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L-E polishes off Diamond Hornets, 10-0

Playing football in the fall and basketball in the winter leaves Elliott Campbell precious little time to prepare for baseball season in the spring.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs, Demons square off Wednesday

Tournament officials were hoping that Tuesday's weather would not throw a crimp into the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Classic at American Legion Park in Camden.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Less rest does not bother Hoke in Dogs’ win

Pitching on just four days' rest is not common in high school baseball. But recently, Camden's Grey Hoke has been anything but ordinary.

April 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E falls to Cavs in all-too-familiar fashion, 5-4

For a scant few seconds, players from both benches spilled out onto the apron of the infield waiting to see the landing spot of Bradwin Salmond's drive to right field in the eighth inning of Tuesday's Lugoff-Elgin game with visiting Richland Northeast.

April 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


NC’s Johnson to carry on family legacy at Methodist

Seated beneath a plaque honoring the achievements of his uncle and former North Central and then, Super Bowl champion cornerback Tyronne Drakeford, Omar Johnson smiled as he signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Methodist College.

April 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


For Erskine-bound Bowers, the less pitches the better

In this age of baseball in which pitchers are always looking to add another pitch to their repertoire, Zac Bowers is in the reduction mode.

April 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs leave no Grey area in 2-1 win

Due to a traffic tie-up on Interstate 20, A.C. Flora arrived late for Friday's game against Camden at American Legion Park, thereby delaying the start.

April 07, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Knights get back on track by de-railing Raiders, 13-1

Doing all their offensive damage in the first two frames, North Central washed the bad taste from last Thursday's one-run loss to Fairfield Central from its mouth by thrashing visiting Keenan, 13-1, on a sun-splashed early Tuesday evening game in Boonetown.

April 04, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Come sail away

Hearing that his cousin was going to buy a catamaran and go sailing, Mac McCallum got caught up in the excitement and bought his own multi-hull sailboat. Turns out, he did not have a sailing partner as his cousin backed out on his end of the deal.

April 02, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


A good walk unspoiled

Using the Springdale Race Course as his classroom and his good friend and retired National Steeplechase Association champion jockey Jonathan Smart and Camden-based trainer Mickey Preger as his professors, Willie McCarthy went back to school last week in the days leading up to McCarthy's ride aboard Top Striker in Saturday's 82nd running of the $50,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase.

March 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Early morning rain fails to dampen Cup day

All those gloomy early week predictions of the possibility of --- your pick --- rain, hail, thunderstorms, threat of a tornado ... locusts ... on Saturday did not keep too many Carolina Cup patrons from descending upoon the Springdale Race Course in strong numbers.

March 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Top Striker looking to use home course to his advantage

Had it been the 1980s and if it were Wall Street, it would have been considered insider trading.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Dalton, Cat Feathers hope Cup day will be Ladies Day

Brushing beneath the chin of a horse whose winter coat is shedding and floating into the air, Kate Dalton apologized for the mess it was making as hairs flew everywhere.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Clean and green

At a time of morning when many a Carolina Cup-goer is rolling over in their bed, the men charged with making sure everything on the grounds of the Springdale Race Course and its adjoining property are in working order are already on the job and rolling out, assuring that everything is in place for the tens of thousands of patrons who will make their way through the gates in the coming hours.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demons stop Dogs in their tracks, 3-2

Hunter McManus is hardly the most imposing figure on the baseball field.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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NSA to pay out nearly $3 million in purse money at spring meets

The National Steeplechase Association's condition book for the 2018 spring season is out, and the lineup promises record-smashing purses and the launch of the ...

January 16, 2018 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


Versatile Coleman focusing on present after signing with KCU

Every team needs a player who can play virtually any position on the baseball diamond if needed. Kentucky Christian University now has one to call ...

January 16, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldogs have their way with Griffins

Games and nights such as these have been hard to come by for the Camden boys' basketball team this season. So, head coach Ron McKie ...

January 12, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Tank runs dry for CHS girls in 45-36 loss

Nineteen days off between games coupled with one of her team's top players leaving school Tuesday after becoming ill was hardly the way Camden ...

January 12, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bring on the heat

Appropriately dressed for someone riding behind a team of huskies for a trek over snow and ice-covered terrain, Richard Valentine sat in the saddle aboard ...

January 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Equine


Late-game putback lifts Stallions to 58-56 win over North Central

Finding enough players to practice over the holiday break was a struggle. Finding those with heart and stamina was an entirely different story.

January 05, 2018 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Second half surge does in Lady Knights

Just when it looked like North Central was preparing to make a run at Lee Central, the visitors from Bishopville pulled the rug out from ...

January 05, 2018 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


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