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Photos by Jessica Mackey/Courier

Daniel High School graduate Shaq Lawson, pictured here signing autographs for local kids, hosted the second annual  “Shaq Lawson Day” at Bolick Field in Central on Saturday. Lawson is a seven year pro in the Nation Football League and is currently signed with the Buffalo Bills after a stint with the New York Jets last fall.

18th annual Rogers golf tourney a success

EASLEY — Twelve teams participated in the 18th annual Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Award Golf Tournament at Southern Oaks Golf Club on June 4.

The event 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’ team as well as a senior from the varsity boys’ team will receive the scholarship awards.

This will be the 19th year the scholarship has been presented in honor of the late Charles

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Legendary Green Wave coach Finley dies at 64

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — On Sunday, former Easley baseball coach Roger Finley — arguably one of the best baseball coaches in the history of the state of South Carolina — died at age 64, leaving behind a legacy of greatness in a more than 25-year coaching career.

Finley, a native of Pickens County, starred for the Pickens High School Blue Flame

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Local athletes take titles at state track championships

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

COLUMBIA — On May 21, athletes from all four of Pickens County’s high schools took part in the state track and field championship meet for their respective classifications, and it proved to be a very fruitful day, with five teams placing among the top 10 and three county athletes winning individual state titles.

Two schools stood out above the rest, with Daniel and Liberty high schools placing both their boys’ and girls’ teams within the top 10

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Rogers golf tourney scheduled Saturday

PICKENS — The 18th annual Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 4.

The tournament, which annually benefits a male and female senior basketball player from Pickens High School planning to attend a university, college or technical school, is set to kick off with a 2 p.m. shotgun start at Southern Oaks Golf Course in Easley.

The tournament will follow a captain’s choice format, and entry costs $75 per person or $300 per four-person

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Historic Green Wave season comes to an end against York

 

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — Falling behind 5-0 in the fourth inning against York on May 18, the Easley Green Wave softball team seemed to have lost all the momentum they had built on their historic playoff run.

However, the  Green Wave proved to have much of the same fight that brought them to that point down the stretch, with senior Maggie Spence cutting the Cougar lead to just two runs as the teams entered the final frame.

Heading to bat in the bottom of the seventh with the game on the line, Easley went down in order to end its season in a 5-3 loss.

“I’m proud of them. They didn’t give up,” Easley head coach Trish Spence said after the game, fighting

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Scholarship award winner

The Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Committee recently announced Caroline Lucas as this year’s selection for the Charles F. Rogers Scholarship Award. A graduating Pickens High School senior, Lucas will receive a $1,000 scholarship to put toward her college education. “Congratulations to Caroline for representing our basketball program and for her perseverance to achieve success on and off the court,” the scholarship committee said.

Daniel boys win in PKs to take state championship

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

COLUMBIA — After letting a two-goal lead slip away in regulation, the Daniel High School boys’ soccer team’s state championship hopes rested on the result of penalty kicks after 110 minutes of hard-fought play.

The Lions turned to senior captain Liam Desjardins for the first kick, and he delivered to put the Lions ahead, but it was the play of keeper Coleman Wright in the moments after that stole the show.

The junior blocked three of four Brookland-Cayce attempts to give the Lions the win and secure their first Class 3A state championship since 2003.

“I think he would be honest and tell you that maybe he made a couple of mistakes to let BC back into the game, but I can’t say enough about his ability to bounce back,” Daniel head coach Phillip Boyer said of Wright. “He could have let that defeat him, and his head

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Wave take district title

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports
news@thepccourier.com

EASLEY — There are more firsts for the Easley High School softball program following a 12-1 run-rule Game 2 win over Lancaster last Wednesday night in the District 2 championship

For the first time, the Lady Green Wave are District 2 champions and earned a berth in the Class 4A Upper State tournament.

“It feels great,” Easley Coach Trish Spence said. “I am so proud of the girls.”

Easley (15-12) scored seven runs in the top of the second on five walks and a grand slam home

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