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5A Girls: Conway, Socastee win to meet in third round

The Class 5A girls basketball playoffs will feature an unlikely matchup of local teams thanks to a pair of big wins on Friday night. Top-seeded Conway held off Dutch Fork 54-45 to advance to the third round, their deepest postseason trip in program history. The Lady Tigers will host fourth-seeded Region 6-5A rival Socastee, which upset No. 1 seed Spring Valley 50-47. The Lady Braves (13-12), who... 

Playoff picture comes into focus for 11 hoops teams

Only one team per division will finish the season on a winning note as area teams hope to survive the single-elimination state tournament to the end. The Grand Strand’s best shot at a state title appears to rest in the hands of the No. 2-ranked Myrtle Beach High girls, who open the playoffs at home Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Dreher. The top-seeded Lady Seahawks (19-2) finished state runners-up... 

MB’s Sumpter, Socastee’s Cudd make all-star games

A pair of local hoops standouts will wrap up their high school careers on their home courts in the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic on March 18-19. Socastee’s 7-foot center Jason Cudd will represent the Grand Strand in the boys game, while Myrtle Beach all-state selection Nia Sumpter will suit up for the girls. Their respective teams will take all-stars from the state of North Carolina. The... 

Explosion of local lacrosse on display at Laxapalooza

When Socastee High boys lacrosse coach Matt Fox started the area’s first program a decade ago, he didn’t have enough players to hold an intra-squad scrimmage. Ten years later, there are enough teams on the Grand Strand to hold an all-day Laxapalooza. On Saturday, Socastee will host the preseason tournament with varsity and JV teams from Myrtle Beach, Carolina Forest, St. James, Waccamaw,... 

Athlete of Week: Mat time pays off big for Armstrong

As a 6-foot, 260-pound offensive lineman at Socastee High, speed is not an asset normally attributed to sophomore C.J. Armstrong. But given his rapid transition to the sport of wrestling, the heavyweight just might be the fastest kid on the Braves’ mat. After picking up the sport just two years ago as an eighth-grader at Forestbrook Middle, Armstrong has gone from beginner to contender in... 

Boys Hoops: Socastee rips NMB in pre-region tuneup

After suffering three lopsided setbacks in the highly competitive Beach Ball Classic, the Socastee High boys basketball team turned the tables on North Myrtle Beach on Wednesday with a 73-45 victory. Socastee 7-foot center and South Carolina commitment Jason Cudd posted another double-double, scoring a game-high 20 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. First-year Braves coach Derrick Hilton scored... 

Socastee drops second in the Beach Ball Classic

A day after Socastee (6-5; Myrtle Beach, SC) played tough against one of the nation’s best programs in Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV), the Braves did it again against the storied program of Christ the King (5-1; New York, NY).  The Royals held off a late surge by Socastee to score a 40-36 consolation bracket victory. The first half that saw both teams struggle from the field and also struggle... 

CBHI: South Shore storms Socastee in second round

The second day of the 2016 Crescom Bank Holiday Invitational saw a pair of consolation bracket games to open the day followed by the completion of the opening round.  Advancing to the quarterfinals out of the second wave of opening round games were Winder-Barrow (GA), Wesleyan (GA), Ferguson Senior (FL), and South Shore (NY). In the final game of the second day and of the opening round, South... 

Socastee stars Baldwin, Cudd lead sweep of NMB

The Socastee High boys and girls basketball team scored a pair of close victories over North Myrtle Beach on Wednesday night, thanks in part to a pair of outstanding individual performances. While much of the pre-game focus was on the first-ever meeting between former Socastee teammates turned boys head coaches, a pair of current Braves stole the spotlight after the ball was tipped. Socastee’s... 

Friendly Fire: NMB’s Green to battle Socastee’s Hilton

Alvin Green (center left) and Derrick Hilton (center right) grew up playing together and serving as co-assistant coaches at Socastee. The two will meet for the first time as head coaches on Wednesday. Former Socastee High standouts and first-year basketball head coaches Alvin Green and Derrick Hilton have always been on the same sideline – at least until Wednesday night. That’s when... 
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