On March 26 in Columbia, Mark Freeze will received the admiration of his peers.
The former Laurens and Dorman basketball coach – and LDHS athletics director – will be among four to be inducted into the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
To be enshrined in addition to Freeze are Jeremiah Faber of Jasper County, Betty Moore of Carolina High School and Academy, and Arsonia Stroud of York.
The inductions will be held in conjunction with the 71st annual North-South All Star Game banquet at Seawell’s Restaurant in Columbia.at the gymnasium will be named after Coach Jeremiah Faber, Sr.
Freeze, began his career in 1978 at Laurens District High School and dedicated 40 years to teaching and coaching. He served a total of 28 years as the boys’ coach at LDHS and Dorman. His teams recorded a 438-283 record. Freeze led teams to five Upper State finals, and the state championship game (1994).
Coach Freeze spent the first 12 years at LDHS, where he coached basketball, football and track. Then ,in 1991, he moved to Dorman High School (Roebuck) and enjoyed success. Between the two schools, his team won numerous region titles and holiday tournaments. Freeze was selected region coach of the year 11 times, Spartanburg Herald-Journal coach of the year three times and the S.C. Basketball Officials Association’s choice twice.
After 16 years at Dorman, Freeze returned to Laurens as athletics director and basketball coach. He was chosen as the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association Athletic Director of the Year for Class 5A. Freeze retired in 2017 and lives in Laurens.
The Laurens baseball C team won a wild one at the Lakelands tournament in Greenwood.
The Raiders won, 10-9, but they once led Greenwood Christian, 7-0. The Hawks scored 2 runs in the fourth and 5 in the fifth to tied the game. Laurens bounced back to score 3 in the top of the sixth and just held on, recording the final out with 2 runs in.
Ben Willis, Jay Williams, Dee Suber and Goodwin each smacked a pair of its for the Raiders, who outhit the Hawks 13-6.