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Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bid

The only thing harder than winning a state championship is defending it. That’s the message North Myrtle Beach volleyball coach Alex Sing is sending his team following the Chiefs’ run to the 2018 SCHSL Class 4A title. “Our tagline is to defend and repeat,” Sing said, “but if we’re going to do it we have to keep that same hunger that got us there last season.” The... 

Seahawks, Trojans, Chiefs in preseason football poll

Defending state champion Myrtle Beach opened the 2019 preseason as the top-ranked team in Class 4A, while defending Class A state champion Green Sea Floyds chimed in at No. 2 in that division. The media poll, made up of members of various outlets across the state, also credited several other local squads for the initial SCHSL rankings for this fall. North Myrtle Beach enters the season at No. 6... 

New blood infuses lineup for ’19 Beach Ball Classic

It’s been quite some time since this much new blood has come to the Beach Ball Classic. Nine of the 16 teams for the 2019 field will be first-timers. Just three of this year’s teams were part of last year’s tournament. And only one school heading to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center this December has ever won the Classic. The number of fresh faces wasn’t a coincidence. “You don’t want... 

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff Classic

Conway National Bank will sponsor the 30th annual CNB Kickoff Classic Aug. 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Brooks Stadium on the Coastal Carolina University campus. “This 30th anniversary edition of the CNB Kickoff Classic will continue a long and valued tradition of assembling with students and supporters of the 10 area high schools to celebrate the arrival of a new football season and the beginning... 

NMB boys hoops hopeful Walker in it for long haul

North Myrtle Beach believes Ryan Walker is the person to add some stability to the boys basketball program. Walker, who spent the last two seasons as the head coach at Laurens after more than a decade as a college and high school assistant, has been hired to take over the Chiefs’ hoops program, effective immediately. “Every time you hire a coach, you pray it’s for the long haul,” athletics... 

Hunter brings new energy to MB volleyball program

New Myrtle Beach High volleyball coach Alyssa Hunter knows she is taking a big step up from the smallest school in Horry County to a Class 4A state power, but she says she is ready to take the leap. “I’m excited about the opportunity,” said Hunter, who was hired to replace former longtime coach Larry Church. “I know it’s not going to be easy (following Church) but I’m ready for the... 

Chiefs seeking sixth boys hoops coach in nine years

North Myrtle Beach is looking for a new boys basketball coach. And for reasons both in and out of the high school’s control, the process is getting to be fairly routine. Athletics Director Joe Quigley is in the earliest stages of filling the role for the fifth time since the end of the spring of 2011. “Any time you’re hiring, you’re taking a chance,” Quigley said Thursday. “Something... 

Hemingway narrows his college wish list to five

Tonka Hemingway has played enough games with opposing offensive linemen. He’s not going to do it with his college recruitment. On Sunday, the Conway football standout stayed true to his long-term plan by announcing the five schools he’ll consider for the next step of his academic and athletic career. The list includes five power-conference programs: South Carolina, North Carolina, Duke, Wake... 

Seahawks go from funeral to Lower State title match

Even after his death earlier this week, longtime Myrtle Beach High boys tennis coach Rivers Lynch continues to inspire the Seahawks. Following his funeral earlier Thursday, Myrtle Beach defeated South Aiken 4-2 in the third round of the Class 4A playoffs at the Myrtle Beach Tennis Center. Seniors Josh Wallen won No. 2 singles 4-6, 6-4, 10-1, John Edward Cahill won No. 3 singles 6-4, 4-6, 10-2,... 

Illing steps down as Socastee football coach

Doug Illing struggled with the emotions. He even fought himself trying to get back to his old ways. It never happened. The Socastee football coach resigned his post Tuesday after six seasons with the Braves, 21 overall as a head coach and more than 30 total on the sidelines. He cited personal feelings about what it took to be successful, but also what was fair and right to the players. “It’s... 
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