Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-25-2017

Local Notes:

CHS: The Clinton Red Devils played host to the Chapman Panthers last night in region action.

  • Girls: Clinton 48 – Chapman 32… The Lady Red Devils set the tone for the evening as they took 48-32 win over the Lady Panthers… The team was able to get shots to fall and led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter and 22-17 at the half as they went on to take the win… Terriauna Bennett led all scorers with 17 points and MK Kelly was also in double-digits with 14 points… Other scoring were Savannah Campbell with 7 points, Alyssa Abercrombie & Alexis Pagano each had 4 points while Ashlyn Abercrombie rounded out the scoring with 2 points.
  • Boys: Clinton 73 – Chapman 68… In the final game at CHS last night the Red Devil boys’ team took a 73-68 win but they had to come from behind to do it… The Panther led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter and continued to lead at the half by 2 points 26-24Chapman came out of the locker room and put up 24 points to Clinton’s 21 making the score going into the final quarter 52-47 Panthers… The Red Devils then picked up both the offense and defense to outscore the Panthers 26-16 in those final 8 minutes to take the win… Zay Hurley and Jahleed Cook led the Red Devils with 17 points each… Kiah Young and Tymori Tribble were close behind with 15 points each… Rounding out the scoring for the Red Devils you had Jalen Carter with 7 and Donte Reeder with 2…  The Red Devils go to 13-3 overall and 5-0 in region play… The Red Devil varsity teams will be on the road this Friday as they travel to Mid-Carolina.

 

LDHS: Last night the Raiders played host to the Hillcrest Rams and it was not a good night for the Raiders.

  • Girls: Hillcrest 58 – Laurens 46… The first game of the night saw the Lady rams take a 58-46 win over the Lady Raiders… The game was close in the first half as Hillcrest only led by 4, 26-22… The Raiders were able to cut the Rams’ lead to 1 point in the third period but the Rams then pulled away for the win… Alexus Espinosa was the only Raider in double-digits with 12 points… Cali Heisey had 9 points, Malaysia Todd 8, Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon 4 and Tieisha Jones 3… KB Burnside, Qua Fortson, MK Moore, Ashunti Smith and Portland Wallace all chipped in 2 points each…. The Lady Raiders are now 7-11 overall and 1-4 in region play.
  • Boys: Hillcrest 82 – Laurens 45… The rams completed a sweep of the Raiders by taking an 82-45 win in the boys’ game… The Raiders just could not get shots to fall as they fell behind 25-5 at the end of the first quarter and just could not mount any sustained drive to get back in the game… The rams dominated the boards especially the offensive board and the Raiders were plagued by turnovers all night…. Carson Todd led the Raiders in scoring with 8 points… Josh Greene had 7, Donte Shumpert 6 while Rakeem Franklin, Aden Partee and Zh’Rece Anderson each had 5 points… Justin Anderson had 3 points, while scoring 2 each were Dravious Copeland, Christian Anderson and Ryan Dacre… The team is 4-14 on the season and 1-4 in region play… The varsity teams will be back in action Friday when they travel to Mauldin.
  • Sinclair on Indefinite Suspension… The Raiders were without Coach Ben Sinclair last night… In case you did not know, he was ejected from last Friday night’s game at Greenwood for receiving 2 technical fouls…  He further went on the court and confronted the officials after the ejection… By SCHSL rule, he must be suspended for 1 game and pay a $300 fine… According to information received from district officials, he has been placed on indefinite suspension until such time as the video can be removed and district officials meet with him and get his report on the incident.

 

Laurens Academy:  The Laurens Academy Crusaders had to travel to Saluda to take on the Knights of WW King in region action.

  • Girls: LA 41 – WWK 20… The Lady Crusaders ran their record to 17-2 / 5-0 last night as they took a 41-20 win over the Lady Knights… The only quarter ether team scored in double-digits was the second when the Crusaders put 18 on the board to make their lead 27-8 at the half and coasted to the win… Ruthie Moore had a game-high 19 points and Taylor Campbell was also in double digits with 15… Reagan Williamson added 3 points and both Blair Quarles and Morgan Marlett chipped in 2 each.
  • Boys: LA 35 – WWK 18… In boys’ action, the Crusaders completed a varsity sweep by taking a 35-18 win… Both teams were kind of cold in the first half as the Crusaders led 12-10 going into the locker room… The Crusaders must have made some offensive adjustments at the half as they outscored the Knights 14-6 and then held the Knights to just 2 points in the last quarter to take the win… Joshua Moore led all scorers with 15 points and was the only Crusader scoring more than 10 points… Noah Moore had 9 points, Jonathan Burns 4, Charlton McCall 3 while Will Price and Dawson Foster chipped in 2 each… The Lady Crusader middle school and varsity team will travel to Cambridge Academy Thursday and all teams will be back in action Friday when they host Covenant.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 1-24-2017

PC Notes:

  • Women BK: PC 78 – Winthrop 39… The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team knocked down a season best 15 three-pointers en route to a 78-39 wire-to-wire victory Saturday afternoon at Winthrop…. Three different players scored in double-digits for the Blue Hose and if you want to find out who they were and other information about this game, click here…. The team is back in action tonight as they host UNC-Ashville at 7 pm.
  • Men BK: G-W 78 – PC 61… The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team used a 14-1 run, which included three three-pointers from Darius Moore, to erase a 27-point GWU lead and make it just 12, but Gardner-Webb used clutch defense and free throws to hang on and take the 78-61 win Saturday afternoon in Big South action in Boiling Springs, N.C…. For more information about this game, click here… The team will be back in action Thursday as they host UNC-Ashville in a 7 pm contest that can be seen on the Big South Network. 

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Make A wish Fund Raiser… Tonight when the Red Devil varsity basketball teams host the Chapman Panthers student admission (for both schools) will be just $1…. All proceeds will go to support make a Wish SC… They would love for all CHS students (& Fans) to come out and support the Red Devils in very important region games tonight.

LDHS:

  • Broadcast Note… Due to circumstances beyond my control, I will NOT be able to broadcast the games tonight at LDHS where the Raiders will be taking on the Hillcrest Rams as we had hoped to do.

Raider 9th Grade boys & both JV traveled to Hillcrest last night to take on the rams.

  • JV Girls: Laurens 44 – Hillcrest 26… The Lady Raider JV basketball team got back o the winning track last night as they took a 44-26 win over the Lady Rams… Laurens led 22-11 at the half in route to the win… The Raiders were led by Aija Davis who has a game-high 20 points… Paula Abrams contributed 8 points and Brookelyne Grant 6 to the Raiders efforts.
  • 9th Grade Boys: Hillcrest 48 – Laurens 47… Amaija Hill an CJ Austin both had 19 points to lead the Raiders in scoring.
  • JV Boys: Laurens 49 – Hillcrest 39… Jakevious Booker had 13 points to lead the Raiders and both Dee Foster & Tre Williams had 9 each.

Raider Wrestling… The Raider wrestling team was in action this past Saturday as they competed in the Red Raider Duals up at Greenville HS.

  • West Oak 60 – Laurens 6… The Raiders had a tough time against West Oak as they fell 60-6… Only Eric Diaz and Braylen Williams were able to take decisions over their opponents… For complete information on this match, click here
  • Laurens 48 – Greenville 30… In another match there is better news as the Laurens Raiders defeated the host Greenville Red Raiders 48-30…. Zarquel Castro, Bud Jones, Braylen Williams, Caleb Reid, Austin Cain and Damien Ladd all took wins over their opponents on the mats… Other Raiders picked up wins due to forfeits and for details on those click here.
  • Blue Ridge 42 – Laurens 36… In a very close match, the Raiders fell to the Blue Ridge Tigers 42-36… The Raiders who were able to defeat their opponents on the mats were Zarquel Castro, Braylen Williams, and Austin Cain… Other Raiders picked up wins due to forfeits and for details on those click here.
  • Laurens 66 – Wade Hampton 18… The Raiders also faced off against the Wade Hampton Generals and good news here for Raider fans as they defeated the Generals 66-18… Damien Ladd, Zarquel Castro, Bus Jones, Eric Diaz, Nick Jones, Braylen Williams, Caleb Reid, Jeremy Leonard, and Austin James all took mat wins… For complete information on this match, click here

 

Middle School Basketball From Last Night

Sanders Yellow Jackets at McCormick

  • Girls: MC 25 – Sanders 8… Sorry no other details
  • Boys: MC 35 – Sanders 28…  Sorry no other details.

 

Middle School Basketball From Last Thursday (1-19-17)

Gray Court-Owings Tigers traveled to Newberry MS to take on the Tigers.

  • Girls: NMS 38 – GCO 24… Sorry no other details
  • Boys: NMS 40 – GCO 21… Sorry no other details

Laurens Middle School Tigers hosted the Meriwether Mustangs.

  • Boys: LMS 46 – MMS 27… Sorry no other details
  • Girls: MMS 27 – LMS 11… Sorry no other details

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Sports Report for Monday, 1-23-2017

Local Notes:

CHS: last Friday the Clinton Red Devils hosted the Woodruff Wolverines in varsity basketball action.

  • Girls: Woodruff 32 – Clinton 27… The girls’ game saw the Red Devils come out cold and only score 3 points in the first half to Woodruff’s 15… The Red Devils then came back in the second half and outscored the Wolverines 24-17 with 15 of their second half points in the fourth period only to come up on the short end of a 32-27 loss to the Wolverines… Savannah Campbell led the charge in the fourth period with 3-three-point goals… MK Kelly led all scorers with 14 points and was the only Red Devil in double digits… Campbell finished the game with 9 points, and both Kalen Richardson and Alyssa Abercrombie had 2 points each.
  • Boys: Clinton 51 – Woodruff 27… Now better news for Red Devil fans where the boys are concerned as Clinton rolled to a 51-27 win over Woodruff… The Red Devils built a 27-8 lead at the half and continued to pull away in the second half and were never really threatened… Coach Eddie Romines said the team played great defense but did not shoot the ball very well… He also commented he was glad everyone got to play in the win…Jalen Carter led all scorers with 15 points and was the only Red Devil in double-digits… Others scoring for Clinton were Zay Hurley with 8 points while both Josh Williams and Tymori Tribble had 6 points each… RJ Suber & Kiah Young had 4 points each, Jahleed Cook & Vilo Boys each had 3 while Keith Neal rounded out the scoring with 2 points… The Red Devils are now 12-3 overall and 4-0 in region play…. The Red Devils host Chapman tomorrow.

LDHS:

Basketball: The Laurens Raiders traveled to Greenwood last Friday night to take on the Eagles in region play.

  • Girls: Greenwood 72 – Laurens 53… The Lady Raiders got off to a slow start as the Eagles jumped on top 22-10 at the end of the first quarter and the Raiders never were able to dig themselves out of the hole as Greenwood took a 72-53 win… They did outscore the Eagles 20-18 in the third quarter but never managed to get closer than 11 points in that period… Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon was the only Raider in double digits with 14 points… Others putting points on the board for the Raiders were Qua Fortson and Malaysia Todd with 9 points each, Alexus Espinosa 8, Tieisha Jones 5, MK Moore 4, Ashunti Smith 4, and Portland Wallace 2… The team is now 7-10 overall and 1-3 in region play.
  • Boys: Greenwood 64 – Laurens 56… Unfortunately for Raider fans the news is no better in the boys’ game as the Raiders fell 64-56… The Raiders trailed by 6 at the end of the first quarter but cut the deficit to 1 and trailed 28-27 at the half… The Raiders carried a 45-44 win going into the final 8 minutes of play but Greenwood outscored the Raiders 20-11 during that time to take the win… Greenwood led by 5 with about 1:30 left on the clock when things really went south or the Raiders as an intentional foul called on them plus Coach Sinclair picking up his second technical foul gave the Eagles free throws and possession to put them further ahead and continued to hit free throws down the stretch to take the win… The Raiders were led by Josh Greene with 14 points while Ryan Dacre had 10… Others scoring were Ty Foster with 9. Dontae Shumpert & Justin Anderson 8 each, Keenan Dickey with 4, Carson Todd 2 and Rakeem Franklin 1 … The Raiders fall to 4-13 aamd 1-3 in region play… The Raiders host the Hillcrest Rams tomorrow night

 

Laurens Academy: Last Friday the LA Crusaders traveled down to Winnsboro to take on the Richard Winn Eagles

  • Girls: LA 42 – RW 32… In girls action the Lady Crusaders ran their season record to 16-2 and region record to 4-0 as they took a 42-32 win over the lady Eagles… The game was tried 9-9 at the end of the first quarter but the Crusaders outscored the Eagles 11-6 in the second quarter and then continued to outscore the Eagles in last 2 quarters to take the win… The Crusaders had two players in double-digits with Taylor Campbell having a game-high 18 points and Ruthie Moore with 11… Others scoring for the Crusaders were Florence Mitchell & Morgan Marlett with 4 each, Regan Williamson 3 and Blair Quarles 2.
  • Boys: RW 46 – LA 41… In the final game of the evening, the Crusaders fell to the Eagles 46-41 as they ran out of time in their comeback attempt.. The Crusaders only scored 2 points in the first quarter and trailed 25-12 at the half… The Crusaders outscored the Eagles in the third and fourth quarter but the comeback fell a little short…. Jonathan Burns led the Crusaders with 13 points and Joshua Moore was also in double-digits with 12… Rounding out the scoring for the Crusaders you have Noah Moore 6 points while both Will Price and Dawson Foster chipped in 5 each.

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 1-20-2017

PC Notes:

  • Women: PC 50 – Charleston Southern 48… The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team converted 9-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter to help overcome an eight point Charleston Southern lead, earning a 50-48 comeback win last Tuesday night at the Templeton Center… Three of the lady Blue Hose scored 10 points each and if you want to find out who they were and other details on the game, click here…. The team will travel to Rock Hill tomorrow for a 1 pm contest with the lady eagles of Winthrop.
  • Men: Charleston Southern 73 – PC 52… The men’s team was in action last night as they hosted Charleston southern… The news is not good here for PC fans as the Bucs led wire-to-wire and took a 73-52 win over the Blue Hose…. Ed Drew led PC with 13 points and 7 rebounds… To see more details on the game, click here… The team will also be in action tomorrow as the also will be on the road taking on the Running Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb in a 3 pm contest. 

Local Notes:

CHS: The Red Devil JV teams traveled to Woodruff last night to take on the Wolverines…

  • Girls: Woodruff 32 – Clinton 31… Sorry but I don’t have any other details except to say Coach Glenn said it was a nail bitter.
  • Boys: Clinton 47 – Woodruff 34… Now it is better news fir Red Devil fans in the boys’ game as the Red Devils took a 47-34 win… Coach Glenn said his team played better eliminating previous mistake and creating turnovers on defense to take a great team win… Konnor Richardson had 12 points to lead the team while JD Payne had 11 points and Titus Hood 10.

LDHS… The Laurens Raider JV and 9th grade boys’ team hosted the Greenwood Eagles last night in the main gym at LDHS.

  • JV Girls: Greenwood 35 – Laurens 22… In JV girls’ action, the two teams played almost even in the first half as greenwood led 18-15 going into the locker room at its end… However the Lady Raiders came out cold in the third quarter scoring only 1 point while the eagles scored 10 and that wound up costing them as Greenwood took a 35-22 win… Aija Davis as the leading scorer for the Raiders with 8 points… Jadaija Pinson and Monay Conway had 6 points each for the team to round out the top 3 scorers… The team is now 3-6 on the season but 2-1 region play.
  • 9th Grade Boys: Laurens 42 – Greenwood 34… The news was better where the 9th grade boys are concerned as the Raiders took a 42-34 win… They trailed by 1 point (10-9) at the end of the first quarter but then outscored the eagles the rest of the way to take the win…. Amiga Hill led all scorers with 16 points and Nigel Owens was also in double-digits with 10.
  • JV Boys: Greenwood 44 – Laurens 39… Jamir Booker led the Raiders with 9 points and close behind was Jeremiah Jenkins with 6.

Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy Crusader varsity basketball teams hosted the Whitmire Wolverines last night…

  • Girls: LA 49- Whitmire 6…. The Lady Crusaders held the lady Wolverines scoreless in the first quarter and cruised to a 49-6 win… Taylor Campbell had a game-high 20 points while Ruthie Moore was also in double-digits with 15 points… Reagan Williamson chipped in 8, Morgan Marlett 4 and Blair Quarles 2…
  • Boys: LA 55 – Whitmire 37… In the final game of the evening the Crusaders completed the sweep of the Wolverines as the boys took a 55-37 win… The big quarter for the Crusaders was the third where they outscored the Wolverines 18-6 in route to the win… Joshua Moore and Noah Moore each had 18 points to lead all scorers… Jonathan Burns was also in double-digits with 13 points… The remaining 6 points were scored by Will Price.

 

Middle School Basketball:

Hickory Tavern Panthers hosted the Mid-Carolina MS Rebels.

  • Girls: HT 37 – MC 20… The Lady Panthers of Hickory Tavern defeated Mid-Carolina Middle 37 to 20 thus securing the #1 seed in the upcoming Little River Tournament… This was the Lady Panthers 22nd consecutive victory in the Little River Conference…  The Lady Panthers were led in scoring by Ranyia Jackson with 23 points, Sandajah Vance 9 points and 7 assist while Hanna Wiles 6 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Boys: MC 38 – HT 26… The news is not as good where the boys are concerned as the rebels took a 38-26 win over the Panthers… The leading scorers for the Panthers were Thomas Willis and Josh Curenton who had 5 points each.

 

Sanders Yellow Jackets hosted the Westview Titans

  • Girls: Westview 24 – Sanders 8… Sorry no other details.
  • Boys: Westview 49 – Sanders 32… Sorry no other details

 

Clinton MS White teams at Southside Christian… Sorry all I have is the scores

  • Girls: SSC 32 – CMS-W 17
  • Boys: SSC 40 – CMS-W 32… Was reported CMS lost and this is what the coach said they though score was.

 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 1-19-2017

Local Notes:

CHS: … Last night the Red Devil JV basketball teams traveled to Broome HS to take on the Centurions.

  • Girls: Clinton 22 – Broome 21… Sorry no other details.
  • Boys: Broome 48 – Clinton 43… Coach Glenn said the team wasn’t able to finish the game when it counted the most… Clinton was led by JD Payne who had 16 points with Konnor Richardson having 10 points.

LDHS:

  • Wrestling: Laurens 42 – Greenwood 38… The Raider wrestling team was back in action last night as they hosted the Greenwood Eagles in region action…. Goon news here as the Raiders defeated the Eagles in a close one 42-38…. Those Raiders who were actually able to take wins on the mats against their opponent were: Damien Ladd, Erick Diaz, Caleb Reid and Shokeil Moses… Now there were some other Raiders who took wins by forfeit and if you would like to see that information and complete details on the match, click here.

Middle School Basketball:

Sanders at Wright MS…. The Yellow Jackets traveled to Abbeville to take on the Wildcats of Wright MS.

  • Girls: WMS 27 – Sanders 4…. The game was tied 2-2 at the end of the first quarter but the Wildcats broke it open scoring 15 in the second quarter and held Sanders scoreless in the second and third quarters in route oto the win…. Sorry no other details.
  • Boys: WMS 35 – Sanders 32… Sanders started out well in the first half of the boys’ game as they posted a 20-13 lead at the half… However they were only able to manage 12 points in the second half while the Wildcats scored 22 thus coming back to take a 35-32 win over Sanders…. Sorry no other details.

 

CMS-W at Mid-Carolina… The White Wildcats vs. the Rebels

  • Girls: Mid-C 24 – CMS-W 7…. Sorry no other details.
  • Boys: CMS-W 33 – Mid-C 30…. Sorry no other details

 

Hickory Tavern at CMS-R… The Panthers vs. the Red Wildcats

  • Girls: HT 32 – CMS-R 23… The HT girls continue to roll along as they posted a 32-23 win over the Wildcat last night… It was a tougher than normal win as the Wildcats and Panthers fought to a 6-6 tie at the end of the first quarter and then the Panthers outscored the Wildcats in the second and third quarters in route to the win… Raniya Jackson had a game-high 17 points to lead the Panthers and Sandajah Vance chipped in 8 points… For the Wildcats, Ayauncey Peake led the scoring with 6 points while both Norrea Moss and Jadya Briley had 4 points.
  • Boys: CMS-R 52 – HT 18… In the boys’ game the Wildcats turned the tables taking a 52-18 win… The Wildcats outscored the panthers 9-1 in the first quarter and then continued to do pretty much the same in each of the remaining quarters to take the win… C.K. Vance led the Wildcats with 11 points and Jykori Gary chipped in 8 to be the top two scorers for the Wildcats… For the Panthers the top two scorers were Kevin Norman with 6 points and Collin Gambrel with 5.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-18-2017

Local Notes:

CHS: The Red Devils hosted the Broome Centurions last night in Region 3-AAA action

  • Girls: Broome 38- Clinton 33… The Lady Red Devils lost a tough one last night by a score of 38-33… Clinton had slight leads at the end of the first and second quarters and led 31-27 going into the final 8 minutes of play… That is when their offense just went cold as they managed only 2 points and Broome scored 11 to come back and take a 38-33 win…. Savannah Campbell led the Red Devils with 9 points… Ashlyn Abercrombie had 8, Terriauna Bennett had 7, MK Kelly 6, Bri Jones 2 and Alexis Pagano 1
  • Boys: Clinton 63 – Broome 57… In boys’ action, the Red Devils ran their record to 11-3 overall and 3-0 in region play as they had to come from behind in the fourth quarter to take a 63-57 win…. Like the Lady Red Devils before them, they had slight leads at the end of the first and second quarter but Broome came back to take a 44-43 lead going into the final 8 minutes of play… The Red Devils responded by outscoring Broome 20-13in those final 8 minutes to take a 63-57 win… The Red Devils were led by Zay Hurley who had a game-high 18 points… They had two other players in double-digits as Kiah Young had 17 points and Jalen Carter 16… Tymori Tribble had 6 points while Jahleed Cook, Vilo Boyd and Donte Reeder each chipped in 2… The Red Devil varsity teams will host Woodruff Friday night.

LDHS: The Laurens Raider varsity basketball teams were on the road last night as they traveled to Riverside HS to take on the Warriors.

  • Girls: Laurens 44 – Riverside 39… In girls’ action last night the Lady Raiders trailed early but came back to take the and then went on to take a 44-39 win over the Lady Warriors to pick up their first region win… The Raiders trailed by 1 (9-8) at the end of the first quarter but led 18-16 at the half and then went on to the win…. The pressure defense by Laurens caused a lot of Riverside turnovers but the Raiders had trouble converting them into points… Cali Heisey led all scorers with 18 points which included 3 three-point shots…. Qua Fortson added 7, Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon & Alexis Espinosa each had 6, Malaysia Todd 6 and Portland Wallace 2…. The team is now 7-9 overall and 1-2 in region play.
  • Boys: Riverside 61 – Laurens 43… The news is not as good boys’ action as the warriors took a 61-443 win… Riverside came out hot in the first quarter and put 20 points on the board while the Raiders managed only 10 and the Raiders then extended the lead to 34-23 at the half… The Raiders did get the Warrior lead down 9 at one point in the third quarter but could get no closer… Carson Todd led the Raiders with 15 points and Josh Greene had 12 to be the only two Raiders in double-digits… Justin Anderson and Keenan Dickey each had 6 each while Ty Foster and Rakeem Franklin chipped in 2 points each…. The team is now 4-12 and 1-2… The Raider varsity teams travel to Greenwood Friday to take on the Eagles

Laurens Academy:  The Laurens Academy Crusaders traveled down to Newberry last night to take on the Newberry Academy Eagles.

Girls: LA 62 – NA 21… The Lady Crusaders came out hot last night scoring 14 points in the first quarter while allowing the Lady Eagles only 3 and pretty much did the same thing in each of the other three quarters as they rolled to a 62-21 win over the Eagles… Ruthie Moore led all scorers with 19 points and Taylor Campbell added 17… Others soring for the Crusaders were Blair Quarles with 8, Julia Kerber 6 while Regan Williamson, Florence Mitchell and Morgan Marlette each had 4 points.

Boys: LA 57 – NA 48… In the final game last night, the Crusaders were a little slow getting started in the first quarter as the Eagles led 13-11 at its end… However, the Crusaders came back to take a 26-21 lead going into the locker room at the half and then went on to take a 57-48 win… Joshua Moore had a game high 21 points for the Crusaders and Will Price was in double-digits also with 12 points… Jonathan Burns and Dawson Foster both chipped in 9 points each while Noah Moore had 6 to round out the Crusaders’ scoring.

 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 1-17-2017

PC Notes:

  • Women: Campbell 49 – PC 39… Last Saturday at the Templeton Center the Lady Blue Hose Basketball team was trailing by double-digits late in the fourth quarter but went on a 10-2 but just could not come all the way back as the Campbell camels took a 49-39 win… Taylor Petty once again led the Blue Hose with 11 points…. To see more details on the game, click here….  The team is back in action tonight at the Templeton center as they host the Charleston Southern in a 7 pm contest.
  • Men: High Point 77 – PC 44… last Saturday the men’s team was also in action as they traveled to High Point to take on the Panthers… The Panthers shot over 50% in the game while PC shot just 33% as the panthers took a 77-44 win… Will Adams lead the Blue Hose with 12 points… To see more information on this game, click here… The team will be back in action Thursday as they also host Charleston southern in a 7 pm contest at the Templeton Center. 

Local Notes:

CHS:  Host the Broome Centurions in varsity basketball action starting at 6 pm tonight.

LDHS: Last night the Raider 9th grade boys and both JV team played host to the Riverside Warriors…

  • JV Girls: Laurens 44 – Riverside 20… Last Night the JV girls won their second game in a row as they rolled to a 44-20 win over Riverside… The Raiders led 25-6 at the half by holding Riverside scoreless in the second quarter… Aija Davis led all scorers with 12 points and Jadaija Pinson was also in double-digits with 10 points… Kierney Allen had 9 points & Paula Abrams 8 while others had less than 5 points.
  • 9th Grade Boys: Laurens 40 – Riverside 37… The 9th grade boys’ team also had a good night last night as they took a 40-37 win over the Warriors… The Raiders led the Warriors 18-10 at the half and held the warriors to just 4 points in the third quarter to lead 28-14 going into the final quarter and then held on as the Warrior tried to come back in the fourth quarter… Amaija Hill led all scorers with 19 points.
  • JV Boys: Laurens 42 – Riverside 36… The Raiders completed the sweep of the Warriors as the JV boys team took a 42-36 win over the Warriors in the final game of the night… Jakevious Booker led the Raiders with 16 points and Tre Williams was also in double digits with 10 points.
  • Varsity Basketball: Travels to Riverside tonight.

Raider Wrestling

  • Raiders Finish Third at Jacket Invitational… Last Saturday the Raider wrestling team traveled to TL Hannah to participate in the Jacket Invitational…  The team came in third with 48 points behind Whitmire (72 points) who finished first and Westside (52) who finished second… Eric Diaz and Shokeil Moses both finished first in their weight division while Braylen Williams, Caleb Reid and Austin Cain finished second in their weight division… For more information about how these and other Raiders did, click on the following: Results for Jacket Invitational, 1-14-17
  • Raiders Finish Seventh at West Oak Warrior Invitational… The team was also in action yesterday as they participated in the West Oak Warrior Invitational… The news is not quite as good here as the team finished 7th…  The highest finishing Raider was Caleb Reid who finished second in his weight division… Damien Ladd did finish third in his… Again for more information about how these and other Raiders did, click on the following: Raider Results in West Oak Invitational 1-16-17

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Sports Report for Monday, 1-16-2017

Local Notes:

CHS: The Clinton Red Devil varsity basketball teams traveled down to Newberry last Friday night to take on the Bulldogs.

  • Girls: Newberry won…. The Lady Red Devils had a real challenge on their hands as they had to face the Lady Bulldogs who were ranked #7 in Class-AAA on the last coaches’ poll… While I do not know the final score I do know that the Lady Bulldogs took the win and Coach Gardner says they are very deserving of the ranking.
  • Boys: Clinton 83 – Newberry 65… Now the news is much better where the boys’ team is concerned as the Red Devils took an 83-65…. Coach Eddie Romines noted that the team played solid defense, rebounded well and shared the ball well as evidenced by having 4 players in double-digits…. Clinton was led by Zay Hurley who had a game high 26 points… The other Red Devils scoring in double-digits were Jalen Carter with 18 points, Tymori Tribble 16 and Kiah Young 13… Others putting points on the board for the Red Devils were Jahleed Cook with 5, Keith Neal 4 and Donte Reeder 1… The Red Devils are now 10-3 on the season and 2-0 in region play… The Red Devils will host the Broome Centurions tomorrow night in varsity basketball action.

LDHS: The Raider varsity basketball teams played host to the Wade Hampton Generals last Friday night and both the Generals teams are ranked in the top 10 in Class-AAAAA basketball at this time.

  • Girls: W.H. 68-Laurens 44… The Lady Generals came into the game ranked #9 and except for a lot of turnovers they looked like they deserve the ranking as they took a 68-49 win over the Raiders… The Generals led 10-2at the end of the first quarter and continued to stretch the lead outscoring the Raiders in every quarter… The Raider never stopped trying but had a lot of trouble finishing shots after the Generals turned it over and the Generals pretty much controlled the boards… Cali Heisey had a game-high 19 points to lead the Raiders and Malaysia Todd was also in double-digits with 11 points… Alexus Espinosa had 6 points, Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon 5, Qua Fortson 3, and Tieisha Jones & KT Foggie 2 each while Brianna Curenton had 1…. The team is now 6-8 o the season and 0-2 in region play.
  • Boys: W.H. 77 – Laurens 67…. Now the Raider boys faced an even tougher challenge as they took on the #5 ranked Generals… The two teams battled evenly in the first period but the Generals did lead 23-22 at its conclusion… The Generals caught fire in the second quarter and led 46-31 at the half… The Generals led by as much as 17 points in the final quarter but the Raiders refused to quit but just could not get much closer than the final 10 point where the Generals won 77-67… Josh Greene led the Raiders with 19 points… Christian Anderson and Carson Todd had 11 points while Justin Anderson had 10 points to give the Raiders 4 players scoring in double-digits… Others scoring for the Raiders were Zh’Rece Anderson and Connor Dunlap with 4 points each, Ty Foster and Ryan Dacre with 3 points each, and Keenan Dickey with 2….  The Raiders are now 4-11 on the season and 1-1 in region play… The Raider varsity teams will travel to Riverside tomorrow for a pair of region games.

Patterson Named Interim Head Baseball Coach at LDHS… Last Friday it was announced Tori Patterson will serve as Interim Head baseball Coach for the Raiders this season… As you may recall, Coach Dale Nelson stepped down for personal reasons a couple of weeks ago and Patterson a former player for Coach Nelson and assistant coach for the last 4 years will guide the team this year… At the end of this baseball season the district will name a new coach after a search between now and then…. If you would like to see the complete press release from the district office, click here…. My personal best wished to Coach Patterson!

 

Laurens Academy: Last Friday the Laurens Academy boys basketball team traveled over to Anderson Christian to take on the Lions (Anderson Christian does not have a girls’ team).

  • A.C 52 – LA 25… The Crusaders struggled to get their offense going last Friday as they fell to A.C. by a score of 52-25… The Lions outscored the Crusaders 22-3 in the first quarter and then went on to take the win… Joshua Moore was the only Crusader in double-digits with 10 points… Will Price had 8, Noah Moore 4, Jonathan Burns 2 and Dawson 1… All the Crusader teams will be back in action tomorrow as they travel to Newberry Academy.

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 1-13-2017

PC Notes:

  • Women: Liberty 68 – PC 60… The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team fell on the road to Liberty 68-60 on Tuesday evening… The Blue Hose were led by Taylor Petty, who shot 3-for-10 from beyond the arc and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line to finish with 16 points…. For more information on this game, click here…The team will have a home game at 2 pm tomorrow as they take on the Campbell Camels.
  • Men: Winthrop 75 – PC 52… The Winthrop men’s basketball team used a 17-0 run in the second half to break open a four-point game and take the 75-52 win over Presbyterian College in Big South action Wednesday night in Rock Hill, S.C. Ed Drew led the Blue Hose with 15 points and 10 rebounds…. For more information on this game, click here… The team will go on the road tomorrow as they travel to High Point for a 7 pm contest. 

Local Notes:

CHS: The Red Devil JV teams hosted the Bulldogs of Newberry HS last night in the main gym at CHS.

  • Girls: Clinton 37 – Newberry 18…. Sorry no other details.
  • Boys: Newberry 49 – Clinton 47… The news is not quite as good in boys’ action as Newberry took a hard-fought 49-47 win… Coach Glenn played hard but a few mental errors late in the game lead to turnovers that wound up costing the Red Devils the game… Konnor Richardson and JD Payne led the Red Devils with 15 points each and Titus hood also chipped in 6 points.

LDHS:

Raiders at Wade Hampton…. Last night the Raider 9th grade boys’ basketball team and both JV teams traveled to Wade Hampton to take in the Generals.

  • Girls JV: Laurens 19 – W.H. 18… The Lady Raider JV team took a come from behind 18-18 win last night to improve their record to 2-5 and 1-0 in region play… The Raiders trailed 9-2 at the half but outscored the Generals 13-5 in the third quarter to take a 15-14 lead and then held on to take the win… Paula Abrams led the Raiders in scoring with 8 points and Aija Davis had 7.
  • JV Boys: Laurens 37 – W.H. 36… The JV boys’ game was also a close one as the Raiders took a 37-36 win… Leonard Williams had 11 points and the scored the game-winning layup… Jamir Booker had 9 points for the Raiders.
  • 9th Grade Boys: W.H. 40 – Laurens 32…  The Raider 9th grade team did come up on the short end of a 40-32 score last night as their offense had trouble getting started in the first half they trailed 21-9 going into the locker room at the half…. They came back out in the 3rd quarter and outscored the Generals to pull within 1 (26-25) but just could not make the comeback… Amaji Hill was the only Raider in double-digits with 11 points

Raider Wrestling… The Raider wrestling team traveled to Greenwood Wednesday night and faced off against region foes Hillcrest and Mauldin two traditionally strong teams.

  • Hillcrest 69 – Laurens 12… The only Raider wrestler to pick up a win in action on the mats was Eric Diaz though Shokeil Moses did pick u one by forfeit… For complete match details, click here
  • Mauldin 53 – Laurens 24…. The Raiders had a little better luck against the Mauldin Mavericks but still fell by a score of 53-24… Zarquel Castro, Eric Diaz, Bud Jones and Will Hampton were all able to take falls over their opponents… For complete match details, click here.

 

Laurens Academy: The LA Crusaders traveled to Edgefield last night to take on the Patriots of Wardlaw Academy in varsity basketball action… Sorry but all I have id the final scores but they are good ones for Crusader fans.

  • Girls: LA 40 – Wardlaw 24
  • Boys: LA 61 Wardlaw 36

 

Middle School Basketball:

Northside Knights at Sanders (Yellow Jackets)

  • Girls: NSM 14 – Sanders 11 (2OT)… The Knights led 11-8 going into the 4th quarter when the Lady Jackets scored 3 points in that final quarter and held the Knights scoreless to send the game into overtime… Neither team scored in the first overtime but in the second Northside put 3 on the board to take a 14-11 win…. Sorry no scoring details.
  • Boys: NSM 54 – Sanders 40… Northside completed the sweep of Sanders by taking a 54-40 win in boys’ action… Coach JR Reid was proud of the team’s effort against a very talented Northside team… Shamare Dendy led the Yellow Jackets with 19 points.

Hickory Tavern Panthers at Clinton Middle School taking on the White Wildcat team.

  • Girls: HT 39 – CMS-W 8… The Lady Panthers of HT have a pretty good team this year and they showed it again last night by taking a 39-8 win over the Lady Wildcats… The Wildcats had trouble with the Panthers press all night long and had a lot of turnovers but never gave up… Raniya Jackson led the Panthers with  22 points and Sandajah Vance was also in double digits with 13 points….Alexis McGowan had 3 points to lead the Wildcats.
  • Boys: CMS-W 32 – HT 25… In boys’ action, the Wildcats turned the tables and took a 32-23 win over the panthers… The Panthers led 10-6 at the end of the 1st quarter but The Wildcats stormed back in the second quarter outscoring the Panthers 9-1 t take a 15-11 lead at the half and then went on to take the win… Nic Williams led the Wildcats with 13 points coming off the bench and also made his presence known blocking several Panther shots and pulling down numerous rebounds… Danny Belton had 5 points for the Wildcats and both Kimion Quarles and Ty Croft had 4 each…. The panthers were led by Collin Gambrel with 7 points while Preston Mahon had 6.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 1-12-2017

PC Notes:

  • Landers Gain is PC’s Loss as Brian Reece Named A.D. at Lander… Yesterday it was announced at both Lander University in Greenwood and Presbyterian College that PC athletic director Brian Reese has accepted the same position at Lander University effective next Tuesday… Reese came to PC in 2010 after spending 8 years at Vanderbilt in various athletic administration roles… The Landers position came open at the end of last school year as long time AD Jeff May a Lander alumni retired… Former Citadel AD Les Robinson has been serving as interim AD at lander while they conducted a nationwide search… If you would like to see the Lander press release about this which includes comment from the new AD, click here… To see the PC press release, click here… Congratulations to Mr. Reese and I wish him nothing but success “down the road” at my alma matter! 

Local Notes:

LDHS… The Laurens Raider basketball teams played host to the Mauldin Mavericks last night making up games postponed from Tuesday night due to Mauldin being out of school due to the weather on Tuesday… It was the region opener for the Raiders.

  • Girls: Mauldin 44 – Laurens 39… In girls action the Lady Raiders played a good first half and 20-9 at the half but they could not hold the lead as Mauldin came back to take a 44-39 win… The Raiders used their pressure defense to cause turnovers but had trouble all night long converting those into points… In the first half they outrebounded the Mavericks but the second half the Mavericks controlled the boards and they did finish their shots… The Raiders had only one player scoring in double-digits and that was MK Moore with 11 points… Others scoring for the Raiders were Cali Heisey with 8 points, Alexus Espinosa 6, Tieisha Jones 4, Qua Fortson & Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon both had 3 points while both Portland Wallace and Malaysia Todd chipped in 2 each… The Raiders fall to 6- overall and 0-1 in region play.
  • Boys: Laurens 62 – Mauldin 54… Now the news is better for Raider fans where the boys are concerned as the Raiders took a 62-54 win over the Mavericks… The Raiders came out and established a 15-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and then stretched it to 30-19 at the half… The Raiders used a patient offense that for the most part took its time looking for a good shot and especially in the first half outrebounded the Mavericks almost 2-1… Carson Todd played a good game inside and led the Raiders with a game-high 15 points… Justin Anderson was also in double digits with 14 points and 12 of his 14 points came in the final quarter where he went 14 for 14 from the free throw line when the Mavericks when forced to foul and he responded tom the challenge… Others putting points on the board for the Raiders were Josh Greene with 9, Ty Foster 7, Zh’Rece Anderson 6, Keenan Dickey 4, Connor Dunlap 3, and both Dravious Copeland and Ryan Dacre had 2 points each….  The Raiders improve their season record to 4-10 and the region record is now 1-0…. The Raiders will be in action tomorrow night in a game that can be heard here on Real Radio 860 (and streaming live on the internet at www.wlb.com)

Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame Announces Inaugural Class…  Last fall the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame was organized and you the public nominated who you thought should be in the hall… After reviewing the 64 nominees the selection committee has selected 8 individuals to be inducted in the first class next March… They are: Keith Richardson, Chrissy Floyd, J.D. Fuller, Cally Gault, King Dixon, Chick Galloway, Barry Atkinson and Kevin Long… For long-time Laurens County residents I am sure most of those names are familiar to you… If not, you can click here for a brief bio on each of them and also for more information about the induction ceremony March 30th… Congratulations to one and all! 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-11-2017

Local Notes:

CHS: Last night the Clinton Red Devils hosted the Rebels of Mid-Carolina in region action

  • Girls: Mid-C. 49 – Clinton 35… Sorry no other details
  • Boys: Clinton 79 – Mid-C. 28… The story was much different in the boys game as the Red Devils came out hitting on all cylinders and took a 26-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and then held the Rebels to just 2 points in the second quarter to lead 48-8 at the half and never even glanced in the rear view mirror after that taking a 79-28 win… Coach Romines was able to play his subs early and often and everyone in the scorebook scored in the game… The Red Devils had 3 players in double digits with Kiah Young leading all scorers with 16 points while Vilo Boyd and Zay Hurley each had 10 points… The remainder of the scoring was; Zay Bennett 9, Jalen Carter 8, Josh Williams 7, RJ Suber 6, Donte Reeder 5, Tymori Tribble 4 and both Jahleed Cook & Keith Neal had 2 points each to round out the Red Devil scoring…. The team goes to 9-3 on the season and 1-0 in region play… The Red Devils will be back in action Friday when they travel to Newberry to take on the Bulldogs in a pair of varsity games starting at 6:00 pm.
  • Fall Athletic Awards… On Wednesday January 11th CHS will have its fall athletic awards ceremony… Student-athletes from football, cross country, girls’ tennis, and volleyball will be recognized.  The ceremony starts at 6:30 and will be in the auditorium,

Middle School Athletics:

Sanders @ Merriwether, Yellow Jackets vs. the Mustangs

  • Girls: Merrriwether 32 – Sanders 8… Sanders was only able to score 2 points in each quarter…. Sorry no other details
  • Boys: Sanders 45 – Merriwether 34…. Sanders jumped had a 17-14 lead at the end of the first quarter and expanded it to 28-20 at the half and then went on to the win….Sanders had 3 players in double-digits with Zak Rice & Shamare Dendy both having 11 points each and Rasun Kennedy 10

Hickory Tavern host Newberry MS, Panthers vs. Bulldogs.

  • Girls: HT 34 – Newberry 21… The Lady Panthers continue to roll along as they outscored the Lady Bulldogs 14-0 in the second quarter of their game and then went on to a 34-21 win… Leading scorers for HT were Sandajah Vance 16, Ranyia Jackson 10 and Hanna Wiles 8.
  • Boys: Newberry 43 – HT 12… The news is not as good where the boys are concerned as the Bulldogs held a 20-6 lead at the half and then held the Panthers scoreless in the third quarter in route to a 43-12 win over the Panthers…. Sorry no other details.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 1-10-2017

PC Notes:

  • Men: Radford 76 – PC 63… Radford shot over 68% in the second half and used a late 19-9 run to pull away late and take a 76-63 win over the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team in Big South action last Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C…. Will Adams led all scorers with 21 points after hitting five three-pointers to lead the Blue Hose in scoring…. For more information on this game, click here…. PC drops to 4-11 on the season and 0-4 in Big South action and travels to Winthrop tomorrow for a 6:30 contest.
  • Women: PC 56 – Gardner-Webb 55… Now it is better news where the Lady Blue Hose basketball team is concerned as they took a 56-55 comeback win up in Boiling Springs, NC over the lady Running Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb… GW had a double-digit lead in the second half but the Blue Hose fought back and took the win in the final minute of play… The Blue Hose are now 4-9 on the season but more importantly 2-0 in Big South play… For more information on this game, click here … The team is back in action tonight as they travel to Liberty for a 7 pm contest.

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • JV Basketball… The Red devil JV basketball teams were supposed to travel down to Mid-Carolina last night and if they did the coaches did not get the scores to me… If I get them later I’ll pass them along.
  • Baseball Parent Meeting Tonight… If your son is planning on playing ANY level of baseball at CHS this spring you need to come to the auditorium at the school tonight for a mandatory meeting… The meeting will start at 5:00 pm just prior to the open house at CHS.
  • Fall Athletic Awards… On Wednesday January 11th CHS will have its fall athletic awards ceremony… Student-athletes from football, cross country, girls’ tennis, and volleyball will be recognized.  The ceremony starts at 6:30 and will be in the auditorium,

LDHS:

  • Broadcast Note… The Raiders are supposed to host the Mauldin Mavericks in varsity action tonight but Greenville County schools are not meeting today due to bad roads in the northern part of the county… If this causes the game to be postponed we will have a posting on our homepage and announce this as soon as we know.

Middle School Basketball:… There were several games scheduled last night and the only on I have results on is the Gray Court-Owing Tigers hosting the Mid-Carolina MS Rebels.

  • Girls: MC 19 – GCO 18…  Last night in girls’ action the GCO tigers lost a heartbreaker as they held a 15-11 lead going into the fourth quarter but could not hold the lead as the Rebels came back to take a 18-18 win over the Tigers… Turnovers killed the Tigers in the end… Lamoria Allen led the Tigers with 8 points while Diamond Pressley and LaCola Massey had 5 points each for the Tigers.
  • Boys: MC 39 – GCO 24…  In boys’ action, GCO led 12-11 at the half but that lead did not hold up long in the third quarter as the Rebels came out of the locker room at the half and took control of the game…  The rebel who had trouble finishing easy baskets in the first half did much better in the second half plus they were able to zero in on the basket from the outside knocking down some 3-point goals in the second half… The two teams battled evenly in the rebound department in the opening half but the Rebels made second chance shots by the Tigers a rare item in the second half… The leading scorer for the Tigers was Markel Massey who had 8 points… Others scoring for the Tigers were Isaiah Burnside with 6, Zack Messer & Trey Hunter both had 4 while LaMont Allen rounded out the scoring 2 points.

College Sports:

  • Clemson 35 – Alabama 31… Well this is definitely NOT news today for Clemson or true college football fans because they stayed up to watch the game last night, but in case you have not heard Clemson defeat Alabama 35-31 last night to claim their second National Championship in football (the first one was in 1981)… Deshaun Watson hit Hunter Renfrow in the end zone with 1 second left in the game for the winning score completing a great comeback win for the Tigers where they had to score 21 points in the final quarter to get the win… If you love college football this was a great game to watch as the 2 best teams battled head to head right down to the wire…. For more information on the game, click here…. Congratulations to a much richer Coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers. 

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Sports Report for Monday, 1-9-2017

Local Notes: Well the threat of bad weather caused all local sports to be canceled last Friday and Saturday but it gets started back today so let’s take a quick look at the schedule

CHS:

  • JV basketball @ Mid-Carolina   6:00

LDHS:

  • 9th grade and JV basketball @ Mauldin has been postponed due to Mauldin being out of school today… No makeup date announced yet.

Laurens Academy:

  • No games today.

Middle School Athletics:

  • CMS-W host Southside Christian   5:00
  • CMS-R has no games scheduled
  • GCO host Mid-Carolina MS   5:00
  • HT host Newberry MS   5:00
  • LMS @ Northside   5:00
  • Sanders has no games scheduled

College Sports:

  • FBS Championship Tonight… Well if you look around work today and you find a few f your die-hard Clemson friends absent today there is a chance that it is because they got lucky enough to pick up a ticket to tonight’s FBS Championship game were the Tigers are taking on the Crimson Tide of Alabama down at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fl… ESPN will start the coverage at 8 pm from there and I am sure they will have a lot more on before that than they already have (if that is possible)… This is just a reminder because all the local media outlets have had something on every day for over a week now… Also a friendly reminder that your Clemson friends (and true football fans) would appreciate you’re NOT calling them during the game, except maybe at half time)… In case you are interested, I think most folks who do this stuff for a living are picking Bama to win by 6, I going the other way.

 

Pro Sports

NFL… Well the Super Bowl is getting closer and the NFL had its Wild Card Weekend yesterday and Saturday so let’s check on those games…. For more information on these games, click here

  • Saturday: Texans 27 – Raiders 14 & Seahawks 26 – Lions 6
  • Sunday: Steelers 30 – Dolphins 12 & Packers 38 – Giants 13

Schedule for next weekend:

  • Saturday: Seahawks @ Falcons (4:35 on Fox) & Texans @ Patriots (8:15 on CBS)
  • Sunday: Steelers @ Chiefs (1:05 on NBC) & packers @ Cowboys (4:40 on Fox)

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Sports Report for Friday, 1-6-2017

PC Notes:

  • Men: Longwood 79 – PC 76…. Back on Wednesday night the PC men’s basketball team traveled to Longwood and lost a tough one as Longwood used a 15-5 run and shot 65% in the second half to defeat the Blue Hose 79-76… Now for more information on this game, click here… The team will be back in action tomorrow as they host Radford in a game whose start time had been moved up to 4 pm (instead of 7 as originally scheduled).
  • Women: PC 65 – Longwood 55… The Lady Blue Hose picked up a win on Tuesday night as they defeated Longwood 65-55 at the Templeton Center… Taylor Petty led the team with 15 points and 6 rebounds… For more information about this game, click here…. The team is scheduled to be back in action tomorrow (weather permitting) when they travel to Gardner-Webb for a 2 pm contest. 

Local Notes:

CHS: The Red Devil JV teams played host the Chapman Panthers last night

  • Boys: Clinton 54 – Chapman 50… The Red Devils played well but did have some turnovers that almost cost them late in the game… Konnor Richardson had 19 points for the Red Devils to lead all scorers.. Titus Hood and JD Payne also added 10 points each for the Red Devils.
  • Girls: Chapman 16 – Clinton 10… Sorry no other details.
  • Games Tonight Postponed… The varsity basketball games scheduled for tonight have been postponed due to the threat of bad weather… No makeup date has been announced at this time.

LDHS: The Laurens Raider varsity basketball teams traveled to Spartanburg HS last night to take on the Spartanburg Vikings.

  • Girls: Spartanburg 54 – Laurens 52… The Lady Raiders came out of the block a little on the cold side last night and trailed 46-29 going into the last quarter of play… However the one thing they did not do was give up as they outscored the Vikings 23-9 in the fourth quarter but came up a little short as Spartanburg hung on to take a 54-52 win… Cali Heisey led the Raiders with 18 points scoring 17 of them in the fourth quarter leading the Raider’s bid for a comeback… Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon had 8, Kay Moore 7, Tie Jones 6 Jayla Mosley 5, KT Foggie 4, Malaysia Todd 3 and Qua Fortson 1.
  • Boys: Spartanburg 82 – Laurens 49… Spartanburg completed the sweep of the Raiders last night by taking an 82-49 win over the Raiders in boys’ action… The Raiders kept it close in the first quarter as the score stood 17-12 at its end but the Vikings had a big second and fourth quarter where they doubled the scoring of the Raiders to pull away for the win… Carson Todd and Josh Greene led the Raiders in scoring with 13 points each… Zh’Rece Anderson had 9 points, Ty Foster 4, Christian Anderson 3, Justin Anderson 3 and both Conner Dunlap and Keenan Dickey chipped in 2 each.
  • Game Time Tonight Moved Up… The Raiders games with the Byrnes Rebels at Byrnes tonight will start one hour early at 5:00 pm… If that changes I will put a posting on the WLBG main page.

Laurens JV and 9th Grade… While the varsity teams were up at Spartanburg last night the JV and 9th grade teams were at home playing host to the Byrnes Rebels.

  • Girls: Byrnes 28 – Laurens 12… The Lady Raider JV team started the game off last night like they were going to hang in with the Lady Rebels as the score stood 10-10 at the half… However they only scored 2 points in the second half while the Rebels scored 18 to take a 28-12 win over the Raiders… Jadaya Pinson led the Raiders in scoring with 6 points… Aija Davis finished with 5 points and Paula Abrams had 1 point…. The Raiders are now 1-6 on the season.
  • 9th Grade Boys: Byrnes 49 – Laurens 48… Then in 9th grade boys’ action, Laurens lost a heart breaker as they fell to Rebels 49-48… Byrnes held a 3 point lead at the half (23-20) and a 5 point lead going into the 4th quarter (35-30) but the Raiders fought back but just ran out of time as Byrnes took the 1 point win… Amaija Hill led the Raiders with 16 points and Zay Davis was also in double-digits with q3… Other scoring for the Raiders were CJ Austin with 7, Rat Peake with 5, Jackson Mahon 3, and both Tyrese Thompson and Jerry Wilson had 2.
  • Boys: Byrnes 48 – Laurens 44… In the final game at LDHS last night the Rebels took a 48-44 win over the Raiders… The only other information on this game that I have is that Jakeveous Booker had 17 points off the bench to lead the Raiders in scoring and Jeremiah Jenkins was also in double-digits with 10 points.

Laurens Academy: The Laurens Academy games scheduled for tonight have been postponed until February 1st due to the threat of bad weather tonight

Middle School Basketball:

Sanders @ LMS… Yellow Jackets vs. Tigers

  • Girls: LMS 32 Sanders 8… Sorry no other Details
  • Boys: Sanders 32 – LMS 14… In boys’ action Sanders turned the table and took a 32-14 win… Sanders came out hot and LMS did not as the Yellow Jackets led 21-2 at the half and 30-4 heading into the final quarter… Shamare Dendy led all scorers with 15 points and Jay Cheek added 9 for Sanders.

Gray Court-Owings at Clinton Middle School Red… Tigers vs. Wildcat

  • Girls: GCO 33 – CMS-R 12… This game was close in the first quarter as GCO only led by one (9-8) at the end of the quarter… However the Red Wildcats would only score 4 more points in the game (they were held scoreless in the fourth quarter) as the Tigers would continue to score and take a 33-12 win… The Tigers’ Lamoria Allen led all scorers with 14 points… Others scoring for GCO were Lacola Massey with 8 points, Brianna Horgan 4, Tinique Austin 3 and with 2 points each were Chelsa Childs and Diamond Pressley… The Wildcats were led by Ayauncey Peake who had 10 points and Norrea Moss with 2
  • Boys: CMS-R 32 – GCO 20… In the second game at CMS, the Wildcat Red boys’ team turned the tables and took a 32-20 win… The Wildcats jumped out to a 13-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and were never seriously threatened after that… Shy Kinard led the Wildcats with a game-high 8 points… Others scoring for the Wildcats were Javier Boyd with 6 points, Jalen Ruff 5, Donte Dowdy 4 and scoring 2 points each were CK Vance, Kaleb Richardson, Danny Kinard and Quay Mims… Jakavious Anderson had a single point. .. For the Tigers the high scorer was Toney Pulley with 6 points… Lamont Allen added 5 points, Zack Messer 4, Isaiah Burnside 3 and Travon Hunter 2.

Southside Christian at Hickory Tavern

  • Girls: HT 35 – SSC 32… This game was tied 29-29 at the end of regulation and Navia Blanding hit 2 free throws late in overtime to secure the victory for the Lady Panthers as they defeated Southside Christian 35 to 32…. Leading scorers for Hickory Tavern were Sandajah Vance 17, Ranyia Jackson 14, Hanna Wiles 2, Navia Blanding 2
  • Boys: SSC 41 – HT 32… In boys action two bad quarters sunk the Panthers as SSC outscored them 12-5 in the first quarter and 12-3 in the third and the Panthers just could not overcome those two quarters as SSC took a 41-32 win. 

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Sports Report for Thursday, 1-5-2017

Local Notes:

CHS: The Clinton Red Devil JV basketball teams played host to the Emerald Viking last night.

  • Girls: Clinton 25 – Emerald 20 … Sorry no other details.
  • Boys: Clinton 45 – Emerald 34… Now the boys JV team completed the sweep of the Vikings by taking a 45-34 win… The Red Devils had to come back to take the win as they trailed 26-18 at one point in the third quarter but the defense picked up the pressure causing turnovers which the team more often than not turned into points to help secure the win… PJ Bluford had a game-high 15 points for the Red Devils while Titus Hood added 8 points and Konnor Richardson 6… The Red Devils will host the Chapman Panthers tonight in their first region games.

LDHS: The Laurens JV teams and the 9th grade boys team traveled to Spartanburg to take on the Vikings last night in a trio of games.

  • Girls: Spartanburg 25 – Laurens 23… The Lady Raider JV basketball team lost a tough one last night as they fell to the Lady Vikings 25-23… The two teams tied 4-4 at the end of the first quarter but in the second quarter the Vikings outscored the Raiders 13-6 to take a 17-10 lead into the locker room at the half… The Raiders fought hard in the third quarter and cut the Viking lead to 1 (20-19) going into the final 6 minutes of play… However in the final quarter Spartanburg outscored Laurens 5-4 to take a 25-23 win… Jadasia Pinson led the Raiders in scoring with 7 points while Paula Abrams 6… The team is now 1-4 on the season.
  • 9th Grade Boys: Spartanburg 41 – Laurens 30… The Raider JV team also found the Vikings a little too tough as they fell 41-30… The Raiders’ offense came out on a little cool and the Vikings held a 26-12 lead at the half… The Raiders did outscore them in the second half 18-15 but the deficit was just too great as the final score was 41-30… Amaji Hill was the only Raider in double-digits with 13 points… Others scoring for the Raiders were Qua Todd had 8 points, while CJ Austin and Rut Peake both had 3 points each… Rounding out the scoring for the Raiders Zay Davis had 2 and Jerry Wilson 1.
  • JV Boys: Spartanburg 43 – Laurens 29… The Vikings completed the sweep of the Raiders last night by taking a 43-29 win… The only other detail I have is that Jeremiah Jenkins led the Raiders with 14 points… All three teams will be back in action today as they host the Rebels of Byrnes HS with the girls game starting at 5 pm.

College Sports:

  • Gamecocks Defeat Georgia 67-61… The South Carolina men’s basketball team traveled to Athens last night to open up the SEC part of their schedule and they defeated the Bulldogs 67-61… PF Dozier led all scorers with 24 points… For more information on this game, click here… The Lady Gamecocks will be in action tonight as they travel to Auburn for a 7 pm game and I believe you can catch it on the SEC Network.
  • #18 Butler Knocks Off #1 Villanova 66-58… Next week’s AP Poll may have a new #1 in the Men’s D-I rankings as previously undefeated and # 1 Villanova 66-58 at Butler… For more about this game, click here. 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 1-4-2017

College Sports:

  • Men’s Basketball AP Poll… Well there was a little bit of shakeup in the men’s D-I AP Basketball poll so let’s recap the top 10…. Villanova continues to hold down the top spot but Baylor jumps from #4 to #2… Kansas stays at #3 while UCLA dropped from #2 to #4… Gonzaga moves up from #7 to #5, Kentucky moves up a notch to #6, West Virginia goes from #11 to #7, Duke drops from #5 to #8, Louisville drops from #6 to # 9 and Creighton remains at #10…. To see the entire poll, click here
  • Women’s Basketball AP Poll…. Now there was not as much moving around in the women’s D-I AP Poll so let’s take a look at it…..UConn continues to hold down the top spot but there was some upward movement below them as the previous #2 Notre Dame dropped to # 7….. Baylor moves up a spot to #2, Maryland to #3, Mississippi State #4 and South Carolina #5… Spots 6 – 10 are occupied by Florida State, Notre Dame, Louisville, UCLA and Stanford….. To see this week’s entire poll, click here.
  • Clemson: NC 89 – Clemson 86 OT… Now NC checked into this week’s AP Poll at #14 and Clemson didn’t quite make it into the poll but last night the two teams squared off at Littlejohn Coliseum and in case you missed it the Tarheels took an 89-86 win over the Tigers in overtime…….. The Tigers battled back from a 75-67 deficit and had their chances to win it in regulation but missed free throws and NC control of the boards eventually cost them… The Tigers are now 11-3 on the season and NC goes to 13-3 on the season and both are now 1-1 in ACC play… For more on this game, click here…. . The Tigers will travel to Notre Dame for a 3 p.m. contest this Saturday.
  • Gamecocks at Georgia Tonight… The game will be at 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPNU
  • PC at Longwood… The Blue Hose men’s basketball team will be at Longwood tonight for a 7 p.m. contest… Go to wwww.gobluehose.com for more information. 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 1-3-2017

PC Notes:

  • Men: Campbell 69 – PC 58… Last Saturday the PC men’s team traveled to Buies Creek, N.C. to take on the Campbell Camels and though they trailed by double-digits late in the game they managed to rally to get within 6 points with about six minutes left but just could not come all the way back… Reggie Dillard led the Blue Hose with 14 points… For more information on this game, click here… The Blue Hose are now 4-9 overall and 0-2 in Big South play and will be back in action tomorrow when they travel to Longwood for a 7 pm game.
  • Women: Chattanooga 56 – PC 48…. The Lady Blue Hose were in action last Friday as they hosted the Lady Mocs of Chattanooga at the Templeton Center… They did lead at a couple of points in the game but eventually fell 56-48 to drop their season record to 2-9 on the season… Cortney Storey led PC with 13 points… Now the team will host Longwood tonight at 7 pm and there are no bowl games on TV so why don’t you go on over and take in the action.

Local Notes:

CHS… The Clinton Red Devil varsity basketball teams got back into action last night as they traveled to Spartanburg to take on the High Point Academy Grizzlies.

  • Girls: Clinton 46 – High Point 22… The Lady Red Devils started the new year off on the right foot as they defeated the Lady Grizzlies 46-22… The Red Devils jumped out to a 14-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and then were never seriously threatened after that as they outscored the Grizzlies in each of the remaining quarters… Ashlyn Abercrombie led all scorers with 14 points while Savannah Campbell had 13 and MK Kelly returned from her injury scoring 11 points… Rounding out the scoring for Clinton were Terriana Bennett with 4 points while both Alexis Pagano and Alyssa Abercrombie and 2 points each.
  • Boys: Clinton 73 – High Point 47… In boys’ action it was pretty much the same story as the Red Devils took a 73-47 win over the Grizzlies… The Red Devils led 18-9 at the end of the first 8 minutes of play ands extended that to 42-24 at the half… The second half was not much different as the Red Devils coasted to the win to make their season record 8-3….. Jalen Carter had a game-high 21 points and two other Red Devils scored in double-digits as Kiah Young added 15 points and Zay Hurley 13… Tashymen Boyd added 7 points while RJ Suber and Vilo Boyd had 4 each… Josh Williams chipped in 3 points while Tymori Tribble, Jahleed Cook and Zay Bennett rounded out the scoring with 2 points each… The Red Devil varsity teams will be back in action this Friday night as they travel to Chapman to open up their region schedule.

LDHS:

  • Carlay and Walker named to USA Today All-South Carolina Football Team… Even though the football season is over and both Summie Carlay and Jaylin Walker have graduated from LDHS, played in this year’s Shrine Bowl and will soon be enrolling at South Carolina and Coastal Carolina respectively they continue to pick up post season honors…. Last week USA Today announced their 2016 All-USA South Carolina Football Team and both Raiders were on the First Team… Carlay of course was named to the first team as an offensive lineman and Walker as a defensive lineman… Now if you want more information as to who made the balance of the first team as well as the second team, offensive player of the year, defensive player of the year and coach of the year, click here… Congratulations to these fine young men!

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Sports Report for Monday, 1-2-2017

Local Notes:

LDHS: The Raider wrestling team was down at Hilton Head last Thursday and Friday participating in the Seahawk Duals…

  • Beaufort-A 46 – Laurens 25… One of the teams that the Raiders faced was the Beaufort Eagles… Unfortunately the Eagles defeated the Raiders 46-25… The Raiders who managed to take wins on the mats were; Caleb Reid, Will Pontoon, Shokeil Moses and Eric Diaz… To see the complete match details including those Raiders who won via forfeit, click here.
  • Laurens 48 – Beaufort-B 27… Now the Beaufort Eagles also had a B squad in the duals and the Raiders fared much against them as they took a 48-27 win… Eric Diaz, Caleb Reid, Shokeil Moses, Zarquel Castro and Bud Jones all defeated their opponent in action on the mats… o see the complete match details including those Raiders who won via forfeit, click here
  • North Marion 63 – Laurens 12… The Raiders also faced off against the North Marion Huskies a team out of Farmington, WV…. The boys from the mountains proved to be pretty tough as they took a 63-12 win over the Raiders… Zarquel Castro and Bud Jones were the only two Raiders taking wins on the mats… For complete match details, click here
  • Laurens 45 – St James 36… The Raiders had better luck in their match with the St James HS Sharks as they took 45-36 win in a close one… Bud Jones, Eric Diaz, Caleb Reid, Will Pontoon, Shokeil Moses and Damein Ladd all defeated their opponents on the mats… To see the complete match details including those Raiders who won via forfeit, click here
  • Easley 45 – Laurens 34… The last match to report on saw the Raiders take on a former region foe in the form of the Easley Green Wave… Once again as wrestling matches go it was a close one but Easley did manage to take a 45-34 win over the Raiders… Those Raiders who took wins on the mats were Zarquel Castro, Eric Diaz, Nick Jones, Braylen Williams, Caleb Reid and Jeremy Leonard… Again for complete match details, click here.

College Sports:

  • Rematch for BCS Title Game… Well I am sure most of the college football fans around her already know that both Alabama and Clemson took care of business on Saturday to set up a re-match for this national championship one week from today down in Tampa… Just in case you had surgery Saturday ands are just now getting over the drugs they gave you lets recap those games… Alabama defeated Washington 24-7 in a game that was closer than a lot of people thought it might be as Alabama only had a 17-7 lead at the half and did not score again until the fourth quarter… If you want more details on this game, click here… Now the Clemson Tigers served notice to the Crimson Tide that they are looking forward to changing the results of last year’s championship game by defeating Ohio State 31-0… In this game the Clemson defense was as much the story as the offense as they held the Buckeyes scoreless for the first time since 1993… I personally think the results will be different next week… For more on this game, click here.
  • Bowl Games Today… Now for those of you who do not have to go back to work today or have a job where you can sneak a peek at the TV, there are 4 bowl games on tap for today.. To see a list of those bowls, opponents, starting time and where you can find it on TV, click here which carries you to the master list of bowl games at the NCAA website.

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 12-30-2016

PC Notes:

  • Men: Liberty 77 – PC 61… Last night Liberty hit 12 three-pointers, including seven in the second half, to pull away from the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team and take the 77-61 win in Big South action at Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C… JC Younger paced the Blue Hose with a career-high 21 points, with Ed Drew following with 16…. For more information on this game, click here… PC will travel to Campbell tomorrow for a 2 pm contest.
  • Women… The Lady Blue Hose return to action today as they host Chattanooga in a 2 pm contest at the Templeton Center.

Local Notes:

LDHS Boys… Yesterday afternoon the Raider boys’ basketball team concluded their participation in the C. Dan Joyner Poinsettia Classic at Greenville HS as they took on the Patriots of JL Mann…

  • Laurens 71 – Mann 67… The Laurens Raiders jumped out to a 22-8 first quarter lead and then held off a furious JL Mann rally in the closing minutes to defeat the Patriots 71-67…The Raiders big lead early was partially due to Carson Todd coming off the bench to score 6 points in the opening quarter and Josh Greene also having 6 points while the Raiders were rolling on all cylinders both offensively and defensively… In the second quarter, both teams played at a hectic pace as the Patriots outscored the Raiders 21-19… Justin Anderson led the Raiders in the quarter with 7 points, and 3 pointers by Conner Dunlap and Aden Partee helped keep the Raiders out in front… In the third quarter the Raiders outscored the Patriots 14-13… They were behind most of the quarter until Christian Anderson hit a big 3 from the wing in the closing seconds of the third quarter to push the Raiders lead to 55-42 at the end of the third quarter… The Raiders were up by as much as 20 in the second half and victory seemed certain… However, the Raiders made some critical turnovers and some poor shot selection in the last quarter that allowed the Patriots to hang around… Mann outscored the Raiders 25-16 in the last quarter… Free throws down the stretch from Dravious Copeland, Christian Anderson, Josh Greene and Justin Anderson helped seal the game for the Raiders… Justin Anderson led the Raiders with a career high 22 points, Josh Greene had 16 while Carson Todd added 15 points. Also scoring for the Raiders were Conner Dunlap and Christian Anderson with 6 points each.. Aden Partee had 3 and Dravious Copeland and Zh’Rece Anderson each had 2 points… The Raiders improve to 3-9 on the season and next play at Spartanburg on Thursday, January 5th.

 

LDHS Girls… The Lady Raiders wrapped up their participation last night as they took on the Lady Bears of BHP to decide who would finish 3rd and who would finish 4th in the Lady Raider Rumble.

  • BHP 63 – Laurens 45… As they often have this season, the Lady Raider offense opened the in “cold mode” as they managed only 7 points in the first quarter while BHP scored 26 and then went on to take a 63-44 win over the Raiders…. The Raiders continued to struggle in the second quarter as they trailed 41-17 going into the locker room at the half… In the first half the Bears dominated the boards and gave the Raiders very few second chances while they did manage several put-backs after getting the offensive rebound… To their credit, the Raiders never quit but the hole was just too big to climb out of as they never got closer than 13 points to the Bears… The Bears’ Shanteal Davis led all scorers with 23 points…. Laurens was led by Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon who had 13 points and Alexus Espinosa was also in double digits with 11… Others scoring for the Raiders were Cali Heisey with 7, Malaysia Todd 5, Paula 4, MK Moore & Tieisha Jones both had 2 and Qua Fortson 1… The Bears finish the tournament in third place while the Raiders finish fourth.
  • Other Results from the Raider Rumble… In a game prior to the Laurens vs. BHP game, Brookland-Cayce defeated palmetto to capture fifth place while in the game after the Laurens game, York defeated Union County 54-32 which means York won the Rumble Championship and Union came in second… Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon was named to the All-Tournament Team while Cali Heisey garnered Honorable Mention.

 

Clinton Boys… The Red Devil boys’ basketball team has been in action the last 2 nights in a holiday tournament held at Batesburg-Leesville and Newberry HS… As you may remember I did not get scores on Wednesday night action in time for the sports report yesterday but I do have it now plus results from last night

  • Wednesday: Aiken 68 – Clinton 60… On Wednesday the Red Devils took on the Aiken Hornets at B-L HS… The game was a close one and Clinton led 49-46 going into the fourth quarter but the Hornets outscored the Red Devils in the final 8 minutes of play 22-11 to take a 68-60 win… Jalen carter led the Red Devils with 17 points and Kiah Young was also in double-digits with 13 points as well as Tymori Tribble with 10… Others scoring for Clinton were Jahleed Cook with 9 points, Zay Hurley 7, Josh Williams 3 and Vilo Boyd 1.
  • Thursday: Newberry 77 – Clinton 74 in OT… Last night the Red Devils closed out the tournament action as they faced off against the Newberry Bulldogs at Newberry with a third place finish in the tournament on the line… This was one whale of a game with Clinton leading 49-42 going into the last 8 minutes of play but once again the Red Devils allowed the opponent to come back and this time tie the game at 70-70 at the end of regulation and send it into overtime… The Bulldogs got 2 field goals and 3 free throws in the overtime to Clintons 1 field goal and 3 free throws (all by Jalen Carter) as Newberry took a 77-74 win in OT allowing them to finish third in the tournament and Clinton fourth… Carter led the Red Devils with a game-high 38 points on the night as he was all but unstoppable… Tymori Tribble and Kiah Young both scored in double-digits as they had 16 and 13 points respectively… Zay Hurley chipped in 4 points and Jahleed Cook 3 to account for the Red Devils scoring… The Red Devils are now 7-3 on the season.

College Sports:

  • Bowl Results and Schedule for today… If you want to see the results from yesterday’s bowl games (or any previous bowl game) as well as the schedule for today (and the rest of the schedule also), click here to go to the NCAA bowl schedule that has links to all that information…. And by the way, some of the top 25 teams were upset by “unranked” teams yesterday so you might want to check it out.
  • Birmingham Bowl: South Florida 46 – South Carolina 39 in OT… In the Birmingham Bowl yesterday the gamecocks had trouble getting their offense going at the start of the game while the defense was less than stellar but did manage to come back and tie the game 39-39 at the end of regulation and send the game into overtime but the Bulls of South Florida scored in the OT and the Gamecocks did not as the Bulls took a 46-39 win… Turnovers also were a big problem for the Gamecocks… For more on this game, click here.
  • Good Luck to the Clemson Tigers as they take their first step in the Fiesta Bowl tomorrow night at 7 pm against the Ohio State Buckeyes toward a rematch with Alabama for the National Championship… The game can be seen on ESPN.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 12-29-2016

Local Notes:

Lady Raider Rumble… Yesterday it was day 2 of the Lady Raider Rumble at LDHS and the final day of pool play so let’s catch up on the action there.

  • Brookland-Cayce 40 – Clinton 31… Last night the Lady Red Devils faced off against the Lady Bear Cats of Brookland-Cayce and overall played a pretty good game but came up on the short end of a 40-31 score… The Red Devils led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter of play but B.C. fought back and tied the game 13-13 going into the locker room at the half… In the second half B.C. cut down on their high turnover rate compared to the first half and took better control of the boards to pull away to a 29-22 lead going into the final quarter of play… With the lead in the final quarter, they started to slow down the game holding the ball outside and forcing Clinton out of their zone defense to chase the ball… When Clinton was forced to foul they then hit enough free throws to keep the lead and go on to the win… Savannah Campbell led the Red Devils with a game high 12 points and was the only Red Devil in double-digits… Others scoring for Clinton were; Ashlyn Abercrombie with 8, MK Kelly 5, Kalen Richardson 2 and both Terriana Bennett and Brie James had a single point… The Red Devils will not be playing tonight in the tournament due to Ware Shoals withdrawal from the tournament… The Red Devils are now 3-8 on the season.
  • Laurens 55 – Palmetto 41… In the last game if the evening yesterday, the Laurens Lady Raiders took an exciting come from behind 55-41 win over the Lady Mustangs of Palmetto HS… Just like the night before, the Raiders came out of the locker room cold and trailed 16-3 at the end of the first quarter.. The Raiders did pick up the pace in the second quarter as Alexis Espinoza got hot and had all 8 of her points on the night in the quarter but Laurens still trailed 27-19 at the break… In the third quarter the Raider press caused the Mustangs to turn the ball over and more often than not the Raiders turned those into points… Ke’Ny-Ja Spurgeon had the hot hand in the quarter scoring 9 points as the Raiders cut the Mustangs lead down to 3 points (35-32) going into the final 8 minutes of play… At the start of the fourth quarter the Raiders press continued to bother the Mustangs and the Raiders rattled off 13 unanswered points before the Mustangs finally scored in the period with 3:37 left in the contest… As the Mustangs were forced to foul they became even more frustrated making mistakes and Laurens finally was able to hit the majority of their free throws in those final minutes (which was in contrast to earlier in the Game) to preserve the win… Also in the fourth quarter, Cali Heisey had 21 of her game high 26 points on the night to help put the nails in the Mustangs’ coffin… Others scoring for the Raiders were Spurgeon with 11, Espinosa with 8 and both Qua Fortson and Portland Wallace added 3 points each.. Rounding out the scoring for the Raiders you have Laylay Todd and Ashunti Smith with 2 points each… The Raiders will close out their participation in the tournament tonight at 6:30 as the take on BHP for third place in tournament.
  • York 53 – BHP 41… In other action last night at the Raider Rumble, York defeated BHP 53-41 and thus will face Union County tonight at 7:45 in the championship game of the tournament.

LDH Boys… Yesterday afternoon the Laurens Raider boys’ basketball team continued their participation in the C. Dan Joyner Poinsettia Classic at Greenville HS…. As luck would have it they also faced off against the Palmetto Mustangs.

  • Palmetto 72 – Laurens 60… Unfortunately the Raiders could not duplicate the success the girls had against the Mustangs as they fell 72-60… The Raiders came out determined to make it a game with some sharp shooting by Aden Partee, Josh Greene and Zh’Rece Anderson each had 3 pointers in the first period as the Laurens Raiders trailed 15-13 at the end of the first quarter…However in the second, the Laurens defense faltered and Palmetto was able to get some easy baskets due to some costly turnovers, missed layups and defensive breakdowns outscoring the Raiders 21-9 thus taking a 36-22 led into the locker room at the half… In the third quarter, things got worse before they got better… The Raiders fell down as much as 24 points until late in the third quarter Carson Todd, Justin Anderson, Ty Foster, Josh Greene and Aden Partee helped the Raiders end the third quarter on a 12-0 run and cut the lead to 55-42 at the end of the quarter…In the fourth the Raiders continued to put up points but could not get timely stops and had to foul late… Several times the Raiders cut the lead down to just 10 points, but could get no closer… Leading the Raiders in scoring was Justin Anderson with 12 points. Josh Greene also was in double figures with 10 points… Aden Partee had 9 points, Zh’Rece Anderson had 8 points, Carson Todd contributed 7 points, Connor Dunlap had 6 points, Dravious Copeland had 3 points and Keenan Dickey and Ty Foster each had 2… The Raiders managed to hit 10 3-pointers on the night, but it was not enough… Laurens will play JL Mann at 12:15 at Greenville High on Thursday, December 29th… The Raiders fall to 2-9 on the season.

CHS Boys… The Red Devil boys team was scheduled to take on Aiken last night in semi-final action at Batesburg-Leesville and I am sorry but Coach Romines did not get those results to me… If I get them today, I will pass them on to you tomorrow.

College Sports:

  • Bowl Results and Schedule for today… If you want to see the results from yesterday’s bowl games (or any previous bowl game) as well as the schedule for today (and the rest of the schedule also), click here to go to the NCAA bowl schedule that has links to all that information…. And by the way, some of the top 25 teams were upset by “unranked” teams yesterday so you might want to check it out.
  • Gamecocks Play Today… As all the Gamecock fans know, the team will take on South Florida today at 2 pm in the Birmingham Bowl… The game can be seen on ESPN…Just thought I’d remind the rest of you. 

Local Sports Schedule:… See above 

Broadcast Notes

  • Raider Basketball Broadcast… Join us on Tuesday 1-10-17 at 6:00 pm as we bring you the action from the LDHS main gym as the Laurens Raiders host the Mauldin Mavericks in Region II-AAAAA in a girls / boys doubleheader of varsity basketball action… And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at www.wlbg.com.

This & That:

  • The Clinton Family YMCA has extended registration for youth basketball and cheerleading… Youth basketball is open to youth ages 5-12 in age appropriate groupings…Cheerleading is for young ladies in grades K-6… Practices will start Jan. 3rd so you don’t have much time to get registered… Registration fees are $45.00 for Y members Inside the City; $50.00 for Y members Outside the City; $60.00 for Non-members Inside the City and $65.00 for Non-members Outside the City…  Financial aid and assistance is available… For more information contact the Clinton YMCA at 833-1555

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