This prep football season, teams from the Grand Strand and Pee Dee will have Thursday nights all to themselves.
WWMB-CW 21 will televise six games on Thursday nights this upcoming season. The series will debut Aug. 24 with Hartsville paying a visit to South Florence in a non-region matchup.
Aside from that game, the only other games pitting Pee Dee opponents features Marlboro County and Darlington on Sept. 7.
No team — either on the Grand Strand or the Pee Dee — will receive more television time than Myrtle Beach.
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The Seahawks’ home opener Aug. 31 against West Florence — the first since renovations at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium were completed — is on the CW 21’s slate of televised games. Two weeks later, they will travel west on U.S. 501 to take on crosstown rival Carolina Forest under the Thursday night lights.
Myrtle Beach’s annual “Battle for the Victory Bell” against Conway on Sept. 21, as well as its pivotal Region 7-4A opener against North Myrtle Beach on Sept. 28 will be televised via the CW 21.
All games will kick off at 7:30 p.m.
Familiar name set to hit airwaves this football season
Trying new things has never been a problem for Ian Guerin.
After serving extensively as the lead prep sportswriter for The Sun News, last year he authored the book “Beach Ball Classic: Premier High School Hoops on the Grand Strand.”
Now, he’ll trying his hand at radio.
Guerin announced last week he would provide color commentary this season for Carolina Forest football radio broadcasts on WSEA-FM 101.9. He share the booth with Chris Schielman, who will be doing play-by-play.
“As much time as I’ve spent on the radio for various purposes over the years, being part of a consistent radio team calling games will be a new experience for me,” Guerin said. “If I can make it to Week 5 without Chris trying to get me fired, I will consider it a huge success.”
Guerin’s first opportunity as a regular on the airwaves will come on Aug. 25, when Carolina Forest takes on Providence Day (N.C.).
Hot and heavy weekend on recruiting trail
This past weekend was quite the active one for prep athletes on the Grand Strand.
While the verbal commitments of Conway’s Gunner Britton and Tyler Gore of North Myrtle Beach made the most waves, other local talents received their share of good news as well.
Socastee baseball standout Wesley Lane put a bow on his recruitment last week, verbally committing to The Citadel via Twitter.
The rising senior outfielder batted .380 a season ago, with a home run and 14 RBIs. He also had a .489 on-base percentage, stole seven bases and hit .550 with runners in scoring position.
On the hardwood, a successful summer for Conway standout Jimmy Nichols continues to get better.
Last week, he added Providence to the more than a dozen suitors hoping to land the 6-foot-8 forward.
Nichols is a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports, ranked fifth among all Class of 2018 hoops talents in South Carolina. Among the nearly 20 teams hoping to earn his services include Arizona State, Miami, Georgetown, Nebraska, Old Dominion, Rhode Island, Rice, Rutgers, VCU and Kansas State.
Nichols averaged a double-double during the 2016-17 basketball season, scoring 15 points to go with his 10 rebounds per game.
Conway football standout Tonka Hemingway also continues to edge higher on schools’ recruiting boards.
Hemingway scored an offer from North Carolina last week, adding to those from Georgia, Georgia State, Maryland and South Carolina. A rising sophomore, he had 13 tackles and two assists to go along with three sacks in the 2016 season.
On the pitch, North Myrtle Beach boys soccer players Javier Ayala Davila and Christian Amieda signed with Cape Fear Community College.
THURSDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Aug. 24 — Hartsville at South Florence
Aug. 31 — West Florence at Myrtle Beach
Sept. 7 — Marlboro County at Darlington
Sept. 14 — Myrtle Beach at Carolina Forest
Sept. 21 — Conway at Myrtle Beach
Sept. 28 — Myrtle Beach at North Myrtle Beach