Football, fall sports teams open practice for season

nmbfoot-beachpracticeThe thermometer may say it’s the dog days of summer, but the calendar says it’s time for the fall sports season.

The SCHSL’s official start for fall sports practices is Friday as football teams will take the field in record-setting heat. Volleyball, swimming, cross country and girls tennis and golf are also set to hold tryouts and workouts in the coming weeks as Horry County Schools open Thursday, Aug. 18.

The football season officially opens the following night with Week 0 action, and the CNB Kickoff Classic is set for Aug. 12 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. Teams can begin practice Friday in helmets, and full-contact drills will start Aug. 3, followed by intra-squad scrimmages.

All six schools move up one classification this fall (Carolina Forest, Conway and Socastee to Class 5A and Region 6-5A, and Myrtle Beach North Myrtle Beach and St. James to Class 4A and Region 7-4A). Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach opened practice Thursday via SCISA rules as the Saints will compete in Region 3-2A.

The 2016 football schedules are listed below:

CAROLINA FOREST
Aug. 26 – at Fairmont (NC)
Sept. 2 – at St. James
Sept. 9 – at Hoggard (NC)
Sept. 16 – at Myrtle Beach
Sept. 23 – Loris
Sept. 30 – at Socastee*
Oct. 7 – South Florence*
Oct. 14 – Sumter*
Oct. 21 – at West Florence*
Oct. 28 – Conway

CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF MB
Aug. 26 – at Palmetto Academy
Sept. 2 – at Carolina Academy*
Sept. 9 – Kings Academy*
Sept. 16 – Florence Christian
Sept. 23 – Williamsburg Academy*
Sept. 30 – Trinity-Byrnes
Oct. 6 – at John Paul II
Oct. 14 – at Dillon Christian*
Oct. 21 – Pee Dee Academy*
Oct. 28 – at Greenwood Christian*
CONWAY
Aug. 19 – Georgetown
Aug. 26 – Wando
Sept. 2 – Wilson
Sept. 9 – at Hartsville
Sept. 23 – Myrtle Beach
Sept. 30 – at West Florence*
Oct. 7 – Socastee*
Oct. 14 – at South Florence*
Oct. 21 – Sumter*
Oct. 28 – at Carolina Forest*

MYRTLE BEACH
Aug. 20 – Byrnes
Aug. 26 – New Hanover (NC)
Sept. 1 – at West Florence
Sept. 9 – Socastee
Sept. 16 – Carolina Forest
Sept. 23 – at Conway
Sept. 30 – North Myrtle Beach*
Oct. 7 – at St. James*
Oct. 14 – at Marlboro County*
Oct. 28 – Wilson*

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
Aug. 19 – Timberland
Aug. 26 – Loris
Sept. 2 – West Brunswick (NC)
Sept. 9 – at Carvers Bay
Sept. 16 – at Socastee
Sept. 23 – at Camden
Sept. 30 – at Myrtle Beach*
Oct. 14 – Wilson*
Oct. 21 – Marlboro County*
Oct. 28 – at St. James*

SOCASTEE
Aug. 19 – at West Brunswick (NC)
Aug. 26 – vs. North Brunswick (NC)
Sept. 9 – at Myrtle Beach
Sept. 16 – North Myrtle Beach
Sept. 23 – at St. James
Sept. 30 – Carolina Forest*
Oct. 7 – at Conway*
Oct. 14 – West Florence*
Oct. 21 – South Florence*
Oct. 28 – at Sumter*

ST. JAMES
Aug. 19 – at Loris
Aug. 26 – at Waccamaw
Sept. 2 – Carolina Forest
Sept. 9 – Lake City
Sept. 16 – at Georgetown
Sept. 23 – Socastee
Sept. 30 – at Marlboro County*
Oct. 7 – Myrtle Beach*
Oct. 20 – at Wilson*
Oct. 28 – North Myrtle Beach*

* Region game

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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