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Myrtle Beach fall sports contending well on statewide level

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Myrtle Beach – As the fall sports season comes to a close, several of the teams at Myrtle Beach High have enjoyed success in the postseason.

The volleyball team, the defending Class AAAA state champions, failed to win the region 6-AAAA title this season, finishing second behind North Myrtle Beach. However, the Seahawks again put together a solid run in the Lower State playoffs.

At press time, the Seahawks had reached the AAAA Lower State finals against North Myrtle Beach. The match was to be played on November 6th with the winner advancing to the state finals on November 10th at White Knoll High School.

The football team finished the regular season at 7-1 after a loss to Hartsville in the regular season finale on November 2. The Seahawks begin play in the Class AAAA Lower State playoffs on November 9 against Dreher.

Junior quarterback Luke Doty has passed for more than 1,700 yards while rushing for more than 300. The team’s leading rusher is Jermani Green with more than 500 yards. Marcus Grissett is the top receiver with more than 500 yards and nine touchdowns.

The girls tennis team finished as the region runner-up to Hartsville. The Seahawks posted playoff wins over Lower Richland and Aiken before losing in the Lower State semi-finals to Hilton Head.

The girls golf team won the region championship and earned a spot in the Class AAAA state tournament in late October. Myrtle Beach played well enough for a fourth-place finish in the team standings.

Taylor Pirttima and Essie Rike set the pace for the squad, each shooting 175 over 36 holes to tie for 17th-place individually. Sophia Li Vigni shot 183 to finish in the top 25 at 24. Madison Hinde shot 197 and Jaiden Vaugh shot 204.

A few swimmers were able to qualify their way into the Class AAAA state swim meet in October. For the girls team, the top performer was Olivia McGonigal, who placed fifth in the 100-yard backstroke and 14th in the 50-yard freestyle. The girls 200-yard freestyle relay managed a sixth-place finish.

Ian Morgan had a good day, winning the gold medal in the 500-yard freestyle while finishing second in the 200-yard individual medley.

Ryan Eldred posted eighth-place finishes in the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. Yianna Paraschos finished seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke.

In cross country, both the boys and girls teams competed in the region meet. Riley Massey was the top finisher from the girls team, placing seventh overall. Sophie Sedeska was 17th and Samantha Murillo finished in 21st. Zion Lawson was 23rd and Isabella Shavitz was 24th.

Tyler Flannelly finished fourth for the boys team, earning all-region honors. Hayden Ford finished 10th, followed by Curt Caudle in 11th and Jake DeSalvo in 12th. Chancellor Fincher finished 19th overall.

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