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Countdown to Kickoff Poll: No. 5 Braves look to reload

Editor’s Note: GSSR, in conjunction with My Horry News, is previewing the six SCHSL football teams in our coverage area by ranking them in our preseason Pick 6 Poll. One team will be revealed each day before the season officially begins. Pick up the full football preview in this week’s My Horry News family of newspapers. Socastee had to replace half its roster. The Braves played most of 2017... 

Socastee alum Lemonis gets Mississippi State job

Socastee High alum Chris Lemonis has been named head baseball coach at Mississippi State. Lemonis, who helped lead Louisville to three College World Series appearances as the Cardinals’ top assistant and directed Indiana to NCAA regional appearances in three out of the last four years as head coach, will be formally introduced in a press conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Dudy Noble Field. “Chris... 

All-County Boys Soccer: Matlashewski tops team

Grand Strand Sports Report and Waccamaw Publishers are teaming up to recognize the best prep athletes in Horry County. The format features a player and coach of the year, plus one player from each school. This is the first installment of out all-county teams. Chris Matlashewski was a diehard Gamecocks fan when he headed to Clemson soccer camp two years ago. Not only was he converted, he was also... 

Track & Field: Locals claim spots at Lower State meets

Several Grand Strand track and field athletes punched their tickets to the SCHSL State Championships by qualifying in the top eight of their events at the Class 4A and 5A Lower State Qualifiers over the weekend. In the Class 5A meet at Spring Valley High in Columbia, Socastee saw a couple of runner-up finishes as defending state champion Brianna Young placed second in discus (134-11) and Kenney... 

Boys Soccer: Seahawks, Braves fall by 5-2 scores

The Socastee High boys soccer team might have started celebrating their trip to the Class 5A Lower State semifinals a bit too early in Thursday night’s second-round showdown with visiting Dutch Fork. Socastee built a 2-0 halftime lead and appeared ready to advance to the third round before the Silver Foxes caught fire in the second half to escape with a 5-2 win over the Braves at The Reservation. Dutch... 

Local soccer teams looking to make deep playoff runs

The SCHSL state soccer tournaments kick off this week, and several Grand Strand area teams have the potential to make deep playoff runs. In Class 5A boys, top-seeded Socastee opens its quest to return to the Lower State title game against Summerville on Tuesday, while second-seeded Carolina Forest plays host to Spring Valley. In girls action, No. 1 seed Carolina Forest hosts West Ashley on Monday... 

Socastee boys cap sweep; girls fall to set table for CF

A tough loss for Socastee set up a big contest with Carolina Forest on the girls soccer pitch, with the Region 6-5A championship up for grabs Tuesday. The Lady Braves (8-8-1 overall, 5-3 region) suffered a 1-0 loss to visiting West Florence (14-3, 9-1) on Friday night, knocking Socastee out of the title chase. Carolina Forest (14-4, 8-1) defeated Conway to remain in the thick of the race. If the... 

Athletes of the Week: Duo takes lacrosse to next level

Editor’s Note: Due to time conflicts with spring break, the two previous Athletes of the Week were not featured as scheduled. The two met on the field last week and freelancer Joel Beachum spoke to them for the following feature: As the popular song by DJ Khaled goes, “All we do is win, win, win no matter what.” While this is the favorite walk-up song of St. James lacrosse senior... 

Record 7 county lacrosse teams make state playoffs

For the first time in local lacrosse history, seven Horry County teams made the state playoffs, and four of them will host first-round games on Tuesday. The St. James boys and girls squads, both in their fourth season of existence, earned No. 3 seed in Class 4A and will host No. 6 Waccamaw. Also forming a doubleheader, the No. 8 Myrtle Beach boys and girls made the playoffs for the first time and... 

Baseball: Socastee, NMB post big region shutouts

Socastee’s Dylan Kuehne pitched a complete game shutout to defeat host Carolina Forest 2-0 on Friday. Kuehne allowed only four hits and struck out eight batters batters to lead the Braves past the Panthers. Socastee also only had four hits, two by Wesley Lane, to generate just enough offense to earn the region win. Carolina Forest’s Chris Hughes also had a big night on the mound before... 
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