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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... 

Kickoff Countdown: Young Panthers hold real promise

There’s a youth movement under way in the Carolina Forest football program, and coach Marc Morris hopes it continues to be a step in the right direction. Despite losing several senior standouts to graduation last season, the Panthers have high hopes about the next group in line to follow in their footsteps. “Our JV program went 9-1 the last two seasons,” said Morris, who is entering... 

Five local baseball players, two coaches make all-stars

The sun may have set on the 2017 SCHSL baseball season, but the all-stars are just starting to shine. Five local seniors and two coaches will take part in postseason festivities as part of the SCBCA All-Star Game on May 23-25 in Lexington. Carolina Forest landed a couple of standouts on the All-Star Select South squad, with pitcher Bryar Johnson and catcher Christian Maggio making a possible appearance... 

Track & Field: CF girls win region title; CF boys third

The Carolina Forest girls track team ran away with the Region 6-5A championship on Thursday, led by another banner day by Kayla Watkins. Watkins won the 200 meters, the long jump and the high jump, and Ashtyn Poirier won the 110 hurdles to propel the Lady Panthers to the region team title. Carolina Forest racked up 140 total points to beat out West Florence (115), Conway (100), Sumter (99), Socastee... 

Lacrosse: Venazio tops list of nine all-state honorees

Lacrosse may be a relatively new sport to the Grand Strand, but several local products are making names for themselves across the state as seven players and two coaches earned all-state honors. Carolina Forest senior Joe Venazio, who led the state in goals this season, was named the Class 5A Attacker of the Year and made first team all-state. He led the Panthers to the second round of the playoffs... 

Baseball: Panthers, Sharks make late push for playoffs

Whoever said “It’s not how you start, but how you finish” must have been Carolina Forest and St. James baseball fans. Both teams seemed dead in the water a few weeks ago but surged to Mingo Bay Classic titles and made strong runs down the stretch to earn new life in the playoffs, which get under way Tuesday. Carolina Forest (11-9) won six of its last eight games and turned an... 

Track & Field: CF, NMB run past local foes to finish first

The Carolina Forest girls track and field team closed out the regular season by hosting and winning a six-team meet Wednesday. The Lady Panthers racked up 226 total points to beat runner-up and rival Conway (169). Myrtle Beach (34), Creek Bridge (26), Georgetown (22), and Marion (4) rounded out the field. Conway’s Antaja Whitehead stole the show in the track events, winning the 400 meter... 

Lacrosse: CF boys, SJ girls capture home playoff wins

The Carolina Forest boys lacrosse team’s first home playoff game in program history also proved to be one of the most exciting as the Panthers edged Byrnes 11-10 on Tuesday. Carolina Forest’s Joe Venazio scored six goals and had an assist, and Matt Sampollo dished out three assists and netted two goals, including the game-winner in the waning minutes, to lead the seventh-seeded Panthers. Logan... 

Lacrosse: Carolina Forest, St. James host playoff foes

In the brief history of local high school lacrosse, there have been zero playoff games held on the Grand Strand. On Tuesday, there will be three. The Carolina Forest boys team earned a No. 7 seed in Class 5A and will host 10th-seedeed Byrnes in the opening round, and the St. James boys and girls teams – both in only their third season – welcome teams to the Shark Tank as an unprecedented... 

Carolina Forest claims title at MB Spring Break tourney

The Carolina Forest High lacrosse team didn’t let spring break stop the Panthers from taking – and passing – a huge test, winning the Myrtle Beach Spring Break tournament championship at Socastee High on Wednesday. After defeating the host Braves 14-6 on Tuesday, Carolina Forest advanced to the title tilt to face JL Mann of Greenville, a 20-5 winner over St. James in the semifinals.... 
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