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High school spring sports well underway

Along with variable temperatures and yellow pollen, spring means lots of sports action by a variety of North Myrtle Beach High School varsity teams. Last Saturday the Chiefs varsity baseball team opened their home season with an 8-3 win over visiting West Brunswick. The Chiefs opened the scoring on a double by Austin Fine for a 1-0 lead after four innings. West Brunswick got three runs in the top of the fifth inning for a brief lead. However, the Chiefs bats exploded for seven runs and kept West Brunswick scoreless the rest of the way. The Chiefs had a busy …

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Pickleball tournament has successful two-day event

The 10th Paddle at the Beach Pickleball Tournament concluded play on Saturday afternoon after two days of volleying between 34 men’s and 21 women’s teams. The tournament kicked off on Friday with “pool” competition and changed to a double elimination format on Saturday. Tournament director Rick Harpster explained. “Our format is very popular with players because many tournaments use the double elimination format throughout. This means if you lose a match you drop into the losers bracket. If you lose again you are eliminated from the tournament. We feel this is unfair to the teams who often travel to our …

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North Myrtle Beach Chiefs baseball team beat rivals Myrtle Beach and Loris Tuesday and Wednesday

The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs baseball team beat Myrtle Beach 4-2 on Tuesday evening and then won a thriller against Loris by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 9-8 non-conference win. The Chiefs scored single runs in the second, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to build a 4-0 lead, then held off a late bid by the Seahawks in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-2 conference victory. Wednesday’s game saw the Chiefs come back in dramatic fashion as they trailed Loris 8-6 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Chiefs …

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NMB wrestling team finishes state individual championships with second place finishes

The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs wrestling team capped a successful season with three second place finishers at the 4A state wrestling individual championships in Anderson, on February 22 and 23. The Chiefs also had a third place winner during the two-day event at the Anderson Civic center. Second place winners were Jackie Gore in the 145 pound class, Chase Simmons in 170 and Curtis Wolfe in the 220 pound group. Malachi Black took third in the 285 pound group. The Chiefs began quarterfinal competition on Friday with three out of five wins in their first matches. (145) Jackie Gore pinned …

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Wrestling team sends five to individual state championships

The North Myrtle Beach High School wrestling team traveled to Bluffton for the 4A SC High School Individual wrestling competition last Friday and Saturday. After two long days of matches the Chiefs qualified five team members for the individual state finals to be held in Anderson on February 22 and 23. Chiefs wrestlers met counterparts from teams across the lower state. If they lost a match up to and including the semifinals, then they would go into the consolation bracket of the competition. If they did not lose again, they would finish in third place. Otherwise, winners would progress through …

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Lady Chiefs lose a heartbreaker to A.C. Flora

The North Myrtle Beach girls basketball team had their season end at the hands of the A.C. Flora Lady Falcons on Tuesday evening at the North Myrtle Beach High School gym. The 53-51 final score was as close as the game itself, as both teams had their ups and downs, with A.C. Flora holding on in the final seconds for the victory. North Myrtle Beach took the opening tip of the game and quickly got a basket from Jordan Berger underneath for a 2-0 lead. The Lady Falcons tied it up and then Berger hit a three-pointer from the left …

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Chiefs wrestlers win lower state but fall short in match for the state championship

The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs wrestling team beat an excellent Airport team 44-22 last Wednesday to win the Lower State Championship but lost the state title 66-15 to last year’s champ, Eastside High School, in last Saturday’s finals held at Airport High School. The Chiefs wrestlers were at home for the lower state match with Airport in the fourth round of the playoffs, and in the (220) first match Curtis Wolfe showed why he is a top performer with an 11-0 win over Airport’s Cory Rivers. (285) The Chiefs Harry Locklear then won a major decision over Jacob McNamar by …

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NMB Chiefs wrestlers win Lower State Championship with 44-22 win over Airport

The North Myrtle Beach High School Chiefs wrestling team won 10 of 13 matches on Wednesday evening to vault themselves into the championship this Saturday. The Chiefs beat an excellent Airport High School team to earn the right to play Eastside High School, last year’s champions. The Chiefs will meet Eastside at 3:30 p.m. at Airport High School in West Columbia. Full story on the matches will be in next week’s edition.

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Wrestling team advances in state 4A playoffs

The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs wrestling team took a good first step in the Region 4A team competition last Saturday at the North Myrtle Beach High School gym. As the region’s regular season champion, the Chiefs earned a first round bye and waited for the winner of the first team competition between Midland Valley and Hilton Head High School. Midland Valley beat Hilton Head by three points but quickly met a tough Chiefs squad. The format for the playoffs remained the same as regular season matches with each player in their weight class meeting each other, and their points added …

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Lady Chiefs win 56-54 while boys lose 62-54 on senior night

The North Myrtle Beach Lady Chiefs got some revenge for an earlier loss to Wilson High School by upsetting the 4A regions only undefeated team by a 56-54 score at North Myrtle Beach on senior night. The Lady Chiefs Jermaisha Griffin got the first two of her 20 point night with a rebound basket following the opening tip of the game, Jordan Berger scored on a break and Janaii Boone’s jumper quickly gave North Myrtle Beach a 6-0 lead. Wilson scored their first three points of the night on a long jumper but Berger hit two free throws for an …

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