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College, prep spring sports seasons suspended
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First, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster shut down public schools in the state through the rest of March, and then the South Carolina High School League shut down the spring sports seasons at least through April 5. The closures were made due to threat of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. The Center for Disease Control is…

Big South cancels women’s tourney, SCHSL weighs options
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The Big South Conference announced Thursday that it will cancel the remainder of its women’s championship basketball tournament due to the spread of the coronavirus and is considering whether to continue spring sports seasons at the present time. “Given concerns related to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the rapidly escalating developments nationally, the…

Clemson baseball, softball sweep Blue Hose
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CLEMSON – A five-run first inning propelled No. 19 Clemson to a 12-0 win over the Presbyterian College baseball team on Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Zacchaeus Rasberry led the Blue Hose with a pair of hits including a double. Jackson Lindley (1-0) got the win on the mound for Clemson. Starter Clark Dearman (0-2)…

Bucs end PC hoops season with tourney win
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Host Charleston Southern shot almost 60% in the second half and hit 13 three-pointers to earn the 81-64 win over the Presbyterian College men’s basketball Tuesday night team in the first round of the Big South Men’s Basketball Championship. Cory Hightower led the Blue Hose with 16 points, with Sean Jenkins tops on the boards…

Dorchester ends Crusaders’ playoff run
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Laurens Academy’s dynastic run through the SCISA Class 1A girls basketball tournament ended Tuesday night with a 43-38 loss to Dorchester Academy at Heathwood Hall in Columbia. The Raiders handed LA its first state tournament loss since the 2017 finals. Since then, the Crusaders have won back-to-back state championships and were on the cusp of…

PC announces 2020 football slate
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Furman, Flying Fleet on Blue Hose schedule The Presbyterian College football team will play five home games as a part of its 2020 schedule announced by athletic director Rob Acunto on Tuesday. The Blue Hose will play the 2020 season as an NCAA D1 FCS independent before transitioning to the non-scholarship FCS Pioneer League in…

Fulwiley, Raiders bedevil Clinton in 3A playoffs
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The defense Clinton has relied upon all season was no match Monday night for a Keenan team led by an explosive freshman who has long had the rapt attention of NCAA Division I programs. MiLaysia Fulwiley, who surpassed the 1,000 career-point plateau for the Raiders in her third varsity season in January, scored a game-high…

Clinton, LA girls advance in state playoffs
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The last two local basketball teams left standing advanced in state playoff action this weekend. Clinton held on for a 34-28 home win over Pendleton Friday night in the Class 3A playoffs, while Laurens Academy rallied for a 48-45 victory over Lowcountry Prep in Sumter Saturday afternoon to advance to the SCISA 1A quarterfinals Tuesday.…

Sports Hall of Fame Class of ’20 announced
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The Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame will induct five members into its fourth class on April 30, 2020. The induction ceremony will be held at The Ridge at Laurens at 6:30 p.m. The process of selecting the 2020 class of the Laurens County Sports Hall of Fame began in the summer of 2019. Nominations…

LDHS hires from within, names Smith head coach
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Laurens District High School got its man – and didn’t have to look far to find him. Daryl Smith was named the Raiders’ head football coach Tuesday, ending a search to replace former head coach Chris Liner that lasted around a month. School and District 55 officials confirmed the hire Monday. An official announcement is…