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New deer hunting regulations go into effect this year

South Carolina deer hunters should start seeing deer tags for the 2019 season in their mailboxes soon, and there are significant changes to the antlerless tagging system that all hunters need to be aware of before taking to the field. New for this year are improvements to the Antlerless Deer Tag program. A new law was passed by the General Assembly, resulting in the elimination of the eight date specific anterless tags, replacing them with two anterless tags that may be used on any day beginning Sept. 15 in Game Zones 2, 3 and 4 and Oct. 1 in Game …

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Dixie Youth All-Star teams continue play this week

Three North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department all-star teams continued play this week in the Dixie Youth Baseball Championship tournaments being held around the state. The 10 and under all-stars, who were seeded 11th in the 12-team event, started play last weekend with a 7-4 win over the sixth seeded team from Orangeburg. North Myrtle Beach then took on the 5th seeded Hartsville team, and lost by a 2-0 score. North Myrtle Beach then went to the loser’s bracket and they were eliminated by the tournament’s 3rd seeded team, Clinton, this time by an 8-0 score. Coach Edward Prince …

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Thoughts surprising baseball during the Home Run Derby

If you believe that baseball is the national pastime then you probably tuned in to some of the festivities in Cleveland, Ohio, this week. The annual All-Star game features the best of the best, players that have been voted into a game that showcases the skills and abilities of veteran players and sometimes a few of the youngsters of the game. Watching the Home Run Derby Monday night, I was surprised that many of the contestants were new to the major leagues or were less known to those that follow a team. Even more surprising was the fact that a …

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NMB 7-8 year old machine pitch all stars season ends in Florence

The North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department 7-8 year old machine pitch all-star team lost their first two games at the state Dixie Youth tournament in Florence over the weekend and were eliminated from the tournament. North Myrtle Beach first lost to the Bluffton Nationals squad by a 10-1 score and then lost their game in the losers bracket, as Saluda beat them 10-0. NMB coach Rian Spencer stated that despite the scores, his team had played well. “It might not sound like we played well but we played two very tough opponents. We hit the ball hard but …

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NMB All Star Teams begin State Championship hunt this weekend

Four North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department all star teams have successfully advanced to the state Dixie Youth championship.  The 7-8 year-old boys team is the first squad to begin their quest for a title as they travel to Florence to begin play in a twelve team double elimination tournament. Their first game is at 9 a.m. this Saturday and if they win (or lose) they can advance to the championship game which probably will occur next Thursday. Two of the remaining all star teams will begin play a week from this Saturday, July 13. The 9-10 year-old team …

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Six teams representing city

The 2019 spring baseball and softball all stars are in full swing for the city of North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation department. Six teams are representing NMB in their respective district tournaments over the next couple of weeks in hopes of making it to the state tournaments. These indviduals were chosen as top players in their league by the coaches to represent the city of North Myrtle Beach. Currently, the 7-8 year old machine pitch baseball team is competing in Green Sea Floyds with the tournament wrapping up on the 19th. Also, the 13-14 year old Dixie Boys baseball …

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The Loris recreation 14U baseball team

The Loris recreation 14U baseball team played an undefeated season.  These players are going on to All Stars Front row, left to right, are  Courtland Hardee, Aiden McCoy, Gavin Trout, Patrick Blanton, Chase Herring, Dalton Graham and Jabe Faircloth. Back row are Abraham Watts, Chris Gerald, Jordan VanCise, Hunter Bell, Jaquez Williams, Jackson Graham, Cameron Faircloth, Dallas Cox, Landon Gerald, Billy Drayton Jr. and Justice Grainger.

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Loris 8U Machine pitch Baseball Team

Members of the Loris 8U Machine pitch baseball team had the opportunity to play in the Benji Blanton Baseball Tournament this past Saturday at the Green Sea Recreation Department. Members of the team took a minute before their game to have their pictures made with their coaches.  Pictured in the front row from left to right are Layton Harrelson and Memphis Marksberry; second row are Kaiden Long, Tucker Bass, Maddox Marksberry, Aiden Watts and Elijah Gause; third row are Jay Strickland, Kam Gore, Lester Bell, Layne Todd and Chase Graham; back row coaches are Shawn Todd, KEvin Gause, Michael Marksberry …

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Knights Sponsor Golf Tournament

Our Lady Of The Sea

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in North Myrtle Beach will be having their 24th annual golf tournament on Saturday, June 1, at River Hills Golf and Country Club located at Highway 17 in Little River. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. Come and be part of the tournament. This golf outing is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Council number 7122, and is in honor of Father Andy Marinak. There are four levels of sponsorship. They are as follows: Gold sponsor, $500 which includes green fees, tee signage, full page ad in the program and name in the …

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The end of the tee-ball season is just the beginning

While sitting on the metal bleachers last week watching my grandson play his last tee-ball game of the season I thought about my kids playing at the Central Park tee-ball field many years ago. The similarities included watching the kids try their best to concentrate on the game while ignoring the grass or dirt that called for them to sit down. I smiled as they all rushed at a hit ball trying to be the first to pick it up and throw to first base. Running bases was also something all parents cherish, watching as their little Yankee or Red …

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