It's already looking like a good 2011 for the 2010 North Central football program.
All season long, Camden head volleyball coach Paige Wilson talked about searching for that complete game; a victory on which her team could hang its collective hat.
Unlike last year, there are no region title implications surrounding tonight's game between Camden and visiting Marlboro County. That was taken care of when Hartsville clinched the conference crown with a 24-14 victory over MC last week, squashing any threat of a three-way tie at the top, depending on the outcome of this evening's game at Zemp Stadium.
There is little chance that even with a win over visiting C.A. Johnson tonight, that North Central can earn a berth in next week's first round of the class A playoffs. That does not mean, however, that the season finale is a throwaway game.
Three years ago, Prince Avenue Prep used a late-game score against host Camden Military Academy to advance to the Carolinas Independent Schools Athletic Association championship game.
If only things finished the way they started for North Central.
Camden High volleyball coach Paige Wilson got just what she was looking for as her team closed its regular season with a three-game sweep of visiting Sumter last week.
Suntanned and smiling, Don Collins was the picture of someone who was where he always wanted to be.
Talk about a reversal of fortune.
Friday marks the final day to purchase discount general admission tickets to the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races. The 41st edition of the Camden fall classic will be run over the Springdale Race Course on Saturday, Nov. 13.
SUMTER --- With its running game null and void, Camden looked to its passing attack to get itself out of the offensive doldrums. On this night, not even that was clicking.
FLORENCE --- Remember those old Westerns where a card player would deftly sneak an ace into his hand in a poker game?
Needing a win over Blythewood to nail down a spot in this week's state class AAAA volleyball playoffs, Lugoff-Elgin swept the Bengals, 25-22, 25-16 and 25-16, to nail down third place in Region 4 behind champion Spring Valley and runner-up Dutch Fork.
If only the rest of the game had gone the way it started for North Central.
Who would have ever thought a week one loss would come back to help a team eight weeks later?
As he was heading home in the wee hours of Friday morning from Thursday's evening's baseball game at Georgetown, Kershaw County American Legion baseball team pitching coach Will Dorton stopped by a gas station to fill his car's tank. While there, Dorton, who still had his Post 17 uniform on, had a local police officer come up to him asking how the team did and who was pitching in that night's third game.
Kershaw County will make its long-awaited American Legion State Tournament debut on Saturday when Post 17 takes on Rock Hill in the third (scheduled for 4:30 p.m.) game at Riley Park in Sumter.
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.
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.
It was a normal day which was about to take an abrupt U-turn.
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