Sports Report for Thursday, 9-9-2021

Local Notes:

Clinton HS:

  • Swansea Cancels, Red Devils Pick Up Calhoun County… This season it seems like just about every high school football team in South Carolina has been playing musical chairs with their football schedule… As I have already mentioned to you the Laurens Raiders have had to cancel their game with the Daniel Lions this week due to COVID restrictions and injuries, Clinton was idle last Friday night due to COVID problems with Newberry and believe it or not it happened to the Red Devils again yesterday… Swansea notified Clinton that they had a problem and could not play this Friday making it the second week in a row that Clinton’s opponent cancelled on them… I happened to be at LDHS yesterday talking with Raider Coach Daryl Smith and mentioned this and he said that some coach had put together an app on the internet where schools could post up their need for a game and then the schools could check that and see who was available… Well Coach Fountain or Coach Alexander might have checked that app because not too long after the cancellation was announced another announcement came out that Clinton was able to pick up the Calhoun County Saints and that they were willing to come to Clinton to play so the Red Devils will be playing at home tomorrow night… Stay tune ladies and gentlemen as we bring you more from the football game of musical chairs scheduling and in the meantime, Go Big Red.
  • Boys Cross Country Finishes First … Back on Tuesday the Red Devil cross country teams hosted a meet that included six other teams including Laurens… Good news for Red Devil fans as in the boys’ portion of the meet the Red Devils finished first… William Reid was the top runner for the Red Devils finishing 3rd overall with a time of 18: 52 … To see how other Red Devil runners did click here.
  • Girls Cross Country Finishes First… In the girls portion of the meet the Red Devils also finished first… Elizabeth Reid finished 2nd overall with a time of 21:44… To see how the other Red Devil runners did click here.

 Laurens HS:

  • Boys Finish Third at Clinton Meet… At the Clinton meet on Tuesday the Raiders finished third… Jose Garcia was the top runner for the Raiders as he finished 8th overall with a time of 19:59… If you would like to see not only how the other Raider Runners did but also how the entire field of runners finished in the boys competition click here.
  • Girls Finish Fourth…  Also at the Clinton meet on Tuesday the Raider girls finished 4th… The top runner for the Raiders was Rebecca Emory who finished 13th with a time of 27:20… Again to see how the other Raider girls did as well as the order of finish for the entire field of young ladies click here.

High School Football Scores, Schedules and Standings

  • Thanks to scfootballstats.com you can now see last weekend’s scores for all games by classification… You can also see the standings in each region by classification… To see this information click here

Broadcast Schedule: Below is a list of dates, times and teams that we plan on broadcasting live on Real Radio WLBG… And as usual you can hear it live on 860AM, 104.1 FM and the internet at www.wlbg.com… All of the following are weather and COVID dependent and are varsity games… If it is a varsity football game, coverage will begin about 6:05 pm with the Friday Night Insiders program.

  • Friday, 9-17-21: Varsity Football, Laurens at River Bluff, 7:30

Local Sports Schedule: All schedules subject to change right up to game time due to COVID 19




College Notes:

  • FBS College Football Rankings… In case you missed it, the latest AP College Football Rankings came out Tuesday night and there is no chance at the #1 spot as Alabama still sits at the top… Georgia moved up to #2 after defeating Clemson last Saturday, Ohio State moved from 4th to 3rd, Oklahoma dropped a spot to 4th and Texas A&M checked in at 3%… Clemson, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Iowa round out the top 10 in that order… Coastal Carolina moved up from # 22 to #17 after putting a whipping on the Citadel a week ago tonight… To see the entire AP Poll click here.
  • FCS Coaches Poll… In the FCS Coaches Poll Sam Houston still remains at the top… No South Carolina teams were in the top 25 but Furman and Charleston Southern did receive some votes… If you would like to see the entire poll click here.



Pro Sports: For more information on the game(s) below, click on the score at the beginning.

Major League Baseball

  • Nationals 4 – Braves 2In game two of their three-game series with the Nationals in Atlanta last night the Nationals took a 4-2 win over the Braves… The game was tied 2-2 going into the top of the 7th inning when the Nationals Juan Soto hit a towering homer (25) to right centerfield scoring what would prove to be the winning run… The Nationals added another run in the 8th inning on a ground-rule double by Luis Garcia… Both of the Braves runs came on solo homers by Adam Duvall (33) in the 4th inning and Eddie Rosario (9) in the 6th inning.
  • Drive 6 – Crawdads 2… The news is better for Greenville Drive fans as the Drive took a 6-2 win over the Hickory Crawdads in Hickory last night… The Drive trailed 2-1 going into the top of the 9th inning when with two out a bases loaded walk brought in one run for the Drive but that was then followed by the Drive’s second baseman Nick Yorke hitting only his second homerun of the season but it was big one as it as a grand slam making the score 6-2 as the Drive held the Crawdads scoreless in the bottom of the inning to take the win.
  • MLB Scores and Schedules… To see the latest scores and daily schedule for all of MLB click here.
  • MLB Standings… To check on the division standings for all of MLB click here.

NASCAR

  • NASCAR Schedule and Results… If you click here it will carry you to the NASCAR website where the Cup Series schedule and results are posted… Once you get there if you look near the top of the page you can change to the Xfinity schedule and results or the Camping World Truck Series schedule and results by clicking on the appropriate icon.
  • Driver Standings… If you click here it will carry you to the NASCAR website where the Cup Series driver standings are posted… Once you get there if you look near the top of the page you can change to the Xfinity driver standings or the Camping World Truck Series driver standings by clicking on the appropriate icon.



This & That:

  • Board Operator Position(s) Open… If you ever wondered how the “magic works” to get sports on the air here on WLBG or wanted to be part of the WLBG crew now is your chance… We at WLBG are looking for a person or persons to run the board at the station during our broadcast of athletic events… If you want more information and think you might be interested in email me at sports@wlbg.com or text me at 864-981-3470 and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible (but not while I am on the air… LOL).
  • Single Game Football Tickets on Sale at CHS… Information has been released concerning the purchase of individual contest tickets for home contest at Clinton HS and Clinton MS… The preferred method of sale for all athletic contests at both schools will still be online but a few tickets for varsity football will be offered for sale at 4 local businesses… There will also be a very few tickets for sale at the ticket booth the day of the contest… For more information on this I encourage you to click here to go to the CHS Athletic website where there is a posting that gives you much more information about this including price, the businesses where the varsity football tickets can be purchased,  procedure to purchase online tickets and much more… Please check it out… Go Big Red!
  • Single Game Football Tickets, Parking and KC Hanna Stadium Info… For information on purchasing single game tickets at LDHS along with parking information as well as safety practices in place for KC Hanna Stadium, click hereGo Raiders!
  •  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 Thursdays… 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 Thursday, September 9th and in addition to the local coaches the featured speaker will be Coach Kevin Kelly Head Football Coach at Presbyterian College.  .

 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.