Sports Report for Wednesday, 8-23-2017

Local Notes: 

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 2
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 2
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 7
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 23

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… 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, August 25th and will feature the local coaches as the speakers.

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here.

CHS… I need to do some catching up the Red Devil volleyball team which traveled to Union County back on Monday.

  • Clinton 3 – Union 1… Good news for Red Devil fans as the varsity volleyball team took a 3-1 win over the Yellow jackets… Clinton took the first set 25-17 but Union rebounded to take the second 25-18… The Red Devils then took the next two sets 25-19 and 25-14 to take the match.
  • JV: Clinton 2 – Union 1… The news is also good where the JVs are concerned as they blanked Union 25-17 and 25-19 to take a 2-0 win.
  • Clinton host Laurens Tomorrow… The Red Devils return to action tomorrow as they host the Laurens Raiders in a JV-Varsity matchup starting at 5:30.

LDHS:

  • Tennis… The Raider girls’ tennis team participated in an individual tournament up at Hillcrest last Saturday and congratulations to Kathleen Horner as she won the championship in Flight 1… Abby Davis took third place in her flight so it was a pretty god Saturday for the Raiders on the courts.

Pro Sports     For more information on each game

  • Braves 4 – Mariners 0… In game 2 of their 3-game series last night down in Atlanta, the Braves scored single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh inning while holding the Mariners scoreless as they took a 4-0 win… The Braves had 11 hits to the Mariners 5 and 3 Braves had 2 hits each with one of Nick Markakis’ two hits was a solo homer in the fourth for the Braves first run.
  • Fireflies 14 – Drive 7… The Greenville Drive started a series with the Columbia Fireflies last night at Flour Field and the Fireflies doubled up the score on the Drive as they took a 14-7 win. 

Local Sports Schedule:

  • LDHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • CHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here 

Broadcast Notes

  • Raider Football Broadcast… Our next Laurens varsity football broadcast will be this Friday night when Laurens host the Clinton Red Devils… We will start with our Friday Night Insiders program at 6:00 and then go live to KC Hanna Stadium about 6:35 with Doug Holiday calling the game and King Dixon adding his analysis of the game… Mike Hughes will report from the sideline…Our FM in-stadium transmitter will be set on 95.7… And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at www.wlbg.com.
  • JV Football Broadcast…. Join us here this Thursday at 7:00 pm as we bring you all the action live from Wilder Stadium in Clinton as the Raiders take on the Red Devils to start both teams seasons… And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at www.wlbg.com.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 8-22-2017

PC Notes:

  • Well it is still 8 days before the PC football team kicks off their season on the road at Wake Forest but other sports are cranking up and will be starting their seasons this week … Also there is news out of some of the PC sports that are “not in season” right now like baseball where head coach Elton Pollock announced two new coaches to his baseball staff… Now if you want to keep up with schedules and results for any of the sports that are “in season” or find out what is going on with any of the PC sports, all you have to do is go to www.GoBluehose.com which the one source for everything relate to PC athletics.

Local Notes: See schedules below

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 3
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 3
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 8
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 24

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… 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, August 25th and will feature the local coaches as the speakers.

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here. 

College Sports:

First Football AP Poll Out… Well in case you missed it yesterday, the first AP Division I Football Poll came out yesterday and as a rule the usual teams are populating the pre-season top 10… The top 5 in order are Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, USC (west coast variety) and Clemson the defending champion comes in at number 5… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Penn State, Oklahoma, Washington, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State… Of course all the coaches will tell you that this poll carries about as much weight as the ink that makes it up but it gives the fans something to talk about…If you are one of those fans and you want to see the entire top 25 poll, click here.

Pro Sports     For more information on each game

  • Mariners 6 – Braves 5The Braves kicked off a 3-game series in Atlanta last night with the Mariners by outhitting them 12-9 but that is not what counts as the Mariners produced 6 runs off their hits while the Braves managed only 5… Enter Inciarte and Nick Markakis led the Braves attack with 3 hits each while Kurt Suzuki had a solo homer for the Bravos.

 

  • Drive 8 – Power 7… The Greenville drive and the West Virginia Power completed their 4-game series yesterday at Flour Field and the Drive took an 8-7 win that was stopped for about 20 minutes so the fans and players could enjoy the solar eclipse… The Power jumped on top scoring 3 runs in the first and lead 4-0 when the game was interrupted for eclipse viewing… After the game restarted the drive put 6 runs on the board to take the lead and the game went back and forth from that point… The Power scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning to tie the game but the Drive took their 10th walk-off win in the bottom of the inning on a one-out single by Rolandi Baldwin… The win gives the Drive a split of the four-game series wit the Power and the Drive will remain at home tonight to start a series with the Columbia Fireflies 

Local Sports Schedule:

  • LDHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS and District 55 middle schools, click here
  • CHS: To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here
  • Laurens Academy: Volleyball host Shannon Forest Tues (5 & 6 pm) & at Greenwood Christian Thur.(5 & 6pm)… Football at Holley Hill Friday (7:30 pm). 

Broadcast Notes

  • Raider Football Broadcast… Our next Laurens varsity football broadcast will be this Friday night when Laurens host the Clinton Red Devils… We will start with our Friday Night Insiders program at 6:00 and then go live to KC Hanna Stadium about 6:35 with Doug Holiday calling the game and King Dixon adding his analysis of the game… Mike Hughes will report from the sideline…Our FM in-stadium transmitter will be set on 95.7… And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at www.wlbg.com.
  • Middle School Football Broadcast…. Join us here this Thursday at 7:00 pm as we bring you all the action live from Wilder Stadium in Clinton as the Raiders take on the Red Devils to start both teams seasons… And as usual you can hear it live on the internet at www.wlbg.com.

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Sports Report for Monday, 8-21-2017

Local Notes: 

Lady Crusaders Fall… Last Friday the Lady Crusader volleyball team traveled to Mead Hall down in Aiken… I don’t have any other details other than the fact I can tell you that they lost to Mead Hall 3-0… Better luck to the team tomorrow when they host Shannon Forest at 6:00 pm. 

Some Football Scores from last Friday Night

  • 5A: Fort Dorchester def. Dorman 35-14, Summerville def. Spartanburg 41-40, TL Hanna def. Gaffney 35-33, Greer def. Westside 42-14, Greenwood def. Emerald 38-17 & Irmo def. Nation Ford 28-16
  • 3A:
  • 2A: Abbeville def. Ninety Six 54-16
  • 1A: Dixie def. Ware Shoals 48-0 & Wagner-Salley def. Whitmire 62-7 

 

CHS

  • Volleyball at Union … 5:30 & 7:00 pm 

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 4
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 4
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 9
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 25 

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here.

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… 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, August 25th and will feature the local coaches as the speakers. 

Pro Sports    For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

Braves … The Braves started a home stand last Friday with the first team coming to Sun Trust Park being the Cincinnati Reds for a 3-game series.

  • Friday: Reds 5 – Braves 3… The Braves took an early 1-0 lead over the Reds into the 6th inning where the Reds scored 4 runs and then went on to take a 5-3 win over the Braves… In that critical 6th inning the Reds touched the Atlanta pitching for 3 homeruns… Matt Adams gave the Braves the early 1-0 lead on his 17th homer of the year in the 2nd inning.
  • Saturday: Reds 11 – Braves 8… On Saturday the two teams battled back and forth and the Braves actually outhit the Reds 15-14 but that is not what counts as the Reds took an 11-8 win over the Braves… The Reds led 7-4 going into the 9th inning and increased their lead to 11-4 on a grand slam homer by Scooter Gennett… Kurt Suzuki, Brandon Phillips and Matt Adams all had homers for the Braves with Adams’ homer being a 3-run shot in the 9th inning as part of the Braves 4 run rally to make the final 11-8.
  • Sunday: Braves 8 – Reds 1… Yesterday the Braves rebounded to take an 8-1 win over the Reds thus avoiding being swept in the series… The Braves used a 6 run fifth inning to power past the Reds and in that inning Tyler Flowers had a bases load homer to put up 4 of those 6 runs… The Braves will start a 3-game series with the Marlins tonight at Sun Trust Park.

Drive…. The Drive returned home last Friday to start a 4-game series with the West Virginia Power…

  • Friday: Power 10 – Drive 8… The first game of the series started on a bad note for the Drib=ve as they took a 7-1 lead into the top of the 3rd inning but the Power put 8 runs on the board in the top of the third and then went on to a 10-8 win.
  • Saturday: Power 7 – Drive 4… The news is really no better in Saturday’s game as the Power used a 4-run fifth inning to take a 7-4 win over the Drive…. The Drive were held to just 4 hits.
  • Sunday: Drive 7 – Power 1… The Drive finally broke through and took a 7-1 win over the Power yesterday… They jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 2 innings and never looked back as the three Drive pitchers limited the Power to just 3 hits…. The final game of the series starts today at 1:05 pm and they will take a break during the game for the eclipse as WYFF TV 4 will be reporting from Flour Field.

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Sports Report for Friday, 8-18-2017

Notes

  • PC Women’s Golf Team Fundraiser… If you and your buddies would like to play a little golf out at Musgrove Mill why don’t you think about getting a team up and helping out the PC Women’s Golf Team as they host a fundraiser nest Tuesday (August 22) at Musgrove Mill… There will be a shotgun start at 10 am with registration starting at 8:30… Now to learn more about the fundraiser like what all is included and entry fee, click on the following which will take you to the application which has all that information plus cost and how to enter: PC_Women_Golf_FR_Application

Local Notes:

High School Football Week 0… Well some of the football teams get started tonight and a few that might have local interest are..

  • 5A… #3 Spartanburg at Summerville, #4 Gaffney at TL Hanna and #8 Greenwood at Emerald.
  • 4A… #7 BHP at Blue Ridge & #10 Union at Chapman
  • 3A… #4 Newberry host Keenan & Broome @ Chesnee
  • 2A… #1 Abbeville at Ninety Six & Saluda at Strom Thurmond
  • 1A… Ware Shoals at Dixie & Whitmire at Wagner-Salley.

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 7
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 7
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 13
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 29 

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here.

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… 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, August 25th and will feature the local coaches as the speakers. 

Pro Sports    For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

  • Braves 10 – Rockies 4… In the final game of a four-game series out in Colorado yesterday, the Braves used a 6-run seventh inning to power them to a 10-4 win over the Rockies and thus earn a split of the series… The Braves had 12 hits in the game and 4 of them were homers…Tyler Flowers had a solo shot in the 2nd inning, Ender Inciarte had 2 homers ( solo shots in the 3rd & 5th innings) and Freddie Freeman a long solo shot in the in the 5th inning also… The Braves return home to Sun Trust Park tonight to start a homestand and the first team in is the Cincinnati Reds.
  • RiverDogs 7 – Drive 2… The Drive also completed a series on the road with the Charleston RiverDogs and it ended on a sour note as the RiverDogs took a 7-2 win over the Drive… The Drive will begin a seven-game homestand on Friday night, with the first four games coming against the West Virginia Power, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Drive will begin a seven-game homestand on Friday night, with the first four games coming against the West Virginia Power, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Drive will begin a seven-game homestand on Friday night, with the first four games coming against the West Virginia Power, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Drive will start a seven-game homestand tonight with the West Virginia Power starting a 4-game series tonight.
  • Carolina Panthers will be traveling to Tennessee tomorrow to take on the Titans in preseason action starting at 3pm and I think it will be on Channel 4 out of Greenville.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 8-17-2017

Local Notes: 

CHS

  • Red Devils Have Final Preseason Scrimmage… Yesterday afternoon and evening the Red Devils and the Blacksburg Wildcats tangled on a warm muggy Keith Richardson Field and Wilder Stadium… The Clinton ground game led by Mark Wise and Kris Holmes pounded out yardage all afternoon long and Konnor Richardson was able to connect with his receivers often enough to keep the Wildcat defense honest… As in other scrimmages this year, his favorite receiver is more often than not Dawson Green… The Wildcat offensive line had some size to it and their offense was able to pick up some yards on the Clinton defense… The Wildcats did have a bit of a fumbling problem and when they fumbled the entire team had to drop and do at least 2 pushups no matter where they were… They had to do a lot of pushups yesterday.
  • Meet The Devils… Meet the Devils for fall sports will be on Thursday, August 17, at 6:00 in the CHS gym.  JV and varsity cheerleaders, JV and varsity volleyball players, girls’ tennis players, cross country team members, and the JV and varsity football teams will be recognized. CMS cheerleaders, volleyball players, and football players will also receive recognition.  Come out and support Your Red Devils!  GO BIG RED!

LDHS

  • Volleyball Hosting Woodruff… The Raider varsity and JV volleyball teams will be hosting the Woodruff Wolverines this afternoon starting at 5 pm in a preseason scrimmage… If you can, Ia m sure they would love to have you come out and give them some support today as new head volley ball coach Caroline Culbertson continues to prepare her squads for the upcoming season.

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 8
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 8
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 14
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 30

 WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here.

 

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… 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, August 25th and will feature the local coaches as the speakers. 

Pro Sports    For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

  • Rockies 17 – Braves 2…. In game 3 of their 4-game series last night out in Colorado, The Rockies scored early and often as they pounded out 18 hits and scored 17 runs in a 17-2 trouncing of the Braves… Obviously in this game there were not any bright spots for the Braves… The two teams will finish their series this afternoon starting at 3:10 pm and the Braves will come home tomorrow to start a home stand with the first team in being the Cincinnati Reds.
  • RiverDogs 5 – Drive 2… In game 2 of their 3-game series in Charleston last night, The Drive led 2-0 going into the bottom of the 8th inning when the RiverDogs struck for 5 runs and then held the Drive scoreless in the top of the 9th inning to take a 5-2 win over the Drive… The Drive outhit the RiverDogs 7-4 but one of the RiverDogs hits was a grand slam in the 8th inning that made the difference in the game,

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 8-16-17

Local Notes: 

CHS

  • Football host BlacksburgToday at 6pm the Red Devils will host the Blacksburg HS Wildcats at 6pm at Wilder Stadium tonight in the last pre-season scrimmage for the Red Devils.

 

LDHS

  • JV Volleyball team will travel to Hillcrest today for a scrimmage at 5pm.

Laurens County Speedway results from the main events last Saturday night (first, second & third).

  • Monster Mini… Larry Teal, Phillip Wilson & Brandon Patterson… Larry Teal did not cross the finish line first but was given credit for the win as track officials ruled that in the last lap another driver intentionally spun him out which is a no-no.
  • Thunder Bombers… Dylan Chappell, Casey Lawson & Dan Lawson… Dylan Chappell picked up the win by passing second place finisher Casey Lawson about halfway through a race that had 6 cautions.
  • FWD… Mason Mack, Michael Crouch & Jeremy Case… Even though he had to go to the pits during a 5th lap caution to get a flat tire repaired, Mason Mack was able to fight his way to the front and win the race.
  • Limited… Billy Rushton, Jay Sessoms & Mike Kernells… Billy Rushton started on the pole and jumped out to the lead at the start and never trailed.
  • 604 Crates… Goose Calvert, Brad Rachels & Ray Storay… Goose Calvert started on the outside of row 1 but got off to a good start to jump ahead of pole sitting Brad Rachels to take the lead and the win.
  • 602 Crates…. Chris Patterson, Mart Patterson & Lucas Motte… The 602 Crates were once again dominated by the Pattersons as division point leader Chris Patterson took the win with Mart finishing second almost 4.5 seconds behind Chris.

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 9
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 9
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 15
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 31 

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here.

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… 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, August 25th and will feature the local coaches as the speakers. 

Pro Sports    For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

  • Braves 4 – Rockies 3… The Braves finally put one in the win column last night out in Colorado as they took a 4-3 win over the Rockies but it took a little help from the Rockies… The Braves trailed 3-2 going into the 6th inning when Nick Markakis had a solo homer to tie the game… The help from the Rockies came in the 8th inning when a two-out error by Rockies third baseman allowed what would prove to be the winning run to score… Game 3 of the 4-game series is tonight out in Colorado.
  • Drive 2 – RiverDogs 1… The Drive started a 3-game series down on the coast with the division leading Charleston RiverDogs last night on a positive note as they took a 2-1 win over the Dogs…The Drive scored single runs in the third and fifth innings and lead 2-0 going into the bottom of the ninth inning… The RiverDogs did not go quietly as they scored their only run there and had the bases loaded with 2 outs before the Drive could record the final out.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 8-15-2017

PC Season Football Tickets on Sale

  • PC has 7 home games this season and the first one is on Saturday, Sept 16 when the Blue Hose host Campbell in the first of 6 home games in a row.
  • Blue chair back reserve seats are only $120.00 for the entire 7-game home season.
  • Bench reserved seating is $90 per seat for the season.
  • Parking is $5 per game but season parking passes are available for $25.
  • Per game seating (subject to availability) is $2o per game for chair type seats bench general admission will be $10 per seat for adults and $5 for students.
  • For more information on PC season tickets and a link to the season ticket order form click here… For the PC football schedule, click here. … Go Blue Hose!! 

Local Notes: 

CHS…

  • Volleyball… The volleyball team will be hosting Ware Shoals in a preseason scrimmage today at 5:30.

Laurens Academy

  • VolleyballLast Saturday the Crusader volleyball team participated in a jamboree down at Newberry… In their first match they lost to Wardlaw 25-23 and 25-18… They rebounded to win the second match over Patrick Henry 25-23 and 25-18… In their last match of the day they fell to Shannon Forest 25-12 and 25-19.

 Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 9
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 9
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 15
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 31 

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here.

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… 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, August 25th and will feature the local coaches as the speakers.

Pro Sports    For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

  • Rockies 3 – Braves 0… The Braves and the Rockies hooked up in a scoreless duel for 7 innings last night out in Colorado but the Rockies broke through scoring 3 runs in the 8th inning and made them stand up as they took a 3-0 win over the Braves… Both teams managed 7 hits each and the only Brave to get more than 1 hit was Nick Markakis who went 2-4… The loss drops the Braves to 52-64 on the season while the Rockies improve to 66-52.
  • Drive… The Drive were off last night and will start a 3-game series wit the Charleston RiverDogs tonight down on the coast of SC… The Drive are 26-24 in the second half of the season and are in fourth place in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League and trail the division leading RiverDogs by 6.5 games so this would be an opportunity to make up some of tehat ground… The Drive did win the first half crown.

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Sports Report for Monday, 8-14-2017

Local Notes: 

CHS

  • CHS 18 – Strom Thurmond 7In scrimmage action last Friday night at Wilder Stadium, the CHS Red Devils took an 18-7 win in over the Strom Thurmond Rebels… Zay Bennett had a pick-six of over 50 yards and touchdowns were scored Mark Wise & Kris Holmes…. The Red Devils will have their last pre-season scrimmage against Blacksburg at 6pm at Wilder Stadium.
  • Meet the Red Devils… This Thursday night (8-17) the Red Devils will have their fall version of Meet the Red Devils in the CHS gym where the fall players, cheerleaders and coaches for all the fall sports teams at CHS and CMS will be introduced… Come on out and Meet the Red Devils (& Wildcats) at 6pm.

 

Details on the Clinton O-Zone All-StarTeam Games…. Last week I told you that the Clinton O-Zone All-Star Team finished second in the O-Zone World Series out in Oxford, AL and all I was able to give you was the scores… Well I now have more details on those last couple of game thanks to Coach Stewart and if you would like to see them, click on the following: Clinton O-Zone Wrap Up-8-10-17…. Again I would like to congratulate the team on for making it to th World Series but also a great run there. 

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 11
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 11
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 17
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 33 

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here. 

Pro Sports    For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

Braves… The Braves had a 3-game series with the Cardinals in St. Louis.

  • Friday: Cardinals 8 – Braves 5… The Cardinals put 4 runs on the board in the bottom of the second and then went on to take an 8-5 win last Friday… The Braves cut the Cards lead to 6-5 by scoring 4 runs in the 6th inning but could get no closer…. In that 4-run 6th inning the Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies had a 2-run homer (2).
  • Saturday: Cards 6 – Braves 5… On Saturday the Braves got on the board first scoring 2 runs in the top of the first inning but could not hold the lead as the Cards came back to take a narrow 6-5 win… The Braves trailed 6-3 going into the top of the 9th inning and to their credit they did score 2 runs on a 2-out, bases loaded single by Freddie Freeman but could get no closer.
  • Sunday: Braves 6 – Cards 3… Yesterday the Braves avoided being swept in the 3-game series as they took a 6-3 win over the Cards behind 7 innings of 1 run pitching by knuckleballer R.A. Dickey… The Braves centerfielder Ender Inciarte led the Braves attack going 3-5 and Braves third baseman Brandon Phillips had a 2-run homer in the 5th inning (10)… The Braves will be out in Colorado tonight to start a 4-game series with the Rockies.

Drive… The Drive played host to the Rome Braves over the weekend starting last Thursday and wound up playing 5 games in 4 days as they made up a rained out game from early July… As you may recall, the Drive won the opening game of the series 3-2 last Thursday.

  • Friday: Drive 1 – Braves 0… On Friday the two teams hooked up in a pitchers’ duel and the Drive took a 1-0 win… A bases loaded single in the bottom of the 8th inning by Ronaldi Baldwin proved to be the difference in the game.
  • Saturday Gm. 1: Braves 2 – Drive 0… In game 1 of a double header on Saturday the two teams again hooked up in a pitchers’ duel but this time the Braves came out on top taking a 2-0 win scoring both their runs in the 2nd inning.
  • Saturday Gm 2: Braves 4 – Drive 0… In the second game on Saturday the two teams combined for 9 hits but the Braves had 5 of them but more importantly they scored 4 runs while keeping the Drive off the board taking a 4-0 win and tying the series a 2 games apiece.
  • Sunday: Drive 2 – Braves 1… Yesterday the Drive took a 2-1 win to give them the series win 3 -2 outhitting the Braves 9-5… The Drive will take the day off then head down to the coast of SC for a 3-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs.

Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers finished their training camp at Wofford yesterday and are now back in Charlotte…. The Panthers will travel to Tennessee this Saturday for 3pm preseason game with the Titans.

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Sports Report for Friday, 8-11-2017

 Local Notes:

Clinton O-Zone All-Stars Fall Just Short of Title… The Clinton O-Zone All-Star team played two games out in Oxford, AL yesterday so let’s catch up with them.

  • Clinton 4 – Tennessee 3… In the first game Clinton played at 10am yesterday morning, they took a 4-3 win over Tennessee to punch their ticket into the finals against unbeaten Alabama knowing they would have to beat them twice to claim the championship.
  • Alabama 7 – Clinton 3… In the second game of the day yesterday afternoon, Clinton found itself tied 3-3 with Alabama going into the 6th inning… Unfortunately Clinton could not hold them scoreless the rest of the way as Alabama went on to take a 7-3 win thus capturing the O-Zone World Series Championship… Coach Matt Stewart said he was proud of his team’s effort against the best in the nation… The team is to be congratulated for winning the state title and being one of the last two teams playing… A lot of other teams wish they could say that. 

Clinton and Laurens Both Take Wins at Woodruff Jamboree.

  • Clinton 20 – Blue Ridge 7… The Clinton Red Devil offense looked strong last night as they rolled to a 20-7 win over the Blue Ridge Tigers in a half of football… Darien Bailey and Kris Holmes both d rushing TDs for the Red Devils and quarterback Konnor Richardson hit Dawson Green for a TD… The Red Devil defense also looked very respectable and Tquan Cromer had 2 interceptions in the half of football…. The Tigers only score came with about 13 seconds left and it was on a 1 yard run
  • Laurens 9 – Woodruff 7… The Laurens Raiders showed a good deal of improvement last night from their previous scrimmages as they took a 9-7 win over the host Woodruff Wolverines… Laurens ground game was the bread and butter of the offense last night as Troy Dendy must have had over 120 yards rushing… Laurens first two drives were stopped on interceptions and the defense kept Woodruff off the board in the first quarter… Laurens got on the board first in the second quarter on a 25 fiels goal by Luke Mann…. Woodruff responded going the length of the field to score and go up 7-3 with 4:37 left in the contest… The R aiders then marched down the field themselves Troy Dendy breaking off some big runs… Duane Marin carried the ball in for the Raiders only TD and they went up 9-7 as the PAT failed with 2:01 left… Woodruff then marched down the field and had a pass completion to the Laurens 1 was then fumbled into and then out of the end zone for a touchback with 1:04 left and the Raiders ran the clock out.

Scrimmages and Jamborees Tonight

  • Clinton… Tonight the Clinton Red Devils will be hosting Game Night starting at 7:00pm… Ben Lipton will be taking on Woodruff in the first half of play and then Clinton will take the field against Strom Thurmond… after that.. Admission will be charged and it will be $5… Only SCHSL passes will be accepted according to what is on the CHS Athletics website…
  • Laurens Academy… Laurens Academy will also be hosting a 3-team scrimmage tonight starting at 6:00 pm… The Crusaders will take on WW King in the first part of the scrimmage and then WW King will take on Richard Winn Academy… In the final competition of the night, the Crusaders and Richard Winn will tangle with each other… There is no admission charge to this event and the concession stand will be open.

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 14
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 14
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 23
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 36 

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here. 

Pro Sports    For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

  • BravesThe 51-61 Braves were off last night and start a road trip tonight with the first stop being in St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in a 3-game series.
  • Drive 3 – Braves 2 (16)… The Greenville Drive came back home to Flour Field last night to start a 4-game series with the Rome Braves…. The fans who attended were treated to some “free baseball” as the game went 16 innings before the Drive won it by a score of 3-2…The game was tied 2-2 at the end of 9 innings and remained that way until the Drives’ third baseman Bobby Dalbec led off the bottom of the 16th inning with a solo homer to give the Drive the win.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here…. The Panthers will be on the practice field today from 93:10 – 5:10 pm and then on Saturday and Sunday they will be on the field from 9:25 am to 11:30 am… Sunday is the last day of camp for the Panthers in Spartanburg so your chances to go see them are almost gone.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 8-9-2017

Local Notes: 

Raiders Host Byrnes in Scrimmage..

  • Yesterday the Laurens Raiders hosted the Byrnes Rebels in a scrimmage at KC Hanna Stadium… Last season Byrnes did not make it into the playoffs for the first time in many years… Well it appears that will not be the case this year as they looked to be a strong team this year handling Laurens fairly evenly… The Raider offense struggled to get traction as they seemed to cue in on the Raider running backs and the passing game misfired often… The Raider defense had its share of missed tackles but did have a few bright spots also… As coaches always say, scrimmages let you know what you need to work on… The Raiders and Red Devils will both travel to Woodruff tomorrow for a live game scrimmage.

Clinton O-Zone Game Details from Monday

  • Yesterday I told you that the Clinton O-Zone All-Star team (Team SC) had taken a 10-0 win over Tennessee on Monday but I did not have any details… Well coach Matt Stewart was kind enough to provide those details yesterday and they are as follows… The Clinton 11-12 All-stars broke open a close 1-0 game in the 4th and 5th innings scoring 2 in the 4th and 7 in the 5th to take a 10-0 win  over a solid Tennessee team in the Dixie Youth Ozone World Series in Oxford Alabama…The home team All-stars were led on the mound by Wil Stewart who pitched 4 innings giving up 2 hits, no runs, and striking out 7.  Zach Fortman pitched a 3 up 3 down 5th inning allowing no hits… Clinton scored 1 in the 1st off 3 walks and a double from Austin Copeland… The 4th saw the All-stars score 2 more off a solo homerun from Wilson Wages, a single from Luke White, and a triple from RT Corley… Clinton ended the game in the 5th scoring 7… The All-stars would get 4 singles, 4 walks and 1 error in the inning, highlighted by a 2 RBI double from Wil Stewart… “Tennessee is a very good team!  Their pitching and defense was as good as we’ve seen this year.  Hats off to Wil Stewart for keeping us in the game through 4 innings, 2 hits allowed and 7 strikeouts was tremendous as we were struggling a little at the plate.  Great job by our guys of hanging in there and battling at the plate, finally put some good swings together in the 4th and 5th innings.  Up next is a really good Texas team, we’ll need to have a much better start at the plate to advance in the winner’s bracket!!.”  Head Coach Matt Stewart commented after the game… Games for Tuesday were rained out… With the win Clinton advances to play Texas Wednesday at approximately 1pm in Oxford, Alabama at Choccolocco Park.
  • Game with Texas postponedClinton was supposed to play Texas yesterday but the weather in the Oxford area has been a problem from the start… Last night Coach Stewart let me know the game yesterday was cancelled due to rain and is now scheduled for 1pm today (weather permitting). 

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 16
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 16
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 25
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 38

 WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here. 

Pro Sports    For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

  • Phillies 5 – Braves 2… The Braves hosted the Philadelphia Phillies in game 1 of a 2-game series last night at Sun Trust Park in Atlanta and they were just too nice a host as the Phillies took a 5-2 win… The Braves got on the board first scoring 1 run in the 1st inning as Freddie Freeman had a solo homer (21)…. That would be the last time they led as the Phillies scored 2 in the 4th and 3 in the 5th and never were really threatened after that.
  • Drive 5 – Intimidators 3… The Greenville Drive evened their record in the second half of the season at 22-22 last night as they took a 5-3 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators up in NC last night… They had to come back to do it though as they fell behind 3-0 going into the 6th inning… In the crucial 6th inning, the Drive’s first baseman Jerry Downs had a 2-run homer to help spark the Drive’s comeback… With the win, the Drive assured themselves a win in the 3-game series which concludes tonight.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here…. The Panthers will not be on the practice field today as they have their first preseason game tonight in Charlotte as they take on the Houston Texans… Yesterday it was announced that Cam Newton will not play in the game tonight as he is still recovering from shoulder surgery during the off-season… If you want to watch the game tune in to WYFF channel 4 out of Greenville tonight at 7:30.

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Sports Reports for Tuesday, 8-8-2017

PC Season Football Tickets on Sale

  • PC has 7 home games this season and the first one is on Saturday, Sept 16 when the Blue Hose host Campbell in the first of 6 home games in a row.
  • Blue chair back reserve seats are only $120.00 for the entire 7-game home season.
  • Bench reserved seating is $90 per seat for the season.
  • Parking is $5 per game but season parking passes are available for $25.
  • Per game seating (subject to availability) is $2o per game for chair type seats bench general admission will be $10 per seat for adults and $5 for students.
  • For more information on PC season tickets and a link to the season ticket order form click here… For the PC football schedule, click here. … Go Blue Hose!! 

Local Notes: 

Clinton O-Zone All-Stars Win First Game

  • Clinton 16 – Oxford 1 (3)… The Clinton 11-12 All-stars open the Dixie Youth Ozone World Series in Oxford Alabama defeating the host team, Oxford, 16-1 in 3 innings… Luke White pitched 1 inning, allowing 1 hit and 1 run.  Caleb Taylor pitched the 2nd and 3rd innings giving up 1 hit and striking out 3… The All-stars scored 5 in the 1st inning off 3 singles and 2 walks…  The inning was highlighted by a bases clearing 3 run double from Landen Vo… Clinton would score 6 more runs in the 2nd inning highlighted by run scoring doubles from Kason and Justin Copeland… The 3rd inning saw the All-stars put their last 5 runs on the scoreboard making the final 16-1…  Justin Copeland homered to center field scoring 2 and RT Corley ended the game with a run scoring 2 out double…”Great way to start the World Series!  We hit well today and took advantage of our opportunities.  Very proud of Caleb Taylor, put him in a tough spot there in the 2nd with runners on and no outs and he got us out of the inning without giving up a run on only 11 pitches. That turned the game around.  We’ll need to play well tomorrow against a very good Tennessee team.” Head Coach Matt Stewart commented afterward… With the win the All-stars (Team South Carolina), advance and were supposed to play to play Tennessee, (a 16-2 winner over Arkansas) on Sunday but rain in the area postponed that game until yesterday
  • Clinton 10 – Tennessee 0 

Scrimmages Today:

  • Clinton… The Red Devils football team will travel to BHP this morning for a 10 am scrimmage with the always tough BHP Bears.
  • Laurens… The Laurens Raiders football team will host the Rebels of Byrnes HS this afternoon in a scrimmage at 5:30.
  • Laurens Volleyball… The Raider volleyball team will travel to Abbeville this afternoon for a 5pm scrimmage with the Panthers.

 

 Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 17
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 17
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 26
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 39

 

Freshman Football Practice at LDHS Starts Today.

  • A quick reminder for anyone who wants to come out for freshman football at LDHS, practice starts today at 9:00 am.

 WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here. 

Pro Sports    For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

  • Braves… The 51-59 Braves were off last night but return to action tonight as they start a short 2-game series with the Phillies tonight at Sun Trust Park in Atlanta.
  • Drive 6 – Intimidators 1… The Greenville Drive opened a 3-game series up in Kannapolis, NC last night with a 6-1 win over the Intimidators… The game was only 1-0 Drive going into the 5th inning when the Drive struck for 2 runs and then added 2 more in the 7th and a single run in the 9th while holding the Intimidators to just a single run in the 7th.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here…. The Panthers will be on the practice field       from 9:25-11:30 am today.

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Sports Report for Monday, 8-7-2017

Local Notes: 

Raiders and Red Devils Hit Someone Else Besides Themselves

  • Raiders… The Laurens Raiders hosted the BHP Bears and the Rebels of Strom Thurmond late last Friday afternoon… Both those teams are traditional powers and watching them it appears they will be so again this year… All the teams had early season mistakes as is to be expected with timing on offense and all had their share of penalties… The Raiders will be back in action tomorrow as they host the Byrnes Rebels at 5:20… If you get a chance, come on out and watch the Raiders and it is free.
  • Red Devils… The Red Devils traveled to Emerald last Saturday morning and Midland Valley was the third team there… While I was not able to go the reports I have heard are very positive as to the Red Devils performance… The Red Devils are scheduled to go to BHP tomorrow and I will try to find out at what time and get that to you tomorrow.

 

 

Freshman Football Practice at LDHS Starts Tomorrow.

  • A quick reminder for anyone who wants to come out for freshman football at LDHS, practice starts tomorrow at 9:00 am.

 Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 18
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 18
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 24
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 40

 WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here 

Pro Sports    For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

Braves… The Braves played host to the Miami Marlins over the weekend and he results were…

  • Friday: Braves 5 – Marlins 3… The Braves opened the series with The Fish on a positive note on Friday as they took a 5-3 win… The Marlins had 6 hits including a pair of solo homers by their right fielder Giancarlo Staton while the Braves had 7 hits including a 3-run homer by Braves right fielder Nick Markakis
  • Saturday: Braves 7 – Marlins 2. On Saturday the Braves were able to make two wins in a row as they defeated the Marlins 7-2… The braves had a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the 7th inning when they broke the game open putting 5 runs on the board… The big hit in that inning was a 3-run homer by Eddie Freeman.
  • Sunday: Marlins 4 – Braves 1… The Marlins avoided being swept in the 3-game series by taking a 4-1 win over the Braves yesterday… The Marlins jumped on top quickly scoring 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning and then holding the Braves offense to just 4 hits… The Braves will have the night off and then finish the current home stand with a 2-game series with the Phillies tomorrow night.

Drive… The Drive finished their 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs over the weekend down on the coast… As you may recall the Drive won the first game Thursday night by a score of 6-3.

  • Friday: Drive 3 – RiverDogs 2… On Friday the Drive were once again victorious as they took a 3-2 win over the RiverDogs… The Drive enjoyed a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the 4th inning whwen they gave up 2 runs and then held on to take the win…. The Drive outhit Charleston 10-6 and were aided by 3 RiverDogs errors.
  • Saturday: RiverDogs 12 – Drive 4… On Saturday the RiverDogs made sure they would not be swept in the series as they took a 12-4 win over the Drive…. The Drive actually outhit the RiverDogs 9-8 but the RiverDogs simply got the needed hits at the right time.
  • Sunday: RiverDogs 2 – Drive 1… In the series finale yesterday, there were only 3 runs scored unfortunately for Drive fans the RiverDogs had 2 of the runs as they took a 2-1 win thus splitting the series with the Drive 2 games each… The Drive did outhit the RiverDogs 7-5 with their shortstop Santiago Espinal going 3-4… The Drive remain on the road as they travel to Kannapolis, NC to start a 3-game series with the Intimidators tonight
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here…. The Panthers will be on the practice field from 9:25am to 11:30 am.

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Sports Report for Friday, 8-4-2017

PC Season Football Tickets on Sale

  • PC has 7 home games this season and the first one is on Saturday, Sept 16 when the Blue Hose host Campbell in the first of 6 home games in a row.
  • Blue chair back reserve seats are only $120.00 for the entire 7-game home season.
  • Bench reserved seating is $90 per seat for the season.
  • Parking is $5 per game but season parking passes are available for $25.
  • Per game seating (subject to availability) is $2o per game for chair type seats bench general admission will be $10 per seat for adults and $5 for students.
  • For more information on PC season tickets and a link to the season ticket order form click here… For the PC football schedule, click here. … Go Blue Hose!!

 

Local Notes: 

Laurens & Clinton Scrimmage This Weekend

  • Laurens… The Laurens Raiders will get the chance to take the field against someone other than themselves this afternoon at KC Hanna Stadium… At 5:30 the Raiders will host BHP and Strom Thurmond.. Both teams are traditional powers and this should be a good early test for the Raiders.
  • Clinton… The Clinton Red Devils will board the bus and head to Emerald tomorrow morning for a 10:00 am scrimmage… According to the SCHSL re-alignment that was announced on Wednesday, this time next year these two teams will be region foes so this is a good chance not only for Clinton to test themselves against a good team but also for both teams to start to get familiar with each other for next year.

Clinton Dixie Youth O-Zone All-Stars Open World Series Play This Weekend.

  • The Clinton Dixie Youth Team which won the state championship a couple of weeks ago is in Oxford, AL. to start play in the O-Zone world Series tomorrow… They are one of 12 teams that will be competing for the title this year in the double-elimination tournament… They will open play tomorrow as they take on the host Oxford team at 3:30 pm and then they will play again on Sunday against a team and time to be determined on the outcome of their game on Saturday… If you would like to see the tournament bracket click here… Again good luck to Coach Stewart and the team! 

Laurens County Speedway results from the main events last Saturday night (first, second & third).

  • Limited… Billy Rushton, Michael Smith & Jimmy Taylor… In the Limited main event Billy Ruston took the win in a race honoring his late father holding off Michael Smith at the end.
  • Thunder Bombers… Casey Lawson, Dylan Chappell & Dan Lawson… After several false starts in the Thunder Bomber, Casey Lawson took the win in the main event by just over 0.1 of a second over Dylan Chappell.
  • 602 Crates… Chris Patterson, Jeff Robinson & Brad Abercrombie… Chris Patterson won this event but only after early race leader Mart Patterson kissed the wall and was out of the race leaving the door open for Chris who was in second.
  • FWD… Mason Mack, Joel Cabe & Travis Jamieson… Mason Mack took the win in the FWD main event leading from wire-to-wire but he was pushed in what was a very competitive race.
  • Monster Minis… Phillip Wilson, Larry Teal & Brandon Patterson… The Monster Minis’ main event also had a wire-to-wire winner in the person of Phillip Wilson… After a crash early in the race, he pulled away for a comfortable win.
  • 604 Crates… Hank Taylor, Taylor Puckett & Brad Rachels… In the 604 Crates hank Taylor took the main event win leading from start to finish and had a comfortable lead as racing leads go at the end of the race.

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 21
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 21
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 27
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 43 

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here…. By the way, this Friday night (8-5-17) at 7 pm they will have their High School Red Zone Preview Show… Think I’ll tune in. 

Pro Sports    For more information on any of the following games, click on their score.

  • Dodgers 7 – Braves 4… The Braves finished their 3-game series with the Dodgers at Sun Trust Park last night on a sour note as the Dodgers took a 7-4 win giving them the series win 2 games to 1… The Braves remain home for the weekend hosting the Miami Marlins.
  • Drive 6 RiverDogs 3… The Greenville Drive opened started a road trip last night by taking a 6-3 win over the Charleston RiverDogs.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here…. The Panthers will NOT be on the practice field today at Wofford as they are going to be up in Charlotte tonight at the bank of America Stadium for their annual Fan Fest which starts at 7:30… They will have the day off tomorrow and return to the practice field at Wofford on Sunday starting at 3:10 pm.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 8-3-2017

Local Notes: 

Re-Alignment Shuffles Clinton & Laurens Next School Year… Yesterday the SCHSL announced the proposed re-alignment for high school athletics starting with the 2018-2019 school year.

  • Clinton… The Clinton Red Devils will remain in Class AAA Region 3 but will have some changes as the other members of the region… Chapman and Broome will be moving out and Emerald will be moving into the region… Mid-Carolina, Newberry and Woodruff will remain in the region thus Clinton will be in a 5-team region… Clinton with 824 students will be in about the middle of the pack attendance wise as the largest 3-A school is Camden (988 students) and the smallest is Landrum (641 students).
  • Laurens… The Laurens Raiders will also be seeing their region change even more than Clinton… Laurens will be moving from 5A-Region 2 to 5A-Region 1 and the opponents will be very familiar to the Raiders… Laurens will be in an 8-teqm region made up of Ealey, Greenwood, JL Mann, TL Hannah, Wade Hampton, Westside and Woodmont… Gone are Hillcrest, Mauldin, and Riverside who remain in 5A-Region II… Of the 48 school in the 5A classification, Wando with 4,365 students in the largest while Laurens with 1,607 students is the 46th smallest with York being the smallest with 1,573 students.
  • Entire Re-AlignmentTo go to the SCHSL website to see the entire re-alignment for 2018-2020 click here.

 

 Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 22
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 22
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 28
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 44 

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here…. By the way, this Friday night (8-5-17) at 7 pm they will have their High School Red Zone Preview Show… Think I’ll tune in. 

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  • Braves 5 – Dodgers 3… The Braves snapped their losing streak at 8 games last night by taking a 5-3 win over the Dodgers in Atlanta… The game was tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the 8th inning when Tyler Flowers came off the bench to pinch hit for the Braves pitcher and smacked a 2-run, two out homer to bring in what would prove to be the winning runs for the Braves… In the second inning the Braves leftfielder Danny Santana also had a 2-run homer … The final game of the 3-game series with the Dodgers will take place tonight at Sun Trust Park with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
  • Drive 1 – Tourist 0… There is also good news for Greenville Drive fans as they took a 1-0 win over the Ashville Tourist last night at Flour Field… As you might imagine it was pretty much a pitcher’ duel as the Tourist managed only 5 hits in the game to the Drive’s 6 but that one hit difference was a big one as in the 5th inning the Drive’s third baseman Bobby Dalbec had a solo homer (7) to provide the one run they needed… The win allowed the Drive to avoid a sweep by the Tourist of the 3-game series and the Drive will now start a 7-game road trip with the first stop being down on the coast to start a 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs tonight.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here…. The Panthers will be on the practice field this morning from 9:25 – 11:0 am.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 8-2-2017

Local Notes: 

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 23
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 23
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 29
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 45 

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews

  • As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here…. By the way, this Friday night (8-5-17) at 7 pm they will have their High School Red Zone Preview Show… Think I’ll tune in.  

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  • Dodgers 3 – Braves 2…. The Braves finally got to come back home last night to Sun Trust Park after their long 11 game road trip as they started a 3-game series with the LA Dodgers… The Dodgers came into the game last night with a 74-31 record which is the best in MLB… Well when the game was over they had 75 wins as they took a 3-2 win over the Braves… The Dodgers got their 3 runs on 8 hits while holding the Braves to just 4 hits and the only one that did any damage was the 2-run homer by Braves shortstop Johan Camargo in the 8th inning… The Braves now have a 6-gmae losing streak.
  • Tourist 9 – Drive 0… The news is no better for Drive fans as they lost to the Ashville Tourist at Flour Field last night by a score of 9-0… The Tourist simply outhit the Drive 12-6 with a homer thrown onto the mix and got the key hits when needed while the Drive did not.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here…. The Panthers will be on the practice field from 9:25 this morning until 11:30 am and that is their schedule through Thursday of this week.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 8-1-2017

PC Notes

  • Boys Evening Day Soccer Camp… August 4-6, Time 6-8 pm and it is for boys 5-15… This camp is designed to help young men improve their skills at any level through teaching fundamentals and game play… For more information on how to register and what to bring, click here.

Local Notes: 

Big Inning Dooms Laurens 11-U LL All-Star Team

  • Georgia 13 – Laurens 3 (5)… For the second day in a row a big inning allowed the opponents to take a one-sided win against our Laurens 11-U All-Star team in the Tournament of State Champions up in Greenville, NC yesterday afternoon… This time it was the Georgia team that put 7 runs on the board in the bottom of the 4th inning and then went on to take a 13-3 win over Laurens in 5 innings… Laurens got on the board first scoring one run in the 1st inning when Zay Pulley was able to steal home… Laurens picked up 2 more runs in the 2nd inning the first coming on a solo homer by Harrison Moore… Laurens second run of the inning came when EJ Grant doubled and then made it home on a couple of wild pitches… That made the score 3-0 Laurens and unfortunately that would be all the runs Laurens would score… Georgia put 4 runs on the board in the bottom of the 2nd to go up 4-3 and would not trail the remainder of the game… In the second, they used 3 singles and a 3-run homer to get their 4 runs… Georgia added a single run in the 3rd inning and then broke the game open in the 4th inning putting 7 runs on the board to go up 12-3… They then were able to plate another run in the 5th inning to give them a walk-off win on the 10-run lead rule… Laurens bats were somewhat quiet as they managed only 5 hits while Georgia collected 13 hits… The only batter to get more than one hit yesterday for Laurens was Harrison Moore who in addition to the homer had a single… The loss dropped Laurens’ record to 1-2 in pool play and they will not be advancing to the single elimination round of the tournament… Congratulations to the team for winning the South Carolina State Championship and for their effort in the tournament against the best in the south in their age group!

 Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 24
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 24
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 30
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 46

WSPA Red Zone Football Previews… As they have done for the last several years, WSPA TV will be previewing different area football teams each night in their 6 pm & 11 pm newscast from now until the season starts on August 25th… According to their schedule on their website, they will feature the Clinton Red Devils on the 11 pm newscast on Thursday 8-25 the night before the opening of the football season… Then the next night (Friday, 8-25) on the 6 pm newscast they will feature the Laurens Raiders… If you wish to see their entire schedule, click here…. By the way, this Friday night (8-5-17) at 7 pm they will have their High School Red Zone Preview Show… Think I’ll tune in. 

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  • Phillies 7 – Braves 6… The Atlanta Braves finished their 4-game series with the Phillies in Philadelphia yesterday pretty much the way the other games have gone in that they lost 7-6 to the Phillies thus giving the Phillies a sweep of the series… The Phillies put 4 on the board in the 3rd inning and another in the 4th before the Braves got a run in the 5th… The Braves scored 3 runs in the 7th to cut the Phillies lead to 7-4 and scored single runs in the 8th and 9th to make the score 7-6 Phillies but could get no closer… Kurt Suzuki had a 2-run homer (12)for the Braves in the 7th and Freddie Freeman picked up his 19th homerun of the season a solo shot in the 8th inning…. The game marked the end of an 11-game road trip for the Braves in which they won only 3 games… The start an 8-game home stand tonight at Sun Trust park with the Dodgers being the first team in for a 3-game series.
  • Tourist 5 – Drive 2… The Greenville Drive started a 3-game series last night at Flour Field and it did not start well for the Drive as they lost to the Tourist 5-2… The big inning for the Tourist was the 4th when they put 4 runs on the board to go up 4-1 and were never really threatned after that.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here…. The Panthers will be on the practice field from 9:25 – 11:30 this morning.

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Sports Report for Monday, 7-31-2017

Local Notes: 

Laurens LL 11-U All-Stars… The Laurens Little League 11 and under All-Star team started its participation in the Tournament of State Champions in Greenville, NC over the weekend so let’s check on how they did Saturday and Sunday….

  • Saturday: Laurens 9 – Tennessee 1… In their first game on Saturday, Laurens was the visiting team as they faced off against an all-star team from Tennessee… Tenn. Scored 1 run in the bottom of the first inning but that would prove to be all they scored as Laurens got on the board with 3 runs in the top of the second, 4 in the top of the third and added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 9-1 win over Tenn…. In the second inning KD Mosley had a 2-run homer to right field to score the first two Laurens runs… The third run came when Ben Willis stole home… In the third inning Laurens used a couple of walks, a couple of hits, a wild pitch and a couple of Tenn. Errors to score their 4 runs…. In the top of the fifth inning, Zay Pulley had an RBI double to drive in Ben Willis… IN the sixth inning Ben Willis drew a bases loaded walk to bring in Jaedon Goodwin… Laurens outhit Tenn. 6-2 and took advantage of 6 Tenn. errors… Jonah Hogge started the game for Laurens and went 4 innings giving up 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 8 and walking 2… Ben Willis pitched the last 2 innings giving up 0 hits while striking out none and walking none.
  • Sunday: Florida 15 – Laurens 4 (4)… Early last night Laurens was back in action as they faced off against the Florida State Champion from Plant City, Florida… Florida got n the board first as they scored 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning and then breaking the game open in the 4th inning scoring 10 runs and then going on to a 15-4 win over Laurens… Six walks and a single led to those 4 runs… Laurens got on the board in the second inning using 4 singles and a wild pitch to score 3 runs and cut the Florida lead to 4-3… Florida got one of the runs back in the top of the third inning and Laurens used 3 singles and a wild pitch to get that run back in the bottom of the inning to make the score 5-4 Florida… Florida broke the game open in the top of the fourth inning plating 10 runs and then send Laurens down in order in the bottom of the inning to take the 15-4 win in 4 innings on the 10-run rule… Florida used 11 hits and took advantage of numerous Laurens miscues to produce their 15 runs while Laurens got their 4 runs on 8 hits and Florida did not help them with no chargeable errors… Owen Pridgen, Harrison Moore and Jaedon Goodwin each had 2 hits for Laurens… Laurens has one more game in pool play as they play the team from Georgia today at 12:45 pm… As I understand it, in order to advance to the single elimination portion of the tournament which starts tomorrow, they must defeat Georgia today… Good Luck to the Team! 

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 25
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 25
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 31
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 47 

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Braves… The Braves were in Philadelphia over the weekend to start a 4-game series with the Phillies.

  • Friday: Phillies 10 Braves 3… The Phillies scored 1run in the bottom of the 1st inning and the score stayed that way until the bottom of the 5th when they put 7 runs on the board and then went on to a 10-3 win over the Braves… The Phillies only outhit the Braves 12-11 but the Braves had 3 errors that did not help their cause and 4 of the Phillies hits were homers… The Braves did manage to get two homers themselves both of which were solo shots… On was by Kurt Suzuki (11) and the other a pinch hit homer by Sean Rodriguez both of which came in the 7th inning.
  • Saturday: Phillies 4 – Braves 3 (11)… On Saturday the Braves carried a 3-2 lead into the bottom o the 9th inning but Phillies tied the game on a solo homer by Odubel Herrera in the bottom of the 9th and the the teams had to go extra innings… Neither team scored in the 10th inning but the Phillies did score in the bottom of the 11th inning to take a 4-3 win.
  • Sunday: Phillies 2 – Braves 1… Yesterday it was pretty much the same story except it did not go to extra innings as the Phillies scored a run in the bottom of the 9th inning to take a 2-1 win over the Braves… The Phillies Freddy Galvis had a single in the 9th inning to drive in the winning run and give the Phillies their second walk-off win in as many days.

Drive… The Drive completed their 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs at Flour Field over the weekend and as you may recall they started that series on Thursday with Charleston taking a 5-3 win.

  • Friday: RiverDogs 6 – Drive 1… The Drive did not fare any better on Friday night as they lost to the RiverDogs 6-5… The RiverDogs scored 4 runs in the top of the 4th inning and then held the Drive to a single run in the 5th (a homer by third baseman Bobby Dalbec) in route to the win.
  • Saturday: Drive 3 – RiverDogs 2… The Drive finally broke through and took a win on Saturday night as they defeated the RiverDogs 3-2… Greenville had a 2-1 lead going to the top of the 8th where Charleston picked up the tying run… In the bottom of the 9th, the Drives’ right fielder Ryan Scott had a solo homer to give the Drive the walk-off 3-2 win. … The Braves have now lost 4 games in a row and need to win the noon game today with the Phillies to avoid being swept.
  • Sunday: Drive 2 – RiverDogs 0… Yesterday the two teams again faced off in a low scoring affair in which there were only 7 hits and 2 runs between the two teams but good news for Drive fans as the Drive had only 3 of the 7 hits but they had both the runs as they took a 2-0 win over the RiverDogs… The Drive got both their runs in the 6th inning on a two-run homer by their center fielder Lorenzo Cedrola…. With the wwin they finish the series with the RiverDogs going 1-3 and will host the Ashville Tourist in 3-game series starting tonight.

Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here…. The Panthers will have no practice today.

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Sports Report for Friday, 8-28-2017

PC Notes:

Football Practice Starts Today

  • The Blue Hose football team opens their season just 34 days from today which will mark the 105th season of football at PC… PC will open its season on the road on Thursday night August 31st when they travel to Winston–Salem to take on the wake forest Demon Deacons… No in order to get ready for that game PC will start football practice today…. The will be in shorts & helmets today and tomorrow, add shoulder pads on Sunday and Monday and then go to full pads and really start to make things “pop” on Tuesday… As true Blue Hose fans know, Coach Tommy Spangler is back for his second tour of duty as head coach of the Blue Hose… He previously served as head coach from 2001-2006 and had a record of 42-24… Now to go to the PC press release about the start of football practice which also has a link to the PC Media Guide, click here.

Local Notes: 

High School Football Practice Starts Today

  • Would you believe that it is only 28 days until the local high schools kick off their seasons on Friday, 8-25-17… Clinton will kick their season off at Laurens and Laurens Academy will hit the road to Holly Hill… Now the ware Shoals Hornets do kick things off one week earlier as they travel to Due West to take on the Green Hornets of Dixie HS… Well the high schools also kick off their preseason practice today as both Clinton and Laurens will hit the practice field today and tomorrow at 9 am and go to about noon… It will be shorts and helmets only for them the first couple of days… Now Laurens Academy was able to start practice yesterday but does not expect to have all the players out until Monday… I’m sure all these teams would not mind a little encouragement from the fans as they head toward opening night. 

LCSD 55 Secures Athletic Training Services for the District

  • Yesterday District 55 Athletic Director Ed Murray announced yesterday that the school district had entered into an agreement with Greenville Health System for athletic training services in the entire district… Of course this came about after LDHS lost the services of all three athletic trainers at the school since last school year…. Now Emil Finley has more about that in the Local News at WLBG.com and if you would like to see the press release about this, click here.

Laurens Little League 9-11 All-Stars in Tournament of State Champions This Weekend

  • I want to take a moment to wish the Laurens LL 9-11 All-Star team good luck as they travel to Greenville, NC this weekend to play in the Tournament of State Champions… As you may recall they won the SC Championship a couple of weeks ago up in Taylors… They will be one of teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Norths Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia… The opening ceremonies are tonight and random pool play begins tomorrow and goes through Monday with the top teams advancing to single elimination play starting next Tuesday… Laurens will play Tennessee tomorrow at 10 am, Florida at 6:15 pm on Sunday and Georgia on Monday at 12:45 pm… To go to the tournament home page click here … From there you can go to several other pages including schedule, live scores, standings, and other information (if you click on the first three it will carry you to those pages.)… Again good luck to the team!

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  • Braves… The Braves were off yesterday but return to action tonight as they start a series in Philadelphia with the Phillies…. The Braves enter the series with a 48-52 season record and find themselves in second place in the NL East 13 games behind the division leading Washington Nationals and just half a game ahead of the third place Mets.
  • RiverDogs 5 – Drive 3…. The Greenville Drive started a 4-game series at Flor Field last night wit the Charleston RiverDogs and it started on a sour note as the RiverDogs took a 5-4 win.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College conducting their very popular preseason training camp… To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here…. The Panthers will be on the practice field today, tomorrow and Sunday from 9:25-am – 11:30 am. each day.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 7-27-2017

 

Laurens LL Majors Eliminated From State Tournament

  • Tega Cay – Fort Mill 4 – Laurens 3… The Laurens LL Majors All-Star team was eliminated from the state tournament up in Taylors last night as they lost to TCFM by a score of 4-3… As you may recall Laurens defeated TCFM 12-5 back on Sunday and most coaches will tell you that In tournament play that is hard to do a second time though Laurens never quit right down to the final out… Laurens got on the board first with in the top of the 2nd inning on a solo homer by Alex L. (sorry roster did not have complete last names)… The score stayed that way until the bottom of the 4th inning where TCFM took the led by plating 2 runs…. TCFM struck again for 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning putting them up 4-1 going into the 6th and final inning… TCFM was able to get the first two Laurens batters out in the top of the 6th inning then Laurens used a walk, a triple and a single to score 2 runs making it 4-3… However Laurens could get no closer and thus picked up their second loss and were eliminated from the tournament… Congratulations to the team for winning the district and for their effort in the tournament!

Laurens County Speedway results from the main events last Saturday night (first, second & third)

  • Limited… Frank Coates, Michael Smith & Jim Blackwell… Frank Coates started on the inside of row 1 in the Limited main event and used that position to take a lead he would not relinquish though second place finisher Michael Smith tried hard to take it away but could not.
  • SECA 604 Crates… Dylan Brown, Brad Rachels & hank Taylor… After a couple of “false starts” Dylan Brown took the win by just 1.24 second over Brad Rachels.
  • FWD… Travis Jamieson, Mason Mack & Grant BurtonTravis Jamieson too his second straight win in the FWD with points leader Mason Mack finishing second.
  • Monster Minis… Larry Teal, Phillip Wilson & Randy Staton… Larry Teal edged out Phillip Wilson by less than a second in the Monster Minis which was a caution free race.
  • 602 Crates… Josh Hellams, Chris Patterson and Mart Patterson… Josh Hellams took his first ever win at the LCS in the 602 Crates… He started on the pole and held off the field with division leader Chris Patterson finishing second.
  • Thunder Bombers… Dan Lawson, Scott Pulley & Casey Lawson… Dan Lawson took the lead early in this race and was never really challenged finishing over 2.5 seconds ahead of second place Scott Pulley..

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 29
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 29
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 35
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 51 

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  • D-backs 10 – Braves 3… The Braves ended their 3-game series with the D-backs in Arizona yesterday afternoon on a sour note as the D-backs took a 10-3 win to take the series 2 games to 1… The game was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the 3rd inning when Arizona struck for 4 runs and never surrendered the lead after that… The D-backs only outhit the Braves 12-11 but 3 of their hits were homers which accounted for 6 of their 10 runs… The Braves will be off today and will start a 4-game series in Philadelphia with the Phillies tomorrow night.
  • Drive… The Greenville Drive were off last night but will start a home stand tonight with the Charleston RiverDogs being the first team into Flour Field… The Drive who won the first half of the SAL Southern Division are 15-16 in the second half of the season which puts them in third place 6 games behind the RiverDogs who are 21-10 in the second half of the season.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College this year to conduct their very popular preseason training camp… The first practice will start at 6:30 on 7-26-17 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College… Today the Panthers will practice from 3:10 pm – 5:10 pm… To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 7-26-2017

Local Notes: 

Laurens LL Majors Drop Heartbreaker

  • Greenville 15 – Laurens 14The Laurens Little League Majors All-Star team was back in action last night up in Taylors as they faced off against a team from Greenville… Both teams entered the game 2-0 and the winner would be in a prime position in the double-elimination tournament… When the final out was recorded, Greenville had taken a 15-14 win in a back and forth game… Greenville took the lead early and led 3-0 going into the top of the 3rd inning when Laurens put 4 runs on the board to take the lead… Greenville responded with 6 runs in the bottom of the 3rd to back up 9-4… Bothe teams scored a pair of runs in the 4th and Laurens outscored Greenville 2-1 in the 5th inning making the score 12-8 Greenville going into the 6th and final inning of play… The Laurens team didn’t quit in the 6th as they scored 6 runs to go up 14-12… Greenville then got their turn at bat and with one out got the needed hits (and a Laurens error) to plate 3 runs and take a walk-off win… The loss drops Laurens into the losers; bracket and they will play Tega Cay-Fort Mill tonight at 6:00 pm and the winner will advance to play Greenville tomorrow night 6:00 pm and will have to defeat Greenville then in order to force a “winner take all” game for the state championship on Thursday… Good luck to the team!

Countdown to Kickoff… The numbers of days left to the first football games are as follows;

  • Clinton at Laurens (8-25-17): 30
  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill (8-25-17): 30
  • PC at Wake Forest (Thursday, 8-31-17): 37
  • PC home opener vs. Campbell (9-18-17): 53 

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  • Braves 8 – D-backs 3… Last night the Braves rebounded from their loss to the D-backs out in Arizona on Monday with an 8-3 win to even the three-game series at 1-1… The Braves only outhit the D-backs 9-8 but the big difference was that 4 of the Braves hits were homers while only 1 of the D-backs was…. The Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki had a pair of homers as he had a 2-run homer in the 7th inning and a solo shot in the 8th… Braves leftfielder Matt Kemp added a solo homer in the 6th while shortstop Johan Camargo also had a solo homer in the 8th… The teams will play the final game of the series this afternoon at 3:40 pm our time.
  • Crawdads 3 – Drive 1… Now the news is not as good for Greenville Drive fans as the Drive got involved in a pitcher’s duel with the Crawdads up in Hickory, NC last night and came up on the short end of a 3-1 score…The Crawdads outhit the Drive 8-4 and the Drives’ DH Bobby Dalbec had 2 of their 4 hits… The win gave Hickory a 3-1 win in the 4 game series… The drive are off today and will return to Flour Field on Thursday to start a 4-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs.
  • Panthers Training Camp … The Panthers once again are at Wofford College this year to conduct their very popular preseason training camp… The first practice will start at 6:30 on 7-26-17 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College… They will be doing a lot of “special activities”…To go to the Panthers website where you can get all your questions as to dates, times, parking directions and what you can bring or not bring, click here.

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