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Cheraw forfeits game to Post 17

Fans arriving at American Legion Park last Thursday night and seeing an empty, but playable, field may have thought that evening's League III game between Kershaw County Post 17 and visiting Cheraw was not played due to wet grounds.

June 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Local stables enjoying strong spring

Thanks in large part to Commanding Curve's second-place finish in the $2 million Kentucky Derby and his ninth in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables of Camden is enjoying a stellar spring.

June 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Hoppner's American stay ends with a bang in state tennis tourney

Each day, millions of Americans pull up to a fast food restaurant intercom, place their order and moments later, their food and drinks are handed to them and they are off and back on the road again.

June 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


17ers pull away from Cheraw

Just when it looked as if Kershaw County might enjoy a little additional down time on a warm Monday evening, Cheraw made the locals pull a regular shift.

June 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bowers, Hoke to play in all-star baseball games

While the Grand Strand is filled with sunbathers and vacationers at this time of year, a pair of recent Kershaw County graduates will spend this weekend in Myrtle Beach putting in a little work.

June 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


The end of an era

Glady Smoak remembers the night as if it were yesterday.

June 06, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Red-hot Stokes helps lift P-17 past Jets

DALZELL -- After opening the American Legion baseball season with a convincing 12-2 victory, Dalzell-Shaw Post 175 suffered its second straight loss to Kershaw County Post 17 on Friday, falling 10-6 at Thomas Sumter Academy's General Field on Friday night.

June 02, 2014 | By DENNIS BRUNSON Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


Nine-run fifth propels P-7 past Jets

It was only one game, but it sure seemed as if Kershaw County American Legion baseball coach Craig Smith was coaching two.

June 02, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Jets unload on P-17, 12-2

DALZELL -- Dalzell-Shaw Post 175 head coach Steve Campbell had to shuffle his starting lineup right before the Jets season-opener due to a player having a job interview.

May 30, 2014 | By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


17ers take two of three in North Carolina

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. -- Kershaw County Post 17 received a brilliant pitching performance from The Citadel-signee Grey Hoke in the opener and a walk-off solo home run from Russ Radcliffe in the nightcap to sweep Haywood (N.C.) Post 47, 6-1 and 3-2, in an American Legion Senior Opening Day doubleheader on Saturday at Tuscola Ballpark.

May 28, 2014 | By CHUCK FIEBERNITZ Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


Trading places

Willie Taylor manned so many different positions on defense during his four seasons at North Central that adding a new place to play in college does not faze him one bit.

May 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Outten hopes year at Gray attracts college suitors

Ask any student-athlete about what number they want to be in anything and, more than likely, the answer you get will be "first."

May 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Armed and Dangerous

There's an old baseball adage which says that you can never have enough pitching. This year, thanks to an influx of arms and a new three-game-a-week League III schedule, the Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball team may well have mound talent to burn.

May 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldog to Bulldog, Beckley to Beckley

Grey Hoke saw his stock soar after he threw a three-hitter at A.C. Flora which played a large role in Camden's 2-1 win on April 4.

May 21, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E linebacker ready to bring the Payne to Newberry

Midway during his senior season, Emmonti Payne was shifted from his outside linebacker post to fullback by the football staff at Lugoff-Elgin High School.

May 12, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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Knights aim to start off on the right foot

How long has it been since North Central opened the football season with a victory? Well, the last school which the Knights beat to kick off a campaign is no longer in existence.

August 22, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Ready or not, here it comes

As if this pre-season has not been a rush job already for interim Lugoff-Elgin head football coach Dave Thomas, he had one week less than normal to work with in preparing the Demons for tonight's Week Zero game with Camden in the Mid-Carolina Credit Union Kickoff Classic.

August 22, 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


Knights straighten up to double up Buford

Jamborees are hardly the occasion to show a conference opponent your playing hand. But after watching Buford grind its way to 50 yards in an 11-snap opening drive, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn had no other choice than to switch into game mode.

August 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Bulldogs and Blazers go all in while playing to scoreless stalemate

Jimmy Neal has been around Camden High football long enough to know what is thought to be a harbinger of bad things for the upcoming regular season is winning your portion of the Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.

August 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


A.C. Flora gets past Demons in offensive showcase, 35-14

Since last Tuesday's scheduled scrimmage with Hartsville and Lower Richland was cancelled by that day's storm, Lugoff-Elgin entered Friday's 39th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree with one scrimmage under its belt.

August 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin 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


Re-rallying the troops

Before they left following Wednesday morning's off-season contioning session, members of the Lugoff-Elgin football team took a knee and listened to their head coach who was in his third full day on the job.

July 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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