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Getting defensive helps Ellis land spot at USC-L

As he and assistant coach Kenny Galdeen looked for answers to help solidify his team's defense in the spring of 2017, Camden High girls' soccer coach Aaron Mayes asked then-junior forward Daysha Ellis to give playing on the second-to-last line of defense a try.

May 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Three Kershaw County players earn All-State baseball honors

Lugoff-Elgin teammates Zac Branham and Jake Laffin and North Central's Cam Holley were named to the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association All-State baseball teams.

May 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Wanna bet? Don’t hold your breath

When the Supreme Court ruled Monday that states outside of Nevada would be able to legalize sports gambling, there was one school of thought here in Kershaw County, Camden, in particular, that the ruling could be a boon to the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races.

May 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Sprucing up the place

As he walked around the Zemp Stadium playing field prior to his team's football game with Camden in 2013, then-Lower Richland head football coach Darryl Page looked at the cinder block walls which encased the concrete stands on one side of the field while a newer steel and metal grandstand reflected the sun's rays across the way.

May 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Camden


Got rings?

Too large to crawl in through a window and not allowed to have a key to its two doors, if given the chance, Seth Branham would probably live in the weight room located inside the Lugoff-Elgin High School Wellness Center.

May 15, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


St. James ends Demons’ season

It came earlier than they would have wanted it to but, when the Lugoff-Elgin baseball team gathered for the final time to listen to head coach Randy Stokes, they heard a talk more about life than what happened minutes earlier on the playing field at St. James High School.

May 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


In lofty company

Maggie Speaks, more than anybody, knew how big a deal it was.

May 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Keen changes course, signs to run cross-country at Presbyterian

in a competitive setting? Enough to have said no to the University of South Carolina's Honors College --- after she was accepted into it --- in order to continue to pursue running cross country in college.

May 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Pendleton puts an end to Dogs’ wild state tournament journey

In a season in which nothing has come easy, was there any reason to believe that Camden would take the path most traveled in its quest to win the AAA Upper State baseball title?

May 08, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Pickoff, sprint-off ... walk-off

Randy Stokes hoped for the best. Not even he, however, could have imagined his call working as well as it did.

May 08, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Camden’s unlikely run continues with 3-1 win over M-C

Trading baseball spikes for shiny leather dress shoes, Camden is going to the ball.

May 04, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


L-E uses two big innings to take down Beaufort

Patience is a virtue. For the Lugoff-Elgin baseball team, it became a necessity.

May 04, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs, Demons play way into Elite 8

Camden needed just one game to advance into Thursday's AAA Upper State baseball championship tournament while Lugoff-Elgin was extended to two games before earning a spot into Thursday's 4A Lower State baseball championship tournament.

May 01, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Demons use patience to get past Eagles

Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Lugoff-Elgin not only refrained from doing that but, rode that pony into the championship round of the 4A District VI baseball tournament.

May 01, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs in command of district tourney

It was not as easy as a coin flip but, Camden head baseball coach Denny Beckley and his staff had a decision to make as to whom to send to the mound to start last Thursday's AAA District III winners' bracket game against visiting Walhalla.

May 01, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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Articles By Author - Tom Didato


NC long on big plays in short week

From MIA to most needed player.

September 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Spartans slay Lions for second straight win, 22-8

Two weeks into the season and the Camden Military Academy football team has won as many games as they had in the previous two campaigns ...

September 14, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Indian Land takes both ends of meet at Historic Camden

Starting with a girls race contested in hot and humid conditions to the end of the boys' portion of the event which ended in an ...

September 14, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lady Demons spike Camden

In an emotionally charged setting in which both teams were trying to find something out about themselves, Lugoff-Elgin shook off a second set loss to ...

September 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldogs overcome mistakes for 28-16 win

FORT MILL -- Break out the brooms and dust pans. This one left a lot of cleaning up to be done.

September 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lamar too much for Knights, 33-7

Tyronne Drakeford had seen this movie before and neither time did the North Central head football coach enjoy what he watched.

September 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Singled out

Some dread it as much as a trip to the dentist. Others use their time at the lectern to deliver a flowery speech which has ...

September 07, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Drakeford, Knights undaunted by challenge awaiting them in Lamar

When he accepted the head coaching position at his high school alma mater, Tyronne Drakeford said, if given the opportunity, he wanted to put together ...

September 07, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs moving on after first defeat

Facing county and longtime rivals has been the norm for Camden after three weeks of the current football season. As second-year Bulldog boss Brian Rimpf ...

September 07, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Campbell hopes L-E can put together four full quarters against River Bluff

Through the first three weeks of the season, Lugoff-Elgin head football coach Matt Campbell has seen glimmers of what he hopes his young Demons will ...

September 07, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Spartans looking to pass first road test of season

Having run roughshod over the undermanned S.C. Titans in last Saturday's season opener, the Camden Military Academy football team will get an uptick ...

September 07, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


CHS girls slosh their way to victory

While most of Camden is begging for rain, the Camden High girls' cross country team got caught in a late Tuesday afternoon downpour in Great ...

September 07, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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