Sports Report for Wednesday, 12-19-12

Real Radio 860 WLBG Sports Report:  12-19-20

 Local sports: Well the only varsity high school basketball action in the county took place last night as the Laurens Raiders hosted the JL Mann Patriots in Region I-AAAA action.

  • Girls: Mann 56 – Laurens 34… In girls action, the Lady Patriots took a 56-34 win over the Lady Raiders..  The Lady Patriots came into the game 7-2 and 2-0 in region play and picked by region coaches to finish 1st in the region in pre-season meetings.. Mann showed why they were the pre-season favorites last night as they took a 15-7 at the end of the 1st period and never really were threatened.. As Laurens Coach Travis Langford said afterward “ They had just too many questions (good players and disciplined offense & defense) for us to answer. They could have beaten us worse but Coach Huffman showed class and played her entire bench.. Angel McGowan led the Lady Patriots with 16 points.. For Laurens Mary Anna Moore had a game high 24 points 12 of which came in the final period.. Others scoring for the Lady Raiders were: Kalah Gary – 3 and Amber Anderson, Shekiya Burnside, Maleaka Neal and Jadasia Bennett all with 2 each… The Lady Raiders are now 3-6 overall and 1-2 in region play… They will play in the Erskine Christmas Tournament tomorrow at 7:00 pm as the take on Berea.
  •  In boys action, Laurens turned the tables as they took a 47-32 win over the Patriots.. Laurens came out and went to work using an offense that took what the Patriots gave them and then played good defense on the other end… Laurens had a 10 point lead at the end of the 1st period and a 26-17 lead at the half…In the 1st half Laurens had almost no turnovers.. In the 2nd half, that changed somewhat as both teams got a little sloppy at the end…  Coach Freeze said he was overall pleased with the “workman like game” turned in by his team and they way they responded each time Mann tried to get back in the game… The only player in double-digits was Dra Cunningham with 12 points 8 of which came in the 1st half.. Coach Freeze used his bench liberally and the balance of the scoring was spread across many players… Michael Boyce had 7 point while Davon Boyce, Tyrez Young, Quinton Billups and Khadajah Irby all had 6 points each.. Chrishawn Guest added 5 and Quin Suber 1… The Raiders are now 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the region and will next be in action on December 27th when they start participation in a tournament at Western Carolina. 

One JV score for you, the Laurens boys JV team defeated JL Mann 37-27 up in Greenville last night… Kezario Whitmore & LaJune Jones led the team with 8 points each.. Other scoring were: Toby Jackson 7, Jordan sergeant 4, Allen Johnson 4 and both Tyler Tribble & Chris Statom 2 each. 

Clinton Fall Sports Ceremony: CHS held their Fall sports Ceremony and I did get a little news from it for you today.. Clinton Cross Country Coach Lee Atkinson was kind enough to inform me that for the girls team Audrey Atkinson received the sportsmanship Award and Anna Ragin the MVP Award… For the boys Austin Nobles received the Sportsmanship Award, Chandler Sprouse and Charles McKinney All Region and Chris Patterson MVP and Runner of the Year in Region 3-AAA.. Also Coach Atkinson was Coach of the Year in Region 3-AAA and received recognition for that… Check out the photos below from the ceremony.. I’ll see if I can get other information from the Fall Sports Ceremony for future reports..


Audrey Atkinson, Coach Atkinson & Anna Ragin             Austin Nobles, Chris Patterson & Chandler Sprouse


Local Sports Schedule:

Middle School Basketball: Girls action starts at 5:00

  • Bells Street White at Bell Street Red (played at Old Clinton High gym)
  • Sanders at Laurens Middle (played at LDHS)
  • Gray Court-Owens at Hickory Tavern.. to be broadcast on Real Radio 860 WLBG 


  • Varsity Boys Basketball at Newberry College            6:30 vs. Mid-Carolina (Tournament) 


  • Varsity wrestling @ Greenwood          5:00 

Broadcast Reminders:

  • The next middle school basketball broadcast on Real Radio 860 today from Hickory Tavern Middle School as the Panthers host the Gray Court-Owens Tigers… Join me just a few minutes before 5:00 and remember we do stream live on the internet at
  • This next varsity basketball from Laurens High School will be Tuesday January 8th, 2013 as the Raiders take on the Woodmont Wildcats…  Join Dr. Rhett Harris and myself a few minutes before 6 PM. … Remember that we do stream all local sporting events live on the internet at 

FYI / Community Interest:

  • The Clinton YMCA has extended registration for youth basketball and cheerleading to Thursday December 20th.. Basketball is open to youth ages 5-12. Cheerleading is open to those in grades K5-6th. 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.
  • There will be a Raiders Basketball Kid’s Camp December 27th & 28th at the Laurens High Gym. The camp will be teaching many fundamental basketball skills.  We will be giving out individual prizes for Hot Shot, Knockout and Speed Dribbling Champions. We will also have guest speakers each day. This camp will be a great opportunity for young players to work on their basketball skills. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt. The camp hours will be 9am – noon and is open to youth 5-13.. The cost is $30 if you register by Friday December 21st and $35 after that date. Discounts are available for siblings. Contact Coach Rico Salliewhite at 864-923-6902 or email him at for more details or to register.
  • The Laurens YMCA has announced that registration for the youth basketball season has been extended until Friday January 4th, 2013…. Youth basketball 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 

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