After battling through the heat and humidity which greeted them in their season-opening meet at Chapin, the Camden High cross country teams fared much better in last week's second outings in a ofur-team event hosted by Richland Northeast,.
It took going to first doubles, but the Camden High girls' tennis team collected their first win of the season with a 4-3 victory over host Hartsville in a Wednesday match which started in the afternoon and was not completed until past 8 p.m.
After having their season opening match rained out against Blythewood, the Camden High girls tennis team dropped a pair of matches to host West Florence last Tuesday and to Darlington in Thursday's home opener.
For the past four seasons, when the Camden High volleyball team convened for pre-season practice, they may as well have spent a half-day designing a conference championship T-shirt. That was how certain it was that the Lady Bulldogs were going to win the Region 6-AAA title.
There are those who look back at last season's opening game --- in which Camden led host Spring Valley, 16-7, with less than five minutes to play only to lose a 20-16 decision --- as the turning point in what spiraled into a 2-8 season.
As if having a completely rebuilt defense was not enough of a challenge for the Camden coaching staff, Crestwood compounded that problem and shred the Bulldogs on that side of the football in a 22-0 victory in the final game of Friday's 37th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree.
Hartsville scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, needing just one hit, to rally from a 5-4 deficit to take a 6-5 victory over visiting Camden in a Tuesday night contest played at Jimmy White Field in Kellytown.