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Late Knight rally comes up short

An emotional letdown following a late-night win over rival Camden on Tuesday? Possibly. Brandon Faulkenberry was not about to use that as excuse, though.

April 06, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Branham locks Dogs down on one-hitter in 5-1 L-E win

A mess of a first inning by the Camden defense gave way to a Zac Branham masterpiece as Lugoff-Elgin took the Kershaw County portion of the Kershaw-Richland wooden bat tournament with a 5-1 win over the host Bulldogs Wednesday night at American Legion Park.

April 06, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Sheppard doubles up in Saturday’s undercard

What would Carolina Cup day be without a victory from one of Jonathan Sheppard's jumpers?

April 03, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


150,000 Watts

There were times, Mark Watts admitted, when he looked behind from his mount atop Balance the Budget in Saturday's 48th running of the $150,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup when he was more than a tad surprised by what he couldn't see.

April 03, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Foley, Valentine wait out inquiry before taking Cup

Spending nearly as much time talking into a walkie-talkie as he did on the race course, jockey Barry Foley survived a steward's inquiry before both he and his mount, Personal Start, were formally declared winners of Saturday's $75,000 Carolina Cup presented by the Mullikin Law Firm.

April 03, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Carolina Cup 2.0 to get its first test on Saturday

By now, you have probably heard or, read about the changes which have and will be taking place at Saturday's 84th running of the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races at the Springdale Race Course.

March 30, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Setting the bar high

Visitors making their way into the National Steeplechase Museum are greeted by a pair of cement lawn jockeys painted in the silks of the defending Carolina Cup and Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup champions.

March 30, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Springdale-record $325,000 in purse money up for grabs

Trainer Ricky Hendriks had his best season in a long time last year, and he will be looking to continue his successful run when two of his best, Swansea Mile and Zanjabeel, start in the 48th running of the $150,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1), the featured contest of Saturday's 84th annual Carolina Cup Races.

March 30, 2018 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Sports


Doing it her way

Siblings following in the footsteps of their parents and choosing to enter into the same line of work as a parent is a tale nearly as old as civilization itself.

March 30, 2018 | Tom Didato | Camden


Jockeys’ welfare at forefront of Cup eve event

As a steeplechase jockey/trainer, Forrest Kelly has had his share of spills from the back of a horse and knows what it is like to be laying on the ground waiting for medical help to arrive at the scene to tend to injuries sustained after being thrown off a mount.

March 27, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


L-E caps 4-0 week with 10-3 win over Dogs

Beating Hartsville to stay perfect in Region 6-4A play on Friday was the main course for the Lugoff-Elgin baseball team. Settling a score with rival Camden the next day to cap a 4-0 week was the pie a la mode.

March 27, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lady Demons stay hot, stop Camden 11-1

A three-win week was just what the doctor ordered for the Lugoff-Elgin softball team which ended that string with an 11-1 victory over Camden, spoiling Saturday's Dogfest at Marcus Warren Memorial Field.

March 27, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldog rally comes up short

Unable to catch lightning in a bottle for the second time in as many seasons, Camden could not overcome a quick Indian Land spurt with a furious closing rush and come away with a win.

March 27, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Two Cups are better than one

Early skepticism has given way to "let's go."

March 23, 2018 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demons sit atop 6-4A standings

When it comes to beating Hartsville and taking the lead in Region 6-4A, to boot, Lugoff-Elgin head coach Randy Stokes does not the little things bother him.

March 23, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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Articles By Author - Tom Didato


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

May 15, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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