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Pierce ready to hit new heights at The Citadel

An athlete from Camden High winning a state championship in the pole vault would have gotten you laughed out of meets a little more than a year ago. It has only been since 2012 that the school had its own paved track and field facility. That year, for the first time, the Bulldogs also had a pole vault pit to call their own.

April 25, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights enter playoffs on losing note

Without a chance to budge from third place in Region 4-AA and with a state tournament opener on deck Tuesday, North Central head baseball coach Robbie Cash could have treated Friday's regular season finale with visiting Central as an exhibition game.

April 25, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Weather may throw curveball at playoffs

The South Carolina High School League state baseball and softball playoffs are scheduled to begin tonight and Thursday, respectively.

April 25, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


NC takes third in 4-AA Dogs fall twice, L-E keeps streaking

A slow start gave way to a big finish for North Central which used Tyler Faulkenberry's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to lift the hosts to a 9-8 win over Chesterfield on Tuesday night in Boonetown.

April 21, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Scheme change gives CHS share of region crown

In the days between his team's 5-0 loss to Indian Land on March 21 and the time leading up to Tuesday night's rematch at Zemp Stadium, Camden High girls soccer coach Aaron Mayes and assistant coach Kenny Galdeen broke down what went wrong in the first match of the season against their conference rival.

April 21, 2017 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Versatile McLeod will bring her volleyball skills to Lady Lancers

If ever a young lady can live up to the Boy Scout's motto of being prepared, it is Alexis McLeod.

April 21, 2017 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Time for a new era of Camden 'chasing

It started out as a series of whispered rumors before gaining a full head of steam.

April 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Roberts outduels Beckley in a pitching classic

If the same opportunity presented itself, again, it was decision which Denny Beckley would make each and every time.

April 14, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Stephens, Knights hold off Cavs, 3-2

Changing the lineup resulted in a change --- for the good --- in fortune for North Central.

April 14, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Good-bye and hello

Having had the road to the National Steeplechase Association end here, Camden will now serve as the jump-off point for the nation's best jump horses. That decision did not come without compromise, however.

April 14, 2017 | Tom Didato | Camden


Farewell to the Colonial Cup

Known as America's "First Lady of Steeplechasing," the late Marion duPont Scott had a profound impact on the sport she loved and for a race she started in Camden.

April 14, 2017 | Tom Didato | Camden


Fantastic Song hits high notes with win following long layoff

CHARLESTON -- Gil Johnston's Fantastic Song, away from the races for more than 1 1/2 years, roared through the stretch under jockey Sean McDermott to win The Steeplechase of Charleston at Stono Ferry's featured $30,000 optional allowance hurdle by three-quarters of a length on Saturday.

April 11, 2017 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


Cheraw stays alone atop Region 4-AA

Having watched his team wiggle out of a top of the first inning mess without allowing a run to visiting Cheraw, North Central baseball coach Robbie Cash was hoping it would be an omen for the rest of the evening.

April 07, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Camden golf team back on solid turf

Matt McCarley has experienced the highs, the lows and the in-betweens of the Camden High golf program.

April 07, 2017 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Horse beats car just one storyline from a day at the Carolina Cup

Just when you thought that you might have heard every tale imaginable from the Mullikin Law Firm Carolina Cup races, along comes this nugget.

April 04, 2017 | Tom Didato | Equine


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17ers looking to build on state tournament run

There was a time, quite recently in fact, in when good summer for the Kershaw County American Legion baseball program was being competitive with League ...

May 26, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights’ Stephens ready to start all over at USC-Sumter

Chase Stephens is the type of baseball player who checks plenty of the boxes which coaches will sometimes fill with question marks.

May 26, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Carolinas’ top junior golfers set sights on Creed Invitational

What started out as a tournament to honor the memory of the late Jimmy Creed has turned into an event which now has junior golfers ...

May 23, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


For Chestnut, the change to college ball will be a snap

Some football players are more valuable than others.

May 19, 2017 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


Something to cheer about

There were times last season when North Central girls' basketball coach Mitch Lowder needed someone to go inside and collect a big rebound. At others ...

May 19, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Out-Foxed

Standing in a nearly deserted outfield while, to his left, Hartsville players and coaches were still snapping photos, Lugoff-Elgin head softball coach James Marlow was ...

May 16, 2017 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Sigman will keep getting his kicks at Limestone College

There are times when a coach knows the quality of an athlete which he is getting in his program by what that person does away ...

May 16, 2017 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Scorpiancer rolls to a 16-length win in $200,000 Nashville feature

Bruton Street-US's Scorpiancer launched a devastating move to the lead entering the Iroquois Steeplechase's backstretch the last time, opened a yawning lead on ...

May 16, 2017 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


The short end of the deal

Not everything one hears from the lips of a teacher or mentor, necessarily, has to be the only way to accomplish a task.

April 21, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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