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Big Don was there the night Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run. Every time I saw him – almost always at Steamers for breakfast – he asked me a trivia question about baseball. Usually the answer was either an Atlanta Brave or a New York Yankee.

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The Laurens Academy boys’ basketball team was coolly efficient in a 53-35 home victory over Richard Winn Academy on Tuesday night. Diamonte Grant led the Crusaders with 22 points.

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Shep Forrester scored 15 points and Zecoyeis Elmore added 13, leading Emerald to a 63-53 Region 3-3A boys’ basketball over Clinton Tuesday night.

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Presbyterian played with its full roster for the first time all year, but it wasn’t enough to keep undefeated Winthrop at bay.

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Once again, Presbyterian newcomer Winston Hill had a fine game. Once again, the Blue Hose played without Rayshon Harrison. Once again, they lost to Campbell Friday night.

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Predictably, since District 55 remains in a virtual, “e-learning” mode, Laurens High and the district’s middle schools will remain idle in sporting contests next week.

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Presbyterian’s men’s basketball team benefited from the eligibility of newcomer Winston Hill but suffered from the absence of leading scorer/rebounder Rayshon Harrison on Thursday night at Campbell.

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SPARTANBURG – Tionna Carter scored a season-high 20 points, and Presbyterian figured out how to sweep the floor in a 66-53 victory over USC Upstate on Sunday.

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Dogged perseverance was the key to Laurens Academy’s girls’ basketball victory over W.W. King, 23-11, but the boys lost control in the fourth quarter and fell to the Knights, 44-28, on Friday night at LA.

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GREENWOOD – Diamonte Grant poured in 27 points, hitting 8 of 12 field-goal attempts and 7 of 9 free throws, to lead the Laurens Academy boys’ basketball team to an overwhelming 57-38 victory over Cambridge Academy on Tuesday night.

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NORTH CHARLESTON – Presbyterian let a potential Big South sweep slip away as Charleston Southern, led by 22 points from Sharita Godfrey, edged the Blue Hose in the latter of two women’s basketball games on Tuesday evening.

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NORTH CHARLESTON – It was a different opponent in a different place, but thanks in part to 16 points from Maleia Bracone, Presbyterian pulled off a 62-51 Big South victory over Charleston Southern on Monday.

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Presbyterian and Radford slugged it out in the latter of a rousing Big South couplet at Templeton Center on Saturday, with the Blue Hose earning a split with the Highlanders, 65-63.

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RADFORD, Va. – A pattern has been detected in Presbyterian College’s early Big South Conference women’s basketball games. For the first time, conference games are being held in back-to-back games at one site.

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Diamonte Grant’s 23-point effort was the most efficient display of hard work, but it wasn’t the only example in a feverish, frenzied 1-point loss to Greenwood Christian on Tuesday night at Laurens Academy.

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CHARLESTON -- Hayden Brown and Kaiden Rice led a barrage of Citadel offense, combining for 49 points in the Bulldogs’ 94-82 victory over Presbyterian at McAlister Field House on Tuesday afternoon.

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The Presbyterian Blue Hose were able to fend off a late attack from the South Carolina State Bulldogs, winning 62-56 Friday night at Templeton Center. The Bulldogs (0-9) remain winless.

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Don’t be surprised if the COVID-reactive 2-game Big South basketball series, men and women alike, take a pattern similar to the one established by the women’s teams of Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb.

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Looking for its first win in a COVID-crazy start to the season, Presbyterian carved the Cougars of Carver College, winning 85-46 Monday night at Templeton Center.

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No one who watched warm-ups and the first quarter would have boldly predicted Laurens to throttle Emerald, 53-44, Monday night.

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WOODRUFF – Preston Mahon came up big with 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to get Laurens’ boys’ basketball team past Woodruff Thursday night.

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Laurens Academy swamped visiting Cambridge on Thursday night, with the boys running away to a 59-32 victory and the girls winning by a score of 33-26.