Sports Report for Wednesday, 9-20-2023

Sports Talk Media Network Morning Sportscast and Sports Talk Media High School Football Recap… To listen to these bonus sports broadcast, click here to go to the Between the Lines posting where the latest of these can be heard.

Varsity Football Results from Last Friday Night… If you missed it on my sports Report for Monday, 9-18-23, click here to see a summary of how the four county football teams did last Friday night and when available more stats on the game… A possession-by-possession summary was added to the Laurens at Union game on Monday, 9-15-23.

Clinton HS

  • Girls Tennis: Clinton 5 – Chapin 1… On Monday the Lady Red Devil tennis team hosted the Chapin Eagles on the courts at Clinton MS… Good news for Red Devil fans as the team took a 5-1 win… Taking wins in singles action were Chandler Dailey, Libby Dailey, Kimora Wesley, Carley Macmillan and Addy Derrick…. For more information on this match click here
  • Cross Country… On Tuesday the Clinton cross country teams hosted Woodruff and Saluda High School.
    • Boys Finish First… The boys’ cross country team finished first running a “perfect meet”… By that I mean the top 5 finishers were all Red Devils… They are William Reid, Gaga Dominick, Sam Gearheart, Hayden Stinson and Henry Cody in that order… If you would like more information on the boys of the meet including how the other 2 teams finished click here
    • Girls Finish Second… The Lady Red Devils also participated in the meet and they finished second with 30 points to Woodruff’ 25… Rembert like in golf low score win…. The top 2 runners for Clinton were Elizabeth Reid and Skyler Collin who finished first and second in the final results, in that order… Again if you would like more information on the girls of the meet including how the other 2 teams finished click here
  • Zay Johnson Named to Shrine Bowl Team… Monday it was announced that Clinton’s Zay Johnson was named to the roster for the South Carolina team that will participate in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas on Saturday, December 16th at Spartanburg HS…  Zay is a senior on the Red Devil varsity football team who was picked as a defensive back and also plays wide receiver… If you would like to see the list of other players named to the South Carolina and North Carolina team, click here to go to the State Newspaper where there is an article about this.

Laurens HS

  • Girls Tennis: Wade Hampton 6 – Laurens 0… The Lady Raider tennis team hosted the Lady Generals o Wade Hampton… All I have is the final score and it is not good news for Raider fans as the Generals took a 6-0 in.


  • Volleyball: Dixie 3 – Saints 1… The Thornwell Saints volleyball team boarded the bus and traveled over to Due West to take on the Green Hornets of Dixie HS… The Saints won the first set 25-23 but then Dixie rebounded to take the next 3 sets 15-25, 12-25 and 18-25 to win the match 3-1.
  • Travious Quarles TD Club Player of the Week… Monday it was announced that Thornwell Charters’ Travious Quarles has been selected as the Laurens County Touchdown Club Player of the Week for his performance in the Saints 34-20 win over Clear Dot Academy in Clinton on Friday, 9-15-23… Quarles is a junior RB/DB… Quarles ran the ball 16 times for 102 yards in Thornwell’s win… Quarles had 1 reception for 13 yards and made 5.5 tackles on defense… He also broke up 2 passes and had one interception for the Saints… Head Coach Charlie Washington states “we tried our best to minimize our mistakes. Things from practice this week started to click, and understanding was clear… The Game was well played as a team.” Coach Washington stated, “Travious Quarles was big factor in our win Friday night… He will be honored this Thursday when the TD Club meets at The Ridge at noon… In addition to the local high school coaches reporting on their games, the featured speaker will be Newberry College Head Football Coach Todd Knight.

Middle Football Schedule for Thursday, 9-21-23… All games start at 5:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

  • Whitmire at Christ Church
  • Gray Court-Owings at Laurens Middle
  • Ware Shoals at Sanders
  • Hickory Tavern vs. Thornwell at KC Hanna Stadium and we do plan on broadcasting that game here on Real Radio WLBG
  • Laurens Academy travels to Richard Winn for a 6:00 pm contest.

SC Prep Football Media Ranking… The latest rankings for the S.C. Prep Football Media Poll released Monday, Sept. 18. First-place votes and the team’s record are in parentheses.

  • CLASS 5A:  1. Summerville (23) (4-0) 2. Hillcrest (5-0) 3. Byrnes (4-1) 4. TL Hanna (4-1) 5. Gaffney (3-2) 6. Fort Dorchester (2-1) 7. Spartanburg (3-2) 8. Lexington (4-1) 9. White Knoll (5-0) and 10. Sumter (3-2)…  Others receiving votes: Boiling Springs, Dutch Fork, JL Mann, Ashley Ridge, River Bluff, Chapin and Clover.
  • CLASS 4A: 1. South Florence (18) (5-0) 2. Northwestern (5) (3-1) 3. Irmo (4-0) 4. James Island (5-0) 5. Hartsville (4-1) 6. South Pointe (3-2) 7. Westside (3-1) 8, Midland Valley (5-0) 9. West Florence (3-1) and 10. Greenville (3-2)… Others receiving votes: Lucy Beckham, Ridge View, AC Flora, Indian Land, and Airport
  • CLASS 3A: 1. Daniel (19) (4-0) 2. Belton Honea Path (4) (4-0) 3. Dillon (3-1) 4. Gilbert (4-0) 5. Chapman (4-1) 6. Clinton (4-1) 7. Crestwood (4-1) 8. Chester (4-1) 9. Broome (4-1) and 10. Manning (4-0)… Others receiving votes: Camden, Philip Simmons and Loris
  • CLASS 2A: 1. Gray Collegiate (18) (5-1) 2. Abbeville (2) (4-1) 3. Oceanside Collegiate (2) (4-1) 4. Marion (5-0) 5. Hampton County (1) (5-0) 6. Saluda (4-0) 7. Fairfield Central (4-1) 8. Silver Bluff (3-1) 9. Strom Thurmond (3-1) and 10. Woodland (3-0)… Others receiving votes: Landrum, Ninety-Six and  Andrew Jackson
  • CLASS A: 1. Lewisville (22) (4-1) 2. St. Joseph’s (1) (5-0) 3. Calhoun County (5-0) 4. Christ Church (3-2) 5. Whale Branch (3-0) 6. Bamberg-Ehrhardt (3-1) 7. Latta (5-0) 8. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler (4-0) 9. Lake View (3-1) and 10. Blackville-Hilda (4-1)… Others receiving votes: Cross, Southside Christian, Denmark-Olar, Wagener-Salley, C.A. Johnson and Whitmire

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.

  • Thursday, 9-21-23: Thornwell at Hickory Tavern (KC Hanna Stadium) 5:00
  • Friday, 9-22-23: Laurens at TL Hanna 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:

  • College Football Scores and Upcoming Games by WeeksFor those of you college football fans who are looking for a quick way to find scores for each week of the college football season and upcoming games listed by each week, I have made it easy for you… Just click hereThis link will carry you to the NCAA website where college football game and scores are listed week by week… Once you get there, there are numerous ways you can filter the schedules and results on the site… You can filter by week, by paying division (FBS, FCS, DII and DII as well as by week, conference and other ways… I use it a lot and hope you will enjoy using it!


  • FBS AP RankingsThe latest AP Ranking (9-17-23) for the FBS Division still has Georgia at #1 and Michigan #2… Texas moved up a spot to #3 while Florida State moved down a spot to #4… Southern Cal moved remains # 5 last…Spots 6-10 are occupied by Ohio State, Penn State, Washington, Notre dame and Oregon… Clemson continues to be out of the top 25 and would be #26 … To see the entire top 25 click here.
  • FCS Coaches Poll… The latest FCS Coaches Poll (9-17-23) for college football still 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 listed at #7 up a spot from last week’s #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 Brave

  • Braves 9 – Phillies 3… The Braves snapped their four-game losing streak last night in Atlanta where they took a 9-3 win over the Phillie… The Braves simply outhit the Phillies 13-4 and Ronald Acuna Jr went 3 for 5 with two solo homers… He hit one in the 1st inning and another in the 6th inning to give him 39 homers this season…. Spencer Strider (18-5) got the start and the win pitching 7 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 11 and walking none
  • 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

  • Drive 7 – Hudson Valley Renegade 3… The Greenville Drive won the South Atlantic League (SAL) Championship last night at Flour Field when they took a 7-3 win over the Hudson Valley Renegades to win the best of 3 championship series 2 games to none… The Drive did it outhitting the Renegades 13-6 and they hit 2 homers in the game… The Drive did not end the season with the best overall season record as they went 63-69 while the Hickory Crawdads finished 70-55… As you may recall the Drive finished the first half of the season with a 36-30 record to have the best record in the Southern Division of the SAL in the first half and qualify for the playoffs… In the playoffs they defeated the Crawdads 2 games to 1 to claim the Southern Division Title and then moved on to defeat the Renegades in two straight game to claim the SAL Championship… To be honest, I never thought they would go far in the playoffs but their pitching seemed to come around at the right time and so did the timely hitting… Congratulations to the Drive!
  • Drive Schedule… The Drive will return home to play the Crawdads in game 2 of the Division series Thursday night and the “if needed” game will be Friday night at Flour Field… 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.


Denny Hamlin Wins at BristolDenny Hamlin took the checkered flag in the Cup Series Race at Bristol this past weekend finishing 2.462 seconds ahead of Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell finished third…Click here for more information on the race.

Playoff StandingsWilliam Byron and Martin Truex Jr. are now atop the leader board in the Chase for the Cup and the number of Drivers remaining in the chase is now down to 12… Michael McDowell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano were the four Drivers eliminated from the chase after the race… To see the complete standings for the playoffs, click here.

 NASCAR on TV This Week… The Cup Series Race will take place at the Texas Motors Speedway this Sunday at 3:30 pm…  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 21st … 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… To go to another part of our website where links to videos of this seasons past meetings, click here… See you there!



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