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Clean Sweep

Tigers survive for fifth win in a row over Gamecocks, cap perfect regular season

By Alex Maminakis
Courtesy The Journal

alex@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — It wasn’t pretty, and Clemson’s defense struggled Saturday night against South Carolina and quarterback Jake Bentley, but the No. 2 Tigers pulled away in the second half to win their fifth straight game over the rival Gamecocks.

Clemson finished the regular season 12-0 for just the third time, but it had to earn a hard-fought 56-35 win against South Carolina (6-5) on a frigid, foggy night in Death Valley.

Bentley passed for a career-high 510 yards and a career-best five touchdowns, but Clemson accumulated 744 yards of total offense — its most ever against South Carolina — led by quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s career-high 393 yards passing and the Tigers’ six rushing touchdowns, led by Adam Choice’s three.

“That was an amazing performance by our offense,” Clemson coach Dabo

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Seeing positives

Stewart proud of Devils’ 2018 effort

By Clay Counts
Special to The Courier

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LIBERTY — Although their season came to an end with a loss at undefeated Chester in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, the Liberty Red Devils have much to be proud of heading into the offseason.

The 2018 season was one full of highs and lows, but through all those lows, the team gained valuable experience they carried over from week to week. Falling just short of the .500 mark with a 5-6 record, the Devils did accomplish a first in school history with their third consecutive trip to the

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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

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE

Daniel shocks defending state champions in double overtime

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

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

alex@upstatetoday.com

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

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

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

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

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

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

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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