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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


Early morning rain fails to dampen Cup day

All those gloomy early week predictions of the possibility of --- your pick --- rain, hail, thunderstorms, threat of a tornado ... locusts ... on Saturday did not keep too many Carolina Cup patrons from descending upoon the Springdale Race Course in strong numbers.

March 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Top Striker looking to use home course to his advantage

Had it been the 1980s and if it were Wall Street, it would have been considered insider trading.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Dalton, Cat Feathers hope Cup day will be Ladies Day

Brushing beneath the chin of a horse whose winter coat is shedding and floating into the air, Kate Dalton apologized for the mess it was making as hairs flew everywhere.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Clean and green

At a time of morning when many a Carolina Cup-goer is rolling over in their bed, the men charged with making sure everything on the grounds of the Springdale Race Course and its adjoining property are in working order are already on the job and rolling out, assuring that everything is in place for the tens of thousands of patrons who will make their way through the gates in the coming hours.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demons stop Dogs in their tracks, 3-2

Hunter McManus is hardly the most imposing figure on the baseball field.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Brown tickled pink after signing with Koalas

Unlike some student-athletes who make sports their first priority when choosing a college, Miranda Brown was ready to put athletics in her rear-view mirror after choosing to attend Columbia College.

March 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Six jumpers eyeing $50,000 Carolina Cup

What has been a tough winter up and down the East Coast is having a profound effect on the first two weeks of the 2014 National Steeplechase Association campaign.

March 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Nelson, L-E lay Bengals’ streak to rest

Streaks are made to be broken and, two went by the wayside Friday night at Optimist Field.

March 24, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Knights left high and dry in 5-2 loss to Pelion

Meeting with his team following their 5-2 loss to visiting Pelion on a cold evening in Boonetown, Robbie Cash told his North Central baseball squad that the Panthers were "ripe for the picking."

March 21, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Luck of the Irish comes through for horses with Camden ties

On the day before St. Patrick's Day, it was lucky to have been a horse which was developed in Camden as two graduates of Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables and another from Donna Freyer's Custom Care Equine found their way into the winners' circle.

March 19, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Smoak, Camden netters eyeing a return to state playoffs

When you have been coaching for better than 40 years, you have a feel as to how to handle your squad and what it will take for that group to be successful.

March 19, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


'Sacrificial' Dogs chomp Gators

Never has a soft pop fly to center looked prettier.

March 17, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Blizzard frosts over Camden bats

On an early evening which included warm sun, followed by strong winds and then, swirling rains, Lugoff-Elgin threw a Blizzard into the Wednesday weather mix.

March 14, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


KC teams to play in pre-season events

With the start of the regular season right around the corner, several Kershaw County spring sports teams will get a jump on their campaigns by playing in pre-season tournaments beginning this weekend in baseball, boys' soccer and girls' soccer.

February 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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M-S duo combines to shut down P-17 offense in opener

MANNING -- Manning-Santee Post 68 head coach Spencer Jordan couldn't decide what pleased him more -- his team's pitching, his team's defense or his ...

May 27, 2016 | By JUSTIN DRIGGERS Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


L-E’s Osborne eager to accept new role at SMC

Anytime a high school player is good enough to sign on to play a particular sport at the college level, it leads to their former ...

May 27, 2016 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Junior golfers make a bee line for Creed Invitational

Like online tickets for a rock concert, when online registration for the Creed Boys' Invitational golf tournament at the Camden Country Club opened earlier this ...

May 27, 2016 | Tom Didato | Golf


Pike hoping there is strength in numbers for Post 17ers

You can never have enough pitching in baseball, especially in American Legion baseball where games are nine innings.

May 24, 2016 | Tom Didato | Sports


CHS’ Denny Beckley tabbed as AAA Coach of the Year

Most seasons, the coach of the year honor is given to someone who has led his team deep into the postseason or, in many an ...

May 24, 2016 | Tom Didato | Sports


Rawnaq fends off Irish invaders to capture Nashville feature

It was, in a phrase, a race for the ages, an international classic in an American spring classic.

May 20, 2016 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


Knights’ Hardin ready to spread his wrestling wings at Brewton-Parker

Like a security blanket or, a shadow, Robert Hardin has been seemingly joined at the hip with North Central head wrestling coach Jason Brazell.

May 20, 2016 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


The Sky is No Limit

It has never been hard to find Lindsay Pierce. All you have to do is check out a baseball field, the wrestling mat, a hunting ...

May 20, 2016 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


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