Area Sports

PC hires ‘never punt’ Kelley as head football coach

Kevin Kelley, a high school coach at Arkansas’ Pulaski Academy known for never punting and a slew of state titles at the private school football powerhouse he helped create, is expected to be named head football coach at Presbyterian College at a news conference Friday (May 7) afternoon. KATV and other media outlets in Little…

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PC fires Spangler after inaugural PFL season

Less than 72 hours after Presbyterian College put the final stamp on its first winning football season since 2014, Tommy Spangler was fired as Blue Hose head coach. Sources at the college confirmed Spangler’s firing Tuesday evening. Greg Hartlage, PC director of athletic communications  for new and creative media, said in an email that the…

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Road to redemption: PC wins home finale thriller

On the one hand there is victory — like Presbyterian’s 29-24 win Saturday over Davidson at Bailey Memorial Stadium. On the other, there is redemption — for a Blue Hose team that had lost just three weeks ago at Davidson thanks to a quirk of Pioneer Football League scheduling in a shortened, COVID-influenced spring season…

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Last of PC scholarship players set for finale

Presbyterian senior defensive back Rod Haygood’s interception of a Tyler Phelps pass Saturday against Davidson was arguably the biggest of Haygood’s four-year career with the Blue Hose. Haygood jumped a post route at the PC 3-yard-line to thwart what was beginning to look like a last-minute, game-winning drive by the Wildcats. After the play, Haygood…

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Payback: PC tops Davidson in home finale

Senior Keith Pearson scored the go-ahead touchdown with just under two minutes left in the third quarter and Presbyterian added a Tyler Huff run and a 25-yard field goal in the final period en route to a 29-24 win Saturday over Davidson at Bailey Memorial Stadium. Pearson and Huff connected on touchdowns of 27 and…

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Road warriors: PC ends long drought away from Bailey

In the midst a football season largely defined by the unusual, Presbyterian won in a most uncommon way Saturday at Stetson. PC got two defensive touchdowns — both on interception returns from sophomore defensive back Jeffrey Smyth — and a kickoff return for a score en route to a 26-3 victory over the Hatters. Smyth,…

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San Diego escapes with 24-21 win over Blue Hose

San Diego’s dominance against Pioneer Football League continued Saturday against the league’s newest member. The Toreros (3-0) won their 41st straight Pioneer League game, capitalizing on Presbyterian miscues and holding off a fourth-quarter rally for a 24-21 victory Saturday at Bailey Memorial Stadium. San Diego led 24-7 before a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including an…

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Peterson’s jersey retired, Raiders thump Emerald

Playing on its home field for the first time in more than a year, the Laurens baseball team honored one of its greatest players Friday night. The family of Charles Peterson, who died of complications from COVID-19 in September, at the age of 46, paid tribute to Peterson along with the Raiders and a smattering…

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Nichols named CEO of Clinton YMCA

A nationwide search for a new head of the Clinton Family YMCA ended very close to home. Former Presbyterian College head football coach Harold Nichols was named chief executive officer of the Clinton Family YMCA in an announcement from the organization’s board of directors. “We conducted a nationwide search that generated a tremendous amount of interest…

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PC makes Pioneer debut with 31-16 victory

Presbyterian College began a new era in the non-scholarship NCAA Division I Pioneer Football League Saturday with a 31-16 victory over visiting Morehead State at Bailey Memorial Stadium. Redshirt freshman Delvecchio Powell II ran for a game-high 104 yards and a first-quarter touchdown on 26 carries to lead the Blue Hose (1-1) to victory in…

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