There were better days to run 3.1 miles than this past Saturday.
CHAPIN – Throughout what was three-game win streak, ball security and finding a balance on offense between the run and the passing games led Camden to making a run at the Region 4-AAA title.
Grown men had tears in their eyes. Hugs were exchanged freely while friends, family and fans wrapped themselves around a Camden football team like, possibly, never before.
In the aftermath of last Friday's post-game fight with Dreher, while the two teams lined up to shake hands following Camden's 39-30 win over the visiting Blue Devils, Camden High School principal Dan Matthews announced a new post-game policy for players and fans beginning with tonight's home game with Richland Northeast.
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.
For several weeks, Camden was missing something. And, it perplexed the Bulldogs' coaching staff.
Four concussions. At least one shoulder injury and an ankle injury. A revolving door lineup.
HOPKINS --- Don't tell Kendrice Slater he was operating behind a patchwork offensive line. The Camden tailback is having none of that talk.
Look at the personnel, not their record.
Closing out its home season with a pair of second-place finishes in a meet held at Historic Camden on Wednesday, the Camden High cross country teams can now shift their sights toward the final regular season meet and then, the Region 4-AAA meet in Chapin on Oct. 22.
Racing on a course over which the Region 4-AAA cross country championships will be held Oct. 22, the Camden High cross country teams continued their string of strong finishes in a multi-team meet hosted by Chapin High School last Wednesday.
Sending out a first-time starter at quarterback behind a young and rebuilt offensive line is hardly the recipe for a big offensive night. And, it wasn't for Camden.
What a difference a week or, in this case, a game makes.
Camden High Volleyball will hold its Dig Pink event tonight with Cardinal Newman and Irmo coming to the Dog Pound for a 5 p.m. tri-match.
SUMTER --- You can use your own adjective to describe Camden's 24-0 loss to host Lakewood on Friday night at J. Frank Baker Stadium.
Less than enthralled with Tyler Jordan's first at-bat in Tuesday night's game with visiting Richland Northeast, Camden head baseball coach Denny Beckley had no complaints following his second baseman's second trip to the plate. And after the third, the Bulldog boss was ecstatic.
Receiving a total of 18 personal-best performances, the Camden High boys and girls' track teams ran to sixth and seventh place finishes, respectively, in Saturday's 15-team Silver Fox Invitational at Dutch Fork High School.
Despite peppering the Dreher goal, the Camden boys' soccer team could not find the back of the Blue Devil nets with any of their shots as the visiting Blue Devils downed Camden, 4-0, last Friday night at Zemp Stadium.
Camden's strong start to the softball season continued on Saturday with the Lady Bulldogs finishing with a 3-1 record and taking second place to host Lewisville in the Lewisville Lions Tournament played in Richburg.
Having come close to a no-hitter, Camden's Kennedi Stokes was forced to settle for the pitching victory as the Camden softball team stayed unbeaten through three games with an 8-1 win over visiting Dreher on Friday night.
Everything about it reeked of "trap" game. But Camden High baseball coach Denny Beckley would have none of that talk following his team's 3-2 come-from-behind victory over visiting Dreher Friday night.
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