jackets outscored them 21-17 to make the final 61-53… Dee Foster had a game-high 24 points to lead the Raiders in scoring and Leonard Williams was also in double-digits with 18 points…. Dra Copeland and Josh Cureton scored 4 points each while Nigil Owens rounded out the Raider scoring with 3 points.
  • Raiders on the Road Tonight… The Raider varsity basketball teams will be on the road tonight as they travel to Easley HS to take on the Green Wave in their last road games of the regular season.

 


Laurens Academy Crusaders: The boys’ varsity team traveled to Newberry Academy last night in quarter final play of the region tournament… They took on the Knights of WW King.

  • LA 41 – WWK 26… The Crusaders Caio Rita opened the game for the Crusaders scoring 6 points in the first quarter as the Crusaders outscored the knights 11-5 in the quarter and then continued to outscore them in each of the remaining quarter as they Crusaders went on to take a 41-26 win… Rita finished with a game-high 18 points and was the only Crusader scoring in double-digits… Diamonte Granted scored 8 points, Luke Kerber 6, Clarence Bertoli 5 and Thomas Lowry 4… With the win the Crusaders advance to the semi-finals which will be played at Greenwood Christian the Friday… The Lady Crusaders will start their participation in the tournament Friday also and I’ll have more information about that on Friday’s sports report.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 2-11-2020

PC Notes: For more information about any of the PC games or topics below, click on the score or title at the beginning.

  • MBK: Campbell 79 – PC 62… Last Saturday afternoon the Blue Hose men’s basketball team traveled up to Buies Creek, NC to take on the Campbell Camels… The Camels jumped out to a 38-28 lead at the half and then shot almost 70% in the second as they went on to take a 79-62 win… The Blue Hose did try to come back several times in the second half but the Camels answered each run with one of their own… Corey Hightower led the Blue Hose in scoring with 19 points… The Blue Hose fall to 9-16 overall and 6-6 in Big South play… The team will be back in action as they travel to Radford for a 7 p.m. contest and the game can be seen on ESPN+ and heard on the PC Sports Network.
  • WBK: PC 82 – Longwood 77… The Lady Blue Hose were also on the road last Saturday as they traveled to Farmville, VA to take on the Longwood Lancers… PC led 38-28 at the half but the Lancers came back in the second half and tied the game 64-64 at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime… PC scored the first 9 points in the overtime and then went on to take an 82-77 win over the Lancers… Jade Hampton had a program record 32 points to lead the Blue Hose in scoring… The team improves to 4-9 in Big South play and 8-14 overall… The team will be back at home tonight as they host the Bulldogs of UNC Ashville at the Templeton Center with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.… The game can be seen on ESPN+.
  • Softball… The Blue Hose softball team started their season this past weekend as they hosted the Blue Hose Invitational… The team started its season on a positive note as they won 3 of 4 games they played… On Friday they defeated Robert Morris 3-0 in the first game but lost to Robert Morris 7-6 in the second game… On Saturday they defeated Norfolk State 3-1 and on Sunday they defeated South Carolina State 8-0

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils: The Red Devil JV teams completed their season last night as they traveled up to Woodruff to take on the Wolverines.

  • G: WHS 36 – CHS 28… The Red Devil JV girls’ team came into last night’s contest with the Wolverines with a perfect 14-0 record on the season which is quite an accomplishment… They had high hopes of making 15-0 buy unfortunately the Wolverines took a 36-28 win… Anna Litzenberger led the Red Devils in scoring with 12 points… Congratulations to Coach Speaks and the team on a great season and getting the girls ready for varsity work next season!
  • B: CHS 58 – WHS 49… Now the news is better where the JV boys are concerned as they finished their season defeating the Wolverines 58-49… Tylon Scurry led the Red Devils with 15 points and James Anderson was also in double-digits with 10 points… The team finished its season with a very respectable 11-4 record… Congratulations to Coach Bridges and the team!
  • Varsity at Home Tonight… The Red Devil varsity basketball teams will finish their regular season tonight as they place host to the Woodruff Wolverines… The Red Devil girls’ team is tied with Woodruff for first place in the region as both have 8-1 region records… The winner of the game tonight will be the region champion.

LDHS Raiders: The Raider sub-varsity teams were at home last night as they hosted the TL Hanna Yellow Jackets.

  • JV Girls Lose… Now Coach Kelly did not get the details of the game to me but she did tell me that the Raiders lost to the Yellow Jackets… If I get more details later I will pass them on to you.
  • Freshman Boys: TLH 43 – LDHS 40… The freshman boys’ team lost a close one last night as the Yellow Jackets took a 43-40 win… The game was tied 17-17 at the half and the Yellow Jackets outscored the Raiders by a point in the third quarter to take a 26-25 lead into the final 6 minutes of play… The Raiders just could not get any closer as the Yellow Jackets outscored them down the stretch to take a 43-40 win… KD Mosley had a game-high 15 points to lead the Raiders and TyQua Johnson was also in double-digits with 10 points… Demar Massey finished with 7 points, Jay Hunter 4, Trae Hill 2 and Jordan Roberts 2.
  • JVB” LDHS 50 – TLH 27… In the final game at LDHS last night, the Raiders avoided being swept as the JV boys took a 50-27 win over the Yellow Jackets in what Coach Peake called their “best game of the season”… The Raider defense held the Yellow Jackets to just 6 points in the first half while they put 24 on the board and then did not let Hanna outscore them in the third or fourth quarter taking the win… Van Butler and Isaiah Craig led the Raiders with 10 points each… Chris Graham finished with 9 points, Isaac Craig 7. Travon Hunter 7, Waldrick Burnside 6 and Tye Roberson 1.
  • Varsity on the Road Today… The Raider varsity basketball teams will be on the road tonight traveling to TL Hanna HS to take on the Yellow Jackets with girls’ action starting at 6:00 pm. 

Laurens Academy Crusaders:

  • Boys Varsity Play Tonight… The Laurens Academy Crusader varsity boys’ basketball tem will start their participation in the Region Tournament this afternoon down at Newberry Academy… They will be taking on the knights of WW King at 5:30 in quarter finals action… The Lady Crusaders will not start their play in the tournament until Friday against an opponent to be determined by other games in the tournament today.

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 2-10-2020

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils: Friday night the Red Devil varsity basketball teams hosted the Emerald Vikings making up games that had been postponed from Thursday.

  • G: CHS 51 – EHS 44… The Lady Red Devils continued their winning ways last Friday night despite as Coach John Gardner said not playing their best basketball especially in the first half… The Red Devils actually trailed 25-22 at the half but came out in the third quarter and outscored the Vikings 17-6 to take a 39-31 lead into the fourth quarter… The Vikings did try to rally and got as close as 4 points late in the game but the Red Devils held them off to take a 51-44 win… DeShanti Watts had a game-high 25 points to lead the Red Devils in scoring… Payton Price-Walker finished with 8 points, Tinique Austin 6, Grayson Taylor 6 and Taneal Evans 6… The win makes Clinton 8-1 in the region tied with Woodruff which defeated Clinton at Woodruff 42-28 earlier in the season… The two teams will meet tomorrow night at CHS with the region championship on the line. Go Big Red!
  • B: EHS 65 – CHS 42… In boy’s action the Red Devils were missing a couple of players and at time had to play with 5 freshmen on the floor… Despite this they still only trailed 25-19 at the half but in the second half the older and more experienced Vikings pulled away to take a 65-42 win over the Red Devils… Emerald pretty much controlled the boards the entire game as they were also taller than the Red Devils… Austin Copeland and Wil Stewart led the Red Devils in scoring with 9 points each… Wilson Wages finished with 6 points, James Anderson 5, Taliek Fuller 4, Kimon Quarles 3, CK Vance 3, Davis Wilson 2 and Jadden Copeland 1… The Red Devils are now 1-22 on the season and 0-9 in region play.

 


 

LDHS Raiders:

  • Basketball… Because the Greenville County schools were cancelled last Friday to weather related problems from all the rain on Thursday, the Woodmont at Laurens varsity basketball games were Saturday at 4:00 pm… Well Mother Nature had other ideas as the brief snow that took place just after noon again caused the Greenville County School District to stop any school related events on Saturday… The games are now rescheduled for Thursday night at LDHS… That means the Raiders will travel to TL Hanna on Tuesday, Easley on Wednesday and then host Woodmont on Thursday and Greenwood on Friday closing out their regular season.
  • Wrestling… The Raider wrestling team lost to Northwestern on Saturday in the first round of the Class-AAAAA Tournament… I hope to have more details on this tomorrow.

 

Laurens Academy Crusaders: The Laurens Academy Crusaders closed out their regular season last Friday on the road as they traveled down to Newberry Academy to take on the their arch-rivals the Newberry Academy Eagles.

  • G: LA 33 – NA 24…Earlier in the season the Eagles defeated the Crusaders in girls’ action at Laurens Academy… Last Friday night the Crusaders returned the favor by defeating the Eagles 33-24 on their home court… The Crusaders led 11-6 after the first 8 minutes 0f play and then held the Eagles to just 2 points in the second quarter while they scored 7 and then went on to take the win… Blair Quarles had a game-high 11 points to lead the Crusaders in scoring… Reagan Williamson scored 8 points, Payton Breen 7 and Olivia Huck 7 also… The Crusaders finished the regular season 16-7 overall and 6-3 in region play.
  • B: NA 37 – LA 16… The Crusader boys also lost to the Eagles earlier in the season but their quest for revenge fell short as they just could not get their offense going as the Eagles took a 37-16 win over the Crusaders… Newberry’s Payton Gardner led all scorers with 25 points while Cal Robertson led the Crusaders with 5 points… Diamonte Grant scored 3 points while Caio Rita, Andrew Codington, Clarence Bertoli and Luke Kerber each scored 2 points… The Crusaders finished the regular season 4-5 in the region and 11-14 overall… The region tournament begins tomorrow at Newberry Academy and I hope to have more details on it for you tomorrow morning,

 


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Sports Report for Friday, 2-7-2020

PC Notes: For more information about any of the PC games or topics below, click on the score or title at the beginning.

  • WBK: USC Upstate 70 – PC 60… Last Tuesday the Lady Blue Hose made the short trip up to Spartanburg to take on the Spartans of USC Upstate … The Blue Hose led 49-48 going into the final quarter of play but the Spartans outscored them 22-11 in the final quarter to take a 70-60 win… Trinity Johnson had a game-high 25 points to lead PC in scoring… The team will travel to Longwood tomorrow for a noon game with the Lancers that can be seen on ESPN+.
  • MBK: PC65 – Gardner-Webb 61… Last night the PC men’s basketball team hosted the Runnin Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb at the Templeton Center… The Blue Hose led 28-21 at the half and then survived a late run by the Bulldogs to take a 65-61 win… PC was led by Chris Martin who scored a career-high 25 points… The team will be on the road tomorrow as they travel up to Campbell to take on the Camels in a 4:30 pm contest that can be seen on ESPN+ and heard on the PC Sports Network.
  • Softball Starts Season Today… For the softball fans out there, PC begins it softball season today as it host the Blue Hose Invitational which will run through the weekend… Click on the title at the beginning for more information.

 

Local Notes:

Weather Causes Cancelations and Postponements… Well even though basketball is played indoors the severe weather yesterday caused the local school districts to wisely cancel all after school activities including athletic events and practices… JV basketball action was cancelled and will not be made-up… Clinton’s varsity basketball games with Emerald scheduled for last night will be played tonight.


CHS Red Devils:

  • Austin Caughman Signs with PC… Yesterday CHS senior Austin Caughman signed a letter of intent to continue his education and football career close to home with PC… Caughman was a leader on the Red Devil defense this past season with 86 tackles He is active in numerous clubs at CHS as well as the Junior ROTC… Congratulations to Austin!

LDHS Raiders:

  • Five Raiders Sign with Various Colleges… Yesterday in the Auxiliary Gym at LDHS five Raider seniors signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletic careers next fall… Rachel Delio and Cassidy Plaia signed to continue their softball careers at Spartanburg Methodist College playing for the Pioneers… Delio will be pitching and Plaia will most likely be an infielder… Also Ryan Campbell, Lindin Gault and Mark McGowan all signed to continue their education and football careers… Campbell and McGowan signed with PC while Gault signed with Brevard College to play with the Tornados… Campbell is a four starter for the Raiders at quarterback and may play that position at PC… McGowan and outstanding defensive back will also take a similar position on the field while at PC… Gault was an outstanding linebacker for the Raiders and plans on playing the same position for the Tornados… All three won numerous awards after this past season that saw the Raiders go undefeated in the region winning the Region I-AAAAA Championship… Former Raider football coach Chris Liner and current softball coach Michaela Smith were quick to point out that all five of these student-athletes were not only good on the field but also in the classroom and had put in the work need to get them to this point life… They both also pointed out what great young people they were and were people you would want to represent their teams, LDHS and Laurens as a community… After the signing a short interview was done with all five of these Raiders and some photos taken at the signing were added to the end of the interviews… If you would like to see the interview done with Rachel Delio and Cassidy Plaia click here… If you would like to see the interview done with Ryan Campbell, Lindin Gault and Marg McGowan click here… Congratulations to all five of the great young people!

 

  • Raider Wrestling… Now a couple of notes catching up with the Raider wrestling team… First the Raider wrestles participate in the Region I-AAAAA Individual Tournament up at Woodmont HS last Saturday… While none of the Raider wrestles finished first in their weight class, Austin James and Robert Lawson each finished 2nd in theirs… Finishing 3rd in their respective weight classes were Cody Emert, Joshua Shubert and Kole Lawson…Stetson Dawson, Pedro Juan and Zachary King each finished 4th in theirs… For more information on how all the Raiders did at the match click here…. Second, since the Raiders drew the #1 seed in the region, they will be hosting the first and second round of the upcoming SCHSL Class AAAAA Team Wresting Playoffs… That will be this Saturday in the main gym at LDHS and the Raiders will take on Northwestern at 10:00 am while Byrnes and Clover take on each other on another mat… As soon as both matches are over, the two winners will take on each other in round two… If you want to see some good high school wrestling make plans to come to Saturday and cheer the Raiders on. Go Raiders!

 


Broadcast Notes… The broadcast schedule for upcoming local sports is just below… Remember all local sports are streamed live on the internet at www.wlbg.com on our homepage where you need to click on the Listen Live button in the upper right area of the page.

  • Friday, February 7th when the Raiders host the Woodmont Wildcats in a double-header of varsity basketball action starting at 6:00 pm with the girls’ game
  • Friday, February 14th when the Raiders host the Greenwood Eagles in their final games of the regular season… We will start our coverage with the girls’ game at 6:00 pm.

 

PC, High School & Middle School All Sports Schedules

  • Laurens School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • Clinton School District 56: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see 2019-2020 Crusader basketball schedule and results, click here
  • Schedule for all Sports at PC… If you would like to see the upcoming schedule for all sports at PC as well as results from recent contest in all sports, click here.

 


This and That 

Little League Baseball (L3)… Registration is now open for L3 baseball at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation headquarters The Ridge… L3 will be for youth ages 7-12 and the cost will be $60…. There will be 3 age groupings which include Coaches Pitch, Minors and Majors… Registration is set to close on Thursday February 20th… Register at The Ridge during normal business hours and if you want more information call them at 681-7275… You can also find more information on their website…. To go there click here.

 

Tee Ball and Softball at the Laurens YMCA…. Registration is now open for Tee Ball and Softball at the Laurens Family YMCA… Tee Ball is for youth ages 3-6 and softball is for young ladies ages 7-9… The cost for either is $60 and registration will close March 1st… Stop by the YMCA to register during their normal business hours and if you have any questions call them at 984-2626

 

 Youth Baseball, Youth Softball and O-Zone Baseball Registration Open at the Clinton YMCA… Registration is now open at the Clinton YMCA for youth baseball and softball from ages 3 all the way to 11 years old… Registration will cost $50 for YMCA members while non-member registration is $65. A $10 discount will be provided for each additional child in the same family and Financial Assistance is available to families as well…. The deadline to register is Tuesday, February 11th and you can register at the Y during their normal business hours… For more information call the Y at 833-155 or see below:

  • Co-ed instructional baseball will be offered for youth ages 3-6 divided into at least 3 age groupings.
  • Baseball for youth 7-10 will be organized into 2 appropriate competitive divisions.
  • Softball for young ladies 7-12 in 3 appropriate competitive age groupings will also be offered… For more information about youth softball, youth baseball or co-ed baseball (all mentioned above), click here.
  • O-Zone baseball is also offered for youth ages 11-12 years old and is more like high school baseball than any of the other age groupings mentioned above… For more information about O-Zone baseball click here.

 

Baseball / Softball 50 Inning Game… You need to go ahead and mark Saturday, February 8th on your calendar because that is when the Raider baseball and softball teams will be holding their Annual 50 Inning Coed Softball Game… This is a fundraiser that the teams have done for several years to help raise funds for items that the district’s athletic budget just can’t cover… I’ll have more details about this later but go ahead and mark your calendar now.

  

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 Thursday, 2-6-2020

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils:

  • Austin Caughman Signs with PC… Yesterday CHS senior Austin Caughman signed a letter of intent to continue his education and football career close to home with PC… Caughman was a leader on the Red Devil defense this past season with 86 tackles He is active in numerous clubs at CHS as well as the Junior ROTC… Congratulations to Austin!

 LDHS Raiders:

  • Five Raiders Sign with Various Colleges… Yesterday in the Auxiliary Gym at LDHS five Raider seniors signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletic careers next fall… Rachel Delio and Cassidy Plaia signed to continue their softball careers at Spartanburg Methodist College playing for the Pioneers… Delio will be pitching and Plaia will most likely be an infielder… Also Ryan Campbell, Lindin Gault and Mark McGowan all signed to continue their education and football careers… Campbell and McGowan signed with PC while Gault signed with Brevard College to play with the Tornados… Campbell is a four starter for the Raiders at quarterback and may play that position at PC… McGowan and outstanding defensive back will also take a similar position on the field while at PC… Gault was an outstanding linebacker for the Raiders and plans on playing the same position for the Tornados… All three won numerous awards after this past season that saw the Raiders go undefeated in the region winning the Region I-AAAAA Championship… Former Raider football coach Chris Liner and current softball coach Michaela Smith were quick to point out that all five of these student-athletes were not only good on the field but also in the classroom and had put in the work need to get them to this point life… They both also pointed out what great young people they were and were people you would want to represent their teams, LDHS and Laurens as a community… After the signing a short interview was done with all five of these Raiders and some photos taken at the signing were added to the end of the interviews… If you would like to see the interview done with Rachel Delio and Cassidy Plaia click here… If you would like to see the interview done with Ryan Campbell, Lindin Gault and Marg McGowan click here… Congratulations to all five of the great young people!

 

  • Raider Wrestling… Now a couple of notes catching up with the Raider wrestling team… First the Raider wrestles participate in the Region I-AAAAA Individual Tournament up at Woodmont HS last Saturday… While none of the Raider wrestles finished first in their weight class, Austin James and Robert Lawson each finished 2nd in theirs… Finishing 3rd in their respective weight classes were Cody Emert, Joshua Shubert and Kole Lawson…Stetson Dawson, Pedro Juan and Zachary King each finished 4th in theirs… For more information on how all the Raiders did at the match click here…. Second, since the Raiders drew the #1 seed in the region, they will be hosting the first and second round of the upcoming SCHSL Class AAAAA Team Wresting Playoffs… That will be this Saturday in the main gym at LDHS and the Raiders will take on Northwestern at 10:00 am while Byrnes and Clover take on each other on another mat… As soon as both matches are over, the two winners will take on each other in round two… If you want to see some good high school wrestling make plans to come to Saturday and cheer the Raiders on. Go Raiders!

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 2-5-2020

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils: The CHS Red Devils traveled down to Newberry HS last night to take on the Bulldogs in region action

  • G: CHS 54 – NHS 19… In the first game of the night at Newberry, the Lady Red Devils led 17-2 after the first 8 minutes of play and then rolled on to a dominating 54-19 win over the Bulldogs… Again the red used their strong defense to help lead them to victory…The Red Devils had 4 players score in double-digits as both DeShanti Watts and Asia Boyd both led the team with 12 points while Tinique Austin finished with 11 and Taneal Evans 10… Dana Kinard rounded out the Red Devil scoring with 9 points.
  • B: NHS 66 – CHS 52… In the boys’ game, the Red Devils played a good first half as they carried a 29-27 lead into the locker room at its end… The Red Devils continued to play hard in the second half but just could not hold the lead as the Bulldogs came back 45-38 lead at the end of the third quarter and then went on to take a 66-52 win… Coach Romines commented afterwards that the Red Devils continue to play hard and well at times but they just have to put it all together for 4 quarters… Austin Copeland led the Red Devil scoring with 20 points and Davis Wilson was also in double-digits with 10 points… Jadden Copeland finished with 8 points, Tylon Scurry 5, Kimon Quarles 4, Wil Stewart 3 and Konnor Richardson 2… The Red Devils are now 1-22 on the season and 0-8 in region play… They will host the Emerald Vikings this Friday night.

 LDHS Raiders: The Laurens Raiders played host the Generals of Wade Hampton HS in in Region I-AAAAA action.

  • G: WHHS 44 – LDHS 36… In the girls’ game, the Lady Generals took a 44-36 win over the Raiders… The Generals led 16-10 at the half and stretched that lead to 33-18 at the end of the third quarter by outscoring the Raiders 17-8 in the third quarter… Some teams might have just “played out” the final 8 minutes of the game but not the Raiders… They tried to fight back in the fourth quarter and did outscore the Generals 18-11 but it was just too little too late… Qua Fortson led the Raiders in scoring with 13 points and Raniya Jackson was also in double-digits with 10 points… MK Moore finished with 5 points, Ashanti Conway 3, Mackenzie Ward 3, CaDayzhia Grant 1and Nadia Anderson 1… The Raiders fall to 4-12 on the season and 2-8 in region play.
  • B: WHHS 56 – LDHS 45… In boys’ action, the Generals came into last night’s contest with an 8-2 region record that had them tied with Westside for the region lead… They are also a senior led team… In the first quarter both of those facts were evident as they clicked like a well-oiled machine and rolled out to a 23-10 lead over the Raiders… The two teams played almost to a draw in the second quarter as the Generals led 36-22 at the half… The Raiders came out of the locker room and in the third quarter started a come-back that saw them cut the General lead to 42-36 with 8 minutes left to play… However the Raiders could not maintain that momentum in the fourth quarter as the Generals took a 56-45 win… The Raiders were led in scoring by Leonard Williams and Dee Foster who both had 19 points…Dra Copeland was the only other Raider to score as he finished with 7 points… The Raiders are now 6-14 on the season and 2-8 in region play… The Raiders will host Woodmont this Friday.

Laurens Academy Crusaders: The Crusaders hosted the Knights of WW King Academy in their last home games of the regular season.

  • G: LA 36 – WWK 21… In varsity girls’ action, the Crusaders went into the locker room at the half with a 16 7 lead and then broke the game open in the third quarter where they outscored the K nights 16-6 and then went on to take a 36-21 win to run their region record to 5-3 on the season… Olivia Huck was the only Crusader to score in double-digits as she finished with a game-high 18 points… Blair Quarles scored 6 points, Payton Green 4, Reagan Williamson 3, SG Natiello 2, Elissa Hucks 2 and Rylee Ballard 1… The team is now 15-7 on the season.
  • B: LA 38 – WWK 34… Now the varsity boys’ team was also victorious last night as they took a hard fought 38-34win over the Knights … The Knights led 9-6 after 8 minutes of play but the Crusaders fought back to take a 19-15 lead going into the locker room at the half… The two teams played to a draw in the second half as they both scored 8 points in the third quarter and 11 in the fourth… Caio Rita was the only Crusader in double digits scoring 13 points… Diamonte Grant scored 9 points, Thomas Lowry 5, Andrew Codington 3, Colton McGee 3, Luke Kerber 2, Davis Thompson 2 and Cal Robertson 1… The Crusaders improve to 11-13 on the season and 4-4 in the region… The Crusaders will close out their regular season on the road this Friday as they travel to Newberry to take on the eagles in important region games that will have an impact on region tournament seeding.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 2-4-2020

PC Notes: For more information about any of the PC games below, click in the score at the beginning.

  • MBK: Hampton 87 – PC 81 in OT… Last Saturday the Blue Hose men’s basketball team traveled up to Hampton, Va. To take on the Hampton Pirates… The Blue Hose led 34-25 at the half bit the Pirates came back to tie the game at 71-71 at the end of regulation and then outscored the Blue Hose 16-10 in overtime to take an 87-81 win… Chris Martin led the Blue Hose in scoring with 24 points… The team is now 8-15 overall and 5-5 in Big South play… The Blue Hose will be back in action this Thursday as they host the Runnin Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb at 7:00 pm and it can be heard on the PC Sports Network and seen on ESPN+.
  • WBK: Radford 65 – PC 39… The Lady Blue Hose were also in action last Saturday afternoon as they hosted the Radford Highlanders… PC led 11-6 at the end of the first quarter but by the time the first half ended the Highlanders had taken a 21-16 lead… The second half belonged to Radford as they outscored the Blue Hose 44-23 to take a 65-39 win… Trinity Johnson had 15 points to lead the Blue Hose in scoring… The Blue Hose are now 3-8 in Big South play and 7-13 overall… The team will be back in action today as they head to Spartanburg to take on USC Upstate at 6:00 pm in a c9ntest that can be seen on ESPN+

 

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils: The Red Devil JV basketball teams hosted the Newberry Bulldogs last night in the main gym at CHS in a pair of region games.

  • G: CHS 40 – NHS 11… The Lady Red Devil JV team continued their winning ways as they sent the Bulldogs back to the dog house with a dominating 40-11 loss… Keke Boyd and Anna Lichtenberger led the Red Devils with 10 points each.
  • B: CHS 59 – NHS 48… Now more good news for Red Devil fans as the JV boys also defeated the Bulldogs but it was a closer game as the Red Devils won 59-48… Tylon Scurry led the Red Devils with 18 points.
  • Varsity on the Road Tonight… The Red Devil varsity teams will travel to Newberry HS tonight for a pair of games with the girls’ game starting at 6:00 pm

LDHS Raiders: The Raider sub-varsity teams traveled up to Grenville last night to take on the Wade Hampton Generals.

  • JVG: WHHS 26 – LDHS 14… In the first game, the Raider JV girls offense was all but nonexistent in the first half as they managed only 3 points in the half while the Generals but 14 on the board in the half and went on to take a 26-14 win over the Raiders… Angel Johnson did finish with a game-high 7 points leading the Raiders in scoring… Osaviona Swindler scored 4 points, Amilion Evans 2 and Wymaya Givens 1.
  • Freshman Boys: WHHS 51 – LDHS 40…The Raider freshman boys’ team also lost to the Generals by a score of 51-40… The Generals led 26-22 at the half and continued to pull away in the second half… KS Mosley had a game-high 33 points for the Raiders… Jay Hunter finished with 4 points and Demar Massey 3.
  • JVB: WHHS 44 – LDHS 32… Well the Raiders were shutout last night as the Generals took a 44-32 win in JV boys’ action… Once again the Raider offense was slow to get started as they scored only 11 points in the first half while the Generals put up 20 points in the half… The two teams battled to a draw in the third quarter (11 points each) but the Generals put the game away in the fourth outscoring the Raiders 13-10… The Raiders were particularly cold from the free throw line as they made only 6 of 20 shots attempted… The Raiders had two players scoring in double-digits as Travon Hunter finished with 12 points and Waldrick Burnside 10… Isaiah Craig scored 7 points and Chris Graham 3.
  • Varsity Host Wade Hampton Tonight… Now I hope you can make it out to the main gym at LDHS tonight where the Raiders will be hosting the Generals in varsity action starting with the girls’ game at 6:00 pm… If you can’t, we do plan on brining you the games live here on Real Radio WLBG and streaming live on the internet at www.wlbg.com

 

Raider Wrestling… Catching up with the Raider wrestling team:

  • Greenwood 58 – Laurens 18… Last Thursday the Raiders traveled to Greenwood to take on the Eagles with an outright region championship on the line… Unfortunately the Raiders fell to the Eagles by a score of 58-18… Robert Lawson, Christopher Hosteller and Kole Lawson all defeated their opponents on the mats.. One other Raider (Austin James) also took a win by forfeit… To see complete match details click here.
  • Raider Co-Region Champions But Get #1 Seed For Playoffs… With the loss at Greenwood, the Raiders finished in a three way tie for the Region 1-AAAAA Championship with Greenwood and JL Mann…  All three teams are considered Co-Region Champions by the region constitution, but broke the tie for playoff purposes according to the rules in the region constitution… They coaches met last Friday and determined that for playoff purposed the Raiders would be a #1 see, JL Mann #2 and Greenwood #3… This means that the Raiders would host the first and second rounds of the playoffs last next Saturday, February 8th.
  • More to Come… I’ll have some more information on the Raider wrestling team over the next couple of days as I get some clarification on some information I have.

 Laurens Academy Crusaders: The Crusader basketball teams will be hosting WW King in region action tonight.


 

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Sports Report for Monday, 2-3-2020

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils: Last Friday the Clinton Red Devils hosted the Mid-Carolina Rebels in a pair of region games.

  • G: CHS 38- MCHS 28… In girl’s action, the Red Devils ran their region record to 6-1 as they took a 38-28 win over the Rebels… Neither team showed a lot of offense in the first quarter and the Rebels led at its end by a score of 8-7… The Red Devil offense stepped up its pace and the defense tightened up in the second quarter as the Red Devils led 19-12 at the half and maintained that lead through the third quarter… In the fourth quarter they pulled away by outscoring the Rebels 11-8 taking the win… De’ Shanti Watts had a game-high 16 points to lead the Red Devils in scoring… Peyton Price-Walker finished with 9 points, Grayson Taylor 7, Tinique Austin 4, Taneal Evans 1 and Serenity Baker 1… The team is 17-4 overall.
  • B: MCHS 55 – CHS 46… Now I hate to have to report that the Rebels took a 55-46 win over the Red Devils in boys’ action… The Red Devils played them close in the first half as they only trailed 19-15 after 16 minutes of play… The third quarter was the difference in the game as the Rebels scored 23 points to the Red Devils 9 to take a 42-24 lead into the fourth quarter… The Red Devils fought back outscoring the Rebels 22-132 but could get no closer… After the game Coach Eddie Romines had the following comments… “Tough loss tonight! We played a good first half but didn’t play well in the 3rd quarter. We got down by 22 and then played a great 4th quarter. We cut the lead to 4 and had chances to get closer but we just couldn’t close it out. Our effort was very good all game but turnovers hurt us tonight. Davis Wilson, Konnor Richardson, and Kimon Quarles played good tonight. CK Vance and Tylon Scurry came off the bench and gave us a lift in the 2nd half. We are going to continue to work hard to get better. The guys are working very hard. We’re very young but the future is bright for Red Devil basketball!“… Davis Wilson led the Red Devils in scoring with 12 points and Tylon Scurry was also in double-digits with 11 points… Kimon Quarles finished with 9 points, Konnor Richardson y6, Austin Copeland 4, CK Vance 2 and Jadden Copeland 2… The Red Devils will travel to Newberry tomorrow.

 Raiders:

  • Raider Games Postponed… Last Friday there was a little bit of snow in Pickens County so they let school out early and that caused the Laurens at Easley games to be postponed…. They are currently scheduled to be made-up on Wednesday February 12th.

 

Laurens Academy: The Crusaders hosted the Eagles of Richard Winn Academy.

  • G: LA 44 – RWA 37… The Crusaders girls took a 44-37 win over the Lady Eagles… The Crusaders jumped out to a 10-4 lead after the first quarter and then 26-15 at the half… The Eagles did outscore the Crusaders 22- 18 in the second half but the Crusaders would not let them get any closer… Blair Quarles led the Crusaders in scoring with 20 points and Regan Williamson was also in double-digits with 12 points… Olivia Huck and Payton Breen finished with 5 points each while SG Natiello scored 2 points to round out the Crusader scoring… The Crusaders are now 17-7 on the season.
  • B: RWA 59 – LA 42… Now the news is not as good for Crusader fans as the Eagles took a 59-42 win over the Crusaders… The Crusaders had trouble with their offense in the first half as the Eagles held them to just 14 points while the Eagles scored 25… The Crusaders picked up their offense somewhat in the second half but still could not outscore the Eagles as the Eagles took the win… Caio Rita led the Crusaders with 15 points and Diamonte Grant was also in double digits with 11 points… Thomas Lowry added 6 points, Andrew Codington 3, Colton McGee 3, Clarence Bertoli 2 and Luke Kerber 2… The Crusaders are now 10-13 on the season… The Crusaders will host WW Kin in region action tomorrow night in their last home games of the regular season.

Pro Sports:

  • Super Bowl: Kansas City 31 – San Francisco 20… now for those football fans who either returned form a trip to outer space, were stuck in a cave for the last 12 hours, just came out of a comma this morning or are waking up after a long surgery Kansas City defeated the San Francisco Forty 31-20… The Chiefs scored 21 unanswered point in the fourth quarter to come back and take the win… It is the franchise’s second Super Bowl win and it came 50 years after their first win in Super Bowl IV… For complete coverage of the game and all the facts about it you might want to know, click here.

 


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Sports Report for Friday, 1-31-2020

PC Notes: For more information about any of the PC games below, click in the score at the beginning.

  • WBK: PC 67 – CSU 46… Last Tuesday the Lady Blue Hose basketball team traveled down I-26 to North Charleston to take on Buccaneers of Charleston Southern University… I imagine that the trip back seemed shorter than the one down as the Blue hose took a 67-46 win over the Bucs… PC led 34-17 at the half and then held on as the Bucs outscored the Blue Hose 29-23 in the second half… Kacie Hall, Trinity Johnson and Jade Compton all had 11 points to lead PC in scoring… PC is now 7-12 on the season and 3-7 in Big South play… The ladies will host Radford tomorrow at 2:00 pm in a game that can be seen on ESPN+
  • MBK: USC Upstate 77 – PC 74… Last night the Blue Hose men’s basketball team hosted the Spartans of USC Upstate… It was a close game and USC Upstate’s Everette Hammond connected on a three-pointer as time expired to lead the Spartans to a 77-74 victory over the Blue Hose… PC led by 3 at the half (39-36) but the Spartans fought back and forged ahead late in the second half as PC came back and tied the game 74-74 with 1:27 left only to have the Spartans hit the 3 at the buzzer to take the win… Corey Hightower led the Blue Hose in scoring with 19 points… PC drops to 8-14 overall and 5-4 in Big South play and will be on the road tomorrow as they travel to Hampton for a 4:00 pm contest with the Pirates that can be seen on ESPN+ and heard on the PC Sports Network.

Local Notes:

CHS Red Devils: Yesterday the JV basketball teams traveled to Mid-Carolina to take on the Rebels

  • G: CHS 22 – MCHS 16… The Lady Red Devils continue their winning ways as they took a 22-16 win over the Rebels… Keke Boyd and Anna Litzenberger both finished with 5 points each to lead the team in scoring.
  • B: CHS 27 – MCHS 26… Now there is also good news where the JV boys are concerned as they took an exciting 27-26 win over the Rebels… Coach Bridges said the game went back and forth with the Red Devils pulling out the win…. James Anderson led the Red Devils in scoring with 11 points.
  • Varsity Host Mid-Carolina Tonight… The varsity basketball teams will take to the court at CHS tonight for a pair of important region games with the Rebels starting at 6:00 pm with the girls’ game.

 LDHS Raiders: The Laurens Raider sub-varsity teams hosted the Easley Green Wave in the main gym at LDHS last night.

  • JVG: LDHS 26 – EHS 24… In JV girl’s action, the Raiders took a 26-24 win in a game that was close all night… The Raiders led at the half 14-11 and 18-15 going into the fourth quarter… Easley came back to take the lead early in the fourth quarter but the Raiders clawed back and tied the game 21-21 with 5 minutes left to play and took the lead a few seconds later and then held on for the win… Angel Johnson and Osaviona Swindler both had 7 points to lead the Raiders in scoring… Amillion Evans finished with 5 points, Kamryn George 3, Haylie Cannon 3 and T’Keyah Berry 1.
  • Freshman Boys: LDHS 47 – EHS 37… Now the news is also good for Raider fans as the freshman boys fought back from a slow start to take a 47-37 win over the Green Wave… The Raiders fell behind early trailing 11-2 at the end of the first quarter and 22-13 at the half… However the Raiders came out of the locker room on fire in the third quarter and also stepped up their defense as they held Easley to just 4 points in the third and had a 29-26 lead going into the fourth quarter… The Raiders then outscored the Green Wave 18-11 in the final 6 minutes to take the win… TyQua Johnson had a game-high 21 points to lead the Raiders in scoring… K.D. Mosley finished with 8 points, jay Hunter 5, Trae Hill 4, Demar Massey 4, Gemire Darden 3 and Jordan Roberts 2.
  • JVB: EHS 43 – LDHS 32… In the final game last night, the Raider JV boys could not overcome a slow start as they fell to the Green Wave 43-32… The Raiders offense was pretty much missing in the first half as they trailed 25-5 at its end… The Raiders did come out of the locker room and play much better offensively in the third quarter as they outscored the Green Wave 19-5 to cut the Easley lead to 30-24 headed into the fourth quarter… However the Green Wave came out in the fourth quarter and stopped the Raider rally outscoring them 13-8 to take the win… van Butler, Waldrick Burnside and Travon Hunter each had 7 points to lead the Raiders in scoring… Chris Graham finished with 6 points, Isaac Craig 3 and Tye Roberson 2.
  • Varsity at Ealey Tonight… The Raider varsity teams will travel to Easley tonight to take on the Green Wave with the girls games starting at 6:00 pm.

 

Laurens Academy Crusaders:  The Crusader basketball teams will be hosting Richard Winn today starting with the middle school girls at 4:00 pm.


 

Middle School:

Clinton MS at Westview MS… In their final games of the season, the CMS Wildcats traveled down to Greenwood to take on the \Westview MS Titans.

  • G: CMS 26 – WMS 16… Sorry no scoring details but I can tell you that the lady Wildcats finished with an 11-3 record which means they finished second in their conference.
  • B: CMS 36 – WMS 33… There is also good news where the Wildcat boys team is concerned as they took a close 36-33 win over the Titans… Again I don’t have and scoring details… They also finished with an 11-3 record which also gave them second place in the conference.

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