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Sometimes a clutch hit wins a game in dramatic fashion. On Tuesday night a clutch hit ended a mercy killing.

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Reles Littleton loves to lift weight. In a barn behind his home outside Clinton, he has accumulated a collection of fitness implements: weights, weight machines, tires hung from the rafters, etc.

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CENTRAL – The matches were closer, but the outcome was the same as Clinton advanced to the boys’ tennis upper-state finals with a 4-2 victory over Daniel in the Class 3A quarterfinals.

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Only Greenwood stood between Laurens and the Region 2-4A baseball championship. Only the Raiders, at least on Friday night, stood between the Eagles and a shot at the playoffs.

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GREENWOOD – Laurens’ entry into the Class 4A playoff field was a run in the top of the seventh inning that enabled the Raiders to edge Greenwood, 5-4, on the road Tuesday night.

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Clinton’s designated hitter, Davidson Pitts, delivered a pair of hits, a sacrifice bunt and 3 runs batted in as the Red Devils defeated Abbeville, 7-5, on Tuesday night at the CHS diamond.

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On the day before he was fired as Presbyterian College head football coach, Tommy Spangler obviously had no inkling of what was about to occur.

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Clinton survived some late-inning pressure from the Union County Yellow Jackets, winning 6-5 Thursday night on senior night at the Red Devils’ home field.

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It wasn’t much of a night. It wasn’t much of a game, but Laurens won it, 14-1 over Westside, behind the hitting of Jackson Martin and the pitching of Parker Clarke.

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Three Clinton pitchers -- Davis Wilson, Noah Reece and Damian Price -- stopped Region 3-3A rival Woodruff on 1 hit in the Red Devils’ 6-1 victory over the Wolverines on Tuesday night.

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DES MOINES, Iowa – This much is clear. Crystal clear. A 32-hour round bus trip was worth every bit of Presbyterian’s 28-24 victory over Drake on Saturday.

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Clinton pitcher Marcus Smith charged off the mound in the top of the first inning to dive for a short pop off the bat of his Emerald counterpart in last name and position, Chris Smith. The home-plate umpire ruled that Clinton’s Smith caught it, which was a surprise to a pair of Viking runner…

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Colby Campbell shattered the records, but Presbyterian College was shattering in general while upsetting Davidson, 29-24, on Saturday afternoon at Bailey Memorial Stadium.

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Even a 14-4 score – in Clinton’s baseball victory over Saluda on Monday night – can provide spine-tingling excitement.

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Led by stellar play around the diamond, the Laurens Raiders beat Clinton 9-2 on Saturday afternoon, sweeping the series on the Red Devils’ home field.

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Four games into a season that’s running six months late, Presbyterian head football coach Tommy Spangler isn’t interested in talking about moral victories anymore, even though it’s tempting.

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In the bottom of the fifth inning, with one out, Laurens (5-3, 2-1 Region 2-4A) loaded the bases against Greer. Peyton Diggins gave up consecutive singles. Reliever Cody Southern entered to walk Zak Rice on 4 pitches.

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Earlier this week, the Pioneer Football League changed its rules, deciding that Presbyterian College’s games this spring do not count in the standings, whereas before, they counted but the Blue Hose were not championship-eligible.

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Rebekah Ruth Smith seems a gentle soul. She smiles naturally, laughs easily and exudes enthusiasm.

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DAVIDSON, N.C. – The degree of separation between the football teams at Davidson and Presbyterian was not as great as Wildcats’ 41-24 margin on Saturday might seem to indicate.

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Laurens District High School retired the baseball number, 23, of one of its greatest athletes, the late Charles Peterson, and superintendent Dr. Ameca Thomas, threw out the first pitch for the Raiders’ first home game at Ed Prescott Field.

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Football season began for Presbyterian College in the spring, which was a scoop in itself. The Blue Hose began by taking Bulldogs to their last cranky growl (Gardner-Webb, 31-24, in double overtime), and then preventing Eagles from establishing a nest (31-16 over Morehead State).

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Saturday’s first taste of the Pioneer Football League suggests that Presbyterian College will be just fine.

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A boy goes to high school. A man goes to college. In high school, if a team is fielded for both boys and girls – basketball, track, tennis, golf, soccer, etc. – it’s known as a boys’ team. In college, it’s a men’s team.

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JOHNSTON -- Led by stellar play around the diamond, the Red Devils “mercy-ruled” Ninety Six 13-3 Thursday evening at the Peach Ridge Invitational, hosted at Strom Thurmond High School.

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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- The Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs, led by 24 points from Jhessyka Williams, resisted a late comeback from Presbyterian and held on for the 66-62 victory Monday night at Paul Porter Arena.

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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Quarterback Tyler Huff had a career day, but try as he and his teammates might, Gardner-Webb managed to hold off Presbyterian, 31-24. It took the Runnin’ Bulldogs two overtimes, and two interceptions of Huff, to do it.

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Led by a monstrous Tionna Carter double-double (24 points, 17 rebounds), Presbyterian soared to victory over the Winthrop Eagles Wednesday night, 67-50, at Winthrop Coliseum.

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Charleston Southern narrowly got out of Clinton with a victory, needing a go-ahead 3-pointer from Phlandrous Fleming Jr., with 0.6 seconds left in overtime to give the Buccaneers a 78-77 victory Monday night at Templeton Center.

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Presbyterian College has lost women’s basketball games twice by a point, once by two and twice by three this season. The last two seconds decided three of those games, all at Templeton Center.