Sports Report for Friday, 11-24-2017

PC Notes :  The PC basketball teams have been busy this past week so let’s do a quick catch up with them…  For more information on each of these games, click on their scores.

  • Men: Back on Monday the Blue Hose traveled to Charlotte, NC and fell to the Forty-Niners by a score of 83-74 despite Davon Bell having a career-high 27 points… The team was back in action yesterday afternoon as they took on Nichols State in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in Baltimore, Md….. PC trailed by as many as 15 and cut into that lead on several occasions only to lose 76-64 dropping their record to 1-5… They continue play in the tournament today taking on Chicago State at noon and it can be seen on ESPN3.
  • Women: Back on Tuesday the women hosted Kennesaw State and fell by a score of 60-51 as the Owls went on a 19-1 run at the end of the game to take the win… The Lady Blue Hose are now 1-4 on the season and they are on the road Sunday taking on the top 20 ranked Duke Blue Devils. 

Local Notes:

High School Football Playoffs… The high school football playoffs are tonight as the upper and lower state championships will be decided in each classification… A quick look shoes the following teams meeting for the upper state (U) and lower state (L) titles and the right to go to Columbia next week.

Class AAAAA:

  • U: Gaffney (9-4) at Dorman (11-2) … The two teams met during the regular season with Dorman taking a 42-35 win… Dorman has gone undefeated since losing their first two games of the season Fort Dorchester (35-14) and Northwestern (42-28).
  • L: Fort Dorchester (13-0) at Dutch Fork (11-1)… These teams also met during the regular season with Fort Dorchester taking a 41-25 win in Dutch Forks second game of the season

Class AAAA:

  • U: Greer (12-1) at South Pointe.(13-0)…  Greer’s only loss was to Byrnes in their second game… Both teams played Eastside which Greer defeated 42-7 and South Pointe defeated 48-0
  • L: Berkley (12-1) at Hartsville (12-1)… Both these schools appear to be about evenly matched looking at common opponents.

Class AAA

  • U: Emerald (10-3) at Chapman (13-0)… Looking at records against common opponents, Chapman should be at least a 2 TD favorite but sometimes that football bounces funny.
  • L: Brookland-Cayce (9-4) at Dillon (13-0)… The two teams played 3 common opponents… Dillon defeated them all while B-C lost to two of them

Class AA

  • U: Saluda (12-1) at Abbeville (12-1)… On paper against common opponents, the Panthers appear to be a 2 TD favorite and Abbeville is tough place to play… But you never know.
  • L: Barnwell (11-1) at Bamberg-Ehrhardt (12-1)… These two teams met in the regular season with B-E taking a 21-0 win… Against other common opponents they are pretty evenly matched.

Class A:

  • U: Ridge-Springs-Monetta (9-3) at Lamar (12-0)…  On paper looking at common opponents and margins of victory, Lamar should be 13-0 Saturday morning.
  • L: CE Murray (10-2) at Baptist Hill (9-1)… On paper looking at points scored and given up as well as common opponents, this game should be about even with a slight edge to Baptist Hill.

College Notes:

  • State Bragging Rights Determined Tomorrow Night… Well unless you are an alien who just landed from outer space or an “outsider” such as a Yankee who just moved into the state, I think you all know that the 115th meeting between the Gamecocks and the Tigers will take place tomorrow at 7:30 pm at Williams Brice Stadium and the outcome of the game will give one team’s fans bragging rights for the next 365 days… Clemson has a 3-game winning streak against the Gamecocks and South Carolina would love to hand the 10-1 Tigers their second loss of the season and most likely killing the Tigers chance to play for the National Championship again this year… Now you can stay home and watch it on ESPN or you can join the fun at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation headquarters The Ridge as they host the Palmetto Bowl 2017 starting at 4:30 and ending when the game is over… Not only will they have a large TV screen to watch the game but they will have bounce houses, dodge ball and more for the kids..  They will have a grill available that you can use to prepare your own food for your tailgating or purchase some from their concession stand including Chick-fil-A sandwiches… The admission is free only the concessions will cost you… For more information about this, click here… Note to all, don’t try to reach me tomorrow starting at about 7 pm until the game is over unless my house is on fire….LOL

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Sports Report for Thursday, 11-23-2017

Local Notes:

CHS

  • B: Travelers Rest 72 – CHS 68… The Clinton Red Devils closed out their participation yesterday in the Greenville Tip-Off Tournament with a tight 72-68 loss to Travelers Rest… Zay Hurley led the Red Devils in scoring with 21 points…. Three other Red Devils were in double-digits as Zay Bennett had 14 points, Ty Priestly 11 and Ahmari Bates 10… Zay Bennett was named to the All-Tournament team averaging 14.3 pts and 7.8 rebounds in the tourney… The Red Devils finished the tournament with a 1-2 record.

LDHS

  • B: Greer 64 – LDHS 58… The Laurens Raiders also finished up their participation in the SCA Impact Invitational taking on the Greer Yellow Jackets… Laurens jumped out to a 15-9 lead at eh end of the first quarter but trailed 32-25 at the half… Greer widened the lead to 51-39 going into the last quarter of play… The Raiders started chipping away at the Greer lead and with 1:21 left in the game they cut the lead to 2 points as Greer lead 60-58… The raiders were then forced to foul 3 times before they Yellow jackets were put into the bonus…. Once in the bonus they hit 4 of 5 free throws down the stretch as Laurens was not able to score again giving Greer a 64-58 win… Dravious Copeland and Carson Todd each had 18 points to lead the Raiders… Cedraquan McDowell chipped in 12 points and Amaija Hill 10…. Todd was also named to the all-tournament team… Laurens finished the tournament with a 1-2 record.

Laurens Academy

  • G: LA 60 – Shannon Forest 18… Yesterday I told you that the LA Crusaders hosted Shannon Forest in varsity action and that I did not have complete results on how the girls’ game went well I have them now and I can twll you that the Crusaders took a 60-18 win over S.F… the Crusaders jumped out to a 10-2 lead at th end of the first quarter and then outscored FF 30-10 in the second quarter and did pretty much the same or better in the second half in route to the win… Ruthie Moore had a game-high 31 points and Taylor Campbell was also in double digits with 10 points… Others scoring for the Crusaders were; Regan Williamson 8, Blair Quarles 5, Jennifer Wu 4, and Julia Kerber 2… The Crusaders improve to 2-0 on the young season. 

Middle School Basketball… Earlier this week the Hickory Tavern Panthers hosted Laurens MS, McCormick MS and Ware Shoals MS in the HT Turkey Tip-Off Tournament…. Scores were as follows:

Monday

  • Girls: LMS 32 – WS 9 and HT 30 – MC 11
  • Boys: LMS 39 – WS 9 and HT 37 – MC 36 (OT)

Tuesday

  • Consolation Games: G: MC 19 – WS 6 and B: MC 48 – WS 5.
  • Championship Games: G: HT 42 – LMS 11 and B: LMS 33 – HT 31 (OT).

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 11-22-2017

Local Notes:

CHS

  • B: CHS 62 – Blue Ridge 46… The Clinton Red Devil boys’ basketball team rebounded from the tough loss on Monday night with a 62-46 win over Blue Ridge in the Grenville Tip-Off Tournament … Blue Ridge led at the half 25-21 but the Red Devils came out in the second half and outscored BR to take the win… Zay Bennett had 15 points to lead the Red Devils while Jahleed Cook had 11 and JD Payne 10 to give the Red Devils 3 players in double-digits… The team will play Travelers Rest at 1:30 today at Eastside HS.
  • G: Brashier Middle College Charter 54 – CHS 40… Last night the Lady Red Devils took on the Lady Bengals of BMCC and fell by a score of 54-40 despite leading at the half… Clinton led 19-17 at the half even though the Lady Devils failed to score in the second quarter… However the BSCC came out of the locker room and outscored Clinton 22-11 in the third quarter and then went on to take the win… Savanah Campbell led the Red Devils with 16 points and was the only Clinton player in double-digits… Others scoring for Clinton were: T. Bennett 9, D. Watts 6, A. Abercrombie 4, K. Cheeks 3 and S. Stephens 2.

 LDHS

  • B: Dorman 65 – LDHS 45… Last night in the SCA Impact Tournament Coach Ryan Walker and the Raiders had to have the Dorman Cavaliers the team he came from as assistant to take the top job at Laurens… Well his old team treated the Raiders roughly as they took a 65-45 win over the Raiders… Dorman simply outscored the Raiders 17-10 in the first quarter and then did the same the in every quarter after that to take the win… Christian Anderson was the only Raider in double-digits as he had 19 points… Others who scored for Laurens were: C. Todd 9, J. Greene 5, R. Dacre 5, J. Harris 4, J. Anderson 2 and D. Foster 1… The raiders close out the tournament facing Greer at 3:00 pm today at Spartanburg Christian Academy.
  • G: Greenwood 64 – LDHS 40… The Lady Raider team travelled back to BHP last night to take on region foe Greenwood in the finals of the BHP Tip-Off Tournament and the Eagles were too strong for the Raiders as they took a 64-40 win over the Raiders… From the start the Eagles used their eight and pressure defence to their advantage while the Raiders had a poor night shooting especially from the charity stripe… Calif Heisey led the Raiders in scoring with 13 points and Sandajah Vance had 10 to lead the Raiders…. Other scoring for the Raiders were: L. Allen 6, P. Abrams 3, K. Burnside 2, K. Foggie 2, A. Conway 2, A. Davis 1 and Q. Fortson 1

Laurens Academy… Last night the Crusaders hosted the Shannon Forest Crusaders in a pair of varsity contests… First I will tell you that I don’t have the score of the girls game except to tell you SF scored 18 points but I don’t know how many LA scores I’ll try to get that for you by tomorrow.

  • B: Shannon Forest 57 – LA 37… In the boys game, SF took a 57-37 win over LA… SF took a 16-7 leads at the end of the first quarter and a 23-17 lead into the locker room at the half and the LA Crusaders just could catch up as SF outscored them in every quarter but the last when both teams scored 8 points… Joshua Moore led the LA Crusaders with 16 points… Other scoring for LA were: N. Moore 7, D. Foster 6, scoring 2 points each were C. McCall, L. Kerber, J. Dian and T. Lowry.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 11-21-2017

PC Notes

  • PC 31 – Gardner-Webb 21… The PC football team ended its season on a positive note last Saturday as they defeated Gardner-Webb 31-21 at Bailey Memorial Stadium… Ben Cheek ad 3 rushing TDs for the Blue Hose in the win… For more details on this game, click here… PC finished the season with a 4-7 overall record and 1-4 in Big South Play.

Local Notes:

CHS

  • B: Eastside 64 – Clinton 60… The Red Devil boys’ basketball team opened their season with a close 64-60 loss to eastside last night in the Greenville Tip-Off Tournament… The Red Devils led 19-17 after the first quarter but the Eagles managed to tie the game 29 all at the half… The Eagles then outscored the Red Devils by 2 points in each of the final two quarters to make the final 64-60… After the game Coach Eddie Romines commented “We had 16 team fouls in the 2nd half, they had 4… They shot 27 FTs we shot 11… We played with great effort tonight…  We played well enough to win, the score was tied at 57 late in the game but we came up a little short tonight… Eastside just executed a little better than us late in the game, they have a good team.”… The Red Devils were led by JD Payne with 19 points and also scoring in double-digits were Vilo Boyd – 17 points and Zay Bennett – 12 points… Others scoring for the Red Devils include Zay Hurley – 2 and Jahleed Cook – 3… The Red Devils will play Blue Ridge today at 6:00 pm. at Eastside HS.
  • G:Landrum 67 – CHS 52… Kailey Cheeks had 13 to lead the Red Devils and Savanah Campbell had 11 while DeShante Watts added 10…. The Red Devils will lay Brashier Middle today at 6 pm.

 LDHS

  • B: Laurens 68 – SCA 55… The Raider boys’ team opened up its season with a 68-55 win over the host Spartanburg Christian Academy in the SCA Impact Sports Tournament up in Spartanburg last night giving Coach Walker his first win at the helm of the Raiders… The Raiders trailed 12-7 after the first 8 minutes of play but cut the deficit to just two points at the half as SCA led 29-27 at the half… The Raiders came out of the locker room and outscored the Warriors 20-15 in the third quarter and then went on to take the win… Christian Anderson led the Raiders with 21 points and Josh Greene added 14… Others scoring for the Raiders were: Justin Anderson 9, Dee Foster 7, Ty Foster 7, Carson Todd 5, Conner Dunlap 3 & Ryan Dacre 2… The Raiders take on Dorman tonight at 8:30 at SCA.
  • G: Laurens 68 – BHP 67 (2OT)…  Last night up at BHP the Lady Raiders took on the host Lady Bears in their annual Tip-Off Tournament… In the game, Qua Fortson had a game-high 31 points but none were bigger than the 3-point shot she hit from the right corner with about 1 second left on the clock to lift the Raiders to a 68-67 win in double overtime… The two teams tied 16-16 at the end of the first quarter but the Raiders pulled away and led by small margins the rest of the game leading 43-35 going into the fourth quarter but the Bears came back to tie the game 51-51 and send it into overtime….The end of the first overtime saw the two teams tied 56-56 as both teams had chances to put the game away on free throws but just could not convert… BHP took a 67-65 lead with 18.2 seconds left in the second overtime and Laurens first attempt to take the win was missed and the ball was knocked out of bounds by BHP with 3.3 seconds setting the stage for Fortson’s winning 3-pointer on the inbounds… One other Raider was in double-digits and that was Callie Heisey with 11 points… Others scoring for the Raiders were: Burnside 8, Vance 6, Moore 4, Foggie 2, Espinoza 2, Wiles 2 &Wallace 2… The Raiders return to BHP tonight in the final game of the tournament as they take on region foe Greenwood who defeated Pendleton… Tipp-off is scheduled for 7:30.

Laurens Academy… The LA Crusaders opened their season last night hosting the Wardlaw Patriots…

  • G: LA 54 – Wardlaw 28… The Lady Crusaders pretty much picked up where they left off last year as they took a 54-28 win over the Patriots… They jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and never really were threatened… Ruthie Moore led all scorers with 18 and Taylor Campbell was also in double-digits with 11.. Others scoring for the Crusaders were: Williamson 8, Quarles 7, Wu 4, Mitchell 4 and Noffz 2.
  • B: LA 57 – Wardlaw 55… The Crusader boys’ team were also able to pull out a win but they had to go to overtime to do it as they defeated the Patriots 57-55The game was tied 11-11 at the end of the first quarter but when the fourth quarter started the Crusaders found themselves down 43-38… The Crusaders fought back and tied the score 51-51 at the end of regulation… The Crusaders outscored the Patriots 6-4 in the OT to take the win… Joshua Moore led all scorers with 21 points while Noah Moore and Dawson Foster were also in double-digits with 18 and 12 points respectively… Charlton McCall added 4 points and Wil Tindal 2… The LA varsity teams host Shannon Forest tonight with the girls playing first at 6:00 pm.
  • Middle School… The middle school girls lost to Wardlaw but I do not know the score but I can tell you that the middle school boys defeated Wardlaw 28-12.

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Sports Report for Monday, 11-20-2017

Local Notes:

  • High School Basketball Starts Today… The high school basketball season kicks off tonight as both the boys and girls teams at Clinton an Laurens are involved in different preseason tournaments… The Laurens Academy Crusaders are starting their regular season today also… A quick look at today’s schedule shows:

Laurens Academy

  • All four of the Crusader teams will be in action today as they host Wardlaw… The action will kick off this afternoon at 4:00 pm with the middle school girls to be followed by the middle school boys and then the varsity girls and boys will take to the court in that order… Head out to the academy today if you get a chance as they are the only county high school teams at home today.

CHS

  • Boys… The Red Devils are hoping to have similar success as they did last year when they went 21-4 and being knocked out of the playoffs in the Upstate Finals… Coach Romines and the team open tonight as they participate in the Greenville Tip-Off Tournament where they will face Eastside at 7:30.
  • Girls… Coach John Gardner and the girls team are coming off a 6-15 season which was an improvement over the previous year and they will open up tonight in a pre-season tournament up at Woodruff… I do not know at what time they will play or against whom as Coach Gardner did not get that information to me.

LSHS

  • Girls… Coach Yoneko Allen and the Lady Raiders are opening their season tonight as they participate in the Tip-Off Tournament at BHP… The Raiders will take on the host BHP starting at 7:30 and BHP will be a good test for the team as the Bears are usually a very tough team in the Class-AAAA ranks.
  • Boys… The Raider boys’ team also returns to action tonight as they travel to Spartanburg to participate in the SCA Impact Sports Tournament… The Raiders have a new leader this season as Coach Ryan Walker takes over after serving as an assistant at Dorman the last few years… The Raiders were very young last year with hardly any starters coming back from the previous team but Coach Walker has a little more experience to work with this year… They start tonight at 8:30 as they take on the host Spartanburg Christian Academy in an 8:30 contest.

Pros:

  • NASCAR… In case you missed it yesterday, Martin Truex Jr. won the final race of the season down at Homestead, Fla. but more importantly he took the his first Monster Energy Cup Series title… He won the race by less than a second over Kyle Busch… Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. closed out his career with a 25th place finish in the race and afterwards said he plans on keeping the #88 he drove… For more information on the race, click here.

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Sports Report for Friday, 11-17-2017

PC Notes

  • Football has Final Game Tomorrow… The Presbyterian College football team wraps up the 2017 season tomorrow hosting Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m. at Bailey Memorial Stadium in a game that can be seen on the Big South Network… PC will honor its seniors prior to the game…. PC comes into the game 3-7 / 0-4 while the Running-Bulldogs come in 1-9 / 0-4… For more background information on the game, click here.
  • MBK: NC State 86 – PC 68… The Blue Hose men’s basketball team traveled up to Raleigh last night to take on NC State and actually led 44-36 at the half but the Wolfpack went on a 28-9 run at the start of the second half and then went on to take an 86-68 win over PC… Reggie Dillard led the Blue Hose with 23 points and 7 rebounds… For more information on this game, click here… PC (1-2) heads to VMI for a 1 pm game tomorrow.
  • Soccer: UNC-Wilmington 1 – PC 0 (OT)…  The Blue Hose men’s soccer team traveled to UNCW yesterday to take on the Seahawks in first round action in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament and the two teams battled to a 0-0 tie at the end of regulation… In the first minute of overtime the Seahawks were able to score of a corner kick thus taking a 1-0 win and advancing in the tournament… Now for more information on this match a recap of the PC’s season, click here. 

Local Notes:

Round 3 of High School Playoffs Tonight…  A quick reminder of some area playoff games tonight in the upstate area:

  • 5-A: Greenwood at Dorman and Gaffney at Hillcrest
  • 4-A: Greenville at Greer and Eastside at South Pointe
  • 3-A: Palmetto at Chapman and Emerald at Fairfield-Central
  • 2-A: Cheraw at Abbeville and Lee Central at Saluda
  • 1-A: Lewisville at Ridge-Spring Moneta and Lamar at Williston-Elko

College Notes:

College Basketball Scores From Last Night

  • W: South Carolina 66 – Clemson 36… For the Gamecock perspective on this game, click here…. For the Clemson take on the game, click here.
  • M: Illinois State 69 – South Carolina 65… The Red Birds handed the Gamecocks their first loss of the season, for more details click here.
  • M: Clemson 81 – Ohio 76… For more information on this game, click here.

Pros:

NASCAR

  • This Week… This Sunday at 3:00 pm the final race of the season will take place down at the Homestead-Miami Track in Florida… After last week’s race at Phoenix, the field of 8 in the hunt for the Monster Energy Cup Championship was narrowed down to 4…  There will be a new champion this year because Jimmie Johnson last year’s winner is not among the four finalists who are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr. and Brad Keselowski… Will be interesting to see which one of those four finishes ahead of the other there and if the other drivers try to play “spoiler” during the race… NBC will carry the race Sunday.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 12-16-2017

College Notes:

  • AP Div. I AP Basketball Poll… Now that the college basketball season is under way I thought I’d catch you up on the D-I AP Basketball Poll… Duke checks in at #1 with Michigan St. #2… The balance of the top 5 is Arizona, Kansas and Villanova… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Wichita State, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina and Southern California… If you would like to see the entire poll, click here.
  • Women’s D-I AP Poll… Turning to the women’s side of Division I basketball, perineal powerhouse UConn holds down the #1 spot with Texas, Baylor, South Carolina and Louisville rounding out the top 5 in that order… Notre Dame, Mississippi State, UCLA, Ohio State and Oregon hold down spots 6-10… To see the entire poll, click here

 PC Notes

  • WBK: PC 83 – USC Upstate 69… The Lady Blue Hose basketball team picked up their first win of the season last night as they defeated the Lady Spartans of USC Upstate 83-69 in Spartanburg… Cortney Storey led the team with 27 points which tied her career high…. If you would like more information on the game, click here
  • PC Soccer Plays UNC Wilmington Today… A quick reminder that the PC men’s soccer team travels to UNC Wilmington tonight for a 7 pm match with the Seahawks in first round action of the NCAA Division I Soccer Tournament… For more information on this match including where you will be able to watch the match, click here
  • USC Upstate to Join Big South Conference… Yesterday it was announced that the USC Upstate will be joining the Big South Conference effective July 1, 2018… Pending approval by the USC Board of Trustees… They will come on board as a full member and be eligible for all conference championships… The Spartans have 17 varsity sports at the Division I level in but do not play football and according to reports do not plan on adding football…  The biggest benefit for the Spartans is reduced travel when compared to their present situation…. For more background on this, click here to see the posting concerning this on the Big South website or click here to see a posting on the USC Upstate athletic website about this.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 11-15-2017

College Notes:

Football

  • FBS AP Poll… Well after both #2 Georgia and #3 Notre Dame lost last weekend you knew there would be some shakeup ij the top 10 of the AP Poll and there was… Alabama remains at the top spot but #4 Clemson did not move up to #2… Instead last week’s #7 Miami (FL) who defeated Notre Dame moved up to #2 and last week’s #5 Oklahoma jumped ahead of Clemson to #3… Wisconsin did move up a notch from #6 to #5… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State… To see the entire top 25 in the AP Poll, click here
  • FBS Football Playoff… Now the committee that makes the matchups for the FBS playoff at the end of the year sees things a little differently…. As you may recall they had Alabama #2 last week well they move up a notch to #1 with Georgia’s loss… Last week Clemson was #4 and instead of moving other teams ahead of them like the AP Poll did, they now have Clemson at #2… Miami (FL) jumps from #7 to #3 and Oklahoma moves up from #5 to #4… Wisconsin, Auburn, Georgia and Notre Dame are in the next 4 spots…. To see the entire top 25 in the College Football Playoff rankings, click here.
  • FCS Coaches Poll… There was very little change in the top 10 of the FCS Coaches Poll and undefeated James Madison continues to hold down the top spot… Wofford is now tied with North Carolina A&T for #7… Samford moved up a spot to #13, Elon dropped from #9 to #15 and Furman cracked the top 25 for the first time this season coming in at #24… To see the entire top 25 in the FCS Coaches Poll, click here.

PC Women Travel to USC Upstate Tonight… The Lady Blue Hose are in action tonight in a basketball game at USC Upstate that is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm… It can be seen on ESPN3

Pros:

NASCAR

  • Last Week’s Results… The Monster Energy Series held their next to the last race last Sunday out in Phoenix and an old fan favorite Matt Kenseth picked up his 39th career win… Chase Elliot was second, Martin Truex Jr. third, Erik Jones fourth and Kevin Harvick fifth… To see the entire race results, click here.
  • This Week… This Sunday at 3:00 pm the final race of the season will take place down at the Homestead-Miami Track in Florida… After last week’s race at Phoenix, the field of 8 in the hunt for the Monster Energy Cup Championship was narrowed down to 4…  There will be a new champion this year because Jimmie Johnson last year’s winner is not among the four finalists who are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, martin Truex, Jr. and Brad Keselowski… Will be interesting to see which one of those four finishes ahead of the other there and if the other drivers try to play “spoiler” during the race… NBC will carry the race Sunday.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 11-14-2017

PC Notes

  • Football: Liberty 47- PC 28… The Blue Hose football team (3-7, 0-4) traveled to Lynchburg, VA to take on the Liberty Flames (6-4, 2-2) last Saturday and fell to the Flames by a score of 47-28… Liberty jumped out to a 24-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended that to 33-7 at the half… The Blue Hose did outscore the Flames 14-7 in the third quarter but could get no closer as both teams put 7 on the board in the final quarter… Liberty managed 628 yards of total offense to PC’s 452 and Torrance Marable had 126 yards rushing on 23 carries… Will Brock had a career-high 297 yards passing for PC as he went 16-33 and 2 TDs … For more information and stats on this game, click here… PC closes out the season this Saturday as they host Garner-Webb in a 1:30 contest
  • PC Wins Big South Championship in Men’s Soccer… Up in High Point last Sunday, Connor Behrend saved the fifth penalty kick attempt by High Point to secure the first Big South Championship for the Presbyterian College men’s soccer team Sunday afternoon in High Point, N.C.  The Blue Hose (6-8-5) overcame missing their first PK attempt, winning, 4-3, after tying 0-0 in regulation and two overtimes, to advance to the NCAA Tournament… For more information on this match, click here… PC found out yesterday that their opening match in the NCAA Tournament will be this Thursday (11-16-17) as they travel to UNC-Wilmington to take on the Seahawks… For more background information on this matchup, click here. 

Local Notes:

CHS:

Snelgrove Signs with USC-Union… Yesterday morning in the auditorium at CHS, senior soccer player Jack Snelgrove signed a letter of intent to continue his education and soccer career next year at USC-Union playing for the Bantams… Jack is not only a standout in soccer but also in the classroom as he currently has a 4.5 GPA and will  most likely enter USC-Union next year with enough college credit to be a sophomore… He is also in the top 20 in the senior class… Below is a link to a short video interview done with Jack after the signing which has a couple of photos at the end…  Congratulations to Jack!


College Notes:

Football

  • FBA AP Poll… Well after both #2 Georgia and #3 Notre Dame lost last weekend you knew there would be some shakeup in the top 10 of the AP Poll and there was… Alabama remains at the top spot but #4 Clemson did not move up to #2… Instead last week’s #7 Miami (FL) who defeated Notre dame moved up to #2 and last week’s #5 Oklahoma jumped ahead of Clemson to #3… Wisconsin did move up a notch from #6 to #5… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State… To see the entire top 25 in the AP Poll, click here… I’m curious to see what the new College Football Playoff Rankings will be today.
  • FCS Coaches Poll… There was very little change in the top 10 of the FCS Coaches Poll and undefeated James Madison continues to hold down the top spot… Wofford is now tied with North Carolina A&T for #7… Samford moved up a spot to #13, Elon dropped from #9 to ##15 and Furman cracked the top 25 for the first time this season coming in at #24… To see the entire top 25 in the FCS Coaches Poll, click here.

 

College Basketball Scores… To see more details on each of these games, click on their score.

Pros:

Panthers 45 – Dolphins 21… The Panthers go to 7-3 with the win at home last night… For stats on the game, click here

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Sports Report for Monday, 11-13-2017

College Notes: The college basketball season kicked off over the weekend so let’s check on how Clemson, USC and PC did.

  • Clemson Men…  The Clemson Tigers had a pair of games over the weekend at Littlejohn Coliseum and on Friday they won their season opener over Western Carolina by a score of 85-57…. Clemson used a 22-2 run in the first half to push the score to 44-22 and never looked back… The Tigers had 4 players in double digits and if you want to find out who they were and other details on the game. click here…  Yesterday the Tigers won their second game of the season by taking an 87-63 win over the North Carolina A&T Aggies by a score of 87-53… The team had only 2 players in double digits and again of you want t see who they were and other dtails about the game, click here. .. The team returns to action Thursday as they travel to Charleston, SC to take on Ohio as part of the Gildan Charleston Classic in a 5pm contest that can be seen on ESPN2.
  • Clemson Women… The Lady Tigers also started the season of with a win as they defeated Kennesaw State 41-28 on Friday at Littlejohn… They had a 13-1 run to open up a lead and then held the Owls scoreless in the last 6 minutes of the game to take the win… For more information on the contest, click here… The host SC State tonight at 7 pm in a game you can only see if you subscribe to the ACC Network Extra

 

  • USC Men… Frank Martin and the Gamecock men’s basketball team helped open the new Jerry Richardson Indoor Arena by taking a 73-52 win over the Wofford Terriers up in Spartanburg last Friday night… South Carolina made 11 three-point shots in the game and controlled the boards to help take the win… For more information on the game, click here… The team will host Western Michigan tonight at 8pm as part of the Puerto Rico Tournament which had to be moved to the mainland due to hurricane damage… It can be seen on the SEC Network.
  • USC Women… The Lady Gamecocks opened their defense of their nation Championship Friday with a 99-31 win over the Lady Hornets of Alabama State in Columbia… The Lady Hornets took a brief 3-2 lead at the start of the game but the Gamecocks went on a 23-0 run and after that the Gamecocks were never threatened… For more information on the game, click here… The Gamecocks are on the road tonight as they travel to Maryland for a 7pm contest with the #13 ranked Lady Terrapins and you can catch that action on the SEC Network.

 

  • PC Men… The PC men’s basketball team dropped their season opener on Friday to the Tennessee Volunteers up in Knoxville by a score of 88-53… Devon Bell led PC with 20 points but that was not enough to overcome the Volunteers strong start in the game and control of the boards (39-28)… For more information on this contest, click here… The team had another game on Saturday as they hosted Johnson and the news is better here as PC battled back from a deficit and rallied to win the game 107-87… Reggie Dillard led the Blue Hose with a career-high 25 points… Again for more information on this contest, click here… The Blue Hose head up the road to N.C. State Nov. 16, for a 7 p.m., match-up, as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis Regional Bracket.
  • PC Women… The lady Blue Hose opened their season on Friday with a 77-50 loss to san Diego State out in San Diego… Courtney Storey led PC with 22 points… For more details on the game, click here… The Lady Blue Hose jumped right back into action yesterday as they took on the #7 ranked Lady Bruins of UCLA… The team showed a lot of fight as they fell 76-40 to the powerful Bruins… Cortney Storey again led PC with 18 points… Again for more information on the game, click here… The team returns to action Wednesday as they travel to USC Upstate in Spartanburg for a 7:00 p.m. contest.

 

 

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Sports Report for Friday, 11-10-2017

PC Notes

  • PC Football Headed to Liberty… The P football team will be on the road for the last time tomorrow as they travel to Lynchburg, VA to take on the Liberty Flames… Liberty comes into the game with a 5-4 overall record and 1-2 in Big South play while PC comes in 3-6 and 0-3… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Men’s Soccer Plays for Big South Championship…. Last Wednesday the PC men’s defeated the Radford Highlanders 5-3 on penalty kicks… The win allowed the team to punch their ticket into the Big South Conference Championship game where they will face the High Point Panthers Sunday at 2:00 pm. at High Point… For more on this story, click here… By the way the championship game Sunday can be seen on ESPN3 

Local Notes:

LDHS

  • Meet the Raiders This Friday… The 2017-2018 Raider Basketball Squads will be introduced at 6:00 PM on Friday, November 10, 2017 in the gym at Laurens District High School… This is your chance to meet the student-athletes who will represent the Raiders at the Freshman, JV, and Varsity levels in both girls’ and boys’ basketball… There is a $2.00 admission charge, which will go to support the basketball programs… Coach Yoneko Allen and Coach Ryan Walker are both getting their teams ready to start the season.

High School Football Playoffs Continue Tonight… Well as most true high school football fans know the week two of the playoffs is tonight… Let’s take a quick look first at teams in Clinton and Laurens regions.

Class-AAA

  • Chester (9-2) who defeated Powdersville 61-28 last week will travel to will travel to Chapman (11-0) which defeated Crescent 57-13 last week.
  • Broome (8-3) which defeated Walhalla 31-24 will travel to Emerald (8-3) which defeated Indian Land 48-23 last week.
  • Newberry (10-1) which defeated Pendleton 38-34 last week will travel to Fairfield Central (8-3) which defeated Southside 29-22 last week and the Bulldogs took a 22-21 win over the Griffins during the season.
  • Palmetto (8-3) which defeated Camden 19-17 last week will travel to Seneca (8-3) which defeated Clinton 18-14 last week.

Class-AAAAA

  • Mauldin (7-4) which defeated Rock Hill last week 27-7 will travel to Dorman (9-2) which defeated Woodmont 42-7 last week.
  • Greenwood (8-2) which defeated Nation Ford 35-14 last week will travel to TL Hanna (11-0) which defeated Byrnes 57-7 last week.
  • Spartanburg (6-5) which defeated Westside 31-17 will travel to Hillcrest (9-2) which defeated Fort Mill 40-14 last week.
  • Gaffney (7-4) which defeated Easley 33-14 will travel to Northwestern (7-4) which defeated Laurens last week 58-7

More Games… To go to our posting where the brackets for all classes are located, click here.

College Notes:

Area College Football Games Tomorrow

  • Florida at South Carolina at noon on WSPA TV
  • Florida State at Clemson at 3:30 on ESPN
  • Citadel at Furman 2:00 on ESPN3
  • Wofford at VMI at 1:30 on ESPN3

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Sports Report for Thursday, 11-9-2017

Local Notes:

Laurens Academy:

Taylor Campbell Signs with Newberry College… Yesterday just before lunch, Laurens Academy senior Taylor Campbell signed a letter of intent to continue her education and basketball career next year at Newberry College… The entire school and coaches assembled in the gym along with her family to witness the event… Coach Todd Kirk opened with a few remarks pointing out that was Taylor was doing was due to a lot of hard work by her both on and off the court…He challenged them to follow in her footsteps to achieve their goals and one day be assembled there for a similar event…  I invite you to look below to see a short interview done with Taylor after the signing and a few photos at its end… Congratulations to Taylor!

College Notes:

College Basketball Season Kicks Off Tomorrow… For most of the college teams around the area the regular season kicks off tomorrow… Let’s take a look at who will be playing where.

  • PC Men…. Coach Dustin Kerns kicks off his inaugural season as the Head Coach of the Blue Hose men’s basketball team tomorrow as the team travels to Knoxville to take on the Volunteers in a 7:00 pm contest… He comes to PC after a seven year stint as an assistant coach at Wofford… last year the Blue Hose were 5-25 on the season.
  • PC Women… The Lady Blue Hose will open their season on the west coast as they travel to San Diego, CA to take on San Diego State in a 3:00 pm contest… The team finished last season with an 13-18 record and Coach Todd Steelman and the team look to improve on that this season in his second year at the helm.
  • Clemson Men… Coach Brad Brownell is entering his eighth season in charge of the Clemson men’s basketball team and he and the team are striving to improve on the team’s 17-16 record last year where they were eliminated in the first round of the NIT at home… They open at home tomorrow night as they host Western Carolina in a 7:00 pm contest at Littlejohn Coliseum.
  • Clemson Women… Coach Audra Smith hopes to improve upon the Lady Tigers 14-16 record last year in her fourth year as the head coach at Clemson… They open play tomorrow morning at 11:00 am as they host Kennesaw State at Littlejohn Coliseum in an 11:00 am contest.
  • SC Men… The South Carolina men’s basketball team is coming off one of the better seasons in the team’s history as they finished the year 26-11 overall and made it all the way to the Final Four where they fell in the semi-finals to Gonzaga 77-73… Coach Martin is surely not one to rest on his or the team’s laurels and he knows that if this year’s team wants to duplicate last season, they have a long road filled with hard works ahead this season… They kick off their season tomorrow night as they travel up I-26 to Spartanburg to take on the Wofford Terriers in a 7:00 pm contest which I believe you can see on ESPN 3…. It will be the first official game in the new Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium that was donated to the school by the Panthers owner,
  • SC Women… Coach Dawn Staley and the Gamecock Lady Basketball team finished their season last year with a 33-4 record and a national Championship the first in the programs history… The team is ranked #3 in the nation in pre-season polls but Coach Staley will quickly tell you that graduation and the WNBA took a few of her key players from last year’s team… Still she has a good nucleus left from last year’s team and some key additions may help them make it back to the Final Four… They start their quest tomorrow night as they host Alabama State at the Colonial Life Center in a 7:00 pm contest that can be seen on the SEC Network.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 11-8-2017

Local Notes: 

LDHS:

  • Raider Honor Coach Dennie… Two weeks ago tomorrow the Raider and Laurens District 55 Family lost a long time educator, coach, and friend Duane Dennie…well in case you missed it, the Raider football team payed tribute to Coach Dennie last Friday night at their game with Northwestern… The Raiders attached a simple round green sticker to the back of their helmets that simply read “Coach Dennie”… Before the game LDHS Athletic Director Mark Freeze stated here on WLBG that Coach Liner and the Raiders were going to try to plan something else to honor him at the Spring Game that concludes spring practice toward the end of the school year… we will do our best to keep you posted on this as details become available… Our continued thoughts and prayer to Laura, Elizabeth and the rest of the family.
  • Meet the Raiders This Friday… The 2017-2018 Raider Basketball Squads will be introduced at 6:00 PM on Friday, November 10, 2017 in the gym at Laurens District High School… This is your chance to meet the student-athletes who will represent the Raiders at the Freshman, JV, and Varsity levels in both girls’ and boys’ basketball… There is a $2.00 admission charge, which will go to support the basketball programs… Coach Yoneko Allen and Coach Ryan Walker are both getting their teams ready to start the season

College Notes:

  • College Football Rankings Poll…. The latest College Football Poll was released by the committee that sets up the final 4 for the playoff in the FBS Division of College Football… The top 4 spots remain exactly the same as they did last week… Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson hold down those spots in that order… That means that if the bowl season started tomorrow Georgia would be taking on Clemson and Alabama would be taking on Notre Dame… Well the playoffs do not begin tomorrow and a lot can happen between now and when they do start… Now below the #4 spot there was a good deal of shakeup as Ohio State and Penn state both lost for the second time… To see the entire top 25 rankings, click here.

Pros:

  • NASCAR… Well the NASCAR season is winding down fast as there are only 2 races left on the schedule… This Sunday the race will be out in Phoenix for the Can-Am 500… This is the last of the elimination races as the field of 8 drivers remaining in the “playoffs” will be cut to 4 after the race this Sunday…. Three drivers have already clinch a spot in the finals next week and they are Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick… The five drivers who will be trying to win that final spot in the last race next week are Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson…. Only one of them will get that spot and to see who does tune into NBC starting at 2:30 pm ET this Sunday.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 11-7-2017

PC Notes:

  • Monmouth 42 – PC 21… The PC football team was on the road last Saturday as they traveled up to West Long Branch, NJ to take on the now #22 ranked Monmouth Hawks… PC scored first and then the two teams traded scores and the game was tied 14-14 going into the locker rooms at halftime… The wheels kind of came off the bus for PC in the third period as the Hawks scored 21 unanswered points to go on to a 42-21 win over the Blue Hose… PC had 346 yards of total offense to Monmouth’s 402 and the Blue Hose defense intercepted 3 Hawk passes… For more details and stats on this game, click here to go to the PC website where that information is available.

Local Notes:

CHS:

Girls Cross Country Finishes 14th… The Lady Red Devil cross country team was in action at the State Championships on Saturday and the team finished 14th… The top runner for the Red Devils was Paige Trent who finished 22… To see how the other teams finished in the meet and how the other Clinton runners did, click here

 

Boys Cross Country Finishes 18th… The boys’ cross country team was also in action at the State Met and they did not do quite as well as the ladies as they finished 18th… The top runner for them was Eric Newton who finished 23rd… Again to see how the other teams finished and how the other Clinton runners did, click here

College Notes:

  • FBS AP Poll… The latest FBS AP Poll did have some shakeup in the top 10 this week… Alabama and Georgia remain the top two in that order… Notre Dame jumped from fifth to third and Clemson moved up from sixth to fourth… Oklahoma jumped from eighth to fifth and Wisconsin dropped from fourth to sixth… The balance of the top 10 is Miami (Fla.), TCU, Washington and Auburn… To see the entire top 25 in the AP Poll click here
  • FCS Coaches Poll… In the FCS Coaches Poll James Madison continues to hold down the #1 spot but Jacksonville State moved up a spot to take over the #2 spot as North Dakota State lost last weekend… Two area teams moved up a spot as Wofford is now #8 and Elon is #9… Samford comes in at #14 and PC’s opponent last Saturday Monmouth comes in at #22 and Western Carolina cracked the top 25 coming in at #25… To see the entire poll, click here.

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Sports Report for Monday, 11-6-2017

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Seneca 18 – Clinton 14… The Clinton Red Devils opened play in the Class-AAA playoffs last Friday and underdog to the Seneca Bobcats but they sure did not play like underdogs except maybe during Seneca’s first and last possessions… After going 3 and out on the first possession of the game the Red Devils punted and on the first play from scrimmage, Seneca’s Jerimiah Mackey broke loose for a 66 yard TD run and with the extra point the Bobcats went up 7-0… Clinton’s next possession was ended on an interception but the defense forced the Bobcats to settle for a field goal making it 10-0 with 4:00 left in the first quarter… The Bobcats would not score again until there were 32 seconds left in the game… The Red Devil defense played arguably there best game after the Bobcats went up 10-0 and the Clinton offense was able to produce 264 yards of total offense (233 rushing) to the Bobcat’s 213 (139 yards rushing) but only managed to put 14 points on the board all in the second quarter on a 57 yard run by Mark Wise and a 15 yard TD pass from Konnor Richardson to Layne Cunningham with less than a minute left in the half… Sam Tiller added both PATs… Clinton’s last TD was set up by a Vilo Boyd interception of a Bobcat pass that he returned 51 yards to the Seneca 19 yard line… Neither team could score after that until Seneca took over on their own 20 yard line after the Red Devils failed to convert on a 4th and 3 situation with 4:28 left in the game… They then went the 80 yards in 10 plays aided by two big penalties on the Red Devils and scored on a 7 yard run… They converted on a two-point conversion to make the final 18-14 after Clinton could not move the ball after the score…. To see a quick summary of the stats on the game, click on the following:  …. To see a play by play account of the game click on the following:  …. The Red Devils end their season with a 4-7 record on the season… Congratulations to the Red Devils on a tremendous effort in the game!
  • Girls Cross Country Finishes 14th… The Lady Red Devil cross country team was in action at the State Championships on Saturday and the team finished 14th… The top runner for the Red Devils was Paige Trent who finished 22… To see how the other teams finished in the meet and how the other Clinton runners did, click here
  • Boys Cross Country Finishes 18th…  The boys’ cross country team was also in action at the State Met and they did not do quite as well as the ladies as they finished 18th… The top runner for them was Eric Newton who finished 23rd… Again to see how the other teams finished and how the other Clinton runners did, click here

 

 

This & That:

  • LDHS ROBOTZ Garage Fundraiser… The Laurens High ROBOTZ Garage Team is raising funds to help with expenses as they travel to completions later in the spring… You can help them by dining at Zaxby’s of Laurens Tuesday, November 7th where a potions of the proceeds will be donated to the team… The hours that they are asking you to dine there are between 5:00 – 8:00 pm… Please make plans to help out this team that has been very successful over the last several years…. To learn more about the ROBOTZ Garage team as to what they, who is involved, local industries that support them and their competitions, click here to listen to an interview with Rob Sheffield about the team.
  • Laurens County TD Club… Once again the Laurens County TD Club has a full slate of very interesting speakers lined up for its meetings every other week during the football season out at The Ridge starting at noon on Fridays… Each week the local coaches will recap the games their teams have played since the last meeting and the talk about the game that night… There are several levels of sponsorship available and of course you can just come on the day of the meeting for a small fee… Now for a complete list of speakers and other information about the club, click here… If you still have questions, contact Marlene Owings at 864-833-2716 or by email at mowings@laurenscounty.org…. The next meeting will be Friday, November 17th and it will be Clemson – Carolina Day… The featured speakers Don Munson Voice of the Clemson Tigers and Clyde Wrenn USC Director of High School Relations… This is always a great meeting so make plans to attend!
  • Laurens County Chamber of Commerce Oyster Roast… The Laurens County Chamber of Commerce 10th Annual College Football Fan Challenge Oyster Roast which will be on Thursday, November 9th out at the chamber’s office… It features all you can eat and drink and food service starts at 6 pm but the gates open at 5 pm… There will be steamed oysters, low country boil, chicken gumbo, as well as silent and live auctions… Tickets are $40 each and are on sale now… Contact Marlene Owings at 864-833-2716 or mowings@laurenscounty.org to purchase tickets, or inquire about sponsorship opportunities!
  • 18th Annual Laurens Family YMCA Rein Deer Run… The 18th Annual Laurens Family YMCA Rein Deer Run is coming up on Saturday, December 9th… A few things have changed for this year and I want to make sure you are all aware of it… If you click here, you will open a flyer that has registration information, registration fee, sponsor levels and other information including the fact that you need to register by November 17th to avoid late registration fees… You will notice, a parent can complete a registration form AND register his/her children for the fun run on the same form… Also there are discounts for teams… New this year will be inflatables for those children that register for the fun run, a Dress like a Reindeer Costume Contest and a drop box to benefit the Toy Drive for the Laurens City Police…. Again click here for more information or call the YMCA at 984-2626
  • Breakfast with Santa… The Laurens family YMCA is also having Breakfast with Santa again this year on Saturday, December 16th… The tickets for this event will again be $5 and everyone entering MUST have a ticket… This covers the cost of breakfast, photo with Santa and lots of games, crafts and activities… Tickets will go sale at the front desk of the YMCA on November 1st… New This Year will be a Merry Market… They will have several small businesses set up “markets” for last minute Christmas gift purchasing… If you or someone you know that may be interested in participating in the Merry Market, please have them contact the YMCA at 984-2626… That is the number to call for more information about the event in total or click here to open up a flyer about the event.
  • Youth Basketball in Laurens… Youth basketball registration through the City of Laurens and the Laurens Family YMCA is now open… If your child is ages 3-6 or 13-15 they will register at the Laurens YMCA and they must do so by 1-2-2017… If you child is ages 7-12 they will register at the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation offices located at The Ridge… Registration for these ages closes Dec. 1, 2017… The fee at either facility is $40 per child… Specific information for each league will be given out at the time of registration… If you have any questions you call the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation office at 681-7275 of the Laurens YMCA at 984-2626.
  • Youth Basketball and Cheer at Clinton YMCA… The Clinton Family YMCA is offering open registration for ‘Youth Basketball’ and Cheerleading for six (6) playing divisions and Cheer through the December 12th registration deadline…. To see complete information such as age groupings, fall-out dates, fees and who to call if you want more information, click here.

 

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

Sports Report for Friday, 11-3-2017

PC Notes

  • PC Football on the Road Tomorrow… After seven straight home games the Blue Hose find themselves on the road tomorrow as they travel to West Long Beach, NJ to take on the Monmouth Hawks… The Hawks come into the game 7-1 overall and 2-0 in Big South play… Monmouth is coming off a 23-20 win at Charleston Southern last week and are ranked in the top 25 of the BCS Coaches Poll… The game can be seen on ESPN3 with the kickoff slated for 1 pm. 

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Red Devils Travel to Seneca Tonight… Last Friday’s 41-21 win over Woodruff by the Clinton Red Devils allowed them to punch their into the Class-AAA playoffs which start tonight as the Red Devils travel to Seneca to take on the Bobcats… Seneca won their region with a 7-3 overall record and 4-0 in region play… They average 31.6 points per game on offense while their defense gives up 15.8 points per game… If you would like to see their schedule this year and results, click here… Yesterday I also did a brief interview with Coach Andrew Webb about the game with Woodruff last week and about the upcoming game tonight and if you would like to hear that interview, click here to link to where it is… Good Luck to the Red Devils tonight and Go Big Red!

LDHS:

  • Northwestern 58 – Laurens 7… Note to Laurens Raider teams in the future: avoid playing Northwestern at District 3 Stadium in Rock Hill if at all possible… As you may recall the Raiders traveled to Rock Hill and District 3 Stadium in November of 2015 to take on the Trojans of Northwestern in the opening round of the Class-4A playoffs and lost by a score of 46-7… Well last night they returned to Rock Hill to take on the Trojans in the opening round of the Class-5A playoffs and the Trojans again were victorious as they 58-7 win over the Raiders…  The Raiders hung in there with the Trojans for a quarter as the Trojans only led 10-0 after the opening 12 minutes of the game…. The second quarter proved to be the quarter where the Trojans took control of the game as they scored 28 unanswered points to go up 38-0 at the half … The Raiders lone score came with 2:34 left in the game when Chris Jackson capped an 80 yard drive in 14 plays with a 1 yard TD run and Devon Hubner added the PAT…. The Raiders managed just 198 yards of total offense to the Trojans 464 with 334 of the Trojans’ yards coming through the air… Chris Jackson was the leading rusher for the Raiders with 47 yards and Ryan Campbell threw for 73 yards… To see the complete package of game statistics and a play by play account of the game, click on the following: 11-2-17_Laurens_at_Northwestern_Stats … The Raiders finish the season 3-8 on the season.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 11-2-2017

Local Notes:

 LDHS:

  • Raiders Face Northwestern Tonight… The Laurens Raiders (3-7) travel to Rock Hill tonight in first round action in the Class AAAAA playoffs to take on the Northwestern Trojans (6-4)… The Raiders finished fourth in Region II-AAAAA (2-3) while the Trojans finished in a tie for first place in Region IV-AAAAA with Rock Hill and Nation Ford with a region record of 3-1 and won the top spot on the region’s tie breaking procedure… The Raiders are no stranger to Northwestern as the two teams met in the opening round of the Class-AAAA playoffs back in 2015 and the Trojans took a 46-7 win over the Raiders and went on to win the Class-AAAA Championship handily… The Trojans are averaging just over 27 points per game on offense while their defense is allowing just under 25 points per game… The Trojan offensive line is anchored by 6’3, 265 pound Shrine Bowl player Caderrus (KD) Canty.. They also have two players selected for the Touchstone Energy North-South All-Star game and they are defensive lineman Chance Miller (6’1 – 260) and wide receiver Jordan Starkes (6’0 – 185)… The Trojans are being led by interim head coach james Martin who took over after back to back losses to Byrnes (48-14) and Spartanburg (40-14) in mid-September when the former head coach and offensive coordinator were fired… As usual, kick off is at 7:30 pm and please note the team does not play on the campus of Northwestern HS but instead at District 3 Stadium which they share with Rock Hill HS which will be hosting Mauldin tomorrow night… For GPS purposes, the address of the stadium is 210 South Cherry Road, Rock Hill, SC… If you would like to see the Trojans schedule and results for this year, click here…  We will go live to District 3 Stadium about 6:40 today for our pregame show and if you are carrying your FM radio, our FM in-stadium transmitter will be set to one of the following depending on which I find is best when I get there: 92.3, 87.9 or 101.5… And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at www.wlbg.com

Pros:

  • Houston 5 – Dodgers 1… In game 7 of the World Series last night out in LA, the Houston Astros scored 2 runs in the first inning and 3 in the second inning as they went on to take a 5-1 win over the Dodgers to claim the MLB World Series Championship for this year… The Astros George Springer had a 2-run homer in the second inning to give him 5 homers in the series tying the record for most homers in the series with the Phillies Chase Utley in 2009 and the Yankees “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson in 1977… For this he was named the Series MVP… For more details and stats on the game, click here.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 11-1-2017

Local Notes:

Laurens Academy:

Crusaders Participate in SCISA Class A State Championship Cross Country Meet…  Last Saturday the Laurens Academy Crusader cross country teams were in action down at Heathwood Hall in the SCISA Class A State Championship meet.

  • Girls Finish Second… The Lady Crusader cross country team did very well as they finished second in the meet just 3 points behind Holy Trinity Classical which finished first… The Crusaders were led by Blair Quarles who finished second overall and Ruthie Moore who finished 6th… To see the entire girls’ meet results, click here.
  • Boys Finish Eleventh… The Crusader boys’ team was also in action but they did not do quite as well as they finished 11th… Dawson Foster led the Crusaders finishing 16th overall… To see the complete result for the boys portion of the meet, click here…. Congratulations to the Crusaders for the great showing.

College Notes:

  • College Football Rankings… Well yesterday if you remember I brought you the FBS AP Poll rankings which had Alabama #1 and Georgia #2… Well yesterday the committee that is in charge of setting the 4 teams that make it into the playoff at the end of the year released their first College Football Rankings and they see things just a little differently… They have Georgia at #1 and Alabama at #2… Spots 3 and 4 are held down by Notre Dame and Clemson… Spots 5 & 6 are occupied by Oklahoma and Ohio State… It’s still a long way to the end of the season when the final rankings come out but it is interesting to see some of the reasoning that they are using to justify the rankings… One thing for sure, it is highly likely that Georgia and Alabama will meet in the SEC Championship to iron out that difference… If you want to see the entire top 25 as the committee sees and the posting and comments on the NCAA website where this is located, click here.

Pros:

  • World Series Game 6: LA 3 – Astros 1… The World Series moved back to Los Angeles last night and the Dodgers who were down a game to the Astros took a 3-1 win to force a winner take all game 7 tonight… The Astros took a 1-0 lead in the third inning but the Dodgers came back to take the lead with a pair of runs in the sixth inning and added an insurance run in the 7th in route to the win… To see details a wrap of the agme and the box score, click here… Game 7 is on Fox tonight and coverage starts at 8:00 pm.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 10-31-2017

PC Notes

  • Kennesaw St. 28 – PC 0… The Blue Hose football team finished a seven-game homestand last Saturday on a sour note as the Kennesaw State Owls took a 28-0 win and improve their record to 7-1 / 3-0 while PC drops to 3-5 / 0-2… The Owls were the pre-season co-favorite to win the Big South this year and they certainly played that way Saturday as they churned out 397 yards of total offense (304 of it rushing) to PC’s 250 yards with only 132 of that rushing… PC got inside the Owl’s 25 yard line 3 times once down to the 10 but just could not punch it in….For more information and stats on the game, click here… PC travels to Monmouth for a 1 pm contest this Saturday. 

Local Notes:

CHS:

Cross Country… Last Saturday the Clinton cross country teams participated in the Upper State Championships and both the girls and boys teams finished well enough to qualify for the AAA Championships this Saturday in Columbia… Let’s catch up on how they did.

  • Girls Finish Seventh… The Lady Red Devil X-country team finished 7th to mark the first time in the program’s history that the team has qualified for the state tournament… Paige Threatt led the team finishing 12th overall with a time of 20 minutes and 57 seconds a personal best time for here… Now if you would like more details on this match alike what teams finished above and below the Red Devils and how the other Red Devil runners finished, click here.
  • Boys Finish Ninth… The Red Devil boys team finished ninth in the meet and again this was well enough for them to qualify for the state meet this Saturday for the first time since 2012… Eric Newton paced the Red Devils finishing 13th overall with a time of 17 minutes and 18 seconds… Again if you would like more details on this match alike what teams finished above and below the Red Devils and how the other Red Devil runners finished, click here…. Congratulations to both teams for the fine showing this past Saturday and also good luck to them this coming Saturay!

College Notes:

  • FBS AP Poll… Well after last weekend’s losses by a couple of top 5 teams a Jerry Lee Lewis song from the mid-sixties comes to mind… “Whole Lotta of Shakin’ Goin’ On” comes to mind as only last week’s #1 Alabama retains it ranking… Undefeated Georgia now claims the #2 spot followed by Ohio State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame all moving up to round out the top 5… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Clemson, Penn State, Oklahoma, Miami (Fla) and TCU… To see the entire top 25 in the AP Poll click here.
  • FCS Coaches Poll… Now there was hardly any change in the top 10 spots of the FCS Coaches Poll… The top 5 in order remain James Madison, North Dakota State, Jacksonville State, Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State… Wofford and Elon both climbed back into the top 1o at #9 & #10 respectively… Samford checks in at #15 and PC’s opponent this Saturday comes in at #24 while their opponent last week (Kennesaw State) is at # 25… To see the entire top 25in the FCS Coaches Poll, click here.

Pros:

  • World Series….. Game 6 of the series is tonight out in LA with first pitch scheduled for a few minutes after 8 pm ET… The Astros have a 3-2 lead in the best of 7 series and the game can be seen on Fox.

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 10-30-2017

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Clinton 41 – Woodruff 21… The Clinton Red Devil football team knew what they had to do to clinch a playoff spot last Friday and that was very simply defeat the Woodruff Wolverines in Woodruff a very tough place to play… Well they not only defeated the Wolverines but did so in a convincing matter as they took a 41-21 win to punch their ticket to a game this Friday night in Seneca against the Bobcats… The Red Devil offense was their best defense as they pounded out 491 yards of total offense 459 of which were on the ground and the Red Devils had kept the ball for 31:02 of the game while the Wolverines had it only 16:58.. The Red Devils never punted in the game and scored every time they had the ball except once in the second quarter and at the end of the game as they had the ball when the game ended… Clinton had 2 running backs get over 100 yards as Mark Wide led the rushing attack with 244 yards and 3 TDs while Kris Holmes added 180 yards and scored once… Konnor Richardson only threw twice but completed both of them to Elijah Campbell for 32 yards total and one of them was for a TD on a fourth and thirteen from the Woodruff 14 to produce the game’s first score… As you would expect the Red Devils dominated the statistics in the game and if you want to see a quick summary of them, click on the following: CHS+vs+Woodruff+Quickie …. If you want to see a play by play account of the game, click on the following: CHS+vs+Woodruff+Play+by+Play… I’ll have more about Seneca as the week goes along but for now if you want to see the complete Class AAA playoff bracket, click here.

LDHS:

  • Greenwood 34 – Laurens 11… The Raiders went into last Friday night’s game in Greenwood hoping to make it 3 wins in a row against the Eagles but the Eagles quarterback Dre Yarborough would have none of that as he alone rushed for 302 yards and 2 TDs while throwing for 78 yards and a TD as the Eagles took a 34-11 win over the Raiders… Greenwood finished with a total of 512 yards of offense while the Raiders managed just 172 yards 11o of which came off the passing arm of Ryan Campbell… The Raiders were able to drive the ball well at times but just could not finish the drives with points… The Eagles led 31-0 before the Raiders got on the board with 15 seconds left in the third quarter when Campbell connected with Will Tinsley for a 14 yard scoring pass… Campbell hit Deonta Smith in the end zone for the 2-point conversion… The Raiders other score was a 33 yard field goal by Devon Hubner with 1:17 left in the game… For the complete stat package on the game, click on the following:  10-27-17 Laurens at Greenwood Stats … The Raiders will now head to Rock Hill this Thursday for a 7:30 contest in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs with the Northwestern Trojans…. To see the entire Class AAAAA bracket, click here.

Laurens Academy:

  • Northside Christian 54 – LA 24… The Laurens Academy Crusaders closed out their season this past Friday night as they traveled to Lexington to take on the Northside Christian Crusaders… Northside took a 38-8 lead after the first quarter and then went on to take a 54-24 win over LA… LA managed 332 yards of total offense with just 61 of them coming on the ground all by Thomas Lowery and scoring once … Lowery also completed 25-37 passes for 271 yards and one interception… Charlton McCall and Joshua Moore each caught a TD pass… Will Tindal led the defense with 7 tackles…. For more stats on the game, click on the following: 10-27-17 LA at Northside Christian

Pros:

  • World Series Game 5: Astros 13-12 (10)…  It was a wild and wooly affair in Houston last night as homeruns were flying all over the place… In the end the Astros took a 13-12 win over the Dodgers to take a 3-2 lead in the best of 7 series… For more information on the game, click here… The series now moves back to LA for game 6 tomorrow at 8 pm.

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