Sports Report for Thursday, 5-28-2020

Local Notes:

 CHS

  • Greg Sanders Signs with PC… Yesterday at Clinton HS senior football player Greg sanders signed a letter of intent to continue his education and football career close to home at PC… This past season he saw action on both sides of the ball as he played defensive line some for the Red Devils and was also a running back for the team… He saw action in all 11 games for the Red Devils and carried the ball 63 times for 326 yards and was only tackled for a loss one time losing just 1 yard… He also carried the ball into the end zone for 4 rushing TDs last season… He joins teammate Austin Caughman who signed with PC earlier… While he sees himself mainly as a running back he said “I’ll play wherever I’m needed”… Now I did a very short interview with him after the signing and if you would like to see that, click here… Congratulations to Greg!

 

 Laurens Academy:

  • Crusaders Hire Brian Kneece… Yesterday Laurens Academy announced the hiring of Brian Kneece as a teacher and a coach… Coach Kneece has spent the past eight years coaching at Greenwood Christian, where he was an assistant for varsity football, and was the head middle school football and baseball coach… He attended WW King Academy where he lettered in football and basketball… While attending Lander University he coached at King and was involved in the football and basketball programs… After graduating with a degree in history from Lander, Coach Kneece began teaching and coaching at Greenwood Christian… Coach Kneece will be an assistant varsity football coach and be the head middle school football coach at Laurens Academy… Also, he will teach history and physical education.

COVID-19 Related:

  • SCHSL Expected to Release Restart Guidelines Today… June 1 is the date that SCHSL Rules and Regulations normally kick in for the summer and that is next Tuesday… Well there has been nothing normal about this spring sports season as you are well aware of… Several coaches and athletic directors expect the SCHSL to send out an email outlining what can and cannot be done now that Governor McMaster has said youth and adult sports leagues can start practice on Monday and contest on June 15… No one that I have talked to expects it to be “as in the past” and they do expect more regulations designed to protect the health of the athletes, coaches, trainers and staff as the practices and summer schedule resumes… I have a sneaky feeling you will see a lot more thermometers in use not just checking to see if the weather is too hot and sticky for the players to practice but are the players, coaches, trainers and staff too hot (fever) when they show up each day… What happens this summer may dictate what happens in August and also be an indicator of how things will be handled this fall… If I hear anything I’ll let you know… Let’s Play Ball!

 


NASCAR

  • Cup Race Postponed Until Tonight… As the true NASCAR fans can already tell you, last night’s Cup race had to be postponed due to the bad weather associated with Tropical Depression Bertha… Now NASCAR officials have their fingers crossed that the bad weather will move on out today enough for them to get the race in tonight… If it does the green flag will drop about 7 pm.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions… The Clinton and Laurens YMCAs have now reopened with restrictions and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the safety of their members and staff in mind. [Read more…]

Sports Report for Wednesday, 5-27-2020

Local Notes: 

Laurens County Speedway… The Laurens County Speedway (LCS) was able to hold its normal Saturday night card of events last Saturday night and the bested NASCAR in that for the first time this racing season they opened the gates for fans to watch…. To see a detailed accounting of each main event as provided by Will Richard, click here… A quick recap of each main event is as follows:

  • Thunder Bombers… Casey Lawson took the win in the Thunder Bomber leading from start to finish… A lot of caution in the race kept the drivers close but he was able to hold off Reid Neadehiser who finished second.
  • 602 Crates… Colt Smith picked up his first win of the season in the 602 Crates… Shun “Oreo” Thomas earns a tough second place finish, followed by Colby Cannon in third.
  • MMSA 4-Cylinder… Travis Mosely held off Matt Gilbert for a $1,200 pay day in the Monster Mini Stock Association Four Cylinder main event…. This too was a caution filled race that had its last restart with 10 laps to go.
  • Limited… Tony Quarles had the pole in the Limited main event and used it dominate the race until late in the race Dale Timms was able track him down and get past for the win with Quarles finishing second.
  • Front Wheel Drive… And finally in the Front wheel Drive Jason Lambert took his first win of the season beating out the previously undefeated this season Travis Jamieson by 0.244 seconds… Heck according to my wife that’s how long it takes me to fall asleep if I go horizontal on the couch.

NASCAR

  • Chase Elliott Wins Gander Truck Series race and Collects a Bounty… In case you missed it, last night up at Charlotte Chase Elliott took the win in the NC Education Lotter 200 Gander Truck Series race… It was the first time since 2017 that he had driven a truck in the series… Now Kyle Busch finished second and he had a bounty on his head… Busch had won the last 7 truck series races and there was a $100,00 bounty for any full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver who could beat him… Now for more on this race click here and when you get there you will find another link to entire order of finish for the race.
  • Cup Series Races Again Tonight… Now there is one more race at Charlotte this week and it is tonight as they run the Alsco Uniform 500 starting at 8 pm… Again it will be available on all the usual NASCAR TV outlets including FS1,
  • Cup Series Driver Standings… Now for those of you who like to keep up with the driver standings in the Cup Series, Kevin Harvick leads the field with 291 points… The next two drivers are Joey Logano (268) and Alex Bowman (266)… If you would like to see the entire list of driver standings, click here.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions[Read more…]

Sports Report for Tuesday, 5-26-2020

Local Notes:

Clinton YMCA Resuming Dixie Youth … Yesterday I mentioned that the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department will resume Little League practice on June 1 and games on June 15… I also mentioned that I had thought the Clinton YMCA was also going to do the same with their Dixie Youth baseball and softball program but I would try to confirm that… Well I have confirmed that they will also be staring practice on June 1 and games on June 15… Further I was told that they do have some spaced in some of the leagues if you have a son or daughter who missed the initial registration and would like to participate… They ask me to tell you to call the YMCA at 833-1555 for more information about which leagues have available space and the procedure for registering your child or grandchild…. Play Ball!


NASCAR

  • Kyle Busch Wins Xfinity race last Night at Charlotte… For the second night in a row the NASCAR race at Charlotte went overtime as a mishap on lap 197 of the 200 lap race brought out the caution flag sending the race into overtime… After the restart Kyle Busch blew by Austin Cindric and pulled away for his 97th career win in the Xfinity series… If you would like to read more about the race, click here to go to the NASCAR site where you will find more on it and a link to the entire order of finish in the race.
  • Two More Races in Charlotte… A quick reminder for you NASCAR junkies out there that there will be another race in Charlotte tonight as the Gander Truck Series finally gets back into action with the NC Education Lottery starting at 8 pm and then tomorrow night at 8 pm also the Cup Series will return to the track for the Alsco Uniform 500… Of course these races are still being conducted with “no fans in the stands”… One thing for sure, NASCAR is leading the charge in returning to action and trying to catch up of some missed races!
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

College Baseball Trivia Questions

  • Which two D-1 college baseball teams are tied for the longest winning streaks at 34 games and in what years?  Florida Atlantic in 1999 and Texas in 1977
  • Which D-I school has won the most CWS? Southern Call with 12 (1948, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1968, 1970-74, 1978, 1998)

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Sports Report for Monday, 5-25-2020

Local Notes: 

Little League Getting Ready to Start… I got an email from Jason Pridgen the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation director stating that Laurens Little League (L3) is in the process of restarting its season… It stated in part “With the latest information from the Governor, practices will be beginning on June 1st and games will resume on June 15th. Over the next week we will be preparing rosters and practice schedules but all players should be ready to begin”… Now I have heard through the rumor mill that the Clinton YMCA Dixie Youth Program may be getting ready to do the same… I’ll touch base with them today and try to conform this and get more details if available… Let’s hope we will be hearing “Play Ball” all around the country before too long! 


NASCAR

  • Keselowski Get the Win by Staying Out… In case you did not stay up late last night to see the finish of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte last night Brad Keselowski took the win in a race that has a rain delay of just over an hour at lap 50 and went overtime actually going 607.5 miles… A late race caution with 2 laps to go saw several drivers pit but not Keselowski as he stayed on the track and then took the lead on the restart at lap 404 and beat Jimmie Johnson to the finish line by just       .293 seconds to take the win… However Johnson’s failed a post-race inspection and was disqualified giving Chase Elliott the second place finish… For more on this race click here… To see the entire order of finish click here.
  • Xfinity Series Races Tonight… Now a quick reminder that the Xfinity Series will take to the track tonight at Charlotte for a 300 mile race that is scheduled to at 7:30 if there is no rain.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

 

College Baseball Trivia Questions

  • Which two D-1 college baseball teams are tied for the longest winning streaks at 34 games and in what years?
  • Which D-I school has won the most CWS?

 


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Sports Report for Friday, 5-22-2020

Local Notes: 

LDHS:

Raiders Hold Signing Day… When student-athletes are able to continue their education and sports careers at institutions of higher learning signing day is a major event we like to cover here at WLBG… However as you know the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close, sports to cease and social distancing practices made it impossible to hold the signing ceremonies as has been done in the past… AD Tommy Spires and the administration did find a way to give the seniors who were signing their letters of intent a way do this and as he put it “one last opportunity to stand in front of the diamond L.”… They brought eight (8) senior and their families in at different times and then made a short video where the student-athletes talked about their choice of school, what the plan on majoring in and other things much like we have done here in the past on WLBG… They then edited their individual videos in to video which you can see if you click here… My congratulations not only to the student-athletes involved but to Coach Spires and the administration for doing this… The student-athletes who participated in the signings are:

  • Andrea Choice– Track, Columbia College
  • Blakely Hall– Cheerleading, Anderson University
  • Brielle Macatiag– Volleyball, Columbia International University
  • Lauren Madden– Cheerleading, Anderson University
  • Nigil Owens– Basketball, Erskine College
  • Aidan Pridgen– Baseball, USC Lancaster
  • Tyrese Thompson– Football, NGU
  • Ashley Walker– Acrobatics and Tumbling, Lander University

Laurens Academy:

  • Updated Sports Awards at Laurens Academy… Earlier this week I brought you some information about sports awards for this year at Laurens Academy… At that time all I had were the names of winners on the varsity teams… Since that time I have been able to obtain the names of the winners for middle school sports awards… I have now updated the list of award winners to include the middle school winners and if you click here, it will open up a list of the varsity winners on the first page and if you scroll down to the second page you will find the middle school winners… Congratulations to one and all! Go Crusaders!

NASCAR

  • Chase Briscoe Wins Toyota 200… In case you missed it yesterday, Chase Briscoe won the Toyota 200 Xfinity race at Darlington Yesterday… He and Kyle Busch bumped and banged each other the final 10 laps with Briscoe holding on for the win which was a bright spot in a tough week for him and his wife… Earlier they announced that they had lost a baby they were expecting later this year… For more on this story and the race click here… If you do it will carry you to the NASCAR posting about the race and there will be links there for official race results and an emotional interview with Briscoe.
  • Racing Sunday at Charlotte… A quick reminder that the Cup Series takes center stage this Sunday as they hold the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway again with “no fans in the stands”… The green flag drops close to 6:00 pm and it can be seen on FS1.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions[Read more…]

Sports Report for Thursday, 5-21-2020

Senior SalutesAs of this date I have not received information from CHS- track and baseball coaches and the LDHS– boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches as well as the track coaches.


COVID-19 Related:

  • Governor Eases Restrictions on Recreational Sports Leagues… As many of you may have heard Governor McMaster yesterday announced that attractions like zoos, museums, amusement parks, planetariums, bingo halls and other similar businesses can reopen beginning tomorrow if they follow certain guidelines… To see the entire list and text of his announcement click here… In that same announcement he also stated that youth and adult sports leagues may resume practices starting May 30 and competition June 15 if they also follow certain guidelines… Those guidelines include but are bit limited to any activities that could spread saliva including things like spitting, chewing gum, licking fingers and the eating or spitting of seeds… Now there is a lot more to the guidelines covering reopening of sports and if you care to see the long list of guidelines and suggestions click here… Now obviously this announcement comes much too late to salvage the high school spring sports and most likely Little League and Dixie Youth baseball / softball as the national organizations have called a halt to all regional and national playoffs and championships… One note of encouragement from this tough is that things are looking up for high school athletics and their being able to do what they normally do during the summer… The SCHSL summer rules and regulations normally take effect on June 1 of each year… By order of the Executive Committee all organized activities related to high school athletics are forbidden until further notice… At their last meeting in April, the committee did give SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton and his staff the authority to lift that ban based on whether or not Governor McMaster lifted his restrictions on sports… I hope this announcement from Governor McMaster will trigger a similar announcement from the SCHSL so that coaches and student-athletes can start preparing for next school year!

NASCAR

  • Hamlin Wins Rain Delayed and Shortened Toyota 500… Well for those of you who may have had to go to bed early last night I’ll tell you that Denny Hamlin won the Toyota 500 Cup Series Race last night down at Darlington… Rain caused the start to be delayed just over 2 hours and then rain caused the race to be stopped with about 20 laps to go… Hamlin stayed on the track during a late race caution while those in front of him headed to the pits and took the lead… He held off the pack on the restart and was still there when another caution came out with 29 laps to go and before the race could be restarted the rain came and NASCAR parked the cars on pit road… When the rain intensified a short time later NASCAR called a halt to it and he was declared the winner… If you would like to see the official race results click here.
  • Toyota 200 Today… Now a quick reminder for the casual NASCAR fans out there that the Xfinity Series Toyota 200 which was postponed by rain Tuesday night will be run today at noon… The race will be held at Darlington and again there will be “no fans in the stands”… FS! And the MRN networks will broadcast the event live (weather permitting) and if you are interested in the starting lineup click here… Got to love all the publicity the State of South Carolina is getting by having these “come-back” races at Darlington.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions… The Clinton and Laurens YMCAs have now reopened with restrictions and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the safety of their members and staff in mind.

  • Clinton YMCA… The Clinton Family YMCA opened Monday, 5-18-2020 under what they refer to as Phase 1 Guidelines and Restrictions… First the Y’s hour are now Monday-Friday 7am to 7 pm, Saturday 7am to 6 pm and closed on Sunday… The list of restrictions and guidelines are quite long but a few of them require social distancing (6 feet minimum), use of one entrance only where all will have their temperature checked, class sizes limited to 10, gym for walking only (no basketball), time limits on some equipment and many other items including but not limited to more frequent cleaning and sanitizing… To see the entire list of guidelines and restrictions click here.
  • Laurens YMCA… The Laurens YMCA (which is part of the Lakelands Region YMCA) also changed it operating hour … They will be open Monday-Friday from 5 am to 7pm, Saturday 8 am to 4 pm and will be closed on Sunday… They also have a list of restrictions and guidelines similar to the Clinton YMCA during Phase 1 of their reopening… To see that list and other important information click here.

 

City of Laurens Parks and Recreation NOT Reopened Yet… WLBG contacted Jason Pridgen the Director of the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department and he stated that they are not yet… He said the situation is “very fluid and it could change daily”… If I find out that they are open I will pass that information on to you.


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Sports Report for Wednesday, 5-20-2020

NASCAR

  • Xfinity Race to Run Thursday… An old nemesis of NASCAR won last night as Mother Nature and all the rain caused the Xfinity Series Toyota 200 race scheduled for last night at Darlington to be postponed until tomorrow at noon… The sport is called NASCAR not NASBOAT you know… If you would like to see the starting lineup for the race tomorrow click here.
  • Cup Race Tonight… Maybe… Now weather permitting they will try to race again tonight at Darlington… The Toyota 500 Cup Series race is due to get the green flag at 6 pm provided they all have not had to retreat to their boats… The race can be seen on FS! And MRN and if you want to see the starting lineup for this race click here.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

 


 

Laurens County Speedway Last Saturday the Laurens County Speedway opened its season much like NASCAR has done with its restart of the season in that there were no “fans in the stands”… The “Darlington of the Dirt” hosted the drivers who love to do it just for the sport and fun of it… Below is a summary listing the winner of each divisions of the main … To see a more “in depth accounting of each of the main events click here.

  • Thunder Bombers… The veteran Tinker Roberts held off Troy Bagwell to take the win
  • 602 Crate… Colby Cannon took the checkered flag here.
  • 4-Cylinder… The familiar face of Rod Tucker raced into victory lane.
  • Front Wheel Drive… Travis Jamieson started the 2020 season with a win here.
  • Limited Late Model… Deano Long led start to finish in the division’s main event.

COVID-19 Related:

  • Voluntary Pay Cuts at USC… Yesterday when I told you that as a cost cutting measure at Furman University the baseball and men’s lacrosse teams were being done away with and that senior administrators and some coaches were getting pay cuts and other measures were being taken to help lessen the impact of the COVID-19 financial impact on the university, I told you to expect more of this… well yesterday the University of South Carolina announced that President Bob Caslen, Athletic Director ray tanner and coaches Will Muschamp, Frank Martin and Dawn Staley had all agreed to reduced salaries this next school year… The projected savings from this are $1.2 million… They also announced other cost cutting measures such as delaying capital construction projects, deferring non-critical maintenance and filling only mission-critical positions and numerous other things in the academic and sports areas of the universities operation… For more information on this (including what these administrators and coaches are now expected to make this nest season) click here… Now I read somewhere that Clemson is doing some cost cutting in similar ways but have not heard anything about any of the coaches taking pay cuts voluntarily or otherwise… Come on Clemson coaches, step up to the plate and do the right thing… Heck you could cover any shortfall at Clemson if Dabo Swinney took a 10% cut… He can afford it! (LOL).

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions… The Clinton and Laurens YMCAs have now reopened with restrictions and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the safety of their members and staff in mind.

  • Clinton YMCA… The Clinton Family YMCA opened Monday, 5-18-2020 under what they refer to as Phase 1 Guidelines and Restrictions… First the Y’s hour are now Monday-Friday 7am to 7 pm, Saturday 7am to 6 pm and closed on Sunday… The list of restrictions and guidelines are quite long but a few of them require social distancing (6 feet minimum), use of one entrance only where all will have their temperature checked, class sizes limited to 10, gym for walking only (no basketball), time limits on some equipment and many other items including but not limited to more frequent cleaning and sanitizing… To see the entire list of guidelines and restrictions click here.
  • Laurens YMCA… The Laurens YMCA (which is part of the Lakelands Region YMCA) also changed it operating hour … They will be open Monday-Friday from 5 am to 7pm, Saturday 8 am to 4 pm and will be closed on Sunday… They also have a list of restrictions and guidelines similar to the Clinton YMCA during Phase 1 of their reopening… To see that list and other important information click here.

 

City of Laurens Parks and Recreation NOT Reopened Yet… WLBG contacted Jason Pridgen the Director of the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department and he stated that they are not yet… He said the situation is “very fluid and it could change daily”… If I find out that they are open I will pass that information on to you.


 

This & That:

Golf for Kids… The Laurens YMCA and PRTC will be holding their 16th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, May, 30, 2020 out at Lakeside Country Club… The monies raised at this tournament will benefit the Scholarship Program at the YMCA… The scholarships are designed to support those unable to participate because of financial difficulties… In 2019 the Y awarded more than $52,000 in financial assistance… For more information about the tournament, click here to see the tournament brochure… If you still have questions contact Brian Harland at 984-2626 or email him at brian@lakelandsymca.org… Make plans to come out for some great golf with your friends and support a very worthy cause.

Rhythm on the Rails… The City of Clinton’s first Rhythm on the Rails event of this season originally scheduled for May 15-16 has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been rescheduled for June 19-20… In addition to the usual entertainment, vendors and rides it will also include Smokein’ on the Rails a BBQ cooking contest…. For more on this event including links to vendor applications, click here.

 

 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, 5-19-2020

 

Senior SalutesI As of this date I have not received information from CHS- track and baseball coaches and the LDHS– boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches as well as the track coaches.


COVID-19 Related:

  • Furman Discontinues Baseball and Men’s Lacrosse… In case you missed it on the news last night, yesterday Furman University announced several actions it was taking due to the financial impact COVID-19 pandemic including the discontinuation of baseball and men’s lacrosse starting next school year… Baseball is one of the oldest sports at Furman dating back to 1896 while men’s lacrosse is one of the newest… According to reports these two sports had been under the microscope as Furman was looking at its long-term planning but the financial impact hastened the decision… The school will honor scholarships to the student-athletes if they choose to stay at Furman and will aid them if they choose to transfer… Under NCAA rules any player transferring to another school is immediately eligible to play when a school they are coming from discontinues their sport… The dropping of these two sports is estimated to save Furman five million dollars… Now to be honest what some of the TV stations did not report is that in the same announcement Furman announced other cost cutting measures that include cutting salaries of senior administrators including the president, furloughs and other budget reducing measures… To read the entire press release from Furman on all of click here… Don’t be surprised if you here of this happening at other institutions of higher learning before this is all over.

Pro Sports

  • Xfinity Races Tonight… Now for you casual NASCAR fans or sports fans in general who are starved for live action even with “no fans in the stands”, a quick reminder that the Xfinity Series will get back to action tonight as they invade the Darlington track… The Toyota 200 is scheduled to have the green flag drop just after 6:00 pm and it can be seen on FS1.
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

Local YMCAs Open with Restrictions… The Clinton and Laurens YMCAs have now reopened with restrictions and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the safety of their members and staff in mind.

  • Clinton YMCA… The Clinton Family YMCA opened Monday, 5-18-2020 under what they refer to as Phase 1 Guidelines and Restrictions… First the Y’s hour are now Monday-Friday 7am to 7 pm, Saturday 7am to 6 pm and closed on Sunday… The list of restrictions and guidelines are quite long but a few of them require social distancing (6 feet minimum), use of one entrance only where all will have their temperature checked, class sizes limited to 10, gym for walking only (no basketball), time limits on some equipment and many other items including but not limited to more frequent cleaning and sanitizing… To see the entire list of guidelines and restrictions click here.
  • Laurens YMCA… The Laurens YMCA (which is part of the Lakelands Region YMCA) also changed it operating hour … They will be open Monday-Friday from 5 am to 7pm, Saturday 8 am to 4 pm and will be closed on Sunday… They also have a list of restrictions and guidelines similar to the Clinton YMCA during Phase 1 of their reopening… To see that list and other important information click here.

 

City of Laurens Parks and Recreation NOT Reopened Yet… WLBG contacted Jason Pridgen the Director of the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department and he stated that they are not yet… He said the situation is “very fluid and it could change daily”… If I find out that they are open I will pass that information on to you.

 


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Sports Report for Monday, 5-18-2020

Local Notes:

Laurens Academy

  • 2019-2020 Sports Awards…. Last Thursday night Laurens Academy held its annual Sports Awards Ceremony virtually… As so many things are being done that way now due to the COVID-19 virus the Crusaders did there’s on Facebook … That video is available on the Laurens Academy Facebook site but in case you don’t do Facebook I thought I’d bring you the names of the young student-athletes honored last Thursday night… Now I don’t have time to bring you all of them here but if you click here it will take you to a list of all the varsity awards…. I’ll mention just a few of the MVP Awards: Football – Thomas Lowry, Volleyball – Katelyn Suttles, Boys Basketball –Caio Rita, Girls Basketball – Co-MVP Reagan Williamson and Blair Quarles. Boys Cross Country Andrew Codington and Girls Cross Country – Ivy Codington… Congratulations to these and the other who won awards last Thursday… Be sure to click here to see the full list.

Senior SalutesAs of this date I have not received information from CHS- track and baseball coaches and the LDHS– boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches as well as the track coaches. .

 


Pro Sports

NASCAR

  • Harvick Wins Real Heroes 400Well NASCAR became the first pro sport to restart its schedule yesterday with the running of the Real Heroes 400 down at Darlington… Kevin Harvick didn’t start on the pole but its not where you start that counts its where you finish and he finished first a little over 2 seconds ahead of Alex Bowman… It was Harvick’s 50th career win tying him with NASCAR Hall of Famers Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett on the NASCAR Cup Series all-time wins list…. Darlington is called “ the track too tough to tame” and it appeared at the beginning that it might prove to be true yesterday as Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wrecked at the start but after that only Jimmy Johnson was knocked out due to an accident … To see the complete order of finish in the race click here

 

  • More Darlington this Week… Now NASCAR continues to use the Darlington track this week as they have an Xfinity race there tomorrow at 7:30 pm and another Cup Series race on Wednesday at 7:30… Of course all of these are “no fans in the stands” races… To see the entire NASCAR TV schedule for this week click here.
  • Kenseth and Newman Make Comebacks… Yesterday’s race saw the comeback of two drivers after being out of action for different length of times… Ryan Newman who survived the horrific crash in the Daytona 500 at the start of this race season saw action for the first time and finished 16th in yesterday’s race… Matt Kenseth was behind the wheel for the first time since he retired at the end of the 2018 season… Kenseth finished 10th in the race… He was picked by the Chip Ganassi Racing team to take over the #42 car back in April after previous driver Kyle Larson was release for using a racial slur during an iRacing event… For more on this click here…. Especially good to see Newman back after that crash back in February!

 

 


 

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Sports Report for Friday, 5-15-2020

Senior SalutesAs of this date I have not received information from CHS- track and baseball coaches and the LDHS– boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches as well as the track coaches. .


College Sports:

  • Southern Conference Announces Cost Cutting Moves… According to a USA Today Sports Article on the Greenville News website the Southern Conference announces some cost cutting moves for the 2020-2021 season… These changes are made as a result of the uncertainty surrounding college athletics due to the COVID-19 virus and its effect on the revenue stream in college sport… One of the changes is that the fields for championship tournaments in baseball, softball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s soccer will be reduced to 4 teams… Another change is that in baseball each series against conference opponents will be reduced from 3 days to 2… The teams will play a single game on Friday night and a double-header on Saturday… Another change is that golf championships will be reduced from 3 days to 2… Media days in football and basketball will become virtual events… The league office will also take some hits in that it will be cutting some staff members and there will be no salary increases for remaining staff… Now if you would like to see the entire article which has comments for the Southern Conference Commissioner Jim Schaus and Wofford AD Richard Johnson click here…. It would not surprise me if we hear of more cost cutting in college athletics like this in the near future.

 


Pro Sports

NASCAR

 

  • Keselowski Wins Pole LotteryWell as most sports fans of any type know, NASCAR will get the jump on all other pro sports being the first one back in action this Sunday with the pre-race show starting about 2:30 pm (the race at 3:30)… The Cup race will be hosted at Darlington the track that is often referred to as “the track too tough to tame”… Now don’t jump in your cars and head down there because it (and the next several NASCAR races) will be held with no fans in the stands… You can view it ion all the usual TV outlets (FOX & MRN)… Now the starting order for the race was done by a live draw on FS1 yesterday and Brad Keselowski won that draw and will start on the poll…. Alex Bowman will start on the outside of row 1 beside him… If you would like to see the entire starting lineup, click here to go to the NASCAR site where it is located.

 

  • Other Upcoming Races… In addition to Sunday’s race at Darlington, there are 2 other races scheduled next week at Darlington… Then starting on Sunday, May 24 the NASCAR action will move to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for 4 races in as many days… To see the schedule for those races and what type races they will be click here….. Trivia Question: Why were Darlington and Charlotte chosen as the tracks where NASCAR would restart its schedule? Educated guess of an answer: They are close enough to the Charlotte area where most NASCAR teams are headquartered that the teams can travel there easily and not have to stay overnight thus limiting exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 5-14-2020

Local Notes: 

CHS

  • Booster Club Cancels Golf Tournament… Yesterday the Clinton High School Athletic Booster Club announced that it had made the decision to cancel this year’s annual golf tournament at Musgrove Mill that was scheduled to take place near the end of July… Booster Club Director Buddy Bridges said “there are just too many unknowns” and with the resumption of play at the course there is a backlog of events that made scheduling all but impossible.… This is the major fundraiser for the club which is supports all the sports at CHS with events like “Meet the Devils, season awards banquets and senior nights for each sport… The loss of the tournament means that the club must rely more heavily on memberships and sponsorships during the next school year… Tournament Director Austin Johnson commented “With all that said, hopefully, in July of 2021, we can host the biggest and best golf tournament that we’ve had to date.” 

 


 

Senior SalutesAs of this date I have not received information from CHS- track and baseball coaches and the LDHS– boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches as well as the track coaches. .


COVID-19 Related:

  • Florida Tech Eliminated Football… The COVID-19 pandemic claimed another victim earlier this week as the Florida Institute of Technology announced Monday that it will eliminate its football program due to the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic… The Panthers started developing thir football program back in 2011 and started play in the Division II Gulf South Conference in 2013 where they had a 44-35 record over the 7 seasons… Now if you click here it will take you to an article at USA Today where there is more information about this including what happens to the student-athleteswho are on football scholarships.

 


College Sports:

  • PC’s Hightower Transferring… According to Channel 7 Sports out of Spartanburg, Tuesday Western Carolina men’s basketball head coach Mark Prosser announced the addition of 6-7 forward Cory Hightower, a transfer from Presbyterian College… Hightower will sit out the 2020-21 season as per NCAA transfer rules and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining…“We are so excited to add Cory to our family,” stated Prosser. “He is already a highly decorated player at the Division I level, and we look forward to helping to continue his development as a player… Hightower averaged a team-best 13.7 points and 6.1 rebounds as a sophomore this past season as he started 30 of 31 games at PC and earned Honorable Mention All-Big South Conference honors. He tallied a career-high 23 points against Southern Conference-member VMI and logged double-digit scoring in 23 total games, thrice eclipsing the 20-point plateau. Hightower recorded the first triple-double in Blue Hose program history against Quinnipiac recording 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists on Nov. 23, 2019.

 


Pro Sports

 

  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the WeekTo see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this weekclick here.

 


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Sports Report for Wednesday, 5-13-2020

 

Senior SalutesI want to take a few minutes to honor the senior spring sports athletes who had their final season cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic… I have reached out to all the spring sports coaches but I will be honest with you and tell you not all of them have responded… If you have a son or daughter at CHS or LDHS who is a senior spring sport athlete you may want to touch bases with them to see if they have gotten the information to me… As of this date I have not received information from CHS- track and baseball coaches and the LDHS– boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches as well as track.

 

CHS Girls Soccer… The CHS girls’ soccer program is in its fourth year with only the last two being played at the varsity level… When the season was suspended by the COVID-19 pandemic they were undefeated and unscored on through the 3 matches that the varsity was able to play… My thanks to Coach Joe Benson for the following information and comments on each player.

 

  • Senior, Captain Abby Collins #11, Mid-Fielder… Abby is a tenacious competitor and dynamic leader on the field. It is rare to find a player who’s athletic, talented, and who is a true student of the game. After earning All-Region Honors in the first year of the program she came back and earned a Team Captain position. Additionally, she was voted Offensive Player of the Year for the 2020 season. She has poured herself into this sport through two years on JV and two on Varsity. Her dedication and skill set earned her multiple in and out of state college offers. However, she has decided not to play soccer at the next level and instead pursue her passion of cheer as part of the Lander University Cheer Team. Abby will undoubtedly be successful with whatever path she chooses to follow.

 

  • Senior, Captain Ava Machione #5, Defensive Holding Mid… Ava joined the soccer team a little after the other Seniors on the team but made an immediate impact. Her athleticism and desire to learn the game in order to make her and her team better showed every day. That drive culminated with her team selecting her as one of their Team Captains. Another one of Ava’s great attributes was her positive attitude even when the pressure of the game picked up. Her focus on what was important in the moment was contagious and kept those around her just as focused. I’m excited to see Ava’s future unfold as she goes on to further her education at Clemson University.
  • Senior, Madison Hoke # 3, Left Defensive Back… Madison ‘Why are you walking” Hoke. Definitely one of my favorite players to coach over the last three years. Madison came to soccer from Lacrosse and was looking for a sport to fill that void. Due to her work schedule, cheer schedule, and life schedule she missed early work with the team that started her off behind. However, her drive to not only play but to be a starter showed. She consistently worked hard, found time on her own, and improved to earn her starting position and never let the team down in high pressure situations. Madison Hoke is by far one of the hardest working young women I have ever met and as long as she takes that work ethic with her there is no doubt she will be a huge success. She will be attending Newberry College next year as a member of their Cheer team.

 

  • Senior, Reese Lawson #13, Right Defensive Back… Reese poured every fiber of herself into every game she played. She played with a reckless abandonment that was a marvel to watch. She wouldn’t hesitate to take an opportunity to put the team on her back and push the ball forward from the back line into scoring position. Her career highlight with our team came last year when she was called forward to fill a vacancy on the attacking side and then again rotating to the defensive unit when she was no longer needed up front. Her ability to transition from one phase of the game and then back to the other while maintaining her high level of play earned her All Region Honors. Reese’s spunk and fire will be missed by us but I am sure she will use it to energize those around her in her next season of life. She plans to go to school in the fall and pursue a degree in nursing.

 

  • Senior, Captain Kaitey Threat # 9, Center Defensive Back… Enough cannot be said about Kaitey Threat. By far one of the most remarkable accomplished, and thoughtful young women I ever met. Countless times myself and members of the team called on her to help from running drills, to artwork, to recording Seniors or to talking with a player. And in true Kaitey fashion she was never too busy to help. I remember watching Kaitey struggle as a new soccer player a few years ago; often coming off the field telling me how she couldn’t do something or play in that position. Then fast forward to this season as a Team Captain and watching her lead her defensive unit, coach from her position on the field and provide feedback and support in the huddles. These reasons and many more are why she was voted Defensive Player of the Year by her teammates. Kaitey never lacked talent but her development as a member of our program personifies what sports are supposed to be about: Character, Commitment, and Confidence. Kaitey will be attending Anderson University next fall.

 

  • Senior, Kesley Richards, Team Manager… Kesley has been our team manager since our Varsity program began. I often refer to her as the hardest working member of our team. Not only does she take care of all those details that I forget, she also has to deal with all my demands as the coach and all the players in practice, pre-game warm up, and post-game requests. Kesley dutifully made all of our practices, rain or shine. Ensured our players were ready to compete on practice and game days. She filmed our games and made sure I got our footage in time to review before team film study. Kelsey did all this without ever wearing a jersey, taking the field, or receiving any of the fanfare from our victories. However, her contribution to the team was instrumental in all our victories and last year’s playoff run. I couldn’t be happier with her as our manager and can only hope that I can find someone to fill her shoes next season. Kelsey will be attending Lander University this fall.

Pro Sports

 

  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the WeekTo see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this weekclick here.

 

 


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Sports Report for Tuesday, 5-12-2020

Senior SalutesI want to take a few minutes to honor the senior spring sports athletes who had their final season cut short by the COVIS-19 pandemic… I have reached out to all the spring sports coaches but I will be honest with you and tell you not all of them have responded… If you have a son or daughter at CHS or LDHS who is a senior spring sport athlete you may want to touch bases with them to see if they have gotten the information to me… As of this date I have not received information from CHS- track and baseball coaches and the LDHS– boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches.

LDHS Baseball… Thanks to Coach Tori Patterson for this info!

  • Garrett Addy… Garrett has been on the varsity squad for the last 2 years and has six years total in the Raider program… He has been playing left and right field… Garrett plans on continuing his education at Clemson next fall. Coach Patterson said “Garrett will be missed; he was a team player and pleasure to coach. I always knew I could count on him to do the right thing.”
  • Aiden Pridgen… Aiden has also been in the Raider baseball program for 6 years with the last 3 on the varsity squad… You could usually find him in centerfield or at second base… Aiden has signed to continue his education and baseball career at USC Lancaster… Coach Patterson commented “Aidan is one of the hardest working players I have coached. He would not be in this position if he didn’t work as hard as he did over the years. He started this season playing really well and I believe he will play well at the next level also.”
  • Erick Jones… Eric has played for the Raiders for 4 years with the last 2 on the varsity… When he was not on the mound you might find him in the outfield… Eric will attend Clemson University in the fall… Coach Patterson stated “Eric was a pleasure to coach and he was someone I counted on to be a leader for us. He definitely goes down as one of the most consistent pitchers I have ever coached.”
  • Jaylen Nance… Jaylen has also been playing for 4 years with the last 2 on the varsity… He mainly played first base… “Jaylen was fun to coach, he always made everyone smile. Jaylen worked hard to become the player he did. I am very proud to have coached him” commented Coach Patterson… Jaylen’s plans for this fall are still undecided.
  • Dee Foster… Dee only had 2 years in the Raider baseball program with only this past season on the varsity… Coach Patterson had the following comments about Dee “Dee was a really good athlete for our athletic department over the last 4 years. Dee is a really good baseball player and we are grateful that he decided to play for us his senior year”… Dee is also undecided on where he will attend college in the fall.

 

Pro Sports

  • Baseball May Return in July… The AP is reporting that MLB owners gave a thumbs-up on a plan to restart MLB… Spring training would start in early to mid-June with games starting in early July with no fans in the stands at first… If approved by local government officials they would prefer to play in their home MLB parks but could use spring training sites or neutral sites if not approved… When fans would be allowed back is really up in the air and depends on the COVID-19 situation… Other changes to the season would be that the season would only be 82 games long, travel would be limited by having the teams play only teams in their division and teams from the same division in the other league (Example NL East vs AL East)… Further the DH would be used in all games and the All-Star Game would be canceled… Now all of this is subject to approval by the players union where the article says it may have a tough time due to salary issues… Now if you would like to read the entire article, click here which will take you to the AP website… All I have to say is that I hope the owners and the players can put their egos and pocketbooks to the rear and let’s Play Ball!
  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

 


This & That:

Golf for Kids… The Laurens YMCA and PRTC will be holding their 16th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, May, 30, 2020 out at Lakeside Country Club… The monies raised at this tournament will benefit the Scholarship Program at the YMCA… The scholarships are designed to support those unable to participate because of financial difficulties… In 2019 the Y awarded more than $52,000 in financial assistance… For more information about the tournament, click here to see the tournament brochure… If you still have questions contact Brian Harland at 984-2626 or email him at brian@lakelandsymca.org… Make plans to come out for some great golf with your friends and support a very worthy cause.

 

Rhythm on the Rails… The City of Clinton’s first Rhythm on the Rails event of this season originally scheduled for May 15-16 has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been rescheduled for June 19-20… In addition to the usual entertainment, vendors and rides it will also include Smokein’ on the Rails a BBQ cooking contest…. For more on this event including links to vendor applications, click here.

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 5-11-2020

Senior SalutesThis week an into next week I want to take a few minutes to honor the senior spring sports athletes who had their final season cut short by the COVIS-19 pandemic… I have reached out to all the spring sports coaches but I will be honest with you and tell you not all of them have responded… If you have a son or daughter at CHS or LDHS who is a senior spring sport athlete you may want to touch bases with them to see if they have gotten the information to me… As of this date I have not received information from CHS- track and baseball coaches and the LDHS– boys and girls’ soccer coaches.

  • CHS Golf… The CHS Red Devil golf team had one senior this season and that is Phoebe Carles… Phoebe has been a member of the varsity golf team for the past 3 years and was playing in the #1 spot on the team… Coach Andrew Campbell commented “Phoebe has been an excellent leader for our golf team the past three years… She has helped lead our team each year on varsity… Phoebe led our team to compete at the SCHSL AAA State Golf Tournament in 2019… Also in 2019, Phoebe won All-State honors for her performance at the State Tournament… Previously in the 2018 season, Phoebe was also an All-Region golfer.”… Phoebe will play at UNC-Ashville next year… He also commented he was “very proud of her and wished her the best at UNC-Ashville”… I’ll put an Amen on wishing her the best!

 

PC Notes:

  • Football Signs 23 More… Since the National Signing Day on February 5, the Presbyterian football coaching staff has been busy as they have added 23 more student-athletes to this year’s signing class to give them a total of 51 student-athletes signed for football…. Now none of the 23 have any connection with schools in Laurens County that I could note but if you are a PC football fan and want to see who they are, click here to go to the PC website where they are listed… By the way the if you want to see the entire list of student-athletes that have signed to play football at PC including those that signed on the National Signing Day, click here… This list will include several Laurens County student-athletes including; Austin Caughman –CHS, Ryan Campbell-LDHS and Mark McGowan-LDHS,… If you go to this PC posting there will be a highlight video on each of these fine young men.

 


Pro Sports     For more information on this game, click here.

 

  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the WeekTo see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

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Sports Report for Friday, 5-8-2020

Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church will be having worship services inside the buildings at 8:00, 9:15 and 10:30am while observing appropriate social distancing… For more information about how this will be done and what they would like you know before you get there, click here to go to a short video from Pastor Alex Henderson explaining this.


Local Notes:

 CHS

  • Red Devils Fall to Silver Bluff… Well it was close but close only counts in horse shoe, hand grenades and atomic bombs as the Red Devils fell to Silver Bluff 50.2% to 49-8% in round 2 of the SCHSL 2020 Spirit Challenge… The Red Devils were further back at one point but closed the gap only to fall by 0.4%… Like I said it was close but no cigar.

Senior SalutesThis week an into next week I wasn’t to take a few minutes to honor the senior spring sports athletes who had their final season cut short by the COVIS-19 pandemic… I have reached out to all the spring sports coaches but I will be honest with you and tell you not all of them have responded… If you have a son or daughter at CHS or LDHS who is a senior spring sport athlete you may want to touch bases with them to see if they have gotten the information to me… Monday I will have a list here of the sports at each of the schools whose coaches I have not heard from. 

  • LDHS Boys Golf… The Raider boys’ golf team was fairly young this year but they did have 4 seniors all but one of them came out and played varsity for the first time this year… They are Cameron Cooley, Jackson Mahon, Hunter Mann and Ben Orcutt… Ben was the only one who had played for the Raiders prior tom this season… Good luck to these young men in their future endeavors!

College Sports:

  • Majority of SEC Schools Now Plan to Bring Students back in the Fall… USA Today is reporting that almost all of the SEC schools have already announced that at this time they plan to bring students back on campus ASAP this fall… Click here to read the USA Today article… It seems that they all realize that this is a “must” if they are to have college football this fall… Seems like I heard someone in our community say that recently… If you recall about a week ago I recorded an interview with our own King Dixon about what his thoughts were as far as getting college football back… That was one of the things he mentioned… Now for those of you that missed that interview (or want to hear it again), click here then click on the play icon (►) and you can hear it.

 


Pro Sports

 

  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.
  • NFL Releases 2020 Schedule…
  • Last night the NFL released its 2020 season schedule with the first game slated for scheduled for Thursday September 10th when the Houston Texans will travel to the Kansas City to take in the Chiefs with kickoff scheduled for 8:30 pm… Now if you click here it will carry you to the NFL website where they have the season schedule… it is interactive in that you can look at the schedule by weeks of you can choose to look at your favorite team’s schedule… For example the Panthers open their season on Sunday September 13th when they host the Los Vegas Raiders (gee that sound funny) in a 1:00 pm contest… The Atlanta Falcons will open their season on the same day hosting the Seattle Seahawks in a 1:00 pm contest also… Now at the same time NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also stated that the NFL was prepared to adjust the schedule as needed due to the COVID 19 pandemic… To see more on what he had to say about this click here…. Of course the big factor that could throw the NFL’s schedule into chaos is the COVID-19 virus and the restrictions governments have in place between now and then.

 


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Sports Report for Thursday, 5-7-2020

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Don’t Forget to Vote… Now if any of you out there have not yet voted for the CHS Red Devils in the SCHSL 2020 Spirit Challenge don’t forget to do so… When I checked early this morning the Clinton was trailing Silver Bluff 51.3% to 48.7%… You have until 8:59 am this morning to vote… If you have voted, check with those you know and ask them if they have a Twitter account… If they do ask the to go to @SCHSL and vote for the Red Devils… The Silver Bluff lead is small enough that it can be overcome if the Red Devil fans put their mind to it… Go Big Red!

 


Senior SalutesThis week an into next week I wasn’t to take a few minutes to honor the senior spring sports athletes who had their final season cut short by the COVIS-19 pandemic… I have reached out to all the spring sports coaches but I will be honest with you and tell you not all of them have responded… If you have a son or daughter at CHS or LDHS who is a senior spring sport athlete you may want to touch bases with them to see if they have gotten the information to me… Monday I will have a list here of the sports at each of the schools whose coaches I have not heard from.

 

CHS Boys Soccer… My thanks to Coach John Michael Hammond for the information on his seniors… My best wishes to these fine young men on whatever their future may hold!

  • Jacob Hawkins (MF): This is Jacob’s first year with the CHS Soccer program. As a cross-country runner, he is in great shape so he is a natural wide midfielder who can go up and down the field all day. Jacob is a great teammate who works hard and we are glad he decided to be a part of the team this season.
  • Juan Lawson (MF): Juan has played Varsity soccer since his 10th grade season and has earned All-Region honors in each year. He has played every position on the field except goalkeeper at some point, and done well at all of them. He is a natural athlete, but also a source of positivity who sets a good example for his teammates, who made him a team captain this season. Juan has signed to play soccer at North Greenville University next season.
  • Luke Mann (F): Luke has played Varsity soccer since his freshman year, and started every season. He is a skilled dribbler and one of the best free-kick takers around. He is an attacking player in every sense of the word, and was our leading scorer so far this season. It will not be the same without Luke, one of our captains, on the team next season.
  • Patrick Nelson (MF): Patrick has been on the Varsity team every year in high school and was voted a captain by his teammates this season.       He is one of very few players that is ambidextrous, which makes him extremely valuable as a wing player.       Going back to his freshman year, Patrick has a knack as a playmaker. Almost every goal he scores comes at the perfect time and exactly when we need it.
  • Cooper Scaccia (GK): Cooper joined us this season as his first and only with the CHS soccer program. We were in dire need of a goalkeeper, so Cooper was a blessing.       His size and ability to cover such a large portion of the goal has saved us on numerous occasions, and his sense of humor has kept us laughing regardless of the outcome.
  • Tyrese Ward (MF): Tyrese played soccer for the first time this season – a difficult task for someone unfamiliar with the sport.       He earned the respect of his teammates with his hustle and effort at the midfield position. Tyrese is a good teammate that made the team better by being a part of it

 

COVID-19 Related:

  • Did Someone Jump the Gun?… According to a posting on the Greenville News website last night, the SCHSL is investigating a vide that reportedly shows members of the Dutch Fork SH football team working out together on the Dutch Fork football field… A Tweet by the Dutch Fork quarterback (now deleted by the way) is said to have showed that he and several receivers participating in passing drills… This would be in violation of the SCHSL rules that cancelled all spring sports and organized practices due to the COCID-19 pandemic… Dutch Fork’s AD and football coach Tommy Knotts is quoted as saying “The (Dutch Fork) football field is not to be used at any time by any athlete until the School District grants permission”… To see the entire article of the Greenville News website, click here… I wonder if it is innocent youthful exuberance or (heaven forbid) something else?

 


Pro Sports

 

  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

 


 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 5-6-2020

Local Notes:

LDHS:

  • Raiders fall to River Bluff… Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the River Bluff fans defeated the Raider fans 65.8% to 34.2% in the SCHSL 2020 Spirt Challenge that ended at 9:00 am yesterday. 

CHS

  • Red Devils in Round 2 Today… Now Red Devil fans need to be ready to go to their Twitter accounts today and vote for the Red Devils… Starting at 9:00am this morning and going until 9:00 am tomorrow you will be able to vote for the Red Devils in round 2 of the SCHSL 2020 Spirt Challenge… Go Big Red!

 

Two District 55 Middle Schools Get New Athletic Directors / Head Football Coaches… Yesterday it was announced that both Laurens and Sanders Middle Schools will have new athletic directors and head football coaches when school starts back this next season… Too read the entire press release from the district office which has more information than listed below, click here and comments from both schools principals.

  • LMS… Brian Gordon will be the new AD and head football coach at LMS… He is coming to Laurens from the Newberry School District where he has coached football on the JV and middle school levels… He graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana with a B.S. in math and played football there… He has spent 18 years at Newberry MS where he was Teacher of the Year in 2012.
  • Sanders… Laurens native Trandon Dendy is coming home to take over the AD and head football coaching duties at Sanders MS… Dendy attended Sanders and played football at LDHS where he finished with 1825 all-purpose yards (1616 rushing) and 21 TDs… He went to Mars Hill for a season before transferring to PC… He was redshirted in the 2008 season and Started the first 8 games in 2009 before being injured (click here to go to his PC bio)… He has been teaching History, Finance, and Law Education in Greenville County for the past five (5) years while also coaching football and basketball.

 


Carlay Headed to The Citadel… As you may recall a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that former Raider and University of South Carolina football player Summie Carlay had announced that he will be graduating from UC this month and entering the transfer portal with 2 years of eligibility left…. Well yesterday on his Twitter account he announced that he will be going to The Citadel to pursue his MBA and play on the football team with his brother Wesley who this past season was a redshirted defensive lineman… That should make for some interesting practices since Summie is an offensive lineman… One this for sure, it will make his parents Saturday afternoons in the fall much easier on choosing where to go… Congratulations and good luck to Summie.


Senior SalutesThis week an into next week I wasn’t to take a few minutes to honor the senior spring sports athletes who had their final season cut short by the COVIS-19 pandemic… I have reached out to all the spring sports coaches but I will be honest with you and tell you not all of them have responded… If you have a son or daughter at CHS or LDHS who is a senior spring sport athlete you may want to touch bases with them to see if they have gotten the information to me… Thursday I will have a list here of the sports at each of the schools whose coachers I have not heard from.

Nigeria Johnson

  • CHS Softball… The Red Devil softball team had one senior this year and that is Nigeria Johnson… Nigeria played centerfield and was the leadoff batter for the Red Devils… Coach Caughman said part of the reason she played centerfield and batted leadoff for the Red Devils is that she was the fastest player on the team… He also said “Nigeria has always been a team player who is willing to do whatever is necessary to help the team. Always has a positive attitude regardless of the situation.” This was her second year on the varsity squad.

 

 

 


Pro Sports

  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the WeekTo see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 5-5-2020

Local Notes:

LDHS:

  • Raiders Trail in SCHSL 2020 Spirit Challenge… If you are a Raider fan and you have not yet voted for the Raiders in the SCHSL 2020 Spirit Challenge on Twitter you need to do so by 9:00 am this morning because when I last checked early this morning the Raiders were trailing the River Bluff Gators 65% to 35%… If you have voted and you know someone who has a Twitter account as them to do so also and let’s see if we can pull off a great comeback win…Go Raiders

Senior SalutesThis week an into next week I wasn’t to take a few minutes to honor the senior spring sports athletes who had their final season cut short by the COVIS-19 pandemic… I have reached out to all the spring sports coaches but I will be honest with you and tell you not all of them have responded… If you have a son or daughter at CHS or LDHS who is a senior spring sport athlete you may want to touch bases with them to see if they have gotten the information to me… Thursday I will have a list here of the sports at each of the schools whose coachers I have not heard from.

 

  • LDHS Softball… The Raider softball team had four seniors playing for Coach Michaela Smith this season… They are Rachel Delio, Abigail Entrekin, Cassidy Plaia and Destiny Wells… Entrekin and Wells were both non-starters for the Raiders but were key components to the Raiders depth… Each had played on the varsity level before this season… Delio was the Raiders #1 pitcher for the last two seasons winning 10 games her junior year and 2 games this virus shortened season… She also hit .309 her junior year with a homer and was hitting .615 in 4 games this season with a homer…. She has been with the Raiders since she was in middle school… Plaia has been playing for the Raiders since middle school also and the last couple of years playing shortstop after playing second base earlier… She led the Raiders in batting her junior year hitting .493 win a pair of homers… She was hitting .417 when this season came to a halt… She was named to Class AAAAA All-State team after her junior year… Delio and Plaia are scheduled to continue to play together next season as both have signed to continue their education and softball career playing for the Pioneers at Spartanburg Methodist College.

 


Pro Sports     For more information on this game, click here.

 

  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.
  • Don Shula Passes Away… In case you missed it on the news yesterday, Don Shula the winningest coach in NFL history away at his home yesterday… Shula (90) coached the Miami Dolphins to the NFL’s only undefeated season in 1972 defeating the Redskins 14-7 in the Super Bowl… He had a 33 year career coaching i8n the NFL and finished with a 347 wins including postseason play… If you click here it will carry you to the NFL website where there is a great article recapping Shula’s career and several other articles by various players and other NFL dignitaries remembering his.

 

 


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Sports Report for Monday, 5-4-2020

 

LDHS:

  • Kelly to Lead Lady Raider Basketball Team Next Fall… As you may recall, a few weeks ago Yoneko Allen stepped down from her head coaching position at LDHS where she had led the Lady Raiders for the past 7 years…She stepped down to have more time with her growing children and pursue other career goals… On Friday Laurens HS AD Tommy Spires let it be known that Aianna Kelly has been selected to lead the Lady Raiders next fall… Kelly came to LDHS as a career development specialist this school year and served as the Head JV Girls Coach… She is from Newport News, Virginia where she played basketball for the Woodside HS Wildcats four years where she had a stellar career… She came to Laurens County after graduation to continue her education and basketball career playing for the PC Blue Hose for 4 years where she played in every game her first three seasons there a guard and missed only a handful of games at the start of her senior year due to injuries… There she continued to distinguish herself both on and off the basketball court… She graduated in May, 2017 with a BA in Business management and a minor in sociology… She serve as an assistant coach at Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia for a year and then returned to PC as an admissions counselor for a year before taking her position this school season at LDHS… Congratulations to Coach Kelly… To see the full text of the announcement of her promotion on the LDHS athletic website click here… To see her bio on the PC website click here.
  • Raider Fans Vote Today… Raider fans do not forget that the raiders will be facing off against the River Bluff Gators starting at 9:00 am in the SCHSL 2020 Spirit Challenge… Go to their Twitter account and vote and get your friends, parents, grandparents and anybody you can to vote for the Raiders.

Senior SalutesThis week an into next week I wasn’t to take a few minutes to honor the senior spring sports athletes who had their final season cut short by the COVIS-19 pandemic… I have reached out to all the spring sports coaches but I will be honest with you and tell you not all of them have responded… If you have a son or daughter at CHS or LDHS who is a senior spring sport athlete you may want to touch bases with them to see if they have gotten the information to me… Thursday I will have a list here of the sports at each of the schools whose coachers I have not heard from.

 

Laurens Academy

  • Baseball… The Crusaders had no seniors on their baseball squad this year.
  • Softball… The Crusader softball team had two seniors on the squad this season… Katelyn Suttles was playing third base for the Crusaders and this was her second season on the varsity squad… She plans on continuing her education ay Erskine this fall… The other senior is Blair Quarles who was in her third year on the varsity and spent most of her time catching…. Congratulation to both these fine young ladies.
  • Quarles Signs with Erskine… Speaking of Blair Quarles she has just signed a letter of intent to continue her education at Erskine College playing basketball for the Flying Fleet and also rodeo… She was a member of the Crusader basketball team that won back-to-back state championships for the Crusaders in 2018 & 2019 and was named to the all-region team 4 times and the all-state team 2 times…. She is also an accomplished barrel racer and will take part in coed rodeo at Erskine… Coach Jason Marlette said “We are proud of her leadership and work ethic both on and off the court”… Congratulations to Blair!

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 5-1-2020

Local Notes:

 CHS

  • Clinton Wins First Round Matchup… The Red Devil fans had more spirit than the Crescent Tiger fans as Clinton fans had 51.7 % of the “ballots” cast to Crescent’s 48.3% in the SCHSL 2020 Spirit Challenge that finished at 9:00 am yesterday morning… Now Red Devil fans need to be ready to “play” again nest Wednesday (April 6) starting at 9:00 am when they will have a second round “game”… Go Big Red!

  

LDHS:

  • Raiders Play Monday… Now the Laurens Raiders had a first round bye and they will be facing off with the River Bluff Gators this coming Monday (April 4) morning at 9:00 am… Raider fans need to make sure you have a Twitter account so you can vote for the Raiders Monday… Go Raiders.

College Sports:

  • An Interview with King Dixon… Arguably the most popular college sport here in the South is football… Right now with the COVID-19 pandemic going on there are a lot of questions about the resumption of all sports but in particular college football this fall… Will we have it? Will it start as scheduled? When will they make a decision? What criteria will be used to determine when it starts? All these and more are questions that are being asked… Well a couple of days ago I put in a call to our friend King Dixon to get his opinion on these and other questions… Long-time residents of Laurens County know that King was a multi-sport star at Laurens HS who went on to USC to have a great football career and later came back to the University as its Athletic Director at the time they entered the SEC… Even know he serves on the South Carolina Board of Trustees… I knew that if anyone would have a knowledgeable opinion on this subject in this area it would be him… King shared his thoughts with me and if you would like to hear our conversation all you have to do is click here then click on the play icon (►)… My thanks to King for the interview and his insight!

COVID-19 Related:

  • Little League Cancels World Series… Say it aint so Joe… No I am afraid it is so… Yesterday it was announced that the 2020 Little League World Series and all associated tournament will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic…This includes all levels of the seven World Series events including the one held in Easley each year… With local league play suspended you figured this was coming sooner or late and it now has arrived… To go to the Little League website where this is announced click here

Pro Sports

  • NASCAR TV Schedule for the Week… To see the NASCAR broadcast schedule for this week click here.
  • NASCAR Schedules Next Race at Darlington on May 17… It looks like NASCAR will be the first sport to return to action although it will be with no fans in the stands… Yesterday they announced that racing will resume Sunday, May 17 with a NASCAR Cup Series race that will be the first of 7 races over an 11-day span… For more on this click here…. Get ready for some HUGE TV ratings that day!

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