Sports Report for Friday, 7-5-2024

Local Notes

Clinton HS

  • Catching Up with Clinton HS Sports Awards… Ove the next several days I will be attempting to bring to you the names of student-athletes who won various awards at the Clinton HS Sports Awards Ceremony held just before school let out this year.
    • Girls Tennis…  As a reminder the girls’ tennis team finished the season with a 13-2 record and went 6-0 in region play to win the Region Championship… The fell to BHP 6-0 in the third round of the playoffs.
      • All-Region Players: Chandler Dailey, Libby Dailey, Kimora Wesley and Carley MacMillan
      • Region IV Payer of the Year: Chandler Dailey
      • Region IV Coach of the Year: Clovis Simmons.
      • NOTE: Both Chandler and Libby Dailey qualified for the SCHSL Girls Singles Tennis Tournament and both won at least 2 matches in that tournament.
      • Local team Awards… To see the master list of student-athletes who won the “local” team awards, click here


    • Region and State Football Awards… As a reminder the Red Devils went 10-3 overall in football this year and 4-0 in region play.
      • AAA Football All-State: Zay Johnson, Kadon Crawford and Keegan Fortman
      • Region Player of the Year: Kadon Crawford
      • All Region Team: Clayton Lewis, Rion Gordon, Nyse Boyd, Ares Jones, Brett Young and Zay Johnson
      • Region Coach of the Year: Corey Fountain
      • Local team Awards… To see the master list of student-athletes who won the “local” team awards, click here.
  • CHS Athletic Booster Club… It’s not too early to think about joining the CHS Athletic Booster Club for next season… To learn more about the booster club and its benefits, click here… That will carry you to a form where more information is available and you can also print out and use that form to join the booster club… They really do help all the sports put the “Go” in Go Big Red!

Laurens HS   

  • Raider Youth Football Camp… Last week the Raider football coaches and senior Raider players hosted a youth football camp at KC Hanna Stadium… I went up there on Wednesday and talked with Coach Porter about the camp and took a few photos… Click here to go to a short video with the conversation I had with him followed by a few photos taken of some of the participants having a lot of fun.

College Sports: For any game mentioned below, click on the score for more details if available.

 College Baseball

  • South Carolina Baseball Team Adds and Loses Through Transfer PortalSince Pail Mainieri took over the Gamecock baseball program a few weeks ago there has been a lot of movement into and out of the Gamecock baseball team through the transferee portal… The most recent count show 11 additions and 8 leaving… Most notably two Clemson baseball players have announced their intents to “change sides” in the rivalry… Nathan Hall and Nolan Nawrocki are the Tigers headed to South Carolina… I strongly suspect that Monty Lee’s staying at South Carolina as associate head coach has something to do with that…. Click here to go to an article in the State Newspaper which list those coming to and leaving the Gamecocks.

College Football

  • Clemson Refuses to Move Date of South Carolina Game…. Some of you may have missed the story about Clemson refusing to move the South Carolina game from Saturday, Nov. 30 to Friday, Nov. 29 in prime time… The ACC and ESPN requested that the Tigers do that and Clemson refused… The ACC and ESPM offered the Tigers several incentives to do that but they said no… Their refusal more than likely has something to do with the lawsuit filed by Clemson against the ACC over exclusive media rights that the ACC has over the Tigers (and all other ACC schools) athletics… Personally, I think that Dabo’s wife and the other coaches’ wives told them they better not do that and mess up their Black Friday shopping day…LOL… For more information on why Clemson (and Florida State) are suing the ACC, click here.

Pro SportsFor more information on the game(s) below, click on the scores. 

 Atlanta Braves … For more information on the game(s) below, click on the scores.

  • Giants 4 – Braves 2Last night down in Atlanta, the Giants took a 4-2 win over the Braves to take the 3-game series 2 games to 1… The Braves jumped on top early scoring 2 runs in the 1st inning on an RBI double by Ozzie Albies and a sacrifice fly by Austin Riley but that proved to be all the runs they would score… The Giants took the lead for good scoring 3 runs in the 4th inning and then adding another insurance run in the 6th inning as they held the Braves scoreless the rest of the way… Charlie Morton got the start for the Braves and he lasted only 5⅓ innings giving up the 4 runs on 5 hits… Two of the hits he gave up were homers one by Heliot Ramos and the other by Matt Chapman who also had a double that drove in a run for the Giants… The Braves start a 3-game series in Atlanta tonight with the Phillies… The Phillies are 57-30 on the season while the Braves are 47-38 and trail the NL East leading Phillies by 9 games… Three wins this weekend would do a lot to help the Braves get back in the hunt for the NL East Championship.
  • Season Schedule… If you would like to see the Braves season schedule, click here… It should also show where the game will be televised if it is televised.
  • Standings… To see the MLB Standings click here… Once you get there you will see the standing by league (American or National) and also by division.

Greenville DriveFor more information on the game(s) below, click on the scores

  • Tourist 9 – Drive 8… The news is also not good for you Greenville Drive fans as the Ashville Tourist took a 9-8 win last night at Flour Field… The wheels came off the bus early for the Drive as the Tourist scored 7 runs in the 2md inning and led 8-1 going into the bottom of the 5th inning where the Drive started a comeback scoring 3 runs… The score was 9-4 going into the 8th inning where the Drive scored 1 run and added 3 more in the 9th inning only to come up one run short of tying the game… The Tourist only outhit the Drive 8-2 but the Drive had 2 errors in the game that helped the Tourist score 2 unearned runs.
  • ScheduleIf you wish to see the Greenville Drive schedule and results of completed games, click here.


  • Logano Wins at NashvilleSunday Joey Logano picked up the win in the Cup Series Race in Nashville… Several things to note in his win… First the race went 31 extra laps as they were 5 overtime restarts needed to determine the winner… secondly this was his first win of the season and he punched his ticket into the playoffs with the win… Lastly, he finished just 0.068 seconds ahead of rookie Zane Smith who finished second by staying out on the last caution gambling that he had enough fuel to win the race…  Click here to go to the NASCAR website where there is much more about this including the final race results.
  • StandingsKyle Larson continues to hold down the top spot in the Cup Series Driver Standings with 662 points while Chase Elliott is in second with 644 points… The rest of the top 5 are Denny Hamlin (321), Tyler Redick (611) and Martin Truex Jr. (591)… To see the driver standings for the Cup Series click here… Once you get there you can also click on links to see the standings in Xfinity and Truck Series using tabs in the upper right corner of the posting.
  • Schedule This WeekThis week the Cup Series and the Xfinity Series races will be held in Chicago where they will be street racing… The Xfinity Race will take place at 3:30 pm EDT Saturday and the Cup Series race at 4:30 pm EDT Sunday and I do believe that NBC will carry those races…To see the schedule for practices and races click here.
  • NASCAR on TV this Week… NASCAR has several things being televised this week including race practices and qualifying, the race itself and assorted other things… To see the TV schedule for each day of the week click here.

This & That:

 Summer Camps at Clinton YMCA… The Clinton YMCA has released their schedule of Summer Youth Sports Camps for this year… To see a list of those camps including dates, location, times and cost click here… These camps do have registration deadlines and you register at the Clinton YMCA… The last camp is:

  • Tennis Camp… This camp will be July 8-10 at the tennis courts at Clinton Middle School… Coach Clovis Simmons will be conducting the camp… Boys and girls ages 6-8 will have their camp between the hours of 9:00 and 10:00 am while boys and girls ages 9 and up will have their camp between the hours of 10:00 and 11:00 am… The cost is $30 for YMCA members and $40 for non-members… The deadline to register is Friday, July 5th @ 4:00 pm


Basketball Camp…. The LDHS varsity basketball staff and players in association with the City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department will be conducting a basketball for youth age 9 through 8th grade July 22-25… The camp hours will be from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm each day… This will be an excellent opportunity for the young player to improve their skills and basketball knowledge form experienced coaches… The first 3 days (Monday-Wednesday) the camp will take place at The Ridge and the last day (Thursday) the action will move to LDHS… You may register for the camp at The Ridge and if you have any questions contact them at 681-7275.



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