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NMB Chiefs beat West Florence 28-21, maintain undefeated record in 6AAAA

By John Smithson The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs returned to the Hank Hester Field for Homecoming last Friday night and beat the visiting Knights 28-21 to remain undefeated atop the 6AAAA region. The Chiefs win and the upset win by Wilson over Myrtle Beach on Friday now sets up the big game with the Seahawks a week from Friday at North Myrtle Beach. West Florence came into the game 3-1 but the Chiefs were trying to win and lock up a playoff spot in the region finals.  The Chiefs received the opening kickoff and started at their 20 after no …

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Chiefs girls cross country team wins 6AAAA championship

By John Smithson The North Myrtle Beach High School varsity girls cross country team won the 6AAAA regional championship last Saturday in Darlington.  The girls team had three runners in the top ten finishers to win with 59 points. West Florence was second with 75 points and Myrtle Beach third with 80 points. Kailyn Brown was the fourth-place finisher overall with Kayah Marques seventh, Isabel Smith 11th, Nia Ortiz 13th and Chandler Mury Riley 26th to lead the Chiefs point-getters. Ronan Donahue finished 31st and Hailey Doscher was 33rd. In the boys 5000 meter final, the Chiefs Jacob Koontz finished …

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Chiefs run record to 4-0 with 63-14 win over Darlington

By John Smithson The fifth ranked North Myrtle Beach Chiefs started slowly last Friday night but then dismantled the Darlington Falcons by a 63-14 score.  The Chiefs and Falcons traded possessions for most of the first quarter until a Darlington touchdown seemed to spark the Chiefs and got their offense going for the rest of the Friday homecoming game at Darlington High School. The Chiefs fell on the opening kickoff at their 22 yard line, but four downs later punted to the Darlington 40. Darlington lost 18 yards in two plays and on fourth down punted for twelve yards to …

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Jacob Koontz tops all runners at Horry County Cross Country Championships

By John Smithson North Myrtle Beach’s Jacob Koontz was the top finisher in the boys varsity race in the Horry County Cross Country Championships held last Wednesday at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex. Koontz’s time of 16:01.56 beat second place finisher Kaden Buchler(16:13.69), whose team finished in five of the top seven positions to win the boys varsity event. Carolina Forest was first with an average time of 17:13.52, followed by St James (17:32.52), Myrtle Beach (18:32.88), Socastee, Aynor and Green Sea Floyds. Besides Koontz, three other Chiefs boys ran in the race. David Webber was 35th in (21:15.41), …

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NMB Chiefs open home football season with 35-7 win over South Florence

By John Smithson The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs varsity football team beat South Florence 35-7 last Friday at the Hank Hester Field on senior night to go 2-0 in the 6AAAA region. The Chiefs followed up their big win at Darlington last week with another solid team performance on both offense and defense to send the visiting Bruins home with their second loss, in their first game played against North Myrtle Beach. South Florence won the toss and following the usual long kickoff from Zane Smith, they began play on their own 20 yard line. Billy Barlow stopped the Bruins …

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NMB cross country teams have productive week

By John Smithson The North Myrtle Beach High School boys and girls varsity cross country teams performed well in two meets last week. The Chiefs teams finished first and second in a four-team meet last Wednesday at North Myrtle Beach, then travelled to West Florence High School for the Pee Dee Classic on Saturday where the boys finished sixth and the girls took third in team standings. In last Wednesday’s home meet the boys finished second to Carolina Forest and ahead of the Myrtle Beach and Loris teams. The Chiefs were led in the 5000-meter final by Jacob Koontz’s second …

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Chiefs football finally gets started

By John Smithson The year 2020 has been the year most want to forget. High school sports had already been dealt a bad hand when spring sports were cancelled early last March due to the many unknowns surrounding COVID-19. As schools cancelled classes for the year, disappointed athletes in all sports waited to see what might happen in the fall. During the summer North Myrtle Beach High School fall sports teams waited and watched to see what the South Carolina High School League would do. Preparations were started then stopped until finally all teams found out their shortened schedules for …

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North Myrtle Beach Chiefs baseball coach Brian Alderson has once in a lifetime season

By John Smithson With baseball at North Myrtle Beach High School ending early due to the coronavirus, coach Brian Alderson is much like most people – unsure of what the future holds. “Obviously nothing like this has ever happened before in our lifetime and it has been very difficult on our student athletes, our coaches and all our families. But if you put it in perspective, this virus has put a strain on the whole world, not just us or Horry County. It’s much bigger than that.” Alderson talked about the many problems brought on by the virus. “It is …

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Friday night lights for NMB High School fields

All three athletic fields at North Myrtle Beach High School and all other county high schools will be lit up from 8:20 to 8:40 p.m. on Friday, May 1, in honor of all senior athletes in all spring sports.  Anyone is invited to drive by the school to see the lights. However, due to the school’s closure, no one will be permitted to enter the stadium area. Each spring sport athlete has their number or initials on the field, and each sport is identified above the number or initials. Baseball and softball players’ numbers are on their field.  Athletic director …

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Coronavirus ends spring athletic competition at S.C. high schools with many repercussions

By John Smithson Last month, just as the various spring sports were getting underway at North Myrtle Beach High School, the seasons just as quickly ended. South Carolina schools closed in mid-March and besides parents and kids going to virtual classrooms for learning, thousands of student athletes statewide learned their sport and games and matches were placed on hold. Baseball, soccer, track, softball, tennis, lacrosse and golf might have a video game equivalent but for high school coaches and players, the end of their sport schedule meant no practice, no games and not even the thrill of winning or the …

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