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For Erskine-bound Bowers, the less pitches the better

In this age of baseball in which pitchers are always looking to add another pitch to their repertoire, Zac Bowers is in the reduction mode.

April 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle

Dogs leave no Grey area in 2-1 win

Due to a traffic tie-up on Interstate 20, A.C. Flora arrived late for Friday's game against Camden at American Legion Park, thereby delaying the start.

April 07, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle

Knights get back on track by de-railing Raiders, 13-1

Doing all their offensive damage in the first two frames, North Central washed the bad taste from last Thursday's one-run loss to Fairfield Central from its mouth by thrashing visiting Keenan, 13-1, on a sun-splashed early Tuesday evening game in Boonetown.

April 04, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle

Come sail away

Hearing that his cousin was going to buy a catamaran and go sailing, Mac McCallum got caught up in the excitement and bought his own multi-hull sailboat. Turns out, he did not have a sailing partner as his cousin backed out on his end of the deal.

April 02, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

A good walk unspoiled

Using the Springdale Race Course as his classroom and his good friend and retired National Steeplechase Association champion jockey Jonathan Smart and Camden-based trainer Mickey Preger as his professors, Willie McCarthy went back to school last week in the days leading up to McCarthy's ride aboard Top Striker in Saturday's 82nd running of the $50,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase.

March 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine

Early morning rain fails to dampen Cup day

All those gloomy early week predictions of the possibility of --- your pick --- rain, hail, thunderstorms, threat of a tornado ... locusts ... on Saturday did not keep too many Carolina Cup patrons from descending upoon the Springdale Race Course in strong numbers.

March 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine

Top Striker looking to use home course to his advantage

Had it been the 1980s and if it were Wall Street, it would have been considered insider trading.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine

Dalton, Cat Feathers hope Cup day will be Ladies Day

Brushing beneath the chin of a horse whose winter coat is shedding and floating into the air, Kate Dalton apologized for the mess it was making as hairs flew everywhere.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine

Clean and green

At a time of morning when many a Carolina Cup-goer is rolling over in their bed, the men charged with making sure everything on the grounds of the Springdale Race Course and its adjoining property are in working order are already on the job and rolling out, assuring that everything is in place for the tens of thousands of patrons who will make their way through the gates in the coming hours.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine

Demons stop Dogs in their tracks, 3-2

Hunter McManus is hardly the most imposing figure on the baseball field.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Brown tickled pink after signing with Koalas

Unlike some student-athletes who make sports their first priority when choosing a college, Miranda Brown was ready to put athletics in her rear-view mirror after choosing to attend Columbia College.

March 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle

Six jumpers eyeing $50,000 Carolina Cup

What has been a tough winter up and down the East Coast is having a profound effect on the first two weeks of the 2014 National Steeplechase Association campaign.

March 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine

Nelson, L-E lay Bengals’ streak to rest

Streaks are made to be broken and, two went by the wayside Friday night at Optimist Field.

March 24, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle

Knights left high and dry in 5-2 loss to Pelion

Meeting with his team following their 5-2 loss to visiting Pelion on a cold evening in Boonetown, Robbie Cash told his North Central baseball squad that the Panthers were "ripe for the picking."

March 21, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle

Luck of the Irish comes through for horses with Camden ties

On the day before St. Patrick's Day, it was lucky to have been a horse which was developed in Camden as two graduates of Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables and another from Donna Freyer's Custom Care Equine found their way into the winners' circle.

March 19, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine

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Articles By Author - Tom Didato

JMU wins Camden Collegiate

As you drove down Knight's Hill Road and turned onto Country Club Road going into the Camden Country Club last weekend, it was obvious ...

October 28, 2016 | By JOE WOODBURY Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Golf

Tops Striker scores in Zeke Ferguson

With regular jockey and Camden resident Bernie Dalton committed to Diplomat, Camden-based trainer Arch Kingsley Jr. had to go rider-shopping for Top Striker, and he ...

October 28, 2016 | By Don Clippinger | Equine

Knights have their backs to the wall

Two gets you through. One won't get it done.

October 28, 2016 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle

Lady Knights gets early Halloween scare

Like well-mannered children, number four seeds who take on a region champion are expected to be seen and not heard.

October 28, 2016 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle

KC quartet headed to North-South game

Camden's Devin Beckley, Jo Jo Watson, Lugoff-Elgin's Adam Rowson and North Central's Cedrick Cunningham were all selected to play in the North-South ...

October 25, 2016 | Tom Didato | Sports

Rams blank battered Knights

Had this game been played earlier in the season, maybe Friday's North Central at Chesterfield pairing may have had a different outcome. Or, if ...

October 25, 2016 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle

Dogs rumble past Warriors

It didn't have to be pretty and it did not matter whether it came over the Holy Angels Middle School B team or the ...

October 25, 2016 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle

Falcons grounded in 56-14 loss to L-E

It was a win 13 seniors may never forget.

October 25, 2016 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle

NC’s Cunningham prepared to become an Army Man

His right arm tucked in a sling due to a hand injury sustained in the opening minutes of North Central's 48-12 loss to Cheraw ...

October 21, 2016 | Tom Didato | Sports

Giving Larry Doby his due

By 1955, Larry Doby was no longer a novelty; a man's whose skin color separated him from the other players playing alongside him with ...

October 21, 2016 | Tom Didato | Kershaw County

CMA own worst enemy in 38-14 loss

Before the first quarter of Monday's game with the Carolina Wildcats ended, Camden Military Academy had already scored more points in 11-plus minutes than ...

October 14, 2016 | Tom Didato | Camden Military

NC pushes back Friday game to Nov. 11

With his team having played two games in six days and with the South Carolina High School League pushing the first round of the state ...

October 13, 2016 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


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