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Bolding MVP of North/South All-Star match

DUE WEST — The 2018 North/South All-Star volleyball match was played Nov. 17 at Erskine College.

Pickens High School seniors Sydney Bolding and Lexi Wierzbicki were chosen to play on the North team.

The North 4A and 5A teams were coached by Eastside High School coach Susan Meadows. The South squad was coached by former Pickens coach Jennifer Gravely, now the head


Daniel shocks defending state champions in double overtime

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

ROCK HILL — The Daniel High School football team racked up yards by the hundreds with ease throughout this fall, but on Friday night, the fate of the Lions’ season rested on three measly yards.

Those three yards were all that stood in the way of Daniel picking up the biggest win of third-year Lion coach Jeff Fruster’s career — a road victory against four-time defending state champion South Pointe in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.

The Lions trailed the powerhouse Stallions for much of the night, but fought and clawed their way back to force the game into overtime. There, it all came down to one play.

After answering a South Pointe touchdown in the second overtime period

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11-0 AND 1 TO GO

Despite slow start, Tigers beat Duke to move closer to perfect regular season

By Alex Maminakis
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — Slow start? No problem.

Despite a sluggish first quarter for Clemson on Saturday, and a first half in which the Tigers collected 195 yards and punted seven times, the No. 2 team in the country found its rhythm in the second half at Memorial Stadium and beat Duke soundly, 35-6.

The Blue Devils only managed two field goals in the first quarter, and didn’t score the rest of the night.

But the Tigers (11-0, 8-0 ACC) didn’t lead until early in the second quarter, when Tavien Feaster found the end zone for a two-yard score, and Duke continued to threaten with its efficient quarterback, Daniel Jones, keeping the game in reach.

Clemson’s growing lead and strong defense, however, soon secured the win for the Tigers.

“I’m really proud of our team for how they responded in the second half. Obviously, we did not get off to a great start,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said after the game. “I was really disappointed in how we started, but it’s a four-quarter game. I challenged them at halftime to see how they could respond. To win 35-6 against a good football team … I’m really proud of our guys and how they responded.”

Reviewing the game’s final stats, it was easy to forget Clemson’s slow start. The Tigers racked up 459 total yards, 208 of which came on the ground,

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Upper State champ Flame fall short at state

The Pickens High School Lady Flame volleyball team

PICKENS — The Pickens High School Lady Flame volleyball team finished another historic season over the weekend, coming up short against North Myrtle Beach in the state championship match Saturday after wrapping up their 20th Upper State title last week.

The Lady Flame’s road began against York after receiving a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Lady Flame came away with a win in three sets, 25-13, 25-9 and 25-17.

Leading the team with assists and serves against the Cougars was Kaylee Gillespie, who recorded 36 assists. She served 100 percent with four aces. Also serving 100 percent were Bailee Earnhardt and Jewell Porterfield.

Lexi Wierzbicki, Sydney Bolding, Abigail Durham and Olivia Dow led in

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Lady Lions win first golf championship

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — The Daniel High School girls’ golf team entered this season on the cusp of greatness.

After finishing as the runner-up in last year’s state championship tournament, the Lions had a hunger that showed throughout the season, and it all paid off when the team wrapped up a Class 4A state championship on Oct. 23.

“We definitely felt there was unfinished business,” Daniel coach Andy Swords said. “Coming so close last year made this group hungry to get it done this year. Our message coming into the season was to finish what we

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Daniel girls take state XC crown

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — The Daniel High School cross-country teams had a very successful day at the Class 4A State Championships on Oct. 27.

The Daniel girls’ team won the state championship for the second year in a row, while the boys’ team picked up a third-place finish.

The girls’ team was led by sophomore Ally Wilson, junior Mari Cagle Lockhart and junior Maren Sorber, who finished one-two-three in the

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Pickens Rec teams fare well in local tourneys

PICKENS — The 2018 Pickens Recreation fall volleyball season ended with the Palmetto tournaments on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The end-of-season tournaments included the following tri-county area teams: Clemson, Easley, Powdersville, Dacusville, Westminster, Liberty and Wren. The 9U division was hosted by Liberty. Due to the number of participating teams, the 12U division was a joint effort hosted by Clemson and Pickens. The 14U and 17U divisions were hosted by Pickens. The 9U Pickens 1 team, coached by Jim and Jennifer Parvis, defeated Powdersville 2 in the championship match.

Pickens Rec wants to thank everyone who came out to support the girls and coaches.


Behind Venables’ 7 touchdowns, Lions dominate Eastside

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — Two weeks after their first loss of the season, the Daniel Lions felt as if they had something to prove in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs last Friday.

The Lions did just that, as they thrashed the Eastside Eagles 49-20 behind a dynamic seven-touchdown day by junior quarterback Tyler Venables to advance to the second round for the first time since 2013.

“It feels great,” third-year Daniel coach Jeff Fruster said of his first playoff win. “These kids have worked hard all year, and they’re finally starting to come into their own. They’ve put a little pride back in the program, so they deserve all the credit.

“I have a great staff pushing this team, trying to get them to realize that

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Fight to the Finish

Smith proud of Blue Flame’s

effort in season-ending loss

By Rocky Nimmons

GREER — The Pickens Blue Flame football program took a huge step in the right direction in 2019. The Blue Flame won four games, lost three games they could have won and played hard in all 11 from kickoff until the final whistle each and every week.

Pickens head coach Chad Smith knew coming in as head coach and athletic director that his Wing-T offensive system would take time to build. Making the playoffs was a major goal.

On Friday, the Blue Flame realized that goal when the team got off the buses to face the No. 1 seed Greer Yellow Jackets on their home turf in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Even though the game did not go Pickens’ way, as the Flame fell 35-6 to the Jackets, making the playoffs is a sign the program is improving. This group has laid the foundation and taken the first step to future greatness. Time

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Easley coach resigns after third straight losing season

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

EASLEY — The Easley High School football players who stuck it out for the entire 2018 season probably deserved better than a 4-6 record and the team missing the Class 5A playoffs.

And now the Green Wave will have to move forward under new leadership after head coach John Windham resigned last week after four seasons at the helm — including losing records in each of the past three seasons.

Windham’s resignation was announced Nov. 7. A former Furman

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