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Making ripples

Ripple of One expands to Dream Center

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Ripple of One is now serving clients in Pickens County.

The Seneca-based organization cut the ribbon on its new office at the Dream Center of Pickens County last week.

Emily “Ray” Raymer is Ripple of One’s client care manager for Pickens County.

“We’ve been really looking forward to partnering with the Dream Center and just wanted to make sure we were ready at home and were waiting for the right time,” Raymer said.

Ripple of One “empowers families to move beyond government assistance and into their full God-given potential,” she said.

Ripple of One families “earn everything that they get in our program,” Raymer said.

“We incentivize behavior change in order to shift a mindset,” she said. “We have incentives for meeting budget, for exercising, for getting enrolled in

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Late fourth-down stop dooms Flame at Pendleton

By Rocky Nimmons
Publisher

rnimmons@thepccourier.com

PENDLETON — After a hard-fought slugfest with defense the name of the game last Friday night at Pendleton, the Pickens Blue Flame are still looking for their first victory of the 2018 season after falling to the Bulldogs, 14-7.

The Blue Flame had their chances and led most of the contest, but a fourth-quarter Pendleton touchdown that coach Chad Smith’s Pickens squad could not answer gave the Blue Flame a long ride home.

“That was a tough one,” Smith said. “It is a tough one to swallow. We didn’t execute when we needed to. Pendleton is a good football team. They are an athletic football team. My hat is off to them — they made a play when they had to.”

The turning point of the game came late in contest, with just 2:02 on the game clock. Pickens could not get the ball across the goal line on a fourth and goal from half a yard out. The play saw Smith call the number of his explosive running back Brady Batson, who was swallowed up behind the line of scrimmage by the Pendleton defense, ending any hopes for the Big Blue.

“Brady Batson was cramping, but you know he is a player, and Jarod Barton is a heck of a blocker and a good runner,” Smith said. “I felt like we were better going that way. Bottom line is that wasn’t Batson’s fault — there were about four kids that came through there unblocked, and that

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Devils Dominate

By Clay Counts
Special to The Courier

claycounts21@yahoo.com

GREENVILLE — After a tough loss to county rival Daniel in Week 0, the Liberty Red Devils were in need of some momentum against Berea on Friday night.

They got just that, as the Devils made the needed adjustments and came out on fire en route to a 22-6 road win over the Bulldogs.

Berea has not been a traditional opponent of the Red Devils in recent years, so the team and fans alike were not sure what to expect entering the game.

The Liberty defense absolutely shut down the Bulldogs, holding

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Stadium dedication, Harried’s 3 TDs temper loss for Easley


By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

ejolley@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — The first game in the newly named W.A. “Bill” Carr Stadium didn’t go as the Easley High School football team planned Friday night versus Daniel.

The Lions (2-0) rallied from a 14-7 deficit to take the non-region game 54-28 thanks to three rushing touchdowns and three passing touchdowns from junior quarterback Tyler Venables.

Venables’ performance overshadowed Easley senior tailback Jeremy Harried, who scored three-first half touchdowns on the ground.

Members of Carr’s family and former assistant coaches were recognized at halftime as the official naming of the stadium took place honoring Carr, who guided the Green Wave to the 1962 Class 2A state championship. He was also named national coach of the year in 1978 while at Spartanburg High School.

The Daniel-Easley series had been even over the last 10 contests, with five wins each. Six of the last seven times Easley won in the

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‘WE ARE ROLLING’

Venables accounts for 6 touchdowns as Lions top Easley

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Offense was the name of the game Friday night as the Daniel Lions went on the road to blow past county rival Easley, 54-28.

The Lions debuted a fast-paced new offense this season under coordinator Paige Wofford, and it has proven successful. Daniel put up 38 points in a Week 0 win over Liberty, and the 54 points against Easley were the most the team has scored in a game under third-year head coach Jeff Fruster.

“I challenged these kids on offense,” Fruster said. “They responded tonight, and as long as they continue to respond to those challenges, we are going to have a really good season.”

“This new offense is working,” added junior quarterback Tyler Venables, who had the best night of his Daniel career under center against Easley. “But we can still be even better. We have some things to work on, and we will strive for perfection.”

Venables was electric for the Lion offense, scoring six touchdowns and making plays all over the field. He finished the game with 211 passing yards and 144 rushing yards while splitting his touchdowns

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Sharing the love

Boy’s interest in reptiles blossoms into TV show for Pickens family

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — What began as a way to encourage a local boy’s interest in reptiles has grown into a television show that airs across the country and even overseas.

“Scaly Adventures” is a family-friendly educational television show that features the Curren family — Rick, Tanya and their son Pierce — as they learn and teach about a variety of animals.

The Currens live near Table Rock north of Pickens.

When Pierce was about 8 years old, Rick found a little snake in their yard, Tanya Curren recalled.

“We didn’t even know it was a snake at first,” she said. “We thought it was a little worm. Rick brought it inside and showed it to Pierce.”

Pierce then jumped on the internet and “looked up everything about

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PHS volleyball off to great start

PICKENS — The 2018 Pickens High School Lady Blue Flame volleyball team opened scrimmage play on Aug. 3.

The Flame defeated the PHS alumni team, winning all five sets. There was a great crowd to see the present team take on some of the best from the past.

Pickens hosted a scrimmage on Aug. 9, defeating Woodmont, Liberty and Easley, 2-0. On Aug. 13, the Flame traveled to Riverside, where they defeated Riverside and J.L. Mann, 2-0.

The Lady Flame completed scrimmage play at Mauldin on Aug. 15, losing to a tough Mauldin team 21-25, 25-22, 23-25. This was the first set and match they dropped during the scrimmage season. Defending Class 3A state champion St. Joe’s handed the Flame their

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Penalties, turnovers doom Pickens against Green Wave

By Rocky Nimmons
Publisher

rnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — What better way is there for a high school football team to start its season than by squaring off in mid-August against its biggest traditional rival?

The Pickens Blue Flame may have come up short, 13-7, to the Easley Green Wave on Friday night, but there were many moments in the action that the Flame faithful can look back to with optimism for a good year ahead.

Pickens’ Bill Isaacs Field was electric on Friday night, with the stands full on both sides. Excitement was in the air with the anticipation of seeing what Pickens and Easley had to offer.

Even though the game started sloppy with lots of yellow penalty flags in the air, Pickens head coach Chad Smith was proud of his team. Smith managed to retain his composure as the calls were not going in

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Liberty shows fight in shutout loss at county foe Daniel

By Clay Counts
Special to The Courier

claycounts21@yahoo.com

CENTRAL — The Liberty Red Devils traveled to Daniel’s Singleton Field to kick off the 2018 season on Friday night, but could not match the high-powered Lion offense in a 38-0 loss.

With a smaller roster and less depth, Liberty faced many struggles throughout the game, but the Devils were able to tie together some longer drives as the team developed some rhythm.

Daniel struck early with a seven-yard touchdown pass to cap its opening drive of the season and added another scoring pass on the last

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Easley survives Blue Flame in ugly game to stretch rivalry win streak

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

ejolley@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — The annual county rivalry between Pickens and Easley turned out to be a barn-burner Friday night at Bill Isaacs Field, with the visiting Green Wave holding on for a hard-fought 13-7 win over the Blue Flame.

The win was the eighth in a row for the Green Wave in the series. Late in the game, it looked like that streak may come to an end.

But the Green Wave’s Dylan Lyda and Roderick Isham were able to corral Pickens’ Brady Batson for a two-yard loss on a third-down play with 2:59 left to force a punt.

It was up to the Easley offense to run out the clock, and it did just that as senior tailback Jeremy Harried, who had fumbled twice in the

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