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Green follows his hoops dream to South Carolina

Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball standout Mike Green II considered many factors in making his decision to walk on at the University of South Carolina – academics, basketball, social life and more. But in the end, it all came down to two little words: “What if?” “The biggest thing was I didn’t want to go through life wondering ‘what if?'”... 

Sharks sink their teeth into inside track for region title

The first batter of the game not only reached base against St. James. Moments later, after a wild pitch, sacrifice bunt and fly ball, South Florence’s Korique Rainey scored. He was the last Bruin to do so, and he was also the last one to reach third base. St. James not only came from behind in another region game on Monday; the Sharks put it on their closest competition with a 9-1 victory that... 

Seahawks ride defense to Soccer at the Beach final

Despite being shorthanded, the Myrtle Beach High boys and girls soccer teams made strong title-defense bids as hosts of last weekend’s Soccer at the Beach Tournament – with the operative word being “defense.” For the second straight season, the Lady Seahawks (12-2-1 overall, 5-0 Region 6-4A) did not allow a single goal in repeating as girls champions. They won their three... 

Young Panthers starting to put it all together on pitch

When Cole Poirier slotted home his third goal against Conway Friday, he stared at his hand and emphatically counted out the night’s scores on his fingers. He had reason to celebrate. The feat was a first for the junior striker, who had previously scored twice in a high school match but had never notched a hat trick until last week’s 5-0 win over the Tigers. But the victory wasn’t just... 

NMB coach Alderson has Chiefs on winning course

When North Myrtle Beach hired Brian Alderson to take over its baseball program back in the early summer of 2014, the school was confident that it was bringing in a proven winner. Sure, there wasn’t even a full-time position available, so he spent that first year splitting time between two schools on either side of the state line, so there was little fear of what the school would do in terms of... 

Conway ace Smith follows trio’s footsteps to big-time

The door bell rang at the Smith house, and a harmless prank was in full motion. Three boys had “kidnapped” the family’s 7-year-old son, Will, tied him up and left a note on the front door demanding three pieces of gum each for his release. Will’s mom, Kayla, did the math. The captors had overshot their mark. “Kayla said for that price they could keep him,” remembered Ashley... 

Lady Panthers find their stride this soccer season

Carolina Forest entered last season with a roster full of talented yet unproven ninth graders. This year, the Panthers aren’t surprising anyone. “Last year was kind of our big year,’” coach Will Hall said. “And then you get kind of excited. … You know you’ve got this whole team coming back.” The Panthers are coming off a season where they went 16-5 and a stellar 9-1 in region play.... 

Longtime local basketball coach Brunson steps down

Brian Brunson was thrown into the mix as Carolina Forest’s head basketball coach. His career there will end after more than a decade with the Panthers and as one of the most consistent faces in Horry County basketball. Brunson announced Friday he is resigning from his sports position in preparation of his ensuing full retirement after the 2019-2020 school year. “I’ve thought it was best with... 

After 25 years and ticking, Nash Memorial still kicking

Twenty-five years ago, the North Myrtle Beach community came together to turn tragedy into something positive. A quarter-century later, that mission continues with the Michael Nash Memorial Soccer Tournament. Held last weekend at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, the annual kickoff to the high school soccer season featured 15 teams from the Grand Strand and throughout the state... 

Lady Seahawks run out of magic in Lower State final

Myrtle Beach held North Augusta 21 points below its season scoring average and played the Yellow Jackets about as well as any playoff opponent in the last three seasons. The Seahawks also held the Class 4A player of the year to just four points. None of that was enough. The Seahawks fell 44-26 to North Augusta in the Class 4A girls lower state championship game on Friday at the Florence Center.... 
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