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CCE-developed Awesome Bet second in $500,000 Super Derby

Awesome Bet, developed in Camden at Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables, finished second behind Prayer for Relief in Saturday's $500,000 Super Derby at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

September 14, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Great Falls’ speed is too much for Spartans

Maybe, this trading one opponent for another is not the best idea.

September 12, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


Knights eclipsed by Vols, 42-14

Just when it looked like North Central was going to make its move against rival Andrew Jackson, the Volunteers came up with a trump card.

September 12, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Dutch Fork defense stymies Demons in 41-0 shutout

IRMO – One offense was balanced. The other simply struggled to move the chains.

September 12, 2011 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Demons shake things up in effort to shrug off early season doldrums

Like a poker player not satisfied with the cards he drew the first few turns around the table, Lugoff-Elgin football coach Scott Jones has used this week of practice to shuffle the deck for what he hopes will be a winning hand.

September 09, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Knights hope to turn things around, not over, against AJ

He smiled as he talked about his current team and his former team, which will meet tonight for the third time on the football field since Louis Clyburn left as head coach at Andrew Jackson after one season to take the reins at North Central, which is a hop, skip and a jump from his boyhood home.

September 09, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Last-minute schedule change has CMA headed to Great Falls

Thanks to last Friday's thunderstorm north of Kershaw County, an error in scheduling and a fortuitous opening, the Camden Military Academy football team will play a game tonight.

September 09, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


Colonial Cup invitations being sent out for Nov. 19 race

Patrons who are on the mailing list for the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races should be receiving their invitations to this year's event sometime this week as officials at the race office were putting the invites into the mail on Tuesday afternoon.

September 07, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Dixon has Knights’ program off and running

When then-junior Chad Hampton ran off with the class A state boys' cross country title in 2009, he put North Central on the state running map.

September 07, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Wakefield wins first contest of the season

Faye Wakefield missed just one game, but still had to go to the tie-breaker before winning the last week's Chronicle-Independent football contest.

September 07, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Austin inks deal with Texans

Two days after being waived by the New England Patriots, former Camden High and Clemson standout Thomas Austin was signed by the Houston Texans as part of their 53-man roster.

September 07, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


St. Joe’s cruises past Knights, 44-15

Through the first two games of the season, North Central has amassed nearly as many yards in total offense as it did during its entire 2009 campaign. At least, that is the way it seems to third-year Knights head coach Louis Clyburn.

September 05, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Bulldogs throttled by West Florence in 30-7 loss

FLORENCE -- One would have to go back more than a decade in order to find a more disappointing offensive effort than that turned in by Camden in Thursday's 30-7 loss to West Florence on Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.

September 05, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Tested Patriots top Spartans in opener

When you have a football team which has only been in pads for some 10 days playing an opponent with two full games under its belt, the last thing you want is to get off to a slow start.

September 05, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


Spring Valley runs Free in topping Demons, 49-28

COLUMBIA -- Little did Spring Valley wide out Craig Steedley realize that when he dragged his feet inside the end zone in laying out to make a 19-yard touchdown reception in the waning seconds of the first half of Friday's game with visiting Lugoff-Elgin, he took down the hosts' upset plans with him.

September 05, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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CHS defense pitches shutout over Bruins

Decked out in new camouflaged-themed game jerseys in honor of Military Appreciation Night, Camden went old school in its 14-0 win over previously unbeaten Lancaster last Friday night at Zemp Stadium.

September 22, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Rice not interested in comparing scores with Wolverines

Let's see, now. Two weeks ago, East Clarendon lost to North Central, 28-6. Last Friday, Camden Military Academy was edged by North Central, 20-14.

September 19, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


Rested Dogs host unbeaten Lancaster tonight at Zemp

This is not the team which Camden head coach Jimmy Neal thought he would see when he agreed to play Lancaster last winter.

September 19, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Bulldogs set lofty goals for '14

On a day on which Paige Wilson was forced to miss practice, members of her Camden High volleyball team were being interviewed by a reporter from WLTX TV 19 in Columbia after an online poll conducted by the station rated the Lady Bulldogs as the top team in the Midlands heading into the upcoming season.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons eye continued success

There was a time when a volleyball match with Lugoff-Elgin meant the opposing team's bench players would see plenty of action on the court.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Thing looking up for Lady Knights

One of the busiest people in Boonetown has to be the person charged with updating the volleyball region championship banner at North Central High School. Then again, the flag made of felt never collects a whole lot of dust.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Dogs hope return to playoffs will be a snap

Long snappers are a lot like plumbers. You never realize how much you need one until there is an inch of standing water in your kitchen.

August 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Crisis Management 101

It was business as usual for the football program at Lugoff-Elgin in the early part of the spring and summer.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Hello, again

For almost as long as North Central fans can remember, schools such as Andrew Jackson, Indian Land, Buford and Chesterfield have been the region rivals of the Knights' athletic teams.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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