Denny Beckley is hoping that his Camden High baseball team can find the grit and determination which it displayed in winning all three games in a pre-season tournament.
In what amounted to a battle of wills, Camden played with more of a sense of urgency than did visiting Dreher in last Thursday's tennis match played at the CHS Athletic Complex.
Jazzmine Devlin's goal in the opening minute of overtime broke a 1-1 tie and gave Camden, perhaps, its biggest victory in the history of women's soccer at the school with a 2-1 victory over eighth-ranked Dreher on Friday night in Columbia.
Camden scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to turn an 8-2 deficit into a 9-8 win over visiting Dreher in Friday's night Region 4-AAA softball game.
There were plenty of built-in excuses for the Camden tennis team as they prepared to take on host Blythewood on Wednesday.
Using an 11-run fourth inning, Camden improved to 2-0 in Region 4-AAA softball play following a 16-0 win over Lower Richland in a Tuesday night game played in Hopkins.
Scoring six times before intermission, Camden rolled to an 8-0 win over visiting Lower Richland in a Region 4-AAA girl's soccer match played at Zemp Stadium on Tuesday.
Bryan Nolasco, Jerry Jones and Clark Joseph scored a pair of goals each as the Camden boys' soccer team rolled to a 10-1 win over host Lower Richland in a Region 4-AAA match played in Hopkins on Tuesday.
Visiting A.C. Flora scored two goals in the opening 15 minutes of play and then, breezed to a 7-0 win over Camden in Friday's Region 4-AAA opening boys' soccer match for both sides.
Facing an undermanned Darlington squad, on the road, on a Monday without his team's first singles player, Camden High tennis coach Roger Smoak said this non-region match had all the earmarks of a trap contest.
Since it was a pre-season tournament which did not count against his team's record, Camden High tennis coach Roger Smoak approached last weekend's Florence Tennis Association pre-season tournament seeking to get his young team experience against quality competition.
This was one time that finishing second was not a reason to be disappointed.
It was almost as if the Camden baseball team was playing a game of "first team to 14 runs wins" in romping to three victories in the rain-shortened Pee Dee Pre-Season Baseball Invitational at Kellytown Stadium.
In recent years, Camden's winning the region title in boys' tennis was all but a foregone conclusion. Before head coach Roger Smoak and his teams stepped onto the court for their first match, they all but had the title in their collective back pocket.
Decked out in new camouflaged-themed game jerseys in honor of Military Appreciation Night, Camden went old school in its 14-0 win over previously unbeaten Lancaster last Friday night at Zemp Stadium.
This is not the team which Camden head coach Jimmy Neal thought he would see when he agreed to play Lancaster last winter.
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.
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.
The Camden High School Bulldog Club membership drive is in full swing for the 2014-2015 school year. The organization, founded in 1952, provides financial assistance to all athletic programs at the school through the membership drive and various fundraising activities.
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