Winter sports teams hit the hardwood, mats this week

mbghoops-12layupThanks to a fourth-quarter comeback and a last-second field goal, the Myrtle Beach High football team kept the Grand Strand’s fall sports season alive for at least one more week. But the winter sports schedule gets rolling in full force this week with a full slate of basketball and wrestling.

Although several Myrtle Beach players are still practicing for Friday night’s Class 3A Lower State Championship at Midland Valley, the Seahawks will open the boys and girls hoops regular season against visiting rival Socastee on Tuesday. Myrtle Beach ravels to Carolina Forest on Friday and Conway on Saturday before reversing the host sites with the same teams next week.

The St. James boys and girls basketball teams travel to Conway on Tuesday and play host to Socastee on Friday and Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach next Tuesday. North Myrtle Beach will host Carolina Forest on Tuesday and travel to rival Loris on Friday. All girls games tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the boy at 7:30 p.m.

The wrestling season also gets under way with several mid-week matches leading up to the North Myrtle Beach Duals on Friday night and Saturday (finals at 4 p.m.). Powerhouse programs from three states, including Kellum (VA), Chilihowie and Topsail (NC) and South Carolina schools Beaufort, Ashley Ridge, Carolina Forest, Berkley, Lake City, Myrtle Beach, Gilbert, Swansea, St. James, Anyor, Blufton, Wando and Loris are in action. North Myrtle Beach will field two squads to round out the 18-team field. The Shark Duals will be hosted by St. James next Saturday.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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