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.
There may not be a right or a wrong time for a bye week. But this is about as a good a time as any for the Camden football team to have one.
One of the several facts which have become evident in the first two weeks of the Camden football season is that the Bulldogs have been slow coming out of the blocks.
Like most Camden High athletic programs, the girls' tennis team knows that it has a tough task ahead of themselves in making the move to Region 4-AAA.
FLORENCE -- You do the math.
When the dust had settled following his team's 51-38 loss to Cheraw in last Saturday afternoon's season opener, Camden head football coach Jimmy Neal said there was plenty to build on.
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.
CHERAW – Final exams are not supposed to be given on the first day of school.
There have been times when even some of the best teams which Jimmy Neal has coached were so keyed-up that they nearly or, did, lay an egg in the first game of the season.
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.
The Camden High School boys' and girls' cross-country teams will begin practice for the 2012 season on Wednesday, Aug. 1.