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17ers bounce back with 4-3 victory over Hartsville

Hanging on for dear life, Kershaw County received a game-ending strikeout from Mikael Nelson --- leaving runners on first and second --- to leave Jimmy White Park with a 4-3 win over Hartsville in an American Legion game played Tuesday in Kelleytown.

June 16, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Campbell shops around, staying local

Lugoff-Elgin rising senior offensive tackle Wyatt Campbell put an early end to his recruitment on Thursday by committing to continue his academic and football-playing endeavors at the University of South Carolina.

June 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Post 17 avoids being swept thanks to Dorton’s big night

With the night Justin Dorton was having, who could have blamed him for not wanting the ball taken out of his left hand.

June 13, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


P-17 in catch-up mode with Hartsville on deck

Kershaw County Post 17 headed into Thursday's scheduled home game with Sumter smarting from back-to-back losses to Post 15 in KC's first two games of the season.

June 09, 2017 | Tom Didato | Seasonal Sports


Don't fence me in

June 09, 2017 | Tom Didato | Seasonal Sports


Sumter rains on P-17’s parade in handing locals a 10-4 defeat

Even with a newfound sense of confidence derived from last year's runner-up finish in the state American Legion tournament, Kershaw County Post 17 was still unable to get past the stumbling block in its path known as Sumter.

June 09, 2017 | Tom Didato | Seasonal Sports


Todd shuts down KC on four hits in 10-0 P-15 win

SUMTER --- Lathan Todd had such command on the mound for the Sumter P-15's on Tuesday, he almost didn't want to get a hit that would end the night early against Kershaw County Post 17 at Riley Park.

June 09, 2017 | By DENNIS BRUNSON Special to the C-I | Seasonal Sports


Knights’ Baldwin ready for fresh start after signing on with Carson-Newman

In a high school career in which injuries seemed to pile on top of each other, Gwenden Baldwin never lost faith in himself or, his love for his teammates and the game itself.

June 09, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Bradley will go marching in with the Saints

In a generation in which youth baseball players play the sport year 'round with more than one youngster having developed arm trouble, getting a pitcher with what scout's like to describe as a "live" arm is becoming harder and harder to find.

June 06, 2017 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Post 17ers finish 3-0 in preseason tournament

A 2016 state American Legion championship rematch went by the boards on Sunday when an early evening storm forced the cancellation of that night's scheduled Florence Post 1 Invitational championship game between Kershaw County Post 17 and the tournament hosts and, defending South Carolina American Legion state champions.

June 02, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bethea has two reasons to be a success at KCU

Football is hard enough when you are playing the game for yourself and trying to make sure that you carry out the myriad of assignments which are asked of you throughout the 48-minute contest.

June 02, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


L-E’s Pruiett ready to keep on running at Tusculum

With a set of parents who enjoy running, Bailey Pruiett made it a family activity by joining her mom and dad on the roads and track.

May 30, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


17ers looking to build on state tournament run

There was a time, quite recently in fact, in when good summer for the Kershaw County American Legion baseball program was being competitive with League III kingpin Sumter, making a good showing in state playoffs and then, call it a day and a season.

May 26, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights’ Stephens ready to start all over at USC-Sumter

Chase Stephens is the type of baseball player who checks plenty of the boxes which coaches will sometimes fill with question marks.

May 26, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Carolinas’ top junior golfers set sights on Creed Invitational

What started out as a tournament to honor the memory of the late Jimmy Creed has turned into an event which now has junior golfers from both North Carolina and South Carolina lined up in trying to play their way into the select field.

May 23, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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Just minutes before the playing of the National Anthem before the first game of the Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree last August, Brian Boan, a ...

July 25, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Past Carolina Cup champs, riders take aim at Spa features

A large, accomplished field containing two Grade 1 winners and several other graded victors will line up Thursday for the $150,000 A. P. Smithwick ...

July 25, 2017 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


Hard work pays off for Kohn with Twins deal

Michael Kohn is back in the game.

July 21, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


C-N takes series in four by hanging on to top 17ers, 9-6

Exiting the field following Thursday's 4-0 loss Chapin-Newberry, which gave the visitors a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five second round series, Kershaw County American ...

July 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


It’s all Greek to her

For as long as Maggie Speaks can remember, summer meant traveling with her family for a beach vacation before returning home and preparing for the ...

July 14, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


This summer’s numbers game

While in some parts of the country, summer is in its infancy, in and around Kershaw County it is that in-between time in which baseball ...

July 14, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Error-prone P-17 lets one slip away

NEWBERRY – Not even the best pitching can overcome an abundance of mistakes made in the field. And quality opponents make people pay for those miscues.

July 14, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers deliver knockout blow in 16-1 rout

With a roster filled with first-year players, Kershaw County took a veterans' approach to Friday's third game of its best-of-five first round playoff series ...

July 11, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


L-E’s Bowers signs to play football at Greensboro College

Trying to figure out just where to play someone like Javon Bowers on the defensive line is a predicament which a college football coach can ...

June 27, 2017 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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