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Thornwell planning return for Saints teams

By John Clayton | November 25, 2020

Thornwell returned as a charter school, opening for elementary and middle-school children for the 2019-20 academic year, and now administrators say the Saints will return to athletic competition as early as this spring. The current plan is to bring back high school football by 2023-24. “Thornwell was a big part of the Laurens County sports…

Holly Hill ends LA’s playoff run, 50-36

By John Clayton | November 13, 2020

HOLLY HILL – Fireworks were set off in celebration minutes after Holly Hill Academy eliminated visiting Laurens Academy from the SCISA 8-man football semifinals Friday night, downing the Crusaders 50-36. But truthfully, the fireworks had been going on since Holly Hill’s Zack Pelloni returned the opening kick 66 yards for a touchdown. The unbeaten Raiders jumped out…

Red Devils take out frustrations on Rebels, 38-6

By John Clayton | November 6, 2020

Clinton ended a frustrating week and possibly its football season on a high note with a dominant defensive performance and a 38-6 nonconference victory over Strom Thurmond Friday night at Wilder Stadium. The Red Devils held the Rebels to just seven yards on the ground and intercepted quarterback Patrick Westbrook twice, doubling his interception total…

Crusaders advance with 30-14 playoff win over Patrick Henry

By John Clayton | November 6, 2020

Clarence Bertoli scored three touchdowns and to lead Laurens Academy to a 30-14 victory over visiting Patrick Henry Friday night in the opening round of the SCISA Class A 8-man football playoffs at Todd Kirk Field. Bertoli scored on touchdowns of 15 and 55 yards in the first half, but the Patriots rallied to a…

LDHS football season ends due to positive COVID-19 test

By John Clayton | November 5, 2020

The Laurens District High School football season came to an abrupt end Thursday as District 55 officials announced that a person in the program tested positive for COVID-19. According to a release from District 55, the person within the program tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday and was asymptomatic until the day of the test. District…

LA heads to playoffs following 60-0 rout

By John Clayton | October 31, 2020

Laurens Academy scored its third blowout victory in a row Friday night with a 60-0 thumping of a combined Palmetto Christian-Cambridge Academy team at Todd Kirk Field in SCISA 8-man football. With the victory, the Crusaders (7-3 overall, 3-2 conference) earned a first-round home playoff game and will face Patrick Henry next Friday night. LA…

Union Co. hangs on, downs Devils, 28-21

By John Clayton | October 31, 2020

  UNION – Host Union County scored the go-ahead touchdown with just over three minutes to play, and the Yellowjackets’ defense stopped Clinton’s last-ditch drive to hold on for a 28-21 Region 3-3A victory Friday night. A Jykorie Gary catch-and-run set up the Red Devils at the Union 5-yard line, but a call for an…

Homecoming horror: Gilbert powers past Raiders, 49-21

By John Clayton | October 30, 2020

  For the first two minutes or so of game time Friday night, things looked great for Laurens. Sophomore quarterback James Rawl connected on a 42-yard pass to Jayden McGowan. Jeremiah Fuller found room for a 7-yard gain up the middle, and then Rawl and McGowan capped the game’s opening drive, connecting on a 7-yard…

Tennis: Chapman derails Clinton playoff run

By John Clayton | October 28, 2020

Clinton’s girls tennis season came to an end Tuesday in the Upper State finals with a 4-2 loss to Region 3-3A rival Chapman. The Panthers defeated Clinton for the third time this season and will advance to the state championship for the second straight year. Here are results: Singles: No. 1 Westlyn Morris (Chapman) def.…

LA downs Wardlaw with 1st-half onslaught

By John Clayton | October 23, 2020

Laurens Academy exploded for 40 first-half points, getting all the offense it needed in the first two quarters of action in a 40-0 win at Wardlaw Academy Friday night in SCISA 8-man football. The Crusaders (6-3) have outscored their last two opponents – W.W. King and Wardlaw – a combined 94-0 and have now recorded…