Some coaches dread playing week zero games. Not Louis Clyburn.
When last season ended and North Central began preparations for its 2012 football campaign, the Knights had 18 rising seniors amongst their ranks. That number has now been reduced by a half-dozen.
Like big-time actors in a low-budget film, many of North Central's starters had but cameo roles in what turned out to be a 20-0 loss to Buford in Friday's opening game of the 37th annual Camden Shrine Club Football Jamboree at Zemp Stadium.
As he entered American Legion Park to watch a potential prospect from visiting Orangeburg take on the Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion team in a June game, Francis Marion University head baseball coach Art Inabinet got a "two-fer."
All rising ninth graders at North Central High School who are interested in playing junior varsity football this season must report to the field house, located beside the tennis courts at the school, on Monday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. for a mandatory organizational meeting.
Following a regular season in which more than just a few school records fell by the wayside, the North central High School track and field program returned from Saturday's class A state championship meet with a pair of top 15 finishes from the boys' and girls' teams.
Led by player of the year Grayson King, four members of the North Central baseball team were named to the All-Region 3-A squad.
There will be a strong North Central presence at this weekend's class A South Carolina State Track and Field Championships to be held at Harry Parone Stadium on the Spring Valley High School campus in northeast Columbia.
Growing up, Cassady Robinson played in a T-ball baseball league with boys. She also threw the football around with the guys, many of whom she considers some of her closest friends. So, when it came time to make her choice of a college, the North Central High School senior chose … You guessed it, Columbia College.
North Central used seven hits and 10 C.A. Johnson errors to close out its Region 3-A campaign with a 17-5 win over the visiting Green Hornets on Friday night.
When making out the lineup card, all North Central head coach Robbie Cash had to do was write Andrew Galuppi's name at the top of his team's batting order after the senior was in the clean-up slot for the first half of the season.
As the lone class a school invited to Saturday's Carolinas Cup track meet, hosted at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, North Central gave a strong showing for itself.
North Central's hopes for a first round class A state baseball playoff game all but went by the boards following Friday's 8-6 loss at Lewisville.
Playing their two best games of the season in consecutive contests, the North Central softball team improved their post-season stock by splitting a pair of Region 3-A contests with Great Falls and Lewisville.
Jamborees are hardly the occasion to show a conference opponent your playing hand. But after watching Buford grind its way to 50 yards in an 11-snap opening drive, North Central head coach Louis Clyburn had no other choice than to switch into game mode.
Michael Williamson has yet to take a snap in a high school junior varsity or varsity football game. In fact, he has yet to enter the hallways of North Central High School for a class.
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