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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.... 

Saints go down swinging; Green caps stellar career

The Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team saw its season come to a close in the SCISA Class 2A state semifinals on Thursday, but the Saints didn’t go down without a fight. Trailing by double digits for most of the night, Christian Academy put together a fierce fourth-quarter comeback before falling 71-66 to Hilton Head Prep at the Sumter Civic Center. The Saints scored more... 

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... 

Lady Seahawks’ lock-down defense nets state semi bid

A.C. Flora missed a couple shots. Then a couple more. They added a few turnovers. It was clear that one of the better scoring teams in the state was not having a great offensive night. Myrtle Beach’s defensive was largely responsible for that, and now the Seahawks are headed back to lower state championship game yet again. Coach Jennifer Dennison’s team defeated the Falcons 51-28 Monday in... 

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... 

Girls Hoops: Socastee, CF eliminated; MB dominates

Socastee predicates everything it does on defense. But the Braves still needed some offense to go along with it. The Region VI-5A champs were upset at home in the second round of the state playoffs on Friday, losing 34-26 to James Island in a game coach Kelly Lewis wishes she had back. “We’re a defensive team. Holding a team to 34 points, that should be good enough to win,” Lewis said. Instead,... 

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... 

Girls Hoops: CF advances; Braves survive Shark scare

Carolina Forest wasn’t supposed to be here, hosting another playoff game. The Panthers were too small, didn’t have a deep enough bench and were still learning how to play without last year’s impressive senior class. And during an ugly first half against White Knoll Tuesday night, it looked like the ride would end in the opening round. Then Ally Niles started throwing up at halftime and everything... 
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