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Versatile Coleman focusing on present after signing with KCU

Every team needs a player who can play virtually any position on the baseball diamond if needed. Kentucky Christian University now has one to call its own.

January 16, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldogs have their way with Griffins

Games and nights such as these have been hard to come by for the Camden boys' basketball team this season. So, head coach Ron McKie enjoyed it as much as he could.

January 12, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Tank runs dry for CHS girls in 45-36 loss

Nineteen days off between games coupled with one of her team's top players leaving school Tuesday after becoming ill was hardly the way Camden girls' basketball coach Natalie Jeffcoat wanted to enter that evening's Region 4-AAA opener with visiting Fairfield Central.

January 12, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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


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Baseball, softball players collect postseason laurels

A pair of Lugoff-Elgin baseball players will play in this week's South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game while a Camden High softball player ...

May 22, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Season of change

Nearly 30 players from six different high schools answered the call when the rain-abbreviated tryouts for the Kershaw County Post 17 Senior American Legion baseball ...

May 22, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Mills has change of heart; signs with Emmanuel

There are no game films for tennis coaches to watch in preparing for an upcoming opponent. The first time they see their foe for that ...

May 22, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Getting defensive helps Ellis land spot at USC-L

As he and assistant coach Kenny Galdeen looked for answers to help solidify his team's defense in the spring of 2017, Camden High girls ...

May 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Three Kershaw County players earn All-State baseball honors

Lugoff-Elgin teammates Zac Branham and Jake Laffin and North Central's Cam Holley were named to the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association All-State baseball teams.

May 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Wanna bet? Don’t hold your breath

When the Supreme Court ruled Monday that states outside of Nevada would be able to legalize sports gambling, there was one school of thought here ...

May 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Sprucing up the place

As he walked around the Zemp Stadium playing field prior to his team's football game with Camden in 2013, then-Lower Richland head football coach ...

May 18, 2018 | Tom Didato | Camden


Got rings?

Too large to crawl in through a window and not allowed to have a key to its two doors, if given the chance, Seth Branham ...

May 15, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


St. James ends Demons’ season

It came earlier than they would have wanted it to but, when the Lugoff-Elgin baseball team gathered for the final time to listen to head ...

May 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


In lofty company

Maggie Speaks, more than anybody, knew how big a deal it was.

May 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Keen changes course, signs to run cross-country at Presbyterian

in a competitive setting? Enough to have said no to the University of South Carolina's Honors College --- after she was accepted into it --- in ...

May 11, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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