Many Laurens County athletes are involved in college athletics this fall, and many more want to be.
Fall seasons have been postponed – in most cases to early spring – at most colleges and universities, especially those who do not play at the NCAA Division I/Foootball Bowl Subdivision level.
A partial exception is The Citadel.
Laurens native Summie Carlay, a graduate transfer to The Citadel after playing at South Carolina, alternates at right tackle for the Bulldogs.
Normally No. 68, Carlay, who stands 6-5 and weighs 295 pounds, wore No. 87 and played tight end in The Citadel’s 49-0 loss at Clemson. Normally he plays right tackle along with with Thomas Crawford, a junior from Louisville, Ky.
Wes Carlay, Summie’s younger brother and also a former Raider, is a redshirt freshman playing in the Bulldog defensive line. He wears No. 96.
The season is going to be a long one. The Citadel (0-3) is playing four games this fall against South Florida, Clemson, Eastern Kentucky and Army (Oct. 10), then playing its Southern Conference schedule early next spring.
Duane Martin, who starred at running back and linebacker for the Raiders, is now playing tight end at Louisville (1-2), where he wears No. 45.
The freshman is a likely red-shirt this year, though he has been among the players dressed for Louisville’s first three games.
Next up for the Cardinals is a visit to Georgia Tech on Oct. 9.
Anna Stevenson, the LDHS grad who is one of the standouts in Louisville’s nationally ranked volleyball program, ranks second on the team in points (14) and kills (12) going into the weekend’s matches at Boston College.
The Cardinals led off the season with a loss to Notre Dame.
Stevenson is in her second season at Louisville after transferring from Auburn.
COVID-19 has brought the college careers of many Laurens County athletes to a standstill this fall.
Among them are football players Tyrese Moses (LDHS), Ryan Campbell (LDHS), Mark McGowan (LDHS), Greg Sanders (CHS) and Austin Caughman (CHS) at Presbyterian College; Kody Varn (CHS) at Newberry; Jacob Hall (CHS) at Erskine; and Troy Dendy (LDHS), the South Atlantic Conference’s Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2019 at Carson-Newman (Tenn.); as well as Riley Freeman (CHS), who plays soccer at Brevard (N.C.).