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Demons are prepared for Jackets’ ‘pistol’ formation

Even the mere mention of the word "concussion" is enough to give Scott Jones a migraine.

August 24, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Different region, same goals for Johnson, Lady Knights

If you think North Central is sweating out its move into the state class AA volleyball ranks, well, you can put those sports drinks and towels away.

August 24, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Lady Bulldogs look forward to new challenges in 4-AAA

For the past four seasons, when the Camden High volleyball team convened for pre-season practice, they may as well have spent a half-day designing a conference championship T-shirt. That was how certain it was that the Lady Bulldogs were going to win the Region 6-AAA title.

August 24, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Demons, Jones ready to put the past behind them

There are no "fixer-uppers" on Park Avenue. Anything not up to snuff is bought up or steamrolled.

August 22, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


A year older and wiser, Lady Demons prepared to add to volleyball success

Comfort can be found in a favorite pair of broken-in shoes or, a home-cooked meal.

August 22, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


New-look Cardinals hand North Central a 49-14 setback

This was not the Cardinal Newman team which North Central and head football coach Louis Clyburn signed up to play last winter.

August 20, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Chapman, Cheraw hold off Dogs in 51-38 shootout

CHERAW – Final exams are not supposed to be given on the first day of school.

August 20, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Camden brings its young cast to take on the Braves

There have been times when even some of the best teams which Jimmy Neal has coached were so keyed-up that they nearly or, did, lay an egg in the first game of the season.

August 17, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


NC hoping to be dealt a winning hand with Cards

Some coaches dread playing week zero games. Not Louis Clyburn.

August 17, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Bulldogs have their work cut out for them in bounce back season

There are those who look back at last season's opening game --- in which Camden led host Spring Valley, 16-7, with less than five minutes to play only to lose a 20-16 decision --- as the turning point in what spiraled into a 2-8 season.

August 15, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Knights prepared to experience a changing of the guard in 2012

When last season ended and North Central began preparations for its 2012 football campaign, the Knights had 18 rising seniors amongst their ranks. That number has now been reduced by a half-dozen.

August 15, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Knights come up empty against Jackets

Like big-time actors in a low-budget film, many of North Central's starters had but cameo roles in what turned out to be a 20-0 loss to Buford in Friday's opening game of the 37th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree at Zemp Stadium.

August 13, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Demons ‘tip’ toe past Vols, 7-6

Sure, there were plenty of times in which Lugoff-Elgin's 7-6 win over Andrew Jackson in the middle game of Friday's 37th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree were painful to watch. For the purists, however, there was something to smile about.

August 13, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Crestwood 'pistol' whips Dogs, 22-0

As if having a completely rebuilt defense was not enough of a challenge for the Camden coaching staff, Crestwood compounded that problem and shred the Bulldogs on that side of the football in a 22-0 victory in the final game of Friday's 37th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.

August 13, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Cat Feathers claws her way back to take Phipps Stakes

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August 10, 2012 | Tom Didato | Equine


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Pate's 2 TDs lift CMA past Knights

After the heartbreak of a 34-28 loss to the Carolina Wildcats one week earlier, the Camden Military Academy football team righted the ship on Saturday with a 20-12 win over the visiting New Covenant Knights.

October 22, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


CHS still waiting to hear from HSL

After four-plus days of rumors, hearsay and innuendo, the Camden High School football team is still waiting to hear from the South Carolina High School League (HSL) as to any penalties stemming from last Friday night's post-game fight involving the Bulldogs and visiting Dreher at Zemp Stadium.

October 22, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Kohn signs contract with Tampa Bay Rays

Camden native and former Camden High School baseball standout Michael Kohn has signed a one-year Major League contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Post-game brawl at Zemp under investigation

It should have been the perfect ending to a festive Friday night at Zemp Stadium. A Camden High School (CHS) Bulldog football victory over once-beaten Dreher, which put them in a four-way tie atop the Region 4-AAA standings, came after a pre-game and halftime tribute to the school's 1964 AAA state championship team.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden


Banged-up Knights come up short against Indian Land, 20-7

As his team boarded the bus for Friday's game with Indian Land, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn just about had enough healthy bodies to form a hockey line, never mind an offensive line.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Quick-starting Vikings sprint past L-E

COLUMBIA --- Spring Valley made a late surge in the first half and never looked back defeating visiting Lugoff-Elgin, 40-14, in a Region 4-4A game played Friday night at Harry Parone Stadium.

October 20, 2014 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Bulldogs outmuscle Dreher, 39-30

It should have been a night in which the Camden High football locker room was hopping. Instead, the silence coming from the south corner of Zemp Stadium was deafening.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E completes comeback for season sweep of CHS

It was not going to happen on their watch.

October 17, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs hope return to playoffs will be a snap

Long snappers are a lot like plumbers. You never realize how much you need one until there is an inch of standing water in your kitchen.

August 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Crisis Management 101

It was business as usual for the football program at Lugoff-Elgin in the early part of the spring and summer.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Hello, again

For almost as long as North Central fans can remember, schools such as Andrew Jackson, Indian Land, Buford and Chesterfield have been the region rivals of the Knights' athletic teams.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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