— S.C. State hit the field Saturday for the first of 25 preseason football practices as the Bulldogs prepare for the 2013 campaign. Approximately 90 players participated in the two-hour workout drills.

Bulldogs head coach Buddy Pough, now in 12th season at the helm, said it was a typical start of camp.

“It’s always a little shock of being back and ready to get things going,” said Pough. “ You have to figure out that the same hard work is out there, and you have to prepare yourself to play at the level you want to play at.”

The Bulldogs will conduct their second practice Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Senior Olympics

Walt Lancaster of Charleston recently captured a gold medal and three ribbons at the National Senior Games (U.S. Senior Olympics) in Cleveland.

The biennial National Senior Games began in 1987 and feature 19 sports. Nearly 11,000 male and female athletes, ages 50 and up, competed in 23 venues.

Lancaster, competing in the 70-74 age division, won gold in the 4x100m relay, and placed fourth in the 50m dash, seventh in the 100m dash, seventh in the discus, ninth in the 200m dash, ninth in the triple jump and 10th in the javelin.

Other local participants included Brian Stockmaster (50-54) and Bernard Ditter (80-84).