All you have to do is look around at the landscape which is college athletics and read the headlines about those who make a mockery of the word "student" in the term student-athlete.
If his former players could give Mark Wade a going away present, it would probably be the oversized truck tires which the retiring Lugoff-Elgin strength and conditioning coach would make players flip down the field during the most brutally hot days of the summer.
Sometimes, nothing beats a family discussion at the dinner table to help a young person sort out a potential problem.
Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.
You might call Tyler Horton a late arrival on the tennis scene. But that did not prevent the University of South Carolina-Lancaster from calling on him when searching for a quality addition to its team.
For some high school basketball players, the season does not begin until the coach opens the door to a warm gym the first day or so in November.
It's not often that a team gets a chance to exhale when competing for a berth in the state championship as compared to trying to secure a slot in the Upper State tournament.
Lugoff-Elgin High varsity soccer goalkeeper, Kyle Brosius, has made the final cut for a position on the South Carolina Olympic Development Program (ODP).
As Kyle Ham was about to talk about his signing to play football at Gray Military Academy, his former high school coach, Scott Jones, wanted to add one last comment about his three-year starter at Lugoff-Elgin.
You would have a hard time on convincing the Lugoff-Elgin softball team that turnabout is fair play.
Due to Thursday's inclement weather, Lugoff-Elgin's District 6-4A softball playoff opening round game at Sumter has been postponed. The Lady Demons will now travel to meet the Lady Gamecocks Friday in a 6 p.m. start.
Needing one win in their last three games to earn a slot in the 4A state baseball tournament, Lugoff-Elgin saw its post-season hopes go by the boards in a 10-5 loss to Blythewood in Monday's regular season finale.
For the better part of the past three seasons, Lugoff-Elgin baseball coach Randy Stokes could have saved himself the trouble of writing Jacob Murphy's name atop his team's batting order if he just bought a rubber stamp with the shortstop's name on it.
Austin Hill probably would like to avoid having collisions like the one which the Spring Valley reliever had with his first baseman, Evan Polk, on Tuesday night.
Long after the fans and both teams had left Optimist Field, Lugoff-Elgin baseball coach Randy Stokes walked his family to their car in the parking lot. On the way back to turn the lights off at the field, he stopped to talk to the school's athletic director, Scott Jones, and assistant football coach Calvin McRoy.
Before they left following Wednesday morning's off-season contioning session, members of the Lugoff-Elgin football team took a knee and listened to their head coach who was in his third full day on the job.
The leadership of the Lugoff-Elgin High School football and athletic departments stayed within the Demon family for the 2014-15 school year as Dave Thomas was named the school's interim head football coach and Craig Marlow as interim activities director Monday.
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