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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... 

Sharks’ first taste of victory extra sweet in Battle of 707

The St. James High football team earned its first win of the season, its first victory in Region 6-5A, and its inaugural victory under first-year head coach Tommy Norwood on Thursday night, and it couldn’t have come against a better opponent. St. James (1-6 overall, 1-3 region) held on for a 28-20 victory over visiting rival Socastee (1-7, 0-4) in the Battle of Highway 707, helping the Sharks... 

Golf: MB captures fourth; SJ’s state-title run halted

Another season, another program-best finish for the Myrtle Beach High girls golf team. The Seahawks placed fourth at the SCHSL Class 4A girls golf tournament at The Hackler Course in Conway, improving on their previous year’s finish for the third consecutive season and placing higher than any previous Myrtle Beach squad. “I wished we had finished higher but I’m happy with fourth,”... 

Knights knock off Sharks following monthlong wait

The last time Tommy Norwood spoke after one of his team’s games, he mentioned that St. James had made dramatic improvement from the previous contest. On Monday, Norwood struggled to do it again. In their first game in 31 days after Hurricane Florence and the aftereffects of mass flooding in the area, the Sharks were dismantled in their return, falling 55-21 to West Florence. As it turned out,... 

Golf: Sharks top Panthers; Knaffle, Gray co-medalists

The three-time state champion St. James girls golf team captured the Region 6-5A tournament title on a breezy Monday at River Oaks Golf Plantation, but two-time reigning state champion Smith Knaffle had to share individual medalist honors with another up-and-comer. Carolina Forest eighth-grader Mia Gray went shot for shot with the senior and South Carolina commit Knaffle, turning in identical 18-hole... 

Golf: Sharks, Seahawks return to links with wins

After a three-week hiatus, the three-time state champion St. James girls golf team returned to the links without missing a beat by winning back-to-back matches in convincing fashion. The Lady Sharks returned to play Wednesday at River Oaks against region rival Carolina Forest and came out victorious with a team total 155 over the Lady Panthers’ 197. Senior Smith Knaffle and freshman Adrian... 

Athletes have long way to go, short time to get there

Of all the local high school sports teams to miss three weeks of the season due to Hurricane Florence, perhaps none are feeling the impact more than the three-time reigning state champion St. James girls golf team. Stepping up to Class 5A for the first time, the Lady Sharks were ready to make a splash at the top level. Instead, they returned to the links for a practice round Tuesday, the date of... 

Golf: Sharks top Seahawks; Panthers knock off Braves

The three-time reigning state champion St. James girls golf team hosted its home opener against former region foe Myrtle Beach on Thursday without two-time individual state medalist Smith Knaffle. The talented Lady Sharks handled things on their own en route to a 16-stroke victory over the Lady Seahawks at Wachesaw Plantation Golf Club. St. James shot a team total of 177 to Myrtle Beach’s... 

Golf: Sharks claim second place at Palmetto Preview

The three-time defending state champion St. James girls golf team got its first tough test of the season Tuesday at the Palmetto Preview tournament at Mid Carolina Country Club in Columbia. The Lady Sharks got off to a slow start before picking it up on the back nine to finish in second place with a team total 333, five strokes behind rival Lexington. Two-time individual state champion Smith Knaffle... 

Golf: Sharks ace opener; MB runs table in first week

The three-time reigning state champion St. James girls golf team launched its title defense Thursday in a nine-hole match at Traces Golf Club over West Florence. The Lady Sharks won their first regular season match by firing a 2-over 146 to top the host Lady Knights’ team score of 224. The Lady Sharks were led by freshman Adrian Anderson, who earned medalist honors by shooting 3-under 33.... 
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