Sports Report for Thursday, 9-7-2023

Sports Talk Media Network Morning Sportscast… For those of you who listen to WLBG each weeknight between 6:00 and 8:00 pm you know that we carry Sports Talk each evening… They are now offering a Morning Sportscast each weekday morning done by the same folks… If you would like to listen to that click on the date9-7-23 below you would like to listen to… Enjoy

Sports Talk Media High School Football Recap… Each week during the high school football season Sports Talk Media Network does a recap of high school football in the South Carolina… It is about 10 minute long… They have made that recap available to WLBG and I will make it available for you to listen to… Click on the week below to hear it… Enjoy!

Clinton HS

Cross Country… last Saturday morning the Red Devil cross country teams participated in the Eye Opener event up at Milliken in Spartanburg… There were over 120 teams at the event.

  • Boys Finish in Top 10… In the boys’ portion of the meet, the Red Devils finished 8th out of 50 teams participating in the Championship Race… This is the first time the Red Devils have finished in the top 10 in this event… The team was led by Charlie Cody who ran the best time of his career which was 16:41:40 and that is also a new record time for the Red Devils… To see much more on this meet including how the other Red Devil varsity and JV runners did, click here… Congratulations to the team on such a fine showing in the meet… Go Big Red!
  • Girls Finish 42nd The Lady Red Devils also had a good showing in the girls’ portion of the same met as they finished 42nd out of over 120 teams… Elizabeth Reid led the team with a time of 21:53:70… For more information on how other Lady Red Devil varsity and JV runners did click here.
  • JV Football on the Road… The Red Devil JV football team will be on the road this afternoon as they travel to Aiken for a 5:30 pm game.
  • Clinton MS Pays at Home Today…  According to the schedule on the CHS Athletic website the Clinton MS Wildcats will host Brewer at 5:30 today at Wilder Stadium

Laurens HS

  • Girls Tennis… Doing some catching up with the lady Raider tennis team I found a little information on the two of their matches to date…. Back on Wednesday, 8-23 the Raiders hosted Hillcrest and fell by a score of 6-o to the Lady Rams… Then on Thursday, 8-3 they hosted the Fountain Inn Fury and fell by a score of 4-2… In this match Kelsie Little and Sara Beth Field both took wins in singles action.
  • JV Football Tonight… The Raider JV football team will have their home opener tonight as they host the Chapman Panthers at about 6:30 after the middle school football game at 5:00 pm.

Laurens Academy

  • MS Football… According to the schedule posted on the Laurens Academy website, the middle school football team will host Newberry Academy today at 6:00 pm at Todd Kirk Field. 

Middle School Football… According to the master middle school football schedule that I have the area teams kick off their season today… If you are at one of the games please ask the coaches to report the scores to me tonight…. All games start at 5:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

  • Christ Church at Hickory Tavern
  • Gray Court-Owings vs. Sanders at KC Hanna Stadium before JV football game
  • Laurens MS at Whitmire at 5:30
  • Thornwell at Ware Shoals at 5:30

SC Prep Football Media Poll … Below the rankings for the S.C. Prep Football Media Poll released Monday, Sept. 4. First-place votes and the teams’ records are in parentheses.

  • CLASS 5A 1. Summerville (17) (2-0) 2. Gaffney (2) (2-1) 3. Sumter (1) (3-0) 4. Lexington (3-0) 5. Hillcrest (3-0) 6. Spartanburg (2-1) 7. Byrnes (2-1) 8. Fort Dorchester (1-1) 9. TL Hanna (2-1) and 10. JL Mann (3-0)… Others receiving votes: Boiling Springs, White Knoll, Ashley Ridge, Dutch Fork, Blythewood and Cane Bay
  • CLASS 4A 1. South Florence (17) (3-0) 2. Hartsville (1) (2-0) 3. Northwestern (1) (1-1) 4. South Pointe (1) (2-1) 5. James Island (3-0) 6. Irmo (3-0) 7. Greenwood (2-1) 8. West Florence (2-1) 9. AC Flora (1-1) and 10. Midland Valley (3-0)… Others receiving votes: Greenville, Westside, Lucy Beckham and York, Ridge View.
  • CLASS 3A 1. Dillon (16) (2-0) 2. Daniel (1) (2-0) 3. Clinton (2) (3-0) 4. Chester (3-0) 5. Belton-Honea Path (1) (2-0) 6. Gilbert (2-0) 7. Camden (2-1) 8. Chapman 2-1 9. Brookland-Cayce (2-0) and 10. Broome (2-1)… Others receiving votes: Manning, Crestwood, Seneca, Philip Simmons, Beaufort, Loris, Pendleton, Powdersville and  Crescent
  • CLASS 2A 1. Abbeville (15) (3-0) 2. Gray Collegiate (5) (3-0) 3. Oceanside Collegiate (2-1) 4. Marion (3-0) 5. Hampton County (3-0) 6. Saluda (3-0) 7. Fairfield Central (2-1) 8. Silver Bluff (2-1) 9. Strom Thurmond (2-1) and 10. Woodland (1-0)… Others receiving votes: Ninety-Six, Chesnee and Timberland
  • CLASS A 1. Lewisville (11) (2-1) 2. Christ Church (5) (2-1) 3. St. Joseph’s (4) (3-0) 4. Denmark-Olar (3-0) 5. Calhoun County (3-0) 6. (tie) Bamberg-Ehrhardt (2-1) 6. (tie) Whale Branch (2-0) 8. Lamar (1-2) 9. Southside Christian (0-2) and 10. Blackville-Hilda (3-0)… Others receiving votes: Latta, Lake View, Johnsonville, Wagener-Salley, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Hannah-Pamplico and Cross

High School Football Scores, Schedules and Standings

  • Thanks to you can now see last weekend’s scores for all games by classification on Saturday or Sunday and possibly Monday… After that you will see the weeks schedule 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… If it is a varsity football game, coverage will begin about 6:05 pm with the Friday Night Insiders program.

  • Friday, 9-8-23: Laurens varsity football at Chapman at 7:30

Local Sports Schedule: All schedules subject to change right up to game time.

  • School District 55: To see the sports schedule for this week at LDHS, click here.
  • School District 56:  To see the sports schedule for this week at CHS and CMS, click here
  • Laurens Academy: To see the varsity football schedule click here… To see the varsity & middle school volleyball schedules click here… To see the middle school football schedule click here.
  • Thornwell:  To see the Thornwell football schedule click here… To see the volleyball schedule click here… To see the cross country schedule click here.
  • PC Sports Calendar… To see the PC athletics sports calendar, click here.

College Sports:

  • FBS AP RankingsThe latest AP Ranking (9-5-23) for the FBS Division still has Georgia at #1 and Michigan #2… Alabama moves up a spot to # 3 and Florida State goers from #8 to #4… Ohio State rounds out the top 5… Clemson drops from #9 all the way to #25… To see the entire top 25 click here.
  • FCS Coaches Poll… The latest FCS Coaches Poll (9-5-23) for college football has South Dakota State and North Dakota State listed as 1 & 2 in that order… The only team from South Carolina in the top 25 is Furman who is still listed at #6… To see the entire top 25 in the Coaches Poll click here.

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

 Atlanta Braves

  • Cardinals 11 – Braves 6… The Braves losing streak is now up to 3 games as the Cardinals took an 11-6 win over the Braves last night in Atlanta… They scored 4 runs in the 1st inning of Spencer Strider (16-5) who took the rare loss…The Cardinals only outhit the Braves 14-10 but 4 of their hits were homers while the Braves had only 2 homers… Matt Olson led the Braves at the plate going 3 for 4 as he had one of the Braves two homers (his 46th of the season) and Austin Riley (34) had the Braves other homer… The Braves will try to avoid the sweep tonight at 7:20 pm in the series finale.
  • Braves ScheduleIf you would like to see the Braves schedule and results after the games are finished, click here… Where the games can be seen on TV as well as start times and other information is available there also.
  • MLB StandingsIf you would like to check on the standings for both the American and National Leagues, click here.

Greenville Drive.

  • Iron Birds 5 – Drive 3… The Greenville Drive continued their second half of the season woes as they lost to the Aberdeen .Iron Birds up in Maryland last night by a score of 5-3… The Iron Birds scored 2 runs in the 1st inning and 3 in the 3rd inning and then held to Drive to just 3 runs in the 7th in route to the win… The Drive scored all their run playing “small ball” while the Iron Birds did have one homer.
  • Drive Schedule… To see the Drive’s schedule, click here.
  • Standings… To see the standings for the South Atlantic League both the North and South Divisions, click here.


  • Kyle Larson Wins First Playoff Race at DarlingtonIn the Cup Series playoff race at Darlington Sunday night, Kyle Larson took the win in the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington…  He led the last 55 laps of the race and held off Tyler Redick to take the win… Click here for more information on the race.
  • Playoff StandingsWith the win, Larson punched his ticket the round of 12… To see the complete standings for the playoffs, click here.
  •  NASCAR on TV This Week… NASCAR will be headed to the Kansas Speedway this weekend for the next Cup Series Playoff Race…  There will be TV viewing this week of past races, practices, qualifying and other items on TV… To see the TV schedule, click here.
  • Schedule… To see the NASCAR season schedule and results for completed races click here… Once there you can filter by the month and the series that you want to check on.

This & That:

  • Laurens County TD Next Meeting September 7th… The Laurens County Touchdown Club kicked off the 2023 season on Thursday, August 24th… The club meets bi-weekly at The Ridge (City of Laurens Parks and Recreation headquarters) at noon for a lunch… Each week the high school coaches will talk about their recent games and upcoming opponents… After the first meeting, there will also be quest speakers… To see a list of who those speakers are scheduled to be for each meeting click here… The TD Club will close out its season on Wednesday, December 6th with its Post Season Awards Banquet… For more information on how to join the club or become a sponsor click here… See you there!


  • Finally Friday… The featured music for Finally Friday this week will be provided by Veronica Jackson… The music runs from 7-9 pm on the Courthouse Square…  Also, food trucks will open at 6:00 pm… For more information, visit www.cityof or… Also don’t forget that on Saturday the Farmers Market will open at Verdin’s Too just off the Courthouse Square form 8 am until noon.



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