While Lugoff-Elgin stays at home, the Camden and North Central wrestling teams will put on their traveling shoes for Saturday's South Carolina High School League state wrestling championship tournament.
Having seen teammate Robert Gardner carried off the mat with what turned out to be a severe neck injury at the Carolina Invitational on Jan. 19, Camden Middle School wrestlers Sylvester (S.J.) Lucas and Clinton (C.J.) Jones had no other choice than to go out and win the event for their injured teammate.
There was nothing else she could do or say, other than suiting up herself to try and help even things out.
On what turned out to be D.J. Wilson's welcome to the big-time party, Lower Richland stole the cake and then ate it, too.
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.
On a day in which temperatures hovered in the 50s and, at times, featured swirling winds, the undercard at Saturday's 83rd running of the Carolina Cup races at the Springdale Race Course was equally varied.
If this gig as a trainer doesn't pan out, Jimmy Day may want to think about becoming an investment broker. But given success on the race course, don't look for a switch to happen anytime soon.
Less than enthralled with Tyler Jordan's first at-bat in Tuesday night's game with visiting Richland Northeast, Camden head baseball coach Denny Beckley had no complaints following his second baseman's second trip to the plate. And after the third, the Bulldog boss was ecstatic.
An athlete is an athlete is an athlete.
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