Sports Report for Monday, 12-10-2018

Local Notes:

CHS at LDHS Varsity Basketball…  The Clinton and Laurens varsity basketball teams got together Friday night at LDHS for Round 2 of the County Championships.

  • Girls: Clinton 54 – Laurens 42… The Lady Red Devils laid claim to the County Championship with a 54-42 win over the Lady Raiders last Friday night after defeating them by a score of 48-43 a week earlier… The teams battled to a 10-10 tie at the end of the first 8 minutes of play and the Red Devils pulled out to a 26-19 lead at the half… The Raiders cut the Red Devils’ lead to 4 points halfway through the third quarter but the Red Devils responded by drilling three 3-poiubt goals in a row and 5 other points putting the Raiders in a hole they could not climb out of…. The Red Devils were led in scoring by Terriauna Bennett with a game-high 22 points… Taneal Evans and Tinique Austin finished with 8 points each, De’Shanti Watts 5, Savanna Campbell 3 and Payton Price-Walker with 2… The Raiders were led in scoring by Qua Fortson who finished with 14 points… Raniya Jackson finished with 8 points, Kenaja Burnside 6, Hanna Wiles 4, Lamoria Allen 3, Diamond Pressley 3, Nadia Anderson 2 and Aija Davis 2… The Red Devils run their record to 6-0 on the season while the Raiders fall to 1-5
  • Boys: Laurens 70 – Clinton 60… The Raider boys’ team also laid claim to the County Championship as they defeated the Red Devils 70-60 Friday night after defeating the Red Devils 65-60 in their earlier meeting… The Raiders jumped out to a 16-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 32-27 at the half… As Coach Romines pointed out after the game the Raiders controlled the boards especially in the first half and that continued into the second half… The Red Devils got the margin down to 5 points at several points in the fourth quarter but the Raiders put the game away scoring the last 6 points of the game… Coach Walker said he was just glad to get a win as the Raiders start the region schedule this next week… The Raiders had 4 players in double-digits led by Christian Anderson’s 23 points… Amaiji Hill finished with 14 points, Dee Foster 13 and Dra Copeland with 12… Others scoring for the Raiders were Jordan Woodruff with 4 points while both J’Von Harris and Leonard Williams both finished with 2 points each… The Red Devils were led by Ahamari Bates’ game-high 27 points… JD Payne was not far behind with 21 points…  PJ Bluford finished with 7 points while both Davis Wilson and Elijah Campbell finished with 2 points each… Danny Kinard rounded out the Red Devil scoring with 1 point… The Raiders even their season record at 4-4 and will start region play tomorrow (weather permitting) as the host the Rams of Westside… The Red Devils are 0-4 and are scheduled to host Southside Christian tonight at 6:00 pm in a boys only contest weather permitting.

 

Laurens Academy…. Last Friday night the Laurens Academy Crusaders hosted the Curtis Baptist Crusaders out of Augusta, Georgia in varsity basketball action.

  • Girls: LA 42 – Curtis Baptist 17… For the second time this season the Crusader girls’ team took a one-sided win over Curtis Baptist as they jumped out to a 16-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and then went on to take a 42-17 win… The Crusaders simply outscored them in every quarter… Ruthie Moore was the only Crusader in double-digits as she finished with 17 points… Others scoring for the Academy were Regan Williamson with 6 points, Emily Abercrombie 5 while Peyton Breen & Jennifer Wu finished with 4 each… Sarah Grace Natiello, Blair Quarles and Hannah Stribling finished with 2 each…  The team is now 7-0 on the season.
  • Boys: LA 60 – Curtis Baptist 31… Now the news is just as good where the boys are concerned as the Crusaders also took their second win of the season against Curtis Baptist this time winning by a score of 60-31… They led 28-6 at the half and like the girls were never really threatened… Noah Moore led all scorers with 27 points and Dawson Foster was also in double-digits with 10 points… Charlton McCall had 8 points, Thomas Lowry 6, Luke Kerber 4, Colton McGee 3 and Cal Robertson 2… The Crusaders are 5-2 on the season…. All Crusader teams will be back in action tomorrow except the varsity boys as they host Cambridge Academy… The boys will be hosting the Upstate Bearcats. .

 

SCHSL Football Championships… Well you real high school football junkies know that the SCHSL Finals were all held last Friday… In case you missed it I have provided not only the scores below for the finals in each of the 5 classes but also a link to the final stats… Just click on the class & score if you wish to see them.

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 12-7-2018

PC Notes:

MBK: Jacksonville U. 94 – PC 88… Tuesday night the Jacksonville University Dolphins took a hard fought 94-88 win over the Blue Hose men’s basketball team…  The Dolphins used a 11-2 run in the last 2:31 of the game to take the win… The Blue hose had 4 players in double-digits and were led by Davon Bell’s 20 points and 9 assists…To see more information on this game and a link to stats, click here… PC is now 4-5 on the season and are taking a break for exams.

 

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Clinton Looking For New Head Football Coach… Yesterday Dr. David O’Shields announced that Coach Andrew Webb is out as the head football coach at CHS and they will begin looking for a new coach immediately… He did thank Coach Web for the job he had done over the last 4 years for the hard work and direction he had given the athletes… Coach Webb said he understood that the there is a tradition and standard for winning at CHS and that he was not able to uphold that in his tenure…. We will keep you updated on this as we gain more information.

LDHS:

  • Clinton at Laurens Tonight… A quick reminder that the Raiders will be hosting the Clinton Red Devils in round 2 of the County Championships where the Clinton girls and Laurens boys were victorious in their first meeting last Friday at Clinton… We WILL NOT be broadcasting those games as WPCC will do them picking up the girls’ game in progress shortly after 7:00 pm… I’ll try to tweet updates on the score at AM860Mike.

 

Laurens Academy… The Laurens Academy Crusader varsity basketball teams are scheduled to host Curtis Baptist tonight starting at 6:00 pm.

 

Video of Awards at TD Club Banquet… After some technical difficulties I was finally able to upload the portion of the Laurens County Touchdown Club Banquet on Wednesday night that has the announcement of the All-County Team, Coach of the Year and Player of the year… It tells why each of these young athletes and coach were chosen…If you would like to see this, click here.

 

Middle School Basketball:

Sanders at LMS… The Sanders Yellow Jackets traveled to Laurens MS to take on the Tigers.

  • Girls: Sanders 28 – LMS 9… The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 7-2 lead after the first 6 minutes of play and then led 19-2 at the half and the went on to the win…. Sanders was led in scoring by Porsha Shumpert and Amelia Evans who both finished with 9 points…The young Tigers were led by Jaliya Yong who finished with 3 points
  • Boys: LMS 49 – Sanders 36… The Tigers turned the tables on the Yellow Jackets by taking a 49-36 win… The Tigers jumped out to a 15-5 lead after the first quarter and then went on to take the win… Devon Redd led the Tigers with 28 points and jay Pulley was also in double digits with 10… Sanders was led by Ty Johnson with 11 points and Da’Mar Mosley with 10

Clinton at Hickory Tavern… The Wildcats traveled to HT to take on the Panthers

  • Girls: HT 26 – CMS 24… Thus game was either a heart breaking loss or an exciting come from behind win depending on who you were pulling for… The game was 8-8 in favor of the Wildcats at the half and then they led 18-10 going into the last quarter of play… They then expanded their lead to 21-10 and went cold while the panther’s Faith Jackson got hot and scored all of the Panthers 16 points in the fourth quarter leading the Panthers to the win… She finished with a game-high 22 pints… The Wildcats were led by Fantasia Walker who finished with 9 points and both Anna Litzenberger and Jordan Hill who had 7 points each.
  • Boys: CMS 55 – HT 27… The boys’ game was much less dramatic as the Wildcats took a 55-27 win… The Wildcats used their height and speed to take the win… They were led by Taliek Fuller who had a game-high 13 points with both Austin Copland and Tylon Scurry who had 8 points each…Mason Hamby led the Panthers with 12 points.

 

SCHSL Football Finals…  Well the SCHSL State Championship games are coming up this weekend and due to the threat of bad weather on Saturday all the games will be played tonight at their previously determined locations…. What follows is a list of the games that will be held at each location and who the opponents are.

Benedict College, Charles Johnson Stadium, 2000 Two Notch Rd., Columbia SC 29201

  • Class A…. 5:00 pm… Lamar vs. Green Sea-Floyd
  • Class AA…. 8:00 pm… Abbeville vs. Barnwell

Williams Brice Stadium, USC, 1125 George Rogers Blvd, Columbia, SC

  • Class AAAA… 1:00 pm… Greer vs. Myrtle Beach
  • Class AAA…4:00 pm… Chester vs. Dillon
  • Class AAAAA…7:30… TL Hanna vs. Dutch Fork

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 12-6-2018

Local Notes:

TD Club Awards Annual Banquet Last Night  

Antigha Challenges Athletes… The Laurens County Touchdown Club held its Annual Awards Banquet last night out at The Ridge the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Headquarters… The featured speaker was Tobi Antigha the former PC standout wide receiver who now plays in the Canadian Football League… He told the story of how hid goal growing up in Tampa, Florida was to play for the pros…. After graduating from PC no pro teams showed interest in him but just as he had done at PC he decided to continue to train hard and not give up his dream… After two years out of football his hard work and sacrifice payed off as he was given his shot in the CFL and he made it… He told all in attendance not to give up their dream but to keep striving and do what it takes to make it happen.

All-County Team… After Toby finished the All –County team was announced… It is made up of 4 Laurens Academy Crusaders, 8 Clinton Red Devils and 13 Laurens Raiders… The Members of the team are:

OFFENSE

  • QB – Thomas Lowry, SOPH, Laurens Academy
  • RBDuane Martin, JR, Laurens.
  • RBJordan Woodruff, JR, Laurens
  • WRWill Tinsley, SR, Laurens
  • WR – Charlton McCall, JR, Laurens Academy
  • TEDiamonte Grant, FR, Laurens Academy
  • OL – Reles Littleton, SOPH, Laurens Academy
  • OLTy Davis, SR, Laurens
  • OLJordan Austin, SR, Laurens
  • OL Austin James, JR, Laurens
  • OLJacob Hall, JR, Clinton
  • AthleteCam Nichols, SR – Clinton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEFENSE

  • DLJamarcus Cook, SR, Clinton
  • DLConner Owens, JR, Laurens
  • DLWesley Carlay, SR, Laurens
  • DLArmani Todd, SR, Laurens
  • DL – Exodus Jones, SR, Clinton
  • DL – Marcus Chalmers, SOPH, Clinton
  • LB – Jackson Mahon, JR, Laurens
  • LBGarrett Addy, JR, Laurens
  • LB – Austin Caughman, JR, Clinton
  • DB – Dra Boyd, SR, Laurens
  • DB JyKorie Gary, FR, Clinton

 

SPECIALISTS

  • K Devon Hubner, SR, Laurens
  • P Sam Tiller, SR, Clinton

 

Coach and Player of the Year

  • Coach: Chris Liner… The Raiders this year made it to the Class AAAAA playoffs only to be eliminated by a heavily favored Rock Hill team who the Raiders played toe to toe with for 3 quarters… Two of the team’s losses this year in the regular season were to teams that will be playing in championship games this year (TL Hanna and Myrtle Beach).
  • Player: Duane Martin… The LDHS junior rushed161-973 and scored 15 TDs…. He also caught a 75 yard pass for a TD and is a two-way player that also played linebacker… He became dominant as the season wore on and is tough, fast, a physical runner and tackler.

Video of Presentation of All-County Team… To see a video of the awards portion of the banquet where they announced the winners and why they were chosen, click here.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 12-5-2018

Local Notes:

CHS: The Red Devil varsity basketball teams traveled to Chester to take on the Cyclones a former region foe….

  • Girls: Clinton 63 – Chester 21… The Red Devil girls’ basketball team went into last night’s game undefeated and came out the same way as they routed the Cyclones by a score of 63-21… The game was never in doubt after the first quarter as the Red Devils put 22 points on the boards while holding the Cyclones scoreless… By the time the half rolled around the Red Devils led 42-6 and everybody got to play in this one… The Red Devils were led in scoring by savannah Campbell who had a game-high 16 points… Tinique Austin was also in double-digits with 12 points and so was Danah Kinard with 11… Others scoring for the Red Devils were De’Shanti Watts with 8, Payton Price-Walker 4 and scoring 2 points each were Taneal Evans, Aaliyah Johnston, Terriauna Bennett, Latoria Johnson, Quiana Suber and Adaija Darby… The team record is now 5-0 on the season.
  • Boys: Chester 80 – Clinton 53… The news is not as good for Red Devil fans where the boys are concerned as Chester took an 80-53 win over the Red Devils… The Cyclones opened up a 26-14 lead after 8 minutes of play and then outscored Clinton in each of the remaining quarters except the last where the Red Devils outscored them 12-8… As Coach Romines commented afterwards “Chester played well and we struggled on both offense and defense”… He also noted that they were playing shorthanded as last night JD Payne was not able to play  in addition to Konnor Richardson who has been out due to a football injury… Ahmari Bates led the Red Devils on offense with 23 points while PJ Bluford was also in double digits with 12 points… Kimon Quarles and Davis Wilson both contributed 3 points each… Titus Hood, Qua Quarles, Elijah Campbell, Juan Lawson, Danny Kinard and Theo Sparks all had 2 points each.

 

LDHS: The Laurens Raider varsity teams traveled up to Simpsonville last night to take on the Hillcrest Rams a former region foe…. The Raiders were hoping to avenge losses to the Rams at LDHS one week earlier.

  • Girls: Hillcrest 55 – Laurens 44… In the first game last night the Lady Raiders were hoping to avenge a 62-41 loss a week ago but it was not to be as Hillcrest took a 55-44 win… The rams jumped out to a 10 point lead (18-8) at the end of the first quarter and the Raiders were able to cut the lead to 7 (26-19) at the half but were outscored by the Rams in each of the last two quarters… The rams had 3 players scoring in double-digits while the Raiders had none… The Raiders were led in scoring by Kenaja Burnside, Qua Foster, and Diamond Presley who all had 8 points… Hanna Wiles added 7 points, Raniya Jackson  6, Lamoria Allen 5, and Nadia Anderson 2… The Raiders are now 1-4 on the season.
  • Boys: Hillcrest 59 – Laurens 53… Now Tuesday of last week the rams took a 63-52 win over the Raiders at home where the Raiders led most of the way and let the win slip away in the fourth quarter… well last night was pretty much the same as the Raiders led 31-20 at the half but the Rams chipped away at the lead and overtook and passed the Raiders with a couple of minutes left in the game to take a 59-53 win over the Raiders…The Raiders were led by Amaiji Hill’s14 points while Dra Copland was also in double-digits with 11 points as well as Christian Anderson with 10… Dee Foster added 7 points while Leonard Williams, Shamare Dendy and JQ Fair all had 4 points each…The Raiders are now 3-4 on the season and the teams will host Clinton this Friday night for round 2 of the County Championship.

 

Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusaders were the only team in the county that played at home last night… The boys and middle school teams faced off against Covenant Christian which does not have a varsity girls’ team so the Lady Crusaders took on Gray Collegiate Academy.

  • Girls: LA 38 – Gray 32… The girls’ game saw two undefeated teams get together… The Lady War Eagles are a SCHSL Class AA team out of West Columbia and they came into the game with a 5-0 record the same as the Lady Crusaders… This was the toughest test to date for the Crusaders as they found themselves trailing 9-5 at the end of the first quarter of play… However they came back in the second quarter and outscored the War Eagles 13-6 in the second quarter to lead 18-15 at the half and then held on to take a 38-32 win over Gray… Ruthie Moore led the Crusaders with 20 points and was the only Crusader scoring in double-digits… Regan Williamson added 7 points, Jennifer Wu 5, Blair Quarles 4, and Florence Mitchell 2
  • Boys: LA 50 – Covenant Christian 12…  Now the news is just as good in the boys’ game as the Crusaders rolled over the Covenant Christian Eagles by a score of 50-12… The score was 24-2 at the end of the first quarter and needless to say the Crusaders never were challenged… The Crusaders were led by Noah Moore who had 16 points on the night and was the only player to score more than 10 points… Others scoring for the Crusaders were Charlton McCall with 7 points while scoring 6 points each were Dawson Foster, Cal Robertson, and Diamonte Grant… Thomas Lowry had 4 points, Luke Kerber 2, Sunny Li 2, and jred Jin 1… The Crusaders are now 4-2 on the season.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 12-4-2018

PC Notes:

  • WBK: Samford 75 – PV 54… The Lady Blue Hose basketball team traveled out to Birmingham Sunday to take on the Lady Bulldogs of Samford and the trip home wasn’t as pleasant as it could have been as Samford took a 75-54 win over PC… PC actually led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter but Samford outscored PC by 10 points in the second quarter and 13 in the third to pull away for the win…Tess Santos and Kacie Hall both led PC with 17 points each… For the stats on the game click here and for more info on the game click here… PC falls to 1-5 on the season and will host Georgia Southern Wednesday of next week at 5:00 pm as the first part of a double-header as the men will play at 7:30.
  • MBK: PC 75 – North Carolina A&T 70… On Saturday the PC men’s basketball team went up to Greensboro to on the Aggies of North Carolina A&T…  The Aggies led 39-36 at the half but PC came back to take a 75-70 win running their record to 4-4 on the season… Adam Flagler led the Blue Hose with 16 points… To see statistics on the game click here and to see the PC summary of the game click here… The Blue Hose have one more game before they break for exams and that will be tonight at the Templeton Center as they host Jacksonville in a 7 pm contest.

 

Local Notes:

LDHS:

  • Varsity Boys: Laurens 66 – Woodruff 53 – Doing a little catching up with the Raider boys basketball team in a game that occurred last Thursday at Dorman HS that I almost forgot about, there is good news for Raider fans as the team took a 66-53 win over the Woodruff Wolverines… The Raiders had a 36-19 lead at the half and then went on the win… Christian Anderson led the Raiders with 15 points.

Sub-Varsity Raiders… Last night the Raider sub-varsity teams hosted the Hillcrest Rams at the main gym.

  • JV Girls: Hillcrest 29 – Laurens 28… The Raider JV girls’ team lost a heartbreaker last night as Rams hit a last second shot to lift them to a 29-28 win… The game had been back and forth all night with the Raiders holding a slight lead at the end of each quarter except the last one which is the one that counts… Angel Johnson had a game-high 13 points to lead the Raiders in scoring… Nyre Calhoun added 4 while Maurie McDowell, Nya Anderson and Amarecyuna Anderson had 3 each and Navia Blanding rounded out the scoring with 2 points.
  • 9th Grade Boys: Hillcrest 35 – Laurens 32… In the 9th grade boys game the Raiders lost another close one as the Rams took a 35-32 win… The Raiders started slow but led 14-12 at the half only to have Hillcrest take the lead in the third quarter and then hold off the Raiders… Waldrick Burnside led the Raiders with 12 points.
  • JV Boys: Hillcrest 42 – Laurens 33… Hillcrest completed the sweep of the Raiders last night as they took a 42-33 win in JV boys’ action… The Raiders found themselves trailing 14-2 at the end of the first quarter and just could not climb out of that hole… Isiah Burnside led the team with 12 points.

 

Middle School Basketball:

LMS at HT… The Laurens MS Tigers traveled to Hickory tavern last night to take on the Panthers

  • Girls: HT 28 – LMS 5… In the first game last night at HT the lady Panthers used their press to help keep the young Lady Tigers scoreless until the third quarter of play as they rolled to a 28-5 win over the Tigers… It would be accurate to say that it was Faith Jackson 26- LMS 5 as she had all but 2 of the Panther points and did not play in the last quarter… Desiree Jennings had the Panthers other two points and Shanayi Chinn had 3 of the Tiger points and Katelyn Snipes the other two.
  • Boys: LMS 45 – HT 20… In the second game of the night the results were different as the Tigers took a 44-20 win over the Panthers… They outscored the Panthers 14-5 in the first quarter and then continued to pull away the rest of the game… Devon Redd led the Tigers 15 points and KD Mosley was also in double-digits with 11… Jay Pulley had 8 points, Noah Mosley and Kendrick Dickey both had 4 points and Trent Duberry 2 … For the Panthers Carter Faulkner had 10 points… Others scoring for HT were Trevor Kitzmiller and Jonas Holtzclaw each with 4 and Jamon Jackson with 2.

Mid-Carolina at CMS… The CMS Wildcats hosted the Mid-Carolina MS Rebels last night.

  • Girls: Mid-Carolina 23 – CMS 10… Mia Bar had 6 points to lead the Wildcats.
  • Boys: Sorry Coach Cooper has not reported the score to me, if you see him ask him to do so.

Sanders… According to my schedule Sanders was supposed to host Northside last night but Coach Dickey did not report the scores to me… Please ask him to do so.

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 12-3-2018

Local Notes:

Laurens at Clinton Basketball… Last Friday night the Raiders traveled to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in Round I of the County Championships for this season.

  • Girls: Clinton 48 – Laurens 43… The girls game was a hard fought back and forth affair that saw the Red Devils take a 48-42 win over the Raisers… Clinton jumped out to a 14-6 lead after 1 quarter of play but the Raiders fought back to cut the Red Devil lead to 21-20 at the half… The 3rd was an even battle as Clinton led 33-32 going into the final quarter of play…  In the final quarter the Raider’s offense went cold but did score 6 of their 11 points from the free-throw line in the quarter while Clinton was able to score but missed pulling even further away by missing all 8 of their free-throw attempts in the quarter… As a matter of fact missed free-throws were a problem for the ref Devils all night long…Clinton led by Terriauna with a 17 points while Payton Price-Walker 14 & De’Shanti Watts had 12… Taneal Evans and Dana Kinard finished with 2 points each while Tinique Austin had 1…. Laurens’ Diamond Pressley only Raider in double-digits with 17 points… Others scoring for the Raiders were Qua Fortson 9, Raniya Jackson 6, Mikajia Moore 6, Kenaja Burnside, Aija Davis 2 and Precious Grant 1…Clinton improves to 4-0 on the season while the Raiders fall top 1-3
  • Boys: Laurens 65 – Clinton 60… The boys game was a back and forth game that was to say the least “physical” as the refs let them bang on each other somewhat more than normal… Laurens led by 1 (13-12) at end of the 1st quarter but the Red Devils came back to take a 2 point lead (29-27) at the half… It was more of the same in the 3rd quarter as the teams battled to a 42-42 tie….In the decisive 4th quarter Amaija Hill had 9 of his 15 points and JD Payne tried to keep the Red Devils in it by scoring 12 of his 27 points…. However Clinton missed 5 free-throws in the period that could have made a difference as the Raiders outscored the Red Devils 23 -18 to take the win… Payne led all scorers with his 27 points and Ahmarie Bates was also in double-digits for the Red Devils with 19 points… Others scoring for the Red Devils were P.J. Bluford with 4 points, Elijah Campbell 3,  Davis Wilson 2, Titus Hood 2, Sam Tiller 2 and Kimon Quarles 1 .… The Raiders were led by Dee Foster with 19 points and Hill’s 15…. Others scoring for the Raiders were Dravious Copeland 9, Leonard Williams 9, J’Von Harris 4, Jordan Woodruff 4, Shamare Dendy 3 and Christian Anderson 2… The Red Devils fall to 0-2 on the season while the Raiders improve to 2-3 on the season…  Round 2 of County Championship will be this Friday at LDHS…. In the meantime the Red Devils travel to Chester tomorrow while the Raiders travel to Hillcrest.

 

Laurens Academy: The Crusaders hosted the Greenwood Christian Hawks last Frida out at the Academy.

  • Girls: LA 55 Greenwood Christian 14…. The lady Crusaders ran out to an 18-3 at the end of the first quarter and led 31-9 at the half and never looked back…The Crusaders held the Held Hawks scoreless in 3rd and only allowed them 5 points in the final quarter to make final score 55-14… Three Crusaders scored in double digits and they were Ruthie Moore with 17 points, Blair Quarles with 14 & Jennifer Wu 11… Others scoring for the Crusaders were Regan Williamson with 8 points, Sara Grace Natiello 3 and Payton Breen with 2… The Lady Crusaders are 5-0 on the young season.
  • Boys: LA 66 – Hawks 55… Crusaders outscored the Hawks 15-8 in the first quarter and then went on to hold off the Hawks as they took a 66-55 win to run their record to 3-2 on the season… Noah Moore led the Crusaders with a game-high 26 points and Dawson Foster also finished in double-digits with 15… Others scoring for the Crusaders were Thomas Lowry with 6 points, Charlton McCall 4 and both Cal Robertson and Luke Kerber with 2 points each… The Crusaders will be back in action tomorrow as the boys host Covenant Christian at 6 and the girls host Gray Collegiate after the boys somewhere around 7:15 or so.

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 11-30-2018

PC Notes:

  • MBK: St. Francis 90 – PC 86… Back on Wednesday the Blue Hose men’s basketball team hosted the Terriers of St Francis – Brookland at the Templeton Center… The game was a close back and forth affair with the Terriers leading 42-41 at the half… In the end the Terriers hit a couple of 3-point goals in the last minute to pull out a 90-86 win over PC… PC’s Francois Lewis had a game high 35 points… For more details on this game click here and for the box score of the game click here….  PC drops to 3-4 overall, while St. Francis-Brooklyn improves to 4-3…. The Blue Hose travel to Greensboro tomorrow afternoon for a game with the NC A&T. The game with the Aggies is set for a 4 p.m. tipoff from the Corbett Sports Center.
  • Women’s Basketball… The lady Blue Hose have been off since last Sunday when they lost up at Vanderbilt and will return to action Sunday when the travel to Samford for a 3:00 pm contest.

 

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Blackout for Cancer Friday Night… This Friday night when the Red Devils host the Raiders in varsity basketball action they will be having a Blackout for Cancer Night… Not only are they asking Red Devil fans to come dressed in black but the Clinton teams will also have special black uniforms… They will be doing several things help raise money for the Laurens County Cancer Association one of which will be a 50/50 raffle… For more information about all they will be doing click here.

 

Clinton at Laurens JV Action…. Last night the Clinton and Laurens JV team met for the first time this season at LDHS.

  • Girls: Clinton 38 – Laurens 17… In the first game of the night the lady Red Devils came out hot and the Raiders did not as Clinton raced out to a 22-4 lead after the first quarter of play and then went on to take a 38-17 win over the Raiders… As Raider Coach Ben Coleman but it “ we just could not get on track tonight and had too many turnovers… Grayson Taylor led the scoring for the Red Devils with 9 points and angel Johnson led the Raiders with 6.
  • Boys: Laurens 41 – Clinton 26… Now for Raider fans there is better news where the boys’ game is concerned as the Raiders took a 41-26 win… The game was close for the first 3 quarters with the lead going back and forth between the teams… The Raiders led by 1 (26-25 at the end of 3 and held the Red Devils to just 1 point in the 4th quarter while they scored 15 to take the win… The Raiders were led by Joshua Cureton who had 11 points…. The Red Devils were led by CK Vance who had 6 points.

 

Laurens Academy… The Laurens Academy Crusaders traveled down to Edgefield last night to take on the Wardlaw Patriots.

  • Girls: LA 60 – Wardlaw 33… In girls action, the Crusaders opened fast taking a 16-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and then were never really threatened as they took a 60-33 win over the Patriots… Ruthie Moore had a game-high 19 points for the Crusaders… Regan Williamson was also in double–digits with 12 points… Others scoring for the Crusaders were Jennifer Wu with 8 points, Blair Quarles 6, Morgan Marlette 5, Payton Breen 3, Florence Mitchell 2, Lindsey Burroughs 2, Hanna Stribling 2 and Sara Grace Natiello 1.
  • Boys: Wardlaw 60 – LA 52… The news is not as good where the boys are concerned as the Patriots took a 60-52 win over the Crusaders… The Crusaders found themselves trailing 21-8 at the end of the first quarter and cut it to 31-29 at the half but just could not complete the comeback… Noah Moore led the Crusaders with 18 points… Dawson Foster was also in double-digits with 14 points… Charlton McCall finished with 8 points, Diamonte Grant 6 and both Thomas Lowry and Cal Robertson finished with 3 points…. The Crusaders are back in action tonight as they host Greenwood Christian starting with middle school games at 4:00 pm.

 

Middle School Basketball:

  • Hickory Tavern… The Panthers traveled down to Newberry yesterday and unfortunately dropped both games… Girls: Newberry 42 – HT 17… Faith Jackson was the leading scorer for the Panthers with 12 points… Boys: Newberry 50 – HT 35… Tylan Fowler led the Panthers with 8 points.
  • Gray Court-Owens… Meanwhile the Tigers of GCO travelled down to Mid-Carolina… The news again is not what I’d like to report as the Tigers also lost both of their game… Girls: Mid-C 38 – GCO 20… The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 7-4 lead after the first 6 minutes of play but were held scoreless in the 2nd & 3rd quarters as the Rebels took a 38-20 win… Dayzia Grant led DCO and all scorers with all 20 of the Tigers’ points.      Boys: Mic-C 35 – GCO 15…. Sorry no scoring details other than Coach Smith said they missed 20 free throws which could have made the difference in the game.

 

SCHSL Football Playoffs… The Upper and Lower State Championship games are scheduled to take place tonight… Below are the matchups by classification.

  • AAAAA – Byrnes at TL Hanna and Dutch Fork at Summerville
  • AAAA – Daniel at Greer and Myrtle Beach at Hartsville
  • AAA – Chester at Union County and Wade Hampton at Dillon
  • AA – Abbeville at Southside Christian and Carvers Bay at Barnwell
  • A – Lamar at Dixie and Hemingway at Green Sea-Floyd

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 11-29-2018

Local Notes:

CHS:

Basketball… The Red Devil varsity basketball teams were on the road last night as they traveled up to Chapman HS to take on the Panthers

  • Girls: Clinton 61 – Chapman 54… In the girl’s game the Red Devil according to Coach John Gardner had a bad half as missed easy shots and ran into foul trouble… Because of that they found themselves trailing the Panthers 25-20 at the half… However the second half was a different story as they played better and outscored the Panthers 24-17 in the 3rd quarter and 17-12 in the Final quarter to take a 61-54 win… The Red Devils were led by DeShanti Watts who had 22 of her game-high 33 points in the second half… Savannah Campbell was also in double-digits with 10 points… Others scoring for Clinton were Taneal Evans with 9 points, Terriauna Bennett 5 and Peyton Price-walker 4…. The team is now 3-0 on the young season.
  • Boys: Chapman 79 – Clinton 73…  I hate to have to tell you but the news is not as good where the boys are concerned as the Red Devils fell 79-73… Clinton led 41-32 at the half and extended the lead to 65-53 going into the 3rd quarter of play… In that final quarter as Coach Eddie Romines put it “we just let it get away” as the Panthers outscored the Red Devils 26-8 to take the win…. The Red Devils were led in scoring by JD Payne who had a game-high 34 points. Two other Red Devils were in double-digits with Davis Wilson scoring 14 and Ahmari Bates 13… Other scoring for Clinton were PJ Bluford with 4 points, Elijah Campbell 3, Sam Tiller 2, Titus Hood 2 and Kimon Quarles 1… The varsity teams will be back in action tomorrow as they host the Laurens Raiders… The JV teams will travel to Laurens today with the girls’ game starting at 6:00 pm.

 

Blackout for Cancer Friday Night… This Friday night when the Red Devils host the Raiders in varsity basketball action they will be having a Blackout for Cancer Night… Not only are they asking Red Devil fans to come dressed in black but the Clinton teams will also have special black uniforms… They will be doing several things help raise money for the Laurens County Cancer Association one of which will be a 50/50 raffle… For more information about all they will be doing click here.

 

LDHS:

Bragg signs to Play Baseball at Florence-Darlington Tech…. Yesterday at LDHS senior baseball player Jalen Bragg signed a letter of intent to continue his education and baseball career next season at Florence-Darlington Tech playing for the Stingers… This past season Jalen hit .313 for the Raiders with 1 homerun and 10 RBIs… He also pitched in 10 games finishing the season with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 5.82…. He struck out 23 batters while walking 17…. He says they plan on using him mostly at third base…. To see a few photos and a short video interview done with him after the signing, click here…. Congratulations to Jalen!

Wrestling….. This past Tuesday the Raider wrestling team kicked off its season as they traveled to Byrnes HS for a tri-match with not only the Rebels but the Riverside Warriors.

  • Laurens 52 – Riverside 30… Raiders taking win on the mats against their opponents were Brian Sheffield, Cody Emert, Chase Teague, Myles Reppart, Austin James and Stetson Dawson… Some other Raiders took wins due to forfeits and if you would like to see who those were and complete match details click here.
  • Byrens 67 – Laurens 12….The Raiders did not do as well against the Rebels as they fell 67-12… No Raider actually defeated their opponent on the mat but there were some close decisions… The Raider points actually came on two forfeited matches… If you would like to see match details click here.

 

 

Middle School Basketball:

  • Boys: CMS 48 – GCO 19…. Yesterday I told you that the CMS Wildcats traveled to GCO on Monday and I gave you the girls’ score (CMS 36 – GCO16) but I did not get the score reposted to me in time to bring it to you yesterday… I can now tell you that the Wildcats took a 48-19 win over the Tigers but I do not have any scoring details.

 

Broadcast Notes

  • Friday – 11-30-18… The Raider varsity basketball teams will be travelling to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in round one of the County Championships…. Join Dr. Rhett Harris and Coach George Ward as they bring you all the action live starting a couple of minutes before 6:00 pm and as always you can also listen live at www.wlbg.com.
  • Monday – 12-3-18… The Laurens MS Tigers will be traveling to Hickory Tavern to take on the Pantherrs in a double-header of middle school basketball… Join us a couple of minutes before 5:00 and as always you can also listen live at www.wlbg.com.

 

High School & Middle School Sports Schedules for this Week

  • LDHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • CHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see the 2018-2019 Crusader basketball schedule click here. 

 

This and That:

  • Basketball Registration Deadline Extended at City of Laurens PRD… The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department has extended their deadline to register for youth basketball until Saturday December1st… Youth basketball is open to those who are 7 to 11 years old… You can register at The Ridge the Park and Recreation Headquarter at 318 Exchange Drive… If you want more information call them at 681-7275 or email them at Laurensprd@yahoo.com.
  • The Laurens County Touchdown Club has a full set of meetings scheduled to help celebrate high school football in Laurens County… The Club meets every other Friday at The Ridge with the meetings starting at noon… For more information about the TD Club including schedule, how to join and videos of the past meetings click here… The next meeting will be Wednesday night December 5th when they have their annual awards banquet… At that time they will announce the All-County Team, Coach of the Year and Player of the Year… The featured speaker will be Toby Anttigha who is a PC graduate and a second year player in the Canadian Football League.
  • Laurens YMCA Cocoa & Cookies With Santa and Reindeer Run… On Friday, December 7th the Laurens Family YMCA will be holding its Cookies and Cocoa PJ Party with Santa… The event will start at 5:00 pm and run until 9:00 pm…The cost is $7 per person and for more information about this event, click here…On Saturday the 19th Annual Reindeer Run will take place starting at 9:00 am and a Fun Run will start at 9:45… There are registration discounts for registration by November 20th and also registration discounts based on the size of teams… To find out the specifics of that information, how to register and other details click here… If you need more information about either of these call the Laurens Family YMCA at 864-984-2626
  • The Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame is Now Accepting Nominations for the Class of 2019… The 2019 induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30pm at The Ridge at Laurens. This ceremony will feature the third class of inductees in the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame… Nominations for the 2019 class opened on November 1, 2018 and will remain open until December 15, 2018… Nomination forms are available at www.laurenscountysportshalloffame.com… For more information about the criteria a person must meet to be considered, present members of the Hall of fame and who to contact for more information, click here.
  • Youth Basketball & Cheerleading Registration Open at Clinton YMCA… Registration is now open for youth basketball and cheerleading at the Clinton Family YMCA until December 11th… Age groups will be 5 – 6, 7 – 8, 9 – 10, 11 – 12, 13 – 15 and ages 9 – 12 for Girls in ‘Youth Basketball’ and for grades K – 6 in Cheerleading…. Team assignment Fall-out will be on Tuesday, December 18th for all age groups and cheerleading… Something new this year is that the first 100 basketball participants that register and pay by the December 11th deadline will receive a FREE Spalding indoor/outdoor regulation basketball upon registration…. For more information about age cut-off dates, cost, fall-out date, game & practice locations, equipment provided and scholarships click here or contact the YMCA at 833-1555.
  • Laurens Family YMCA 2018 – 2019 Sports Schedules… The Laurens Family YMCA has released the schedules for signing up for different sports during the 2018-2019 sports seasons… To see the entire list of sports, ages for participation, sign-up dates, cost and when the season begins click here… If you have any other questions call the Y at 984-2626… At this time there is no registration for any sports… The next registration will be for basketball and it will start December 1st.
  • A Team of 1,000” Fundraising Campaign… Laurens District 55 High School (LDHS) with the support of Laurens County School District 55 (LCSD 55) is launching a Team of 1,000 athletic fundraising campaign. LDHS hopes to raise $55,000 to contribute towards the wishes of the athletic programs. Any funds raised will not supplant existing funding from LCSD 55 but we want to enhance the pride and possibilities inherent in our athletic programs… The funds raised will go toward ensuring adequate resources for travel to camps, scrimmages, and other activities that improve student-athlete performance but may stretch the regular season travel budget… The different coaches are compiling a “wish list” of items they would like to see the monies go toward… If you would like you to be a part of our Team of 1,000. Just a $55 gift from each member of our Team of 1,000 will help us reach our goal of $55,000. By donating to the Team of 1,000 fundraising campaign, you are helping the student-athlete experience; you are also joining many others in a commitment to athletic excellence in Laurens…. For more information on this including how you can join the team, click here… Please consider joining, I have.

 

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, 11-28-2018

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Basketball on the Road Tonight… The Clinton Red Devil varsity basketball teams will be on the road to Chapman tonight to take on the Panthers.
  • Blackout for Cancer Friday Night… This Friday night when the Red Devils host the Raiders in varsity basketball action they will be having a Blackout for Cancer Night… Not only are they asking Red Devil fans to come dressed in black but the Clinton teams will also have special black uniforms… They will be doing several things help raise money for the Laurens County Cancer Association one of which will be a 50/50 raffle… For more information about all they will be doing click here.

 

LDHS… The Raider varsity basketball teams hosted the Hillcrest Rams in their first home games of the season.

  • Girls: Hillcrest 62 – Laurens 41… The Lady Raiders saw their record drop to 1-2 on the young season as they fell to the Lady Rams 62-41… The Rams pulled out to a 15-8 lead after one quarter of play and then gradually extended that lead throughput the game… The Raiders were plagued by turnovers but the Rams also had way too many also… The Rams out rebounded the Raiders and the Raiders were also plagued by foul trouble… At the game’s end, 2 Raider starters were on the bench having fouled out and others were on the verge of doing the same… Lamoria Allen was the only Raider in double digits as she finished with 10 points…. Others scoring for the Raiders were Raniya Jackson with 8, Kenaja Burnside 7, Qua Fortson 6, Ashanti Conway & Hanna Wiles 4 each, and with 1 point each Diamond Pressley & Precious Grant.
  • Boys: Hillcrest 63 – Laurens 52… The news for Raider fans is no better where the boys are concerned as the Rams took a 63-52 win… This marked the second time in a week that the Rams defeated the Raiders as they also took a 61-57 win last week in the Impact Sports Tournament up in Spartanburg… The two teams played to a tie (12-12) after the 8 minutes of play and the Rams only had a 1 point 29-28 lead going into the locker room at the half… The Raiders came out in the third quarter and picked up the pace as by the end of the quarter they led 47-44… The start of the 4th quarter saw the Raiders go cold as they did not sink a bucket until 3:45 remained in it and that cold spell doomed the Raiders as they could not catch back up and the Rams took the win… The Raiders were led by Dra Copeland who had 18 points and Dee Foster who finished with 14… Others Raiders putting points on the board were Amaiji Hill with 9, Christian Anderson 5, Leonard Williams 3, J’Von Harris 2 and JQ fair 1…. The Raiders return to action Friday as they travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils.

 

Laurens Academy… The Laurens Academy Crusaders boarded the bus yesterday and went down to Augusta, Ga. to take on another set of Crusaders, the Crusaders of Curtis Baptist

  • Girls LA 51 – CB 29… In the first game of the evening, LA jumped out to a 23-2 lead after one quarter of play and never looked back as they took a 51-29 win… LA was paced by Jennifer Wu who had a game-high 17 points and Regan Williamson who finished with 10… Ruthie Moore had 9 points, Payton Breen 5, Sara Grace Natiello 4 while Blair Quarles, Morgan Marlett, and Lindsay Burroughs each had 2… The lady Crusaders are now 3-0 on the season.
  • Boys: LA 75 – CB 29… Now the news is just as good where the boys are concerned as the LA Crusaders rolled to a 75-29 win over CB… Again LA jumped out early taking a 19-2 lead after 8 minutes of play and never looking back… Noah Moore led all scorers as he finished with 25 points… Charlton McCall was the only other Crusader in double-digits as he finished with 25… Other scoring for LA included Dawson Foster with 9.Diamonte Grant 9, Jaren Jin 6, Sunny Li 4 and with 2 points each you have Thomas Lowry, Cal Robertson, Will Jones, Luke Kerber and Hunter Mullinax… The boys are now 2-1 on the season and the varsity teams will travel to Wardlaw tomorrow.

 

Middle School Basketball... The only games on tap last night was CMS at GCO.

  • Girls: CMS 34 – GCO 16… In the girls game the CMS Wildcats took a 34 – 16 win over GCO Tigers… The Wildcats opened up an 11-4 lead at the endo of the 1st quarter but the Tigers cut into that lead in the 2nd quarter making it 18-13 at the half… The second half was all Wildcats as they held the Tigers to just 3 points in the 3rd quarter and went on to take the win… Anna Litzenberger led the Wildcats with 11 points while the Tigers were led by Dayzia Grant who had all 16 of the Tiger’s points… Others scoring for the Wildcats were Mia Barr with 4 points, Zaniyah Richey 2, Fantasia Walker 8and Nevaeh Johnson 4
  • Boys… Sorry neither coach reported the score to me.

 

Broadcast Notes [Read more…]

Sports Report for Tuesday, 11-27-2018

PC Notes: Let’s do some catching up on PC basketball

  • WBK: Vanderbilt 78 – PC 43… Last Sunday the Lady Blue Hose traveled up o Nashville to take on the Lady Commodores of Vanderbilt and the Commodores outscored PC 23-11 in the first quarter and then went on to take a 78-43 win over PC… The Commodores had 3 players scoring in double digits only Kacie Hall did so for the Blue Hose as she had 12… For more information on this game, click here… Presbyterian College falls to 1-4, while Vanderbilt improves to 3-4…. PC will be back in action this Sunday when they travel to Birmingham, Alabama to take on Samford in a 3:00 pm contest.
  • Men’s basketball at Home Tomorrow… The PC men’s basketball has been off now for a little over a week… That all ends tomorrow as they host the Terriers of St Francis Brooklyn at 7:00 pm in the Templeton Center… This will be the first time the two teams have met and if you want more information about the game, the two teams and where you can catch the game in case you can’t make it over click here. 

 

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Fall Sports Athletic Banquet… The following night on Tuesday November 27th CHS will be having its Fall Athletic banquet also at 6:00 pm but in the CHS Auditorium instead of the gym… There is a $2 per person fee for the banquet except for the athletes who get in free… Again go ahead and make plans to come out and celebrate the fall athletes who are standouts in their sport.

 

LDHS:

  • Basketball… The Laurens Raider varsity basketball teams will be hosting the Hillcrest Rams tonight and we plan on bringing that game here on Real Radio 860 WLBG and also streaming live on the internet at WLBG.com. Hope you can make it to the games but if not join Dr. Rhett Harris and myself here a couple of minutes before 6:00 pm for all the action.
  • Freshman and JV Teams at Hillcrest last Night9th Grade Boys: Hillcrest 47 – Laurens 38…. JV Boys: Laurens 46 – Hillcrest 31… Toney Pulley led the Raiders in the win with 15 points and 5 rebounds… JV Girls: Hillcrest 43 – Laurens 38… Angel Johnson led the Raiders with 21 points.

 

Laurens Academy:

  • Basketball on the Road Tonight … The Crusader basketball varsity teams get back in action tonight as they travel down to Augusta Ga. to take on Curtis Baptist Crusaders

 

Middle School Basketball… Today: CMS at GCO at 5:00 pm

 

College Sports:

Basketball Rankings

  • Men’s DI AP Poll… Since last week’s #1 Duke lost this past Wednesday to former #3 Gonzaga the two teams have swapped places in the Men’s DI Basketball AP Poll… The poll this week has the top 5 as Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke, Virginia and Nevada… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Tennessee, Michigan, Auburn, Michigan State and Kentucky… The Clemson Tigers dropped out of the top 25 in the AP Poll and if you would like to see the entire top 25 in the poll click here.
  • Women’s DI AP Poll… Now turning to the DI AP Poll for the ladies you will find there was no change this week in the top 10… Spots 1-5 continue to be occupied by Notre Dame, UConn, Oregon, Baylor and Louisville… Spots 6-10 still have Mississippi State, Maryland, Stanford, Oregon State and Texas in that order… South Carolina checked in at #18… To see the entire top 25 of the poll click here.

 

High School & Middle School Sports Schedules for this Week [Read more…]

Sports Report for Monday, 11-26-2018

High School Football Playoff Results… Round 3 of the SCHSL Playoffs took place last Friday and some of our area schools moved on to round 4 which will be the Upper and Lower State Championships coming up this Friday night… Region 1-5A champ TL Hanna defeated Dorman and will host Byrnes this Friday night…. Region III–3A Champ Union County defeated Chapman and will travel to Chester to take on the undefeated Cyclones this Friday…. Abbeville and Dixie also took wins… If you want to see all the scores from around the state by classification click here… Also don’t forget that if you look in the Featured Sports section on our homepage at wlbg.com you will find a post that links you to the SCHSL brackets by classification… You can also go there if you click here. 

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Winter Sports Meet the Devils (CMS and CHS Basketball Teams)… On Monday November 26th at 6:00 pm the winter version of Meet the Devils will place in the CHS Main Gym… This will be the first opportunity for Red Devil fans to meet the players and coaches of not only the basketball teams at CHS but also the coaches and players of the CMS Wildcat teams… Go ahead and make plans to come on out that Monday.
  • Fall Sports Athletic Banquet… The following night on Tuesday November 27th CHS will be having its Fall Athletic banquet also at 6:00 pm but in the CHS Auditorium instead of the gym… There is a $2 per person fee for the banquet except for the athletes who get in free… Again go ahead and make plans to come out and celebrate the fall athletes who are standouts in their sport.
  • Basketball… The Red Devil varsity basketball teams will be back in action Wednesday of next week when they travel to Chapman to take on the Panthers with the girls’ game starting at 6:00 pm.

 

LDHS:

  • Basketball… The Laurens Raider varsity basketball teams will be hosting the Hillcrest Rams next Tuesday night and we plan on bringing that game here on Real Radio 860 WLBG and also streaming live on the internet at WLBG.com. Hope you can make it to the games but if not join Dr. Rhett Harris and myself here a couple of minutes before 6:00 pm for all the action.

 

Laurens Academy:

  • Basketball… The Crusader basketball varsity teams get back into action tomorrow when they travel down to Augusta Ga. to take on Curtis Baptist Crusaders

 

College Sports:

  • Clemson 56 – South Carolina 35… Congratulation to the Clemson Tigers and their fans as they won the Palmetto Bowl by taking a 56-35 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks last Saturday night up at Clemson… The Tigers simply out manned the Gamecocks but the Gamecocks made it interesting as they scored more points against Clemson than any other team this season… Clemson had a total of 744 yards of offense to the Gamecock’s 600… For the Clemson take on the game, click here…. For the South Carolina take on the game click here.  

 

 High School & Middle School Sports Schedules for this Week

  • LDHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • CHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see the 2018-2019 Crusader basketball schedule click here.

 

This and That:

  • Basketball Registration Deadline Extended at City of Laurens PRD… The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department has extended their deadline to register for youth basketball until Saturday December1st… Youth basketball is open to those who are 7 to 11 years old… You can register at The Ridge the Park and Recreation Headquarter at 318 Exchange Drive… If you want more information call them at 681-7275 or email them at Laurensprd@yahoo.com.
  • The Laurens County Touchdown Club has a full set of meetings scheduled to help celebrate high school football in Laurens County… The Club meets every other Friday at The Ridge with the meetings starting at noon… For more information about the TD Club including schedule, how to join and videos of the past meetings click here… The next meeting will be Wednesday night December 5th when they have their annual awards banquet… At that time they will announce the All-County Team, Coach of the Year and Player of the Year… The featured speaker will be Toby Anttigha who is a PC graduate and a second year player in the Canadian Football League.
  • Laurens YMCA Cocoa & Cookies With Santa and Reindeer Run… On Friday, December 7th the Laurens Family YMCA will be holding its Cookies and Cocoa PJ Party with Santa… The event will start at 5:00 pm and run until 9:00 pm…The cost is $7 per person and for more information about this event, click here…On Saturday the 19th Annual Reindeer Run will take place starting at 9:00 am and a Fun Run will start at 9:45… There are registration discounts for registration by November 20th and also registration discounts based on the size of teams… To find out the specifics of that information, how to register and other details click here… If you need more information about either of these call the Laurens Family YMCA at 864-984-2626
  • The Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame is Now Accepting Nominations for the Class of 2019… The 2019 induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30pm at The Ridge at Laurens. This ceremony will feature the third class of inductees in the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame… Nominations for the 2019 class opened on November 1, 2018 and will remain open until December 15, 2018… Nomination forms are available at www.laurenscountysportshalloffame.com… For more information about the criteria a person must meet to be considered, present members of the Hall of fame and who to contact for more information, click here.
  • Youth Basketball & Cheerleading Registration Open at Clinton YMCA… Registration is now open for youth basketball and cheerleading at the Clinton Family YMCA until December 11th… Age groups will be 5 – 6, 7 – 8, 9 – 10, 11 – 12, 13 – 15 and ages 9 – 12 for Girls in ‘Youth Basketball’ and for grades K – 6 in Cheerleading…. Team assignment Fall-out will be on Tuesday, December 18th for all age groups and cheerleading… Something new this year is that the first 100 basketball participants that register and pay by the December 11th deadline will receive a FREE Spalding indoor/outdoor regulation basketball upon registration…. For more information about age cut-off dates, cost, fall-out date, game & practice locations, equipment provided and scholarships click here or contact the YMCA at 833-1555.
  • Laurens Family YMCA 2018 – 2019 Sports Schedules… The Laurens Family YMCA has released the schedules for signing up for different sports during the 2018-2019 sports seasons… To see the entire list of sports, ages for participation, sign-up dates, cost and when the season begins click here… If you have any other questions call the Y at 984-2626… At this time there is no registration for any sports… The next registration will be for basketball and it will start December 1st.
  • A Team of 1,000” Fundraising Campaign… Laurens District 55 High School (LDHS) with the support of Laurens County School District 55 (LCSD 55) is launching a Team of 1,000 athletic fundraising campaign. LDHS hopes to raise $55,000 to contribute towards the wishes of the athletic programs. Any funds raised will not supplant existing funding from LCSD 55 but we want to enhance the pride and possibilities inherent in our athletic programs… The funds raised will go toward ensuring adequate resources for travel to camps, scrimmages, and other activities that improve student-athlete performance but may stretch the regular season travel budget… The different coaches are compiling a “wish list” of items they would like to see the monies go toward… If you would like you to be a part of our Team of 1,000. Just a $55 gift from each member of our Team of 1,000 will help us reach our goal of $55,000. By donating to the Team of 1,000 fundraising campaign, you are helping the student-athlete experience; you are also joining many others in a commitment to athletic excellence in Laurens…. For more information on this including how you can join the team, click here… Please consider joining, I have.

 

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, 11-23-2018

PC Notes: Well let’s do some catching up on men and women’s basketball action at PC.

Men…The PC men’s team was on the road for two games in the last 6 days

  • Marquette74- PC 55… Last Saturday they travelled up to Milwaukee, Wis. To take on the #24 ranked Golden Eagles of Marquette… The game was tied at the half but the Golden Eagles used a late run in the second half to pull ahead and take a 74-55 win… Freshman Adam Flagler led PC with 20 points scoring 12 of them from 3-point range… For more details on this game, click here.
  • UCLA 80 – PC 65… This past Tuesday the Blue Hose traveled out to the left coast to take on the #17 ranked Bruins of UCLA… In this contest PC trailed 41-19 at the half but outscored the Bruins 46-39 in the second half cutting the Bruins lead to just 3 at one point before falling 80-65… Again Adam Flagler led the attack scoring a career-high 29 point and 21 of them came from behind the 3-point line… For more details on this game, click here….PC is now 3-3 on the season and returns to action next Wednesday when they take on St. Francis Brooklyn in a 7 p.m. contest at Templeton Center.

Women… The Lady Blue Hose have also played 2 games (both at home) since we last mention them.

  • PC 61 – Wofford 50… Last Saturday the lady Blue Hose hosted the Wofford Terriers at the Templeton Center… PC scores 12 unanswered points to start the game and then went on to take a 61-50 win… Junior Kacie Hill led the team with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assist…. For more details on this game, click here
  • SC State 57 – PC 48… Now the news is not as good in the second game which took place this past Tuesday as PC fell to the Bulldogs of SC State by a score of 57-48… Bria Gibbs led the Blue Hose with 23 points and 13 rebounds… For more details on this game, click here… The team’s record now stands at 1-3 on the young season and will return to action this Sunday when they travel to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt in a 3:00 pm contest.

 

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Winter Sports Meet the Devils (CMS and CHS Basketball Teams)… On Monday November 26th at 6:00 pm the winter version of Meet the Devils will place in the CHS Main Gym… This will be the first opportunity for Red Devil fans to meet the players and coaches of not only the basketball teams at CHS but also the coaches and players of the CMS Wildcat teams… Go ahead and make plans to come on out that Monday.
  • Fall Sports Athletic Banquet… The following night on Tuesday November 27th CHS will be having its Fall Athletic banquet also at 6:00 pm but in the CHS Auditorium instead of the gym… There is a $2 per person fee for the banquet except for the athletes who get in free… Again go ahead and make plans to come out and celebrate the fall athletes who are standouts in their sport.
  • Basketball… The Red Devil varsity basketball teams will be back in action Wednesday of next week when they travel to Chapman to take on the Panthers with the girls’ game starting at 6:00 pm.

 

LDHS:

  • Basketball… The Laurens Raider varsity basketball teams will be hosting the Hillcrest Rams next Tuesday night and we plan on bringing that game here on Real Radio 860 WLBG and also streaming live on the internet at WLBG.com. Hope you can make it to the games but if not join Dr. Rhett Harris and myself here a couple of minutes before 6:00 pm for all the action.

 

SCHSL Football Playoffs… The SCHSL playoffs have reached the upper and lower state championship levels… Laurens region foe TL Hanna remained undefeated as they took a 68-7 win over Northwestern… Clinton’s region foe Union County also advanced by defeating Indian Land 55-14… Other area teams that advanced in the playoffs by winning last week were Abbeville and Dixie… Now if you would like to see the schedule for tonight click on the classification below you are interested in.

 

High School & Middle School Sports Schedules for this Week

  • LDHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • CHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see the 2018-2019 Crusader basketball schedule click here. 

 

This and That:

  • Basketball Registration Deadline Extended at City of Laurens PRD… The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department has extended their deadline to register for youth basketball until Saturday December1st… Youth basketball is open to those who are 7 to 11 years old… You can register at The Ridge the Park and Recreation Headquarter at 318 Exchange Drive… If you want more information call them at 681-7275 or email them at Laurensprd@yahoo.com.
  • The Laurens County Touchdown Club has a full set of meetings scheduled to help celebrate high school football in Laurens County… The Club meets every other Friday at The Ridge with the meetings starting at noon… For more information about the TD Club including schedule, how to join and videos of the past meetings click here… The next meeting will be Wednesday night December 5th when they have their annual awards banquet… At that time they will announce the All-County Team, Coach of the Year and Player of the Year… The featured speaker will be Toby Anttigha who is a PC graduate and a second year player in the Canadian Football League.
  • Laurens YMCA Cocoa & Cookies With Santa and Reindeer Run… On Friday, December 7th the Laurens Family YMCA will be holding its Cookies and Cocoa PJ Party with Santa… The event will start at 5:00 pm and run until 9:00 pm…The cost is $7 per person and for more information about this event, click here…On Saturday the 19th Annual Reindeer Run will take place starting at 9:00 am and a Fun Run will start at 9:45… There are registration discounts for registration by November 20th and also registration discounts based on the size of teams… To find out the specifics of that information, how to register and other details click here… If you need more information about either of these call the Laurens Family YMCA at 864-984-2626
  • The Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame is Now Accepting Nominations for the Class of 2019… The 2019 induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30pm at The Ridge at Laurens. This ceremony will feature the third class of inductees in the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame… Nominations for the 2019 class opened on November 1, 2018 and will remain open until December 15, 2018… Nomination forms are available at www.laurenscountysportshalloffame.com… For more information about the criteria a person must meet to be considered, present members of the Hall of fame and who to contact for more information, click here.
  • Youth Basketball & Cheerleading Registration Open at Clinton YMCA… Registration is now open for youth basketball and cheerleading at the Clinton Family YMCA until December 11th… Age groups will be 5 – 6, 7 – 8, 9 – 10, 11 – 12, 13 – 15 and ages 9 – 12 for Girls in ‘Youth Basketball’ and for grades K – 6 in Cheerleading…. Team assignment Fall-out will be on Tuesday, December 18th for all age groups and cheerleading… Something new this year is that the first 100 basketball participants that register and pay by the December 11th deadline will receive a FREE Spalding indoor/outdoor regulation basketball upon registration…. For more information about age cut-off dates, cost, fall-out date, game & practice locations, equipment provided and scholarships click here or contact the YMCA at 833-1555.
  • Laurens Family YMCA 2018 – 2019 Sports Schedules… The Laurens Family YMCA has released the schedules for signing up for different sports during the 2018-2019 sports seasons… To see the entire list of sports, ages for participation, sign-up dates, cost and when the season begins click here… If you have any other questions call the Y at 984-2626… At this time there is no registration for any sports… The next registration will be for basketball and it will start December 1st.
  • A Team of 1,000” Fundraising Campaign… Laurens District 55 High School (LDHS) with the support of Laurens County School District 55 (LCSD 55) is launching a Team of 1,000 athletic fundraising campaign. LDHS hopes to raise $55,000 to contribute towards the wishes of the athletic programs. Any funds raised will not supplant existing funding from LCSD 55 but we want to enhance the pride and possibilities inherent in our athletic programs… The funds raised will go toward ensuring adequate resources for travel to camps, scrimmages, and other activities that improve student-athlete performance but may stretch the regular season travel budget… The different coaches are compiling a “wish list” of items they would like to see the monies go toward… If you would like you to be a part of our Team of 1,000. Just a $55 gift from each member of our Team of 1,000 will help us reach our goal of $55,000. By donating to the Team of 1,000 fundraising campaign, you are helping the student-athlete experience; you are also joining many others in a commitment to athletic excellence in Laurens…. For more information on this including how you can join the team, click here… Please consider joining, I have.

 

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, 11-22-2018

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Winter Sports Meet the Devils (CMS and CHS Basketball Teams)… On Monday November 26th at 6:00 pm the winter version of Meet the Devils will place in the CHS Main Gym… This will be the first opportunity for Red Devil fans to meet the players and coaches of not only the basketball teams at CHS but also the coaches and players of the CMS Wildcat teams… Go ahead and make plans to come on out that Monday.
  • Fall Sports Athletic Banquet… The following night on Tuesday November 27th CHS will be having its Fall Athletic banquet also at 6:00 pm but in the CHS Auditorium instead of the gym… There is a $2 per person fee for the banquet except for the athletes who get in free… Again go ahead and make plans to come out and celebrate the fall athletes who are standouts in their sport.

 

LDHS:

  • Irmo 65 – Laurens 43… The Laurens Raider boys’ basketball team traveled up to Spartanburg yesterday to finish their participation in the 2018 Sports Impact Invitational at SDS…. The Raider played Irmo for third place in the tournament… The score was 27-22 at the half in Irmo’s favor but in the third quarter Irmo started pulling away as they scored 18 points to the Raiders 6 and then went on to take a 65-43 win over the Raiders… As Coach Walker put it, the raiders ran out of gas in the second half… Dra Copeland led the Raiders with 14 points… Others scoring for the Raiders were Dee Foster 8, Amaiji Hill 7, J.Q. Fair 5, Leonard Williams 4, Christian Anderson 3 and Jordan Woodruff 2 ….  Leonard Williams made the All-Tournament team… Congratulations to him!

 

College Sports:

  • FBS AP Poll… In case you missed it, there was no change in this week’s FBS AP Poll in the top 6 teams… The top 6 continue to be Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia and Oklahoma in that order… Washington State did move up a spot from #8 to #7 and both UCF and LSU are tied for #8… Ohio State checks in at #10… To see the entire AP Poll click here.
  • College Football Playoff Poll… The committee that determines who will be playing for the FBS Championship at the end of the season also came out with new rankings earlier this week… Their top 6 are exactly the same as the AP Poll (Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia and Oklahoma in that order)… Now if you would like to see their entire top 25 ranking click here.
  • FCS Coaches Poll… Now for those of you who are real college football junkies I’ll tell you that in the FCS Coaches Poll the top 2 teams continue to be North Dakota State and Kennesaw State… Wofford did move up from #14 to #12 this week after defeating PC last Saturday…  To see the entire FCS Coaches Poll click here.

Pros

Falcons Play Tonight… A quick reminder for you Atlanta falcon fans out there that tonight at 8:20 the Falcons will be in New Orleans to take on the Saints… If you want to try to stay awake and watch it after eating all that turkey today, it can be seen on NBC, Channel 4 WYFF TV out of Greenville.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 11-21-2018

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • GBK: Clinton 52 – Brashier Middle College 33… Last night at CHS the Lady Red Devils and the Lady Bengals of Brashier Middle College faced off for the Championship of the Zaxby’s Pre-Season Tournament… The two teams played it toe to toe in the first quarter but the Red Devils did have a 15-14 lead at its end… The Red Devils then scored 14 points in the second and fourth quarters while holding the Bengals to just 9 and 3 points in those quarters and went on to take a 52-33 win and the championship… Savannah Campbell had a game-high 21 points to lead the Red Devils in scoring and had 6 three-point goals in the game… De’Shanti Watts was also in double digits with 13 points… Others scoring for Clinton were Payton Price-Walker 6, Terriauna Bennett 5 and Tinique Austin 7… The Red Devils improve to 2-0 on the season.

 

LDHS:

  • BBK: Hillcrest 61 – Laurens 57… Last night the Raiders boys’ basketball team took on the Hillcrest Rams in a second round winner’s bracket game in the Sports Impact Invitational at SCA … The two teams battled back and forth all night but in the end the Rams took a 61-57 win over the Raiders… The Rams scored 17 points in each of the first two quarters to the Raiders scored 15 points in each of those quarters to make it 34-30 Rams at the half…. The Raiders came back in the third quarter and outscored the Rams to take a 47-45 lead into the final 8 minutes of play… In the last quarters the Raiders were held to just 2 buckets and 6 free throws while the Rams were able to put 16 points on the board to take the win… The Raiders were led by Christian Anderson who had a game-high 15 points… Also scoring in double-digits for the Raiders were Leonard Williams with 11 points and Amaiji Hill, with 10… Others scoring for the Raiders were Dra Copeland with 8, Dee foster 5, Josh Ricks 4, with 2 points each were J’Von Harris and Jordan Woodruff… The Raiders will finish out the tournament today at 3; 00 pm taking on Irmo.
  • GBK: Laurens 51 – Pendleton 42… The Lady Raiders took on the Lady Bulldogs of Pendleton last night in the consolation games of the Lady Bears Tip-Off Tourney up at BHP… Good news for Raider fans as the team took a 51-42 win over the Bulldogs to run their season record to 1-1… The first half was back and forth with Pendleton holding a 25-23 lead at the half… The Raiders came out in the third quarter and took the lead about half way through the quarter and went on to take the win… Both teams had a lot of turnovers but the Raiders were able to convert more of them into points than the Bulldogs did… The Raiders were led by Ranija Jackson who had a game-high 13 points… Kenaja Burnside had 12 points while both Qua Fortson and Kay Moore finished with 10 points each…. Rounding out the scoring for the Raiders you have Nadia Anderson with 4 points and Hannah Wiles with 2.

 

Middle School Athletics: The Turkey Tip-Off Pre-Season Tournament concluded at Hickory tavern last night so let’s check on the scores:

Consolation Games

  • GBK: HT 22 – LMS 10… Jackson has 16 points for HT…. Chin and Starr both had 4 points each for LMS
  • BBK: HT 38- GCO 23… Fowler and Hamby both had 11 points for HT and Jay ?? also had 11 points to lead GCO

Championship Games

  • GBK: Sanders 40 – GCO 3
  • BBK: LMS 42 – Sanders 32… Devon Redd led LMS with 18 points.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 11-20-2018

PC Notes:

  • FB: Wofford 45 – PC 21… The PC football team traveled up to Wofford last Saturday to close out their season… The Blue Hose actually led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter but the Terriers then scored 38 unanswered points to take the win… For more information on this game, click here…. PC finishes their season with a 2-8 record while Wofford moves to 8-3 on the season. 

 

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • GBK: Clinton 55 – Batesburg-Leesville 27… The Lady Red Devil basketball team opened their season last night as the team played host in the Zaxby’s Pre-Season Tournament… The Red Devils faced Batesburg-Leesville in the second game of the night… The Red Devils jumped out to a 15-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back as they went on to take a 55-27 win… Not only did the Clinton offense have a good night but the defense did as well as they forced numerous B-L turnovers….No Red Devil scored in double digits and the team was led in scoring by Tanel Evans who had 9 points and Dana Kinard & Savanna Campbell who had 8 each…Others scoring for the Red Devils were Aaliyah Johnston 4, De’Shanti Watts 7, Payton Price-Walker 2, Serenity Baker 4, Terriauna Bennett 7, Tinique Austin 6, Quiana Suber 6 and Adaija Darby 2…. The Red Devils will be playing for the Tournament championship tonight about 7:30 as they take on Brashier Middle College who defeated Palmetto in the first game last night.

 

 

LDHS:

  • BBK: Laurens 65 – Monticello 30… The Raiders boys’ basketball team opened up their season last night as they traveled up to Spartanburg to participate in the 2018 Impact sports Invitational at Spartanburg Day School…. They faced off against the Hurricanes of Monticello HS out of Georgia and it was a great start to their season as they took a 65-30 win… They started out the game taking a 16-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and then held the Hurricanes to 10 points or less in each of the remaining quarters as they went on to take a 65-30 win… The Raiders had 3 players scoring in double-digits and they were Dra Copeland with a game-high 20 points, Leonard Williams 14 and Amaiji Hill 10… Christian Anderson finished with 7 points, Dee Foster 5, J’Von Harris 4, JQ Fair 3 and Ced McDowell 2…. The team will be back in action tonight at 8:30 as they take on the winner of last night’s game between Hillcrest and SCA
  • GBK: BHP 48 – Laurens 47… The Lady Raiders were in action in the Lady Bears Tip-Off Tourney at BHP as they took on the home BHP Bears and fell to the Bears 48-47 in a comeback that fell just a little short… BHP jumped out to a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended it to 30-19 at the half… The Raiders trailed 42-31 going into the fourth quarter and started cutting into the Bear lead getting down to 1 point with just under a minute left to play but could get no closer… The Raiders big problem was at the free throw line where they only made 12 of 28 shots…Raniya Jackson was the only Raider in double digits with 15 points… Qua Fortson finished with 9 points, Hanna Wiles 6, Kay Moore 5, Nadia Anderson & Lamoria Allen 4 each, and both Paula Abrams and Ashanti Conway finished with 2 each… The team will be back in action today at 6;00 pm as they take on Pendleton who lost to Greenwood 39-28 in the first game last night

 

Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusaders were also in action last night as they hosted the Wardlaw Patriots…

  • GBK: LA 46 – Wardlaw 20… In girls’ varsity action last night, the Crusaders ran their season record to 2-0 as they took a 46-20 win over the Patriots… By the time the first half was over the Crusaders led 31-13 and then held the Patriots to just 2 points in the third quarter as they scored 13 and went on to take a 46-20 win over the Patriots… Jennifer Wu led the team with 20 points and Ruthie Moore was also in double digits with 10 points… Florence Mitchell and Morgan Marlette each scored 4 points and Sara Grace Natiello, Emily Abercrombie, Julia Kerber and Hannah Stribling each had 2 points.
  • BBK: LA 53 – Wardlaw 50…  Now the news is also good where the varsity boys are concerned as they took a 53-50 win over the Patriots… The Crusaders had a narrow 14-11 lead after the first quarter and the two teams played about equal the rest of the way… The Crusaders did lead 38-32 going into the final quarter and held on for the win…Charlton McCall led the Crusaders with 14 points and Diamonte Grant was right behind with 13… Dawson Foster finished with 9 points, Thomas Lowry 8, Noah Moore 7 and Luke Kerber 2… The Crusaders will not be back in action until after Thanksgiving.

 

Middle School Basketball Results from the Turkey Tip-Off Tournament at HT last Night.

  • G: GCO 42 – LMS 19
  • G: Sanders 24 – HT 12
  • B: Sanders 37 – HT 8
  • I did not get a final report on the LMS – GCO boys’ game but LMS had a substantial lead when I had to leave at halftime.

Schedule for Today at in last day of the tournament

  • 4:30: Girls… LMS vs. HT
  • 5:30: Boys… HT vs. loser of GCO vs LMS game yesterday
  • 6:30: Girls GCO vs. Sanders
  • 7:30: Sanders vs. winner of LMS – GCO game yesterday 

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 11-19-2018

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Winter Sports Meet the Devils (CMS and CHS Basketball Teams)… On Monday November 26th at 6:00 pm the winter version of Meet the Devils will place in the CHS Main Gym… This will be the first opportunity for Red Devil fans to meet the players and coaches of not only the basketball teams at CHS but also the coaches and players of the CMS Wildcat teams… Go ahead and make plans to come on out that Monday.
  • Fall Sports Athletic Banquet… The following night on Tuesday November 27th CHS will be having its Fall Athletic banquet also at 6:00 pm but in the CHS Auditorium instead of the gym… There is a $2 per person fee for the banquet except for the athletes who get in free… Again go ahead and make plans to come out and celebrate the fall athletes who are standouts in their sport.
  • Lady Red Devils Host Zaxby’s Pre-Season Tipp-Off… The Lady Red Devil basketball team kicks off their season tonight as they host the Zaxby’s Pre-Season Tip-Off Tournament… At 6:00 pm Brashier Middle College will take on Palmetto and then after that game is over (about 7:30) the Red Devils will take on Batesburg Leesville… Tomorrow at 6{00 pm the losers of tonight’s game will face each other and then after that the winners will play.

 

LDHS:

  • Lady Raiders at BHP Tonight… The Lady Raider basketball team will open their season tonight as they travel up to BHP to take on the Lady Bears in their Lady Bears Tip-Off Tourney… The Raiders will play in the second game of the evening which will take place about 7:30 pm… They will be back in action tomorrow against an opponent and at a time yet to be determined.
  • Raiders Travel to Spartanburg… The Raider basketball team also kicks off its season today at 4:00 pm as they travel up to Spartanburg Christian Academy to take part in the 2018 Impact Sports Invitational at SCA… The will be facing the Hurricanes of Monticello Hurricanes out of Monticello, Ga.

 

Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusader varsity basketball teams opened their seasons last Friday night as they traveled up to Spartanburg Day School to take on the Griffins.

  • GBK: LA 47 – SD 41… The Lady Crusaders opened up the defense of their state title on Friday on a positive note as they took a hard-fought 47-41 win over the Lady Griffins… The Crusader broke out strong in the first quarter as they led 17-6 at its end largely due to Ruthie Moore’s 13 points in the quarter… The griffins would come back in the second quarter and outscore the Crusaders 18-10 to make the score 27-24 Crusaders at the half… The Crusaders came back out of the locker room in the third quarter and outscored the Griffins 12-6 to take a 39-30 lead into the final 8 minutes of play… The Griffins did not make it easy on the Crusaders as they attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter outscoring the Crusaders 11-8 but Crusaders got clutch baskets from Blair Quarles and Jennifer Wu as well as hit a couple of free throws to preserve the win… Moore finished the night with a game-high 18 points and Wu was also in double-digits with 13 points… Others scoring for the Crusaders were Quarles with 9 while Florence Mitchell, Morgan Marlette & Hanna Stribling all finished with 2 points… Regan Williams rounded out the scoring with 1 point.
  • BBK SD 58 – LA 41… Last year Spartanburg Day seemed to always have TV cameras around when they played as everyone was trying to keep up Zion Williamson as he tore through the competition… Those cameras have now moved on to follow him up a Duke… However the Griffins still have a good team without him and they proved that Friday by taking a 58-41 win over the Crusaders… The Griffins outscored the Crusaders in each of the first two quarters and led 27-12 at the half… The Crusaders did come out after the half and cut into the Griffins lead as they outscored the Griffins 15-12 in the 3rd quarter… Noah Moore had 8 of his 19 points in the quarter… The Griffins would then outscore the scrapping Crusaders 19-14 in the 4th quarter to take the 58-41 win… As mentioned before, Noah Moore had 19 points to lead the Crusaders in scoring and Diamonte Grant also was in double-digits with 11 points… Dawson Foster finished the game with 8 points, Charlton McCall 2 and Luke Kerber 1.
  • Crusaders at Home Tonight… The Crusaders will get right back into action tonight as they host the Wardlaw Patriots… The Action will start at 4:00 pm with the middle school girls taking the court first followed by the middle school boys, the varsity girls and then the varsity boys.

 

Middle School Athletics: There will also be a middle school basketball tournament the next two days at Hickory Tavern MS… The Tournament is called the Turkey Tipp-Off Tournament and all 4 of Laurens District 55 middle schools will be participating; LMS, GCO, Sanders and HT…. The schedule for today is as follows:

  • 4:30 Laurens Middle vs GCO Girls (game 1)
  • 5:30 Laurens Middle vs GCO Boys (game 2)
  • 6:30 Sanders Middle vs HT Girls (game 3)
  • 7:30 Sanders Middle vs HT Boys (game 4)

 

Second Round SCHSL Football Playoff Results… To see the scored from the second round of the SCHSL Football Playoffs last Friday night, click here to go to a posting where I have them available by each of the 5 classes.

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 11-16-2018

PC Notes:

  • WBK: UNCW 63 – PC 48… Back on Wednesday the PC women’s basketball team traveled to Wilmington, N.C. to take on the UNC-W Seahawks… The Seahawks opened the game with a 15-4 run and then went on to take a 63-48 win… Junior Ericka Blackwell-Boyden scored 12 points to lead PC and share game-high honors with a pair of Seahawks….. For more information about this game, click here… The team will be back in action tonight as they host Wofford in a 6:00 pm contest at the Templeton Center.
  • MBK: PC 102 – Boyce 49… Yesterday afternoon the PC men’s basketball team hosted the Boyce College Bulldogs out of Louisville, KY…. For the second came in a row the Blue Hose broke the century mark as they took a 102- 49 win over the Bulldogs… PC took a 50-32 lead into the locker room at the half and then outscored the Bulldogs 52-17 in the second half… PC had 5 players in double-digits with Adam Flagler leading the team with a game-high 14 points… For more information on this game, click here… The Blue Hose are on the road this weekend as they travel to #24 Marquette tomorrow for a 1 pm game and then on to UCLA on Monday night for an 11:00 pm game with the Bruins.
  • Football at Wofford Tomorrow… The Blue Hose football team will close out its season tomorrow as they travel up I-26 to take on the Wofford Terriers… Kickoff is slated for 1:30 and it’s not that far up there so go up if you can but if not the game can be heard of the Blue Hose Network, seen on ESPN+ and live stats will be available at GoBlueHose.com.

 

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Three Sign at CHS… Yesterday morning at CHS three student athletes signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletic careers…. Hunter Benson and Paige Trent both signed with North Greenville University… Paige signed to run cross country and track while Hunter signed to play softball… Chelsea Hill was the third Red Devil to sign and she signed to play soccer at Converse College…  After the signings the media interviewed all three of these young ladies and if you would like to see a short video of those interviews and some photos click here…. Congratulations to all three of these fine young adults!.

LDHS:

  • Meet the Raiders Tonight… Tonight at 6:00 pm in the main gym at LDHS they will be a Meet the Riders event where the fans will get to see this season’s Raider basketball teams at all levels… There will be a 3-point contest, a free throw contest and more… Admission will only be $2.00… So come on out and meet the Raiders tonight.

High School Football Playoffs Resume Tonight… The second round of the SCHSL Playoffs start tonight and the only team in Clinton’s region that won last week was Union County and they will be hosting Indian Land tonight… The only team from Laurens’s region still in the hunt for the championship is TL Hanna and they will be hosting Northwestern… If you would like to see the complete schedule for tonight’s games, click on each classification below to the schedule for that class.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 11-15-2018

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Winter Sports Meet the Devils (CMS and CHS Basketball Teams)… On Monday November 26th at 6:00 pm the winter version of Meet the Devils will place in the CHS Main Gym… This will be the first opportunity for Red Devil fans to meet the players and coaches of not only the basketball teams at CHS but also the coaches and players of the CMS Wildcat teams… Go ahead and make plans to come on out that Monday.
  • Fall Sports Athletic Banquet… The following night on Tuesday November 27th CHS will be having its Fall Athletic banquet also at 6:00 pm but in the CHS Auditorium instead of the gym… There is a $2 per person fee for the banquet except for the athletes who get in free… Again go ahead and make plans to come out and celebrate the fall athletes who are standouts in their sport.

 

High School Football Bowl Game Notes

  • Shrine Bowl: The 82nd Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas is coming up on December 15th at Wofford College… As most of you know this is a major fund-raiser for the Shriners as they continue to support not only the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville but also 21 other similar hospitals across the nation… The game will kickoff at 1:00 pm… If you are interested in going you can by your tickets ahead of time and for information about that click here… The rosters have been released for both the North Carolina and South Carolina teams… IF you are interested in seeing the North Carolina roster click here… Now there were no players from Laurens County who made the squad but there are players from schools that were on both Clinton and Laurens played this year… Emerald’s Like Deal made it onto the squad as did Zacch Pickens and Alex Meredith of TL Hanna to name just a few… Other area teams such as Abbeville, BHP, Hillcrest, Dorman and others are on the squad… check it out by clicking here to see the entire South Carolina roster.
  • North-South All-Star Game… The Touchstone Energy Cooperative North South Football Game will also be played on December 15th but the kickoff will be at noon… This is a change in the original date of December 8th and it was changed due to the SCHSL playoffs being rescheduled to December 8th because of Hurricane Florence… The change of date also caused a change of site as Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach was unavailable on the 15th… The game has been moved to Brooks Stadium on the campus of Coastal Carolina… The rosters for this contest are also available… Now once again there are no players from Lauren County on the north squad… There are players on the north roster from teams that are in the regions with both Clinton and Laurens as well as other areas teams…. To see the entire North All-Star Roster, click here… If you happen to be interested in who is on the South All-Star Roster click here… For more information about the contest including purchasing tickets ahead of time, click here.

 

College Sports: For more information on these games, click on their scores

  • MBK: Clemson 74 – Sam Houston State 59… The Clemson Tiger basketball team ran their record to 3-0 on the young season last night as they took a 74-59 win over the Bearkats of Sam Houston State at Littlejohn Coliseum… The Tigers pulled away from the Bearkats in the middle of second half when they went on a 12-0 run holding Sam Houston scoreless for almost 3 minutes… Marcquise Reed led the Tigers and finished with a game-high 26 points… The Tigers will be back in action on Monday when the play Akron in a tournament in the Cayman Islands
  • WBK: Clemson at South Carolina Tonight… The Lady Tiger basketball team will be on the road tonight traveling down to Columbia to take on the #10 ranked Lady Gamecocks of South Carolina… The tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 11-14-2018

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Winter Sports Meet the Devils (CMS and CHS Basketball Teams)… On Monday November 26th at 6:00 pm the winter version of Meet the Devils will place in the CHS Main Gym… This will be the first opportunity for Red Devil fans to meet the players and coaches of not only the basketball teams at CHS but also the coaches and players of the CMS Wildcat teams… Go ahead and make plans to come on out that Monday.
  • Fall Sports Athletic Banquet… The following night on Tuesday November 27th CHS will be having its Fall Athletic banquet also at 6:00 pm but in the CHS Auditorium instead of the gym… There is a $2 per person fee for the banquet except for the athletes who get in free… Again go ahead and make plans to come out and celebrate the fall athletes who are standouts in their sport.

 

College Sports:

D-I Basketball Polls

  • Men’s D-I Basketball AP Poll… There was some shakeup in the Men’s Basketball D-I AP Poll this week…. Duke jumped from #4 last week to #1 this week while last week’s #1 Kansas fell to #2… Gonzaga remains at #3 while Virginia moved up a spot from #5 to #4… Spots 5 through 8 saw everyone move up a notch as they are now occupied by Tennessee, Nevada, North Carolina, and Villanova in that order… Auburn moved from 11 to #9 while last week’s #2 Kentucky rounded out the top 10… Clemson checked in at #19 up from #22 last week… To see the entire top 25 in the poll, click here.
  • Women’s D-I Basketball AP Poll… Now turning to the women’s D-I AP Basketball Poll there was no change from the week before… The top 5 in order are Notre Dame, UConn, Oregon, Baylor and Louisville…. Spots 5-10 are occupied are in order are Mississippi State, Stanford, Oregon State, Maryland and South Carolina… To see the entire 25 in the poll click here.

 

Recent Basketball Results For more information on these games, click on their scores.

 PC

  • MBK: PC 80 – Tennessee Tech 65… Last Saturday the PC men’s basketball team travelled to Cookville, TN to take on the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech University…  The Blue Hose led 43-34 at the end of the first half of play and then went on to take an 80-65 win over the Golden Eagles… Francois Lewis had a game-high 20 points to lead PC in scoring.
  • MBK: PC 109 – Welch 57….  The team returned home Monday night to take on the Flames of Welch College out of Tennessee… Again there is good news to report as the Blue Hose jumped out to a 20-5 lead in the opening 5 minutes of play and then went on to extinguish the Flames as they took a 108-57 win… Again Francois Lewis led the Blue Hose with a game-high 18 points… PC moves to 2-1 on the young season and returns to the court tomorrow against Boyce with a 1:00 p.m. tipoff inside Templeton Gymnasium.
  • WBK: Tennessee 97 – PC 49… The Lady Blue Hose opened up their season last Sunday on the road up in Knoxville, TN taking on the #11 ranked Lady Volunteer of Tennessee…The Volunteer lived up to their ranking as they jumped out to a 24-12 lead after the first quarter and ten went on to take a 97-49 win over the Blue Hose… The Volunteer were able to control the board on both ends of the court and were able to shoot just over 47% from the field to PC’s 34%… Shamani Stafford led PC with 20 points… The team will be back in action today as they travel to UNC-Wilmington for an 11:30 contest this morning with the Seahawks.

Clemson

  • MBK: Clemson 71 – NC Central 51… The Clemson Tigers defeated the Eagles of NC Central 71-51 last Friday night at Littlejohn Coliseum… The Tigers made the first 8 shots they attempted and then went on to take the win running their season record to 2-0… The Tigers host Sam Houston State tonight at 7:00.
  • WBK: Clemson 68 – Lipscomb 26… Last Thursday the Lady Tiger basketball team also ran their record to 2-0 on the season as they corralled the Lipscomb Bisons 68-26 at Littlejohn Coliseum… Kobi Thorton led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points… The team returns to action tomorrow night as they travel to Columbia for a 6:30 contest with the Gamecocks.

South Carolina

  • MBK: SC 81 – Norfolk State 64… Last night the Gamecock men’s basketball team hosted the Spartans of Norfolk State and took an 81-64 win to advance their record to 2-1 on the young season… Hassani Gravett and A.J. Lawson scored 18 points each to lead the Gamecocks in scoring…. Carolina heads to the Mohegan Sun Arena this weekend for a pair of matchups to conclude the Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.  The Gamecocks face Providence on Saturday, before facing either George Washington or Michigan on Sunday.
  • WBK: SC 94 – Alabama State 38… The Lady Gamecock basketball team opened their season on the road last Sunday as they traveled to Alabama State and took a 94-38 win over the lady Hornets… Te’a Cooper led the Gamecock offense with 17 points… The Gamecocks as previously mentioned will hoist Clemson tomorrow night. 

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 11-13-2018

PC Notes:

  • FB: Campbell 34 – PC 6… The Blue Hose football team hosted the Campbell Camels last Saturday afternoon on Senior Day… The Blue Hose were not able to send their 12 seniors out with a win as Campbell took a 34-6 win… Campbell scored the first and second time they had the ball to go up 13-0 10:52 left in the first quarter… PC’s only score came with 24 seconds left in the first half after they recovered a Campbell fumble on their own 38 yard line and then drove down the field in 9 plays to score on a 5 yard run by Jordan Morgan…. The PAT was blocked… Campbell went on to add a TD in the second and third quarter to make the final score 34-6 and drop PC to 2-7 on the season while they improved to 6-4 on the season…. Campbell as you might expect dominated the stats and had 446 total yards of offense to PC’s 176 yards… To see all the stats on the game click here…. For the Blue Hose wrap-up of the game, click here… The Blue Hose close out their season this Saturday as they travel to Spartanburg to take on Wofford.
  • Men’s Soccer Big South Championship Game: Campbell 1 – PC 0… On Sunday the PC men’s soccer team hosted Campbell in the Big South Championship game… It was a defensive affair as Campbell took the title scoring a lone goal in the 99th minute of the match to take a 1-0 win… For more information on this match, click here. 

 

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Winter Sports Meet the Devils (CMS and CHS Basketball Teams)… On Monday November 26th at 6:00 pm the winter version of Meet the Devils will place in the CHS Main Gym… This will be the first opportunity for Red Devil fans to meet the players and coaches of not only the basketball teams at CHS but also the coaches and players of the CMS Wildcat teams… Go ahead and make plans to come on out that Monday.
  • Fall Sports Athletic Banquet… The following night on Tuesday November 27th CHS will be having its Fall Athletic banquet also at 6:00 pm but in the CHS Auditorium instead of the gym… There is a $2 per person fee for the banquet except for the athletes who get in free… Again go ahead and make plans to come out and celebrate the fall athletes who are standouts in their sport.

 

College Football Rankings Sports:

  • FBS AP Poll… The FBS AP Poll had no changes in the top 7 places this week when compared to last week… Spots 1-7 are once again held by Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma, and West Virginia… Washington State moved up from 10 to #8 while Ohio State and LSU each moved down a spot to occupy spots 9 & 10 respectively… To see the entire top 25 in the AP Poll click here.
  • FCS Coaches Poll… For the real college football junkies out there, I’ll briefly tell you that the FCS Coaches Poll this week also had very little change… the top two spots continued to be held down by North Dakota State and Kennesaw State in that order… Elon was ranked #5 last week but dropped to 12th this week after losing to now #16 ranked Towson… Wofford is the only team from the state of South Carolina who made the top 25 in the poll and the Terriers checked in at #14 again this week…. To see the entire top 25 in the poll click here.

 

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