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Clemson retires Laurens great Floyd’s No. 32 jersey

By John Clayton | January 12, 2022

Basketball is getting a little smaller in Chrissy Floyd’s rearview mirror these days, but she made a familiar trek back to Clemson’s Littlejohn Colliseum Sunday for the latest of a string of post-career honors and accolades for a career well-played. Floyd’s No. 32 jersey was retired during a ceremony at Clemson’s 80-74 loss to Boston…

Blue Hose head coach sees PC from new view

By John Clayton | January 12, 2022

Steve Englehart has been here before. He saw Presbyterian College’s Bailey Memorial Stadium from the visitor’s sideline in 2016 in a less-than-memorable 24-7 Blue Hose loss to Florida Tech. But Englehart, who had started the Florida Tech program from scratch in 2013, never forgot his initial visit to Clinton and the PC campus. “I’m excited…

PC search ends with Englehart as next head coach

By John Clayton | January 4, 2022

Presbyterian College hired its second head football coach in less than a year Monday with the announcement that former Florida Tech coach Steve Englehart will take over the helm of the Blue Hose. Englehart, who built the NCAA Division II program at Florida Tech up from nothing, becomes the 17th head coach in PC’s 109-year…

Spangler firing top local sports story of 2021

By John Clayton | December 30, 2021

A year in sports in Laurens County  that began with struggles with COVID-19 at every level ultimately included its share of successes, failures and controversies before all was said and done. Here is a list of our Top 10 Sports Stories of 2021: PC teams play to empty houses The Big South Conference took drastic…

Kelley resigns after one season at PC

By John Clayton | December 4, 2021

The Kevin Kelley experiment at Presbyterian College lasted one season. Kelley resigned Saturday as head football coach at PC eight months after being hired to replace the fired Tommy Spangler. Kelley, known as “the coach who never punts” and his analytics-driven offensive system, went 2-9 in his only season at PC. The Blue Hose won…

Annual Reindeer Run on registrant record pace

By John Clayton | December 1, 2021

The 22nd edition of the Laurens YMCA Reindeer Run 5k is shaping up to be the biggest one yet. Emily Dasher, vice-president of administration for the Laurens YMCA, said if early bird registration is any indication, the annual 5K road race that transverses West Main Street in Laurens should set a new record for participation…

All-region and all-county football teams announced

By John Clayton | December 1, 2021

Both Laurens and Clinton were well-represented this past week as their respective all-region football teams were announced. On Tuesday, the Laurens County Touchdown Club also announced its all-county team. The team will be recognized at the Touchdown Club’s annual banquet next Wednesday (Dec. 8) at The Ridge. LDHS placed four players on the All-Region 2-4A…

Defending champion Lions dismantle Devils, 52-7

By John Clayton | November 20, 2021

Whatever magic Clinton had conjured during a single-loss regular season and through the first two weeks of the Class 3A playoffs had no effect Friday night on Daniel. The defending state champion Lions scored four touchdowns of at least 40 yards, including three passes from Trent Pearman to Eli Merck, in a 52-7 win, eliminating…

Red Devils rally past Lower Richland, 48-34

By John Clayton | November 12, 2021

HOPKINS – Justin Copeland caught a touchdown pass on a fake punt with 4 minutes, 21 seconds left as Clinton broke open a tie game for a 48-34 Class 3A playoff victory Friday night at Lower Richland. With the game tied at 34-34, Copeland caught the pass on fourth-down and 2 yards to go from…

Stallions horse-power by Raiders, 47-20

By John Clayton | November 12, 2021

ROCK HILL – Region 3-4A champion South Pointe has spent the past eight years dominating the area in region play. In the second round of the Class 4A playoffs Friday, the Stallions turned their attention and that domination to Laurens, ousting the Raiders from the playoffs with a 47-20 victory. South Pointe scored the first…