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Bell resigns, LA again searching for football coach

By John Clayton | June 22, 2022

Laurens Academy is once again searching for a new head coach for its varsity 8-man football program. Stacy Bell, who was hired in May from Heathwood Hall, resigned Sunday without coaching a game at LA. Bell had been Heathwood Hall’s defensive coordinator. LA Athletic Director Travis Plowden said Bell informed him of the decision during…

Clinton Junior Legion splits DH with Newberry

By John Clayton | June 22, 2022

The Clinton Post 56 Junior American Legion baseball team split a doubleheader Monday against Newberry at Clinton High School. In the first game, Clinton 9-6 after rallying from a five-run deficit early in the game. Newberry won the nightcap in even more dramatic fashion, scoring the game-winning run in the final inning. The two teams…

LA’s Kirk leaving football post, Bell to take helm

By John Clayton | May 19, 2022

The head coach and driving force behind Laurens Academy’s football program is stepping down, the school announced in an email Thursday afternoon. Kirk, who is also LA’s headmaster, is stepping down to devote more time to his job atop the school’s administration. He will also take over as head coach of LA’s middle school team.…

Road ends for Red Devils, Raiders in Upper State

By John Clayton | May 16, 2022

The Upper State Baseball Championship quests of both Laurens and Clinton ended Monday night with elimination game losses. Powdersville 5, Clinton 1 A late-evening sun aided a late-inning rally as the Patriots escaped Clinton. The Red Devils took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Wilson Wages singled, stole second and third and then…

Raiders rebound vs. Dreher; Clinton faces elimination

By John Clayton | May 14, 2022

Sophomore right-hander Josh Hughes pitched a four-hit shutout Saturday as Laurens defeated visiting Dreher 4-0 in the Upper State Championship baseball tournament. Hughes walked one and struck out four in the complete game, which eliminated the Blue Devils from the Class 4A playoffs. The Raiders (16-14) continue in the Upper State round Monday when they…

No. 1 Falcons blank Raiders, LDHS to host Dreher

By John Clayton | May 13, 2022

Raiders to host Dreher at 5 p.m. Saturday Three A.C. Flora pitchers combined for a two-hit 5-0 shutout Friday night, handing Laurens its first playoff loss in the Upper State Championship round at A.C. Flora. The game was postponed from Thursday night due to rain and got started nearly 90 minutes later than originally scheduled…

Red Devils drop Patriots, Raiders rained out

By John Clayton | May 12, 2022

Red Devils travel to Chapman at 7 p.m. Saturday POWDERSVILLE – Davis Wilson and Jaylin Alexander hit back-to-back home runs to spark a six-run fourth inning Thursday as Clinton opened the Class 3A Upper State Championship round with an 18-11 victory over Powdersville. With the win, the Red Devils will travel to Chapman for the…

Special bond between PC player and LPD cop on display at Senior Day

By John Clayton | May 11, 2022

Patrick Ward couldn’t make it for Senior Day Saturday. Not with a cross-country flight from California and the seemingly ever-present threat of COVID-19 anymore. And not with the leukemia he has been battling for the past four years. His daughter, Presbyterian senior Taylor Ward understood – because the past four years have made her tougher…

Clinton takes 2 of 3 from Bulldogs, advances

By John Clayton | May 11, 2022

Visiting Pendleton took Clinton deep into the night Monday before the Red Devils were able to claim the Class 3A District 3 championship. The Bulldogs snapped Clinton’s 16-game winning streak with a 12-10 come-from-behind win in Game 1, which forced a final elimination game. In Game 2 of the doubleheader, a second Pendleton seventh-inning rally…

Snakebit no more: Raiders oust Copperheads

By John Clayton | May 10, 2022

It’s not like Jackson Edwards could forget how Laurens District High School’s baseball season ended last season. It’s just that he didn’t want to, keeping a sign in his locker this year with the “4-0” loss he took on the mound for the Raiders against Lugoff-Elgin. That loss opened the door for Lugoff-Elgin to force…