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Wingate ready to take full advantage of second chance

This was not how a high school sports career was supposed to end for SaVonn Wingate.

March 07, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Young CHS tennis team provides a new challenge for Smoak

There is not enough room to list all the accomplishments and/or "firsts" which the Camden High boys tennis program has recorded in head coach Roger Smoak's first 40 years on the job.

March 04, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Comet Of Love streaks across the track

Comet Of Love, a 4-year-old filly who was developed in Camden by Custom Care Equine, was scratched from a $20,000 starter allowance race at Penn National last week by trainer Tom Iannotti.

March 04, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Burr ready to move on after finalizing college plans by signing with USC-L

High school seniors, especially those playing a spring sport, have enough on their plates when it comes to what is usually a busy time of year for them.

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


Seven county wrestlers headed for this weekend's state championships

Seven Kershaw County wrestlers will head to the Anderson Civic Center on Friday for the two-day South Carolina High School League individual state championship wrestling tournament.

February 23, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Shirreffs may have big plans for Camden-prepared Mr. Commons

John Shirreffs will forever be known as trainer of the iconic Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year and 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic champion.

February 23, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Cup fences to get the ‘brush’ off from CCRA this fall

Before horses jumped over the 17 Colonial Cup fences for a portion of the $100,000 purse in the Camden fall classic steeplechase, as well as for a purse which sometimes swelled to six figures for the 14-fence spring Carolina Cup, the Carolina Cup Racing Association (CCRA) had already sunk some $30,000 into the gathering, building and the maintenance of the packed-brush jumps which were used for two chases on the Colonial Cup card and one in the spring.

February 21, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


March deadlines loom large for Holliday, NFLPA

Earlier this year, following the completion of his 13th NFL season and his first with the Washington Redskins, Camden native Vonnie Holliday took time out to talk to the Chronicle-Independent about the negotiations on a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), between the NFL Players Association and the NFL owners.

February 16, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Hartsville runs past Lady Bulldogs

Nothing came easy for Camden in the first 16 games of the girls basketball season, so why then, should the Lady Bulldogs' have expected anything different in Thursday's season finale?

February 14, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Dogs close season with 62-48 loss

In the ultimate "win or stay home" game, the Camden boys basketball team will be sitting the AAA state playoffs out.

February 14, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Time runs out on Demons

Some sports are games of inches. Wrestling can be one of seconds.

February 11, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Renfroe helps put Demons over the top against Cats

On a night when it should have been hard for him to crack a smile, that is exactly what Rock Hill wrestling coach Cain Beard did when asked to give a preview of tonight's 4A Upper State championship match between visiting and top-ranked Hillcrest and host Lugoff-Elgin, the state's third-ranked team according to the latest scmat.com poll.

February 09, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Furman feels right for Robinson

If India Robinson never kicked a soccer ball, the chances were pretty good that colleges would still be knocking at her door, trying to attract the Camden High School senior to their institution of higher learning.

February 09, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Demons administer one blanking and one spanking in tournament

Having feasted on Spartanburg for the first course, Lugoff-Elgin still had plenty of room left for Dorman, the day's second course, as the state's third-ranked 4A wrestling team breezed into tonight's third round pairing with Rock Hill following a pair of victories Saturday afternoon.

February 07, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Custard prepared to start over at North Greenville

Shortly after Darius Custard signed his national football letter-of-intent with North Greenville University, the Lugoff-Elgin senior's mother let the cat out of the bag as to her son's thinking about giving up football as a freshman at the school.

February 04, 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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