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Local football standouts announce college picks

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — With National Signing Day this week, many of the county’s top athletes are preparing to take the next step in their academic and athletic careers, and three of Pickens County’s top senior football players cemented their plans with commitments over the past

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Daniel girls still perfect in region play

By John Robert Ayers
Courier Sports

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CENTRAL — The Daniel girls’ basketball team continued its string of domination in region play with a hard-fought 40-17 win against Pickens on Friday night.

Kaylee Gillespie scored 10 of the Blue Flame’s 17 points to lead all scorers, while Lani Carter was the top scorer for the Lions with nine points in the game.

“Even though we are losing, we are losing pretty,” Pickens coach Rikki Owens said. “We work hard, we don’t give up. I was proud of their energy, and they didn’t let the refs get into their

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Lions take care of Pickens

By John Robert Ayers
Courier Sports

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CENTRAL — With both teams reeling in region play, the Daniel High School boys’ basketball team got back on track in a big way with a 64-39 win over county rival Pickens on Friday.

Brenton Benson led the Lions in scoring, finishing with 20 points in only three quarters of play. Benson also finished the game with 10 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive side of the floor. Jake Alexander led the Flame in scoring, finishing with 11 points.

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Liberty squads drop region matchups against Powdersville

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

bnimmons@thepccourier.com

LIBERTY — While it’s still early in the region slate for the local high school basketball teams, the standings are starting to take shape.

Each win or loss has started meaning more and more as teams turn their eyes toward the inevitable goal of the playoffs, and for the Liberty Red Devils, losses in both the boys’ and girls’ games against Powdersville on Friday night have them on the edge of contention.

After starting off on the wrong track, the Liberty girls managed to cut into the Patriots’ lead on Friday night. Nothing went right for the shorthanded Red Devils after that,

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Food drive winners

Every year during basketball season, the Pickens Recreation Department sponsors a canned food drive to benefit Gleaning House Ministries. As an added incentive, the rec department awards a pizza/ice cream party to the team that collects the most cans. This year’s winning team was a 9-10 boys’ team coached by Molly Harned and AV Arnold. Team members include Isaac Arnold, Landon Blanton, Abram Harned, Jackson Holder, Christian Mullins, Vonn Mabina, Tucker Mulkey, Connor Porter and Kyler Wilson.

 

Signups ending soon for soccer, volleyball

PICKENS — Registration will close Friday for the spring soccer and volleyball seasons at the Pickens Recreation Center on Sangamo Road in Pickens.

For soccer, the following coed age divisions are offered — 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Depending on the size of leagues, the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions may have to be combined.

For volleyball, the age divisions will be 7-9, 10-12, 13-14 and 15-17.

Following registration, a skills/evaluation day will be held for each age division in

Daniel girls open region with win

By John Robert Ayers
Courier Sports

news@thepccourier.com

CENTRAL — Following an up-and-down early-season trek, the Daniel High School girls’ basketball team needed a win in the worst way against the Palmetto Mustangs to begin region play on Jan. 14.

Sitting at 7-7 entering the game, the Lions looked poised to start with a leg up in region play before allowing Palmetto to cut slowly into their lead, whittling it down to four points with 6:48 remaining in the game.

With their advantage dwindling, the Lions stepped up their game with a couple of three-pointers from Sincere Hicks and Jasmine

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Lions fall to Palmetto

By John Robert Ayers
Courier Sports

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CENTRAL — Riding a four-game winning streak, the Daniel High School boys’ basketball team had plenty of confidence heading into its game against the Palmetto Mustangs on Jan. 14.

The Mustangs, no slouches themselves, as they entered the game at 12-5 on the season, went punch for punch with the Lions as both teams struggled in desire of a region-opening win.

With his team down two with less than 30 seconds remaining, Daniel’s Bobby Taylor was fouled on a shot attempt by Jaden Young. Taylor hit both of the free throws to tie the game up at 53-53, but Young, making up for the foul, put the dagger in the Lions’ heart with a deep three in the final seconds to secure

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Pickens looks to rebound

PICKENS — The Pickens High School women’s basketball team dropped two games to region foes at home last week, and the Lady Blue Flame will seek to rebound this week in region games against Daniel and Palmetto.

On the regular season, the Lady Blue Flame stand at 5-6 overall and 0-2 in the region. The Pickens girls dropped a Jan. 14 home game to Wren, 57-37, then lost at home Friday to Walhalla, 43-36.

“I believe that we learn and keep getting better every game individually and as a team,” Blue Flame coach Rikki Owens said. “We are going to focus on our energy on the court and continue

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Burrow, LSU too much for defending champs

By Alex Maminakis
Courtesy The Journal
alex@upstatetoday.com

NEW ORLEANS — In the end, there was no slowing down Joe Burrow and LSU’s prolific offense.
No. 1 LSU stormed back from an early 17-7 deficit on Monday night and proved to the college football world what it may have already known — that it was the best team in the nation this year — beating Clemson 42-25 to win the College Football Playoff National Championship Game and complete a perfect 15-0 season.
The loss brought an end to Clemson’s 29-game winning streak — a streak that began after the Tigers lost to Alabama in the same building two years ago.
“Obviously a disappointing night for us, not the way we envisioned it going,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “I’m thankful for our team. I’m thankful for God’s grace, for allowing me to be part of such a special group of

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