High School Sports

Prep notebook: Decorated track coach Peterman takes on new challenge at Waccamaw

Bill Peterman has taken some good shots over the last few months.

Having now coached track and field at all four Georgetown County schools, the first-year Waccamaw head coach has been subject to some jokes since making the short jump to his new job.

“They think I’m some sort of gypsy,” Peterman said.

As his Warriors program prepares to host Tuesday’s Georgetown County Track and Field Quad Championships, there’s no denying that winning has traveled with him. Peterman, who originally joined the district when he helped re-start the Andrews program in 2002, had had at least one individual state champion every year he’s been on the Grand Strand, a trend he started during his last year coaching in Ohio before heading south.

He also led the Yellow Jackets to the Class AA team title in 2004 and Carvers Bay to the 2013 team championship and a runner-up finish last spring.

“I’ve been blessed to have some really good athletes. I like creating; I like building,” Peterman said. “We had a good program at Carvers Bay. But my work was done there. It was time to move on.”

Going far away wasn’t really an option. He said that when he first tried to relocate to the Grand Strand, he applied at every Horry and Georgetown county school.

Andrews was the lone one that gave him an offer, and he made the most of it.

“I wanted to stay local to our school district,” he said. “It’s been really good to me.”

At Waccamaw, Peterman has taken over a program typically known more for its distance runners, although he says he’s attempting to round out the team a bit more.

If history is any indication, that won’t be much of an issue.

Tuesday’s Quad Championships will begin at approximately 4:45 p.m. The running events will commence at 5 p.m.

State soccer rankings

The updated South Carolina High School Soccer Coaches Association rankings were released late Sunday, and several area teams are included in the polls.

The Socastee boys are the lone local Class AAAA program in the rankings at No. 10.

In Class AAA, the St. James boys moved up to No. 2, while the Myrtle Beach boys are now No. 6. The Myrtle Beach girls are No. 8.

Waccamaw’s boys and girls are Nos. 3 and 4, respectively in Class AA, while the Loris boys are No. 6.

St. Patty’s Day four-pack planned at St. James

St. James is putting Tuesday’s jammed home sports slate to good use.

The Sharks athletics programs will be hosting a “St. Sharks Day” cookout as the centerpiece of four varsity sports playing home games or matches within steps of each other.

Boys soccer, boys tennis, softball and baseball will be hosting contests, all against Myrtle Beach. Tennis will begin at 5 p.m.; first pitch for the baseball and softball games is set for 6 p.m.; soccer will start at approximately 7 p.m.

The Sharks Athletics Booster Club will be selling six different food options for $5 each beginning at 4 p.m.

Former Waccamaw tennis coach returning with new team

James Brown was one of the more decorated high school tennis coaches in South Carolina during his time with Waccamaw.

Now, he’s about to bring his current program to the Grand Strand. Brown, currently an assistant at the Collegiate School in New York, will be spending five days in Myrtle Beach next week. His team will be playing matches against Myrtle Beach, Waccamaw and Socastee, as well as taking advantage of expected nicer weather.

Collegiate School has yet to practice outdoors this season, according to Brown.

His new school will face Myrtle Beach on Monday, Waccamaw on Tuesday and Socastee Wednesday in what should be a trio of matches that feature some of the best local players.

Brown retired from the South Carolina school system in 2013 when his wife, Sonja, accepted a marketing director position at an electronics company in Hoboken, N.J. James Brown spent 17 years at Waccamaw and another six at Socastee.

He led the Warriors boys and girls tennis teams to eight combined Class AA state team titles and members of those teams to nine individual tournament state titles.

Since leaving the area, Brown has continued his annual Ashley G. Ride each summer. The bike treks have raised money in memory of former Warriors tennis player Ashley Gaines, who died in 2008 from Diffuse Large B Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.