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Weather, new coaches will add intrigue to tonight’s jamboree

Well, at least it may feel like football weather.

August 11, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Football season in Kershaw County kicks into gear

High school football players in Kershaw County returned to the practice field last Friday to begin preparation for the 2017 season which opens up with Week Zero games for all three public school varsity programs on Friday, Aug. 18.

August 01, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Safety-mandated changes coming to Zemp in 2018

While discussing the various rumors as to the cost involved and how the new scoreboard at Zemp Stadium will be paid for (see July 25 edition of the Chronicle-Independent), Camden High School principal Dan Matthews made it a point to say that no public funds earmarked for the oldest high school football stadium still in use in the Palmetto State will go toward toward the scoreboard.

July 28, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Watch this

Just minutes before the playing of the National Anthem before the first game of the Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree last August, Brian Boan, a technician employed by the Kershaw County School District, was standing atop a ladder trying to mend the broken scoreboard at Zemp Stadium.

July 25, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Past Carolina Cup champs, riders take aim at Spa features

A large, accomplished field containing two Grade 1 winners and several other graded victors will line up Thursday for the $150,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1), the first top-rated steeplechase race on the Saratoga Race Course calendar.

July 25, 2017 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


Hard work pays off for Kohn with Twins deal

Michael Kohn is back in the game.

July 21, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


C-N takes series in four by hanging on to top 17ers, 9-6

Exiting the field following Thursday's 4-0 loss Chapin-Newberry, which gave the visitors a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five second round series, Kershaw County American Legion head coach Tyler Pike was steadfast in his confidence that his team was hardly ready to hoist the white flag.

July 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


This summer’s numbers game

While in some parts of the country, summer is in its infancy, in and around Kershaw County it is that in-between time in which baseball is winding down and football begins to creep into our collective psyche.

July 14, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Error-prone P-17 lets one slip away

NEWBERRY – Not even the best pitching can overcome an abundance of mistakes made in the field. And quality opponents make people pay for those miscues.

July 14, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers deliver knockout blow in 16-1 rout

With a roster filled with first-year players, Kershaw County took a veterans' approach to Friday's third game of its best-of-five first round playoff series with Georgetown.

July 11, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers run wild to take series opener

When you can score two runs with the batter motoring to third base after a dropped third strike pitch, you kind of figure it is or, is not, going to be your night, depending on your point of view.

July 07, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Abbott banking on latest life experience to carry him through FDTC

Not all the lessons you learn in life are gleamed from a book or, come from within the walls of the classroom. Some must come the hard way.

July 07, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Red-hot P-17 draws G’town in round 1

It is full steam ahead for the Kershaw County American Legion team which enters the Lower State playoffs on an eight-game win streak.

July 04, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Box seat to history

(Editor's note: Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of Camden native Larry Doby's breaking the American League's color barrier when he played his first game as a member of the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, July 5, 1947.)

July 04, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lynch’s arm, Butler’s bat leads 17ers past Jets, 14-2

Tyler Pike is not about to tug on the reins of a Thoroughbred at the top of the home stretch.

June 30, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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Articles By Author - Tom Didato


Dogs give away no secrets in a 7-7 tie with AJ

Fans attending Friday's 42nd annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree waited out a lightning delay to see what type of offense first-year Camden head ...

August 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Demons overcome mistakes and Knights

This is why you play scrimmages or, in this instance, a jamboree.

August 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Foundation laid, L-E will keep on building

Matt Campbell is a "what have you done for me lately" kind of a guy. And as he enters his third season as head coach ...

August 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs hoping to go on the defensive in 2017

These are usually the days when a new head coach cites the familiar refrain that he wishes he had more time to get everything he ...

August 11, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Heart and soul

Frightening sights are not uncommon on the football field. Freak injuries can come with something as simple as a cleat which gets caught in the ...

August 11, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Meet Dr. Jekyll and … Dr. Jekyll

All last summer, the signs and words all pointed toward Chandler Price being the person who would step under center as Lugoff-Elgin's starting quarterback ...

August 08, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


The times are a changin'

For years, while other sporting and social events welcomed technology with open arms, the Carolina Cup languished while being forced to play catch-up.

August 08, 2017 | Tom Didato | Equine


Ellis steps down as CEO, Cushman returns to fold

Dr. Nick Ellis, who became the first Chief Executive Officer for the Carolina Cup and Colonial Cup steeplechase races in Camden with his hiring in ...

August 08, 2017 | Tom Didato | Equine


L-E planning to appeal proposed move into 5A

A summer filled with rumors turned into reality for Lugoff-Elgin High and the school's athletic director/head football coach Matt Campbell.

August 04, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Kingsley-trained Show Court takes $75k Jonathan Kiser Stakes

Straylight Racing's Invocation battled to the front in the final strides and finished a neck in front of Zio Elio to win Wednesday's ...

August 04, 2017 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


Kershaw County football teams begin brief scrimmage season

After having opened pre-season camp last Friday, Kershaw County's three public school varsity football teams will get a chance to hit someone other than ...

August 04, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


It’s all Greek to her

For as long as Maggie Speaks can remember, summer meant traveling with her family for a beach vacation before returning home and preparing for the ...

July 14, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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