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New Easley football coach: ‘We found something special here’

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

ejolley@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Hundreds of Easley supporters, fans, parents, players and administrators got the chance last week to meet new head football coach Caleb King and his family at a meet and greet in the school’s gym.

King drove a U-haul truck all day to get to the meet and greet on Feb. 19.

“It wasn’t as comfortable a ride as you would think it would be,” he said.

After a very successful run at his alma mater, Havelock (N.C.) High School, King accepted the job as head coach of the Green

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Flame grapplers qualify for state tournament

The Pickens High School wrestling team had a successful run at the individual Upper State wrestling tournament on Feb. 15-16. The event, which was held at Eastside High School, saw four Blue Flame wrestlers place. Jeffrey Hollingsworth came in third place in the 106-pound division, Elijah Holder came in third in the 138-pound division, Garret Kloth came in second in the 145-pound division and Ben Joye came in third place in the 152-pound division. The athletes will now move on to the individual state tournament at the Anderson Civic Center this Friday nad Saturday. Pictured, from left, are Coach Hough, head coach Sean Mansfield, Ben Joye, Elijah Holder, Jeffery Hollingsworth, Garrett Kloth, Coach Breelove and Coach Joye.

 

Local athletes sign with colleges

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — National Signing Day was held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and the day saw some of Pickens County’s top student-athletes sign to continue their playing careers at the next level.

Pickens High School North-South all-star Braden Gravely signed with North Greenville University to continue his playing career on the gridiron. The Blue Flame sent two softball standouts to the next level as well, as Jade Hendricks and Beth Hyatt signed with Allen University and Brevard College, respectively.

Pickens also had multiple athletes sign during the early signing period, with the Lady Blue Flame golf squad sending two players into the collegiate ranks, as sisters Rachel and Sarah Page signed with Southern Wesleyan University. Both were members of a Pickens golf team that finished second in the Class 4A state tournament, and Rachel was named to the All-State team. Pickens volleyball also sent two players onto the next level coming off a successful season in which the Flame finished as state runners-up in Class 4A. Abby

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Liberty Middle School hoops team goes from worst to first

LIBERTY — Coming off a long 0-13 season a year ago, the Liberty Middle School boys’ basketball team completed quite the worst-to-first bid this year.
Led by coach Charlie McKenzie, the boys wrapped up their regular season on Thursday, Jan. 24, with a 37-27 victory over Honea Path. It was a hard-fought contest throughout, but the Falcons finally seized control of the game in the third quarter.
After returning six players from last season’s squad, the win improved their overall record to 11-2 and pushed their conference record to a league-best 9-1 to secure the regular season AOP Conference Division III championship.
After the regular season-ending victory, the players were able to cut down the

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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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