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L-E's Dorton selected by Reds in 15th round of MLB Draft

The Cincinnati Reds selected former Lugoff-Elgin standout Will Dorton with the 475th pick in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday afternoon.

June 08, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Davis looks to stay on a roll while playing for Lancers

After what was considered a sub-par junior season, Kal Davis put up some eye-popping numbers for the Camden High baseball team this past spring.

June 08, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


17ers' rally falls short in 5-4 loss to Sumter

A night which had a controversial start ended with Sumter holding off a late-game Kershaw County rally as visiting Post 15 left American Legion Park with a 5-4 victory Post 17 Monday night in a battle of League III American Legion unbeatens.

June 08, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dorton, King lead post 17 past Manning-Santee for third win

MANNING -- Kershaw County Post 17 continued its winning ways on Thursday, defeating Manning-Santee 9-5 at the Manning High School baseball field to move to a 3-0 start on the young American Legion season.

June 06, 2011 | By Michael Christopher Special to the C-I | Sports


Few ready for the challenge of two seasons of golf after signing with USC-L

College means a change of life for any freshman. That also includes how things are both inside and outside the classroom.

June 06, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Post 17ers make quick work of Hartsville in 15-4 victory

Lose a chance for a win or protect a young arm.

June 03, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Out of the pen, into the fire

COLUMBIA -- It was two days before the University of South Carolina baseball team was to open defense of its NCAA national championship and Forrest Koumas still had no idea as to when he would be getting the ball.

June 03, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dorton turns up the heat as P-17ers open with a 7-2 win

In a perfect world, first-year Kershaw County American Legion head coach Curtis Johnson would have brought Will Dorton in one or, two innings later.

June 01, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Winter Memories not ready to melt in the heat of summer

Winter Memories, a 3-year-old El Prado- Memories of Silver by Silver Hawk filly scored her second win in as many starts this year by taking Monday's $150,000-added Sands Point Stakes (Gr. 2) at Belmont Park.

June 01, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Connell ready to soldier on after signing with The Citadel

All you have to do is look around at the landscape which is college athletics and read the headlines about those who make a mockery of the word "student" in the term student-athlete.

June 01, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Walker's Landing second in $150,000 Marine Stakes

Walker's Landing, a 3-year-old colt prepared by Donna Freyer's Custom Care Equine in Camden is proving to be a horse for all courses.

May 30, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Post 17 kicks off season with two-game homestand

New coach. New uniforms. Same goals.

May 30, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldogs pulled together in carving out a memorable campaign on the courts

Five days after his team lost to Bluffton in the second round of the AAA state tennis playoffs, Camden head coach Roger Smoak took a Sunday afternoon drive. While passing by the Rectory Square tennis courts, he saw five of his players (including four returnees) out on the court playing doubles.

May 30, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Happy re'tire'ment

If his former players could give Mark Wade a going away present, it would probably be the oversized truck tires which the retiring Lugoff-Elgin strength and conditioning coach would make players flip down the field during the most brutally hot days of the summer.

May 27, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Post 17 gears up for arms race as locals prepare to open Johnson era

Copycats and sports, oftentimes, go hand-in-hand. So, if you are going to take a page out of someone else's book, you might as well shoot for the moon.

May 27, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


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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


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


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


Answering a higher calling

It was a normal day which was about to take an abrupt U-turn.

July 14, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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