North Myrtle Beach contending in spring sports
By David Shelton
Little River – Athletes at North Myrtle Beach High School are contending well this spring as teams hit the bulk of region 7-AAAA play in April.
The state playoffs and qualifying events in track will begin in three weeks and now is the time for athletes to reach their performance peak.
The baseball team struggled a bit at the start of region seven play, splitting their first four league games and winning seven of their first 10 games overall. The two region losses came to Marlboro County (3-2) and Myrtle Beach (7-5).
The Chiefs are good enough to make a strong push for a region championship as region seven appears to be very balanced overall. The Chiefs have hit .308 as a team early on while posting a solid 1.83 team earned run average.
Senior Dylan Doolittle is the team’s leading hitter early on, posting a .407 batting average after 10 games. Sophomore Colin Cordera is hitting .370 while junior Chase Hudson is hitting .364 with 10 RBI’s and 12 runs scored.
Junior Craig Matta has 13 hits early for a .361 batting average and senior Donald Hansis has nine RBI’s early this season.
Leading the pitching staff are junior Cole Gasque (2-0, 0.78 ERA) and sophomore Dalton Simpson (2-1, 2.39 ERA).
The softball team has split their first eight games and will continue to battle for the region title through the rest of the season. Early production leaders include Emmalee Ballard, Sarah Ballard and Cissy Doolittle. Pitcher Alexis McCormick also has been a steady influence in the circle.
The boys’ soccer team is ranked among the state’s top 10 AAAA teams and won eight of their first 12 matches, including a 3-2 mark in region seven play.
North Myrtle Beach’s boys golf team also hopes to qualify for the state AAAA tournament. The Chiefs have a solid starting foursome of McClure Thompson, Chandler Casey, Matthew Griego and Zack Kirtz.
In track, several athletes are showing region championship potential and will compete in lower state. On the boys’ side, Dondre Thompson has been the team’s top sprinter while Brandon Lawrence is performing well in the 800.
Showing promise in the hurdles are Jordan Gillings and Ashton Wilson. Kwame Livingston and Torazz Rice are the team’s top throwers in the shot put and discus.
The top hope of earning state qualifying status on the girls team is sophomore distance runner Wilson Jenerette, who rates as a top performer in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs.
Emily Barbosa is the team’s top runner in the 800 meter run while Jevelyn Cox specializes in the 400. Working as the top sprinters are Alliyah Hemingway and Medinah Williams. Jada Gore performs in the hurdles as well as the long jump and triple jump. Abigail Carr is the team’s top high jumper and Shania Parker is best in the shot put and discus.