Christmas Parades were held around Laurens County in spite of the threatening weather Saturday. Good crowds were on hand starting with the Clinton Parade at 10 am, continuing with the Whitten Center Parade at 1 pm, Gray Court at 2, and wrapping up with the Laurens Parade held as night fell starting at 5pm.
The Parade Marshals for this year’s Cinton Christmas Parade Saturday consisted of the 2013 Dixie Youth 2A State Championship Baseball Team, the 8 and under Clinton YMCA All Stars. This is the first team from Clinton and the first 2A team from District 3 to ever win a state championship.
This team, under the direction of Head Coach Matt Stewart, went undefeated through the district and state tournaments, compiling a 4-0 record at the district tournament and a 5-0 record to win the State Championship, held in Georgetown. By winning the State Championship, they secured the #1 seed from South Carolina as they moved on to the World Series held in Rockwood, Tennessee. They competed against 16 teams from different states and ultimately tied for 4th place in the nation, with a 3-2 record.
Team members were Luke White, Zach Fortman, Wil Stewart, R.T. Corley, Justin Copeland, Michael Patterson, Jackson Martin, Jy Leake, Austin Copeland, Zane McLendon, Wilson Wages and Harrison Moore.
Assistant Coaches for the team were Josh Mclendon, Tosh Corley, and Don White.