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Spartans better prepared to kick off season

Playing your first regular season football game four days after the start of classes and five days into practice is hardly the optimum time frame for coaches and players to prepare for an opponent which already has two games under its belt and has been on the field for more than a month.

September 01, 2017 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


Dogs try to snap skid against Hartsville

When several members of the Camden coaching staff --- including head coach Brian Rimpf --- took in Hartsville's 26-25 win over South Florence, in person, last Thursday they informed their new boss that little had changed in Hartsville.

August 30, 2017 | Weather forces change to Thursday game | Sports


Camden vs. Hartsville game moved to Thursday

Due to the threat of inclement weather including damaging thunderstorms, Camden's football game at Hartsville has been moved up a day to Thursday.

August 30, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs outman Knights, 42-14

Checking nearly every box that mattered, Camden presented first-year head coach Brian Rimpf with his first victory at the school in a military Appreciation Night win over visiting North Central in a contest which was hardly a spic and span effort for the hosts.

August 29, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Six turnovers come back to haunt L-E in 45-20 loss

LEXINGTON -- Execution and protecting the football. It may sound like a cliche` phrase to fans who watch and love sports but it's the backbone of a successful team.

August 29, 2017 | By Tyler Cupp Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dalton-trained Diplomat scores Turf Writers upset

SARATOGA, N.Y. --- With a perfectly timed move by Camden's Bernie Dalton, Flying Elvis Stable's Diplomat burst to the front in Saratoga Race Course's stretch and drew away to an three-length victory in last Thursday's 76th edition of the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1).

August 29, 2017 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


L-E loses appeal to stay in class 4A

Given the history of appeals being approved in the past, Matt Campbell knew he was facing an uphill battle as well as long odds in trying to get the South Carolina High School League's (SCHSL) proposed realignment plan changed as it pertained to Lugoff-Elgin High school and its athletic program.

August 25, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Drakeford finally gets shot at Dogs as Knights travel to Zemp tonight

During his playing days at North Central High School, Tyronne Drakeford never got the chance to suit up for a game against Camden High. It was an opportunity and a challenge which both he and his teammates would have welcomed.

August 25, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


L-E hopes not to get bogged down in The Swamp

If there is a down side to playing your rival in game one it is that there is a game two one week later. Regardless of whether you win or lose the emotional opening contest, there is plenty of concern as to the bounce effect.

August 25, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Campbell hopes for second win

With a victory to kick off the 2017 football season, Lugoff-Elgin head football coach/athletic director Matt Campbell is looking to extend the streak to two in a row to kick off 2017.

August 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Redemption Song

Thanks to his having sustained a shoulder injury late in the third quarter of last year's game with Camden, Reddek Kelley was not around when the horn sounded in Lugoff-Elgin's loss that Saturday evening at L-E Stadium.

August 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights rally to give Drakeford first victory, 26-21

All it took was a bolt of lightning on Thursday to render the game clock that is a part of North Central's football scoreboard useless. Fortunately, however, the board could still tally the score.

August 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


L-E seniors look to break through against Bulldogs tonight at Zemp

With his first pass attempt of the 2016 season, North Central quarterback Michael Williamson hooked up with Markell Portee on a 10-yard fade pattern pass for a touchdown in a game with Buford.

August 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights host Rocks to open Drakeford era in Boonetown

Tyronne Drakeford has played on football's biggest stage in being a member of the Super Bowl XXIX champion San Francisco 49ers. That does not mean the North Central head football coach does not get butterflies before a game, especially his first one in his new job.

August 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Drakeford, Knights reach for the stars

In his first season in the NFL, Tyronne Drakeford helped the San Francisco 49ers win Super Bowl XXIX. Now the retired cornerback hopes to bring some of that magic with him to his alma mater as North Central's first-year head football coach.

August 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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North Myrtle Beach scores in waves sending Dogs to fourth straight loss

LITTLE RIVER --- Brian Rimpf had the wide-eyed look of a little kid who had successfully made his way crossing the street in the middle of ...

September 26, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Simon says ...

There were plenty of check marks on North Central's side of the ledger heading into Friday's game at Great Falls.

September 26, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Mistake-prone Bulldogs doubled-up in 28-14 loss

FLORENCE --- In a numbers game, these were some of those which did not add up the way Camden would have liked in a Thursday night ...

September 19, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


AJ defense shuts down ground game and Knights in region opener, 28-0

KERSHAW --- Its starting quarterback and a chief playmaker on both sides of the football each watching from the sidelines in street clothes and being thrown ...

September 19, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


CHS offense sputters in defeat

One of the best ways to keep or, secure your spot on a football team is to be playing hard late in a contest in ...

September 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lady Demons cruise past CHS in 3

Starting out as if they were double-parked, Lugoff-Elgin rattled off the first six points in Wednesday's volleyball match at Camden in rapid succession.

September 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Whirlwinds blow Knights away

After his team scored a touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half to close the gap against Timmonsville to a 21-13, North Central ...

September 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Spartans fall flat in 28-14 setback

It all seemed to be going so right before it went oh-so wrong.

September 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knock, knock

While it may not be the most exciting 100-yard stretch of racing at next spring's Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races, the Knockerball Steeplechase promises to ...

September 05, 2017 | Tom Didato | Equine


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