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Camden quartet helps lead Generals into SCISA title game

Dalzell – Country singer Kenny Chesney got it right with the song, "The Boys of Fall." It doesn't matter your age, male or female, it is what the students of Thomas Sumter Academy feel.

November 19, 2010 | By Ashley Cantey Special to the C-I | Sports


Torres in critical condition

Camden resident and steeplechase jockey Jorge Torres was listed in critical condition on Tuesday morning, according to a spokesperson at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia.

November 17, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demons get the 'hook' from Ashley Ridges, 28-24

Staring down at 97 yards and a Lugoff-Elgin defense, which was trying to hold onto a 24-21 lead with less than six minutes remaining in Friday's state class 4A playoff opener, Ashley Ridge quarterback Cameron Cox saw more than green and brown grass in front of him.

November 15, 2010 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Sensor, Kingsley close season with 1-2 finish in season finale

Brilliant sunshine and temperatures in the 70s made Saturday's Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races seem likes it older colleague, the Carolina Cup. Thanks to the Salute to the Military theme, Cup officials estimated the crowd to be in the neighborhood of 12,000, making it one of the best-attended editions of the Camden fall classic.

November 15, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Save the last dance for Slip Away

Satchel Paige, it was not.

November 15, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demons host Ashley Ridge in 4A playoff opener

Seeing is not believing. Just ask Sumter or several other Lugoff-Elgin opponents from the recently completed regular season.

November 12, 2010 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Colonial Cup feature set to go off with nine starters

It took just one start in America for Percussionist to become the new kid, who turned into the bully on the block.

November 12, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Three leave, 10 stay for Colonial Cup feature

Last Saturday's $40,000 Noel Laing Stakes in Virginia pulled three potential starters from $100,000 Carolina First Colonial Cup Steeplechase, leaving Saturday's Camden fall classic with 10 chasers scheduled to take the starting flag for the final Grade I chase of the National Steeplechase Association season.

November 10, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Knights finish sixth in class A XC championships; Camden takes next step in AAA ranks

Heading into Saturday's class A state boys and girls state cross country championship meets at Clemson's Sandhills Research Center in northeast Columbia, North Central head coach Chad Dixon knew his teams had the decks stacked against them.

November 10, 2010 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


With Foley, there is never a dull moment

Grinning from ear-to-ear while speaking in a quick, but rich Irish brogue, a 20-year-old Tom Foley entertained members of the media after winning the $100,000 Carolina Cup feature aboard the Jennifer Majette-trained Al Skywalker in the 2001 edition of the Camden spring classic.

November 09, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Percussionist impressed in his American debut; can he give a repeat performance in the Colonial Cup?

Imagine, if you will, Jerry Buss selling the Los Angeles Lakers to a fellow NBA franchise owner after the Lakers had won the Western Division and were poised to make a run at year another league crown.

November 09, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Mr. 1,000: Hall of Fame trainer Sheppard shows no signs of slowing down or, letting up

Keeping up with Jonathan Sheppard is a hard enough task for his friends and colleagues. Catching him atop the National Steeplechase Association standings? Well, let's just say you had better have a bunch of wins in your back pocket, a deep barn and a flock of committed owners.

November 09, 2010 | Tom Didato | Equine


Berkeley closes with 15-0 run to close Camden's season

Having traded punches and gotten the better of things for the first three quarters of Friday's AAA state playoff opener against visiting Berkeley, Camden looked like it was ready to deliver a crushing blow to the head.

November 08, 2010 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E hoping to bring region crown back from Sumter

How bleak were things for the Lugoff-Elgin football team just two weeks ago when the Demons sported a 2-6 overall and a 1-1 mark in Region 6-4A play following a one-sided loss to Conway?

November 05, 2010 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs receive no favors by drawing Stags in round one

Some reward this turned out to be for Camden.

November 05, 2010 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


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Four-run sixth helps Dogs get past Bruins

Chalk it up to the wooden bats. Better yet, give the credit to the two pitchers.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E polishes off Diamond Hornets, 10-0

Playing football in the fall and basketball in the winter leaves Elliott Campbell precious little time to prepare for baseball season in the spring.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs, Demons square off Wednesday

Tournament officials were hoping that Tuesday's weather would not throw a crimp into the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Classic at American Legion Park in Camden.

April 16, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Less rest does not bother Hoke in Dogs’ win

Pitching on just four days' rest is not common in high school baseball. But recently, Camden's Grey Hoke has been anything but ordinary.

April 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


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


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