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17ers take two of three in North Carolina

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. -- Kershaw County Post 17 received a brilliant pitching performance from The Citadel-signee Grey Hoke in the opener and a walk-off solo home run from Russ Radcliffe in the nightcap to sweep Haywood (N.C.) Post 47, 6-1 and 3-2, in an American Legion Senior Opening Day doubleheader on Saturday at Tuscola Ballpark.

May 28, 2014 | By CHUCK FIEBERNITZ Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


Trading places

Willie Taylor manned so many different positions on defense during his four seasons at North Central that adding a new place to play in college does not faze him one bit.

May 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Outten hopes year at Gray attracts college suitors

Ask any student-athlete about what number they want to be in anything and, more than likely, the answer you get will be "first."

May 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Armed and Dangerous

There's an old baseball adage which says that you can never have enough pitching. This year, thanks to an influx of arms and a new three-game-a-week League III schedule, the Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball team may well have mound talent to burn.

May 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldog to Bulldog, Beckley to Beckley

Grey Hoke saw his stock soar after he threw a three-hitter at A.C. Flora which played a large role in Camden's 2-1 win on April 4.

May 21, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E linebacker ready to bring the Payne to Newberry

Midway during his senior season, Emmonti Payne was shifted from his outside linebacker post to fullback by the football staff at Lugoff-Elgin High School.

May 12, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Chapman turns the other Cheek loose in downing Lady Dogs

Abbey Cheek flew out to centerfield in her second at-bat in Chapman's 10-3 win over Camden in Wednesday's 3A District 4 softball elimination game.

May 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons are Ram-tough, again

Fighting fire with fire, Lugoff-Elgin answered Hillcrest's five-run top of the third inning by hanging up a four-spot in the bottom half of the frame before tacking on four more an inning later to advance to the final round of the 4A District 3 softball tournament with an 11-5 win over the visiting Rams on Monday night.

May 07, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs fall to Woodruff in eight, 5-3

Among the things lost in Camden's extended one-run bottom of the sixth in Friday's AAA District I baseball tournament opener with Woodruff was the effect the length of the inning had on its starting pitcher Grey Hoke.

May 05, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Miss Holland’s Opus

In the final practice before Thursday's 4A District 3 softball tournament opener, Lugoff-Elgin spent plenty of time working on its bunting.

May 05, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


An old game gets a new name

Thousands of ponies have galloped over its expansive grass field, with riders in tow, smacking a plastic white ball for more than 116 years. But the Camden Polo Field never had a match like the one it survived in 1999.

May 05, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demon golfers living up to lofty expectations

Having heard from even the most talent-laden teams about how a successful season has been a pleasant surprise, it is refreshing when a coach of a squad in the midst of one of its best seasons in school history says he had a feeling this would be a special campaign.

May 02, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs naild down second seed after surviving LR scare

This was a game in which Camden was supposed to romp to victory and carry a full head of steam into Friday's opening round of the AAA state baseball playoffs.

April 30, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Flying Fleet finds a 2-for-1 bargain at Lugoff-Elgin

Mike Robinson is really getting the hang of these college signing ceremonies.

April 30, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs pay back Chapin with 5-1 win

Leaving nothing to chance, Camden head coach Denny Beckley signaled Josh Hough to run to the bullpen as soon as Chapin opened the top of the seventh of Friday's game with back-to-back singles.

April 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


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P-17 vs. Florence game moved to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

SUMTER -- Kershaw County Post 17 staved off elimination in the South Carolina American Legion State Tournament with a 7-3 win over Chapin-Newberry on Monday afternoon at Riley Park.

July 29, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Zac attack

SUMTER --- When you are in new territory, you sometimes like to feel your way around before you get comfortable.

July 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


P-17ers in it to win it

As he was heading home in the wee hours of Friday morning from Thursday's evening's baseball game at Georgetown, Kershaw County American Legion baseball team pitching coach Will Dorton stopped by a gas station to fill his car's tank. While there, Dorton, who still had his Post 17 uniform on, had a local police officer come up to him asking how the team did and who was pitching in that night's third game.

July 25, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Re-rallying the troops

Before they left following Wednesday morning's off-season contioning session, members of the Lugoff-Elgin football team took a knee and listened to their head coach who was in his third full day on the job.

July 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Answering a higher calling

It was a normal day which was about to take an abrupt U-turn.

July 14, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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