For at least this night, the bitterness of a Camden versus Lugoff-Elgin contest took a back seat to the big picture.
What better way to kick off the New Year than with having a couple winners come out of your barn.
Bernie Dalton had the best seat in the house when it came to being there for Pierrot Lunaire's unlikely run to the 2012 Eclipse Award for steeplechase horse.
Seeing as how visiting Westwood suited up just seven players for Tuesday's game with Camden, it can be surmised that the Lady Bulldogs' plan of attack was to get the guests into foul trouble and, run them until their tongues were hanging down to the floor.
Rather than subject his team to the confines of the gym for practice on a sunny Sunday afternoon, Camden High basketball coach Ron McKie took his squad to the school's adjoining athletic complex to work out in the great outdoors.
In the days leading up to last year's Carolina Invitational wrestling tournament, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School head coach Ted Monroe downplayed his team's chances at winning the statewide event.
Steeplechase horses in the Carolinas whose owners and trainers have an eye cast on the early season openers now have a place to give their horses a final go 'round prior to the races which count.
It's getting harder and harder to pick and choose your sports heroes these days.
In those old-time Westerns, the Calvary always waited until the end of the movie to come in and save those in distress.
Switching out five new players at a time, Eau Claire wanted to wear down North Central. And, as the minutes started to dwindle, so did the Lady Knights' energy.
Had it been a game of craps, Lugoff-Elgin would have rolled snake eyes.
There would have been much easier circumstances for Lugoff-Elgin assistant boys' basketball coach Garrett Knight to have made his head coaching debut than the one he found himself in on Tuesday.
When you are a first-year franchise, rivalries are few and far between.
A trio of steeplechasers --- each with Camden connections --- were named as the three finalists for the 2012 Eclipse Award for steeplechasing.
Just as a mechanic puts a car on the lift to see what is wrong with a vehicle in need of repair, Camden girls' basketball coach Natalie Jeffcoat tinkered with her team's problems during halftime of Friday's game with A.C. Flora.
Usually, signing day allows a high school student-athlete time to look back and reflect on what led up to this special occasion.
After having played football for his first two years at Camden High School, Xavier White decided to hang up his cleats and dive head first into wrestling following his sophomore season.
Dakota Jones was asked to step out of his comfort zone in Lugoff-Elgin's defensive scheme last fall.
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