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.
C-I (Camden, S.C.) sports editor
Having seen teammate Robert Gardner carried off the mat with what turned out to be a severe neck injury at the Carolina Invitational on Jan. 19, Camden Middle School wrestlers Sylvester (S.J.) Lucas and Clinton (C.J.) Jones had no other choice than to go out and win the event for their injured teammate.
There was nothing else she could do or say, other than suiting up herself to try and help even things out.
On what turned out to be D.J. Wilson's welcome to the big-time party, Lower Richland stole the cake and then ate it, too.
Talking to Brooke Dixon, you get the feeling that no matter what school at which level recruited her or, offered her a chance to play for their program, that she was going to hold out as long as she could for her dream school.
Just like his broken-in glove, Cole Irick found the perfect fit for a college where he can continue both his academic and baseball-playing endeavors.
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