As they made their way onto the bus early Saturday morning, the Camden Military Academy football players and coaching staff knew what they were in for in terms of how long a trip it would be to Rabun Gap, Ga.
Minutes after the executive committee of the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) upheld Camden High School (CHS) football team's ban prohibiting the Bulldogs from playing in the 2014 AAA state playoffs, as well as from participating in any 2105 jamboree, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said the appeal process will continue.
Nothing takes the wind out of team sails like ending a half like missing out on a scoring chance inside the opposition's one yard line.
Lugoff-Elgin provided the scare on Halloween, but didn't deserve the treat.
CHAPIN – Throughout what was three-game win streak, ball security and finding a balance on offense between the run and the passing games led Camden to making a run at the Region 4-AAA title.
No trick. No treat.
Nobody has been able to slow McBee down since a season-opening 42-12 loss to AAA Lakewood in August.
Things like this happen when you are on a roll. And no team is rolling along any better than the North Central volleyball squad.
A team which will include Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan, KCSD attorneys, Camden High School (CHS) Principal Dan Matthews and CHS head football coach and athletic director Jimmy Neal will appeal the Bulldogs football team's post-season ban before the S.C. High School League (SCHSL) Executive Committee at 2 p.m. Thursday in Columbia.
Too little, too late. That's what it felt like for Demon fans at Lugoff-Elgin Stadium Friday night. On homecoming, Ridge View used a ground and pound attack in the second half to outlast the hosts in a tightly contested game, 24-16.
Grown men had tears in their eyes. Hugs were exchanged freely while friends, family and fans wrapped themselves around a Camden football team like, possibly, never before.
Sometimes, you just tip your hat, give credit where it is due and live to fight another day.
Homecoming is that Catch-22 for a head football coach. He must walk a fine line between allowing his players to enjoy the week-long festivities while also making sure their minds are on Friday night's game.
Youth, like ignorance, can sometimes be bliss.
Camden High School (CHS) has been ruled ineligible to compete in this year's AAA state football playoffs after the S.C. High School League (SCHSL) completed its investigation of the post-game incident involving the Bulldogs and Dreher High School last Friday night at Zemp Stadium following a 39-30 Camden victory.
After having opened the season with the AAA Gwinnett Braves, Camden's Michael Kohn was called to the Atlanta Braves on Friday.
A night which opened with tears streaming from the eyes of Camden's senior players and their parents ended with a celebration centered on a sophomore.
Now, this is a way to celebrate a region championship.
Life can sometimes throw a curveball at you, even if you are a one-time baseball player-turned-distance runner.
If you hang around a horse barn long and often enough, you learn that a young horse's given name or, those still unnamed by their owners, are given nicknames by those who train or ride them.
Like an animal captured from the wild only to be held captive in a cage, Ross Hough spent his sophomore baseball season at Camden High School sitting in the dugout and waiting to hear his name called by head coach Denny Beckley to enter the game as a courtesy or, a pinch runner.
Facing Blythewood for the second time in four days, Lugoff-Elgin head softball coach James Marlow knew the importance of picking up a win at Blythewood on Friday. A victory over the Bengals would mean the Lady Demons would need just one win in their final two region games to claim the Region 4-4A championship outright.
No baseball coach ever tells his pitcher that he needs to be close to perfect in their final pre-game talk in order for their team to have a chance at coming away with a victory.
It looks like the Clyburn family will be on the lookout for new babysitters.
Two horses with Camden ties were honored as being the top New York-bred Thoroughbreds in their divisions for the 2014 racing season.
Entering Monday's Region 4-4A softball showdown with visiting Blythewood, Lugoff-Elgin knew it had to put last Friday's win over Spring Valley behind them and be ready to play with the defending Region 4 champions in town.
Suddenly, things are getting a bit cramped in the back seat.
Needing something to do to relieve the boredom and kill time during what was a lightning-induced delay of more than 90 minutes, members of the Lugoff-Elgin and Spring Valley baseball teams joined together for an impromptu dance off beneath the press box at Optimist Field Friday night.
Monday: North Central, Central at Chesterfield (G – 4 p.m.); Wilson at Camden (TEN – 5 p.m.); North Central at Lugoff-Elgin (TEN – 5:30 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (BB – 6 p.m.); Chesterfield at North Central (SB – 6 p.m.); Camden at A.C. Flora (BB - 6:30 p.m.); McBee at Camden (SB – 6:30 p.m.); Blythewood at Lugoff-Elgin (SB – 6:30 p.m.)
Aiden Baker Crouse is a Micromax Rotax Kart Racer. The 10-year old, a student at Union Elementary has been making a name for himself in the racing world. He is the son of Jason and April Crouse of Vale, North Carolina.
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