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.
The Camden Middle School wrestling team will now send 10 wrestlers into Saturday's Carolina Invitational in Lexington.
Rather than subject his team to the confines of the gym for practice on a sunny Sunday afternoon, Camden High basketball coach Ron McKie took his squad to the school's adjoining athletic complex to work out in the great outdoors.
Seeing as how visiting Westwood suited up just seven players for Tuesday's game with Camden, it can be surmised that the Lady Bulldogs' plan of attack was to get the guests into foul trouble and, run them until their tongues were hanging down to the floor.
After having to go to the first tie-breaking criteria for the win in their first meeting with Hartsville earlier this season, the Camden High wrestling team did not leave any doubt on the second go 'round between the two rival schools.
Just as a mechanic puts a car on the lift to see what is wrong with a vehicle in need of repair, Camden girls' basketball coach Natalie Jeffcoat tinkered with her team's problems during halftime of Friday's game with A.C. Flora.
Chalk it up to the wooden bats. Better yet, give the credit to the two pitchers.
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