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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


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


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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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