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CHS girls shrug off slow start, breeze to 51-20 win

It is sometimes easy to get caught up in your own success. It is harder still to overlook the struggles of an opponent.

January 23, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Demon wrestlers third in Red Raider Rumble

In the final pairing of a match which ended in controversy and confusion, Belton-Honea Path handed Lugoff-Elgin a 37-36 defeat in the semifinals of Saturday's Red Raider Rumble held at Greenville High School.

January 23, 2018 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Falcons rain on Salmond’s, Demons’ parade

It took Garrett Knight longer than usual to emerge from his team's locker room Tuesday night.

January 19, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Darlington breezes past L-E girls

Growing pains do not come without their share of struggles. The Lugoff-Elgin girls' basketball team has learned and continues to learn that fact the hard way.

January 19, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


NSA to pay out nearly $3 million in purse money at spring meets

The National Steeplechase Association's condition book for the 2018 spring season is out, and the lineup promises record-smashing purses and the launch of the new Georgia Steeplechase meet.

January 16, 2018 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


Versatile Coleman focusing on present after signing with KCU

Every team needs a player who can play virtually any position on the baseball diamond if needed. Kentucky Christian University now has one to call its own.

January 16, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldogs have their way with Griffins

Games and nights such as these have been hard to come by for the Camden boys' basketball team this season. So, head coach Ron McKie enjoyed it as much as he could.

January 12, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Tank runs dry for CHS girls in 45-36 loss

Nineteen days off between games coupled with one of her team's top players leaving school Tuesday after becoming ill was hardly the way Camden girls' basketball coach Natalie Jeffcoat wanted to enter that evening's Region 4-AAA opener with visiting Fairfield Central.

January 12, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bring on the heat

Appropriately dressed for someone riding behind a team of huskies for a trek over snow and ice-covered terrain, Richard Valentine sat in the saddle aboard one of his eight horses stabled on the grounds of the Springdale Race Course.

January 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Equine


Late-game putback lifts Stallions to 58-56 win over North Central

Finding enough players to practice over the holiday break was a struggle. Finding those with heart and stamina was an entirely different story.

January 05, 2018 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Second half surge does in Lady Knights

Just when it looked like North Central was preparing to make a run at Lee Central, the visitors from Bishopville pulled the rug out from under the Lady Knights.

January 05, 2018 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Signed, sealed and delivered

By the middle of last spring, colleges were flooding Lugoff-Elgin rising senior Wyatt Campbell with offers to attend and play football at their respective school. At the same time, Malik Harkness was completing his junior year at Irmo High School.

January 02, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Beben prepared to keep swinging at USC-Sumter

When asked how long Hannah Beben had been playing golf as a member of the Camden High girls' team, Lady Bulldog head coach Matt McCarley paused and tried his best to give a definitive answer.

December 29, 2017 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


NC boys top Camden for third

North Central used a 12-9 fourth quarter run to break a 29-29 tie after three quarters to defeat Camden, 41-38, in Wednesday's boys' consolation game of the Mid-Carolina Credit Union Holiday Classic.

December 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lady Bulldogs wear down NC; capture tourney title

Venus Sumpter is hardly the most intimidating player on the basketball court.

December 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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Articles By Author - Tom Didato


Payne’s recruiting journey closes after his signing with Crusaders

Not all high school student-athletes enjoyed being wooed by college coaches and being told how great they are and what the school and the program ...

February 20, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Small ball carries Dogs into round 3

In what amounted to a chess match on hardwood, Ron McKie played Clinton head coach Eddie Romines like Bobby Fischer.

February 20, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs repel Trojans in round one, 82-44

Knowing all too well the mindset of a four seed when taking on a region champion, Camden boys' basketball coach Ron McKie warned his squad ...

February 16, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Camden’s Ayers brings complete package with him to The Citadel

Before Ryland Ayers signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and football-playing days at The Citadel, Camden High head football coach Brian ...

February 16, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Quick start carries Falcons over Demons, 67-52

COLUMBIA --- Making its first appearance in state postseason play in eight seasons, Lugoff-Elgin showed signs of rust in Wednesday's 4A Lower State tournament opener ...

February 16, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Branham ‘centered’ on new position at Mars Hill

When college recruiters darkened Matt Campbell's door to check on Lugoff-Elgin's senior football prospects, most came to look into the situation along the ...

February 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Camden girls finish in third after 41-27 setback

Heading into Thursday's regular season finale with visiting Columbia, Camden girls' basketball coach Natalie Jeffcoat said the temptation was there to slow the game ...

February 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldogs ‘Cam do’...

In the span of just a few minutes, Camden showed why it could stick around in the AAA boys' state basketball playoffs or, could find ...

February 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Chapin proves to be Demons’ kryptonite, again

One by one, eyes red and swollen, they emerged from the mini gym at Lugoff-Elgin High School following a lengthy team meeting conducted by head ...

February 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lakewood gets past Lady Demons, 40-27

Von Duncan is no different than any other coach who wants nothing more for her Lugoff-Elgin girls' basketball team than to put all facets of ...

February 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Gators take a bite out of L-E, 59-51

Proving it can get it done with defenders in their face as well as with unobstructed looks at the basket, Lakewood used its length to ...

February 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs win Region 4 crown

Taking matters into their own hands, the Camden boys' basketball team left Indian Land with a win and the Region 4-AAA championship on Tuesday night.

February 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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