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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


Demons leave Vols in their dust

If there is a quarterback controversy at Lugoff-Elgin, then Demons' head coach Scott Jones is not taking sides. Instead, he is enjoying seeing how things are playing out.

August 15, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Buford edges Knights on last-second FG, 17-14

Count Louis Clyburn among those who were none-too-impressed that Buford's Tyler Jenkins split the uprights from 20 yards away, with no time left on the clock, to give the Yellow Jackets a 17-14 win over North Central in Friday's first game of the 36th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.

August 15, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Here’s hoping for a dry (and cool) night for the Camden Shrine Club

We all know what they say about payback. And for the members of the Camden Shrine Club, tonight is an evening which has been 366 days in the making.

August 12, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


CHS, L-E and NC kick off seasons in jamboree

Nearly nine months after the curtain dropped on the 2010 season, football fans in Kershaw County finally have something to cheer about.

August 12, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Playing it safe

No more can a football player say that he "just got his bell rung" and sit out a play or two before making his way back onto the playing field.

August 10, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Kirkwood, Custom Care grads continue to sizzle at the Spa

You can add four more home-trained winners to the list of horses which received their start in Camden and have found their way into the winners' circle at the Saratoga Race Course this summer.

August 08, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Things begin to heat up for KC football squads

After having used last Friday's scrimmages to get their feet wet in preparation for the upcoming season, Kershaw County's three public high school football teams will have a busier second full week of the pre-season, topped off by Friday's Camden Shrine Club Jamboree at Zemp Stadium.

August 08, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


KC Clemson Club hosts pool party for new Tigers

The Kershaw County Clemson Club is inviting all incoming Clemson University freshmen and their parents to a party at the Camden County Club pool on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.

August 05, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


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Demons hope to celebrate homcoming with a win

Homecoming is that Catch-22 for a head football coach. He must walk a fine line between allowing his players to enjoy the week-long festivities while also making sure their minds are on Friday night's game.

October 24, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Knights face familiar challenge against high-flying Cheraw

Youth, like ignorance, can sometimes be bliss.

October 24, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


No playoffs for Camden as result of brawl

Camden High School (CHS) has been ruled ineligible to compete in this year's AAA state football playoffs after the S.C. High School League (SCHSL) completed its investigation of the post-game incident involving the Bulldogs and Dreher High School last Friday night at Zemp Stadium following a 39-30 Camden victory.

October 24, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden


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


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


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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