Light Friday night but busy sports Saturday on tap

It’s a light night on the Grand Strand sports scene Friday night, but a busier than usual weekend for the winter months.

Only two games involving local teams – Myrtle Beach at Carolina Forest and St. James at home against Waccamaw – are on tonight’s slate, but Grand Strand Sports fans can more than make up for it on Saturday.

At noon the SCADA North-South All-Star Football Game will kick off at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, where 88 of the top high school football players in the state will showcase their talents.

Four local players – Carolina Forest defensive back Jarvez Holmes, Conway offensive lineman Bernard Brooks and Myrtle Beach defensive linemen Tyler Knox and Trey Vivian – will play their final high school games for the South squad on the Seahawks’ home field.

Starting Friday but culminating on Saturday, the North Myrtle Beach Classic wrestling tournament will host 20 schools from three different states for a two-day wrestle-athon. The early rounds begin at 6 p.m. Friday, the prelims start at 11 a.m. Saturday and the finals start about 6 p.m. Saturday.

Participating teams include Ben Lippen, Loris, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, Aynor, Ashley Ridge, Carolina Forest, South Brunswick, Chapin, White Knoll, St. James, North Myrtle Beach, Wando, Southern Durham (N.C.), Summerville, Hanahan, Lake City, Dreher, Marion (S.C.), Marion Senior (Va.) and Berkeley.

Hoops fans have more options available to them on Saturday, with Myrtle Beach hosting Conway, Carolina Forest visiting Socastee, and St. James traveling to South Florence. All girls games tip off at 6 p.m. followed by the boys at about 7:30.

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