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Mr. 300

Randy Stokes is the antithesis of a "me first" guy. So when the Lugoff-Elgin head baseball coach notched his 300th win in the Demons' dugout following Tuesday's 2-0 victory over Ridge View he was quick to shift the spotlight to those players and coaches who helped him get to this point in his career.

April 22, 2016 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs’ sixth inning magic arrives in time for 8-5 win

Forty-pitch first innings are hardly harbingers for success but Camden and Devin Beckley were able to overcome a shaky start and held onto first place in the Region 4-AAA standings with a come-from-behind 8-5 win over Richland Northeast on Tuesday.

April 22, 2016 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons in control of Region 4 softball race

BLYTHEWOOD -- If Lugoff-Elgin was not going to win the Region 4-4A softball title, at least they wanted to go down swinging.

April 19, 2016 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Starting over ... again

There are a lot worse places where one can go to heal from surgery than on a beach in southern California.

April 15, 2016 | Tom Didato | Sports


Abbott at his best down the stretch as Bulldogs get past A.C. Flora, 3-2

Frustration was Camden's seemingly constant companion through the first four and a half innings of Friday's Region 4-AAA pairing with visiting A.C. Flora.

April 12, 2016 | Tom Didato | Auto racing


Knights need to get hot for playoff shot

Addressing a group of young men whose heads were collectively hanging, North Central baseball coach Robbie Cash laid the cards out on the table following his team's 5-3 loss to rival Andrew Jackson on Thursday night.

April 12, 2016 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Daltons get a win with Express Line on a wind-aided Carolina Cup card

On a day which opened with the rain showers and ended in brilliant sunshine, two things which stood out among Saturday's Carolina Cup were the constant wind, which played havoc with the infield and College Park tents, and safe racing.

April 05, 2016 | Tom Didato | Equine


Balance-ing Act

Heading toward the 12th and final flight of fences all by his lonesome, Mark Watts took a peek beneath his right shoulder to see where the rest of the field was as he and Balance the Budget bounded their way home in Saturday's $75,000 Carolina Cup feature.

April 05, 2016 | Tom Didato | Equine


Fisher duo headlines Cup field

Jack Fisher, who ran away with last year's trainer titles by wins and purse earnings, will send out the formidable one-two punch of Special Skills and Dye Fore for Saturday's $75,000 Carolina Cup.

April 01, 2016 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


A real hometown boy

In a day and age in which everyone seems to want to trace where they came from, sometimes one's lineage can be found under their nose.

April 01, 2016 | Tom Didato | Equine


Branham one-ups Bowers as L-E wins pitching duel, 4-1

Better get him early or you won't get him at all.

April 01, 2016 | Tom Didato | Sports


Deja vu for Dogs in 4-3 loss

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the Lugoff-Elgin and Camden baseball teams should have been blushing.

April 01, 2016 | Tom Didato | Sports


Guided by Faith

Everyone loves an underdog. But wanting to be the underdog? That is something entirely different. That is, unless your name is Donnie Levister.

April 01, 2016 | Tom Didato | Auto racing


Lunsford, Lady Demons topple Dutch Fork

After having dropped a tightly contested game in Region 4-4A play to Blythewood, 2-1, a week earlier, the Lugoff-Elgin softball team moved into sole possession of second place in the six-team circuit with a 3-1 win over visiting Dutch Fork last Thursday night.

March 29, 2016 | By Sean Bates | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Chapin edges Dogs, 2-1, in first meeting of top-3 ranked teams

tchers in Region 4-AAA squaring off against each other while throwing for two of the top-three ranked teams in class AAA baseball, all indicators pointed toward Camden's game with visiting Chapin being a low-scoring affair.

March 29, 2016 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


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Pike hoping there is strength in numbers for Post 17ers

You can never have enough pitching in baseball, especially in American Legion baseball where games are nine innings.

May 24, 2016 | Tom Didato | Sports


CHS’ Denny Beckley tabbed as AAA Coach of the Year

Most seasons, the coach of the year honor is given to someone who has led his team deep into the postseason or, in many an ...

May 24, 2016 | Tom Didato | Sports


Rawnaq fends off Irish invaders to capture Nashville feature

It was, in a phrase, a race for the ages, an international classic in an American spring classic.

May 20, 2016 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


Knights’ Hardin ready to spread his wrestling wings at Brewton-Parker

Like a security blanket or, a shadow, Robert Hardin has been seemingly joined at the hip with North Central head wrestling coach Jason Brazell.

May 20, 2016 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


The Sky is No Limit

It has never been hard to find Lindsay Pierce. All you have to do is check out a baseball field, the wrestling mat, a hunting ...

May 20, 2016 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons hope to break out the brooms at Byrnes

GREENVILLE -- As long as you have to make a long trip, you might as well play and win two games.

May 13, 2016 | By SEAN BATES | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Douglas’ bat stays red-hot in delivery of walk-off single

On a team whose roster includes a 4A All-State honoree, a North-South All-Star Game selection and a Division I verbal commitment, who could have blamed ...

May 13, 2016 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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