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?
In the ultimate "win or stay home" game, the Camden boys basketball team will be sitting the AAA state playoffs out.
Some sports are games of inches. Wrestling can be one of seconds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Comfort is knowing that even though your team only scores one fourth quarter basket, you still win a game by double figures.
Here's a simple math equation.
Some things never change.
Let's see, now. Two weeks ago, East Clarendon lost to North Central, 28-6. Last Friday, Camden Military Academy was edged by North Central, 20-14.
This is not the team which Camden head coach Jimmy Neal thought he would see when he agreed to play Lancaster last winter.
There's gold in the clay of the Bluegrass State.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was business as usual for the football program at Lugoff-Elgin in the early part of the spring and summer.
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.
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