Sports Report for Friday, 2-12-2016

PC Basketball Notes:

  • W: PC 52 – Charleston Southern 37… The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team used 15-0 run in the third quarter to power past Charleston Southern, 52-37, last Tuesday night at the Templeton Center… PC’s Salina Virola led all scorers with 15 points…For more information on this game, click here…  With the win the Lady Blue Hose improve their record to 14-9 and 10-4 in Big south play and will return to action next Tuesday as they travel to Boiling Springs, NC where they will take on the Lady Running Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb…
  • M: Charleston Southern 77 – PC 63… The PC men’s team was in action last night as they traveled down I-26 to take on Charleston Southern… The Buccaneers use 7 three-point goals (6 in the second half) to pull away from the Blue Hose and take a 77-63 win… PC cut the Buccaneers lead to a single point on several occasions in the second half but just could not get any closer to the hot shooting Buccaneers… DeSean Murray led the Blue Hose attack with 18points… For more information on this contest, click here… PC falls to 8-16 overall and 3-10 in the Big South, are back in action at home against Campbell, tomorrow, in a 7 p.m., contest. 

Local Notes:

LDHS: The Raider 9th grade and JV teams hosted the Greenwood Eagles in the main gym at LDHS last night… I did not get the 9th grade boys results in time to bring them to you today but let’s look at how the JV teams did.

  • G JV: GHS 32 – LDHS 23… The JV girls closed out their season with a 32-23 loss to the Lady Eagles… The team has showed gradual improvement the later part of the season as the evidenced by the fact that earlier in the season the Eagles defeated the Raiders by 26 points…At the start of the game both teams had trouble with their offense as the score was 11-5 Greenwood at the half… Jada Young led the Raiders with 7 points… The team finishes their season 2-14 and 1-13 in region play… My thanks to Coach Kayla Patterson for getting the results to me this year!
  • B JV: LDHS 52 – GHS 33… Better news where the JV boys’ team is concerned as the raiders defeated the Eagles 52-33… The Raiders were led by Justin Anderson and Josh Greene who both scored 13 points each… Their record is now 15-6 on the season and they have one last game to play tomorrow against Southside HS at Carolina HS starting at 2 pm… Coach Dawkins wants to thank the community for their support of the team this season and request they come up and see them play one last time tomorrow.

Raiders Finish Regular Season Tonight At Greenwood… The Laurens Raider varsity basketball teams will close out their regular season tonight as they travel to Greenwood to take on the Eagles… There is a lot at stake in the games tonight for both teams… The Lady Raiders are on the bubble for making postseason play… A win tonight will help their chances of being the #4 finisher in the region and continuing their season… The boys’ team has already assured that they will continue their season after tonight but they still have something to play for… A win tonight gives them no less than a tie for second place in the region and assures them of a home game in the first round of the playoffs as I do believe they have the tiebreaker over Hillcrest who possibly would be tied with them for that #2 spot… There is also an outside chance they could finish first in the region if Westside were to lose… In any case, Good Luck to the Raiders tonight!!

Laurens Academy:

SCISA Region 2-A basketball Tournament… The SCISA Region 2-A basketball tournament continues today out at Laurens Academy… The Lady Crusaders who are the #2 seed in the tournament in the girls’ bracket will play today at 4 pm against either Newberry or WW King but I do not know which one… As soon as that game finishes, the boys’ team which is also a #2 seed in the boys’ bracket will take the court against Newberry Academy… Should the Crusader teams win, they will advance to the finals which will be held tomorrow at Richard Winn Academy… The girls’ championship will be at 3 pm and the boys at 4:30 pm… Good luck to the Crusaders!

College Sports:

W: South Carolina 86 – Florida 71… Lady gamecock basketball fans might have been a little worried about how the team would respond to the loss to #1 UConn on Monday night… Well it appears they kept their focus as the defeated the Lady Gators of Florida last night at the Colonial Life Center by a score of 86-71… Tiffany Mitchell led the team with 2 points.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 2-11-2016

Local Notes:

LDHS: The Laurens Raider 9th grade and JV teams were in action yesterday as they traveled to Hillcrest to take on the Rams in make-up games that weather forced the postponement of back on the 25th of last month.

  • 9th Grade: LDHS 51 – HHS 36… For the second time this season the Raider 9th grade team defeated the Rams this time by a score of 51-36… Christian Anderson led the Raiders with 23 points… Zh’Rece Anderson had 11 points and Que Larry 7 to be the top three scorers for the Raiders… With the win the teams moves to 12-3 on the season.
  • JV B: LDHS 44 – HHS 39…. Then in JV boys’ action the game was closer but the Raiders pulled out a 44-39 win over the Rams… Josh Greene scored 15 points in the game for the Raiders including two 3-point goals late in the contest to seal the win for the Raiders… Carson Todd also scored in double digits with 13 points..
  • JV G: LDHS 51 – HHS 27… In JV girls’ action, the Raiders completed the sweep of the Rams with a 51-27 win… The Raiders led 23-8 at halftime and Jada Young was the leading scorer12 points while Paula Abrams had 11 points… With the win, the Lady Raiders improve to 2-13 on the season and 1-11 in region play… The teams will be back in action tonight as they host the Greenwood Eagles in their final games of the season

College Sports:

  • Men’s College Basketball AP Rankings…. It’s been a while since we had a chance to review the men’s D-I College Basketball rankings so let’s fix that now… There was some shakeup in the polls this week and last week’s #3 team Villanova jumped up to #1 and former #4 Maryland checked in at #2… The balance of the top 5 is Oklahoma, Iowa and Xavier… Sports 6-10 are occupied by Kansas, Virginia, Michigan St., North Carolina and West Virginia…. To see the entire top 25, click here
  • Women’s AP D-I Poll… Now let’s do the same for the women… UConn & South Carolina continue to hold down the top 2 spots… Notre Dame, Baylor & Maryland round out the top 5… Texas, Ohio State, Oregon State, Arizona State and Florida State round out the top 10… Now this poll was done before South Carolina lost to UConn on Monday night so it will be interesting to see if the Lady gamecocks drop any in next week’s poll… To see the entire poll, click here.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 2-10-2016

Local Notes:

CHS: The CHS Red Devil varsity basketball teams traveled to Chester to close out their regular season against the Cyclones.

  • G: Chester 74 – Clinton 27… The Lady Red Devils closed out their season with a 74-27 loss to the Lady Cyclones… Clinton fell behind early in a big way and just could not climb out of the whole… Savannah Campbell led the team with 11 points while MK Kelly added 5… The team finishes the season with a 2-21 overall record and 1-9 in region play.
  • B: Chester 76 – Clinton 57… Chester completed the sweep of the Red Devils last night by taking a 76-57 win… The Red Devils fell behind 27-12 at the end of the first quarter but managed to cut into the deficit some in the second quarter making the score 35-27 at the half… However the Cyclones outscored them 17-8 in the third quarter and pulled away for the win… Afterwards Coach Tosh Corley commented “A loss is a tough way to end the season, especially when it knocks you out of the playoffs… We just couldn’t find the baskets tonight when we needed them… I’m proud of this team for never giving up… We feel terrible for Seniors Tay Cook, Junior Johnston, Derrick Mitchell, and Braeden Webb that we couldn’t get the win tonight… But there are great things in store for the future of Red Devil Basketball.”… Sorry no scoring details available… Final record: 10-10 (3-7).

LDHS: The Laurens Raiders were also on the road last night as they traveled to Greenville HS to take on the Red Raiders…

  • G: GHS 85 – LDHS 53… In girls’ action Laurens fell to the #3 ranked team in Class 4-A by a score of 85-53…Greenville jumped out to a 13-5 lead after the first eight minutes of play and Greenville led 33-20 at the half… Greenville broke the game open in the third quarter putting 29 points on the board in that quarter to Laurens 16 points… Turnovers were a factor in this game as Laurens had 39 in the game… Laurens had two players scoring in double digits as Jadasia Bennett had 15 points and Nasia Owens 13… KC Cofield finished with 9 points, Bre Nance 7, Malaysia Todd 5 while Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon and Tieisha Jones finished with 2 points each.
  • B: LDHS 73 – GHS 61… Now it was better news where the boys are concerned as they took a come from behind 73-61 win over Greenville… The score was tied 29-29 at the half and Greenville had a 51-47 lead going into the final quarter of play… However Laurens stepped up its offense and defense in that final quarter putting 26 points on the board while holding Greenville to just 10 points to take the win… In the fourth quarter, Laurens made 11 of 15 free throws and Ty Madden had two 3-point goals and Toby Jackson one to aid the comeback… Laurens was led by Chris Statom and Ty Madden who both scored 21 points in the game… Toby Jackson finished with 14 points, Ladarius Williams 11 while Kezario Whitmore, Leonard Williams and E’Nicholas Leake all finished with 2 points each.

Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusader boys’ team finished region play last Friday tied with Anderson Christian tied for the top spot in SCISA 2-A region… Late yesterday afternoon they held a tie breaking game at WW King to determine who gets the top seed in this weekend’s tournament…. The two teams had split their regular season games with each team taking a win so this would be the deciding game.

  • AC 49 – LA 31… Unfortunately the Crusaders came out cold and AC jumped up 18-4 at the end of the first quarter and then went on to take a 4931 win over the Crusaders making them the region champion… Jonathan Burns was the leading scorer for the Crusaders with 18 points… Joshua Moore finished the game with 4 points, Ryan Anderson 3 while Josh Urwick, Nate Martin and Ryan Holmes all finished with 2 points each.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 2-9-2016

PC Basketball Notes:

  • W: HP 61 – PC 47… The Lady Blue Hose were in action last Saturday as they traveled to High Point to take on the Lady Panthers… The Panthers led 18-9 at the end of the first quarter and 29-21 at the half and then pulled away to take a 61-47 win over PC… PC did get the Panthers lead down to 5 early in the third quarter but could get no closer… For more information on this game, click here…. The ladies fall to 13-9 (9-4) on the season and will play host to Charleston Southern tonight with the tipoff set for 7 pm.
  • M: G-W 69 – PC 66 in OT… The men’s team was also in action last Saturday as they were in Boiling Springs, NC taking on the Running Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb… The Blue Hose were down by as much as 18 in the second half but rallied to tie the score at 61-61 at the end of regulation but fell in overtime by a score of 69-66… PC’s DeSean Murray led all scorers with 24 points in the loss… For more information on this game, click here… PC is now 8-15 on the season and 3-9 in Big South play and will be back in action this Thursday as they travel to Charleston Southern for a 7:30 pm contest.

Local Notes:

CHS: We need to do some catching up on JV basketball from CHS.

Thursday, 2-4-16… The JV teams traveled to South Pointe HS to take on the Stallions.

  • G JV: SP 19 – CHS 18… In girls’ action, the Lady Red Devils fell to the Lady Stallions by a score of 19-18… Clinton jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter but by the time the the fourth quarter started the score was tied 17-17… In the final quarter both teams struggled to score but SP did score 2 points to Clinton’s 1 to take the win… The Red Devils had an opportunity win the game at the end but could not get the shot to fall…. Sorry no further details.
  • B JV: SP 44 – CHS 40… In boys action, The Red Devils trailed 21-19 at the half but rallied to take a 35-27 lead going into the final 6 minutes of play… However in the fourth quarter SP rallied as the Red Devils had turnover problems pulled ahead taking a 44-40 win in the last two minutes of the game… Vilo Boyd was the only Red Devil scoring in double-digits with 10 points… Sincere Hunt, Kris Holmes & Zay Bennett all scored 6 points each… Jadarius Payne & Jahleed Cook both had 5 points and Zack James closed out Clinton’s scoring with 2 points.

Monday, 2-8-16… The JV teams closed out their season hosting the Cyclones of Chester…

  • B JV: Clinton 66 – Chester 56 in OT… In boys’ JV action last night, Clinton defeated Chester 66-56 in overtime… Clinton trailed at numerous points throughout the game but rallied to come back each time… They tied the game 50-50 at the end of regulation and then went on to take the win in overtime… Afterwards Coach Eddie Romines commented “I’m proud of all the guys! It was a gutsy effort tonight. We could have quit when we were down 12 in the first, down 8 in the 4th, or down 2 with 15 seconds left but we never quit fighting and believing we could win. Jahleed Cook, Vilo Boyd, and Ty Priestly made some huge plays to help us pull out an amazing come from behind win! Those three made some big plays but everyone on the team contributed to this win… It’s been a pleasure to coach this team! They work hard and they really improved throughout the season!  Our final record was 8-8 overall, 6-4 in region… Ty Priestly led the Red Devils with 23 points but was closely followed by Jahleed Cook with 22… Vilo Boyd added 11 points, Sincere Hunt 5, Zay Bennett 3 and both PJ Bluford & Zech James had 1 point each.
  • Girls… Sorry no results available at time of posting.

LDHS:

  • Wrestling Playoffs: RH 71 – LDHS 3… This past Saturday the Laurens Raider wrestling team started and finished their participation in the Class-AAAAA state wrestling tournament… Unfortunately they had to face they drew the defending state champion Rock Hill Bearcats as their first opponent… If the final score of the match is any indication, the Bearcats may well repeat as champions as they took a 71-3 win over the Raiders…  Eric Diaz was the only Raider who managed to defeat their opponent on the mat… For more information on this match, click here… The Raiders are now eliminated from the competition as a team but 10 Raiders will go back to Rock Hill this coming Saturday for the Upper State Individual Qualifiers to the State Finals.

9th grade & JV Basketball… last night the teams hosted the Greenville Red Raiders.

  • 9th Grade: LDHS 39 – GHS 35… Laurens 9th grade won Monday night 39-35 at home over Greenville to complete the season sweep over the Red Raiders…  Yahsire Thompson came off the bench for the first time late in the 4th quarter and made 2 huge defensive plays to seal the win for the 9th grade team…  Laurens 9th grade is now 11-3 on the season… The leading scorers for the Raiders were: Zh’rece Anderson 17, Christian Anderson 7, Que Larry 7 and J Lee 6.
  • B JV: GHS 44 – LDHS 37… The leading scorers for the Raiders were Carson Todd with 10 points & Josh Greene with 9… Sorry no further details
  • Girls… Sorry no results available at time of posting.

Local Sports Schedule:

LDHS:

  • Varsity basketball at Greenville HS   6:00

CHS:

  • Varsity basketball @ Chester   6:00

This & That: 

Nominations Wanted for the LDHS Athletic Hall of Fame… The LDHS Athletic Department is accepting nominations for their Hall of Fame…  Anyone in the community can nominate a former athlete…  To do so, please request a Hall of Fame application which includes the criteria from Athletic Director Mark Freeze by emailing him at mfreeze@laurens55.org or sending the request by mail to Laurens High School, 5058 Hwy 76 West, Laurens, SC  29360, attn: Mark Freeze.

Baseball & Softball Registration Open at Clinton YMCA… Registration is now open at the Clinton YMCA for youth baseball and girls softball… There will be a co-ed instructional leagues for ages 3-4 & 5… The 7-8 year old will have an AA/ Coach Pitch league… Dixie Minors will be for ages 9-10 and Dixie Majors is for ages 11-12… Dixie Youth “O” Zone is also available for ages 11-12… This is played more like traditional baseball in that stealing bases is allowed and it is played on a larger diamond….  For more information as to cost, age guidelines, fall out dates and more call the YMCA at 833-1555 or click here to open up a link to more information… Registration will close February 16th so don’t wait

Dixie Youth and Little League Signups Underway… This season the Laurens Dixie Youth and Laurens Little League are working together to provide a combined quality program…WEE BALL (ages 2-4) and TEE BALL (ages 5-6) will register through the Laurens Family YMCA… Ages 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 BASEBALL and SOFTBALL will register for Lauren Little League at the Little River Park… Middle school players will register for Dixie Boys through the Laurens family YMCA… Deadline to register is February 12... For more information, click here.

 

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

Sports Report for Monday, 2-8-2016

Local Notes:

CHS:  The Clinton High Red Devils closed out their home regular season basketball schedule last Friday night as the Stallions of South Pointe HS…

  • G: SP 51 – CHS 19…  The Lady Red Devils knew they would have their hands full with the Lady Stallions as they are tied with Lancaster for the region lead and that indeed was the case as SP took a 51-19 win over the Ref Devils…  MK Kelly led the team with 8 points while Savannah Campbell & Shauna Goforth had 3 points each… Record: 2-20 / 1-8.
  • B: SP 74 – CHS 59… The CHS boys’ team also had their work cut out for them as they faced off against the region leading Stallions who have yet to loose in region play… As Coach Tosh Corley Tosh Corley stated afterwards “South Pointe is a very good basketball team and were able to put a lot of pressure on us and forced us into a fast paced game… I’m proud of the guys and the effort they gave tonight… We never gave up.”… SP jumped out to a 15-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and then outscored Clinton by at least two points in each of the following quarters in route to the win… The Red Devils had three players scoring in double-digits with Tay Cook leading the team with 18 points… Kiah Young added 15 and Tymori Tribble 10… Rounding out the Red Devil scoring you have Jalen Carter with 8, Junior Johnson with 4 and Josh Williams with 3… Record: 10-9 / 3-6… The Red Devils will complete their regular season schedule tomorrow ads they travel to Chester to take on the Cyclones.

 

LDHS: The Laurens Raiders hosted the Easley Green Wave on Senior Night and it was a good night for the seniors as the Raiders won both contest.

  • G: LDHS 70 – EHS 45… The Lady Raiders used their press to force Easley into Seniorsnumerous turnovers as they took a 70-45 win over the Green Wave… The Raiders opened up with a 17-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and continued to outscore the Green Wave in every quarter after that… In the second half the Raiders also took care of the ball as they limited their turnovers (7) to less than half that of the Green Wave (16)… After the game that was one thing Coach Yoneko Allen was proud of that and the hustle the team showed in the game… The Raiders had three players scoring in double-digits with Tieisha Jones leading the team with 15 points… Jessica Johnson added 14 while K.C. Cofield had 10… Others scoring for the Raiders were Malaysia Todd & Nasia Owens with 9 points each, Jadasia Bennett & Sparkle Mims with 4 each, Bre Nance 3 and Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon with 2… Record: 11-11 (5-7).
  • B: LDHS 71 – EHS 61… The Raider boys’ team completed the sweep of the Greenseniors Wave with a 71 – 61 win… The Raiders jumped out 20-11 at the end of the first quarter and led 39-29 at the half and then went on to take the win… Often the Raiders appeared ready to run the Green Wave out of the gym but Easley would put on a mini-rally to close the gap and keep the game close… Often their rallies were sparked by 3-point goals as they had 13 of them in the game with 8 of them in the second half… Coach Sinclair was also happy to send his seniors out with a win on the final regular season game at LDHS of their career… The boys also had three player scoring in double-digits with Ladarius William getting 16 points to lead his team… Kezario Whitmore added 13 and E’Nicholas Leake 12… Rounding out the scoring for the Raiders you have both Toby Jackson and Ty Madden who had 9 points each, Chuck Johnson 5, KT Abney 3 and both Chris Statom & DJ Turner 2 each… Record: 15-7 (9-3)… The Raiders will travel to Greenville H.S. tomorrow night to take on the Red Raiders.

Laurens Academy: Also last Friday night the Laurens Crusaders closed out their regular season on the road as they traveled to Newberry Academy to take on the Eagles.

  • G: LA 46 – NA 27… In the first girls’ game the two teams battled to a 10-10 tie at the end of the first quarter and the Lady Crusaders only led 17-15 at the half… The Lady Crusaders broke the game open in the third quarter outscoring the Lady Eagles 15-2 and then went on to take a 46-27 win… Scoring for the Lady Crusaders were Ruthie Moore 15, Taylor Campbell 11, Sydney Fisher 11, Morgan Marlett 6, Carmen McGee 2, and Hannah Stribling 1…. Record: 18-7 (7-2)… The Lady Crusaders will return to action this Friday night as they host an opponent to be determined in first round playoff action.
  • B: LA 53 – NA 32… The boys’ game was not as close as the Crusaders jumped out to a 15-4 and were never really threatened after that… The dashed all of the Eagles hopes of a comeback in the third quarter as they outscored the Eagles 12-4 in that quarter…  Nate Martin led the Crusaders in scoring with 24 points… Also scoring were Ryan Holmes 11, Jonathan Burns 4, Joshua Moore 4, Josh Urwick 3, Jack Kerber 3, Ryan Anderson 3, and Dawson Foster 1… Record: 13-9 (7-1)… The boys will also be in action next Friday in tournament play as they host a team to be determined.

 

Local Sports Schedule:

LDHS:

  • 9th grade & JV basketball teams @ Greenville   5:00

CHS:

  • JV basketball host Chester   6:00

This & That:

Nominations Wanted for the LDHS Athletic Hall of Fame… The LDHS Athletic Department is accepting nominations for their Hall of Fame…  Anyone in the community can nominate a former athlete…  To do so, please request a Hall of Fame application which includes the criteria from Athletic Director Mark Freeze by emailing him at mfreeze@laurens55.org or sending the request by mail to Laurens High School, 5058 Hwy 76 West, Laurens, SC  29360, attn: Mark Freeze.

Baseball & Softball Registration Open at Clinton YMCA… Registration is now open at the Clinton YMCA for youth baseball and girls softball… There will be a co-ed instructional leagues for ages 3-4 & 5… The 7-8 year old will have an AA/ Coach Pitch league… Dixie Minors will be for ages 9-10 and Dixie Majors is for ages 11-12… Dixie Youth “O” Zone is also available for ages 11-12… This is played more like traditional baseball in that stealing bases is allowed and it is played on a larger diamond….  For more information as to cost, age guidelines, fall out dates and more call the YMCA at 833-1555 or click here to open up a link to more information… Registration will close February 16th so don’t wait

Dixie Youth and Little League Signups Underway… This season the Laurens Dixie Youth and Laurens Little League are working together to provide a combined quality program…WEE BALL (ages 2-4) and TEE BALL (ages 5-6) will register through the Laurens Family YMCA… Ages 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 BASEBALL and SOFTBALL will register for Lauren Little League at the Little River Park… Middle school players will register for Dixie Boys through the Laurens family YMCA… Deadline to register is February 12... For more information, click here.

 

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

Sports Report for Friday, 2-5-2016

PC Basketball Notes:

M: Coastal Carolina 69 – PC 66… back on Wednesday night PC played host to Coastal Carolina… PC trailed 36-27 at the half but fought back and had a chance to tie with just under a minute to play but the shot fell short… PC is now 8-14 overall and 3-8 in Big South Action… They will travel to Gardner-Webb tomorrow for a 4:30 contest that can be seen on ESPN3… For more information on Wednesday’s game, click here.

Women… The Lady Blue Hose have been idle since Monday night but will return to action tomorrow as they travel to High Point for a 2:00 pm contest. 

Local Notes:

CHS:

Blackmon & Fuller Sign… At Clinton High School on Wednesday Donaven Blackmon and jasper Fuller signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletic careers. Both signed to play football with Blackmon signing with Newberry and Fuller at the Citadel… Blackmon plans on majoring in business and one day hopes to run a business of his own… Fuller wants to major in exercise science and become a physical therapist… Also on Wednesday they honored other student athletes who had already signed … Those student athletes are Mikayla Gregory (Erskine, track), Cassie Nicholas (PC, softball) and also Davis Cunningham and Chandler Todd (Erskine, baseball)… Congratulations to all these standout athletes!  Click below to see photos.

 

LDHS: The Laurens Raider 9th grade and JV basketball teams traveled top Easley last night but the only one I received information on was the JV girls.

JV G: Easley 34 – LDHS 25… The Lady Raiders found themselves trailing 24-13 at the half to the Lady Green Wave and did cut into the lead a little bit in the second half but Easley still prevailed by a score of 34-25… Ja’daija Pinson & T’kaylah Woodruff led the team with 7 points each… Record: 1-12 (0-10).

Chuck Johnson Signs with Coffeyville to Play Football… Yesterday LDHS senior Chuck Johnson signed a letter of intent with Coffeyville Community College to play football and major in construction management. Click below to see photos.


 

Travel Ball Meeting… LDHS Head Girls Basketball Coach Yoneko Allen will be holding an informational meeting for young ladies in grades 2-11 who might be interested in what has become known as travel ball…. The meeting will take place at 5:00 pm in the main gym at LDHS… Parents you are invited to attend also so that you can learn how these organized activities will introduce you daughter to basketball or help improve her skills.

Chicken Stew for Sale Today…. Coach Clay Cotney has asked me to announce that chicken stew will go on sale today at 11:00 am at the Laurens County Soil and Water Conservation office… The cost is $7.50 per quart and all the money raised will help fund activities at the Joe Adair Outdoor Education which is used by students of both School District 55 and 56… The Soil & Water Office is located behind the Corner Mart at the intersection of West main and Anderson Drive next to Founders Federal Credit Union.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 2-4-2016

Local Notes: We have some catching up to do on scores that I did not get in time to get them on the sports report the next day so let’s do that now.

CHS:

  • JV B: CHS 41 – BHS 23… Last Thursday the JV boys’ basketball team hosted the Broome Centurions… The Red Devils jumped out to a 10-4 lead at the end of the opening quarter and were never threatened as they took a 41-23 win… Afterwards Coach Eddie Romines stated “We played a decent first half but we really picked up the pace offensively and defensively in the second half. We were up 27-17 and went on a 12-0 run to put the game away. It’s a nice win for us! I’m proud of the team! They work hard in practice and are improving daily!”… Those scoring for Clinton were Zay Bennett- 10 points, Jadarius Payne- 9, Vilo Boyd- 8, Jahleed Cook- 5, Ty Priestley – 3, Sincere Hunt- 2, Sam Tiller- 2 and Zack James- 2.
  • JV G: CHS 31 – BHS 25…. Sorry no further details.
  • JV G: LHS 53 – CHS 23… This past Monday the JV teams traveled to Lancaster and the news is not as good for the JV girls’ team as they fell to the Lady Bruins by a score of 55-23… Clinton led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter but the Lady Bruins used their press to slow down Clinton and actually held the Red Devils scoreless in the final quarter in route to the win.
  • JV B: LHS 41 – CHS 36… The news in the JV boys’ game at Lancaster is also not what I like to report as Lancaster took a 41-36 win over Clinton… Coach Eddie Romines’ comments explain the problem and positive in the game “We went ice cold in the 2nd quarter and fell behind at the half.. We fought back in the 2nd half to cut their lead to three but we ran out of time…. Sincere Hunt led the Red Devils with 9 points… Others scoring were Jahleed Cook 8 points, Zay Bennett 5, while Vilo Boyd, Ty Priestley & Zack James all had 4 points each… Jadarius Payne closed out the scoring with 2 points… Record: 7-7 / 5-3

LDHS: On Tuesday night the LDHS bys 9th grade team and both JV basketball teams traveled to Anderson to take on TL Hanna.

  • 9th grade: LDHS 49 – TLH 46… Leading scorers: Que Larry 12, J’von Harris 9, Zh’Rece Anderson 8 & Christian Anderson 8… Record: 10-2
  • JV G: TLH 31 – LDHS 21… The news is not as good where the JV girls are concerned as Hanna took a 31-21 win over the Raiders… Ja’daija Pinson had a game high 12 points to lead the Raiders… Record: 1-11 / 0-10
  • JV B: TLH 55 – LDHS 54 OT… The final game at TLH last Tuesday went to overtime to get a winner and unfortunately I have to tell you that TLH took a 55-54 win in the overtime… The Raider were led in scoring by Justin Anderson who had 16 points… Carson Todd followed with 9 points.

Laurens Academy: Now catching up with Laurens Academy where they hosted Anderson Christian on Senior Night last Tuesday.

  • G: LA 73 – AC 37… The Lady Crusaders opened up this game hot taking a an 18-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and stretched it to 36-20 at the half as they went on to post a 73-37 win over AC…Ruthie Moore 19, Taylor Campbell 15, Sydney Fisher 15, Morgan Marlett 8, Kerington Armstrong 6, Julia Kerber 2, Florence Mitchell 2, Ashley Magda 2, Marcela Romero, Carmen McGee 2…. Record: 17-7 (7-2)
  • B: LA 43 – AC 37…  The boys’ game was closer and the Crusaders actually trailed 21-16 at the half but stormed back in the third quarter taking a 29-26 lead in route to a 43-37 win… Nate Martin 15, Jonathan Burns 10, Ryan Holmes 8, Josh Urwick 6, and Joshua Moore 4…. Record: 12-9 (6-1)

College Sports: Tomorrow we will recap local students from CHS & LDHS who have signed to play at various schools furthering not only their sports career but more importantly their education.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 2-3-2016

Local Notes:

CHS: The CHS Red Devils played host to the Bruins of Lancaster last night in Region 3-AAA action…

  • G: LHS 50 – CHS 21… The Lady Red Devils knew the game last night with the Lady Bruins would be a tough one as the Lady Bruins came into the game with a 15-2 record and ranked #2 in Class AAA… The Bruins proved to be the real deal as they took a 50-21 win over the Red Devils… The leading scorers for Clinton were Savannah Campbell with 8 points, MK Kelly 5 and Cynthia McHam with 4… Record 2-19 / 1-7
  • B: LHS 56 – CHS 47… In the boys’ game, the Red Devils led at halftime by a score of 16-14 but the Bruins outscored them 22-16 in the third quarter to take a 36-32 lead going into the final 8 minutes of play and built on that lead in the fourth quarter… Coach Tosh Corley commented afterwards that the team gave a great effort but just could not capitalize on Lancaster mistakes…. Kiah Young led the Red Devils in scoring with 15 points… Tay Cook added 9 points while both Jalen Carter & Josh Williams had 7…. Tymori Tribble finished with 5 points and scoring 2 points each were Junior Johnson and Tyreke watts… Record 10-8 / 3-5… The Red Devils will host South Pointe this Friday in their last regular season home games and it will also be Senior Night.

LDHS: After 3 road consecutive road games, the Laurens Raider basketball team returned home last night as they played host to the Yellow Jackets of TL Hanna High.

  • G: LDHS 53 – TLH 50… In the first game at LDHS, the Lady Yellow Jackets game in tied for second in the region with Westside both sporting 8-2 region records while the Lady Raiders had a 3-7 region mark…. The Raiders played scrappy defense and clawed their way to a 53-50 win over Hanna… Hanna led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter but the Raider offense stepped up in the second quarter as the Raiders led 28-22 at the half… Hanna held a 1 point lead going into the final 8 minutes of play … The Riders took a 48-47 lead with about 2 minutes left to play and never trailed again…. The Raiders used their press to cause Hanna turnovers and limited their own turnovers to a less than normal number… Bre Nance led the Raiders with a game high 15 points while Malaysia Todd was also in double digits with 14… JB Bennett added 9, Nasia Owens 5, Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon 4 and both KC Cofield and Tie Jones added 3 points each… Raider Record 10-11 / 4-7
  • B: TLH 70 – LDHS 62… In the second game, the situation was almost exactly reversed… The Raiders came into the game in second place in the region with an 8-2 record while Hanna was 5-5… When the final horn sounded, Hanna had taken a 70-62 win over the Raiders… The game was tied 16-16 at the end of the first quarter but Hanna went on a scoring run at the start of the second quarter and after that the Raiders just seemed not to have the energy to climb out of the hole they found themselves in… The Raiders tried to come back but each time they did, Hanna answered with a run of their own… Chris Statom led the Raiders with 18 points 12 of which came from behind the 3-point arc… Toby Jackson finished with 13 points while both Kezario Whitmore and Ladarius both finished with 3… Record… 14-7 and 8-2… The Raider varsity basketball game in their last official collection sits

Laurens Academy:  Unofficially I heard that Laurens Academy won both varsity games against Anderson Christian last night but I do not have the scores of any details… Hopefully I will get those today and get them to you tomorrow.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 2-2-2016

PC basketball Notes:

  • M: Liberty 65 – PC 61… Last Saturday night Liberty took a 65-61 of the PC men’s basketball team in Clinton… PC got to within a possession with less than 30 seconds left but just could not get any closer… DeSean Murray had a game high 23 points to lead the Blue Hose… For more information on this game, click here… The Blue Hose will host Coastal Carolina tomorrow at 7:00
  • W: PC 60 – Gardner-Webb 53…. The women were also in action last Saturday as they hosted Gardner-Webb… Good news as they took a 60-53 win… Taylor Petty led all scorers with 16 points… No for more information about this game, click here
  • W: PC 75 – Longwood 49… Last night the Lady Blue Hose ran their record to 13-8 (9-3) as they defeated Longwood 75-49 at the Templeton Center… Once again Taylor Petty led all scorers with a career-high 26 points… For more information on this game, click here… Their next game is on the road Saturday High Point for a 2 pm tipoff.

Local Notes:

LDHS:

  • Raider Wrestling… Last Saturday the Raider Wrestling team traveled to Woodmont for the Region I-AAAA Tournament… When the last match was over 10 Raider wrestlers qualified for the Upper State Championships February 19-20 at Rock Hill high School…. Damien Ladd won the region championship in his weight division while Luke Sanchez & Jalik Dendy finished second in theirs…. Zarquel Castro finished third in his while Jared Cooley, Eric Diaz & Jesus Barcenas all finished fourth in theirs… The final Raiders to qualify by finishing fifth in their division were Josh Hiott, Caleb Reid & Connor Armstrong… Congratulations to these Raiders… Also the Raiders as a team will enter the playoff this Saturday traveling to Rock Hill to take on RHHS in a first round playoff match…. Good luck to the Raiders.

 

Middle School Basketball: The Little River Basketball Tournament Championships took place last night at LDHS let’s see who took home the trophies.

G: HT 40 – LMS 17… The girls’ championship game last night saw the #1 seeded Lady Panthers of Hickory Tavern HT Girlstake on the Lady Tigers of Laurens Middle School… Neither team showed a lot of offense in the first quarter but HT led 5-1 at its end… HT opened the lead up to 11-1 at the half as they held the cold shooting Lady Tigers scoreless and the game was never in doubt after that… After the game Coach Jon Jansen said “  “The people of our community showed their support for these girls tonight and on behalf of them and Hickory Tavern School we are very grateful!.. Our team played with a hunger for every possession and they wanted every rebound they could get their hands on!.. I am so proud of our the effort these ladies have given HT the last 3 years… This truly has been a 3 year process with several of these girls working as managers and now performing at a high level in the championship game. To go 12 and 0 in the Little River Conference is an accomplishment we will cherish for many years to come at HT.”… For the Panthers, Rachel Delio led the team with a game high 12 points… Brianna Curenton had 11 points, Sandajah Vance 10, Morgan Clark 3, Kynadal Jordan 2 while both Ora Franklin & Katayah Foggie had 1 each…. For LMS, Aija Davis had 6 points while both Casidy Plia and Kicerney Allen had 4 points  each,  Maadison Wilson 2 and Mikajiah Moore 1

B: SMS 50 – CMS-R 38… The boys championship game saw the Sanders Yellow Jackets take a 50-38 win over the Sanders Boysover the Clinton Middle School Red Wildcats… The Wildcats opened the game hot while Sanders was not and the score stood 12-4 Wildcats at the end of the first quarter… However Sanders offense found a spark and the Yellow Jackets went ahead 17-15 about half way through the second quarter and by the half Sanders led 26-17 and was never seriously challenged after that…Sanders Dra Copeland led all scorers with 15 points… Duane Martin added 12, Amanji Hill 9, Dee Foster 8, Shamare Dendy 4 and Zak Rice 2… For the Wildcats both Konnor Richardson & Jeremiah Boyd have 12 points to lead their team… Nigel Fant had 6 points, Darien Bailey 4, Greg Sanders 2 and both C.K. Vance & Zay Cook added 1 each…. Congratulations to Sanders and Hickory Tavern on their wins…. (Photos courtesy of Coach Jerry Poole)

Local Sports Schedule:

LDHS:

  • Varsity basketball host Hannah   6:00
  • 9th grade boys and JVs @ Hanna   5:00

CHS:

  • Varsity basketball host Lancaster   6:00

Laurens Academy:

  • MS boys basketball host Anderson Christian 5:00
  • Varsity host Anderson Christian   6:00

Broadcast Schedule

  • Raider Basketball Broadcast… Join us here Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:00 pm as we bring you the action as the Laurens Raiders host the TL Hanna Yellow Jackets in a girls / boys doubleheader of varsity basketball… And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at www.wlbg.com.

 

This & That: 

Nominations Wanted for the LDHS Athletic Hall of Fame… The LDHS Athletic Department is accepting nominations for their Hall of Fame…  Anyone in the community can nominate a former athlete…  To do so, please request a Hall of Fame application which includes the criteria from Athletic Director Mark Freeze by emailing him at mfreeze@laurens55.org or sending the request by mail to Laurens High School, 5058 Hwy 76 West, Laurens, SC  29360, attn: Mark Freeze.

Baseball & Softball Registration Open at Clinton YMCA… Registration is now open at the Clinton YMCA for youth baseball and girls softball… There will be a co-ed instructional leagues for ages 3-4 & 5… The 7-8 year old will have an AA/ Coach Pitch league… Dixie Minors will be for ages 9-10 and Dixie Majors is for ages 11-12… For more information as to cost, age guidelines, fall out dates and more call the YMCA at 833-1555 or click here to open up a link to more information… Registration will close February 16th so don’t wait.

Dixie Youth and Little League Signups Underway… This season the Laurens Dixie Youth and Laurens Little League are working together to provide a combined quality program…WEE BALL (ages 2-4) and TEE BALL (ages 5-6) will register through the Laurens Family YMCA… Ages 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 BASEBALL and SOFTBALL will register for Lauren Little League at the Little River Park… Middle school players will register for Dixie Boys through the Laurens family YMCA… Deadline to register is February 12... For more information, click here.

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

 

Sports Report for Monday, 2-1-2016

Local Notes:

CHS: The Red Devils continued region play last Friday night as they traveled to Broome to take on the Centurions…

  • G: BHS 33 – CHS 22… The Lady Red Devils played the Lady Centurions close in the first half of this game trailing by only 2 at the half (14-12) but the Centurions outscored them 19-9 in the second half to take a 33-22 win…. Sorry no other details. Record: 2-18 (1-6)
  • CHS: 61 – BHS 59… Now it is better news where the boys are concerned as they literally took a last second 61-59 win over the Centurions… With the score ties at 59 with 4.6 seconds left to play Jalen Carter caught the inbound pass and drove the length of the floor scoring the winning bucket as time expired… It was a come from behind win as the Red Devils trailed by double digits on three occasions in the game but never gave up coming back to take the win… Tymori Tribble led all scorers with 17 points while Carter finished with 12… Tay Cook was also in double digits with 10 points… Record: 10-7 (3-4)…. The Red Devils return home tomorrow night as they host Lancaster.

LDHS: The Laurens Raiders were also on the road as they traveled to Anderson to take on the Westside Rams…

  • G: WHS 61 – LDHS 39… For the second time this season the Lady Raiders suffered a double digit loss to the Lady Rams this time by a score of 61-39… The Rams jumped out to a 15-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and expanded it to 31-14 at the half then cruised to the win… The Raiders just had a poor shooting night and did not seem to play with the enthusiasm of recent games… Nasia Owens was the only Raider in double-digits with 10 points… Other players who scored & points scored: Jadasia Bennett 9, Jessica Johnson & Bre Nance 5 each, KC Cofield 4, Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon 3, Sparkle Mims 2 & Lay Lay Todd 1…. Record: 9-11 (3-7)
  • B: LDHS 69 – WHS 64… In boys’ action, the Raiders avenged an earlier loss to the Rams by taking a 69-64 win over the region leading and top 5 ranked Westside… The game was fairly close through the first half with the Raiders leading by 2 at halftime and then pulled away in the fourth quarter and then kept the Rams at bay as they tried to rally… Ty Madden led the Raiders with 21 points… Toby Jackson and Kezario Whitmore also scored in double-digits with 12 and 10 points respectively…. Record: 14-6 (8-2)…. The Raiders return home tomorrow to take on TL Hanna in game that can be heard her on Real Radio 860 WLBG.

Laurens Academy: After a couple of road trips the Laurens Academy Crusaders returned home last Friday night to host the Carolina Chargers

  • G: LA 44 – CC 19… The Lady Crusaders jumped out to a 14-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 27-9 at the half and were never really threatened the rest of the game… Ruthie Moore 21, Morgan Marlett 8, Sydney Fisher 7, Taylor Campbell 2, Kerington Armstrong 2, Ashley Magda 2, Hannah Stribling 2…. Record 16-7 (6-2)
  • B: LA 57 – CC 42… The Crusader boys were able to complete the sweep of the Chargers in varsity action as they took a 57-42 win… Obviously this game was a little closer than the girls but the Crusaders did lead 14-11 at the end of the first quarter and held a lead at the end of each of the remaining quarters as they consistently outscored the Chargers by at least 3 points in each of those succeeding quarters…        Nate Martin 19, Joshua Moore 12, Josh Urwick 9, Jonathan Burns 8, Christian Foster 3, Ryan Holmes 2, Jack Kerber 2, Noah Moore 2… Record: 11-9 (5-1)…. The Crusaders will be home tomorrow night as they host Anderson Christian on Senior Night.

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Sports Report for Friday, 1-29-2016

PC Basketball Notes:

  • W: UNC- Asheville 68 – PC 59… The Lady Blue Hose traveled to Ashville last Tuesday night to take onhe Lady Bulldogs… The Blue Hose trailed just about the entire game and at one point by 14 points but cut the Bulldog lead to just 4 points in the fourth quarter before the Bulldogs went on a run to take the win… The Lady Blue Hose drop to 11-8 on the season and 8-3 in Big South play.
  • Men: Now the men have been idle this week but both teams return to action tomorrow in a doubleheader of basketball at the Templeton Center starting at 5 pm when the ladies take on Gardner-Webb and the men take on Liberty at 7:30.

Local Notes:

LDHS: The 9th grade & JV teams hosted Westside last night.

  • 9th Grade: WHS 46 – LDHS 34… Leading scorers were Christian Anderson with 10 points and Que Larry with 8… Record: 9-2.
  • JV B: WHS 45 – LDHS 37 in OT… Carson Todd had 12 points to lead the Raiders and Troy Dendy 11.

Laurens Academy:

  • G: LA 45 – CA 15… Last night the Lady Crusaders traveled down to Greenwood to take on the Lady Cougars of Cambridge Academy…  The Lady Crusaders jumped out to a 14-6 lead at the end of the first quarter then held the Cougars scoreless in the second quarter as they went on to take a dominating 45-15 win… Ruthie Moore led all scorers with 25 point… The balance of the scoring for the Lady Crusaders was as follows; Taylor Campbell 10, Hannah Stribling 6 and both Morgan Marlette and Carmen McGee finished with 2 points each… The varsity boys’ team did not play last night…. Record 15-7 (6-2)
  • M.S. G: LA 19 – CA 18… The Middle School girls team was also in action last night at Cambridge and they took an 19-18 come from behind win holding Cambridge to just 2 points in the last quarter while they erased a four point deficit… Blair Quarles led the team with 17 points…. Emily Abercrombie and Lisa Langston each scored a single point each… Record: 8-3

Middle School Basketball: Last night the boys’ semi-finals of the Little River Basketball Tournament took place at Hickory Tavern.

  • SMS – 52 – CMS-W 32… The first game last night pitted the Clinton Middle School White Wildcats against the #2 seeded Sanders Yellow Jackets… The Wildcats actually jumped out to a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter but after scoring 1 basket early in the second quarter went cold for 4 minutes while Sanders reeled off 14 unanswered points to go up 26-16 at the half… The Wildcat offense stayed cold in the third quarter as they managed only 2 points and Yellow Jackets stretched their lead to 38-18… The Wildcats did not quit but Sanders was just too much for them… Amanji Hill led the victors with 20 points and Dravious Copeland was also in double-digits with 12 points… Zay Davis & Shamare Dendy each had 5 points while Dee Foster had 4… Rounding out the scoring for Sanders Jerry Wilson and Keshawn Bluford finished with 2 points each…For the Wildcats Nic Williams led his team with 20 points… Navill Watson & Marcharis Choice finished with 3 points each while both Tez Cook & Ty Shelton finished 2 points each.
  • CMS-R 49 – GCO 46… In the last game at HT last night the #1 seeded Gray Court-Owings Tigers took on the Clinton Middle School Red Wildcats… GCO jumped out early and looked like they were in control taking a 42-27 lead into the final six minutes of play… However the Wildcats were not about to give up as they stormed back scoring 22 points in the final quarter while holding GCO to just 4 points to take a 49-46 win… In the final quarter the Tigers went cold and committed numerous turnovers that hurt their cause… The Wildcats Darien Bailey tied the game 46 all with about 10 seconds left… The Tigers then turned the ball over and Bailey drove the lane and scored the go-ahead bucket and was fouled in the process… He sank the free throw to give the Wildcats a three point lead with about 2 seconds left and GCO’s last ditch attempt to tie the game fell short…. The Wildcats had four players in double-digits as Bailey wound up with 14 points, Nigel Fant 12 and both Jeremiah Boyd and Konnor Richardson finished with 10 each… CK Vance rounded out the Wildcat scoring with 3 points… For the GCO Panthers, Leonard Williams had 16 points while CJ Austin had finished with 12… Nigel Smith had 7, Nigel Owens 6, Jordan Messer 3 and Rod Tribble 2… The finals of the tournament will take place next Monday night at LDHS as at 6 pm the LMS Lady Tigers will take on the Lady Panthers of HT and then about 7 pm Sanders and CMS-R will square off… You can here both these games on Real Radio 860 WLBG and streaming on the internet at www.wlbg.com.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 1-28-2016

Local Notes:

CHS: The Clinton Red Devil varsity basketball teams hosted the Chester Cyclones last night making up the games that bad weather last Friday night caused to be postponed…

  • G:Chester 40 – Clinton 29… In the first game the Lady Cyclones took a 40-29 win… The game was fairly close until the fourth quarter where the Cyclones pulled away for the win… Savanna Campbell had 10 points to lead the team in scoring and MK Kelly added 8.
  • B: Clinton 58 – Chester 49…  Now there is better news to report where the boys are concerned as the Red Devils took a 58-49 win over the Cyclones… The Red Devils jumped out to a 17-12 lead after one quarter of play and maintained a 29-26 lead at the half… The Red Devils then outscored the Cyclones by one point in the third quarter and 5 in the fourth to take the win… Afterwards Coach Tosh Corley commented “This was probably as close to a complete game that we have played all year… We were able to put pressure on them and get a few easy transition baskets… I’m proud of the way we responded after last night’s tough-fought loss.”… The Red Devils had 3 players scoring in double digits with Tay Cook leading the way scoring 15 points while Kiah Young and Jalen Carter both had 14 points each… Rounding out the Red Devil scoring you have Tymori Tribble with 9 points and Junior Johnson with 6…. The Red Devils will travel to Broome tomorrow night to take on the Centurions.

 

Middle School Basketball: In second round girls’ action in the Little River Basketball Tournament last night at Hickory Tavern…

  • LMS 27 – CMS-W 21… In the first game at HT last night the LMS Lady Tigers took a come from behind 27-21 win over the CMS-W Lady Wildcats… The Wildcats led 10-9 at the half and stretched the lead to 18-13 going into the final quarter of play… In the final quarter the Wildcats came out cold and could not get the shots to fall until there were only 40 seconds left in the game getting their final 3 points… Meanwhile the Tigers scored 14 unanswered points in the final quarter with Mikajiah Moore getting 9 of those 14 points in the quarter… Aijah Davis had 11 points to lead the Tigers in scoring… Cassidy Plia had 7 points to round out the scoring for the Tigers… The Wildcats were led in scoring by Terianna Bennett who had 11 points… Keria Dendy added 5 points for the Wildcats, Katylyn Baker 3 and Deshante Watts 2.
  • HT 37 – SMS 32… The second game pitted the #1 seed Lady Panthers of Hickory Tavern against the Lady Yellow Jackets of Sanders…. HT jumped on top with the first bucket of the game and went on to take a 37-32 win never relinquishing the lead… While HT never trailed they could not pull away from Sanders as each time the Panther tried to pull away Sanders would go on a mini-streak and close the gap but just never could pull even… Sandajah Vance led all scorers with 23 points for the Panthers… Brianna Cureton added 7, Katyah Foggie 3 and both Rachel Delio & Morgan Clark had 2 points each to round out the scoring for the Panthers…. The leading scorer for Sanders was Brittany Hill with 9 points…. Jaya Mosley added 7 points, Mackenzie Ward 6, Aniyah Cofield 5, Bailey Carder 3 and Ashanti Conway 1…. This sets the finals next Monday night at LDHS where the HT Lady Panthers (H) will take on the Lady Tigers of LMS (V) in a 6:00 pm contest for the tournament championship.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-27-2016

Local Notes:

CHS: The Red Devil varsity basketball teams traveled to Union County High to take on the Yellow Jackets last night.

  • G: UC 28 – CHS 26… In the girls’ game the Lady Yellow Jackets took a narrow 28-26 win over the Lady Red Devils…. This game was close all night long with neither team building more than a single digit lead but when the final horn sounded Union took the win… MK Kelly had 15 points to lead the Lady red Devils and Shauna Goforth tried to keep the Red Devils in it with 11 rebounds..
  • B: UC 60 – CHS 54… In the last game of the evening the Union boys completed the sweep of Clinton with a 60-54 win… This game was also relatively close the entire way with Union holding a single digit lead at the end of each of the first three quarters… They led 43-37 going into the final quarter and the Red Devils were able to het within a point with just over 2 minutes left to play before Union pulled away for the win…. Tay Cook led the Red Devils with 13 points and Jalen Carter was also in double-digits with 11 points… Rounding out the scoring for Clinton Tymori Tribble had 7 points while Kiah Young & Donte Reeder had 6 points each… Junior Johnson finished with 5, while Josh Williams, RJ Suber & Tyreke Watts all had 2 points each…. The Red Devils varsity teams will be back in action tonight as they host Chester in varsity action making up those games postponed last Friday night due to weather.

LDHS: The Laurens Raiders were also on the road as they traveled up 385 to take on the Rams of Hillcrest.

  • G: LDHS 67 – HHS 53… In the first game at Hillcrest, the Lady Raiders held a 1 point lead (41-40) going into the final quarter of play when they broke the game open outscoring Hillcrest 27-12 to take a 67-53 win… In the decisive 4th quarter, Jadasia Bennett had 11 of her 16 points on the night including 1 of her 2 three point shots in the game… Bre Nance also finished the night with 16 points for the Raiders… Jessica Johnson was also in double-digits with 12 points… Rounding out the Raider scoring, Nasia Owens had 9 points, KC Cofield 8, Tieisha Jones & TP Pinson both had 2 points while  Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon and Sparkle Mims finished with 1 each.
  • B: LDHS 68 – HHS 61… The Raider boys’ team then took a 68-61 win over the Rams to complete the Raider sweep at Hillcrest… The Raiders had single digit leads at the end of first and second quarter and led 48-37 going into the fourth quarter where the Rams tried to rally but the Raiders were able to hold them off taking the win… Chris Statom had a game-high 18 points for the Raiders with 10 of those points coming in the fourth quarter… Ty Madden was also in double digits with 11 points… Kezario Whitmore contributed 9 points while Toby Jackson, E’Nicholas Leake & Ladarius Williams all had 8 points each… Rounding out the Raider scoring you have Chuck Johnson with 4 points & D.J. Turner with 2.

 

Middle School Basketball: The Little River Basketball Conference Tournament continued yesterday as the action shifted to Clinton Middle School where the boys had their opening round.

  • CMS-R 43 – LMS 30… In the first game at CMS last night the CMS-Red Wildcats took a come from behind 43-30 win over the LMS Tigers… Laurens led 9-6 at the end of the first quarter, 18-16 at the half and 28-26 going into the final six minutes of play… In the final period the Tigers had trouble with turnovers and  the Wildcats held the Tigers scoreless the last 3: 56 seconds of the game to take the win… The Wildcats Konnor Richardson led all scorers with 17 points 12 of them coming in the second half… Other putting points on the board for the Wildcats were Jeremiah Boyd with 11, Darien Bailey 7, Nigel Fant 6 and Zay Cook 2…. The leading scorer for LMS was Jamir Booker with 10 points…. Deonte Smith had 8 points, Sean Rice 6, Kentravious Williams 4 and Tyrese Thompson 2…. The White Wildcats will now take on #1 seed Gray Court-Owings tomorrow night in a 6:00 pm contest at Hickory tavern Middle School.
  • CMS-W 35 – HT 23… In the second game of the evening the CMS-White Wildcats took a 35-23 win over the Hickory Tavern Panthers… The Panthers kept the game close trailing by only 4 points at the half (18-14) but lost ground as they had almost double the number of turnovers as the Wildcats and the Wildcats also had numerous second shots as they again had almost double the number of offensive rebound than the Panthers had defensive rebounds in the second half… Fo9r the Wildcats, Nic Williams led all scorers with 13 points… Riley McSwain & Ike Waldron added 6 points each; Reshan Kennedy & Navil Watson added 3 points each while Shinabee Greene & Matt McKittrick rounded out the Wildcat scoring with 2 points each… Jackson Mahon led the scoring for the Panthers with 12 points while Walt Womble had 8 and Carson Carroll 3… The White Wildcats will play tomorrow at 5:00 pm at HT where they will take on the #2 seeded Sanders Yellow Jackets.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 1-26-2016

PC Basketball Notes:

  • M: UNC-A 67 – PC 55… Last Saturday he Presbyterian College men’s basketball team trailed league-leader UNC Asheville by just one point with 10:43 to play in the game but a late rally gave the Bulldogs a 67-55 victory last Saturday afternoon in Ashville… Will Adams was the leading scorer for PC with 11 points… For more information on this game, click here… The Blue Hose are now 8-12 on the season and 3-6 in Big South play and will next be in action this Saturday when they host Liberty in a 7:30 pm contest.
  • W: PC 66 – Coastal Carolina 42… The Lady Blue Hose were also in action last Saturday as they hosted the Lady Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina… Better news here as the Blue Hose took a 66-42 win… PC outscored Coastal in every quarter but the last to improve their record to 11-7 & 7-2 in conference play… For more on this game, click here…. The team is back in action tonight as they travel to UNC-Ashville for a 7:00 pm contest.

Local Notes:

CHS: The Clinton JV basketball teams hosted Union County last night at CHS

  • JV B: CHS 46 – UC 35… In JV boys’ action, the Red Devils prevailed by a score of 46-35… Clinton jumped out to a 10-6 lead at the end of the first quarter then stretched it to 23-15 at the half and 37-25 going into the last quarter… Afterwards Coach Eddie Romines commented “We were able to convert several lay up opportunities due to playing solid defense… Also, we did a good job of running our press offense against their full court press… I’m proud of my guys because they are always looking to make that extra pass on offense to find the open man… Everyone got to play tonight and all played with great intensity!”… Vilo Boyd led the Red Devils with 13 points and Isaiah Bennett was also in double-digits with 11 points… Jahleed Cook added 9 while both Sincere Hunt and Antonio Roberson both had 4 points each… Ty Priestley & Jadarius Payne finished with 2 while Zech James completed the scoring with 1 point…CHS JV boys record is now 6-6 overall and 4-2 in region play.
  • Girls… Sorry no scores reported yet.

Middle School Basketball: The Little River Basketball Tournament got underway last night at Laurens Middle School as the ladies took center stage in opening round action…

  • Sanders 33 – CMS-R 14… The first game pitted the Sanders Lady Yellow Jackets against the Clinton Middle School Lady Red Wildcats…. Sanders came out of the box hot and scored 15 unanswered points in the first quarter and did not allow the Clinton to score until the 3:35 mark of the second quarter as they went on to tale a 33-14 win… Turnovers doomed the Wildcats as they had 11 in the first quarter to Sanders 2… The turnover rated later evened out for both teams but try as they might the Wildcats just could not dig out of the hole against the streaking Yellow Jackets… Sanders was led by Brittany Hill who had a game high 10 points… Also scoring for Sanders was Doniya Redfield with 8, Jayla Mosley 6 and Aniyah Cofield, Mackinzie Ward & Bailey carder all with 3 points each… Quiana Suber led the scoring for the Wildcats with 6 points… Others scoring were Serenity Baker with 4 and both Na’Egypt Pitts & Ayauncey Peake had 2 each… Sanders advances to take on #1 seed Hickory Tavern Wednesday night at 6:00 pm at HT.
  • LMS 49 – GCO 10… The second game last night saw the home Laurens Middle Lady Tigers taking on the Lady Tigers of Gray Court Owings… GCO came into the game with a roster of only 5 players last night due to attrition for various reasons and although the played hard they were just no match for Laurens as Laurens took a 49-10 win… GCO just could not handle the Laurens press which did not allow them to score until there were just 49 second left in the first half giving Laurens a 27-2 lead at the half… Laurens Coach Brandi Ellis was able to substitute often and early in this game… LMS had 3 players in double-digits… Aija Davis had a game-high 16 points while Cassidy Plaia had 12 and Deijah Mosley 10… Others scoring for Laurens were Antry Martin with 14, Kicerny Allen 3 and scoring  2 points each Alex Peden & Jenna Armstrong… Brianna Horgan led GCO with 8 points while Priscilla Huerta added 2… LMS will play again Wednesday as they take on # 2 seed CMS-W Lady Wildcats at 5:00 pm at HT.

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Sports Report for Monday, 1-25-2016

Local Notes:

LDHS: Last Thursday the 9th grade & JV teams hosted the Woodmont Wildcats…. I did not get those results in time to bring them to you Friday so lets’ catch up on them now.

  • 9th Grade… Sorry no results reported from the coach.
  • JVG: WHS 24 – LDHS 20… In JV girls’ action the Raiders and the Wildcats had a low scoring first half as the score stood 9-9 at the half… The second half had a little more scoring in it and unfortunately for Raider fans the Wildcats scored 4 more points than the Raiders to take a 24-20 win… T’Kaylah Woodruff had 8 points to lead the Raiders and Ja’daija Pinson added 7…. Record: 1-9 (0-8)
  • JVB: No score reported by the coach.

Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusaders got a jump on the weather last Thursday night and traveled down to Richard Winn Academy to take on the Eagles instead of waiting until last Friday.

  • G: RWA 48 – LA 38… The Lady Crusaders fell behind the Lady Eagles 15-10 at the end of the first quarter and just never could get the surge they needed to catch back up as the Eagles took a 48-38 win over the Crusaders…  Ruthie Moore 16, Sydney Fisher 14, Taylor Campbell 5, Morgan Marlett 2, and Hannah Stribling 1…. Record: 14-7 (5-2)
  • B: LA 46 – RWA 44 in OT…. Now better news to report as the Crusader boys team took a 46-44 win over the Eagles in overtime… The Crusaders jumped out to a 16-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 24-15 at the half but by the time the third quarter their lead had been cut to 3 (33-30)… The Eagles then went on to tie the game 38-38 at the end of regulation… In the OT the Crusaders scored 8 points to the Eagles 6 behind a 3-point bucket by Nate Martin and two baskets by Ryan Holmes… Josh Urwick also canned a free throw during the OT… Nate Martin 22, Josh Urwick 8, Ryan Holmes 6, Joshua Moore 6, Noah Stribling 2, Jonathan Burns 2… Record: 10-9 (5-1)…. The Crusaders were scheduled to play Oakbrook Prep but today but Oakbrook Prep had to cancel school today so those games have been postponed… No makeup date known at this time.

Pro Sports:

  • Panthers 49 – Cardinals 15… Well the Carolina Panthers punched their ticket to Super Bowl 50 last night with a 49-15 beating of the Arizona Cardinals… Lot of the exp0erts thought the Panthers and Cam Newton would have trouble with the stingy Cardinal defense but in fact it was the other way around as the Panther defense forced 7 Cardinal turnovers… Cam Newton pretty much assured himself of the MVP Award this season passing for 335 yards with 2 TDs and rushing for 2 TDs…. If he does not get it then all I have to say is there is a big fix on somewhere… They will be taking on the Denver Broncos in San Francisco on 2-7-16.

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 1-22-2016

PC Notes

  • Women: PC 69 – Campbell 45… Last Tuesday night the PV women’s team took a 69-45 win over Campbell up in NC… For more information on this game, click here …This brings there season record to 10-7 overall and 6-2 in Big South play… They host Coastal Carolina tomorrow at 2 pm in the Templeton Center.
  • Men: Coastal Carolina 73 – PC 72… Last Wednesday night the Blue Hose men’s team dropped a heartbreaking 73-72 win to Coastal Carolina in Clinton… To see more about this game, click here… The team is scheduled to travel to UNC-Ashville tomorrow for a 4:30  pm contest.

Local Notes:

CHS:

Schedule Note… The CHS vs. Chester varsity basketball games scheduled to take place at Clinton tonight have been postponed due to weather concerns… They will be played next Wednesday (1-27-16) and the starting time will be 6:00 pm.

 

JV Basketball… The CHS JV basketball teams traveled to Chester last night to take on the Cyclones.

  • JV B: Red Devils 47 – Cyclones 43… In boys’ action, the Red Devils carried a 35-27 lead into the final quarter of play and then held on top take a 47-43 win… Coach Eddie Romine said afterwards “We played one of our best games of the year. We played unselfish on offense, shot the ball well, rebounded better, and played good zone defense.”…. Vilo Boyd had 13 points in the win for the Red Devils… Sincere Hunt had 10, J.D. Payne 8 while both Jahleed Cook & Isaiah Bennett had 7 each… Quantez McGowan had 2 points to round out the scoring for Clinton… Record- 5-6 overall, 3-2 in region
  • Girls… Sorry no results reported.

LDHS: The Laurens Raiders traveled to Woodmont last night to take on the Wildcats in games that were scheduled for tonight but the teams decided to get a jump on potential bad weather tonight.

  • G: WHS 45 – LDHS 34 in OT…  The first game is one that the Lady Raiders will have trouble forgetting for a while as they led 26-21 going into the final quarter only to have the Lady Wildcats tie the score at 34-34 at the end of regulation… The in the overtime, the Raider offense went colder than the current weather as they could not score but Woodmont did to take a 45-34 win… Bre Nance led the Raider scoring with 15 points… Other scoring for the Lady Raiders were Jadasia Bennett with 8, Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon & Nasia Owens both had 4 points each, KC Cofield 2 and Tieisha Jones 1… Record: 8-10 / 2-6
  • B: LDHS 82 – WHS 67… Now the news is better for raider fans when it comes to the boys’ game as the Raiders took an 82-67 win over the Wildcats…. The Raiders jumped out to a 24-16 lead at the end of the first quarter and then outscored the Wildcats in each of the remaining quarters… The Raiders were led in scoring by Ladarius Williams who had  20 points… Three other Raiders scored in double-digits and they were Kezario Whitmore with 12 points, Ty Madden with 11 and E’Nicholas Leake with 10… Rounding out the Raiders in scoring you have DJ Turner with 8 points, Toby Jackson with 7 and Chuck Johnson, Chris Statom & KT Abney all had 4 points each… Tae Henry finished the Raider scoring with 2 points… Record: 12-6 / 6-2

 

Middle School Basketball:

Clinton Middle School-R vs. CMS-W

  • G: White 31 – Red 10… Terriaunna Bennett had 20 points to lead the White team to the win… Sorry no scoring details on the Red team.
  • B: W 33 – R 26… The White team completed the sweep of the Red team with a 33-26 win over the Red team… Shinabee Greene had 14 points to lead his team to the win…. Sorry no other scoring details.

LMS @ SMS

  • G: SMS 31 – LMS 17… Sander led this game 15-8 at the half and then went on to a 31-17 win… Jayla Mosley had 13 points to lead Sanders with Bailey Carder adding 9 to be the top scorers for their team… Sorry no scoring details provided for LMS… Sanders girls will face off against the CMS-R girls Monday in opening round action of the conference tournament at LMS.
  • B: SMS 35 – LMS 21…. Sanders took a 25-7 lead into the locker room at the half and then went on to a 35-17 win…Dra Copeland and Shamare Dendy led the Sanders in scoring with 10 and 9 points respectively… Jamir Booker and Tyree Thompson had 7 points each for LMS… Sanders now earns a bye in the opening round of the conference tournament and will face the winner of the CMS-W vs. HT game next Thursday at HT.

GCO @ HT

  • G: HT 47 – GCO 17… The Lady Panther took a 47-17 win to take the regular season championship with a perfect 10-0 mark in conference play… The broke open a 19-8 game at the half by outscoring GCO 18-3 in the third quarter and never looked back… Sandajah Vance led the Panthers with 14 points and Brianna Curetoon was also in double digits with 10 points… Katayah Foggie, Kyndal Jordan & Rachel Delio all had 6 points for HT while Hanna Wiles had 2 and Sofia Alverez 1…. Emma Pressley led GCO with 9 points… Others scoring for the Lady Tigers were Brianna Horgan with 6 and Pricilla Huerta with 2.
  • B: GCO 52 – HT 22… The tables were turned in the second game as GCO took 52-22 win clinching the regular season championship with a 9-1 record… The Tigers jumped out to a 25-1 lead at the end of the first 6 minutes of play and never were threatened in the game… Leonard Williams led GCO with a game-high 17 points… Scoring 7 points each for the Tigers were Zack Messer & Toney Pulley… Rod Tribble had 6 while Nigel Smith, Rod McDowell & Nigel Owen all had 4 points each… CJ Austin had 3 points to round out the GCO scoring… For the Panthers, Jackson Mahon had 15 points to lead his team… Zack Samples had 4, Walt Womble 2 and Brooks Nelson 8.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 1-21-2016

Local Notes:

LDHS:   The varsity basketball games between Woodmont and the Raiders that were scheduled to be played tomorrow night will be played tonight at Woodmont.

Laurens Academy: Yesterday morning I did not have the scores of the Laurens Academy vs. Greenwood Christian School basketball games in Greenwood Tuesday… I now have them so lets’ catch up on those.

  • G: LA 32 – GCS 26… Scoring for the Crusaders; Ruthie Moore 12, Sydney Fisher 9, Taylor Campbell 7, and Morgan Marlett 4. … Record:  14-6 (5-1)
  • B: GCS 71 – LA 43… Scoring for LA; Jack Kerber 11, Jonathan Burns 11, Ryan Holmes 5, Noah Stribling 4, Dawson Foster 3, Nate Martin 3, Josh Urwick 2, Noah Moore 2, Joshua Moore 2…. Record: 9-9 (4-1)

Middle School Basketball:

Sanders Middle School Yellow Jackets @ Clinton Middle School Red Wildcats

  • G: SMS 31 – CMS-R 13… In the first game the Sanders girls took a 31-13 win over the Lady Red Wildcats… Sanders jumped out to a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter then held Clinton to 2 points in the second quarter to lead 21-9 at the half in route to the win…  Bailey Carder led Sanders with 12 points while Doniya Redfield added 8…  Quiana Suber and Devionna Walker led the Wildcats with 4 points each.
  • B: SMS 58 – SMS-R 37… The Yellow Jackets completed the sweep of the Red Wildcats with a 58-37 win in the second game… Shamare Dendy led Sanders with 16 points… Others scoring in double digits for the Yellow Jackets were Dra Copeland with 13 points, Dee Foster 12 and Duane Martin 10…. Sorry no scoring details from CMS-R boys coach.

Clinton Middle School White Wildcats @ Gray Court-Owings Tigers

  • G: CMS-W 34 – GCO 20… Terriaunna Bennett had 26 point to lead the Wildcats to the win… Katylyn Baker added 6 and Deshante Watts 2… For GCO Priscilla Panigua had 10 points while Emma Pressley had 6.
  • B: GCO 50 – CMS-W 25… In the boys game the GCO Tigers took a 50-25 win over the CMS-W Wildcats… Leonard Williams led the Tigers with 19 points… CJ Austin added 10… Shinabee Greene had 8 points to lead the Wildcats… The Tigers can clinch the Little River Conference Regular Season Championship & #1 seed going into the tournament next week with a win over HT tonight.

Hickory Tavern Panthers @ Laurens Middle School Tigers

  • G: HT 26 – LMS 25… The lady Panthers came into this came with a perfect 8-0 record in conference play but they had to fight to preserve that as they took and exciting 26-25 win over the Lady Tigers… They actually trailed by 7 at the half and by 1 point going into the final quarter as they took the comeback win… HT Coach Jon Jansen commented after the game “This was an exciting game and a great environment for basketball! We overcame a half time deficit of 7, and some foul trouble late in the game to earn this win. I am very proud of the Lady Panthers for how they step up for each other. Rachel Delio making 5 of 6 free throws in the 4th quarter was huge and very reflective of our team spirit. They play for each other better than any group I have ever coached and it is a blessing to part of the process and to see the work ethic they have demonstrated to get to being 9 and 0 in the Little River Conference.”…. Rachel Delio led the Panthers with 11 points… Sandajah Vance added 10 points, Kaytah Foggie 4, and Brianna Cureton 1…. Sorry no scoring details from LMS.
  • B: LMS 34 – HT 16… In the final game at LMS, the home team took a 34-16 win… The Tigers only led 11-6 at the end of the first quarter but then held the Panthers to just 2 points in the second quarter and then continued to stretch out their lead the rest of the way….Deonte Smith led the Tigers with 10 points… Sean Rice added 8, Kentravious Williams & Tyrese Thompson both had 6 points while Ryan Elledge & TJ Norris both added 2… For the Panthers Jackson Mahon led his team with 8 points & 6 rebounds… Walt Womble had 4, BJ Tribble 3 & Tyler Alewine 1.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-20-2016

Local Notes:

CHS: The Clinton Red Devil varsity basketball teams traveled to Rock Hill yesterday to take on the South Pointe Stallions.

  • G: SPHS 72 – CHS 25… The Lady Red Devils ran into a hot Lady Stallion team while their offense continues to struggle as South Pointe took a 72-25 win… Ticambrius Copeland led the Lady Red Devils with 8 points… MK Kelly added 7 points and Savanna Campbell 6…. The Lady Red Devils are now 2-15 overall and 1-3 in region play
  • B: SPHS 80 – CHS 58… In spite of Kiah Young’s 23 points the Stallions completed the sweep of the Red Devils in varsity action as they took an 80-58 win… The score was 20-16 Stallions at the end of the first quarter and the Stallions continued to outscore the Red Devils in each of the reaming quarters to take the win… Coach Tosh Corley said afterwards “We played well but one mistake snowballs into another… We have to learn to limit our mistakes.” …  In addition to Young’s 23 points, Jalen Carter was also in double-digits with 13 points… Tymori Tribble added 8, Junior Johnson 7, Josh Williams 3 and RJ Suber 2… Record: 8-6 (1-3)… The Red Devil varsity teams will host Southside this Friday starting at 6:00 pm.

CHS JV… The Clinton JV teams hosted the South Pointe Stallions yesterday.

  • JV B: SPHS 33 – CHS 21… In boys’ action, SP took a 33-21 win over the CHS boys JV team… Clinton’s offense went cold in the second & fourth quarters scoring only 3 in the second and 2 in the fourth quarter allowing SP to pull away… Jadarius Payne led the Red Devils with 10 points… Quantez McGowan added 6, PJ Bluford 3 and Nativion Quarles 2.
  • JV Girls… Sorry no results reported at this time.

 

LDHS: The Laurens Raider varsity teams played host to the Greenville Red Raiders in region action last night.

  • G: GHS 85 – LDHS 53… The Lady Raiders knew they had their work cut out for them coming into the game with Greenville as the Red Raiders have been ranked #1 and carried a 16-1 record… Laurens keep the game close in the first half with a press but Greenville broke the game open in the second half as they took an 85-53 win over Laurens… Laurens offense looked very good but streaky at times as turnovers and poor shot selection did not help them… Jadasia Bennett led Laurens with 15 points while Nasia Owens had 13… Others scoring for Laurens were KC Cofield with 9 points, Bre Nance 7, Malaysia Todd 5, and both Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon & Tieisha Jones had 2… Record: 8-9 / 2-5
  • B: LDHS 63- GHS 50… The Laurens boys’ team was able to turn the tables and take a 63-50 win over Greenville in the last game of the evening… Laurens went on a 12-0 run to start the game and but Greenville got back into the game as the score stood 17-12 at the end of the first quarter… For most of the rest of  game the Laurens usually stayed 6-8 points ahead but Greenville would make runs at Laurens only to have Laurens pull back out again with their fast paced offense while Greenville continued their slower more deliberate offense… Laurens did open up the lea more in the final quarter taking double digit leads most of the time… Laurens was led by Toby Jackson who had a game-high17 point while Kezario Whitmore had 14… Others getting on the scoreboard for Laurens were Chuck Johnson & E’Nicholas Leake who both had 7 points, Chris Statom & Ladarius Williams who both had 5, and KT Abney & Ty Madden who finished with 4 points each… Record: 11-6 / 5-2… The Raiders travel to Woodmont this Friday.

Lauren 9th grade & JV… Also last night the Laurens 9th grade & JV teams traveled to Greenville to take on the Red Raiders.

  • JV G: GHS 46 – LDHS 14… No other detail available.
  • JV B: GHS 47 – LDHS 45 OT… In heartbreaker, the Laurens JV boys’ team lost t Greenville 47-45 in overtime… Carson Todd had 13 points and Shimeek Gaskins had 12 to lead the Raiders.
  • 9th Grade… Sorry no results reported yet

Laurens Academy:  Results not reported at this time.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 1-19-2016

PC Notes:

  • PC 69 – Radford 68… Last Saturday at the Templeton Center the Blue Hose men’s basketball team took a 69-68 win over Radford in a real nail-bitter… Reggie Dillard’s free throws with 4 seconds left lifted PC to the win… For more information on this game, click here… PC now stands 8-10 overall and 3-4 in Big South play and will be back in action tomorrow night when they host Charleston Southern in a 7 pm contest.
  • Women… The Lady Blue Hose have been idle since early last week but break ends tonight as they travel to Buies Creek, NC to take on Campbell in a 7 pm contest.

 

Local Notes:  There have been a fair amount of sports results I have not had time to get to so let’s catch up on some of them now.

CHS: The Red Devils JV basketball teams hosted the Lancaster Bruins last Thursday night and let’s update you on those results.

  • G: LHS 38 – CHS 24… This was a close game for 3 quarters but the Bruins broke it open in the fourth quarter outscoring the Red Devils 18-4 to take a 38-24 win… Sorry no other details.
  • B: CHS 24 – LHS 22 OT… Now there is better news to report as the Red Devil boys JV team took a 24-22 win over the Bruins in overtime… The score was tied 19-19 at the end of regulation and Sincere Hunt hit two free throws with 4.7 seconds remaining in OT to take the win… Hunt ended the night with 9 points to lead the Red Devils… Vilo Boyd had 6 points, Jadarius Payne 5 points while Antonio Robinson & Ty Preistley rounded out the scoring with 2 points each.

LDHS:

  • Raider Wrestling… The Raider wrestling team had been fairly busy over the last 6 days so let’s review their results… Last Wednesday they traveled to Greenwood where they took on Westside and TL Hanna… The defeated Westside 48-24 but lost a close one to Hanna by a score of 37-34…The Raiders had a full day of wrestling this past Saturday as they again traveled to Greenwood to participate in the Greenwood Duals facing five different opponents and winning 4 of those matches… They defeated Ninety Six 58-18, Ware Shoals 54-24, Abbeville 60-24 and Newberry 66-11… There only loss was to Lexington by a score of 57-24… The Raiders were also in action last night as they traveled to Eastside to take on the Eagles… Not good news here as the Eagles took a 61-12 win… To see complete details on all these matches, click here… The Raiders are now 13-10 on the season.
  • JV Boys basketball… Laurens 48 – Greenwood 41… Last Friday I gave some results about the 9th grade and JV girls’ games at Greenwood but I did not have the boys score… I can now tell you that the JV boys defeated Greenwood 48-41… Josh Greene led the way with 13 points followed by Justin Anderson with 12 points.

Laurens Academy:

  • LA Mid. School Girls 27 – King Acad. 16… I have one Laurens Academy Middle School basketball score to catch up on… Last Friday they defeated King Academy 27-16… Blair Quarles led the team with 14 points and Regan Williamson also scored in double-digits with 11 points… Lisa Langston had 2 points.

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Sports Report for Monday, 1-18-2016

Local Notes: There was a lot of high school basketball action last Friday so let’s get to it

CHS: The Clinton Red Devils had to board the bus and travel to Lancaster to take on the Bruins in region action.

  • G: LHS 62 – CHS 21… The Lady Red Devils knew it would be a challenge Friday night as they took on the #2 ranked Lady Bruins… Clinton did not help themselves in the first quarter to meet this challenge as they went scoreless and trailed 20-0 at the end of the first quarter… By the half the score was 34-8 and the Bruins never looked back… The Red Devils were led by Savannah Campbell who finished with 6 points while MK Kelly and Kalen Richardson added 4 points each…The Bruins go to 10-2 / 3-0 on the season while Clinton falls to 2-14 / 1-2.
  • B: LHS 58 – CHS 38… The Bruins completed the sweep of the Red Devils last Friday night by taking a 58-38 win in the boys; game… Unfortunately for the Red Devils the game started out very similar to the girls as Lancaster scored 20 unanswered points to start the game and led 22-5 at the end of the first quarter… According to Coach Corley, turnovers contributed to most of those first 20 points for Lancaster… The Bruins led 26-12 the halftime break and stretched out to 43-24 going into the final 8 minutes of the game… Tymori Tribble led the scoring for the Red Devils with 12 points… Jalen Carter & Donte Reeder each contributed 9 points while Kiah Young had 4… Josh Williams and RJ Suber each added 2 points to round out the scoring… The Red Devils are now 8-5 on the season and 1-2 in region play… The teams will be on the road again tomorrow as they travel to South Pointe.

LDHS: The Laurens Raiders hosted the Greenwood Eagles

  • G: GHS 55 – LDHS 37… In the first game the Lady Eagles took a 55-37 win over the Lady Raiders… The score was 12-11 Eagles at the end of the first quarter but the Raider offense which often took poor or rushed shots all night was especially cold in the second quarter scoring only 3 points as the Eagles jumped out to a 26-14 leas at the half… The Raiders attempted a comeback in the third quarter cutting the Eagles lead to just 3 but could get no closer… Both teams had a high number of turnovers and the rebounding was about even but the shots would not fall for Laurens… Jessica Johnson was the only Raider in double digits with 11 points… Other scoring for the Raiders were Cali Heisey 6, Malaysia Todd 5, Nasia Owns 4, Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon 3, KC Cofield 3, Bre Nance 3 & Jadasia Bennett 2…The Lady Raiders are now 8-8 on the season and 2-4 in region play.
  • LDHS 81 – GHS 61… It was a different story in the boys’ game as the Raiders took an 81-61 win over the Eagles… The score was tied 21-21 at the end of the first quarter but after that the Raiders started pulling away as Ladarius Williams who was scoreless in the first quarter than scored 17 of his 21 points on the night in the second and third quarter… The Raiders out-rebounded the Eagles especially on the offensive board getting quite a few “second chance” points… The only black spot in the game was an air of anger especially on the part of Greenwoods post player who quickly picked up several “hard fouls” early in the game and took exception when some of the Laurens players complained about them… Then in the last few minutes of the game when Laurens had the game out of reach Ladarius Williams and Dontavious Henry went to the floor as they were going for break-away baskets when fouled by Greenwood players and the refs’ whistles were questionably silent… Coach Sinclair stood up for his team and was rewarded with a technical… The bad blood spilled over the onto the floor after the final buzzer sounded as coaches from both teams, school officials and police had to step in to keep everyone separated after a couple of less than friendly shoves… Hats off to all those mentioned above to react quickly and diffuse the situation…. In addition to Williams’ 21 points other scoring for the Raiders were Kezario Whitmore & Toby Jackson with 14 each, Chris Statom 9, E’Nicholas Leake 7, Chuck Johnson 6, Ty Madden 4, Dontavious Henry 3 & DJ Turner 1… The Raiders are now 10-7 overall and 4-2 in region play…. The raiders will host Greenville tomorrow night.

 

Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusaders hosted the Knights of King Academy.

  • G: LA 44 – KA 8… In the girls’ varsity game, the Lady Crusaders held the Lady Knights scoreless in the first quarter and rolled to a dominating 44-8 win…. The Lady Crusaders were led by Ruthie Moore who scored 24 points… Taylor Campbell added 9, Morgan Marlett 8 and Hannah Stribling 3.
  • B: LA 40 – KA 16…. In boys’ action, the Crusaders also took a one-sided win as they defeated the Knights 40-16… The score was 23-10 at the half and the Crusader held the Knights scoreless in the third quarter to pull away for the win… Nate Martin had a game-high 12 points to lead the Crusaders… Others getting on the scoreboard for the Crusaders were Josh Urwick with 9 points, Ryan Holmes 7, Dawson Foster 5, Ryan Anderson 2 and Noah Stribling 1.

The Crusaders were also in action last Thursday night as they traveled to Anderson to take on the Anderson Christian School Lions… I was not able to get the results on now so let’s do that now.

  • G: LA 53 – ACS 28… The Lady Crusaders were able to take one-side win here also and they defeated the Lady Lions 53-28… The Crusaders only led 12-10 at the half and broke the game open in the second half… Ruthie Moore again led the Crusaders again were led by Ruthie Moore’s 31 points… Other Crusaders who scored were Taylor Campbell 10, Sydney Fisher 6, Hannah Stribling 3, Morgan Marlett 2, and Ashley Magda 1.
  • B: ACS 60 – LA 49… The news is not as good where the varsity boys are concerned as the Lions took a 60-49 win over the Crusaders… The Crusaders got off to a slow start trailing 17-3 at the end of the fiorst quarter and just could not overcome the slow start… Nate Martin & Ryan Holmes both scored in double-digits for the Crusaders with 15 & 13 points respectively… Jonathan Burns had 8 points, Joshua Moore 5, Noah Moore 5, and Josh Urwick 3 to round out the Crusader scoring.

 

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