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'Second-best' is of little solace to CHS tennis team

When Roger Smoak called his friend and Chapin High boys' head tennis coach, John Rodgers, to congratulate him on the Eagles' third consecutive AAA state championship, the veteran Bulldog boss heard the phrase which would make any coach feel good, at first, before cringing after thinking about it for a while.

May 23, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Camden Hunt members use home course to their advantage

The Carolinas Hound Show held on May 12 at the Springdale Race Course, brought together fox hunts from North and South Carolina. Hound breeds, including English, American, Crossbred and Penn-Marydell, were judged on conformation according to breed standards. Camden hound Midnight was judged champion brood bitch.

May 21, 2012 | By KATHEE STAHL Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Seasonal Sports


Hicks plays his way onto AAA All-State team on the links

While the Camden High golf team missed earning a spot in this week's AAA state golf championship held at the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University, the two-day event did have a Bulldog presence along the Grand Strand.

May 18, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Edwards has a winning return to the saddle

Things opened up much differently for Jonathan Sheppard than they finished in Saturday's 71st running of the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville.

May 16, 2012 | Tom Didato | Equine


Requiem for a champion

As he prepared to tack up Cougar at Heart for a mid-Monday morning gallop at the Springdale Race Course, Brian Crowley peered beneath the neck of the 5-year-old mare and pointed a finger across the way to the vacant stall 618 which was occupied by Arcadius.

May 16, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


Two-time state champs put an end to Bulldogs’ state tournament run

While a win Tuesday would not have changed anything from a loss to Chapin in the 2010 AAA state championship match, Camden High tennis coach Roger Smoak felt a lot better about his team's chances at downing the Eagles in Camden than he may have about winning at a neutral site in Sumter two years ago.

May 11, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Mims breaks loose in second half to lead Airport past CHS girls, 2-1

In trying to possibly avoid getting into the same bracket as defending state champion Hilton Head, Airport, reportedly, used an intentional own goal in a win over Dreher which sent the Eagles to Camden for Monday's first round AAA state girls' playoff match.

May 09, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Darlington sends Dogs packing with 15-6 tourney win

DARLINGTON – When we last left the Darlington vs. Camden baseball series, Jake Ansley threw a no-hitter against DHS in a tidily played 2-1 Bulldog victory in the next-to-last game of the Region 6-AAA season between the two sides played at American Legion Park.

May 02, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Baltic Shore washes away Queen's Cup feature field

Having little choice but to go to the front, Willie McCarthy took Baltic Shore to point in Saturday's $50,000 Queen's Cup MPC Chase.

May 02, 2012 | Tom Didato | Equine


Andrews uses academics to earn a volleyball grant-in-aid with Columbia College

Sarah Andrews was closing the deal on her becoming an incoming freshman at Columbia College this fall when an admissions counselor at the school saw that the soon-to-be Lugoff-Elgin High School graduate had played volleyball for the Lady Demons.

May 02, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Black Thursday

Hide the kids.

April 30, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


Eagles start and end with a flurry in dealing Bulldogs a 13-4 defeat

CHAPIN --- For one split second, all that Camden had done wrong in Thursday's AAA state playoff opener at Chapin looked like it might be swept under the rug.

April 30, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Flash Mash takes Giant's Causeway

Flash Mash, a graduate of Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables in Camden, tracked down Well Deserved in deep stretch to win Saturday's 16th running of the $100,000 Giant's Causeway Stakes at the Keeneland Race Course in Versailles, Ky.

April 25, 2012 | Tom Didato | Equine


Robinson surprises herself by signing with Columbia College

Growing up, Cassady Robinson played in a T-ball baseball league with boys. She also threw the football around with the guys, many of whom she considers some of her closest friends. So, when it came time to make her choice of a college, the North Central High School senior chose … You guessed it, Columbia College.

April 25, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


All six KC teams will travel to state tourney openers

It is time to crank up the buses for the post-season.

April 25, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


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Florida learns that S.C. has (hoops) talent

On July 16-20, the SC-BALLERS journeyed to Florida to compete in nationals. Both teams came in third place. The 8th grade team finished with an 8-1 record while the 11th grade team finished with a 5-2 mark.

August 27, 2014 | By Willie Dubose | Seasonal Sports


NC's opening game struggles continue with 14-12 loss

Telling anyone who would listen that just because C.A. Johnson was a Columbia city school without a rich football history that the Hornets were not a "cupcake" opponent, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn has the naysayers believing him now.

August 25, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Dogs score final 21 points in sacking Demons, 35-14

Just when Camden thought it let a golden opportunity slip through its hands, another presented itself. This time, Tyrone Kelly did not let it get out of his mitts.

August 25, 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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