Lessons learned in the late summer heat and the coolness of the fall should benefit both the Camden and Lugoff-Elgin high school girls' soccer program come the start of practice for the spring season in the winter.
On a night of firsts, Camden got the one which mattered most.
File this in the "Looks can be deceiving" file.
That season-opening loss to Cardinal Newman seems like a lifetime ago for North Central.
This is no time for Camden Military Academy to let its collective guard down.
In a colorful series in which games have decided region champions, playoff seedings or, the opportunity to earn a post-season berth, tonight's Camden at Lugoff-Elgin football game may be the most intriguing of all.
Instead of chasing and kicking an inflated ball on a precisely measured field, Kelli Murphy decided she was better suited to smacking around a smaller ball, made out of pressurized cores coated with a urethane compound covered in dimples.
Last Wednesday, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn was not satisfied with the effort his team was giving in practice. So, a halfway into things, he blew the whistle and the Knights started all over again, without questioning why.
FLORENCE -- A tale of two halves.
Playing on its biggest stage of the young season, Lugoff-Elgin looked every bit the part of a performer ready for their turn in the spotlight.
If you were to draw lines between all the intersecting parts of the coaching staffs at North Central and the Camden Military Academy football teams, it might look like something out of the Matrix.
COLUMBIA -- Sometimes, she will carry her arms in her back pack. But Shannon Wessinger still wears her heart on her sleeve.
Not having had any success with the passing game in Saturday's season opener at Camden Military Academy, New Covenant Christian School turned to a physical running back and a penetrating sun to finally get past the hosts, 14-0.
There may not be a right or a wrong time for a bye week. But this is about as a good a time as any for the Camden football team to have one.
Losing like this is a hard pill to swallow.
Two more horses with Camden connections will try and stay on the Kentucky Derby trail when they go head-to-head in Saturday's $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (Gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Nursing a one-run lead with two outs in the top of the seventh and a runner on first, Lugoff-Elgin closer Bradwin Salmond walked River Bluff's Josh Senter. That was not the worst thing which could have happened at the time since Senter rapped out hits in each of his first three at-bats.
Mitch Lowder laughed when talking about an honor which has been 32 years in the making.
Usually, signing day allows a high school student-athlete time to look back and reflect on what led up to this special occasion.
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.
Dakota Jones was asked to step out of his comfort zone in Lugoff-Elgin's defensive scheme last fall.
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