At Christmastime, all roads lead home … even if you go somewhere you never lived before.
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.
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.
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.
There was, basically, one path which Camden needed to block in order to come away with a victory over visiting Newberry on Tuesday night.
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.
This was one instance in which a player did not have to be told what to do more than once by a head coach.
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.
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.
Even for an opening night, this was a bit discouraging.
Once forcing Lugoff-Elgin to abandon its zone scheme to go to a man-to-man defense, Camden went for the kill.
A pair of right-handed pitchers will figure prominently into the Lugoff-Elgin at Camden basketball game to be played inside the Dog Pound on Friday, Dec. 9.
C-I (Camden, S.C.) sports editor
Breaking Cardinal Newman's unrelenting full-court press was the easy part. It was the finishing which gave the North Central girls fits.
Collectively, it was hardly the best of seasons for Kershaw County's three public high school football programs which combined to win seven (see accompanying note) games in 2011.
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.
Telling anyone who would listen that just because C.A. Johnson was a Columbia city school without a rich football history that the Hornets were not a "cupcake" opponent, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn has the naysayers believing him now.
Just when Camden thought it let a golden opportunity slip through its hands, another presented itself. This time, Tyrone Kelly did not let it get out of his mitts.
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.
It was business as usual for the football program at Lugoff-Elgin in the early part of the spring and summer.
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.
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