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Rough start leads to a bad ending for Demons in 7-3 loss to RNE

A long Tuesday night for the Lugoff-Elgin baseball team could have been even lengthier, if not worse for the wear.

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


Turned from home

Much Rejoicing, prepared in Camden at Kirkwood Stables, won for the third time in six career starts as the 4-year-old filly by Distorted Humor out of Soaring Softly won a $59,000 allowance race Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

March 11, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Dogs host Lakewood Thursday

Turns out, Camden's orginally scheduled baseball game with Lakewood will be played on Thursday after all.

March 10, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Robinson prepared to tackle his next challenge after signing with NCTPCA

While on his visit to North Carolina Tech Preparatory Christian Academy (NCTPCA) a few weeks ago, a member of the school's football coaching staff sized up Camden High senior Jerel Robinson. We'll let the 6-foot-2, 310-pound Robinson take it from there.

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


Wingate ready to take full advantage of second chance

This was not how a high school sports career was supposed to end for SaVonn Wingate.

March 07, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Young CHS tennis team provides a new challenge for Smoak

There is not enough room to list all the accomplishments and/or "firsts" which the Camden High boys tennis program has recorded in head coach Roger Smoak's first 40 years on the job.

March 04, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Comet Of Love streaks across the track

Comet Of Love, a 4-year-old filly who was developed in Camden by Custom Care Equine, was scratched from a $20,000 starter allowance race at Penn National last week by trainer Tom Iannotti.

March 04, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Burr ready to move on after finalizing college plans by signing with USC-L

High school seniors, especially those playing a spring sport, have enough on their plates when it comes to what is usually a busy time of year for them.

February 28, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Seven county wrestlers headed for this weekend's state championships

Seven Kershaw County wrestlers will head to the Anderson Civic Center on Friday for the two-day South Carolina High School League individual state championship wrestling tournament.

February 23, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


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


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Turnovers burn Dogs in 41-27 loss to West Florence

FLORENCE -- Maybe it was an omen of what the rest of the evening held in store for Camden as its team buses were stuck in the middle of I-20 after an overturned van brought eastbound traffic to a halt near Darlington early Friday evening.

September 01, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Yellow Jackets fail to show compassion for Thomas, L-E

FORT MILL -- It was a bitter homecoming Friday night for Lugoff-Elgin interim head coach Dave Thomas as the visiting Demons were shut out by Fort Mill. The hosts jumped out front early and were never threatened on their way to a 41-0 victory.

September 01, 2014 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Whirlwinds fend off Knights' challenge

Sometimes, you just can't win for losing.

September 01, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Florida learns that S.C. has (hoops) talent

On July 16-20, the SC-BALLERS journeyed to Florida to compete in nationals. Both teams came in third place. The 8th grade team finished with an 8-1 record while the 11th grade team finished with a 5-2 mark.

August 27, 2014 | By Willie Dubose | Seasonal 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


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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