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Veteran Knights pose stiff early season test for Dogs

When the dust had settled following his team's 51-38 loss to Cheraw in last Saturday afternoon's season opener, Camden head football coach Jimmy Neal said there was plenty to build on.

August 24, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Demons are prepared for Jackets’ ‘pistol’ formation

Even the mere mention of the word "concussion" is enough to give Scott Jones a migraine.

August 24, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Different region, same goals for Johnson, Lady Knights

If you think North Central is sweating out its move into the state class AA volleyball ranks, well, you can put those sports drinks and towels away.

August 24, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Lady Bulldogs look forward to new challenges in 4-AAA

For the past four seasons, when the Camden High volleyball team convened for pre-season practice, they may as well have spent a half-day designing a conference championship T-shirt. That was how certain it was that the Lady Bulldogs were going to win the Region 6-AAA title.

August 24, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Demons, Jones ready to put the past behind them

There are no "fixer-uppers" on Park Avenue. Anything not up to snuff is bought up or steamrolled.

August 22, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


A year older and wiser, Lady Demons prepared to add to volleyball success

Comfort can be found in a favorite pair of broken-in shoes or, a home-cooked meal.

August 22, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


New-look Cardinals hand North Central a 49-14 setback

This was not the Cardinal Newman team which North Central and head football coach Louis Clyburn signed up to play last winter.

August 20, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Chapman, Cheraw hold off Dogs in 51-38 shootout

CHERAW – Final exams are not supposed to be given on the first day of school.

August 20, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Camden brings its young cast to take on the Braves

There have been times when even some of the best teams which Jimmy Neal has coached were so keyed-up that they nearly or, did, lay an egg in the first game of the season.

August 17, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


NC hoping to be dealt a winning hand with Cards

Some coaches dread playing week zero games. Not Louis Clyburn.

August 17, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Bulldogs have their work cut out for them in bounce back season

There are those who look back at last season's opening game --- in which Camden led host Spring Valley, 16-7, with less than five minutes to play only to lose a 20-16 decision --- as the turning point in what spiraled into a 2-8 season.

August 15, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Knights prepared to experience a changing of the guard in 2012

When last season ended and North Central began preparations for its 2012 football campaign, the Knights had 18 rising seniors amongst their ranks. That number has now been reduced by a half-dozen.

August 15, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Knights come up empty against Jackets

Like big-time actors in a low-budget film, many of North Central's starters had but cameo roles in what turned out to be a 20-0 loss to Buford in Friday's opening game of the 37th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree at Zemp Stadium.

August 13, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Demons ‘tip’ toe past Vols, 7-6

Sure, there were plenty of times in which Lugoff-Elgin's 7-6 win over Andrew Jackson in the middle game of Friday's 37th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree were painful to watch. For the purists, however, there was something to smile about.

August 13, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Crestwood 'pistol' whips Dogs, 22-0

As if having a completely rebuilt defense was not enough of a challenge for the Camden coaching staff, Crestwood compounded that problem and shred the Bulldogs on that side of the football in a 22-0 victory in the final game of Friday's 37th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.

August 13, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


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Jackets sting Lady Knights

It was not exactly Marshawn Lynch on Super Bowl media day, but Mitch Lowder was a man of few words as he headed toward the locker room following North Central's 57-15 loss to the Buford girls Tuesday night at The Castle.

January 30, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Buford gets past Knights, 56-35

Just when it looked like North Central was going to reel Buford in, the visiting Yellow Jackets pulled back out to sea.

January 30, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Bulldogs qualify 10 for AAA Upper State wrestling tourney

Camden High School will send 10 wrestlers --- including three Region 4-AAA champions --- into the state AAA Upper State wrestling championships to be held on Feb. 20-12 at West-Oak Middle School.

January 28, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Upstart romps in Holy Bull

In what could be the start of his road to the Kentucky Derby, Ralph M. Evans' Upstart kicked off its 2015 campaign by cruising to a 5 ½-length victory in last Saturday's $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

January 28, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Former Panther, Gamecock Campbell named head football coach at L-E

On Dec. 15, 1994, Matt Campbell was one of what became known as the "Original 10."

January 28, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Coach Mullins being replaced with “Mom” Mullins

Fittingly, Jessica Mullins was on her way to a regular, every two months, doctor's visit with her four-month old son when she returned a call.

January 26, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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