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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.…

CHS boosters cancel annual golf tourney
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The Clinton High School Athletic Booster Club has reluctantly had to cancel its biggest fundraiser and signature event, the annual golf tournament at Musgrove Mill Golf Club. The tournament is typically a kickoff for the new school year and its athletic seasons. Booster Club director Buddy Bridges said it builds camaraderie and “come together” as…

Summie Carlay to join brother Wesley at The Citadel
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Former Laurens District High School standout offensive lineman Summie Carlay announced on Twitter Tuesday that he will transfer from the University of South Carolina to The Citadel. Carlay will join his younger brother, Wesley Carlay, who is completing his freshman year at the Citadel and plays on the defensive line for the Bulldogs. Summie Carlay, 6-5, 285…

Quarles ready for hoops, rodeo with Flying Fleet
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When Blair Quarles leaves for Erskine College in the fall for her freshman year, she won’t be going alone. Quarles, who graduates this year from Laurens Academy, signed this past week to play basketball and compete in rodeo for at Erskine. The Flying Fleet rodeo team will be in its second year of competition with…

Nibert takes top post at Spartanburg Day
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Former Presbyterian College head basketball coach Gregg Nibert is returning to the bench as a head coach. Nibert, who led the Blue Hose for 28 years and is the program’s all-time winningnest coach, is to take over as head coach at Spartanburg Day School. The school announced the hire via social media late Monday. “I’m…