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Kickoff Countdown: Price has right recipe for Sharks

First-year St. James High head coach Joey Price put a positive spin on his tough task of turning around the Sharks’ program: “We’ve got nowhere to go but up.” It’s a painful truth for a struggling program that went winless last season, and the road ahead looks even more troubling with a move to Class 5A set for next season. But Price isn’t backing away from the... 

New realignment plan puts St. James in 5A in 2018-20

The South Carolina High School League has released its initial realignment plans for the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 season, and one Grand Strand school is scheduled to take a giant leap up in class. The rapidly growing St. James High, which was promoted to Class 4A last season, is set to move up to Class 5A following this season. The Sharks would join local rivals Carolina Forest, Conway, and Socastee... 

St. James’ Knaffle verbally commits to South Carolina

St. James High golfer Smith Knaffle has had a busy week on and off the links. Now it appears the rising junior will have even more good times in the years to come. Just days after qualifying for the US Girls Junior Open to set up her plans for the rest of the summer, Knaffle also settled her college plans by verbally committing to the University of South Carolina. “Super excited to announce... 

St. James’ Gross leads local list of all-state, all-star picks

St. James senior softball player Dominique Gross turned a different kind of double play this week, earning all-state honors and an invitation to play in the North-South All-Star Game. Gross, who led the Lady Sharks to the league title as the Region 7-4A Player of the Year, was named to the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association’s All-State Team. She also was selected to play for the... 

Class 4A Track: Close calls cost Myers, Alston crowns

St. James High led local teams with podium appearances in Saturday’s Class 4A SCHSL Track & Field Championships at Spring Valley High, but it’s hard to blame for the Sharks for thinking about the ones that got away. For a split second, it appeared senior Trey Myers of St. James High had claimed the Class 4A state title in the 400-meter hurdles by more than 1 second. But upon closer... 

Gross leads 10 Lady Sharks on All-Region 7-4A squad

Just as the St. James High softball team rolled to the Region 7-4A title on the diamond, the Lady Sharks also dominated the all-region squad. St. James’ Dominique Gross was named the Region Player of the Year, coach Adam Jones was the Region Coach of the Year, and a total of 10 St. James players made the list. Brooks Spiva was named first team pitcher, and Skye Bailey, Lindsey Burdette, Maquenzie... 

Boys Soccer: MB, NMB, SJ dominate all-region team

Although their seasons did not last as long as they had hoped, three local teams dominated the All-Region 7-4A boys soccer postseason awards. Region champion Myrtle Beach and runner-up St. James placed eight players on the all-region squad – including the Sharks’ Region Player of the Year Luke Williams. Third-place North Myrtle Beach had seven players, plus Region Coach of the Year... 

Track & Field: Sharks leap for gold at State Qualifier

A pair of St. James High track and field athletes hurdles their way to victory Saturday at the Class 4A State Qualifier in York. Senior Alexus Alston won the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 1:06.62. She also took the gold in the 100 meter hurdles (15.66). St. James senior Trison Myers (54.66) won the 400 meter hurdles and took fourth place in the 110 hurdles (15.74) to qualify for next week’s... 

MB, NMB top all-region; Freeman player of year

Region 7-4A baseball champion Myrtle Beach and runner-up North Myrtle Beach dominated the all-region list that was announced Friday, but it was a fourth-place St. James standout who was crowned the player of the year. St. James junior Trystan Freeman earned the honor after helping the Sharks rally late in the season to earn a playoff berth. He was one of four Sharks to make the list – first-team... 

Softball: Sharks trio pitches one-hitter; Tigers rally late

The St. James softball team bounced back from Saturday’s playoff loss to Beaufort with a 7-0 victory over visiting Lower Richland to set up a rematch with the Lady Bobcats with a trip to the Class 4A Lower State championship series at stake. Three St. James pitchers combined to toss a one-hitter, with starter Brooks Spiva getting the win. Relievers Natalie Spiva and Kendall Heidt combined... 
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