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White’s commitment pays off with PSU-Fayette signing

After having played football for his first two years at Camden High School, Xavier White decided to hang up his cleats and dive head first into wrestling following his sophomore season.

February 27, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Jones prepared to take next step in football journey at North Greenville

Dakota Jones was asked to step out of his comfort zone in Lugoff-Elgin's defensive scheme last fall.

February 25, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Bowers will keep getting his kicks at Erskine

Growing up, Brandon Bowers was told by his coaches that he was too small to be any good at sports.

February 23, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Cauthen latest in long line of Dogs headed to Newberry

There is nothing like familir faces to make you feel at home.

February 20, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Smith, Camden's 'tackling machine' headed to Newberry

Coming into pre-season camp prior to his junior season at Camden High School, Tyrel Smith was a player the football staff thought could be a good player but one without a true position.

February 18, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Dutch Fork upends Lady Demons in finale

There were times this season in which bench was a lonely place for the Lugoff-Elgin girls' basketball team.

February 16, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Silver Foxes hold off Demons, 69-64

Someone must have forgotten to tell both Dutch Fork and Lugoff-Elgin that Friday's season-ending contest played inside the Demons Den had nothing at stake other than pride.

February 16, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Wilson has high hopes after signing with Wolves

D.J. Wilson has always stood out above the crowd. But it was not until the fifth grade when he had a birds-eye view of life.

February 13, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Dogs save their best for last by de-clawing Eagles, 41-27

Back in early December, this might have looked like a second quarter score from a Camden boys basketball game.

February 13, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Chapin puts damper on Lady Bulldogs' Senior Night

Just when it looked as if the Camden girls were going to end a frustrating season on a high note and with a two-game win streak, a once-dormant Chapin squad pulled the rug out from under the feet of the Lady Bulldogs.

February 13, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Cutting to the Chase

For most of his young life, Chase Truesdale spent his falls playing football before switching over the basketball in December.

February 11, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Teacher, mentor and friend

To some, he was a grab you by your shirt football coach who used toughness to get his point across to a young high school player on a blistering hot summer day. To others, he was a school administrator who ran a tight ship. To all, though, he was as loyal a friend as you ever want to have on your side.

February 11, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden


One last stop for old time's sake

There was one stop left. One more visit to make … a last request which needed to be granted.

February 11, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


An evening for Alex

Mike Thomas is a big guy … like run into a wall and a brick dislodges big. But ask him about the gesture which members of his Lugoff-Elgin junior varsity basketball team made for team manager Alex Martin Thursday night and Thomas' heart melts.

February 09, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Wyant eager to go back under center after signing on with Palmetto Prep

It would have been easy for Hunter Wyant to have played the role of a spoiled brat and pack his gear up and done something other than to have played football for North Central last fall.

February 06, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


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Getting defensive

It looks like the Clyburn family will be on the lookout for new babysitters.

April 17, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Cat Feathers, Upstart earn honors from N.Y. Thoroughbred Breeders

Two horses with Camden ties were honored as being the top New York-bred Thoroughbreds in their divisions for the 2014 racing season.

April 17, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Lady Demons take over Region 4-4A lead

Entering Monday's Region 4-4A softball showdown with visiting Blythewood, Lugoff-Elgin knew it had to put last Friday's win over Spring Valley behind them and be ready to play with the defending Region 4 champions in town.

April 15, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Rams hang on to edge Knights, 3-2

Suddenly, things are getting a bit cramped in the back seat.

April 15, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Demons Chase Spring Valley away

Needing something to do to relieve the boredom and kill time during what was a lightning-induced delay of more than 90 minutes, members of the Lugoff-Elgin and Spring Valley baseball teams joined together for an impromptu dance off beneath the press box at Optimist Field Friday night.

April 13, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


This week in Kershaw County sports

Monday: North Central, Central at Chesterfield (G – 4 p.m.); Wilson at Camden (TEN – 5 p.m.); North Central at Lugoff-Elgin (TEN – 5:30 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (BB – 6 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (SB – 6 p.m.); Camden at A.C. Flora (BB - 6:30 p.m.); McBee at Camden (SB – 6:30 p.m.); Blythewood at Lugoff-Elgin (SB – 6:30 p.m.)

April 10, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Spotlight on karting: Aiden Baker Crouse

Aiden Baker Crouse is a Micromax Rotax Kart Racer. The 10-year old, a student at Union Elementary has been making a name for himself in the racing world. He is the son of Jason and April Crouse of Vale, North Carolina.

April 08, 2015 | By PAM TRUESDALE Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Auto racing


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