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Lady Bulldogs handle North Central in opener, 54-27

Staring down at an already thin bench and with the game officials seemingly racking up bonus points for whistling fouls, Camden girls' basketball coach Natalie Jeffcoat was justifiably concerned as to how Tuesday's season opener at North Central would unfold.

November 30, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs turn up heat, wear down Knights

It was not so much a question of if it would happen, but when it would happen. And, Kerry Hayes knew, eventually, the answer was coming.

November 30, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


North Central volleyball racks up postseason awards

Following a season in which North Central ran the table in Region 4-AA and then, played for the AA Upper State championship, it should come as no surprise that members of the 2018 Lady Demons' volleyball program were accorded postseason state and conference honors.

November 27, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lawson halts his recruiting after USC visit

Saving wear and tear on the family car and forsaking dividend air miles, Gatlin Lawson cut short his planned college visits when the Lugoff-Elgin track standout decided there was no place like staying close to home.

November 27, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


CHS lefty brings Bunch of intangibles to Bucs

One day, you are a typical six-foot tall freshman baseball player who can eyeball your teammates. The next thing you know, they are suddenly looking up at you.

November 23, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Down and out in Inman

INMAN – In a late season stretch of games marked by near-misses, this one hurt most of all.

November 20, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Can Dogs-Chapman II be better than original?

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the Upstate comes Camden at Chapman: The Sequel.

November 16, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Slowing down Panthers a challenge for Knights

Scheduling non-region games with Camden and Lamar was part of Tyronne Drakeford's plan to toughen his team up for the games that mattered; those in Region 4-AA, over which the North Central head coach and his team had no control.

November 16, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


CMA atop ISAA heap after winning title game

Last Friday was more quiet than usual as the Camden Military Academy football team went about their final walk-through for the following day's trip to Tennessee to meet Trinity Academy for the Independent School Athletic Association conference title.

November 16, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


All that glitters

It was hard not to notice the Super Bowl ring which Tyronne Drakeford sported on his finger as the second-year North Central head coach led his team onto the field for Friday's first round AA Upper State playoff game with visiting St. Joseph's. A few hours later, the only thing gleaming brighter than Drakeford's bling was the ear-to-ear smile on his face.

November 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs chase Bobcats from postseason in 52-10 romp

For its three-plus hour trek to Seneca for last Friday's AAA Upper State playoff opener, Camden packed as much gear as would fit in the bus. The Bulldogs also brought plenty of intangibles to the Upstate along with them.

November 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


All saints day

Contrary to popular belief, there are some chinks in St. Joseph's armor. But you may need to do some digging in order to find them.

November 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


CMA heads to Tennessee in search of a conference title

There are so many things going against Camden Military Academy as they prepared for Saturday's Independent School Athletic Association championship football game with Trinity Academy that you wonder how the Spartans can pull off what, on paper, looks to be an upset.

November 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Camden may battle both elements, Seneca tonight

Tuesday morning, while it was wet and humid, the Camden High football team took to the practice field for a workout in the elements.

November 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights look to end long playoff drought at home

Fifteen days between games was almost too much for Tyronne Drakeford to handle.

November 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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NC defense frustrates Vols in 56-39 victory

Making a statement on two fronts, North Central showed it can slow down a high-scoring offense and while doing that, proved it will be a ...

December 14, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Late-game surge lifts AJ past Lady Knights, 52-46

When fielding a small and inexperienced --- at many positions --- team, you take the good with the bad and try and learn something from each different ...

December 14, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Switching leads

When asked to return to his former job as the executive director of the Carolina Cup by the Carolina Cup Racing Association (CCRA) in July ...

December 14, 2018 | Tom Didato | Camden


L-E softball trio signed, sealed and delivered

Rarely is James Marlow at a loss for words. This occasion was one of those times.

December 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Camden wears down Lady Demons, 62-32

Playing without point guard and leading scorer Tiyana Peterson for the final 12 minutes of the first half of Friday's game at Lugoff-Elgin due ...

December 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Nothing pretty about Dogs’ 55-40 win over L-E

There was no use in trying to wrap a bright red bow around this one.

December 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights beat B-E, 39-39

There is no overtime, additional matches, coin flip or, even a game of "rock, paper, scissors" to break a tie in wrestling after all 14 ...

December 07, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lady Knights rally to defeat L-E, 51-48

Clutching his trusted bottle of lemonade, North Central girls' basketball coach David Dawson could almost measure how stressful a night it was.

December 04, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Shilhavy’s buzzer-beater starts L-E season off on the right foot

It was a wild ending to a new beginning.

December 04, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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