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L-E hoping to water down Jackets’ ‘pistol’ offense

It is almost apropos that Lugoff-Elgin will kick off its 2011 football season against a Fort Mill offense which operates out of the "pistol" formation.

August 26, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


CCE grad J W Blue to test Travers; Mabou scores upset in Turf Writers

Fantastic Song, a 2-year-old Lemon Drop Kid - Fantastic Shirl by Fantastic Light colt broke his maiden on his first time out by winning a $55,000 maiden special weight race on Saturday at the Saratoga Race Course.

August 26, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Irene forces NC to open season early

Fortunately, North Central is better equipped to handle having a wrench thrown into its plans for its season opener.

August 24, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Demons enter season with a bulls-eye on their back

So much for dipping a big toe into the pool, which is 4A football, and testing the waters. Instead, Lugoff-Elgin took to the high dive and created waves with a cannon ball.

August 24, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Confident Knights ready to take next step in 2011

After having his team double their win total from 2009 with a 2-8 season a year ago, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn is not saying that his program has turned the corner. But at least, the Knights have the turn signal on.

August 24, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


L-E, RV play to scoreless tie in MPCU Kickoff Classic

Friday's sixth annual May Plant Credit Union Kickoff Classic at Lugoff-Elgin had just about everything you could ask for from an evening of high school football … and more.

August 22, 2011 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Sports


Vikings ‘hook’ Dogs in fourth quarter, 20-16

COLUMBIA – That fickle beast which is known as week zero grew fangs and came back to bite Camden, whose self-inflicted wounds proved too much to overcome in a 20-16 loss to Spring Valley on Friday night at Harry Parone Stadium.

August 22, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Sheppard doubles at Saratoga, again

For the second time in two weeks, Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camden resident Jonathan Sheppard won back-to-back Steeplechase Thursday races at Saratoga Race Course.

August 19, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine


Lady Knights eyeing fifth straight conference crown

When informed that his team was ranked fifth in the pre-season Class A South Carolina Volleyball Coaches Association poll, North Central head coach Andy Johnson just shook his head and smiled.

August 19, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


MPCU Kickoff Classic touches down at L-E tonight

Six teams, including host Lugoff-Elgin and fellow Kershaw County colleague North Central, will tune up for next Friday's season openers at tonight's sixth annual May Plant Credit Union Kickoff Classic at Lugoff-Elgin Stadium.

August 19, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldogs get healthy in time for tonight’s opener at Spring Valley

Just because Camden has played three previous week zero games does not mean that head coach Jimmy Neal has this early season opener thing down pat.

August 19, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Bulldogs have holes and voids to be filled, both on and off field

It's not so much how his team will try to replace a group of seniors who rolled up some pretty gaudy numbers a year ago. For Camden head coach Jimmy Neal, the success of this year's squad will be determined by which players step up and handle the various roles which were performed by members of the 2010 Bulldogs' squad.

August 17, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Crestwood outlasts ‘vanilla’ Dogs, 6-0

In what could be called the anti-Baskin-Robbins game of Friday's 36th edition of the Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree, Camden employed what head coach Jimmy Neal freely admitted as a vanilla game plan in a 6-0 loss to Region 6-AAA rival Crestwood in the evening's finale.

August 15, 2011 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Demons leave Vols in their dust

If there is a quarterback controversy at Lugoff-Elgin, then Demons' head coach Scott Jones is not taking sides. Instead, he is enjoying seeing how things are playing out.

August 15, 2011 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Buford edges Knights on last-second FG, 17-14

Count Louis Clyburn among those who were none-too-impressed that Buford's Tyler Jenkins split the uprights from 20 yards away, with no time left on the clock, to give the Yellow Jackets a 17-14 win over North Central in Friday's first game of the 36th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.

August 15, 2011 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


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L-E wins Region 4-4A softball crown

Now, this is a way to celebrate a region championship.

April 24, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Never say never

Life can sometimes throw a curveball at you, even if you are a one-time baseball player-turned-distance runner.

April 24, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Land of hopes and dreams

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.

April 24, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden


A healthy Ross Hough is excited about next opportunity at Erskine

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.

April 22, 2015 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons close in on Region 4 softball title

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.

April 20, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Ergle, Blythewood handcuff Demons

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.

April 20, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Getting defensive

It looks like the Clyburn family will be on the lookout for new babysitters.

April 17, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Cat Feathers, Upstart earn honors from N.Y. Thoroughbred Breeders

Two horses with Camden ties were honored as being the top New York-bred Thoroughbreds in their divisions for the 2014 racing season.

April 17, 2015 | Tom Didato | Equine


Lady Demons take over Region 4-4A lead

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.

April 15, 2015 | Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Rams hang on to edge Knights, 3-2

Suddenly, things are getting a bit cramped in the back seat.

April 15, 2015 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Demons Chase Spring Valley away

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.

April 13, 2015 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


This week in Kershaw County sports

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.)

April 10, 2015 | Tom Didato | Sports


Spotlight on karting: Aiden Baker Crouse

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.

April 08, 2015 | By PAM TRUESDALE Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Auto racing


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