Getting three individual championships was nice, but it was a win in the consolation finals which provided the icing on the cake for the Lugoff-Elgin wrestling team which captured last weekend's 31st annual Bearcat Invitational, hosted by Rock Hill High School.
There was no better way to wrap up what was a memorable 2010 for the Lugoff-Elgin wrestling team than to end the past year with a championship.
Trailing former Region 3-AAA foe Chester heading into the finals of last weekend's 19th annual May Plant Credit Union Holiday Classic wrestling tournament, host Lugoff-Elgin used five winning performances (from as many wrestlers) in the championship finals to edge the Cyclones, 228-216, to capture its own event.
When you have a new coach, sometimes you need to walk before you can run.
Shortly before she got loose for what was a game-winning layin, Kirsten Baker sat on the Lugoff-Elgin bench with an ice bag atop her head following a spill after being fouled with 1:41 left in Tuesday's game against visiting Richland Northeast.
Even though her team's score in Friday's win over rival Camden was nearly identical to that of Tuesday's 58-50 victory over Lancaster, Lugoff-Elgin girls basketball coach Von Duncan said the difference in play and emotion was off the charts.
Like a cold car engine which takes a few tries before starting up, Lugoff-Elgin's Jo Jo Pellegrino coughed and sputtered for the better part of three quarters of Friday's non-region game with rival Camden.
Sometimes, players have a way of making their coaches look prophetic.
In Las Vegas, the main event on the boxing card usually takes to the ring near the 10 p.m. hour.
As steep as the learning curve was for the Lugoff-Elgin football team this past season, it may be an even greater challenge for the Demons' wrestlers, which will open a new chapter in the program's rich history tonight when York and 2009 4A state champion Rock Hill come into the Demons Den.
The Lugoff-Elgin wrestling team will host Rock Hill and York in Wednesday night's season-opening matches. The match was incorrectly printed as a Tuesday night contest in the Chronicle-Independent.
(Note: This article appeared in the Wednesday, Oct. 27 edition of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Since then, Wofford College earned a berth in the NCAA Football Championship Series playoffs. After a first round bye, the Southern Conference entry opens post-season play at Jacksonville State on Dec. 4.)
Staring down at 97 yards and a Lugoff-Elgin defense, which was trying to hold onto a 24-21 lead with less than six minutes remaining in Friday's state class 4A playoff opener, Ashley Ridge quarterback Cameron Cox saw more than green and brown grass in front of him.
Seeing is not believing. Just ask Sumter or several other Lugoff-Elgin opponents from the recently completed regular season.
SUMTER – "It's not how you start, it's how you finish"
What a way to head into the Easter vacation break.
Things started on an ominous note for the Lugoff-Elgin baseball team on Thursday and they would not get better that evening.
Now this is how you end a drought.
With their head coach missing the match due to a knee injury, the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team tried to help in Edward Rickwood's recovery by dousing visiting Richland Northeast, 7-0, in a Region 4-4A match played on Tuesday.
Lugoff-Elgin tuned up for its Thursday night battle with conference-leading Blythewood by handing visiting Richland Northeast a pair of losses in a Tuesday night Region 4-4A doubleheader.
For a scant few seconds, players from both benches spilled out onto the apron of the infield waiting to see the landing spot of Bradwin Salmond's drive to right field in the eighth inning of Tuesday's Lugoff-Elgin game with visiting Richland Northeast.
In this age of baseball in which pitchers are always looking to add another pitch to their repertoire, Zac Bowers is in the reduction mode.
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