The Laurens defense picked off four Westsidepasses, all by Cayson Elledge, en route to a 21-12 junior varsity football victory in Anderson Thursday.
Dale Hostetler picked up a fumble and ran 55 yards for a Raider score, and Elledge scored on a 3-yard run. James Rawl scored on a 4-yard run, Gemire Darden blocked a Westside PAT and Brian Sheffield successfully kicked all three of the LDHS conversions.
Clinton (5-1, 1-0 Region 3-3A) scored in every quarter – so did Union County, actually – in a 40-28 junior varsity football victory over the Yellow Jackets on the road Thursday.
Bryson James and Jishon Copeland each scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, and Wilson Wages hauled in a 65-yard pass for a score. The Red Devils also converted two-point conversions after every score.
“Our guys prepared well and played their assignments well,” head coach Dontavius Glenn said. “I’m really proud of the resilience our kids showed. It was a great team win. We will continue to improve and get better.”
Clinton Middle School’s seventh- and eighth-grade teams both won.
The eighth-grade Wildcats defeated Sanders, 40-6, behind touchdown runs of 12 and 18 yards by Malachi Anderson. Bryce Young got in the act with a 14-yard TD run and a scoring toss of 48 yards to Zay Johnson.
Zane McLendon scored in the second half on a 1-yard run and a 33-yard interception return. Kalvis Byrd Jr. scored the lone Sanders touchdown on a 72-yard kickoff return.
The seventh-graders won at Chesnee, 16-14.
Northside defeated Laurens Middle School, 32-8, highlighted on the Tiger side by Hunter Nabors’ 60-yard touchdown pass to Travaija Austin. Other standouts included K.D. Mosley with a two-point conversion and T.J. Sullivan’s fumble recovery.
Terry Cunningham scored twice, but Dixie defeated Gray Court-Owings, 32-12. Southside Christian defeated Hickory Tavern, 46-8, on Tuesday.
Clinton continued its run to the Region 3-3A girls’ tennis title on Thursday, but it wasn’t roughshod in Union.
The Red Devils (7-1, 6-0 region) defeated Union County 4-2. The Yellow Jackets won at Nos. 2-3 singles.
Singles: Mary Catherine Dailey (C) defeated Anna Gregory 6-3, 6-1. Mary Kathryn James (U) defeated Chandler Dailey 3-6, 6-3 (10 – 6). Bailey Scott (U) defeated Gracie Spangler 6-3, 6-3. Reese Gowan (C) defeated Libby Fisher 6-0, 6-1. Jerri Hill (C) defeated Julia Bailey 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles: Kaitey Threatt-Grace Johnson (C) defeated Jenna Fleming-Karrah Rice 6-4, 6-1.
In volleyball, Wade Hampton won a Region 1-5A match against Laurens, 25-10, 25-19, 25-22. Aubrey Wardell led the Raiders with nine digs.
In the JV match, in spite of four kills, two aces and five digs by Mattison Strange, the Generals won 25-20, 25-21.
Union County also defeated the Raiders, 25-19, 25-23, 25-21, though Rebekah Strim had 20 kills and 16 digs. Aija Davis had 20 digs. Kayla Moore had 19. Rachel Delio had six kills.
The Yellow Jackets also won the JV match, 25-23, 25-17. Strange had two kills, one block, two aces and 10 digs. Sarah Wolgamott had six kills.
Clinton turned in a third-place cross country showing, out of 14 teams, at the Palmetto Invitational, won by Pendleton, in Williamston.
Clinton’s top seven were: (21.) Nick Perkins 20:16, (22.) James Anderson 20:17, (23.) David Wilkie 20:18, (27.) Zac Bagwell 20:21, (28.) Keenan Dominick 20:29, (33.) Jacob Hawkins 20:36 and (43.) William Reid 21:21.
The Red Devils won the JV meet, edging Pendleton with 52 points to the Bulldogs’ 53.
Clinton’s top five were: (6.) Hayden Stinson 22:12, (10.) Sam Gearhart 22:28, (12.) Gaige McWatters 22:44, (15.) Conner Donley 22:53 and (16.) Campbell Atkinson 22:54.
The Clinton girls finished seventh at the Palmetto Invitational, also won by Pendeton.
Dorothy Trent finished sixth overall with a time of 23:34. Other Clinton finishes were: (32.) Elizabeth Reid 2645, (42.) Danielle Trent 27:28, (54.) Quiana Suber 29:00 and (63.) Erin Donley 29:57.
Laurens Academy took a middle school football victory, 48-0, over Newberry Academy. Newberry won the varsity volleyball match, 3-0, but the Crusaders won the middle school contest, 2-0.