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LA continues roll, 62-14 over Northside

By John Clayton | September 26, 2020

Laurens Academy won its third straight game with a 62-14 SCISA 8-man football victory Friday night over Northside Christian in Lexington. LA (3-2) scored touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams and rolled up 42 points in the first half after scoring 52 points over the first two quarters a week earlier at Cathedral. LA…

Eagles thwart LDHS in Smith’s debut

By John Clayton | September 25, 2020

GREENWOOD – Greenwood scored 28 unanswered points over the final three quarters en route to a 35-7 season-opening victory over Laurens Friday night at H.W. Babb Stadium. The win was the first for former LDHS head coach Chris Liner as head coach at his alma mater, Greenwood, and spoiled the Raiders head-coaching debut of Daryl…

Red Devils outlast Vikings in OT, 32-26

By John Clayton | September 24, 2020

Senior running back Kimon Quarles scored on a 7-yard run in overtime to lift Clinton to a 32-26 victory over a stubborn Emerald team Thursday night at Wilder Stadium. The game was an unexpected season opener for both teams, whose scheduled opponents – Union County (CHS) and Broome (Emerald) – temporarily halted football activities due…

LDHS baseball, football legend remembered

By John Clayton | September 16, 2020

Former Pirates’ top pick died after month-long battle with COVID-19 Charles Peterson, who is permanently etched in local sports legend thanks to an amazing catch and a baseball career that enamored Major League scouts, died Sunday in Columbia. He was 46. His death came after a three-week battle with COVID-19. He was admitted to the…

Clinton High football opener changed due to COVID

By John Clayton | September 16, 2020

The Clinton High School football team’s season opener next week will still happen, but it will be against a different opponent. Union County, the Red Devils’ scheduled opponent for Sept. 25, ceased all football activities through at least Sept. 27 due to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 within the program. With the Yellow Jackets…

CHS tennis rolling into unusual 2020 season

By John Clayton | September 9, 2020

The Clinton High girls tennis team began a season unlike any other with dominating wins over Union County and Broome this past week, proving that the more things change the more they stay the same. The Red Devils scored a 5-1 victory at Union County on Sept. 1 before starting their home season Thursday with…

Holly Hill downs Crusaders 18-12 in opener

By John Clayton | August 28, 2020

Visiting Holly Hill Academy held Laurens Academy scoreless for the better part of three quarters Friday night in an 18-12 victory at LA’s Todd Kirk Field. It was the season opener for both teams in SCISAA Class A 8-man football and the first game played in Laurens County amid COVID-19 restrictions. The Raiders (1-0) jumped…

Crusaders to kick off football season Friday

By John Clayton | August 26, 2020

A lot of familiar faces have returned to the practice field for the Laurens Academy varsity football team, but there is also something starkly unfamiliar there. Depth. The Crusaders are suiting up 17 players this season for its trek through the South Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Class A 8-man football schedule. The deeper 2020…

PC, Big South suspend all fall sports due to COVID-19

By John Clayton | August 13, 2020

Soon after the Big South Conference announced Wednesday that it would be suspending its fall sports seasons, Presbyterian College announced that its entire fall sports calendar was being postponed due to COVID-19. The decision means that in addition to cross country, volleyball and men’s and women’s tennis and golf, PC will not take the football…

CHS, LDHS unveil revised football schedules

By John Clayton | August 6, 2020

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…