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Wrapping up the fall and heading into winter sports at Myrtle Beach

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Myrtle Beach – Basketballs are bouncing aplenty on the court at Myrtle Beach High School as both the boys and girls teams are off to good starts in the 2017-18 season.

The boys team won three of their first five games with both losses coming to the second-ranked team in Class AAAAA, Conway. The Seahawks competed well in both games and look to a team that will be a playoff contender in region 7-AAAA this winter.

The team has been led early by Robert Swanson and Emorie Knox but the squad has displayed good balance and depth in the early going. Other key contributors figure to be Jayce Allen, Jack Martini, O’Neill McBride, John Blake and Da’Ron Finkley.

The girls team is coming off a 21-3 season of a year ago, advancing into the third-round of the playoffs before losing an overtime decision to Lower Richland. Most of that team has graduated but the Lady Seahawks are far from a rebuilding project.

Sparked by Ajia Kelly and Asia Smith, coach Jennifer Dennison’s team is out of the gate with a 5-1 record. Myrtle Beach has split competitive battles with Conway, while posting two wins over Carolina Forest and two wins over Socastee.

The wrestling team lost several of its leaders from a year ago but are slated to return no less than three former state qualifiers. Senior Pedro Reyes is a two-time state qualifier in the 220-pound weight class. Senior Daniel Mitchell was a state qualifier in 2016 at 195 and senior Jacob Cisco was a state qualifier at 285 in the 2016 class AAA state tournament.

In wrapping up the fall sports season, congrats to the Myrtle Beach volleyball team, coached by Larry Church. The Seahawks captured their first-ever state title, beating Pickens in the Class AAAA finals in early November. Myrtle Beach finished with a 23-7 record and Church won his first title in his third trip to the finals.

Church started five seniors – Cassie Runion, Danni Hix, Lexi Watts, Darby Sheets, and Lucia Sandoz, along with junior Gracie Davis. Davis and Runion combined for 48 kills in the finals. Hix tallied 48 assists in her final match.

The girls tennis team again made a run at the state title but ended its season with a loss to Hilton Head in the Class AAAA lower state semi-finals.

The girls’ golf team participated in the Class AAAA state tournament this fall, finishing eighth in the team standings.

The top scorer for Myrtle Beach in the event was Taylor Pirttima, who shot 176 over 36 holes to finish 28th in the individual standings. Essie Rike shot 182 and tied for 31st overall while Jaiden Vaugh shot 183 to tie for 34th overall.

 The football team saw its run through the playoff shattered on a final second hail-mary touchdown pass by Lower Richland. The Seahawks held a 24-0 lead in the third quarter but ended up on the short end of a 34-31 loss.

Myrtle Beach finished with a 7-5 record but had won six of their last seven games before the loss to Lower Richland.

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