Sports Report for Monday, 8-1-2022

Local Notes:

Countdown to Kickoff

  • Clinton, Laurens Academy & Laurens… The number of days until August 19th when the Red Devils host Batesburg-Leesville the Crusaders host the Augusta Eagles and the Raiders travel to Hillcrest for the first football games of the season is 18
  • PC… The number of days until Saturday, September 3rd when Presbyterian College travels to Clarksville, TN to take on Austin Peay at 7:00 pm is 33
  • South Carolina… The number of days until Saturday, September 3rd when the Gamecocks host Georgia State  at 7:30 pm is 33
  • Clemson… The number of days until Monday, September 5th when Clemson travels Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech at 8:00 pm is 35



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

 NBA

  • NBA Great Bill Russell Dies at 88… As most of you know who have listened the last 12

      

    years I usually don’t mention sports starts who have passed away unless they are in the truly icon classification like the late Hank Aaron… Well I am going to mention one today and that is Hall of Famer and Celtic Great Bill Russell… Russell died yesterday at the age of 88… Time does not allow me to mention all of his accomplishments but to say the least he was a champion…. He played on 2 high school state championship teams, two NCAA championship teams, captain of the gold-medal winning Olympic team, 11 times an NBA champion, the first black NBA coach (first black head coach of any North American pro sports team) and won 2 NBA championships as a coach… The NBA has honored him by naming the NBA Finals MVP Award the Bill Russell Award… Off the court his quiet dignity and leadership in the in the Civil Rights movement have earned him Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in 2010… For those of you too young to remember him I invite you to click here to go to the NBA website where there is much more on his passing and career.


MLB Baseball

  • Braves Weekend Results… The Braves hosted the Arizona D-backs over the weekend in a 3-game series.
    • Friday: Braves 5 – D-backs 2… Friday the Braves scored a single run in the first inning and then put 3 more on the board in the third inning as they took a 5-2 win over Arizona… The Braves outhit the D-backs 8-6 and Austin Riley led the Braves going 3 for 4 driving in 3 runs with a double and his 29th homer of the season…. Kyle Wright (13-4) picked up the win going 6⅔ innings giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits while striking out 5 and walking 2.
    • Saturday: Braves 6 – D-backs 2… On Saturday the Braves again scored early and often and held the D-backs scoreless until the 9th inning as they took a 6-2 win over Arizona… The Braves outhit the D-backs 11-4 with William Contreras having the big day going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs on 2 homers giving him 13 homers on the season… Matt Olson also picked up his 21st homer of the season in the 1st inning… Ian Anderson (9-6) got the start and the win for the Braves going 6 innings giving up 1 hit while striking out 9 and walking 1.
    • Sunday: Braves 1 – D-backs 0… Then yesterday the Braves managed to sweep the D-backs by taking a 1-0 win but they had to go all the way to the bottom of the 9th inning to do it… The D-back starter Merrill Kelly and the Braves starter Max Fried locked up in a pitcher’s duel that saw both of them throw 7 scoreless innings before turning the game over to the bullpens… In the bottom of the 9th with 1 out, Matt Olson singled for the Braves… Austin Riley then strengthened his claim on an MVP season as he doubled on the first pitch he saw driving in Olson fort eh walk-off win.
    • Up Next for the Braves…The Braves are now 62-41 on the season and in second place in the NL East 3 games behind the Mets and will host Philadelphia to start a 2-game series with the Phillies tonight at 7:20 pm… The Phillies are in third place in the NL East with a record 55-47… For information about completed games, current and future games click here
  • MLB Standings… If you would like to see the MLB standings for each division in both the National and American Leagues, click here.
  • Greenville Drive Weekend Results… The Greenville Drive finished hosting the Bowling Green Hot Rods in a 6-game series over the weekend… As a reminder, the Hot Rods won 2 of the first 3 games.
    • Friday: Hot Rods 10 – Drive 2… In Friday’s game the Hot Rods only outhit the Drive 16-12 in route to a 10-2 win over the Drive but the Drive made 4 errors in the game that helped the Hot Rods
    • Saturday: Hot Rods 7 – Drive 0 … On Saturday the Hot Rods won again this time by a score of 7-0… They simply outhit the Drive 9-6 and one of their hits was a homer while the Drive just could not get the key hit when they needed it
    • Sunday:  Drive 7 – Hot Rods 6… Yesterday the Drive did manage to salvage another win in the series as they took a 7-6 win over the Hot Rods… The Drive took an early lead only to have the Hot Rods score 3 runs in the top of the 7th inning to tie the game 6-6… In the bottom of the inning the Drive’s Nick Decker singled to drive in what would prove to be the winning run… The Drive will have tonight off.
  • Greenville Drive Schedule and Results … If you want to check on the Drives schedule which includes information about completed games, current and future games click here.

NASCAR

  • Tyler Reddick Takes Second Road Corse Win of the season at IndianapolisTyler Reddick battled Ross Chastain in overtime at Indianapolis Sunday and won his second road course race at Indianapolis… As it turned out, Chastain did not finish second after all as he deviated from the course late in the race and got back on it using an access road which NASCAR frowned on and assessed him a 30 second penalty dropping him all the way to 27th…  For more on this click here.
  • Driver Standings… After the race at Indianapolis Sunday, Chase Elliot remains atop the Cup Series Driver standings with 821 points… Ryan Blaney moved up to second (696) and Ross Chastain is third (692)…To see the driver complete list of driver standings click here…Once you get there you can filter by the NASCAR Series you are interested in.
  • NASCAR at Michigan International Speedway This Weekend… Only the Xfinity and Cup series will be racing this weekend and they will be racing up at the Michigan International Speedway…The Xfinity will race on Saturday at 3:30 pm and the Cup series on Sunday at 3:00 pm… To see the TV schedule for the practices, qualifying and the races as well as TV viewing for this weekend click here.
  • Schedule… To see the NASCAR season schedule and results for completed races click here… Once there you can filter by the series that you want to check on.

NFL

  • Panther Training Camp Dates Announced… The Panthers have started their preseason training camp up at Wofford College… If you click here it will take you to the Carolina Panther website where you will find more information about the camp including but not limited to the camp practice schedule… Be sure to check out the different links on that page for parking info, list of what you can and cannot bring to the camp and other information… The Panthers will be practicing today at 10:30 am.



This & That:

Lady Red Devil Tennis Team to Meet Monday, August 1st. Returning and new ladies’ tennis players need to meet at the CHS tennis courts located at Clinton Middle School on Monday, August 8, 2022, at 10:00 AM…  You must have either turned in your completed 2022-23 physical packet to Dr. Pace, or bring it with you to the meeting… If you need to get a copy of the 2022-23 physical packet forms click here… If you have any questions, please email Coach Simmons at clovissimmons@lcsd56g.com… GO BIG RED

 


LDHS Century Club Taking Applications… Another sign that the high school football season is almost here is that the LDHS is taking new and renewal applications for the Century Club… Past members should have already received information on renewal information in the mail… For those of you who may be new to District 55 or have children who will be attending LDHS for the first time this tear and participating is various sports throughout the year, this is the best way to get tickets for not only home football games but also all other home sports… If you click here it will carry you to a posting on the Laurens District 55 athletic website where there is a posting about the Century Club that outlines the benefits, cost and other information you might want to know about it… Now one note about something I want to make clear, season tickets for football and other sports are for regular season games only… Not playoffs… SCHSL rules do not allow season tickets to cover playoff tickets at home or away… Fans will have to be paid for playoff tickets each game at a cost set by the SCHSL… For football your parking pass can be used for playoff games at home and you will be allowed to sit in your usual (reserved) seat put must pay for the playoff ticket… Now an important note, payment and forms must be mailed back to the Athletic Booster Club by Wednesday, August 6th…  To go to the application form you can print and send in click here…. Seats in the Century Club are limited so don’t hesitate.


 

Meet the Raiders…  Now I have a date that Raider fans may want to mark on their Calendars and that date is Saturday, August 13th… On that date LDHS Athletics will be hosting a Meet the Raiders Event at KC Hannah Stadium starting at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:00 pm… There will be a Parade of Athletes for all the fall sports as well as team sports sales, food and local vendors… This is a great opportunity to meet all the fall sports athletes and pick up some team merchandise… If you want more information about this event or would like to be one of the local vendors contact Coach Kelsey Harp (kdharp@laurens55.org) or Erin Patterson (eopatterson@laurens55.org)


 

Soccer Registration at Clinton YMCA… Registration is now open for fall Soccer at the Clinton YMCA… There will be 3 age appropriate playing divisions (3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 as of 9-22)… Games will be held at PC on Monday, Tuesday and/or Thursday at 5:00 pm… The cost will be $60 per participant for Y members and $75 for non-member and the registration deadline is August 19th and financial aid is available… If they have room after August 19th and before the games start on September 19th you might be able to register your child but there will be a $10 late fee after August 19th… For the 3-5 age group, they will only meet once a week on Mondays and registration is half price… If you have any questions call the Clinton YMCA at 833-1555

 

 

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