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Week 1 Football Roundup: Black Friday strikes again

Black Friday struck for the second straight week for Grand Strand football fans as local teams went 1-4 on Friday, a slight improvement over last week’s 0-5 start to the season. Following a tough Week 0 that saw all five local teams lose (Socastee won its opener at West Brunswick last Saturday in a rain-delayed game), Grand Strand teams posted had another tough Friday (Myrtle Beach won on Thursday... 

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... 

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... 

NMB gets approval to name Hardin next football coach

The Horry County School Board approved North Myrtle Beach High’s hiring of Freedom High’s (NC) Blair Hardin as its new head football coach on Monday. Blair spent one season at Freedom in Morganton, NC, after a successful stint at Porter Ridge, where he went 50-18 in five seasons. He was one of three finalists for the job, which opened after Perry Woolbright stepped down last month following... 

North Myrtle Beach selects new head baseball coach

North Myrtle Beach High School has chosen Brian “B.A.” Alderson to lead the Chiefs varsity baseball program. Alderson will take over for former head coach Tony Boyer after Boyer’s late April resignation. The Chiefs look to improve upon a 2014 season that started out strong with a 5-1 record, but only picked up two more wins all season. They finished 7-14 on the year, and 1-9 in the region. Alderson,... 

Woolbright leaving NMB for Batesburg-Leesville post

North Myrtle Beach High head football coach Perry Woolbright resigned his post from the school to take over the football program at Batesburg-Leesville High on Wednesday. Woolbright departs after turning around a Chiefs’ program that suffered through 22 straight defeats, including his first two seasons (20 games) at NMB. His third season’s squad broke the streak in the first game of the... 

Softball: Region 7-3A goes down 1-2-3 in district finals

The North Myrtle Beach softball team’s surprising season came to a close Friday with a disappointing doubleheader defeat to visiting Darlington. The top-seeded Lady Chiefs (22-5) welcomed the Lady Falcons after winning Monday’s first meeting 3-0 and needing only one win to advance to the Lower State tournament. Darlington had different ideas, however, sweeping the twinbill by scores of... 

Softball: Hansis, Hemingway hurl NMB, Conway to wins

The North Myrtle Beach High softball team got another dominating performance from pitcher Taylor Hansis on Monday to move into the driver’s seat of the district tournament. Hansis pitched a complete-game one-hitter to shutout Darlington 3-0 as the Lady Chiefs (22-3) became the only team in the double-elimination tournament without a loss. They will face the winner of Wednesday’s elimination... 

Golf: Chiefs, Panthers bring home region championships

The North Myrtle Beach High School boy’s golf team captured the Region 7-3A Championship this past Monday at Azalea Sands. Head Coach David Small’s Chiefs shot a 299 to defeat second place Myrtle Beach by eight strokes. St. James placed third with a 308, Socastee was fourth with a 323, Georgetown carded a 326 to take fifth, and Wilson placed sixth with a team 407. VJ Mrisha and Daniel Graves... 

Softball: NMB, Socastee, St. James win via shutouts

The North Myrtle Beach High girls softball team waited a long time to host a playoff game. It was worth the wait. Top-seeded North Myrtle Beach pitcher Taylor Hansis pitched a complete-game shutout as the Lady Chiefs (21-3) defeated visiting Hilton Head in the first round of the District 5 tournament on Friday. Hansis allowed only two hits and struck out nine batters to improve to 16-3 on the season.... 
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