The area’s high school golf scene is going to have a different look next year.
Four area coaches have stepped down since the end of the spring season. The list includes Patrick Wilkinson at Aynor, Myrtle Beach’s Casey Beck, Kyle Cavallini of Conway and Socastee’s James Smith.
Three of the four coached both boys and girls golf, leaving seven openings in the sport for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Socastee Athletics Director Tim Renfrow said Smith is stepping down due to some health issues. Smith had coached both the boys and girls teams for the Braves. This past year, the Socastee boys finished 17th at the Class AAA state finals.
Beck, who also coached both the boys and girls teams at Myrtle Beach, accepted a job in Florida. He led the Seahawks girls team to a 12th place finish at the Class AAA state meet in the fall before coaching the Myrtle Beach boys to a No. 13 final spot.
Wilkinson has also served as the head pro at Black Bear Golf Club in Longs. Earlier this month, the course announced it had been sold to a Chinese couple.
The Blue Jackets teams have often finished among the best in the state. In 2010, Aynor was the Class AA runner-up. Former Blue Jacket Johnson Holliday also finished tied for sixth individually in 2013.
Cavallini, the only member of the group to coach just the boys team, was also a special education teacher at Conway.
So far, none of the four high schools have announced replacements.
Loris baseball update
Loris Athletics Director Barry Brooks said the school is still awaiting an official list of openings before making any movement on its baseball job.
Now-former coach Keith Daniels announced after the Lions’ Class AA state runner-up season that he was resigning to focus on teaching and his pursuit of a doctorate degree. With a crop of players he started coaching in eighth grade, Daniels led Loris to the final four in the state each of the past two seasons.
“We’ve had numerous people call me and numerous people send applications to the school,” Brooks said Monday. “… Some of the people who have contacted me have had success and have experience. I guess you could say the success the we’ve had the last couple years has attracted some people.”
Brooks also said he hopes to have a better idea of openings next week. At that point, he said the school would post a position that he believed would be a dual teaching-coaching position.
“I think Coach Daniels did a good job building our program. We’re very appreciative of that,” he said. “But like anything else, we’ve got to keep on going.”
Myrtle Beach receiver Kyle Belack’s commitment to Marshall last week could be the beginning of a busy summer in terms of football recruiting for the area.
A trio of area juniors may turn out to be the biggest movers and shakers. Conway receiver Bryan Edwards – who already has offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Florida – may be at upwards of 20 offers by the start of his junior season.
The Myrtle Beach duo of running back Brandon Sinclair and Drayton Arnold are still looking for their first, but many believe those could come soon as the Seahawks make their rounds in the 7-on-7 passing leagues.
Carolina Forest rising senior quarterback Will Brunson, who threw for 2,967 yards and 28 touchdowns last year (both school records), is also still awaiting that first offer after drawing significant interest from various colleges the last two seasons. Brunson, according to his father Brian, had minor surgery to repair ligaments in his throwing hand last week. He’ll be out a total of six weeks, but Brian Brunson said doctors believe he’ll be back to 100 percent before the start of fall camp opening Aug. 1.
That same day, college teams can issue written scholarship offers to current seniors.
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