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RNE goes small to top Dogs for tourney title

As spacious as American Legion Park is, Richland Northeast could have almost done without the outfield grass in topping host Camden, 5-2, in the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Classic championship game Thursday night.

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


Demons’ seventh inning rally comes up short

If there was a recurring theme for Lugoff-Elgin in the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Classic, it was the Demons' having their share of chances to pull out wins in three of their games, only to have nothing to show for those efforts in the win column.

April 21, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Bulldogs edge Demons in the Nick of time

On an unseasonably cool mid-April night, Zac Bowers and Grey Hoke provided wood for the fireplace.

April 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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April 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Business


Dogs, Demons square off Wednesday

Tournament officials were hoping that Tuesday's weather would not throw a crimp into the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Classic at American Legion Park in Camden.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Four-run sixth helps Dogs get past Bruins

Chalk it up to the wooden bats. Better yet, give the credit to the two pitchers.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E polishes off Diamond Hornets, 10-0

Playing football in the fall and basketball in the winter leaves Elliott Campbell precious little time to prepare for baseball season in the spring.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Less rest does not bother Hoke in Dogs’ win

Pitching on just four days' rest is not common in high school baseball. But recently, Camden's Grey Hoke has been anything but ordinary.

April 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E falls to Cavs in all-too-familiar fashion, 5-4

For a scant few seconds, players from both benches spilled out onto the apron of the infield waiting to see the landing spot of Bradwin Salmond's drive to right field in the eighth inning of Tuesday's Lugoff-Elgin game with visiting Richland Northeast.

April 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


NC’s Johnson to carry on family legacy at Methodist

Seated beneath a plaque honoring the achievements of his uncle and former North Central and then, Super Bowl champion cornerback Tyronne Drakeford, Omar Johnson smiled as he signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Methodist College.

April 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


For Erskine-bound Bowers, the less pitches the better

In this age of baseball in which pitchers are always looking to add another pitch to their repertoire, Zac Bowers is in the reduction mode.

April 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs leave no Grey area in 2-1 win

Due to a traffic tie-up on Interstate 20, A.C. Flora arrived late for Friday's game against Camden at American Legion Park, thereby delaying the start.

April 07, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Knights get back on track by de-railing Raiders, 13-1

Doing all their offensive damage in the first two frames, North Central washed the bad taste from last Thursday's one-run loss to Fairfield Central from its mouth by thrashing visiting Keenan, 13-1, on a sun-splashed early Tuesday evening game in Boonetown.

April 04, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Come sail away

Hearing that his cousin was going to buy a catamaran and go sailing, Mac McCallum got caught up in the excitement and bought his own multi-hull sailboat. Turns out, he did not have a sailing partner as his cousin backed out on his end of the deal.

April 02, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


A good walk unspoiled

Using the Springdale Race Course as his classroom and his good friend and retired National Steeplechase Association champion jockey Jonathan Smart and Camden-based trainer Mickey Preger as his professors, Willie McCarthy went back to school last week in the days leading up to McCarthy's ride aboard Top Striker in Saturday's 82nd running of the $50,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase.

March 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


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P-17ers in it to win it

As he was heading home in the wee hours of Friday morning from Thursday's evening's baseball game at Georgetown, Kershaw County American Legion baseball team pitching coach Will Dorton stopped by a gas station to fill his car's tank. While there, Dorton, who still had his Post 17 uniform on, had a local police officer come up to him asking how the team did and who was pitching in that night's third game.

July 25, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers face Rock Hill in Saturday's state tourney opener

Kershaw County will make its long-awaited American Legion State Tournament debut on Saturday when Post 17 takes on Rock Hill in the third (scheduled for 4:30 p.m.) game at Riley Park in Sumter.

July 23, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


How sweep it is!

Perched in front of their dugout, members of the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team started leaning as they prepared to rush the field after Bradwin Salmond's diving grab of Mark Allen Nash's liner to right field put the locals on the door step of a long-awaited trip to the state American Legion tournament.

July 21, 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


Answering a higher calling

It was a normal day which was about to take an abrupt U-turn.

July 14, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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