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Bring on the heat

Appropriately dressed for someone riding behind a team of huskies for a trek over snow and ice-covered terrain, Richard Valentine sat in the saddle aboard one of his eight horses stabled on the grounds of the Springdale Race Course.

January 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Equine

Late-game putback lifts Stallions to 58-56 win over North Central

Finding enough players to practice over the holiday break was a struggle. Finding those with heart and stamina was an entirely different story.

January 05, 2018 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle

Second half surge does in Lady Knights

Just when it looked like North Central was preparing to make a run at Lee Central, the visitors from Bishopville pulled the rug out from under the Lady Knights.

January 05, 2018 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle

Signed, sealed and delivered

By the middle of last spring, colleges were flooding Lugoff-Elgin rising senior Wyatt Campbell with offers to attend and play football at their respective school. At the same time, Malik Harkness was completing his junior year at Irmo High School.

January 02, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports

Beben prepared to keep swinging at USC-Sumter

When asked how long Hannah Beben had been playing golf as a member of the Camden High girls' team, Lady Bulldog head coach Matt McCarley paused and tried his best to give a definitive answer.

December 29, 2017 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle

NC boys top Camden for third

North Central used a 12-9 fourth quarter run to break a 29-29 tie after three quarters to defeat Camden, 41-38, in Wednesday's boys' consolation game of the Mid-Carolina Credit Union Holiday Classic.

December 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports

Lady Bulldogs wear down NC; capture tourney title

Venus Sumpter is hardly the most intimidating player on the basketball court.

December 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports

Demons win waiting game, MCCU crown

At a time of year in which patience is in short supply --- whether on the part of shoppers waiting in store lines or, children counting the days, hours and minutes until Christmas Day, --- Lugoff-Elgin showed plenty of fortitude of its own in facing the deliberate offensive attack posed by Laurence Manning Academy in Wednesday's boys' championship of the Mid-Carolina Credit Union Holiday Classic.

December 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports

Demons win numbers game; take own tourney

Both host Lugoff-Elgin and Cane Bay --- led by former L-E head coach Tim Wash --- had nine wrestlers advance into the semifinals of Saturday's final day of the 26th annual Demon Holiday Classic wrestling tournament presented by the Connell Law Firm.

December 19, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports

L-E calls Gators’ bluff

Coaches love to say that no one contest is bigger than any other. The one-game, one-match at a time approach has been part of their vernacular since the first time they have stepped in front of a microphone or, before any gathering.

December 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports

Demons follow familiar script to knock off Bulldogs, 59-53

Hollywood could not have scripted a remake as close to the original as that which Lugoff-Elgin displayed Friday night.

December 12, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports

Lady Bulldogs rally for 47-42 win

Playing with a late game lead has been a blessing and a curse for the Camden girls' basketball team. Sending players to the free throw line has been akin to getting a root canal for Lugoff-Elgin.

December 12, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports

Lady Knights survive foulapalooza

As part of his team's regular practice routine, first-year North Central girls' basketball coach David Dawson implements a four-player defensive drill with his girls having to defend more area of the court with one less available player.

December 08, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports

Demons hold off late charge from Knights

You never appreciate what you had until it's gone. That is a fact of life and, in this instance, basketball.

December 08, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports

Demons rally down stretch for 71-67 win

There is never an optimal occasion to hit a dry spell. Some, however, are more ill-timed than others.

December 05, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports

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A spring tradition

In the spring of 1909, in a town known for its love of horses, a tradition was born; the first Camden Horse Show --- focusing on ...

March 20, 2018 | By KATHEE STAHL Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Equine

Knights tough out a 15-6 loss to Cheraw

Trailing visiting Cheraw by 11 runs with two gone in the bottom of the sixth, it would have been pretty easy for North Central to ...

March 20, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports

Quick-closing Lady Red Foxes hand Lady Demons 7-1 setback

Rest assured, the "r" word was thrown about in the days, hours and minutes leading up to Lugoff-Elgin's softball game with visiting Hartsville Tuesday ...

March 16, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports

Wilson’s path to college wrestling got off to a bumpy start on mat

By his own admission, Devin Wilson used to get knocked around the wrestling mat, a lot, when he was a kid. Then again, there was ...

March 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports

NC offense erupts as Faulkenberry gets first victory

With the opening night jitters out of their system, the North Central baseball team gave first-year head coach Brandon Faulkenberry his initial victory at his ...

March 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports

Ferguson, CHS offense rise to the occasion

Pitching on the biggest stage of his young career, the bright lights hardly seemed to faze Sam Ferguson.

March 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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