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L-E falls to Cavs in all-too-familiar fashion, 5-4

For a scant few seconds, players from both benches spilled out onto the apron of the infield waiting to see the landing spot of Bradwin Salmond's drive to right field in the eighth inning of Tuesday's Lugoff-Elgin game with visiting Richland Northeast.

April 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


NC’s Johnson to carry on family legacy at Methodist

Seated beneath a plaque honoring the achievements of his uncle and former North Central and then, Super Bowl champion cornerback Tyronne Drakeford, Omar Johnson smiled as he signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Methodist College.

April 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


For Erskine-bound Bowers, the less pitches the better

In this age of baseball in which pitchers are always looking to add another pitch to their repertoire, Zac Bowers is in the reduction mode.

April 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs leave no Grey area in 2-1 win

Due to a traffic tie-up on Interstate 20, A.C. Flora arrived late for Friday's game against Camden at American Legion Park, thereby delaying the start.

April 07, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Knights get back on track by de-railing Raiders, 13-1

Doing all their offensive damage in the first two frames, North Central washed the bad taste from last Thursday's one-run loss to Fairfield Central from its mouth by thrashing visiting Keenan, 13-1, on a sun-splashed early Tuesday evening game in Boonetown.

April 04, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Come sail away

Hearing that his cousin was going to buy a catamaran and go sailing, Mac McCallum got caught up in the excitement and bought his own multi-hull sailboat. Turns out, he did not have a sailing partner as his cousin backed out on his end of the deal.

April 02, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


A good walk unspoiled

Using the Springdale Race Course as his classroom and his good friend and retired National Steeplechase Association champion jockey Jonathan Smart and Camden-based trainer Mickey Preger as his professors, Willie McCarthy went back to school last week in the days leading up to McCarthy's ride aboard Top Striker in Saturday's 82nd running of the $50,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase.

March 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Early morning rain fails to dampen Cup day

All those gloomy early week predictions of the possibility of --- your pick --- rain, hail, thunderstorms, threat of a tornado ... locusts ... on Saturday did not keep too many Carolina Cup patrons from descending upoon the Springdale Race Course in strong numbers.

March 31, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Top Striker looking to use home course to his advantage

Had it been the 1980s and if it were Wall Street, it would have been considered insider trading.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Dalton, Cat Feathers hope Cup day will be Ladies Day

Brushing beneath the chin of a horse whose winter coat is shedding and floating into the air, Kate Dalton apologized for the mess it was making as hairs flew everywhere.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Clean and green

At a time of morning when many a Carolina Cup-goer is rolling over in their bed, the men charged with making sure everything on the grounds of the Springdale Race Course and its adjoining property are in working order are already on the job and rolling out, assuring that everything is in place for the tens of thousands of patrons who will make their way through the gates in the coming hours.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demons stop Dogs in their tracks, 3-2

Hunter McManus is hardly the most imposing figure on the baseball field.

March 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Brown tickled pink after signing with Koalas

Unlike some student-athletes who make sports their first priority when choosing a college, Miranda Brown was ready to put athletics in her rear-view mirror after choosing to attend Columbia College.

March 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Six jumpers eyeing $50,000 Carolina Cup

What has been a tough winter up and down the East Coast is having a profound effect on the first two weeks of the 2014 National Steeplechase Association campaign.

March 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Nelson, L-E lay Bengals’ streak to rest

Streaks are made to be broken and, two went by the wayside Friday night at Optimist Field.

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


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Bowers' 2 TD passes help Knights ease past CMA

Louis Clyburn had a good feeling as he led North Central back onto the field for the second half of Friday's game with in-county rival Camden Military Academy. Across the way, his opposite number and CMA head coach Will Rice, was hoping against hope that his Spartans could finish the job.

September 15, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


West Florence sloshes its way to a 12-6 win over Demons

FLORENCE -- Another close encounter with the win column for Lugoff-Elgin, but it ends with the same result. Just like in last week's 21-14 loss to Nation Ford, this game ended with a tight, hard fought loss.

September 15, 2014 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Slow-starting Lady Knights regroup to sweep AJ

Trailing 22-16 in the first set of Tuesday's Region 4-AA show with visiting Andrew Jackson, North Central volleyball coach Andy Johnson took a look at the scoreboard and, as always, noticed that aside from the score the only numbers in the time section were those counting down the one minute allowed for a time out.

September 12, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Back in the saddle, again

If they decide to make another Mission Impossible sequel, the producers may want to take a look at using Liza Boyd to play some type of a role in the movie.

September 10, 2014 | Tom Didato | Miscellaneous


Bluegrass Gold

There's gold in the clay of the Bluegrass State.

September 10, 2014 | Tom Didato | Tennis


Lady Bulldogs set lofty goals for '14

On a day on which Paige Wilson was forced to miss practice, members of her Camden High volleyball team were being interviewed by a reporter from WLTX TV 19 in Columbia after an online poll conducted by the station rated the Lady Bulldogs as the top team in the Midlands heading into the upcoming season.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons eye continued success

There was a time when a volleyball match with Lugoff-Elgin meant the opposing team's bench players would see plenty of action on the court.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Thing looking up for Lady Knights

One of the busiest people in Boonetown has to be the person charged with updating the volleyball region championship banner at North Central High School. Then again, the flag made of felt never collects a whole lot of dust.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


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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