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Pellegrino leads Demons past Dogs in OT, 69-60

Like a cold car engine which takes a few tries before starting up, Lugoff-Elgin's Jo Jo Pellegrino coughed and sputtered for the better part of three quarters of Friday's non-region game with rival Camden.

December 06, 2010 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


L-E weathers early storm to upend Lady Bulldogs, 54-45

Sometimes, players have a way of making their coaches look prophetic.

December 06, 2010 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Demons' rally is too late in 36-27 loss to Bearcats

In Las Vegas, the main event on the boxing card usually takes to the ring near the 10 p.m. hour.

December 03, 2010 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Demons jump into the fire which is the 4A wrestling ranks

As steep as the learning curve was for the Lugoff-Elgin football team this past season, it may be an even greater challenge for the Demons' wrestlers, which will open a new chapter in the program's rich history tonight when York and 2009 4A state champion Rock Hill come into the Demons Den.

December 01, 2010 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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


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Kohn signs contract with Tampa Bay Rays

Camden native and former Camden High School baseball standout Michael Kohn has signed a one-year Major League contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Post-game brawl at Zemp under investigation

It should have been the perfect ending to a festive Friday night at Zemp Stadium. A Camden High School (CHS) Bulldog football victory over once-beaten Dreher, which put them in a four-way tie atop the Region 4-AAA standings, came after a pre-game and halftime tribute to the school's 1964 AAA state championship team.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden


Banged-up Knights come up short against Indian Land, 20-7

As his team boarded the bus for Friday's game with Indian Land, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn just about had enough healthy bodies to form a hockey line, never mind an offensive line.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Quick-starting Vikings sprint past L-E

COLUMBIA --- Spring Valley made a late surge in the first half and never looked back defeating visiting Lugoff-Elgin, 40-14, in a Region 4-4A game played Friday night at Harry Parone Stadium.

October 20, 2014 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Bulldogs outmuscle Dreher, 39-30

It should have been a night in which the Camden High football locker room was hopping. Instead, the silence coming from the south corner of Zemp Stadium was deafening.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Rice, CMA look ahead to home finale

Saturday afternoon can't get here soon enough for Will Rice and his Camden Military Academy football team. Only then will the Spartans be able to erase the bad memories from last week's 34-28 loss to the Carolina Wildcats.

October 17, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


L-E completes comeback for season sweep of CHS

It was not going to happen on their watch.

October 17, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Revamped Vikings next up for L-E

Their offensive numbers may not be as gaudy and they may not have a nationally ranked recruit, but don't think that the Spring Valley squad which will host Lugoff-Elgin tonight is not dangerous.

October 17, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Knights head to Indian Land for key 4-AA pairing

How long could tonight's North Central at Indian Land football game last? To hear NC head coach Louis Clyburn tell it, fans could return to the cars with the engines still hot from the drive to the contest.

October 17, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Dogs hope '64 Team's magic will rub off on them

For several weeks, Camden was missing something. And, it perplexed the Bulldogs' coaching staff.

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


CMA blindsided by onside kicks in loss

Recovering one onside kick in a game is great. You do it twice and you raise some eyebrows. Getting the hat trick draws the ire of the opposing coach. But when they all happen in the final six minutes of the same game on three successive attempts?

October 15, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


Lady Demons remaion focused on goals

This was not the way she and her Lugoff-Elgin volleyball team would have scripted it, but Jessica Mullins and company still have some unfinished business left in front of themselves in this, the final week of the regular season.

October 15, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Too great to be forgotten

Parris Island can be hell on earth for most United States Marine Corps recruits who are sent there for boot camp as they learn the ropes as to what it takes to be a Marine.

October 15, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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


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