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Lady Knights run way from Lions

Like a thermometer, you can usually tell how well the North Central girls are playing based on the redness in the face of head coach Mitch Lowder.

January 16, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Mr. Commons closes out 2011 with a victory at Santa Anita

It has been a busy and winning post-holiday season for Thoroughbreds with Camden connections.

January 13, 2012 | Tom Didato | Equine


Naylor locks down Eclipse Award finalists for steeplechase division

There are two certainties as to the 2011 Eclipse Award winner for steeplechasing. First, it will be an Irish-bred gelding. Second, it will be owned by Irv Naylor.

January 11, 2012 | Tom Didato | Equine


Leopard wrestlers win Carolina Duals for third time in five years

Pretty soon, the organizers of the Carolina Duals wrestling tournament might ask the Lugoff-Elgin Middle School wrestling team to bring the tournament championship trophy with them when they head to the yearly event in Rock Hill.

January 11, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


CHS girls upended by Crestwood

There was no easing into the start of Region 6-AAA play for the Camden girls' basketball team.

January 09, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Dogs hold off pesky Knights in 6-AAA opener

Camden, S.C.) sports editor

January 09, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Foxes flatten Demons, 102-69

Had the surface been made of ice rather than wood and if Dutch Fork had traded its sneakers and jerseys for skates and sweaters would anyone have been the wiser?

January 06, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Lady Demons no match for Dutch Fork

Save for the use of a magic wand, there was no way for Lugoff-Elgin girls' basketball coach Von Duncan to turn her 5-foot-8 center, Nakeisha Counts, into a 6-foot-5 post player. Nor was there some potion which could transform her other players to become taller or faster with one sip of the elixir.

January 06, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Now that the cold weather has arrived, take measures to prevent hypothermia

With recent freezing temperatures across South Carolina, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts headed to the field should be aware of the threat of hypothermia and how to combat it. Hypothermia occurs when exposure to the wind, cold and wetness drain heat from the body faster than it can be produced.

January 04, 2012 | Tom Didato | Seasonal Sports


Braves dial long distance to get past Dogs, 62-49

So much for scouting reports.

January 02, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Knights dismantle McBee, advance to tourney finale

When a marginal movie suddenly gets interesting, nobody leaves their seats and heads for the exits.

January 02, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


All-area defensive unit is ‘upperclassmen only’ group

Nearly mirroring their offensive counterparts, which appeared in last Fridays' edition of the Chronicle-Independent, the 2011 C-I Kershaw County Coaches' All-Area defensive squad features 12 seniors with three juniors mixed in on the 15-player unit.

December 26, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


A Christmas story of hope

At Christmastime, all roads lead home … even if you go somewhere you never lived before.

December 23, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Seniority rules on all-area offensive football team

While the wins were far from what Kershaw County coaches, players and fans have become used to in the past, there was no shortage of outstanding individual performances on the football field this past season for the county's four gridiron squads.

December 23, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lack of champions fails to slow down Demons

Around midday Saturday, on the second day of the 20th annual May Plant Credit Union Demon Holiday Classic wrestling tournament, Lugoff-Elgin head coach Evan Moxie was asked how his team was faring, at that point, in the 26-team event.

December 21, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


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17ers face Rock Hill in Saturday's state tourney opener

Kershaw County will make its long-awaited American Legion State Tournament debut on Saturday when Post 17 takes on Rock Hill in the third (scheduled for 4:30 p.m.) game at Riley Park in Sumter.

July 23, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


How sweep it is!

Perched in front of their dugout, members of the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team started leaning as they prepared to rush the field after Bradwin Salmond's diving grab of Mark Allen Nash's liner to right field put the locals on the door step of a long-awaited trip to the state American Legion tournament.

July 21, 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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