in surfing clinic
Photos by Melinda Chappel
The Second Annual Wheel to Surf adaptive surfing event took place on Sept. 13 at 21st Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach. Over 24 athletes with disabilities participated in this surfing event.
By Melinda Chappell
The Second Annual Wheel to Surf Surfing Clinic took place at 21st Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach on Sept. 13. Over 24 athletes with disabilities, ranging in age from four to 50 years, participated in this adaptive surfing event. The event was co-sponsored by Coastal Carolina Adaptive Sports & Recreation, Ocean Cure from Wilmington, N.C., and the Adaptive Surf Project. This event could not have happened without the support of the over 60 volunteers who provided care in so many different ways. The volunteers came from CCU Sports and Recreation Department, Cherry Grove Surf Group, Next Step, McLeod Seacoast, the NMB Pilot Club, Horry County Schools, the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center, the NMB Beach Patrol and the Grand Strand Masters Swim Team.
“Seeing the athletes out of their wheelchairs or away from their crutches, catching waves was awesome,” says Melinda Chappell, board member of Coastal Carolina Adaptive Sports & Recreation. Each participant surfed for 20 to 30 minutes, with some surfing twice before the weather ended the event just after lunch. Special thanks go to the North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club who donated $500 to Brock Johnson, Coastal Carolina Adaptive Sports & Recreation board member, and creator of the Wheel to Surf event. Other sponsors of the event were Surfrider Foundation, Permobil, Island Inspire Surfboard Company and Adaptive Surf Project.
Coastal Carolina Adaptive Sports & Recreation is a local organization that provides sports and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities.
Braves outscore Chiefs 15-10
By Tyler Watkins
The North Myrtle Beach Varsity Chiefs dropped their fourth game of the year on the road at Socastee Friday night with a final score of 15-10.
In a game that saw both teams struggle to score throughout three and one-half quarters and wait out a 30-minute lightning delay, the hard-fought, see-saw contest saw two lead changes in the final 78 seconds. The Chiefs (1-4) took a 10-8 lead with 1:18 remaining on a 29-yard field goal by Christian Buis, but it was short lived.
The Braves (4-1) got in the last blow on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Hodge to 6-foot-5 tight end Max Kjosa, who out-jumped North Myrtle Beach’s Mike Gore in the back corner of the end zone for the game-winner with 20 seconds left. The TD catch capped a four-play drive that saw all passes and a big kickoff return by Socastee’s Sam McKinney to set up the score.
Both teams were able to move the ball deep into enemy territory but turnovers proved costly. Socastee turned the ball over three times, two on interceptions by Hodge, and the Chiefs lost a scoring opportunity on a picked-off pass. The Chiefs did score on their first drive on a TD pass from Kendrick Furness to Kyle Cooper.
Both of Socastee’s scores came in the final seconds of each half as Angelo Sauter powered his way into the end zone with 18 seconds left. The Braves used a quick snap on the PAT to take an 8-7 lead on a 2-point conversion by Hodge. Lightning struck a few seconds later and the two teams had to sit out the final seconds until the skies cleared. Using the delay as a modified halftime, both teams came out to play the final seconds of the first half before switching sides and continuing the game immediately.
Socastee controlled the ball in the second half but couldn’t turn the yards into points. That allowed the Chiefs to mount an impressive drive of their own in the final minutes. Furness hit Colby Gore on a pair of big passes to the Braves’ 15 and the Chiefs turned to Buis to win it with his foot. The ensuing kickoff saw the ball roll off the tee just as Chiefs kicker Buis swung his leg for a kick designed to sail out of the end zone, leaving Socastee with 80 yards to cover. However, it was not. Buis managed an unintentional squib kick down the middle of the field that set Socastee up with excellent field position in the final seconds of the game.
McKinney’s return put the ball in Chiefs’ territory, and Hodge hit Kjosa for 30 yards to put the Braves in field goal range. But with starting kicker Braxton Elvis out for the night, Socastee opted to put it in the hands of Kjosa and he paid off with a game-saving grab.
Kendrick Furness was 16/25 passing with 156 yards. Colby Gore had 7 receptions for 94 yards. Colby Gore also led the rushing stats with 7 carries for 72 yards, while Furness had 10 carries for 38 yards. Dequan Montgomery added 10 carries for 31 yards and Cullen Mitchell had 6 carries for 4 yards.
Facing an extremely difficult non-region schedule, the Chiefs sit at a deceptive 1-4 on the year. With region play set to begin on Oct. 3, the Chiefs should see more opportunities to win against more evenly matched opponents. The Chiefs open region play against Lake City next Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
If you can’t make it to the game, you can catch the action live on WRNN 99.5 FM and streaming audio/video live at NMBChiefs.com provided by Sandhills Bank. The broadcast is set to begin at 7 p.m.