A staple of the holiday season, the annual Shootout by the Sea will soon take center stage.
In its 13th year, the tournament will take place Dec. 19-21 at North Myrtle Beach High School. Sixteen teams – eight on the boys side, eight for the girls as well – have signed on for this year’s event.
Defending state champion Byrnes headlines the boys field of eight teams. Along with host North Myrtle Beach, joining the Rebels are Calhoun County, Manning, Loudon Valley (Va.), George C. Marshall, Swansea and Whale Branch.
A talented field will also compete for the girls Shootout by the Sea title. In addition to the Chiefs, perennial powerhouses Crestwood and Goose Creek, along with Byrnes, Manning, Southside, St. James and West Florence will make their way to Little River for the three-day event.
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Play begins at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 19.
A week later, Carolina Forest will get the opportunity to see where it fares among top competition.
In the days after Christmas, the Panthers will travel to Greenville to participate in the C. Dan Joyner Poinsettia Classic. The event will take place Dec. 27-29.
In addition to the hosting Red Raiders and other Greenville-area clubs like Mauldin, Wade Hampton, Greer and J.L. Mann, the event includes the like of A.C. Flora and Sumter, teams with championship pedigree. Also in the tournament are Beaufort, Laurens, Palmetto, and Westwood.