Voorhees hosts the Golden Claw Classic

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Voorhees hosts the Golden Claw Classic

October 26, 2018

The Golden Claw Classic will return to Voorhees College on Saturday, October 27 beginning with the women’s game at 2 p.m. and the men’s game at 4 p.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Center between Voorhees and Denmark Technical College.

The Classic is the return of the basketball games between two neighboring colleges Denmark Tech and Voorhees.  Head Women’s Basketball Coach Edward Glover said he learned the two institutions began playing each other to increase community’s excitement.

Glover said the rivalry started back when both schools were still two-year institutions.  It lasted strong year in and year out up until the 90s even when Voorhees became a four-year college.

“Each and every year around this time it is very exciting and nerve wrecking to put together a competitive team and start the season.  But if I didn't have anxiety and excitement then it would not feel right," Glover said.

Glover added, "This year's squad is ready to redeem themselves, especially the seniors.  It was very disappointing not to participate in last season conference tournament after back to back conference tournament championship appearance in 2016 and 2017 with winning the 2016 regular season and 2017 conference tournament title."

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Derrick Mitchell said he could not be more excited for Voorhees to host the upcoming match. “This is my first time participating in the classic and my team and I look forward to rekindling the story between Denmark Tech and Voorhees,” Mitchell said.

“This year's squad is ready to looking to reach new heights, especially the seniors. Reaching the National Tournament was an awesome experience, but we didn't go to lose, so this year we are looking to get back and win the whole thing,” Mitchell said.

Charlene Johnson, athletic director at Voorhees said Voorhees athletics collaborated with Denmark Tech athletics for the renewal of the game rivalry. “There’s a lot of excitement around the fact that people have been waiting for this moment. Tiger and Panther fans will get to experience what they thought was lost so many years ago,” Johnson said.

Tickets for the sporting event are free for Voorhees students and $5 for all other students with I.D. General Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu.