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Region challenges are few and far between for Lady Bulldogs

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.

August 26, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Dogs looking to eliminate mistakes against Hornets

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.

August 26, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E hoping to water down Jackets’ ‘pistol’ offense

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.

August 26, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


CCE grad J W Blue to test Travers; Mabou scores upset in Turf Writers

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.

August 26, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Irene forces NC to open season early

Fortunately, North Central is better equipped to handle having a wrench thrown into its plans for its season opener.

August 24, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Demons enter season with a bulls-eye on their back

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.

August 24, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Confident Knights ready to take next step in 2011

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.

August 24, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


L-E, RV play to scoreless tie in MPCU Kickoff Classic

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.

August 22, 2011 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


Vikings ‘hook’ Dogs in fourth quarter, 20-16

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.

August 22, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Sheppard doubles at Saratoga, again

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.

August 19, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Lady Knights eyeing fifth straight conference crown

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.

August 19, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


MPCU Kickoff Classic touches down at L-E tonight

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.

August 19, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldogs get healthy in time for tonight’s opener at Spring Valley

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.

August 19, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Bulldogs have holes and voids to be filled, both on and off field

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.

August 17, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Crestwood outlasts ‘vanilla’ Dogs, 6-0

In what could be called the anti-Baskin-Robbins game of Friday's 36th edition of the Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree, Camden employed what head coach Jimmy Neal freely admitted as a vanilla game plan in a 6-0 loss to Region 6-AAA rival Crestwood in the evening's finale.

August 15, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


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Pate's 2 TDs lift CMA past Knights

After the heartbreak of a 34-28 loss to the Carolina Wildcats one week earlier, the Camden Military Academy football team righted the ship on Saturday with a 20-12 win over the visiting New Covenant Knights.

October 22, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


CHS still waiting to hear from HSL

After four-plus days of rumors, hearsay and innuendo, the Camden High School football team is still waiting to hear from the South Carolina High School League (HSL) as to any penalties stemming from last Friday night's post-game fight involving the Bulldogs and visiting Dreher at Zemp Stadium.

October 22, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Kohn signs contract with Tampa Bay Rays

Camden native and former Camden High School baseball standout Michael Kohn has signed a one-year Major League contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Post-game brawl at Zemp under investigation

It should have been the perfect ending to a festive Friday night at Zemp Stadium. A Camden High School (CHS) Bulldog football victory over once-beaten Dreher, which put them in a four-way tie atop the Region 4-AAA standings, came after a pre-game and halftime tribute to the school's 1964 AAA state championship team.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden


Banged-up Knights come up short against Indian Land, 20-7

As his team boarded the bus for Friday's game with Indian Land, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn just about had enough healthy bodies to form a hockey line, never mind an offensive line.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Quick-starting Vikings sprint past L-E

COLUMBIA --- Spring Valley made a late surge in the first half and never looked back defeating visiting Lugoff-Elgin, 40-14, in a Region 4-4A game played Friday night at Harry Parone Stadium.

October 20, 2014 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Bulldogs outmuscle Dreher, 39-30

It should have been a night in which the Camden High football locker room was hopping. Instead, the silence coming from the south corner of Zemp Stadium was deafening.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E completes comeback for season sweep of CHS

It was not going to happen on their watch.

October 17, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lady Demons remaion focused on goals

This was not the way she and her Lugoff-Elgin volleyball team would have scripted it, but Jessica Mullins and company still have some unfinished business left in front of themselves in this, the final week of the regular season.

October 15, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Too great to be forgotten

Parris Island can be hell on earth for most United States Marine Corps recruits who are sent there for boot camp as they learn the ropes as to what it takes to be a Marine.

October 15, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs hope return to playoffs will be a snap

Long snappers are a lot like plumbers. You never realize how much you need one until there is an inch of standing water in your kitchen.

August 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


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


Hello, again

For almost as long as North Central fans can remember, schools such as Andrew Jackson, Indian Land, Buford and Chesterfield have been the region rivals of the Knights' athletic teams.

August 13, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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