Sports Report for Tuesday, 2-19-2019

PC Notes:

  • WBK: High Point 70 – PC 63…  In the first game of a doubleheader of basketball last Saturday at the Templeton Center, the Lady Blue Hose basketball team fell to the High Point Panthers 70-63… PC trailed 35-16 at the half as the Blue Hose were only able to score 4 points in the second quarter… They did outscore the Panthers 12 points in the second half but just could not climb out of the hole that the poor second quarter caused… Trinity Johnson had a career-high 19 points to lead the Blue Hose in scoring… For more information on this game, click here… PC drops to 4-20 overall and 2-11 in the Big South, while High Point moves to 17-7, 10-3… The Blue Hose are in action at USC Upstate tonight with tip-off slated for 6 p.m., and broadcast live on ESPN+.

 

  • MBK: PC 76 – Campbell 71… Now in the second half of the doubleheader last Saturday the news is better as the PC men’s basketball team took a 76-71 win over the Campbell Camels… Campbell was down as much as 11 points in the second half and rallied to tie 71-71 the game with 1:30 left in the game but PC made free throws down the stretch to take the win… Davon Bolt led the Blue Hose in scoring with 20 points 13 of which came off free throws…. For more information about this game, click here… PC improves to 16-12 overall and 8-5 in the Big South, while Campbell moves to 15-11, 8-4… The Blue Hose will not see action again until this Saturday at UNC Asheville against the Bulldogs… PC defeated the Bulldogs 67-44 back on 2-7-19 at the Templeton Center… The tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and it will be broadcast live on ESPN+. 

 

Local Notes:

CHS:  

Payne Named to Class-AAA All-State Team… Late last week the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association announced its all-state teams for each of the SCHSL classes as well as players of the year fir for each class… Good news for Red Devil fans as JD Payne was named to the all-state team for Class-AAA…. JD averaged 20.3 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game, 3.1 assist per game and 2 steals per game while helping the Red Devils turn their season around and make it to the second round of the playoffs… Congratulations to JD!

  • Other Boys from Clinton & Laurens Regions… Nick Brenegan, Wade Hampton; Ja’heim Handy, TL Hanna and Nick Paul, Newberry
  • Girls from Clinton & Laurens Regions… Maleia Bracone, TL Hanna; JaRae Smith, Woodmont; Sydney Wyatt, Woodmont; Quadijah Moore, Emerald and Zavia Jeter, Woodruff
  • Entire List… Now if you would like to see the complete listing of all the players both boys and girls who made the all-state teams from each of the classifications, click here.

 

 Laurens Academy:

  • Girls: LA 62 – PHA 21… Yesterday afternoon the Lady Crusader basketball team traveled down to Wilson Hall Academy in Sumter in a quarter-finals game in the SCISA Class-A Basketball Tournament with the Patrick Henry Academy Patriots… As you may recall the same two teams met in the finals last year with the Crusaders taking a 48-36 win to claim the title… Well there is good news for Crusader fans today as the Crusaders rolled to a 62-21 win over the Patriots… Neither team showed a lot of offense in the first quarter as the Crusaders only led 9-5 at its end… However in the second quarter, the Crusaders began to assert themselves as they outscored the Patriots 20-9 to take a 29-14 lead into the locker room at the half… The second half was more of the same as the Crusaders outscored the Patriots in the final 16 minutes of play 33-7 to take the win… Ruthie Moore led all scorers with 21 points and Regan Williamson was also in double-digits with 17 points… Blair Quarles and Jennifer Wu both finished with 8 points each, Payton Breen 4 and rounding out the scoring for the Crusaders were Florence Mitchell and Hannah Stribling with 2 points each… The Crusaders will be back in action in the semi-finals on Thursday at 6:00 pm as they again travel to Wilson Hall to play the Cathedral Academy Generals who defeated Curtis Baptist 45-34 last night.

 

 LDHS:  

Pontoon Advances to State Tournament… This past weekend the Laurens Raiders hosted the Class-AAAAA Upper State Qualifying Tournament… While many of the Raiders won more matches than they lost only one qualified to go to the State Championship Tournament this weekend in Anderson and that was Will Pontoon who finished third in the 220-pound class… The Raider senior lost only to Woodmont’s Joseph Fernicola who finishes first… Now if you would like to see more about how the Raider wrestlers did this weekend, click here… Congratulations to all the Raider wrestlers especially to Will!

 

 SCHSL Basketball Brackets… If you would like to see the all the playoff brackets for all the different classification in the SCHSL look down the right side of our home page in the Features Sports Section and you will find a posting with links to all the brackets… Also you can click here to go to the same posting… Enjoy!

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 2-18-2019

Local Notes:

CHS:  

  • Seneca 55 – Clinton 54… Last Friday night the Red Devil boys’ basketball season come to an end with a tough 55-54 loss to the Seneca Bobcats up in Seneca… Just like at Chapman on Tuesday night, the game was close throughout as neither team had more than a 5 point lead at any time and there were numerous lead changes in the game… Clinton led 17-16 after 8 minutes of play and trailed 28-25 at the half… Clinton closed that gap to trail by a point (43-42) heading into the final 8 minutes of play… Clinton tied the game (48-48) with 4:30 left to play only to have the Bobcats come back and take the lead… Clinton responded as they came back to take a 1 point lead 51-50 with 2:07 left to play only to have Seneca tie it again (51-51) with 1:44 to play… Clinton took the lead for the last time (54-51) on a 3-point goal by JD Payne… Then in the last 1:09 of the game the Bobcats made 4 big free throws while the Red Devils missed 2 and that proved to be the difference in the game… Clinton had the ball out of bounds under their own basket with 8.4 seconds left in the game and got the ball inbounds to an open Sam Tiller who just missed the shot and the rebound came out long to Ahmari bates who got a shot off that that fell short as Seneca then secured the loose ball and the 55-54 win… Payne led all scorers with 23 points and Ahmari Bates was also in double digits with 16 points… Sam Tiller finished with 5 points, Kimon Quarles 4 while Konnor Richardson, PJ Bluford and Qua Quarles all finished with 2 points each… The Red Devils finish their season with a 9-14 record which considering they were 0-4 at the start of the season and at one point were 3-11 this represents a great turnaround by the team and Coach Romines… After the game he commented on how proud of the team he was because of this turnaround and made the playoffs for the third straight year… He also commented on how blessed he felt that God had given him the opportunity to coach basketball at CHS…

 

 

 

 

Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusaders opened up their participation in the SCISA Class A basketball playoffs so let’s check up on how they did.

  • Girls: LA 60 – Clarendon Hall 9… The Lady Crusaders started things off Friday night as they took to the court against the Clarendon hall Saints down at Heathwood Hall in Columbia… The Saints came into the contest with a 4-17 season record and I hate to have to say this but probably the only chance the Saints had to win is if the Crusaders did not show up but they did as the Crusaders rolled to a 60-9 win… The Saints were held scoreless in the third quarter and the most they scored in a quarter was 5 which came in the fourth quarter when the Crusader starters were for the most part on the bench… Ruthie Moore led all scorers with 22 points… Jennifer Wu was also in double-digits with 12 points and Blair Quarles 10… Regan Williamson scored 5 points, Payton Breen 4 while Florence Mitchell, Morgan Marlett and Hannah Stribling all finished with 2 points each… Rounding out the Crusader scoring was Emily Abercrombie with 1 point… The Crusaders will travel to Wilson Hall in Sumter today for a 5:30 game with Patrick Henry in a rematch of last year’s state championship game… Go Crusaders!

 

  • Boys: Dorchester Academy 49 – LA 47… Now the boys did not get into action until noon on Saturday and I am afraid the news is not as good as it was for the girls as the Dorchester Academy Raiders took a come from behind 49-47 win over the Crusaders… The Crusaders trailed 14-13 at the end of the first quarter but rallied to take a 31-27 lead into the locker room at the half… The Raiders cut into the Crusader lead in the third quarter so that when it ended the Crusaders only led by 1, 41-40… As Coach Plowden commented afterwards the Crusaders had too many turnovers in the last 8 minutes of play and found themselves down by 5 with about 2 minutes to go… The Crusaders got the Raiders lead down to 2 (49-47) and had the ball on an inbounds play with about 4 seconds left to play that went to Noah Moore who just missed the shot… However Charlton McCall got the offensive rebound but missed the put-back which Diamonte Grant rebounded and also missed put-back as the horn sounded… Noah Moore finished with a game-high 17 points… Diamante Grant was also in double digits with 10 points… Charlton McCall finished with 9 points, Dawson Foster 7 and Thomas Lowry 4

 

SCHSL Basketball Brackets… If you would like to see the all the playoff brackets for all the different classification in the SCHSL look down the right side of our home page in the Features Sports Section and you will find a posting with links to all the brackets… Also you can click here to go to the same posting… Enjoy!  

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 2-15-2019

PC Notes:

  • MBK: Winthrop 93 – PC 85… Back on Wednesday the Blue Hose men’s basketball team traveled to Winthrop to take on the Eagles… PC led by as many as 14 early in the contest and still led 48-46 at the half but the Eagles came back to take a 93-85 win over the Blue Hose… Adam Flagler led the Blue Hose in scoring with 23 points… For more information on this game, click here… PC drops to 15-12 overall and 7-5 in the Big South, while Winthrop improves to 17-8, 9-3… The Blue Hose will host Campbell in a 4:30 pm contest tomorrow at the Templeton Center as part of a doubleheader of basketball.
  • Women… The Lady Blue Hose basketball team has been off since last Saturday when they to UNC-Ashville 51-45 and will be back in action tomorrow as they host High Point at 2:00 pm as the first game in the doubleheader of basketball.
  • Baseball Opens Season This Weekend… The PC baseball team opens its season this weekend as they travel to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama starting this afternoon at 4:00 pm… For more information on the series this weekend, click here
  • Softball Travels to SC Coast… The PC softball team opened their season last weekend and their season record so far is 2-0-2… They will travel to Conway this weekend to participate in the Battle at the Beach hosted by Coastal Carolina…  For more information about this, click here. 

Local Notes:

CHS:  

  • Boys Basketball Travels to Seneca Tonight… The Red Devil boys’ basketball team will be back in action tonight as they travel to Seneca HS to take on the Bobcats in round 2 of the Class AA playoffs… As you may recall Seneca and Clinton played each other in the first round of the playoffs last season with Clinton taking a 70-47 win at home… Seneca comes into tonight’s game with a 12-13 overall record and finished second in Region I-AAA with a 7-3 region record behind Pendleton who finished first in the region behind with a 9-1 region record… They are averaging 56.6 points per game on offense while giving up 55.2 points per game on defense… In their first round playoff game on Tuesday night they defeated Camden at home by a score of 62-56 where they held a 35-28 lead at the half only to have Camden tie the game 45-45 by the end of third quarter with the Bobcats pulling away for the win in the fourth quarter… Now of course the Red Devils took a 67-61 win over #7 ranked Chapman at Chapman on Tuesday night to improve their record to 9-13 on the season… Clinton is averaging 59.6 points per game on offense while giving up 63.9 points per game on defense… After a slow start to the season the Red Devils seem to be getting all together and let’s hope that continues tonight… Go Big Red!

 

Laurens Academy:

Reminder that the Crusaders Start State Tournament Action This Weekend… Both Laurens Academy Crusader varsity basketball teams are coming off winning their region tournament last weekend and will start their participation in the SCISA Class A State Basketball Playoffs this weekend.

  • Girls: The #1 seeded Crusader girls will take on the Clarendon Hall Saints tonight at 6:30 in Gym B at Heathwood Hall in Columbia…  Clarendon Hall comes into the game with a 4-17 overall record and are a #4 seed…To see the entire Class A girls’ playoff bracket for the tournament click on the following:
  • Boys: The #2 seeded boys will take to the court for the first time tomorrow at noon also at Heathwood Hall in Gym B as the face off against Dorchester Academy… The Dorchester Academy Raiders come into the game with a 13-7 overall record and are a #3 seed…To see the entire Class A boys’ playoff bracket for the tournament click on the following:
  • Address… For those of you thinking about going down the address is: 3000 S Beltline Blvd, Columbia, SC 29201

 

SCHSL Basketball Brackets… If you would like to see the all the playoff brackets for all the different classification in the SCHSL look down the right side of our home page in the Features Sports Section and you will find a posting with links to all the brackets… Also you can click here to go to the same posting… Enjoy!

 

NASCAR: Well up in heaven or old friend Big Gene is all smiles as the NASCAR season kicks off this weekend for real down in Daytona, Florida…. If you would like to see a printable schedule for the entire NASCAR season click here.

  • Gander Truck Series… This will kick off tonight at 7:30 and can be seen on FS1
  • Xfinity Series… The drivers in this race will take to the track tomorrow at 2:30 and it can also be seen on FS1
  • Monster Energy Series… That leave the Daytona 500 which will start at 2:30 on Sunday and it can be seen on FOX…

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 2-14-2019

Local Notes: 

Laurens Academy:

Crusaders start State Tournament Action This Weekend… Both Laurens Academy Crusader varsity basketball teams are coming off winning their region tournament last weekend and will start their participation in the SCISA Class A State Basketball Playoffs this weekend.

  • Girls: The # seeded Crusader girls will take on Clarendon Hall tomorrow at 6:30 in Gym B at Heathwood Hall in Columbia…  To see the entire Class A girls’ playoff bracket for the tournament click on the following: 2019 SCISA Class A Girls State Basketball Play-offs
  • Boys: The #2 seeded boys will take to the court for the first time on Saturday at noon also at Heathwood hall in Gym B as the face off against Dorchester Academy… To see the entire Class A boys’ playoff bracket for the tournament click on the following: 2019 SCISA Class A Boys State Basketball Play-offs
  • Featured Sports: The brackets can also be found in a posting in the Features Sports section on our homepage at www.wlbg.com.

  

SCHSL Basketball Brackets… If you would like to see the all the playoff brackets for all the different classification in the SCHSL look down the right side of our home page in the Features Sports Section and you will find a posting with links to all the brackets… Also you can click here to go to the same posting… Enjoy!

 

SCHSL Girls Class AAA Playoff Games Involving Clinton Region Foes.

  • Emerald defeated Broome 65-25; host Fairfield-Central tonight who defeated Powdersville 38-31
  • Woodruff defeated Chesnee 65-32 and travels tonight to Keenan who defeated West Oak 69-25
  • Chapman defeated Union County 52-50.on Tuesday so Union is out.

 

Final Regular Season SCBCA Top 10 Polls… The Final regular season Top 10 Poll for all the SCHSL basketball classifications was released the other day… In Class 5-A the Dorman boys and Goose Creek girls are ranked #1… In Class-4A the top spots belong to the Ridgeview boys and North Augusta girls… In Class AAA the Keenan boys and Bishop England girls are at the top…. At least one of Laurens and Clinton’s region foes are ranked in the top 10… If you would like to see who they are click on the following which will be the entire top 10 for each of the five different classes for both the boys and girls: SC Basketball Coaches Polls 2-11-19

 

College Notes: Taking a look at the latest AP Poll for men and women’s Division I basketball:

  • Men… The AP Poll had a little bit of shakeup this week but the top 2 continue to be Tennessee and Duke… If you would like to see the entire AP poll click here.
  • Women… Baylor and Louisville continue to hold down the top spot in the women’s poll… UConn is at #4 and South Carolina #11… If you would like to see the entire poll, click here.

 

High School & Middle School Sports Schedules for this Week

  • Laurens School Dist. 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • Laurens School District 56: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see 2019 Crusader baseball schedule click here…. To see the 2019 Crusader softball schedule click here.

 

This and That:

  • Hydra Softball Sign Ups… Registration for Hydra Softball will begin February 1st and continue until February 21st for girls ages 6-12 at the Hickory Tavern Park… Registration will be done on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am – 2pm… The cost is only $45 per child… If you have questions or want more information contact Nichole Patterson at 864-907-1549 or email her at: m-mscrapmetal-halfdime@outlook.com

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

Sports Report for Wednesday, 2-13-2019

PC Notes:

Women’s basketball

  • Winthrop 62 – PC 54… Last Saturday the Lady Blue Hose hosted the Winthrop Eagles as part of a double-header of basketball at the Templeton Center… The Blue Hose were down by double digits but rallied to get within 1 late in the fourth quarter but could get no closer as the Eagles hit the needed free throws at the end to take a 62-54 win… Salina Virola led the Blue Hose with 21 points, just one shy of her career-best 22…. For more information on this game, click here.
  • UNC Ashville 51 – PC 45… Last night the Lady Blue Hose traveled up I-26 to UNC Ashville and the trip back most likely seemed longer that the one going up as the Bulldogs took a 51-45 win over the Blue Hose… Again the Blue Hose were down by double-digits late in the game and came back to within 1 point this time but just could not get over the hump… Freshman Trinity Johnson scored a game-high and collegiate-best 15 points to lead the Blue Hose… For more information on this game, click here… The team will host High Point this Saturday at the Templeton Center in a 2:00 pm contest.

 

Men’s basketball

  • PC 103 – Gardner-Webb 101… In the second half of the doubleheader of basketball at the Templeton Center last Saturday the PC men’s team took a 103 – 101 win over the Runnin’ Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb in overtime… PC was down by 4 in the overtime with 23 seconds left when François Lewis hit a three-pointer and the Blue Hose stole the inbound pass and on a subsi8guent 3-point attempt by Lewis he was fouled… He then sank the three free throws to lift PC to the win…Lewis also led the team with 29 points… For more information on this game, click here…. PC improves to 15-11 overall and 6-4 in the Big South, while Gardner-Webb drops to 15-10, 5-5 and the Blue Hose will be back in action tonight as they travel to Winthrop for a 7:00 pm contest that can be seen on ESPN+.

 

Local Notes:

CHS:  

  • Clinton 67 – Chapman 61… The Red Devil boys’ basketball team traveled up to Inman last night to take on the #7 ranked Chapman Panthers… The two teams locked up in a tight battle all night long as the teams swapped leads with neither team having more than a 7 point lead at any time… The Red Devils trailed at the end of each quarter except the one that counts as they took a 67-61 win over the Panthers thus avenging an early season 79-73 loss to the Panthers… The Red Devils trailed 45-44 at the start of the final 8 minutes of play but fought back to take a 52-50 lead with 4:14 left in the game only to have Chapman come back and take a 59-58 lead with 1:30 left to play… Ahmari Bates then took over the Clinton offense as he scored 9 points down the stretch including going 7 of 8 from the free throw line in that stretch… As Coach Romines pointed out after the game it was a team win from starters and those coming off the bench…  He pointed out one play in particular with 16 seconds left to play when Bates missed the single free thow in the home stretch and Sam Tiller grabbed the rebound and instead of putting up an off balance shot got it back to Bates who hesitated long enough to get fouled and then coolly canned two more free throws… Bates finished with a game-high 32 points including four three-point goals… JD Payne was also in double-digits as he finished with 19 points before fouling out with about 3 minutes left in the game… He also had four three-point goals… Konnor Richardson finished with 6 points while both PJ Bluford and Sam Tiller finished with 5 points each… The Red Devils will travel to Seneca this Friday to take on the Bobcats who defeated Camden 62-56 in Seneca last night…. Go Big Red!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Inductees… Yesterday the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame announced its third class which will be inducted on April 25 in the induction ceremony at The Ridge… This year’s class includes:

  • William Hill… A three sport star who played at PC in the late 1950s and in the CFL.
  • Bill Hogan… Former owner of WLBG who was a pioneer in sports broadcasting being one of the first to bring live sports to the radio in this area
  • Lonnie Pulley… A member of the LDHS 1983 state championship football team and had an all-star career at Winston Salem State University.
  • Phil Rogers… A Red Devil who had an outstanding high school career and played football at Clemson from 1964-1968… He also played in the in the NFL.
  • Clovis Simmons… A coaching legend in high school tennis at CHS who has over 30 coach of the year awards plus numerous region crowns in girls and boys tennis.

Now for more information on each of these individuals and information on the upcoming induction ceremony and how to get tickets, click on the following: LCSHoF-Class of 2019

 

SCHSL Basketball Brackets… If you would like to see the all the playoff brackets for all the different classification in the SCHSL look down the right side of our home page in the Features Sports Section and you will find a posting with links to all the brackets… Also you can click here to go to the same posting… Enjoy!

 

High School & Middle School Sports Schedules for this Week

  • Laurens School Dist. 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • Laurens School District 56: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see 2019 Crusader baseball schedule click here…. To see the 2019 Crusader softball schedule click here.

 

This and That:

  • Hydra Softball Sign Ups… Registration for Hydra Softball will begin February 1st and continue until February 21st for girls ages 6-12 at the Hickory Tavern Park… Registration will be done on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am – 2pm… The cost is only $45 per child… If you have questions or want more information contact Nichole Patterson at 864-907-1549 or email her at: m-mscrapmetal-halfdime@outlook.com

 

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

Sports Report for Tuesday, 2-12-2019

Local Notes:

CHS:  

  • Girls: Southside 40 – Clinton 33… The Lady Red Devil basketball team opened their participation in the SCHSL Class-AAA playoffs on the road last night as they traveled to Greenville to take on the #7 ranked Southside Tigers… Now I hate to have to report that the Tigers took a 40-33 win over the Red Devils as a major comeback by the Red Devils fell short… The Tigers used a press in the first half that the Red Devils had trouble handling and the Red Devils turned the ball over more than twice the number of times as the Tigers and more often than not the Tigers turned those turnovers into points…The Tigers also controlled the boards in the first half and Clinton just could not get the shots to fall…  Going into the locker room at the half the Tigers led 30-9… The third quarter saw the tide turn as the Red Devils came out and pressed the Tigers forcing them to turn the ball over and the Red Devils also handled the Tiger press much better… By the time the third quarter was over, the Red Devils only trailed 34-22… The Red Devils continued to try to comeback in the fourth quarter outscoring the Tigers 11-6 but just could not get any closer though they never stopped trying… The Red Devils were led in scoring by De’Shanti Watts who was the Red Devil in double-digits with 11 points… Savannah Campbell finished with 8 points, while Payton Price-Walker and Terriauna Bennett both scored 6 points…  Taneal Evans rounded out the Red Devil scoring with 2 points… Despite injuries during the region schedule, the Red Devils end their season with a very respectable 17-6 season record…. Congratulations to Coach Gardner and the team on a fine season!

 

  • Red Devil Boys Open Playoff Action Tonight… The Red Devil boys’ basketball team will open up their run in the playoff as thy travel to Chapman to take on the Panthers… The Panthers finished first in Region II-AAA with an overall record of 15-10 and 5-3 in region play… The Panthers and the Red Devils got together ion the court back in late November at Chapman and the Panthers won that game 79-73 coming back after Clinton led early… The Panthers have lost to Clinton’s region foes Newberry twice, Union twice and split a pair of games with Woodruff… They are averaging 69 points per game while giving up 66 points per game… Of course the Red Devils come into the game with an 8-13 overall record and 5-5 in region play which means they finished 4th in Region II-AAA… They are averaging 59 points per game while giving up 64 points per game…. Good Luck to the Red Devils and Go Big Red!

 

SCHSL Basketball Brackets… If you would like to see the all the playoff brackets for all the different classification in the SCHSL look down the right side of our home page in the Features Sports Section and you will find a posting with links to all the brackets… Also you can click here to go to the same posting… Enjoy!

 

Laurens Academy: Yesterday I told you that the both the Laurens Academy boys and girls teams won their Region Tournament Championships on Saturday and that today I would have information about Crusaders who picked up post-season region honors.

Girls:

  • All Region Team: Blair Quarles, Jennifer Wu and Reagan Williamson
  • Region Player of Year: Ruthie Moore
  • Region Coach of the Year: Jason Marlett
  • Region Tournament Team: Florence Mitchell
  • Region Tourney MVP: Ruthie Moore

      

Boys:

  • All Region Team: Noah Moore and Dawson Foster
  • Region Coach of the Year-Travis Plowden
  • Region Tournament Team: Diamonte Grant and Charlton McCall
  • Region Tournament MVP: Noah Moore

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 2-11-2019

Local Notes:

CHS:  

  • Lady Red Devils Start Playoffs Tonight… The Lady Red Devils will start their participation in the SCHSL Class AAA Basketball Playoffs tonight… The will travel up to Greenville to take on the Southside Tigers… The Tigers enter tonight’s contest 10-10 on the season and finished first in Region II with a 7-1 region record… All the other region members have losing season records… They are averaging 44.9 points per game on offense and giving 46.3 points per game… In the most recent SCBCA Media Poll they are ranked #7 in Class AAA girls… Of Course the Lady Red devils finished their season with a 17-5 record overall and 5-5 in Region II play which placed them fourth in a very tough region… They are averaging 48.4 points per game while giving up 40.1… Fir those of you who are planning on going the address for Southside HS is 6630 Frontage @White Horse Rd., Greenville, S.C. 29605… Good Luck to the Red Devils and Go Big Red!

 

 LDHS:  The Laurens Raider varsity basketball teams played their final games of the regular season Friday night down at Greenwood HS taking on the Eagles.

  • Boys: Greenwood 78 – Laurens 70… In boys’ action, the Eagles were looking to avenge a 61-60 loss at Laurens and the Raiders were looking to secure a spot in the playoffs with a win and only one team would meet its goal… That team was the Eagles as they took a 78-70 win over the Raiders… The Eagles led 19-10 after one quarter of play and 42-31 at the half… They stretched that lead to 16 (54-38) just before the end of the third quarter and led 58-45 going into the final quarter… As Coach Ryan Walker said afterwards “We just could not hit our shots in the first half”… In the fourth quarter the Raiders di start making a few more shots and cut into the Eagle lead… With 3:14 left in the game the Raiders had the Eagle lead down to 4 points (65-61) but the Eagles responded with a three-point shot and then hit free throws down the stretch to take the win… The Eagle win coupled with JL Mann defeating Wade Hampton left the Raiders out of the playoffs… Leonard Williams led the Raiders in scoring with 22 points… Dee Foster had 15 points and Christian Anderson 13 to give the Raiders 3 players in double-digits… Shamare Dendy finished with 8 points, Dra Copeland 6 while Jordan Woodruff, J’Von Harris and Josh Ricks all finished with 2 points each… After the game Coach Walker expressed gratitude for the effort the team put forth through the season especially the seniors… He also thinks the corner has been turned for the program and the “ship righted”… The Raiders finish the season 10-16 overall and 5-9 in region play.

 

  • Girls: Greenwood 50 – Laurens 35…  In girls’ action the Eagles took a 50-35 win over the Raiders… The Raiders actually led 20-19 at the half but the Eagles came out hot in the third quarter and the Raiders did not as they outscored the Raiders 17-6 in the quarter and then went on to the win… Ashanti Conway led the Raiders with 9 points… Qua Fortson finished with 8 points, Kenaja Burnside 7, MK Moore 6, Nadia Anderson 3, and Raniya Jackson 2… The Lady Raiders finish their season with a 6-18 overall record and 2-12 in region play.

 

 Laurens Academy:

Fri. 2/8 @ Greenwood Christian – Semi-finals of Region Tournament

  • Girls: LA 39 – WW King 11… In the girls’ semifinal game, the Crusaders cruised to a 39-11 win… The game was only 6-2 Crusaders after the first 8 minutes of play but in the second quarter the Crusaders struck for 17 points while allowing the Knights only 5 to take a 23-7 lead at the half and were never really threatened after that… The Crusaders were as usual led by Ruthie Moore who had 16 points to lead all scorers and saw limited time in the second half… Jennifer Wu finished with 7 points, Regan Williamson 6, Blair Quarles & Florence Mitchell 4 while Emily Abercrombie rounded out the Crusader scoring with 2 points.

 

  • Boys: LA 48 Anderson Christian 40… Now the news is also good where the boys are concerned on Friday night as the Crusaders defeated the Lions of Anderson Christian School 48-40 but they had to go to overtime to do it… The Crusaders trailed to Lions 21-13 at the half but the Crusaders came out in the third quarter and outscored the Lions 11-2 to take a 24-23 lead going into the fourth quarter… In the final quarter the teams played almost to a draw but the Lions did outscore the Crusaders by 1 point to tie the game 36-36 and send it into overtime… In overtime the Lions made only 2 of the 12 shots they attempted (4 points) while the Crusaders made 8 of 9 shots attempted (including going 5 for 6 from the free throw line to score 12 points and take the win… Noah Moore finished with 18 points for the Crusaders and Dawson Foster 14… Charlton McCall chipped in 8 points, Diamonte Grant 6 and Thomas Lowry 2.

 

Sat. 2/9 @ Greenwood Christian – Championship Finals

  • Girls: LA 48 – Newberry 34… On Saturday night the Lady Crusaders took the court against the Lady Eagles of Newberry Academy playing for the SCISA Region 1-A Championship… The Crusaders came out and scored 10 or more points in every quarter while holding the Eagles to 8 points or less in every quarter except the last as they rolled to a 48-34 win and the championship… Ruthie Moore and Jennifer Wu led the Crusaders with 16 points each… Blair Quarles finished with 6 points while both Regan Williamson and Florence Mitchell finished with 5 points each.

 

  • Boys: LA 59 – Richard Winn 56… Now there is also great news for Crusader fans where the boys are concerned as they captured the region championship by defeating the Richard Winn Eagles 59-56 surviving a comeback scare by the Eagles… The Crusaders led 49-37 going into the fourth quarter where the Eagles outscored the Crusaders 19-10 making the game close at the end… The Crusaders were led by Dawson Foster’s game-high 20 points…Noah Moore finished with 15 points and Diamante Grant 12 to give the Crusaders 3 players in double digits… Charlton McCall scored 7 points and Thomas Lowry 5…  Congratulations to both teams and check back tomorrow where I will have photos and post season honors for the Crusaders.

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 2-8-2019

PC Notes:

  • WBK: Hampton 79 – PC 62… Back on Tuesday night the Lady Blue Hose traveled up to Hampton, Va. to take on the Hampton Pirates… PC led 17-6 at the end of the first quarter but Hampton stormed back to take a 34-29 lead at the half and then went on to take a 79-62 win over PC… Kacie Hall had a game-high 27 points to lead the Blue Hose in scoring… For more information on this game, click here… PC falls to 4-17 (2-8 Big South) while Hampton improves to 12-9 (8-2 Big South)… The Blue Hose host Winthrop tomorrow at 2:00 pm.
  • MBK: PC 67 – UNC Ashville 44… The PC men’s basketball team was in action last night as they hosted the Bulldogs of UNC Ashville… The Blue Hose were hot last night as they shot over 60% in the second half while the Bulldogs only shot 35% as PC rolled to a 67-44 win… Francois Lewis was the leading scorer for PC with 12 points… For more information on this game, click here… PC improves to 14-11 overall and 6-4 in the Big South, while UNC Asheville moves to 3-21, 1-9…. The men will be back in action tomorrow at 4:30 as they Gardner-Webb as part of a doubleheader of basketball with both the games tomorrow being broadcast on ESPN3. 

Local Notes:

CHS & LDHS JV Baseball Scrimmage… The Red Devil JV baseball team will be hosting the Raider JV baseball team today at 6:00 pm in a scrimmage… If you like baseball and have the opportunity go over and cheer your favorite team on.

 

LDHS:  The Laurens Raider sub-varsity teams hosted the Greenwood Eagles last night in their final games of the season.

  • JV Girls: GHS 19 – LHS 18… The first game of the evening saw the JV girls take to the floor in what was a close game all the way… It was tied 6-6 at the half and 13-13 at the end of the third quarter… The final six minutes saw more of the same as the two teams fight almost to a draw… Greenwood got the go-ahead bucket with 12.3 seconds left and the Raiders had trouble getting the ball in and down the court as Greenwood stole the ball and took a 19-18 win… Angel Johnson led the Raiders with 11 points… The team finishes the season with a 2-16 overall record and 2-12 against region foes.
  • 9th Grade Boys: LHS 32 – GHS 24… Now the news is better where the 9th grade boys are concerned as they took a 32-24 win over the Eagles… The Raiders held the Eagles scoreless in the second quarter to take a 15-9 lead at the half… The Raiders continued to outscore the Eagles in each of the last two quarters as they went on to take a 32-24 win… Waldrick Burnside led the Raiders with 13 points and Isiah Craig finished with 6.
  • JV Boys: LHS 38 – GHS 34 in 2OT… In the final game of night the Raiders took a hard fought 38-34 win in 2 overtimes… The Raiders led 18-12 at the half but the Eagles came back and led 26-22 going into the fourth quarter… The Raiders then staged a comeback and tied the game 32-32 at the end of regulation and had a chance to win in regulation but just could not get a shot to fall near the buzzer… Both teams managed just 2 points in the first overtime… In the second overtime Chase Jackson scored 4 points to lift the Raiders to a 38-34 win… Jackson finished the night with a game-high 19 points while both Preston Mahon and Isaiah Burnside finished with 8 points each.
  • Varsity at Greenwood Tonight… The Raider varsity basketball teams will be traveling to Greenwood to take on the Eagles tonight starting with the girls’ game at 6:00 pm… The Lady Raiders have been eliminated from any chance to make the playoffs but that is not the case with the boys… The top 5 teams in the region will go to the playoffs and right now Laurens, Greenwood and JL Mann are all fighting for the last two spots… Needless to say tonight’s game will have a HUGE impact on whether the Raiders make it into the playoff… The Raiders defeated Greenwood by 1 point at home and I am sure the Eagles have revenge on throe mind… I am also sure the Raiders would like to see a large number of their fans in stands cheering them on tonight so come if you can.

 

Baseball: The Raider varsity baseball team will take on Palmetto tomorrow at noon in a scrimmage… Come on out and get a look at the 2018 Raider baseball team.

 

Laurens Academy:

Fri. 2/8 @ Greenwood Christian – Semi-finals

  • 5:30 Boys: Laurens Academy vs Anderson Christian
  • 7:00 Girls: Laurens Academy vs King Academy

 Sat. 2/9 @ Greenwood Christian – Finals

  • 3:00 Varsity girls’ championship game
  • 4:30 Varsity boys’ championship game
  • 6:00 Varsity Season & Tournament Awards

 

Travel basketball Tryouts Tomorrow

Any girl or boy who is currently in the 3rd-11th grade and is interested in playing travel basketball please be at the LDHS main gym tomorrow at 4:40 pm… If you can’t make it tomorrow or want more information, contact Coach Yoneko Allen at LDHS 864-682-3151 or Melvin Allen at 864-876-2526.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 2-7-2019

Local Notes:

CHS:

Fountain Introduced as New Football Coach at CHS… On Tuesday, 2-5-19 Athletic Director Dr. Nickie Templeton and the administration introduced Corey Fountain to the community as the head football coach at Clinton High School… Fountain comes to Clinton from Lamar HS where he has been the head coach since 2014 after having served as an assistant since 2012… Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at Laurens HS and Hillcrest HS. He has led his team to winning seasons since 2014… The 1-A team was Region and Upper State Champions in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018… In 2015 and 2017 they were also the 1A Division II State Champions. Fountain received recognition as Region Coach of the Year, SC High School Sports Report Regional Coach of the Year, Class A Upper State Coach of the Year and SC High School League Coach of the Year…He is a graduate of Lamar HS and North Greenville University… He is married with two daughters and a son… To see a video made of the announcement, his comments and some photos click here.

 

 

LDHS:

Sub-varsity Teams at Home Tonight… The Raider JV and 9th Grade basketball teams will close out their season tonight as they host the Greenwood Eagles starting with the girls JV game starting at 5:30.

 

Carlay and Tinsley Sign Letters of Intent… Yesterday in the mini-gym at LDHS senior football players Wesley Carlay and Will Tinsley signed letters of intent to continue their education and football careers next fall… Carlay signed with The Citadel where he says he is not sure where the coaches will use him and he said “I am willing to do whatever they tell me to do, I just want to be a good player and teammate.”… He was a defensive lineman for the Raiders… He plans on majoring in Exercise Science and becoming a strength and conditioning coach… Tinsley signed with Erskine College which in 2020 will be bringing back intercollegiate football which it discontinued in 1951… Tinsley who was a wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner for the Raiders wants to major in Sports Management so he can continue to be around sports and possibly become a sports agent… Coach Chris Liner said “They are amazing young men. These two men will make an impact on these programs. We were blessed to get to be a part of their lives for the last four years.”  Congratulations to Will and Wesley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laurens Academy: The schedule for the region tournament is as follows:

Fri. 2/8 @ Greenwood Christian – Semi-finals

  • 5:30 Boys: Laurens Academy vs Anderson Christian
  • 7:00 Girls: Laurens Academy vs King Academy

 Sat. 2/9 @ Greenwood Christian – Finals

  • 3:00 Varsity girls’ championship game
  • 4:30 Varsity boys’ championship game
  • 6:00 Varsity Season & Tournament Awards

 

Middle School… last week the Clinton Middle School boys’ basketball team won the Little River Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championship… Below is a photo of the team after winning The Tournament Championship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 2-6-2019

Local Notes:

CHS:  The Red Devils closed out their regular season last night on the road traveling up to Woodruff to take on the Wolverines with playoff spots on the line.

  • Girls: WHS 55 – CHS 39… If the Lady Red Devils won last night they could have finished as high as second in the region but alas that did not happen as Woodruff took a 53-39 win… The Red Devils started slow and trailed 13-6 at the end of the first quarter and 24-16 at the half… Clinton managed to cut the Woodruff lead to 35-30 going into the fourth quarter but there Woodruff outscored Clinton 20-9 to take the 55-39 win… Woodruff’s Zay Jeter led all scorers with 24 points… De’Shanti Watts led the Red Devils in scoring with 13 points… Savannah Campbell and Terriauna Bennett both finished with 11 points for Clinton… Adaija Darby finished with 3 points and Tinique Austin 1… The Lady Red Devils finish the regular season 17-5 overall and 5-5 in region play… They finished fourth in the region and will be on the road next Monday starting playoff action at Southside HS.

 

  • Boys: CHS 67 – WHS 57… Now the news is better where the boys’ team is concerned as the Red Devils took a 67-57 win over the Wolverines… Clinton outscored Woodruff 24-12 in the second quarter to carry a 39-24 halftime break… The Wolverines did cut the Clinton lead to 49-39 going into the fourth quarter of play but the Red Devils would not let them get any closer… The Red Devils were led by Ahmari Bates who had a game-high 24 points and JD Payne who finished with 20… PJ Bluford contributed 9 points, Sam Tiller & Konnor Richardson 4 each and Davis Wilson and Qua Quarles both finished with 3 points each… The Red Devils finish the regular season 8-13 overall and 5-5 in region play… Now like the girls’ team they also finished fourth in the region and will start the playoffs next Tuesday as they travel to Chapman to take on the Panthers…. Congratulations to both Red Devil teams for making the playoffs! Go Big Red!

 

LDHS:  The Raiders hosted the TL Hanna Yellow Jackets in their final home games of the season on Senior Night.

  • Girls: TLH 56 – LDHS 37… The Lady Raiders found themselves simply outmatched last night as TL Hanna rolled to a 56-37 win… Hanna rolled to a 22-12 lead at the half and then outscored the Raiders 16-5 in the third quarter and never looked back though the Raiders never stopped battling… Maleia Bracone led Hanna with 21 points… The Raiders were led on the scoreboard by Kenaja Burnside and Qua Fortson who both scored 10 points… Raniya Jackson & Nadia Anderson both chipped in 4 points each while Lamoria Allen finished with 3 and Precious Grant 1… The Raiders fall to 6-17 overall and 2-11 on region action.

 

  • Boys: TLH 58 – LDHS 54… It seems the Raider boys’ team has had a lot of close losses this season and that was the case again last night as they fell to Hanna 58-54 in a comeback effort that fell short… Hanna took the lead early though Laurens did manage to tie the game 17-17 midway through the second quarter before Hanna pulled out to a 29-19 lead at the half… The Yellow Jackets led 41-23 going into the final 8 minutes of play which saw the Raiders mount a comeback but Hanna made their free throws down the stretch and clock just ran out on the Raiders… Dee Foster had a game-high 27 points to lead the Raiders and Dra Copeland was also in double-digits with 12 points… J’Von Harris chipped In 8 and Christian Anderson 7… The Raider record for the season now stands at 10-14 overall and 5-8 in region play… The Raiders will be on the road Friday as they finish their regular season and if the boys want to make the playoffs they must defeat the Eagles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laurens Academy: The Crusader boys’ varsity basketball team started their participation in the region tournament last night down at Newberry Academy taking on the Palmetto Christian Lions hoping to punch their ticket to the semi-finals on Friday night…

  • LA 61 – PC 22… The Crusaders did indeed punch their ticket to the semis Friday night as they rolled to a 61-22 win… It was a slow start for both team as the Crusaders only led 14-8 at the end of the first quarter but they stretched that lead to 38-12 going to the locker rooms at the half… The Crusaders held the Lions scoreless in the third quarter and cruised to the win… Noah Moore led the Crusaders with 21 points… Dawson Foster and Diamonte Grant were also in double-digits with 14 and 10 points respectively… Other scoring for the Crusades were Thomas Lowy with 5 points, Cal Robertson & Aidan McCall 3 each, Luke Kerber & Jared Jin 2 each and Charlton McCall rounded out the Crusader with 1 point… Both Crusader teams will be in action this Friday night at Greenwood Christian Academy in semi-final games… I’ll have more about that later in the week.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 2-5-2019

PC Notes:

  • WBK: Charleston Southern 63 – PC 55 in OT… Last Saturday the Lady Blue Hose hosted the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern at the Templeton Center… PC trailed by 8 points late in the fourth quarter but rallied to tie the game 55-55 as the quarter ended only to fall in overtime 63-55 as the Bucs hit 8 free throws in overtime while holding PC scoreless… Kacie Hall led PC with a game-high 17 [points… For more information on this game, click here… Presbyterian College falls to 4-16 (2-7 Big South) this season, while Charleston Southern moves to 6-14 (3-6 Big South)…. PC travels to Hampton tonight for a 7:00 pm contest.
  • MBK…. The men’s basketball has been off since last Wednesday and they will not be back in action Thursday when they host the Bulldogs of UNC Ashville in a 7:00 pm contest at the Templeton Center.
  • Other Sports… Now other sports like tennis are ongoing and others like softball and baseball are about to start… Remember to keep up with any and all sports all you need to remember is the web address www.gobluehose.com.

 

Local Notes:

CHS:  The Clinton JV teams hosted the Woodruff Wolverines last night in their final games of the season.

  • Girls: Clinton 34 – Woodruff 23… Sorry no other details… The team finished the season with a great 11-2 season record.
  • Boys: Clinton 34 – Woodruff 31… Sorry no other details… The team winds up with a very respectable 9-7 record on the season.

 

LDHS:  

Wrestling: Rock Hill 62 – Laurens 15… The Raider wrestling team traveled to Rock Hill last Saturday to take on the Bearcats in the first round of the Class-AAAAA Team Playoffs… Rock Hill is a traditionally strong team in wrestling and it appears they are again taking a 62-55 win over the Raiders… Myles Reppart, Wil Pontoon and Cody Emert all took wins over Bearcats on the mats… For more details on this match, click here…  The loss eliminated the Raiders from the playoffs but on Friday and Saturday February 15 & 16th the Raiders will be hosting the Individual Upper State Tournament where Raider wrestlers will be joined by other wrestlers from across the upstate of SC as they try to qualify for the individual, championships in Anderson the following weekend.

 

Sub-Varsity Basketball… The Raider sub-varsity basketball teams traveled to Anderson last night to take on the TL Hanna Yellow Jackets.

  • JV Girls: TLH 38 – LDHS 13… The Yellow Jackets held the Raiders scoreless in the first quarter and then went on to take the win… Jamya Chappell led the Raiders with 4 points.
  • 9th Grade Boys: TLH 30 – LDHS 27… Sorry no other details.
  • JV Boys: TLH 53 – LDHS 18… Sorry no other details.

 

 

Laurens Academy: Region Basketball Tournament Schedule

Today at Newberry Academy: LA boys vs. Palmetto Christian at 7:00 pm

Fri. 2/8 @ Greenwood Christian – Semi-finals

  • 5:30 Boys: LA/Palmetto winner vs Anderson Christian
  • 7:00 Girls: LA vs King/Cambridge winner

Sat. 2/9 @ Greenwood Christian – Finals

  • 3:00 Varsity girls’ championship game
  • 4:30 Varsity boys’ championship game
  • 6:00 Varsity Season & Tournament Awards

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 2-4-2019

Local Notes:

CHS:  Last Friday night the Red Devil varsity basketball teams traveled to Greenwood to take on the Emerald Vikings in Region III-AAA action.

  • Girls: CHS 62 – EHS 52… In girls’ action, the Red Devils took on the #3 ranked Vikings who before Friday had not suffered a region loss and had defeated the Red Devils 70-29 at Clinton earlier in the season when the Red Devils were fighting injuries… Well the Vikings are not perfect in region play any longer as the “healed” Red Devils took a 62-52 win…  Emerald led 9-6 after one quarter of play but the Red Devils fought back to carry a 29-24 lead into the locker room at the half… Clinton still led 43-41 going into the final 8 minutes of play where they outscored the Vikings 19-11 to take the win… Afterwards an elated Coach John Gardner commented “Total team effort (on) offense and defense. Super proud of this team”… Laura Livingston led the Vikings with 24 points…De’Shanti Watts led the Red Devils with 17 points… Savannah Campbell and Terriauna Bennett were also in double-digits with 12 and 11 points respectively… Taneal Evans scored 9 points, Tinique Austin 7, Payton Price-Walker 4 and Danah Kinard 2… The Lady Red Devils are now 17-4 on the season and 5-4 in region play.

 

  • Boys: EHS 65 – CHS 59… In boys’ action, the Vikings took a 65-59 win in a game that looked like the real Red Devil team did not show up for in the first half… The score at the half was 34-14 Vikings as the Vikings used a triangle and 2 defense designed to limit Clinton’s two biggest offensive weapons JD Payne and Ahmari Bates as they were limited to just 2 points each in the half… The third quarter was all Clinton as the Red Devils came out pressed the Vikings and scored 21 unanswered points before the Vikings finally scored in the period… When the third quarter ended the Red Devils led 45-41… The two teams played about even the first 4 minutes of the final quarter but the Vikings pulled away in the end especially after JD Payne fouled out to take the win… Ahmari Bates was the Red Devils leading scorer with 18 points… PJ Bluford had 11 points, Konnor Richardson 9, JD Payne 8, Davis Wilson 4, Kimon Quarles 3 and both Elijah Campbell & Sam Tiller finished with 2 points… The Red Devils drop to 7-13 overall and 4-5 in region play… The Red Devil varsity teams will travel to Woodruff for their final games of the regular season while the JV teams will host Woodruff today for their final game of the season.

 

LDHS:  The Laurens Raider varsity teams traveled up to Piedmont to take on the Wildcats of Woodmont HS.

  • Girls: WHS 54 – LDHS 24… The Lady Wildcats are now ranked #2 in Class AAAAA and they played like it last Friday night as they defeated the Lady Raiders 54-24… The writing was on the wall at the end of the first quarter as the Wildcats led 20-1 and extended that lead to 35-8 at the half as they rolled on to the win… Woodmont’s Xan Roland led all scorers with 17 points… The Raiders were led by Qua Fortson who had 11 points… Lamoria Allen contributed 4 points while Raniya Jackson, Nadia Anderson, MK Moore and Hanna Wiles all scored 2 points each…. Precious Grant rounded out the Raiders scoring with 1 point.

 

  • Boys: WHS 67 – LDHS 64 in OT… In boys’ action, the Wildcats made it a sweep of the Raiders as they took a 67-65 win but they had to go to overtime to do it… The Raiders had a 24-17 lead at the end of eh first quarter but Wildcats cut the Raider lead to 1 (32-31) going into the locker room at the half… Both teams battled toe to toe as the score was tied 41-41 at the end of the third quarter and 58-58 at the end of the fourth… In the overtime Woodmont hit enough free throws to win the game while Laurens only managed 6 points and no shots from the free throw line… Christian Anderson led the Raiders with a game-high 29 points 13 of them in the fourth quarter… Dee Foster was also in double-digits with 17 points… Dra Copeland finished with 6 points, Leonard Williams 5, Jordan Woodruff 3 and both J’Von Harris & Josh Ricks had 2 each… The Raiders fall to 10-13 on the season and 5-7 region play… The Raiders will host TL Hanna tomorrow night on Senior Night while the sub-varsity teams travel to TL Hanna tonight.

 

 

Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusaders closed out their regular season last Friday as they hosted they hosted their arch rivals the Newberry Academy Eagles on Senior Night.

  • Girls: LA 65 – NA 35… In the varsity girls’ game, the Lady Crusaders rolled to a 65-35 win behind Ruthie Moore’s 39 points… The Crusaders led 19-3 after 8 minutes of play and then continued to outscore the Eagles in the remaining three quarters taking the one-side win… In addition to Moore’s game high 39 points other Crusaders who scored were Jennifer Wu with 8 points, Regan Williamson with 7, Florence Mitchell with 6, Blair Quarles 3 and Morgan Marlett 2… The Lady Crusaders finish the season 22-3 overall and 10-0 in Region 2A SCISA play.

 

  • Boys: LA 37 – NA 24… In varsity boys’ action, the Crusaders completed the varsity sweep of the Eagles as they took a 37-24 win over the Eagles… Both offenses had a little trouble getting started as the score stood 6-4 Crusaders after 8 minutes of play… By the time the halftime rolled around the Crusaders had extended the lead to 17-8 and the Crusaders continued to outscore the Eagles in the second half as they went on to take the win… Noah Moore led the Crusaders with a game-high 15 points… Thomas Lowry finished with 8 points, Dawson Foster 7, Charlton McCall 4 and Diamante Grant 3… The varsity teams will start region tournament actions tomorrow and I hope to get more information on that today.

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 2-1-2019

PC Notes:

  • WBK: UNC-Asheville 52 – PC 43… Back on Tuesday the Lady Blue Hose hosted the Lady Bulldogs of UNC-Ashville at the Templeton Center… PC led 23-22 at the half but the Bulldogs came out in the second half and outscored the Blue Hose 30-20 to take a 52-43 win… Kacie Hall had a game-high 12 points to lead the PC offense… For more information on this game, click here…. PC falls to 4-15 (2-6 Big South) while UNC Asheville improves to 10-9 (5-3 Big South) on the season…. The team will host Charleston Southern tomorrow in a 2:00 pm contest at the Templeton Center.
  • MBK: Charleston Southern 85 – PC 84… One day later on Wednesday the men were in action as they traveled down I-26 to take on the Charleston Southern Buccaneers…It was a close game all night with 10 lead changes but in the end the Bucs hot a three-pointer that proved to be the winner as the Bucs took an 85-84 win…  The game also featured a total of 31 three-point goals… Francois Lewis led PC with a game high 25 points… For more information on this game, click here… PC is now 13-11 on the season and 5-4 in Big South Play… The Blue Hose will not return to action until next Thursday night when they UNC-Ashville at 7:00 pm in the Templeton Center.

 

Local Notes:

CHS:  The Clinton JV basketball teams hosted the Emerald Vikings last night

  • Girls: Clinton 38 – Emerald 16… Four different Red Devils had 6 points but Coach Speaks did not tell me who they were… Sorry about that.
  • Boys: Clinton 60 – Emerald 38… The Red Devils made it a sweep of the Vikings last night as the JV boys rolled to a 60-38 win over the Vikings… Emerald led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter but by the time the teams went to the locker rooms at the half Clinton led 27-16 and was never really threatened after that… Nick McGowan and Jordan Davis led the Red Devils in scoring with 8 points each.

 

LDHS:

Sub-Varsity Basketball… The Laurens Raider sub-varsity teams hosted the Woodmont Wildcats last night.

  • JV Girls: Woodmont 46 – Laurens 13… The Wildcats put 19 points on the board in the first quarter while the Raiders managed just 5 and then rolled to a 46-13 win over the Raiders… Angel Johnson had 6 of the Raiders 13 points.
  • 9th grade boys: Laurens 39 – Woodmont 34… Sorry no details
  • JV Boys: Woodmont 35 – Laurens 27… Sorry no details.

50 Inning Game Tomorrow… The Laurens Raider softball and baseball teams will get together tomorrow starting at 10:00 on the LDHS softball field as they hold their annual 50 Inning Game… This is a fundraiser for the teams where they split up into 2 co-ed teams and play 50 innings of “one-pitch” softball with the large softball… The players have already asked fans to sponsor them in the game and they get together for some fun and friendly competition… The sponsorship money and funds raised at the concession stand will be split between the teams to help cover expenses not funded by the district this season…. Come on out and watch the fun and grab a hot dog or two.

 

Middle School Basketball…Last night the Little River Conference finished its season with the tournament championship games at CMS.

  • Girls: Mid-Carolina 42 – Hickory Tavern 30… The girls’ championship game saw the undefeated Mid-Carolina Rebels take a 42-30 win over the Panthers of Hickory Tavern… The Rebels took an 8-4 lead at the end of the first period and then continue to outscore the Panthers in every quarter to as they rolled to the win… The Rebels Bailey Stewart had 20 points and Haylee Gunter 11 to lead the victors… The Panthers Faith Jackson led all scorers with 23 points despite the Rebels using a “box and one” defense on her where every time she touched the ball 2 Rebels were pretty much on her.
  • Boys: Clinton MS 52 – Newberry MS 32…The boys’ championship game saw the CMS Wildcats take a 52-32 win over the Tigers of Newberry MS… The Wildcats only lead 15-10 at the half but came back out of the locker room on fire and outscored the Tigers 21-13 and never look back as they rolled on to the 20 point win… The charge in the second half by the Wildcats was led by Wil Stewart and Wilson Wages who got hot and wound up leading scorers in the game with 14 points each…. Austin Copeland was also in double-digits for the Wildcats with 11 points… Tylon Scurry also had 7 points and a lot of rebounds…Devonta Anderson finished with 4 points and Quay rant 2… The Tigers were led by Chrishaund Cromer who had 11 points and was the only Tiger in double-digits…. Congratulations to Mid-Carolina and Clinton on their championships! 

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 1-31-2019

Local Notes:

CHS:  The JV basketball teams will be hosting the Emerald Vikings today starting at 6:00 pm

 

LDHS:  The Laurens Raider sub-varsity teams will be hosting the Woodmont Wildcats today starting with the JV girls’ game at 5:30.

 

Middle School Basketball:

  • Girls: Hickory Tavern 36 – Clinton 26… Last night at Hickory Tavern, the Lady Panthers punched their ticket to tonight’s finals of the Little River Conference Championship Tournament by taking a hard fought 36-26 win over the Clinton MS Lady Wildcats… The Panthers only led 10-6 at the ends of the first quarter as the Wildcats were hanging tough… However the Wildcats had trouble scoring in the second quarter as the Panthers outscored them 10-3 to carry a 20-9 lead into the locker rooms at the half… The Wildcats came out on the third quarter and outscored the Panthers 9-5 to make it 25-18 going into the final 6 minutes of plat where the Panthers halted the Wildcat momentum and went on to take the win… The Panthers Faith Jackson led all scorers with 23 points… The Wildcats were led by Jordan Hill and Fantasia Walker who both had 8 points… Others scoring for the Panthers were Desiree Jennings with 6 points, MKalie Revis 4 and Destiny Anderson 3… The balance of the Wildcats scoring was done by Mia Barr and Anna Litzenberger who both had 3 points while Naveah Johnson and Asia Barr had 2 points each… The Panthers advance to today’s finals of the Little River Conference Tournament at 5:00 pm at CMS where they will take on the Mid-Carolina Rebels.

 

College Notes: With all the local basketball going on it has been a while since we checked on the men’s and women’s college basketball rankings so let’s correct that now by looking at the AP Polls.

  • Men’s Division I Basketball Rankings…  The top 5 teams this week are Tennessee, Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga and Michigan in that order… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Michigan State, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina and Marquette… If you would like to see the balance of the top 25, click here.
  • Women’s Division I Basketball Rankings… In women’s basketball there is a new #1 as Baylor moved into that spot… UConn, Louisville, Oregon and last week’s #1 round out the top 5… The next 5 spots are occupied by Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Stanford, Oregon State and Marquette… South Carolina checked in at 16 this week up 3 spots from last week’s #19… To see the entire top 25 in the women’s AP Poll, click here.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-30-2019

Local Notes:

CHS:  The Clinton Red Devils hosted the Newberry Bulldogs on Senior Night last night in key region games.

  • Girls: Clinton 59 – Newberry 56… The Lady Red Devils trailed by 10 points (44-34) going into the fourth quarter but rallied to come back and take a 59-56… The Red Devils opened the final 8 minutes of play hot and took the lead about halfway through the final quarter… Each team had a chance in the last couple of minutes as missed shots and turnovers haunted each team… Payton Price-Walker hit a key basket with 1:37 left to put the Red Devils ahead for good and De’Shanti Watts managed to hit a couple of free throws to insure the win in the ;last 30 seconds…. Tinique Austin finished the game with 16 points and Savannah Campbell 13… Watts finished with 11 points while Taneal Evans, Price-Walker and Terriauna Bennett all scored 6 points each… Danah Kinard had 2 to round out the scoring for Clinton… The ladies are now 16-5 on the season and 4-4 in region play.

 

  • Boys: Clinton 71 – Newberry 54… Now there is good news for Clinton fans as the boys competed the sweep of the Bulldogs by rolling to a 71-54 win over the #7 ranked Bulldogs… The Red Devils trailed 4-3 early but took a 5-4 lead with 4:33 left in first quarter though Newberry did get within 1 point about midway through the second quarter but the Red Devils surged to a 32-22 lead at the half and were never rally threatened again… Coach Romines was as expected excited over the total game played by the Red Devils in a great team effort… JD Payne led all scorers with 24 points… Ahmari Bates scored 19 points and PJ Bluford 11 to give the Red Devils 3 players in double digits… Davis Wilson finished with 5 points, Titus Hood 4, Qua Quarles and Konnor Richardson 3 each and Sam Tiller 2… The Red Devils are now 7-12 on the season and 4-4 in region play… The Red Devil varsity teams will travel to Emerald this Friday while the JVs will host Emerald tomorrow.

 

LDHS: The Laurens Raider varsity teams traveled to Greenville last night to take on the Wade Hampton Generals.

  • Girls: Laurens 54 – Wade Hampton 44… In the first game, the Lady Raiders found themselves trailing 37-30 going into the final quarter of play but they came storming back behind Qua Fortson’s 15 points in the quarter to take a 54-44 win over the Generals… Wade Hampton had slight leads after the first and second quarter as well as the third… Fortson finished with a game-high 24 points and was the only Raider in double-digits… Nadia Anderson finished with 7 points, Raniya Jackson 6, Kenaja Burnside & MK Moore 5 each, Aija Davis 4, Paula Abrams 2 and Hannah Wiles 1… The Lady Raiders improve to 6-15 on the season and 2-9 in region play.

 

  • Boys: Wade Hampton 67 – Laurens 59… Now the news is not as good where the boys are concerned as the General handed the Raider a tough 67-59 loss… The Raiders trailed 34-24 going into the locker rooms at the half but came out hot in the third quarter and outscored the Generals 25-16 to cut the Wade Hampton lead to 1 (50-49) going into the fourth quarter… In the third quarter the Raiders hit five three-point shots and on the night they had 9 three-point shots go in… However they could not maintain that momentums as the Generals outscored them 17-10 to take the win… Christian Anderson led the Raiders with 20 points 15 of which came from beyond the three-point arc… Dee Foster had 16 points with 12 of them coming from three-pint land… Leonard Williams and Shamare Dendy each had 8 points, Dra Copeland 3 while Jordan Woodruff and Josh Ricks rounded out the Raider scoring with 2 points each… The Raiders fall to 10-12 on the season and 5-6 in region play… The varsity teams will travel to Woodmont Friday while the sub-varsity teams will host the Wildcats tomorrow.

 

 

Laurens Academy: Last night the Crusader middle school and varsity girls only hosted the Cambridge Academy Cougars making up games delayed by weather in December.

  • Girls: LA 52 – Cambridge 14… The Lady Crusaders rolled to a 32-2 lead at the half and then went on to take a dominating 52-14 win where non-starters played a lot… Ruthie Moore led the Crusaders with a game-high 18 points… Jennifer Wu finished with 11 points, Blair Quarles 10, Megan Marlett 7 and Regan Williamson 6… The Crusaders are now 20-3 on the season and 8-0 in region play… All the Crusader teams will be in action this Friday night as they host Newberry Academy in the last games of the regular season on Senior Night.

 

Little River Middle School Basketball Tournament … There were two games at Clinton Middle School yesterday

  • Girls: CMS 16 – Newberry 5… In a game that featured many times more turnovers and missed layups than points, the Lady Wildcat outscored the Lady Tigers of Newberry MS 16-5 to punch their ticket to the semifinal game at HT tonight against the Lady Panthers…  DaShari Simpson and Emarceycia Campbell led the Wildcats with 3 points each.
  • Boys: CMS 56 – GCO 34… The second game pitted the GCO boys against the CMS Wildcats… The Tigers were able to stay close in the first quarter but the Wildcats still led 19-13 at its end… After that, it was all Wildcats as the Wildcat nonstarter played early and often the rest of the game as the Wildcats rolled to a 56-34 win… The Wildcats were led in scoring by Wilson Wages and Tylon Scurry who finished with 11 points each… The GCO were led in scoring by Jay Hunter who had 9 points… The Wildcats are now one of the teams who will play in the championship game tomorrow… Their opponent will be the winner of the Newberry vs Mid-Carolina game tonight.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 1-29-2019

PC Notes:

  • WBK: Winthrop 55 – PC 52… Last Saturday the Lady Blue Hose traveled to Rock Hill to take on the Lady Eagles of Winthrop… The game went back and forth with both teams enjoying a lead at one point and PC had Winthrop’s lead down to 1 point with 47 seconds left but the Eagles hit a pair of free throws to take a 55-52 win… PC’s Kacie Hall had a game high 24 points… For more information on this game, click here… PC falls to 4-14 (2-5) on the season while Winthrop improves to 9-10 (5-3)… Presbyterian College hosts UNC Asheville tonight in a 6:00 pm game at the Templeton Center.

 

  • MBK: PC 99 – Winthrop 91… The PC men’s basketball team also played Winthrop but they were at home taking on the eagles… Now the news is better here as the Blue Hose defeated the eagles 99-91… PC trailed 55-44 at the half and came back to take the win with Adam Flagler leading the Blue Hose with 28 points scoring 20 of them in the second half… For more information on this game, click here… PC improves to 13-10 overall and 5-3 in the Big South, while Winthrop moves to 14-7, 6-2…. The Blue Hose head too Charleston Southern Wednesday night with tip-off slated for 7:30 pm. and the game can be seen on ESPN+.

Local Notes:

CHS: JV Basketball traveled to Newberry to take on the Bulldogs

  • Girls: Clinton 51 – Newberry 21…. Grayson Taylor led the Red devils with 10 points and Nikejah Boyd had 8.
  • Boys: Newberry 52 – Clinton 38… Coach Glenn said the played hard but just did not execute well especially in the fourth quarter… Jalen Ruff had 8 points for the Red Devils.

 

LDHS:

WRESTLING…. Well we need to do some catching up with the Raider wrestling team

  • Thursday, 1-24-19: Greenwood 49 – LDHS 30… Last Thursday the Raider wrestlers hosted the Greenwood Eagles in their last home match of the regular season… Unfortunately the Raider fell to Greenwood 40-39… Brian Sheffield, Jeremy Leonard, Will Pontoon and Andrew Shelton all defeated their opponents on the mats… To see if some of the Raiders took wins by forfeit and complete match details, click here
  • Saturday, 1-26-19: Region 1-AAAAA Individual Tournament… This past Saturday the Raiders traveled up to Woodmont HS for the Region I-AAAAA Individual Tournament… As a team the Raiders finished 5th with 8 Raiders finishing in the top 4 of their weight class…. They were: Will Pontoon 2nd in 220….Stetson Dawson 3rd in 106… Josh Schubert 3rd in 132… Austin James 3rd in 285… Brian Sheffield 4th in 120… Cody Emert 4th in 126… Jeremy Leonard 4th in 170… and Allen Llewellyn 4th in 195…  Congratulations to the team and these individuals for finishing in the top 4 of the region… The Raider wrestlers will travel to Rock Hill this Saturday to take on the Bearcats on their home floor in the first round of the Class-AAAAA team tournament… Should they defeat the Bearcats they will face another team to be determined Saturday afternoon … Good Luck to the Raiders!!

 

Sub-Varsity Basketball… The Raider sub-varsity basketball teams hosted the Wade Hampton Generals in the main gym at LDHS

  • 9th Grade Boys: Wade Hampton 42 – Laurens 39… Sorry no further details
  • JV Boys: Laurens 32 – Wade Hampton 25… Chase Jackson led the Raiders with 13 points.
  • JV Girls: Wade Hampton 25 – Laurens 18…  The Raiders tried to comeback but fell just short… For more information on this game click here.

 

Middle School Basketball… The Little River Conference post-season tournament will be starting today and at this time I do not have the brackets for the tournament but hope to obtain them today.

 

Broadcast Notes… Remember sporting events are streamed live on the internet at www.wlbg.com.

  • Tuesday, 2-5-19: Laurens Raider varsity teams host the Yellow jackets of TL Hanna in Region I-AAAAA action…. We will go live a couple of minutes before 6:00 pm. 

 

High School & Middle School Sports Schedules for this Week

  • Laurens School Dist. 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • Laurens School District 56: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here.
  • Laurens Academy: To see the 2018-2019 Crusader basketball schedule click here.

 

 This and That:

  • Raider Baseball Tryouts… Coach Patterson has announced tryout dates for those interested in trying to make one of 3 Raider baseball teams this season… High school students who want to try out for the varsity or JV squads need to come to Ed Prescott Field on Monday or Tuesday January 28th or 29th between the hours of 4-5;30 pm… New this year will be a C-Team which id for middle school students only… They should report to Red Prescott Field on Wednesday or Thursday between 4-5:30 pm… Everyone must turn in a current physical before being allowed to try out. They must bring with them appropriate equipment, as in gloves, cleats, etc… For more information or if you have questions contact Coach Patterson at 864-200-8654 or email him at: kjpatterson@laurens55.org.

 

  • Raider Softball Tryouts… Coach Smith has also announced that the rider softball team will be holding tryouts for the varsity & JV squads January 28th through January 30th… Tryouts will be at the LSHS softball field starting at 4:15 pm each day and again participants must have a current physical before being allowed to tryout… Also be sure to bring appropriate equipment, as in gloves, cleats, etc… If you have questions or for more information call Coach Smith at 864-684-0110.

 

  • Joe Adair Outdoor Education Chicken Stew Fundraiser… The Joe Adair Outdoor Education Center will be having its final chicken stew fundraiser for this school year on February 1st… The cost of the stew will be $8:50 per quart… all monies raised will be used for the maintenance and upkeep of the center… The center is used by students in School Districts 55 & 56 from kindergarten to high school… It is also used by community and civic groups…Stew can be preordered by calling the center at 864-984-5492…. The stew will be available for pickup from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm on February 1st at the center.

 

  • Laurens Area Youth Baseball Registration… Registration is now open for youth baseball through the Laurens Family YMCA and the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department… Ages 3-6 will register at the Laurens YMCS, Ages 7-8 Coaches Pitch as well as 9-10 Minors and 11-12 will register at The Ridge the Laurens Parks and Recreation headquarters… Ages 13-15 will register at the Laurens YMCA…The cost is only $60 and that includes uniforms and insurance … Don’t let this pass you by as registration closed Thursday, February 7th.

 

  • Clinton YMCA Youth Baseball, Softball & O-Zone Baseball Registration Open… Registration for all levels of baseball including O-Zone baseball and girls’ softball is now open through Tuesday, 2-12-19… For information such as age levels for each type of baseball and softball, cut off dates for determining age, fall-out dates, cost, financial aid information and who to call if you have more questions, see our posting in the Featured Sports section on the right-lower side of our homepage at

 

  • Hydra Softball Sign Ups… Registration for Hydra Softball will begin February 1st and continue until February 21st for girls ages 6-12 at the Hickory Tavern Park… Registration will be done on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am – 2pm… The cost is only $45 per child… If you have questions or want more information contact Nichole Patterson at 864-907-1549 or email her at: m-mscrapmetal-halfdime@outlook.com

 

  • Laurens Family YMCA 2018 – 2019 Sports Schedules… The Laurens Family YMCA has released the schedules for signing up for different sports during the 2018-2019 sports seasons… To see the entire list of sports, ages for participation, sign-up dates, cost and when the season begins click here… If you have any other questions call the Y at 984-2626… Registration is now open for youth basketball for ages 3-6… The cost is $40 per child and registration will close 1-6-2019 with the season starting the next day.

 

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, 1-28-2019

Local Notes:

 

CHS:  Last Friday the Clinton Red Devils traveled down to Prosperity to take on the Rebels of Mid-Carolina HS in Region III-AAA action

  • Girls: Mid-Carolina 43 – Clinton 41… In girls’ action, the Red Devils came out hot scoring 22 points in the first quarter to take a 22-5 lead… They continued to lead all the way to the end of the third quarter where they led 31-25 going into the last 8 minutes of play… In the final 8 minutes of play the Rebels mounted a comeback behind the offense of Nia Hall who scored 12 of her game-high 26 points to lead the Rebels to a come from behind 43-41 win over the Red Devils… Coach Gardner commented afterwards that foul trouble late in the game as well as missed free throws by the Red Devils played a large part in the loss… The Red Devils were led by Terriauna Bennett who scored 11 points… Taneal Evans finished with 9 points, Savannah Campbell 7 De’Shanti Watts 6, Payton Price-Walker 4 and both Aaliyah Johnston and Tinique Austin finished with 2 points each…. The lady Red Devils fall to 15-5 on the season and 3-4 in region play

 

  • Boys: Mid-Carolina 59 – Clinton 51… In boys’ action, the Red Devils started off slow as they trailed 15-9 at the end of the first 8 minutes of play… The two teams played about even through the second and third quarter as the Rebels led 47-37 going into the fourth quarter… There the Red Devils showed they were not going to go away quietly as they cut the Rebel lead to just 2 points with 1:20 left to play… With 30 seconds left to play the Red Devils were down by 3 points and missed a 3-point shot that would have tied the game and were forced to foul and the Rebels made their free throws to take a 59-51 win… Afterwards Coach Romines expressed his pride in the team for not quitting… Ahmari Bates led the Red Devils in scoring with 24 points… JD Payne finished with 16 points while Kimon Quarles chipped in 6 and PJ Bluford 5… The Red Devils are now 6-12 overall and 3-4 in region play…. The Red Devils will Newberry tomorrow night in their final home games of the regular season on Senior Night.

 

LDHS:  Also last Friday the Laurens Raiders played host to the Easley Green Wave in Region I-AAAAA action.

  • Girls: Easley 42 – Laurens 35… In the first game, the Lady Raiders came out cold in the first quarter and when it was over they trailed 13-3… However they did rebound in the second quarter and when the teams went to the locker rooms at the half the game was ties 18-18… Turnovers and missed opportunities proved to be the downfall of the Raiders in the second half as Easley took a 42-35 win… The Raiders had actually fought back to tie the game 35 all with 2:07 left in the contest but could get no closer as Easley made 5 free throws and one 2-point basket in the end to take the win… Qua Fortson led the Raiders with 9 points all but 2 of them coming in the fourth quarter… Nadia Anderson finished with 7 points, Kenaja Burnside & MK Moore 5 each, Raniya Jackson 4, Ashanti Conway 3 and Hanna Wiles 2… The lady Raiders fall to 5-15 on the season and 1-9 in region play.

 

  • Boys: Laurens 53 – Easley 40… Now the news is better where the Raider boys are concerned as they took a 53-45 win over the Green Wave… The Raiders came out slow as Easley led 15-9 after the first quarter but the Raiders came back and had a 22-21 lead at the half… The Raiders then held the Green Wave to just 4 points in the third quarter while they scored 21 and then went on to take the win… The Raiders’ Shamare Dendy led all scorers with 17 points… Dee Foster and Christian Anderson were also in double-digits with 11 points reach… Dra Copeland and Leonard Williams finished with 5 points each while J’Von Harris had 2… The Raiders improve to 10-11 on the season and 5-5 in region play… The Raider varsity teams will be in action tomorrow night as they travel to Greenville to take on the Wade Hampton Generals.

 

Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusaders were also at home last Friday as they hosted the Knights of WW King in region action.

  • Girls: LA 42 – WWK 18… In varsity girls’ action, the lady Crusaders took a 42-18 win over the Lady Knights… Neither team had a great offensive showing in the first half as the Crusaders only led 17-8 at the half…Both offenses continued to be sluggish in the third quarter as at its end the Crusaders only led 27-16… However that all changed in the final 8 minutes of play as the Crusaders outscored the Knights 15-2 to cruise to the win… The Crusaders were led by Ruthie Moore’s game-high 17 points… Blair Quarles was also in double-digits with 11 points… Regan Williamson finished with 8 points while Florence Mitchell, Morgan Marlett and Jennifer Wu all chipped in 2 points…The Lady Crusaders are now 19-3 on the season and 7-0 in region play.

 

  • Boys: LA 45 – WWK 30… Now the news is also good where the varsity boys are concerned as the Crusaders took a 45-30 win scoring all 45 of their points in the first three quarters… Charlton McCall had a game-high 19 points to lead the Crusaders… Dawson Foster finished with 9 points, Noah Moore 8 and Luke Kerber had 2 points… The Crusaders are now 14-8 on the season and 5-3 in region play… They will travel to Anderson Christian tomorrow to take in the Lions.

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 1-25-2019

PC Notes:

  • WBK: Radford 59 – PC 49… The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team rallied to cut the lead to single digits late in the fourth quarter, but Radford hung to take a 59-49 win on Tuesday night at Radford… Salina Virola led the Blue Hose with 11 points… For more information on this game, click here… Presbyterian College falls to 4-13 (2-4 Big South) on the year, while Radford moves to 12-6 (6-1 Big South)…The ladies are back in action at Winthrop tomorrow for a 2:00 pm contest.

 

  • MBK: Campbell 77 – PC 73… Last night up at Campbell, it took a late run by the Camels in the second half to survive the Blue Hose in a back and forth Big South battle as Campbell came away with a 77-73 win over the Blue Hose… Romeo Crouch led the Blue Hose with 16 points….The Blue Hose are now 12-10 overall and 4-3 in Big South play while Campbell goes to 11-8 and 4-1… For more information on this game, click here… The team will host Winthrop tomorrow at the Templeton Center in a 4:00 pm contest

 

Local Notes:

CHS:  The Red Devil JV basketball teams hosted the Mid-Carolina Rebels last night.

  • JV Girls: Mid-Carolina 30 – Clinton 26… The Lady Red Devils lost a close one as Mid-Carolina took a 30-26 win… Grayson Taylor led the Red Devils in scoring with 10 points… Nikejah Boyd finished with 6.
  • JV: Boys: Clinton 53 – Mid-Carolina 22… Better news where the JV boys are concerned as they rolled to a 53-22 win over the Rebels… Danny Kinard was the leading scorer for the Red Devils with 11 points.

Varsity at Mid-Carolina Tonight… Be sure to take the short ride down to Prosperity tonight where the Red Devil varsity basketball teams will be in important region games against the Rebels of Mid-Carolina HS.

 

LDHS:  The Laurens Raider sub-varsity teams traveled to Easley HS to take on the Green Wave

  • JV Girls: Easley 22 – Laurens 19… In JV girls’ action the Raiders lost a heartbreaker as they fell 22-19 to the Green Wave… The Raiders trailed going into the 4th quarter but came back to tie the game only to have Easley pick up a loose ball with 20 seconds left to score and take the lead and then add another point on a free throw… Angle Johnson led the Raiders in scoring with 15 points.
  • 9th Grade Boys: Easley 40 – Laurens 36… Sorry no other details
  • JV Boys: Easley 27 – Laurens 18… Isaiah Burnside had 10 of the Raiders 18 points.

Varsity at Home Tonight… The Raider varsity basketball teams will be at home tonight to take on the Green Wave in very important region games… Please come out and support the Raiders but if you can’t make it you can catch all the action here on Real Radio 860 WLBG and streaming live on the internet at www.wlbg.com.

 

Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusaders hosted the Eagles of Richard Winn Academy last night in region action.

  • Girls: LA 46 – RWA 34… The Crusader girls’ varsity basketball team continues to roll along in region play as they took a 46-34 win over the Eagles last night… They held the Eagles scoreless in the first quarter and then dominated every quarter but the last where the Eagles did outscore the Crusader subs… Ruthie Moore had a game-high 27 points for the Crusader… Blair Quarles finished with 6 points, Sarah Grace Natiello finished with 5, Regan Williamson 4 while and both Payton Breen and Jennifer Wu finished with 2 points each… The Crusaders are now 18-3 on the season and 6-0 in region play.
  • Boys: RWA 53 – LA 43… Now the news is not as good where the varsity boys are concerned as the Eagles took a 53-43 win… The Crusaders actually led 11-9 at the end of the first quarter but the Eagles outscored them 18-6 in the second quarter to carry a 27-17 lead into the locker room at the half and the Crusaders just could not climb out of the hole in the second half… Noah Moore had a game high 19 points to lead the Crusaders… Dawson Foster finished with 13 points, Diamonte Grant 6, Charlton McCall 3 and Thomas Lowry 2… The Crusaders are now 12-78 on the season and 4-3 in region play.

Crusaders at Home Tonight… All the Crusader basketball teams will be back in anion today as they host the Knights of WW King Academy.

 

Middle School Basketball:  Scores that I have from last night are:

Westview Titans at Sanders

  • Girls: Westview took a 10 point win… Sorry no more information at this time.
  • Boys: Sanders 49 – Westview 46… Sanders’ Ty’Quavis Johnston hit a shot at the buzzer to give Sanders the win

 

Hickory Tavern at Gray Court-Owings.

  • Girl: HT 51 – GCO 40… The Panthers got off to a fast start as they led 19-5at the end of the first quarter and were never really threatened after that… Faith Jackson had 39 of the Panthers 51 points… Dayzia Grant led the Tigers with 25 points.
  • Boys: HT 42 – GCO 21… The Panthers completed the sweep of the Tigers by rolling to a 42-21 win in the boys’ game… The Panthers outscored the Tigers 13-2 in the third quarter as turnovers plagued the Tigers all night…The Panthers’ Mason Aiken led all scorers with 18 points including four three-point goals and Carter Faulkner finished with 10 points… Jaylin Simmons had 8 points to lead the Tigers and Jay Hunter 7.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 2-24-2019

Local Notes:

CHS:  The Red Devil JV basketball tama traveled to Union County HS to take on the Yellow Jackets.

  • Girls: Clinton 44 – Union 34… Grayson Taylor led the Red Devils with 10 points while both Deasia Boyd & Nikejah Boyd finished with 8 points.
  • Boys: Clinton 45 – Union 40… sorry no further details.
  • Today… The teams will be at home hosting the Mid-Carolina Rebels starting at 6:00 pm

 

 LDHS:  The Raider sub-varsity teams hosted the JL Mann Patriots last night in the main gym at LDHS.

  • JV Girls: Mann 18 – Laurens 16… The Raiders trailed 14-7 at the half but held the Patriots scoreless in the third quarter as they tried to come back and did tie the game late in the fourth quarter but fell a little sho9rt as Mann took an 18-16 win…Angel Johnson led the Raiders with 8 points…. Nya Anderson and Amareeyuna Anderson both finished with 4 points each.
  • 9th Grade Boys: Mann 51 – Laurens 27… Mann took a 51-27 win in 9th grade boys’ action… Mann only led 23-18 at the half but turnovers and poor shooting plagued the Raiders in the second half as Mann pulled away allowing the Raiders only 3 points in the final quarter… Waldrick Burnside had 12 points to lead the Raiders… Blake Nelson finished with 10, Lamont Allen 3 and Jackson Edwards 2.
  • JV Boys: Mann 45 – Laurens 29… The Patriots completed the sweep of the Raiders by taking a 45-29 win in JV boys’ action… The Raiders actually led 19-14 at the half but the Mann defense caused way too many turnovers in the second half as Mann took the come-from behind win… Chase Jackson was the only Raider in double-digits as he finished with 10 points… Toney Pulley & Isaiah Burnside both finished with 5 points each, Preston Mahon 4, Nock Cook 3 and Joshua Curton 2.
  • Today… The sub-varsity teams will be on the road traveling to Easley to take on the Green Wave.

 

Middle School Basketball:

Johnston Headed Back to Ware Shoals… The Ware Shoals Observer reported yesterday that Chris Johnston was approved Tuesday night by the Ware Shoals Board of Trustees as the new head football coach and athletic director… Chris is a native of Ware Shoals and a graduate of Ware Shoals High…Chris presently is the athletic director, head football coach and basketball coach at Hickory Tavern Middle School… He took that job this year after spending one year at Ware Shoals as assistant football coach and girls basketball coach a roll he will also fill next year.…Prior to that Chris has worked at Laurens Middle School in multiple coaching capacities… Chris’ father Bob Johnston was a highly successful girls’ basketball coach at Ware Shoals in the 19600s, 1970s and 1980s winning multiple state championships… The gym at ware Shoals is named for his father Bob Johnston… Congratulations and Good Luck to Chris… From one Ware Shoals graduate to another, Go Hornets!

 

Middle School Basketball Scores from Tuesday

Ware Shoals at Gray Court-Owings

  • Girls: GCO 32 – WS 15… The Lady Tigers of GCO more than doubled up the Lady Hornets as they took a 32-15 win… Dayzhia Grant led all scorers with 24 points… Krishma Billing had 2points, Iesha Mack 2 and JaNiyah Jones 3.
  • Boys: GCO 33 – WS 21… The GCO Tigers made it a sweep of the Hornets by defeating them 33-21 in the boys’ game… They did this despite being held scoreless in the second quarter… Jay Hunter led the Tigers with 14 points.

 

Newberry at Clinton MS

  • Girls: CMS 23 – Newberry 14… In girls’ action, the Wildcats held Newberry scoreless in the first half and then went on to take a 23-14 win… I believe Jordan Hill led the Wildcats in scoring with 9 points.
  • Boys: CMS 55 – Newberry 47.., Sorry no other details.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-23-2019

Local Notes:

CHS:  The Red Devils hosted the Union County Yellow Jackets in region action last night in region action… back on January 1st the Yellow Jackets swept the Red Devils at Union so revenge was on the Red Devil minds.

  • Girls: Clinton 28 – Union 24… In the first game the lady Red Devils got back on the winning track as they took a 28-24 win over the Yellow Jackets… The Red Devils started out ice cold as they failed to score in the first quarter while the Yellow Jackets scored 8 points… Both teams played good defense the entire game and by the time the fourth quarter started Union led 22-13… In the final 8 minutes the Red Devils defense held Union to just 2 points while the offense put 13 point on the board giving the Red Devils a come from behind 28-24 win…. Savannah Campbell led the Red Devils in scoring with 7 points… Taneal Evans and Terriauna Bennett had 6 points each, De’Shanti Watts was well enough to play some and finished with 4 points, while both Dana Kinard and Payton Price-Walker finished with 2 points… The lady Red Devils are now 15-4 on the season and 3-3 in region play.

 

  • Boys: Clinton 69 – Union 50… In the final game the Clinton boys’ team also avenged an earlier loss to the Red Devils as they as they took a 69-50 win over Union… In the last two games the Red Devils won in nail bitters but that was not the case last night as the Red Devils rolled to a 25-9 lead at the half and pretty much maintained that margin or more as every time Union would try to make a run they answered with the same or more… Coach Eddie Romines said afterwards “tonight we played or complete “Team” game of the season”… Ahmari Bates led all scorers with 24 points… PJ Bluford was also in double digits as he scored 11 points, Elijah Campbell 9, JD Payne 8, Sam Tiller 6, Qua Quarles 5, Konnor Richardson 4 and Kimon Quarles 2… The Red Devils improve to 6-11 on the season and 3-3 ion region play…. The Red Devil varsity teams will travel to Mid-Carolina Friday to take on the Mid-Carolina Rebels.

 

 

LDHS: Last night the Raider basketball teams completed a stretch of 3 games on the road as they traveled to JL Mann to take on the Patriots in region action.

  • Girls: Mann 53 – Laurens 27… In the girls’ game, the Raiders did not play nearly as well as they did last Friday night at Westside as they managed on 27 points in the game while Mann struck fir 53… The score at the end of the first quarter was 14-5 Mann and they were never really threatened after that as they outscored the Raiders in every quarter… Qua Fortson was the leading scorer for the Raiders with 15 points… Aija Davis finished with 5 points, Kenaja Burnside 3 and both Hanna Wiles and Ashanti Conway finished with 2 points each… The Raiders are now 5-14 on the season and 1-7 in region play.

 

  • Boys: Mann 57 – Laurens 48… In the final game at Mann, the Patriots completed the sweep of the Raiders as they took a 57-48 win… The game was tied 13-13 at the end of the first quarter but the Patriots outscored the Raiders 17-8 in the second quarter to take a 30-21 lead into the locker room at the half… The Raiders did cut into that lead in the third quarter outscoring the Patriots 16-12 but could not sustain that momentum in the fourth as the Patriots went on to the win… Christian Anderson led the Raiders with 19 points… Dee Foster finished with 11 points, Dra Copeland 7 and both Leonard Williams and Shamare Dendy finished with 3 points each… The Raiders fall to 9-11 on the season and 4-5 in region play… They will be home Friday as they host the Easley Green Wave.

 

 

Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusaders played host to the New Covenant School Cavaliers last night.

  • Girls: LA 60 – NCS 23… In girls’ action the lady Crusaders rolled to a 60-23 win over the Lady Cavaliers… The Crusaders came out hot and led 17-8 at the end of the first quarter and then went on to outscore the Cavaliers in every quarter to take the win… The Crusaders opened the second half outscoring the Cavaliers 22-4 in the third quarter… The Crusaders only scored 8 points in the final quarter (the Cavaliers scored only 2) as the non-starters got a chance to play… Ruthie Moore had a game high 22 points and Blair Quarles was also in double-digits with 12 points… Morgan Marlett finished with 9 points, Jennifer Wu 6, Sarah Grace Natiello 4, Florence Mitchell 3 Emily Abercrombie 2 and Hanna Stribling 2… The Crusaders are now 17-3 on the season.
  • Boys: LA 62 – NCS 61… Now the news is also good where the varsity boys are concerned as they took a come from behind 62-61 win in a game that was decided on the last shot at the buzzer… The Crusaders trailed the Cavaliers 48-29 going into the fourth quarter but in the final 8 minutes saw they stormed back and take a 2 point lead on a three-point shot by Dawson Foster with 40 seconds left to play… The Cavaliers came down worked for a good shot and nailed a 3-pointer with about 7 seconds to go to take a 1 point lead… After Coach Plowden called a time out with less than 6 seconds to play, the inbounds pass went into Charlton McCall who took in in backcourt and drove ¾ of the court to put the ball in for the win at the buzzer… Dawson Foster led the Crusaders in scoring with 18 points… Noah Moore finished with 13 points despite fouling out early in the fourth quarter and Charlton McCall finished with 12… Thomas Lowry rounded out the scoring for the Crusaders with 9 points… The Crusaders are now 12-7 on the season and the Crusader basketball teams will host Richard Winn on Thursday.

 

Middle School Basketball…  Check back tomorrow for scores from last night and tonight.

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