Category Archives: Sports

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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PPCCDC annual golf tournament

PICKENS — Pickens Presbyterian Church Child Development Center’s sixth annual golf tournament will be held on Friday, June 23, at the Pickens Country Club. Registration is set for 9 a.m., with a shotgun start getting underway at 9:30 a.m. The

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Scholarship winners

The Charles F. Rogers Scholarship committee recently announced this year’s selections for the Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Award. Tori Morris and Sam Lawson, pictured above, are the 2017 recipients of the Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Award. Morris and Lawson will receive a $1,000 scholarship to put toward their college education. Both student-athletes will be attending North Greenville University.


Pickens Rec Report

By Cheri Anthony
Pickens Recreation Director

Our Diamond Day celebration was a great success! The weather started a little shaky

The Pickens Recreation Department sponsored a local Pitch, Hit and Run Competition on Wednesday, May 3, at 6 p.m. on Senior Field at Jaycee Park. Participant age groups included 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 girls and boys. First-place winners in each of the categories, plus all-around winners, will advance to the sectional competition in Anderson on June 3. Participants pictured, from left, are — Sitting: Zion Anderson (Spartanburg), John Ridings (Spartanburg), Shaelyn Thrasher (Pickens), Griffin Duncan (Pickens), Jackson Weis (Pickens), TJ Borow (Pickens), Will Trotter (Pickens), Ben Hudson (Pickens) and Brett Batson (Pickens). Standing: Cameron Robinson (Pickens), Kent Crowe (Pickens), Genesis Anderson (Spartanburg), Jensen Keller (Pickens), Hayden Wyatt (Taylors), Kloven Holcomb (Greenville) and Conner Thrasher (Pickens).

for us in the morning, but the entire day’s festivities played out as planned. We want to thank all of our friends, relatives and visiting teams from Pendleton and Walhalla

who came to enjoy the day with us and supported this event.

During the noon festivities, our seventh annual PYAC Town Creek Speedy Ball Race was run. 336 colorful plastic balls raced down Town Creek in just under 10 minutes. We are immeasurably grateful to all the folks who sold and helped us with this fundraiser. The Recreation Department was proud to award three sellers who went above and beyond. These participants were first place, Owen Walls; second

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Liberty’s King 1 of 2 local state champs

Liberty High School junior Keyshawn King won his second consecutive Class 2A triple jump state championship on Saturday, one of two Pickens County athletes who won individual state crowns. In the Class 4A girls’ event, Daniel eighth-grader Ally Wilson helped lead the Lady Lions to a second-place overall finish with an individual state championship in the 1,600-meter run. Wilson also earned silver medals in the 800-meter run and as part of the Daniel 4×800-meter relay team. King wrapped up his second straight triple jump championship with his first jump, leaping for 48 feet, 3 inches to break his own school record. He later gained an extra two inches on his fifth jump to break the school record again. King also earned a bronze medal in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 7.5 inches. Over the summer, King will compete in AAU track and attend the New Balance track meet in Greensboro, N.C., in June. The meet is considered one of the biggest outdoor high school meets in the country.


Rikki Owens is new PHS V-ball Coach

PICKENS — Pickens High School has announce Rikki Owens as the school’s new volleyball coach.  Owens has a passion for volleyball and young people.  She teaches special education at Pickens Middle School.

After graduating with honors from Presbyterian College, where she was a four year starter in

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Easley seniors ink with colleges

Three Easley High School athletes signed national letters of intent last week to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level. Green Wave football standout Braydon King committed to take his skills to Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C., while Andrew Stanifer and Griffin Cassell both signed to play baseball at Milligan College in Elizabethton, Tenn.

Smith named PHS athletic director

PICKENS — Already set to be his alma mater’s new football coach, Chad Smith will be taking over the reins of the entire athletic department at Pickens High School, the school announced in a news release Tuesday.

Smith will assume athletic director duties at PHS next year after the Pickens County Scohol board approved his appointment on Monday night, principal Corey Willimon said in a news

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