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Trading places

Willie Taylor manned so many different positions on defense during his four seasons at North Central that adding a new place to play in college does not faze him one bit.

May 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Outten hopes year at Gray attracts college suitors

Ask any student-athlete about what number they want to be in anything and, more than likely, the answer you get will be "first."

May 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Armed and Dangerous

There's an old baseball adage which says that you can never have enough pitching. This year, thanks to an influx of arms and a new three-game-a-week League III schedule, the Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball team may well have mound talent to burn.

May 26, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bulldog to Bulldog, Beckley to Beckley

Grey Hoke saw his stock soar after he threw a three-hitter at A.C. Flora which played a large role in Camden's 2-1 win on April 4.

May 21, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E linebacker ready to bring the Payne to Newberry

Midway during his senior season, Emmonti Payne was shifted from his outside linebacker post to fullback by the football staff at Lugoff-Elgin High School.

May 12, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Chapman turns the other Cheek loose in downing Lady Dogs

Abbey Cheek flew out to centerfield in her second at-bat in Chapman's 10-3 win over Camden in Wednesday's 3A District 4 softball elimination game.

May 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons are Ram-tough, again

Fighting fire with fire, Lugoff-Elgin answered Hillcrest's five-run top of the third inning by hanging up a four-spot in the bottom half of the frame before tacking on four more an inning later to advance to the final round of the 4A District 3 softball tournament with an 11-5 win over the visiting Rams on Monday night.

May 07, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs fall to Woodruff in eight, 5-3

Among the things lost in Camden's extended one-run bottom of the sixth in Friday's AAA District I baseball tournament opener with Woodruff was the effect the length of the inning had on its starting pitcher Grey Hoke.

May 05, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Miss Holland’s Opus

In the final practice before Thursday's 4A District 3 softball tournament opener, Lugoff-Elgin spent plenty of time working on its bunting.

May 05, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


An old game gets a new name

Thousands of ponies have galloped over its expansive grass field, with riders in tow, smacking a plastic white ball for more than 116 years. But the Camden Polo Field never had a match like the one it survived in 1999.

May 05, 2014 | Tom Didato | Equine


Demon golfers living up to lofty expectations

Having heard from even the most talent-laden teams about how a successful season has been a pleasant surprise, it is refreshing when a coach of a squad in the midst of one of its best seasons in school history says he had a feeling this would be a special campaign.

May 02, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs naild down second seed after surviving LR scare

This was a game in which Camden was supposed to romp to victory and carry a full head of steam into Friday's opening round of the AAA state baseball playoffs.

April 30, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Flying Fleet finds a 2-for-1 bargain at Lugoff-Elgin

Mike Robinson is really getting the hang of these college signing ceremonies.

April 30, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs pay back Chapin with 5-1 win

Leaving nothing to chance, Camden head coach Denny Beckley signaled Josh Hough to run to the bullpen as soon as Chapin opened the top of the seventh of Friday's game with back-to-back singles.

April 28, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


Moody’s no-hitter is latest addition to Demons’ woes

Adding injury to injury on top of insult, Lugoff-Elgin head baseball coach Randy Stokes refused to play the "woe is me" card following his team's fourth straight loss.

April 25, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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Pate's 2 TDs lift CMA past Knights

After the heartbreak of a 34-28 loss to the Carolina Wildcats one week earlier, the Camden Military Academy football team righted the ship on Saturday with a 20-12 win over the visiting New Covenant Knights.

October 22, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


CHS still waiting to hear from HSL

After four-plus days of rumors, hearsay and innuendo, the Camden High School football team is still waiting to hear from the South Carolina High School League (HSL) as to any penalties stemming from last Friday night's post-game fight involving the Bulldogs and visiting Dreher at Zemp Stadium.

October 22, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Kohn signs contract with Tampa Bay Rays

Camden native and former Camden High School baseball standout Michael Kohn has signed a one-year Major League contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Post-game brawl at Zemp under investigation

It should have been the perfect ending to a festive Friday night at Zemp Stadium. A Camden High School (CHS) Bulldog football victory over once-beaten Dreher, which put them in a four-way tie atop the Region 4-AAA standings, came after a pre-game and halftime tribute to the school's 1964 AAA state championship team.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden


Banged-up Knights come up short against Indian Land, 20-7

As his team boarded the bus for Friday's game with Indian Land, North Central head football coach Louis Clyburn just about had enough healthy bodies to form a hockey line, never mind an offensive line.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Quick-starting Vikings sprint past L-E

COLUMBIA --- Spring Valley made a late surge in the first half and never looked back defeating visiting Lugoff-Elgin, 40-14, in a Region 4-4A game played Friday night at Harry Parone Stadium.

October 20, 2014 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Bulldogs outmuscle Dreher, 39-30

It should have been a night in which the Camden High football locker room was hopping. Instead, the silence coming from the south corner of Zemp Stadium was deafening.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle


L-E completes comeback for season sweep of CHS

It was not going to happen on their watch.

October 17, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


Lady Demons remaion focused on goals

This was not the way she and her Lugoff-Elgin volleyball team would have scripted it, but Jessica Mullins and company still have some unfinished business left in front of themselves in this, the final week of the regular season.

October 15, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Too great to be forgotten

Parris Island can be hell on earth for most United States Marine Corps recruits who are sent there for boot camp as they learn the ropes as to what it takes to be a Marine.

October 15, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports


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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