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North Myrtle Beach putting a lid on spring sports campaign

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Little River – The 2017 spring sports season was a mixed bag for North Myrtle Beach with several teams earning state playoff bids after solid region 7-AAAA finishes.

The baseball team rallied from a slow start in region play to finish strong and earned a spot in the district V-AAAA playoffs. The Chiefs lost a tough 1-0 game to Darlington to open the double-elimination play but bounced back with a 2-1 home win over Berkeley in an elimination game.

Facing elimination once again, the Chiefs avenged the earlier loss to Darlington with a 5-2 win, sending them to the district finals at A.C. Flora. Needing to win twice was a tall task and the Chiefs ran out of gas in game one, losing 9-3, to end the season.

Coach Brian Alderson continues to build a solid program but will graduate eight seniors off this year’s roster. Two key senior losses will by Dylan Doolittle and Donald Hansis. Both were key offensive leaders this spring.

Other seniors graduating include Jarrett Lewis, Ernie Rogers, Dalton Socrates, Taylor Houia, Bisil Savage and Matt McKewen.

Underclassmen that will carry the leadership mantle next season include juniors Cole Gasque, Craig Matta and Chase Hudson, and sophomores Colin Cordera and Dalton Simpson.

The softball team also earned a spot in the lower state playoffs, posting a 1-2 postseason record. North Myrtle lost to Hartsville, 6-3, in the first round before beating Colleton County. The season ended with a loss to Chapin.

This year’s team was relatively young with only two seniors – Taylor Gore and Myatt Hardwick.

Underclassmen that showed great production this season include junior Emmalee Ballard and sophomore Serrah Ballard, along with juniors Regan Urbaniak, Cissy Doolittle, and pitcher Alexis McCormick.

The boys’ soccer team finished third in the region and lost in the first-round of the playoffs, as did the girls’ team. The boys finished 14-7-2 overall while the girls posted an 11-6 record.

Senior members of the girls’ team include Montana Fields, Allie Mitchell, Bethany Brown, Brooke Kennedy and Anna Austin Boyers.

The boys’ tennis team managed a third-place finish in the region and earned a spot in the playoffs but also lost in the first round.

The boys’ golf team finished the regular season as the region runner-up but bounced back to win the region 7-AAAA tournament championship.

Leading the effort was region medalist Chandler Casey, who shot 71 on the day. He was joined on the all-region team by McClure Thompson (76), Matthew Griego (78) and David Lamb (81). The Chiefs’ team score of 306 was 14 shots better than runner-up Myrtle Beach (320).

North Myrtle Beach’s track program claimed the region 7-AAAA championship in both boys and girls track at the region meet in late April.

Winning individual region titles for the girls’ team were Wilson Jenerette (1600, 3200), Emily Barbosa (800), and Shania Parker (shot put). Parker was second in the discus and Barbosa was second in the pole vault. Jenna Downey finished fourth in the 800 and Jada Gore was second in the 400 and triple jump. Tamisha Scott was second in the shot put.

On the boys’ team, individual champions include Kwame Livingston (shot put), Brandon Lawrence (800) and Dondre Thompson (400). Chris Johnson had a big day as well, taking second in the high jump and long jump, and third in the triple jump.

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