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No. 1 Volleyball Camp draws dozens of girls at Pickens Rec

PICKENS — Nearly 50 campers participated in the No. 1 Volleyball Camp at Pickens Recreation gymnasium July 24-27.

Twenty-two rising fourth through sixth graders and 23 rising seventh and eighth graders took part in the activities.

Camp director Peggy Anthony expressed her appreciation to Cheri Anthony and Heidi Covey from the recreation department and to Moriah Hughes from J.D. Sports, who produced the camp shirts.

Staff coaches included Anthony, Katie Gowan, Sam Bailey and Annika Jones. Also assisting Anthony were Calie Covey, Bailee Earnhardt, Megan Carpenter and Ali Pace with the younger group and Alex Dow and Olivia Dow with the older group.

“We had a wonderful group of girls who were attentive, respectful and hard-working,” Anthony said. “They were fun to be around, and I hope they all feel like they learned something and improved.”

The fourth-sixth campers were Addie Sanders, Amber Chapman, Anna

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New Beginning

Flame ready to hit the ground running in Smith’s first season

By Cole Little
Courier Sports

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PICKENS — “You think you glorify things in your mind, but, when you come back, you remember that Pickens is a different place. It’s a special place.”

Two decades removed from suiting up on the gridiron as a member of the Pickens Blue Flame, first-year head coach Chad Smith feels as if he never truly left, assimilating back into the community that fostered his love for football rather quickly.

After a successful four-season stint at the helm of the Clover High School football team, which included a playoff appearance last year, Smith opted to return to his alma mater in the offseason, taking the reins of a

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Ready For More

Numbers game key to another successful season for Red Devils

By Jimmy Kirby
Courier Sports

jkirby@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — The Liberty Red Devils and head coach Kyle Stewart are looking to build on the success of the 2016 season, in which they went 8-5, won their first-ever home playoff game and went deep into the playoffs before falling to a strong Saluda team in the third round.

Most fans look for a repeat in 2017. While Stewart is optimistic that this year’s squad can be successful, it will come down to numbers for this team. A number of questions must be answered before the Liberty faithful find out the results come week 10.

First and foremost is the fact that sheer numbers keep Stewart holding his breath. This season’s varsity

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On The Upswing

Green Wave looking for more ups, fewer downs this season

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

ejolley@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — The Easley Green Wave had some ups and downs last season, finishing with a 5-6 record and advancing to the first round of the 5A playoffs at Greenwood.

Coach John Windham’s boys will be looking for more ups and fewer downs in 2017.

The Green Wave finished third in Region I-5A behind Westside and T.L. Hanna last year.

Entering Windham’s third year, Easley lost a lot from last year’s team — 23 seniors. Tailback and 1,000-yard rusher Will Drawdy is playing at

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Moving forward

After year of improvement, Lions ready to take next step in 2017

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

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CENTRAL — Heading into the season, 2016 was a year of uncertainty for the Daniel Lions.

A young team with a small group of seniors and a new head coach, they seemed destined to repeat the mistakes of the prior season, which ended with a 4-7 record.

However, Jeff Fruster instead led the Lions back to a winning record in his first season as head coach, as Daniel opened 3-0 before eventually finishing 6-5.

Fruster, now in his second season, seems poised for the team to continue its winning ways.

The lessons Fruster learned in his first year are proving invaluable

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Football season starts next week

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Daniel’s Cody Barnes carries the ball against Walhalla during the Bojangles’ Golden Corner Football Jamboree at Seneca High School on Saturday night.

COUNTY — With the high school football season set to begin next Friday night, local teams will spend this week getting in their final preparations.

The biggest event of the week is set to be the Green Wave Jamboree at Easley High School, scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The first half of action will feature Greer taking on West-Oak, then Liberty

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Volleyball camps to begin soon at Pickens Rec gym

PICKENS — Volleyball Camps at the Pickens Recreation gymnasium are fast approaching.

Those who did not pre-register by July 10 may still register for a session, but should contact the Rec now rather than waiting to sign up the first day of camp, according to

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Former Pickens star picked as EHS coach

EASLEY — After a storied volleyball career at Pickens High School, Kara Morgan will return to her home county for her first varsity head coaching job.

A former four-time all-region and all-state player for the Blue Flame, Morgan was announced last week as the new volleyball coach at Easley High School.

After a career at PHS that included multiple state championships and being named the Class 3A state player of the year by the High School Sports Report in 2008, Morgan earned a scholarship

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Football and cheer signups underway at Pickens Rec

PICKENS — The Pickens Recreation Department and Pickens Youth Athletic Corporation is currently registering youth for its fall 2017 cheerleading/football season.

Deadline for registration is June 7. Parents can register their children at the Pickens

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Pickens Rec plans summer day camps

PICKENS — The Pickens Recreation Department has planned eight one-week day camp sessions for this summer.

The camps, to be held at the Pickens Recreation Center at 545 Sangamo Road, will be

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