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Ever So Lucky third in Swale Stakes; Mr Gruff wins, again, at Santa Anita

Augustin Stables' Ever So Lucky, which spent part of the winter training at the Springdale Race Course for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, opened his 3-year-old campaign by finishing third in Saturday's $150,000 Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

March 14, 2012 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demons go small in doubling up Dogs, 6-3

Those days of keeping runners tied to the bases while waiting for the three-run homer are gone.

March 09, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


Kirkwood grads get wins in U.S. and Japan

It was a good week for maidens who got their starts at Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables in Camden.

March 02, 2012 | Tom Didato | Equine


Connell, Witmore return home with state championship medals

By TOM DIDATO

February 29, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


This week in KC sports

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.);

February 27, 2012 | Tom Didato | Seasonal Sports


With more depth, Bulldogs aim for more court success

It is always nice when a rebuilding season turns out to be one of the best in school history.

February 27, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


McKie-led Sandlappers will try to continue mastery over Tar Heels

Ron McKie knows that high school all-star games can bring out the best or, sometimes the worst, in a basketball player.

February 24, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights hope to join 3-A diamond elite this season

When the four teams convened for the class A Upper State baseball championship tournament last spring, North Central was the proverbial odd man out.

February 22, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Going all out, all the time

When you spend your weekends racing motorcycles on road courses, you always return to the exact spot from which you started.

February 20, 2012 | Tom Didato | Sports


Get Stormy opens his year with a bang; Ever So Lucky scratched from Hutcheson

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.

February 15, 2012 | Tom Didato | Equine


Dig Pink digs L-E

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.

February 15, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Fowler’s 42 helps Knights hold off Rams, 90-87

Like all basketball games, this one started with a jump ball. The officials would have been better served by having dropped the green flag.

February 10, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Lady Knights' playoff hopes still alive, even after 37-36 loss

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.

February 10, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Sheppard hopes Ever So Lucky will be ever so good this spring

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.

February 08, 2012 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demons dump Dorman; take on Rock Hill tonight in round 3

This was one time you didn't mind being wrong.

February 06, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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Kohn called up by Braves

After having opened the season with the AAA Gwinnett Braves, Camden's Michael Kohn was called to the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

April 27, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Beckley’s no-no means ‘yes yes’ for Dogs

A night which opened with tears streaming from the eyes of Camden's senior players and their parents ended with a celebration centered on a sophomore.

April 27, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E wins Region 4-4A softball crown

Now, this is a way to celebrate a region championship.

April 24, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Never say never

Life can sometimes throw a curveball at you, even if you are a one-time baseball player-turned-distance runner.

April 24, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Land of hopes and dreams

If you hang around a horse barn long and often enough, you learn that a young horse's given name or, those still unnamed by their owners, are given nicknames by those who train or ride them.

April 24, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden


A healthy Ross Hough is excited about next opportunity at Erskine

Like an animal captured from the wild only to be held captive in a cage, Ross Hough spent his sophomore baseball season at Camden High School sitting in the dugout and waiting to hear his name called by head coach Denny Beckley to enter the game as a courtesy or, a pinch runner.

April 22, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons close in on Region 4 softball title

Facing Blythewood for the second time in four days, Lugoff-Elgin head softball coach James Marlow knew the importance of picking up a win at Blythewood on Friday. A victory over the Bengals would mean the Lady Demons would need just one win in their final two region games to claim the Region 4-4A championship outright.

April 20, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Ergle, Blythewood handcuff Demons

No baseball coach ever tells his pitcher that he needs to be close to perfect in their final pre-game talk in order for their team to have a chance at coming away with a victory.

April 20, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Getting defensive

It looks like the Clyburn family will be on the lookout for new babysitters.

April 17, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Cat Feathers, Upstart earn honors from N.Y. Thoroughbred Breeders

Two horses with Camden ties were honored as being the top New York-bred Thoroughbreds in their divisions for the 2014 racing season.

April 17, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Lady Demons take over Region 4-4A lead

Entering Monday's Region 4-4A softball showdown with visiting Blythewood, Lugoff-Elgin knew it had to put last Friday's win over Spring Valley behind them and be ready to play with the defending Region 4 champions in town.

April 15, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Rams hang on to edge Knights, 3-2

Suddenly, things are getting a bit cramped in the back seat.

April 15, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Demons Chase Spring Valley away

Needing something to do to relieve the boredom and kill time during what was a lightning-induced delay of more than 90 minutes, members of the Lugoff-Elgin and Spring Valley baseball teams joined together for an impromptu dance off beneath the press box at Optimist Field Friday night.

April 13, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


This week in Kershaw County sports

Monday: North Central, Central at Chesterfield (G – 4 p.m.); Wilson at Camden (TEN – 5 p.m.); North Central at Lugoff-Elgin (TEN – 5:30 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (BB – 6 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (SB – 6 p.m.); Camden at A.C. Flora (BB - 6:30 p.m.); McBee at Camden (SB – 6:30 p.m.); Blythewood at Lugoff-Elgin (SB – 6:30 p.m.)

April 10, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Spotlight on karting: Aiden Baker Crouse

Aiden Baker Crouse is a Micromax Rotax Kart Racer. The 10-year old, a student at Union Elementary has been making a name for himself in the racing world. He is the son of Jason and April Crouse of Vale, North Carolina.

April 08, 2015 | By PAM TRUESDALE Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Auto racing


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