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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... 

Boys Hoops: Saints reach state semis; Tigers ousted

The Conway High boys basketball team’s record-setting season came to a halt in the third round of the Class 5A playoffs on Tuesday night. The Tigers suffered a 61-49 defeat to the host Wildcats following the program’s first share of a region title in more than a half-century. Conway was led by Tonka Hemingway with 17 points, Timothy Steele with 13, and James Bellamy with 10. The Tigers... 

Boys Hoops: Tigers win again; MB falls at Wilson

Not all that long ago, the Conway basketball team was among the first teams in the area to be eliminated from the playoffs each year, if it qualified for the postseason at all. How quickly that has changed. The Tigers defended home court on Saturday, beating James Island 53-40. With the victory, they’ll be the final Horry County boys program still playing, having reached the third round of the... 

Boys Hoops: Tigers, Tonka win at buzzer; MB tops SA

When Conway football coach Carlton Terry talks about Tonka Hemingway putting himself in position to go wherever he wants, he’s talking about the standout defensive lineman’s college options. When Conway basketball coach Mike Hopkins says something similar, he’s talking about success on the basketball court. For the second game in a row — the two biggest of the year to date for the Tiger... 

Tigers, Lady Braves enter playoffs as lone top seeds

It took an extra day to materialize. There was a large-scale conference call. Countless texts exchanged between the Region VI-5A athletics directors and a whole slew of phone calls with debates happening on either end of the line. Certainly, the process to determine which team — Conway or West Florence — would ultimately end up with the No. 1 seed was anything but smooth. But what immediately... 

Hoops: Tonka tows Tigers to share of region crown

Conway used a late-second basket to beat visiting West Florence 60-58 on Tuesday night to claim a share of the Region 6-5A championship. Tonka Hemingway scored 26 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the double-double, including a layup at the buzzer for the game-winner. The Tigers tied the Knights atop the region standing with 8-2 records but Conway settles for the second seed via a tiebreaker. *... 

Hoops: Unbeaten Conway secures sweep of Wilson

The Conway High boys basketball team proved that last month’s overtime win over Wilson wasn’t a fluke by completing a sweep of the series with a 62-57 win Thursday night. Conway (6-0) remains undefeated on the season. The Tigers play host to rival Myrtle Beach on Saturday. * Christian Academy 79, Pee Dee Academy 51: The Saints steamrolled the Eagles behind Mike Green’s game-high... 

Hoops: Tigers, Sharks post big wins over county rivals

The Conway High boys remained undefeated on the season with a big home win over Myrtle Beach, 77-60. Conway’s Tonka Hemingway led the way for the Tigers with 14 points. James Bellamy and DeAunte Sherman scored 12 points apiece and Timothy Steele added 11. Myrtle Beach’s Emorie Knox scored a game-high 30 points and teammates Ayden Hickman and James Marques chipped in 10 points apiece. *... 

Hoops: Conway wins; NMB gives female coach first win

The Conway High boys basketball team came down from its preseason tournament title and season-opening victory at state power Wilson to celebrate a 52-44 win over Marion in Friday’s home opener. * North Myrtle Beach 46, Loris 33: The Chiefs got their first win under new coach Darcie Vincent, the first female head coach of a varsity boys basketball team in Horry County. Vincent and the Chiefs... 

Conway-Wilson highlights high school hoops’ tip-off

The high school basketball season officially tips off Tuesday, highlighted by a showdown between Conway and a Pee Dee state hoops power. Wilson, which saw its boys and girls teams reach the Class 4A state finals last season, will host the Class 5A Lady Tigers and Tigers. The Conway boys team, which won the preseason Steel Town Shootout, is coming off one of its best seasons in school history. But... 
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