Prep notebook: North Myrtle Beach fills baseball coaching vacancy

For The Sun NewsJune 2, 2014 

North Myrtle Beach has filled one varsity coaching opening. The other could come in less than 14 days.

The Chiefs, who on Monday announced Brian Alderson of West Brunswick (N.C.) will be taking over the baseball program, are meeting with football candidates again this week. The goal, if all goes to plan, is to present a name to Horry County Schools for the June 16 board meeting for final approval.

Athletics Director Joe Quigley said the school is conducting another round of interviews in the coming days. He said the school is not going to “rush into” a decision. But with summer weight training starting next week, and the season less than three months away, there is a premium to get the position filled.

“We have a lot of good candidates,” Quigley said. “Our goal is hopefully we can get it done.”

The Chiefs began their search almost immediately after Perry Woolbright announced he was leaving for Batesburg-Leesville last month. Woolbright’s Chiefs were 0-20 combined in his first two seasons (2010, 2011) before finishing 5-5 in 2012 and 9-3 last fall.

North Myrtle Beach defeated Orangeburg-Wilkinson in a first-round playoff game.

The district, which has played a greater role in the release of information in football openings in 2014, has yet to formally announce any finalists for the North Myrtle Beach job.

Quigley said he was hoping to have final interviews conducted in the coming days, and that depended on schedules for he and the candidates.

Earlier Monday, the school knocked out its first coaching hire of the offseason when Quigley announced Alderson would be taking over the baseball opening created when Tony Boyer resigned at the end of the season. The Chiefs struggled to a 1-9 Region VII-AAA record.

Boyer retained his teaching position at the school.

Alderson, who served under his dad, Mike, at West Brunswick for the last decade, has been approved for the supplemental portion of the position only, as North Myrtle Beach currently does not have any teaching openings. Quigley said Alderson will continue to teach at West Brunswick, and that both schools approved the dual role, at least until a teaching position comes open at North Myrtle Beach.

“We want our coaches to be in our school,” Quigley said. “What we’re hoping is if we don’t have it this year, we’ll have it next year.”

College signings

Four Georgetown baseball players fulfilled verbal commitments to various college programs on Monday.

Ryan Holcombe (USC Sumter), Cody Thompson (USC Salkehatchie), Seth Wall (Spartanburg Methodist) and Kevin Woodall Jr. (Florence Darlington Tech) participated in a ceremony at Georgetown.

The four players helped the Bulldogs and first-year coach Ben Waddle finish in second place in Region VII-AAA behind Socastee. Georgetown won a game in the district playoffs before eventually being eliminated by James Island.

Woodall Jr., who was a Class AAA All-State selection this season, was also invited to the SC vs. NC Select series. Wall was named to the North-South All-Star series.

All-Region VIII-AA girls soccer team

Jaime Barnett controlled the pace of play throughout most of the season for Waccamaw.

Because of it, the Warriors junior defender was named the Region VIII-AA Player of the Year over some players with some gaudy offensive stats. Barnett led Waccamaw to the third round of the Class AA playoffs.

Barnett was joined by teammates Hannah Bezdek, Lydia Krask, Tabor Cooper, Haley McNeese, Hayden Kelly and Lawson Murphy.

Aynor placed six players – Brook Colpetzer, Darra Hucks, Katie Altman, Kaitlyn O’Neill, Carly Altman and Bell McKenzie – on the team. The area’s other team in the region, Loris, had three make the squad.

To view the full All-Region VIII-AA girls soccer team or any others that have been released, visit the Prep Talk Blog at MyrtleBeachOnline.com.

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