Sports Report for Wednesday, 8-3-2022

Local Notes:

Clinton HS

  • Atkinson Receives 30 Year Coaching Award… At the end of last month CHS Coach Lee Atkinson was recognized by the SC Athletic Coaches Association for his 30 years of coaching in South Carolina… Coach Atkinson is currently the head cross country coach and an assistant coach for the track team… In the past he has coached football and baseball… One of the amazing things is that all 30 years of coaching have been in Laurens County School District 56… This past school year he was a history and geography teacher at CHS… Congratulations to Coach Atkinson!
  • CHS Football Adjust Scrimmage Times… The Clinton Red Devil football team will be holding two scrimmages over the next 7 days and the times for those scrimmages has been changed… This Thursday (8-4-22) the Red Devils will host AC Flora and Chesnee at Wilder Stadium… The time for that scrimmage is now set for 9:00 am… Then next Monday (8-8-22) the Red Devils will host Chapin at Wilder Stadium… The time for that scrimmage is now set for 7:00 pm… This will be your first chances to see the Red Devils in game type action before their appearance in the jamboree at York on Friday 8-12-22 where they will take on York at 9:00 pm.
  • High School Red Zone Preview of Clinton HS Available… As many of you know, Chanel 7 WSPA and Chanel CW 62 both out of Spartanburg do a short preview of many of the area high school football teams before the start of the season…. The preview usually includes information on how the team did last year, upcoming opponents and a short interview with the head coach… Well in case you missed it, the preview of the Clinton Red Devils has already been aired… If you missed it and would like to see it click here to go to its posting on the station’s website…  You will have to watch a little advertisement before the video plays.

Laurens HS

  • LDHS Upcoming Football Scrimmages… The Laurens raiders will be hosting 2 football scrimmages over the next few days… Tomorrow (8-4-22) they will be hosting Mauldin at 9:00 am at KC Hanna Stadium… Then next Monday (8-8-22) they will be hosting JL Mann at 6:00 pm… This will be your first two chances to see the Raiders before they travel to York on Friday, August 12th where they will take on Fort Mill at 6:00 pm.
  • Coach Taylor Honored by South Carolina Football Coaches Association… Laurens HS assistant football coach and offensive coordinator Lee Taylor was recently honored for his service to the South Carolina Football Coaches Association where he recently finished his term as the association’s president… The association helps to keep football coaches in the state abreast of the ever changing football environment and also helps with the Touch stone Energy Bowl, coaching clinics and the SC Football Coaches Hall of Fame… So you see Coach Taylor has had his plate full this past year and congratulations to him!
  • Girls Golf Meeting Thursday… Any young lady in grades 7-12 in School District 55 who is interested in playing golf for the Raiders this season need to attend a meeting being held in the Commons area at LDHS this Thursday (8-4-22) at 6:00 pm… At that time you will have the opportunity to meet the new golf coach Meghan Heald and get information about the upcoming season.

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 16
  • PC… The number of days until Saturday, September 3rd when PC travels to Austin Peay for a 7:00 pm kickoff is  31
  • South Carolina… The number of days until Saturday, September 3rd when the Gamecocks host Georgia State at 7:30 pm is 31
  • 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 33

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

MLB Baseball

  • Braves Sign Riley to 10 Year Deal… The Braves third baseman Austin Riley is having a season that puts him in serious contention for the NL MVP Award… He is hitting .301 on the season with a league leading 61 extra-base hits 29 of which are homers… He has an on base plus slugging percentage (OPS) of .964… Well the Braves secured his services for at least 10 more years as yesterday he signed a 10 year contract worth $212 million dollars… For more on this story click here.
  • Braves Trade for $ Players Just Before Trade Deadline… Just before the trade deadline for MLB passed yesterday, the Braves made trades that brought 4 different players to the team in an effort to bolster their chances down the stretch as they try to catch the Mets and get into the playoffs again this season… The most notable player coming to the Braves is Raisel Iglesias a right-hand closer from the Angeles… For more information on him and to find out who the other 3 players are that the Braves picked up click here.
  • Braves 13 – Phillies 1… The Atlanta Braves started a short 2-game series with the Phillies last night in Atlanta with a bang as they pounded out 14 hits while holding the Phillies to just 4 hits as they took a 13-1 win over the Phillies…. The big inning for the Braves was the 5th inning where they sent 10 men to the plate and scored 6 runs to break the game open…. Two of the Braves hits were homeruns as Orlando Arcia (6) had a 2-run homer in the 5th inning and Marcell Ozuna (19) had a solo shot in the 7th inning… Former Clemson Tiger Spencer Strider (6-3) got the start and the win going 6⅔ innings giving up 1 earned run on 3 hits while walking just 1 and striking out a career high 13 batters… The two teams will finish their series with an afternoon game starting 12:20 pm.
  • Atlanta Braves Schedule and Results… If you want to check on the Braves schedule which includes 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.
  • Braves 10 – Drive 5… The Greenville Drive started a 6-game series with the Rome Braves down in Rome, GA last night on a less than stellar note as they fell to the Baby Braves 10-5… The Braves led 10-0 going into the top of the 6th inning where the Drive started to rally as they scored 5 runs but the Braves shut them down the rest of the way taking the 10-5 win.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Deshaun Watson Suspended for Six Games… In case you missed on the news last night, former Clemson standout and current Cleveland Brown’s quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended for 6 games by the NFL for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy… All of this stems from his alleged sexual misconduct with numerous massage parlor employees… This was done after an independent investigation by Judge Sue Robinson’s report on the matter was reviewed by the NFL…. For many more details on this click here
  • 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:

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 Saturday, 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 ( or Erin Patterson (


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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