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Athlete of Week: Panthers, Wunderlich making moves

If there was an award for most improved wrestling team in the area, that honor would go to Carolina Forest. And if there was an award for most improved wrestler, the Panthers’ pint-sized warrior PJ Wunderlich fits the bill. The sophomore 113-pounder embodies the gains that have been made by the Carolina Forest program. Just as the Panthers rebounded from a rough stretch to capture the Region... 

Carolina Forest wins region tourney with six champions

The Carolina Forest High wrestling team crowned six individual champions and captured the Region 6-4A tournament title to go with its regular season championship on Saturday. Carolina Forest claimed titles in six of 14 weight classes to post 111 total team points. They needed every one of them to edge runner-up Sumter (110). Conway (65) and Socastee (52) finished third and fourth to qualify for... 

Wrestling: CF sweeps 6-4A title; Seahawks top Chiefs

The Carolina Forest wrestling team captured the Region 6-4A regular-season crown and wrapped up an undefeated season in league play by sweeping Wednesday’s region quad at Socastee. The Panthers improved to 26-6 overall and a perfect 8-0 in the region by defeating Conway 44-31, Socastee 60-6, and Sumter 40-38. The Panthers will compete in the playoffs Feb. 6. * Myrtle Beach 39, North Myrtle... 

Boys Hoops: Panthers rally as local 7-3A teams prevail

Carolina Forest survived a scare from rival Socastee on Tuesday night at the Brave Wave, pulling out a 55-51 victory over the region rival Braves. The Panthers (13-5 overall, 4-1 region) had to come from behind and grind out the win after trailing by double digits in the third quarter. Carolina Forest used defensive pressure to set up some easy scores to rally for the victory. Carolina Forest’s... 

Girls Hoops: Sharks upset Tigers; CF tops Socastee

The St. James girls basketball team scored a big upset over No. 3 ranked Wilson 53-49 on Tuesday night at the Shark Tank, allowing the Lady Sharks to claim a share of first place midway through the region schedule. In a see-saw contest that came down to the wire, St. James was able to ice this one away at the free throw line. Leading by two in the final seconds, Kimmie Hotzelt made a steal and... 

Athlete of Week: Practice makes perfect for Coppola

Two months into Carolina Forest wrestler Christian Coppola’s senior season and the 132-pounder has yet to lose a match. But  his 30-0 record and No. 4 state ranking are just two of the reasons he was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week. “I’ve spent the last year training three or four times a day,” said Coppola, clarifying that he indeed meant to say “day”... 

Athletes of Week: Pyles, Tomlin tight on, off court

The first time Cheyenne Pyles and Alexis Tomlin met on the basketball court, they were on opposing teams. That was at a 3-on-3 tournament six years ago, and the two have been teammates ever since – now as sensational sophomores at Carolina Forest. As the Mammy’s Kitchen Co-Athletes of the Week, the duo provides the perfect compliment for the Lady Panthers: Pyles as a 4-foot-10 floor... 

Girls Hoops: Panthers blast Bruins; Seahawks explode

The Carolina Forest girls basketball team exploded in its region home opener, riding the hot hand of 3-point sniper Ellen Nardella to a 61-39 victory over visiting South Florence. Nardella connected in six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Lady Panthers (8-8 overall, 1-1 Region 6-4A) to an easy win. Cheyenne Pyles added 15 points and Alexis Tomlin chipped in 10. The Lady Panthers... 

Hoops: CF stuns No. 2 WF; Conway sweeps Socastee

The Carolina Forest boys basketball team opened the Region 6-4A schedule in impressive fashion Tuesday night, upsetting No. 2-ranked West Florence 58-54 on the Knights’ home floor. The Panthers (10-4 overall, 1-0 region) led throughout the game as Duane Moss scored 10 of his team-high 14 points in the first half en route to 27-20 halftime advantage. They maintained a seven-point lead with... 

Carolina Forest nets sweep of tri-meet with NMB, Loris

The Carolina Forest wrestling team hit the mat for the first time in 2016 by sweeping a tri-meet with Loris and host North Myrtle Beach on Tuesday. The Panthers took a 59-18 victory over the Lions and a 40-27 decision over the Chiefs to improve to 15-5 on the season. North Myrtle Beach earned a split by beating Loris 59-6. The Panthers once again dominated the lower weight classes, winning the... 
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