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Knaffle drives into bright future at South Carolina

St. James High’s Smith Knaffle has had plenty of time to get used to the idea of playing golf at the University of South Carolina after committing to the Gamecocks last year. But at last Friday’s signing ceremony, surrounded by loved ones and watching a video presentation of her many accomplishments, it finally sank in like a 3-foot putt. “It was awesome having all my friends... 

Chiefs charge past Tigers to reach Lower State semis

Matt Reel spent a portion of the moments leading up to Friday’s game against Wilson raving about the job defensive coordinator Greg Hill has done. Consider the pregame compliment repaid again. North Myrtle Beach’s defense shut down the Tigers in the first half and then did more than enough in the second half to ensure the sizable halftime lead stuck. As a result, the Chiefs won 34-22 and advanced... 

Seahawks’ hot start forces playoff rematch with NMB

When Myrtle Beach traveled to Marlboro County one month ago, the Seahawks’ offense struggled to a 21-0 victory against a stingy Bulldogs’ defense. In Friday’s second-round playoff rematch, it Seahawks (9-1) needed less than six minutes to match that score en route to a 42-14 win at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. Following an unsuccessful Bulldogs’ onside kick to start the game,... 

Panthers’ playoff run hits wall against Summerville

Marc Morris knew his team needed a near-perfect performance to beat Summerville in the second round of the 5A playoffs. The Panthers didn’t give one Friday. Summerville shut out Carolina Forest in the second half and the Panthers’ defense struggled to contain the Green Wave, which cruised to a 45-13 win. “Every team in the state’s disappointed unless you’re the state champion,” Morris... 

Longtime MBHS volleyball coach Church steps down

Larry Church’s final match as Myrtle Beach High volleyball coach came in last week’s loss in the Lower State Final to archrival and eventual Class 4A state champion North Myrtle Beach. The scene, which featured top-level play in front of a packed gym, stands in stark contrast to his first day on the job 19 years ago, when the Lady Seahawks were far from a state power. In fact, they... 

Field conditions a concern for Wilson-NMB playoff tilt

Matt Reel’s North Myrtle Beach football team reached the second round of the state playoffs. So, too, has his frustration with the football field he calls home. The Chiefs’ game against Wilson will be played as scheduled on Friday night despite sections of standing water and saturated conditions throughout the field. Efforts to move the game to one of the two field turf venues in the county... 

Versatile Green means go for Seahawks’ hot offense

Dean Boyd knows what Jermani Green can do. Boyd, the Marlboro County coach, has seen the Myrtle Beach senior go off against his team in three straight games. There was the game a little over a month ago, when Green ran for 100 yards and caught nine passes for another 42. There was the time last fall when Green went for 114 rushing yards and three touchdowns against the Bulldogs while also intercepting... 

Local student-athletes take advantage of early signing

The early signing period opened in full force Tuesday on the Grand Strand with at least a dozen local athletes making their plans to play college athletics official. Conway High pitcher Will Smith will have a short commute to campus to play baseball at Coastal Carolina University. The righthander had previously committed to Furman but turned heads in his junior season to attract attention from... 

NMB rises to the top with Class 4A volleyball crown

After losing a hard-fought first set in Saturday’s Class 4A state volleyball match, North Myrtle Beach coach Alex Sing chose to use a carrot instead of a stick to motivate his team. “Even though we lost, we actually played really well in the first set,” Sing said. “I felt good about it and I told them they should feel good about it. “We just needed to clean up a few... 

Chiefs charge back, claim Class 4A volleyball crown

The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs went to the Class 4A state volleyball championship match on a mission Saturday. Mission accomplished. After falling in a hard-fought first set to Upper State champion Pickens, the Chiefs rattled off three consecutive set victories to capture the Class 4A state title. North Myrtle Beach lost the first set 23-25 before settling down and playing the style of volleyball... 
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