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S.C. Equine Park receives $250,000 grant for arena

Its steel girders dwarf the neighboring and, to this date, the only covered show ring at the South Carolina Equine Park (SCEP) in Camden.

January 14, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden


AJ uses game-ending surge to pull away from Knights

Normally, a two-point first quarter would mean a quick and painless death for a basketball team. But this was anything but a normal night at The Castle in Boonetown.

January 12, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Sowell, Lady Vols too tall an order for North Central

Mitch Lowder did everything he could to try and slow down Andrew Jackson center Alexxus Sowell. The one thing the North Central girls' basketball coach could not do, though, was to make his post players taller.

January 12, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Grade I champs are Eclipse Award finalists

Headlined by three-time Grade I winner and 2014 Lonesome Glory Champions Award recipient Demonstrative, along with two-time Grade I winner, 2013 Eclipse Award and 2014 Colonial Cup champion Divine Fortune and Makari, all three horses which won Grade I events on the National Steeplechase Association circuit last year are the three finalists for the 2014 Eclipse Award for steeplechasing.

January 09, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Second-ranked Falcons take a bite out of Dogs

Ron McKie Jr. would make a terrible "spin doctor" on one of the many Sunday morning TV talk shows in which men and women try to convince viewers that the news and facts may not be as good or, as bad, as they may seem.

January 09, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Flora ‘Tapps’ its way past CHS girls, 53-37

With her team coming off back-to-back wins in the post-Christmas Lake Marion Invitational and with games against region and state heavyweights Lower Richland and Dreher coming up, Camden girls' basketball head coach Natalie Jeffcoat felt Tuesday night would be the perfect time for her team to make a statement that the Lady Bulldogs were back.

January 09, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Camden woman enjoys her Heisman experience

Imagine sitting inside a banquet hall filled with past and the current Heisman Trophy winners and getting the chance to meet 2014 winner Marcus Mariota.

January 05, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


NC give Phillips first win in rout of Cavs

It was a smile which was one part happy and the other half relief.

December 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Demons build a big lead before holding off Jackets

It was the late great Al McGuire who once said that "the best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores."

December 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Top stories of 2014 in pictures - part 1 of 2

December 29, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Top stories of 2014 in pictures - part 2 of 2

December 29, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Custom Care, Kirkwood grads closing out the year in style

With only a handful of race days left before horses celebrate another birthday on Jan. 1, several runners with Camden ties are closing out their 2014 campaigns with winning performances.

December 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Hoonose show at The Venue will benefit Food for the Soul

It has quickly become a staple of Camden music's post-Christmas scene. Better than that, the annual Hoonose with special guests show at The Venue on Broad has and continues to extend the holiday spirit beyond the season of giving and long after all the presents under the tree have been wrapped, used and, in certain cases, lost or have been long forgotten.

December 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | People & Places


KC teams head into Christmas tourney action

Now that Christmas Day is behind us, Kershaw County basketball and wrestling teams are heading into holiday break tournaments beginning today and running into the new year.

December 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Hill adds his name to growing list of L-E golf signees

Days like this never get old for Mike Robinson.

December 24, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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Kohn called up by Braves

After having opened the season with the AAA Gwinnett Braves, Camden's Michael Kohn was called to the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

April 27, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Beckley’s no-no means ‘yes yes’ for Dogs

A night which opened with tears streaming from the eyes of Camden's senior players and their parents ended with a celebration centered on a sophomore.

April 27, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E wins Region 4-4A softball crown

Now, this is a way to celebrate a region championship.

April 24, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Never say never

Life can sometimes throw a curveball at you, even if you are a one-time baseball player-turned-distance runner.

April 24, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Land of hopes and dreams

If you hang around a horse barn long and often enough, you learn that a young horse's given name or, those still unnamed by their owners, are given nicknames by those who train or ride them.

April 24, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden


A healthy Ross Hough is excited about next opportunity at Erskine

Like an animal captured from the wild only to be held captive in a cage, Ross Hough spent his sophomore baseball season at Camden High School sitting in the dugout and waiting to hear his name called by head coach Denny Beckley to enter the game as a courtesy or, a pinch runner.

April 22, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons close in on Region 4 softball title

Facing Blythewood for the second time in four days, Lugoff-Elgin head softball coach James Marlow knew the importance of picking up a win at Blythewood on Friday. A victory over the Bengals would mean the Lady Demons would need just one win in their final two region games to claim the Region 4-4A championship outright.

April 20, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Ergle, Blythewood handcuff Demons

No baseball coach ever tells his pitcher that he needs to be close to perfect in their final pre-game talk in order for their team to have a chance at coming away with a victory.

April 20, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Getting defensive

It looks like the Clyburn family will be on the lookout for new babysitters.

April 17, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Cat Feathers, Upstart earn honors from N.Y. Thoroughbred Breeders

Two horses with Camden ties were honored as being the top New York-bred Thoroughbreds in their divisions for the 2014 racing season.

April 17, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Lady Demons take over Region 4-4A lead

Entering Monday's Region 4-4A softball showdown with visiting Blythewood, Lugoff-Elgin knew it had to put last Friday's win over Spring Valley behind them and be ready to play with the defending Region 4 champions in town.

April 15, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Rams hang on to edge Knights, 3-2

Suddenly, things are getting a bit cramped in the back seat.

April 15, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Demons Chase Spring Valley away

Needing something to do to relieve the boredom and kill time during what was a lightning-induced delay of more than 90 minutes, members of the Lugoff-Elgin and Spring Valley baseball teams joined together for an impromptu dance off beneath the press box at Optimist Field Friday night.

April 13, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


This week in Kershaw County sports

Monday: North Central, Central at Chesterfield (G – 4 p.m.); Wilson at Camden (TEN – 5 p.m.); North Central at Lugoff-Elgin (TEN – 5:30 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (BB – 6 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (SB – 6 p.m.); Camden at A.C. Flora (BB - 6:30 p.m.); McBee at Camden (SB – 6:30 p.m.); Blythewood at Lugoff-Elgin (SB – 6:30 p.m.)

April 10, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Spotlight on karting: Aiden Baker Crouse

Aiden Baker Crouse is a Micromax Rotax Kart Racer. The 10-year old, a student at Union Elementary has been making a name for himself in the racing world. He is the son of Jason and April Crouse of Vale, North Carolina.

April 08, 2015 | By PAM TRUESDALE Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Auto racing


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