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Easley girls come back to beat Flame

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Falling in a 9-0 hole from the opening tip, the Easley High School girls’ basketball team appeared to have their work cut out for them against county rival Pickens on Thursday night.

The Green Wave cut into the lead as the first half wore on, but still trailed 21-16 going into halftime, before a huge third quarter run gave them a lead heading into the fourth.

In the final quarter, the Blue Flame fought hard to come back, but missed opportunities at the free

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SCFCA honors trio of Daniel High seniors

QB, DE, K earn awards

CENTRAL — More than a month after winning its second straight Class 3A state championship, the honors continue to roll in for the Daniel High School football team.

Last Tuesday, the South Carolina Football Coaches Association unveiled its 2021 Palmetto Champions All-Star Football Team, and three senior Lions were recognized for their roles in helping Daniel win back-to-back state titles for just the

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Pickens scholar-athletes

Pickens High School’s Scholar-Athletes of the Week for the week of Jan. 18 were recognized at the Pickens vs. Easley game on Thursday. The female Scholar-Athlete is Frenchesca Looney. She is a sophomore member of the JV cheer team and was nominated by her honors chemistry teacher, Dr. Sarah Miller. Looney is the granddaughter of Lee Grubbs. The male Scholar-Athlete is Wyatt Reeves. Reeves is a junior and member of the varsity basketball team. He is the son of Corey and Brittani Reeves and was also nominated by Dr. Miller. PHS Scholar-Athletes are nominated by their teachers for demonstrating academic excellence, a stellar work ethic and impressive leadership in the classroom.

Wave top Pickens to stay perfect in region

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — After a 2-11 start to the regular season, the Easley Green Wave boys’ basketball team is rolling in region play, moving to 3-0 following a 59-45 win over county rival Pickens on Thursday.

“We’ve still got a lot to work on,” Easley head coach Michael Jones said after the win. “(Pickens head coach Jeff Harrelson) does a really

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Daniel’s Fruster honored by Panthers

By Eric Sprott
Courtesy The Journal
esprott@upstatetoday.com

CENTRAL — While reading from notes on his phone Friday morning, Daniel High School senior and star quarterback Trent Pearman got emotional in the midst of heaping praise on head football coach Jeff Fruster.

The praise and adulation flowed freely in the school’s gym with good reason — though Fruster wasn’t about to let his emotions start flowing too freely with his team, assistants and other well-wishers on hand.

During a surprise ceremony with team representatives on hand, the Carolina Panthers named

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Pickens girls blast ranked Walhalla

PICKENS — The Pickens High School Lady Blue Flame basketball team picked up a 20-point region road win lsat week over a Walhalla team that was at the time rated No. 9 in the state in Class 4A by a statewide poll.

“That was a great game, and I was so proud of all of them,” Pickens coach Rikki Owens said. “The biggest victory in our win at Walhalla

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Former Lion, Tiger Martin picked in draft

By Eric Sprott
Courtesy The Journal
esprott@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — After four years spent living out a childhood dream of being part of the Clemson men’s soccer team, John Martin planned to spend the spring enjoying some downtime with his family and letting the pieces fall into place for the next phase of his life.

With acceptance letters already in hand from a trio of in-state medical schools, Martin was simply awaiting word on scholarship information and his standing with some out-of-state schools a little

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Fowler lifts Devils to first region victory

LIBERTY — With the clock winding down on Jan. 11, the Liberty High School girls’ basketball team seemed to be on the verge of pulling out its first region win against the Ninety Six Wildcats.

However, a Wildcat basket with just less than 10 seconds left put the

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Liberty boys’ comeback falls short in loss to Ninety Six

LIBERTY — The Liberty Red Devils boys’ basketball team came out swinging against the Ninety Six Wildcats on Jan. 11, and at the half, they found themselves tied at 27-27.

In the second half, the Red Devils’ favors flipped, as they struggled offensively, allowed Ninety Six get ahead and, despite a late comeback, fell 48-43.

“I just told them I’m proud of the way they played a full 32 minutes on the defensive end,” Liberty coach Jonathan Dilworth said. “We talked about it pregame that defense was going to dictate a lot of offense. When you hold that team to 48 points, you’re going to win most

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Flame blast Eagle Ridge

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter
bnimmons@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — After playing one of their best games of the season against Liberty before the holiday  break, the Pickens Blue Flame girls’ basketball team returned to action last week against the Next School Eagle Ridge Eagles.

Despite the break, the Blue Flame showed no holiday rust, scoring a season high as they defeated the Eagles 69-14 on Jan. 4.

“I like the way they’ve taken charge,” Pickens head coach Rikki Owens said. “All season I was worried if you take (all-region eighth-grader Ava Owens) out, who’s going to be ‘the guy?’ We’ve got

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