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Three leave, 10 stay for Colonial Cup feature

Last Saturday's $40,000 Noel Laing Stakes in Virginia pulled three potential starters from $100,000 Carolina First Colonial Cup Steeplechase, leaving Saturday's Camden fall classic with 10 chasers scheduled to take the starting flag for the final Grade I chase of the National Steeplechase Association season.

November 10, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Knights finish sixth in class A XC championships; Camden takes next step in AAA ranks

Heading into Saturday's class A state boys and girls state cross country championship meets at Clemson's Sandhills Research Center in northeast Columbia, North Central head coach Chad Dixon knew his teams had the decks stacked against them.

November 10, 2010 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


With Foley, there is never a dull moment

Grinning from ear-to-ear while speaking in a quick, but rich Irish brogue, a 20-year-old Tom Foley entertained members of the media after winning the $100,000 Carolina Cup feature aboard the Jennifer Majette-trained Al Skywalker in the 2001 edition of the Camden spring classic.

November 09, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Percussionist impressed in his American debut; can he give a repeat performance in the Colonial Cup?

Imagine, if you will, Jerry Buss selling the Los Angeles Lakers to a fellow NBA franchise owner after the Lakers had won the Western Division and were poised to make a run at year another league crown.

November 09, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Mr. 1,000: Hall of Fame trainer Sheppard shows no signs of slowing down or, letting up

Keeping up with Jonathan Sheppard is a hard enough task for his friends and colleagues. Catching him atop the National Steeplechase Association standings? Well, let's just say you had better have a bunch of wins in your back pocket, a deep barn and a flock of committed owners.

November 09, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Berkeley closes with 15-0 run to close Camden's season

Having traded punches and gotten the better of things for the first three quarters of Friday's AAA state playoff opener against visiting Berkeley, Camden looked like it was ready to deliver a crushing blow to the head.

November 08, 2010 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Dogs receive no favors by drawing Stags in round one

Some reward this turned out to be for Camden.

November 05, 2010 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E hoping to bring region crown back from Sumter

How bleak were things for the Lugoff-Elgin football team just two weeks ago when the Demons sported a 2-6 overall and a 1-1 mark in Region 6-4A play following a one-sided loss to Conway?

November 05, 2010 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


J.B.'s thunder first made noise as a baby in Camden

When he first saw J.B's Thunder enter into the Keeneland Sales Ring as a yearling in 2009, Camden native and Thoroughbred trainer Frank Wooten liked the way the horse walked and seemed to handle himself with a crowd of prospective buyers watching his every move.

November 03, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Hilton Head sweeps CHS' state title hopes under rug

Hoping to see the team which ran roughshod over their first two foes in the AAA state volleyball tournament, Camden head coach Paige Wilson saw the squad whose uneven play, at times, during the regular season cost them a chance to come away with more victories.

November 03, 2010 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Neal seals the deal as Dogs top MC, 7-3

As Zack Neal's father and football coach, Jimmy Neal was as proud as he could have been about his son's two, possibly, game-saving interceptions which helped preserved Camden's 7-3 win over visiting Marlboro County in Friday's regular season finale at Zemp Stadium.

November 01, 2010 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Demons hop into Region 6-4A driver's seat

Forget knocking at the door, Lugoff-Elgin is ready to let itself into the state 4A playoffs … as a possible conference champion.

November 01, 2010 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Knights close season with come-from-behind 32-15 win

It's already looking like a good 2011 for the 2010 North Central football program.

November 01, 2010 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Lady Bulldogs advance to Lower State semifinals

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.

November 01, 2010 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


NC girls suffer first loss at worst time

If only things finished the way they started for North Central.

October 29, 2010 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


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Rice not interested in comparing scores with Wolverines

Let's see, now. Two weeks ago, East Clarendon lost to North Central, 28-6. Last Friday, Camden Military Academy was edged by North Central, 20-14.

September 19, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


Rested Dogs host unbeaten Lancaster tonight at Zemp

This is not the team which Camden head coach Jimmy Neal thought he would see when he agreed to play Lancaster last winter.

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


Lady Bulldogs set lofty goals for '14

On a day on which Paige Wilson was forced to miss practice, members of her Camden High volleyball team were being interviewed by a reporter from WLTX TV 19 in Columbia after an online poll conducted by the station rated the Lady Bulldogs as the top team in the Midlands heading into the upcoming season.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons eye continued success

There was a time when a volleyball match with Lugoff-Elgin meant the opposing team's bench players would see plenty of action on the court.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Thing looking up for Lady Knights

One of the busiest people in Boonetown has to be the person charged with updating the volleyball region championship banner at North Central High School. Then again, the flag made of felt never collects a whole lot of dust.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


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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