There may not be something in the water --- then again, maybe there is --- on the banks of the West Wateree which turns young wrestlers into champions at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School.
It may not seem like baseball and softball season is right around the corner, but those snow-covered diamonds will soon be giving way to green grass and youngsters playing on them.
As he watched members of his team come off the mat with hard-fought, distance-going victories, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School wrestling coach Ted Monroe could not help but keep an eye and ear on the alert when it came to Carver Middle School's wrestlers.
John Clarke has spent a good portion of the past several months knocking on doors in and around Kershaw County. But he is not seeking votes nor is he running for public office.
Looks don't come much clearer than this.
Just when Camden thought it had a big fish on the end of its line, the Bulldogs left it get away.
When your name is Unique, it's hard to stay under the radar for long.
Having left the door open for Ridge View, which failed to close it, Lugoff-Elgin could not slam the door shut itself.
Kiss Moon, a 3-year-old filly developed at Wilhelmina and Fred McEwan's Fenwick Farm in Camden, opened 2014 the same way she closed out 2013. With a win.
When you have a team which is so young that they almost need to have signed parental permission slips in order to take a bus ride to an away game, you look for little victories in each game.
By design, a full-court press is intended to wear down your opponent through time.
Having that one "go to" player can sometimes be a double-edged sword.
Facing the meat of the Chapin order in what amounted to the bottom of the ninth inning, Camden was unable to complete the upset of the second-ranked Eagles.
Coming off a one-sided loss to powerful Dreher three nights earlier, Camden girls' basketball coach Natalie Jeffcoat was interested to see how her team would respond with soon-to-be 4A entry Westwood in town for a rainy Friday night contest.
When Westwood came out in a 2-3 zone and stayed in that defensive scheme throughout the night, Camden head coach Ron McKie must have felt like a kid who found a leftover gift from Santa behind the tree.
Kershaw County will make its long-awaited American Legion State Tournament debut on Saturday when Post 17 takes on Rock Hill in the third (scheduled for 4:30 p.m.) game at Riley Park in Sumter.
Perched in front of their dugout, members of the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team started leaning as they prepared to rush the field after Bradwin Salmond's diving grab of Mark Allen Nash's liner to right field put the locals on the door step of a long-awaited trip to the state American Legion tournament.
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.
It was a normal day which was about to take an abrupt U-turn.
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