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Laurens’ Martin earns defensive MVP honors at Shrine Bowl
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For his curtain call as a prep football player, Laurens’ Duane Martin sure picked a heck of a way to go out. Martin had eight tackles, broke up one pass, and recovered a fumble on special teams, all in helping South Carolina defeat North Carolina, 28-17, in the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Saturday…

SCHSL realignment plan sends Laurens to Class 4A
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The initial plans for the 2020-22 South Carolina High School League athletic realignment have been announced, and Laurens High is heading to a new class. Laurens will move to Class 4A for the upcoming two-year cycle, which begins in the fall of 2020. The Raiders’ program was ranked No. 61 in the state for student…

LA, Laurens hoops both swept in DHs
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The Laurens and Laurens Academy varsity basketball teams both had doubleheaders Tuesday night, each coming away with less-than-desired results. Laurens was swept in a road doubleheader by Westside, in the region opener for the Raiders, while the Crusaders lost both games against Chesnee. Laurens: The Raider girls suffered a 72-36 loss to the Rams in…

Laurens swept by Hillcrest in basketball DH
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The Laurens Raiders’ varsity basketball teams each suffered a road loss Tuesday night against the Hillcrest Rams in Simpsonville. The Laurens boys dropped a 67-50 decision in the nightcap of the doubleheader, while the Raider girls fell 60-33 in their game. In the Laurens boys’ contest, Dee Foster picked up a team-best 26 points, including…

Touchdown Club caps year with awards banquet
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The 2019 football season for Laurens County came to its unofficial conclusion Wednesday night at The Ridge at Laurens, where the Laurens County Touchdown Club banquet was held. The 2019 all-county team was celebrated during the banquet, including the recognition of Laurens’ Duane Martin as Player of the Year, and Chris Liner as Coach of…

LDHS boys suffer hard-luck loss
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The Laurens Raiders boys’ basketball team nearly saw itself get run off the floor in the home opener against the Hillcrest Rams Tuesday night, but a spirited rally saw the Raiders erase a 19-point lead and hold a one-point lead in the final 78 seconds. But the rally ran out of gas. Hillcrest scored eight…

PC football earns 3 All-Big South nods
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Presbyterian College linebacker Colby Campbell was selected to the All-Big South first team, wide receiver Keith Pearson was tabbed for the second team, and long snapper Cooper Short was picked for the all-academic team, the conference announced Tuesday. Campbell was selected for the second straight year to one of the all-conference team, while Short made…

PC football wins finale; volleyball season also ends
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The 2019 seasons for both the Presbyterian College football and volleyball teams came to their conclusion within a span of hours on Saturday. PC’s football team roared to life against St. Andrews, scoring their most points in a game since scoring 69 points in 2014, notching a 52-14 victory over the Knights at Bailey Memorial…

PC volleyball advances to Big South semis
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The Presbyterian College volleyball team made quick work of the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in Friday’s quarterfinal round of the Big South Tournament, advancing with a three-set, 25-23, 25-12, 25-19 victory at Rock Hill. With the victory the Blue Hose (15-14) advance to play top-seed, and host, Winthrop in Saturday’s semifinal. PC is the No. 4…

PC women move to 3-2, hold off Charleston
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The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team gave the crowd in attendance for Friday’s Education Day Game at the Templeton Center┬áplenty to smile after holding off a good challenge from the College of Charleston Cougars, winning 58-54, moving to 3-2 on the season in the process. The loss dropped College of Charleston to fall to 4-3…