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All-American Stevenson training with USA Volleyball

By John Clayton | June 16, 2021

The honors keep rolling in for Laurens product Anna Stevenson, whose collegiate volleyball career at Louisville has garnered her the attention of USA Volleyball. This week, Stevenson is in Anaheim, California, at USA Volleyball’s training center among 29 collegiate players training as part of the Collegiate National Team. “I think it’s just a bunch of…

Sycamores eliminate Blue Hose, 9-2

By John Clayton | June 10, 2021

Presbyterian’s historic baseball season ended of of Nashville’s Broadway with a 9-2 loss to Indiana State Saturday in the NCAA Regional hosted by Vanderbilt. On Friday, No. 4 Vanderbilt defeated PC 10-0 to open play in the regional. Vanderbilt and Commodores head coach Tim Corbin, who led the Blue Hose three decades ago, went on…

Commodores sink Blue Hose, 10-0 in NCAA Regional

By John Clayton | June 4, 2021

PC set to play Indiana State Saturday at 2 p.m. in elimination game Vanderbilt right-hander Kumar Rocker shut down Presbyterian’s bats, combining with two Commodore relievers for a two-hit 10-0 victory over Presbyterian in the Blue Hose’s NCAA Regional debut Friday at Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Field in Nashville. Rocker, an expected top-five draft pick in the…

Champion Blue Hose headed to Vandy for NCAA Regional

By John Clayton | June 2, 2021

• PC at Vanderbilt, NCAA Regionals, Friday, 7 p.m. (SEC Network) • Blue Hose sweep past Campbell, Gardner-Webb for first Big South title, automatic NCAA bid The Presbyterian College baseball team made history this past weekend and will come face to face with a bit of its own as the newly crowned Big South champion…

LDHS, CHS sprinters capture state titles

By John Clayton | May 26, 2021

Laurens junior speedster Jayden McGowan says he considers himself a football player who happens to run track in the spring. At this past weekend’s Class 4A state championship meet at Spring Valley High School, McGowan appeared every bit the sprinter as he captured state championships in the 100m and 200m events. As McGowan brought home…

End of the line: Demons haunt LDHS with sweep

By John Clayton | May 26, 2021

It took Laurens head coach Tori Patterson nearly a day after the Raiders’ playoff doubleheader sweep at the hands of Lugoff Elgin to find the words: “Tough night last night but I cannot express how proud of this team I am,” Patterson wrote on Twitter Saturday. “Our guys battled all year and left everything they…

Raiders exorcise Demons with 12-4 playoff win

By John Clayton | May 19, 2021

• Raiders to host Lugoff Elgin-Easley winner at 6 p.m. Friday (game moved to 6 p.m. to allow more travel time for Lugoff Elgin). Sulli Pinson’s sixth-inning home run to straightaway center that thudded loudly off the scoreboard was little more than exclamation point for the Laurens baseball team Monday night in a 12-4 playoff…

PC introduces Kelley as 19th head football coach

By John Clayton | May 12, 2021

Presbyterian College reached into the high school ranks to hire a coach known nationally for his non-traditional brand of football. Kevin Kelley, a coach known for rarely punting and usually deploying on-side kicks instead of deep kickoffs, was announced as the 19th head coach in PC’s long football history at a press conference Friday afternoon…

Red Devils advance to state tennis finals

By John Clayton | May 12, 2021

Clinton’s Ike Waldron busted some strings on his racket during his No. 1 doubles match Tuesday in the Class 3A Upper State finals against visiting Seneca. But that’s about the only thing that went wrong for Waldron and doubles teammate Connor Donley in a 6-1, 6-1 win over Seneca’s Levi Leard and Joseph Burgess that…

PC hires ‘never punt’ Kelley as head football coach

By John Clayton | May 6, 2021

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…