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Chiefs looking forward to getting back to work

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Little River – High school athletics in Horry County have come to a standstill in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The storm did little in the way of wind damage but rain and flooding have wreaked havoc on the area.
As of September 30, athletic events in Horry County have not taken place for more than two weeks. That includes the athletic program at North Myrtle Beach High School, where fall sports teams were hoping to resume practice and play sometime during the first week of October.
Fall athletes at North Myrtle Beach were having a good few weeks before the storm hit. Several teams were expecting to make the state playoffs this fall, which could still happen once competition resumes.
The football team is off to a 4-0 start and ranked among the state’s top 10 teams in Class AAAA. While not playing their best, according to head coach Matt Reel, the Chiefs are certainly a playoff team to watch if they get it back together.
Veteran quarterback Cason McClendon has been a leader offensively, completing 61 percent of his passes for 567 yards and five touchdowns through four games. The top receivers have been Nasee Harrison (15-187, 2 TD) and Derrien Holmes (10-186, TD).
In the run game, Ramsey Lewis and Zyon Belle have shared the load. Lewis has gained 313 yards and averaged six yards per carry in four games while Belle is averaging 7.1 yards per carry and has gained 100 yards. Belle also has a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown this season.
On defense. Marcellous Livingston and Sheek Green lead the team in tackles with 18 hits each. Quentin Livingston has tallied 14 tackles.
Placekicker Zane Smith has connected on five of six field goal attempts with a long of 48 yards and is averaging 38.8 yards per punt.
The volleyball team was off to a 10-5 start and looking to challenge for the region title this season. The team is led by three seniors – Sydney Bellamy, Kayla Henley and Olivia Gore.
Most of this year’s roster is comprised of juniors, making for a strong future within the program. Juniors include Kaitlin Downey, Gabby Fleming, Amia Ortiz, Janya Livingston, Jordan Berger, Jennings Hall, Raegan Matney, Delaney Fullum, Kaydee Runion and Jenna Berger.
Rounding out the roster this by fall are sophomores Anna Rabon and Brooklyn Wiseby.
The cross country teams competed in several events before the storm and have solid teams. Leading the way on the girls team are Isabella Spickler and Wilson Jenerette. Havanna Charles and Taylor Monahan also place consistently in the team’s top four.
On the boys side, Jensen Button has posted the team’s top time at 19:40. Tanner Williams, Dylan Ortuno, Connor Chilton and Halen Button round out the top five.


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