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Weekend work: Blue Hose finish off sweep of Spartans

By John Clayton | January 13, 2021

In baseball, it would be called a two-game weekend set. In basketball for Presbyterian College and the rest of the Big South Conference, it’s a new normal. PC completed a two-game sweep of USC Upstate Sunday with a 66-53 victory in Spartanburg. That win followed up a 60-50 win on Saturday. The Big South announced…

Raiders standout England commits to Citadel

By John Clayton | January 13, 2021

Decorated Laurens District High offensive lineman Cole England became the first Raider to announce his college commitment this past week, choosing The Citadel over several suitors. “They were really the first to reach out to me, and they showed me that I’m a guy they really want,” England said. “I think I can fit in…

Simmons retiring after 43 years at Clinton YMCA

By John Clayton | December 29, 2020

The New Year will bring a new title to Clinton YMCA CEO Gene Simmons: Retiree. Simmons announced his pending retirement in August, and is to make it effective on Friday, Jan. 1. He has worked with the Clinton YMCA since June of 1977 and has served as CEO for the past 40 years. “I’m going…

Woodruff downs LDHS in Raiders’ delayed opener

By John Clayton | December 23, 2020

On Friday, there was no disappointing group text from Laurens District High girls basketball coach Aianna Kelly to her team. There was no familiar frustration of preparing for a game only to have it canceled or postponed at the final hour. This time, the Woodruff girls basketball team made the trip down Highway 221, and…

Blue Hose men’s basketball halted due to COVID-19

By John Clayton | December 4, 2020

Presbyterian College men’s basketball has paused all team activities after a member of the program tested positive for COVID-19. As a result of this positive test, the Blue Hose have canceled the team’s next three scheduled games.  The Wofford game Sunday, Dec. 6, has been canceled, while the Gardner-Webb series scheduled for Dec. 9-10, in…

COVID causing havoc in high school hoops

By John Clayton | December 1, 2020

• Ticket info for Raiders, Red Devils below The high school girls basketball season has already met with speed bumps for Clinton and Laurens high schools – and neither had made it to tip off in an actual game as of Tuesday night. LDHS Athletic Director Tommy Spires announced Tuesday morning that the Raiders varsity…

COVID-19 halts PC women’s hoops

By John Clayton | December 1, 2020

Just days after Presbyterian’s season-opening loss at Clemson, the Blue Hose announced a halt to women’s basketball activities due to a positive COVID-19 test within the program. The PC athletic department said Monday that the team’s next three scheduled games have been canceled, including on set for this past Monday night at Furman. No makeup…

Thornwell planning return for Saints teams

By John Clayton | November 25, 2020

Thornwell returned as a charter school, opening for elementary and middle-school children for the 2019-20 academic year, and now administrators say the Saints will return to athletic competition as early as this spring. The current plan is to bring back high school football by 2023-24. “Thornwell was a big part of the Laurens County sports…

Holly Hill ends LA’s playoff run, 50-36

By John Clayton | November 13, 2020

HOLLY HILL – Fireworks were set off in celebration minutes after Holly Hill Academy eliminated visiting Laurens Academy from the SCISA 8-man football semifinals Friday night, downing the Crusaders 50-36. But truthfully, the fireworks had been going on since Holly Hill’s Zack Pelloni returned the opening kick 66 yards for a touchdown. The unbeaten Raiders jumped out…

Red Devils take out frustrations on Rebels, 38-6

By John Clayton | November 6, 2020

Clinton ended a frustrating week and possibly its football season on a high note with a dominant defensive performance and a 38-6 nonconference victory over Strom Thurmond Friday night at Wilder Stadium. The Red Devils held the Rebels to just seven yards on the ground and intercepted quarterback Patrick Westbrook twice, doubling his interception total…