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Liberty names athletic director

By Bru Nimmons

Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — Nearly one month after hiring a new head football coach, Liberty High School has made another key hire within its athletic department, announcing last Friday that Hal McManus will become the school’s new athletic director.

McManus joins Liberty High School fresh off a stint at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, but he carries plenty of ties to the Upstate.

A 1990 graduate of Byrnes High School, McManus won a state title on the hardwood for his father, legendary Byrnes coach Harold McManus. Following his time at Byrnes, McManus

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Pickens Rec baseball, softball signups open

PICKENS — The Pickens Recreation Department is offering registration for baseball and softball season through Friday.

To sign up, visit the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.

Coed age divisions include instructional (4 year olds), tee ball/coaches pitch (5 and 6 year olds) and coach pitch (7 and 8

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Daniel girls stung by Hornets in playoffs

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — Just three days after winning their second straight region championship, the 10th-ranked Daniel Lions’ girls basketball team seemed to have momentum working in their favor during Monday night’s matchup against the fourth-ranked Lower Richland Diamond Hornets.

However, despite a 29-27 halftime lead, the Daniel offense fell apart down the stretch, leaving the Lions trailing 38-33 with four minutes left in the game.

With time winding down, Daniel senior Sincere Hicks willed the Lions back, drawing two trips to the line and making all four of her

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3 Daniel football players, coach earn all-state honors

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

COLUMBIA. — Even a couple of months after achieving its ultimate goal of a state championship, the Daniel High School football team continues to receive honors.

Last week, the South Carolina Football Coaches Association announced its annual Palmetto Champions All-Star Football Team, and three Daniel players and coach Jeff Fruster were selected

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Wave fall at Flora in first round

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

COLUMBIA — The 10th-ranked Easley Green Wave boys’ basketball team drew arguably the toughest assignment in the state playoffs, having to travel to Columbia to face A.C. Flora in the first round after losing to Travelers Rest on Feb. 12.

The Falcons, ranked first in Class 4A in the final SCBCA poll, proved to be just as tough as their ranking indicated, beating Easley 67-47 to eliminate the Green

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Pickens sweeps Red Devils in finale

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — The Pickens High School basketball squads hosted senior night against Liberty on Friday, and for both the girls and the boys, there were plenty of positives.

For the Pickens boys, it was a night to remember following a long season. The Blue Flame hadn’t won since a December matchup with the Red Devils, but that didn’t stop them from putting together an almost perfect game en route to a 60-57 victory.

“I’m just proud of our guys,” Pickens coach Jeff Harrelson said. “They kept believing and kept

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Easley’s region title hopes dashed by TR

By Ryan Davenport
For The Courier

news@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — The Easley Green Wave boys’ basketball team solidified its playoff spot, although a little short of the region championship they likely had in mind.

Only two teams from each region make the postseason in the pandemic-induced reduced playoff format, so Easley will be among the 16 Class 4A squads still in action statewide. That should lessen the sting of Friday night’s 51-34 loss in a winner-take-all matchup against Travelers Rest.

“We’ve still got basketball left,” Easley head coach Mike Jones said. “This isn’t the last game. We gotta

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Wave fall short of playoffs

By Ryan Davenport
For The Courier

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EASLEY — The 2020-2021 Easley Lady Green Wave basketball team should not hang their heads, from an outside perspective. To this talented group, it would probably be difficult to convey that fact.

This season’s edition of the Lady Green Wave finished 11-8 overall, with a 3-5 third-place finish among the five schools in Region I-4A. The Lady Green Wave amassed a collective total of 12 wins in the prior four seasons, finishing last in the region each of the previous three

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Pickens club volleyball team wins tourney

PICKENS — The Pickens Carolina One 18 Elite volleyball team went 5-0 and won the K2 Wilderness tournament Jan. 30-31 among a powerful group of teams playing in Sevierville, Tenn.

The Pickens Carolina One club volleyball team, which goes by the name “Pride,” features upper-level players from four area high schools: Pickens, Easley, Powdersville and Seneca. Pride is coached

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Daniel’s Hicks picked for state all-star team

CENTRAL — Daniel High School senior guard Sincere Hicks earned a prestigous accomplishment last week, as she was named to the roster of the Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Game.

However, the game, which annually pits the best players in the Carolinas against one another, won’t be played this season due to COVID-19.

Hicks, an all-state selection in 2020, is averaging 10.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.6 steals and 0.9 blocks per game this season for the Lions (10-5, 9-1 Western 3A).