It was a good week for maidens who got their starts at Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables in Camden.
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.
Bargain basement purchases, horses with Camden ties and an Irish import making its first start over fences on this side of the Atlantic. What more could you ask for in a jump race?
Less than enthralled with Tyler Jordan's first at-bat in Tuesday night's game with visiting Richland Northeast, Camden head baseball coach Denny Beckley had no complaints following his second baseman's second trip to the plate. And after the third, the Bulldog boss was ecstatic.
Officially, Minimambo carried jockey Rosemary Homeister and 120 pounds on her back in Saturday's fifth race, a $16,500 maiden claimer run at Tampa Bay Downs.
Five novice jumpers are expected to take the starter's flag for Saturday's $75,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase race after entries were accepted Monday by the National Steeplechase Association.
An athlete is an athlete is an athlete.
Everything about it reeked of "trap" game. But Camden High baseball coach Denny Beckley would have none of that talk following his team's 3-2 come-from-behind victory over visiting Dreher Friday night.
Given the harsh winter in the Mid-Atlantic region, there was more than a bit of concern as to how many horses would be ready and headed for the Saturday's March 28 running of the $75,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase race in Camden.
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