CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Big South announced their preseason baseball polls and players of the year on Wednesday and Coastal Carolina claimed its usual spot at the top.
The Chanticleers were picked to win the South Division as the conference will have divisional play for the first time in the Big South’s history. Liberty staked claim at the top of the North Division.
Reigning Big South Pitcher of the Year, Aaron Burke, was picked as the preseason Big South Pitcher of the Year. Campbell’s Michael Felton and Radford’s Jeff Kemp were tabbed as Big South Co-Players of the Year.
High school wrestling
• MYRTLE BEACH The Socastee wrestling team faired quite well in the Region VII-AAA individual tournament at Socastee High School.
The Braves had five capture titles. Justin Knipper (106), Jordan Hodge (113), Mikel Nelson (120), Cameron Amann (132) and Tommy Lazaroff (160) all were able to keep the hardware at Socastee.
North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach each had three wrestlers get crowns. The Chiefs’ Tyler Stump (126), Eric Baker (182) and Nikhail Vlanos (195) will be taking titles back to Little River. Daniel Miller (145), Joseph Desjardins (152) and Amir Oukada (285) will have region titles for the Seahawks.
Georgetown had two champions in Dustin Pack (138) and Jalil Smith (220). De’eante Salaam claimed the lone title for St. James.
Region VII-AAA Individual Finals
106 – Justin Knipper, S, pinned Chase Smith, SJ; 113 – Jordan Hodge, S, pinned Jonathan Iseman, MB; 120 – Mikel Nelson, S, by forfeit over Joey Small, NMB; 126 – Tyler Stump, NMB, by forfeit over Logan Gammon, S; 132 – Cameron Amann, S, dec. Nick Silvestri, MB, 12-9; 138 – Dustin Pack, G, major dec. Alex Murcio, MB, 13-2; 145 – Daniel Miller, MB, pinned Jared Woody, NMB; 152 – Joseph Desjardins, MB, pinned Jude Belanger, SJ; 160 – Tommy Lazaroff, S, dec. Gerodie Graham, NMB, 7-2; 170 – De’eante Salaam, SJ, by forfeit over Hampton Harmon, NMB; 182 – Eric Baker, NMB, dec. Zach Mor, S, 6-4; 195 – Mikhail Vlanos, NMB, dec. Zach Sanders, SJ, 5-3; 220 – Jalil Smith, G, pinned Kyle Burton, S; 285 – Amir Oukada, MB, dec. Raesean Diggs, NMB, 7-1.
High school girls basketball
• Waccamaw 60, (at) Loris 36 | Mary Tyler had a game-high 23 points in the Warriors’ win over the Lions on Tuesday.
LeReba Jackson led Loris with 12 points.
• WACCAMAW (60) – Jess Preedom 5, D’etta Greene 4, Mikayla Knowlin 2, Jamaica Alston 2, Mary Tyler 23, Jaynae Rice 13, Taylor Foster 4, Leann Thompson 7
• LORIS (36) – R.Bellamy 6, T.Griffen 1, J.Bellamy 3, L.Jackson 12, M.Gill 11, D.Phillips 3
• 3-point goals: Waccamaw 4 (Tyler 3, Preedom). Team fouls: Waccamaw 25, Loris 21. Fouled out: Phillips. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: Waccamaw (7-8, 3-4 Region VIII-AA)