Celebrating its 20th year, the Michael B. Nash soccer tournament has already given away over $100,000 in scholarships to college-bound North Myrtle Beach soccer players, and it has no signs of slowing down.
This year’s event – at the City of North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex – featuring 28 boys and girls teams, began with three games on Thursday and runs through Sunday. Local teams participating include Carolina Forest, Conway, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Socastee, St. James and Waccamaw.
The event is held in memory of former North Myrtle Beach soccer player Michael Nash, who was killed in an amusement park accident in 1993 before his sophomore season at College of Charleston.
Nash’s stepfather Stan Given, along with Nash’s mother Linda Given, are organizers for the event. Stan Given said they take part in the annual distribution of the scholarship receipts at North Myrtle Beach high school. Any college-bound soccer player at the school is eligible for a scholarship, and when they enroll at a university they receive anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000 from the tournament’s fund.
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“What's good is we go over there when we hand out the awards,” Stan Given said, noting that money is drummed up from throughout the community over the course of the year. “We go up on stage and call them up and give them their scholarship money. … All these kids are really good.”
The girls tournament concludes on Saturday, with the third-place game kicking off at 2 p.m. and the championship at 3:30 p.m. The boys tournament’s third-place game and championship will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
•St. James 2, Carolina Forest 0
| Stuart Whitman and Haywood Brandon combined for a shutout as the Sharks opened up their season with a win in the Michael B. Nash soccer tournament.
: SJ: Quadarius Great, Luke Wilson. Goalies: Stuart Whitman and Haywood Brandon.
.: SJ 1-0; CF 0-1.
• Airport 8, Georgetown 2; Myrtle Beach 5, Hartsville 1
CCU men’s golf
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He is tied for 15th behind leader Tom Lovelady of Alabama at 2-under, and Coastal is 10th overall. Coastal’s Alfredo Ruiz and Ben Wheeler both shot 4-over 76s.
CCU women’s tennis
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Loyola scored two runs in the ninth inning to break a tie and top Coastal 4-2 on Friday.
Mackenzie Conrad pitched eight innings, allowing all four runs, taking the loss for CCU. Kory Hayden led the Chants offensively, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.