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Sumter rains on P-17’s parade in handing locals a 10-4 defeat

Even with a newfound sense of confidence derived from last year's runner-up finish in the state American Legion tournament, Kershaw County Post 17 was still unable to get past the stumbling block in its path known as Sumter.

June 09, 2017 | Tom Didato | Seasonal Sports


Todd shuts down KC on four hits in 10-0 P-15 win

SUMTER --- Lathan Todd had such command on the mound for the Sumter P-15's on Tuesday, he almost didn't want to get a hit that would end the night early against Kershaw County Post 17 at Riley Park.

June 09, 2017 | By DENNIS BRUNSON Special to the C-I | Seasonal Sports


Knights’ Baldwin ready for fresh start after signing on with Carson-Newman

In a high school career in which injuries seemed to pile on top of each other, Gwenden Baldwin never lost faith in himself or, his love for his teammates and the game itself.

June 09, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Bradley will go marching in with the Saints

In a generation in which youth baseball players play the sport year 'round with more than one youngster having developed arm trouble, getting a pitcher with what scout's like to describe as a "live" arm is becoming harder and harder to find.

June 06, 2017 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Post 17ers finish 3-0 in preseason tournament

A 2016 state American Legion championship rematch went by the boards on Sunday when an early evening storm forced the cancellation of that night's scheduled Florence Post 1 Invitational championship game between Kershaw County Post 17 and the tournament hosts and, defending South Carolina American Legion state champions.

June 02, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Bethea has two reasons to be a success at KCU

Football is hard enough when you are playing the game for yourself and trying to make sure that you carry out the myriad of assignments which are asked of you throughout the 48-minute contest.

June 02, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


L-E’s Pruiett ready to keep on running at Tusculum

With a set of parents who enjoy running, Bailey Pruiett made it a family activity by joining her mom and dad on the roads and track.

May 30, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


17ers looking to build on state tournament run

There was a time, quite recently in fact, in when good summer for the Kershaw County American Legion baseball program was being competitive with League III kingpin Sumter, making a good showing in state playoffs and then, call it a day and a season.

May 26, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Knights’ Stephens ready to start all over at USC-Sumter

Chase Stephens is the type of baseball player who checks plenty of the boxes which coaches will sometimes fill with question marks.

May 26, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Carolinas’ top junior golfers set sights on Creed Invitational

What started out as a tournament to honor the memory of the late Jimmy Creed has turned into an event which now has junior golfers from both North Carolina and South Carolina lined up in trying to play their way into the select field.

May 23, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


For Chestnut, the change to college ball will be a snap

Some football players are more valuable than others.

May 19, 2017 | Tom Didato | Camden Military


Something to cheer about

There were times last season when North Central girls' basketball coach Mitch Lowder needed someone to go inside and collect a big rebound. At others, his young team may have needed a healthy dose of senior leadership to help steady the ship.

May 19, 2017 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle


Out-Foxed

Standing in a nearly deserted outfield while, to his left, Hartsville players and coaches were still snapping photos, Lugoff-Elgin head softball coach James Marlow was at a loss for words.

May 16, 2017 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Sigman will keep getting his kicks at Limestone College

There are times when a coach knows the quality of an athlete which he is getting in his program by what that person does away from the playing field.

May 16, 2017 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Scorpiancer rolls to a 16-length win in $200,000 Nashville feature

Bruton Street-US's Scorpiancer launched a devastating move to the lead entering the Iroquois Steeplechase's backstretch the last time, opened a yawning lead on his opponents, and cruised home with to an overpowering 16-length victory in Saturday's $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1).

May 16, 2017 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


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Record purse puts Carolina Cup in elite company

The 84th annual Carolina Cup Races, next March 31, will offer a record $325,000 in purses, highlighted by the first spring edition of the ...

November 17, 2017 | By DON CLIPPINGER | Equine


Gray eager to don the teal of CCU

Golf is a game in which you sometimes need to go with your gut feeling when choosing the right club which best suits you and ...

November 17, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Behind the 8-ball

MONCKS CORNER -- Let Seattle and Texas A&M have their 12th men. Berkeley had an even greater force on its side; the Stags had the ...

November 14, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


Mustangs play ‘keep-away’ in second half to stop Dogs

WILLIAMSTON -- Boasting of a ground and pound rushing attack coming into Friday's first round AAA Upper State playoff game with visiting Camden, Palmetto seemingly ...

November 07, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


L-E’s Campbell earns berth in Shrine Bowl

Lugoff-Elgin senior offensive lineman Wyatt Campbell has been named to the 44-player South Carolina Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas' football team

October 10, 2017 | Tom Didato | Sports


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