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L-E girls top SV in region opener

Even though Tuesday's game at Spring Valley was just the first game in Region 4-4A play for the Lugoff-Elgin softball team, it felt more like a first round playoff game.

March 20, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


M’m! M’m! Good

With runs and hits both at a premium, it took the smallest of small ball to help Lugoff-Elgin to a 2-1 win over visiting Camden on Wednesday night at Optimist Field.

March 20, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Camden Horse Show pays honor to the late Judy Thiel

One of the oldest continuing horse shows in the country and one known for family participation, the Camden Horse Show, will hold its 106th show on Sunday, March beginning at 9 a.m., at Dale Thiel Stables located on Firetower Road in Camden.

March 18, 2015 | By KATHEE STAHL Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Equine


A pioneer for the SMC Pioneers

Blythe Neal can allow herself to burst out into a full-fledged laugh when she looks back on it. At the time, she probably was more inclined to cry than to think about how it would all turn out in the near future.

March 18, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Hough as nails

What happened in the bullpen, stayed in the bullpen.

March 16, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lightning, rain force suspension of L-E vs. Camden softball game

Lightning, followed by a brief rain shower in the bottom of the third inning, forced the suspension of Wednesday's softball game between rivals Camden and visiting Lugoff-Elgin with L-E leading 1-0.

March 13, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Hunch pays off as Dogs rally for four in seven in 8-7 win

By his own admission, Denny Beckley is not a risk-taker. But if there was any time to roll the dice, this was it.

March 13, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lions’ trio combines to no-hit Knights

Usually in high school baseball, the deeper you get into a team's bullpen the better your chances are of coming away with a victory.

March 11, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Horses with Camden ties to battle in San Felipe Stakes

Two more horses with Camden connections will try and stay on the Kentucky Derby trail when they go head-to-head in Saturday's $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (Gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.

March 06, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demons survive Gator score, 5-4

Nursing a one-run lead with two outs in the top of the seventh and a runner on first, Lugoff-Elgin closer Bradwin Salmond walked River Bluff's Josh Senter. That was not the worst thing which could have happened at the time since Senter rapped out hits in each of his first three at-bats.

March 06, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


NC's LLowder honored by all-star coaching gig

Mitch Lowder laughed when talking about an honor which has been 32 years in the making.

March 06, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Finding his way

Usually, signing day allows a high school student-athlete time to look back and reflect on what led up to this special occasion.

March 02, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Still jumping at 79

The 79th annual Hunter Trials, sponsored by the Camden Hunt, will take place Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., at Hunter Trial Hill on Knights Hill Road, across the street from the Springdale Race Course.

February 27, 2015 | By KATHEE STAHL Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Equine


White’s commitment pays off with PSU-Fayette signing

After having played football for his first two years at Camden High School, Xavier White decided to hang up his cleats and dive head first into wrestling following his sophomore season.

February 27, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Jones prepared to take next step in football journey at North Greenville

Dakota Jones was asked to step out of his comfort zone in Lugoff-Elgin's defensive scheme last fall.

February 25, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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Storylines abound in Carolina Cup races

Bargain basement purchases, horses with Camden ties and an Irish import making its first start over fences on this side of the Atlantic. What more could you ask for in a jump race?

March 27, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Jordan’s walk-off single lifts Bulldogs past Cavaliers, 5-4

Less than enthralled with Tyler Jordan's first at-bat in Tuesday night's game with visiting Richland Northeast, Camden head baseball coach Denny Beckley had no complaints following his second baseman's second trip to the plate. And after the third, the Bulldog boss was ecstatic.

March 27, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Minimambo aces her first track test

Officially, Minimambo carried jockey Rosemary Homeister and 120 pounds on her back in Saturday's fifth race, a $16,500 maiden claimer run at Tampa Bay Downs.

March 25, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Five jumpers ready to go in Saturday's feature

Five novice jumpers are expected to take the starter's flag for Saturday's $75,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase race after entries were accepted Monday by the National Steeplechase Association.

March 25, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


NC's Humphries to play softball at USC-Salkehatchie

An athlete is an athlete is an athlete.

March 25, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Dogs score pair in sixth to get past Dreher, 3-2

Everything about it reeked of "trap" game. But Camden High baseball coach Denny Beckley would have none of that talk following his team's 3-2 come-from-behind victory over visiting Dreher Friday night.

March 23, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Carolina Cup '15

Given the harsh winter in the Mid-Atlantic region, there was more than a bit of concern as to how many horses would be ready and headed for the Saturday's March 28 running of the $75,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase race in Camden.

March 18, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


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