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.
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.
Some reward this turned out to be for Camden.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Forget knocking at the door, Lugoff-Elgin is ready to let itself into the state 4A playoffs … as a possible conference champion.
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.
If only things finished the way they started for North Central.
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.
Suntanned and smiling, Don Collins was the picture of someone who was where he always wanted to be.
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.
There are those victories which you take, put them in the books and move ahead to the next chapter.
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.
It was business as usual for the football program at Lugoff-Elgin in the early part of the spring and summer.
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.
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