It was a mixed bag for horses with Camden connections at the races this past weekend.
Getting bossed around by your big sister can be humbling for a younger brother. You can bet you won't hear Reggie Sullivan complaining about taking his older sister's advice anymore.
His given name was John Birks Gillespie, born in Cheraw in 1917. To the world, though, he was known better by his nickname, "Dizzy."
On an afternoon in which finding the strike zone was along the same lines as locating the final resting place of Jimmy Hoffa, Sam Powers was able to decipher the code which caused others to come undone.
With Radio Control Racing (RCR) competitors coming in from as far away as California, this weekend projects to be a busy three days at the RC Pit Supercross in Lugoff.
Suddenly, the Lugoff-Elgin offense seems to have been swept away quicker than the first inning gale-force winds which descended on Optimist Field Tuesday evening.
By TOM DIDATO
On her way into the Bonham Oval show ring atop her trusted mount, Brunello, in the second and final round of Friday night's $20,000 International Hunter Derby presented by the Tack Room, Liza Towell Boyd hopped off one of her horses, and then got aboard another before making her way into the ring.
A strained right forearm landed Camden native Michael Kohn on the 15-day disabled list to open the 2012 Major League season for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Some ballparks giveth. But when it comes to American Legion Park, the big ball yard in Camden usually takeths away.
Saving their best for last, Lugoff-Elgin and host Camden sent their respective aces to the mound in Wednesday's Telasco Alarm Service Camden Spring Break Tournament finale.
On a young and deep Lugoff-Elgin pitching staff, Zack Bowers sometimes gets lost in the shuffle.
Now comes time for a different equine event.
Like having to dig through the cereal box to get your prize, North Central found what it was looking for --- and needed --- in the bottom third of its batting order.
When you don't have a jumper in the big race, winning the co-feature will have to do.
Now, this is a way to celebrate a region championship.
Life can sometimes throw a curveball at you, even if you are a one-time baseball player-turned-distance runner.
If you hang around a horse barn long and often enough, you learn that a young horse's given name or, those still unnamed by their owners, are given nicknames by those who train or ride them.
Like an animal captured from the wild only to be held captive in a cage, Ross Hough spent his sophomore baseball season at Camden High School sitting in the dugout and waiting to hear his name called by head coach Denny Beckley to enter the game as a courtesy or, a pinch runner.
Facing Blythewood for the second time in four days, Lugoff-Elgin head softball coach James Marlow knew the importance of picking up a win at Blythewood on Friday. A victory over the Bengals would mean the Lady Demons would need just one win in their final two region games to claim the Region 4-4A championship outright.
No baseball coach ever tells his pitcher that he needs to be close to perfect in their final pre-game talk in order for their team to have a chance at coming away with a victory.
It looks like the Clyburn family will be on the lookout for new babysitters.
Two horses with Camden ties were honored as being the top New York-bred Thoroughbreds in their divisions for the 2014 racing season.
Entering Monday's Region 4-4A softball showdown with visiting Blythewood, Lugoff-Elgin knew it had to put last Friday's win over Spring Valley behind them and be ready to play with the defending Region 4 champions in town.
Suddenly, things are getting a bit cramped in the back seat.
Needing something to do to relieve the boredom and kill time during what was a lightning-induced delay of more than 90 minutes, members of the Lugoff-Elgin and Spring Valley baseball teams joined together for an impromptu dance off beneath the press box at Optimist Field Friday night.
Monday: North Central, Central at Chesterfield (G – 4 p.m.); Wilson at Camden (TEN – 5 p.m.); North Central at Lugoff-Elgin (TEN – 5:30 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (BB – 6 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (SB – 6 p.m.); Camden at A.C. Flora (BB - 6:30 p.m.); McBee at Camden (SB – 6:30 p.m.); Blythewood at Lugoff-Elgin (SB – 6:30 p.m.)
Aiden Baker Crouse is a Micromax Rotax Kart Racer. The 10-year old, a student at Union Elementary has been making a name for himself in the racing world. He is the son of Jason and April Crouse of Vale, North Carolina.
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