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Coastal Carolina redshirt-junior quarterback Alex Ross (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Coastal Carolina senior linebacker Quinn Backus (Greenwood, S.C.) have been voted the Big South Conference’s 2014 Preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, by the League’s head football coaches and media panel, it was announced today at the Big South Football Media Day Kickoff Luncheon at the Charlotte Marriott City Center Hotel in Charlotte, N.C.

For the second consecutive year, defending Conference co-champion Coastal Carolina University has been tabbed the favorite in the Big South Conference’s annual preseason football poll for the 2014 campaign, as voted by the League’s head coaches and media panel and announced today at the 2014 Big South Conference Football Kickoff Media Luncheon at the Charlotte Marriott City Center Hotel in Charlotte, N.C.

South Carolina District 1 scored two runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth to take a 5-1 win over the Southwest team in the opening round of the Big League World Series on Wednesday night in Easley.

The Laurens Lightning 8th grade team defeated the Stafford (Va.) Storm 48-43 in the opening round of the National Travel Basketball Association national championships in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday.

The SC District 1 team will open play on Wednesday against the Southwest team in the Big League World Series in Easley. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30pm.

The Presbyterian College baseball team will welcome eight more newcomers in 2015 with the addition of Zander Anderson (Dallas, Texas), Logan Beegle (Catawba, N.C.), Patrick Burt (Cayce, S.C.) Colton Chapman (Claremont, N.C.), Rob Koski (Bel Air, Md.), Cole Norwood (Darlington, S.C.), AJ Priaulx (Warner Robins, Ga.), Shawn Sanders (Citra, Fla.) and David Sauer (Irmo, S.C.), head coach Elton Pollock announced today.

LDHS rising senior Caine Trevino was crowned the 2014 IFK World Classic Amateur Kickboxing World Champion for the second time over the weekend in Orlando, FL.

Scott Isbell captured his first main event at Laurens County Speedway this season, but his Front-Wheel Drive race Saturday night will be remembered more for what happened between two drivers that got them both disqualified.

The Laurens 10-11 year old All-Stars dropped two games in the Little League state tournament in Irmo last week.

Billy Rushton took home another main event at Laurens County Speedway Saturday night, winning his eighth race of the season in the Limited Division. Rushton won by 16 seconds over Kevin Baker, while Butch Riddle was third, with Mike Kernells fourth and Jimmy Taylor fifth.