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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... 

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... 

Hoops: Sharks fall in 4OTs; Lady Panthers survive rally

The Carolina Forest girls basketball team nearly let a big region road win slip away Tuesday, but the Lady Panthers righted the ship in time to claim a 67-66 victory over West Florence. After leading by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter, Carolina Forest saw the comfortable margin disappear in the closing moments. But guard Gabby Giracello hit 10 straight free throws down the stretch to preserve... 

Wrestling: Young Panthers stay hungry for region title

Matthew Ashworth knows the Carolina Forest wrestling squad isn’t the same experienced group that dominated the region last year. But he hopes this team is smarter. “The main thing is just not to make any stupid mistakes like we did last year,” the senior said. “We ended up losing in the first round [of the playoffs] to a really tough team due to a penalty point for unsportsmanlike conduct.... 

Panther Classic: CF splits; MB, Tigers play nail-biters

Nine was the magic number for the Carolina Forest boys basketball team in Thursday’s opening round of the Panther Classic. The tournament host Panthers (7-4) hit nine 3-pointers and had nine different players score in the 68-34 victory. Carolina Forest’s Alex Greene scored a team-high 10 points, followed by five teammates with nine points apiece – Kyle Watkins, Mark Walker, PJ... 

Hoops: Panthers rally late, storm past Swamp Foxes

The Carolina Forest High boys basketball team put together a strong fourth-quarter comeback to beat visiting Marion 70-65 on Tuesday night. Trailing by as many as 11 points in the final period, the Panthers rallied past the Swamp Foxes in a tune-up for the upcoming Panther Classic. Carolina Forest was led by Kyle Watkins’ 19 points. Three other teammates scored in double figures – Alex... 

Hoops: Panthers flip script on Seahawks in rematch

A leaky roof at the Myrtle Beach High gymnasium forced Friday’s home contest with Carolina Forest to be relocated to the Myrtle Beach Sports Center. The Panthers made themselves at home. Just sic days after suffering a 76-64 setback to the Seahawks on their home floor, the Panthers pounced back in the rematch for an 80-76 win over Myrtle Beach to split the season series. Carolina Forest built... 

Hoops: CF rolls past NMB; Conway tops Wilson in OT

The Carolina Forest boys basketball team opened the season Tuesday by blowing out visiting North Myrtle Beach 66-43. The Panthers came out of the locker room in midseason form, jumping out to a 17-3 lead after one period. They cruised the rest of the way to start the season on a winning note. The Panthers were led by sophomore point guard Kyle Watkins with 21 points and 5 steals. Alex Greene added... 

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... 
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