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Post 17 hosts Lexington tonight in doubleheader

The Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball team will host Lexington tonight in a 6 p.m. doubleheader at American Legion Park in Camden.

June 12, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Post 17 in midst of key stretch

After having what has now become its annual post-graduation week off, the Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball team finds itself in the middle of a four games in as many nights stretch that could help shape its playoff fortunes.

June 12, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Hartsville hands 17ers 2-1 loss in league opener

Two nights after having won the Florence Post 1 Invitational by defeating the two-time defending state American Legion champion and tourney host Florence, 11-7, in the championship game, Kershaw County Post 17 was brought down to earth by Hartsville Tuesday.

June 01, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Woolard jumps at chance to run at Columbia College

Mark Chickering recalls the moment as if it happened yesterday.

June 01, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


McCray ready to play where he is needed for Tigers

Every new coach needs players that he can rely on from day one and who will be there through thick and thin.

May 25, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Davis finds her niche on the pitch; signs on with Coker

Having been a cheerleader and also playing volleyball, Roana Davis was not looking for a new sport as she was preparing to enter her freshman year at North Central High School, especially one which was foreign to her.

May 25, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Webb’s soccer adventure leads to USC-Sumter

Coaches like to talk about the kids they coach who would try and knock down a brick wall, if asked.

May 25, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Baseball, softball players collect postseason laurels

A pair of Lugoff-Elgin baseball players will play in this week's South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game while a Camden High softball player must wait until next month before she lines up with the state's elite.

May 22, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Season of change

Nearly 30 players from six different high schools answered the call when the rain-abbreviated tryouts for the Kershaw County Post 17 Senior American Legion baseball team opened last Monday. It was a far cry from two years ago when the locals finished second in the state American Legion Tournament at Riley Park in Sumter with just 13 players in tow in absurdly hot, mid-day conditions.

May 22, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Mills has change of heart; signs with Emmanuel

There are no game films for tennis coaches to watch in preparing for an upcoming opponent. The first time they see their foe for that day's match is, for the most part, the time they get to make their initial appraisal of an opponent.

May 22, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Getting defensive helps Ellis land spot at USC-L

As he and assistant coach Kenny Galdeen looked for answers to help solidify his team's defense in the spring of 2017, Camden High girls' soccer coach Aaron Mayes asked then-junior forward Daysha Ellis to give playing on the second-to-last line of defense a try.

May 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Three Kershaw County players earn All-State baseball honors

Lugoff-Elgin teammates Zac Branham and Jake Laffin and North Central's Cam Holley were named to the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association All-State baseball teams.

May 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Wanna bet? Don’t hold your breath

When the Supreme Court ruled Monday that states outside of Nevada would be able to legalize sports gambling, there was one school of thought here in Kershaw County, Camden, in particular, that the ruling could be a boon to the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races.

May 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Sprucing up the place

As he walked around the Zemp Stadium playing field prior to his team's football game with Camden in 2013, then-Lower Richland head football coach Darryl Page looked at the cinder block walls which encased the concrete stands on one side of the field while a newer steel and metal grandstand reflected the sun's rays across the way.

May 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Camden


Got rings?

Too large to crawl in through a window and not allowed to have a key to its two doors, if given the chance, Seth Branham would probably live in the weight room located inside the Lugoff-Elgin High School Wellness Center.

May 15, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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Dorton blanks M-S as P-17 wins seventh in row

That train which is the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team keeps rolling along.

June 22, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


CHS hosts 7-on-7 passing tourney, Hogmen Challenge

Camden High School will host 12 football programs from throughout the state in the Battle of Camden 7-on-7 passing league shootout and Hogmen Challenge to ...

June 22, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers cap perfect week by knocking off Sumter

Stephen Carmon is not ready to make space on the mantle for a League III championship trophy just yet.

June 19, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers break out the brooms in sweeping pair from Lexington

When he last toed the rubber at American Legion Park, Spencer Wood pitched a no-hit shutout for Gray Collegiate Academy against Camden High on the ...

June 15, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


White-hot Laffin helps KC to 8-3 win in opener

On two occasions this past spring, Stephen Carmon had the chance to see Jake Laffin from his perch inside the Camden High School dugout as ...

June 15, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Roberson hoping SMC is next step in basketball career

It had been 13 years since a Lugoff-Elgin boys' basketball player signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his career in college.

June 12, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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