Ready or not, Strand teams play in CNB Kickoff Classic

Last year’s CNB Kickoff Classic was rained out, spoiling the preseason pigskin jamboree for 10 Grand Strand area teams. This year, Mother Nature appears to have a different strategy for disrupting high school football preparations.

Coaches and players are hoping Friday’s 29th Annual CNB Kickoff Classic goes off without a hitch, but a 1-2 punch of morning thunderstorms and afternoon heat have conspired to cut into much-needed practice time to get ready for Friday’s dress rehearsal and next week’s season openers.

“Our practice field is like everybody’s,” first-year St. James coach Tommy Norwood quipped at Tuesday’s press conference. “The geese are wearing lifejackets.”

Several teams have been forced indoors due to the soggy conditions, and a new SCHSL-mandated heat protocol has limited the amount of time teams can spend preparing outdoors. In fact, with Friday’s heat index expected in the triple digits, kickoff time has been moved back to 6:30 p.m. in hopes of avoiding lengthy heat delays.

Unlike last year’s CNB Kickoff Classic at Conway’s The Backyard, which was deluged and forced the event’s cancellation, this year’s game will be held on the artificial surface at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

“We’re just a bunch of rednecks going to a nice neighborhood for the night,” said first-year Aynor coach Jason Allen. “They’ve got the astroturf field, stands twice as big as ours, and the Jumbotron. We’re just trying not to break anything.”

The Seahawks have been sharing the field with county schools for scrimmages. Carolina Forest and North Myrtle Beach took part in a four-team scrimmage last Friday, and Conway faced Summerville on Saturday, despite the fact that both teams sported yellow jerseys. Just another example of the details to get lost in the wet and hot weather.

“We had a meeting of coaches in the district and we were saying we couldn’t remember a year when we had so many storms in the mornings,” Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson said. “We like to practice in the mornings to avoid the afternoon heat and storms, but it’s been hard to get all our work in.”

Expect some first-game jitters while get a sneak peak of the high school season in the only event when you can watch all 10 teams on the same night. Green Sea Floyds and Socastee kick off the one-half exhibitions, followed by Conway vs. Loris, Aynor vs. Carolina Forest, Waccamaw vs. North Myrtle Beach, and Myrtle Beach vs. St. James in the nightcap.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

Baseball playoff success requires road toughness

Baseball playoff success requires road toughnessJoey Worley has been around just long enough to start [more]

Chants split wild twinbill, visit Tar Heels on Tuesday

Chants split wild twinbill, visit Tar Heels on TuesdayCoastal Carolina baseball split Saturday’s Sun Belt Conference doubleheader with [more]

Monday After The Masters celebrates 25th anniversary

Monday After The Masters celebrates 25th anniversaryThe team led by former NFL player Jimbo Covert and [more]

Green follows his hoops dream to South Carolina

Green follows his hoops dream to South CarolinaChristian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball standout Mike Green [more]

Chants top Jags in series, visit Wolfpack Wednesday

Chants top Jags in series, visit Wolfpack WednesdayNo. 19 Coastal Carolina baseball got a strong start on [more]

Chadwell likes energy in Coastal's Spring Game

Chadwell likes energy in Coastal's Spring GameThe Coastal Carolina football team concluded its 2019 spring schedule [more]

Lerud brings fresh face, new attitude to Pelicans

Lerud brings fresh face, new attitude to PelicansGrand Strand baseball fans will notice a few changes when [more]

Sharks sink their teeth into inside track for region title

Sharks sink their teeth into inside track for region titleThe first batter of the game not only reached base [more]

CAC swimmers score wins at Lower Palmetto meet

CAC swimmers score wins at Lower Palmetto meetCarolina Aquatics (CA) hosted the 2019 Lower Palmetto Championship Meet [more]

Chants split with Wolves; Gilmore gets 1,200th win

Chants split with Wolves; Gilmore gets 1,200th winCoastal Carolina baseball head coach Gary Gilmore recorded his 1,200th [more]

Home runs doom Chants in round 1 with Red Wolves

Home runs doom Chants in round 1 with Red WolvesNo. 10 Coastal Carolina was held to a season-low two [more]

Seahawks ride defense to Soccer at the Beach final

Seahawks ride defense to Soccer at the Beach finalDespite being shorthanded, the Myrtle Beach High boys and girls [more]

Chants' season shut down by Demons in CBI semis

Chants' season shut down by Demons in CBI semisZac Cuthbertson led four Chanticleers in double-digits with 21 points, [more]

Coastal's hot bats salvage series split with Seahawks

Coastal's hot bats salvage series split with SeahawksNo. 10 Coastal Carolina's Kieton Rivers hit two home runs [more]

Young Panthers starting to put it all together on pitch

Young Panthers starting to put it all together on pitch When Cole Poirier slotted home his third goal against Conway [more]

Chants shoot lights out at WVU, reach CBI semifinals

Chants shoot lights out at WVU, reach CBI semifinalsFreshman DeVante Jones scored a career-high 32 points in leading [more]

Big month for running hits homestretch at Beach Run

Big month for running hits homestretch at Beach RunThere was a time when Myrtle Beach was invaded by [more]

Chants suffer first Sun Belt Conference loss to Trojans

Chants suffer first Sun Belt Conference loss to TrojansNo. 16 Coastal Carolina outhit the Troy Trojans 16-12 for [more]

NMB coach Alderson has Chiefs on winning course

NMB coach Alderson has Chiefs on winning courseWhen North Myrtle Beach hired Brian Alderson to take over [more]

Skeels' walk-off home run puts CCU in line for sweep

Skeels' walk-off home run puts CCU in line for sweepRedshirt junior catcher Kyle Skeels blasted a two-run walk-off home [more]

Chants win Sun Belt home debut via 14K performance

Chants win Sun Belt home debut via 14K performanceSophomore right-handed pitcher Zach McCambley struck out a career-high 10 [more]

Chants rally past Howard, face West Virginia Monday

Chants rally past Howard, face West Virginia MondayJunior guard Tyrell Gumbs-Frater scored a game-high 22 points and [more]

Conway ace Smith follows trio's footsteps to big-time

Conway ace Smith follows trio's footsteps to big-time The door bell rang at the Smith house, and a [more]

Lady Panthers find their stride this soccer season

Lady Panthers find their stride this soccer seasonCarolina Forest entered last season with a roster full of [more]

Coast FA teams strike it rich at St. Patrick's Cup

Coast FA teams strike it rich at St. Patrick's CupThe luck of the Irish shined on four Coast FA [more]

Baseball playoff success requires road toughness

Baseball playoff success requires road toughnessJoey Worley has been around just long enough to start [more]

Chants split wild twinbill, visit Tar Heels on Tuesday

Chants split wild twinbill, visit Tar Heels on TuesdayCoastal Carolina baseball split Saturday’s Sun Belt Conference doubleheader with [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach