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Cup day tote board: Strong winds, five close finishes and one blowout

On a day of racing which some could argue was wind-aided by a steadily swirling breeze, Saturday's 79th running of the Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races had a bit of everything for everyone.

April 06, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Camden's horse wins Camden's race

Having successfully cleared the final of 14 fences aboard Sunshine Numbers, jockey Jody Petty took a peek back to check on the rest of the field in Saturday's 79th running of the $50,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup (Gr. III) Steeplechase.

April 04, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Dogs dump Darlington, 5-1

While both he and his team would like to be playing tennis rather than postponing matches due to this week's rains, Camden High head coach Roger Smoak is looking forward to next week's spring break.

April 01, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Torres making progress; fundraisers set for Cup

On a rainy Thursday morning, the sky never looked so beautiful from Rafael "Ray" Fernandez's perspective.

April 01, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Less is more for Faulkenberry and Knights

How and when does a single trump a grand slam?

April 01, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Switch in Sunshine's saddle

Before rumors begin swirling as to a possible jockey controversy involving who would ride Sunshine Numbers in Saturday's $50,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup Steeplechase (Gr. III), Arch Kingsley wanted to get the word out that he did not plan to upset the apple cart when it came to the hometown horse which he trains.

April 01, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Coming to America is paying off handsomely for Nagle

One-by-one, they walked in step behind one another around the shedrow.

April 01, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Carolina Cup's starting five ready to jump into action in Saturday feature

It is now down to a five-horse race.

March 30, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Plum Pretty is picture perfect in Sunland Oaks

It has been a memorable 2011 for John Fort's Peachtree Stable. And, the year has not even reached the quarter pole.

March 30, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Bulldog jayvees split with Darlington and Lakewood

The Camden High junior varsity baseball team split a pair of games with Darlington and Lakewood last week.

March 30, 2011 | By Jerry Broughton Special to the C-I | Camden High/Middle


Demons lose pair of region matches

After downing Ridge View in a pre-season tournament played earlier this year, the Lugoff-Elgin boys' soccer team knew the Blazers had redemption on their minds in last Tuesday's conference match at L-E Stadium.

March 28, 2011 | By CLAY ARMSTRONG Special to the C-I | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Woe for three

Three pitches.

March 28, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Ten-run first does in Dogs in 17-7 loss to Darlington

Nobody has ever accused Camden's American Legion Park of being a launching pad for baseballs.

March 25, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


CHS JVs top rival Demons and Foxes

The Camden High junior varsity baseball team won two of their past three games, sandwiching a loss to Sumter with victories over Hartsville and Lugoff-Elgin.

March 25, 2011 | By JERRY BROUGHTON Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Camden High/Middle


Southern Wesleyan suits L-E's Spaulding to a tee

Fortunately for Lugoff-Elgin golf coach Mike Robinson, when Henry Spaulding and his son Cory were looking for a school for the younger Spaulding to enroll in after moving to South Carolina, they found a home and a good fit when they visited the West Wateree area of Kershaw County.

March 23, 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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