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Seven-run second lifts 17ers past Hartsville

His smile spoke volumes as to what Craig Smith saw as he tempted fate by looking ahead to what the upcoming weeks may hold for the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team.

June 27, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bowers’ gem helps extend P-17ers win streak to six

On a night when runs were as rare as a breeze, Kershaw County's Zac Bowers and Russell Thompson of Manning-Santee took turns cooling off the opposing bats.

June 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers score five in first to upend Manning, 12-4

MANNING -- Manning-Santee put itself in an early hole against Kershaw County Post 17 on Monday and try as it might, Post 68 couldn't pull itself out.

June 18, 2014 | By DENNIS BRUNSON Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


Rawl brings the complate package to Koalas

Numbers and actions speak louder than words. And Taylor Rawl was bigger on the former pair than the latter in helping turn the Lugoff-Elgin softball team into a force in the state's 4A ranks.

June 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Cheraw forfeits game to Post 17

Fans arriving at American Legion Park last Thursday night and seeing an empty, but playable, field may have thought that evening's League III game between Kershaw County Post 17 and visiting Cheraw was not played due to wet grounds.

June 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Local stables enjoying strong spring

Thanks in large part to Commanding Curve's second-place finish in the $2 million Kentucky Derby and his ninth in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables of Camden is enjoying a stellar spring.

June 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Hoppner's American stay ends with a bang in state tennis tourney

Each day, millions of Americans pull up to a fast food restaurant intercom, place their order and moments later, their food and drinks are handed to them and they are off and back on the road again.

June 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


17ers pull away from Cheraw

Just when it looked as if Kershaw County might enjoy a little additional down time on a warm Monday evening, Cheraw made the locals pull a regular shift.

June 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bowers, Hoke to play in all-star baseball games

While the Grand Strand is filled with sunbathers and vacationers at this time of year, a pair of recent Kershaw County graduates will spend this weekend in Myrtle Beach putting in a little work.

June 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


The end of an era

Glady Smoak remembers the night as if it were yesterday.

June 06, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Red-hot Stokes helps lift P-17 past Jets

DALZELL -- After opening the American Legion baseball season with a convincing 12-2 victory, Dalzell-Shaw Post 175 suffered its second straight loss to Kershaw County Post 17 on Friday, falling 10-6 at Thomas Sumter Academy's General Field on Friday night.

June 02, 2014 | By DENNIS BRUNSON Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


Nine-run fifth propels P-7 past Jets

It was only one game, but it sure seemed as if Kershaw County American Legion baseball coach Craig Smith was coaching two.

June 02, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Jets unload on P-17, 12-2

DALZELL -- Dalzell-Shaw Post 175 head coach Steve Campbell had to shuffle his starting lineup right before the Jets season-opener due to a player having a job interview.

May 30, 2014 | By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


17ers take two of three in North Carolina

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. -- Kershaw County Post 17 received a brilliant pitching performance from The Citadel-signee Grey Hoke in the opener and a walk-off solo home run from Russ Radcliffe in the nightcap to sweep Haywood (N.C.) Post 47, 6-1 and 3-2, in an American Legion Senior Opening Day doubleheader on Saturday at Tuscola Ballpark.

May 28, 2014 | By CHUCK FIEBERNITZ Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


Trading places

Willie Taylor manned so many different positions on defense during his four seasons at North Central that adding a new place to play in college does not faze him one bit.

May 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


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P-17ers in it to win it

As he was heading home in the wee hours of Friday morning from Thursday's evening's baseball game at Georgetown, Kershaw County American Legion baseball team pitching coach Will Dorton stopped by a gas station to fill his car's tank. While there, Dorton, who still had his Post 17 uniform on, had a local police officer come up to him asking how the team did and who was pitching in that night's third game.

July 25, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers face Rock Hill in Saturday's state tourney opener

Kershaw County will make its long-awaited American Legion State Tournament debut on Saturday when Post 17 takes on Rock Hill in the third (scheduled for 4:30 p.m.) game at Riley Park in Sumter.

July 23, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Re-rallying the troops

Before they left following Wednesday morning's off-season contioning session, members of the Lugoff-Elgin football team took a knee and listened to their head coach who was in his third full day on the job.

July 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Answering a higher calling

It was a normal day which was about to take an abrupt U-turn.

July 14, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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