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Athlete of Week: Coppola leads new club on the mat

After an injury prevented him from chasing his dream for a SCHSL state championship last winter, Christian Coppola spent all summer trying to make up for lost mat time. He almost won an even bigger title, finishing second in the 125-pound class at the prestigious Nuway Summer Nationals in New Jersey, which saw more than 600 wrestlers compete. “I qualified for states but I suffered a concussion... 

Lady Saints open season with two big tennis wins

The Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach girls tennis team got off to a great start to the season this week, scoring a 5-2 scrimmage victory at Socastee on Monday and taking an 8-1 season-opening win over visiting Florence Christian Academy on Tuesday. The Lady Saints rolled in their home and region opener, with their lone loss came at No. 1 singles, but they ran the table in the rest of the individual... 

Pigskin Kickoff: Seahawks seeking another state title

It wasn’t long after the Seahawks’ 2013 Class 3A state championship that fans started talking about three-peat. And it didn’t take very long for them to find out just how fragile a state title run can be. As fragile as the hand of quarterback Drayton Arnold, who is back as the starter for a third season after breaking his throwing thumb last year. The Seahawks still made it to... 

CF volleyball, tennis split season openers at Aynor

After hosting a 15-team tournament over the weekend, the Carolina Forest volleyball team opened up regular season on the road with a 3-0 sweep over Aynor on Monday night. Leading the way for the Lady Panthers were Meghan DeVaux with 6 aces and 20 service points and Kenzlie Andresen with 8 kills and 6 points. Both Ellissa Smalls and Hope Goodwin contributed 9 kills for the night. The Lady Panthers... 

Swimming: MB girls place second; CF posts top 10s

Local swim teams got off to a splashing good start to the 2015 season in Saturday’s Ripley’s Aquarium Invitational, the largest high school swim meet in the state. Featuring more than 440 swimmers from 21 of South Carolina’s top boys and girls programs, the sixth annual event saw the Myrtle Beach girls finish second in their home pool at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center. Myrtle... 

Volleyball: Braves win title; Panthers, Chiefs fare well

The Socastee High volleyball team made an impressive trek over the North Carolina border to capture the championship of the Lady Wildcat Invitational, hosted by east Chapel Hill (NC) High. The Lady Braves battled to a 3-2 victory in the final over Northwest Guilford (NC) to start the season with a 4-0 record. Selected to the All-Tournament team was Socastee outside hitters Mary Guest and Dale Rogers,... 

St. James makes statement with epic victory over Loris

The St. James High football team sent a message to local teams and region rivals Friday night – the Sharks are no longer an easy W. After numerous close calls under new coach Robby Brown last year, St. James finally broke through with a 23-20 season-opening victory over visiting Loris. Despite several chances to let another big one get away, the Sharks fought to the finish and escaped with... 

Carolina Forest dominates Darlington in strong debut

Second-year Carolina Forest coach Marc Morris has been preaching patience and hard work to his struggling Panthers. On Friday night, those virtues paid off in spades for the Carolina Forest football program. The Panthers opened the 2015 season on a winning note and in impresive fashion, defeating host Darlington 31-6 after losing to the Falcons by three touchdowns in last year’s debut. Quarterback... 

Tigers turn to long ball late to rally past Georgetown

In a sloppy game in which Conway couldn’t seem to score close to the goalline, the Tigers had to dig deep and go deep to earn a hard-fought 22-13 victory over host Georgetown on Friday night. Trailing 13-8 in the fourth quarter, Conway quarterback Peyton Derrick hit Juwon Moody for the go-ahead touchdown, then connected with Bryan Edwards from 63 yards out to put the game away. But it didn’t... 

Roundup: NMB, Socastee struggle in season debuts

The North Myrtle Beach High football team had hoped to use Friday night’s season opener with three-time defending Class 2A state champion Dillon as a measuring stick for the football program. As it turned out, the Chiefs found that they still have a long way to go. After last year’s dominating 56-16 victory, the Wildcats basically duplicated the feat with a 54-14 win over the host Chiefs.... 
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