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Sharks’ comeback bid falls short in wild one with Loris

The St. James High football team went all last season without tasting victory. In Friday night’s season opener against visiting Loris, the Sharks came within inches of snapping the skid. Riley Parker’s 38-yard field goal as time expired sailed wide left, ending a wild game that saw five lead changes in the second half and nearly went to overtime in first-year coach Joey Price’s... 

Illing’s five TD passes lead Braves’ blowout of Trojans

Everyone knew going into the 2017 season that the Socastee High football team wasn’t deep, but the Braves (1-0) are wide – as in wide open. Socastee quarterback Hunter Illing threw five touchdown passes to lead the Braves to a 39-14 victory over visiting West Brunswick (NC) in Friday night’s season opener. Opening the season with only 27 players on the roster, Socastee showed... 

Chiefs ride defense to big road win over Timberland

It’s not often a team commits six turnovers and wins. It helps when that team’s defense only gives up the same number of points. North Myrtle Beach used that unusual but effective formula to defeat host Timberland 14-6, using a strong defensive effort to overcome a shaky offense in the No. 4-ranked Chiefs season opener. The Chiefs repeatedly shot themselves in the foot with five fumbles,... 

Tigers overcome turmoil, blast Bulldogs in opener

Wet field conditions forced the Conway High football team to wait nearly a half-hour before kicking off the 2017 season on Friday night. Apparently the Tigers couldn’t wait to get started. The visiting Tigers (1-0) scored on their first four offensive possessions behind first-time starting quarterback D’Wuan Grainger en route to a 40-8 victory over Georgetown. Playing for the first... 

Panthers, Sharks warm up for preseason tournament

The Carolina Forest volleyball team got one last tune-up Thursday before hosting its annual preseason tournament this weekend. The Lady Panthers scored a 3-0 sweep over St. James, one of 15 teams to participate in the Carolina Forest Invitational on Saturday. After scoring a hard-fought 3-2 win over Aynor earlier this week, the Lady Panthers looked sharp in their second scrimmage of the season... 

High school sports about more than fun and games

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here, and that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike. Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school absences than non-athletes,... 

CCU soccer hosts Marshall in final exhibition contest

The Coastal Carolina University men’s soccer team will host its first match of the season Saturday after losing exhibition road games to top-five ranked Clemson and North Carolina. CCU will host Marshall Saturday at 7 p.m. at the CCU Soccer Stadium.  It will be the third and final exhibition match for the Chanticleers before the start of the regular season, but it will be the first time CCU... 

My Brain on NASCAR: Harvick far from ‘Happy’

2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, nicknamed “Happy,” didn’t sound the least bit jolly when recently addressing the subject of NASCAR’s deteriorating popularity, not to mention its dwindling fan base. Harvick apparently knows exactly who is hurting NASCAR, and it’s a friend of his … or perhaps a former friend, at this point. He isn’t a green-eyed monster, but he did a... 

Pelicans score season-high 13 runs in win over Dash

Zack Short reached base five times and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ offense exploded Thursday for a season-high 13 runs to back a stellar start from Duncan Robinson in the Birds’ 13-6 win over the Winston-Salem Dash at BB&T Ballpark. With the game scoreless in the fourth, Myrtle Beach (65-59, 22-32) broke through against Winston-Salem (49-75, 25-29) starter Dane Dunning (5-6). With... 

Week 0 Previews & Picks: Conway in coaching limbo

For the first time in 35 years, a local high school football season will open without Conway High coach Chuck Jordan on the sidelines. The embattled coach’s status remains uncertain nearly three months after in-school altercation with a student that landed him on administrative leave with pay. I’m not here to rehash the details or make a judgment in the case, but I am ready to throw... 
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