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Myrtle Beach prepares for new region this year

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Myrtle Beach – Just as they were getting comfortable on the Class AAAA level, the Myrtle Beach athletic program prepares for more change as they enter a new region this fall.

Myrtle Beach enjoyed a great deal of success in Class AAA before moving to AAAA for the last two years. While they remain classified as a AAAA school, the competition within the region becomes tougher.

The South Carolina High School League realigned the conferences for the next two years. The biggest change in Myrtle Beach’s region, now region 6-AAAA, is the addition of Hartsville.

 Perhaps the biggest impact with Hartsville coming into the region is in football. Hartsville is a perennial state title contender in football, just as Myrtle Beach is. Both teams will likely begin the 2018 season as top five ranked teams in AAAA. The two powers have met several times in state playoff competition but now the region title will be on the line.

North Myrtle Beach, Wilson, Marlboro County and Darlington make up the rest of the region for the next two years, making region six one of the more competitive football regions in the state this fall.

Heading up the football program once again is Mickey Wilson, who has compiled a 95-25 record since taking over as head coach in 2009. Wilson, who joined the Myrtle Beach coaching staff as offensive coordinator in 2001, has guided the program to a pair of state titles (2010, 2013).

One of the strengths of the football coaching staff is stability and consistency. The football coaching staff has several years together with little to no turnover since Wilson took over in 2009. The staff also has several coaches with ties to the program as players.

Offensive coordinator Wes Streater is a 2001 graduate of Myrtle Beach and is in his ninth season as an assistant coach.

Defensive coordinator Jason Owens has been on staff since 2004 and former player Kevin Colyer, who coaches the offensive line, has been on staff since 2008.

Linebackers coach Doc Moore is a 1994 graduate of Myrtle Beach and line coach Lucas Britt played on Myrtle Beach’s 2008 state championship team.

Secondary and strength coach John Sedeska has been on staff since 2011.

The Myrtle Beach program has reached double-digit wins in seven of Wilson’s nine seasons. The program enters 2018 on a streak of 14 consecutive winning seasons. The Seahawks were 7-5 last season.

 

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