Spring sports season open on Strand, `weather’ or not

cflax-jumpballThe weather may not have gotten the memo, but the winter sports season transitions into the spring sports campaign this weekend.

Just as local wrestlers are vying for a state title this weekend to close the book on winter sports, several spring sports are hitting the sports fields and courts. After a week filled with rain and cold temperatures, milder weather is expected to let the spring athletes get warmed up for the weeks ahead.

The newest spring sport on the Grand Strand was also slated to start first, but bad weather has postponed several games involving upstart local teams. Joining Socastee and Carolina Forest on the lacrosse field this spring are Myrtle Beach and St. James.

On the soccer pitch, the Michael Nash Memorial Tournament kicked off Thursday for four days of competition involving 18 teams. Ten girls teams and eight boys teams, including local squads Conway, Myrtle Beach, Socastee, St. James and host North Myrtle Beach. In Thursday’s girls action, Socastee shut out Aynor 6-0, Waccamaw defeated Conway 9-1, and West Florence  scored a 1-0 victory over host North Myrtle Beach.

Following two full days of games on Friday and Saturday on six different fields, the boys championship match will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. The girls final and third-place matches will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. A Coastal Carolina University women’s exhibition is also set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Baseball and softball are also holding preseason scrimmages this weekend before the spring sports season officially gets under way on Monday. Golf, tennis and track and field are slated to open their spring schedules next week.

Spring sports coaches are encouraged to send in their match results to Grand Strand Sports Report at one of three ways: Email to news@grandstrandsportsrepot.com, text to 843-284-3339, or visit the site and click on the “Submit News” tab.

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