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NC's opening game struggles continue with 14-12 loss

Telling anyone who would listen that just because C.A. Johnson was a Columbia city school without a rich football history that the Hornets were not a "cupcake" opponent, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn has the naysayers believing him now.

August 25, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Knights aim to start off on the right foot

How long has it been since North Central opened the football season with a victory? Well, the last school which the Knights beat to kick off a campaign is no longer in existence.

August 22, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Ready or not, here it comes

As if this pre-season has not been a rush job already for interim Lugoff-Elgin head football coach Dave Thomas, he had one week less than normal to work with in preparing the Demons for tonight's Week Zero game with Camden in the Mid-Carolina Credit Union Kickoff Classic.

August 22, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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


Knights straighten up to double up Buford

Jamborees are hardly the occasion to show a conference opponent your playing hand. But after watching Buford grind its way to 50 yards in an 11-snap opening drive, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn had no other choice than to switch into game mode.

August 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Bulldogs and Blazers go all in while playing to scoreless stalemate

Jimmy Neal has been around Camden High football long enough to know what is thought to be a harbinger of bad things for the upcoming regular season is winning your portion of the Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.

August 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


A.C. Flora gets past Demons in offensive showcase, 35-14

Since last Tuesday's scheduled scrimmage with Hartsville and Lower Richland was cancelled by that day's storm, Lugoff-Elgin entered Friday's 39th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree with one scrimmage under its belt.

August 18, 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


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


Friday’s football jamboree returns to an eight-team event

With so many schools opting to play a week zero game, it has led to jamborees having to be moved around and coaches looking for places to bring their teams in order to get a game-like experience for their players before they take to the field for the season openers.

August 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


'Tis the season

Mother Nature must be a football fan. How else can you explain the dip in temperatures which occurred just in time for the start of pre-season football practice in Kershaw County last Friday.

August 04, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


End of the road

SUMTER – In a move akin to taking a six-cylinder engine out of a car and replacing it with one with four cylinders, Jake Brazell was told to scrap the fastball and concentrate more on his off-speed pitches as he prepared to take the mound to face Florence in Tuesday's South Carolina American Legion State Baseball Tournament contest.

August 01, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Up in smoke

SUMTER -- Watching as Post 17 lost its lead to Inman in Sunday's second round of the South Carolina American Legion Baseball Tournament, starting pitcher Grey Hoke smashed his plastic Gatorade bottle to the floor of the first base dugout at Riley Park.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Survival mode

SUMTER – There were two ways in which the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team could have responded to Sunday's gut-wrenching 10-9, 10-inning loss (see story, Page 9) to Inman in the second round of the South Carolina American Legion State Tournament.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


P-17 vs. Florence game moved to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

SUMTER -- Kershaw County Post 17 staved off elimination in the South Carolina American Legion State Tournament with a 7-3 win over Chapin-Newberry on Monday afternoon at Riley Park.

July 29, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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Articles By Author - Tom Didato


Lady Knights survive foulapalooza

As part of his team's regular practice routine, first-year North Central girls' basketball coach David Dawson implements a four-player defensive drill with his girls ...

December 08, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Demons hold off late charge from Knights

You never appreciate what you had until it's gone. That is a fact of life and, in this instance, basketball.

December 08, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Demons rally down stretch for 71-67 win

There is never an optimal occasion to hit a dry spell. Some, however, are more ill-timed than others.

December 05, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lady Bulldogs fend off L-E threat for 47-37 win

Frustration comes in different forms for different teams.

December 05, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Demons drop hammer on Dogs with match-closing 36-0 spree

There were tons of better and easier options by which Camden High head wrestling coach Chris Connell could have made his debut on the Bulldog ...

December 01, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lady Dogs’ depth wears down NC

At the mere mention of the word depth, a sparkle came from Natalie Jeffcoat's eyes. Better yet, for the Camden High girls' basketball coach ...

December 01, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Third quarter surge carries Bulldogs past Knights, 74-50

Answering the second half bell like a boxer coming out and looking to deliver a knockout blow, Camden used a 14-3 run to open the ...

December 01, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Off and running

Proving the old adage that there is no place like home still holds water, the Camden-based Mullikin Law Firm and BlueCross Blue Shield of South ...

December 01, 2017 | Tom Didato | Camden


L-E trio ready to add to FDTC’s buzz

As workers furiously put the finishing touches on the new baseball complex at Florence-Darlington Technical College in time for the upcoming season, school officials may ...

November 28, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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