Sports Report for Thursday, 11-24-2016

Local Notes:

CHS: I need to catch up on the Lady Red Devil basketball team which has been in action earlier this week in a pre-season tournament up at Woodruff HS.

  • Landrum 54 – CHS 30… On Monday the Lady Red Devils dropped their first game of the season as they fell to Landrum 54-30… Scoring for the Red Devils: Terriauna Bennett 10, MK Kelly 10, Savanna Campbell 3, Kalen Richardson 3, Sara-Olivia Stephens 2 & Ashlyn Abercrombie 2
  • CHS Lost on Tuesday… According to other sources, the team also lost it’s second game in the tournament by a score of 42-37… I’ll try to get confirmation and more details from Coach Gardner before next week.

LDHS:

  • BBK: Monticello 79 – Laurens 45… The Laurens Raider boys’ basketball team wrapped up its participation yesterday in the Impact Sports Invitational at Spartanburg Christian Academy with a 79-45 to Monticello HS out of Georgia… The loss put the Raiders at 0-3 on the season… Zy Anderson and Josh Greene scored 8 points each to lead the young Raider team.

Laurens Academy: We need to do some catching up the Laurens Academy Crusader varsity basketball teams who traveled to Shannon Forrest in Greenville to take on another set of Crusaders.

  • GBK: LA 50 – SF 9… In girls’ action, LA had little trouble picking up their second win of the young season as they cruised to a 50-9 win over SF… Ruthie Moore led the team with 16 points and Julia Kerber also scored in double-digits with 12 points… Others scoring for LA were Taylor Campbell 9, Reagan Williamson 9, Blair Quarles 2, & Morgan Marlett 2.
  • BBK: SF 65 – LA 42… The news is not as good for LA Crusader fans where the boys’ game is concerned as SF took a 65-42 win… LA had two players in double-digits and they were Joshua Moore with 17 points and Jonathan Burns with 10… Other LA players who were able to put points on the board were Noah Moore 5, Will Price 4, Ryan Anderson 3, Charlton McCall 2 and Scott Anderson 1…. The Crusader team will return to action next Monday when they host Shannon Forrest starting at 6 pm..

NFL on TV Today.. Now for those of you who like to eat and then fall asleep while watching the NFL on TV on Thanksgiving, your background noise will be:

  • Vikings @ Lions… 12:30 on CBS
  • Redskins @ Cowboys… 4:30 on Fox
  • Steelers @ Colts… 8:30 on NBC 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 11-23-2016

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Coach Webb Get’s Vote of Confidence… Yesterday Interim Head Football Coach of the Clinton Red Devils Coach Andrew Webb had his title shortened by one word as Dr. David O’Shields announced that the “Interim” portion of his title removed… In his announcement Dr. O’Shields mentioned 4 goals hew had discussed with Coach Webb at the time of his initial hiring prior to the 2015 season… He stated that Coach Webb had more than met those goals plus another he (Coach Webb) had set for himself… If you would like to see the entire announcement which includes what those goals were, click here… My personal congratulations to Coach Webb and to Dr. O’Shields for making this move… Go Big Red!!

LDHS:

  • GBK: BHP 55 – Laurens 32… The Lady Raider basketball team traveled back to BHP last night to finish their participation in the pre-season tournament hosted by BHP and their opponent was BHP… BHP got on the board first and never trailed as they led 12=6 at the end of the first quarter and 29-14 at the half largely due to the Bear’s Shanteal Davis scored 11 of her game high 27 points in the second quarter as the Bears rolled on to the win… neither team handled the ball very well as there was a total of 46 turnovers in the game with BHP having 28 of them… The Bears were able to get the ball inside while Laurens concentrated on the outside shots that just would not fall… The Raiders played scrappy defense but had trouble converting the steals and turnovers into points… The Raiders were leading scoring by Cali Heisey who had 5 points… Scoring 4 points each for the Raiders were Qua Fortson, Laylay Todd and KT Foggie… Alexus Espinosa, MK Moore and Jayla Mosley all had 3 points each… Rounding out the scoring with 2 points each were Ny Ny Spurgeon, KB Burnside and Tieisha Jones… The team is now 1-1 on the season.
  • BBK: Boiling Springs 70 –Laurens 53… While the effort was much improved, the result was still the same as the Laurens Raiders fell to the Boiling Springs Bulldogs 70-53 in the second round of the Spartanburg Christian Academy Preseason Thanksgiving Tournament in a game that was much more competitive than the final score indicated… The Raiders had leads in each of the first three quarters, but could not find a way to hold on in the final quarter…. The Raiders raced out to a 20-10 lead halfway through the second quarter. The Raiders were sparked by Josh Greene, who scored 13 of his 25 points in the first half and Christian Anderson who scored 5 points in the second quarter. However, the Raiders could not close the quarter out strong and Boiling Springs went on a 20-4 run to close the first half and lead by 6 at the break… The Raiders came out of the locker room with a spark and quickly tied the game at 30 all with 6 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter on a steal and a score by Justin Anderson… Josh Greene scored another 7 points in the third quarter as both teams traded leads… The turning point of the game occurred late in the third quarter when Ryan Dacre fouled out in the post… Due to an injury to post player Carson Todd in game one, the Raiders were already thin in the post… Once Dacre fouled out, Boiling Springs closed the game on a 27-14 run with many of their points coming in the paint… Forced to foul and take gambles late, the Raiders went from 4 points down with 4 minutes to play to down 13 by the end of the game… Josh Greene led the Raiders with a game high 25 points… Justin Anderson and Christian Anderson contributed 8 points each… Dontae Shumpert scored 5 points, Connor Dunlap had 3 points and Ryan Dacre and Keenan Dickey each had 2 points…With the loss, the Raiders will play Monticello, Georgia at noon on today in the final round of the SCA Preseason Tournament… The Raiders first regular season contest is Tuesday, November 29th at Woodruff… Story contributed by Coach Ben Sinclair

Middle School Athletics: The Sanders Middle School basketball teams continued their participation in the Dawkins Middle School Tip-Off Tournament

  • GBK: Sanders lost their second game of the tournament by a score of 16-6… Sorry no other details available
  • BBK: Sanders 27 – Cowpens 25… Better news where the boys are concerned as Sanders took a 27-25 win over Cowpens to finish third in the tournament… Sanders took had an 8-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and then held on to take the win

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 11-22-2016

PC Notes:

  • Nichols Steps Down… The Blue Hose football team ended its season on Saturday with a 31-7 loss at South Alabama and the team record fell to 2-9… Then yesterday Director of Athletics Brian Reese announced the resignation effective immediately of Coach Harold Nichols as head football coach… The 2014 Big South Co-Coach of the year had just completed his eight season as the helm of Blue Hose football… For more comments from Mr. Reese and more about Coach Nichols, click here…. I for one want to wish him nothing but the best wherever he may go from here!
  • FB: South Alabama 31 – PC 7… The Blue Hose football team finished its season last Saturday with a 31-7 loss to South Alabama down in Mobile… PC’s only score came on a 61 yard fumble recovery that was returned for a TD… For more information on this game, click here
  • MBK: William & Mary 89 – PC 59… Also last Saturday the men’s basketball team traveled to Williamsburg, Virginia to take on the Tribe of William and Mary… The news is not the best in the world as the tribe took an 89-59 win dropping PC to 1-2 on the season… Jo’Vontae Miller led PC with 15 points… For more information on this contest, click here… PC will host VMI tonight at 7 pm.

Local Notes:

LDHS:

  • GBK: Laurens 57 – Pendleton 51… The Lady Raider basketball team opened their season with a 57-51 win over Pendleton last night in a preseason tournament at BHP… The Raiders led all the way as scrappy rebounding and good free throw shooting helped them build their lead early… The Raiders led 44 – 32 going into the last quarter when Pendleton tried to make a run as they started to hit free throws down the stretch but the Riders held on for the win… Laylay Todd and Cali Heisey led the scoring for Laurens with 15 points each… Other scoring: MK Moore 10,NY-Ny Spurgeon 8, Tieisha Jones 4, KB Burnside 3 and Jayla Mosley 2… The team will travel back to BHP to take on the Lady Bears of BHP tonight about 7:45.
  • BBK: Irmo 71 – Laurens 32… The Raiders boys basketball team opened up its season yesterday also as the traveled to Spartanburg to participate in the Impact Sports Invitational at Spartanburg Christian Academy.. . Unfortunately the young Raiders drew the #6 ranked Irmo Yellow Jackets for their game and Irmo lived up to the ranking taking a 71-32 win… The young Raiders played hard but were just outmanned… Conner Dunlap led the Raiders in scoring with 9 points… Other scoring; Josh Green 7, Donte Shumpert, Keenan Dickey & Zy Anderson 4 each while Justin Anderson & Carson Todd added 2 each… The team will be back in action at 4pm today taking on Boiling Springs in the tournament..

Laurens Academy: The Crusader basketball teams opened their season last night as they hosted Greenwood Christian

  • GBK: LA 42 – GC 18… The Lady Crusaders look like they are ready to start off their season pretty much where they left off last season if last night’s game is any indication as they cruised to a 42-18 win over GC… Ruthie Moore led the team with 15 points and Taylor Campbell was also in double digits scoring 12… Other scoring; Reagan Williamson 5 and Blair Quarles 3… Scoring two points each were Florence Mitchell, Morgan Marlette and Hannah Stribling… Mattie Noffz also scored a single point
  • BBK: LA 34 – GC 31… In boys action, the Crusaders were also victorious as they took a 34-31 win over GC… The score was 8-7 GC after one quarter of play but the Crusaders held GC scoreless in the second quarter and then held on for the win… Noah Moore and Jonathan Burns scored 11 & 10 points respectively to lead the Crusaders… Joshua Moore added 6 points, Dawson Foster 5 and Jack Kerber 2… The teams travel to Shannon Forest today for a pair of varsity games

Middle School Athletics:

  • GBK: Dawkins 31 – Sanders 0… Sorry no other details.
  • BBK: Dawkins 25 – Sanders 15… Sorry no other details.

 

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Sports Report for Monday, 11-21-2016

PC Notes:

Nichols Steps Down… The Blue Hose football team ended its season on Saturday with a 31-7 loss at South Alabama and the team record fell to 2-9… Then yesterday Director of Athletics Brian Reese announced the resignation effective immediately of Coach Harold Nichols as head football coach… The 2014 Big South Co-Coach of the year had just completed his eight season as the helm of Blue Hose football… For more comments from Mr. Reese and more about Coach Nichols, click here…. I for one want to wish him nothing but the best wherever he may go from here! 

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Chester 24 – Clinton 16… The CHS Red Devils traveled to Chester last Friday night in opening round action of the Class AAA Playoffs and though the Red Devils led in most all the statistical categories after the final horn had sounded the one they did not lead in was the score as the Cyclones took a 24-6 win… The Red Devils generated 359 yards of total offense to Chester’s 268 and had 20 first downs to Chester’s 15 but the one statistic that would hurt the Red Devils was fumbles… The Red Devils fumbled twice and lost them both at the most inopportune times… The Red Devils fumbled at the Chester 38 on their first possession of the game and Chester went down the field and scored but missed the PAT to make it 6-0 Cyclones… The Red Devils would move the ball but just could not finish them in the first half and held the Cyclones to a field goal to make the score 9-0 at the end of the half… Clinton started the second half driving into Chester territory before the drive stalled… Chester the scored to make the score 16-0… Mark Wise had a good return on the ensuing kickoff and the Red Devils started their comeback with Wise scoring on a 29 yard run but the two-point conversion failed and the Red Devils trailed 16-6 with 5:13 left in the third quarter… The Red Devil defense then held the Cyclones to 3 and out and Clinton drove to the Chester 33 before they turned the ball over on the second fumble of the game… The Cyclones could not turn the turnover into points as the Red Devil defense hung tuff and after a punt Clinton drove 55 yards and scored on a 7 yard run by Koko Richey to make the score 16-13 after Elvis Fitz added the PAT with 7:41 left in the game… Neither team could do anything on their next possession and Chester scored for the last time with 3:22 left in the game to make 24-13… Clinton then drove to the Chester 26 before the drive stalled and Fitz kicked a 43 yard field goal with 1:13 left in the game… The Red Devils then executed a successful onsides kick that they recovered at the Clinton 49 yard line… The Red Devils did manage a first down but on 4-10 at the Cyclone 34 Craven just could not connect with Jalen Carter and the Cyclone took over and only needed to run one “Victory Kneel” to run out the clock… Coach Andrew Webb was quoted as saying he was proud of the effort in the contest and throughout the season…. The Red Devils finish the season 5-6… For stats on the game, click on the following:  clinton-at-chester-stats-11-18-16 ….For a play by play narrative on the game, click on the following: clinton-at-chester-11-18-16-play-by-play

LDHS:

  • Laurens 35 – Woodmont 7… Bow it was better news for Laurens Raider football fans as they defeated Woodmont 35-7 at KC Hanna Stadium last Friday night to advance to the second round of the Class AAAAA Playoffs against Spartanburg this Friday night… Both teams looked a little out of synch ion the first half as the 3 weeks off (4 in Woodmont’s case) seemed to have an effect on the teams but Laurens led 14-7 at the half on a pair of TD passes from Ryan Campbell to Demond Cunningham (5 yards) and Aaron McCloud (36 yards)… A note here: Cunningham recovered two Raider fumbles in the game to keep drives alive and the ball away from the Wildcats…The Wildcats lone TD cam in the closing moments of the first half after they blocked a Raider punt and then drove 30 yards for the score… The second half was all Raiders…The Raiders scored first after the Wildcats muffed a punt reception and Tyzay Hill recovered and the Raiders set up shop at the Wildcat 28 yard line… The Drive ended 7 plays later when Campbell scored for 2 yards on 4th and 1 AT THE Wildcat 2 yard line… Devin Hubner added the PAT to make it 21-7… After the game Campbell said he actually handed the ball to Hunter Medlin as he was going down and Hunter scored… The Raider defense then held Woodmont to 3 and out and the Raiders then mounted a 48 yard drive with DQ Flout scoring from 13 yards out to make the score 28-7 after PAT just before the end of the third quarter… Early in the final quarter Woodmont drove to the Raider 21 yard line before turning the ball over on downs… The Raiders then drove 79 yards in just 5 plays with the score coming on a 46 yard run by Troy Dendy… With Hubner’s PAT the Raiders led 35-7 with 6:17 left in the contest… The Wildcats then picked up one first down but were forced to punt and the Raiders took over on their own 19 yard line and the subs took over… Duane Martin had at least 5 rushes to put the Raiders at the Wildcat 2 yard line with a first and goal to go… The raiders elected to run a couple of “Victory Kneels” to run out the clock and get their first playoff win in 8 years…. For complete game statistics (which were dominated by the Raiders) and play by play of the game, click on the following: woodmont-at-laurens-stats-and-play-by-play-11-18-2016 

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Sports Report for Friday, 11-18-2016

PC Notes:

  • WBK: Virginia Tech 67 – PC 36… Back on Wednesday night the Lady Blue Hose traveled to Blacksburg, Va. to take on the Hokies of Virginia Tech… PC hung with the Hokies until about midway through the second quarter where PC had a slight lead but the Hokies pulled out to a 30-19 lead at the half and then went on to take a 67-36 win over the Blue Hose… Tech remains undefeated on the young season and PC held them to their lowest point total to date… For more information on this game, click here… The team will be back in action Sunday in a 2 pm contest up in Charlotte where they will take on the 49ers.
  • Football: The Blue Hose football team will close out its season tomorrow as they travel to Mobile, Ala. to take on South Alabama… This is the first ever meeting between the two schools and game time is 7 pm and it can be seen on ESPN3…. For more information on this contest, click here.
  • MBK: The men’s basketball team is scheduled to travel to William & Mary tomorrow but the PC website (gobluehose.com) has the start time TBA…You might want to check that out tomorrow to see if they have that updated. 

Local Notes: Well if the smoke does not get in the way (the SCHSL has issued guidelines for the schools which allows them to postpone games if the air quality is too bad) we will finally get the playoffs underway… Let’s take a look at the Clinton at Chester game and the Woodmont at Laurens game… It goes without saying that both teams would love to see a large number of fans in the stands to root them on so please make plans to come out and support your team.

CHS: The Red Devils will be traveling over to Chester tonight to take on an old foe the Chester Cyclones…Until this season, they have members of the same region.

  • Records… Chester 8-2 / 3-1   Clinton 5-5 / 3-2
  • Region Finish… Chester 2nd with only loss in region to Fairfield Central who finished 1st.   Clinton 3rd behind Newberry and Woodruff
  • Offense point per game average… Chester 40.9   Clinton 25.3
  • Opponents score points per game average… Chester 16  Clinton 23.1
  • Chester All-Star Selection: Malik William (North Team)
  • To see a sheet that has both teams season results and a couple of other stats, click on the following: clinton-at-chester-po-1   (Courtesy of SC Football Stats)
  • The winner of this game will face the winner of the Walhalla – Powdersville game next week.

 

LDHS: The Raiders will be hosting the Woodmont Wildcats at KC Hanna Stadium tonight… Woodmont was in Laurens region until this year when the two teams went into different regions.

  • Records… Woodmont 3-7 / 1-3   Laurens 5-5 / 4-1
  • Region Finish… Woodmont 4th behind Westside, TL Hanna and Easley   Laurens 1st
  • Offense points per game… Woodmont 15.1   Laurens 26
  • Opponents scoring average per game… Woodmont 31.4   Laurens 27
  • Player Awards…. Woodmont: Davonne Brown – Shrine Bowl; Laurens Shrine Bowl- Summie Carlay and Jalin Walker, Hunter Medlin – North All-Star Team
  • To see a sheet that has both teams season results and a couple of other stats, click on the following: woodmont-at-laurens-po-1  (Courtesy of SC Football Stats)
  • The winner of this game will face the winner of the Spartanburg – Clover game and if Laurens wins they will be at home again next week.

Pro Sports

NASCAR… Well I guess what I am about to say is not news to the true NASCAR fan so we will call it a reminder for them and news for the casual or non-NASCAR fan…

  • Schedule… Well the last race of the season takes place Sunday and it will be down at the Homestead-Miami Speedway… The green flag is scheduled to drop at 2:30 and it can be seen on NBC, Channel 4 YFF out of Greenville.
  • Drivers in the Chase for The Cup…. The only 4 drivers that have a shot at the Sprint Cup Championship this Sunday are Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch… Wonder who will be taken out first by someone wanting to be a spoiler?

Panthers 23 – Saints 20… Unlike last week, the Carolina Panthers were able to hold a lead and not let it slip away last night as they defeated the New Orleans Saints 23-20 in Charlote… For more information on this game, click here.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 11-17-2016

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Waldron Signs with Charleston Southern to Play Tennis… Yesterday at CHS senior tennis player Gracie gracie_waldronWaldron signed a letter of intent to continue her education and tennis career at Charleston Southern University… Introduced by AD Nickie Templeton her career highlights were mentioned and to say that she is one of the successful student-athletes at CHS might be an understatement… She has been a member of the Red Devil tennis team since 20012 and each of those years the team was region champion except this past year when the finished second in the region and made it to the upstate finals before losing in the playoffs… She has been named to all-region team in each of these seasons and was region player of the year in 20014 & 2015… She has participated in the SCHSL Singles Tournament in each of the last 3 season and made it to round of 12 this season… She will be playing in the North / South Tennis All-Star Tournament this weekend… She was selected for the Mark Hodgin Memorial Sportsmanship Award by the SCTA… Numerous other media and associations have also recognized her for her ability and sportsmanship on and off the court… In her “spare time” she has managed to been named Homecoming Queen, a youth leader in her church and excel in the classroom… She signed in the CHS auditorium with her parents Mary and Chuck Waldron and her brother Ike as well as Coach Clovis Simmons, teammates, students and faculty present…. To go to a short video interview with her done after the signing plus a couple of photos, click here.

College Sports:

  • College Football Playoff Rankings… The committee that does the rankings for the FBS playoffs at the end of the season released its latest poll Tuesday night and of course there was some shakeup from the last one two weeks ago due to all the losses at the top… Good news for Tiger fans as Clemson only dropped two spots after the loss to Pittsburg and checks in at #4 this week… Alabama remains solid at #1 but Ohio State moved up from #5 to #2… Michigan remains at #3… As Coach Dabo Sweeney pointed out yesterday, Alabama had a loss when they played Clemson for the championship last year so Clemson’s loss it not that big a deal… If you would like to see the entire top 25 playoff ranking, click here.

College Basketball Rankings.. Let’s take a quick look at the D-I basketball rankings.

  • Men: In the last rankings that came out Sunday, Duke was #1 but may lose that spot next time as they fell to Kansas Tuesday night 77-75… Kentucky checked in at #2 followed by Villanova, Oregon and North Carolina to round out the top 5… To see the entire AP Poll, click here
  • Women: The women’s AP Poll has Notre dame ranked #1 followed by Baylor, UConn, South Carolina and Louisville rounding out the top 5… To see the entire poll, click here.

Pro Sports

  • Panthers Play Tonight… Don’t forget that the Carolina Panthers will be playing tonight as they host the New Orleans Saints in contest that is scheduled to kickoff at 8:25… You can catch all the action on NBC Channel 4 WYFF out of Greenville.

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 11-16-2016

PC Notes:

  • Lady Blue Hose back In Action Tonight… The Blue Hose Basketball team returns to action tonight as they start a seven-game roads trip with the first stop being at Virginia Tech where the game is scheduled to start at 7 pm… Now for more information on this game click here… If you go to this posting at gobluehose.com you will also find a link that is suppose to let you watch the game live. 

Local Notes:

  • Playoff Brackets Available at WLBG Website…. For all the gung-ho football fans out there, all 5 of the playoff brackets are now available for viewing at wlbg.com… If you go to our homepage and look down on the right side in the Featured Sports area you will see a posting titled 2016 SC Football Brackets… If you click on that it will take you to a page that has link to all 5 classifications playoff bracket… Each link carries you to a MaxPreps page where they have partnered with the SCHSL to provide interactive brackets… The brackets are supposed to update each week after the games are completed…. You can also click here to get to the posting in the Featured Sports sections…. Enjoy!

LDHS:

  • Ticket Reminder for LDHS… LDHS Mark Freeze also asked me to remind you that the price of tickets will be $7 for the Raiders playoff game Friday with Woodmont… Again the ONLY passes that will be accepted at the gate will be SCHSL passes… Century Club members plus all faculty and staff who do not have SCHSL passes will have to pay to get in… Now a reminder for Century Club members… Your reserved parking place will be honored so you can still park in your usual spot… Also in your ticket package there was a “ticket” to reserve your seat for playoffs and you will need to bring it (and save it for what we hope will be more playoff games at LDHS) to show the security staff that you have that reserved seat… But do remember you will have to stop by the ticket booth and pay $7 to get in the gate and go to your reserved seat.
  • Advance Ticket Sales… Now if you don’t want to wait in line at the ticket both on Friday night I have a great news for you… I was by Valvoline Express Care yesterday and Joye told me that they were supposed to get a small supply of tickets for the game Friday night yesterday afternoon and that they would be on sale as soon as they got them… So beat the line and stop by there before they run out.

CHS

  • Tickets on Sale at CHS… Also do not forget that tickets for the Red Devils contest at Chester Friday night are on sale at the CHS office… Again ticket prices are $7 as set by the SCHSL and only SCHSL passes will be accepted at the gate… This is the best way for Red Devil fans to skip the line at the ticket booth at Chester.

College Sports:

  • College Football Playoff Rankings… The committee that does the rankings for the FBS playoffs at the end of the season released its latest poll last night and of course there was some shakeup from the last one two weeks ago due to all the losses at the top… Good news for Tiger fans as Clemson only dropped two spots after the loss to Pittsburg and checks in at #4 this week… Alabama remains solid at #1 but Ohio State moved up from #5 to #2… Michigan remains at #3… As Coach Dabo Sweeney pointed out yesterday, Alabama had a loss when they played Clemson for the championship last year so Clemson’s loss it not that big a deal… If you would like to see the entire top 25 playoff ranking, click here.

College Basketball Rankings.. Let’s take a quick look at the D-I basketball rankings.

  • Men: IN the last rankings that came out Sunday, Duke was #1 but may lose that spot next time as they fell to Kansas last night 77-75… Kentucky checked in at #2 followed by Villanova, Oregon and North Carolina to round out the top 5… To see the entire AP Poll, click here
  • Women: The women’s AP Poll has Notre dame ranked #1 followed by Baylor, UConn, South Carolina and Louisville rounding out the top 5… To see the entire poll, click here.

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 11-15-2016

PC Notes:

  • FB: Kennesaw State 45 – PC 10… Kennesaw State took a 24-3 lead going in to the locker room at the half and then went on to defeat PC 45-10 in Kennesaw, Georgia in the Blue Hose last Big South game of the season. For more information on this game and comments from Coach Nichols, click here… The team will conclude its season this Saturday when they travel to South Alabama for a 7 pm contest with the Jaguars which can be seen on ESPN3.
  • WBK: Indiana 71 – PC 37… The Lady Blue Hose basketball team opened up their season last Friday night on the road in Bloomington, Ind. As they took on the #23 ranked Hoosiers… PC was down by 17 at the half and just could not get any closer as the eventually lost 71-37 in the season opener for both teams… Janie Miles led the team with 12 points…For more information on this game, click here
  • WBK: USC Upstate 55 – PC 48… The team returned to action last night as they hosted the Lady Spartans of USC-Upstate in the home opener at the Templeton Center… The game was much closer than Friday’s game but the Blue Hose… PC led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter but by the time the third quarter ended they trailed 46 – 30 and tried to come back in the final quarter but just could not come back from the deficit they found themselves in… Janie Miles and Kaycie Reffner led the team with 14 points each… For more information on the game and comments from Coach Steelman, click here…. The team will be back in action tomorrow at 7 pm as they travel to Virginia Tech… The game can be seen on HokieVision through the WatchESPN app.
  • MBK: PC 73 – Furman 71… Now there is some better news where the men’s basketball team is concerned as they opened their season last Friday night at the Templeton Center with a nail-biting 73-71 win over the Furman Paladins… Furman tied the game on a pair of free throws with 8 seconds left in the contest and then the Blue Hose drove the length of the court with Reggie Dillard scoring the winning points with 3 seconds left… Furman threw a long cross-court pass and got a shot off before the buzzer which hit the rim but fell away giving PC the win… For more information on this game, click here.
  • MBK: UNCG 61 – PC 42… Now the team was back in action last night as they traveled to Greensboro, N.C. to take on the Spartans of UNCG… I am afraid the news is not as good as it was against the Paladins on Friday as the Spartans took a 61-42 win over the Blue Hose… The Spartans hit 10 three-point goals and pulled down 26 offensive rebounds resulting in 23 second-chance points in route to the win… Davon Bell led PC with 9 points… For more information on this game, click here… The Blue Hose return to action this Saturday night as they travel to William & Mary for a 7 pm contest. 

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Chester Tickets Playoff Tickets… Yesterday I received a note from Clinton AD Nickie Templeton that she is scheduled to meet with the Chester AD this morning to get some tickets for this Friday night’s playoff game at Chester… The ticket price is set by the SCHSL and it is $7… Remember the only passes accepted at the gate are SCHSL passes.

LDHS:

  • Ticket Reminder for LDHS… While we are on the subject of playoff tickets, LDHS Mark Freeze also asked me to remind you that the price of tickets will also be $7 for the Raiders playoff game Friday with Woodmont… Again the ONLY passes that will be accepted at the gate will be SCHSL passes… Century Club members and all faculty and staff who do not have SCHSL passes will have to pay to get in… Now a reminder for Century Club members… Your reserved parking place will be honored so you can still park in your usual spot… Also in your ticket package there was a “ticket” to reserve your seat for playoffs and you will need to bring it (and save it for what we hope will be more playoff games at LDHS) to show the security staff that you have that reserved seat… But do remember you will have to stop by the ticket booth and pay $7 to get in the gate and go to your reserved seat… Coach Freeze also stated that a decision as to whether or not to sell advance tickets will be made soon… I’ll do my best to keep you posted.

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Sports Report for Monday, 11-14-2016

Local Notes:

Friday Night Playoff Opponents Set for CHS & LDHS… After the completion of the lower state games that were delayed my Hurricane Matthew the SCHSL has now officially set the brackets statewide for the playoffs that start this Friday (11-18-16)… Clinton will travel to Chester to take on the Cyclones and Laurens will host Woodmont… Check back to my sports report tomorrow when I will more information about all the classification playoff pairings.

College Sports: It was a wild & crazy weekend in college football as 3 of the top 4 rated teams fell… I will tell you right off the bat that #1 Alabama was not one of the 3 as they defeated Mississippi State 51-3

  • #2 Clemson fell to Pittsburg 43-42… I think everyone in this area who was not in a coma the last 36 hours knows that previously undefeated and #2 Clemson fell to Pittsburg 43-42 on a 46 yard field goal Saturday night with 6 seconds left in the contest at Death Valley… This broke the Tigers 45 game winning streak against unranked teams…Deshaun Watson threw for an ACC record 580 yards but he had 3 interceptions two at or in the endzone which hurt the Tigers.
  • #3 Michigan fell to Iowa 14-13… #3 Michigan was also undefeated coming into their road game against 5-4 Iowa on Saturday… They to fell by a score of 14-13 as Hawkeyes kicked a 33 yard field goal as time expired to knock the Wolverines out of the undefeated ranks… For more information on this game, click here.
  • #4 Washington fell to #20 USC 26-13… The third team to fall from the ranks of the undefeated was the #4 Washington Huskies who fell to the #20 USC (west coast USC) Trojans… The Trojans used a 14 point second quarter to build a 16-6 lead at the half and then forced the Huskies to play from behind… For more information on this game, click here.

Latest AP Poll… With all of the stunners there obviously would be some changes in the AP Poll that came out last night and there was… Alabama still checks in at #1… Ohio State that was #6 last week moves up to #2 while Louisville #5 last week moves up to #3… Michigan fell from #3 last week to #4 this week and Clemson fell from #2 to #5… Wisconsin moves up a notch to #6 and last week’s #4 Washington checks in at #7… The balance of the top ten is Oklahoma, Penn State and West Virginia… If you would like to see the rest of the top 25, click here.

 

Other State D-I Scores

  • Florida 20 – South Carolina 7… The Gamecocks traveled to Gainsville Saturday and the Gators did not hesitate to welcome back their former coach Will Muschamp quite rudely as they took a 20-7 win over South Carolina… One note for local fans, former Raider running back Rod Talley made two catches and three runs on the 11-play drive, 80-yard drive, posting two first downs, including a 19-yard catch on fourth-and-6 to set up a touchdown… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Norfolk State 13 – SC State 10… NFS scored 7 points in the final quarter to take the win down in Orangeburg… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Citadel 30 – VMI 20… The Citadel remained undefeated by taking a 30 – 20 win over V<I up in Lexington, Va… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Wofford 36 – Chattanooga 28… The Wofford Terriers picked up a big 36-28 win over the Mocs of Chattanooga up in Tennessee this past Saturday… For more information on this game, click here
  • Furman 49 – Western Carolina 21… The Furman Paladins have struggled a lot this year but they did not struggle Saturday as they took a 49-21 win over Western Carolina Saturday at Paladin Stadium… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Charleston Southern 48 – Liberty 26… The Charleston Southern Buccaneers took a 48-26 win over Liberty up in Lynchburg, Virginia… They led 31-6 at the half … For more information on this game, click here.
  • Coastal Carolina 31 – Butler 21… Coastal Carolina ran its season record to 8-2 by defeating the Butler Bulldogs 31-21 at Conway Saturday… For more information on this game, click here.
  • Kennesaw State 45 – PC 10… Kennesaw state took a 24-3 lead going in to the locker room at the half and then went on to defeat PC 45-10 in Kennesaw, Ga…. For more information on this game, click here. 

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Sports Report for Friday, 11-11-2016

PC Notes:

  • Football: The Blue Hose football team will close out their conference schedule tomorrow as they travel to Kennesaw State to take on the Owls in a noon contest… PC is hoping to repeat their success against the Owls as last year the Blue Hose took a 14-6 win in Clinton… Now if you would like more information on this game, click here
  • Men’s Basketball… Before the football team has their game tomorrow the Blue Hose men’s basketball team will kick off their season tonight at the Templeton Center as they host the Furman Paladins in a 7 pm contest… There are a limited number of free T-shits that are being given out to the first fans through the door and there is also a contest to see which fan can wear the most blue… Furman owns a 56-16 record over PC all time and they last played in 2015 when Furman took a 63-53 win and PC’s last win came in 2011 when they defeated the Paladins 75-71… For more about this game and this year’s Blue Hose team, click here…. Why don’t you make plans to come out and help Coach Nibert and the team start the season off with a win over the Paladins! 

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LDHS… Yesterday four Raider student athletes signed letters of intent to continue not only their athletic careers but also continue their education at various institutions of higher learning… Mattie Cantrell, Summie Carlay, Anna Stevenson and Jalen Walker signed in the main gym at LDHS which was packed with not only students but also parents, relatives and friends of these four outstanding representatives of LDHS… The ceremony was emceed by Athletic Director Mark Freeze who first pointed out to the those in attendance the difficulty against very small odds that these four had to face to get to this point and the work not only on the athletic field but in the classroom that it took… Each of their coaches introduced the players and echoed his sentiments.

  • Mattie Cantrell… Mattie is a 6-year member of the LDHS softball team that is going for its fourth consecutive region title this spring… She signed with Anderson University.
  • Summie Carlay… Summie is member of the Raider region champion football team and signed with the University of South Carolina and is expected to play somewhere on the offensive line… He will be graduating next month and plans on enrolling at USC this spring to get an early start with the Gamecocks.
  • Anna Stevenson… Anna is a member of the Raider volleyball team and signed with Auburn University… Anna was named to the All-Region team and to the North/South All-Star Team… She is ranked I the top 100 high school volleyball players in the country.
  • Jalen Walker… Jalen Walker is another member of this year’s Region Champion Raider football team and he signed with Coastal Carolina… Jalen will also graduate in December and enroll early to start down the path that will lead him to playing on the Chanticleers defensive line… He also is a champion weight lifter.
  • Video Interviews… Sometime after lunch (or a little before) if you go to www.wlbg.com and look in the Between the Lines section in lower left of pour home page you will find a posting that has a video interview done with each of these signees after the ceremony along with some pictures… Congratulations to all four of these outstanding members of our community.  

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 11-9-2016

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  • Tennis: Mid-Carolina 4 – Clinton 2… Yesterday I mentioned to you that the Lady Red Devil tennis team was scheduled to travel to Mid-Carolina in playoff action on Monday and I thought that they had lost to the Lady Rebels… Well I am sad to say I can now confirm that Mid-Carolina took a 4-2 win thus ending the Red Devils season… Clinton’s two wins came in singles action as Elizabeth Jones defeated her opponent 6-3 & 6-4 while Gerri Hill defeated her opponent 6-2 and 7-6… Mary Katherine Kelly came close in her match but fell a little short… The Red Devils finish the season with an outstanding 16-4 record and 3 of those losses were to the Rebels… Mid-Carolina advances to the State Class AAA finals this Saturday at the Cayce Tennis Center where they will take on Bishop England…. Congratulations to Coach Simmons and the team on another great season!

Laurens Academy

  • Post-Season Volleyball Awards… We need to catch up on some post season volleyball awards at Laurens Academy…. As you may remember the Crusaders were the 2016 SCISA Region II-A Champions… The Crusaders placed 3 members on the All-Region Team… They are Taylor Campbell, Ruthie Moore and Sara Spoone… In addition to making the All-Region Team, Spoone was selected Region Player of the Year… As you might guess, Crusader Coach Shannon McGee was named Region Coach of the Year… Congratulation to these players and their coach!spoone-campbell-mcgee-north-south-vb
  • Crusaders Selected for North/South All-Star Game… In addition to being named to the all-region team, Sara Spoone and Taylor Campbell were also named to the North Team in SCISA North / South All-Star Game that took place on October 29th… In addition, Crusader Coach Shannon McGee was selected as the North Coach… Again congratulations to these players and their coach!!

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 11-8-2016

PC Notes:

  • Liberty 16 – PC 0…Last Saturday the Blue Hose football team played its last home game of the season and honored the senior football players… The game did not turn out as the seniors would have liked as Liberty took a 16-0 win… PC simply had trouble generating much offense as two fumbles and two interceptions took their toll… The Blue Hose were only able to generate 175 total yards of offense and 9 first downs… For more about this game and including comments from Coach Nichols, click here.
  • Men’s Soccer: PC 2 – Liberty 1… On Sunday the PC men’s soccer team accomplished a program first as they defeated Liberty 2-1 in the Big South Championship Tournament… The #5 seeded Blue Hose upset of Liberty which gave them their first ever win in the Big South Tournament… For details on the match, click here… They advance now to the semifinals tomorrow night where they must take on top seeded Radford. 

Local Notes:

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  • Audio of Coach Webb after Woodruff Game… On thing I forgot to put onto yesterday’s sports report was the audio of Coach Webb’s comments to the media after last Friday night’s big win over Woodruff… As you might expect, there was a lot of excitement and celebrating around him so there is a good bit of “background noise” in the comments but I think you can hear what he says for the most part.

 

College Sports:

  • FBS AP Poll… This week’s FBS AP Poll had no changes in the top 6 spots from last week’s… Starting with #1 you have Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington, Louisville and Ohio State… Wisconsin moved up a spot to #7 and Auburn moved up 3 spots to #8… Oklahoma and Texas A&M round out the top 10… To see the entire top 25 in the AP Poll, click here.
  • College Football Playoff Rankings… As a reminder, last week the football playoff committee came out with their first rankings and the top 5 then were close to the latest AP Poll… Alabama was #1, Clemson 2, Michigan 3, Texas A&M 4 and Washington 5… I expect that tom change somewhat with their next release as Texas A&M suffered another loss this last weekend.
  • FCS Coaches Poll… Now a quick look at the FCS Coaches Poll has no change in the top 5 spots… They are Sam Houston State, Jacksonville State, Eastern Washington, North Dakota State and James Mattson… Good news for Citadel fans as they move up a notch to #6 with a 9-0 record… Chattanooga comes in at #7… One other area team in the top 25 is Charleston Southern who checks in at #14 dropping from #9 last week… By the way, PC’s opponent Liberty this past weekend broke into the poll at #24… To see the entire top 25, click here.

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Sports Report for Monday, 11-7-2016

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Clinton 32 – Woodruff 24 in OT… The Clinton Red Devils went into Friday night’s game with Woodruff knowing they had made the playoffs the only question was that of where they would finish in the region and thus where they would play the first-round playoff game in 2 weeks… A loss to Woodruff they finish fourth and would be on the road… A win against Woodruff they finish second or third depending on the number of points Woodruff scored… The Red Devils picked up the 32-24 win in overtime but gave 2 points more than they needed to finish second and finished third in the region… The game was tied 24-24 at the end of regulation and Clinton was the first to get the ball in the OT at the Woodruff 10 yard line… On the first play in OT Koko Richey picked up his 2nd TD of the night to put Clinton up 30-24… The Red Devils lined up for a 2-point attempt and luckily the officials did not see Coach Webb trying to get a timeout as the ball was snapped and Richey bulled his way into the end zone to put Clinton up 32-24… It was then time for the Red Devil defense to go to work and that they did Big Time… On the first two plays the Woodruff’s Keegan Holloran whose passing for 290 yard on the night had given the Red Devils problems all night, was sacked twice for a total loss of 18 yards and both times I think it was Tashymen Boyd getting to him… Holloran did complete a pass on 3rd down to get the ball back to the 16 yard line but his pass into the left-rear corner of the endzone on 4th down was deflected and the celebration began…. The Red Devils looked like they were going to hold the Wolverines down to the required number of defensive points as they led 17-7 at the half… Mark Wise had scoring runs of 60 and 2 yards in the first half with Elvis Fitz making both PATs and he also had a 25-yard field goal sandwiched between Wise’s runs… Woodruffs only TD of the half came on their last possession of the half via the air… In the second half Woodruff quickly made it known that they still had fight left in them as they scored 17 unanswered points on their first three possession of the half putting the Red Devils down 24-17 with 6:07 left in the third quarter.. They had 2 first-play of the possessions TDs and then a 24-yard field goal that would ultimately be the difference between Clinton finishing third and second in the region… After the field goal, Clinton came right back down the field and tied the game on a 3 yard run by Richey with Fitz again adding the PAT at the 2:22 mark of the third quarter… Woodruff missed 2 field goals in the second half and the Red Devils had the last drive of regulation end with an interception at the Wolverine 1 yard line with just seconds to go setting up the overtime win… For statistics on the game, click on the following: woodruff-at-clinton-short-stats … For a play-by-play account of the game, click on the following: woodruff-at-clinton-plays… By finishing third in the region, Clinton will be on the road for the first round of the playoffs on November 18th… While the official bracket seeds have not yet been released by the SCHSL, It appears that the Red Devils will travel to Chester to take on an old foe in the Cyclones.

Red Devil Tennis Team Plays For Upper State Championship Today… A quick reminder that the Lady Red Devil tennis team will be traveling down to Prosperity, SC for a 5:00 pm match with the Lady Rebels of Mid-Carolina with the Upper State Championship on the line a trip to Columbia to play in the State Class-AAA Championship this coming Saturday… As you may remember the Rebels are in the same region as the Red Devils and were to only region team to defeat Clinton (twice) in region play thus earning the region championship while Clinton took second… I am sure the team would love to see a large crowd follow them down and cheer them on as they seek revenge and a trip to the finals… Go Big Red!

Laurens Academy:

Andrew Jackson Academy 66 – Laurens Academy 0… Unfortunately the news is not as good for Crusader fans as the Confederates of Andrew Jackson Academy ended the Crusaders season with a 66-0 win at AJA last Friday night… The Crusaders end their season with a record of 2-9.

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Sports Report for Friday, 11-4-2016

PC Notes:

  • PC host Liberty in Last Home Game of Season… Tomorrow at 2 pm the Blue Hose football team will host Liberty in the last home football game of the season… It will be Senior Day where PC’s seniors will be recognized and Youth Day where fans under 16 years of age can get in free… Also the first 1000 fans through the will receive a Justin Bethel bobble head… I hope you can make it to the game but if not it can be seen on ESPN3.
  • Blue Hose Basketball Beats Belmont Abbey in 4 OT… As football starts to wind down basketball is getting ready to go and a sure sign of that happened Wednesday night when the PC men’s basketball team defeated Belmont Abbey 124-118 in 4 overtimes at the Templeton Center… Now if you want more details on the game, click here… They will open their regular season next Friday night when they host Furman in a 7 pm contest. 

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • Clinton host Woodruff Tonight… The Red Devils big win over Broome two weeks ago secured the Red Devils a spot in the 3A-Playoffs but the game tonight with Woodruff at Wilder Stadium has big implications on their seeding in the playoffs… If Clinton wins and holds Woodruff to 22 points or less, the Red Devils will finish 2nd in the region and host a first-round playoff game on November 18th… If Clinton wins and gives up 23 or more points to Woodruff, Woodruff finishes 2nd and Clinton 3rd and the Red Devils will be on the road November 18th… Should Clinton loose, they finish 4th in the region and will be on the road November 18th.. It is also Senior Night and the Red Devils will be honoring their seniors and their parents… Needless to say the Red Devils would like to have a large crowd out tonight for the 7:30 contest to cheer on the Red Devils as they skin the Wolverines and get a home playoff game in 2 weeks.
  • Tennis at Mid-Carolina Monday… Yesterday I mentioned to you that the Lady Red Devil team had made it to the Upper State Finals on Monday but that the opponent and site were not known at that time… I can now tell you to plan on traveling down I-26 to Prosperity as the Red Devils will be on the road taking on region foe Mid-Carolina for the Upper State Title.

Laurens Academy:

  • Crusaders Travel to Andrew Jackson for First Round Playoff Game… The Laurens Academy Crusaders will be on the road tonight traveling to Andrew Jackson to take on the Confederates in first round SCISA 8-Man action with kickoff scheduled for 7:30… This truly is a David vs. Goliath situation as the Confederates are undefeated on the season and have outscored their opponents 330-104… The 2-8 Crusaders will have their hands full and Coach Todd Kirk is going to have to manage his slings and stones carefully to pull of this upset… You know that a football is not round and can take some mighty funny bounces at times… For those of you with GPS devices or smart phones, the physical address of the school is: 7054 Broxton Bridge Rd., Erhardt, SC 29801.

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Sports Report for Thursday, 11-3-2016

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  • Tennis: Clinton 4 – Woodruff 2… The Lady Red Devils Tennis team hosted region foe Woodruff in third round playoff action and the news is good as the Red Devils took a 4-2 win to advance to the Upper State Finals next Monday… The win came off the strength of singles play by the Red Devils as they took 4 out of 5 matches played… Gracie Waldron took a dominating win against her opponent (6-0 & 6-2) as did Elizabeth Jones (6-0 & 6-1)… Mary Katherine Kelly (6-1 & 6-4) and Gerri Hill (6-3 & 6-1) also took one-side wins… Savanna Moates came close to pulling out a win as her opponent defeated her 7-5 & 75… The only doubles team to see action was the #2 doubles team of Kalen Richardson and Janie Tiller fell by a score of 6-4 & 6-2… As I mentioned at the start, the win propels the Red Devils into the Upper State finals Monday against the winner of the Mid-Carolina vs. Chapman match yesterday… If Mid-Carolina won the Red Devils will have to travel to Prosperity but if Chapman won, the Red Devils will host… Congratulations to the team & Go Big Red!!
  • Cross Country… The Red Devil cross country teams participated in the AAA Upstate Meet last Saturday at Woodmont and unfortunately saw their season come to an end as they were unable to qualify for the state meet…Girls: The Lady Red Devils finished 11th with Palmetto coming first at the meet… Maureen Vondergeest had the best time for Clinton completing the course in 22:39:00 while the top finisher from Woodruff won the event with a time of 19:07:00,,, To see the complete results for the girls meet, click hereBoys: Meanwhile the Clinton boys finished 15th with Powdersville winning the meet… The best time for Clinton was turned in by William Scott who finished the course in 19:59:00… The winner was from West Oak who turned in a time of 16:23:00… Again for complete meet details, click here.

LDHS:

  • Cross Country… The Laurens Raider cross country teams were also in action last Saturday as they participated in the AAAAA Upstate Meet last Saturday at Dorman… Girls: The Lady Raiders finished 16 th at the meet with region for Riverside finishing 1st… Jasmine Epperly had the best time for the team running the course in 25:17:00… The winner from Riverside turned in a time of 14:45:000… To see complete match details, click hereBoys: The Raider boys finished slightly better as they came in 14th with Riverside also taking first place as they did in the girls portion of the meet… Evan Price finished the course in 18:23:000 to pace the Raiders while the meet winner from Wade Hampton ran a 15:52:00… Once again for more information on the meet, click here.

World Series

  • Cubs 8 – Indians 7 (10)… Well in case you did not stay up until after midnight to see the end of the game, I’ll tell you that if you run into a Chicago Cub fan toady they will have a big smile on their face because last night the Cubs broke a 108 year drought as they defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings to win game 7 of the World Series in Cleveland… The Cubs had a 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the 8th inning when Cleveland struck for 3 runs to tie the game… The game remained that way until the top of the 10th inning when the Cubs Ben Zobrist had a double to drive in what would prove to be the winning runs… Cleveland did not go quietly as they plated a run before the Cubs were able to register the third out triggering celebrations on the field and back in Chicago… For more information on this game, click here… By the way, Zobrist was named the series MVP not only because of game winning hit but also because of his .357 batting average during the series… Something tells me the late Mr. Cub Ernie Banks is smiling from his vantage point today. 

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Sports Report for Wednesday, 11-2-2016

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  • Tennis Host Woodruff Today… Yesterday I told you that back on Monday the Lady Red Devil team defeated Seneca 4-3 in second round action of the State AAA Playoffs… I also mentioned that the Red Devils would play today but I did not know the opponent or location… I can now tell you that Clinton will host region foe Woodruff today at 5 pm… Woodruff is a team they have beaten at least once this season (5-2) and let’s hope they can do it again… Go Big Red!!
  • Set Scores From Loss To Crescent Monday… Also yesterday I told you that the Red Devil volleyball team was eliminated from the playoffs Monday by Crescent hen the Tigers took a 3-0 win but I did not have any details… I can now report to you that the Tigers took the first set 25-15 and the Red Devils fought hard but lost the second set 25-22… The Tigers then completed the win with a 25-12 win… Congratulations to the team on a very good season.
  • JV FB: Clinton 33 – Woodruff 27… Most of you are aware that the Clinton Red Devils and the Woodruff Wolverines will get together at Wilder Stadium Friday night in a game that both school decided to delay one week… Well the JV teams went ahead and played last Thursday and I need to catch you on that game and it will be good news as Clinton took a 33-27 win… If you want to see more information about this contest, click here… After getting off to a slow start early in the season, the team finishes the season with a 2-game winning streak and 3-6 overall.

LDHS:

  • Recap of Last Week’s JV Game… Last Friday I mentioned that the Laurens Raider JV football team lost to Greenwood by a score of 40-0 but I did not have any details on the game… Earlier this week Coach Jawon Stephens provided the following recap and comments about the game… “Thursday night at J.W. Babb stadium was not a good night for the JV Raiders. Greenwood forced turnovers and converted the turnovers offensively into touchdowns. This combination helped Greenwood jump out to an early 14-0 lead. Greenwood would add two more scores in the second quarter, but the PAT attempts were blocked by Conner Owens. We were able to mount a good drive just before halftime. A mix of running and passing helped the offense get inside the 5 yard line. A Greenwood defender made a great play, stepping in front of a pass to end the drive in the end zone. Greenwood goes into halftime with a 26-0 lead. The guys came out and fought hard in the 3rd quarter. The score remained the same, but Greenwood was able to add two final scores in the 4th quarter to extend the lead to 40-0. This is not the way we envisioned the conclusion to our season, but this can be a learning situation and hopefully motivation as the team enters the off-season in preparation for their 2017 campaign.” My thanks to Coach Stephens for the information throughout the season.

Pro Sports

  • World Series: Cubs 9 – Indians 3… Well in case you did not stay up long enough to make it all the way to the end, I’ll tell you that there will be a game 7 in the World Series tonight because the Cubs fought off elimination by taking a 9-3 win over the Indians in Cleveland last night…. The Cubs outhit the Indians 13-6 and 3 of those were homeruns… The big blow came off the bat of Cubs shortstop Addison Russell as he had a grand slam in the third inning…For more information on this game, click here… Game 7 will be tonight in Cleveland and start at 8 pm and either the Cubs will win their first World Series title since 1908 or the Indians their first since 1948. 

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Sports Report for Tuesday, 11-1-2016

PC Notes:

  • Coastal Carolina 48 – PC 17… Last Saturday the Blue Hose football team hosted the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina on Homecoming… The Homecoming crowd of about 4400 went home disappointed as Coastal took a 48-17 win… One problem for PC was the fact that they had two interceptions and a lost fumble which led to Coastal Points… For more information on the game, click here… The Blue Hose drop to 2-6 on the year and will have their last home game this Saturday when they host Liberty at Bailey Memorial Stadium in a Big South contest. 

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CHS:

  • Tennis: CHS 4 – Seneca 3… Yesterday the Lady Red Devil tennis team traveled to Seneca to take on the Lady Bobcats in a second round match of the State Class-AAA Playoffs… Good news for Red Devil fans as they returned home with a hard fought 4-3 win… Gracie Waldron, Elizabeth Jones and Mary Katherine Kelly all picked up wins in singles action… The Red Devils fourth and deciding win came off the rackets of Waldron and Jones as they teamed up to form the #1 doubles team and defeat their opponent 6-0 and 6-2… The Red Devils are now 15-3 overall and advance to the third round of play tomorrow… They will play the4 winner of the Woodruff at Southside match last night… If Southside won the match will be at Southside… If Woodruff won then the Red Devils will host.
  • Volleyball: Crescent 3 – Clinton 0… Now I don’t have any details other than the final score of the Clinton at Crescent second round playoff match and that score is not good news for Red Devil fans as Crescent took a 3-0 win to end the Red Devils season… If I get more details I will update you later.

Laurens Academy: Cross Country… Last Saturday the Crusader boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Heathwood Hall to participate in the SCISA 2016 State Cross Country Meet… Let’s catch up on how they did.

  • Girls… As a team the Lady Crusaders finished third in Class-A just 10 points behind the first place Holy Trinity Classical and 3 behind second place Cambridge Academy… The top runner for LA was Ruthie Moore who finished 6th overall with a time of 23:16:95 a little over 3 minutes behind the number 1 runner in the class… Blair Quarles finished 9th overall and Julia Kerber 11th overall… Others finishing for the Lady Crusaders and their overall finish were Emily Whitehead 22, Morgan Marlett 27 and Florence Mitchell 38 pot of 51 runners in Class-A… To see the complete results for Class-A Girls with times and position finishes, click here.
  • Boys… As a team the Crusaders finished fifth 45 points behind first place finisher Holy Trinity Classical… The top finisher for the Crusaders was Dawson Foster who finished 14th … Scott Anderson finished 18th and Wil Tindal 20th to give the Crusaders 3 runners who finished in the top 20 out of 68 runners… Noah Moore finished 31st and Luke Kerber 34th… Again to see the results for the entire Class A Boys including times and finishes, click here.

 World Series

  • Game 6 Tonight in Cleveland… True MLB fans know that the Cleveland Indians won games 3 & 4 in Chicago on Friday and Saturday by scores of 1-0 and 7-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the best of 7 series… The Cubbies came back to take Sunday’s game by a score of 73-2 to force the series into game 6 which will be tonight in Cleveland starting at 8 pm… The Cubs have to win tonight to even the series and have a shot to win it tomorrow night.

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Sports Report for Monday, 10-31-2016

CHS:

  • Clinton: Bye Week…The Red Devils did not play this past Friday but will host the Woodruff Wolverines at 7:30 this Friday night in their final regular season game.
  • Volleyball Travels to Crescent… The Red Devil volleyball team will travel to Crescent today to take on the Tigers in the second round of the playoffs.
  • Tennis travels to Seneca… Meanwhile the Lady Red Devil tennis team will travel to Seneca to take on the Lady Bobcats in the second round of the playoffs… Good luck to both these Red Devil teams… Go Big Red!!

 

 LDHS:

  • Laurens 20 – Greenwood 10… If you were the Laurens Raider football team last Friday and you were hungry for a win and went to the local football restaurant you would have ordered a main course of cooked Eagles (for the second consecutive year) with a side of Hillcrest over Mauldin and for desert a Region 2-5A Championship and you probably would have felt very full and satisfied… Well the Raiders (and their fans) went home very full and satisfied as they defeated the Greenwood eagles 20-10 at KC Hanna Stadium and the Hillcrest Rams took a 31-13 win over Mauldin to make the Raiders Region 2-5A Champions… The Raiders took the opening kickoff and marched down the field 82 yards in 15 plays which was capped by Duane Martin scoring from 6 yards out and Devin Hubner adding the PAT to put the Raiders up 7-0… Greenwood came right back and scored on their first possession to make the score 7-7… Laurens went 3 and out on their next possession and Greenwood started a drive but just before the end of the first quarter they completed a pass but the Raiders forced a fumble recovered by Tyzay Hill to set the Raiders up at the Greenwood 47 yard line… Five plays later on a 3-10 situation, Ryan Campbell hit Braylen McBeth on a 37 yard TD pass… Hubner’s PAT was good and Laurens led 14-7 with 11:04 left in the half… The eagles responded by driving the Laurens 13 but the defense held on a third and 8 forcing the Eagles to settle for a 29 yard field goal to make the score 14-10 Raiders with 4:52 left in the half… The final score of the game came with 1:17 left in the half when Campbell threw his second TD pass of the night this one a 26 yard completion to Deonte Smith… The raiders defense kept the eagles pretty much in check the second half and the Raider offense did get down to the Greenwood 11 early in the final quarter where the drive stalled and they missed a 28 yard field goal… The Raiders also got the ball back with 9:12 left in the game and never gave the ball back to the Eagles as time expired with the Raiders on the Greenwood 1 foot line and the celebration started… The Raiders led in every statistical category and for game stats, click on the following: Greenwood-at-Laurens-Stats…. The Raiders will have a couple of Friday nights off as Hurricane Matthew has played havoc with lower state games and the playoffs will now start on Friday, November 18th when they will most likely host Woodmont..

 

Laurens Academy:

  • Northside Christian Academy 46 – L.A. 20… The Laurens Academy Crusaders closed out their regular season last Friday night at home with a 46-20 loss to Northside Christian Academy at Todd Kirk Field… Sorry but at this time I do not have any scoring details… The Crusaders finish the regular season 2-8 overall and await the playoff seeding to see where they will be playing this Friday.

 

Ware Shoals:

  • Dixie 23 Ware Shoals 21… Last Friday night there was Ware Shoals vs. Dixie in a game that you could bet your house on that the Hornets would win… The only question was would it be the Dixie Green Hornets or the Ware Shoals purple Hornets… It turned out to be the Green Hornets (minus Cato…LOL) as Dixie took a hard fought 23-21 win over Ware Shoals… If you would like more details on the game, click here… Ware Shoals finishes the season 3-7overall and 1-3 in region play and most likely will not make the playoffs unless it is as a “wild card” team while Dixie goes to 6-4 overall and 2-2 in region play and will make the playoffs.

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Sports Report for Friday, 10-28-2016

PC Notes:

  • PC Host Coastal Carolina for Homecoming…Tomorrow at 2 pm the Blue Hose football team will be hosting the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina and it is Homecoming… The two teams have played every season since 2007 with the Chanticleers leading the series 8-1… For more information on this game, click here. 

Local Notes:

CHS:

  • VB: Clinton 3 – Fairfield Central 0… Catching up with first round playoff action in volleyball at CHS on Wednesday, the Lady Red Devils took a 3-0 win over Fairfield Central HS to advance to second round of the playoffs on Monday… Set scores were 25-9, 25-13 and 25-7…. Congratulation to the team… Go Big Red!

LDHS:

  • Tennis: JL Mann 6 – Laurens 0… In their first playoff appearance in several years, the Raider ladies’ tennis team was forced to face off against #1 seed J.L. Mann in the 1st round playoff match… While the Lady Raiders fought valiantly, they were unable to secure a victory in any of the individual or doubles matches as the Patriots eliminated the Raiders from the playoffs by a score of 6-0… Kathleen Horner, Ella Orcutt and Abby Davis all took their matches to three sets but, each Raider lost in a tiebreaker at the end of the 3rd match… In other singles matches, Kathryn Tribble and Julianne Turner were defeated in straight sets… Only one doubles match was played. In that contest, the team of Tiffany Huffman and Anna Jenkins fell 1 – 8 in a pro set… Coach Susan Youmans said afterwards “We are all proud of the effort these young ladies put into their season and we know that they will continue to improve as a result of those efforts… Go Raiders!”
  • 9th Grade Football: Greenwood 28 – Laurens 24… The Laurens Raider 9th grade football team traveled to Greenwood yesterday to take on the Eagles and fell by a score of 28-24 in a tight game.. Don’t really have too much information but I can tell you Mikeal Burnside had at least 1 rushing TD and Dee Foster and Kee Pitts had passing scores.
  • JV Football: Greenwood 40 – Laurens 0… The JVs also traveled to Greenwood and lost 40-0

Middle School Athletics:

  • Football: Gray Court-Owings 22 – Hickory Tavern 12… In middle school football action yesterday at Hickory Tavern, the Tigers of GCO took a 22-12 win over the Panthers of HT… The Tigers took the early lead on a 6 yard run by Dontavious Stephenson who also added the 2-point conversion to put the Tigers up 8-0 midway through the 2nd quarter… Eric Roberts returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tigers 21 yard line and 3 plays later Jeremiah Easter scored from 2 yards out and the score went to 8-6 with the PAT being unsuccessful… HT scored on the opening drive of the 2nd half on a 46 yard pass from Easter to Kevin Norman and took a 12-8 lead… GCO responded on their next possession when Cole Mundy connected with Luis Rios on a 9 yard pass and Easter connected with Kalob Hamilton for the 2-point conversion to go up 16-12… The Tigers last score came on a 13 yard run by Mundy to make the final 22-12.
  • Football: CMS (8) 30 – Saluda 0The CMS 8th grade team was also in action yesterday and they defeated Saluda 30-0… Kimon Quarles had 2 TDs one of them on a punt return… Navil Watson also had a rushing TD and a 2-point conversion while Nick Williams scored on a pass… Baikevious Witherspoon and Shy Kinard each had a 2-point conversion.. Afterwards Coach Lapomarda said his team could have played better as they had 4 TDs called back… Congratulations to both these teams on their wins.

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: Host Northside Christian Academy at 7:30 on Senior Night 

Broadcast Notes

  • Varsity Football: Our next Laurens varsity football broadcast will be tonight when Laurens host the Greenwood Eagles on Senior Night.… I hope you can make it to the game as the Raiders can secure and opening round home game in the playoffs with a win… We will start with our Friday Night Insiders program at 5:30 followed by Stan Olenik & Mike Anthony with their Palmetto Preview Show and then we go live 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… Also remember the game will be streamed live at www.wlbg.com.

This & That: 

  • Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame… Please do not forget that the new Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for its inaugural class until October 31st… If you want more information about this I invite you to click here and it will take you to a posting that has a video of the press conference announcing the hall’s formation and information about how to nominate someone.
  • Chicken Stew Fund Raiser for Adair Outdoor Education Center… The Joe R Adair Outdoor Education Center is having a chicken stew fundraiser to help the center that is used by both Laurens School Districts 55 & 56… The center host classes in all age ranges and its personnel also go to the school to help enhance the both districts students education about the natural world around them… With district budgets being tight, the money will be use to help maintain the facility and accomplish different projects at the center… The stew is $7 per quart and pre-orders are being accepted… The stew will be available at the center on Friday, Nov. 4th and should be picked up between 11am and 4 pm… The center is located at 110 Scout Creek Court, Laurens down behind EB Morse… A limited number of quarts will be available for walk-ups that day.
  • Laurens County Touchdown Club… The Laurens County Touchdown Club will have its next meeting on Friday, 11-4-16 where the guest speaker is scheduled to be Mike Ayers Head Coach of the Wofford Terriers… If you would like to see the entire schedule or are interested in becoming a sponsor, click here and it will carry you to a posting in our Between the Lines section where that information is available… To see videos of past meetings click here.
  • LCCC Oyster Roast… Mark your calendars for November 10th because that is when the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their ninth Annual College Football Fan Challenge Oyster Roast… Again this year the menu will have all you can eat ands drink steamed oysters, low country boil and gumbo… College football celebrities will be on hand as there will be a silent and live auction… The gates will open at 5 pm and food will be served at 6 pm… now tickets for the event are $40 and you can get them at the Chamber of Commerce Office or you can order them online by clicking here… For more information call the chamber at 864-833-2716
  • Softball Chicken Stew Fundraiser… The Laurens Raider Varsity and JV Softball teams are selling quarts of chicken stew as a fundraiser for the softball programs… The teams will be selling options on the stew beginning October 1, 2016 and the market will close on November 11, 2016… All chicken stew quarts will be available for pick up on November 12th… This fabulous stew will be sold for $7.00 per quart… To purchase your “Chicken Stew for the Soul,” please see any softball player, their parents, or contact Michelle Gibbs (mgibbs@laurens55.org). 

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 Thursday, 10-27-2016

CHS:

  • Tennis: Clinton 6 – Fairfield Central 0… In first round playoff action yesterday at the CHS tennis courts, the Lady Red Devil tennis team took a 6-0 win over Fairfield Central… Gracie Waldron, Elizabeth Jones, Mary Katherine Kelley, Savanna Moates and Gerri Hill all took very one-sided wins in singles action… They only played one doubles match and in that match Kalen Richardson and Janie Tiller shutout their opponents… The win gives the Red Devils a14-3 record overall and propels them into the second round of the playoffs on Monday… They will play the winner of yesterday’s Seneca vs. Berea match… If Seneca won it will be at Seneca, if Berea won it will be at CHS.

Middle School Athletics:

  • Football: Sanders 22 – LMS 6… Yesterday the Sanders MS Yellow Jackets played host to the Laurens MS Tigers at KC Hanna Stadium in football action for the “City Championship”… The Tigers took the short opening kickoff and then used all but 44 seconds of the opening quarter to score 12 plays later on a 1-yard run by Kendravius Mosley to make the score 6-0 Tigers but that would be the last lead they would enjoy as Sanders took a 22-6 win… On their first possession Sanders went 80 yards and scored on a 1-yard run by Shamare Dendy and he added the 2-point conversion to give Sanders an 8-6 lead… LMS mishandled the ensuing kickoff and Sanders recovered at the Tigers 35 yard line and 3 plays later Zak Rice connected with Reshun Kennedy for a 15 yard scoring pass with Dendy again adding the 2-pony conversion to make the score 16-6 with 2:45 left in the half… Sanders final score came with 2:34 left in the contest when Dendy again scored this time from 14 yards out… Sanders is now 3-4 on the season and LMS is 1-7.

College Football Rankings

  • FBS – AP Poll… There was a little bit of shakeup in the AP FBS Poll this week… Alabama remains at #1 but Michigan moved up to #2 while the previous #2 Ohio State dropped all the way to 6th after its loss this past weekend… Good news for Tiger fans as Clemson moved up a notch to #3… Washington and Louisville round out the top 5… To see the entire poll, click here
  • FCS –Coaches Poll… In the FCS Coaches Poll, Sam Houston State and Jacksonville State are still ranked 1 & 2 respectively… To find any area teams you have to look down at the 7, 8 & 9 spots where you will find The Citadel, Chattanooga and Charleston Southern in that order… To see the entire poll, click here.

World Series

  • Chicago 5 – Cleveland 1… Chicago rebounded from the game one loss to Cleveland on Tuesday and took a 5-1 win over the Indians last night in Cleveland…. The Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta had a no hitter for 5⅓ innings with the Kyle Schwarber hitting as the DH going 2-4 with 2 RBIs leading the Cub offense…For more information on this game, click here… The series now moves to Chicago for games 3,4 & 5 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday where the Cubs could wrap up the title.

 

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