Category Archives: Sports

Fire volleyball team excels at AAU National Championship

ORLANDO, Fla. — Carolina One Volleyball 16U Elite Pickens (Fire) had a fantastic run at the 48th annual AAU National Championship from June 26-29.

Playing at the Orlando County Convention Center, Fire finished 10-1 in the four-day event and ninth overall out of 183 teams in the 16U Club Division, ending the club season with a 58-10 record.

The first three days, Fire ousted strong squads from

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Pickens Rec team finishes second at state tournament


PICKENS — The Pickens Recreation 8-and-under softball team had a successful day at the state tournament last week, advancing all the way to the finals.

“I can’t even begin to say how proud I am of these girls,” coach Travis Mitchell said. “They played as hard as I’ve ever seen a team play. They played with their hearts. The girls practiced hard for three weeks, and they came ready to play.

“We went into this tournament knowing that we were

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Registration open for fall volleyball, soccer in Pickens


PICKENS — Registration for fall volleyball and soccer has opened at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.

For volleyball, available age divisions are 7-9, 10-12, 13-14 and 15-17. The soccer age divisions are 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-15. Birthday cut-off for both sports is Sept. 1.

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

Anyone interested in coaching or who needs additional information is asked to call the recreation department at (864) 878-2296.

Earnhardt named AAU All-American

ORLANDO, Fla. — Pickens High School’s Bailee Earnhardt has been named to the AAU Volleyball All-American team.

She and two other members of the Blue Flame volleyball team achieved high honors at the national AAU championships in Orlando, Fla.

In the 17 and under Premier Division at the Orange County Convention Center from June

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Local athletes compete in US Olympic Trials

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

EUGENE, Ore. — Two of Pickens County’s finest athletes are competing among the nation’s best at the United States Olympic Trials this week.

Laurie Barton, a 2016 graduate of Daniel High School, will compete in the 800-meter run later this week, while Keyshawn King, a 2018 Liberty High School graduate, finished competition in the triple jump on Monday.

King began his run at the Olympic Trials on Saturday as one of

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Liberty girl headed to national rodeo finals

Joleigh Galloway of Liberty has been competing in rodeos since she was 3 years old and will now have a chance to compete against the country’s best at the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo. Galloway qualified for the finals in the events of pole bending, goat tying and ribbon roping. The event is set to take place in Des Moines, Iowa, and will be held from June 20-26. “I am super nervous about nationals, but I’m going to try my hardest and give 110 percent,” Galloway said.

‘Fire’ golf tourney a success

PICKENS — The Carolina One Volleyball Club 16 Elite Pickens “Fire” Golf Tournament was a hit, according to organizers.

Eleven teams competed in the event, held June 5 at the Rock Golf Course and Resort. Team parent Steve Campbell organized the event, which raised around $3,000 for the team’s trip to the AAU Junior Volleyball Championship, which will be

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Pickens Recreation plans baseball camp

PICKENS — The Pickens Recreation Department is partnering with Total Game Preparation Baseball Academy to offer a summer baseball camp from 6-9 p.m. June 28-30.

The camp is for ages 7-12, and the cost is $70 per participant. The fee includes a camp T-shirt. Gregg Powell is the camp director.

Campers will receive instruction on hitting, fielding, base running, pitching and catching. For more information, contact Powell at (864) 419-9793 or the Pickens Recreation Department at (864) 878-2296.

All payment must be made at the Pickens Recreation Department, located at 545 Sangamo Road in Pickens. The camp will only be held if at least 30 campers register, according to officials.

Scholarship golf tourney continues to be successful

PICKENS — Twelve teams participated in the 17th annual Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Award Golf Tournament held at Southern Oaks Golf Club on May 22.

The event, which is held annually, raised money for scholarships that will be awarded to Pickens High School basketball team members who plan to further their education. A senior from the varsity girls’

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Blue Flame finish spring on high note

PICKENS — Spring practices have finally come to an end for the Pickens High School football team, and after a disappointing finish to last season, the Blue Flame are more than ready to rebound following a solid session over the past month.

“I think it went good,” Pickens head coach Chad Smith said of spring practice. “We were able to bring in coach (Allen) Sitterle and made some changes. It was definitely more disciplined this spring.”

The addition of Sitterle — who led Daniel to four

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