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CF battles to win trimatch; CA scores upset over NMB

Carolina Forest escaped with a pair of hard-fought victories in a trimatch with Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach and host North Myrtle Beach on Thursday. The Lady Panthers (4-0) needed three sets to dispatch their county rivals but came up with big third sets when they needed them most for their second trimatch sweep of the week. Class 4A Carolina Forest got a quick wake-up call from the defending... 

Panthers open with sweep of Waccamaw, Johnsonville

The Carolina Forest girls volleyball team officially kicked off the 2014 regular season with a doubleheader sweep of Waccamaw and Johnsonville on Tuesday. The Lady Panthers (2-0) scored 2-0 victories over the Lady Warriors, 25-9, 25-16, and Johnsonville, 25-21, 25-16, to open the season in impressive fashion. Leading Carolina Forest against Waccamaw was Ellissa Smalls with six kills and seven aces... 

Change is in the air as local football teams start practice

It won’t be business as usual when Grand Strand area teams hit the practice field for the first time this season on Friday. In fact, change is in the air for the 2014 season. Three of the seven Grand Strand area teams held their first official workouts under new coaches – Marc Morris at Carolina Forest, Blair Hardin at North Myrtle Beach and Robby Brown at St. James. The trio has just three... 

Athlete of the Week: Copley making strides in offseason

Before Austin Copley became a track and field standout, he was a middle school track dropout. After trying the difficult discipline of distance running as a seventh-grader, Copley decided the sport wasn’t for him. Besides, he was a football player at heart – or so he thought. “I tried it in middle school but I really didn’t like distance running,” said Copley, a rising... 

Jolly joins five local players to lift South all-stars teams

Several local baseball standouts played key roles in leading their respective all-star teams to strong performances over the weekend on the Grand Strand. Recent Carolina Forest graduate and Clemson commit Robert Jolly was named Most Valuable Player of the North Carolina-South Carolina Select All-Star Game on Friday at Pelicans Ballpark. Jolly led the Sandlappers squad to a convincing 6-1 victory over... 

CF product Runyon leads Alabama to World Series

At this time last year, Carolina Forest’s Marisa Runyon was wrapping up her stellar high school softball career and looking forward to starting a college one at Alabama. It didn’t take her long to have an impact. The freshman played a key role in the Crimson Tide winning their NCAA super regional over the weekend and punching a ticket to the College Softball World Series. In her first season,... 

Panthers’ season comes to end against Ashley Ridge

The Carolina Forest High baseball team was eliminated from the Class 3A state playoffs on Saturday after suffering an 11-3 setback to host Ashley Ridge. The Panthers scored one run in the first to take a quick lead but it was shortlived. The Swamp Foxes broke out for four runs in the bottom of the frame and never trailed again. Carolina Forest did cut the deficit in half with one run in the top of... 

Carolina Forest soccer sweeps past rival Conway

The Carolina Forest boys and girls soccer teams locked up playoff berths Friday night with a sweep of rival Conway. The Lady Panthers (9-4 overall, 6-1 Region 6-4A) scored a 4-2 victory over the host Lady Tigers, while the Carolina Forest boys claimed a 5-0 shutout win over Conway. Katelyn Perry notched a hat trick for the Lady Panthers, converting assists from Lexi McCarthy and Haley Trunkett. Perry... 

Panthers drop double dip on diamond at Dutch Fork

Both the Carolina Forest baseball and softball team drew tough first-round assignments on the road against Dutch Fork on Thursday, and both teams had an even tougher bus ride home. Dutch Fork swept the doubleheader against Carolina Forest, shutting ou the Lady Panthers 5-0 on the softball diamond while the Silver Foxes rallied to a 6-3 victory over the visiting Panthers. The sweep puts both Carolina... 

Panthers rally past Braves for extra-inning victory

The Carolina Forest High baseball team rallied to force extra innings and again to win it in the eighth for a 4-3 victory over visiting Socastee. Carolina Forest’s Logan White drove in the game-winning run after the Braves (18-4) had jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning. But the Panthers (13-7) chipped away at the deficit and pitchers Patrick Orlando, Jack Kearney and Ryan Flynn shut... 
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