On what turned out to be D.J. Wilson's welcome to the big-time party, Lower Richland stole the cake and then ate it, too.
For at least this night, the bitterness of a Camden versus Lugoff-Elgin contest took a back seat to the big picture.
What better way to kick off the New Year than with having a couple winners come out of your barn.
Bernie Dalton had the best seat in the house when it came to being there for Pierrot Lunaire's unlikely run to the 2012 Eclipse Award for steeplechase horse.
Seeing as how visiting Westwood suited up just seven players for Tuesday's game with Camden, it can be surmised that the Lady Bulldogs' plan of attack was to get the guests into foul trouble and, run them until their tongues were hanging down to the floor.
Rather than subject his team to the confines of the gym for practice on a sunny Sunday afternoon, Camden High basketball coach Ron McKie took his squad to the school's adjoining athletic complex to work out in the great outdoors.
In the days leading up to last year's Carolina Invitational wrestling tournament, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School head coach Ted Monroe downplayed his team's chances at winning the statewide event.
Steeplechase horses in the Carolinas whose owners and trainers have an eye cast on the early season openers now have a place to give their horses a final go 'round prior to the races which count.
It's getting harder and harder to pick and choose your sports heroes these days.
In those old-time Westerns, the Calvary always waited until the end of the movie to come in and save those in distress.
Switching out five new players at a time, Eau Claire wanted to wear down North Central. And, as the minutes started to dwindle, so did the Lady Knights' energy.
Had it been a game of craps, Lugoff-Elgin would have rolled snake eyes.
There would have been much easier circumstances for Lugoff-Elgin assistant boys' basketball coach Garrett Knight to have made his head coaching debut than the one he found himself in on Tuesday.
When you are a first-year franchise, rivalries are few and far between.
A trio of steeplechasers --- each with Camden connections --- were named as the three finalists for the 2012 Eclipse Award for steeplechasing.
After having opened the season with the AAA Gwinnett Braves, Camden's Michael Kohn was called to the Atlanta Braves on Friday.
A night which opened with tears streaming from the eyes of Camden's senior players and their parents ended with a celebration centered on a sophomore.
Now, this is a way to celebrate a region championship.
Life can sometimes throw a curveball at you, even if you are a one-time baseball player-turned-distance runner.
If you hang around a horse barn long and often enough, you learn that a young horse's given name or, those still unnamed by their owners, are given nicknames by those who train or ride them.
Like an animal captured from the wild only to be held captive in a cage, Ross Hough spent his sophomore baseball season at Camden High School sitting in the dugout and waiting to hear his name called by head coach Denny Beckley to enter the game as a courtesy or, a pinch runner.
Facing Blythewood for the second time in four days, Lugoff-Elgin head softball coach James Marlow knew the importance of picking up a win at Blythewood on Friday. A victory over the Bengals would mean the Lady Demons would need just one win in their final two region games to claim the Region 4-4A championship outright.
No baseball coach ever tells his pitcher that he needs to be close to perfect in their final pre-game talk in order for their team to have a chance at coming away with a victory.
It looks like the Clyburn family will be on the lookout for new babysitters.
Two horses with Camden ties were honored as being the top New York-bred Thoroughbreds in their divisions for the 2014 racing season.
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.
Suddenly, things are getting a bit cramped in the back seat.
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.
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.)
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.
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