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Crisis Management 101

It was business as usual for the football program at Lugoff-Elgin in the early part of the spring and summer.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Friday’s football jamboree returns to an eight-team event

With so many schools opting to play a week zero game, it has led to jamborees having to be moved around and coaches looking for places to bring their teams in order to get a game-like experience for their players before they take to the field for the season openers.

August 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


'Tis the season

Mother Nature must be a football fan. How else can you explain the dip in temperatures which occurred just in time for the start of pre-season football practice in Kershaw County last Friday.

August 04, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


End of the road

SUMTER – In a move akin to taking a six-cylinder engine out of a car and replacing it with one with four cylinders, Jake Brazell was told to scrap the fastball and concentrate more on his off-speed pitches as he prepared to take the mound to face Florence in Tuesday's South Carolina American Legion State Baseball Tournament contest.

August 01, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Up in smoke

SUMTER -- Watching as Post 17 lost its lead to Inman in Sunday's second round of the South Carolina American Legion Baseball Tournament, starting pitcher Grey Hoke smashed his plastic Gatorade bottle to the floor of the first base dugout at Riley Park.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Survival mode

SUMTER – There were two ways in which the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team could have responded to Sunday's gut-wrenching 10-9, 10-inning loss (see story, Page 9) to Inman in the second round of the South Carolina American Legion State Tournament.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


P-17 vs. Florence game moved to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

SUMTER -- Kershaw County Post 17 staved off elimination in the South Carolina American Legion State Tournament with a 7-3 win over Chapin-Newberry on Monday afternoon at Riley Park.

July 29, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers try to stay alive with Monday afternoon contest

After suffering a 10-9, 10-inning loss to Inman on Sunday, the Kershae County Post 17 American Legion baseball team fell into the elimination bracket in the double-elimination event.

July 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Zac attack

SUMTER --- When you are in new territory, you sometimes like to feel your way around before you get comfortable.

July 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


P-17ers in it to win it

As he was heading home in the wee hours of Friday morning from Thursday's evening's baseball game at Georgetown, Kershaw County American Legion baseball team pitching coach Will Dorton stopped by a gas station to fill his car's tank. While there, Dorton, who still had his Post 17 uniform on, had a local police officer come up to him asking how the team did and who was pitching in that night's third game.

July 25, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


17ers face Rock Hill in Saturday's state tourney opener

Kershaw County will make its long-awaited American Legion State Tournament debut on Saturday when Post 17 takes on Rock Hill in the third (scheduled for 4:30 p.m.) game at Riley Park in Sumter.

July 23, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


How sweep it is!

Perched in front of their dugout, members of the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team started leaning as they prepared to rush the field after Bradwin Salmond's diving grab of Mark Allen Nash's liner to right field put the locals on the door step of a long-awaited trip to the state American Legion tournament.

July 21, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Weather throws wrench into P-17 playoff series

One night after heavy rains in the Georgetown area forced the postponement of Tuesday's game two of the state American Legion second round playoff series between Kershaw County and host Georgetown, weather problems stopped the following evening's game dead in its tracks.

July 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Re-rallying the troops

Before they left following Wednesday morning's off-season contioning session, members of the Lugoff-Elgin football team took a knee and listened to their head coach who was in his third full day on the job.

July 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Hayes helps lift P-17ers to game one win

Coaches love to talk about those players who show up early to games and practices and put in additional time on the field to prepare for an upcoming game.

July 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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Articles By Author - Tom Didato


17ers looking to build on state tournament run

There was a time, quite recently in fact, in when good summer for the Kershaw County American Legion baseball program was being competitive with League ...

May 26, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights’ Stephens ready to start all over at USC-Sumter

Chase Stephens is the type of baseball player who checks plenty of the boxes which coaches will sometimes fill with question marks.

May 26, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


For Chestnut, the change to college ball will be a snap

Some football players are more valuable than others.

May 19, 2017 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


Something to cheer about

There were times last season when North Central girls' basketball coach Mitch Lowder needed someone to go inside and collect a big rebound. At others ...

May 19, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Out-Foxed

Standing in a nearly deserted outfield while, to his left, Hartsville players and coaches were still snapping photos, Lugoff-Elgin head softball coach James Marlow was ...

May 16, 2017 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Sigman will keep getting his kicks at Limestone College

There are times when a coach knows the quality of an athlete which he is getting in his program by what that person does away ...

May 16, 2017 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Scorpiancer rolls to a 16-length win in $200,000 Nashville feature

Bruton Street-US's Scorpiancer launched a devastating move to the lead entering the Iroquois Steeplechase's backstretch the last time, opened a yawning lead on ...

May 16, 2017 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


The short end of the deal

Not everything one hears from the lips of a teacher or mentor, necessarily, has to be the only way to accomplish a task.

April 21, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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