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Smith to hold meet-and-greet Friday; Laurens SB to host free clinics
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New Laurens High softball coach Michaela Smith, will be holding a meet-and-greet Friday at 6 p.m. The meet-and-greet will be held inside the main Laurens High gymnasium. The meeting is primarily for those who are rising seventh- through 12th-grader girls interested in playing softball next season, all are welcome to attend. Smith is also slated…

BREAKING: Laurens names new softball, volleyball coaches
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Laurens High announced a pair of varsity coaching changes for the upcoming school year, involving both the volleyball and softball programs. Former Laurens Raider Michaela Smith returns to Laurens as the new softball coach. She replaces Haley Satterfield, who was the coach last season. Smith, a Class of 2015 Laurens High graduate, is foregoing her…

Bailes shines at LCS, wins Carolina Clash SLM
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It may be a different year, but the results for Ross Bailes during Tuesday night’s Laurens County Shrine Race were the same as they have been three times before. Bailes was dominant from start to finish during Tuesday night’s Carolina Clash Super Late Model Division main event at Laurens County Speedway, rolling to victory over Rambo Franklin, who finished…

BREAKING: PC names Williams as softball coach
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Presbyterian College’s search for a new softball coach is over after athletic director Danny Sterling announced Morehead State Head Coach David Williams was named to the same post. Williams replaces Britne Stubbs, who was let go after a 2018 season that saw the team win just four games. She spent the previous four years at…

LCS gearing up for return of Shrine Race
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This coming Tuesday, Laurens County Speedway will come alive with its biggest race of the year – and the most meaningful. The Speedway will play host to the Shrine Race, an event that raises money for the Greenville Shriner’s Hospital for Children. A year ago the event raised $25,000 for the hospital, and this year…

Clinton athletics announces coaching changes
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Clinton High Athletic Director Nickie Templeton announced a number of coaching shifts last week, as well as the return of a former athletic director to the department. David Barnes was announced as the new assistant athletic director, taking over for Ryan Cavanaugh. The latter left that post to take over the head coaching role with…

Todd voted Raider Student-Athlete of the Year winner
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Laurens District High senior Carson Todd was named Raider Student-Athlete of the Year for 2017-18 Thursday, topping two other nominees for the honor. According to a release from Laurens County School District 55, Todd, a two-time all-region selection in basketball, received 45.8 percent of the votes during balloting. One student-athlete from each of the fall,…

District 55’s L3 League about more than hoops
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The inaugural season of Laurens County School District 55’s Laurens Lifelong Literacy (L3) is getting set to tip off this summer. The L3 Summer League is to hold a player evaluation session and coaches’ meeting Saturday (June 2). Teams will be announced Monday (June 4) and the L3 Kickoff Jamboree is set for June 9.…

District 56 joins realignment suit against SCHSL, Union County Schools
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In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Richland County, the Laurens 56 School District joined Spartanburg District 1, 2, and 4, along with Greenwood District 50 in action against the South Carolina High School League and Union County Schools over the decision to allow Union County High School to move down to Class 3A after UC…

HT basketball coach to take Woodruff job
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Jon Jansen, who has helped lead the Hickory Tavern Middle School Girls’ Basketball team to the last three Little River Conference Tournament titles and a 40-4 record over those three years, will be leaving to take on the head coaching job next year with the Woodruff varsity girls. Jansen announced the decision in a Twitter…