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Dorton blanks M-S as P-17 wins seventh in row

That train which is the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team keeps rolling along.

June 22, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers cap perfect week by knocking off Sumter

Stephen Carmon is not ready to make space on the mantle for a League III championship trophy just yet.

June 19, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers break out the brooms in sweeping pair from Lexington

When he last toed the rubber at American Legion Park, Spencer Wood pitched a no-hit shutout for Gray Collegiate Academy against Camden High on the final day of the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Tournament in April.

June 15, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


White-hot Laffin helps KC to 8-3 win in opener

On two occasions this past spring, Stephen Carmon had the chance to see Jake Laffin from his perch inside the Camden High School dugout as an assistant on head coach Denny Beckley's staff.

June 15, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Post 17 hosts Lexington tonight in doubleheader

The Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball team will host Lexington tonight in a 6 p.m. doubleheader at American Legion Park in Camden.

June 12, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Roberson hoping SMC is next step in basketball career

It had been 13 years since a Lugoff-Elgin boys' basketball player signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his career in college.

June 12, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Post 17 in midst of key stretch

After having what has now become its annual post-graduation week off, the Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball team finds itself in the middle of a four games in as many nights stretch that could help shape its playoff fortunes.

June 12, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Hartsville hands 17ers 2-1 loss in league opener

Two nights after having won the Florence Post 1 Invitational by defeating the two-time defending state American Legion champion and tourney host Florence, 11-7, in the championship game, Kershaw County Post 17 was brought down to earth by Hartsville Tuesday.

June 01, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Woolard jumps at chance to run at Columbia College

Mark Chickering recalls the moment as if it happened yesterday.

June 01, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


McCray ready to play where he is needed for Tigers

Every new coach needs players that he can rely on from day one and who will be there through thick and thin.

May 25, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Davis finds her niche on the pitch; signs on with Coker

Having been a cheerleader and also playing volleyball, Roana Davis was not looking for a new sport as she was preparing to enter her freshman year at North Central High School, especially one which was foreign to her.

May 25, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Webb’s soccer adventure leads to USC-Sumter

Coaches like to talk about the kids they coach who would try and knock down a brick wall, if asked.

May 25, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Baseball, softball players collect postseason laurels

A pair of Lugoff-Elgin baseball players will play in this week's South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game while a Camden High softball player must wait until next month before she lines up with the state's elite.

May 22, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Season of change

Nearly 30 players from six different high schools answered the call when the rain-abbreviated tryouts for the Kershaw County Post 17 Senior American Legion baseball team opened last Monday. It was a far cry from two years ago when the locals finished second in the state American Legion Tournament at Riley Park in Sumter with just 13 players in tow in absurdly hot, mid-day conditions.

May 22, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Mills has change of heart; signs with Emmanuel

There are no game films for tennis coaches to watch in preparing for an upcoming opponent. The first time they see their foe for that day's match is, for the most part, the time they get to make their initial appraisal of an opponent.

May 22, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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NC long on big plays in short week

From MIA to most needed player.

September 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Spartans slay Lions for second straight win, 22-8

Two weeks into the season and the Camden Military Academy football team has won as many games as they had in the previous two campaigns ...

September 14, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Indian Land takes both ends of meet at Historic Camden

Starting with a girls race contested in hot and humid conditions to the end of the boys' portion of the event which ended in an ...

September 14, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lady Demons spike Camden

In an emotionally charged setting in which both teams were trying to find something out about themselves, Lugoff-Elgin shook off a second set loss to ...

September 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldogs overcome mistakes for 28-16 win

FORT MILL -- Break out the brooms and dust pans. This one left a lot of cleaning up to be done.

September 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lamar too much for Knights, 33-7

Tyronne Drakeford had seen this movie before and neither time did the North Central head football coach enjoy what he watched.

September 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Singled out

Some dread it as much as a trip to the dentist. Others use their time at the lectern to deliver a flowery speech which has ...

September 07, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Drakeford, Knights undaunted by challenge awaiting them in Lamar

When he accepted the head coaching position at his high school alma mater, Tyronne Drakeford said, if given the opportunity, he wanted to put together ...

September 07, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs moving on after first defeat

Facing county and longtime rivals has been the norm for Camden after three weeks of the current football season. As second-year Bulldog boss Brian Rimpf ...

September 07, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Campbell hopes L-E can put together four full quarters against River Bluff

Through the first three weeks of the season, Lugoff-Elgin head football coach Matt Campbell has seen glimmers of what he hopes his young Demons will ...

September 07, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Spartans looking to pass first road test of season

Having run roughshod over the undermanned S.C. Titans in last Saturday's season opener, the Camden Military Academy football team will get an uptick ...

September 07, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


CHS girls slosh their way to victory

While most of Camden is begging for rain, the Camden High girls' cross country team got caught in a late Tuesday afternoon downpour in Great ...

September 07, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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