Sports Report for Friday, 1-15-2021

Local Notes:

Clinton HS… Last night the Red Devil JV basketball teams hosted the Panthers of Chapman HS.

  • Girls: Clinton 20 – Chapman 14… The girls’ game saw both teams commit more turnovers (64) than they scored points (34) but in spite of that the Red Devils took a 20-14 win over the Panthers… The Red Devils outscored the Panthers 6-4 in the first quarter and then held them scoreless in the second quarter to carry an 11-4 lead into the locker room at the half…  Going into the fourth quarter the Red Devils led 16-10 and held on to take the win as Chapman missed free throws down the stretch that could have given them the lead… One stat that went heavily in favor of Clinton was rebounding as the Red Devils had 17 defensive rebounds to Chapman’s 7 and also outrebounded them on the offensive boards 18-6… Both teams simply had trouble getting shots to fall… Jordan Hill was the leading scorer for the Red Devils with 6 points… Indya S. had 5 points, Patience Adams 3, Marcie Campbell 2, fantasia Walker 2 and Zakalia Redd 2.
  • Boys: Chapman 42 – Clinton 28… In boys’ action, Chapman turned the tables taking a 42-28 win over the Red Devils… Chapman raced out to a 28-11 lead at the half in a first half that saw turnovers and rebounding stats for the two teams being just about equal…The big problem for the Red Devils was shooting percentage… As Coach Josh Bridges comment afterwards the Red Devils have had problems getting shots to fall over the last few games and those woes continued on last night… The third quarter saw the Red Devils score 12 points but the Panthers scored 14… The Red Devils continued to fight holding the Panthers scoreless in the fourth quarter but again shooting woes meant that the Red Devils could only score 5 points in the quarter to make the final 42-28… T. Counts led the Panthers in scoring with a game-high 12 points and the P anthers had one other player in double-digits with 11… Zay Johnson was the leading scorer for the Red Devils with 8 points… Other scoring for the Red Devils were Ke’Laja Byrd with 5, Quay Rant 4, CJ Young 4, Jaden Hill 4, De’Vonta Cunningham 2, and MJ Henderson 1.
  • Varsity at Chapman Tonight… A quick reminder that the Red Devil varsity teams will travel to Chapman tonight with the girls’ game starting at 6:00 pm.

PC Notes

  • MBK: Campbell 48 – PC 46… The Blue Hose men’s basketball team traveled up to Buies Creek, NC to take on the Campbell Camels in Big South action… They found themselves trailing the Camels 28-17 at the half after trailing by 15 about 9 minutes into the game… The Blue Hose continued to fight back and actually tied the game with less than two minutes to play but the Camels got the winning bucket in the closing seconds to take a 48-46 win over the Blue Hose… Trevon Reddish had a game-high 15 points to lead the Blue Hose and Winston Hill had a double-double scoring 12 points and pulling down 12 rebounds… For more on this game click here… The Blue Hose drop to 3-4 overall, 1-2 in the Big South, while Campbell moves to 7-7, 3-4. The teams will play again tonight at Campbell starting at 7:00 pm and the game can be heard on the PC Sports Network and seen on ESPN+

Local Sports Schedule: All schedules subject to change right up to game time due to COVID 19

  • School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here.
  • School District 56:  To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here
  • Laurens Academy: To see the varsity basketball schedules click here…. To see the middle school schedule click here.
  • Middle School Basketball… To see the master schedule for the Little River Middle School Conference basketball season click here,
  • PC Sports Calendar… To see the PC athletics sports calendar click here.


General College Notes:

Men’s Basketball… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Men’s Basketball Scores… To see the latest men’s basketball DI scores or check on upcoming games by clicking on the date you are interested in, click here.
  • Rankings… To see the latest AP men’s DI rankings once they start) click here.
  • COVID-19 & Schedule Changes… To see the latest schedule changes caused by the COVID 19 virus click here.

Women’s Basketball… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Women’s Basketball Scores… To see the latest women’s basketball DI scores or check on upcoming games by clicking on the date you are interested in, click here.
  • Rankings… To see the latest AP women’s DI rankings once they start) click here.


Pro Sports: For more information on the game(s) below, click on the score at the beginning.

NFL

  • Schedule and Scores … To see the NFL schedule for the past week (until Wednesday each week) and then the upcoming games for this weekend (starting on Thursday) click here.

NBA

  • Scores… To go to the NBA website where they list the most recent scores click here and you can also find the box score for the games there also.
  • Schedule… To see the upcoming NBA schedule and TV availability if at click here.
  • Standings… To see the current NBA standings click here.


This and That

  • 2021 Raider Baseball Tryouts… Coach Tori Patterson has now set the dates for Raider baseball tryouts and those dates are Monday and Tuesday February 1st and 2nd… Those wanting to tryout for the team will be expected to be there both days and you must have a current physical before you can participate… C-Team:  Is open to 7th and 8th graders and you need to be at Ed Prescott Field between 4:00-5:45 pm on those dates… JV and Varsity: Is open to 9th – 12th graders and you need to be at Ed Prescott Field between 5:45-7:30 pm… If there are any questions, please email Head Coach Tori Patterson at kjpatterson@laurens55.org.
  • Pick Your Promo for January at the Laurens YMCA… The Laurens Family YMCA which is part of the Lakelands YMCA group is having a Pick You Promo for the month of January… For January only you can join the Y with no joiner’s fee, no monthly fee and no contract or you can join the Y and get half off the monthly fee for January, February and March but you must sign up during January… If you have questions or want more details on this call the Y at 984-2626… If you have been thinking about joining the YMCA this is a great opportunity to do so don’t let it pass you by.
  • Tae Kwon Do Returns to Laurens YMCA… Tae Kwon Do classes are returning to the Laurens Family YMCA starting on October 5, 2020… These classes are for youth 7-15 years old and are $25 per month… Classes will be held each Monday from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm… If you have more questions call the Y at 984-2626

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

 

Sports Report for Thursday, 1-14-2021

Local Notes:

Clinton HS:

  • JV Teams at Home Tonight… The Red Devil JV basketball teams are scheduled to be at home tonight as they host the Chapman Panthers starting with the girls’ game at 6:00 pm…. You need to purchase your tickets online for these games and for more information about that see the Ticket Information section below.


PC Notes: For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score

  • Men’s Basketball… The Blue Hose are 3-3 overall on the season and 1-1 in Big South play… Their last game was on December 31st when they defeated Radford 65-63… Since then they have had to postpone 4 games due to COVID 19 issues… They are schedule to return to action tonight as they travel up to Buies Creek, NC to take on the Campbell Camels tonight and tomorrow night starting at 7:00 pm…. For a preview of those games click here…. The   games can be heard on the  Blue Hose Sports Network and seen on ESPN+
  • Women’s Basketball… The Lady Blue Hose basketball team has been able to get in a few more games than the men as their record now stands at 6-4 overall and 5-3 in Big South play… Their last game was this past Sunday where they completed a two-game sweep of USC Upstate in Spartanburg with a 66-53 win… They will return to action tomorrow night as thy host the Campbell Camels in the first game of a two-game series starting at 6:00 pm with Saturday’s game starting at 4:00 pm… The games can be seen on ESPN+… Yesterday Coach Alaura Sharp announced that she has added Kiana “Lucky” Rudd to her staff as director of basketball operations… She is a May 2020 graduate of West Virginia having plated her last two years of basketball there after playing at NC State for two years… For more information on her click here.
  • Wrestling… The PC wrestling team was scheduled to hit the mats this past weekend up in Lexington, Virginia taking on VMI and Campbell but that COVID 19 virus caused them to have to drop out of those matches… If all goes well, their first matches will be next weekend on Sunday, Jan. 24th when they travel to Louisville, Kentucky for matches against the host Bellarmine and with The Citadel… As you may or may not recall, former Raider wrestler Will Pontoon is a member of the Blue Hoes wrestling team.
  • Football… Now PC is planning on playing football this spring starting on March 6th when they travel to Boiling Springs, NC to take on Gardner-Webb in a 1:00 pm contest… As you may recall the Blue Hose football team will be part of the Pioneer League this season (not the Big South)… Gardner-Webb will be the first game in a seven-game schedule as the schedule currently stands… At this time the schedule shows the Blue Hose playing at home for three of those 7 seven games… The home opener is scheduled to be on March 13th against San Diego… If you would like to see the football schedule for this season as it now stands but is subject to change, click here.


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Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-13-2021

Local Notes:

Clinton HS:

  • G: Clinton 35 – Broome 25… Last night the Lady Red Devil varsity basketball team hosted the Broome Centurions in region action… The Red Devils held the Centurions scoreless in the first quarter while they only managed 6 points in the that quarter themselves as they went on to take a 35-25 win… The Centurions did not get on the board until the 5:48 mark of the second quarter and found themselves trailing 17-9 at the half… During that first half of play the Red Devils out-rebounded the Centurions by a wide margin … The Red Devils had 17 defensive rebounds to the Centurions 9 and they did not allow the Centurions any second-chance shots as they did not allow them to get any offensive rebounds while they had 9… The Red Devils continued to outscore the Centurions in the third quarter to take a 32-21 lead into the final 8 minutes of where both teams had trouble scoring and Clinton did slow the game down in the last couple of minutes… Coach Gardner was pleased with the overall play of his team especially in the rebounding and free throw shooting departments…  The Red Devils defensively outrebounded the Centurions 27-18 while offensively they outrebounded them 20-5… The Red Devils also made 16 of 25 free throws attempted which is up from recent outings… Tinique Austin had a game-high 13 points for the Red Devils and Lacy Harris led the Centurions with 10 points… Others scoring for the Red Devils were De’Shanti Watts with 9 points, Taneal Evans 8, Anna Litzenberger 3 while both Dana Kinard and Madison Swindler finished with 1 point each… The Red Devils are now 4-1 overall on the season and 2-0 in region play… The Red Devil boys did not see action last night as the Centurions are dealing with COVID related issues… Both varsity teams will travel up to Chapman HS on Friday to take on the Panthers.


College Basketball Rankings… We have not had time to catch up with the college basketball D1 rankings in a while so let’s do that now.

  • Men… The latest AP Poll shows change in the top 6 spots when compared to last week… Gonzaga continues to hold down the top spot with a 12-0 record and Baylor is still # 2 with an 11-0 record… Spots 3 – 6 are held by Villanova, Texas, Iowa and Kansas in that order… Michigan, Creighton, Wisconsin and Tennessee hold down spots 7-19… The Clemson Tigers are in the top 24 as they are now ranked #12 up from #19 last week… To see the entire top 25 in the AP Poll click here.
  • Women… There was not a lot of change in the women’s AP Poll this week also… Stanford is still #1 and Louisville #2 and they both have 10-0 records… NC State is also 10-0 and checks in at #3… UConn (7-0) and South Carolina (8-1) occupy spots 4 and 5 respectively… Spots 6-19 are occupied by Baylor, Texas A&M, UCLA, Maryland and Oregon in that order… To see the entire top 25 AP Poll click here.

Local Sports Schedule: All schedules subject to change right up to game time due to COVID 19

  • School District 55: Due to COVID 19 concerns there are no athletic events in District 55 this week.
  • School District 56:  To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here
  • Laurens Academy: Due to COVID 19 concerns there are no athletic events involving Laurens Academy teams  this week
  • Middle School Basketball… Due to COVID 19 concerns there are no athletic events in District 55 this week
  • PC Sports Calendar… To see the PC athletics sports calendar click here.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 1-12-2021

Local Notes:

Clinton HS

JV Basketball…. Last night the Clinton JV basketball teams traveled to Broom to take on the Centurions.

  • G: Clinton 42 – Broome 20… The only info that I have other than the score is that the Red Devils were led by Jordan Hill with 20 points.
  • B: Broome 54 – Clinton 31… Again the only other information I have is that the Red Devils were led in scoring by Davante Cunningham who finished with 7 points and Jaden Hill with 6.

 Varsity Basketball

  • One Game Tonight… The Red Devil Athletic calendar shows that the varsity girls will host the Centurions tonight with tipoff set for 6:00 pm… It also shows that the boys’ game has been postponed… An educated guess here but that is most likely due to COVID 19 issues with the Broome boys’ team… Remember you need to purchase your tickets online and to do that see the Ticket Information section below.
  • Schedule Change… Yesterday I received word   Tuesday of next week (1-19-21) only the boys will be playing as they host the Emerald Vikings with tipoff set for 6:00 pm… Again an educated guess that COVID problems with the Emerald girls’ team may be the reason for this.

Laurens HS:

  • 2021 Raider Baseball Tryouts… Coach Tori Patterson has now set the dates for Raider baseball tryouts and those dates are Monday and Tuesday February 1st and 2nd… Those wanting to tryout for the team will be expected to be there both days and you must have a current physical before you can participate… C-Team:  Is open to 7th and 8th graders and you need to be at Ed Prescott Field between 4:00-5:45 pm on those dates… JV and Varsity: Is open to 9th – 12th graders and you need to be at Ed Prescott Field between 5:45-7:30 pm… If there are any questions, please email Head Coach Tori Patterson at kjpatterson@laurens55.org.


College Football

Bama Runs the Table… Well this is for the casual college football fans out there or the college football fans are coming out of a coma or just returned to earth after being abducted by aliens in the last few days, weeks or months, the Alabama Crimson Tide took a 52-24 win over the Ohio state Buckeyes to claim this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship… They did it in convincing fashion as the last time the game was tied was with 11:43 left in the second quarter when Ohio State scored to make it 14-14 and after that it was pretty much all Bama as they led 35-17 at the half and coasted from there… Now if you would like to see stats on the game and a score by score accounting of the game along with other information click here…  A couple of interesting points after the game was said and done:

  • Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith showed why he won the Heisman as he had 12 receptions for 215 yard and 3 TDs in the first half… The only reason he did not get more is that he had to leave the game with a hand injury early in the third quarter and did not return to the game (they really did not need him)… Oh by the way, he was the game’s Offensive MVP.
  • Bama QB Mac Jones had a record setting night in a in a BCS or CFP title game as he went 36-45 for 464 yards and 5 TDs.
  • The 52 points scored by Alabama was the most points ever given up by the Ohio State defense in a bowl game.
  • Bama won its 13th National Championship with 6 of them coming in the last 12 years… They also become the first team in the CFP era to be ranked #1 in every CFP ranking and win the title.
  • Nick Saban passed Bama’s legendary coach Bear Bryant as the coach to win the most championships as last night was his 7th including the one at LSU.. Bryant had 6.
  • And finally, some of the “experts” last night started quoting odds on who would win next seasons’ championship game… Bama was a 3-1 favorite, Clemson 4-1 and both Ohio State and Oklahoma were listed as 15-2…Give me a break, let’s wait at least 24 hours before we start talking about next season!

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Sports Report for Monday, 1-11-2021

Local Notes:

Laurens Academy: Last Friday the Laurens Academy Crusaders hosted the Knights of WW King in region varsity basketball action

  • Girls: LA 23 – WW King 11… If you happen to like low scoring basketball games the girls’ game was for you because there was only 34 points scored by the two teams… That being said its good news for Crusader fans as they took a 23-11 win over the Knights… The Crusader defense held the Knights scoreless in the first quarter while they put only 4 points on the board themselves… The Crusaders led 10-7 at the half and 14-10 going into the fourth quarter where they put 9 points on the board while holding the Knight to just 1 to take the 23-11 win… Both teams got shots off but their shooting percentage was cooler than the nighttime low temperatures we have been having… The Crusaders were also hampered by 28 turnovers in the game… Olivia Huck had a game-high 10 points to lead the Crusaders in scoring… Also scoring were Payton Breen with 7 points, Elissa Huck 4 and Rylee Ballard 2… The Crusaders improve to 5-6 overall and 2-1 in region play.
  • Boys: WW King 44 – LA 28… The Knight were able to earn a split with the Crusaders last Friday night as in boys’ action they took a 44-28 win over the Crusaders… The Crusaders only trailed 30-26 going into the last 8 minutes of play where they only got off 3 shots and missed them all settling for just 2 made free throws while the Knights Colton List scored 10 of his team-high 12 points in the those final 8 minutes of play to lift his team to the 44-28 win….  The Crusaders had only two players who managed to put points on the board as Diamonte Grant had a game-high 20 points and Thomas Lowry accounted for the other 8 points…The Crusaders fall to 4-7 on the season and 2-1 in region play.

COVID 19 Updates… Well the increased numbers have caused some local some local schools to suspend athletic activities and well as some of the state’s colleges and universities.

  • Laurens 55… Yesterday I received an email from LDHS Athletic Director Tommy Spires that stated “With the district’s decision to return to e-learning and the current state of our county COVID data we will postpone athletic events again this week.
  • Laurens Academy… Not long after I received that email another one came in from Tiffany Tarver the Sports Information Director at Laurens Academy that stated “Due to the increase of Covid-19 cases in Laurens County our school has switched to E-learning for the week…  The basketball games scheduled for the week of January the 11th will be postponed (Wardlaw 1/12 and Anderson Christian 1/14)…  We hope to resume basketball activities on January 18th.”
  • District 56…. Now I have not received any word from officials in District 56 which is also on e-learning this week as to their athletic schedule… I did check the athletic website and noticed that there are no middle school basketball games on the schedule until next week…The website still shows the Red Devil JV basketball teams headed to Broome tonight and the varsity girls hosting Broome tomorrow at 6:00 pm… However it does show the varsity boys game scheduled for tomorrow night as being postponed.
  • University of South Carolina… The men’s basketball team has postponed games due to COVID 19 and contact tracing… They postponed last Saturday’s game at Ole Miss and their next game tomorrow night with Tennessee at home…The next game not postponed on the men’s schedule is Saturday 1-16-21 at LSU.
  • Clemson… The Clemson men’s basketball team is also shut down due to COVID 19… Their game last Saturday at North Carolina and tomorrow’s game with Syracuse have been postponed.

College Football National Championship… Just a quick reminder to those of you who are NOT college football fans… If you have a friend who is a college football friend, don’t try to call and talk with him after 8:00 pm tonight… If you do it had better be important because he will be watching the National Championship game on ESPN between #3 ranked Ohio State and #1 ranked Alabama… That goes for trying to call me also.



Local Sports Schedule: All schedules subject to change right up to game time due to COVID 19

  • PC Sports Calendar… To see the PC athletics sports calendar click here.

Ticket Information

Clinton HS

  • Home Games… Clinton HS has issued guidelines on how many people will be allowed into the main gym for contest (386) and other items pertaining to COVID 19 issues… To see those and more information about this click hereA couple of important things to point out are that no tickets will be sold at the door, they must be bought online…  This applies to JV and varsity games and if you click on the link I provided above you will find where to purchase the tickets online… Also there are special codes to apply if you are the parent of a participating athlete to help ensure you get a ticket but you must purchase by 4:00 pm the day of the game to be sure you get a ticket(s)… There are several other things you need to know so again click here to go the CHS athletic website where all of this is explained… To go directly to the page where you purchase tickets click here.


College Notes:

Football… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Football Bowl Schedule Information and Results… To see the schedule of upcoming college football bowl games that includes opponents, dates, times and TV information click here… You can also find the results of bowl games already played there also

Men’s Basketball… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Covid-19 Football Update… The COVID-19 virus continues to causes changes in the men’s basketball schedule for this week… If you want to keep up with the schedule changes click here to go to the NCAA website where they post the latest on information on the subject
  • Men’s Basketball Scores… To see the latest men’s basketball DI scores or check on upcoming games by clicking on the date you are interested in, click here.
  • Rankings… To see the latest AP men’s DI rankings once they start) click here.

Women’s Basketball… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Women’s Basketball Scores… To see the latest women’s basketball DI scores or check on upcoming games by clicking on the date you are interested in, click here.
  • Rankings… To see the latest AP men’s DI rankings once they start) click here.


Pro Sports: For more information on the game(s) below, click on the score at the beginning.

 NFL

  • Schedule and Scores … To see the NFL schedule for the past week (until Wednesday each week) and then the upcoming games for this weekend (starting on Thursday) click here.

NBA

  • Scores… To go to the NBA website where they list the most recent scores click here and you can also find the box score for the games there also.
  • Schedule… To see the upcoming NBA schedule and TV availability if at click here.
  • Standings… To see the current NBA standings click here.


This and That

  • Pick Your Promo for January at the Laurens YMCA… The Laurens Family YMCA which is part of the Lakelands YMCA group is having a Pick You Promo for the month of January… For January only you can join the Y with no joiner’s fee, no monthly fee and no contract or you can join the Y and get half off the monthly fee for January, February and March but you must sign up during January… If you have questions or want more details on this call the Y at 984-2626… If you have been thinking about joining the YMCA this is a great opportunity to do so don’t let it pass you by.
  • Tae Kwon Do Returns to Laurens YMCA… Tae Kwon Do classes are returning to the Laurens Family YMCA starting on October 5, 2020… These classes are for youth 7-15 years old and are $25 per month… Classes will be held each Monday from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm… If you have more questions call the Y at 984-2626

 

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

 

Sports Report for Friday, 1-8-2021

Clinton HS… Three of the four Red Devil basketball teams were in action last night as the JV boys team hosted the Union County HS Yellow Jackets while the varsity teams traveled to Union to take on the Yellow Jackets.

  • JVB: Clinton 33 – Union 32… Last night at CHS the Red Devil JV boys’ basketball team hosted the Yellow Jackets of Union County HS… It was a tight game most of the night as Clinton held a 1 point lead (4-3) at the end of the first quarter but Union led 13-12 at the half… The Yellow Jacket came out in the third quarter and outscored the Red Devils 16-9 to lead 29-21 going into the final 6 minutes of play… The Red Devils defense and offense both stepped up down the stretch holding Union to just 3 points while they chipped away at the Union lead and Zay Johnson hit the game winning free throw with 10 seconds left in the game to give the Red Devils the comeback win… Ke’Laja Byrd led the Red Devils with 7 points and Michael Henderson had 6… Scoring 4 points each for the Red Devils were Davontay Cunningham, CJ Young, Zay Johnson and Kadon Crawford… There was no JV girls game as at this time Union is not fielding a JV girls team.
  • G: Clinton 55 – Union 42… Despite some less than stellar free throw shooting (12 of 29), the Lady Red Devil basketball team defeated the Yellow Jackets 55-42 in their first game of region play… As Coach John Gardner put it afterwards, “It was a great team win tonight. (We) controlled the pretty well from start to finish. Proud of this team and how they are coming together”… The Red Devils led 11-7 at the end of the first quarter and 26-14 at the half… They outscored Union in the third quarter by 3 points (15-12) but Union outscored them by 2 points (16-14) in the final 8 minutes of play… Carmen Glenn had a game high 20 points for the Yellow Jackets and Carly Summer was also in double-digits with 11 points… The Red Devils were led in scoring by De’Shanti Watts who finished with 15 points and Tinique Austin was also in double-digits with 11 points… Dana Kinard finished with 8 points, Grayson Taylor 7, Taneal Evans 6 while both Serenity Baker and Madison Swindler finished with 4 points each… The Lady Red Devils are now 3-1 overall and 1-o in region play.
  • B: Union 72 – Clinton 59… Now I am afraid that the news is not as good where the varsity boy are concerned as Union took a 72-59 win over Clinton… The Red Devils actually led 17-16 at the end of the first quarter but the Yellow Jackets outscored them 19-10 in the second quarter to take a 35-27 lead into the locker room at the half… The Yellow Jackets continued to outscore the Red Devils by at least one point in each of the last two quarters in route to the win… Coach Eddie Romines of course said he was disappointed with the loss but he felt his team played well and continues to improve… He also felt the game was closer than the final score indicated… KJ McCurry had a game-high 25 points for the Yellow Jackets and three other Union players also scored in double-digits… The Red Devils were led by Jadden Copeland who finished with 17 points while both Austin Copeland and Taliek Fuller also in scored double digits with 10 points each… Wilson Wages finished with 9 points, Wil Stewart 7, Kimon Quarles 3, Payton Pitts 2 and Jamon Golden 1… The Red Devils are now 1-4 overall on the season and 0-1 in region play.

Laurens Academy:

  • Crusaders at Home Tonight… Weather and Covid-19 permitting, the Crusaders are scheduled to host the Knights of WW King tonight starting with girls’ action at 5:30  and their schedule also shows that they are supposed to host Greenwood Christian tomorrow starting at 1:00 pm… Go Crusaders.

Local Sports Schedule: All schedules subject to change right up to game time due to COVID 19

  • School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here.
  • School District 56:  To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here
  • Laurens Academy: To see the varsity basketball schedules click here…. To see the middle school schedule click here.
  • Middle School Basketball… To see the master schedule for the Little River Middle School Conference basketball season click here,
  • PC Sports Calendar… To see the PC athletics sports calendar click here.


College Notes:

Football… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Football Bowl Schedule Information and Results… To see the schedule of upcoming college football bowl games that includes opponents, dates, times and TV information click here… You can also find the results of bowl games already played there also

Men’s Basketball… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Covid-19 Football Update… The COVID-19 virus continues to causes changes in the men’s basketball schedule for this week… If you want to keep up with the schedule changes click here to go to the NCAA website where they post the latest on information on the subject
  • Men’s Basketball Scores… To see the latest men’s basketball DI scores or check on upcoming games by clicking on the date you are interested in, click here.
  • Rankings… To see the latest AP men’s DI rankings once they start) click here.

Women’s Basketball… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Women’s Basketball Scores… To see the latest women’s basketball DI scores or check on upcoming games by clicking on the date you are interested in, click here.
  • Rankings… To see the latest AP men’s DI rankings once they start) click here.


Pro Sports: For more information on the game(s) below, click on the score at the beginning.

NFL

  • Schedule and Scores … To see the NFL schedule for the past week (until Wednesday each week) and then the upcoming games for this weekend (starting on Thursday) click here.

NBA

  • Scores… To go to the NBA website where they list the most recent scores click here and you can also find the box score for the games there also.
  • Schedule… To see the upcoming NBA schedule and TV availability if at click here.
  • Standings… To see the current NBA standings click here.


This and That

  • Pick Your Promo for January at the Laurens YMCA… The Laurens Family YMCA which is part of the Lakelands YMCA group is having a Pick You Promo for the month of January… For January only you can join the Y with no joiner’s fee, no monthly fee and no contract or you can join the Y and get half off the monthly fee for January, February and March but you must sign up during January… If you have questions or want more details on this call the Y at 984-2626… If you have been thinking about joining the YMCA this is a great opportunity to do so don’t let it pass you by.
  • Tae Kwon Do Returns to Laurens YMCA… Tae Kwon Do classes are returning to the Laurens Family YMCA starting on October 5, 2020… These classes are for youth 7-15 years old and are $25 per month… Classes will be held each Monday from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm… If you have more questions call the Y at 984-2626

 

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

Sports Report for Thursday, 1-7-2021

Local Notes:

Clinton HS:

  • Boys: Ben Lippen 71 – Clinton 59… The Red Devil boys’ varsity team hosted the Falcons of Ben Lippen a private school out of Columbia last night at CHS… The Falcons are a private school out of Columbia that competes in the South Carolina Independent School Association and came into the contest with an 8-3 record… When they boarded the bus last night to head back down I-26 to Columbia they left with a 9-3 record as they took a 71-59 win over the Red Devils… The Falcons came off the bus and established their game quickly as they raced out to a 45-25 lead at the half… The Falcons hit 5 three-point shots in the first half and missed only 1 of 13 free throws in half… The Red Devils could only counter with 2 three-point shots and their free throw shooting percentage was worse than the Falcons…    Coach Eddie Romines commented afterwards that the team did not play well in the first half but played much better in the second half… That was evident as the Red Devils outscored the Falcons 12-10 in the third quarter and 22-16 in the final 8 minutes of play but just could not climb out of the hole they found themselves in at the half… The Falcons’ Belton Portuguese had a game-high 26 points and Clayton Hunt was close behind with 21… The Red Devils did have two players score in double-digits as Austin Copeland finished with 18 points and Wilson Wages finished with 15 points all of which came from the three-point range… Others scoring for the Red Devils were Kimon Quarles and Taliek Fuller with 8 points each, Justin Copeland 5, Jamon Golden 3 and James Anderson 2…. The Red Devils are now 1-3 on the season.
  • CHS Basketball Schedule… well there have been some changes in the Red Devil basketball schedules for this week… For information on home game tickets see the Ticket Information section below
    • Thursday, 1-7-21… On Thursday the Red Devil JV teams will be hosting the Union County Yellow Jackets in a girls/boys doubleheader starting with the girls’ game at 6:00 pm.
    • NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE HERE: Thursday, 1-7-21… The Red Devil varsity basketball teams will be on the road to Union County HS to take on the Yellow Jackets with girls’ action starting at 6:00 pm…. This schedule change is due to the anticipation of bad weather tomorrow.

Laurens HS:

  • 2021 Raider Baseball Tryouts… Coach Tori Patterson has now set the dates for Raider baseball tryouts and those dates are Monday and Tuesday February 1st and 2nd… Those wanting to tryout for the team will be expected to be there both days and you must have a current physical before you can participate… C-Team:  Is open to 7th and 8th graders and you need to be at Ed Prescott Field between 4:00-5:45 pm on those dates… JV and Varsity: Is open to 9th – 12th graders and you need to be at Ed Prescott Field between 5:45-7:30 pm… If there are any questions, please email Head Coach Tori Patterson at kjpatterson@laurens55.org.

Local Sports Schedule: All schedules subject to change right up to game time due to COVID 19

  • School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here.
  • School District 56:  To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here
  • Laurens Academy: To see the varsity basketball schedules click here…. To see the middle school schedule click here.
  • Middle School Basketball… To see the master schedule for the Little River Middle School Conference basketball season click here,
  • PC Sports Calendar… To see the PC athletics sports calendar click here.

Ticket Information

Clinton HS

  • Home Games… Clinton HS has issued guidelines on how many people will be allowed into the main gym for contest (386) and other items pertaining to COVID 19 issues… To see those and more information about this click hereA couple of important things to point out are that no tickets will be sold at the door, they must be bought online… This applies to JV and varsity games and if you click on the link I provided above you will find where to purchase the tickets online… Also there are special codes to apply if you are the parent of a participating athlete to help ensure you get a ticket but you must purchase by 4:00 pm the day of the game to be sure you get a ticket(s)… There are several other things you need to know so again click here to go the CHS athletic website where all of this is explained… To go directly to the page where you purchase tickets click here.


College Notes:

Football… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Football Bowl Schedule Information and Results… To see the schedule of upcoming college football bowl games that includes opponents, dates, times and TV information click here… You can also find the results of bowl games already played there also

Men’s Basketball… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Covid-19 Football Update… The COVID-19 virus continues to causes changes in the men’s basketball schedule for this week… If you want to keep up with the schedule changes click here to go to the NCAA website where they post the latest on information on the subject
  • Men’s Basketball Scores… To see the latest men’s basketball DI scores or check on upcoming games by clicking on the date you are interested in, click here.
  • Rankings… To see the latest AP men’s DI rankings once they start) click here.

Women’s Basketball… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Women’s Basketball Scores… To see the latest women’s basketball DI scores or check on upcoming games by clicking on the date you are interested in, click here.
  • Rankings… To see the latest AP men’s DI rankings once they start) click here.


Pro Sports: For more information on the game(s) below, click on the score at the beginning.

 NFL

  • Schedule and Scores … To see the NFL schedule for the past week (until Wednesday each week) and then the upcoming games for this weekend (starting on Thursday) click here.

NBA

  • Scores… To go to the NBA website where they list the most recent scores click here and you can also find the box score for the games there also.
  • Schedule… To see the upcoming NBA schedule and TV availability if at click here.
  • Standings… To see the current NBA standings click here.


This and That

  • Pick Your Promo for January at the Laurens YMCA… The Laurens Family YMCA which is part of the Lakelands YMCA group is having a Pick You Promo for the month of January… For January only you can join the Y with no joiner’s fee, no monthly fee and no contract or you can join the Y and get half off the monthly fee for January, February and March but you must sign up during January… If you have questions or want more details on this call the Y at 984-2626… If you have been thinking about joining the YMCA this is a great opportunity to do so don’t let it pass you by.
  • Tae Kwon Do Returns to Laurens YMCA… Tae Kwon Do classes are returning to the Laurens Family YMCA starting on October 5, 2020… These classes are for youth 7-15 years old and are $25 per month… Classes will be held each Monday from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm… If you have more questions call the Y at 984-2626

 

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

 

Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-6-2021

Local Notes:

Clinton HS:

Clinton Host Ninety Six… Last night the Clinton Red Devil varsity basketball team hosted the Wildcats of Ninety six on Senior Night… For the Lady Red Devils Kaitlyn Baker, Serenity Baker and De’Shanti Watts were honored between the two games… For the boys Kimon Quarles was the lone senior… Athletic Trainers Ayauncey Parks, Kate Marshall and Kera Dendy were also honored.

  • Red Devils 47 – Wildcats 29 … In the first game of the evening, the Lady Red Devils used their sticky man to man defense to force 12 Wildcat turnovers in the first half as they raced out to a 32-15 lead at the half and then went on to take a 47-29 win… The Red Devils were able to get numerous second chances at the basket as they almost as many offensive rebounds (9) in the game as the Wildcats did defensive rebounds (10)…  The Red Devils were led in scoring by De’Shanti Watts who had a game-high 16 points and late in the second quarter scored the 1000th point of her career… Taneal Evans and Asia Boyd both had 6 points for the Red Devils while Anna Litzenberger had 5 and Serenity Baker, Tinique Austin and Zaria Tucker all finished with 4 points each… Rounding out the scoring for Clinton Madison Swindler had 2 points… The Wildcats were led by Jada Newson who had 14 points
  • Boys: Red Devils 75 – Wildcats 33… The news is also good where the boys are concerned as the Red Devils completed the sweep of the Wildcats by taking a dominating 75-33 win over the Wildcats… The Red Devils used their quickness and speed to force 17 Wildcat turnovers in the first half as they raced out to a 40-11 lead at the half… They continued to stretch that lead to 59-17 going into the fourth quarter and then coasted to the win… The Red Devils also dominated the Wildcats on the boards as Clinton had 17 offensive rebounds to Ninety Six’s 10 defensive rebounds… Austin Copeland led the Red Devils in scoring with a game-high 15 points… Three other Red Devils also scored in double-digits as Justin Copeland finished with 11 points and both Kimon Quarles and Taliek Fuller had 11… Other scoring for the Red Devils were Wilson Wages and Jamon Golden who finished with 6 points each while Tylon Scurry had 4, James Anderson 3, Wil Stewart 3, Zechariah Johnston 2 and Antavion Speaks 2…

 CHS Basketball Schedule… well there have been some changes in the Red Devil basketball schedules for this week… For information on home game tickets see the Ticket Information section below

  • Wednesday, 1-6-21… On Wednesday the varsity boys will be hosting the Ben Lippen Falcons with the tipoff scheduled for 6:00 pm.
  • Thursday, 1-7-21… On Thursday the Red Devil JV teams will be hosting the Union County Yellow Jackets in a girls/boys doubleheader starting with the girls’ game at 6:00 pm.
  • Friday, 1-8-21… The Red Devil varsity basketball teams will be on the road to Union County HS to take on the Yellow Jackets with girls’ action starting at 6:00 pm.

Laurens Academy:

Crusaders on the Road Last Night… Last night the Crusader varsity basketball teams traveled down to Cambridge Academy to take on the Cougars.

  • Girls: Cambridge 46 – LA 44… In girls’ action, the Crusaders jumped out to a 13-3 lead at the end of the first quarter but the Cougars stormed back in the second quarter outscoring the Crusaders 21-6 to take a 24-19 lead into the locker room at the half… The Crusaders did come out in the third quarter and outscored the Cougars 10-6 and they also outscored them in the fourth quarter 20-16 but could get no closer as turnovers were a major problem for the Crusaders… For the Cougars Alex Cockrell had a game-high 16 points… The Crusaders were by Olivia Huck who had 15 points and SG Natiello was also in double-digits with 13 points… Others scoring for the Crusaders were Payton Breen with 5 points, Elissa Hick & Olivia Suttles each had 4 points, Rylee Ballard 2 and Emily Suttles 1… The Crusaders are now 4-6 on the season.
  • Boys: LA 57 – Cambridge 38… Now the news is better where the boys are concerned as the Crusaders came out of the locker room and put 21 points on the board in the first 8 minutes of the game while holding the Cougars to just 6 points and then went on to take a 57-38 win… The Crusaders increased that lead to 41 -14 at the half and then coasted to the win… The Crusaders Diamonte Grant was almost unstoppable as he had a game and career-high 27 points to lead the Crusader… Andrew Codington and Clarence Bertoli each had 7 points for the Crusaders while Caio Rita finished with 6 points, Thomas Lowry 4 and both Buddy Baker and Colton McGee had 3 points each to round out the scoring for the Crusaders… The Crusaders improve their record to 4-6 on the season and both teams are scheduled to host WW King this Friday night.

Local Sports Schedule: All schedules subject to change right up to game time due to COVID 19

  • School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here.
  • School District 56:  To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here
  • Laurens Academy: To see the varsity basketball schedules click here…. To see the middle school schedule click here.
  • Middle School Basketball… To see the master schedule for the Little River Middle School Conference basketball season click here,
  • PC Sports Calendar… To see the PC athletics sports calendar click here.

Ticket Information

Clinton HS

  • Home Games… Clinton HS has issued guidelines on how many people will be allowed into the main gym for contest (386) and other items pertaining to COVID 19 issues… To see those and more information about this click hereA couple of important things to point out are that no tickets will be sold at the door, they must be bought online… This applies to JV and varsity games and if you click on the link I provided above you will find where to purchase the tickets online… Also there are special codes to apply if you are the parent of a participating athlete to help ensure you get a ticket but you must purchase by 4:00 pm the day of the game to be sure you get a ticket(s)… There are several other things you need to know so again click here to go the CHS athletic website where all of this is explained… To go directly to the page where you purchase tickets click here.


College Notes:

Football… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Bama’s DeVonta Smith Wins Heisman… In case you missed it on the news last night, Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith won the Heisman Award thus being deemed the best college football player in the nation this season… He was the first wide receiver to win the award in 29 years when in 1991 Michigan’s Desmond Howard won the award… Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence finished second, Mac Jones ‘s quarterback finished third and Florida’s quarterback Kyle Trask finished fourth… For more on this story click here… By the way if you happened to watch the event on ESPN last night all of the Heisman Trophies at each of the locations was real the real deal not a duplicate… Needless to say that those who did not win have to send them back… For more on this aspect of the story click here.
  • Football Bowl Schedule Information and Results… To see the schedule of upcoming college football bowl games that includes opponents, dates, times and TV information click here… You can also find the results of bowl games already played there also

Men’s Basketball… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Covid-19 Football Update… The COVID-19 virus continues to causes changes in the men’s basketball schedule for this week… If you want to keep up with the schedule changes click here to go to the NCAA website where they post the latest on information on the subject
  • Men’s Basketball Scores… To see the latest men’s basketball DI scores or check on upcoming games by clicking on the date you are interested in, click here.
  • Rankings… To see the latest AP men’s DI rankings once they start) click here.

Women’s Basketball… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Women’s Basketball Scores… To see the latest women’s basketball DI scores or check on upcoming games by clicking on the date you are interested in, click here.
  • Rankings… To see the latest AP men’s DI rankings once they start) click here.


Pro Sports: For more information on the game(s) below, click on the score at the beginning.

 NFL

  • Schedule and Scores … To see the NFL schedule for the past week (until Wednesday each week) and then the upcoming games for this weekend (starting on Thursday) click here.

NBA

  • Scores… To go to the NBA website where they list the most recent scores click here and you can also find the box score for the games there also.
  • Schedule… To see the upcoming NBA schedule and TV availability if at click here.
  • Standings… To see the current NBA standings click here.


This and That

  • Pick Your Promo for January at the Laurens YMCA… The Laurens Family YMCA which is part of the Lakelands YMCA group is having a Pick You Promo for the month of January… For January only you can join the Y with no joiner’s fee, no monthly fee and no contract or you can join the Y and get half off the monthly fee for January, February and March but you must sign up during January… If you have questions or want more details on this call the Y at 984-2626… If you have been thinking about joining the YMCA this is a great opportunity to do so don’t let it pass you by.
  • Tae Kwon Do Returns to Laurens YMCA… Tae Kwon Do classes are returning to the Laurens Family YMCA starting on October 5, 2020… These classes are for youth 7-15 years old and are $25 per month… Classes will be held each Monday from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm… If you have more questions call the Y at 984-2626

 

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

Sports Report for Tuesday, 1-5-2021

Local Notes:

Clinton HS:

  • CHS Basketball Schedule… well there have been some changes in the Red Devil basketball schedules for this week… For information on home game tickets see the Ticket Information section below
    • Tuesday, 1-5-21… On Tuesday the Red Devil varsity basketball teams will be hosting the Wildcats on Ninety Six HS with girls’ action starting at 6:00 pm…. It will also be Senior Night were the Red Devils will honor their seniors.
    • Wednesday, 1-6-21… On Wednesday the varsity boys will be hosting the Ben Lippen Falcons with the tipoff scheduled for 6:00 pm.
    • Thursday, 1-7-21… On Thursday the Red Devil JV teams will be hosting the Union County Yellow Jackets in a girls/boys doubleheader starting with the girls’ game at 6:00 pm.
    • Friday, 1-8-21… The Red Devil varsity basketball teams will be on the road to Union County HS to take on the Yellow Jackets with girls’ action starting at 6:00 pm.

Laurens HS:

Wrestling… Last week the Raider wrestling team was in action at LDHS in the Raider Duals and I received the results on Saturday so let’s pass them on to you at this time.

  • Chapin 45 – Laurens 36… One of the teams that the Raiders faced off against was the Chapin Eagles… The Eagles took a narrow win over the Raiders by a score of 45-36…. Raiders who took wins on the mats against their opponents were Robert Lawson, Dontavious Daniels, Nathan Lindley, Pedro Juan and Josh Schubert… A couple of Raiders took wins by forfeit and if you want to see who they were and more details on the match click here.
  • Lugoff-Elgin 53 – Laurens 18… Another team present at the duals was week was Lugoff-Elgin… The Demons have a very strong team this year as they defeated the Raiders 53-18… Myles Reppart, Robert Lawson and Mason Parsons were the only Raiders able to pin their opponents… For more details on this match click here.
  • Travelers Rest 48 – Laurens 27… The Raiders also faced off against the Travelers Rest Devildogs and again the news is not what I like to report as the Devildogs took a 48-27 win over the Raiders… Mason parsons, Zack King, Colby Bridges and Pedro Juan were the Raiders who were able to defeat their opponents… One Raider did take a win by forfeit and if you would like to find out who that was and other match details click here.
  • Clover 48 – Laurens 27… The final team that the Raiders faced was the Blue Eagles of Clover HS… The Eagles were able to claw their way to a 48-27 win over the Raiders… The Raiders who were able to defeat their opponents on the mats were Mason Parson, Zack King, Colby Bridges and Pedro Juan… Again a couple of Raiders took wins by forfeit and if you want to see who they were and other match details click here. … The Raiders are now 2-6 on the season.

Laurens Academy:

  • Basketball Travels to Greenwood… A quick reminder that the Laurens Academy Crusader varsity basketball teams will be traveling to Greenwood tonight to take on the Cambridge Academy Cougars…. Girls’ action is scheduled to tipoff at 5:30 according to the schedule I have.

Local Sports Schedule: [Read more…]

Sports Report for Monday, 1-4-2021

Local Notes:

Clinton HS:

  • CHS Basketball Schedule… well there have been some changes in the Red Devil basketball schedules for this week… For information on home game tickets see the Ticket Information section below
    • Tuesday, 1-5-21… On Tuesday the Red Devil varsity basketball teams will be hosting the Wildcats on Ninety Six HS with girls’ action starting at 6:00 pm…. It will also be Senior Night were the Red Devils will honor their seniors.
    • Wednesday, 1-6-21… On Wednesday the varsity boys will be hosting the Ben Lippen Falcons with the tipoff scheduled for 6:00 pm.
    • Thursday, 1-7-21… On Thursday the Red Devil JV teams will be hosting the Union County Yellow Jackets in a girls/boys doubleheader starting with the girls’ game at 6:00 pm.
    • Friday, 1-8-21… The Red Devil varsity basketball teams will be on the road to Union County HS to take on the Yellow Jackets with girls’ action starting at 6:00 pm.

COVID 19 Alters PC Basketball Schedules… Well once again COVID 19 is causing changes in both the men’s and women’s basketball schedule this week at PC.

  • Women… The women’s basketball team was set to host UNC-Ashville today tomorrow but COVID 19 complications with the in the UNC-A Bulldogs basketball team… They will attempt to reschedule those games at a later date… Instead, the Blue Hose (3-3, 2-2) are slated to visit Charleston Southern (4-2, 2-0) on Monday and Tuesday with tip times of 7 pm and 6 pm, respectively. PC had previously been scheduled to visit the Buccaneers on Feb. 19-20.
  • Men… Yesterday it was announced that the Blue Hose men’s basketball trip to UNC for today and tomorrow, Jan. 4-5, and slated to be televised on ESPNU and ESPN+, has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns within the PC program…. This marks the second time the Blue Hose have had to postpone basketball games because of COVID 19 in their ranks.


Local Sports Schedule: [Read more…]

Sports Report for Friday, 1-1-2021

Local Notes:

PC Notes:

  • M: PC 65 – 65… After falling to the Radford Highlanders on Wednesday by a score of 71-65, the Blue Hose men’s basketball team rebounded yesterday and took an exciting 65-63 win over the Highlanders in Clinton… The game was close the entire way with Radford holding a 31-30 lead at the half… Down the stretch the game was tied on a couple of occasions and Radford had a shot at the buzzer to win the game that rimmed off… PC was led in scoring by Rayshon Harrison who finished with 13 points with both Brandon Younger and Trevon Reddish close behind with 12 points each…. For more information on this game click here… The 3-3, 1-1 Blue Hose will travel to Asheville, N.C., to take on UNC Asheville in a two-game series Jan. 4-5.  Monday’s tip-off is at 5pm and will air live on ESPNU. Tuesday’s game is on ESPN+ and tips at 2pm. Both contests can be heard on WPCC.
  • W: Radford 61 – PC 55… Now just like the men’s team, the lady Blue Hose also took on the Highlanders for the second day in a row at Radford… As you may recall on Wednesday they took a 62-51 win over Radford…. Well yesterday Radford turned the tables taking a 61-55 win over PC… PC led 27-22 at the half but by the time the third quarter ended the Highlanders had rallied to tie the game at 40-40… PC had a lead early in the fourth quarter but could not hold it as Radford completed their rally taking the 61-55 win… Jade Compton had a game-high 20 points to lead the Blue Hose… For more information on this game click here… The 3-3, 2-2 Blue Hose return to Clinton for a Big South Conference series against UNC Asheville which begins on Monday at 6 pm on ESPN+.


College Football Bowl Games Today… It’s hard to say which day of the college football season fans look forward to the most… It could be opening day, the day their team plays its arch rival, National Championship game day or today New Year’s Day… I know a certain group of fans in the area have been looking forward to this day for a month or so as the two semi-finals games on the road to the National Championship are taking place today… Unless you have been on an extended visit to remote Siberia or in a comma for the last several weeks you know that Clemson and Ohio State will get together for one of the semi-finals tonight in the Sugar Bowl… For you college football junkies here is the complete bowl schedule for today by kickoff time.

  • Noon: Peach Bowl on ESPN… Georgia vs. Cincinnati
  • 1:00 p.m.: Citrus Bowl on ABC… Auburn vs. Northwestern
  • 4:00 p.m.: Rose Bowl on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU… Notre Dame vs. Alabama in a semi-final game
  • 8:00 p.m.: Sugar Bowl on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU… Ohio State vs. Clemson in a semi-final game

College Football Bowl Games Tomorrow

  • Noon: Gator Bowl on ESPN… Kentucky vs. NC State
  • 12:30 p.m.: Outback Bowl on ABC…. Mississippi vs. Indiana
  • 4:00 p.m.: Fiesta Bowl on ESPN…. Oregon vs. Iowa St.
  • 8:00 p.m.: Orange Bowl on ESPN… North Carolina vs. Texas A&M

Other College Notes: [Read more…]

Sports Report for Thursday, 12-31-2020

Local Notes:

 PC Notes:

  • M: Radford 71 – PC 65… The Blue Hose men’s basketball team hosted the Radford Highlanders yesterday at the Templeton Center and the Blue Hose had a 36-32 lead going into the locker room at the half but could not hold on to it in the second half as Radford rallied to take a come-from-behind 71-65 win over the Blue Hose… The Highlanders outscored the Blue Hose 22-11 late in the game to take the win despite PC’s Trevon Reddish scoring a career and game-high 24 points… For more on this game click here….  The two teams will play again today in Clinton with tipoff set for 3:00 p.m.
  • W: PC 62 – Radford 51… The Lady Blue Hose also took on Radford yesterday except they were on the road at Radford… The news is better here for PC fans as they took a 62-51 win over the Highlanders… The win snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Highlanders and they outscored Radford in each quarter but the second where Radford put up one more point than PC but the Blue Hose still led 31-28 at the break… Tionna Carter had a game-high 19 points to lead the Blue Hose… For more information on this game click here… The teams will play again at 2:00 pm today and you can see the game on ESPN+

Falcons and PanthersWith all the local high school and college sports going on I have not really had time to mention the Falcons and the Panther so for the casual NFL fans let me do that today as they NFL is heading into its final week of the regular season

  • Atlanta Falcons… The Falcons are headed into this final weekend with a 4-11 record which puts them last in the NFC South… That means that this Sunday’s game will be last of the season as they will not make the playoffs… The will be headed to Tampa Bay this Sunday to take on the Buccaneers who are 10-5 on the season and in second place in the NFC South and are playoff bound.
  • Carolina Panthers… Now the Carolina Panther who have a new head coach and quarterback this season are not much better off than the Falcons as they are 5-10 on the season and in in third place in the NFC South… They also will be playing their final game of the season this Sunday as they host the NFC South Division leading New Orleans Saints who come into the game with an 11-4 record and playoff bound.
  • See Below in the Pro Sports section for links to more info on the NFL.


College Notes:

Football Bowl Games Today

  • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl… No. 24 Tulsa vs. Mississippi State… Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, Texas)… 12 p.m. | ESPN
  • Arizona Bowl… No. 22 San Jose State vs. Ball State… Arizona Stadium (Tucson, Arizona)… 2 p.m. | CBSSN
  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl… Army vs. West Virginia… Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis, Tennessee)… 4 p.m. | ESPN

Football… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning [Read more…]

Sports Report for Wednesday, 12-30-2020

Local Notes:

Laurens HS:

Wrestling Today at LDHS… The Raider wrestlers will be hosting a quad event today at LDHS… In addition to the Raiders there will be four other teams participating including region foe Greenwood… The weigh-ins will start at 10:00 this morning and the actual completion will start at 11:00 am (see schedule below)… Now a reminder that if you want to attend you need to purchase your tickets online and if you click here it will take you to the posting on the Laurens Athletic website where you can purchase tickets… Make plans to come on out and support the Raiders if you can.

  • Round 1(11:00) Laurens vs Clover, Greenwood vs TR
  • Round 2(12:00) Laurens vs TR, Greenwood vs Clover
  • Round 3 (1:00) Chapin vs Greenwood, LE vs Laurens
  • Round 4 (2:00) Chapin vs Clover, LE vs TR
  • Round 5 (3:00) Chapin vs TR, LE vs Clover
  • Round 6 (4:00) Chapin vs Laurens, LE vs Greenwood

Laurens Academy: Last night the Laurens Academy Crusaders hosted the Greenwood Christian Hawks in a pair of varsity non-region games.

  • Girls: Hawks 56 – Crusaders 33… In the first game of the evening, the Lady Crusaders fell be a score of 56-33… The Hawks led 11 to 8 after the first 8 minutes of play and continued to outscore the Crusaders by at least 5 points in each of the other three quarters in route to the win… The Crusaders had trouble getting shots to fall on good looks at the basket and seldom got second chances on missed shots as the Hawks pretty much controlled the boards… When the taller Hawks missed a shot they very often did get a second chance as they pulled down numerous offensive rebounds… The Hawks Caroline Red led all scorers with 23 points… Olivia Huck was the only Crusader in double-digits with 16 points… Others scoring for the Crusaders were Payton Breen with 9 points, while both Rylee Ballard and Elissa Hucks finished with 2 points each.
  • Boys: Hawks 55 – Laurens 54… In the final game of the night the Hawks completed the sweep of the Crusaders by taking a 55-54 win that saw a Crusader rally fall just short at the end… The Crusaders led 13-11 after the first 8 minutes of play but then turnovers, frustration at missed shots and the Hawks out rebounded the Crusaders by the time the first half ended the Hawks led 32-22… The Crusaders did cut one point of that 10 point lead in trailed by 9 (45-36) going into the fourth quarter… IN the final 8 minutes of play the Crusaders reduced their turnover rate, went to the boards and started getting some shots to fall while limiting the Hawks offense to mostly free throws as they mounted a rally… The Crusaders kept chipping away and cut the lead to 1 with about 5 seconds to play when Clarence Bertoli canned a three-point shot… The Crusaders then fouled the Hawks send them to the free throw line with 3.7 seconds left where they missed both free throws  giving the Crusaders a glimmer of hope as Diamonte Grant wound up shooting a ¾ court shot after the rebound that missed at the buzzer… Afterwards coach Travis Plowden said he was very pleased with the team’s effort but did note that at times the team lost its focus and cool which hurt them… The Hawks were led by Alex Staley who finished with 20 points 13 of them coming in the first half… The 3-6 Crusaders were led by Diamonte Grant who had a game-high 23 points… Thomas Lowry was also in double-digits with 11 points… Others scoring for the Crusaders were Andrew Codington with 8 points, Bertoli with 7, Colton McGee 3 and Buddy Baker 4…. The Crusaders return to action next week when they travel to Cambridge Academy on Tuesday.

Local Sports Schedule: All schedules subject to change right up to game time due to COVID 19

  • PC Sports Calendar… To see the PC athletics sports calendar click here. .. A quick reminder that the PC men will be hosting Radford today at 5:00 pm.


College Notes:

Football… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Covid-19 Football Update… The COVID-19 virus continues to causes changes in the football schedule for this week… If you want to keep up with the schedule changes click here to go to the NCAA website where they post the latest on information on the subject
  • Football Bowl Schedule Information and Results… To see the schedule of upcoming college football bowl games that includes opponents, dates, times and TV information click here… You can also find the results of bowl games already played there also

Men’s Basketball… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Covid-19 Football Update… The COVID-19 virus continues to causes changes in the men’s basketball schedule for this week… If you want to keep up with the schedule changes click here to go to the NCAA website where they post the latest on information on the subject
  • Men’s Basketball Scores… To see the latest men’s basketball DI scores or check on upcoming games by clicking on the date you are interested in, click here.
  • Rankings… To see the latest AP men’s DI rankings once they start) click here.

Women’s Basketball… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Women’s Basketball Scores… To see the latest women’s basketball DI scores or check on upcoming games by clicking on the date you are interested in, click here.
  • Rankings… To see the latest AP men’s DI rankings once they start) click here.


Pro Sports: For more information on the game(s) below, click on the score at the beginning.

 NFL

  • Schedule and Scores … To see the NFL schedule for the past week (until Wednesday each week) and then the upcoming games for this weekend (starting on Thursday) click here.

NBA

  • Scores… To go to the NBA website where they list the most recent scores click here and you can also find the box score for the games there also.
  • Schedule… To see the upcoming NBA schedule and TV availability if at click here
  • Standings… To see the current NBA standings click here.


This and That

  • Tae Kwon Do Returns to Laurens YMCA… Tae Kwon Do classes are returning to the Laurens Family YMCA starting on October 5, 2020… These classes are for youth 7-15 years old and are $25 per month… Classes will be held each Monday from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm… If you have more questions call the Y at 984-2626

 

 

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

Sports Report for Tuesday, 12-29-2020

Local Notes:

Laurens Academy:

  • Crusaders have Change in Varity Schedule… The Crusaders have been forced to cancel the Laurens Academy Christmas Round Robin that was due to be played later this week due to a number of issues and a COVID situation… In place of the Round Robin, the Crusader varsity teams will play a non-region game on Tuesday December 29 at home vs. Greenwood Christian…. The girls’ game will start at 5:00 pm and the boys game at 6:30 pm… If all goes as scheduled the Crusaders first game in 2021 will be on Tuesday, Jan. 5th at Cambridge Academy


PC Notes:

Men’s Basketball… The PC men’s basketball team has a 2-2 record at this point of the season… They are a perfect 2-0 at home this season so far and have dropped 2 road games… They have canceled 1 game with Wofford and postponed 3 games that they hope to makeup later all due to COVID-19 situations…. To see their complete schedule click here.

  • Wins… PC’s wins came against Carver College 85-46 and SC State 62-56 at home earlier this month… To see a recap of those games click on their scores.
  • Losses… Their two losses were to Jacksonville University 65-78 and to the Citadel 82-94 both on the road… Again to see a recap of those games click on their scores.
  • Next games… The team will be in action tomorrow and Thursday as they host the 3-5 Radford Highlanders in a pair of games at PC with tomorrow’s game scheduled to tipoff at 5:00 pm and Thursday’s game at 3:00 pm…. Both can be heard on the PC Broadcasting network and seen on ESPN+
  • Men’s Basketball to be on ESPNU in January… Also a note that the Blue Hose will also have some of their games televised on ESPNU starting January 4th when they travel to UNC Ashville… For more on this story including dates that they can be seen click here.

Women’s Basketball… The PC women’s team is also 2-2 on the season and they also have had 3 games cancelled due to COVID-19 situations… To see their complete schedule click here.

  • Wins… Their first win came at East Tennessee State University where they defeated the Bucs 68-38 and the second came at home a few days later at home where they took a 69-60 win over the Runnin Bulldogs of Gardner Webb…    To see a recap of those games click on their scores.
  • Losses… Now the day after taking the win over G-W the two teams played again at PC and this time G-W took a 44-47 win over the Blue Hose… PC’s first loss was to Clemson back on Nov. 27th at Littlejohn Coliseum where they fell 47-92… Again to see a recap of those games click on their scores.
  • Next Games… The team will be back in action tomorrow and Thursday and just like the men’s team they will be taking on the Highlanders of Radford… The big difference here being they will be on the road with tomorrow’s game tipping off at 4:00 pm and Thursday’s game at 2:00 pm… Both games will be available on ESPN+


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Sports Report for Monday, 12-28-2020

Local Notes:

 Clinton HS:

  • Red Devils Jykorie Gary Makes All-Star Team… Last Thursday on Christmas Eve I reported to you that the Raiders Cole England had made the South Carolina Football Coaches Association All-Star Team as an offensive lineman on the Class-AAAA football team… I thought I had read the article carefully to make sure there were no other local players on any of the all-star teams and I did not see any other at that time…. Well my eyes must be slipping (I know they are) as there was another local player who made one of the all-start teams and teeth is the Red Devils junior all around , do anything player Jykorie Gary who made the Class AAA All-Star team as a linebacker… My apologies for overlooking this fine athlete when I first read the article that very well deserves of this honor… There were some other players from Region III Class AA who also made this team or received honorable mention… To see the entire article about this that I referenced last Thursday click here.

Laurens HS

Wrestling… I need to do some catching up with the Laurens Raider Wrestling team… As you may recall I reported earlier that they lost to preseason ranked #1 in Class 5A Byrnes 56-21 back on December 14th… If you would like to see details on that match click here… Since then they have been involved in some other matches so let’s catch up on them.

Liberty Duals… The Raiders were in action on Saturday, Dec. 19th as they travelled to Liberty to take part in the Liberty Duals… The Raiders finished in 2nd place with a 2-1 record… They defeated Walhalla in the quarterfinals, Greer in the semifinals, and lost to Crescent in the finals….. More details are below.

  • Laurens 59 – Walhalla 18… The Raiders handily defeated the Walhalla razorbacks by a score of 59-18… The Raiders who actually took wins on the mats against their opponents were Brian Sheffield, Josh Shubert, Myles Reppart, Robert Lawson, Mason Parsons, Zack King and Colby Bridges… Now some other Raiders took wins by forfeits and if you would like to find out who they were and how the winners took their wins (by fall or decision) click here for the details on this match.
  • Laurens 60 – Greer 18… The Raiders then took on a region opponent in the form of the Greer Yellow Jackets in the semifinals… Again it was a one-sided win for the Raiders as they defeated the Yellow Jackets 60-18… Taking wins for the Raiders on the mats against their opponents were Juan Pedro, Brian Sheffield, Josh Shubert, Damien Patrick, Robert Lawson, Mason Parsons, Zack King, Colby Bridges and Nathan Lindley… Again some other Raiders took wins by forfeits and if you would like to find out who they were and how the winners took their wins (by fall or decision) click here for the details on this match.
  • Crescent 42 – Laurens 33… In the finals the Raiders took on the Tigers of Crescent HS… This was a very tight match but in the end the Tigers prevailed by a score of 42-33 in part because the Raiders did not have a wrestler in two of the weight classifications and they did and that meant that they picked up 12 of their 42 points… The Raiders who took opponents over their opponents on the mats were Pedro Juan, Brian Sheffield, Myles Reppart, Mason Parsons, Zack King and Kole Lawson… Again for more details on this match click here… The Raiders are now 2-2 on the season and COVID permitting are schedule to host a quad match this Thursday (12-31-20) at LDHS… I’ll try to have more details on that later in the week.

Laurens Academy

  • Crusaders have Change in Varity Schedule… The Crusaders have been forced to cancel the Laurens Academy Christmas Round Robin that was due to be played later this week due to a number of issues and a COVID situation… In place of the Round Robin, the Crusader varsity teams will play a non-region game on Tuesday December 29 at home vs. Greenwood Christian…. The girls’ game will start at 5:00 pm and the boys game at 6:30 pm… If all goes as scheduled the Crusaders first game in 2021 will be on Tuesday, Jan. 5th at Cambridge Academy


Obituary

  • Phil Neikro Dies at Age of 81… The Atlanta Braves announced yesterday that Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Neikro had died at the age of 81 after a long battle with cancer… Niekro pitched in the big leagues for over two decades mostly with the Braves… His recorded 318 wins with 121 of them coming after his 40th birthday… For more information on his career click here to go to an AP article and to go to a video tribute to him by MLB on the Atlanta Braves website click here… He is the seventh Hall of Famer to die this year and the other were Lou Brock, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Al Kaline, Joe Morgan and Tom Seaver.


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Sports Report for Thursday, 12-24-2020

Merry Christmas to One and All and Please Remember He is the Reason for the Season!!

 

Local Notes:

Laurens HS:

  • Raiders Cole England Makes All-Star Team… Recently the South Carolina Football Coaches Association released a list of players who made their all-star teams in each of the five SCHSL classifications… The Raiders did have a player to make that team and it was the Raiders’ senior offensive lineman Cole England… He joined several other Class AAAA-Region II players who made the team… If you would like to see who they were as well as the players who made the all-star teams form the other classifications click here to go to an article in The State Newspaper that list them… Congratulations to Cole!

Shrine Bowl Announces Rosters for 2020 Teams: Now this note is for the true high school football junkies out there… A few of months ago it was announced that the 84th edition of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas was being canceled due to the CORONA virus pandemic and would not be played until 2021 (hopefully)… The Shrine Bowl has gone ahead and picked the players for the South Carolina and North Carolina teams even though the game is not being played… While no one from Laurens or Clinton made that South Carolina team I did find an article on The State Newspaper that list the players who were selected for the North and South Carolina teams and if you want to see who they were click here… Like I said this is for the true high school football junkies out there. 



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Sports Report for Wednesday, 12-22-2020

Local Notes:

Laurens HS: For the second time in as many nights the Laurens Raider girls’ basketball teams took on the Hillcrest Rams but last night it was at LDHS… The results of the two games were just about identical as the night before.

  • JV: Laurens 39 – Hillcrest 12… In JV action the Raiders once again took a one-sided win as they defeated the Rams 39-12… The Rams had only 5 players available fort the contest last night as non-COVID injuries had struck the team… The Raiders once again used a press to create Ram turnovers and actually held the Rams to just 2 points in the first half while the Raiders put up 20 in the first half in route to the win… Syberia Boyd led the Raiders in scoring with 9 points while both Myangel Walker and Nyri Allen right behind with 8 points each… Other scoring for the Raiders were Mylayja Thompson with 6 points and both Olivia Brockman and Destiny Anderson finished with 4 each.
  • Var.: Hillcrest 60 – Laurens 29… Now just like the night before, the Raiders had a bad case of the :”turnover bug” as the Rams took a 60-29 win… The Raiders had more than twice the number of turnovers in the game than the Rams did and yes some of them were due to the Rams’ press but many were not… The Rams jumped out to a 16-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and then continued to outscore the Raiders in every quarter…  For the Rams Iyanna Shell had a game-high 23 points to lead her team… The Raiders were led in scoring by Raniya Jackson who finished with 8 points… Others putting points on the board for the Raiders were both Faith Jackson and Amillion Evans who finished with 6 points each, Qua Fortson 5, MaCayle Revis 2 and both Akacia Smith and Navia Blanding finished with 1 point each… The Raiders drop to 0-3 on the season.

COVID 19 Updates:

  • COVID 19 Cost Gamecocks a Bowl Game… Yesterday South Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner announced that the Gamecocks will NOT be participating in the Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa this Saturday due to COVID issues and contact tracing… If you would like to read his press release on the subject click here… The State Newspaper is further reporting that all the USC offensive coaches except for Mike Bobo and several players would not have been available because of COVID-19 protocols… The Gamecocks were scheduled to play the Blazer of UAB and the Gasparilla Bowl executive director Scott Glazer says the bowl has now been cancelled because they could not find a replacement for the Gamecocks but came up empty in the COVID-19 world we are in… The bowl becomes the 17th bowl to be canceled this season due to COVID 19… Earlier this week the Liberty Bowl lost Tennessee as one of its opponents but Army stepped up taking the Vols place in the game against West Virginia on Dec. 31… Click here for more information on this… There is also more on this available if you click here.
  • South Carolina Men’s Basketball Still Paused… Also a quick reminder that the Gamecock men’s basketball team is still also shut down due to COVID-19 issues…  That means they have now cancelled 3 basketball games including tonight’s game with SC State… The Clemson game that was supposed to be played last Saturday is now listed as postponed and their next contest at Kentucky is not for certain.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 12-22-2020

Local Notes:

Laurens HS: Last night the Lady Raider JV and varsity teams traveled up to Hillcrest to take on the Rams in games that had been postponed from earlier in the season.

  • JV: Laurens 45 – Hillcrest 13… In the first game of the evening the two JV girls’ teams faced off against one another… The Raiders outscored the Rams 11 -1 in the first quarter and never looked back as they went on to take a 45-13 win over the Rams… Simply put the Rams could not handle the Raiders press and the Raiders more often than not converted the Ram turnovers into points… Malayja Thompson led the Raiders in scoring with 10 points…. Other scoring for the Raiders were Olivia Brockman with 8 points, Talashia Williams 7 while Syberia Boyd, MyAngel Walker, Nyri Allen and Destiny Anderson all finished with 4 points for the Raiders… Rounding out the scoring for the Raiders Audriona Dixon and Shanayi Chinn finishing with 4 points each.
  • Var.: Hillcrest 48 – Laurens 36… In the varsity game the Lady Rams turned the tables taking a 48-36 win over the Raiders… In the first quarter the Rams outscored the Raiders 14-7 and continued to outscore the Raiders in every quarter but the last in taking the win… The Rams got more second chance shots as they pulled down numerous offensive rebounds while the Raiders got very few offensive rebounds except in the fourth quarter… Fouls were also a problem for the Raiders as two of their starters fouled out while the Rams had no one to foul out… The Raiders were led in scoring by Faith Jackson who finished with 8 points… Other scoring for the Raiders were Raniya Jackson with 7 points, Angel Johnson 6, Qua Fortson 6, Wymaya Givens 4, Amillion Evans 2, MaCayle Revis 2 and Navia Blanding 1… The Rams and the Raiders will play again tonight at LDHS but this time the varsity game will be held first at 5:30 with the JV game taking place afterwards… For tickets to tonight’s game see the Ticket Information section below.


College Football Bowl Information:

  • Complete Bowl Listings & Information… Now I know that there are a few college football junkies out there who will try to watch every bowl game from last night on to the National Championship game on Jan. 11th… Well I have made it easy for you to find the complete list of bowl games with information such as the name of the bow, who the opponents are, date, time, and where it can be found on TV… All you have to do is click here… After today this information will also be available in a posting in the Featured Sports section just below my Sports Report on the WLBG homepage… That way you don’t have to worry about where to find the info… Just go to wwww.wlbg.com and look there.
  • South Carolina to Play in Bowl Game… Now only in a COVID-19 environment would a 2-8 football team be playing in a bowl game at this time of the year… Well in case you haven’t heard that 2-8 team is the Gamecocks of South Carolina as they will be traveling to Tampa, Fl. on Saturday, Dec. 26th to take on the Blazers of the University of Alabama Birmingham which are 6-3 on the season… They will be playing in the 2020 Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 26 at noon inside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The game will be televised on ABC…. For more information on this on this on the Gamecock Athletic Website including ticket information, click here
  • First Bowl Game Last Night… The first of the bowl games was last night an Appalachian State took a 56-28 win over North Texas in the Myrtle Beach Bowl down in Conway, SC… For some stats on the game click here… For a recap of the game on the App. State Athletics Website click here.


Local Sports Schedule: All schedules subject to change right up to game time due to COVID 19

  • School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here.
  • School District 56:  To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here
  • Laurens Academy: To see the varsity basketball schedules click here…. To see the middle school schedule click here.
  • Middle School Basketball… To see the master schedule for the Little River Middle School Conference basketball season click here,
  • PC Sports Calendar… To see the PC athletics sports calendar click here.

Ticket Information

Clinton HS

  • Home Games… Clinton HS has issued guidelines on how many people will be allowed into the main gym for contest (386) and other items pertaining to COVID 19 issues… To see those and more information about this click hereA couple of important things to point out are that no tickets will be sold at the door, they must be bought online… This applies to JV and varsity games and if you click on the link I provided above you will find where to purchase the tickets online… Also there are special codes to apply if you are the parent of a participating athlete to help ensure you get a ticket but you must purchase by 4:00 pm the day of the game to be sure you get a ticket(s)… There are several other things you need to know so again click here to go the CHS athletic website where all of this is explained… To go directly to the page where you purchase tickets click here.

 Laurens HS:

  • Home Games… LDHS has issued guidelines on how many people will be allowed into the main gym for contest (200) and other items pertaining to COVID 19 issues… To see those and more information about this click here… Two major things that should be noted… First ticket sales will be online starting on Monday of each week for games that week… A few tickets will be available at the offices of Angela Marlett and Chris Callahan State Farm…. Secondly home basketball games will be streamed live through the NFHS Network… You can join the NFHS Network monthly or annually…. For more information about that click here… To go directly to the page where you purchase tickets click here.


College Notes:

Football… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Covid-19 Football Update… The COVID-19 virus continues to causes changes in the football schedule for this week… If you want to keep up with the schedule changes click here to go to the NCAA website where they post the latest on information on the subject
  • Football Scores from This Past Weekend… To see the FB football scores from this past weekend click here…. To see the scores from the FCS division click here.
  • Football Rankings… To see the latest FBS rankings click here

Men’s Basketball… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Covid-19 Football Update… The COVID-19 virus continues to causes changes in the men’s basketball schedule for this week… If you want to keep up with the schedule changes click here to go to the NCAA website where they post the latest on information on the subject
  • Men’s Basketball Scores… To see the latest men’s basketball DI scores or check on upcoming games by clicking on the date you are interested in, click here.
  • Rankings… To see the latest AP men’s DI rankings once they start) click here.

Women’s Basketball… For more information on any specific game(s) mentioned below, click on the score at the beginning

  • Women’s Basketball Scores… To see the latest women’s basketball DI scores or check on upcoming games by clicking on the date you are interested in, click here.
  • Rankings… To see the latest AP men’s DI rankings once they start) click here. 


Pro Sports: For more information on the game(s) below, click on the score at the beginning.

 NFL

  • Schedule and Scores … To see the NFL schedule for the past week (until Wednesday each week) and then the upcoming games for this weekend (starting on Thursday) click here.


This and That

  • Tae Kwon Do Returns to Laurens YMCA… Tae Kwon Do classes are returning to the Laurens Family YMCA starting on October 5, 2020… These classes are for youth 7-15 years old and are $25 per month… Classes will be held each Monday from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm… If you have more questions call the Y at 984-2626

 

 

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

Sports Report for Monday, 12-21-2020

Local Notes: 

Laurens HS: Last Friday night the Raider varsity basketball teams hosted the Wolverines of Woodruff HS.

  • G: Woodruff 53 – Laurens 44…  In the first game of the evening, the Laurens Raider girls’ team felt like it won even though the final score was 53-44 Woodruff… The reason I say that is they this was the first game the Raiders had been able to play due to the CORONA virus… First year head coach Aianna Kelly said that her team was tight and nervous right up until the tipoff with anticipation of finally getting to play… Woodruff came into the game undefeated at 5-0 under former Hickory Tavern Coach Jon Jansen… The Raiders played decently considering it was their first game and only trailed 24-22 at the half… However the Wolverines stretched that lead to 42-30 by the end of the third quarter and that was just too much for the Raiders to overcome as Woodruff out rebounded the Raiders on both ends of the court… Woodruff was led in scoring by Brooke Bailey who had a game-high 22 points with 14 of them coming in the first half…. The Raiders were led by Qua Fortson who finished with 18 points an “D” Grant who had 13… Others scoring for the Raiders were Raniya Jackson with 6 points, Faith Jackson 4 and MaCayle Revis with 3…. Both Lady Raider teams will be back in action tonight as they travel to Hillcrest to take on the Rams in a pair of games that were postponed due to the CORONA virus… The JV girls will play first at 5:30 pm and the varsity after that… If you would like to go you need to purchase your tickets in advance online… To do that, click here to go to the Hillcrest website where tickets can be purchased.
  • B: Woodruff 50 – Laurens 48… Now in the boys’ game I’ll simply say the Raiders lost a heart breaker by a score of 50-48… Back on Dec. 10th the Wolverines defeated the Raiders 62-55 at Woodruff in a game that Coach Chavis admitted the Raiders played poorly… Well last Friday night the Raiders carried a 27-16 lead in to the locker room at the half after posting a 20-6 lead at the end of the first quarter… The Wolverines continued to cut into the Raiders lead in the third quarter as the only led 33-31 at its end… The final 8 minutes of the game saw the two teams go back and forth with Laurens holding a slight lead during most of it… The game was tied at 48-48 when Woodruff’s Zy Scott made two free throws to give the Wolverines what would prove to be the winning points… The Raiders inbounded the ball and moved quickly down the court with the ball winding up in the hands of JQ Fair who had a good look at the basket for a three-point shot just before the final buzzer that hit the rim but fell away giving the Wolverines the win… Nathan Montjoy led the Wolverines comeback scoring a game-high 16 points with 14 of them coming in the second half… For the Raiders Josh Cureton had 12 points and Isaiah Burnside finished with 11… KD Mosley finished with 9 points, Ty Johnson 8, Chase Jackson 5 and Preston Mahon 3…. The Raiders will not see action again until the second week in January next year.

Clemson Defeats Notre Dame 34-10 to Earn #2 Seed in Football Playoffs… Well just as most folks in the area hoped (including me) the Clemson Tigers defeated the fighting Irish of Notre Dame 34-10 in the ACC Championship game Saturday afternoon to earn their sixth straight ACC Championship… Now if you want to see the Clemson recap of the game, click here… Now with that win the Tigers punched their ticket into the top 4 of the rankings that determine who will be playing for the National Championship… Undefeated Alabama got the top spot followed by the Tigers, Ohio State and Notre Dame in that order… This season’s semifinals will be played on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021… Alabama faces Notre Dame at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas… Clemson plays Ohio State in the other semifinal in the Sugar Bowl… That Arlington, Texas game was originally scheduled for the Rose Bowl but was moved for COVID-19 reasons as the local government officials would not allow any fans in the stands… Great Move… Now to see the complete final rankings as determined by the Playoff Committee that made the final determination, click here.

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Sports Report for Friday, 12-18-2020

Local Notes:

Laurens HS:

  • Wrestling: Byrnes 55 – Laurens 21… I need to do some catching up with the Raider wrestling team that opened up its season earlier this week taking on the Byrnes Rebels at Byrnes… The Rebels are one of the traditional powerhouses in the area and they are ranked #1 in the Class 5A preseason polls…Well it looks like they are living up to that preseason ranking as they took a 55-21 win over the Raiders who have a #19 preseason ranking in class 4A… Taking win on for the Raiders were Luke Tatham, Brian Sheffield, Josh Schubert and Mason Parsons.
  • Other Region Teams ranked in Top 20… Now a few moments ago I mentioned that the Raiders were ranked #19 in the Class 4A preseason poll… Well it just so happens that all the other Class 4A – Region II teams also appear in that top 20 preseason poll… As a matter of fact Eastside comes in ranked as #1 in the state… Greenwood checks in at #11, Greer #13 and Greenville #20… Looks like Coach Sheffield and the Raiders find themselves in one of the toughest if not the toughest region in the state… By the way if you would like to see the entire poll for Class 4A click here…. Once you get there you can also look at the preseason polls for other classifications and SCISA.
  • Wrestling Duals on 12-30 Back On… Yesterday I mentioned there had been numerous schedule changes in Raider athletics after the Christmas Break and that the wrestling duals scheduled for Dec. 30th at LDHS had been cancelled… Well yesterday I received an update from LDHS AD Tommy Spires that stated the wrestling duals for the date have been given the green light to proceed… He also started that there would be more information coming out about that between now and then… When I get that information I’ll be sure to pass it on.
  • Raider Basketball Host Woodruff Tonight… A quick reminder that the Laurens Raiders will be at home tonight hosting the Woodruff Wolverines in a girls / boys doubleheader of basketball starting at 6:00 pm.. I hope you can make it out to the games and if you want to attend see the section below for Ticket Information… This will be the first game for the Lady Raiders… If you can’t make it we plan on bringing you all the action here on Real Radio WLBG and streaming live on the internet at WLBG.com.

Laurens Academy:

  • Crusaders Opt out of Newberry Christmas Tournament… Now for those of you who have a Laurens Academy basketball schedule you will note that it says that both Crusader basketball teams are supposed to start participation in the Newberry Christmas Tournament today as they have for the past several years… Well yesterday I received notification that the Crusaders out of an abundance of caution and concern for the teams’ health in this COVID-19 world, they have decided not to participate…. They hope to be able to return to action for the LA Christmas Round Robin scheduled for Dec. 28 and 29.

SCHSL Football Championships Finish Tonight

  • Abbeville vs. Marion… Well after a two week delay due to a COVID situation with Marion HS, they and the Abbeville Panthers will finish the SCHSL Championships in football as they compete for the Class AA crown tonight at 6:00 pm at Benedict College… If I were a betting man I’d put my money on the undefeated Panthers to take the win sending the 7-1 Swamp Foxes back to the swamp hopefully for them without too much damage to their hides… If you would like to go click here to purchase tickets.

Covid 19 Update

  • Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana Cancelled… The news broke yesterday that the Sunbelt Conference Football Championship Game between #12 Coastal Carolina and #19 Louisiana has been canceled due to COVID-19 issues with the Chanticleers football team… Tough break for the Chanticleers as the conference announced at the same time they would recognize both teams as co-champions for this year… For more on this story click here.


College Football TV Schedule

  • There are a lot of conference championships and other big games on the college schedule for this weekend… Of course the one that is getting the most attention in this area is the ACC Championship Game pitting the #2 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame against the #3 Clemson Tigers… That game will be at 4:00 pm and can be seen on ABC… Again if I were a betting man I’d pick the Tigers to pull out a close win getting revenge for their only loss of the season… Now if you want to see the TV schedule for other college football games taking place this weekend click here.


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