Area Sports

LDHS baseball, football legend remembered

Former Pirates’ top pick died after month-long battle with COVID-19 Charles Peterson, who is permanently etched in local sports legend thanks to an amazing catch and a baseball career that enamored Major League scouts, died Sunday in Columbia. He was 46. His death came after a three-week battle with COVID-19. He was admitted to the…

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Clinton High football opener changed due to COVID

The Clinton High School football team’s season opener next week will still happen, but it will be against a different opponent. Union County, the Red Devils’ scheduled opponent for Sept. 25, ceased all football activities through at least Sept. 27 due to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 within the program. With the Yellow Jackets…

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CHS tennis rolling into unusual 2020 season

The Clinton High girls tennis team began a season unlike any other with dominating wins over Union County and Broome this past week, proving that the more things change the more they stay the same. The Red Devils scored a 5-1 victory at Union County on Sept. 1 before starting their home season Thursday with…

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Holly Hill downs Crusaders 18-12 in opener

Visiting Holly Hill Academy held Laurens Academy scoreless for the better part of three quarters Friday night in an 18-12 victory at LA’s Todd Kirk Field. It was the season opener for both teams in SCISAA Class A 8-man football and the first game played in Laurens County amid COVID-19 restrictions. The Raiders (1-0) jumped…

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Crusaders to kick off football season Friday

A lot of familiar faces have returned to the practice field for the Laurens Academy varsity football team, but there is also something starkly unfamiliar there. Depth. The Crusaders are suiting up 17 players this season for its trek through the South Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Class A 8-man football schedule. The deeper 2020…

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PC, Big South suspend all fall sports due to COVID-19

Soon after the Big South Conference announced Wednesday that it would be suspending its fall sports seasons, Presbyterian College announced that its entire fall sports calendar was being postponed due to COVID-19. The decision means that in addition to cross country, volleyball and men’s and women’s tennis and golf, PC will not take the football…

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CHS, LDHS unveil revised football schedules

Clinton and Laurens District high schools released revised varsity football schedules Thursday after the South Carolina High School League pushed back start dates for high school athletics due to COVID-19. Football and competitive cheer – both considered high risk for the spread of the novel coronavirus – will be the last two fall sports to…

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Williamson returns to LA as assistant coach

Reagan Williamson graduated from Laurens Academy a couple of months ago, but her career with the Crusaders isn’t over quite yet. Williamson, a decorated all-state point guard with a pair of South Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state championships on her resume, I set to join the LA basketball program as an assistant coach while…

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PC football loses bulk of slate due to COVID-19

A transition season as a Football Championship Subdivision independent between memberships in the Big South Conference and non-scholarship Pioneer League is proving to be a challenge for Presbyterian College during COVID-19. Conferences at all levels of college football are adjusting their schedules as they attempt to cope with COVID-19. Many of them have opted to…

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Some LDHS athletes to return Monday

Laurens District 55 High School athletes will have the option to begin voluntary fall workouts starting Monday. These workouts will initially be allowed for fall high school sports only. Football, girls tennis and cross country will be allowed to return to campus this coming Monday, while cheerleading and volleyball may return on Monday, Aug. 10. Only…

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