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Knights cage Busby, Lions for first region win

When Lewisville forward and South Carolina State signee Cortell Busby picked up his second foul less than two minutes into Tuesday's game at North Central, he put himself on the bench and out of the game. When he was tagged with his third personal in the waning seconds of the first half, it meant more bench time fors the Lions' leading scorer.

February 04, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Waiting game pays off for Bulldogs' Jenkins

As he took his official visit to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio last weekend, Alvonta` Jenkins got a good look at the campus, met with members of the school's football coaching staff, took in a basketball game and toured the town.

February 02, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Demons' comeback not enough against Dutch Fork

Forsaking the X's and O's with his team trailing visiting Dutch Fork, 51-28 at intermission, Lugoff-Elgin boys basketball coach Derek Belton appealed to his team's pride during his halftime talk.

January 31, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Lady Silver Foxes are too much for L-E to handle

Like a bright, neon sign which seems to keep blinking in the back of one's mind, Lugoff-Elgin girls basketball coach Von Duncan could not forget the pasting which her team took when they traveled to play Dutch Fork earlier this month.

January 31, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs clamp down on Knights in 35-20 win

Comfort is knowing that even though your team only scores one fourth quarter basket, you still win a game by double figures.

January 28, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Bulldogs stung by Crestwood, 37-28

Here's a simple math equation.

January 28, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Demons wrap up Region 4-4A title

Some things never change.

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


Auriemma says 89-game win streak was fun while it lasted

Rarely does a college women's basketball coach get a second look while attending a high school girl's game.

January 26, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Leopards turn Carolina Invitational into their personal lair

Several years ago, Ted Monroe was having a conversation with a high school coach from the Upstate whose team had just won a state championship in football.

January 26, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Marlboro County puts foul line to good use in topping CHS girls, 61-47

On a night in which Camden High would rename the basketball court in memory of its former girls basketball coach Mike Culp, the current edition of the Lady Bulldogs looked like one of Culp's versions of the Runnin' Rockettes in Friday's 61-47 loss to visiting Marlboro County.

January 24, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Dogs' scoring woes worsen in 37-28 loss to Marlboro County

Fittingly, the one shot which Camden hit from beyond the 3-point arc on Friday night on the Coach Michael G. Culp Court was waved off due to a traveling violation.

January 24, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Turnovers do in Demons in loss to Vikings

What's the best way to cool off a hot shooter? Easy, don't let him get his hands on the ball.

January 21, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Lady Demons can't keep up with Spring Valley

Faced with a dilemma which comes with the territory when playing Spring Valley, Lugoff-Elgin girls basketball coach Von Duncan was not ready to slow Tuesday's contest against the guests to a crawl as did Blythewood in a 40-8 loss to the Lady Vikings last week.

January 21, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Community, CHS sports loses a friend in John Speaks

As a three-sport athlete --- and a state champion in each --- in the late 1950s at Camden High, the 6-foot-4 John Speaks stood above the crowd.

January 19, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Holliday steps to the front for his giving back

On the football field, it sometimes takes a 300-pound behemoth to be able to move Vonnie Holliday. Off the gridiron, however, the smallest person or a cause in need of help can thrust the Camden native into action like no offensive lineman can do to the 6-foot-5, 285-pounder.

January 19, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden


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Florida learns that S.C. has (hoops) talent

On July 16-20, the SC-BALLERS journeyed to Florida to compete in nationals. Both teams came in third place. The 8th grade team finished with an 8-1 record while the 11th grade team finished with a 5-2 mark.

August 27, 2014 | By Willie Dubose | Seasonal Sports


Dogs score final 21 points in sacking Demons, 35-14

Just when Camden thought it let a golden opportunity slip through its hands, another presented itself. This time, Tyrone Kelly did not let it get out of his mitts.

August 25, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


NC's opening game struggles continue with 14-12 loss

Telling anyone who would listen that just because C.A. Johnson was a Columbia city school without a rich football history that the Hornets were not a "cupcake" opponent, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn has the naysayers believing him now.

August 25, 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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