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Lexington bats heat up in 21-7 win over P-17ers

With their slim state playoff chances hanging tenuously in the balance, Kershaw County Post 17 picked the wrong team with which to finish out the League IV regular season.

July 02, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


P-17 keeps playoff hopes flickering with 11-1 victory over Dalzell-Shaw

Having been left for being dead in the water a week ago, the Kershaw County American Legion team has not held up the third finger to signal that they are drowning.

June 29, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


Larry Doby exhibit to open at archives Monday

Larry Doby was never one who craved the spotlight whether on the baseball field or, in his day-to-day life.

June 29, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden


West Columbia upends 17ers, 12-2

Trying to juggle a pitching staff which was asked to do more than usual during a four-game slate of games last week, Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion head coach Craig Smith and pitching coach Jeremy Ray put Colin Teague to the test on Monday night.

June 27, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


Marathon men

Three hours, more than 10 and a half innings, 12 hits, nine pitchers and 39 strikeouts after it started, it all ended when Mikael Nelson's chopper to second base plated Brett Jacobs with the only run in KC Northern's 1-0, 11-inning win over Bishopville.

June 27, 2012 | Tom Didato | Seasonal Sports


KC West survives Nats’ rally in 7-5 win

A not-so-funny thing happened to KC West in a game which had all the earmarks of being a blowout after the first three innings of Monday's opening game of the Sub-District A Dixie Youth All-Star tournament.

June 27, 2012 | Tom Didato | Seasonal Sports


A whole new old ball game

Some athletes fade to gray or, they are led out to pasture when their playing days are done.

June 27, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


Error-prone 17ers fall to Jets, 6-4

DALZELL -- Given an opportunity to strengthen its hold on American Legion baseball League IV's fourth spot and a state playoff berth, Dalzell-Shaw took full advantage with a 6-4 win over Kershaw County on Friday.

June 25, 2012 | Special to The C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


Walker’s walk-off double lifts P-17 to 13-12 win

If you are going to play three hours and 45 minutes of baseball in temperatures approaching triple digits, you might as well win the game while you're at it.

June 25, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


Back at full strength, 17ers top Orangeburg for first win

That team which played so well in the pre-season that Kershaw County American Legion head coach Craig Smith was looking for Monday night? Well, they showed up, in force, one night later.

June 22, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


Extreme makeover: CCC edition

It takes a keen eye and a deft touch when you decide to take on one of golf's most revered course architects and tinker with one of his gems.

June 22, 2012 | Tom Didato | Golf


Eastern Starlett shines bright for Kingsley

After having knocked at the door in her first two starts over fences -- both coming this year -- Eastern Starlett raced her way into the winners' circle for Camden-based trainer Arch Kingsley on Sunday at Colonial Downs.

June 20, 2012 | Tom Didato | Equine


P-17ers tripped up by West Columbia, 16-3

Speaking to no one person in particular, Post 17 American Legion baseball coach Craig Smith wondered aloud where his team, which ran roughshod over Sumter and Florence in the pre-season, had gone.

June 20, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


Late spring is time for Dove Season; Wash Park left hanging out to dry after five straight wins

Dove Season, a graduate of Fred and Wilhelmina McEwan's Fenwick Farm in Boykin broke his maiden at first asking by winning a $45,000 maiden race on Sunday at PARX Racing in Bensalem, Penn.

June 13, 2012 | Tom Didato | Equine


Kirkland changes her allegiance after committing to Gamecocks

One of the first things which Jessica Mullins did after being named the head volleyball coach at Lugoff-Elgin High School last spring was to meet with her predecessor, Susan Morris, to discuss the returning members of the 2011 Lady Demons.

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


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Rice not interested in comparing scores with Wolverines

Let's see, now. Two weeks ago, East Clarendon lost to North Central, 28-6. Last Friday, Camden Military Academy was edged by North Central, 20-14.

September 19, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


Rested Dogs host unbeaten Lancaster tonight at Zemp

This is not the team which Camden head coach Jimmy Neal thought he would see when he agreed to play Lancaster last winter.

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


Bluegrass Gold

There's gold in the clay of the Bluegrass State.

September 10, 2014 | Tom Didato | Tennis


Lady Bulldogs set lofty goals for '14

On a day on which Paige Wilson was forced to miss practice, members of her Camden High volleyball team were being interviewed by a reporter from WLTX TV 19 in Columbia after an online poll conducted by the station rated the Lady Bulldogs as the top team in the Midlands heading into the upcoming season.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons eye continued success

There was a time when a volleyball match with Lugoff-Elgin meant the opposing team's bench players would see plenty of action on the court.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Thing looking up for Lady Knights

One of the busiest people in Boonetown has to be the person charged with updating the volleyball region championship banner at North Central High School. Then again, the flag made of felt never collects a whole lot of dust.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


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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