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Boucher hopes, prays for Torres to recover from injury

In this season of hope, Richard Boucher is not so much banking for a miracle as he is wishing for the recovery of a friend, regardless of how long the wait.

November 26, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demon Dogs break even at Winter State Championship

The Camden-based Demon Dogs 14U travel baseball team finished with a 2-2 record at the South Carolina Winter State Championship Tournament played in Lexington on Nov. 13-14.

November 24, 2010 | By Jerry Broughton Special to the C-I | Sports


Change in offensive philsophy fails to slow down CMS in 8-0 campaign

Sometimes, Plan B works out fine. And, for the Camden Middle School football team, Plan C was no slouch, either.

November 22, 2010 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


SCEP adds another feather to its cap

If it had been a Broadway show, last year's inaugural Camden Spring Fling Horse Show at the South Carolina Equine Park (SCEP) in Camden, which played to rave reviews, would have been taken on the road.

November 22, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Camden quartet helps lead Generals into SCISA title game

Dalzell – Country singer Kenny Chesney got it right with the song, "The Boys of Fall." It doesn't matter your age, male or female, it is what the students of Thomas Sumter Academy feel.

November 19, 2010 | By Ashley Cantey Special to the C-I | Sports


Torres in critical condition

Camden resident and steeplechase jockey Jorge Torres was listed in critical condition on Tuesday morning, according to a spokesperson at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia.

November 17, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Sensor, Kingsley close season with 1-2 finish in season finale

Brilliant sunshine and temperatures in the 70s made Saturday's Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races seem likes it older colleague, the Carolina Cup. Thanks to the Salute to the Military theme, Cup officials estimated the crowd to be in the neighborhood of 12,000, making it one of the best-attended editions of the Camden fall classic.

November 15, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Save the last dance for Slip Away

Satchel Paige, it was not.

November 15, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demons get the 'hook' from Ashley Ridges, 28-24

Staring down at 97 yards and a Lugoff-Elgin defense, which was trying to hold onto a 24-21 lead with less than six minutes remaining in Friday's state class 4A playoff opener, Ashley Ridge quarterback Cameron Cox saw more than green and brown grass in front of him.

November 15, 2010 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Demons host Ashley Ridge in 4A playoff opener

Seeing is not believing. Just ask Sumter or several other Lugoff-Elgin opponents from the recently completed regular season.

November 12, 2010 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Colonial Cup feature set to go off with nine starters

It took just one start in America for Percussionist to become the new kid, who turned into the bully on the block.

November 12, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


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


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It was a good summer for Wooten Stable grads

While their Carter Street barn is preparing for a new string of horses which will learn the basics of the racing game, Frank and Daphne Wooten can only hope their next batch of Thoroughbreds will be as productive as their graduates who recently completed a strong summer of racing.

October 01, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


CMA drups Panthers to take 2-2 record into break

Just as his team seems to be on the rebound, Camden Military Academy head coach Will Rice will have to wait an extra week to see if the Spartans will be able to build on their momentum

October 01, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


Bulldog’s historic field

Inside its cinder block walls and on its grass field, Zemp Stadium has played host to legendary teams, coaches and players, not to mention a myriad of bands and musicians, recreation department football championship games, championship soccer teams, high school graduations and to, at least, hundreds of thousands of fans.

October 01, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden


Dogs baited into Gator tap

SUMTER --- You can use your own adjective to describe Camden's 24-0 loss to host Lakewood on Friday night at J. Frank Baker Stadium.

September 29, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Knight break down barriers in 26-7 win

There are those victories which you take, put them in the books and move ahead to the next chapter.

September 29, 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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