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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 ground or, a player who takes a hit and needs a few moments to gather himself before trotting to the sideline.

August 11, 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 2015, has decided to step down from his post.

August 08, 2017 | Tom Didato | Equine


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 when the Demons opened their season against rival Camden in mid-August.

August 08, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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 $65,000 allowance hurdle at Saratoga Race Course.

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 their own teammates when the scrimmage season opens.

August 04, 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


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 upcoming volleyball season, be it first for Camden Middle School and then, Camden High.

July 14, 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


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L-E eyes a home 4A playoff game

This is hardly the time for Lugoff-Elgin to be licking its wounds following last week's 33-10 loss to Hartsville in a game which could ...

October 20, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


NC needs 2 wins and a little help

ams which have been working out in the heat and humidity which have enveloped South Carolina since the start of practice in the summer.

October 20, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


CMA seeks to avoid injuries against McBee

Playing a football game after a four and a half-hour bus ride is hardly the optimal situation for football players. Nonetheless, Camden Military Academy came ...

October 20, 2017 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


I's U.S. vs. the world in Grand National

America's best steeplechase horses in training will be challenged by an invasion of overseas runners in Saturday's $400,000 Grand National (Gr. 1 ...

October 20, 2017 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


A bundle of dynamite

There is nary a drop of oil on the floor of Adam Romero's garage at his Elgin home … and with good reason.

October 20, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights fall in shootout, 41-36

Sometimes, it is the guy you know little to nothing about who will hurt you the most.

October 17, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Mistakes doom Dogs in 35-14 loss

When things are going right, mistakes like these do not come back to haunt a team.

October 17, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Hartsville bottles up L-E in 6-4A showdown, 33-10

KELLYTOWN -- Speed kills.

October 17, 2017 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


FC defense helps send Bulldogs to fifth straight loss

WINNSBORO --- After all the fireworks in this game a season ago, this one was a dud: And for Camden, in more ways than one.

October 10, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


L-E’s Campbell earns berth in Shrine Bowl

Lugoff-Elgin senior offensive lineman Wyatt Campbell has been named to the 44-player South Carolina Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas' football team

October 10, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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