New coach. New uniforms. Same goals.
Five days after his team lost to Bluffton in the second round of the AAA state tennis playoffs, Camden head coach Roger Smoak took a Sunday afternoon drive. While passing by the Rectory Square tennis courts, he saw five of his players (including four returnees) out on the court playing doubles.
If his former players could give Mark Wade a going away present, it would probably be the oversized truck tires which the retiring Lugoff-Elgin strength and conditioning coach would make players flip down the field during the most brutally hot days of the summer.
Copycats and sports, oftentimes, go hand-in-hand. So, if you are going to take a page out of someone else's book, you might as well shoot for the moon.
Sometimes, nothing beats a family discussion at the dinner table to help a young person sort out a potential problem.
Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.
You might call Tyler Horton a late arrival on the tennis scene. But that did not prevent the University of South Carolina-Lancaster from calling on him when searching for a quality addition to its team.
Camden resident and Peachtree Racing president John Fort will try for a second Grade I victory in 15 days when Flashpoint takes to the race track in Saturday's $1 million Preakness Stakes at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
Being a member of the Camden High track team is not the easiest gig in high school sports.
Record-setting Camden High girls' soccer player India Robinson has been named to the AAA All-State soccer team after having helped the Lady Bulldogs to their third consecutive Region 6-AAA championship this year.
When your substitutes play as much as your starters, it's because of one of two things; either you are very good or, well ... you are struggling.
For some high school basketball players, the season does not begin until the coach opens the door to a warm gym the first day or so in November.
It's not often that a team gets a chance to exhale when competing for a berth in the state championship as compared to trying to secure a slot in the Upper State tournament.
One call. One shot. One changed game.
There were Camden-related fingerprints all over the most prized hardware possessions at Churchill Downs last weekend.
In this era in which virtually any game can be seen on television at almost any time, sports other than the big three of baseball, football and basketball have found their own niche with either longstanding or, new fans.
There had been colder and wetter Colonial Cup race days, but maybe not as many sunny or, brisk ones as Saturday's 45th edition of the Camden fall classic contested over the Springdale Racecourse.
Much to the chagrin of many shivering fans at Saturday's 45th running of the Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase, the weather forecasters were correct.
Divine intervention, meet Divine Fortune.
Led by five from North Central's AA Upper State runner-up squad, 10 Kershaw County volleyball players earned post-season honors for their performance on the court this past season.
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