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Myrtle Beach contending for region titles in fall sports

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Myrtle Beach – As the fall sports campaign winds down later in October and early November, several teams at Myrtle Beach High are contending or leading the way for region 7-AAAA championships.

The girls’ tennis team, coached by veteran Jeri Himmelsbach, is the favorite to win the region title and should be a contender for the Class AAAA state championship once the postseason begins.

Entering October, the team is 7-0 overall and 4-0 in region play with about four regular season contests remaining.

The singles ladder includes four seniors this fall. Bailey Deskins is playing number one, followed by Pazton Gentry at number two. Sophomore Carrington Callihan is playing three singles, with seniors Janell Horton and Jalah Horton working at number four and five, respectively.

The number two doubles team consists of sophomore Scarlett Nash and freshman Carly Starnes.

The other seniors on the roster this fall are Rea Skendiri, Megan Rion and Alex Nguyen.

The volleyball team, coached by Larry Church, enters October tied for the region seven lead with a 4-1 league mark. The Seahawks sport an 11-3 record overall in regular season matches, not including tournament play.

The veteran roster includes eight seniors – Darby Sheets, Lexi Watts, Sammy Shavitz, Danni Hix, Kathryn Hollingsworth, Lucia Sandoz, Kristiasha Myers and Cassie Runyon.

After a slow start, the football team appears to be putting things together. The Seahawks lost their first two games of the season, to Byrnes and Charlotte Christian. The Seahawks also have losses to Socastee and North Myrtle Beach, while posting wins over West Florence, Carolina Forest and rival Conway.

Sitting at 3-4 overall and 0-1 in region play, the Seahawks will close out the season with region games against Wilson, St. James and Marlboro County. They need to finish in the top four of the final standings to secure a playoff spot.

Senior Lawson Cribb has passed for 1,210 yards and seven touchdowns in the first seven games of the season. Cribb threw for 408 yards in a 24-19 loss to North Myrtle Beach on September 27.

Sophomore Luke Doty has seen time at quarterback and receiver this fall. Doty has 689 yards passing with four touchdowns. He also has 234 yards rushing and nearly 300 receiving yards.

Jermani Green leads the team in rushing with 456 yards. He also has 32 receptions and is a starting safety on defense.

The top pass catchers have been Marcus Grissett (40-633, 4 TD) and Da’Ron Finkley (34-480, 2 TD).

Working along the offensive line are seniors Max Graham (LG) and Jack Martini (C), along with juniors Evan Jumper (LT), Colby Williams (RG) and Travis Polson (RT).

Defensive leaders through the midway point of the season include linebackers Shedric Pointer, Salim Sessions and Michael Brown, each averaging about eight tackles per game.

Will Watson has more than 11 tackles for loss at defensive end and corner Jayce Allen has four interceptions. Other contributors include lineman JB Favorite, Chris Brown, Quamil Spells and Daniel Mitchell, along with defensive backs Gary Salters and Tra Favorite.

 

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