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Dalton-trained Diplomat scores Turf Writers upset

SARATOGA, N.Y. --- With a perfectly timed move by Camden's Bernie Dalton, Flying Elvis Stable's Diplomat burst to the front in Saratoga Race Course's stretch and drew away to an three-length victory in last Thursday's 76th edition of the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1).

August 29, 2017 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


L-E loses appeal to stay in class 4A

Given the history of appeals being approved in the past, Matt Campbell knew he was facing an uphill battle as well as long odds in trying to get the South Carolina High School League's (SCHSL) proposed realignment plan changed as it pertained to Lugoff-Elgin High school and its athletic program.

August 25, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Drakeford finally gets shot at Dogs as Knights travel to Zemp tonight

During his playing days at North Central High School, Tyronne Drakeford never got the chance to suit up for a game against Camden High. It was an opportunity and a challenge which both he and his teammates would have welcomed.

August 25, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


L-E hopes not to get bogged down in The Swamp

If there is a down side to playing your rival in game one it is that there is a game two one week later. Regardless of whether you win or lose the emotional opening contest, there is plenty of concern as to the bounce effect.

August 25, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Campbell hopes for second win

With a victory to kick off the 2017 football season, Lugoff-Elgin head football coach/athletic director Matt Campbell is looking to extend the streak to two in a row to kick off 2017.

August 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Redemption Song

Thanks to his having sustained a shoulder injury late in the third quarter of last year's game with Camden, Reddek Kelley was not around when the horn sounded in Lugoff-Elgin's loss that Saturday evening at L-E Stadium.

August 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights rally to give Drakeford first victory, 26-21

All it took was a bolt of lightning on Thursday to render the game clock that is a part of North Central's football scoreboard useless. Fortunately, however, the board could still tally the score.

August 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


L-E seniors look to break through against Bulldogs tonight at Zemp

With his first pass attempt of the 2016 season, North Central quarterback Michael Williamson hooked up with Markell Portee on a 10-yard fade pattern pass for a touchdown in a game with Buford.

August 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights host Rocks to open Drakeford era in Boonetown

Tyronne Drakeford has played on football's biggest stage in being a member of the Super Bowl XXIX champion San Francisco 49ers. That does not mean the North Central head football coach does not get butterflies before a game, especially his first one in his new job.

August 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Drakeford, Knights reach for the stars

In his first season in the NFL, Tyronne Drakeford helped the San Francisco 49ers win Super Bowl XXIX. Now the retired cornerback hopes to bring some of that magic with him to his alma mater as North Central's first-year head football coach.

August 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Williamson is on a mission to prove that he is back and better than ever

With his first pass attempt of the 2016 season, North Central quarterback Michael Williamson hooked up with Markell Portee on a 10-yard fade pattern pass for a touchdown in a game with Buford.

August 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs give away no secrets in a 7-7 tie with AJ

Fans attending Friday's 42nd annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree waited out a lightning delay to see what type of offense first-year Camden head coach Brian Rimpf would run. They are still waiting.

August 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Demons overcome mistakes and Knights

This is why you play scrimmages or, in this instance, a jamboree.

August 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Foundation laid, L-E will keep on building

Matt Campbell is a "what have you done for me lately" kind of a guy. And as he enters his third season as head coach at Lugoff-Elgin, the former NFL offensive guard said his program is still not where he wants it to be; not even after a five-win campaign in 2016.

August 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Weather, new coaches will add intrigue to tonight’s jamboree

Well, at least it may feel like football weather.

August 11, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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Articles By Author - Tom Didato


L-E eyes a home 4A playoff game

This is hardly the time for Lugoff-Elgin to be licking its wounds following last week's 33-10 loss to Hartsville in a game which could ...

October 20, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


NC needs 2 wins and a little help

ams which have been working out in the heat and humidity which have enveloped South Carolina since the start of practice in the summer.

October 20, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


CMA seeks to avoid injuries against McBee

Playing a football game after a four and a half-hour bus ride is hardly the optimal situation for football players. Nonetheless, Camden Military Academy came ...

October 20, 2017 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


I's U.S. vs. the world in Grand National

America's best steeplechase horses in training will be challenged by an invasion of overseas runners in Saturday's $400,000 Grand National (Gr. 1 ...

October 20, 2017 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


A bundle of dynamite

There is nary a drop of oil on the floor of Adam Romero's garage at his Elgin home … and with good reason.

October 20, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights fall in shootout, 41-36

Sometimes, it is the guy you know little to nothing about who will hurt you the most.

October 17, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Mistakes doom Dogs in 35-14 loss

When things are going right, mistakes like these do not come back to haunt a team.

October 17, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Hartsville bottles up L-E in 6-4A showdown, 33-10

KELLYTOWN -- Speed kills.

October 17, 2017 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


L-E’s Campbell earns berth in Shrine Bowl

Lugoff-Elgin senior offensive lineman Wyatt Campbell has been named to the 44-player South Carolina Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas' football team

October 10, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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