2015-16 LDHS Raider Wrestling Results

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2015-2016 Laurens Raider Wrestling Results

Oldest matches will be toward bottom with most recent at top.

 

1-18-16…  On Monday 1-18-16 the Raiders traveled to Eastside to take on the Eagles and the Berea Bulldogs.

  • Eastside 61 – LDHS 12… The news is on this match is not what we like to report as the Raiders had an off night as the Eagles took a 61-12 win… The Raiders only wins were by forfeits in two matches…To see complete results on this match, click here
  • LDHS 48 – Berea 34… Now it was better news in the match with Berea as the Raiders took a 48-34 win… Caleb Reid, Jalik Dendy, Luke Sanchez, Jared Cooley and Jesus Barcenas were all able to take wins over their opponents in the circle… There were some wins by forfeit for the Raiders and to see complete match details, click here.

The Raiders are now 14-10 on the season.


1-16-16… On Saturday the 16th of January the Raiders traveled to Greenwood again to participate in the Greenwood Duals where they took on 5 different opponents.

  • LDHS 58 – Ninety Six 18… In one of the matches the Raiders defeated the Wildcats on Ninety Six by a score of 58-16… Eric Diaz, Jesus Barcenas and Jalik Dendy all took wins against a Wildcat on the mats… Several of Raiders took wins by forfeits and you can find complete match details if you click here
  • Lexington 57 – LDHS 24… In another match the Raiders squared off against the Lexington Wildcats… In this match the Wildcats were just too powerful as they took a 57-24 win over the Raiders… Only two Raiders were able to take a win over their opponent and those two were Luke Sanchez and Austin Cain… The Raiders did pick up 1 forfeit win and to see those details click here.
  • LDHS 54 – Ware Shoals 24… The news is better in the match where the Raiders took on the Hornets of Ware Shoals… In that match the Raiders took a 54-24 win… The Raiders who took mat wins over a Hornet opponent were Zarquel Castro, Jared Cooley, Jesus Barcenas, Austin Cain, Connor Armstrong and Michael Bagwell… Again for complete match details click here.
  • LDHS 60 – Abbeville 24… The Raiders also took a win a 60-24 win over the Abbeville Panthers… Jared Cooley, Josh Hiott, Jesus Barcenas, Austin Cain and Jalik Dendy all were able to defeat their opponent on the mat… Again there were some forfeits involved and to see complete match details, click here.
  • LDHS 66 – Newberry 11… The last match to report on from last Saturday is one that the Raiders won handily as they defeated the Bulldogs of Newberry by a score of 66-11… Again there were some forfeit wins by Raider wrestlers but Jalik Dendy, Connor Armstrong, Zarquel Castro, Luke Sanchez and Eric Diaz did have their arm raised in victory over a Newberry opponent… Again for complete match details, click here

The Raiders finished the match going 4-1 raising their season record to 13-9 on the season.


1-13-16… The Raider wrestling team traveled to Greenwood on Wednesday 1-14-16 where they took on TL Hanna and Westside.

  • LDHS 48 – Westside 24… In the match against the Westside Rams the Raiders took a 48-24 win… The Raiders who defeated an opponent on the mats were Damein Ladd, Zarquel Castro, Luke Sanchez, Jared Cooley, Josh Hiott, Jesus Barcenas, Austin Cain, Nick Delio and Jalik Dendy… For complete match details, click here
  • Hanna 37 – LDHS 33… In the match against the TL Hanna Yellow Jackets, the Jackets took a narrow win by a mere 4 points edging the Raiders 37-33… Will Tinsley, Eric Diaz, Jesus Barcenas, Austin Cain, & Jalik Dendy all took wins over Hanna opponents… A couple of Raiders took wins by forfeits and you can find complete match details if you click here.

The Raiders record now stands at 9-8 on the season.


1-9-16… The Raider wrestling team took part in the West-Oak Invitational on Saturday 1-9-16… Two of the Raider wrestles placed third in their weight division… They were Austin Cain (182) & Jesus Barcenas (160)… Four Raiders placed fifth in their weight class… Zarquel Castro (126), Luke Sanchez (132), Jared Cooley (138) and Shokeil Moses (220) are those Raiders… Caleb Reid also finished 7th in the 170 weight class… For more complete information on this, click here


1-6-16… The Raider wrestling team was in action on Wednesday, January 6th as they traveled to Greenwood.

  • Hillcrest 54 – LDHS 21… In one of the matches there the Raiders faced off against the perennial wrestling powerhouse the Rams of Hillcrest… The Rams showed they are still a force to be reckoned with as they took a 54-21 win over the Raiders… The Raiders who ere able to take a win over their opponent on the mats were Caleb Reid, Austin Cain, Nick Delio and Jalik Dendy… For more complete information on this match, click here.
  • Woodmont 56 – LDHS 12… The Raiders also took on Woodmont that day and the Wildcats took a 56-12 win over the Raiders… Austin Cain and Charity Smith were the two Raiders who took wins over their opponent… Again for complete match details, click here.

The Raiders record now stands at 8-7 on the season.


12-30 & 31-15… The Raider wrestling team has been in action at the Seahawk Duals down on Hilton Head and we need to catch up on how they have fared.

  • Hilton Head 51 – LDHS 21… In one of their first matches on Wednesday, the Raiders took on the host team the HH Seahawks and the Seahawks took a 51-21 win over the Raiders…  The Raiders who were able to claim victories on the mats against their opponents were Eric Diaz, Hunter Hamby & Zarquel Castro… To see complete details on this match including those Raiders who were able to pick up wins by forfeits, click here.
  • LDHS 54 – South Effington 30… In another match on Wednesday the Raiders grappled with the Mustangs of South Effington HS out of Guyton, Georgia just outside of Savannah… Better news here as the Raiders took a 54-30 win… Zarquel Castro. Luke Sanchez, Josh Hiott, Jesus Barcenas & Nick Delio were all able to gain victories on the mats against their opponents… For complete details on this match, click here.
  • LDHS 57 – Bishop England 21… Yesterday the Raiders took on the Battling Bishops of Bishop England HS and the Raiders came out on top by a score of 57 -21… The Raiders who were able to claim victories on the mats against their opponents were Austin Cain, Nick Delio, Shokeil Moses, Zarquel Castro and Jared Cooley… To see complete details on this match including those Raiders who were able to pick up wins by forfeits, click here
  • LDHS 39 – West Ashley 36… In other action yesterday, the Raiders defeated the Wildcats of West Ashley HS in a close one by a score of 39-36… Jesus Barcenas, Shokeil Moses, Darien Ladd, Zarquel Castro, Jared Cooley & Josh Hiott were all able to gain victories on the mats against their opponents… For complete details on this match, click here.
  • LDHS 40 – Bluffton 34… In their final completion yesterday, the Raiders were able to come out on top as they defeated the Bobcats of Bluffton HS 40-34… The Raiders who were able to claim victories on the mats against their opponents were Jesus Barcenas, Austin Cain, Shokeil Moses, Zarquel Castro, Jared Cooley, Josh Hiott and Eric Diaz…. Again for complete match details, click here

Overall results…. .The Raiders finished the completion with a 4-1 record and won the Silver Division Championship… Congratulations to the Raiders!

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On Saturday 12-19-15 the Raider wrestling team traveled to Westwood HS to participate in the Westwood Duals.

  • Blythewood 45 – LDHS 36… The Raiders who took wins on the mats against their opponents were Jalik Dendy, Luke Sanchez, Josh Hiott & Eric Diaz… Other Raider wrestlers took wins by forfeit and for complete match details click here.
  • LDHS 38 – Swansea 37… The Raiders had better luck with Swansea as they took a close 38-37 win…  Raiders who took wins on the mats against their opponents were Austin Cain, Shokeil Moses, Luke Sanchez, Jared Cooley, Josh Hiott & Jesus Barcenas… Other Raider wrestlers took wins by forfeit and for complete match details click here
  • LDHS 72 – Ridge View 9… The Raiders also had a very one-sided win over Ridge View as they took a 72-9 win…   The Raiders who took wins on the mats against their opponents were Jalik Dendy, Jared Cooley and Juan Barcenas… Needless to say several Raiders won due to lack of an opponent…. For complete match details including those who won by forfeit, click here.
  • Westwood 45 – LDHS 27… The Raiders came up short against the host school as Westwood took a 45-27 win over the Raiders… The Raiders who took wins on the mats against their opponents were Jesus Barcenas, Austin Cain, Nick Delio and Josh Hiott… For complete match details click here.
  • LDHS 78 – Brookland-Cayce 6… The Raiders also took a dominating win over Brookland-Cayce… Caleb Reid, Will Pontoon, Shokeil Moses, Michael Bagwell and Austin Wayman all took victories on the mats against their opponent… Other Raider wrestlers took wins by forfeit and for complete match details click here.
  • Record: 8-5

 

12-16-15… The Raiders also traveled to Spring Valley on this date for a tri-match with the host and Irmo.

  • LDHS 54 – Spring Valley 27… The Raider wresters were successful against the Spring Valley Vikings as they took a 54-27 win… The Raiders who took wins on the mats against their opponents were Zarquel Castro, Luke Sanchez, Josh Hiott, Nick Delio, Jalik Dendy and Shokeil Moses… For complete match results, click here
  • LDHS 49 – Irmo 19…  The raider grapplers made it a sweep as they defeated Irmo 49-19… Michael Bagwell, Jared Cooley, Josh Hiott, Austin Cain, Nick Delio, Jalik Dendy and Shokeil Moses all took mat wins over their opponents… For complete match details, click here.

The Raider grapplers were in action Tuesday 12-15-15 in a pair of matches at Hickory Tavern.

  • LDHS 60 – Travelers Rest 18… Taking mat wins against opponents for the Raiders were Damien Ladd, Josh Hiott, Eric Diaz, Jesus Barcenas, Nick Delio and Jalik Dendy… For more information on this match, click here.
  • Mauldin 46 – LDHS 24… The Raiders also wrestled with Mauldin that night and the news is not as good as Mauldin took a 46-24 win… Taking mat wins against opponents for the Raiders were Zarquel Castro, Jesus Barcenas and Jalik Dendy… For more information on this match, click here.  The Raiders are now 3-3 on the season.

On Saturday 12-12-15 the Raider wrestlers participated in the Ram Invitational at Hillcrest High School. Zarquel Castro finished 4th in the 126 pound weight division and was the only raider to finish in the top 4 or their weight division… For complete match details to see how all the raiders faired, click here.


The Raider wrestling team traveled to Abbeville on 12-9-15 to take on not only the Panthers but also the Mid-Carolina Rebels…

  • LDHS 58 – Mid-Carolina 21… Taking wins on the mats for the Raiders were Luke Sanchez, Josh Hiott, Eric Diaz, Jesus Barcenas, Austin Cain, Nick Delio & Connor Armstrong… For more details on this match, click here.
  • LDHS 76 – Abbeville 6… Those grapplers taking mat wins ageist Panther opponents were Zarquel Castro, Luke Sanchez, Jared Cooley, Josh Hiott, Jesus Barcenas, Will Pontoon, Austin Cain, Nick Delio, Shokeil Moses and Connor Armstrong…  For more information on this match, click here… The Raiders are now 2-2 on the young season.

The Laurens Raider wrestling team kicked off their season on 12-15-15 as they also traveled to Byrnes for a 3-way match with Byrnes & Broome…

  • The Rebels took a 45-36 win over the Raiders… Jesus Barcenas took a mat victory over his opponent while other Raiders won by forfeit…  To see complete results on this match, click here
  • In the match with Broome, Broome won 39-36… Luke Sanchez, Jared Cooley, Josh Hiott, Juan Barcenas, Jesus Barcenas, Austin Cain & Nick Delio all took mat victories…. For more details on this match, click here.

2015-16 JV & 9th Grade Raider Basketball

 

LDHS 2015-16 JV Basketball Schedule

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Games start @ 6:15
* indicates region games
Day Date Opponent Team(s) G-Results B-Results
Wed. 12/2 @ Clinton 6:00 B & G W: 26-16 W: 46-42
Mon. 12/7 Clinton 6:00 B & G L: 28-32 W: 43-39
Tues. 12/15 @ Woodmont* G & B L: 19-36 W: 59-53
Wed. 12/16 Hillcrest* G & B W: 56-46
Tues. 1/5 @ Westside* G & B L: 14-41 L: 35-38
Thur. 1/7 Easley* G & B L: 26-30 W: 61-55
Mon. 1/11 Hanna* G & B L: 8-27 W: 61-43
Thur. 1/14 @ Greenwood* G & B L: 24-51 W: 48-41
Tues. 1/19 @ Greenville* G & B L: 14-46 L: 45-47 OT
Thur. 1/21 Woodmont* G & B
Mon. 1/25 @ Hillcrest* G & B
Thur. 1/28 Westside* G & B
Tues. 2/2 @ Hanna* G & B
Thur. 2/4 @ Easley* G & B
Mon. 2/8 Greenville* G & B
Thur. 2/11 Greenwood* G & B
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Games start @ 5:15
* indicates region games
Day Date Opponent Results  
Thur. 12/3 Berea
Fri. 12/11 @ Berea
Tues. 12/15 @ Woodmont*
Wed. 12/16 Hillcrest*
Tues. 1/5 @ Westside*
Thur. 1/7 Easley*
Mon. 1/11 Hanna*  W: 40-25
Thur. 1/14 @ Greenwood* W: 53-40
Tues. 1/19 @ Greenville*
Thur. 1/21 Woodmont*
Mon. 1/25 @ Hillcrest*
Thur. 1/28 Westside*
Tues. 2/2 @ Hanna*
Thur. 2/4 @ Easley*
Mon. 2/8 Greenville*
Thur. 2/11 Greenwood*

 

 

2015-16 Red Devil JV Basketball Information

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For JV Rosters, click on the following: 2015-16 Red Devil JV Basketball Rosters

 

CHS 2015-16 JV Basketball Schedule
Games start @ 6:00 unless noted
* indicates region games
Date Opponent Team(s) G-Results B-Results
1/13 Newberry G&B W: 35-15  W: 47-43
12/2 Laurens G&B L: 16-26 L: 42-46
12/7 @ Laurens G&B W: 31-28 L: 39-43
12/9 @ Newberry G&B W: 29-17 W: 52-43
12/14 Chapin G&B L: 21-27 L: 35-37
12/17 @ Chapin G&B W: 26-20 L: 34-43
1/7 @ Union County* 6:30 G&B W: 33-22 W: 51-41
1/11 @ Broome* G&B L: 23-25 L: 26-32
1/14 Lancaster* 6:15 G&B L: 24-38 W: 24-22 OT
1/19 South Pointe* G&B W: 28-20 L: 21-33
1/21 @ Chester* G&B W: 47-43
1/25 Union County* G&B W: 46-35
1/28 Broome* G&B
2/1 @ Lancaster* G&B
2/4 @ South Pointe* G&B
2/8 Chester* G&B

 

 

Lady Raider Volleyball Information

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2015 Lady Raider Volleyball Schedule, Results and Other Information

 

 

2015 Raider Volleyball Schedule
JVs start at 5:30 pm, Varsity afterward unless noted
*Region Matches
Date Opponent(s) W/L Score
8/25 Southside Christian L 0-2
8/25 Woodruff L 0-2
8/28 at Nation Ford 4:00
8/29 at Nation Ford 10:00
8/31 at Clinton L 0-3
9/3 at Easley* L 0-3
9/8 Westside* L 0-3
9/12 at Sumter Tourney (V)
9/12 at Sumter Tourney (V)
9/15 at Greenwood* L 0-7
9/16 at Woodmont*
9/16 at Woodmont – Hillcrest*
9/23 Hanna*
9/23 Greenville*
9/26 at Southside Christian Tour (V)
9/26 at Southside Christian Tour (V)
9/29 Easley*
10/1 at Westside*
10/5 Clinton  L 2-3
10/5 Ninety Six
10/7 at Hanna*
10/7 at Hanna – Greenville*
10/8 Greenwood*
10/14 Woodmont*
10/14 Hillcrest*

2015 Lady Raider Tennis Information

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2015 Detailed Results and Comments from Coach Corley

2015 Girls Tennis Roster

2015 Lady Rider Tennis
Unless noted, all matches start at 5:00 pm
Home matches at Laurens City Courts
Date Opponent W/L Score
9/1 at Hillcrest W 7-0
9/2 Southside Christian L 0-7
9/3 at Easley* W 6-1
9/8 Westside* W 7-0
9/10 Greenville* L 0-7
9/15 at Greenwood* W 4-3
9/17 at Woodmont* W 6-1
9/22 Hanna* L 0-7
10/12 at Woodruff W 5-2
10/7 Hillcrest* W 7-0
9/28 at Southside Christian cancel
10-14 Easley* W 7-0
10/21 at Westside* W 7-0
10/6 at Greenville* L 1-6
10/8 Greenwood* L 3-4
10/13 Woodmont W 7-0
10/15 at Hanna* L 0-7
10/29 at Fort Mill – Playoff L 0-7

 

 

2015 CHS Girls Tennis Schedule & Other Information

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Roster below schedule

2015 Clinton – Red Devils Girls Tennis
* Region games, Contest start at 5:00 unless noted
Date Opponent / Location W/L Score
9/9 Christ Church   4:30 rain out
9/10 at South Pointe * W 7-0
9/15 Broome * W 7-0
9/17 at Chester   * W 7-0
9/22 Lancaster   * W 7-0
10-12 Union County * W 6-1
9/26 Hall of Fame Classic TBA
9/27 Hall of Fame Classic TBA
9/28 at A C Flora cancelled
9/29 South Pointe   * W 7-0
10/1 at Broome * W 7-0
10/6 Chester   * W 7-0
10/8 at Lancaster   * W 7-0
10/13 Union County * W 6-1
10/19 Emerald W 7-0
10-27 Wren – Playoff W 7-0
11/3 Chapin – Playoff W 4-2
11/9 at Daniel – Playoff L 3-4

 

2015 Girls Tennis Roster

Mary Beth Ferguson Sr
Mason Paige Gambrell Sr
Gierri Hill 8th
Elizabeth Jones So
Mary Katherine Kelly Jr
Savanna Moates 7th
Kayleigh Pitts Sr
Molly Scarborough Sr
Janie Tiller Jr
Samantha Tinney Jr
Gracie Waldron Jr
Izzy Worley Sr

 

2015 Laurens JV & 9th Grade Football Information

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Ninth Grade Below JV

 

2015 Laurens Dist.55 – Raiders JV
JV- Games Start at 7:30pm unless noted otherwise
* Region games
Date Location W/L Score
8/27 BHP at LMS 6:00  W 28-13
9/3 Open Date
9/10 @ Mauldin  L 20-30
9/17 @ Clinton (6:30 pm)  W  14-13
9/24 @ Easley*  rain  canceled
10/1 Woodmont* W 16-6
10/8 @ TL Hannah* (6:00) W 26-13
10/15 @ Hillcrest* L 22-27
10/22 Westside* L 0-13
10/29 @ Greenville* W 32-0
11/5 Greenwood* L 12-40

 

 

Raider 9th Grade
Start at 5:30pm unless noted
* Region games
Date Location W/L Score
9/3 Spartanburg L 38-42
9/10 @ Mauldin L 18-42
9/17 Open Date
9/24 Lexington   6:00 rain canceled
10/1 Woodmont* W 46-6
10/8 Open Date
10/15 @ Hillcrest* L 18-28
10/22 Westside* cancelled
10/29 @ Greenville* W 40-36
11/5 Greenwood* L 6-40

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Lady Raider Tennis Results

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2015 Lady Raider Tennis Results

Narrative by Coach David Corley

Most recent will appear near the top, oldest at the bottom.

 

Raiders Fall in Playoffs to Fort Mill

10-29-15

Lady Raider Tennis traveled to Fort Mill Thursday for the first round of the 4-A state playoffs. The Raiders, having finished third in Region I faced the two seed and fell in the year’s final contest.

“We made some gains” Coach David Corley said. “Maya Ramirez went up quickly; Bailey Rush played a really close match, and Moriah Campbell pushed her opponent to a match tiebreaker.” Corley pointed out that the team’s three seniors had the experience necessary to play their strong matches, and that he was proud of the way their hard work showed benefits. “We have moved a little further each year, and these seniors have been a huge part of our success,” Corley said.

#1 Kathleen Horner vs. Elizabeth Fitzgerald 0-6, 0-6

#2 Maya Ramirez vs. Rachel Brooks 4-6, 0-6

#3 Bailey Rush vs. Shveya Kathi 4-6, 3-6

#4 Ella Orcutt vs. Summer Robinson 1-6, 3-6

#5 Moriah Campbell vs. Elli Prain 1-6, 7-5, 1-10

#1 Doubles Horner and Julianne Turner vs. Fitzgerald and Brooks 0-8

#2 Doubles Maya Ramirez and Abby Davis vs. Abigail Thibodeau and Jessica Brewer 3-8


10-21-15

Raider Tennis Blanks Westside in Regular Season Finale

Lady Raider tennis traveled to Westside Thursday night and won the rain-postponed match with the Rams 7-0, taking every game.

“One of the things our girls have done well this season is playing their own games and not letting opponents control the style of play,” Raider Coach David Corley said. Corley pointed out that in the past his teams have moved up and down according to the talent of their opponents. “It’s nice to see the team win decisively, especially as we head to playoffs next week,” Corley said. “When we played Westside earlier in the season, we gave up a game here and there. I’m glad that we have progressed and that we’re showing that progress in our scores.”

The Raiders will travel next Wednesday to play a Region 3 opponent in the Rock Hill area. “We believe we will be the three seed from our region [behind Hanna and Greenville] and will play Fort Mill [the two seed from Region 3,” Corley said, pointing out that until the scores are all in and the brackets posted, the playoff spots are speculation.

“Who we play is not as important as that we play. This is the team’s sixth straight playoff appearance and their seventh in the last eight years. Our girls have become a real threat, but as always, we’re looking for the next step. Getting to the playoffs is old news. It’s time for us to make a run in the playoffs,” Corley said.

Match Results

#1 Kathleen Horner V. Jade Madison 6-0, 6-0

#2 Maya Ramirez V. Kelley Clark 6-0, 6-0

#3 Bailey Rush V. Delandra Pegues 6-0, 6-0

#4 Ella Orcutt V. Suzie Shabaan 6-0, 6-0

#5 Moriah Campbell V. Suemaya Shabaan 6-0, 6-0

#1 Doubles Horner and Ramirez V. Clark and Madison 8-0

#2 Doubles Westside forfeit

The Lady Raiders play in the first round of the 4-A playoffs Wednesday, October 28. Follow the Lady Raiders on Twitter @LDHSTennis.


Raiders Fall in Match at #1 Hanna

10-15-15

Lady Raider Tennis traveled to Hanna Thursday for the final match of a four-match week. The Raiders, having taken victories over Woodruff, Woodmont and Easley, fell in the week’s final contest.

“We made some gains, but Hanna is first in the region for a reason,” Coach David Corley said. “Ella Orcutt played a great second set and almost mounted a comeback, but she fell a little short.”

#1 Kathleen Horner Versus Corbin Dorsey 1-6, 0-6

#2 Maya Ramirez Versus Kristen Reynolds 1-6, 1-6

#3 Bailey Rush Versus Addie Anderson 2-6, 1-6

#4 Ella Orcutt Versus Summer Robinson 1-6, 5-7

#5 Moriah Campbell Versus Abby McGregor 3-6, 0-6

#1 Doubles Horner and Julianne Turner Versus Corbin Dorsey and Lauren Anderson 0-8

#2 Doubles Bailey Rush and Abby Davis Versus Bri Stephens and Donna Tran 4-8 

The Raiders play their final rain re-scheduled match Wednesday, October 21 at Westside.


 

Raiders Sweep Easley for Week’s Third Win 

Laurens Lady Raider Tennis took a decisive win over the Easley Green Wave Wednesday night, scoring their second 7-0 win in as many nights. 

“It great to see our girls playing this well. They’ve really peaked at the right time,” Raider Coach David Corley said. “Monday we got a good win over Woodruff [5-2]; last night we beat Woodmont [7-0], and tonight we got another 7-0 win.” 

Corley said that the closeness of some of the individual matches is good for the team as they prepare for the playoffs. The Raiders have made it to post-season play six years in a row, and their coach said that this year he believes that the girls know better how to win. “We’ve overcome some obstacles [the preseason move of last year’s #1 and a season-ending injury to #5], but the girls have stepped up instead of giving up. And they haven’t just stepped up to fill a void; they’ve stepped up and moved beyond what we could’ve expected of them,” Corley said. 

Corley credits the team’s seniors for the positive response to adversity. #3 Bailey Rush has added doubles play to her singles responsibilities, and Moriah Campbell has move up to fill the hole at #5 singles. Maya Ramirez has begun to dominate her opponents at #2. Underclassmen Kathleen Horner, Julianne Turner, and Abby Davis have also made moves that helped the Raider squad. “The girls have been unselfish and supportive of each other. They’re putting team first, and it’s working for them,” their coach said. 

The Raiders travel to Hanna Thursday. 

Match Results:

#1 Kathleen Horner versus Ellis Liddle 6-4, 6-4

#2 Maya Ramirez versus Katie Graham 6-2, 6-1

#3 Bailey Rush versus Erin Kaisner 6-1, 6-3

#4 Ella Orcutt versus Mallory Galloway 4-6, 6-4, 10-3

#5 Moriah Campbell versus Meriweather Galloway 6-4, 6-3

#1 Doubles Horner and Julianne Turner versus Liddle and Kaisner 8-7 (7-5)

#2 Doubles Bailey Rush and Abby Davis versus Rosie Edwards and Sydney Smith 8-6  

Follow the Lady Raiders on Twitter @LDHSTennis


 

Raider Tennis Sweeps Woodmont on Senior Night 

Lady Raider Tennis secured their second win of the week Tuesday night, beating Woodmont 7-0 after taking a 5-2 win over Woodruff Monday night. The Raiders honored their four seniors at Tuesday’s match. 

“This senior class has worked harder than any group we’ve ever had,” Coach David Corley said. “They all joined us having never really played tennis, but they have been faithful to working hard, both in and out of season, to make themselves better. If our underclassmen will follow their example, Raider Tennis has a bright future.” 

#2 Maya Ramirez started as an exhibition player in tenth grade and moved up to #5 last year before taking her current spot. #3 Bailey Rush also started in exhibition before moving up the ladder to doubles, #4 singles, and her current spot. #5 Moriah Campbell started with the Raiders in eighth grade and moved her way up the ladder to doubles and #4 singles before playing her current spot. Samantha Campbell played exhibition and doubles for the Raiders. 

The seniors also chose a favorite teacher to honor. NJROTC Commander Linardi, history teacher Ben Sinclair, nursing instructor Debra Palmer, and art teacher Elizabeth Bennett gathered with the team for recognition. 

The Raiders play Wednesday night to make up a rain-delayed match against Easley. A win will secure the team’s sixth straight playoff spot. 

Match Results:

Raiders Versus Woodmont (10-13-15) 7-0 Win

#1 Kathleen Horner versus Meredith Kiser 7-5, 6-1

#2 Maya Ramirez versus Hannah Hancock 6-3, 6-3

#3 Bailey Rush versus Julia Brooks 6-2, 6-1

#4 Ella Orcutt versus Ashton Scoggins 6-3, 6-3

#5 Moriah Campbell versus Emily Ramey 6-4, 6-2

#1 Doubles Horner and Julianne Turner versus Hancock and Kea Harris 8-1

#2 Doubles Bailey Rush and Abby Davis versus Katie Click and Riley Wanser 8-5

Samantha Campbell, Tiffany Huffman, Princess Dobbins, and Kazya Irby played exhibition matches for the Raiders.

The Raiders return to City Park against Easley Wednesday and travel to Hanna Thursday for 5:00 p.m. matches. Follow the Lady Raiders on Twitter @LDHSTennis


 Raiders Versus Woodruff (10-12-15) 5-2 Win

#1 Kathleen Horner 0-6, 6-4, 10-3

#2 Maya Ramirez 6-3, 6-4

#3 Bailey Rush 6-2, 6-0

#4 Ella Orcutt 3-6, 6-0, 6-10

#5 Moriah Campbell 3-6, 6-7 (2-7)

#1 Doubles Horner and Julianne Turner 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)

#2 Doubles Bailey Rush and Abby Davis 6-3, 2-6, 10-6 


 

 

Raiders Versus Greenwood (10-8-15) 3-4 Loss

#1 Kathleen Horner 0-6, 0-6

#2 Maya Ramirez 2-6, 6-3, 4-10

#3 Bailey Rush 6-3, 7-5

#4 Ella Orcutt 0-6, 7-5, 11-9

#5 Moriah Campbell 3-6, 2-6

#1 Doubles Horner and Julianne Turner 2-6, 0-6

#2 Doubles Bailey Rush and Abby Davis 6-4, 6-4 


 

 

Raiders Versus Hillcrest (10-7-15) 7-0 Win

#1 Kathleen Horner 6-3, 6-1

#2 Maya Ramirez 6-0, 6-1

#3 Bailey Rush 6-2, 6-0

#4 Ella Orcutt 6-1, 6-2

#5 Moriah Campbell 7-6 (9-7), 6-3

#1 Doubles Horner and Julianne Turner 8-3

#2 Doubles Bailey Rush and Abby Davis 8-1


 

Raiders Gain First Individual Win Over Greenville

After almost two weeks of rain that drove Lady Raider tennis off the courts, the team traveled to Greenville High for the first of seven matches in the final two weeks of the regular season. Facing the region number one, the team fell, but senior Bailey Rush gained the Laurens Raiders’ first victory in two years of playing the Greenville Red Raiders.

Rush fell behind 2-6 in the first set before gaining a win in the first game of the second set. “Bailey had won the first game of the first set also, so I didn’t really take note of the turn,” Raider Coach David Corley said. “Bailey told me later that I should have had more confidence in her,” Corley added.

Rush dropped the next two games, though, down 1-3 at the next court change. From that point Rush and Greenville’s Emma McFall battled from the baseline, driving each other to the fences with top-spin rallies. Rush, who ultimately took the second set 6-4 and won the match tiebreak 10-7, played a consistent match, making very few errors and capitalizing on her opponent’s mistakes.

Coach Corley said, “Bailey hit well. She didn’t make mistakes. She played smart. It’s great to see her break through and get the win.”

Match Results

#1 Kathleen Horner V. Layton Powell             1-6, 1-6

#2 Maya Ramirez V. Cracie Walls                  5-7, 2-6

#3 Bailey Rush V. Emma McFall                     2-6, 6-4, 10-7

#4 Ella Orcutt V. Westley Cannon                  0-6, 2-6

#5 Moriah Campbell V. Olivia Grace             0-6, 1-6

#1 Doubles Horner and Julianne Turner V. Elise Maurides and Kate Keeler 2-6, 6-7 (4-7)

#2 Doubles Rush and Abby Davis V. Alston Lucus and Sophie Young 2-8


Raider Tennis Takes Huge Steps in Loss to Hanna

9-23-15

While a loss may never really be a good thing, the Lady Raider Tennis team took some giant steps in their 0-7 loss to TL Hanna Tuesday night.

“Everyone scored at least two games,” Raider Coach David Corley said, “and while that may not seem like a big deal, each year we chip away at the differences between us and the teams at the top of the region. We used to count our points against Hanna. Then, we got a few single games. Now, everyone scored at least two games. Our girls have gotten better every year.” 

The Raiders came into Tuesday night’s game with only one region loss. “Tonight was the last night of the first half of the region schedule,” Corley said, pointing out that Hanna and the Raiders each came in with losses against Greenville High. “Before the match, I pointed out to our girls that we were tied for second in the region. We had the same single loss as Hanna,” Corley said. “Our girls are competing with every team, and they needed to realize that they could compete with Hanna. This is the second year that we came into this night with only one loss, so it’s time for us to take the next step and get a win against Greenville or Hanna.”

While the Raiders didn’t get the win, Corley said that the team played well, gained important experience, and can now face the second half of the season with renewed confidence. The Raiders play at home (Laurens City Park) again on Thursday against Hillcrest. “We start over on Thursday,” Corley said, explaining that now the Raiders, 5-2 in region play, face all the region teams again. “I hope our girls can carry tonight’s momentum into the second half of the season,” Corley said. “Even though we lost, this match was a confidence builder because we played really well – all the way down the line-up – and to face everyone again, we will need that confidence.”

Match Results:

#1 Kathleen Horner versus Corbin Dorsey 0-6, 2-6

#2 Maya Ramirez versus Kristen Reynolds 3-6, 1-6

#3 Bailey Rush versus Lauren Anderson 1-6, 2-6

#4 Ella Orcutt versus Addie Anderson 2-6, 1-6

#5 Moriah Campbell versus Abby McGregor 2-6, 0-6

#1 Doubles Horner and Julianne Turner versus Dorsey and Anderson 1-8

#2 Doubles Rush and Abby Davis versus Jillian Spencer and Tori Kellogg 6-8

Tiffany Huffman and Kendall Wasson gained an exhibition win.

The Raiders travel to Woodruff Wednesday and return for a home match Thursday against Hillcrest at City Park. Matches begin at 5:00 p.m. Follow Raider Tennis @LDHSTennis on Twitter.


Raider Tennis Moves to 5-1 with Woodmont Win

9-17-15

Lady Raider Tennis secured their second victory of the week Thursday night by beating Woodmont 6-1. Coach David Corley said that the Raiders came into the season believing that they could move out of the middle of the Region I 4-A pack, and by beating Woodmont, the Raiders moved to 5-1 with only Hanna left in the first half of the season.

The Raiders grabbed wins at #1, #3, #4 and #5 singles, and the team picked up both doubles wins. #2 Maya Ramirez fell 1-6, 1-6.

“We’re thrilled to be in this position at this point in the season,” Corley said. “With a loss to Greenville and our wins over Hillcrest, Easley, Westside, Greenwood, and, now, Woodmont, we have the opportunity to battle Hanna with momentum behind us.” The Raiders face the Yellow Jackets Tuesday at City Park; then, the Raiders play the entire region again.

“I wish we were like football,” Corley said, referring to only playing the region teams once, “but we have to face everyone again and duplicate our success to move on. Some of these teams will be tough to beat a second time.”

With an injured player at #5, Moriah Campbell stepped up to get a singles win for the Raiders. “We knew Moriah could get us a win,” Corley said. “She has played singles before and knows the game.” The Raiders then split their number one team of Kathleen Horner and Bailey Rush, pairing them with Julianne Turner and Abby Davis.

“Splitting the doubles got us both wins,” Corley said, adding that with Campbell moving up, the Raiders will need these pairings as they move on this season. “Losing a player will hurt us. It’s a question of how Moriah, Julianne, and Abby respond. We’re really asking them to step up and help their team.”

Match Results:

#1 Kathleen Horner versus Meredith Kiser 6-4, 6-1

#2 Maya Ramirez versus Larissa Kranich 1-6, 1-6

#3 Bailey Rush versus Julia Brooks 6-1, 6-1

#4 Ella Orcutt versus Ashton Scoggins 6-1, 6-1

#5 Moriah Campbell versus Emily Ramey 6-4, 6-2

#1 Doubles Horner and Julianne Turner versus Kiser and Scoggins 8-7 (7-4)

#2 Doubles Bailey Rush and Abby Davis versus Daviana Abreu and Katie Click 8-1

Tiffany Huffman, Princess Dobbins, Kazya Irby, and Zan Tollison played exhibition matches for the Raiders.

The Raiders return to City Park against Hanna Tuesday and Hillcrest Thursday for 5:00 p.m. matches. Wednesday, the Raiders travel to Woodruff. Follow the Lady Raiders on Twitter @LDHSTennis


 

Raiders Win 4-3 Nail Biter at Greenwood

 9-15-15

Lady Raider Tennis traveled to Greenwood Tuesday night, 3-1 in the region and hoping to move ahead of Greenwood, also 3-1 in region standings. In a match that lasted well into the night, the Raiders needed three match tiebreaks and one set tiebreak to best the Eagles. 

“We played about as close a match as we could play,” Raider Coach David Corley said. Corley pointed out that last year’s match played out almost exactly the same way with a few players swapping wins. “We played well and hung tough,” Corley said. “I know Greenwood is disappointed because there were moments I thought we were going to be disappointed.” 

Playing on only four courts, the Raiders stood tied with the Eagles after the first four singles matches. The Raiders dropped #1 and #4 (0-6, 0-6 and 5-7, 6-4, 5-10), leaving #2 Maya Ramirez up a set and #3 Bailey Rush down a set. Greenwood’s Abigail Green battled back at #2, and the match looked as if it might turn as Ramirez fell in a 2-6 second set to the Greenwood player. Meanwhile Rush pulled ahead in the second and drove Emma Campbell to a match tiebreaker. 

Ramirez ultimately prevailed 10-7 in the tiebreak, and Rush took the second set 7-6 (10-8). In the match tiebreaker, Rush moved ahead early and stayed ahead, winning 10-5.  

At the same time Raider #5, Kathryn Tribble, fell behind in the first set 4-6 but moved ahead in the second. “Kathryn has been nursing an injury,” Raider Coach David Corley said, “but she made fewer mistakes tonight, and she got the win [4-6, 7-5, 11-9].” 

Needing one doubles win to triumph, the Raiders’ #2 team of Moriah Campbell and Julianne Turner moved ahead quickly but then allowed the Greenwood pair to catch up. The Raiders took both sets 7-5 to gain the team victory. 

Even though the team was thrilled with the win, Corley pointed out that last year’s 4-3 victory in Greenwood was followed by a 2-5 loss to Greenwood later in the season. “That split cost us a higher play-off seed,” Corley said. “We have to be a better team to beat some of these teams a second time,” the coach added. 

Match Results:

#1 Kathleen Horner versus Adair Still 0-6, 0-6

#2 Maya Ramirez versus Abigail Green 6-3, 2-6, 10-7

#3 Bailey Rush versus Emma Campbell 5-7, 7-6(10-8), 10-5

#4 Ella Orcutt versus Sarah Wittington 5-7, 6-4, 5-10

#5 Kathryn Tribble versus Rina Kato 4-6, 7-5, 11-9

#1 Doubles Horner and Ramirez versus Still and Green 2-6, 3-6

#2 Doubles Moriah Campbell and Julianne Turner versus Hannah Luke and Carolina Saduvski 7-5, 7-5 

The Raiders travel to Woodmont on Thursday for a 5:00 p.m. match. Follow the Lady Raiders on Twitter @LDHSTennis

 


 

Raiders Hope to Use Loss as Springboard to Must-Wins Next Week

9-10-15

Coming off three dominant wins in their first region matches, the Lady Raider Tennis Team fell 0-7 to Greenville High Thursday night at the Laurens City Courts.

 

Rains fell and threatened to cancel the match, but the Raiders waited out the rain, and with the help of several parents with leaf blowers, got a late start on dry courts. “We told Greenville to head our way,” Raider Coach David Corley said, “because it was sunny with nothing on the radar. Then, the minute their team took the Laurens exit, the bottom fell out.”

The Raiders fell behind quickly in every spot except #4, Ella Orcutt. Orcutt used the court well and anticipated her opponent, Corley said of the junior’s play. “I told Ella that I think she played her best tennis tonight,” Corley said, pointing out that Orcutt has made great strides this year, moving up from doubles to the #4 spot.

#3 Bailey Rush and the #2 doubles team of Moriah Campbell and Julianne Turner also proved to be strong for the Raiders. Rush fell to a 1-6 deficit in her first set but battled back to gain four games in the second. “Bailey never gave up,” Corley said, adding that all of his team played well and fought hard. “We didn’t get down on ourselves; we didn’t concede; we kept going for shots,” Corley said.

Campbell and Turner took the Raiders’ only set, a 6-4 second-set win that led to a 4-10 loss in the match tiebreaker. Tonight’s match was the first regular-season outing for the pair because Turner has been fighting injury this season, making the Raiders use some creative pairings to cover doubles. “I was glad to have Moriah and Julianne on the courts together finally,” Corley said. “They played really well against the team that will probably win region this year. We need that doubles point in close matches, and having Julianne back will help us get it.”

The Raiders, now 3-1 in the region, play away matches with Greenwood and Woodmont next week and then face Hanna. “We need two wins next week to reach our goal of moving up in the region standings. A loss to either team and we’re back to where we were last year. The girls have worked too hard to accept that,” Corley said.

Match Results:

#1 Kathleen Horner versus Layton Powell 0-6, 1-6

#2 Maya Ramirez versus Gracie Walls 0-6, 0-6

#3 Bailey Rush versus Emma McFall 1-6, 4-6

#4 Ella Orcutt versus Olivia Grace 2-6, 0-6,

#5 Kathryn Tribble versus Westley Cannon 0-6, 0-6

#1 Doubles Horner and Ramirez versus Powell and Cannon 1-8

#2 Doubles Moriah Campbell and Julianne Turner versus Alston Scoggins and Sofie Young 2-6, 6-4 (4-10)


 

Raider Tennis Drops only Eight Games in Shut-Out Westside Win

Lady Raider tennis continued to roll Tuesday night, taking a victory over Westside 7-0 and moving to 3-0 in region play, having lost only one point in the three wins. The Raiders dropped only eight games in the contest with the Rams.

The Raiders took 6-0, 6-0 wins at #1, and #2 doubles. #2 and 3 dropped only one game each. “I was proud of all of our girls for winning well. We knew Westside would be weak, and we worked in practice at controlling our games and taking advantage of the slower pace and weaker ball placement,” Corley said.

Corley pointed out that oftentimes in the past the Raiders have played down to their opponents’ levels rather than trying to dominate a match. In a match against strong players, the Raiders play strong tennis, but against players with lesser skills, the team has been content to hit back and forth until the other player makes a mistake.

“Tonight, we played aggressively and generated our own power,” Corley said. “Thursday night will be an entirely different game.” The Raiders play Greenville High at home on Thursday. Greenville tied for the region championship last year. “We expect Greenville to be good, but we’re good too. Thursday, we’ll see how good we really are.”

#1 Kathleen Horner V. Bailey Dvonik 6-0, 6-0

#2 Maya Ramirez V. Kelley Clark 6-0, 6-1

#3 Bailey Rush V. Jade Madison 6-1, 6-0

#4 Ella Orcutt V. Delandra Pegues 6-2, 6-1

#5 Kathryn Tribble V. Suzie Shabaan 6-1, 6-1

#1 Doubles Horner and Ramirez V. Clark and Madison 8-1

#2 Doubles Moriah Campbell and Julianne Turner V. Courtney Shaw and Suemaya Shabaan 6-0, 6-0

Tiffany Huffman and Samantha Campbell defeated Shaw and Shabaan 8-0 in an exhibition match.

The Lady Raiders face Greenville at Laurens City Park on Thursday. Matches begin at 5:00 p.m. Follow the Lady Raiders on Twitter @LDHSTennis.


 

Raiders Defeat Easley 6-1, Prepare for Home Stand

9-3-15

Laurens Lady Raider Tennis took a decisive win over the Easley Green Wave Thursday night at Easley to move to 2-0 in region play. Despite nagging injuries that caused changes in the line-up, the Raiders stepped up and pulled through.

“Tonight we played like we’re capable of playing,” Raider Coach David Corley said. “Tuesday night we struggled in spots and the win [7-0 over Hillcrest] came a lot harder than I thought it should. I hope the girls see from this win that if they play up to their potential, we can contend in the region this year.”

Raider #1 Kathleen Horner gained the quickest win, finishing her match before many of the other girls finished the first set. Horner played hard, strong ground strokes in both singles and doubles. She moved to the ball well and kept the ball out of her opponent’s reach by hitting deep and hitting wide. “We’re trying to encourage all the girls to take advantage of short balls and shut down their opponents’ rallies with precision strokes,” Coach Corley said.

#4 Ella Orcutt played long rallies, and some mis-hits caused her to play to a 7-5 first, allowing her opponent to stand at the baseline and dictate play at times. “Ella is doing a great job of moving her opponents side to side, but she’s allowing them to move her deep and shallow. We’re trying to give her the confidence to follow the short balls into the net. She played doubles last year and should be comfortable at the net, but she drops back every time,” Corley said. In the second set Orcutt gained control and the set 6-2.

#3 Bailey Rush had the night’s best scores for the Raiders, winning her singles 6-1, 6-2 and pairing with senior Samantha Campbell to win #2 doubles 8-0. “Bailey has really played for the team this week,” Corley said. “Because of injuries, we’ve moved her to #2 doubles twice this week to help secure the victory by pairing with less experienced players. Bailey came through both times.” Corley said that Rush encouraged the other girls and helped them know what to do and how to play each point.

Match Results:

#1 Kathleen Horner versus Ellis Liddle 6-2, 6-2

#2 Maya Ramirez versus Katie Graham 6-4, 7-5

#3 Bailey Rush versus Erin Kaisner 6-1, 6-2

#4 Ella Orcutt versus Mallory Galloway 7-5, 6-2

#5 Kathryn Tribble versus Meriweather Galloway 3-6, 2-6

#1 Doubles Moriah Campbell and Horner versus Liddle and Kaisner 8-3 (pro-set)

#2 Doubles Bailey Rush and Samantha Campbell versus Boland and Smith 8-0 (pro-set)

Abby Davis took an 8-0 exhibition win. Tiffany Huffman and Princes Smith lost an exhibition doubles match 2-8.

The Raiders play their first region home matches next week against Westside Tuesday and against Greenville High on Thursday. Matches begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Laurens City Courts. Follow the Lady Raiders on Twitter @LDHSTennis

 


Raiders Fall in Hard-Fought Match with Southside Christian

9-2-15

Laurens Lady Raider Tennis started the region season by blanking the Hillcrest Rams; then, the team returned home for a loss to Southside Christian School.

#3 Bailey Rush got off to a strong start, moving up 4-1 on the Sabres’ Rachel Noh. Rush, who played the third spot last season, fought off strong serves and Noh’s excellent backhand early on, but once Noh recovered her forehand and quit miss-hitting balls, the Southside player took the first set 7-5. In the second Rush stayed close but never gained the upper hand in the match, falling 4-6.

#4 Ella Orcutt moved up in the first set as well but allowed Frances Masaschi to come from behind to take the first 7-5. Orcutt gained a 6-1 second-set victory, forcing a match tiebreaker, which she lost 5-10. “Ella played really well, and the second-set comeback was dominant,” Raider Coach David Corley said. Corley added that his team still struggles with taking advantage of short balls and being ready when a good shot comes back to them. “In practice, we don’t challenge each other enough. When someone hits a great ball, we watch it go by and say, ‘good shot.’ In matches against tough teams, they run those balls down, and we’re shocked and flat-footed.”

Corley said that the main reason he scheduled Southside Christian is that they are traditionally a good team, and he felt like his team needed the challenge of quality opponents. “Coming off a 7-0 win, this loss is good for us. It’s not region, and it reminds us of teams like Hanna and Greenville that are region,” Corley said.

The Raiders also had to sit two players out of the match with injuries. #5 Kathryn Tribble has been nursing an injury since the pre-season, and the non-region match seemed a good time to rest her before tomorrow night’s region match with Easley. #2 doubles player Julianne Turner tweaked her hamstring at Monday’s practice and missed the Hillcrest match as well. Tiffany Huffman and senior Samantha Campbell stepped in to play doubles, falling 3-6, 2-6 but gaining valuable experience.

Moriah Campbell moved up to take Tribble’s spot, playing to a first set tiebreak loss and falling 3-6 in the second. “Moriah can really play tennis, so I’m glad she got in at singles,” Corley said.

Match Results:

#1 Kathleen Horner versus Zoe Dinbel 1-6, 4-6

#2 Maya Ramirez versus Clare Hogan 2-6, 3-6

#3 Bailey Rush versus Rachel Noh 5-7, 4-6

#4 Ella Orcutt versus Madison Carver 5-7, 6-1, 5-10

#5 Moriah Campbell versus Sophie Peck 6-7 (4-7), 3-6

#1 Doubles Horner and Ramirez versus Dinbel and Hogan 4-8

#2 Doubles Tiffany Huffman and Samantha Campbell versus and Emma Kate Sechinse and Tatum Greene 3-6, 2-6

Zan Tollison played an exhibition match.

The Raiders play at Easley at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, September 3. Follow the Lady Raiders on Twitter @LDHSTennis


Raiders Open Region With 7-0 Victory Over Hillcrest

9-1-2015 

Laurens Lady Raider Tennis started the region season by blanking the Hillcrest Rams. The Raiders took quick wins at #2 and #3 before having to fight for the rest of their points. 

#3 Bailey Rush got off the courts quickly, taking a 6-3, 6-1 win over Jordan Haun. Rush placed the ball well, driving Haun far out of the court and then taking advantage of the open court for easy points. Raider Coach David Corley said. “Bailey is playing the best tennis of her career. She’s going to be tough to beat. She’s playing smart, taking advantage of her court knowledge.” 

#2 Maya Ramirez took a quick 6-1 lead before allowing her opponent to draw even in the second 2-2. After an injury timeout, Lauren Kelly withdrew, forfeiting the point. Ramirez played with pinpoint accuracy in the first set. “Maya’s really painting the lines and taking advantage of her pace,” Corley said. “Her serve, her hustle – everything is coming together this year,” he added. 

#4 Ella Orcutt played many close points but managed a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win. Coach Corley said that Orcutt has grown tremendously as a player. “She’s taken great strides and really improved her game. She’s serving well and hitting really solid ground strokes,” he said. 

Up 3-0, the rest of the Raiders’ points came less easily. #1 Kathleen Horner dropped the first set 4-6 before rallying to drive the second set to a tiebreaker, which she won 7-2. Horner won the match tiebreaker 10-0. “Kathleen really toughed this one out,” Corley said. Horner came from match point in the second to secure the victory. “I’m sure the Hillcrest girl wonders how this one got away,” Corley said. “Kathleen hates to lose and figures out a way to win.” 

#5 Kathryn Tribble also came from a set deficit to win her singles – 5-7, 7-5, 10-7. “Kathryn really fought hard and deserved the win tonight,” Corley said. Corley pointed out that along with seniors Rush, Ramirez, and Moriah Campbell, Tribble has worked hard to improve her game, moving into the starting line-up this year. “These girls have taken lessons, played in tournaments, and really worked hard to play better tennis. I’m glad their work paid off tonight,” Corley said.  

With an injury to #2 doubles player Julianne Turner, Coach Corley had to split his #1 doubles team and create new pairings. #2 Ramirez paired with Moriah Campbell to play #1 doubles, and #3 Bailey Rush played with Abby Davis to play the #2 doubles spot.

“Abby played her first varsity match tonight,” Corley said of the eighth grader, “and she came through for us.” Ramirez and Campbell jumped to a 6-1 lead before allowing the Hillcrest doubles team to come back and almost tie the match. The Raider pair won an 8-6 pro-set victory. 

Match Results:

#1 Kathleen Horner versus Christen Crawford 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 10-0

#2 Maya Ramirez versus Lauren Kelly 6-1, 2-2 (forfeit)

#3 Bailey Rush versus Jordan Haun 6-3, 6-1

#4 Ella Orcutt versus Madison Carver 6-3, 6-4

#5 Kathryn Tribble versus Kelli Jarrell 5-7, 7-5, 10-7

#1 Doubles Ramirez and Moriah Campbell versus Crawford and Kelly 8-6

#2 Doubles Bailey Rush and Abby Davis versus and Addie Robinson and Cammie Mitras 2-6, 6-1, 10-8

Tiffany Huffman, Kazya Irby, Kendall Wasson, and Samantha Campbell played in exhibition, with Huffman getting a win. 


 

Raiders Let Tournament Slip Through Their Fingers

8-22-15

The Lady Raider Tennis Team placed fourth in the Highway 221 Eye-Opener this past weekend, losing to Woodruff by five points in two match tiebreakers.

Raider Coach David Corley said that although fourth is his squad’s highest finish in the tournament, the loss disappointed the team and gave them plenty of things on which to work. “We won our opener easily; then, we spent all Saturday on the courts only to let the win slip away when we had it in our grasp,” Corley said.

The Raiders led Woodruff 3-2 after singles play. #1 Kathleen Horner, #3 Bailey Rush, and #4 Ella Orcutt came off the courts with wins. #2 Maya Ramirez and #5 Kathryn Tribble played close but came up short, putting the Raider squad in need of only one of the two doubles points.

#2 doubles Moriah Campbell and Julianne Turner fell 4-6 in their first set but came back to win the second set 6-4, forcing a match tiebreaker. #1 doubles Kathleen Horner and Bailey Rush went up a set (6-3), giving the Raiders a chance at both points and the win.

Unfortunately, #2 doubles lost their match tiebreaker by two points (8-10) and #1 doubles played to a second set tiebreak, losing it 3-7 and the match tiebreak 7-10.

The Raiders open the regular season Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Hillcrest. The team’s first home match is Wednesday, Sept. 2          against Southside Christian. The Raiders travel to Easley Thursday, Sept. 3. All matches begin at 5:00 p.m. The Raiders play home matches at Laurens City Courts.


Raiders Gain Pre-Season Win In Highway 221 Eye-Opener

8-20-15

Lady Raider Tennis defeated Greer 6-1 in the first round of the Highway 221 Eye Opener, giving Laurens a spot in the winners’ bracket on Saturday. The tournament features traditional tennis powerhouse teams, including Southside Christian, Dorman, Woodruff, Boiling Springs, Greer, Gaffney, and Union County.

“We’ve been trying to challenge ourselves in the pre-season,” Raider Coach David Corley said. “We played three scrimmages last week, and we played well against Mid-Carolina, Abbeville, and Eastside, but tonight was our first outing under match conditions, so it was good to see the girls respond the way they did.”

Corley credited the team’s seniors for the Raiders’ positive attitude and good play. He pointed out that the four seniors on this year’s squad have stuck with the program and have worked hard to make each year better than the one before.

Maya Ramirez, Bailey Rush, Moriah Campbell, and Samantha Campbell have “gone the extra mile,” Corley said, pointing out that all of these seniors have attended camps, taken private lessons, and been faithful to the team’s workouts and practices. “Many times after a match or practice, these girls start a lesson or grab a bucket of balls to practice their serves. If our younger players will emulate them, Laurens will continue to grow in tennis.”

The team also gained from wins by underclassmen Kathleen Horner, Ella Orcutt, and Kathryn Tribble. “Ella and Kathryn have really developed their games since last season and have moved up the ladder to start in singles” Corley said. Corley said that consistent play from these two could really help the team.

Horner stepped up to the number one spot from number two last season. “#1 is a tough place to be,” Corley said. “Most teams have that one great player, so every match Kathleen plays is tough.”

The one weakness from Thursday’s play came at #2 doubles. “We have a lot of experience on that team,” Corley said. “We can’t lose there and have a successful season.”

The Raiders play again at 10:30 Saturday morning at Dorman.

Match results for the Raiders:

#1 Kathleen Horner 6-3, 7-5 versus Morgan Davis

#2 Maya Ramirez 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) versus Hauna Henline

#3 Bailey Rush 6-0, 6-1 versus Madison Harvey

#4 Ella Orcutt 6-2, 6-1 versus Gracie Harwell

#5 Kathryn Tribble 6-2, 6-3 versus Kendall Crews

#1 Doubles Ramirez and Rush 8-4 versus Davis and Henline

#2 Doubles Moriah Campbell and Julianne Turner 4-6, 2-6 versus Olivia Turner and Hannah Taylor

You can follow Raider Tennis on Twitter @LDHSTennis.

2015 CHS Volleyball Schedules & Information

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JV Information Below Varsity

 

2015 Clinton – Red Devils Varsity Volleyball
* Region games, Contest start at 7:00 unless noted
Date Location W/L Score
8/25 Ninety-Six  W  3-0
8/27 at Newberry 6:30  W  3-0
8/31 Laurens  W  3-0
9/1 at Ninety-Six  W  3-1
9/3 at Wren 5:30  L  0-3
9/10 at Mid-Carolina / Grey Col W / L 2-0 / 1-2
9/14 Newberry High School W 3-0
9/15 Broome* L 1-3
9/17 at Chester* W 3-0
9/22 Lancaster* L 1-3
9/24 at Union County* W 3-2
9/29 South Pointe* L 2-3
10/1 at Broome* L 0-3
10/20 at Laurens W 3-2
10/6 Chester* W 3-0
10/8 at Lancaster* L 0-3
10/13 Union County* W 3-0
10/15 at South Pointe* 6:30 L 1-3
10/29 at Pickens – Playoff L 0-3

 

 

2015 Clinton – JV Volleyball
* Region games, Contest start at 5:30 unless noted
Date Location W/L Score
8/25 Ninety-Six  W  2-0
8/27 at Newberry   5:00  W  2-0
8/31 Laurens  W  2-0
9/1 at Ninety-Six  W  2-0
9/14 Newberry   5:00  W 2-0
9/15 Broome*  L 0-2
9/17 at Chester*  W 2-0
9/22 Lancaster*  W 2-0
9/24 at Union County* W 2-0
9/29 South Pointe* W 2-0
10/1 at Broome* W 2-1
10/20 at Laurens W 2-0
10/6 Chester* W 2-0
10/8 at Lancaster * W 2-1
10/13 Union County* W 2-0
10/15 at South Pointe* W 2-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 CHS JV Football Schedule & Information

 

2015 Clinton – Red Devils JV
* Region games
Date Location W/L Score
8/27 @ Greer – 7:00  L  7-17
9/3 @ Newberry – 7:00  W  13-6
9/10 Woodruff – 6:30  W  26-15
9/17 Laurens – 6:30  L  13-14
9/24 @ River Bluff – 6:30 cancel
10/19 Broome – 6:30 L 14-16
10/8 @ Lancaster* – 6:30 W 14-6
10/15 Union County* – 6:30 L 0-14
10/22 @ Chester* – 6:30 cancel
10/29 South Pointe* – 6:30 L 0-34

2015 LDHS Varsity Football Schedule, Results & Other

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Click on the following for the varsity roster: RAIDER FOOTBALL ROSTER 2015-A

 

2015 Laurens Dist.55 – Raiders Varsity
All Games Start at 7:30pm
* Region games
Date Location W/L Score
8/28 @ BHP L 15-21
9/4 @ Spring Valley L 7-28
9/11 Mauldin L 20-28
9/18 Clinton W 35-6
9/25 Easley* W 27-14
10/2 @ Woodmont* W 55-22
10/9 T.L. Hannah* Homecoming W 47-35
10/16 Hillcrest* L 7-28
10/23 @ Westside* L 10-28
10/30 Greenville* W 42-41
11/6 @ Greenwood* W 17-14
11/20 @ Northwestern – Playoff L 7-46

2015 Laurens Academy Football Schedule, Roster & Other

 

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2015 Laurens Academy Football

Middle School Below Varsity

Click on the following for roster: 2015 LA Varsity Roster

2015 Laurens Academy Football Schedules
Head Coach: Todd Kirk,   Asst. Luke Tollison
Varsity– All Games Start at 7:30pm
* Region games
Date Location W/L Score
8/21 @ Coastal Christian L 20-50
8/28 Faith Christian L 50-76
9/4 @ Richard Winn* L 12-63
9/11 @ Clarenton Hall* L 74-78
9/18 Jeff Davis Acd.*     Grandparents W 46-14
9/25 @ Andrew Jackson* L  14-64
10/2 Newberry Academy W 50-0
10/9 W W King* W Forfeit
10/16 @ Carolina Academy* L 26-62
10/23 Wardlaw*   Homecoming L 24-60
10/30 Greenwood Christian*     Sr. Night L 28-60

 

2015 L.A. Middle School Football
All games start at 6 pm unless noted
Date Location W/L Score
9/3 WW King W 34-0
9/10 Cambridge Acd.
9/17 Newberry Acd. L 20-26
9/24 Richard Winn
10/1 @ Wardlaw L 14-36
10/8 @ Newberry Acd.
10/15 Open Date
10/22 @ Spartanburg Christian
10/29 Greenwood Christian
Head Coach: Travis Plowden

 

 

2015 CHS Varsity Football Schedule, Results & Other

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Click on following for varsity roster: 2015 Varsity Football Roster

 

2015 Clinton – Red Devils Varsity
All Games Start at 7:30pm
* Region games
Date Location W/L Score
8/21 AC Flora W -OT  30-29
8/28 Greer  L  8-40
9/4 Newberry  L  20-43
9/11 @ Woodruff  W  32-13
9/18 @ Laurens  L  6-35
9/25 Open Date
10/2 @ Broome* L 14-17
10/9 Lancaster* Sr. Night L 16-24
10/16 @ Union County* L 12-36
10/23 Chester*  H.C. W 22-17
10/30 @ South Point L 8-28

 

Coach Stewart’s Wrap Up of Last Two Clinton AAA All-Star Games

Tuesday, 8-11-15

Clinton All-Stars continue to roll through the losers bracket eliminating NC 14-0 in World Series Team SC/Clinton All-Stars rolled through the 4th round of the AAA Dixie Youth World Series in Lexington, SC defeating North Carolina 14-0 Tuesday in the losers bracket behind a dominating pitching performance from Luke White for their 3rd win in a row after an opening round loss to Florida. White pitched 3 complete innings giving up only 2 hits to go along with 3 strike outs. Zane Mclendon came on to finish the game pitching a perfect 4th inning. The All-Stars started quickly scoring 2 in the top of the 1st off a double from Justin Copeland, a Wil Stewart single and an Austin Copeland single to take a 2-0 lead after one. Clinton would blow the game open in the their half of the 2nd plating 7 runs.. RT Corley led off with a single, Wilson Wages walked, and Jy Leake singled to load the bases. Bryce Young then delivered a big 2 RBI single to right field scoring Corley and Wages. With 2 outs Justin Copeland singled to score Leake and Stewart with his second hit of the game would drive in both Young and Justin Copeland with a single up the middle. Zach Fortman next reached on a hit by pitch and he and Stewart would score as Austin Copeland doubled to the left center field fence bringing the All-Stars lead to 9-0 after the end of 2 complete. The 3rd inning saw the All-Stars put up 4 more runs. Zane Mclendon singled to start the inning and scored on a Wilson Wages 1 out double. Leake plated Wages with a single to left field. Justin Copeland drew a walk. Stewart connected on his 3rd straight hit of the game and 3rd RBI scoring Justin. With 2 outs Austin Copeland would come through with an RBI hit scoring Stewart for the All-Stars last run of the inning and bringing the score to 13-0 at the end of three. Clinton ended the game in the 4th scoring 1. Corley singled and would score on Jy Leake 2 out double plating the All-Stars last run of the game. NC would not threaten to score the entire game as White would not allow a runner past 1st on the only 2 hits he allowed through 3 complete innings.

 

Wednesday, 8-12-15

Clinton All-Stars World Series run comes and end with a 12-11 loss to Alabama Team SC/Clinton All-Stars ended their All-Star season Wednesday night in Lexington, SC with a tough loss to Alabama 12-11. Alabama used 3 home runs to score 8 total runs to eliminate SC from the AAA World Series. The top of the 1st saw Alabama push 3 across fueled by a 2 out 2 run home run, but the All-Stars would strike back with 7 of their own to take a 7-3 lead.. A Wil Stewart single and consecutive walks to Zach Fortman and Austin Copeland loaded the bases. Stewart scored on a wild pitch. Luke White doubled to right center scoring Fortman. Zane Mclendon drew a walk. Copeland, White and Mclendon all eventually scored on wild pitches advancing the runners. RT Corley then reached base on an error, Jy Leake walked. Corley and Wages would eventually come around and score on an Alabama error and passed ball. Alabama scored 3 in the top of the 2nd this time with a 2 out 3 run home run cutting the All-Stars lead to 7-6. Clinton answered with 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Justin Copeland drew a leadoff walk and Wil Stewart reached on a hit by pitch putting runners at 1st and 2nd. Zach Fortman singled and Copeland would score on a passed ball. Luke White grounded into a fielder’s choice plating Stewart for Clinton’s last run of the inning increasing their lead to 9-6. Neither team would score in the 3rd inning. Alabama scored their final 6 runs of the game in the top of the 4th that started with a 1 out 3 run home run and three uncharacteristic errors by the Clinton defense pushing Alabama’s lead to 12-9. The All-Stars rallied in the bottom of the inning scoring 2 of their own. With 2 outs White and Mclendon drew walks and advanced on a passed ball. White scored on a wild pitch. Corley singled home Mclendon for Clinton’s last run of the game bringing the score to 12-11. Stewart would strike out the side on 10 pitches in Alabama’s half of the 5th.. In the bottom of the inning Clinton would get singles from Stewart and Austin Copeland but neither would score. Both teams went in order in the 6th ending Clinton’s World Series run by the score of 12-11. Head Coach Matt Stewart commented afterwards: “This one definitely hurts, felt like we were the better team tonight. We just couldn’t hold a lead. Give Alabama credit, they hit well when it mattered, 3 home runs accounted for 8 total runs, if it wasn’t for that it’s not even close . Just wasn’t meant to be I guess. What a great run these guys had to finish 3rd out of over 4000 All-star teams that began. Nothing to hang our heads about. For some in this group, it’s the 2nd state championship they have won in 3 years and a runner up last year. Wow! These guys are special. I told them don’t dwell on this loss but to look around and remember where baseball has brought us and the memories we have made. We had a checklist when we started of things we wanted to accomplish. Sub district in Abbeville(check), district in Iva(check), state in Clemson(check), and World Series in Lexington(3rd place). Didn’t quite get the last one checked off but a great job nonetheless. It’s been a pleasure to represent Clinton and South Carolina!”

2015 Laurens Century Club Information

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Membership is now open for the 2015 Laurens Athletics Century Club.  The Club offers season tickets to not only football games but other athletic events at LDHS. There is also reserved parking and a limited number of tailgating  spaces available for an additional charge .

Fore more information and a membership application form, click on the two links below. You can also contact Jim Iacuone at 864-871-4935 or email him at jiacuone@laurens55.org.

2015 Century Club Information

2015 Century Club Membership Form

 

Details on Last 3 Games in State Tournament for Clinton 9-10 All-Stars

Clinton 9-10 All-Stars State Tournament Game Results

Wednesday 7-22-15: Clinton 14 – Lancaster 4

Clinton’s 9-10 All-stars roll into Championship day defeating Lancaster 14-4 Wednesday in Clemson Led by a strong complete game 6 innings pitching performance from Luke White the All-stars dispatched Lancaster to set up a rematch with Delmae on Thursday morning at 10am for the right to play Hartsville in the championship at 2pm. The top of the 1st would see the All-stars plate 4 runs. Justin Copeland led off with a double followed by a walk to RT Corley. Zach Fortman beat out an infield single. Austin Copeland reached on a walk and eventually all runners would score on wild pitches from the Lancaster pitcher as he struggled to find the strike zone. White would put down Lancaster down in order in the bottom of the 1st. Clinton would not score in the top of the 2nd. Lancaster would score 2 off a double and 2 singles cutting the lead to 4-2. The All-stars increased the lead with 2 runs in the 3rd. Corley and Fortman would lead off the inning with consecutive singles and eventually come around to score on a wild pitch and a Lancaster throwing error. In the bottom of the 3rd Lancaster would score their last 2 runs of the game off a walk and 2 singles putting the score at 6-4 after 3 innings. Lancaster would not threaten to score the rest of the game. Fortman would score Clinton’s next run in the 5th off a walk and 3 hit batters bringing the score to 7-4 after 5 innings. Clinton would blow the game open in the top of the 6th scoring 7 runs extending the lead to 14-4. In the inning Clinton was led at the plate by singles from Wilson Wages, Jy Leake, Austin Copeland and doubles from Justin Copeland and Wil Stewart. Head Coach Matt Stewart: “Very proud of our guys tonight! They responded extremely well after a close defeat by Delmae and beat an excellent Lancaster team to survive and play again tomorrow. We lost the bye so we need to come out tomorrow morning ready play. We get another crack at Delmae for the right to play for the State Championship. What more motivation do we need?” With only 3 teams left in the tournament, next game would see Hartsville defeat Delmae setting up a 3 way tie with each team having just 1 loss. To break the tie each team would draw for the bye into the championship game Thursday at 2pm. Hartsville drew the bye putting Clinton in the 10am game Thursday morning against Delmae.

 

Thursday 7-23-15: Clinton 8 – Delmae 5

Clinton 9-10 All-stars defeat Delmae 8-5 Thursday morning in Clemson earning the right to play for the Dixie Youth AAA Sate Championship. The All-stars eliminated 2-time defending state champion Delmae from the Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament Thursday morning setting up a winner take all state championship game against Hartsville at 2pm. Wil Stewart turned in another outstanding pitching performance on the mound for the All-stars as he picked up his 2nd win of the tournament going 6 complete innings. Backed up by Zach Fortman’s 3 doubles and 3 RBIs at the plate, Stewart would hold Delmae scoreless for 4 innings until giving up 2 in the 5th and 3 in the 6th. Once again strong pitching and defense would carry the All-stars into the State Championship game. As the visiting team, the All-stars once again would strike quickly putting 2 runs on the board. Justin Copeland once again came through in the leadoff spot with a single up the middle. 1 out later Fortman doubled scoring Copeland. Austin Copeland would drive in Fortman on a double to left field giving Clinton a 2-0 lead. A double from Zane Mclendon and a single from Wilson Wages scored the All-stars only run of the 2nd increasing the lead to 3-0. 3 runs by the All-stars in the top of the 3rd would give them a 6-0 lead. Carson Glenn and Justin Copeland each singled to start the inning. A fielder’s choice off the bat of RT Corley resulted in a double play by Delmae putting out Glenn and Copeland. With 2 outs, Fortman would drive his 2nd double of the game to the fence plating Corley. Austin Copeland drew a walk and both runners advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch. Fortman scored on another wild pitch. A Wil Stewart single would score Austin Copeland rounding out the scoring. Clinton would score its 7th run in the top of the 5th as Justin Copeland walked and with 2 outs Fortman smacked his 3rd double of the game scoring Copeland. Delmae would their 1st 2 runs of the game in the bottom of the 5th off 2 singles cutting the All-stars lead to 7-2. Clinton would get 1 run in the top of the 6th. With 1 out, Luke White reached 1st on an error and eventually come all the way around and scored on consecutive throwing errors by Delmae. With Clinton leading 8-2 in the bottom of the 6th Delmae would not go quietly mounting a valiant comeback by scoring 3 runs and cutting the All-stars lead to 8-5, Fortman would end the game on a double play with runners on 1st and 3rd eliminating Delmae from the tournament and sending Clinton into the 2pm match up with Hartsville for the state championship. Head Coach Matt Stewart: “Our guys responded this morning! Delmae has had our number recently, lost by 1 in last years final and by 1 this year. They’re a great team and the defending champions. Can’t say enough about the job Wil Stewart did on the mound, do or die game and pressure does seem to bother him at all. He always wants the ball and truly believes he can win every game, so proud of him! Also Zach Fortman behind the plate with 3 doubles and 2 of those with two outs, and the game ending double play, Wow! He came through when we needed it. Those 2 guys have been leaders for us all season. We now have the chance to accomplish our goal of being state champs, it’s up to us!”

 

Thursday 7-23-15: Clinton 7 – Hartsville 1

STATE CHAMPS!!!! Clinton 9-10 All-stars win Dixie Youth AAA State Tournament Championship at Nettles Park in Clemson Thursday afternoon defeating Hartsville 7-1. A dominating pitching performance by Zach Fortman and a Zane Mclendon 2 run home run powered the All-stars past Hartsville giving the Clinton YMCA All-star team their 2nd State Championship in 3 years. Clinton won the 7-8 AA state championship in 2013, finished runners up in 2014 to go along with this years title. The home team All-stars scored all their runs in the 1st and 2nd innings and it proved to be more than enough as Fortman would face the minimum in 4 of the 6 innings he pitched allowing only 3 hits, 1 earned run along with 7 strike outs. The bottom of the 1st saw the All-stars plate 6 runs. Justin Copeland led off as he always seems to do with a single to get things started. A fielder’s choice off the bat of RT Corley would put Copeland out at 2nd. Fortman draws a walk putting runners at 1st and 2nd. With 2 outs Wil Stewart steps up and delivers an rbi single scoring Corley advancing Fortman to 3rd and Stewart takes 2nd on the throw home. Fortman would score on a wild pitch. Stewart would advance to 3rd and also score on a Hartsville wild pitch plating Clinton’s 3rd run of the inning. Luke White next draws a walk and would promptly score as Zane Mclendon drove a dagger in the hearts of Hartsville fans by sending a 2-1 pitch over the right field fence for a 2 run home run and a Clinton 5-0 lead. The All-stars were not done as Wilson Wages draws a walk and score as Jy Leake doubled to right field rounding out the scoring and giving Clinton a 6-0 lead after 1 inning. Fortman and the Clinton defense would put Hartsville away easily through the 1st 5 innings as they would only face 1 over the minimum in that stretch. The All-stars would score their final run of the game in the bottom of the 2nd. Bryce Young started the inning being hit by a pitch and 2 consecutive singles by Justin Copeland and Corley would move Young to 3rd. Young quickly scored on a Hartsville wild pitch giving the All-stars a commanding 7-0 lead after 2 complete. Neither team would threaten in innings 3,4, and 5. Hartsville scored their only run in the top of the 6th on 2 singles. Fortman would fittingly end the threat and the game striking out the last batter he faced giving the All-stars the AAA State Championship. Head Coach Matt Stewart: “Wow!! This team continues to accomplish some amazing things, we have won a 2nd State Championship in 3 years and finished 2nd last year! Zach Fortman once again came through absolutely dominating Hartsville on the mound, 7 strike outs, 3 hits, makes the game a lot easier. Our defense once again proved to be outstanding and really was the difference in the tournament for us. When you get that kind of pitching and defense you always have a chance to win. Zane Mclendon’s home run was special, 1st one he’s hit and really seemed to completely deflate Hartsville. These players, my assistant coaches Brian Fortman, Josh Mclendon, the parents and all of our supporters worked extremely hard for this; they deserve and earned it. But there is one person I can’t thank enough, my wife Tammy. She works tirelessly behind the scenes for hours for me and these kids and it often goes unnoticed. Not this time: Thank you Tammy for all you do! This one’s for you!” With the win the All-stars become the team from South Carolina advancing the World Series held in Lexington to play Florida, last year’s winner, at 3:30pm on August 8 at the Lexington Ballpark Road Complex.

Contributed by Coach Matt Stewart

2014-2015 Laurens Raider Wrestling Results

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Most recent matches will be at top and older below them

 

 

Three Raider Wrestlers Compete in AAAA State Championships… On Friday and Saturday (February 27-28, 2015) three LDHS raider wrestlers were in competition at the SCHSL AAAA Wrestling Individual Finals at the Anderson Civic Center… Evan Osborne competed in the 182 pound class, Stevens Johnson in the 220 and Austin (Spanky) Crocker in the 195 pound class… For Osborne and Stevens the results are not what they would have liked as they lost both matches in which they competed… For Crocker the news is better as he won his first 2 matches and then lost a close 3-1 decision to finish second… First congratulations to all 3 Raiders for even qualifying for the tournament and to Crocker for finishing second… Now wresting is not over for Crocker and Johnson as they will be competing this week in the North/South All-Star Wrestling Classic in North Myrtle Beach this coming Friday and Saturday… Good luck to them.


 

Upper State Wrestling…LDHS was the scene of the 2015 Upper State Wrestling Qualifier for the fourth year in-a-row this weekend (February 20-21, 2015) and three of the ten Raiders who participated in the completion finished high enough to qualify for the state tournament at the Anderson Civic Center this Friday and Saturday…. Austin (Spanky) Crocker led the Raiders finishing first in the 195 lb. class getting a measure of revenge as he defeated a wrestler from Rock Hill who was the only wrestler to defeat Crocker this season… Evan Osborne finished third in the 182 lb. class and Stephens Johnson fourth in the 220 lb. class to also qualify for the trip to Anderson this weekend… Congratulations to not only these three wrestlers but all the Raiders who competed this weekend as well as Head Coach Rob Sheffield, Assistants Jawon Stephens & Joseph Kemp… Congratulations also to all the volunteers who made the tournament a success!… For complete match details on how all 10 Raiders did, click here…  For a video interview with Coach Sheffield and the three qualifiers see below… It will also contain matches involving these three Raiders.

 

 

 


2-7-15… The Laurens Raider wrestling team Westwood in the first round of the AAAA playoffs on Saturday… Unfortunately Westwood defeated the Raiders 46-27 eliminating them from the team competition…. Those Raiders that were able to take wins on the mats last Saturday were Austin Cain, Evan Osborne, Austin Crocker, and Cameron Beaudin…. For complete match details, click here.


1-31-15… The Laurens Raider wrestling team traveled to Woodmont last Saturday to participate in the Region I-AAAA Wrestling Tournament… There is quite a bit of good news coming out of the tournament as three Raiders captured first place in their weight class and made the All-Region Team… They were Evan Osborne (182), Austin Crocker (195), and Stephens Johnson (220)… Also finishing in the top 5 of their weight-class and advancing to Upperstate (hosted by LDHS on 2/20 and 2/21) were Zarquel Castro (4th at 113), Cameron Beaudin (3rd at 120), Austin Wayman (5th at 126), Luke Sanchez (4th at 132), Josh Hiott (3rd at 138), Austin Cain (3rd at 170), and Bradley Owen (5th at 285)…. Austin (Spanky) Crocker was also selected as the Most Outstanding Wrestler from Weight Classes 152-185…. Congratulations to all these wrestlers… As a team Laurens finished 4th in the region which means the team will travel to Westwood this Saturday in the first round of tam competition…. Good Luck to the Raiders… To see complete details on the Raiders participation in the region tournament, click here.

 


 

1-28-15… Laurens 66 – Greenwood 12… The Raider wrestling team hosted the Greenwood Eagles in the mini gym at LDHS on Senior Night and it was a very good night for the Raiders as they defeated the Eagles 66-12… Those Raiders that were able to defeat their opponent on the mats were Zarquel Castro, Cameron Beaudin, Cameron Banks, Josh Hiott, Tyler Hogan, Jordan McCall, Austin Cain, Evan Osborne, Spanky Cocker and Stevens Johnson… This makes the Raiders 16-15 on the season in head-to-head completion… For complete match details, click here.


1/ 23-24/15… The Raiders wrestlers traveled to Sumter on Friday and Saturday January 23rd & 24th to participate in the Gamecock Duals… The Raiders managed to wrestle 8 different times during those two days and went 4-4 in matches… Those Raiders that actually defeated their opponents on the mats at least 4 times over the weekend were Luke Sanchez 4, Josh Hiott 5, Cameron Beaudin 5, Matt Donnelly 4, Austin Cain 6, Spanky Crocker 6 and Zarquel Castro 4…. The Raiders are now 15-15 in head-to-head completion.

  • Stratford 45 – Laurens 33… One of the teams that Laurens faced was from Stratford HS and they defeated the Raiders 45-33… Raiders who were able to take wins on the mats were Luke Sanchez, Josh Hiott, Cameron Beaudin & Matthew Donnelly… For complete match details, click here.
  • Sumter 51 – Laurens 24… The Raiders also faced off against the host team Sumter HS which always has a strong program… Sumter took a 51-24 win over the Raiders… Raiders who were able to defeat their opponent on the mats were Matthew Donnelley, Austin Cain, Austin Crocker and Zarquel Castro… For complete match details, click here.
  • Laurens 50 – Lake City 26… The Raiders had better luck against Lake City as they took a 50-26… Zarquel Castro, Cameron Beaudin, Matthew Donnelley, Luke Sanchez, Josh Hiott, Austin Crocker, Stevens Johnson and Bradley Owen all defeated their opponent on the mats… For complete match details, click here.
  • Laurens 36 – Central Academy of Technology & Arts 30… The Raiders took a close win in their match with C.A.T.O.A. as they won 36-30… Raiders who were able to take wins on the mats were Matthew Donnelly, Josh Hiott, Austin Cain, Evan Osborne, Austin Crocker & Zarquel Castro… For complete match details, click here.
  • Central Academy of Technology & Arts 48 – Laurens 24… The Raiders faced off with C.A.T.O.A over the weekend and this time the tables were turned as C.A.T.O.A took a 48-24 win… … Raiders who were able to defeat their opponent on the mats were Josh Hiott, Austin Cain & Shokeil Moses… For complete match details, click here.
  • Bluffton 48 – Laurens 34… Laurens also fell to Bluffton over the weekend by a score of 48-34… Austin Cain, Stevens Johnson, Bradley Owen, Austin Crocker, Cameron Beaudin and Josh Hiott all defeated their opponent on the mats… For complete match details, click here.
  • Laurens 48 Conway 36… The Raiders were able to take a win over Conway by a score of 48-36… Raiders who were able to take wins on the mats were Austin Cain, Austin Crocker, Stevens Johnson, Cameron Beaudin and Luke Sanchez… For complete match details, click here
  • Laurens 43 – Lake City 27… The Raiders also took on Lake City twice during the weekend and the results were about the same as Laurens posted a 43-27 win… Austin Crocker, Shokeil Moses, Lamount Hill, Zarquel Castro, Cameron Beaudin, Luke Sanchez and Josh Hiott all defeated their opponent on the mats… For complete match details, click here.

 

1-21-15… The Raider wrestling team hosted Greenville and Easley in Region 1-AAAA action and took wins over both teams.

  • Laurens 64 – Greenville 18… Taking win on the mat for the Laurens Raiders were Luke Sanchez, Austin Cain, Austin Crocker, Stevens Johnson, Zarquel Castro & Cameron Beaudin… For complete match details, click here.
  • Laurens 60 – Easley 18… raiders who were able to defeat Green wave opponents on the mats were Tyler Hogan, Austin Crocker, Stevens Johnson, Zarquel Castro, Cameron Beaudin, Matthew Donnelley & Luke Sanchez… Again for more information on this match, click here.
  • The Raiders are now 11-11 in head-to-head competition on the season.

JV-Middle School Wrestling… On Saturday (1-17-2015) seven Laurens JV/Middle School wrestlers competed in the Upstate Sectional Qualifying Tournament at Hillcrest High School…  The Raider wrestlers we attempting to earn their way to the Carolina Invitational Wrestling tournament this Saturday at Lexington High School…  The Carolina Invitational is the ‘unofficial” JV/Middle School state wrestling championships…  Will Pontoon (MS 162) finished third, Will Hampton (MS 86) finished 2nd,  Andrew Shelton (MS Heavyweight) finished 2nd, and Jalik Dendy (JV 220) finished first – and all qualified to wrestle next week…  Also competing for the Raiders were Kyle Kresch (MS 154), Ben Parsons (MS 185), and Bralyn Williams (JV 132)…  To wrestle today, all of these guys had to finish in the top six of their weight-class at the Area 1 Qualifying Tournament which was held on December 20th at BHP High School…. Congratulations to all these athletes!


1-7-15… The Raider wrestling team traveled to Greenwood yesterday and faced off against Woodmont & Hillcrest

  • Woodmont 36 – LDHS 33… The Raiders lost a very tight match to the Woodmont Wildcats by a score of 36-33… Taking victories on the mat for the Raiders were Evan Osborne, Spanky Crocker, Stevens Johnson, Lamount Hill, Cameron Beaudin, Austin Wayman and Like Sanchez… For complete match details, click here.
  • Hillcrest 47 – LDHS 21… The Raiders also took to the mats to take on the always strong Hillcrest Rams… The Rams showed they are a force to be reckoned with again this year as they took a 47-21 win over the Raiders… The Raiders who defeated a Ram opponent on the mats were Spanky Crocker, Stevens Johnson, Zarquel Castro and Cameron Beaudin… For complete match details, click here.  The Raiders record is now 7-9 on the season.

 


 

1/2-3/15… The Raider wrestling team was in action up at the Bearcat Invitational in Rock Hill this past Friday and Saturday… They were 1 of 25 teams from South and North Carolina participating in this major event… Austin (Spanky) Crocker had a very good weekend as he finished first in the 195 pound weight class… Stephens Johnson finished 5th in the 220 pound class winning 4 of 6 matches wrestled… Josh Hiott finished 6th in the 138 pound class and Evan Osborne 7th in the 182 pound class… For complete details on the Raiders participation in this event, click here… Congratulations to Austin and the other Raiders for finishing well against some tough competition.


12-20-14… On Saturday December 20th the Raider wresting was back in action as they traveled to Iva to participate in the Crescent Duals where they competed with Ninety Six, TL Hanna & Crescent.

  • Laurens 54 – Ninety Six 6… The Raiders defeated the Wildcats of Ninety Six by a score of 54-6… Raiders claiming win on the mats against the Wildcats were Austin Cain, Stevens Johnson, Evan Osborne, Lamount Hill, Zarquel Castro & Austin Wayman… For more complete match details, click here.
  • Crescent 57 – Laurens 18…. In action against the home team, Laurens did not do as well as Crescent took a 57-18 win… Evan Osborne, Austin Crocker & Cameron Banks were the only Raiders to defeat their opponents in their matches…. Again for more match details, click here
  • Laurens 39 – TL Hanna 36… Laurens also took a victory over TL Hanna at Crescent defeating by a score of 39-36… Austin Cain, Evan Osborn, Stephens Johnson, Luke Sanchez, & Matthew Donnelly all defeated their opponents… Again for more match details, click here
  • TL Hanna 40 – Laurens 33… Laurens and Hanna found time to face off a second time and this time Hanna turned the tables taking a 40-33 win… Raiders who defeated their opponent in this match were Evan Osborn, Stephens Johnson, Luke Sanchez & Austin Cain… For more complete match details, click here.   This makes the Raiders 7-7 on the season. 

 

12-19-14…  On Friday the 19th of December, the Laurens Raider Wrestling team hosted Clover and Riverside at the LDHS gym…

  • Clover 45 – Laurens 30… In head to head competition with Clover, the Raiders came up on the short end of a 45-30 score… Raiders taking victories on the mat against Clover were Luke Sanchez, Ben Pemberton, Austin Cain, Evan Osborne & Stevens Jonson… For more match details, click here….
  • Riverside 51 – Laurens 30…. The Raiders did not fare much better against Riverside as Riverside took a 51-30 win over the Raiders… Zarquel Castro, Luke Sanchez, Matthew Donnelly & Evan Osborne all picked up win on the mat… For more match details, click here… The two loses make the Raiders 5-5 on the season.

 


 

12-17-14… The Raiders were also in action again on Wednesday as they hosted Irmo and Spring Valley… Good news here as the Raiders took victories over both teams… Laurens 42 – Irmo 27… Matthew Donnelly, Ben Pemberton, Austin Cain, Evan Osborne & Austin Crocker all took wins over Irmo opponents… For compete match details, click here…. Laurens 41 – Spring Valley 21… The Raiders were able to prevail against Spring Valley because Stevens Johnson, Zarquel Castro, Cameron Beaudin, Luke Sanchez, Matthew Donnelley, Austin Cain, Evan Osborne & Austin Crocker were able to defeat their opponents on the mat.

 The Raiders are 5-3 on the season.

 


 

 12-16-14… On Tuesday 12-16-14 the Raider wrestling team traveled to Mauldin HS for a three-way match with the Mustangs and the Travelers Rest Bulldogs… Laurens defeated TR 45-30 with Jordan McCall, Evan Osborne, Lamount Hill, Luke Sanchez, & Matthew Donnelley all taking mat victories…For complete match details, click here….   Mauldin 42 – Laurens 30…. Taking matt victories in the 42-30 loss to maudlin were Evan Osborne, Austin Crocker, Stevens Johnson, Luke Sanchez & Matthew Donnelly…. For complete match details, click here

 The Raiders are 3-3 on the season.

 


  

12-13-14… The Raider wrestling team participated in the Ram Invitational at Hillcrest High School on Saturday 12-13-14… The team had 4 individuals who placed in the top 3 for their weight classes… Placing second in their weight classes were Cameron Beaudin in the 120 lb. class and Austin Crocker in the 195 lb. class…. Finishing 3rd in their respective classes were Stevens Johnson in the 220 lb. weight class and Austin Cain in the 170 lb. weight class… Congratulations to these wrestlers… For complete match details, click here.


 

12-9-2014 The wrestling team at LDHS was in action Tuesday night… They traveled to Dorman for three-way match with Dorman and Spartanburg…. The Raiders went 1-1 in the match as they defeated Spartanburg 54-21 but fell to Dorman 72-12… Austin Crocker and Stevens Johnson took mat victories in the loss to Dorman and in the win over Spartanburg to lead the Raiders… The Raiders are now 2-2 on the season

 

For more complete match details about the win over Spartanburg, Click Here

 

For more match details about the loss to Dorman, Click Here

  


 

12-3-2014… On this date the Raiders traveled to Byrnes High for a 3-way meet with the Rebels and the Union County Yellow Jackets in the first matches of the season… The Riders defeated Union County 40 33 with Evan Osborne, Austin Crocker, Stevens Johnson, Cameron Beaudin, Luke Sanchez, Josh Hiott and Austin Cain actually taking mat wins… The news was not quite as good in head-to-head completion with Byrnes as the Rebels took a 48-33 win… Ben Pemberton and Stevens Johnson took victories on the mat in this match.

 

For more complete match detail about the win over Union County, Click Here

 

For more complete match detail about the loss to Byrnes, Click Here

Laurens County Touchdown Club Videos

 

TD-Club-pngBelow are videos from the Laurens County Touchdown Club for this year.

The newest ones will be near the top and older ones below.

December 3rd, 2014:

On Wednesday night December 3, 2014 the Laurens County Touchdown Club held its Annual Awards Banquet at Lakeside Country Club. The area high school coaches and Coach Harold Nichols of PC talked about the season that just wrapped up. Also, the All-Laurens County Team was announced as well as the County Player and Coach of the Year. The featured speaker was Mick Mixon Voice of the Carolina Panthers.

 

2014 Laurens County Touchdown Club Awards Banquet


October 10th, 2014: Speakers are Coach Harold Nichols of Presbyterian College, Coach Todd Kirk of Laurens Academy, Coach Scott King of Clinton High School and Coach Chris Liner of Laurens District 55 High School. The guest Speaker is Mr. John Iamarino the Commissioner of  the Southern Conference. Note 4 videos.

Part 1 of 4: Coach Nichols and Coach Kirk

Part 2 of 4: Coach King and Coach Liner

Part 3 of 4: Start of John Iamarino

Part 4 of 4: Conclusion of John Iamarino

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September 26th, 2014: Speakers are Coach Todd Kirk of Laurens Academy, Coach Scott King of Clinton High School, Coach Chris Liner of Laurens District 55 High School and Coach Harold Nichols of Presbyterian College. The guest speaker was George Rogers former running back and Heisman Trophy winner at the University of South Carolina.  Note 4 videos

Part 1 0f 4: Coach Kirk and Coach King

Part 2 of 4: Coach Nichols and Coach Liner

Part 3 of 4: Start of George Rogers

Part 4 of 4: Conclusion of George Rogers

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September 12th, 2014: Speakers are Coach Todd Kirk of Laurens Academy, Coach Scott King of Clinton High School, Coach Chris Liner of Laurens District 55 High School and Coach Harold Nichols of Presbyterian College. Note 3 videos.

Part 1 of 3: Coach King and Coach Kirk

 

Part 2 of 3: Coach Liner and Coach Nichols

 

Part 3 of 3: Conclusion of Coach Nichols

 

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August 28, 2014: Speakers are Coach Todd Kirk of Laurens Academy, Coach Scott King of Clinton High School, Coach Chris Liner of Laurens District 55 High School and Coach Harold Nichols of Presbyterian College. Note 2 videos.

Part 1 of 2: Coach Todd Kirk & Coach Harold Nichols

 

Part 2 of 2: Coach Scott King and Coach Chris Liner

 

2014 SCHSL Football Playoff Brackets

Click on the following to see the playoff brackets for this years football playoffs.

2014 Class AAAA Division I Bracket

2014 Class AAAA Division II Bracket    Bracket Laurens is in.

2014 Class AAA Football Bracket

2014 Class AA Division I

2014 Class AA Division II

2014 Class A Division I

2014 Class A Division II

 

2014 Clinton YMCA Basketball and Cheerleading Information

Y-logo2014  CLINTON YMCA YOUTH BASKETBALL & Y-logo

CHEERLEADING REGISTRATION

 

The Clinton Family YMCA and the City of Clinton is taking its Youth basketball registration and cheerleading for ages 5 – 12 with five different playing divisions being offered this season as of the December 11th deadline.

Registration is being taken daily at the YMCA reception desk through December 11th.

Ages 5 – 6 will be in the Basics instructional league and practice and play each Monday and Thursday. The mini-mites league, for ages 7 – 8, will practice each Tuesday and Friday.  Both the 5 – 6 and 7 – 8 leagues are strictly instructional leagues and no score will be kept in the simulated games.

Ages 9 – 10 will play in the Jr. Mite league and will play on the regulation court but will use modified height goals of 9 feet. Ages 11 – 12 will be in the Mite league and play regulation middle school type rules and regulations.  A league for girls will be offered for age groups 9 – 12 and will follow the Jr. Mite League rules.

Registration is being taken now with FALL-OUT scheduled for December 18, 2014.  Fall-out times will be provided upon registration.

League games for ages 9 and up will be on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Teams will practice twice weekly during the pre-season period and then practice once weekly and play twice weekly during the regular season.

Cheerleaders are for grades K5 – 6th grade and will also practice twice weekly until the season begins and then cheer for the teams on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Cheerleaders will be divided into several age groups and teams and cheer for the various age divisions of the YMCA teams.  Cheerleaders will be under the guidance of various local high school cheerleaders and adult YMCA supervision.  Cheerleaders will receive a cheerleading shirt and pom-poms.

Fees are $45.00 for Members inside the City Limits and $50.00 for Members outside the City Limits. Participants will pay $60.00 as non-members inside the city limits and $65 as non-members outside the side limits of the City of Clinton.  All players will receive a YMCA team t-shirt.  Financial aid and assistance is available and no child will be denied the opportunity to participate in the YMCA league play or cheerleading.  For additional information call the YMCA at 833 – 1555.

NEW TIME SLOT FOR 5 – 6 and 7 – 8 year olds. The 5 – 6 and 7 – 8 year olds will play and practice at 5 PM again this year to increase participation by pushing their time slot back one hour later to 5 PM so more children will be able to attend the 5 PM time slot.