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Shirreffs may have big plans for Camden-prepared Mr. Commons

John Shirreffs will forever be known as trainer of the iconic Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year and 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic champion.

February 23, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Cup fences to get the ‘brush’ off from CCRA this fall

Before horses jumped over the 17 Colonial Cup fences for a portion of the $100,000 purse in the Camden fall classic steeplechase, as well as for a purse which sometimes swelled to six figures for the 14-fence spring Carolina Cup, the Carolina Cup Racing Association (CCRA) had already sunk some $30,000 into the gathering, building and the maintenance of the packed-brush jumps which were used for two chases on the Colonial Cup card and one in the spring.

February 21, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


March deadlines loom large for Holliday, NFLPA

Earlier this year, following the completion of his 13th NFL season and his first with the Washington Redskins, Camden native Vonnie Holliday took time out to talk to the Chronicle-Independent about the negotiations on a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), between the NFL Players Association and the NFL owners.

February 16, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Hartsville runs past Lady Bulldogs

Nothing came easy for Camden in the first 16 games of the girls basketball season, so why then, should the Lady Bulldogs' have expected anything different in Thursday's season finale?

February 14, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Dogs close season with 62-48 loss

In the ultimate "win or stay home" game, the Camden boys basketball team will be sitting the AAA state playoffs out.

February 14, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Time runs out on Demons

Some sports are games of inches. Wrestling can be one of seconds.

February 11, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Renfroe helps put Demons over the top against Cats

On a night when it should have been hard for him to crack a smile, that is exactly what Rock Hill wrestling coach Cain Beard did when asked to give a preview of tonight's 4A Upper State championship match between visiting and top-ranked Hillcrest and host Lugoff-Elgin, the state's third-ranked team according to the latest scmat.com poll.

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


Furman feels right for Robinson

If India Robinson never kicked a soccer ball, the chances were pretty good that colleges would still be knocking at her door, trying to attract the Camden High School senior to their institution of higher learning.

February 09, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Demons administer one blanking and one spanking in tournament

Having feasted on Spartanburg for the first course, Lugoff-Elgin still had plenty of room left for Dorman, the day's second course, as the state's third-ranked 4A wrestling team breezed into tonight's third round pairing with Rock Hill following a pair of victories Saturday afternoon.

February 07, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Custard prepared to start over at North Greenville

Shortly after Darius Custard signed his national football letter-of-intent with North Greenville University, the Lugoff-Elgin senior's mother let the cat out of the bag as to her son's thinking about giving up football as a freshman at the school.

February 04, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Lady Knights heating up at the perfect time of year

Things are starting to fall into place for the North Central girls' basketball team. And with the state playoffs looming around the bend, the Lady Knights' timing could not be any better.

February 04, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Knights cage Busby, Lions for first region win

When Lewisville forward and South Carolina State signee Cortell Busby picked up his second foul less than two minutes into Tuesday's game at North Central, he put himself on the bench and out of the game. When he was tagged with his third personal in the waning seconds of the first half, it meant more bench time fors the Lions' leading scorer.

February 04, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Waiting game pays off for Bulldogs' Jenkins

As he took his official visit to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio last weekend, Alvonta` Jenkins got a good look at the campus, met with members of the school's football coaching staff, took in a basketball game and toured the town.

February 02, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Demons' comeback not enough against Dutch Fork

Forsaking the X's and O's with his team trailing visiting Dutch Fork, 51-28 at intermission, Lugoff-Elgin boys basketball coach Derek Belton appealed to his team's pride during his halftime talk.

January 31, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Lady Silver Foxes are too much for L-E to handle

Like a bright, neon sign which seems to keep blinking in the back of one's mind, Lugoff-Elgin girls basketball coach Von Duncan could not forget the pasting which her team took when they traveled to play Dutch Fork earlier this month.

January 31, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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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


Weather throws wrench into P-17 playoff series

One night after heavy rains in the Georgetown area forced the postponement of Tuesday's game two of the state American Legion second round playoff series between Kershaw County and host Georgetown, weather problems stopped the following evening's game dead in its tracks.

July 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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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