Spring sports season goes into full bloom on Strand

The 2012 spring sports season gets in full swing this week with all eight sports taking to local sports courts, pitches and fields.

Carolina Forest’s baseball team wastes little time getting down to serious business when its plays host to Region VI-AAAA rival Sumter on Tuesday in a rematch of last year’s Lower State championship.

On Thursday, Class AAA state baseball champion St. James begins its title defense campaign against Waccamaw, and Myrtle Beach visits Conway, which also travels to South Florence on Friday.

Softball opened play Monday with Carolina Forest at Socastee, and St. James travels Tuesday to take Aynor, which returns the visit on Thursday. Myrtle Beach goes to Carolina Forest on Thursday, and Conway hosts South Florence on Friday.

Local soccer squads scrimmaged in the rain at last weekend’s Michael Nash Invitational, but the regular season gets under way Tuesday with a pair of girls/boys doubleheaders. St. James faces Carolina Forest while Conway visits Loris.

Soccer continues Wednesday when the Myrtle Beach boys visit Socastee, while the Socastee girls and North Myrtle Beach girls meet to settle the rain-delayed finals of the Nash tournament on Thursday. Lake City visits Conway on Thursday, and St. James travels to Porter Gaud on Saturday.

Track and field hit the ground running Monday with Carolina Forest hosting Conway and Lincoln, and it continues Tuesday when North Myrtle Beach travels to Socastee. Conway, Waccamaw ans Carvers Bay race at St. James on Thursday.

Boys tennis hits the court Tuesday with Socastee hosting Carolina Forest and Waccamaw at St. James, while North Myrtle Beach travels to West Brunswick on Wednesday and hosts St. James on Thursday.

Boys golf tees off Wednesday with Myrtle Beach taking on Conway. On Saturday, Conway and St. James play in Carolina Forest’s Panther Invitational.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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