Thursday’s area sports briefs

From staff reportsOctober 18, 2012 

— The Waccamaw boys and girls cross country will keep its grips on the Region VII-AA crowns for another year after a strong performance on Thursday.

The Warriors girls squad is coming off a 2011 season where they finished second in the state in Class AA and have won Region VII three years straight.

“It feels great,” girls coach Brian White said. “These girls are really running with a lot of heart. Everyone is working really hard. The girls are just performing every time we go out. They go out and take care of business.”

Waccamaw, who is ranked No. 1 in the state, did that by taking all top 5 spots. Grace Barnett was the first overall finisher with a time of 19:28.

For the boys, they too now have won Region VII for the third straight year.

“This is one of the best teams I’ve seen around,” boys coach Rob Del Bagno said of his team. “We are deep. To see them happy and celebrate at the end of race, made all the hard work pay off.”

Robert Jones brought home first place for the Warriors, who claimed four of the top five spots, with a time of 16:48.


Team Scores: 1. Waccamaw 21; 2. Aynor 45; 3. Marion 82; 4. Loris 98

Overall: 1. Robert Jones, W, 16:48; 2. Jaz Greene, W, 16:53; 3. Austin Querubin, M, 17:39; 4. Dylan Phipps, A, 17:48; 5. Jackson Stacy, W, 17:48.


Team Scores: 1. Waccamaw 15; 2. Aynor 46; 3. Loris 90; 4. Marion 104

Overall: 1. Grace Barnett, W, 19:28; 2. Amelia Jones, W, 20:13; 3. Emily Heimberger, W, 20:57; 4. Rachel Thornton, W, 21:24; 5. Jamie Barnett, W, 21:29.

High school cross country

Region VII-AAA Championship


•  St. James 56, Wilson 58, Socastee 68, Myrtle Beach 80, North Myrtle Beach 111, Georgetown 146 | Drake Jennerette crossed the finish first for the girls in the Region VII-AAA cross country championship for North Myrtle Beach, but St. James edged out the win.

Overall: 1. Drake Jennerette, NMB, 20:23; 2. Mary Cooper, G, 20:50; 3. Samantha Cunningham, SJ, 21:13; 4. Harriet Davis, W, 21:33; 5. Essence Jackson, W, 21:43.


•  Socastee 36, St. James 53, Myrtle Beach 83, Wilson 86, North Myrtle Beach 122, Georgetown 124 | St. James’ Billy Krier finishes first with a time of 16.34 in the Region VII-AAA cross country championship. Socastee came up with the win, beating out the Sharks by 17 points.

Overall: 1. Billy Krier, SJ, 16:34; 2. Cory Morrison, SJ, 17:13; 3. Will Caswell, S, 17:25; 4. Austin Poisson, S, 17:25; 5. Justin Knipper, S, 17:31.

Region VI-AAAA Championship


•  Carolina Forest 25, Sumter 58, W. Florence 74, S. Florence 99, Conway 115 | Carolina Forest finished three in the top five, edging out Sumter to win the boys Region VI-AAAA Championship at Florence on Wednesday.

Overall: 1. Dustin Conklin, CF, 17:01; 2. Jessie Patrick, CF, 17:35; 3. Austin Weiss, WF, 18:05; 4. Ryan McClure, SF, 18:08; 5. Robert Readon, CF, 18:12.


• Carolina Forest 38, Conway 48, Sumter 57, W. Florence 91, S. Florence 115 | The Panthers girls’ cross country team impressed as well, winning the Region Championship over Conway by a mere ten points.

Overall: 1. Lisa Pietersa, CF, 19:45; 2. Abbey Valasquez, CF, 21:54; 3. Alyssa Waibel, C, 22:16; 4. Madison Durant, S, 22:18; 5. Danielle Schroeder, CF, 22:20.

High school girls tennis

• (At) Myrtle Beach 7, Carolina Forest 0 | The 2012 Region VII-AAA champion Seahawks knock off Carolina Forest in the last regular season match before the playoffs.

Singles – Jessie Dumas (MB) d. Lydia Goughin 6-0, 6-0; Rachel Berkey (MB) d. Lanie Ruedy 6-0, 6-0; Emma Springs (MB) d. Jaden Nye 6-1, 6-0; Carolyn Gore (MB) d. Sophia Goughin 6-0, 6-0; Elisabeth Spielvogel (MB) d. Maddie Jones 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles – Dumas/Bailey Deskins (MB) d. L. Goughin/L. Ruedy 8-0; Alex Rierson/Brooke Harrington (MB) d. Emilee Best/Cheyenne MacKenna 6-4, 2-6, 10-8.

Records – Myrtle Beach (15-1, 4-1).

• (At) St. James 6, Conway 1 | St. James beats Conway to end their 2012 season, winning six of seven. With the win, the Sharks finish at 4-11.

Singles – Taylor Seagle (S) d. Kirby Groome 6-0, 6-1; Jordan Greene (S) d. Kaitlyn Brown 6-1, 6-4; Mariana Wilson (S) d. Taylor Daddeley 6-4, 0-6, 10-7; Bailee Hunt (S) d. Alexis McNeil 6-1, 6-0; Hannah Burns (S) d. Savannah Coates 5-7, 7-5, 10-6.

Doubles – Seagle/Greene (S) d. Groome/Brown 8-2; Emily Newman/Tori Worley (C) d. Katrina Gallo/Chelsie Lewis 6-4, 6-4.

Records – St. James 4-11.

High school volleyball

•  (At) Carolina Forest 3, Conway 1 | Carolina Forest shuts down Conway (25-23, 26-24, 19-25, 25-18) to win the Region VI-AAAA for the fourth year in a row. The Panthers’ postseason will kick off Tuesday at home vs. White Knoll at 6 p.m.

Leaders: Jessica Watts 14 service points 18-18 serve receive passing, Christina Wright 13 service points 6 kills 3 blocks, Sam Barrett 14 kills 2 blocks, Jessica Lembcke 6 kills, Alexis Tomlin 6 kills

Records: Carolina Forest (14-3, 8-0).

•  James Island 2, Waccamaw 0 | Waccamaw fell to James Island in a three-team match (16-25, 22-25) at Wando.

•  (At) Wando 2, Waccamaw 0 | Wando knocked off the Warriors, winning two of two (12-25, 20-25). Waccamaw moves to 17-5 on the year as they open postseason play Monday at home versus Andrews at 6 p.m.

Record: Waccamaw (17-5, 10-0)

CCU women’s soccer

•  (At) Coastal Carolina 2, Campbell 0 | The Coastal Carolina women’s soccer team ousted conference rival Campbell University Thursday night, shutting the Camels down and coming away with the 2-0 win.

Freshman Midfielder Fia Jonsson and Junior Forward Cisca Okoko established the Chants’ lone goals for the evening, while Christina Stern provided the assist to Jonsson. Junior goalkeeper Megan Spencer was perfect in the net, saving two of two.

With the win, Coastal moves to 8-7 overall, 5-3 in the Big South. Thursday’s win marks the Chants’ fourth win in a row, and their fourth overall at home.

Coastal welcomes High Point to Conway on Saturday at noon.

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