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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... 

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,... 

Signing Day: Solomon, 7 Seahawks select schools

Socastee High speedster Kenney Solomon capped a strong sprint to the finish line of the college recruiting season Tuesday, signing with the University of Tennessee on National Signing Day. Solomon, who received earlier offers from Coastal Carolina and similarly smaller schools until catching the eye of the Volunteers late in the recruiting period. Solomon visited the campus in the fall and decided... 

Wrestling: NMB advances; Socastee out in first round

Despite coming back from an early deficit, Socastee’s wrestling squad fell to White Knoll by a single point, 35-34, in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs Saturday. “White Knoll is a very tough team,” Socastee coach Jeff Gibbins said of his team’s opponent. “The difference was our kids got pinned and their kids got beat by decision. The three-point swing difference between a... 

Hoops: Lady Braves, Chiefs win, help playoff positions

On a night that the North Myrtle Beach High volleyball team received its state championship rings, the Lady Chiefs basketball team pulled off an impressive feat of their own. The Lady Chiefs scored a 56-54 upset victory over visiting Wilson, the first place team in Region 6-4A. North Myrtle Beach is still alive for the No. 2 playoff seed in the region. * Socastee 33, St. James 23: The Lady Braves... 

Hoops: MB rolls past NMB; Braves net 90 vs. Panthers

The Myrtle Beach High boys scored a resounding road victory over rival North Myrtle Beach on Friday. The Seahawks claimed a 69-37 win over the Chiefs, led by Ayden Hickman’s game-high 22 points. Darius Hough and James Marques added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Cason McClendon led North Myrtle Beach with nine points. * Socastee 90, Carolina Forest 79: The Braves were red hot against the... 

Hoops: Braves sweep CF; Seahawks split with Chiefs

Socastee scored a big road victory in its Region 6-5A opener, defeating rival Carolina Forest 63-50 behind Jay Williams’ game-high 18-point performance. Socastee’s Payton Lewis added 14 points for the Braves. PJ Robinson led the Panthers with 15 points and Kyle Watkins chipped in 10. The Panthers (8-7 overall, 0-1 region) will return to action Saturday at Marion. Socastee (7-8, 1-0)... 

Hoops: MB downs Conway; Socastee wins HTC tourney

Just 24 hours after a lackluster effort allowed Carolina Forest to put up 80 points on Myrtle Beach, the Seahawks turned in a strong defensive performance to hand Conway its first loss. Myrtle Beach held the Tigers to single-digit scoring in all four quarters to score a 49-32 road victory. Conway managed only five points in the fourth quarter as Myrtle Beach pulled away. The Seahawks were led by... 

Socastee product Renfrow titled nation’s top walk-on

The Burlsworth Foundation announced Monday that wide receiver Hunter Renfrow was named the recipient of the 2018 Burlsworth Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on. Renfrow collected the award from the Burlsworth Foundation and the Springdale Rotary Club at a luncheon in Springdale, Ark. A former option quarterback at Socastee... 

Solomon speeds off field for final time at Socastee

Kenney Solomon will get another opportunity to slip on the Socastee colors before an athletic event. But Thursday’s home game against Carolina Forest will mark the final time he dons football pads for the Braves. Solomon, the electric three-way senior, will wrap up his football career on Friday, ending what has become a consistent highlight reel of plays on offense, defense and special teams. After... 
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