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CHS’ Simmons honored; Raiders release schedule; 2 athletes sign

Clovis Simmons

Clinton High School tennis coach Clovis Simmons will be inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame this year, the SCACA announced Monday.

The honor comes a year after Simmons was inducted in the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame.

Simmons has coached the boys and girls varsity tennis teams for the past 30 years and has coached the two programs to 13 state finals between them (7 girls, 6 boys). She has also been named region Coach of the Year 35 times (21 girls, 14 boys) and state Coach of the Year three times, the latest comihg in 2018.

She joins a 2020 SCACA Hall of Fame class that also includes veteran football coach Jerry Brown, late Lancaster High golf coach Max Clyburn, Cheraw wrestling coach Brad Porter and Abbeville and McCormick basketball coach Johnny Goodwin.


LDHS releases 2020 football schedule

Laurens District High School’s foray into its new designation in Class 4A is set to begin with a couple of more familiar foes this August under first-year head coach Daryl Smith.

The school formally announced its schedule, which is to open with a visit by former Region 1-5A foe T.L. Hanna on Aug. 21.

The Raiders are making the move from Class 5A to Region 3-4A following realignment from the South Carolina High School League based on student population numbers.

LDHS then makes three successive road trips to intra-county rival Clinton (Aug. 28), Union County (Sept. 4) and Daniel (Sept 11) before returning home to host River Bluff.

Following a bye week, the Raiders return for their new region schedule with a game at Greenwood (Oct. 2), at home against Greenville (Oct. 9) and Eastside (Oct. 16).

LDHS is to host White Knoll on Oct. 23 in a non-region game before ending the regular and region season at Greer on Oct. 3.

Here is the 2020 Raiders schedule:

Aug. 21 – TL Hanna; Aug. 28 – at Clinton; Sept. 4 – at Union County; Sept. 11 – at Daniel; Sept. 18 – River Bluff; Oct. 2 – at Greenwood; Oct. 9 – Greenville; Oct. 16 – Eastside; Oct. 23 – White Knoll; Oct. 30 at Greer.


Owens to join Flying Fleet

Nigil Owens (11).

Laurens District High forward Nigil Owens is set to continue his career at Erskine College.

Owens, a 6-4, 148-pound forward, announced his decision to join the Flying Fleet on Twitter. He chose Erskine over an offer from Warren Wilson College. He averaged 8 points and 12 rebounds per game during his senior season at LDHS.

“I didn’t play basketball (in high school) until my junior year, so I didn’t have much interest until the beginning of this year,” said Owens, who suffered a head injury while playing football earlier in his high school career. “Erskine gave me a family feeling. They just didn’t talk to me, they talked to my parents and checked on them. It wasn’t just for me. I really liked that.”

Owens said he is working out while finishing his senior year at LDHS remotely, lifting weights twice a day and working to add bulk to his slender frame.

“I’m eating,” he said. “I’ve changed my meal plan. My cousin is a trainer, and he’s working with me.”

Owens, who played AAU basketball with the SC Raptors, plans to major in chemistry and then go on to pharmacy school.

He joins an Erskine recruiting class that also includes Dorman guard Ceejay Miller and former Spartanburg Day School and Anderson University forward Matthew Brown.


Quiana Suber

Suber signs with Valkyries

Clinton High senior Quiana Suber had her senior track and field season cut short, but her athletic career will continue at Converse College.

Suber signed this past week with the Valkyries after six years of track and field with the Red Devils. At CHS, she won a state championship in the 400 meters and was part of the Red Devils state championship 4×100 relay team in 2018.

She also owns a 4.5 GPA in the classroom.

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