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Mary Ann Byrd, the Kershaw County School District Office Communications Director released a statement regarding the latest ruling of the South Carolina Highschool League:

“Camden High School staff members have worked closely with the SC High School League (SCHSL) officials concerning the incident that followed the Camden High-Dreher High football game on October 17 including providing game video and meeting with High School League staff in Columbia on Monday morning. We appreciate their role in making decisions concerning this incident. As the SCHSL has requested additional information this week, we have provided it promptly. To reiterate the words that Camden High Principal Dan Matthews told his school family on Saturday morning, the actions that took place on the field after the game were unacceptable and did not represent the true spirit of the Camden High School Bulldog family. We accept the fine and player sanctions from the SCHSL but are strongly considering appealing the team’s probation. In addition to those actions, Camden High will be following the Kershaw County School District Code of Student Conduct with players who were involved in fighting or who failed to obey authorities.”

The South Carolina Highschool League just issued a press release and statement late this afternoon on the skirmish that took place after the Camden/Dreher football game this past Friday. The League has issued penalties to both teams. Suspensions have been handed out to several athletes from the field of play, some for this week’s game and for multiple games in addition to Friday night.

The other penalties include each school being fined for an undisclosed amount. Each school’s varsity football team is placed on probation for one calendar year which includes the 2014 playoffs and any jamborees in 2015. Also, According to the South Carolina Highschool League,  due to the severity of the incident which involved multiple altercations and possible criminal charges by law enforcement, the decision to place both schools on probation is in accordance to the South Carolina High School League’s Constitution and By-Law

 

 

 

All three Kershaw County Volleyball teams were #1 seeds to start the playoffs this week. North Central continued their undefeated/perfect season last night cruising to a 1st round playoff victory over Fairfield Central on Wednesday night. The Lady Knights continue in the 2nd round vs Chesnee on Monday night.

The Camden Lady Bulldogs took the Region 4-3A crown and are ready to host Palmetto this evening at 6pm. A Lady Bulldog win will keep them home and face the winner of Blue Ridge and South Pointe next Tuesday night at 6. Camden is coached by Paige Wilson and led by Maddison Flowers, Morgan Wilson and Emma Buchanan.

It took a coin toss, but the Lady Demons of Lugoff Elgin will be a number 1 seed as well in the 4A playoffs. Having split the region championship with rival Blythewood, the two teams split the regular season meetings as well as boasting a similar record. That makes back to back region crowns for LE.  The postseason begins tonight for the Lady Demons at 6 as they welcome Easley from the Upstate. The Lady Demons, with a win would play host to either Byrnes or Northwestern in the 2nd round. The Lady Demons are Senior heavy with 7 including Aubrey Edgerton, Sarah Cashion, and Sara Beth Messer.

Follow the Sports Updates in the 12 and 5pm hours on KOOL 102.7 to find out how the Volleyball teams are doing. Go out and support your local Lady Knights, Demons, and Bulldogs! You can also follow camdenbulldogs.com, demonactivities.com or @wpubradio and follow us on Facebook as well. https://www.facebook.com/pages/KOOL-1027-FM-StarTime-1590-AM/95012108835?ref=hl

The South Carolina Highschool League on Thursday afternoon released a statement in regards to the skirmish that happened after the Camden High/Dreher football game. The release stated that after reviewing and analyzing postgame footage as well as preliminary investigations by Camden and Dreher highschool administrators, the league has determined initial penalties for players from each schools football team. Players identified as taking part in the incident will have a minimum of a 1 game suspension starting with this week’s game with the possibility of additional penalties at a later date. Multiple infractions are still being investigated by the schools and the South Carolina Highschool League. Each school will participate in their regular season football games according to their schedule, however, team sanctions if any will be determined a later date. Skip Lax, the SCHSL assistant commissioner said both schools have been cooperative and helpful by providing results of their individual investigations. Lax said it was the assistance of the schools that the league was to able to identify the athletes that were involved.

This is the official statement received regarding the Camden/Dreher brawl from the League today. Just announced.

Columbia, SC- After review and analysis of post-game video footage as well as preliminary investigations by Camden High School and Dreher High School administrators, the South Carolina High School League has determined initial penalties for several players representing each school’s football team.

Players identified as taking part in the incident on last Friday evening will have a minimum of a one game suspension (starting with this week’s game) with the possibility of additional penalties at a later date. Multiple infractions are still being investigated by each school and SCHSL officials.

This Friday night each school will participate in their regular season football game according to their schedule, however, team sanctions (if any) will be determined at a later date.
“Both schools have been cooperative and helpful by providing the results of their individual investigations. It was with the assistance of the schools that we were able to identify the athletes that were involved,” states Skip Lax, SCHSL assistant commissioner.

The South Carolina High School League is committed to a thorough process when addressing these violations in accordance with the SCHSL Constitution and By-Laws. It is our goal to stress the importance good sportsmanship while representing any South Carolina high school athletic program. The actions displayed during last week’s incident will not be tolerated.

On Tuesday, Camden Businessman Dr. Ron Prestage entered a guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of having an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition in his possession as he entered a congressional office building in Washington DC on July 23rd. Presage was sentenced 30 days in jail suspended upon six months of unsupervised probation. Prestage will also pay $100 in court costs. Security revealed that Prestage had a loaded handgun in a holster inside a briefcase when he entered an office building to meet with South Carolina Legislators on July 23rd in DC. Prestage owns a Weapons permit in South Carolina, however it is not recognized in the District of Columbia. A U.S District Judge ruled that D.C’s complete ban is unconstitutional just 3 days after Prestage’s Arrest. Although bringing a handgun onto Capitol grounds remains illegal.

Doby’s Mill Elementary School students and parents participated in the Global Cardboard
Challenge Friday, October 3. Over 50 “racers” revved up their
engines, recycling cardboard boxes, paper towel tubes, and other recyclable
materials, to create their own “cars: to sit in and enjoy a “drive
-in” movie in the school gym. Of course, popcorn was served!

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The South Carolina High School League, Camden High School and Dreher High School
are each actively taking part in the investigation of the unfortunate incident
that occurred after the football game between the two teams. We are counting on
each school’s full cooperation and participation in the matter and hope to
resolve this as soon as possible. The South Carolina High School League is
comprised of over 200 member schools who strive to uphold the historical
expectation that South Carolina high school athletes maintain an elevated level
of sportsmanship, scholarship and honor before, during and after all athletic
events. The Friday evening post-game behavior displayed by some of the athletes
is inexcusable and will not be tolerated. The safety of our students, coaches,
fans and community at large is of the utmost importance during any SCHSL
sporting event. We will bring this investigation to a conclusion once all
information has been received and accessed.

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) “exceeded the state’s expectations” in data released today by the SC State Department of Education.

“This is outstanding news, and I commend all of our students and staff,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan. “I am very proud of the performance of our schools; they set the bar high for student achievement and continue to meet these extraordinary goals.”

The data released today was part of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) accountability data included in the state’s federal school report card.  The district earned a B—a rating of 86.1 overall—and the third highest score for a Midlands district.  KCSD ranked 19th out of 82 school districts statewide, and its score was seven-tenths of a point higher than the state average of 85.4.

Fifteen of the district’s 18 schools earned an A or B on their ESEA grades, indicating their performance exceeded or substantially exceeded the state’s expectations

Six schools—Baron DeKalb Elementary, Bethune Elementary, Blaney Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Midway Elementary and Mt. Pisgah Elementary—were named Reward Schools for Performance as one of the state’s highest performing Title I schools for 2013-14.  Mt. Pisgah Elementary was also named a Reward School for Progress, honoring it for being a Title I school that demonstrates the most substantial progress in either the “all students” group or in identified subgroups from one school year to the next.

Eight schools—Baron DeKalb Elementary, Camden Elementary, Camden High, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugofff-Elgin Middle, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, North Central High and Pine Tree Hill Elementary increased their ESEA scores from 2013.

Camden High School’s 22-point gain was the 6th highest increase of any Midlands school and advanced the school’s letter grade two levels. Mt. Pisgah Elementary, Pine Tree Hill Elementary and North Central High each increased a letter grade.

Four schools—Baron DeKalb Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugoff Elementary and Wateree Elementary—maintained their A grades from last school year. Other KCSD schools earning an A were Mt. Pisgah Elementary and North Central High.  Only 44 schools in the Midlands earned an A.

Baron DeKalb Elementary’s score of 98.8 was the fifth highest score of any Midlands area school.  Mt. Pisgah Elementary was only one-tenth of a point lower with a score of 98.7.

Four schools—Blaney Elementary, Camden Elementary, Camden Middle and Lugoff-Elgin Middle—maintained their B grades from last school year. Other KCSD schools earning a B were Bethune Elementary, Camden High, Midway Elementary, Lugoff-Elgin High and Pine Tree Hill Elementary.  Only 53 schools in the Midlands earned a B.

Jackson, North Central Middle and Stover Middle earned a C which indicates that the school’s performance meets the state’s expectations.  No KCSD school scored below a C.

Morgan said that KCSD’s positive marks on the federal accountability data follow recent good news with scores released for SAT, ACT and End-of-Course tests.  “We continue to show strong academic performance,’ he said.  “We have a lot to be proud of, but we will continue to strive for even greater results.”

This year’s report cards are based on how elementary- and middle-school students performed on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards, and how high-school students performed on exit exam and end-of-course tests last spring.

Later this fall, the state will issue another report card to schools not tied to federal reporting.