Tigers to face Northwestern in 2012 Surf and Turf Kickoff Classic

Watch out, Beach Ball Classic.

There’s a new game in town, the Surf and Turf Kickoff Classic, looking to find a home on the Grand Strand sports scene.

The inaugural event will be held Aug. 25, 2012 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium with Myrtle Beach hosting Irmo and Conway  facing Northwestern in a high school football doubleheader that hopes to become a local staple like the Beach Ball.

The announcement of the annual event and future plans to make it a national draw was made Wednesday at Breakers Resort.

“This reminds of the day in 1981 when (Beach Ball founder) Dan D’Antoni told people about his plans to start a basketball tournament,” Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes said. “Some people laughed at the time, but look at it now.”

The inaugural event for the proposed six-year contract of the Surf and Turf calls for only four teams from the Palmetto State, but 2013 already has earned a commitment from North Carolina powerhouse Richmond County to play in the showcase.

Promoters hope to make it a North Carolina vs. South Carolina format featuring as many as eight teams in 2013, but long-range goals target a total of eight North Carolina and South Carolina teams hosting teams from across the country.

“We want to build this into the top high school football festivals in the nation,” said event coordinator Mark Stafford.

“We want the country to be looking to Myrtle Beach as the place to start the high school football season every fall.” Stafford said he hopes to have a football kickoff festival before the game, featuring live beach music and other events.

The goal is more than a celebration to start the season, but also a drawing card for tourists at the end of the summer.

“When you bring in these football teams, you also bring in fans, families and boosters,” Stafford said. “Some of these  players have never set foot on this beach before. Maybe the go home and tell their families, ‘Let’s go to the beach.’ ”

The Surf and Turf is a continuaton of the city’s goal of increasing sports tourism. The football event should compliment not only the Beach Ball, but also the World Am, North-South All-Star Games and the Crescent Bank Basketball Classic.

“Things like this are the reason Sports Illustrated named Myrtle Beach the No. 1 sports destination in the state of  South Carolina,” Rhodes said. “These events aren’t competing with one another. Together they’re good for Myrtle Beach.”

Seahawks head coach Mickey Wilson said he is happy to be hosting such a prestigious event to start the season. After opening the past three seasons against national power Byrnes, this gives his team the same tough competition at home.

“It’s been really good for us to open the season against a quality opponent and this ensures us the chance to do that at home,” Wilson said. “To have great teams coming to our place to play is good for exposure for our football program.”

Although Conway won’t be playing a home game per se, it will get the chance to face a strong Class AAAA opponent at a nuetral site. The Tigers have often had trouble scheduling AAAA foes its size, which hurts them in the playoff race.

Comments

comments

Coastal makes late surge, battles past pesky Eagles

Coastal makes late surge, battles past pesky EaglesSenior forward Zac Cuthbertson scored a game-high 23 points and [more]

Solomon's pick-six helps South take it to the house

Solomon's pick-six helps South take it to the houseIn a game full of turnovers, Kenney Solomon had among [more]

Hoops: MB downs Conway; Socastee wins HTC tourney

Hoops: MB downs Conway; Socastee wins HTC tourneyJust 24 hours after a lackluster effort allowed Carolina Forest [more]

All-County Golf: Anderson follows Knaffle's footsteps

All-County Golf: Anderson follows Knaffle's footstepsSelecting the MyHorryNews All-County Girls Golfer of the Year should [more]

Hoops: Panthers flip script on Seahawks in rematch

Hoops: Panthers flip script on Seahawks in rematchA leaky roof at the Myrtle Beach High gymnasium forced [more]

All-County XC: CF's Mohr, NMB's Spickler lead pack

All-County XC: CF's Mohr, NMB's Spickler lead packRunning is more than a hobby for Michael Mohr; it’s [more]

Hoops: Unbeaten Conway secures sweep of Wilson

Hoops: Unbeaten Conway secures sweep of WilsonThe Conway High boys basketball team proved that last month's [more]

Change is name of game for North-South All-Stars

Change is name of game for North-South All-Stars The wholesale changes to the 2018 South Carolina football season [more]

Hoops: Saints fall despite double-double from Green

Hoops: Saints fall despite double-double from GreenThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team suffered [more]

Hoops: Tigers, Sharks post big wins over county rivals

Hoops: Tigers, Sharks post big wins over county rivalsThe Conway High boys remained undefeated on the season with [more]

Chants on break for finals week after loss to Terriers

Chants on break for finals week after loss to TerriersSophomore Tre Brown had a career and team-high 24 points, [more]

CAC swimmers post hot times at Snowflake Invite

CAC swimmers post hot times at Snowflake InviteThe Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) spent the weekend in Rock [more]

Knox's triple-double lifts Seahawks past Panthers

Knox's triple-double lifts Seahawks past Panthers Myrtle Beach High sophomore Emorie Knox hit a major milestone [more]

CAC's Steele captures gold at Winter Junior Nationals

CAC's Steele captures gold at Winter Junior NationalsCarolina Forest senior and Coastal Aquatic Club standout Taylor Steele [more]

SEAHAWKS STORM PAST GREER FOR STATE TITLE

SEAHAWKS STORM PAST GREER FOR STATE TITLE Over the summer, the Myrtle Beach players were gathered inside [more]

Green Sea Floyds captures first state championship

Green Sea Floyds captures first state championshipFacing fourth down and a sneaker, Green Sea Floyds coach [more]

Hoops: Sharks beat buzzer, Warriors on late foul shots

Hoops: Sharks beat buzzer, Warriors on late foul shotsThe St. James High boys basketball team won a thriller [more]

Schools send football team to state with Seahawk Walk

Schools send football team to state with Seahawk WalkThe Myrtle Beach High football team received a hero's send-off [more]

Hoops: Myrtle Beach boys double up rival Socastee

Hoops: Myrtle Beach boys double up rival SocasteeThe Myrtle Beach High boys basketball team doubled up rival [more]

Seahawks' strange season takes a final twist to state

Seahawks' strange season takes a final twist to stateMickey Wilson has led his team to state championship games [more]

Hoops: NMB boys, CF girls fall short in comeback bids

Hoops: NMB boys, CF girls fall short in comeback bidsWhat appeared to be a pair of lopsided affairs turned [more]

MB's shot at state crown moved to Friday afternoon

MB's shot at state crown moved to Friday afternoonGame time has been moved up a day for the [more]

Socastee product Renfrow titled nation's top walk-on

Socastee product Renfrow titled nation's top walk-onThe Burlsworth Foundation announced Monday that wide receiver Hunter Renfrow [more]

Sun Belt puts 5 in bowls after inaugural title game

Sun Belt puts 5 in bowls after inaugural title gameAfter a thrilling 30-19 win by Appalachian State over Louisiana [more]

Gamecocks get close bowl trip to Charlotte vs. Cavs

Gamecocks get close bowl trip to Charlotte vs. CavsSouth Carolina football fans won't have to travel far to [more]

Coastal makes late surge, battles past pesky Eagles

Coastal makes late surge, battles past pesky EaglesSenior forward Zac Cuthbertson scored a game-high 23 points and [more]

Solomon's pick-six helps South take it to the house

Solomon's pick-six helps South take it to the houseIn a game full of turnovers, Kenney Solomon had among [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach