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Barnacle Bill cruises to victory in $30,000 Georgia Cup feature

The Fields Stable's Barnacle Bill, always well placed under Jack Doyle, moved to the lead on Kingston Downs' final turn, burst away to a five-length advantage at the last fence, and drew away steadily to a 15 3/4-length victory in the $30,000 Georgia Cup, the featured ratings handicap of Saturday's inaugural Georgia Steeplechase.

April 10, 2018 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


Knights close tourney stay with an 11-9 victory over Crestwood

It was an early Thursday morning game played before a handful of fans braving the chill against a Crestwood team which North Central had already beaten earlier this season, 14-8.

April 10, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs’ offensive woes mount after no-hitter

It was a loaded question which Camden head coach Denny Beckley thought about before giving his response.

April 10, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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


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Sumter denies KC Jrs. trip to state tournament

SUMTER -- After losing just two games entering the second round of the Junior American Legion baseball playoffs, Sumter entered play on Wednesday looking to avoid ...

July 20, 2018 | By EDDIE LITAKER Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


17ers put Lexington, series to bed early

You will have to take Stephen Carmon's word for it when the first-year Kershaw County American Legion head coach said he did not sleep ...

July 17, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


State American Legion playoffs enter round 2 play

Kershaw County Post 17's best-of-five series with Sumter for the Midlands Region title is one of four second round state American Legion pairings which ...

July 17, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Do or Dyer

From his seat in the press box at American Legion Park --- more on that later --- Kershaw County American Legion baseball coach Stephen Carmon opened the ...

July 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


‘A win and a half’

On a night when Post 17 needed him most, Justin Dorton did what he does best.

July 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dyer delivers as 17ers win opener in 12, 6-5

Wynston Dyer's one-out, walk-off pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 12th inning drove home Bradwin Salmond with the winning run as Kershaw County ...

July 10, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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