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Triple Crown

Tigers wrap up third straight conference title, playoff berth

By Eric Sprott
Courtesy The Journal

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The goal for the Clemson football team Saturday night was to leave no doubt who was the best team in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Consider it mission accomplished.

The top-ranked Tigers scored on their first three possessions, turned in a dominating defensive performance and won the turnover battle, as they smashed Miami by a final score of 38-3 for their third consecutive conference title.

After winning three straight conference titles for the first time in 29 years, Clemson (12-1, 7-1) will also once again enter the College Football Playoff as the top overall seed, as the Tigers will take

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Owens earns top honors in region

PICKENS — In her first year as head coach of the Pickens High School volleyball team, Rikki Owens was named Region I-4A coach of the year.

Owens led the Lady Blue Flame to a 23-3 season. Owens and the Blue Flame won the Hillcrest Invitational Tournament in September and finished second in the Hub City Classic in Spartanburg. She led her team to an undefeated season in region play and coached the 2017 4A Upper State champs.

In 2017, Owens coached all-tournament players — one at the Hillcrest Invitational and two at The Hub City Classic. She coached two all-region players, including the region player of the year, and had one player selected for the 2017 Class 4A S.C. Volleyball All-State team.

 

Wierzbicki named all-state

PICKENS — Pickens High School middle hitter Lexi Wierzbicki was named to the Class 4A Coaches Association for Women’s Sports 2017 Volleyball All-State team.

Wierzbicki was coached by Rikki Owens, first-year head volleyball coach at Pickens High. Wierzbicki was also chosen for the all-state

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Wierzbicki named region’s top player

PICKENS — Pickens High School’s Lexi Wierzbicki was recently named the unanimous Region I-4A Volleyball Player of the Year for the second year in a row.

Wierzbicki, a junior middle hitter, led the Flame with 264 kills with an attacking efficiency of .468 percent in 2017. She led the Lady Flame with 83 blocks and 349 digs.

Sydney Bolding and Kaylee Gillespie were also named to the all-region squad.

Bolding, a junior middle hitter, recorded 262 kills, with a .372 percent attacking efficiency. For

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State champions

A pair of Pickens Recreation volleyball teams recently earned 2017 SCAP state championships. The 9U team, pictured above, featured, standing from left: Head coach Angie Durham, Sydney Burnett, Lily Clarkson, Julia Thompson, Anna Claire Durham, Ivey Stone, Rhiannon Erwin and assistant coach Dianna Morris. Kneeling are Kate Romkey, Kloe Parvis, Abby Earnhardt, Anslie Abercrombie, Lizzy Lesley and Kaydence Bell. The 12U team, below, featured, standing from left: Assistant coach Kelly Perry, Emma Clardy, Emily Edwards, Ellen Clardy, Lee Kathryn Thompson, Izzy Jordan, head coach Jeff Wood and Sadie McKinney. Kneeling are Devyne Varney, Ivy Freeman and Jayden Harden.

 

After coasting by rival Gamecocks, Tigers regain top spot in polls and sit one win away from third straight playoff berth

By Alex Maminakis
Courtesy The Journal

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COLUMBIA — It was chippy, but it wasn’t close.

No. 3 Clemson rolled into a hostile Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday and dominated rival No. 24 South Carolina, 34-10, to earn its fourth straight win in the Palmetto State series — and win No. 100 for Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.

The Tigers (11-1) outgained the Gamecocks (8-4) in total yards 469-

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The Orange & Purple Honors The Red White & Blue

Tigers ready for rivalry after win over Citadel on Military Appreciation Day

By Eric Sprott
Courtesy The Journal

esprott@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — Rivalry week in the Palmetto State has officially arrived, and after a runaway win over an admittedly overmatched opponent, the Tigers couldn’t feel much better about themselves going into their annual clash with South Carolina.

In their 61-3 thrashing of The Citadel on Saturday, the second-ranked Tigers (10-1) rolled up 662 yards of total offense, while the defense — which rested a number of starters — held the Bulldogs to just 216 yards in the feel-good win.

Quarterback Kelly Bryant finished 17-of-22 passing for 230 yards and

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Liberty track star King inks with Stanford

Keyshawn King, a senior at Liberty High School, signed a letter of intent last week to join the track and field team at Stanford University. King chose Stanford over offers from Notre Dame, Brown, Georgia Tech, Wofford and others. The two-time state champion will be competing at the college level in the triple jump and long jump. He visited the school in September and met with the coaches and track team. “I was always taught to use track as a platform to get a higher education,” King said of his decision to attend the prestigious California school. “Stanford was the best fit for me academically and athletically.” King also had a message for the Liberty student body, which attended his signing ceremony. “Don’t let anyone tell you just because you are from Liberty you can’t go anywhere,” he said. “I would not be where I am or who I am without this place.”

 

Pickens Rec soccer team wins state tournament

The Pickens Recreation 15-and-under soccer team won the state championship in the single-elimination Palmetto tournament recently. The team beat Clemson Blue, then beat Walhalla Montes and Walhalla Jordan to win the state. Pictured are, in front, Jazmine Aleman. Middle row: Dalton Carlson, Isaac Anders, Malaki Aleman, Reagan Suarez, Emory Satterfield, Ethan Alan McCollum, Montana Porter, Cameron Kelley and Eston Noah Bergholm. Back row: Coach John Belt, Jonathan Bowling, Byron Gale, Charley Sexton, Emily Parrish, Zoey Fernstrom, Kenna Trotter and Coach Josh Belt.

 

Tigers clinch division with win over ‘Noles

By Alex Maminakis
Courtesy The Journal

alex@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — Clemson’s slow start to the second half on Saturday allowed Florida State to get within three points in the fourth quarter.

But the No. 4 Tigers came up with enough big plays late to defeat the Seminoles 31-14 and secure a third straight ACC Atlantic Division title.

Clemson (9-1, 7-1 ACC) led 17-7 after three quarters, but Florida State (3-6, 3-5) scored on a 90-yard drive to end the third and a 60-yard touchdown early in the fourth to get within three points at 17-14.

Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant fumbled in Tigers territory on their

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