Hurricane slams the brakes on Strand sports schedule

mbfoot-20runSouth Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has called for school closings along the coastal counties in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew’s arrival, forcing the postponement of Friday night’s football games and other sporting events this week.

With Horry County Schools among those to be closed, Week 7 region contests involving Myrtle Beach at St. James, Socastee at Conway, and South Florence at Carolina Forest have been cancelled with no makeup dates yet announced. The SCHSL says a full list of postponements would be announced by Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The SCHSL also announced the postponement of the State Swimming Championships from this weekend to Oct. 14-15. The event will be held at the University of South Carolina Natatorium in Columbia.

The Great Carolina Shootout soccer tournament, scheduled to take place at various venues along the Grand Strand this weekend, has been cancelled for the second year in a row. The event was cancelled last year because of the flooding across the state.

The Coastal Carolina women’s soccer program will move its weekend matches to Boone, N.C., on the campus of Appalachian State University. The Chanticleers will play their Sun Belt Conference matches versus Louisiana-Monroe on Friday and Little Rock on Sunday at the Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

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