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Big South preseason basketball polls released
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The Big South Conference held its annual media day festivities Tuesday in Charlotte, and with it came the announcement of the preseason polls and all-conference teams. Presbyterian’s men’s basketball team was picked ninth in the preseason vote, receiving 109 total points. Radford, which won last season’s conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, was…

Laurens names new varsity soccer coaches
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The Laurens Raiders announced a pair of new varsity head soccer coaches Monday.┬áChristina Earley was selected as the new girls’ coach, while Daniel Sorrow was tabbed to coach the boys. Earley, a former player at Spartanburg Methodist, helped lead that program to its first national championship appearance in program history. She has coached prior to…

Raiders, Red Devils have rough night
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The Laurens Raiders’ football team, even with a one-sided loss to the Hanna Yellowjackets Friday, know they will have a chance to win their way into the playoffs. Clinton’s Red Devils won’t have such a luxury. Laurens got two rushing touchdowns from Duane Martin and a rushing score from Ryan Campbell, but the Yellowjackets overpowered…

LA football falls in Thursday night tilt
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The Laurens Academy varsity football team took on an uncommon Thursday night assignment, playing at Wardlaw, but despite getting an early lead the Crusaders were unable to keep up with the Patriots in what turned out to be a 60-12 decision. The loss drops LA to 2-7 overall, 2-4 in the region standings. It is…

BREAKING: SCISA releases Class A volleyball brackets
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  The Laurens Academy Crusaders’ volleyball team now knows its potential path to a Class A title. SCISA released the 2018 Class A Tournament brackets Wednesday morning, with the Crusaders selected as a No. 1 seed. LA will face No. 4 Conway Christian at 1:30 p.m., with a second match to follow against either No.…

Laurens rolls to key victory; LA and Clinton fall
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The Laurens Raiders’ football team picked up a key victory in their hopes to win a trip to the state playoffs next month. Laurens got three rushing touchdowns from Duane Martin, two rushing TDs from Shamare Dendy, and a passing touchdown from Ryan Campbell as the Raiders built a 28-0 lead in the second quarter…

Area sports events canceled due to Michael
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Clinton High School has announced all home and away sporting events for both Clinton High and Clinton Middle scheduled for Wednesday have been canceled due to the expected high wins from Hurricane Michael, and all events Thursday are also canceled because both District 55 and 56 will be closed due to the storm. All students…

BREAKING: Football schedule changed for Thursday
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Clinton High School announced changes to its middle school and JV football schedule due to the impending track of Hurricane Michael, with all games moved to Wednesday. Clinton’s 8th grade game with Whitmire has now been canceled, and the 7th grade team will play Southside Christian at 5 p.m. The JV team follows at 7…

Raiders, Crusaders lose, Red Devils win
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All three area prep football teams had their homecoming games Friday night, but only one came away with a victory. Laurens turned the ball over four times and gave up 34 unanswered points to the Woodmont Wildcats, resulting in a 34-20 loss that dropped the Raiders to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the Region 1-5A…

Raiders, Red Devils both suffer blowouts
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The Laurens Raiders and Clinton Red Devils had long rides home from their road contests Friday night. Laurens held an early 14-10 lead on the Westside Rams before giving up 56 straight points in what eventually was a 66-21 loss that dropped the Raiders to 2-4 overall, 1-2 in Region 1-5A. Traye Smith led the…