2016 Laurens County TD Club Information


Laurens County Touchdown Club 2016 Schedule 

Mission Statement: The Laurens County Touchdown Club was organized to promote a spirit of cooperation and association among citizens of Laurens County through a common interest, “football”.

Meeting Location: The Ridge at Laurens at Noon 

Date:                               Speaker:

8/26/16                          Local Coaches: LDHS, CHS, LA & PC

9/9/16                            Bobby Johnson College Football Playoff Committee

9/23/16                          Harold Nichols Head Coach, Presbyterian College

10/7/16                          Marcus  Latimore (Tentative)  USC & NFL Standout

10/21/16                       David Wyatt, NFL agent and Chairman of the SC Football Hall of Fame.

11/4/16                           Mike Ayer Head Coach, Wofford Terriers

11/18/16                        Don Munson/Todd Ellis Voice of the Tigers / Gamecocks

12/7/16 (Banquet)        Travelle Wharton Former USC & NFL Standout, Carolina Panther Broadcaster


Please be sure to thank our sponsors for each meeting this year.

Date:                           Sponsor:

8/26/16                       First Baptist Churches (Laurens & Clinton)

9/9/16                         City of Clinton

9/23/16                       YMCA of Laurens/YMCA of Clinton

10/7/16                      City of Laurens

10/21/16                    Chris Benson; Raymond James & Laurens Co. Chamber of Commerce

11/4/16                       Founders Federal Credit Union

11/18/16                     LEC vs. PRTC

12/7/16 (Banquet)    LCWSC

Sponsorship levels start at $150 and include levels at $250, $350 and cap out at $750… Each different level has different benefits associated with it. If you are interested in what those benefits are and possibly becoming a sponsor, click on the following:  TD Club 2016 Sponsor Levels Form PDF…. If you are not a sponsor and want to come to the regular season meetings, the meal cost will be $15 per person.

For more information, contact Marlene Owings at 864-833-2716 or by email at mowings@laurenscounty.org
















The Ridge at Laurens Opens Video and Interview

The Ridge at Laurens Opens … Yesterday the City of Laurens and their Parks and Recreation Department saw the culmination of what was a dream just 5 years ago as the Ridge at Laurens officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony… Leaders from other local communities and all levels of city, county and state government were present for the ceremony… The facility has two double gyms along with a multi-purpose room, kitchen and offices for the Parks and Recreation staff… For more information about the facility including rental fees, click here which will take you to the new City of Laurens Parks and Recreation website where a multitude of information is available…. Below and I have a video of the remarks and a slide show of photos taken yesterday along with an interview done with Jason Pridgen the parks and recreation Director.



Summer Offerings at the Clinton Family YMCA


Each summer the Clinton YMCA has numerous activities going on to help the youth of our community develop their minds and bodies. Below is a link to the various activities that the Y has to offer… If these links do not answer all your questions please contact the Y at 864-833-1555

Summer Sports & Specialty Camps…. This summer the sports and specialty camps in June will be girls volleyball, girls basketball, football (boys and girls),boys baseball, tennis, horse riding, golf and art…. Camps in July include horse-riding, girls softball, 3 different basketball camps and marksmanship (air rifle & archery)… Now there are registration fees, registration deadlines, age restrictions and limited capacity in each of these… To see the camps flyer with more information on each of these click on the following: Summer 2016 Sports and Specialty Camps


Swimming Lessons…. The Y is offering swimming lessons … These lessons help overcome fears and build confidence and just as importantly may save your life… They have lessons for youth ages 3-5 and lessons for ages 6 and up… For more information about this, click on the following: Summer 2016 Swimming Lessons

Summer Offerings at the Laurens Family YMCA


Each summer the Laurens YMCA has numerous activities going on to help the youth of our community develop their minds and bodies. Below is a link to the various activities that the Y has to offer… If these links do not answer all your questions please contact the Y at 864-984-2626

Summer Sports & Specialty Camps…. This summer the sports and specialty camps in June will be synchronized swimming, horse camp, golf and archery… In July and early August they will include water polo, fishing, splash n dash and soccer… Now there are registration fees, registration deadlines, age restrictions and limited capacity in each of these… To see the camps flyer with more information on each of these click on the following:  2016 Summer Sports Camp Flyer


Swimming Lessons…. The Y is offering swimming lessons to individuals as young as 6 months old… These lessons help overcome fears and build confidence and just as importantly may save your life… For more information about this, click on the following: 2016 Swim Lesson Flyer


Summer Camp 2016… The Y is also offering an ongoing weekly camp for youth ages 5-11… For more information about this click on the following: 2016 Summer Camp Flyer




2016 Youth Baseball Registration Information for Dixie Youth and Little League


This season the Laurens Dixie Youth and Laurens Little League are working together to provide a combined quality program.

WEE BALL (ages 2-4) and TEE BALL (ages 5-6) will register through the Laurens Family YMCA.

Ages 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 BASEBALL and SOFTBALL will register for Lauren Little League at the Little River Park.

Middle school players will register for Dixie Boys through the Laurens family YMCA.

Deadline to register is February 12.

Skills evaluation will be February 13-14 and the cost to participate is $60.

For more information, please contact the Laurens Family YMCA at 984-2621 or Laurens Little League at 681-7275.


Clinton YMCA 2016 Youth Baseball & Girls Softball Registration Information

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The Clinton Family YMCA is offering open registration for ‘Youth Baseball’ and ‘Girls Softball’ for numerous playing divisions through the February 16th deadline.

The YMCA will offer co-ed instructional leagues for ages 3 – 4 and 5 – 6, respectively. Wee-ball is for ages 3 – 4 and will hit off of a tee and have adult coaches on the field of play for instructional purposes.  Ages 5 – 6 will be T-ball with a coach throwing three pitches to the batter and then revert back to the tee after three thrown pitches, if necessary.  Ages 7 – 8 is called AA/Coach Pitch League with an adult pitcher throwing pitches to the batter with a five pitch limit.  Ten players will play defensively and all batters will bat in each rotation.  Ages 9 – 10 is called Dixie Minors and will play regulation baseball on a modified baseball diamond and modified rules pertaining to stealing, etc.  Ages 11 – 12 will play in the new Dixie Youth ‘O’ Zone league for the second consecutive year.  ‘O’ Zone is on a modified diamond but play regulation baseball.

The youth baseball and softball registration deadline is Tuesday, February 16th.  After registration baseball ages 9 – 10 and 11 – 12 must go through an on-field skills evaluation and then will be placed on evenly balanced teams through a detailed coach’s selection process.  Younger age groups of Wee-ball (3-4), T-ball (5-6) and AA League (7-8) as well as all Girls Softball teams will have a league fall-out on Tuesday, February 23rd for team assignment and to receive practice and game assignments.

All players will receive full uniforms and re833-1515plica Major League baseball jerseys and caps. The age cut-off is May 1, 2016.  (As an example, if a child is 10 years of age but turns 11 before May 1 he/she is considered 11 years of age and must play in the proper age group.)  All League games will be played at the Clinton YMCA complex this year on 100 YMCA Drive and no games will be scheduled during the Laurens County School District #56 Spring Break April 4 – 8.

Registration is $50 for YMCA members inside the city limits and $55 for members outside the city limits. Non-member registration is $65 inside the city limits and $70 outside the city limits.  A $10 discount will be provided for each additional child in the same family and Financial Assistance is available to families as well.

Registration is being taken daily from 8 am – 9 pm Monday – Friday; 9 am – 6 pm on Saturdays and 2 – 5 pm on Sundays at the YMCA reception desk on 100 YMCA Drive. For additional details or information call the Clinton YMCA at 833-1555

Irby & Jones Sign Letters of Intent

On Monday 11-16-2015 at LDHS seniors Makaila Irby and Thomas Jones both signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletic careers … Makaila signed with Southern Wesleyan University to play softball… She has been on the varsity softball team since the 8th grade and is expected to be one of the team leaders this season at first base as the Raiders defend their region championship…. Thomas signed with Vanderbilt University to play baseball next year… Thomas is a multisport star who has been selected to play on this year’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas… This past summer Thomas was invited to Florida and Illinois for baseball all-star events that showcased his baseball talent in front of not only the public but also pro scouts… Thomas will be one of the team leaders again this year for Coach Dale Nelson and the Raider baseball team… Below are interviews done with them after the signing.


Cunningham & Todd Sign with Erskine College

On Friday 11-13-2015 CHS seniors Davis Cunningham and Chandler Todd signed letters of intent to continue their education and baseball careers next year with Erskine College… The pair have been mainstays of the Red Devil baseball team over the last couple of years and it was not by design that they wound up signing with the Flying Fleet… Below is an interview with these young men after they signed with the Flying Fleet

2015 SCHSL Football Playoff Brackets

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To see the bracket for each of the different classifications, click on the name of the division below.

Check back each week after noon on Mondays to see the results from the previous Friday’s games.

Class AAAA Division I

Class AAAA Division II – Where Laurens is

Class AAA

Class AA Division I

Class AA Division II

Class A Division I

Class A Division II

Laurens County Touchdown Club Videos



Videos of the speakers at the Laurens County Touchdown Club meetings

Most recent video will be at the top and older below that.


12-2–15 Awards Banquet


11-20-15 Clemson vs. South Carolina Meeting

11-6-15 Meeting

10-23-15 Meeting

10-9-15 Meeting

9-25-15 Meeting

9-11-15 Meeting


8-28-15 Meeting



Interview With New Head Football Coach At Ware Shoals Mike Craigo


Recently WLBG was able to sit down with the new head football coach at Ware Shoals Mike Craigo.  Mike is a Ware Shoals graduate and comes to Ware Shoals from Calhoun Falls Charter.

Click on the link below to hear that interview.


Ware Shoals Varsity Football Schedule

8/21 @ Southside
8/28 Open Date
9/4 @ Ninety Six
9/11 McCormick
9/18 Dixie
9/25 Calhoun Falls (Homecoming)
10/2 @ St Josephs
10/9 Fox Creek (Rec. Night)
10/16 Christ Church
10/23 @ Southside Christian
10/30 Whitmire (Senior Night)

An Interview with CHS Coach Andrew Webb, 7-6-2015


Yesterday (7-6-2015) I had the opportunity to sit down with the interim Head Football Coach at Clinton High School Andrew Webb… We talked about a myriad of subjects including his lifelong ties to Clinton, high school and college athletic career, his start in coaching at Clinton, his reason for wanting the head coach position and what has been transpiring since he was named to that position back in February…. I invite you to click on the link below to hear that interview.


Staton Signs with the Cardinals

Allen Staton Signs with the Cardinals… Former Laurens Raider and Allen-statonNorth Greenville University baseball standout Allen Staton did not get drafted lasted week in the MLB draft… However on Friday Allen did get a call from the St. Louis Cardinals and signed a free agent contract with the team… On Saturday morning (6-13-15) I was able to sit down with Allen and talk about his career at North Greenville, the MLB draft and his signing with the Cardinals… Below is a link to that interview.



NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Information – Brackets

For basic information about the 2015 Division I Baseball Tournament, click here.

For an interactive bracket, click here

For a printable bracket, click here.


Crusaders Austin Foster Signs With Limestone

Friday morning  (5-22-2015) Laurens Academy senior Austin Foster signed to continue his education and play baseball at Limestone College in Gaffney… Foster hits .309 for the Crusaders this past season… See the video below for an interview done with him after the signing.

Dee Jennings Signs With Coastal Carolina

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Yesterday CHS senior Dee Jennings signed to continue his education at Coastal Carolina and run track… The four year track starter specializes in the hurdles and has qualified for the state track meet for 3 of those years including this year… Below is an interview done with Dee after the signing… Congratulations to Dee!

Chase Brewington Signs With Coker


On Tuesday 4-28-15 Laurens Academy senior Chase Brewington signed to attend and play asketball at Coker College… Brewington helped to lead his team to the SCISA Class A Championship this year and scored over 2200 points in his career… Check out the following interview done with him after the signing.

2015 NCAA Division I Basketball Brackets & NIT Brackets

NCAA Division I Tournament… Well for college basketball fans it is like Christmas as we say let the March Madness begin… The NCAA announced the Div. I brackets last night and the 4 number 1 seeds are Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke & Villanova… The Big 10 and the Big 12 each placed 7 teams into the tournament… The ACC had 6 (Notre Dame, North Carolina, Virginia, Louisville, NC State & Duke) and the SEC 5 (Kentucky, Arkansas, Ole Miss, LSU & Georgia). Other teams from South Carolina that made it are Coastal Carolina & Wofford

  • Click on the following for a link to the NCAA’s bracket which will update after each round: NCAA Bracket
  • For a printable version click on the following: ESPN Printable Bracket

NIT Tournament… A couple of hours after the Div. I bracket was announced the NIT announced their brackets… Now the there were no school from South Carolina that made the field… If you are a die-hard basketball fan click on the following for the NIT bracket: 2015 NIT Bracket

NCAA Women’s Division I Tournament: On Monday 3-16-15 it was the women’s turn as they announced the field for the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship and its bracket… The four #1 seeded teams are Connecticut (UConn), Maryland, Notre Dame and South Carolina… The Gamecocks 30-2 season record and SEC Tournament Championship was enough for them to get the #1 seen in the Greensboro Regional and will host first and second round games at the Colonial Life Center… They will face #16 seeded Savannah St. (21-10) at 5:00 pm this Friday… The other 2 teams playing at 7:30 in Columbia on Friday night are #8 seeded Syracuse against #9 seeded Nebraska… If you might be interested in going (wish I could) click on the following for ticket information: Gamecocks Open Against Savannah St.   Now if you would like to see the complete NCAA version of the bracket, click here… Now if you would like a more printable bracket and one you can fill out click on the following for the ESPN version: click here. 

Dalton Sword Signs with Carson-Newman

Sword Signs with Carson-Newman…. Last Friday afternoon LDHS senior Dalton Sword signed to continue his IMG_6354education and play football at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee…. At the end of this past football season Sword was named the Laurens County Touchdown Club Co-Player of the year… Leading to this award, Sword had 98 tackles last season with eight of them for a loss and four of them being quarterback sacks… He also forced 2 fumbles and graded out at 91%… He also was named to the All-Region I-AAAA Team this season and the Laurens County Touchdown All-County after the 2014 season…. See a short interview done with him after the signing.

Andrew Webb Meet & Greet at CHS


Andrew Webb Meet & Greet at CHS… On Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 5:00 pm CHS hosted a meet & greet for new Interim Head Football Coach Andrew Webb… Webb (a Clinton native and CHS graduate) talked about how from a young age he had thought about what it would be like to hold the head coach job at CHS… He mentioned that for him Red Devil football was not a job but a way of life… He talked about the renewed emphasis on class work, graded and overall citizenship… He will also encourage football players to participate in other sports at CHS to not only improve themselves but overall athletics at CHS… He expects his defense to be the same as last year and still believes that good defense and power football wins games… However he pointed out that the Red Devils must learn to take what the other team’s defense gives them and that means they must also have a potent passing game ready to go… To that end, he will put more emphasis on summer passing leagues and even hopes to host some this summer… He also hopes to help build bridges to all part of the Clinton community and he is there to help train young men to be good citizens and build a strong Red Devil Football team.