Amid the perpetual uncertainty, a few sports teams are playing, most everyone is practicing and classes are starting anew, whether in person, virtual or a combination of both.

Whether Crusaders, Raiders or Red Devils, they are all, in a sense, cats on a hot tin roof. Blue Hose are in storage. In a year like none before it, surprises are getting old.

The threat of the novel coronavirus seems to be subsiding, but uncertainty still hangs literally in the air.


Laurens Academy evened its varsity volleyball record at 1-1, thanks to capturing three straight games (25-5, 25-9, 25-5) on the road against Anderson Christian.

The middle school Crusaders rose to 2-0, taking both games against the Lions.

Next up? A visit by both teams to Oakbrook Prep in Spartanburg on Thursday.


It’s not too late to become a Laurens Raider football player.

Head coach Daryl Smith has opened the door for a few late-comers by hosting a workout session at LDHS on Wednesday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at K.C. Hanna Stadium. Prospects should wear shorts, T-shirt and sneakers, and bring along a mask, bottle of water and needed forms (available online at

For more information, contact Smith at


Clinton High girls’ tennis, defending a Region 3-3A title, gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with a visit to Union County, beginning at 5 p.m.

The Red Devils’ first home match is against Broome on Wednesday, also at 5.