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Less rest does not bother Hoke in Dogs’ win

Pitching on just four days' rest is not common in high school baseball. But recently, Camden's Grey Hoke has been anything but ordinary.

April 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E falls to Cavs in all-too-familiar fashion, 5-4

For a scant few seconds, players from both benches spilled out onto the apron of the infield waiting to see the landing spot of Bradwin Salmond's drive to right field in the eighth inning of Tuesday's Lugoff-Elgin game with visiting Richland Northeast.

April 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


NC’s Johnson to carry on family legacy at Methodist

Seated beneath a plaque honoring the achievements of his uncle and former North Central and then, Super Bowl champion cornerback Tyronne Drakeford, Omar Johnson smiled as he signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Methodist College.

April 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


For Erskine-bound Bowers, the less pitches the better

In this age of baseball in which pitchers are always looking to add another pitch to their repertoire, Zac Bowers is in the reduction mode.

April 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs leave no Grey area in 2-1 win

Due to a traffic tie-up on Interstate 20, A.C. Flora arrived late for Friday's game against Camden at American Legion Park, thereby delaying the start.

April 07, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Knights get back on track by de-railing Raiders, 13-1

Doing all their offensive damage in the first two frames, North Central washed the bad taste from last Thursday's one-run loss to Fairfield Central from its mouth by thrashing visiting Keenan, 13-1, on a sun-splashed early Tuesday evening game in Boonetown.

April 04, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


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


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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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