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All-star softball game set

LIBERTY — The Foothills Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host its first annual FCA Softball All-Star Game on Monday at 6 p.m. at Liberty High School.

The game will feature players from Anderson County vs. Pickens-Oconee County high schools. The format will be a seven-inning game with a short break after the fourth inning for a speaker to share with spectators about FCA. The rain date for the game is May 21.

Pickens County players set to participate are Daniel’s Logan Craig, Haylee Rice and Makayla Sexton, Easley’s Aubrey Lewis and Addison Pitts, Liberty’s Abbey Huff, and Pickens’ Abby Hayes and Beth Hyatt.

Admission is $10, and no passes will be accepted. The event is a fundraiser to help athletes from the three counties attend FCA camps this summer.

 

Plaque placed to honor Pickens legend Anthony

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Pickens High School added the finishing touches to the Peggy Harden Anthony Gymnasium after placing a bronze plaque honoring the legendary coach outside the gym recently.

The plaque, which was made possible by a donation from Dillard Funeral Home, lists many of the coach’s incredible accomplishments over her career at Pickens.

“I’m so glad we could honor Mrs. Peggy,” Dillard employee C.B. Dunson said. “My wife won two state titles playing for her, and we’re just some of the many people she has impacted in this community.

“It is such an honor to share her legacy and show how much she means to Pickens.”

In her 26-year career at Pickens, Anthony brought home nine state volleyball championships, while coaching 28 All-State players, including

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County athletes sign to play at the next level

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — As the school year starts to come to a close, some of Pickens County’s top student-athletes are signing to continue their careers at the next level.

Easley High School had the largest group of students signing, as nine Green Wave athletes took the next step in their academic and athletic careers last week.

Southern Wesleyan University picked up a trio of Green Wave seniors, including All-State baseball pitcher Devyn Bond, softball star Aubrey Lewis and soccer standout Calista Turner. Erskine College also picked up four Easley athletes, as baseball pitcher Parker Casell, soccer standout Gabe Golden, volleyball team captain Kylie McKean and Class 5A state-qualifying

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Pickens Rec Report

By Cheri Anthony
Pickens Recreation Director

canthony@pickenscity.com

PICKEN — Our Diamond Day celebration was a great success, although the weather did end our day’s festivities a little earlier than planned. We want to thank all of our friends, relatives and visiting teams from Pendleton, Dacusville, Walhalla, Westminster and Central/Clemson who came to enjoy the day with us and supported this event.

During the noon festivities, our ninth annual PYAC Town Creek Speedy Ball Race was run. 524 colorful plastic balls raced down Town Creek in just less than eight minutes. We are immeasurably grateful to all the folks who sold and helped us with this fundraiser. The rec department was proud to award three sellers who went above and beyond. These participants were Nick Barone in first place, Ethan Mumma in second place and Anslie Abercrombie in third place. Winners of the Speedy Ball Race were as follows. First place and winner of the $150 cash prize was Ball No. 412, purchased by Ethan Mumma, second place and winner of a Ryobi portable electric pressure washer was Ball No. 24, purchased by Sadie Simmons, and third place and winner of a Ryobi cordless jet

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Scholarship golf tourney continues to be successful

PICKENS — Eleven teams participated in the 15th annual Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Award Golf Tournament, held at Southern Oaks Golf Club on April 27.

The event, which is held annually, raises money for scholarships awarded to Pickens High School basketball team members who plan to further their education. A senior from the varsity girls’ team and a senior from the varsity boys’ team will receive the scholarship awards in a few weeks.

This will be the 16th year the scholarship has been presented in honor of the late Charles Rogers, a man who gave much to Pickens High School as a player and coach for many years.

“This tournament honors the memory of Charles Rogers, and his legacy lives on through this award,” former Pickens girls’ basketball coach Butch Morris said. “It’s the least we can do for a man who gave his time and talents to Pickens High School, as well as our

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Registration open for youth football and cheerleading at Pickens Rec

PICKENS — The Pickens Recreation Department and Pickens Youth Athletic Corporation is currently registering youth for the fall 2019 cheerleading and football season.

Deadline for registration is June 5. Parents can register their children at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens or online at cityofpickens.com.

The following age divisions are offered: 6 years old/100 pounds; 7-8 years old/100 pounds; 9-10 years old/135 pounds; and 11-12 yrs. old/150 pounds.

There is no weight limit for participation, which means players weighing over the maximum weight may still play but must play the

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Lions, Wave win county titles

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — The Pickens County High School Track and Field Championships were held on April 9 at Singleton Field in Central, with Easley and Daniel coming out as the big winners.

The Green Wave took the boys’ team championship, while Daniel not only won the girls’ team title, but also had event MVPs Connelly Ayers for the boys and TraVon Lay for the girls.

Ayers took first in four events, including the team 4×400 and 4×800 races, as well as the individual 400- and 800-meter runs. Meanwhile, on the

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Dilworth named Liberty High boys’ basketball coach

LIBERTY — Jonathan Dilworth, who has led the Liberty High School Red Devil girls’ basketball team for the past five seasons, has been named boys’ basketball coach for next school year.

Dilworth will also continue in his role as associate athletic director at the school.

“Coach Dilworth has earned the trust and respect of our community, faculty and staff, and most importantly our student-athletes,” Liberty principal Josh Oxendine said. “I have great confidence in his ability to thrive and lead in this new role.”

Dilworth is a product of the School District of Pickens County

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Adult coed volleyball leagues now forming

PICKENS — The Pickens Recreation Department is now holding registration for adult coed volleyball.

Players must be 21 years old or older, and ID is required. The registration fee will be $45 for in-city couples and $55 for out-of-city couples and due at time of sign-up. Individual fees are $22.50 in city and $27.50 out of city.

Due date for registration fees is this Friday at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road. Fees are non-refundable.

Once registration is concluded, single players will be placed on

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Harrelson named PHS hoops coach

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Pickens High School has hired a new head boys’ basketball coach with hopes of getting the program going in the right direction.

Jeff Harrelson was named head coach of the Blue Flame on Monday following a two-year tenure as an assistant at Travelers Rest High School. Harrelson has more than 24 years of coaching experience, including head coaching stops at Berea (2000-2010) and Mauldin (2010-2016). Along with coaching in three Upper State championships, Harrelson has also won

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