Comfort can be found in a favorite pair of broken-in shoes or, a home-cooked meal.
This was not the Cardinal Newman team which North Central and head football coach Louis Clyburn signed up to play last winter.
CHERAW – Final exams are not supposed to be given on the first day of school.
There have been times when even some of the best teams which Jimmy Neal has coached were so keyed-up that they nearly or, did, lay an egg in the first game of the season.
Some coaches dread playing week zero games. Not Louis Clyburn.
There are those who look back at last season's opening game --- in which Camden led host Spring Valley, 16-7, with less than five minutes to play only to lose a 20-16 decision --- as the turning point in what spiraled into a 2-8 season.
When last season ended and North Central began preparations for its 2012 football campaign, the Knights had 18 rising seniors amongst their ranks. That number has now been reduced by a half-dozen.
Like big-time actors in a low-budget film, many of North Central's starters had but cameo roles in what turned out to be a 20-0 loss to Buford in Friday's opening game of the 37th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree at Zemp Stadium.
Sure, there were plenty of times in which Lugoff-Elgin's 7-6 win over Andrew Jackson in the middle game of Friday's 37th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree were painful to watch. For the purists, however, there was something to smile about.
As if having a completely rebuilt defense was not enough of a challenge for the Camden coaching staff, Crestwood compounded that problem and shred the Bulldogs on that side of the football in a 22-0 victory in the final game of Friday's 37th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.
By TOM DIDATO
That old saying which goes, "everything old is new again?" Well, throw that into the trash heap.
Over the past few weeks, many hours of television coverage has been devoted to events such as the Tour de France or Olympic bicycle races.
It has been a mixed bag of a summer for Kershaw County's professional athletes between their coming, going and waiting.
One of the first signs that the summer vacation is coming to an end while the start of the school year is lurking is the Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.
Now, this is a way to celebrate a region championship.
Life can sometimes throw a curveball at you, even if you are a one-time baseball player-turned-distance runner.
If you hang around a horse barn long and often enough, you learn that a young horse's given name or, those still unnamed by their owners, are given nicknames by those who train or ride them.
Like an animal captured from the wild only to be held captive in a cage, Ross Hough spent his sophomore baseball season at Camden High School sitting in the dugout and waiting to hear his name called by head coach Denny Beckley to enter the game as a courtesy or, a pinch runner.
Facing Blythewood for the second time in four days, Lugoff-Elgin head softball coach James Marlow knew the importance of picking up a win at Blythewood on Friday. A victory over the Bengals would mean the Lady Demons would need just one win in their final two region games to claim the Region 4-4A championship outright.
No baseball coach ever tells his pitcher that he needs to be close to perfect in their final pre-game talk in order for their team to have a chance at coming away with a victory.
It looks like the Clyburn family will be on the lookout for new babysitters.
Two horses with Camden ties were honored as being the top New York-bred Thoroughbreds in their divisions for the 2014 racing season.
Entering Monday's Region 4-4A softball showdown with visiting Blythewood, Lugoff-Elgin knew it had to put last Friday's win over Spring Valley behind them and be ready to play with the defending Region 4 champions in town.
Suddenly, things are getting a bit cramped in the back seat.
Needing something to do to relieve the boredom and kill time during what was a lightning-induced delay of more than 90 minutes, members of the Lugoff-Elgin and Spring Valley baseball teams joined together for an impromptu dance off beneath the press box at Optimist Field Friday night.
Monday: North Central, Central at Chesterfield (G – 4 p.m.); Wilson at Camden (TEN – 5 p.m.); North Central at Lugoff-Elgin (TEN – 5:30 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (BB – 6 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (SB – 6 p.m.); Camden at A.C. Flora (BB - 6:30 p.m.); McBee at Camden (SB – 6:30 p.m.); Blythewood at Lugoff-Elgin (SB – 6:30 p.m.)
Aiden Baker Crouse is a Micromax Rotax Kart Racer. The 10-year old, a student at Union Elementary has been making a name for himself in the racing world. He is the son of Jason and April Crouse of Vale, North Carolina.
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