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Knights’ Porter named Region 3-A football player of the year for 2011

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.

November 30, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Black Friday going nitro

ways and byways --- not to mention the parking lots --- on Friday to kick off the holiday shopping season, there will be those cars which will take to the dirt and the air while weaving their way around traffic.

November 23, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Colonial Cup drops curtain on 2011 NSA campaign

The $100,000 TD Bank Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup feature highlighted Saturday's six-race card, which included five steeplechases races and one on the flat and brought the curtain down on the 2011 National Steeplechase Association campaign.

November 21, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


No audit necessary

With three fences left to be jumped, Xavier Aizpuru was done with trying to hold back Tax Ruling.

November 21, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Who do you like in the Cup?

(Editor's note: Don Clippinger is the media consultant for the National Steeplechase Associaton. Here, he gives Colonial Cup fans an outlook of the 12 entries into Saturday's $100,000 feature chase. He also included odds, if pari-mutuel wagering were allowed in South Carolina.)

November 18, 2011 | By DON CLIPPINGER Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Equine


Colonial Cup feature chase, Eclipse Award up for grabs

It took a cold/sinus infection to do what no horse on this side of the Atlantic could do last month.

November 18, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Kingsley hoping to catch lightning in a bottle again

Arch Kingsley might feel as if he is a stranger in his own house.

November 18, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Black Jack Blues out of Cup; illness sidelines race favorite

It's cold and flu season for horses, too.

November 18, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


KC volleyball players earn honors

Following a season in which all three Kershaw County high school volleyball teams finished in the top two of their respective regions --- with Camden and North Central capturing conference titles --- it should come as no surprise that when it came time for post-season honors to be handed out, players from these teams earned state and league laurels.

November 16, 2011 | Tom Didato | Seasonal Sports


Walker set to fly with the Eagles

wo springs ago, Lugoff-Elgin baseball coach Randy Stokes decided to put then-sophomore Devin Walker behind the plate to handle a veteran group of hard-throwing pitchers, three of whom signed to pitch at the collegiate level including current USC closer Forrest Koumas.

November 14, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Field of 13 nominated into Colonial Cup feature

The $100,000 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup has attracted 13 accomplished nominees, promising a large and talented field for the year's final major steeplechase race on Saturday, Nov. 19.

November 11, 2011 | By DON CLIPPINGER Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Equine


CHS' Wise to play in North-South All-Star Game

You only have one chance to make a first impression and Fidel Wise took full advantage of his this past season.

November 09, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Gamecocks escape from L-E with a 20-19 victory

Without hesitation, Scott Jones decided to go for the two-point conversion and the possible win after Lugoff-Elgin closed to within 20-19 with 66 seconds left to play in Friday's season finale against Sumter.

November 07, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


From Camden to the Breeders' Cup

Three horses with Camden connections will take to the famed course at Churchill Downs for this weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships which will be run on Friday and Saturday in Louisville.

November 04, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demons look to the future tonight against Gamecocks

This, to put it mildly, has not been one of the most fun seasons to be a Lugoff-Elgin football player, coach or fan.

November 04, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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Up in smoke

SUMTER -- Watching as Post 17 lost its lead to Inman in Sunday's second round of the South Carolina American Legion Baseball Tournament, starting pitcher Grey Hoke smashed his plastic Gatorade bottle to the floor of the first base dugout at Riley Park.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Survival mode

SUMTER – There were two ways in which the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team could have responded to Sunday's gut-wrenching 10-9, 10-inning loss (see story, Page 9) to Inman in the second round of the South Carolina American Legion State Tournament.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


P-17 vs. Florence game moved to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

SUMTER -- Kershaw County Post 17 staved off elimination in the South Carolina American Legion State Tournament with a 7-3 win over Chapin-Newberry on Monday afternoon at Riley Park.

July 29, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Zac attack

SUMTER --- When you are in new territory, you sometimes like to feel your way around before you get comfortable.

July 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Re-rallying the troops

Before they left following Wednesday morning's off-season contioning session, members of the Lugoff-Elgin football team took a knee and listened to their head coach who was in his third full day on the job.

July 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Answering a higher calling

It was a normal day which was about to take an abrupt U-turn.

July 14, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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