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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


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


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


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


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Articles By Author - Tom Didato


L-E wins Region 4-4A softball crown

Now, this is a way to celebrate a region championship.

April 24, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Never say never

Life can sometimes throw a curveball at you, even if you are a one-time baseball player-turned-distance runner.

April 24, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Land of hopes and dreams

If you hang around a horse barn long and often enough, you learn that a young horse's given name or, those still unnamed by their owners, are given nicknames by those who train or ride them.

April 24, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden


A healthy Ross Hough is excited about next opportunity at Erskine

Like an animal captured from the wild only to be held captive in a cage, Ross Hough spent his sophomore baseball season at Camden High School sitting in the dugout and waiting to hear his name called by head coach Denny Beckley to enter the game as a courtesy or, a pinch runner.

April 22, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons close in on Region 4 softball title

Facing Blythewood for the second time in four days, Lugoff-Elgin head softball coach James Marlow knew the importance of picking up a win at Blythewood on Friday. A victory over the Bengals would mean the Lady Demons would need just one win in their final two region games to claim the Region 4-4A championship outright.

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


Ergle, Blythewood handcuff Demons

No baseball coach ever tells his pitcher that he needs to be close to perfect in their final pre-game talk in order for their team to have a chance at coming away with a victory.

April 20, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Getting defensive

It looks like the Clyburn family will be on the lookout for new babysitters.

April 17, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Cat Feathers, Upstart earn honors from N.Y. Thoroughbred Breeders

Two horses with Camden ties were honored as being the top New York-bred Thoroughbreds in their divisions for the 2014 racing season.

April 17, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Lady Demons take over Region 4-4A lead

Entering Monday's Region 4-4A softball showdown with visiting Blythewood, Lugoff-Elgin knew it had to put last Friday's win over Spring Valley behind them and be ready to play with the defending Region 4 champions in town.

April 15, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Rams hang on to edge Knights, 3-2

Suddenly, things are getting a bit cramped in the back seat.

April 15, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Demons Chase Spring Valley away

Needing something to do to relieve the boredom and kill time during what was a lightning-induced delay of more than 90 minutes, members of the Lugoff-Elgin and Spring Valley baseball teams joined together for an impromptu dance off beneath the press box at Optimist Field Friday night.

April 13, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


This week in Kershaw County sports

Monday: North Central, Central at Chesterfield (G – 4 p.m.); Wilson at Camden (TEN – 5 p.m.); North Central at Lugoff-Elgin (TEN – 5:30 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (BB – 6 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (SB – 6 p.m.); Camden at A.C. Flora (BB - 6:30 p.m.); McBee at Camden (SB – 6:30 p.m.); Blythewood at Lugoff-Elgin (SB – 6:30 p.m.)

April 10, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Spotlight on karting: Aiden Baker Crouse

Aiden Baker Crouse is a Micromax Rotax Kart Racer. The 10-year old, a student at Union Elementary has been making a name for himself in the racing world. He is the son of Jason and April Crouse of Vale, North Carolina.

April 08, 2015 | By PAM TRUESDALE Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Auto racing


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