Area Sports

Laurens boys suffer tough loss to Woodmont, girls fall

The Laurens Raiders boys’ basketball team fought back from a double-digit deficit Tuesday night at Woodmont, even taking a slim lead multiple times in the fourth quarter, but Woodmont’s Seth Wells made a basket with 4 seconds to go in regulation to eventually give the Wildcats a 64-62 victory. Laurens fell to 5-10 overall, 1-4…

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LDHS coach Liner to take Greenwood reins

Laurens District High School head football coach Chris Liner is leaving the helm of the Raiders after six seasons. Liner, a former Greenwood High assistant, is returning to the Eagles’ program as head coach. Former Eagles head coach Dan Pippin retired as football coach after the 2018 season. Greenwood finished 6-5 overall this past season…

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Laurens varsity sweeps Easley

The Laurens Raiders varsity basketball teams were back on the home court Tuesday, returning to region play with a doubleheader against Easley, and both teams came away with victories. The Laurens girls picked up a 44-33 victory over Easley, moving to 3-7 overall and 1-2 in Region 1-5A play. Laurens’ boys, meanwhile, fought back from…

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Laurens drops Raider Rumble finale

The Laurens Raiders girls’ basketball team suffered a second straight loss at its home tournament, the Raider Rumble, and finished in fourth place after a 55-46 loss to Union County Saturday afternoon. Raniya Jackson, who was named to the all-tournament team following the championship game, scored 17 points to lead Laurens. Aija Davis added 10…

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LDHS girls, CHS boys to play in holiday tourneys

The holiday week will not be a quiet one for two area prep basketball teams, as the Laurens girls and Clinton boys both take part in in-season tournaments this week. Clinton’s boys start their appearance at the Chapin Christmas Tournament Thursday when they face North Charleston at 4:30 p.m. Depending on the result of the…

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Laurens’ Martin earns defensive MVP honors at Shrine Bowl

For his curtain call as a prep football player, Laurens’ Duane Martin sure picked a heck of a way to go out. Martin had eight tackles, broke up one pass, and recovered a fumble on special teams, all in helping South Carolina defeat North Carolina, 28-17, in the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Saturday…

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SCHSL realignment plan sends Laurens to Class 4A

The initial plans for the 2020-22 South Carolina High School League athletic realignment have been announced, and Laurens High is heading to a new class. Laurens will move to Class 4A for the upcoming two-year cycle, which begins in the fall of 2020. The Raiders’ program was ranked No. 61 in the state for student…

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LA, Laurens hoops both swept in DHs

The Laurens and Laurens Academy varsity basketball teams both had doubleheaders Tuesday night, each coming away with less-than-desired results. Laurens was swept in a road doubleheader by Westside, in the region opener for the Raiders, while the Crusaders lost both games against Chesnee. Laurens: The Raider girls suffered a 72-36 loss to the Rams in…

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Laurens swept by Hillcrest in basketball DH

The Laurens Raiders’ varsity basketball teams each suffered a road loss Tuesday night against the Hillcrest Rams in Simpsonville. The Laurens boys dropped a 67-50 decision in the nightcap of the doubleheader, while the Raider girls fell 60-33 in their game. In the Laurens boys’ contest, Dee Foster picked up a team-best 26 points, including…

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