Sports Report for Thursday, 9-21-2023

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.

Trivia Question: What sporting event premiered on this date (9-21-70) back in 1970, on what network, what two teams were involved and who won?  Don’t look ahead but the answer is at the bottom of this sports report.

Clinton HS

  • Girls Tennis: Clinton 6 – Chester 0 (twice)… On Tuesday the Lady Red Devil tennis team hosted the Chester Cyclones on the courts at Clinton MS twice… By that I mean that the two teams played two matches with Clinton acting as the home team in one match and Chester was the home team in the other… The results in both matches was almost identical in that Clinton took a 6-0 win in both of them with the set scores for each competitor being just a little bit different… Taking wins in both matches in singles action were Chandler Dailey, Libby Dailey, Kimora Wesley, Carley MacMillan and Addy Derrick…. For scoring details on the first match click here and for scoring detail on the second match click here… The team is now 5-1 overall and 3-0 in region play… The team is scheduled to travel over to Emerald today for a 5:00 pm match with the Lady Vikings… Congratulations to the Red Devils!
  • JV Football Host South Aiken Tonight… A quick reminder that the undefeated Red Devil JV football team will be hosting the South Aiken Thoroughbreds tonight at 6:00 pm at Wilder Stadium… I’m sure they would like to have a lot of fans come out and cheer them on!
  • Note on Tickets for Friday Night at South Aiken… A note concerning tickets for the Clinton at South Aiken football game tomorrow night…. Tickets will be available at the gate for $10.00 cash…You can also purchase your tickets ahead of time online by clicking here… That saves time and hassle at the ticket booth tomorrow night.
  • 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: Laurens 4 – Fountain Inn 3… The Lady Raider tennis team traveled up to Fountain Inn HS on Tuesday and they came home smiling as they took a 4-3 win over the Fury… The Raiders who took wins in singles action were Kelsie Little, Sara Beth Field and Ashlyn Messer… The Raiders fourth win came off the rackets of Kelsie Little and Sara Beth Field who teamed up as the #1 doubles team and defeated their opponent… Congratulations to the Raiders!
  • JV Football at Home Tonight… The Raider JV football team will be hosting the TL Hanna JVs about 6:30 pm tonight or just a few minutes after the conclusion of the Hickory Tavern vs. Thornwell middle school football game which will start at KC Hanna Stadium this afternoon at 5:00 pm… WLBG will be broadcasting the middle school game but not the JV game.
  • Note on Tickets for Friday Night at TL Hanna… A note concerning tickets for the Laurens at TL Hanna football game tomorrow night…. Tickets will be available at the gate for $10.00 but they will NOT accept cash… You must use credit or debit card to purchase tickets at the gate…You can also purchase your tickets ahead of time online by clicking here… That saves time and hassle at the ticket booth tomorrow night… For more information about other polices in place at TL Hanna for the game tomorrow night and a photo showing where you should park click here.


  • 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 School Football Results from Wednesday Night

  • Gray Court-Owings 20 – Laurens MS 14 in OT… Well the GCO at LMS game that according to the middle school master schedule said was going to be played today was actually played yesterday at LMS… For those of you who missed it, you missed a great game as the two teams battled to a 14-14 tie at the end of regulation and the GCO Tigers took a 20-14 win in overtime against LMS Tigers…
    • LMS won the toss and elected to defer to the second half… After the kickoff, GCO started on its Washington who weaved his way down field for a 73 yd. TD… Cheeks carried the ball in for the 2-point conversion and GCO led 8-0 with 7:19 left in the first quarter.
    • After a short kickoff with no return, LMS started on their 41 yd. line and 5 plays later Wells Rhodes carried it in from the 3 yd. line with 5:18 left in the first quarter… Logan Bragg ran it in for the 2-point conversion so the score was tied 8-8
    • Neither team was able to move the ball on their next possession… With 4:53 left in the half, the GCO Tigers punted on 4th down and the receiver for LMS muffed the ball and the GCO Tigers recovered the ball at the LMS 25 and two plays later GCO’s Elijah Cheeks connected with Kaleb Gilchrist on a 27 yd. scoring play with 3:27 left in the half to make it 14-8 GCO as the extra point attempt failed.
    • LMS took over on their own 38 yd. line after the kickoff and on the first play from scrimmage,  Logan Bragg connected with Karson Vinson who weaved his way through defenders carrying it “to the house” and scoring with 2:51 left in the half… The extra point attempt failed so the score was tied 14-14.
    • In the second half both teams had trouble moving the ball due to penalties fumbles and other miscues… GCO did have the ball at the LMS 1 yd. line with less than 3 seconds left in the game but a fumble kept them from scoring and ending the game in regulation.
    • LMS won the coin toss at the start of overtime and elected to go on defense… Sanders got the ball at the LMS 10 yd. line and it took them 2 plays to score with Elijah Cheeks carrying it in from the 2 yd. line… The two-pint PAT attempt failed… LMS then got the ball at the 10 yd. line and had a5 yd. procedure penalty to put them back on the 15 yd. lines… LMS got as close as the 4 yd. line but the GCO defense broke through and dropped the LMS runner at the 9 yd. line to set up a 4th and goals to go at the 9… LMS Logan Bragg tried to connect with a receiver in the endzone but the GCP defense was on him forcing an errant pass and giving the GCO Tigers the 20-14 win.


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

  • Whitmire at Christ Church
  • 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

  • Phillies 6 – Braves 5 (10)… The Phillies and the Braves finished their 3-game series in Atlanta yesterday and the Phillies took the win by a score of 6-5 but they had to go 10 innings to do it… The game was tied 4-4 at the end of 9 innings and the Phillies score 2 runs in the top of the 10th inning on a double by Bryson Scott that them in… The Braves got one of those runs back on a sacrifice fly by Ozzie Albies that drove in Orlando Arcia but the Braves just could not get any closer… The Braves actually outhit the Phillies 9-5 but none of their hits were homers while the Phillies had 2 homers… The Phillies won the series 2 games to 1 and the Braves will be on the road tonight traveling to Washington DC to take on the Nationals in a 4-games series their final road series of the regular season,
  • 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.


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!


Trivia Question Answer… Monday Night football premiered 9-21-70 on ABC and in the first game the Cleveland Browns defeated the New York Jets 31-21.


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