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Week 0 Picks & Previews: Local teams on upset alert

Week 0 couldn’t come soon enough for high school, football fans, and five Grand Strand teams are getting started early in Friday’s unofficial opening night of the season. Playing in Week 0 does have some value. It gives participating teams a bye week they can use before the kickoff of the all-important region campaign. But those teams have one less week to prepare for the season opener,... 

No. 17 Coastal draws with ODU in exhibition opener

The 17th-ranked Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 draw with Old Dominion in Wednesday’s exhibition opener at the CCU Soccer Stadium. Old Dominion’s Stefano Barahona broke the scoreless draw in the 52nd minute of play with a blast from the top of the box that snuck inside the far post, giving the Monarchs the 1-0 advantage. However, 25 seconds after the restart Coastal’s... 

Strand’s Belair, Glodack fill leadership roles for Tigers

The Grand Strand is well represented on the 2014 Clemson men’s soccer squad this season. Former Socastee High standout Bobby Belair and ex-Carolina Forest goalkeeper Chris Glodack will play key roles for the Tigers this season. Belair, a fifth-year graduate student at Clemson, was named one of two team captains, while Glodack inherits the starting role between the pipes for the Tigers this season. “It’s... 

MB legend Shaw inaugural member of SC Hall of Fame

Legendary Myrtle Beach High football coach Doug Shaw will be one of the founding members of the South Carolina Football Coaches Association’s inagural Hall of Fame class, the group anounced Tuesday. Shaw, who died of a heart attack following 25 seasons as head coach of the Seahawks, is now the namesake of Myrtle Beach’s home stadium. He led the Seahawks to four state championships in the... 

Athlete of the Week: NMB’s Bryan avoids making waves

Everyone in the state knows Mason Bryan as one of South Carolina’s elite swimmers … with the possible exception of Mason Bryan himself. Perhaps that explains his rapid rise to the top of the junior ranks. Bryan, the defending Class 3A state champion in the 100-meter backstroke and a multiple state and regional winner for Coastal Aquatic Club, was selected to represent the South Carolina... 

Pelicans take fourth straight loss, division lead dwindles

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans suffered their fourth straight loss in a 5-3 defeat to the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Tuesday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, dropping their lead in the Carolina League Southern Division standings to only one game with two weeks remaining in the regular season. Wilmington (27-27, 60-62) struck for three runs on three solo home runs against Pelicans starter... 

Caledonia, Dunes Club lead local links on Top 100 list

Four Myrtle Beach golf courses  courses have earned a spot on Golf Magazine’s list of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play,” a biennial ranking of the nation’s best public courses that was unveiled in the September issue of the magazine. Additionally, the Grand Strand dominated the magazine’s list of the “Best Courses Near You,” a ranking of public courses in each state. “Myrtle Beach... 

First-year football coaches facing tough opening tests

Officially, it’s called Week Zero. But for the three new high school football coaches on the Grand Strand, it must feel more like hell week. Carolina Forest’s Marc Morris, North Myrtle Beach’s Blair Hardin and St. James’ Robby Brown will be making their debuts at their respective schools Friday night, and all three are being thrown to the fire in one of the toughest opening... 

Red Sox break out bats, broom to sweep Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans surrendered three home runs, including an inside the park homer, in a 9-1 loss to the Salem Red Sox on Sunday at LewisGale Field. The Red Sox swept the Pelicans in the three-game set, marking the first series sweep of Myrtle Beach since April 3-6, which also came to Salem. Pelicans starter Chad James pitched well on Sunday, but Salem (27-25, 60-60) jumped out to a lead against... 

Newton back; Bersin has big night in Panthers’ win

Brent Bersin grew up in Charlotte. And by the looks of things, he might be pursuing an unlikely professional football career in the city. Bersin, a free agent signee out of Wofford College in Spartanburg, caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the Carolina Panthers’ 28-16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in an exhibition game. Bersin made a nice catch from Derek Anderson to put the Panthers... 
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