Sports Report for Friday, 11-3-2023

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.


Local Notes

Note About Football Playoff Tickets… If you are planning on going to a SCHSL playoff game (Clinton & Laurens) a couple of things you need to know… Only SCHSL passes will be accepted (no school employee of booster club passes accepted) and the cost of the ticket will be $10 as per SCHSL rules… Everyone 6 or older must have a ticket to enter.

  • Clinton… Tickets can be purchased at the gate but due to the crowd I would suggest you purchase them online and to do that click here… They will be honoring season ticket holders parking pass, but you must purchase a ticket to enter.
  • Laurens… Northwestern plays at the District 3 Stadium whose address is 211 South Cherry Rd., Rock Hill, SC… Tickets can be purchased at the gate, but you can also purchase them online to avoid the line at the ticket booth… Click here to do that… I’m sure the Raiders would love to see a large number of fans make the trip over to cheer them on but if you can’t make it, you can hear it live on 860AM, 104.1 FM and the internet at www.wlbg.com… Our coverage will begin about 6:05 pm with the Friday Night Insiders program.

Area Varsity Football Games Tonight

  • Laurens Academy at Holly Hill…  The 3-7 Crusaders hit the road tonight and travel down to Holly Hill to take on the 9-1 Raiders… The Raiders are an old foe that the Crusaders have often played in the playoffs… The Raiders who lost a regular season game for the first time in three years have also won the SCISA 8-Man Championship for the last 3 years… They are averaging 42.2 points per game while giving up 16.6 points per game… If you would like to see their schedule and results click here… Good luck to the Crusaders against Holly Hill tonight.

 

  • Palmetto at Clinton… The 8-2 Red Devils will host the 3-7 Palmetto Mustangs tonight at Wilder Stadium in first round action of the SCHSL Class AAA playoffs… The Mustangs finished 4th in their region behind BHP (10-0), Wren (5-5) and Powdersville (5-5)… They are averaging 15.9 points per game while giving up 31.6 points per game… If you would like to see a side-by-side comparison between the Red Devils and the Mustangs that includes both their schedules and results plus other information, click here…. Go Big Red!

 

  • Laurens at Northwestern… The 2-8 Laurens Raiders will be on the road tonight traveling over to Rock Hill to take on the 9-1 Trojans of Northwestern… The Trojans lost only the first game of their season to Providence Day out of North Carolina 42-35… They are currently ranked #2 in the latest S.C. Prep Football Media Poll that came out earlier this week…They are averaging 53.4 points per game while giving up only 16.7 points per game… They have a Shrine Bowl running back in the person of Turbo Richards who is a Boston College commit and a North-South All-Star lineman by the name of Vance Ventry… If you would like to see a side-by-side comparison between the Raiders and the Trojans that includes both their schedules and results plus other information, click here… The Raiders would like to see a large group of fans follow them over to District 3 Stadium located at 211 South Cherry Rd in Rock Hill to cheer them on but if you can’t make it, you can hear it live on 860AM, 104.1 FM and the internet at www.wlbg.com… Our coverage will begin about 6:05 pm with the Friday Night Insiders program… Go Raiders!

Other Playoff Games of Interest Tonight

  • Teams in Clinton’s Region
    • Woodruff at Wren
    • Powdersville at Chester
    • Emerald at BHP
  • Teams in Laurens Region
    • Indian land at Greer
    • York at Riverside
    • Eastside at South Pointe
  • Other Team that might Be of Local Interest
    • Whitmire at Calhoun County
    • Columbia at Abbeville
    • Saluda at Newberry
    • Landrum at Strom Thurmond
    • Keenan at Ninety Six
    • Greenwood at North Augusta
    • Fort Mill at TL Hanna
    • Lexington at Gaffney
    • Dorman at Byrnes
    • Hillcrest at Nation Ford
    • Spartanburg at Rock Hill was played last night with Spartanburg winning 31-7

Laurens County TD Club… The Laurens County Touchdown Club met yesterday at noon at The Ridge… In addition to the local coaches talking about recent games and upcoming playoff games, the featured speaker will be former Clemson University and Pittsburgh Steeler great Levon Kirkland.  Kirkland currently is the Vice President of Development for the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame… If you check back early next week you will find a video of the meeting including all of his comments… Brett Young and Tushawan Richardson were also honored as the club’s two most recent Players of the Week… They are pictured here with Mr. Kirkland, congratulations to them!


High School Football Scores, Schedules and Standings

  • Thanks to scfootballstats.com 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 www.wlbg.com… If it is a varsity football game, coverage will begin about 6:05 pm with the Friday Night Insiders program.

  • Friday, 11-2-23, Laurens at Northwestern in first round action of the Class AAAA Playoffs, 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 (10-29-23) for the FBS Division still has Georgia at #1 followed by Michigan, Ohio State, Florida State and Washington in the top 5… Spots 6-10 are occupied by Oregon, Texas, Alabama, Penn State and Oklahoma which dropped from 6 to 10… To see the entire top 25 click here.
  • FCS Coaches Poll… The latest FCS Coaches Poll (10-29-23) for college football still has South Dakota State ranked #1 but former #2 Montana State lost and dropped to #8 … That means that Furman moved up a spot and now is #2…To see the entire top 25 in the Coaches Poll click here.
  • College Football Playoff Rankings… Yesterday the first College Football Playoff rankings were released… They are a little different from the AP Rankings… Ohio State comes in at #1 while Georgia comes in at #2… Michigan is #3 and Florida State #4… All four of those schools are undefeated and Washington which is also undefeated checks in at #5… That means that if the season were over and the committee that does the rankings still had theses 4 teams in the same order, Ohio State would take on Florida State in one semifinal game while Georgia and Michigan would battle in the other one… Of course we have a ways to go before the season ends and this is all subject to change… If you want to see the entire top 25 as ranked by the committee, click here.



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

  • World Series
    • Texas 5 – Arizona 1… Wednesday night out in Phoenix, the Texas Rangers won the World Series 4 games to 1by taking a 5-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks… They scored 1run in the bottom of the 7th inning and then added 4 more insurance runs in the top of the 9th in route to the win… Marcus Semien had a 2-run homer in that big 9th inning… This was the franchise’s first World Series win since the Rangers moved to Texas in 1972 from Washington DC… As a reminder the Rangers finished the regular season with a 90-72 record second in the AL West… They got into the playoffs as a wild card team that defeated Tampa Bay in 2 straight games… They then defeated Baltimore 3 games to 0 and made the World Series by defeating the Houston Astros 4 games to 3.
  • MLB Postseason Schedule… If you click here, it will carry you to the MLB website where the schedule and results of the postseason games can be found.

NASCAR

  • Ryan Blaney Wins at MartinsvilleRyan Blaney took the lead 22 laps from the finish at Martinsville last Sunday to punch his ticket into the Championship 4 which will race this Sunday out at Phoenix for the NASCAR Cup Championship… He finished 0.899 seconds ahead of Aric Almirola … Click here for more information on the race including a link to the final order of finish for each of the drivers.
  • Playoff StandingsThe four drivers who will be racing for the Cup Championship are Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson and William Byron… To see the complete standings for the playoffs, click here.
  • NASCAR on TV This Week… The Cup Series Championship Race will take place at the Phoenix Raceway this Sunday at 3:00 pm and the Xfinity Championship Race will also be at Phoenix on Saturday at 7:00 pm… The Cup Series Race will be on NBC and the Xfinity Race on USA…  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:

  • Chamber of Commerce Oyster Roast… The Laurens County Chamber of Commerce Oyster Roast will be Thursday Nov. 9th with the food being served at 5:30… Tickets to this event are $55 each and I hope it is not too late to get your tickets as this event usually sells out early… To find out if tickets are still available I suggest you call Marlene Owing at 864-833-2716 or email her at mowings@laurenscounty.org and do it TODAY… To see the flyer on this event for more information, click here.

 

  • 2023 Laurens YMCA Reindeer Run… The 24th annual Laurens YMCA Reindeer run 5k and Fun Run will be held Saturday, Dec. 9th… The cost to register for the 5K is $30 until Nov 19th and $35 after that date…That is also the date you must register by to be guaranteed to get a race shirt… The Fun Run (ages 1-12) cost is $5 and again you must pay for a race shirt separately by Nov.19th in the Fun Run… All proceeds go to support the Youth Scholarship Program and prizes will be awarded for the top two finishers male and female… Discounts for teams are also being offered…For more information call the Y at 984-2626… If you click here it will take you to the YMCA website where there is more information on the Reindeer Runa and links to online registration.

 

  • Youth Basketball Registration at The Ridge… Youth basketball registration is now open for boys and girls ages 7-12 for basketball through the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department… There will be both a boys and a girls division… The cost is only $60 and registration will close on Friday, Nov. 17th with skill evaluation on Monday, Nov. 20th… For more information call them at 681-7275 and registration will soon be available online at www.laurensrecreation.com.

 

  • Laurens County TD Next Meeting November 2nd… The Laurens County Touchdown Club kicked off the 2023 season on Thursday, November 2nd… 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!

 

If you have any comments, suggestions, or want to report scores, please contact me via email at: sports@wlbg.com or text me at 864-981-3470.