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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... 

Boys Hoops: Braves top MB in OT; CF blows past Chiefs

The Socastee High boys basketball team erased a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter and worked overtime Tuesday night to defeat rival Myrtle Beach 61-58 at The Wave. Trailing 44-34 to start the fourth period, the Braves (2-0) rallied to force the extra period on a pair of free throws with only 0.3 seconds left in regulation. Led by Jason Cudd’s 24 points, Socastee took the lead down... 

Socastee girls, boys sweep Waccamaw in season debut

The Socastee High boys and girls basketball teams opened the 2016-17 season in impressive fashion Monday night by sweeping visiting Waccamaw. The Lady Braves (1-0) used a strong defensive performance and a balanced coring effort to cruise past the Lady Warriors 48-23. Shayla Baldwin led the Lady Braves with 14 points, Jaelyn Grandison chipped in 11 and Haley Altman added 10 in the win. The Braves... 

Saints, Braves net wins in landmark coaching debuts

A pair of local boys basketball coaches tipped off the 2016-17 season in opposite fashion Monday night at the Gatorade Turkey Shootout in Florence, but both came away with big wins. Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach Darren Gore entered his final season as head coach of the Saints, who have won five SCISA state championships under his direction. He was joined by longtime assistant and newly named... 

5A Wrapup: Braves’ big win a blow to CF; Tigers roll

Six weeks ago, Carolina Forest spoiled Socastee’s home region opener with a win at The Reservation. On Friday night, the Braves may have gotten the last laugh on the Panthers. Socastee (3-7 overall, 1-4 Region 6-5A) scored an impressive 53-27 victory over visiting West Florence to end a difficult season on a high note, but the Braves also managed to deliver a blow to the rival Panthers’... 
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