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Irmo uses pair of home runs to leave Demons on brink of playoff elimination

Long after the fans and both teams had left Optimist Field, Lugoff-Elgin baseball coach Randy Stokes walked his family to their car in the parking lot. On the way back to turn the lights off at the field, he stopped to talk to the school's athletic director, Scott Jones, and assistant football coach Calvin McRoy.

April 22, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Camden jayvees win two of three games

Hartsville came to Camden and played the Bulldog jayvee baseball team at Legion Field and the Red Foxes left with a 12-11 loss last Monday.

April 20, 2011 | By Jerry Broughton Special to the C-I | Sports


Get Stormy gets first Grade I win

Last summer, Get Stormy won both the Fourstardave Handicap and the Bernard Baruch, a pair of Grade 2 races on the turf at Saratoga. He then came home fourth and third, respectively, in his first two Grade I starts for trainer Tom Bush.

April 20, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Dorton follows his heart by signing with College of Charleston

How firm was Will Dorton's commitment to play baseball at the College of Charleston?

April 20, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Half-Sister Act

All but having come into Camden under wraps in early December, Eblouissante has gone about her daily business for the better part of the past five months under the watchful eye of trainer Mickey Preger Jr. at the Camden Training Center.

April 18, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Lady Bulldogs drub Crestwood, 10-0

Another game, another blowout.

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


Young, Demons add to Dogs' woes

When Stephen Burnham's line drive clanged off the light tower in right field, the sound was not exactly a death knell for Camden's chances of downing rival Lugoff-Elgin.

April 15, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


One is enough for Knights

While the rest of their North Central teammates were going through their usual pre-game routine in preparation for Wednesday's Region 3-A game against visiting McBee, Grayson King and Andrew Galuppi were nowhere to be seen or found.

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


Demons looking to close season with strong stretch run

The Lugoff-Elgin boys ssoccer team has had a few tough games in the past weeks, but as the team reaches the midway point in the season, head coach Matt Brosius has high hopes for how the season will end.

April 15, 2011 | By Clayton Armstrong Special to the C-I | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Fourteen down, 36 to go

"There are clubs you can't belong to, neighborhoods you can't live in, schools you can't get into, but the roads are always open."

April 15, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Fourteen down, 36 to go

"There are clubs you can't belong to, neighborhoods you can't live in, schools you can't get into, but the roads are always open."

April 13, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


CHS, Forest Acres Classic rally around Lund and family

COLUMBIA -- As has been his policy following away games, Camden High baseball coach Denny Beckley waits until his team boards the bus for the return trip home before talking to his players.

April 11, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


White Knoll goes deep to get past Demons, 7-3

COLUMBIA – Opportunities earned, opportunities taken and opportunities missed.

April 11, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Listless Bulldogs fall flat in 11-2 loss to Spring Valley

COLUMBIA – Looking for redemption a day after his team opened play in the seventh annual Forest Acres Classic with a 17-4 loss to tournament host A.C. Flora on Tuesday, all Camden head coach Denny Beckley received Wednesday afternoon was more heartburn.

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


Early rising Demons get sweep of Devils and Rebels

COLUMBIA – At an hour of the day when some people were finishing lunch, the Lugoff-Elgin baseball team was putting the final touches on a busy Wednesday morning/early afternoon at the seventh annual Forest Acres Classic.

April 08, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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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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