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Coach Mullins being replaced with “Mom” Mullins

Fittingly, Jessica Mullins was on her way to a regular, every two months, doctor's visit with her four-month old son when she returned a call.

January 26, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Carolina Cup purse increased to $75,000

In a move designed to get all three spring novice series hurdle steeplechase races on the same page, on Tuesday, the Carolina Cup Racing Association approved the proposal in which the Carolina Cup feature races will be run for a $75,000 purse beginning this year.

January 23, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Three-happy RNE rallies to upend Lady Dogs, 60-53

Rather than staying in their locker room for halftime, the Richland Northeast girls made a U-turn, came back through the Camden High gym and regathered in the school's commons area.

January 19, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Slow-starting Dogs can't catch up to RNE

Gone are the hockey-like line changes. So, too, are extended minutes on the court for most of the non-starters on the Camden boys basketball team which has gone to a more traditional substitution pattern under interim head coach Ron McKie Jr.

January 19, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Demons top Redhawks in OT

Checkmate.

January 16, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


L-E girls lose game and another player to injury on same night

First came the shriek; a sound which Von Duncan has heard way too many times this season.

January 16, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


S.C. Equine Park receives $250,000 grant for arena

Its steel girders dwarf the neighboring and, to this date, the only covered show ring at the South Carolina Equine Park (SCEP) in Camden.

January 14, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden


AJ uses game-ending surge to pull away from Knights

Normally, a two-point first quarter would mean a quick and painless death for a basketball team. But this was anything but a normal night at The Castle in Boonetown.

January 12, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Sowell, Lady Vols too tall an order for North Central

Mitch Lowder did everything he could to try and slow down Andrew Jackson center Alexxus Sowell. The one thing the North Central girls' basketball coach could not do, though, was to make his post players taller.

January 12, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Grade I champs are Eclipse Award finalists

Headlined by three-time Grade I winner and 2014 Lonesome Glory Champions Award recipient Demonstrative, along with two-time Grade I winner, 2013 Eclipse Award and 2014 Colonial Cup champion Divine Fortune and Makari, all three horses which won Grade I events on the National Steeplechase Association circuit last year are the three finalists for the 2014 Eclipse Award for steeplechasing.

January 09, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Second-ranked Falcons take a bite out of Dogs

Ron McKie Jr. would make a terrible "spin doctor" on one of the many Sunday morning TV talk shows in which men and women try to convince viewers that the news and facts may not be as good or, as bad, as they may seem.

January 09, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Flora ‘Tapps’ its way past CHS girls, 53-37

With her team coming off back-to-back wins in the post-Christmas Lake Marion Invitational and with games against region and state heavyweights Lower Richland and Dreher coming up, Camden girls' basketball head coach Natalie Jeffcoat felt Tuesday night would be the perfect time for her team to make a statement that the Lady Bulldogs were back.

January 09, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Camden woman enjoys her Heisman experience

Imagine sitting inside a banquet hall filled with past and the current Heisman Trophy winners and getting the chance to meet 2014 winner Marcus Mariota.

January 05, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


NC give Phillips first win in rout of Cavs

It was a smile which was one part happy and the other half relief.

December 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Demons build a big lead before holding off Jackets

It was the late great Al McGuire who once said that "the best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores."

December 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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Articles By Author - Tom Didato


Payne’s recruiting journey closes after his signing with Crusaders

Not all high school student-athletes enjoyed being wooed by college coaches and being told how great they are and what the school and the program ...

February 20, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Small ball carries Dogs into round 3

In what amounted to a chess match on hardwood, Ron McKie played Clinton head coach Eddie Romines like Bobby Fischer.

February 20, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs repel Trojans in round one, 82-44

Knowing all too well the mindset of a four seed when taking on a region champion, Camden boys' basketball coach Ron McKie warned his squad ...

February 16, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Camden’s Ayers brings complete package with him to The Citadel

Before Ryland Ayers signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and football-playing days at The Citadel, Camden High head football coach Brian ...

February 16, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Quick start carries Falcons over Demons, 67-52

COLUMBIA --- Making its first appearance in state postseason play in eight seasons, Lugoff-Elgin showed signs of rust in Wednesday's 4A Lower State tournament opener ...

February 16, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Branham ‘centered’ on new position at Mars Hill

When college recruiters darkened Matt Campbell's door to check on Lugoff-Elgin's senior football prospects, most came to look into the situation along the ...

February 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Camden girls finish in third after 41-27 setback

Heading into Thursday's regular season finale with visiting Columbia, Camden girls' basketball coach Natalie Jeffcoat said the temptation was there to slow the game ...

February 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldogs ‘Cam do’...

In the span of just a few minutes, Camden showed why it could stick around in the AAA boys' state basketball playoffs or, could find ...

February 13, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Chapin proves to be Demons’ kryptonite, again

One by one, eyes red and swollen, they emerged from the mini gym at Lugoff-Elgin High School following a lengthy team meeting conducted by head ...

February 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lakewood gets past Lady Demons, 40-27

Von Duncan is no different than any other coach who wants nothing more for her Lugoff-Elgin girls' basketball team than to put all facets of ...

February 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Gators take a bite out of L-E, 59-51

Proving it can get it done with defenders in their face as well as with unobstructed looks at the basket, Lakewood used its length to ...

February 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs win Region 4 crown

Taking matters into their own hands, the Camden boys' basketball team left Indian Land with a win and the Region 4-AAA championship on Tuesday night.

February 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


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