For countless reasons, strange things tend to happen during the first game of the season.
For the first 43 of the 48 minutes of last week's season-opening 20-16 loss to Spring Valley, Camden looked as if it was ready to put another notch in its belt against a 4A opponent.
It is almost apropos that Lugoff-Elgin will kick off its 2011 football season against a Fort Mill offense which operates out of the "pistol" formation.
Fantastic Song, a 2-year-old Lemon Drop Kid - Fantastic Shirl by Fantastic Light colt broke his maiden on his first time out by winning a $55,000 maiden special weight race on Saturday at the Saratoga Race Course.
When former 4A entry Hartsville dropped down and was placed into Region 6-AAA, Camden High volleyball coach Paige Wilson thought the addition of the Red Foxes to circuit would give her team some decent conference competition for the first time in three seasons.
Fortunately, North Central is better equipped to handle having a wrench thrown into its plans for its season opener.
So much for dipping a big toe into the pool, which is 4A football, and testing the waters. Instead, Lugoff-Elgin took to the high dive and created waves with a cannon ball.
After having his team double their win total from 2009 with a 2-8 season a year ago, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn is not saying that his program has turned the corner. But at least, the Knights have the turn signal on.
Friday's sixth annual May Plant Credit Union Kickoff Classic at Lugoff-Elgin had just about everything you could ask for from an evening of high school football … and more.
COLUMBIA – That fickle beast which is known as week zero grew fangs and came back to bite Camden, whose self-inflicted wounds proved too much to overcome in a 20-16 loss to Spring Valley on Friday night at Harry Parone Stadium.
Six teams, including host Lugoff-Elgin and fellow Kershaw County colleague North Central, will tune up for next Friday's season openers at tonight's sixth annual May Plant Credit Union Kickoff Classic at Lugoff-Elgin Stadium.
Just because Camden has played three previous week zero games does not mean that head coach Jimmy Neal has this early season opener thing down pat.
For the second time in two weeks, Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camden resident Jonathan Sheppard won back-to-back Steeplechase Thursday races at Saratoga Race Course.
When informed that his team was ranked fifth in the pre-season Class A South Carolina Volleyball Coaches Association poll, North Central head coach Andy Johnson just shook his head and smiled.
It's not so much how his team will try to replace a group of seniors who rolled up some pretty gaudy numbers a year ago. For Camden head coach Jimmy Neal, the success of this year's squad will be determined by which players step up and handle the various roles which were performed by members of the 2010 Bulldogs' squad.
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.
SUMTER --- When you are in new territory, you sometimes like to feel your way around before you get comfortable.
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.
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.
It was a normal day which was about to take an abrupt U-turn.
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