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Pickens Rec recognized twice by SCRPA institute

PICKENS — The city of Pickens Recreation Department was recently recognized twice at the 2018 SCRPA Sports Management Insitute’s luncheon on Dec. 7 in Myrtle Beach.

The SCAP Branch, which is an acronym for the South Carolina Athletic Program, is a branch of the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association. Seven awards are given annually.

This year, a Pickens Recreation Department coach, John Tollison Belt, was awarded the SCAP Youth Coach of the Year Award for volunteer services and dedication to athletic programs in the state of South Carolina.

The Pickens Recreation Department was awarded the 2018 S.C. Athletic Programs Branch Athletic Department of the Year Class I.

 

Spring sports signups open at Pickens Rec

PICKENS — Registration is open from now through Jan. 25 for both spring volleyball and spring soccer at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify and will only be taken through Jan. 18.

For volleyball, the following age divisions are offered: 7-9, 10-12, 13-14 and 15-17.

For soccer, coed age divisions are 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Depending on the size of leagues, the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions may be combined.

Following registration, a skills/evaluation day will be held for each age division in both sports. The registration fee, which is $45 for in-city residents and $55 for out-of-city residents, provides a jersey to be kept.

Birth certificates are required at registration, and birthday cutoff is Sept. 1, 2018. Those who are interested in coaching or need more information are asked to call the recreation department at (864) 878-2296.

 

Tigers leave no doubt to reach mountaintop again

By Eric Sprott

Courtesy The Journal

eric@upstatetoday.com

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — It had been a 35-year wait before the Clemson football team was able to repeat the feat of winning its first national championship in 1981.

The wait for the third title was just a touch more bearable.

On Monday night, Clemson once again rode the play of true freshmen Trevor Lawrence and Justyn Ross, while the defense didn’t allow Alabama into the end zone after the first quarter in a resounding 44-16 victory at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., for its second championship in three years.

By winning the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the No. 2 Tigers (15-0) became the first team in the modern era to finish 15-0, and they knocked off Alabama for the second time in the teams’ fourth

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Spring sports signups open at Pickens Rec

PICKENS — Registration is open from now through Jan. 25 for both spring volleyball and spring soccer at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify and will only be taken through Jan. 18.

For volleyball, the following age divisions are offered: 7-9, 10-12, 13-14 and 15-17.

For soccer, coed age divisions are 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Depending on

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Tigers dismantle Notre Dame in Cotton Bowl

 

Victory sets up another clash with

Alabama for national championship

By Eric Sprott

Courtesy The Journal

eric@upstatetoday.com

ARLINGTON, Texas — As has been the case so many times this season, Clemson wholly outclassed its competition Saturday afternoon in the Cotton Bowl.

And with their latest conquest — the most impressive victory of their undefeated season thus far — the Tigers will find themselves playing in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game for the third time in four seasons.

Keyed by highlight-reel plays from true freshmen Trevor Lawrence and Justyn Ross, along with a smothering defensive effort, the second-ranked Tigers steamrolled past No. 3 Notre Dame by a final score of 30-3 at AT&T

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Ralston named DNR instructor of the year

COLUMBIA ­— Michael Ralston of Pickens has been named the Certified SCDNR Fishing Instructor of the Year.

Each year, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources trains freshwater anglers to become certified SCDNR fishing instructors for the agency’s Aquatic Education section.

The sixth annual Certified SCDNR Fishing Instructor Banquet was hosted at Phillips Market Center at the Farmers Market on Dec. 11 to thank the instructors for their hard work and dedication. Since the inception of the

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Spring sports signups open at Pickens Rec

PICKENS — Registration is open from now through Jan. 25 for both spring volleyball and spring soccer at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify and will only be taken through Jan. 18.

For volleyball, the following age divisions are offered: 7-9, 10-12, 13-14 and 15-17.

For soccer, coed age divisions are 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Depending on

Pickens High School golfers sign with SWU

PICKENS — Pickens High School golfers Sarah Page and Rachel Page recently signed scholarships to play golf next year at Southern Wesleyan University.

SWU head coach Joey Maxon and the women’s golf program announced the signing of the Pickens golfers for the 2019 class on Dec. 4.

“Sarah has a great natural golf ability and is excited to play college golf, and when you combine those things, then the sky’s the limit,” Maxon said. “She is tremendous in the classroom,

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Pickens Rec teams shine in state, district tourneys

PICKENS — The SCRPA SCAP state volleyball championships were held Saturday, Nov. 17, in Hartsville at Hartsville Middle School and Byerly Park – TB Thomas Sports Center.

The 9U, 12U and 14U Pickens Recreation teams all won their respective age divisions. Pickens 9U defeated Westminster and Simpsonville to win the title, while the 12U team defeated Lancaster 1 and Westminster, and 14U beat Jasper County and Simpsonville.

The coaches and players would like to thank those who made the trip to Hartsville to support their efforts.

The Pickens Rec 8U and 15U soccer teams also each won their respective Western District

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Gravely named to North-South team

PICKENS — Blue Ridge Electric recently recognized six football players from Upstate high schools as participants in the 2018 Touchstone Energy Bowl, also known as the North-South game.

These young men were selected from a pool of approximately 450 nominations statewide. Each player received a trophy as recognition for their outstanding athletic ability exhibited on the football field.

Among the players selected to represent the North team was Pickens High School senior lineman Braden Gravely.

Blue Ridge also recognized T.L. Hanna’s Devonte Jones, Wren’s Tyrell

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