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Here’s hoping for a prosperous 2016

Another year has come and gone and for Kershaw County sports in 2015, it was a mixed bag. Here's hoping that 2016 will be even better for all athletes, coaches, administrators and fans.

January 01, 2016 | Tom Didato | Sports


High school hoops back at Rhame City Arena

For the first time since the days of the old Happy Jack Classic in the early 1990s, E. Clarkson Rhame City Arena in Camden will play host to an in-season high school basketball tournament.

December 18, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


It's official, Elliott staying at USC

After days of rumors and speculation, new University of South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp made the announcement that Camden native and former USC interim head football coach Shawn Elliott would be retained as part of the first-year Gamecock coach's coaching staff.

December 18, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Taylor-made

While the other nine players on the court were struggling to get into any kind of groove on both ends of the floor in a ragged first quarter of play, Camden's Taylor Kelly decided to take the bull by the horns.

December 15, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Camden girls pull away from Lady Demons for 56-35 win

Just when the good Camden team looked to be taking care of business, the bad Camden squad reared its head.

December 15, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Demons sweat out 70-58 win over NC

Of all the moves Garrett Knight made on Tuesday, the last one was that which he did not want to make at all.

December 11, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Second half surge helps carry L-E past Lady Knights, 59-32

When Von Duncan looks behind her now, she sees a full bench of available players. What a difference that is for the Lugoff-Elgin girls' basketball head coach from a year ago.

December 11, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Sources report Elliott to be retained by Muschamp

Camden native and former Camden High School football standout Shawn Elliott is expected to stay on as an assistant coach under new University of South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp according to several media sources.

December 08, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Smith finally answered Newberry’s call to the Hall

In this era of pranks and "catfishing" on social media, you have to be careful you don't get gooked in by messages from people who you do not know or, from phone numbers or Internet accounts which are foreign to you.

December 08, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


No opening match jitters for Demons

By nature, season openers usually have two teams going through an early "feeling out" process before things get into full swing. When you have a pair of longtime rivals who squared off against each other already in a pre-season scrimmage, however, it is full steam ahead.

December 04, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Gators hold off a Bulldog surge

It took Ron McKie a little more time than usual to get things ready for his team's season opener with Lakewood on Wednesday night.

December 04, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


CHS girls unable to sustain momentum in 58-41 setback

Staying in their locker room for all but a few seconds before the start of the second half, the Camden girls returned to the Michael G. Culp Court playing surface without time to warm-up for the second 16 minutes of Wednesday's season opener with visiting Lakewood.

December 04, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Leopards’ Drakeford wrestles way onto Team Palmetto squad

Some things are better when they are earned.

December 01, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Demons open Monroe era with visit from rival Dogs

Friends and family gathered around their respective tables last Thursday feasting on turkey, all the side dishes and then, the pies and cakes associated with Thanksgiving. The holiday is one where diets are tossed out the window and calories are not counted for this one day.

December 01, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


L-E’s Guerrero takes her talents to Tusculum

Every team needs a Delaney Guerrero.

November 27, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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Just like old times

There were times last spring when all Kevin Kahkola could see from his vantage point located near the finish line at the Camden Training Center ...

April 29, 2016 | Tom Didato | Equine


Camden’s Billy Ammons to be inducted into SCACA Hall of Fame

Billy Ammons is head to the hall of fame, again.

April 29, 2016 | Tom Didato | Camden


Lunsford’s second no-hitter leads L-E girls to region title

Talk about rising to the occasion.

April 26, 2016 | By Sean Bates | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Mr. 300

Randy Stokes is the antithesis of a "me first" guy. So when the Lugoff-Elgin head baseball coach notched his 300th win in the Demons' dugout ...

April 22, 2016 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs’ sixth inning magic arrives in time for 8-5 win

Forty-pitch first innings are hardly harbingers for success but Camden and Devin Beckley were able to overcome a shaky start and held onto first place ...

April 22, 2016 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons in control of Region 4 softball race

BLYTHEWOOD -- If Lugoff-Elgin was not going to win the Region 4-4A softball title, at least they wanted to go down swinging.

April 19, 2016 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Starting over ... again

There are a lot worse places where one can go to heal from surgery than on a beach in southern California.

April 15, 2016 | Tom Didato | Sports


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