If you think North Central is sweating out its move into the state class AA volleyball ranks, well, you can put those sports drinks and towels away.
This was not the Cardinal Newman team which North Central and head football coach Louis Clyburn signed up to play last winter.
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.
Having picked on and beaten schools their own size, the North Central volleyball team stepped up in class on Monday. The results, however, were the same as they have been throughout this season.
There are those victories which you take, put them in the books and move ahead to the next chapter.
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