By TOM DIDATO
Monday: Camden in Pee Dee Baseball Invitational at Kelleytown (vs. Chesterfield – 5 p.m.); MPCU Baseball Bash at North Central (Camden Military Academy at North Central – 7 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin in Lake Murray Baseball Classic (at Dutch Fork – 6 p.m.);
It is always nice when a rebuilding season turns out to be one of the best in school history.
Ron McKie knows that high school all-star games can bring out the best or, sometimes the worst, in a basketball player.
When the four teams convened for the class A Upper State baseball championship tournament last spring, North Central was the proverbial odd man out.
When you spend your weekends racing motorcycles on road courses, you always return to the exact spot from which you started.
Get Stormy shook off the doldrums from his 12th place finish in last November's TVG Breeders' Cup Mile by winning his first race of 2012 by wiring Saturday's $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (Gr. 1) in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
When the Lugoff-Elgin volleyball team lost to eventual state champion Hillcrest in the second round of last fall's 4A state volleyball tournament, it ended the Lady Demons' dreams of bringing home the state championship trophy.
Like all basketball games, this one started with a jump ball. The officials would have been better served by having dropped the green flag.
In this wild ride which is the Region 3-A girls' basketball playoff chase, not even a 37-36 loss to Chesterfield was enough to leave North Central's post-season hopes down and out.
Each time Jonathan Sheppard sent out Ever So Lucky in the company of a training partner last summer, the precocious 2-year-old would dig in and would refuse to be beaten, even if was nothing more than a simple work around the track at the Hall of Fame trainer's farm in Pennsylvania.
This was one time you didn't mind being wrong.
In a season of near-misses, this was the unkindest cut of all.
If a few minutes talking into a pair of tape recorders were to be the worst part of his post-high school football career, then the next five years should be a breeze for Fidel Wise.
It will be a first four encore when Lugoff-Elgin hosts Saturday's first two rounds of the state class 4A wrestling tournament inside the Demons Den.
Talking to Brooke Dixon, you get the feeling that no matter what school at which level recruited her or, offered her a chance to play for their program, that she was going to hold out as long as she could for her dream school.
Just like his broken-in glove, Cole Irick found the perfect fit for a college where he can continue both his academic and baseball-playing endeavors.
In this era in which virtually any game can be seen on television at almost any time, sports other than the big three of baseball, football and basketball have found their own niche with either longstanding or, new fans.
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