Sports Report for Thursday, 1-18-2018

Local Notes: Due to school being out, no local sports to report on and see the This and That section below for information about youth baseball and softball registration in the area. 

College Notes:

  • Men’s Div. I AP Poll… The latest Men’s AP Poll for D-! Basketball had a good bit of movement in the top 10… Villanova continued to hold down the top spot but Virginia moved up from #3 to #2… Purdue which last week was #5 moved up to #3… Oklahoma which last week was all the way down at #9 jumped 5 spots to #4 and Duke climbed from #7 to #5… Last week West Virginia was #2 but they dropped to #6 in this week’s poll where they are followed by Wichita State, Texas Tech, Michigan State and Kansas coming in at #10… The Clemson Tigers checked in at # 20 in this week’s poll which was released on Monday… To see the entire top 25 in the AP Poll, click here.
  • Women’s Div. I AP Poll… There was not as much movement in the Women’s AP Poll for D-! Basketball as undefeated UConn continues to hold down the top spot but last week’s #2 Notre Dame dropped to #5 after picking up their second loss… Moving up a spot were Louisville, Mississippi State and Baylor to fill in spots 2, 3 and 4 respectively… Spots 6 thru 10 are now occupied by Tennessee, Oregon, Ohio State, Texas and South Carolina in that order…  If you would like to see the entire top 25 in the AP Poll click here.
  • ACC Men’s Basketball Standings… Taking a quick look at the ACC Men’s basketball Standings you find Virginia in the top spot with a 5-0 conference record and 16-1 overall… Louisville comes in at #2 with a 4-1 / 14-4 record followed by Georgia Tech 3-1 / 10-7… Duke, Clemson and North Carolina all have 4-2 conference records… To see the entire standings of the ACC men’s teams, click here
  • ACC Women’s Basketball Standings… Here you will find Notre Dame and Louisville at the top of the list as Notre Dame is 5-0 in conference play (16-1 overall) and Louisville is 4-0 (18-0)… To see the entire standings click here
  • SEC Men’s Basketball Standings… Looking at the SEC Men’s standings you find Florida on top with a 5-1 conference record (13- overall) followed by Auburn 4-1 (16-2), Kentucky 4-2 (14-4) and Alabama 4-2 (12-6)… To see the entire standings of the ACC men’s teams, click here
  • SEC Women’s Basketball Standings… Looking at the SEC women you find Mississippi State on top with a 5-0 conference record (19-0 overall) followed by Tennessee 4-1 (16-1), Georgia 4-1 (16-2) and Missouri 3-1 (15-2)… To see the entirety of the SEC women’s standings, click here.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-17-2018

Local Notes:

CHS… The Clinton Red Devils traveled up to Spartanburg last night to take on the Broome Centurions in Region III – AAA action

  • G: Clinton 44 – Broome 30… In the first game last night, the Lady Red Devils took a 44-30 win over the Lady Centurions… The Red Devils jumped on top 14-5 after 8 minutes of play and pretty much maintained that margin the rest of the way outscoring the Centurions in every quarter but the third where the Centurions scored one more point than the Red Devils… Deshanti Watts led all scorers with 13 points with all but 3 of them coming n the second half… Savannah Campbell was also in double digits with 11 points all but coming in the first half….Kailey Cheeks finished with 7 points, Terriauna Bennett & Sara Olivia Stephens with 4 each, Ashlyn Abercrombie & Dana Kinard 2 each and LaCola Masses rounded out the Red Devil scoring with 1 point…. The Red Devils improve to 8-10 on the season and 2-2 in region play.
  • B: Broome 64 – Clinton 61… In boys’ action, the Centurions turned the table and took a hard fought 64-61 win over the Red Devils… Broome held a 19-17 lead at the end of the first quarter, 36-32 at the half and 46-40 going into the last 8 minutes of play… Jahleed Cook led the Red Devils with 21 points while both JD Payne and Ty Priestly had 12 points… Zay Bennett finished with 9 points and Zay Hurley 7 to round out the scoring for Clinton… The Red Devils are now 10-8 on the season and 2-2 in region play… The Red Devils travel to Woodruff on Friday.

LDHS… The Laurens Raiders hosted the Riverside Warriors last night in Region II-AAAAA action.

  • G: Riverside 40 – Laurens 35… In the first game, the Lady Warriors took a 40-35 win over the Raiders….Neither team had a stellar night as turnovers and missed shot seemed to be the order of the day but Riverside did carry a 17-10 lead into the locker room at the half… The Warriors stretched their lead to as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter before the Raiders were able to mount a comeback and actually got to within 1 point (36-35) with 30 seconds to play but could get no closer… Cali Heisey was the only Raider in double digits with 10 points… Sandajah Vance and Lamoria Allen finished with 6 points each, Qua Fortson and Portland Wallace had 4 points each, while Alexus Espinosa rounded out the Raider scoring with 1 points… The Raiders fall to 7-9 on the season and 1-2 in region play.
  • B: Riverside 64 – Laurens 32… In the last game at LDHS, the Warriors completed the sweep of the Raiders by taking a 64-32 win… It seemed last night that the Raiders were just not able to get their offense into its normal rhythm and the Warriors played a patient offensive game that more often than not found the open man and made their shots count… The Raiders only trailed 17-7 after the first quarter but managed only 5 points in the second quarter as they trailed 31-12 at the half and never were able to get back in the game… Josh Greene finished with 9 points to lead the Raiders…Others scoring were Christian Anderson and Zy Anderson with 5 points each, Ty Foster 3, Carson Todd 3, Ryan Dacre 3, Dee Foster 2 and Cedraquan McDowell 2… The Raider record now stands at 7-10 overall and 0-3 in the region…. The Raider varsity teams will play host to the Greenwood Eagles this Friday.

Laurens Academy…. The Laurens Academy Crusaders hosted the Knights of WW King last night out at the academy.

  • G: LA 51 – King 8… The Lady Crusaders took a one-sided 51-8 win over the Lady Knights in a game that was really not in question after the first few minutes of the game… The Crusaders led 25-2 after the first 8 minutes of the game and then limited the Knights to just 2 points in each of the remaining quarters as they coasted to the win… Ruthie Moore had a game-high 19 points scoring all but 2 of her points in the first half… Blair Quarles was also in double-digits with 10 points… Jennifer Wu contributed 8 points and Regan Williamson 6 while Taylor Campbell, Florence Mitchell, Audrey Noffz and Hannah Stribling all had 2 points each… The Lady Crusaders improve to 18-1 on the season and 5-0 in conference play.
  • B: LA 38 – King 8…  In boys’ action, the results were very close to what the Lady Crusaders did as Coach Plowden and his team took a 38-8 win over the Knights… The Crusaders led 11-3 at the end of the first quarter and went on from there actually holding the Knights scoreless in the third quarter… Joshua Moore led all scorers with 12 points and was the only Crusader in double-digits… Dawson Foster finished with 8 points, Noah Moore 7, Wil Tindal 5 and finishing with 3 points each were Charlton McCall and Ryan Anderson… The Crusaders improve to 5-12 overall and 2-4 in conference play…. The Crusaders travel to Wardlaw tomorrow.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 1-16-2018

PC Notes:

  • M: UNC-A 76 – PC 56… Since we last mentioned PC basketball last Friday the men’s team has been in action twice… Last Friday evening they took on the UNC-Ashville Bulldogs at the Templeton Center and fell by a score of 76-56… PC trailed 45-23 at the half and with poor shooting percentages compared to the Bulldogs that was a hole they just could not climb out of… JC Younger led PC with 13 points… For more information on this contest, click here.
  • M: High Point 73 – PC 49… The men were back in action last night as they traveled to High Point to take on the Panthers… Again the Blue Hose suffered from poor shooting (30.6% to HP’s 5)5) and were out rebounded by the Panthers almost 2-1 (41-24) as they fell to the Panthers 73-49… JC Younger again led PC with a game-high 19 points… For more information on this contest, click here… The Blue Hose drop to 8-11 overall and 1-5 in league play and will head to Gardner-Webb this Thursday (1-18-18) for a 7 pm contest.
  • W: PC 65 – Campbell 59… The Lady Blue Hose were in action Saturday as they host the Campbell Camels and the news is better here for PC fans as they took a 65-59 win over the Camels… The Blue Hose were down by 9 points at the half but came back to take the win behind a game and career high 23 points by Kacie Hall… For more information on this contest, click here… The Blue Hose improved their overall record to 4-11 overall and 1-3 in Big South play and will be back in action tonight as they host Gardner-Webb.

Local Notes: 

2018 Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Announced…  Yesterday the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame released the names of the 5 individuals who will be inducted into their second class on March 22, 2018… The five who will enter the hall this year are Ricky Foggie, Bobby Ivey, Kinard Littleton, Sam Owns and Truman Owens… Now for more information about each of these worthy inductees, a reminder of who was in last year’s class, information about how they were selected and ticket information for the induction banquet, click here…. Congratulations to them all!

CHS … The Red Devil varsity basketball teams travel to Broome tonight.

LDHS

Wrestling… The Laurens Raider wrestling team was in action late last week and this weekend and we need to catch up with them.

  • At Powdersville HS on Thursday, 1-11-18… While at Powdersville HS on Thursday last week, the Raiders took on not only the host Powdersville but also Woodruff and Liberty… Good news as the Raiders defeated two of those there teams… They defeated Woodruff 42-23, and Liberty 43-35… The host Powdersville did manage to take a 41-36 win over the Raiders… Now if you would like to find out how each individual member of the team did against those 3 schools, click on the scores.
  • Raiders Finish 5th at Yellow Jacket Invitational… This past Saturday the Raider wrestlers participated in the Yellow Jacket Invitational at TL Hanna HS and finished 5th… A few of the Raider wrestlers did particularly well finishing in the top 3 of their weight class… They were Damein Ladd 2nd in 113, Caleb Reid 3rd in 170, Christopher Jackson 3rd in 195, Will Pontoon 2nd in 220 and Nathan Hamby 2nd in 285… To see complete match results for each of the Raider wrestlers, click here.

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Sports Report for Monday, 1-15-2018

Local Notes:

CHS … The Clinton Red Devils played host to a couple of top 10 ranked AAA teams as the Lady Bulldogs of Newberry HS came into Friday’s game ranked #1 and the boys came in ranked #4.

  • G: NHS 58 – CHS 26… In girls’ action, the Lady Bulldogs showed why they are ranked #1 as they took a 58-26 win over the Red Devils… They outscored the Red Devils 21-5 in the first quarter and continued to outscore them in every quarter but the third when the two teams scored 7 points each… Afterwards Coach Gardner commented “They are a good basketball team that will make you pay for any mistake.”… Terriauna Bennett led the Red Devils with 8 points… Savannah Campbell and DeShanti Watts finished with 6 points each, Sara Olivia Stephens 4 and LaCola Massey 2… The Lady Devils fall to 7-10 overall and 1-2 in region play.
  • B: NHS 71 – CHS 68… The Red Devil boys’ basketball team gave the Bulldogs a stiff test but in the end the Bulldogs prevailed by a score of 71-68… Clinton gave Newberry all they wanted and more in the first half as the Red Devils led 43-30 going into the locker room at the half… In the third quarter the Red Devils only managed 11 points to the Bulldogs 27 and the Red Devils found themselves trailing 57-54 going into the last 8 minutes of the games… Newberry continued to pull ahead in the fourth quarter until the Red Devils made a run to get the game to within 3 but could not get the shot needed to tie the game… Jahleed Cook had a game-high 20 points to lead the Red Devils… JD Payne & Zay Hurley finished with 12 points each while Zay Bennett had 10 to give the Red Devils 4 players in double-digits… Ty Priestly added 7, Zack James 6 and Konnor Richardson rounded out the Red Devil scoring with 1 point… The Red Devils now stand 10-7 on the season and 2-1 in region play.

LDHS… The Laurens Raiders were on the road last Friday taking on the Wade Hampton Generals who also have teams ranked in the top 10 of class AAAAA … The girls are ranked #10 and the boys #6.

  • G: WH 64 – LDHS 39… The Lady Raiders came out cold scoring only 6 points in the first quarter to the Generals 14 and the margin was about the same at the half as Wade Hampton held a 29-20 going into the locker room at the half… The game was pretty much decided in the third quarter where the Generals outscored the Raiders 21-10 and they continued to build on that in the fourth quarter as the #10 ranked Lady Generals took a 64-39 win… Sandajah Vance led the Raiders was the leading scorer for the Raiders with 12 points… Other scoring for Laurens were Jayla Mosey with 8 points, Alexus Espinosa with 5, Cali Heisey with 4 and scoring 2 points each were KB Burnside, MK Moore, Hannah Wiles, Ashanti Conway and Portland Wallace…. The Raiders are now 7-8 overall and 1-1 in region play.
  • B: WH 69 – LDHS 58… In the boys’ game, the # 6 ranked Generals completed the sweep of the Raiders by taking a 69-58 win…. The Laurens boys also came out cold scoring only 5 points in the first quarter and found themselves trailing 23-5 at its end… The trimmed 2 points off the difference in the second quarter and trailed 39-13 at its half… Wade Hampton built on their lead in the third quarter and led 58-40 at its end and then went on to take the win… Carson Todd led the Raiders with 16 points and Josh Green was the only other Raider in double-digits 11 points… Ryan Dacre and Christian Anderson both finished with 8 points while Justin Anderson had 6, Dee Foster 5 and J’von Harris 4… The Raiders are now 7-9 on the season and 0-2 in region play.

Laurens Academy… The Laurens Academy Crusaders traveled down to Greenwood last Friday night to take on the Greenwood Christian Hawks.

  • G: LA 59 – GC 29… The Lady Crusaders wasted little time in determining who would win their game with the Hawks as they jumped out to a 19-2 lead after the first 8 minutes of play and a 36-10 lead at the half as they went on to take a dominating 59-29 win over Greenwood Christian…Taylor Campbell led all scorers with 20 points while Ruthie Moore finished with 14 and Jennifer Wu 11… Blair Quarles and Florence Mitchell finished with 5 points each while both Mattie Noffz and Hannah Stribling finished with 2 points each… The Crusaders are now 17-1 on the season and 4-0 in conference play.
  • B: GC 47 – LA 37… In the final game of the night at GC, the Hawks took a come from behind 47-37 win over the Crusaders… The Hawks led 14-13 after 8 minutes of play but the Crusaders held them to just 2 points in the second quarter to the Crusaders 5 as the Crusaders carried an 18-16 lead into the halftime break… However the Hawks picked up their offense in the second half and the Crusaders did not as the Hawks took the win… Noah Moore led all scorers with 26 points and was the only Crusader in double-digits… Dawson Foster and Wil Tindall scored 5 points each and Thomas Lowry added a single point to round out the Crusader scoring…. The Crusaders fall to 4-12 and 1-4 on the season.

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Sports Report for Friday, 1-12-2018

PC Notes:

  • W: HP 81 – PC 55… Last Tuesday night the Lady Blue Hose traveled up to High Point to take on the Panthers and fell by a score of 81-55… The Panthers went on a 22-3 run at the end of the first quarter putting the Blue Hose in a hole they just could not climb out of… Kiara Jackson led PC with 10 points… For more information on this contest, click here… PC is now 3-11 overall and 0-3 in Big south play… The team is back in action tomorrow as they host the Campbell Camels in a 2 pm contest at the Templeton Center.
  • M: Campbell 83 – PC 79… The PC men’s team was also in action last Tuesday as they hosted the Campbell Camels… It was a tough loss for the Blue Hose as they led late in the game but the Camels outscored them 21-10 over the last 6 minutes to take an 83-79 win… Davon Bell led PC with 26 points…  For more information on this contest, click here. … PC’s record drops to 8-9 on the season and 1-3 in league play…. The team travels to UNC-Ashville for a 7 pm contest.

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Friday Night is YMCA night and Principal’s Honor Roll Night.  The YMCA girls’ basketball players will play during half time of the girls’ game, and the oldest boys’ basketball teams for the YMCA will play during half time of the boys game…  The YMCA cheerleaders will sit with the CHS Cheerleaders and will cheer with them.  All YMCA coaches, players, and cheerleaders will get in free at the game with the passes issued to them from CHS Athletics...  All players, coaches, and cheerleaders should also wear their shirt…. Additionally, we will celebrate all students in the district that made PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL FOR FIRST SEMESTER.  All principals will have passes for eligible students prior to Friday’s game…  Students with these passes will get in free… All students will be recognized on the court IN BETWEEN THE GIRLS AND BOYS GAME this Friday night.

LDHS

Basketball… The Raider sub-varsity teams played host to the Wade Hampton Generals last night in the main gym at LDHS.

  • JV-G: WH 33 – Laurens 21… The Lady Raiders scored a season high 21 points last night but still was not enough as the Generals took a 33-21 win…. Ha’ley Williams had 6 points to lead the Raiders…. Jakayla Young had 5, Kierney Allen 4, Destyne Wells 3, Jamaya Chapell 2 and Nyre Calhoun 1.
  • 9th Grade Boys: Laurens 22 – WH 20… Now the news is better for Raider fans as the 9th grade boys team took a hard fought 22-20 win over the Generals… Laurens led at the half (11-6) but the Generals fought back and led 16-14 going into the final 6 minutes of play… With the game tied 20-20 and about 11 seconds left to play, the Raider defense stopped the Generals and an offensive rebound put-back by Sean Miller with 1 second left in the game gave the Raiders the win… Shamare Dendy led the Raiders with 8 points… Others putting points on the board were Sean Miller with 7, Rashun Kennedy 5 and Nick Cook 2… The team is now 1-4 on the season.
  • JV-B: WH 42 – Laurens 36… Sorry no details here.

Wrestling… The Raider wrestling team traveled to Greenwood Wednesday where they took on Greenwood and Aiken HS and I just received those results yesterday so let me pass them on to you.

  • Laurens 72 – Aiken 12… Raiders taking wins on the mats against their opponent were Zachary Miller, Zarquel Castro, Austin Doolittle, Caleb Reid and Will Pontoon… Some other Raiders may have taken wins by forfeit and if you would like to find out who they were and complete scoring detail on the match, click here.
  • Laurens 48 – Greenwood 29… Raiders taking wins on the mats against their opponent were Damien Ladd, Zarquel Castro, Robert Lawson, Nick Jones, Jeremy Leonard, Christopher Jackson and Will Pontoon…  Some other Raiders may have taken wins by forfeit and if you would like to find out who they were and complete scoring detail on the match, click here

 

Middle School

Clinton MS White at Hickory Tavern on 1-11-18

  • G: HT 37 – CMS-W 22….  CMS took an early lead in this game leading 10-2 at the end of the first quarter and 17-10 at the half… HT came out in the third quarter and outscored CMS 14-3 in the third quarter and then went on top take the win running their record to a perfect 12-0…. Raniya Jackson had 24 points to lead the Panthers…. Kimiah Foggie had 6, Navia Blanding 5 and Morgan Richards 4…. Fir the Wildcats the leading scorer was Kamryn Akins with 8 points…. Naomi Valentine finished with 6, Ahia Barr 3, Tira Owens & Fantasia walker had 2 points each.
  • B: HT 41 – CMS-W 33… In the boys game the two teams battled to a draw as the score was tied 20-20 at the half… The panthers outscored the Wildcats 11-8 in the third quarter and 10-5 in the fourth to take the 41-33 win… Josh Cureton lead HT and all scorers with 14points… Dylan Miller and Preston Mahon were close behind with 13 & 12 points respectively… Blake Nelson rounded out the HT scoring with 2 points…. For the Wildcats, NyKer Sims  finished with 8 points, Jadden Copeland 7, Davis Wilson 5, RT Corley 4, Wil Stewart 3 while both Austin Copeland and Kaiden Gibbs had 2 each.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 1-11-2018

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Friday night is YMCA night and Principal’s Honor Roll Night.  The YMCA girls’ basketball players will play during half time of the girls’ game, and the oldest boys’ basketball teams for the YMCA will play during half time of the boys game…  The YMCA cheerleaders will sit with the CHS Cheerleaders and will cheer with them.  All YMCA coaches, players, and cheerleaders will get in free at the game with the passes issued to them from CHS Athletics...  All players, coaches, and cheerleaders should also wear their shirt…. Additionally, we will celebrate all students in the district that made PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL FOR FIRST SEMESTER.  All principals will have passes for eligible students prior to Friday’s game…  Students with these passes will get in free… All students will be recognized on the court IN BETWEEN THE GIRLS AND BOYS GAME this Friday night.

LDHS… The Laurens Raider sub-varsity teams hosted the Mauldin Mavericks last night to make-up games that were postponed from Monday night.

G-JV: Mauldin 43 – Laurens 6… Jakayla Young had 3 points for the Raiders, Kiereny Allen 2 and Zineyrea 1.

  • 9th B: Mauldin 38 – Laurens 36… The Raider 9th grade boys’ team lost a close one by a score of 38-36… The two teams played a tight game that was tied 28 all going into the fourth quarter… The Raiders were down by 2 with about 30 seconds left when they missed a shot that would have tied the game… The Raiders had only 1 team foul so when they fouled Mauldin would simply get the ball back… By the time the Raiders had fouled enough to put Mauldin in the bonus, time had run out… Coach Jacob Freeze said afterwards “Looked a lot better and improving each game…. Shamare Dendy led the Raiders with 15 points… Kavion Pulley finished with 6 points, Zack Messer 5, JQ Fair 4 Toney Pulley 2, Donatavious Stevenson 2 and Sean Miller 2
  • B-JV 49 – Mauldin 34… In the final game last night, the Raider JV boys took a 49-34 win over the Mavericks to avoid the maudlin sweep… The two teams battled about even for the first three quarters as Laurens only led 33-28 going into the final quarter of play… The Raiders iced the game by outscoring the Mavs 16-6 in the final 6 minutes of play… Amaija Hill led the Raiders with a game-high 17 points and Dra Copeland was also in double digits with 11 points… Others putting points on the board for the Raiders were CJ Austin with 7 points, Tre Williams 5, Jamir Booker & Aiden Pridgen 3 each, while Jackson Mahon and Nigil Owens had 1 each… The Raider sub-varsity teams will host Wade Hampton today starting at 4:30.

Laurens Academy… Due to the number of student athletes out sick, the basketball games scheduled for tonight with PAC & St. Joseph’s… These games will not be rescheduled.

Middle School Basketball

Hickory Tavern at Newberry Middle School (Tigers)

  • B: NMS 37 – HT 34 in OT… In boys’ action, the Panthers led 20-5 at the half but NMS Tigers came back to tie the game at 32-32 at the end of regulation and then were outscored 5-2 in overtime as the Tigers claimed a 37-34 win… The leading scorers for HT were Preston Mahon with 11, Josh Cureton 10, Blake Nelson 9, and Thomas Willis 4… The Panthers are 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the Little River Conference.
  • G: HT 41 – NMS 23… The news is better where the Lady Panthers are concerned as they took a 41-23 win but it was not as easy as it sounds… The teams were stalemated in a 12-12 tie at the half but the Panthers came back out in the third quarter outscoring the Tigers 14-5 and then went on to the win… The leading scorers for HT were Ranyia Jackson 23, Kimyah Foggie 11, Macayle Revis 3, and Taylor Hiott 2… The Lady Panthers are 11-0 and 7-0 in the Little River Conference. Great job girls
  • NOTE… The Panthers will host the CMS White Wildcats today starting at 5:00 pm and we plan on brining you that action here on Real Radio 860 WLBG and streaming live on the internet at www.wlbg.com.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-10-2018

Local Notes:

CHS… The Red Devils traveled down to Prosperity last night to take on region for the Mid-Carolina Rebels.

  • G: Clinton 52 – Mid-Carolina 30… The Lady Red Devils wasted little time in taking care of business last night as they held the Rebels scoreless in the first quarter taking an 18-0 lead at its end and then only allowed the Rebels 4 points in the second quarter to take a 30-4 lead into the locker room at the half and then went on to take a 52-30 win over the Rebels… Coach Gardner said his “team played well throughout and it was a great team effort”… Savanah Campbell and DeShanti Watts led all scorers with 15 points each… Others putting points on the board for Clinton were Terriauna Bennett with 13 points, Dianna Martin 3 an with 2 points each were LaCola Mosley, Kailey Cheeks and Ashlyn Abercrombie… The team is now 7-9 overall and 1-1 in region play.
  • B: Clinton 67 – Mid-Carolina 47… In the second game of the evening, the Red Devil boys took a 67-47 win over the Rebels to complete the sweep… The Rebels kept the game close as Clinton only led 28-20 going into the locker room at the half… The Red Devils stepped up the offense a notch in the third quarter outscoring the Rebels 24-17 and then continued to pull away in the fourth quarter… JD Payne and Zay Bennett led all scorers with 16 points each… Jahleed Cook and Ty Priestly were also in double digits with 11 and 10 points respectively… Zay Hurley added 7 points, Zack James 3, Vilo Boys 2 and Mark Wise 2… The Red Devils improver their overall record to 10-6 and go to 2-0 in region play.

LDHS… The Raiders were also on the road as they traveled to Mauldin last night to take on the Mavericks in the first games of region play for the Raiders.

  • G: Laurens 56 – Mauldin 48… In girls’ action, the two teams battled back and forth but when the final buzzer sounded the Raiders had taken a 56-48 win over the Lady Mavs… Mauldin led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter but the Raiders fought back to take a 29-24 lead at the half as Qua Fortson had 11 of her game-high 26 points in the second quarter… Mauldin cut the Raider lead to 37-34 going into the final quarter of play but the Raiders would not let them get closer as they hit clutch baskets and free throws down the stretch to take the win…  In addition to Fortson’s 26 points Sandajah Vance was also in double-digits with 12 points… MK Moore finished with 7 points, Cali Heisey 6, Ashanti Conway 3 and Aija Davis 2… The Raiders even their season record at 7-7 and their region record is 1-0.
  • B: Mauldin 63 – Laurens 52… Now the news is not as good where the Raider boys’ team is concerned as they lost a tough on to the Mavericks by a score of 63-52… The two teams played to a 14-14 tie for the first 8 minutes of the game and then the Raiders led 31-27 at the half… As the fourth quarter started the Raiders led by 4 (44-40) but they went cold in the fourth quarter and the Mavs got hot outscoring the Raiders 23-8 to take the comeback win… Josh Green and Carson Todd led the Raiders with 14 points each… Ryan Dacre had finished with 8 points while Ty Foster and Christian Anderson had 5 points each… Justin Anderson, Dee Foster and J’von Harris all contribute 2 points each… The Raiders fall to 7-8 overall and 0-1 in region play.

Laurens Academy… The Laurens Academy Crusaders played host to the Richard Winn Academy Eagles in conference play.

  • G: LA 38 – RWA 32… The Lady Crusaders had a little bit of a struggle with the Lady Eagles last night but in the end they did prevail by defeating the Eagles 38-32…. The Eagles actually had an 11-9 lead after the first 8 minutes of play but the Crusaders came back to lead 20-17 at the half… The Eagles closed the gap to just 2 points entering the fourth quarter as the Crusaders only led 29-27.. The Crusaders then outscored the Eagles 9-5 in the final quarter to seal the win… Ruthie Moore led the Crusaders with 18 points and Taylor Campbell was also in double-digits with 13 points… Blair Quarles finished with 5 points while both Julia Kerber and Jennifer Wu had 1 each… The Crusaders improve their record to 16-1 on the season and 4-0 in conference play.
  • B: RWA 38 – LA 33… The boys’ game was very similar to the girls in that the Crusaders fell behind early (23-12 at the half) but they could not come back as the girls did as the Eagles took a tight 38-33 win over the Crusaders… To their credit, the Crusaders did outscore the Eagles 21-15 in the second half but they just could not get over the hump… Joshua Moore had a game-high 15 points to lead the Crusaders… Noah Moore, Dawson Foster and Wil Tindall all finished with 6 points each… The Crusaders fall to 4-11 on the season and 1-3 in conference play.

Middle School Basketball… The LMS Tigers and the Sanders Yellow Jackets played round one of their annual rivalry last night at LDHS.

  • G: LMS 24 – Sanders 5… In the girls’ game, the Lady Tigers took a 24-5 win in a game that was never really in doubt… Sanders had trouble handling the ball and committed numerous turnovers and could only manage to score 5 points in the third quarter… Johndelyn Grant led the Tigers with 11 points, Nadia Anderson finished with 10, Angel Johnson 2 and Wymaya Given 1…. Haylie Cannon scored 3 for the Yellow Jackets and Amillion Evans had 2.
  • B: LMS 50 – Sanders 41 in 2 OT… In the second game of the evening, the Tigers completed the sweep of the Yellow Jackets by taking a 50-41 win but it took them two overtimes to do so… Sanders actually led 9-0 at the end of the first quarter and 11-8 at the half… The Tigers came back and took a 21-15 lead going into the fourth quarter… Sanders came roaring back and with 4 seconds left in regulation Tyquavis Johnson hit a three-point shot to tie the game at 33 all and send it into overtime… The two teams went back and forth but with 8.5 seconds left on the clock LMS had a 41-38 lead… At that point the LMS coach was hit with a couple of technical fouls and Johnson went to the free throw line for 4 free throws… He missed the first but made the other three to tie the game at 41 all and send it into the second overtime… In the second overtime fouls caught up with the Yellow jackets as Johnson and the best ball handler on the team (DJ Barksdale) fouled out and Sanders could not score while the Tigers did to win the game… For the Tigers Isaiah Craig had a game-high 20 points and Devon Redd was also in double-digits with 11 points… Zy’Tavius Todd finished with 9 points, Waldrick Burnside 6 Jay Pulley 2 and Carmello Mosley 2…. Sanders was led in scoring T. Johnson who finished with 18 points while DJ Barksdale had 17… Gemire Darden, Jackson Edwards and Isaiah Pearson each had 2 points.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 1-9-2018

PC Notes: Both the PC basketball teams were in action last Saturday so let’s catch up on how they did.

  • M: Liberty 60 – PC 48… The PC men’s team traveled to Lynchburg, Va. to take on the Liberty Flames and actually led 22-21 going into the locker room at the half but could not hold the lead as Liberty came back to take a 60-48 win over the Blue Hose… Quite simply they outshot the Blue Hose from the floor 50. 0% to 33.3% in the second half… Reggie Dillard led PC with a game-high 18 points… PC is now 8-8 on the season and 1-2 in league play and will host Campbell tonight at 7 pm in the Templeton Center… For more information on this contest, click here
  • L: Longwood 66 – PC 56… The Lady Blue Hose were also in action this past Saturday as they traveled to Farmville, Va. to take on the Longwood Lancers… Longwood got hot in the first quarter while PC was cold and went on a 12-0 run to put themselves up 16-5 over PC at the end of the first quarter and that was a hole PC just could not climb out of as the Lancers took a 66-56 win… Kacie Hall led PC with a career high and game-high 19 points… For more information on this contest, click here… The Blue Hose fall to 3-10 on the season and 0-2 in Big South play are in action tonight up at High Point.

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Andrew Webb named Panthers Coach of the Year… Well in case you missed it, CHS Head Football Coach Andrew Webb has been named the Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Year… He will be one of 32 high school coaches (one for each NFL team) who are in the running for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award…. Coaches of the Year are honored for their character, integrity, leadership, dedication to the community, and commitment to player health and safety and on-field success… The 32 coaches will take part in different special activities during Pro Bowl Week in Orland in a few weeks… The winner of the award will be announced at the Pro Bowl on January 28th and the game can be seen on ESPN… To see the NFL press release which has a lot more information about the award, who the other coaches nominated are and who the is on the very distinguished panel of judges who will pick the winner, click here… Again congratulations to Coach Webb!

LDHS

  • Raider Wrestlers Finish 5th at West-Oak Invitational… The Raider wrestling team was in action last Saturday at the West-Oak Invitational… There were 12 teams at the invitational and the Raiders finished 5th… Some of the Raiders did well finishing in the top 3 of their weight class… Damien Ladd finished first in the 113 lb. class, Caleb Reid 2nd in the 170 lb. class, Christopher Jackson 3rd in the 195 lb. class and also Nathan Hamby finished 3rd in the 285 lb. class… Now there were several other Raiders who finished 7th or better in their class and if you would like to see how each of the Raiders did, click here for complete match details.

College Notes:

  • Alabama 26 – Georgia 23 in OT…  Well if you are any kind of sports fan at all (much less college football) you already know that Alabama took a 26-23 win over Georgia last night in Atlanta to lay claim to this year’s FBS nation Championship… It was a game that saw Alabama come back to tie the game 20 all in the fourth quarter and then blow a chance to win it in regulation as a field goal attempt went wide left as the clock ran out… Georgia had to settle for a 51 yard field goal in the first possession of the overtime and then after a huge quarterback sack, the Tide’s backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who replaced Jalen Hurts in the second half, found DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard touchdown on 2nd-and-26. It was Smith’s only catch of the game… Oh well the rich just seem to get richer… If you missed it or want more details on the game, click here to go to the NCAA football home page where all you want to know you can find links to there.

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Sports Report for Monday, 1-8-2018

Local Notes:

CHS … Last Friday night the Red Devils opened up region play as they hosted the Chapman Panthers in a pair of varsity basketball games…

  • B: Clinton 76 – Chapman 75… In boy’s action the Red Devils took a hard fought 76-75 win over the Panthers… The Panthers led 17-14 at the end of the first quarter but the Red Devils fought back and took a 36-31 win into the locker room at the half… Early in the third quarter the Red Devils enjoyed a 10 point lead but the Panthers fought back to take a 59-56 lead going into the final 8 minutes of play… The Red Devils retook the lead with about 5 minutes to play as the two teams continued to battle and the game was tied at 75 all when Zay Hurley was fouled with 12 seconds left to play and hit a free throw to put the Clinton up by one… The Panthers had a chance to win the game when with .5 seconds left a Panther was fouled while fighting for a free throw which put him on the line for a one and one… he missed and the Clinton grabbed the rebound and the game… JD Payne led the Red Devils with a game high 22 points and Ty Priestly was close behind with 20 points… Jahleed Cook was also in double digits with 10 points… Zack James finished with 8 points, Zay Bennett with 6, Vilo Boyd 5, Zay Hurley 3 and Konnor Richardson 2…. The Red Devils are now 9-6 overall and 1-0 in region play.
  • G: Chapman 38 – Clinton 30… Unfortunately the news is not as good where the girls are concerned as the Lady Red Devils fell to the Lady Panthers by a score of 38-30… The two teams battled to a 7-7 tie at the end of the first quarter but at the half the Panthers had a 19-15 lead…. The Red Devils had offensive problems in the third quarter as Chapman led 32-21 going into the final 8 minutes of play… To their credit, the Red Devils di not quit and fought back to get within 3 points toward the end of the game but could not complete the comeback… Deshanti Watts led the Red Devils with 13 points… Terriauna Bennett finished with 9 points, Savannah Campbell with 5 and Ashlyn Abercrombie with 3… The Lady Red Devils are now 6-9 on the season and 0-1 in region play and will return to action tomorrow when the varsity teams travel to Mid-Carolina HS to take on the Rebels.

Laurens Academy … The Laurens Academy Crusaders traveled over to Anderson last Friday night to take on the Anderson Christian School Lions.

  • G: LA 48 – ACS 5… The Crusader girls wasted little time in determining the outcome of their game with then Lady Lions as they jumped out to a 20-2 lead in the first 8 minutes of play and then held the Lions scoreless the next two quarters as they went on to take a 48-5 win improving their record to 15-1 on the season… Regan Williamson and Jennifer Wu led the Crusaders with 11 points each… Blair Quarles finished with 7 points, Audrey Noffz 6, Florence Mitchel and with 2 points each were Mattie Noffz, Julia Kerber, Julia Marlett and Linsey Burroughs.
  • B: ACS 60 – LA 26… Now I wish I could say that the boys completed the sweep of the Lions but that is not possible as the Crusaders shooting was about as cold as the weather and the Lions roared out to a 60-26 win… They jumped on top 22-6 after the first 8 minutes of play and the Crusaders never really threatened after that… Joshua Moore was the only Crusader in double-digits with 11 points… Noah Moore had 6 points, Wil Tindall 4, Dawson Foster 3 and Charlton Moore 2… The Crusaders fall to 4-10 on the season.

College Notes:

FBS Championship Tonight: Alabama vs Georgia…. Well unless you are an alien who just landed on earth or have been a coma and have just come out of it, you know that Alabama and Georgia will compete for the FBS National Championship tonight at about 8:15 in Atlanta… The game will be carried on ESPN with coverage starting at 8:00 pm… I’m sure the network execs are not real thrilled about it being al all-SEC finals as that most likely will decrease the number of viewers nationwide except here in the south… Who to pull for…. Your guess is as good as mine but I am going to be rooting for the DAWGS.

Pros:

NFL Playoffs… For the casual NFL fans who may have missed the results from over the weekend, see below…For more information on these games and to see the upcoming game schedules, times, TV network carrying the games and other information, click here.

  • Titans 22 – Chiefs 21, Falcons 26 – Rams 13, Jaguars 10 – Bills 3 and Saints 31 – Panthers 26.

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Sports Report for Friday, 1-5-2018

PC Notes:

  • M: PC 78 – Longwood 65… This past Wednesday the PC men’s basketball team traveled to Farmville, Va. to take on the Longwood Lancers… The Blue Hose trailed the lancers 31-28 at the half but came out in the second half and outscored the Lancers 50-34 to take a 78-65 win… Francois Lewis scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Blue Hose… For more details on this game, click here… With the win the Blue Hose improve their record to 8-7 overall and 1-1 in Big South play…. They will be back in action tomorrow afternoon when they take on Liberty up in Lynchburg, Va.
  • W: Liberty 76 – PC 64… The Lady Blue Hose were also in action earlier this week as they hosted the Liberty Flames at the Templeton Center on Tuesday… The news here is not as good for PC fans as the men’s was as the Flames took a 76-64 win… PC actually led 37-33 at the half but could not hold on to the lead in the third quarter as Liberty led 62 – 54 going into the last quarter and were never able to catch up after that… For more details on this game, click here… The team record fell to 3-9 overall on the season and 0-1 in Big South play… The team will travel to Longwood tomorrow to take on the Lancers in a 2 pm contest.

Local Notes:

LDHS

Basketball… The Raider varsity basketball teams traveled to Emerald HS to take on the Vikings in their last non-region games.

  • B: Laurens 63 – Emerald 42… The Raider boys took an 82-79 won over Emerald when the met at LDHS and then last Friday night took a 72-67 win over the Vikings to win the Emerald City Classic at Emerald HS… Most any coach will tell you it is not easy to beat a team 3 times in one season but that is exactly what the Raiders did last night as they took a 63-42 win over Emerald… The Raiders took a 14-9 lead at the end of the first quarter but the Vikings rallied to tie the game the game midway through the second quarter at 18 all… The Raiders did outscore them the rest of the quarter to lead 27-21 at the half… Going into the fourth quarter the Raiders led 39-33 but the Raiders ended any hope of a Viking victory by outscoring the Vikings 24-9 in the final 8 minutes to seal the win… Christian Anderson led all scorers with 21 points… Dee Foster finished with 14 points while Carson Todd and Ty Foster scored 9 points each… Ryan Dacre had 5, J’von Harris 3, and Cedraquan McDowell 2…. The Raiders are now 7-7 on the season.
  • G: Emerald 74 – Laurens 35… In action prior to the boys’ game, the Lady Vikings completed the season sweep of the Lady Raiders by taking a 74-35 win… The Raiders kept it close for the first quarter as they only trailed 10-6 at its end but the Vikings increased their lead to 10 (27-17) at the half and then steamrolled the Raiders who were as cold as the weather in the second half… Cali Heisey led the Raiders in scoring with 11 points… Others scoring for Laurens were KB Burnside, Qua Fortson and Sandajah Vance all with 5 points each… Lamoria Allen and Alexus Espinosa each had 4 points while Jayla Mosley rounded out the scoring with 1 point… The Raiders fall to 6-7 on the season and both Raider teams return to action next Tuesday when they travel to Mauldin to start region play.

Wrestling… Over the holidays the Raider Wrestlers were also in action and let’s catch with them with this brief recap furnished by Coach Sheffield…

  • Ram Invitational… The Raiders participated in a re-scheduled Ram Invitational at Hillcrest HS on December 22… The team finished 4th with Hunter Hamby taking the Champion at Heavyweight…  Luke Tatham finished 3rd at 106, Damien Ladd finished 3rd at 113, Chris Jackson finished 2nd at 195, and Will Pontoon finished 3rd at 220.
  • Wildcat Duals… The team was also in action at the Wildcat Duals at Lexington HS December 29th and 30th.  The team finished 10th out of 16 teams, but wrestled really well!  The team had two close losses (by 7 to Ft. Mill and 1 to Ft. Myers Florida) and a tough loss to the host Lexington HS… The Raiders did take wins over Sumter, Spring Valley and Westwood.

 Pros:

NFL Playoffs… Now for you NFL junkies what I am about to mention is not news but for the casual NFL fan it very well may be news… The NFL starts its post-season play with the Wild card games this weekend… On Saturday it will be the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Tennessee Titans while the rams will be hosting the Falcons…. Then on Sunday The Jaguars will be hosting the Bills and the saints will be hosting the Panthers… or more information on game times, TV network carrying the games and the entire NFL post-season schedule, click here.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 1-4-2018

Local Notes:

CHS

  • Red Devils Host Chapman Tomorrow…. The Red Devil varsity basketball will be back in action tomorrow night as they host the Chapman Panthers starting at 6:00 pm with the girls’ game…. Tonight the JV teams will be traveling to Chapman for their games also starting at 6:00 pm.

LDHS

  • Raiders Back in Action Tonight… The Laurens Raider varsity basketball teams get back into action tonight as they travel to Greenwood to take on the Emerald Vikings… The Lady Raiders are 6-6 on the season and will kick off the action at 6:00 pm…The Lady Raiders lost to the Lady Vikings 64-56 when the two teams meet at LDHS on 12-15-17…  The Raider boys are 6-7 on the season and are coming of a 72-67 victory over the Vikings to win the Emerald City Classic Tournament Championship back on December 29th… They also defeated Emerald 82-79 in double overtime back on December 15th so the Vikings will be out for revenge.

Laurens Academy

  • Most Crusader Teams back in Action Tomorrow… The Laurens Academy middle school teams and the varsity boys’ team will return to action tomorrow when they travel to Anderson Christian and then on Monday all the teams will be hosting Richard Winn out at the Academy.

College Notes… A couple of college basketball scores

  • M: Clemson 74 – Boston College 70… The #25 Clemson men’s basketball team ran their record to 13-1 overall and 2-0 in ACC play as they defeated Boston College 74-70 up at BC last night… The Tigers were propelled by Donte Grantham’s career night of 23 points and 14 rebounds…  The Tigers used clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to hold off the Eagles… For more information on this contest, click here. The Tigers return to the court this Saturday when they host Louisville in a noon contest.
  • M: Missouri 76 – South Carolina 68… The Missouri Tigers men’s basketball team did something it had not done in almost 4 years… pick up a road win in the SEC… Unfortunately for Gamecock fan it was down in Columbia as the Tigers took a 79-68 win over the Gamecocks… To be honest, the Gamecocks did not shoot very well (38.6 % from the floor and 27.8% from behind the arc to the Tigers 46.9% from the floor and 58.3% from behind the arc) and their defense was not what you expect from a Frank Martin team as they gave up too many easy baskets… For more information on the game, click here…  The gamecocks fall to 9-5 overall and 0-2 in SEC paly and will host Vanderbilt at 6:45 this Saturday in a game that can be seen on the SEC Network.

Pros:

  • NFL Playoffs… Now for you NFL junkies what I am about to mention is not news but for the casual NFL fan it very well may be news… The NFL starts its post-season play with the Wild card games this weekend… On Saturday it will be the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Tennessee Titans while the rams will be hosting the Falcons…. Then on Sunday The Jaguars will be hosting the Bills and the saints will be hosting the Panthers… or more information on game times, TV network carrying the games and the entire NFL post-season schedule, click here.

 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-3-2018

LDHS

  • Todd named Tournament MVP… A follow-up note to the Raiders winning the Emerald City Classic Tournament last week, Carson Todd was named the Tournament MVP… Todd finished the tournament with 43 points and in the championship game on Friday he had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2.5 steals… Congratulations to Carson on the award and again to the team for winning the tournament.

College Notes:  It has been a while since we had time to time to look at D-I college basketball so let’s take care of that now.

  • D-I Men’s AP Poll… In this week’s D-I AP Men’s Poll there was some shakeup when compared to last week… Michigan State moved up 1 spot to #1 and Duke jumped from #4 to #2… Last week’s #1 Villanova dropped to #3 and the top 5 are rounded out by Arizona State and Xavier… Spots 6-10 also had a good bit of shakeup and are occupied by West Virginia, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wichita State and Kansas… The top 8 teams only have 1 loss while spots 9 & 10 have 2 losses… Other team rankings include North Carolina #12, Kentucky 17 and Clemson #25… To see the entire top 25 of the AP Poll, click here.
  • D-I Women’s AP Poll… The AP Women’s Poll had very change in it as the 8 spots are the same as the week before… UCONN continues to hold down the #1 spot followed by Notre Dame, Louisville, South Carolina and Mississippi State coming in at #5… Baylor, Tennessee, and Texas hold spots 6, 7 & 8… Oregon moved up a notch to #9 and Ohio State went from #12 to #10… To see the entire top 25 team in the women’s AP Poll, click here.

Clemson and South Carolina Basketball Checkup

  • Clemson Men…  Coach Brad Brownell and the Clemson men’s basketball team is off to a great start as they are 12-1 overall and 1-0 in ACC play… Their only loss so far has been to Temple by a score of 64-60 back in mid-November… They defeated NC State 78-62 last Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum and will travel to Boston College tonight for a 7:00 pm contest.
  • Clemson Women… The Lady Tigers under Coach Audra Smith are 10-4 overall and 0-1 in ACC play… They fell hard to Georgia Tech in Atlanta Sunday by a score of 66-33 and will host top 25 rated Florida State tomorrow at 7:00 pm at Littlejohn.
  • South Carolina Men… Coach Frank Martin and the Gamecock men’s basketball team are off to a 9-4 overall start and fell to Ole Miss last Sunday 74-69 to put them at 0-1 in SEC play… They will be back in action tonight as they host Missouri at the Colonial Life Center with tipoff scheduled for 9:00 pm…. The game can be seen on ESPN2.
  • South Carolina Women… Coach Dawn Staley and the #4 ranked Lady Gamecocks defeated Texas A&M 61-59 last Sunday in Columbia to run their season record to 12-1 and 1-0 in SEC play… Their only loss so far this season was to #2 Notre Dame 92-85 in late November… They travel to Ole Miss tomorrow night for a 7:00 pm contest hoping to do better than the men did last Sunday.

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PC Notes:

  • W: PC 76 – Furman 75 OT… The Lady Blue Hose basketball team ended their holiday break last Saturday as they hosted the Lady Paladins of Furman… Good news for PC fans as the Blue Hose took a 76-75 win in overtime… This was a comeback win for PC as they trailed the Paladins by as many as 14 points but managed to comeback and tie the game at 70-70 to send it into overtime… As she has for most of the season, Cortney Storey led PC with 24 points… For more information on this contest, click here…The Blue Hose improved their record to 3-8 on the season and will host the Liberty Flames tonight at the Templeton Center as they start the conference portion of their schedule.
  • M: Radford 78 – PC 62…. Now the news is not as good where the men are concerned as they hosted Radford last Saturday but Radford broke open a tight three-point game with a 20-3 run in the second half to defeat the PC 78-62 in the Big South opener for both teams… PC had cut the Radford lead to just 3 (52-49) with 13:36 left to play in the game when the Highlanders went on the 20-3 run to put PC in a hole they could not climb out of…. For more information on this game, click here… PC is now 7-7 on the season and will travel to Longwood tomorrow for a 7:00 pm contest

Local Notes:

LDHS

  • Todd named Tournament MVP… A follow-up note to the Raiders winning the Emerald City Classic Tournament last week, Carson Todd was named the Tournament MVP… Todd finished the tournament with 43 points and in the championship game on Friday he had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2.5 steals… Congratulations to Carson on the award and again to the team for winning the tournament.

College Notes: A quick recap of some of the bowl games yesterday….

  • Outback Bowl… SC 26 – Michigan 19… In case you missed it, the Gamecocks came back from a 19-3 deficit to take a 26-19 win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl… It truly was a game of 2 different halves as the Gamecock miscues and lack of offense was the story in the first half… That completely turned around in the second half as the Gamecocks scored 23 unanswered points when Michigan had problems with miscues and the Gamecock defense… For more details on this game, click here… The Gamecocks finish the season 9-4 and that is just the seventh time the Gamecocks have had 9 or more wins in a season.
  • Rose Bowl… Georgia 54 – Oklahoma 48 in 2OT….  Arguably the best game of the day yesterday was Georgia’s 54-48 double overtime win over Oklahoma in the Rose to punch their ticket to the national Championship game in Atlanta next week… The Bulldogs trailed 31-17 at the half but came back to take the lead, lose the lead and tie the game in the second half… In the second OT they blocked an Oklahoma field goal to set the stage for the winning TD by Sony Michel… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Sugar Bowl… Alabama 24 – Clemson 6… In case you did not stay up until after midnight last night, Alabama got a measure of revenge last night as they defeated Clemson 24-6 to punch their ticket to the National Championship Game against Georgia next Monday… The bottom line in this game is that the Alabama defense throttled the Clemson offense not allowing the Tigers into the end zone and making them settle for two field goals… The Clemson defense did not play all that bad as more than a few of Bama’s points came from Clemson turnovers or were set up by Tiger turnovers giving the Tide a short field to work with… For more information on this game, click here… The Tigers end their season 12-2 in a year when many thought they would be rebuilding… That’s not bad rebuilding for sure.
  • Other Bowl Results… If you would like to check on the bowl results from yesterday or before, click here and it will carry you to the NCAA posting of all bowl games.

 

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Local Notes:

 

Emerald City Classic

  • Laurens 72 – Emerald 67… In the finals of the Emerald City Classic last Friday night the Raiders took a 72-67 win to claim the tournament championship… The Raiders led early in the first quarter (10-2) but the Vikings rebounded to take an 18-16 lead at the end of the quarter… The Raiders then were able to regroup and take a 36-28 lead in to the locker room at the half… The two teams battled about even in the third period as the Raiders led 52-42 going into the final 8 minutes of the game… The Vikings were able to get as close as 7 points on a couple of occasions in the final quarter but the Raiders held them at bay with a couple of clutch baskets and free throw shooting… Christian Anderson had 17 points to lead the Raiders while Carson Todd and Dee Foster had 12 each… Ryan Dacre and Josh Greene were also in double-digits with11 points each…. Justin Anderson had 5 points for the Raiders and both Ty Foster and J’von Harris contributed 2 points each… The Raiders improve their record to 6-7 on the season and will be back in action this Thursday when they travel back to Emerald as part of a girls-boys doubleheader of action starting with the girls game at 6:00 pm.
  • Clinton 57 – Ware Shoals 48… Earlier in the afternoon at the Emerald City Classic the Clinton Red Devils took a 57-48 win over the Ware Shoals Hornets… The Red Devils did not play particularly well in the first half as they trailed 33-28 after 16 minutes of play… However Coach Romines and his troops rallied in the third quarter outscoring the Hornets 20-7 to take a 48-40 lead into the quarter and made it stand up for the win… Jahleed Cook led the Red Devils in scoring with 14 points while Zay Bennett had 11 and JD Payne 10… Others scoring for Clinton were Zack James with 9, Ty Priestley 6, Zay Hurley 4 and Konnor Richardson 3… The Red Devils are now 8-6 on the season counting pre-season tournaments action.

Lady Raider Rumble

  • Greenwood 65 – Laurens 50… In the Championship Game of the Lady Raider Rumble, the Lady Eagles of Greenwood HS took a 65-50 win over the Lady Raiders… The Eagles jumped out to an 18-13 lead at the end of the first 8 minutes of the game and stretched that to 32-19 at the half… The Eagles continued to outscore the Raiders in the third and fourth quarters to take the win… Cali Heisey was the only Raider in double-digits with 18 points… Others scoring for the Raiders were Qua Fortson with 7 points, Sandajah Vance 7, Jayla Mosley 6, Alexus Espinoza 4, KB Burnside 4, KT Foggie 2 and Aija Davis 2… The Raiders are now 6-6 on the season.
  • Union County 37 – Clinton 35… In the game just before the championship game, the Lady Red Devils lost a heartbreaker to the Lady Yellow Jackets of Union HS… Union only led 16-15 at the half but a poor third quarter by the Red Devils saw the Union lead stretch to 32-20 by the end of the third quarter… The Red Devils did not give up and fought back to tie the game at 35-35 with about a minute left to play… A couple of free throws by Union and turnovers by the Red Devils eventually resulted in Union taking the win… Savannah Campbell led the Red Devils with14 points and Ashlyn Abercrombie was also in double-digits with11 points… DeShanti Watts had 8points and Terriauna Bennett rounded out the Clinton scoring with 2 points… The Lady Red Devils are now 6-8 on the season and both Clinton varsity teams will return to action this Friday as they host the Chapman Panthers.

Laurens Academy Girls… The Laurens Academy girls’ team concluded their play in the Lowe’s Classic at Chesnee this weekend so let’s check on how they did.

  • Friday: LA 43 – Chapman 36… On Friday the Lady Crusaders took a hard-fought win over the Lady Panthers of Chapman HS by a score of 43-36… It was a tight first half as LA led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter but Chapman led 23-22 at the half… The big quarter for the Crusaders was the third when they put 10 points on the board while holding Chapman scoreless and then went on to take the win… Taylor Campbell had a game-high 21 points to lead the Crusaders and Ruthie Moore was also in double-digits with 16 points… Jennifer Wu finished with 4 points and Florence Mitchell had 2.
  • Saturday: LA 53 – Pickens 22… Saturday the Crusaders closed out the tournament with a 53-22 win over the Lady Blue Flame of Pickens HS… The Crusaders jumped on top 17-7 at the end of the first quarter and then outscored the Blue Flame in each of the remaining three quarters to take the win… Ruthie Moore led the Crusaders with a game-high 24 points and Taylor Campbell had 17 points… Reagan Williamson finished with 6 points while Mattie Noffz, Blair Quarles and Florence Mitchell each finished with 2 points… The win boosted the Crusaders record to 14-1 as they finished in 4th place in the tournament.

Ruthie Moore Named to All-Tournament Team… Ruthie Moore was named to the All-Tournament team scoring 48 points in the three games… Congratulations to her and the team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 12-29-2017

PC Notes:

  • The PC basketball teams have been idle for the last few days as they take a break for the holidays but their break ends tomorrow as they both get back into action at the Templeton Center… The women’s team will kick the action off at 2:00 pm when they host the Lady Paladins of Furman… Then at 4:00 pm the men will host Radford… Go ahead and make plans to attend this Saturday for a full afternoon of basketball at PC.

Local Notes:

Lady Raider Rumble Results… The Lady Red Devils and the Lady Raiders continued their participation in the Lady Raider Rumble yesterday at LDHS.

  • CHS 34 – BHP 29… In the first game yesterday in the tournament the Lady Red Devils faced off against the Lady Bears of BHP… Clinton suffered from shooting about as cold as the weather in the beginning of the game as they trailed 8-2 at the end of the first quarter… The Red Devils started chipping away at the lead in the second quarter and Savannah Campbell hit a 3-point shot as the buzzer sounded to end the first half to put Clinton up by 3, 14-11… The Bears did come back and take a brief lead at the beginning of the third quarter but the Red Devils went on a 10-0 run in the last half of the third period to take a 25-17 lead into the fourth quarter… In the fourth quarter they stretched their lead to 33-19 and then held on to take the win… DeShanti Watts led the Red Devil scoring with 13 points and was the only Red Devil in double-digits… Other scoring for Clinton were Savannah Campbell with 7 points, Tinique Austin 4, Kailey Cheeks 3, Terriauna Bennett 3, Ashlyn Abercrombie 2, LaCola Massey 1 and Sara Olivia Stephens 1.
  • LDHS 49 – UC 46… The Lady Raiders were in action later in the afternoon and good news for Raider fans as they took a 49-46 win over the Lady Yellow Jackets of but it was not easy…. The Raiders also came out sluggish on offense and fell behind 17-7 at the end of the first quarter and 27-16 at the half… The Raiders started chipping away at the Union lead as they were able to force over 20 Union turnovers with the press and they were also able to get more rebounds than in the first half… By the end of the third quarter the score was tied 35-35… The score was tied 44-44 with 1:10 left to play but critical buckets by Qua Fortson and Alexus Espinosa proved to be the difference down that final minute of play… Jayla Mosley led the Raiders with 11 points… Others scoring for the Raiders included Espinosa who finished with 9 points, Cali Heisey 8, Fortson 5, Kay Moore 5, KT Burnside 2 and Portland Wallace 2.
  • GHS 52 – CHS 32… The Red Devils were in action again in the last game of the night at LDHS as they took on the Lady eagles for the second time in as many days… As you may recall the eagles took a 54-41 win the night before and once again they defeated the Red Devils this time by a score of 52-32… Clinton trailed 18-5 after the first 8 minutes of play and just could not make a run at Greenwood as their offense had trouble scoring with a large part of that due to the Greenwood press… The Red Devils were led in scoring by Savannah Campbell who had 10 points… Other Red Devils putting points on the board were Kailey Cheeks with 6 points, Ashlyn Abercrombie 4, Tinique Austin 4,
  • Today’s Schedule… 5:00 pm Clinton vs. Union County and at 6:30 Laurens vs Greenwood

Emerald City Classic Results

  • Greenwood 76 – Clinton 52… Yesterday afternoon the Red Devil boys’ team was back in action in the Emerald City Classic as they took on the Eagles of Greenwood HS… The news here is not what I like to report as the Red Devils fell to the eagles by a score of 76-52… The Red Devil offense struggled to get into gear at the start of the game as the Eagles jumped put to a 25-9 lead after the first 8 minutes of the game and then the eagles continued to outscore the Red Devils in every quarter but 1 (the second which Clinton took 11-9) to take the win… The Red Devils had 2 players in double-digits as Jahleed Cook had 13 points and JD Payne 10… Others scoring for Clinton were Zay Hurley 8, Zack James 5, BJ Bluford 4, Vilo Boyd 4, Ahmarie Bates 3, Zay Bennett 3 and Skyeland Holsonback 2… The Red Devils closeout their participation in the tournament as they take on the Ware Shoals Hornets today at 3:00 pm
  • LDHS 67 – BHP 64 OT… Now for Raider fans the news from the Emerald City Classic is better as the Raiders defeated the BHP Bears 67-64 in overtime… The Raiders jumped out to an 16-10 lead after the first quarter mainly on the play of Ryan Dacre and Carson Todd who combined for 12 of those 16 points… The teams went into the locker room with the Raiders leading 29-23 and also leading 44-37 going into the final 8 minutes of play… In the final quarter the Bears chipped away at the lead and when the horn sounded to end the fourth quarter, the game was tied 60-60… In the overtime the Raiders outscored the Bears 7-4 with Christian Anderson scoring 5 of the 7 points to take the win… Carson Todd led the Raiders in scoring with a game-high 23 points… Dee Foster and Christian Anderson were also in double-digits with 16 and 10 points respectively…  Others putting points on the board for the Raiders were Ryan Dacre 8, Josh Greene 5, Justin Anderson 3 and Ty Foster 1… The Raiders will now face the Emerald Vikings in the championship game tonight at 7:30.

Laurens Academy

  • G: Fort Mill 48 – LA 22… The Lady Crusader basketball team started their participation in the Lowes Classic Tournament in Chesnee yesterday morning by taking ion SCHSL Class-AAAAA Fort Mill Yellow Jackets…  The Yellow Jackets had a 7-3 record coming into the contest and when they final horn sounded they were 8-3 as they handed the Lady Crusaders their first loss of the season by a score of 48-22… F-M raced out to a 9-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 29-14 at the half and the Crusaders were never able to really get back in the game as they were held scoreless in the fourth quarter… Ruthie Moore led the Crusaders with 8 points… Others scoring for LA were Regan Williamson 6, Taylor Campbell 4 and both Julia Kerber and Jennifer Wu had 2 points each… The Lady Crusaders are now 12-1 on the season and will take on the Chapman Panthers this morning at Chesnee HS with tipoff scheduled for 10:00 am.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 12-28-2017

Local Notes: The Clinton and Laurens varsity basketball teams returned to action yesterday as the girls were in action in the Lady Raider Ruble at LDHS and the boys were in action in the Emerald City Classic at Emerald HS.

Lady Raider Rumble Results

  • CHS 39 – BHP 33… In the first game of the tournament yesterday morning the Lady Red Devils took a hard fought 39-33 win over the Lady Bears of BHP…Clinton led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter but the Lady Bears took 2 point lead (17-15) with 3:35 left to go in the second quarter… The Red Devils were able to remain the lead on a 3-point shot by Savannah Campbell shortly after that and led 18-17 at the half… The second half was pretty even as Clinton never trailed again and went on to take the win… The Red Devils were led in scoring by DeShanti Watts who had a game high 21 points… Campbell finished the game with 5 points, Ashlyn Abercrombie 4, Terriauna Bennett 3, Sara Olivia Stephens 2, Dana Kinard 2 and Tinique Austin 2.
  • LDHS 54 – PHS 44….  In the second game of the tournament, the Lady Raiders defeated the Lady Mustangs of Palmetto HS 54-44… The Raiders defense was the key in this game as they forced the Lady Mustangs into over 30 turnovers but on the downside they turned the ball over a lot themselves… The Raiders led 14-6 after the first 8 minutes of the game and 28-18 at the half… The margins did not fluctuate that much in the second half as both teams had trouble getting the easy ones to fall… The Raiders were led by Qua Fortson and Cali Heisey who each had 12 points…  Jayla Mosley put 7 points on the board for the Raiders, Sandajah Vance 5, Alexus Espinosa 4, Lamoria Allen 3, Ashanti Conway 3, KT Foggie 2, MK Moore 2 and Aija Davis 2.
  • Greenwood 54 – CHS 41… Later in the evening the Red Devils played their second game of the day taking on the Lady Eagles of Greenwood HS a traditionally strong team… The news is not as good as it was in the first game for Red Devil fans as the Eagles took a 54-41 win… The Red Devils played the eagles tough especially in the first half as Greenwood led 13-8 at the end of the first quarter and 23-17 at the half… The eagles began to pull away in the third quarter and continued to do so in the fourth to take the win… Savannah Campbell had a game-high 13 points to lead the Red Devils and DeShanti Watts was also in double-digits with 10 points… Terriauna Bennett finished with 8 points, Ashlyn Abercrombie 4, Dana Kinard 4 and Tinique Austin 2… The Red Devils are 5-7 on the season and will face BHP again today at 3:00 pm in the main gym at LDHS
  • LDHS 59 – B-C 36… The Lady Raiders also played a second game late last night as they faced off against the Lady Bearcats of Brookland-Cayce HS… The news is good here as the Raiders took a 59-36 win over the Bearcats to run their season record to 6-5… The Raiders jumped on top quickly outscoring the Bearcats 13-4 in the first quarter but the Bearcats cut into the lead in the second quarter as laurens only led 22-18 at the half… The Raiders came out in the second half and continued to stretch their lead as the Bearcats had trouble with the Raider press and getting shots to fall… The Raiders also had more second-chance shots in the second half than Clinton… Cali Heisey and Alexus Espinosa led the Raiders with 12 points each and Qua Fortson was also in double-digits with 10 points… Aija Davis had 8 points, Jayla Mosley 5, KT Foggie 4, KT Burnside 2, Lamoria Allen 2, Paula Abrams 2 and Portland Wallace 2… The Raiders will take on Union County today about 6 pm.
  • Game in the Raider Ruble today… 3:00 pm Clinton vs. BHP, 4:40 pm Palmetto vs. Brookland Cayce, 6:00 pm Laurens vs. Union County and at 7:30 the winner of the Clinton vs. BHP game will face Greenwood.

Emerald City Classic Results

  • Laurens 72 – Clinton 61… The Clinton and Laurens boys’ teams were in action last night at the Emerald City Classic and Emerald HS and the two teams were in action against each other… As most of the fans in the area know the Raiders and the Red Devils have already meet twice this year with each team taking a win at home… Last night the tie-breaking win went to the Raiders as they took a 72-61 win over the Red Devils in a hard fought co9ntest… The Raiders took an 11-8 lead after the first 8 minutes of the game but the Red Devils fought back and actually took a 1 point lead with about 1:47 left in the half before Laurens regained the lead taking a 34-30 margin into the locker room at the half… The two teams battled almost evenly in the second half and the Red Devil were able to tie the game 39-39 early in the third quarter but could never get on top as the Raiders led 52-44 at the end of the third quarter and Clinton just could not get any closer the rest of the way… The Raiders’ Ryan Dacre led all scorers with 22 points 16 of which came in the first half… Dee Foster was also in double-digits with 14 points as well as Josh Green who had 13 points… Carson Todd and Christian Anderson both finished with 8 points while Justin Anderson scored 4 and Ty Foster 3… The Red Devils had two players scoring in double-digits as Zay Bennett had 18 points and JD Payne 16… Jahleed Cook added 9 points, Zack James 6, Vilo Boyd 4, Zay Hurley 2, Konnor Richardson 2 and Ty Priestly 1… The Raiders improve to 4-7 on the season and will take on BHP tonight about 6:00 pm while the Red Devils fall to 7-5 (including early season tournament action) and will face Greenwood today at 4:30.
  • Games in the Emerald City Classic Today… 3:00 Ware Shoals vs. McCormick, 4:30 Clinton vs. Greenwood, 6:00 BHP vs. Laurens and 7:30 Emerald vs. Abbeville.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 12-27-2017

PC Notes:

  • Basketball… The PC basketball teams have been idle for the last few days as they take a break for the holidays and they will not return to action until this Saturday when they both get back into action at the Templeton Center… The women’s team will kick the action off at 2:00 pm when they host the Lady Paladins of Furman… Then at 4:00 pm the men will host Radford… Go ahead and make plans to attend this Saturday for a full afternoon of basketball at PC.

Local Notes:

Lady Raider Rumble… The Third Annual Lady Raider Rumble starts today and runs through Friday at LDHS… In addition to the Raiders other teams that are scheduled to be there are Clinton, BHP and Greenwood, Union County, Palmetto and Brookland-Cayce…  The teams will be divided into two pools and toward he end of the tournament there will be cross pool play… Today Clinton will play BHP at 11:00 am, Laurens will play Palmetto about 12:30, Greenwood will play Clinton about 6:30 pm and Brookland-Cayce will face Laurens about 8:00… Of course there are other games today and if you look just below you will see all the information I have about the tournament… Good luck to both Laurens and Clinton!

Wednesday, December 27  Home Teams Listed First

  • 11:00 Clinton vs Belton- Honea Path
  • 12:30 Laurens vs Palmetto
  • 2:00 Union County vs Brookland-Cayce
  • 3:30 Belton-Honea Path vs Greenwood
  • 5:00 Palmetto vs Union County
  • 6:30 Greenwood vs Clinton
  • 8:00 Brookland-Cayce vs Laurens

Thursday, December 28

  • 3:00 Pool A 2nd Place vs. Pool A 3rd Place
  • 4:30 Palmetto vs Brookland-Cayce
  • 6:00 Laurens vs Union County
  • 7:30 Pool A 1st Place vs Pool A 3:00 Winner

Friday, December 29 

  • 5:00 Pool B 2nd Place vs Pool A, loser of Thursday’s 7:30 game
  • 6:30 Pool B 1st Place vs Pool A, winner of Thursday’s 7:30 game

Pool A                       Pool B

Greenwood               Union County

BHP                          Laurens

Clinton                      Palmetto

Brookland-Cayce

Tiebreaker Protocol:

Head to Head

Points

Coin Toss

 

Clinton and Laurens Boys teams participate in Emerald City Classic… Also today the Red Devil and Raider boys’ basketball teams start their participation in the Emerald City Classic at Emerald HS in Greenwood… In addition to the host Emerald HS other teams in the tournament are BHP, Ware Sholas, Greenwood, McCormick and Abbeville… Now as luck would have it, the Red Devils and the Raiders will play each other today about 6:00 pm… If all goes as planned I plan on going down to cover the game and will tweet the score as often as possible on Twitter at AM860Mike… By the way I will tweet results from any of the games I attend today…. For the complete tournament schedule, see below… Again good luck to both the Red Devils and the Raiders!

Wednesday, Dec 27 …. Home team listed last

  • 3:00 1.Ware Shoals / Emerald
  • 4:30 2. BHP / Greenwood
  • 6:00 3. Laurens / Clinton
  • 7:30 4. McCormick / Abbeville

Thursday, Dec 28

  • 3:00 5. L-1 / L-4
  • 4:30 6. L-2 / L-3
  • 6:00 7. W-2/ W-3
  • 7:30 8. W-1 / W-4

Friday, Dec 29

  • 3:00 9. L-5 / L-6
  • 4:30 10. W-5 / W-6
  • 6:00 11. L-7 / L-8
  • 7:30 12, W-7 / W-8

Laurens Academy

  • New Baseball Coach at LA….Two months ago Coach Halbert and I met and he formally resigned his position as head coach.  It was a difficult decision and one that he labored over since the end of last season.  Coach Halbert felt that after coaching for nearly 20 years at Laurens Academy and Southside Christian that it was the right time for him to retire from coaching.  At the time of our meeting Coach Halbert expressed that he was humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to coach baseball at LA for five years…. Coach Halbert leaves a strong legacy at Laurens Academy with the effort and time he gave to our athletes.  He carried on the tradition of our baseball program with dignity and class.  Twice his teams reached the state finals, and in 2012 they won the sixth state championship in school history.  Most importantly his influence on the character of our players will be his greatest accomplishment.  On behalf of the Athletic Department I am forever grateful for the sacrifices and commitment Coach Halbert made to LA baseball….I am very pleased to formally announce that he will be replaced as head baseball coach by Luke Tollison.  Coach Tollison is well known at Laurens Academy and has a tremendous background in baseball that will grow our program.  He was a member of four state championship teams at Laurens Academy, a member of the LA Hall of Fame, and following graduation he played college baseball at Spartanburg Methodist Community College and Francis Marion University.  We are excited to have Coach Tollison in this role and look forward to watching his teams compete on Crusader Field. 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 12-26-2017

Local Notes: Well there was no local sports action since last Thursday night but I do need to catch up on a few items that I did not get to just before the Christmas break.

CHS… Last week they had their annual Fall Sports Banquet at CHS… Each of the fall sports had winners of local awards and some of them had members making All-Region Teams… Below is a list of the award winners by sport.

Volleyball

  • JV Volleyball Hustle Award:  Alora Cash
  • Varsity Volleyball Sportsmanship:  Ashlyn Abercrombie
  • Varsity Volleyball MVP:  Alyssa Abercrombie
  • Volleyball All Region:  Alyssa Abercrombie

Girls Cross Country

  • Sportsmanship:  Maren Vondergeest
  • MVP:  Paige Trent
  • Record Breaker:  Paige Trent 21:32 Course Record
  • All Region:  Paige Trent, Dorothy Trent, Erykah Richard

Boys Cross Country

  • Sportsmanship:  Billy Hogarth
  • MVP:  Zac Bagwell
  • Record Breaker:  Eric Newton 17:32 Course Record

Girls Tennis

  • Sportsmanship:  Kaitey Threatt
  • MVP:  Elizabeth Jones
  • State Singles Tournament:  Elizabeth Jones
  • North/South Coach:  Clovis Simmons
  • All Region:  Elizabeth Jones, Mary Catherine Dailey

JV Football

  • Hustler Award:  Zay Cook & Austin Caughman

Varsity Football

  • Sportsmanship:  Cam Nichols
  • Gayle Ellis Award:  Brandon Demery
  • Most Improved:  Kyler Simmons
  • Best Blocker:  Kody Varn
  • Best Defense:  Tquan Cromer
  • MVP:  Mark Wise
  • All-Region: Jishon Payne, Kris Holmes, Mark Wise, and Kody Varn

Varsity Football Players of the Week:

  • Sam Tiller- Laurens, Mid Carolina
  • Konnor Richardson- Laurens
  • Tquan Cromer- Laurens, Greer, Chapman
  • Kody Varn- Laurens
  • Brooks Seawright- Greer
  • Mark Wise- Aiken, Woodruff
  • AJ Peake- Aiken
  • Zay Bennett- Aiken
  • Kris Holmes- Abbeville, Chesnee, Woodruff
  • Rasheed SMith- Aiken
  • Elijah Campbell- Newberry
  • Jamarcus Cook- Newberry, Woodruff
  • Jishon Payne- Chesnee, Mid Carolina
  • Brandon Demery- Mid Carolina
  • Kyler Simmons- Woodruff
  • Titus Hood- Broome
  • Vonta Bluford- Chapman
  • Dawson Green- Chapman
  • Vilo Boyd- Chesnee
  • Quin Copeland- Chesnee
  • Darian Bailey- Chesnee
  • Layne Cunningham- Seneca
  • Harmon Davenport- Seneca
  • Jaylin Wyatt- Seneca

LDHS

Wrestling… last week the Raider wrestling team traveled to Ninety Six HS for a tri-match with the Wildcats and the Emerald Vikings

  • Laurens 60 – Ninety Six 21… Raiders who took wins on the mats against opponents were: Murphy Rush, Damien Ladd, Myles Reppart, Jeremey Leonard, Caleb Reid, Omaury Jalick Dendy, Christopher Jackson, and Nathan Hamby… Now some of the Raiders may have taken wins by forfeit and if you would like to see who they were and complete scoring details about the match, click here
  • Emerald 51 – Laurens 30…  Raiders who took wins on the mats against opponents were: Caleb Reid, Will Pontoon and Nathan Hamby… Now some of the Raiders may have taken wins by forfeit and if you would like to see who they were and complete scoring details about the match, click here

Middle School Basketball

Hickory Tavern … Last Wednesday the HT Panthers traveled to Simpsonville to take on the Southside Christian Sabers.

  • G: HT 31 – SSC 19… The Lady Panther ran their record to a perfect 10-0 by taking a 31-19 win over the Lady Sabers… The leading scorers for HT were Kamyah Foggie 17, Ranyia Jackson 12, Macayle Revis 4.
  • B: SSC 39 – HT 16… Now the news is not as good where the boys’ team is concerned as the Panthers had one of their poorer shooting nights of the season and SSC took a 39-16 win… Scoring for the Panthers were Preston Mahon 7, Josh Cureton 5, Dylan Miller 2, Blake Nelson 1and Trevor Kitzmiller 1. The Panthers are 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Little River Conference. 

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Sports Report for Friday, 12-22-2017

PC Notes:

  • M: PC 77 – Piedmont 60… Yesterday the PC men’s basketball team hosted the Piedmont College Lions and improved their record to 7-6 on the season as they took a 77-60 win over the Lions… Reggie Dillard had a career-high 32 points to lead the Blue Hose in scoring… For more information on this game, click here… The Blue Hose get Big South play started on Saturday, December 30 as they host Radford at 4:00 pm
  • W: UNCG 64 – PC 57… The Lady Blue Hose basketball team was also in action yesterday as they hosted the Spartans of UNC Greensboro in a game just before the men took the court… The news here is not as good as it was for the men’s game as the Spartans took a 64-57 win… Cortney Storey again led the Blue Hose in scoring this time with 18 points… For more information on this game, click here… The Blue Hose fall to 2-8 on the season and will also return to action on Saturday, December 30th as they host Furman in a 2;00 pm contest at the Templeton Center.

Local Notes:

LDHS… The Raider varsity basketball teams hosted the Spartanburg Vikings last night and both Raider teams wanted to avenge narrow losses to the Vikings earlier in the month.

  • G: Laurens 54 – Spartanburg 51… In the first game the lady Raiders did avenge the earlier loss as they took a 54-51 win over the Vikings… The Raiders started the game cold as ice as they managed just 2 points in the first quarter while the Vikings scored 13… By the time the buzzer sounded to end the half they had rebounded and led 24-19… The surge in the 2nd quarter was in part triggered by Cali Heisey who scored 10 of her 21 points in the quarter… The two teams played pretty evenly the rest of the way with the lead changing hand several times before the final buzzer sounded with the Raiders up by 3… In addition to Heisey’s 21 points, Qua Fortson was also in double-digits with 15 points… KB Burnside added 5 points, MK Moore 4, Asia Davis 4, Ashanti Conway 2 and Alexus Espinosa 2… The team is now 4-5 on the season and will take a break for Christmas returning to action on December 27th when the host the Raider Rumble… See my sports report next Tuesday for details on that.
  • B: Spartanburg 65 – Laurens 54… Now the news is not as good where the Raider boys’ team is concerned as they failed to avenge the early season by falling to the Vikings again this time by a score of 65-54… The Raiders seemed to play a little out of sync most of the night and lacked that “spark” they seemed to have most of the time this season… The Raiders also had trouble penetrating the Viking zone defense and were taking more shots from further out than usual… Carson Todd led the Raiders with 12 points and Christian Anderson had 11… Dee Foster had 9 points, Josh Greene 8, Justin Anderson 6, J’von Harris 4 and Leonard Williams 4… The Raiders fall to 3-7 on the season and will also return to action on Wednesday, December 27th when they start participation in a tournament at Emerald HS.

Laurens Academy… Last night the Crusader boys’ team and a team of Crusader girls who were NOT juniors or seniors took on the PAC homeschool teams at Laurens Academy.

  • B: PAC 72 – LA 62… In boys’ action, PAC took a hard fought 72-62 win over the Crusaders… PAC took an early 18-12 lead after the first 8 minutes of play and stretched that lead to 57-39 going into the fourth quarter… The Crusaders cut into the PAC lead outscoring them 23-15 but they just could not come all the way back… Joshua Moore had a game-high 25 points to lead the Crusaders and Noah Moore had 20… Will Tindal was also in double digits with 12 points and Charlton McCall had 5 points to close out the Crusader scoring… The Crusaders fall to 4-9 on the season.
  • JVG: LA 25 – PAC 16… Now in the girls’ game before that where the teams did not have juniors of seniors, the Crusaders also prevailed by a score of 25-16… The first half was a low scoring affair as the score stood 6-4 with PAC on top going into the locker room at the half… The Crusaders came out hot in the third quarter and outscored PAC 11-5 in the quarter and then 10-6 in the fourth to take the win… Regan Williamson was the leading scorer for the Crusaders with 11 points and Jennifer Wu was right behind with 10… Blair Quarles had the remaining 4 points for the Crusaders.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 12-21-2017

Local Notes:

CHS… The Clinton Red Devils hosted the Chester Cyclones last night in their last games before the Christmas break.

  • G: Clinton 43 – Chester 35… In girls’ action, the Red Devils won their third game in a row as they defeated the Cyclones 43-35 improving their season record to 4-6… The Red Devils outscored the Cyclones 10-8 in the first quarter and led 22-16 at the half… The Cyclones tried to rebound in the third quarter and cut the Clinton lead to just 2 points (32-30) going into the final 8 minutes of the game… The Red Devils made sure that they would not complete the comeback by outscoring them 11-5 in fourth quarter insuring the win…. Terriauna Bennett led all scorers with 11 points… Others scoring for Clinton were Savannah Campbell 9, DeShanti Watts 7, Kailey Cheeks 5 Ashlyn Abercrombie and Tinique Allen 4, Aaliyah Johnston 2 and Sara Olivia Stephens 1.
  • B: Chester 69 – Clinton 55… Now the news is not quite as good where the boys are concerned as the Cyclones took a 69-55 win over the Red Devils… The Cyclones jumped on top 21-14 in the first 8 minutes of the game and then went on to take a 56-39 lead going into the fourth quarter by outscoring Clinton in each of the other two quarters to that point… In the final quarter the Red Devils did outscore the Cyclones 16-13 but it was too little too late… Clinton was led by Jahleed Cook who had 15 points and JD Payne who had 13… Others putting points on the board for Clinton were Zay Hurley with 9, Ty Priestly 5, Zack James 5, Zay Bennett 4, Vilo Boyd 2, and Konnor Richardson 2… County early season tournaments the Red Devils are now 7-4 on the season.
  • Tuesday (12-19-17) B: Clinton 59 – Ware Shoals 48… Yesterday I did not have the score of the Clinton boys’ game at Ware Shoals but I do have it now and I am glad to report that the Red Devils took a 59-48 win over the Hornets… The Red Devils came out a little colder than the Hornets in the first quarter as the Hornets led 17-8 at its end… However Clinton came back and outscored the Hornets 27-6 in the second quarter to take a 35-23 lead into the locker room at the half and then went on to win the third and fourth quarters to take make the final 71-44… Vilo Boyd had a game-high 18 points to lead the Red Devils and Zay Bennett had 14 points with 10 of them coming in the big second quarter for the Red Devils… Jahleed Cook finished with 10 points, Zack James 6, Ahmarie Bates 5, BJ Bluford 5, Zay Hurley 5, Ty Priestly 4 and Mark Wise 4.

LDHS… The Laurens Raider sub-varsity teams traveled to Spartanburg last night to take on the Vikings.

  • JVG: Spartanburg 60 – Laurens 11… Scoring for Laurens were: Destyne Wells 6, Kiereny Allen 3 & Jakayla Young 2.
  • 9th Grade Boys: Spartanburg 56 – Laurens 28… In 9th grade boys’ action, the Vikings took a56-28 win over the Raiders… The Raiders led 11-8 after the first quarter but trailed 18-13 at the half… Turnovers doomed the Raiders in the second half and they just could not keep pace with the Vikings fast offense though they never stopped trying…Shamare Dendy led the Raiders in scoring with 12 points… Rashun Kennedy had 5 points, Kavion Pulley 3, Chase Jackson 3, JQ Fair 3 and Nick Cook 2.
  • JVB: Laurens 39 – Spartanburg 24… In the last game of the evening, its better news as the Raider boys JV team took a 39-24 win over the Vikings…. The Raiders jumped out to a 21 – 10 lead at the half and broke the game open in the third quarter where they held the Vikings scoreless while adding 11 points to their lead in that quarter… Dra Copeland had a game-high 11 points to lead the Raiders and was the only Raider in double-digits… Other putting points on the board for the Raiders were Rob Gilliam 8, Tre Williams 5, Jamir Booker 4, Amaija Hill , Jackson Mahon 2, Kentavious Williams 2, Nigel Owens 2 and Aiden Pridgen 1.

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