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New Day for the Green Wave

EHS picks high-octane NC coach to lead football team

EASLEY — Easley High School officials swung for the fences in their search for a new head football coach, and they appear to have hit a

Caleb King

home run.

The school announced in a press release Tuesday morning that Caleb King will be the new coach of the Green Wave after engineering the highest scoring offense in the state of North Carolina at his alma mater, Havelock High School, a season ago. The 35-year-old led the Rams to a 13-1 record in 2018, averaging 59 points per game, before being upset in the Class 3A state semifinal.

King will replace John Windham, who resigned in November after the Green Wave finished the season with a 4-6 record and missed the Class 5A playoffs. Windham finished his four-year tenure as Easley’s coach with a 20-23 record.

In four seasons as a head coach — two at Havelock and two at East

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Baseball, softball registration open

PICKENS — Baseball and softball registration is being taken now through Feb. 22 at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.

Coed age divisions offered are instructional for 4 year olds, tee ball/coaches pitch for 5-6 year olds and pitching machine for 7-8 year olds.

Boys’ baseball age divisions are minors (9-10), O-Zone (11-12), boys (13-14) and majors (15-19), provided enough register.

Girls’ softball age divisions are darlings (7-8), angels (9-10), ponytails

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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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