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Lady Demons close in on Region 4 softball title

Facing Blythewood for the second time in four days, Lugoff-Elgin head softball coach James Marlow knew the importance of picking up a win at Blythewood on Friday. A victory over the Bengals would mean the Lady Demons would need just one win in their final two region games to claim the Region 4-4A championship outright.

April 20, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Ergle, Blythewood handcuff Demons

No baseball coach ever tells his pitcher that he needs to be close to perfect in their final pre-game talk in order for their team to have a chance at coming away with a victory.

April 20, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Getting defensive

It looks like the Clyburn family will be on the lookout for new babysitters.

April 17, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Cat Feathers, Upstart earn honors from N.Y. Thoroughbred Breeders

Two horses with Camden ties were honored as being the top New York-bred Thoroughbreds in their divisions for the 2014 racing season.

April 17, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Lady Demons take over Region 4-4A lead

Entering Monday's Region 4-4A softball showdown with visiting Blythewood, Lugoff-Elgin knew it had to put last Friday's win over Spring Valley behind them and be ready to play with the defending Region 4 champions in town.

April 15, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Rams hang on to edge Knights, 3-2

Suddenly, things are getting a bit cramped in the back seat.

April 15, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Demons Chase Spring Valley away

Needing something to do to relieve the boredom and kill time during what was a lightning-induced delay of more than 90 minutes, members of the Lugoff-Elgin and Spring Valley baseball teams joined together for an impromptu dance off beneath the press box at Optimist Field Friday night.

April 13, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


L-E, Blizzard add to Camden's offensive troubles

Even though they looked at the same two games from two different perspectives, Craig Marlow and Lynn Looney were of the same opinion in saying that their two softball teams need to get into a rhythm as they seek to keep their respective region championship hopes alive.

April 10, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


This week in Kershaw County sports

Monday: North Central, Central at Chesterfield (G – 4 p.m.); Wilson at Camden (TEN – 5 p.m.); North Central at Lugoff-Elgin (TEN – 5:30 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (BB – 6 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (SB – 6 p.m.); Camden at A.C. Flora (BB - 6:30 p.m.); McBee at Camden (SB – 6:30 p.m.); Blythewood at Lugoff-Elgin (SB – 6:30 p.m.)

April 10, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Spotlight on karting: Aiden Baker Crouse

Aiden Baker Crouse is a Micromax Rotax Kart Racer. The 10-year old, a student at Union Elementary has been making a name for himself in the racing world. He is the son of Jason and April Crouse of Vale, North Carolina.

April 08, 2015 | By PAM TRUESDALE Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Auto racing


Jordan set for new challenge after signing with Newberry

Freshmen student-athletes can be a peculiar breed especially when they have made a name for themselves on the high school level.

April 08, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Moore’s volleyball odyssey taking her to Virginia Union

Little did Ambryanna Moore know that a track and field workout one afternoon would lead her into the Lugoff-Elgin High School gym shortly thereafter and change part of her high school experience.

April 06, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Preger grad Prospect Park second favorite in Santa Anita Derby

With one horse developed in Camden, Upstart, already being pointed toward a start in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, another Thoroughbred with local connections can help cement his starting spot in the May 2 race in Louisville this weekend.

April 03, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Getting even

Working from the same script which he did against A.C. Flora on the same mound less than three weeks earlier, Ross Hough finished what he started on Wednesday.

April 03, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs scorch Blazers on combined one-hitter

It may have made for a messy scorebook but Camden Highbaseball coach Denny Beckley came out clean when asked his plan of attack in Monday's game with Ridge View in the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Tournament.

April 01, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


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Articles By Author - Tom Didato


Redemption Song

Thanks to his having sustained a shoulder injury late in the third quarter of last year's game with Camden, Reddek Kelley was not around ...

August 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights rally to give Drakeford first victory, 26-21

All it took was a bolt of lightning on Thursday to render the game clock that is a part of North Central's football scoreboard ...

August 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Campbell hopes for second win

With a victory to kick off the 2017 football season, Lugoff-Elgin head football coach/athletic director Matt Campbell is looking to extend the streak to ...

August 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Drakeford, Knights reach for the stars

In his first season in the NFL, Tyronne Drakeford helped the San Francisco 49ers win Super Bowl XXIX. Now the retired cornerback hopes to bring ...

August 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Williamson is on a mission to prove that he is back and better than ever

With his first pass attempt of the 2016 season, North Central quarterback Michael Williamson hooked up with Markell Portee on a 10-yard fade pattern pass ...

August 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs give away no secrets in a 7-7 tie with AJ

Fans attending Friday's 42nd annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree waited out a lightning delay to see what type of offense first-year Camden head ...

August 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Demons overcome mistakes and Knights

This is why you play scrimmages or, in this instance, a jamboree.

August 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Foundation laid, L-E will keep on building

Matt Campbell is a "what have you done for me lately" kind of a guy. And as he enters his third season as head coach ...

August 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs hoping to go on the defensive in 2017

These are usually the days when a new head coach cites the familiar refrain that he wishes he had more time to get everything he ...

August 11, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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 ...

August 11, 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 ...

July 14, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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