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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


Lady Knights heating up at the perfect time of year

Things are starting to fall into place for the North Central girls' basketball team. And with the state playoffs looming around the bend, the Lady Knights' timing could not be any better.

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


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


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Bowers' 2 TD passes help Knights ease past CMA

Louis Clyburn had a good feeling as he led North Central back onto the field for the second half of Friday's game with in-county rival Camden Military Academy. Across the way, his opposite number and CMA head coach Will Rice, was hoping against hope that his Spartans could finish the job.

September 15, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


West Florence sloshes its way to a 12-6 win over Demons

FLORENCE -- Another close encounter with the win column for Lugoff-Elgin, but it ends with the same result. Just like in last week's 21-14 loss to Nation Ford, this game ended with a tight, hard fought loss.

September 15, 2014 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Slow-starting Lady Knights regroup to sweep AJ

Trailing 22-16 in the first set of Tuesday's Region 4-AA show with visiting Andrew Jackson, North Central volleyball coach Andy Johnson took a look at the scoreboard and, as always, noticed that aside from the score the only numbers in the time section were those counting down the one minute allowed for a time out.

September 12, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Bluegrass Gold

There's gold in the clay of the Bluegrass State.

September 10, 2014 | Tom Didato | Tennis


Lady Bulldogs set lofty goals for '14

On a day on which Paige Wilson was forced to miss practice, members of her Camden High volleyball team were being interviewed by a reporter from WLTX TV 19 in Columbia after an online poll conducted by the station rated the Lady Bulldogs as the top team in the Midlands heading into the upcoming season.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons eye continued success

There was a time when a volleyball match with Lugoff-Elgin meant the opposing team's bench players would see plenty of action on the court.

September 03, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Thing looking up for Lady Knights

One of the busiest people in Boonetown has to be the person charged with updating the volleyball region championship banner at North Central High School. Then again, the flag made of felt never collects a whole lot of dust.

September 03, 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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