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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…

Thursday Playoff Action: Red Devils, Raiders baseball keep winning

By John Clayton | May 5, 2022

LDHS, Clinton stay unbeaten in district tourneys Clinton girls soccer loses PK playoff heartbreaker Clinton and Laurens remained in the winners’ bracket as district play in the Upper State high school playoffs continued Thursday night. The Red Devils stopped visiting Pendleton 11-8, while LDHS went on the road and defeated top-seeded Catawba Ridge 5-2. Both…

PC announces lacrosse incident conclusions, punishments

By John Clayton | May 5, 2022

Presbyterian College President Matthew vandenBerg announced Thursday that four students have been expelled and a fraternity has been permanently banned from campus following an investigation into an incident that occurred at a women’s lacrosse game this past February. According to the release from PC, an independent investigation conducted by attorney Cindy Crick validated reports that…

Spring Playoffs Update: CHS golfers move on, LDHS to host

By John Clayton | May 5, 2022

LA baseball stays alive The Clinton High golf team advanced to the Class 3A Upper State Tournament with a second-place finish in the Region 3-A Tournament Monday at Three Pines Golf Club in Woodruff. Clinton shot a 349, edging Chapman (356) by seven strokes for second place behind region champion Woodruff. The Wolverines dominated the…

Playoff Roundup: Raiders, Red Devils open district playoffs with wins

By John Clayton | May 3, 2022

* Baseball: Raiders hold on; Red Devils dominate again; LA downed * Softball: LDHS stifled by Westside * Girls Soccer: Clinton scores shutout vs. Berea Update: Raiders 9 head to Catawba Ridge; Red Devils host Pendleton ANDERSON – Laurens held off a seventh-inning rally by host Westside for a 7-6 victory Tuesday in the opening…