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Lady Demons no match for Dutch Fork

Save for the use of a magic wand, there was no way for Lugoff-Elgin girls' basketball coach Von Duncan to turn her 5-foot-8 center, Nakeisha Counts, into a 6-foot-5 post player. Nor was there some potion which could transform her other players to become taller or faster with one sip of the elixir.

January 06, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Now that the cold weather has arrived, take measures to prevent hypothermia

With recent freezing temperatures across South Carolina, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts headed to the field should be aware of the threat of hypothermia and how to combat it. Hypothermia occurs when exposure to the wind, cold and wetness drain heat from the body faster than it can be produced.

January 04, 2012 | Tom Didato | Seasonal Sports


Braves dial long distance to get past Dogs, 62-49

So much for scouting reports.

January 02, 2012 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Knights dismantle McBee, advance to tourney finale

When a marginal movie suddenly gets interesting, nobody leaves their seats and heads for the exits.

January 02, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


All-area defensive unit is ‘upperclassmen only’ group

Nearly mirroring their offensive counterparts, which appeared in last Fridays' edition of the Chronicle-Independent, the 2011 C-I Kershaw County Coaches' All-Area defensive squad features 12 seniors with three juniors mixed in on the 15-player unit.

December 26, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


A Christmas story of hope

At Christmastime, all roads lead home … even if you go somewhere you never lived before.

December 23, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Seniority rules on all-area offensive football team

While the wins were far from what Kershaw County coaches, players and fans have become used to in the past, there was no shortage of outstanding individual performances on the football field this past season for the county's four gridiron squads.

December 23, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lack of champions fails to slow down Demons

Around midday Saturday, on the second day of the 20th annual May Plant Credit Union Demon Holiday Classic wrestling tournament, Lugoff-Elgin head coach Evan Moxie was asked how his team was faring, at that point, in the 26-team event.

December 21, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Johnson leaves Post 17ers to take over for Jones at Sumter Post 15

For the second time in as many years, the Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball program is in the process of searching for a new head coach for the Senior American Legion team.

December 19, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


CHS girls extend win streak to three in 43-19 blowout

There was, basically, one path which Camden needed to block in order to come away with a victory over visiting Newberry on Tuesday night.

December 16, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Dogs lay third quarter egg in loss to Newberry

As he made his way from the gym to the locker room at halftime of Tuesday's game with visiting Newberry, Camden head coach Ron McKie overheard some of his players talking about being worn out.

December 16, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Camden girls gain split of series against L-E with 56-42 win

This was one instance in which a player did not have to be told what to do more than once by a head coach.

December 12, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Falcons rough up Demons, 85-38

Like a boxer who doesn't bother to touch gloves to start a fight, A.C. Flora got right down to it and delivered an early knockout punch to host Lugoff-Elgin.

December 09, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Elser joins elite panel at South African sales; Ever So Lucky has quick start for Sheppard

Kip Elser, who develops and preps yearlings and 2-year-olds at his Camden-based training facility, Kirkwood Stables, served as a panelist at the Summerhill Stud'ss Ready to Run Gallops in South Africa earlier this fall.

December 07, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Bulldogs exorcise Demons, 71-57

Once forcing Lugoff-Elgin to abandon its zone scheme to go to a man-to-man defense, Camden went for the kill.

December 05, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


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Turnovers burn Dogs in 41-27 loss to West Florence

FLORENCE -- Maybe it was an omen of what the rest of the evening held in store for Camden as its team buses were stuck in the middle of I-20 after an overturned van brought eastbound traffic to a halt near Darlington early Friday evening.

September 01, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Yellow Jackets fail to show compassion for Thomas, L-E

FORT MILL -- It was a bitter homecoming Friday night for Lugoff-Elgin interim head coach Dave Thomas as the visiting Demons were shut out by Fort Mill. The hosts jumped out front early and were never threatened on their way to a 41-0 victory.

September 01, 2014 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Whirlwinds fend off Knights' challenge

Sometimes, you just can't win for losing.

September 01, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Florida learns that S.C. has (hoops) talent

On July 16-20, the SC-BALLERS journeyed to Florida to compete in nationals. Both teams came in third place. The 8th grade team finished with an 8-1 record while the 11th grade team finished with a 5-2 mark.

August 27, 2014 | By Willie Dubose | Seasonal Sports


Dogs hope return to playoffs will be a snap

Long snappers are a lot like plumbers. You never realize how much you need one until there is an inch of standing water in your kitchen.

August 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Crisis Management 101

It was business as usual for the football program at Lugoff-Elgin in the early part of the spring and summer.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Hello, again

For almost as long as North Central fans can remember, schools such as Andrew Jackson, Indian Land, Buford and Chesterfield have been the region rivals of the Knights' athletic teams.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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