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Laurens Academy High School

Laurens Academy readies for the new season

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Laurens— The Laurens Academy Athletic Department has the coaching staff in place for the new school year, under the leadership of Athletic Director Travis Plowden.

Summer camps and summer work outs have been taking place as both coaches and athletes prepare for the 2018-19 seasons.

Todd Kirk will be the head coach of the Crusaders’ football team in the Fall, a team that will be looking to improve on their 2017 season. Shannon McGee will lead the volleyball program for Laurens Academy as the varsity head coach.

Tori Garrett will be the head coach for the cheerleaders.

In the Winter, Mary Littleton will coach the Sporting Clays, while Jason Marlett will be the head coach of the varsity girls basketball team. Marlett will be looking to lead the Lady Crusaders to match the 2017-18 season when Laurens Academy won the SCISA Class A state title.

Plowden will be the varsity boys basketball team’s head coach.

In the Spring, Shannon Reynolds will be the softball head coach and Luke Tollison will return to coach the varsity baseball team.

“I am pleased to retain all of our varsity coaches from the previous season and their experience will be vital to our success in 2018-2019,” says Plowden. “It is nice to have staff continuity at a high rate.

“Our athletes have had a busy summer preparing for the season,” he adds. “Football has been at work in the weight room and several of our kids have gone to various camps throughout the South.  Both of our middle school and varsity cheerleaders have been practicing and are looking forward to raising the school spirit. 

 The varsity girls basketball team has attended team camps at Newberry College, Columbia College, and Lander.  The varsity boys basketball team returned to Greg Nibert's Camp of Champs in Spartanburg and competed at the Upward Stars Center.  Coach Kerber has had the cross country team hard at work three times a week as their season is set to kickoff in September.  Finally, Coach Reynolds has been conducting workouts with softball players in hopes that we will field a team in the spring.  

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