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CHS, LDHS unveil revised football schedules
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Clinton and Laurens District high schools released revised varsity football schedules Thursday after the South Carolina High School League pushed back start dates for high school athletics due to COVID-19. Football and competitive cheer – both considered high risk for the spread of the novel coronavirus – will be the last two fall sports to…

PC football loses bulk of slate due to COVID-19
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A transition season as a Football Championship Subdivision independent between memberships in the Big South Conference and non-scholarship Pioneer League is proving to be a challenge for Presbyterian College during COVID-19. Conferences at all levels of college football are adjusting their schedules as they attempt to cope with COVID-19. Many of them have opted to…

Some LDHS athletes to return Monday
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Laurens District 55 High School athletes will have the option to begin voluntary fall workouts starting Monday. These workouts will initially be allowed for fall high school sports only. Football, girls tennis and cross country will be allowed to return to campus this coming Monday, while cheerleading and volleyball may return on Monday, Aug. 10. Only…

CHS return to field; LDHS postpones workouts
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While the South Carolina High School League continues to struggle with what fall sports will potentially look like going forward in 2020, Laurens District 55 and Clinton high schools are taking different approaches. Both schools had suspended summer workouts in June due to increased numbers of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Laurens County until this week.…

Coates wins 100th Late Model race at LCS
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Frank Coates won his 100th race at Laurens County Speedway Saturday with a Limited Late Model feature victory. All of Coates’ victories have come in the speedway’s Late Model division. Austin Watkins was second behind Coates and Steve Bowie was third. In other division: 602 Crate: 1. Colt Smith; 2. Colby Cannon; 3. Travis Morgan;…

4 injured in Laurens Co. Speedway accident
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Four people were injured Saturday night when a racecar crashed through a fence and into fans at Laurens County Speedway. Speedway officials confirmed the accident in a Facebook post Sunday morning. “There was an accident at the track tonight with a late model car. It did jump the wall and went through a fence and…

Phase 1: SCHSL paves way for sports to return
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Local high school athletic teams have the green light to resume practices and workouts. Sort of. The South Carolina High School League released a three-phase plan for schools to resume athletic activities as early as Thursday, June 4 with safety precautions designed to protect students and staff from COVID-19. “We’ve had an initial discussion with…

Stevenson looks to Louisville for senior season
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The strangest offseason of Anna Stevenson’s athletic career dragged on into May as she continued individual workouts at home in Gray Court, anxious to return to Louisville for her final season of collegiate volleyball. The former Laurens Academy and Laurens District High School volleyball standout is looking forward to a senior season that could surpass…

Local youth sports preparing to resume
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Local youth sports organizations are preparing to return to the fields and ballparks on June 1 following a decision from state leaders to allow sporting events and practices to resume. Youth leagues were among those shut down by the state as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. “We’re going to take the recommendations from the state and…

Attractions may reopen, sports’ return imminent
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A Tuesday meeting of AccelerateSC, the business advisory committee focused on reopening South Carolina’s economy during COVID-19, led to Gov. Henry McMaster to announce Wednesday that attraction facilities can be reopened prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Attractions such as museums, historic sites and zoos among others will be allowed to reopen beginning Friday.…