Sports Report for Thursday, 11-15-12

Real Radio 860 WLBG Sports Report:  11-15-12

College Basketball:

  • Men’s basketball: Georgia Tech 52 – PC 38: PC’s men’s basketball team led Georgia Tech 25-24 at the half but Tech scored 16 unanswered points just after the start of the 2nd half to take a 52-38 win down I Atlanta last night.. PC shot 45.5% from the floor in the 1st half to Tech’s 25% but the percentages reversed in the 2nd half with PC shooting 27.8% to Tech’s 41.4%.. PC’s Khalid Mutakabbir led all scorers with 13 points and was the only PC player scoring in double-digits.. Tech has 2 players scoring 10 points each..  PC drops to 0-2 on the season while Tech goes to 2-0.. The Blue Hose next travel to Omaha, Neb., to take on 13th-ranked Creighton Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. (ET), before heading to Madison, Wis., to face Wisconsin Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. (ET).
  • Women’s basketball:  Georgia 66 – PC 38: The Lady Blue Hose traveled to Athens last night and saw their season record drop to 1-1 as the #10 Lady Georgia Bulldogs took a 66-38 win.. Georgia scored first and never trailed as the steadily built their lead to take a 35-18 lead by the end of the 1st half… Former Laurens standout Shonda Burnside had 8 points to lead PC to go along with 4 rebounds.. Jasmine Hassell of Georgia led all scorers with 14.. The Lady Blue Hose take on Duke in Durham on Sunday.
  • Today’s Schedule : South Carolina women host Savannah State, 7:00pm 

Goose Creek Out of Playoffs:

  • In a story that broke late yesterday, defending state AAAA-Div. II football champion and unbeaten this year Goose Creek has been disqualified for the remainder of the playoffs for using an ineligible player in 10 games.. The ineligible player was a transfer student and the problem centered around the schools use of an incomplete transcript turned in to the high school league for his participation in football.. . An updated student transcript record in question was received after the student was enrolled at the school. The original transcript used at the beginning of the season was incomplete, and when the student registered for winter sports, an updated transcript was used and the error was found… The school reported it to the SCHSL and League Commissioner Jerome Singleton banned them from the playoffs as per league rules.. An appeal hearing was held yesterday and the SCHSL Executive Committee voted 9-2 to uphold the ban and Goose Creek asked for a 2nd vote to consider a hardship case for the student involved but that vote failed 10-1.. School district officials say they are considering other options but must do so quickly as the playoffs continue tomorrow.. As it stands this morning, Conway (who Goose Creek defeated last Friday night) will travel to Bluffton tomorrow.
  • Note: SCHSL rules are made not by the staff at the league office but by the schools through the executive and other committees.. They are set up to govern school athletic completion and insure that schools compete on a “level field”.. All Mr. Singleton and his staff do are enforce those rules made by the schools to govern themselves… The executive committee is like the “supreme court” for appeals on the staffs interpretation and enforcement of those rules… So the schools elected representatives (the executive committee) acts as the final judge.. If they don’t like the rules, the schools should change them but until then they all know them.. In my humble opinion, as long as due process in the appeal process was followed, this matter should stay in the SCHSL and out of the hands of lawyers and the legal system that already has more than it can handle. 

Broadcast Reminders:

  • Clemson will host NC State this coming Saturday with kickoff slated for 3:30 pm.. You can catch all the action here on Real Radio 860 WLBG starting with the pre-game show starting at 2:30 pm.
  • Meanwhile over on Sports Radio 1410 WPCC you can catch all the action when South Carolina host Wofford in a noon contest.. Join Todd Ellis and Tommy Suggs as the pre-game starts at noon with kickoff at 1:00pm. 

FYI / Community Interest:

  • CHS will have a Meet the Devils night on Thursday November 15th.  All CHS basketball teams as well as the Bell Street team will be introduced. We encourage our elementary students to come and shoot baskets with the Red Devils.  We will introduce all of our Teams and the community will get an opportunity to see our Red Devils in action with a short team scrimmage. Ceremonies will start at 6:00 pm.
  • The Laurens County Touchdown Club will meet again on Friday, Nov. 16th and the featured speakers will be Pete Yanity Voice of the Clemson Tigers and Todd Ellis Voice of the South Carolina Gamecocks…  This should be a very interesting meeting which will start at noon and will be held at Lakeside Country Club..  It’s not too late to join us.. Contact Marlene Owings at 864-833-2716 or by email: mowing@laurenscounty.org. .. By the way, check the “Between the Lines” section at wlbg.com for video of earlier meetings.
  • The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation has announced youth basketball registration dates.  The City league will begin registration November 10 and end on December 2.  Participants can register daily at the Little River Park from 1-6pm weekdays, 10-6 on Saturdays and 1-6 on Sundays.  Cost to participate is only $25 and includes a jersey and a league trophy.  Age divisions are 6-8 beginner, 8-10 Rookie and 11-12 big league.  A child’s league age is determined on what age they were on August 31, 2012.  So a child who turned 13 on September 1 would be eligible to participate this year. Skills evaluations and practices will begin before the Christmas break. For more information please call 681-7275 or email Laurensprd@yahoo.com.
  • The Laurens YMCA has announced that registration for the youth basketball season will begin November 18 and will run through December 16. We also have a late registration period that will end on December 19. It is open to youth ages 3-14. Basketball season will officially start with practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 8. Cost is $50 for Y members and $60 for non-members. Call the Laurens YMCA at 984-2626 for more information including the possibility of scholarships for those who qualify.
  • The Clinton YMCA has started registration for youth basketball and cheerleading. Basketball is open to youth ages 5-12. Cheerleading is open to those in grades K5-6th. The deadline for registration for both is December 13. The cost is $40 for Y members and $55 for non-members. For more information call the Clinton YMCA at 833-1555. Financial assistance is available. 

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