The world of sports is dominated in the South by high school and collegiate athletics, and it always has been.
They stay in local hotels for several nights in a row. They eat in local restaurants, spend money at area stores and establishments and fill their tanks in Camden-area gas stations. They provide a needed boost to the local economy during their travels to Kershaw County.
While some players sign letters-of-intent to play sports at the college of their choice, when Brandon Faulkenberry decided to attend USC-Lancaster and play baseball at the school, he was guaranteed nothing.
By TOM DIDATO
For the better part of the past three seasons, Lugoff-Elgin baseball coach Randy Stokes could have saved himself the trouble of writing Jacob Murphy's name atop his team's batting order if he just bought a rubber stamp with the shortstop's name on it.
The Camden High junior varsity baseball team lost their season finale, 7-3, against Darlington last Monday.
When you have been swinging a golf club since the age of two, breaking the habit is not the easiest thing in to do.
Austin Hill probably would like to avoid having collisions like the one which the Spring Valley reliever had with his first baseman, Evan Polk, on Tuesday night.
Long after the fans and both teams had left Optimist Field, Lugoff-Elgin baseball coach Randy Stokes walked his family to their car in the parking lot. On the way back to turn the lights off at the field, he stopped to talk to the school's athletic director, Scott Jones, and assistant football coach Calvin McRoy.
How firm was Will Dorton's commitment to play baseball at the College of Charleston?
Hartsville came to Camden and played the Bulldog jayvee baseball team at Legion Field and the Red Foxes left with a 12-11 loss last Monday.
Last summer, Get Stormy won both the Fourstardave Handicap and the Bernard Baruch, a pair of Grade 2 races on the turf at Saratoga. He then came home fourth and third, respectively, in his first two Grade I starts for trainer Tom Bush.
All but having come into Camden under wraps in early December, Eblouissante has gone about her daily business for the better part of the past five months under the watchful eye of trainer Mickey Preger Jr. at the Camden Training Center.
Another game, another blowout.
When Stephen Burnham's line drive clanged off the light tower in right field, the sound was not exactly a death knell for Camden's chances of downing rival Lugoff-Elgin.
If there is any sport which can test a person's soul, golf would have to be at or near the top of the list.
Talking to Brooke Dixon, you get the feeling that no matter what school at which level recruited her or, offered her a chance to play for their program, that she was going to hold out as long as she could for her dream school.
Just like his broken-in glove, Cole Irick found the perfect fit for a college where he can continue both his academic and baseball-playing endeavors.
In this era in which virtually any game can be seen on television at almost any time, sports other than the big three of baseball, football and basketball have found their own niche with either longstanding or, new fans.
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