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Seahawk athletes hope to return to competition

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Myrtle Beach – Just when it appeared the Myrtle Beach High football team was ready to kick into high gear, the season came to a screeching halt with the arrival of Hurricane Florence.
Flood waters have become a major issue in the Grand Strand since the Hurricane, which arrived in mid-September and has forced the cancellation of athletic events for nearly three weeks.
The Seahawks won their first three games impressively and have been ranked in the top three of the Class AAAA rankings all season. Myrtle Beach opened with a 37-0 win over Hanahan, followed by a 47-6 win over Laurens. In their final game before the Hurricane, the Seahawks beat Socastee, 63-20.
The teams in Horry County were hoping to resume playing on October 5th but official word had yet to be released by press time.
Junior Luke Doty has been impressive early as the starting quarterback. The University of South Carolina verbal commitment has completed 49 of 66 passes for 706 yards and nine touchdowns in three games. He also has rushed for nearly 150 yards.
The top targets in the passing game include Marcus Grissett (14 rec, 196 yards, 4 TD) and Da’Ron Finkley (12 rec, 226 yards, 3 TD). Jermani Green leads the team in rushing with 270 yards and seven touchdowns while also catching 12 passes for 138 yards and a score.
Myrtle Beach, through three games, has amassed 1,195 total yards while allowing only 615 yards. Among the leaders defensively is linebacker Michael Brown with 26 total tackles. Linebacker Salim Sessions has 24 tackles, including five for loss and two sacks. Linebacker Shedrick Pointer has 23 tackles, four for loss.
Along the defensive line, Will Walton has 14 tackles, six for loss and two sacks. JB Favorite has 17 hits, seven for loss and two sacks while Chris Brown has 19 tackles, three for negative yardage.
The weather also interrupted the other fall sports of swimming, girls tennis, volleyball, and cross country. The cross country team is hoping to return to form in time to contend for the region 7-AAAA championship in October.
Leading the way on the girls team are sophomores Sophie Sedeska and Riley Massey. Seniors Olivia Hill and Samantha Murillo are among the top five, along with eighth-grader Zion Lawson. Senior Haley Capps and sophomore Izabella Shavitz also compete well.
Junior Tyler Flannelly has been the top runner this fall for the boys team. Freshman Jake DeSalvo and sophomore Hayden Ford have shown promise. Others competing for the top five include juniors Isayah Molina, Jackson Hanvey, and Robert Vasquez, along with freshman Chad Caudle and senior Chancellor Fincher.

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