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Braves win team title, CF’s Pieterse medals at Pee Dee

Carolina Forest senior Michael Pieterse won a three-man battle for medalist honors at the Pee Dee Classic cross country meet on Saturday in Florence, but the Socastee boys claimed the team war with a first-place finish in the 12-team field. Pieterse turned in a time of 17:12 to lead an all-Horry County pack of three to the finish line. Conway’s Shane Moody (17:32) was runner-up and Socastee’s... 

Socastee storms St. James in Battle of Highway 707

Socastee got a big night on the ground from running back Edward Tucker and two defensive touchdowns to knock off St. James in the Battle of Highway 707 on Friday night at the Shark Tank. Clinging to a 21-14 lead in the fourth quarter, the Braves (2-3) got a 30-yard touchdown run from Tucker and a long pick-6 from Aeneas Green to put the finishing touches on the win over their closest geographic... 

Mendoza medals as Braves place second in quad meet

The Socastee High boys and girls cross country teams finished runners-up in a quad meet they hosted Tuesday, defeating county rivals Conway and Carolina Forest in both divisions. Class 3A Waccamaw swept the meet against all Class 5A programs. Socastee’s Keahi Mendoza turned in the top boys time of 17:07 to earn medalist honors among the boys, followed closely by teammates Elijah Lawson (17:27)... 

Socastee nets clean sweep over rival Carolina Forest

The Socastee High girls tennis team rolled to a 7-0 victory over Region 6-5A rival Carolina Forest on Tuesday thanks to a little overtime work by Joy Renfrow. While the rest of the Lady Braves won their respective singles matches in straight sets, Renfrow survived a tight third-set tiebreaker with Carolina Forest’s Drew Limpasuvan. Renfrow dropped the first set 2-6 before rallying for a 7-6... 

Seahawk swimmers sweep Socastee Invitational titles

The Myrtle Beach boys and girls swim teams seem to be hitting their strides just in time for the postseason, sweeping first-place honors in Saturday’s Socastee Invitational at Coastal Carolina University. The Myrtle Beach girls rolled to the gold in the team standings with 229 points, followed by West Florence (187), North Myrtle Beach (144), St. James (117), Carolina Forest (115) and Socastee... 

Reports: Socastee big man Cudd chooses Gamecocks

South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin landed a big local recruit – both literally and figuratively – in receiving a verbal commitment from Socastee High 7-foot-1 center Jason Cudd over the weekend, according to multiple media reports. SportsTalkSC’s Phil Kornblut was the first to report that Cudd has chosen the Gamecocks over fellow suitors East Carolina, Tulane... 

Tennis: Socastee, CF net wins before region debuts

The Socastee High girls tennis team won its third consecutive match to improve to 3-1 on the season by sweeping rival St. James 7-0 on Tuesday. Socastee’s No. 1 singles player Anna Brice Cox, No. 2 Joy Renfrow, No. 3 Marie Benedetti, No. 4 Nicole Martel, and No. 5 Kristian Case all won in straight sets, as did the No. 2 doubles team of Hannah Beem and Kyndal Hodge. Cox and Renfrow teamed... 

5A Roundup: Panthers roll; Braves rally; Tigers tumble

As the only team to take a bye week last Friday, the Carolina Forest football team was chomping at the bit to get the season started. The Panthers made up for lost time by blowing out host Fairmont (NC) 48-16 on Friday night. Carolina Forest QB Matt Beale threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and running back Dyverse Simmons ran for two scores as the Panthers jumped out to a 27-0 halftime... 

Socastee spikes CAMB in volleyball season opener

The Socastee High volleyball team opened the 2016 season in impressive fashion, sweeping visiting SCISA power Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach 3-0. The Lady Braves won three close sets, including a 27-25 tiebreaker in the second. Socastee won by scores of 25-20 in the first set and 25-21 in the third to start the season off on a winning note. Christian Academy’s Julia Markley had a team-high... 

Pigskin Peek: Braves look to turn the corner in 2016

Socastee coach Doug Illing feels that 2015 was a learning experience for his football team. The Braves, who finished the season 2-9 overall and 1-4 in Region 6-4A, will be tested again as they take the next step to Region 6-5A. They remain in the same league with rivals Conway, Carolina Forest, South Florence, Sumter and West Florence. Socastee captured its wins last season over West Florence and... 
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