Laurens Y’s Healthy Kids Day® on May 3rd


On Saturday, May 3rd, the Laurens Family YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® , the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, wellness information, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.    

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.

 “One in three U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” said Brie Holmes, Wellness Director of the Laurens YMCA.  “As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, through YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”

 In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits: 

  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development.
  • Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
  • Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs. Bike rides, etc.
  • Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
  • Lead By Example – Be a good role model – kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is.

The Laurens Y’s Healthy Kids Day at The Laurens YMCA kicks off at 10am with a 1-mile Family Fun Walk and features free, active play and educational activities, such as: a cycling skills clinic; the Self medical mobile health unit, offering free health screenings for families; games, crafts and activities designed to keep kids intellectually and physically active through the summer months, and will wrap up with a Zumba dance party starting at 11:30am.  

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by Eat Smart Move More SC, Step Up, Laurens County, Angela Marlett and Joe Kirby State Farm, PRTC, and also supported by national media partners Sprout and Lazy Town, who are committed to encouraging kids to lead a healthy lifestyle.  

For more information, contact Brie Holmes at 864-984-2626 or visit


 About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

LDHS Tanner Adair Signs With Newberry

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On Friday 2-21-2014 Laurens District 55 High School senior Tanner Adair signed a letter of intent to further his education and play football at Newberry College next season… Tanner is the son of Susan and Kevin Adair… During his senior season he played defensive end and recorded 51 first hits, 23 assists, 3 sacks and 13 quarterback hurries… After the end of his senior season of football Tanner was also selected to the All-Region I-AAAA Team… He was also selected by the Laurens County Touchdown Club to the All-County Defensive Team and as their County Player of the Year… He also participated in the 2013 North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach on 12-14-2013.


Below is an interview done with him after the signing.

Coach Liner Speaks to Rotary Club


Liner at Rotary 3-27-14

On Thursday 3-27-14, the new Head Football Coach at LDHS
Chris Liner spoke to the members of the Laurens Rotary Club. He was introduced
by LDHS graduate Coach Shell Dulla now retired who coached and then hired Coach
Liner at Greenwood… Coach Liner spoke about his general feeling on how he saw
his duties as a coach and the impact that Coach Dulla had on his life as well as how he hopes that he and his staff will impact the student athletes in his charge for years to come.

Click on the link below to listen to his introduction and comments.



2014 NCAA D-I Brackets & NIT Bracket


To see the Men’s Div. 1 bracket click on the following:
2014 NCAA D-I Men Basketball Bracket

To see the Women’s Div.1 bracket click on the following:
2014 NCAA D-I Women’s Basketball Bracket

To see the Men’s NIT bracket click on the following:
2014 NIT Bracket

FREE Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic – Laurens YMCA


On Thursday April 3rd the Laurens YMCA will be hosting the Cal Ripken Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic at Collyar Park from 6:00 – 9:00 pm… It is open to youth ages 6-14.  Now it is a free clinic but you MUST register prior to the day of the clinic.  For complete information about the clinic and how to register, click on the following: Cal Ripken Clinic 2014

Laurens YMCA Middle School Basball Schedule and Information


 The Laurens YMCA Middle School Baseball program added two additional teams this season to bring the total number of teams up to 4 from the inaugural season was in 2013. 

The Raiders, Tigers, Yellow Jackets and Wildcats comprise the development league.  “Our goal when we started this program was to improve the skill level of participants and provide them a better opportunity to compete for positions on a High School team.  It is our plan to continually improve the league and the competition in the league. “Said Brian Harlan, CEO

 The games are scheduled each Tuesday and Thursday.  Games are played at Collyar Park and Laurens County Park. The games begin at 6:00pm. 

“We are proud to continue offering this program.  It is made possible by partners such as Laurens Dixie Youth Baseball, The City of Laurens and Laurens County Parks and Recreation.  The City of Laurens and LCPRT provide practice and game facilities to the program.”  Continued Harlan 

The Raiders are comprised of players from the Gray Court and Hickory Tavern communities.  The Team is coached by Jeff Hubner.  The players are Luke Willis, John Tyndall, Nicholas Robertson, Chase Gambrell, Devan Hubner, Victor Ornelas, Quay Burnside, Bryson Reece, Patrick Riopel, Trevor Neal, Ryan Dacre, Joseph Floyd and Nathan Long. 

The Tigers are comprised of players from the Laurens community.  The Team is coached by David Campbell. The players are Ryan Campbell, Chandler Davis, Devon Harp, Rysheed Smith, Dylan Beaty, Andrew Dominick, Zachary Plaia, Alex Davis, John Michael Weatherford, Heath Bragg, Will Jenkins, Nate Towles and David Hampton. 

The Wildcats are comprised of players from the Clinton community.  The Team is coached by Jeremy Wardell. The players are Justin Motes, Brandon Demery, Seth Vaughn, Konner Richardson, Cameron Nicholas, Jayden Argo, Jamarcus Cook, Cody Varn, JT Varn, Glavin Alexander, Blake Smith, Griffin Fuller, Parker Duncan and Riley Price. 

The Yellow Jackets are comprised of players from the Sanders community.  The Team is coached by Marty Woods.  The players are Braylen Williams, Jordan Woodruff, Justin Woods, Bryce Sams, Garrett Addy, Will Adams, Casey Lawson, Christian Hill, Antonio Sims, Caleb Cain and Conner Dunlap.


The League schedule is:


Date Home Team Visiting Team Location
4-Mar Tigers Raiders Collyar Park
4-Mar Yellow Jackets Wildcats Cnty. Pk. Fld #3
6-Mar Wildcats Raiders Collyar Park
6-Mar Yellow Jackets Tigers Cnty. Pk. Fld #3
11-Mar Tigers Wildcats Collyar Park
11-Mar Raiders Yellow Jackets Cnty. Pk. Fld #3
13-Mar Wildcats Yellow Jackets Collyar Park
13-Mar Raiders Tigers Cnty. Pk. Fld #3
18-Mar Tigers Yellow Jackets Collyar Park
18-Mar Raiders Wildcats Cnty. Pk. Fld #3
20-Mar Yellow Jackets Raiders Collyar Park
20-Mar Wildcats Tigers Cnty. Pk. Fld #3
Single   Elimination Tournament (Regular Season Champion will be   the #1 Seed)
24-Mar #2 Seed #3 Seed Collyar Park
25-Mar #1 Seed #4 Seed Collyar Park
Tournament   Championship
27-Mar  Win.  1(3-24) Win. 2 (3-25) Collyar Park


Keiron Murphy Signs with Limestone



On Tuesday February 17, 2014 Keiron Murphy a senior at Clinton High School signed a letter of intent to continue his education and play football at Limestone College. He is the son of Kim and Kimberly Murphy. Below is a short interview done with him after the signing.




Ryan Hughes Makes North-South All-Star Wrestling Classic Team


A-Diamond L-med-pngLDHS senior Ryan Hughes made the All-Region Team for his performance finishing #1 in his weight class at the Region I-AAAA Tournament on Saturday 2-1-14… On 2-3-14 it was announced that he was selected as the 182 lb. representative for the North 4A/1A team to compete at the North/South All-Star Wrestling Classic on March 7th and 8th at North Myrtle Beach High School…. Below is an interview with Ryan and Coach Rob Sheffield about those honors and state wrestling tournaments coming up in the near future.


Three Seniors Sign at LDHS on National Signing Day


On Wednesday 2-5-2014 three Raider athletes signed to further their athletic careers and education at in-state institutions of higher learning… The Raiders softball team had to seniors to sign… They were Elizabeth Carman who signed with North Greenville University and Jordan Henderson who signed with Newberry College… Daniel Cooper was the third Raider to sign and he also signed with Newberry College to play football… Below you will find short video interviews with all three of these young people.

Elizabeth Carman


Jordan Henderson


Daniel Cooper




Press Conference Announcing Chris Liner as New Head Football Coach at LDHS

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In a press conference on Tuesday, 1-28-2014 at LDHS, Athletic Director Mark Freeze introduced Chris Liner as the new head football coach at LDHS…  Liner comes to LDHS from Ninety Six High School where he has spent the last 6 seasons as head football coach for the Wildcats… He has compiled a 43-26 record while there guiding his team to the playoffs each year… This past season his team went 9-3 and made it into the 3rd round of the playoffs… Prior coming to his tenure at Ninety Six, the Greenwood native served as an assistant at Greenwood High… He is married to Meredith Buchanan a Laurens native and they have 2 children, Emma age 7 and Cade age 10…  Below is video of the press conference in 2 parts.

Liner Press Conference Part 1

Liner Press Conference Part 2