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CHS girls use 24-0 run to upend A.C. Flora, 52-38

Just as a mechanic puts a car on the lift to see what is wrong with a vehicle in need of repair, Camden girls' basketball coach Natalie Jeffcoat tinkered with her team's problems during halftime of Friday's game with A.C. Flora.

January 07, 2013 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Falcons press their way past Dogs, 63-48

In preparation for Friday night's visit from A.C. Flora, Camden head coach Ron McKie put his starting five to work by trying to break the Falcons' press which was set up by his second group.

January 07, 2013 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Kirkwood grads ring out 2012 in style

Every Way celebrated the final day of her 2-year-old campaign by ending the old year with a victory.

January 04, 2013 | Tom Didato | Equine


Bowl season off to good start for CHS grads

It has been one whale of a start to 2013 for several former Camden Bulldog football players. And, the fun may not be over, yet.

January 04, 2013 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights need all 36 minutes to down W-C in OT, 70-69

Proving that even the basketball gods get time off for the holidays, North Central was able to put aside the ghosts of close games past for, at least, one night.

December 31, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Grant will help keep L-E shooting program on target

When you are a club program which depends on sponsors and, sometimes, money out of your own pocket in order to survive, every dollar and/or small bit of spare change can mean that you live to see another practice or competition.

December 28, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Major changes may be in the offing for county football teams

After having been split into four classifications --- five, if you include the Big 16 in 4A --- the South Carolina High School League is considering splitting its member football schools into five classifications beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.

December 26, 2012 | Tom Didato | Seasonal Sports


Live Life to the Fullest

Ron McKie remembers the night as if it were yesterday.

December 21, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lady Demons press their way past North Central

On a night in which Lugoff-Elgin was without its leading scorer for the entire night, North Central head coach Mitch Lowder wondered where his team, which played so well in the first half, went for the final two quarters.

December 21, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


Sumpter’s buzzer-beater gives Demons 62-61 win

This is one Christmas present which the Lugoff-Elgin basketball team will not have to return.

December 21, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


Demons’ prescription not what Dog (tor) ordered

There isn't enough sugar in a candy store to have made this medicine go down.

December 17, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


CHS girls storm back to overtake Lady Demons

If steam actually could come out of a person's ears, then the smoke emanating from those of Natalie Jeffcoat could have steamed up half the windows in downtown Camden.

December 17, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


AJ hangs on to down Demons 67-64

Derek Belton smiled and shrugged his shoulders as soon as the question was put to him about his team's final trip down the floor in Tuesday's 67-64 loss to visiting Andrew Jackson.

December 14, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Commitment to defense leads L-E past Lady Vols

Who needs a grease board when the spoken word will do.

December 14, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


KC team wins South Carolina Open Cup

The LCSC Kershaw County boys' U18 soccer team finished off their season by winning the South Carolina Open Cup.

December 12, 2012 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Seasonal Sports


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Kohn called up by Braves

After having opened the season with the AAA Gwinnett Braves, Camden's Michael Kohn was called to the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

April 27, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Beckley’s no-no means ‘yes yes’ for Dogs

A night which opened with tears streaming from the eyes of Camden's senior players and their parents ended with a celebration centered on a sophomore.

April 27, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E wins Region 4-4A softball crown

Now, this is a way to celebrate a region championship.

April 24, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Never say never

Life can sometimes throw a curveball at you, even if you are a one-time baseball player-turned-distance runner.

April 24, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Land of hopes and dreams

If you hang around a horse barn long and often enough, you learn that a young horse's given name or, those still unnamed by their owners, are given nicknames by those who train or ride them.

April 24, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden


A healthy Ross Hough is excited about next opportunity at Erskine

Like an animal captured from the wild only to be held captive in a cage, Ross Hough spent his sophomore baseball season at Camden High School sitting in the dugout and waiting to hear his name called by head coach Denny Beckley to enter the game as a courtesy or, a pinch runner.

April 22, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


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


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


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