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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


Brown tickled pink after signing with Koalas

Unlike some student-athletes who make sports their first priority when choosing a college, Miranda Brown was ready to put athletics in her rear-view mirror after choosing to attend Columbia College.

March 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Six jumpers eyeing $50,000 Carolina Cup

What has been a tough winter up and down the East Coast is having a profound effect on the first two weeks of the 2014 National Steeplechase Association campaign.

March 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Nelson, L-E lay Bengals’ streak to rest

Streaks are made to be broken and, two went by the wayside Friday night at Optimist Field.

March 24, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Knights left high and dry in 5-2 loss to Pelion

Meeting with his team following their 5-2 loss to visiting Pelion on a cold evening in Boonetown, Robbie Cash told his North Central baseball squad that the Panthers were "ripe for the picking."

March 21, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Luck of the Irish comes through for horses with Camden ties

On the day before St. Patrick's Day, it was lucky to have been a horse which was developed in Camden as two graduates of Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables and another from Donna Freyer's Custom Care Equine found their way into the winners' circle.

March 19, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Smoak, Camden netters eyeing a return to state playoffs

When you have been coaching for better than 40 years, you have a feel as to how to handle your squad and what it will take for that group to be successful.

March 19, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


'Sacrificial' Dogs chomp Gators

Never has a soft pop fly to center looked prettier.

March 17, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Blizzard frosts over Camden bats

On an early evening which included warm sun, followed by strong winds and then, swirling rains, Lugoff-Elgin threw a Blizzard into the Wednesday weather mix.

March 14, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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Articles By Author - Tom Didato


Gift exchange

During the course of his post-game interview, Camden baseball coach Denny Beckley used the word "discombobulated" to explain his thought process when asked of tonight ...

April 20, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Block buster

Speed. You either have it or, you don't.

April 20, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lady Knights win first match in shootout

The North Central girls' soccer team defeated host Lewisville in a penalty kick shootout, 3-0, after the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

April 20, 2018 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Hall call for Gross

In a colorful career which took him from competing in toughman contests throughout the region to training for a career in his family's horse ...

April 17, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Jordan’s no-hitter closes memorable Senior Night

One good turn deserves another.

April 17, 2018 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Culp finally gets his due

During his 34 seasons sitting at the head of the Camden girls' basketball bench, the late Mike Culp and his life were open books.

April 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Power Surge

It may have bothered some neighbors but, it was music to James Marlow's ears.

April 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Barnacle Bill cruises to victory in $30,000 Georgia Cup feature

The Fields Stable's Barnacle Bill, always well placed under Jack Doyle, moved to the lead on Kingston Downs' final turn, burst away to a ...

April 10, 2018 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


Knights close tourney stay with an 11-9 victory over Crestwood

It was an early Thursday morning game played before a handful of fans braving the chill against a Crestwood team which North Central had already ...

April 10, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs’ offensive woes mount after no-hitter

It was a loaded question which Camden head coach Denny Beckley thought about before giving his response.

April 10, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Late Knight rally comes up short

An emotional letdown following a late-night win over rival Camden on Tuesday? Possibly. Brandon Faulkenberry was not about to use that as excuse, though.

April 06, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Branham locks Dogs down on one-hitter in 5-1 L-E win

A mess of a first inning by the Camden defense gave way to a Zac Branham masterpiece as Lugoff-Elgin took the Kershaw County portion of ...

April 06, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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