Life Inside the Lines: High hopes open hoops season

cfhoops-21tip(Editors Note: This is the first in a series of articles by Carolina Forest junior basketball player Kyle Ewing, who is chronicling the Panthers’ season to give readers insight into “Life inside the Lines”. The 2016-17 season opens Monday.)

It’s finally that time of year again –  the official start of basketball season.

I think about the opening game constantly – the first time walking out onto the court, the music, the Black Hole, the new mural. It gives me a sensation like no other. I get chills and a sense of adrenaline hearing the roar of the crowd, the bouncing of the ball, even the squeaking of the shoes. I have a real passion for the game and I can hardly wait to experience the electrifying atmosphere I’ve been waiting for my whole life.

I moved to Horry County in my seventh-grade year and played for Blackwater Middle School in the eighth grade. That following summer I had my first experience with Carolina Forest basketball, when I made the Carolina Forest Basketball Association AAU team. I met Coach Mammes and many of the guys who I now call my best friends. Ever since I joined this program, I’ve loved everyone in it and have really felt the family bond growing with the team.

The family concept is one that Coach Brian Brunson really emphasizes. He preaches loving one another and playing for each other rather than ourselves. That goes along with our whole team play-style of sharing the ball and playing unselfish team basketball.

Make the play, play unselfishly, and defend with heart; these are the signs posted in our locker room, the commandments we thrive on. Everything counts, from the smallest of fundamentals to the greatest of plays. Sharing the basketball and playing intense defense for four full quarters are what it takes to win a state championship.

Every day we practice with all the energy we have so that games will be 10 times easier than practice. While developing our individual skills in practice, the coaches make sure to run some team drills every day to tune up our chemistry until our unit is unlike any other.

For our opener, we are dealing with a big injury, as well as a suspension carrying over from our final playoff football game earlier this month. While it will be difficult without those two out there, we all keep the next-man-up mentality in our minds are do our bests to step up and prove ourselves while improving each other.

This season we will accept nothing less than a state championship. Last year we made it to the Lower State semifinals and we only lost one or two key players from last year, while adding many more young talented guys this year. We truly have the talent, mindset, and motivation to win it all this year, and we expect nothing less.

It will be the best experience of my high school career to be a part of this season. I’m looking forward to growing as a player and as a young man, but I am most excited to play in Colonial Life Arena on the first weekend in March at the state championship game.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

Comments

comments

Knaffle drives into bright future at South Carolina

Knaffle drives into bright future at South CarolinaSt. James High's Smith Knaffle has had plenty of time [more]

MB Invitational: UCF goes to varying heights for title

MB Invitational: UCF goes to varying heights for titleAubrey Dawkins put the game out of reach with his [more]

Chants drop third straight, down to last shot at bowl

Chants drop third straight, down to last shot at bowlCoastal Carolina suffered its third consecutive defeat Saturday to remain [more]

Chiefs charge past Tigers to reach Lower State semis

Chiefs charge past Tigers to reach Lower State semisMatt Reel spent a portion of the moments leading up [more]

Seahawks' hot start forces playoff rematch with NMB

Seahawks' hot start forces playoff rematch with NMBWhen Myrtle Beach traveled to Marlboro County one month ago, [more]

Panthers' playoff run hits wall against Summerville

Panthers' playoff run hits wall against SummervilleMarc Morris knew his team needed a near-perfect performance to [more]

Longtime MBHS volleyball coach Church steps down

Longtime MBHS volleyball coach Church steps downLarry Church's final match as Myrtle Beach High volleyball coach [more]

MB Invitational: Upsets set up UCF, WKU in title game

MB Invitational: Upsets set up UCF, WKU in title gameThe Knights used a stifling defense to hold St. Joseph’s [more]

MB Invitational: WVU rolls; Coastal nets invite for 2019

MB Invitational: WVU rolls; Coastal nets invite for 2019The eight schools scheduled to compete in the 2019 Myrtle [more]

Field conditions a concern for Wilson-NMB playoff tilt

Field conditions a concern for Wilson-NMB playoff tiltMatt Reel’s North Myrtle Beach football team reached the second [more]

Versatile Green means go for Seahawks' hot offense

Versatile Green means go for Seahawks' hot offenseDean Boyd knows what Jermani Green can do. Boyd, the Marlboro [more]

Local student-athletes take advantage of early signing

Local student-athletes take advantage of early signingThe early signing period opened in full force Tuesday on [more]

Green Wave surges past Chants in road-trip debut

Green Wave surges past Chants in road-trip debutZac Cuthbertson tied his career-high with 31 points, but it [more]

NMB rises to the top with Class 4A volleyball crown

NMB rises to the top with Class 4A volleyball crownAfter losing a hard-fought first set in Saturday's Class 4A [more]

Coastal will host inaugural Myrtle Beach Bowl in 2020

Coastal will host inaugural Myrtle Beach Bowl in 2020ESPN Events is adding a new bowl game to its [more]

Mohr brothers take major leap at Junior Olympic XC

Mohr brothers take major leap at Junior Olympic XCA pair of Grand Strand brothers made strong showings at [more]

National champs highlight Chants' baseball schedule

National champs highlight Chants' baseball scheduleThe Coastal Carolina baseball team and head coach Gary Gilmore [more]

Coast FA teams post solid showings in NC tourneys

Coast FA teams post solid showings in NC tourneysCoach Joel Banta’s Coast 07 Red first received high praise [more]

Chiefs charge back, claim Class 4A volleyball crown

Chiefs charge back, claim Class 4A volleyball crownThe North Myrtle Beach Chiefs went to the Class 4A [more]

Red Wolves leave Coastal one win short of bowl bid

Red Wolves leave Coastal one win short of bowl bidArkansas Red Wolves totaled 454 yards of offense on their [more]

Panthers' gamble pays off in OT win over Lexington

Panthers' gamble pays off in OT win over LexingtonMarc Morris had already showed his hand. The Carolina Forest coach [more]

Seahawks, Green ground, pound Devils in first round

Seahawks, Green ground, pound Devils in first roundIn what could have been the final home game of [more]

No. 10 NMB hits the road, runs past Thoroughbreds

No. 10 NMB hits the road, runs past ThoroughbredsThe No. 10-ranked North Myrtle Beach High football team had [more]

River Bluff pulls the plug on Conway's football season

River Bluff pulls the plug on Conway's football seasonAfter the lights went out, the Gators turned it on [more]

Coastal holds off Howard, loses to Panthers in semis

Coastal holds off Howard, loses to Panthers in semisA change in venue did not squelch the excitement in [more]

Knaffle drives into bright future at South Carolina

Knaffle drives into bright future at South CarolinaSt. James High's Smith Knaffle has had plenty of time [more]

MB Invitational: UCF goes to varying heights for title

MB Invitational: UCF goes to varying heights for titleAubrey Dawkins put the game out of reach with his [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach