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The basketball action was fast, furious and tight on Monday evening at Laurens Academy, where the boys’ team edged Easley, 48-45, and the Guardians slipped by the Crusader girls, 41-39.

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ANDERSON – Olivia Huck is a freshman on the Laurens Academy basketball team, but apparently not just any freshman. She is a freshman who scored 40 points in the Crusaders’ 62-47 win over New Covenant School on Thursday night.

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Almost everyone is back for Clinton High School’s boys’ basketball team, which means the Red Devils have hopes of being far more competitive.

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Jason Marlett is looking for leadership from this year’s Laurens Academy girls’ basketball team. Over the past four years, during which time the Crusaders have won three upstate and two state champions, they’ve graduated a lot of it.

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Joshua Chavis likes what he sees, particularly on the defensive end, as the Laurens boys’ basketball team prepares for the season.

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GREENVILLE – Clovis Mattox Simmons, the tennis coach at Clinton High School for the past 30 years, was one of five inducted into the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame on Saturday evening at Greenville Convention Center.

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Sophomore Bryson James – who plays running back on offense, linebacker on defense and special teams – is this week’s Player of the Week as selected by the Laurens County Touchdown Club.

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Clinton High School athletics director Louie Alexander released the basketball schedules for the Red Devils and the Clinton Middle School Wildcats.

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The Clinton Red Devils, whose offense was efficient and defense stingy, finished their season with an astounding victory over the Strom Thurmond Rebels, 38-6, at Wilder Stadium on Friday Night.

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Patrick Henry Academy brought a burly football team, intent on controlling possession, to Todd Kirk Field on Friday night, but the Patriots couldn’t keep the football long enough.

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Strom Thurmond brings a balanced offense and a solid defense to Clinton on Friday night for the first game between the Rebels and the Red Devils since Thurmond defeated Clinton 21-3 in the 2005 Class 3A state championship game on Dec. 3, 2005.

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UNION – Back and forth roared the Yellow Jackets and the Red Devils, and until the very end, the outcome of Friday night’s Region 3-3A game hung in the balance, but Union County prevailed, 28-21, and Clinton’s shot at the playoffs evaporated in the chill of defeat.

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Thomas Johnson is one of those crucial people who, behind the scenes, keeps the world turning in all walks of life. He has missed only one Clinton High School football game in the past 31 years but has yet to walk through the gates of Wilder Stadium.

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JOHNSTON – Until Friday night, Wardlaw Academy had beaten Laurens Academy 10 consecutive times. This time the Crusaders shut out the Patriots 40-0.

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With the playoffs beginning to take shape, Clinton got a much-needed region win over Woodruff, 33-14, on Homecoming at Wilder Stadium.

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GREER – Led by E.J. Bradford, who rushed for two touchdowns and 163 yards, Greer claimed the Region 2-4A championship on Friday night by maintaining an offensive pace that Laurens couldn’t at Dooley Field.

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BLACKVILLE – A storm came through a bit early west of Orangeburg, where Laurens Academy blew past Jefferson Davis Academy on Friday night, 52-14.

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INMAN – The sad part of Chapman’s 24-8 football victory over Clinton on Friday night in the home drizzle was that the first half is going to be largely forgotten.

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Clinton came up short, 27-26, to Broome at Wilder Stadium on Friday night. The two game-deciding plays occurred at Broome’s 2-yard line.

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GREENWOOD – Don’t let the score fool you. New head football coach Daryl Smith wants you to know that it’s going to get better than Friday night’s 35-7 loss to Greenwood.

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It rained at Wilder Stadium on Thursday night but seldom poured. Sometimes it was steady. Sometimes it drizzled. Sometimes it stopped.

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Once upon a time, football season was scheduled to begin this Friday night. Then along came a virus.

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The figuratively falling dominoes of college athletics landed flat at at Presbyterian College on Wednesday as officials announced, in conjunction with the Big South Conference, that fall sports have been suspended.

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High school football has already been a long slog, and the start of official fall practice just got pushed back again by the S.C. High School League.

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Just off U.S. Hwy. 76 (Laurens District High School), off S.C. 72 (Clinton High) and S.C. 49 (Laurens Academy), they’ll be tossing the old football around beginning on Monday.

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While Laurens County’s two public high schools cautiously prepare for fall sports in the time of COVID-19, the promise is less cloudy at Laurens Academy, where football is played eight at a time.