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Dogs outman Knights, 42-14

Checking nearly every box that mattered, Camden presented first-year head coach Brian Rimpf with his first victory at the school in a military Appreciation Night win over visiting North Central in a contest which was hardly a spic and span effort for the hosts.

August 29, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Six turnovers come back to haunt L-E in 45-20 loss

LEXINGTON -- Execution and protecting the football. It may sound like a cliche` phrase to fans who watch and love sports but it's the backbone of a successful team.

August 29, 2017 | By Tyler Cupp Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dalton-trained Diplomat scores Turf Writers upset

SARATOGA, N.Y. --- With a perfectly timed move by Camden's Bernie Dalton, Flying Elvis Stable's Diplomat burst to the front in Saratoga Race Course's stretch and drew away to an three-length victory in last Thursday's 76th edition of the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1).

August 29, 2017 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


L-E loses appeal to stay in class 4A

Given the history of appeals being approved in the past, Matt Campbell knew he was facing an uphill battle as well as long odds in trying to get the South Carolina High School League's (SCHSL) proposed realignment plan changed as it pertained to Lugoff-Elgin High school and its athletic program.

August 25, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Drakeford finally gets shot at Dogs as Knights travel to Zemp tonight

During his playing days at North Central High School, Tyronne Drakeford never got the chance to suit up for a game against Camden High. It was an opportunity and a challenge which both he and his teammates would have welcomed.

August 25, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


L-E hopes not to get bogged down in The Swamp

If there is a down side to playing your rival in game one it is that there is a game two one week later. Regardless of whether you win or lose the emotional opening contest, there is plenty of concern as to the bounce effect.

August 25, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Campbell hopes for second win

With a victory to kick off the 2017 football season, Lugoff-Elgin head football coach/athletic director Matt Campbell is looking to extend the streak to two in a row to kick off 2017.

August 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Redemption Song

Thanks to his having sustained a shoulder injury late in the third quarter of last year's game with Camden, Reddek Kelley was not around when the horn sounded in Lugoff-Elgin's loss that Saturday evening at L-E Stadium.

August 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights rally to give Drakeford first victory, 26-21

All it took was a bolt of lightning on Thursday to render the game clock that is a part of North Central's football scoreboard useless. Fortunately, however, the board could still tally the score.

August 22, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


L-E seniors look to break through against Bulldogs tonight at Zemp

With his first pass attempt of the 2016 season, North Central quarterback Michael Williamson hooked up with Markell Portee on a 10-yard fade pattern pass for a touchdown in a game with Buford.

August 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights host Rocks to open Drakeford era in Boonetown

Tyronne Drakeford has played on football's biggest stage in being a member of the Super Bowl XXIX champion San Francisco 49ers. That does not mean the North Central head football coach does not get butterflies before a game, especially his first one in his new job.

August 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Drakeford, Knights reach for the stars

In his first season in the NFL, Tyronne Drakeford helped the San Francisco 49ers win Super Bowl XXIX. Now the retired cornerback hopes to bring some of that magic with him to his alma mater as North Central's first-year head football coach.

August 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Williamson is on a mission to prove that he is back and better than ever

With his first pass attempt of the 2016 season, North Central quarterback Michael Williamson hooked up with Markell Portee on a 10-yard fade pattern pass for a touchdown in a game with Buford.

August 18, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Dogs give away no secrets in a 7-7 tie with AJ

Fans attending Friday's 42nd annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree waited out a lightning delay to see what type of offense first-year Camden head coach Brian Rimpf would run. They are still waiting.

August 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Demons overcome mistakes and Knights

This is why you play scrimmages or, in this instance, a jamboree.

August 15, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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NSA to pay out nearly $3 million in purse money at spring meets

The National Steeplechase Association's condition book for the 2018 spring season is out, and the lineup promises record-smashing purses and the launch of the ...

January 16, 2018 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


Versatile Coleman focusing on present after signing with KCU

Every team needs a player who can play virtually any position on the baseball diamond if needed. Kentucky Christian University now has one to call ...

January 16, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldogs have their way with Griffins

Games and nights such as these have been hard to come by for the Camden boys' basketball team this season. So, head coach Ron McKie ...

January 12, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Tank runs dry for CHS girls in 45-36 loss

Nineteen days off between games coupled with one of her team's top players leaving school Tuesday after becoming ill was hardly the way Camden ...

January 12, 2018 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bring on the heat

Appropriately dressed for someone riding behind a team of huskies for a trek over snow and ice-covered terrain, Richard Valentine sat in the saddle aboard ...

January 09, 2018 | Tom Didato | Equine


Late-game putback lifts Stallions to 58-56 win over North Central

Finding enough players to practice over the holiday break was a struggle. Finding those with heart and stamina was an entirely different story.

January 05, 2018 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Second half surge does in Lady Knights

Just when it looked like North Central was preparing to make a run at Lee Central, the visitors from Bishopville pulled the rug out from ...

January 05, 2018 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


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