▪ Consistency has been key for the Socastee boys golf team.
On Tuesday, all four of the Braves’ finishers were within four strokes of each other as Socastee picked up wins over Conway and Aynor at Prestwick in the regular season finale.
“Our team has played very consistently,” Braves coach David Crouch said. “Nobody played great [Tuesday], but everybody played well. We have some young guys stepping up and we’re hoping to continue our good play.”
Freshman Lance Vu has stepped up for Socastee all year and Tuesday was no different as he earned medalist honors, firing a 5-over 41.
“Lance Vu, specifically, has been extremely consistent all season for us,” Crouch said.
Crouch said his team has been on a steady incline and hopes to keep it up as the Region VII-AAA tournament nears.
“There has been a fair amount [of improvement],” Crouch said. “As far as how low they can go with their scores, not necessarily. Again, it’s just our consistency, really. … We’re really looking forward to regions and we really think we can advance to Lower States.”
▪ Team scores: Socastee 173, Conway 182, Aynor 196.
▪ SOCASTEE (173): Lance Vu 41, Chap Hutchinson 43, Greg Thompson 44, Shane Peters 45.
▪ CONWAY (182): Brady Fulmer 42, Connor Thomas 44, Jay McDowell 46, Graham Anderson 51.
▪ AYNOR (196): Braeden Barnett 45, Max Roberts 47, Owen Barnhill 51, Dalton Gasque 53.
▪ Records: Socastee 8-4.
▪ Despite a 1-under round from sophomore Matthew Griego, North Myrtle Beach (161) fell to both Myrtle Beach (157) and Waccamaw – which took first place (152) – at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club on Tuesday.
Patrick Golden shot a 1-over 37 to lead the Warriors, while Will Canipe and Jackson Cole each shot 38 for Waccamaw.
Meanwhile, Kohler Karavan was at even-par for the round with a 36 to lead Myrtle Beach.
▪ Team scores: Waccamaw 152, Myrtle Beach 157, North Myrtle Beach 161.
▪ WACCAMAW (152): Patrick Golden 37, Will Canipe 38, Jackson Cole 38, Trey Salley 39.
▪ MYRTLE BEACH (157): Kohler Karavan 36, Holden Griggs 40, Seth Boyce 40, JD Goodens 41.
▪ NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (161): Matthew Griego 35, McClure Thompson 41, Jake Dupuis 42, David Lamb 43
▪ (At) North Myrtle Beach 6, Conway 1 | Ingryd Garcia had two goals and an assist to lead the Chiefs to a lopsided win over the Tigers.
Renea Urbaniak had two goals and Hadley Hudson added a goal, while Taylor Monahan had a goal and an assist for North Myrtle Beach. Meanwhile, Krista Drozdowski, Brooke Kennedy, and Sarai Cardoza each added an assist in the win.
Track and field
▪ The Myrtle Beach boys and North Myrtle Beach girls track and field teams took first place, respectively, in the Region VII-AAA meet Tuesday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.
St. James fell just short with the boys and girls teams each finishing in second place, respectively.
“It was a real good showing. I’m proud of how our athletes competed today,” Sharks coach Jacob Scheuer said. “The boys were hoping to be region champs, but just fell a little short and the girls battled as hard as they could, as well.”
Senior Ethan Epstein led Myrtle Beach boys with first-place finishes in the 800-meter, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter dash events, and also helped the 3,200-meter relay team to a victory as well. Daniel Shabanoff (long jump) and Malik Burgess (discus) also finished first in their respective events to help the Seahawks.
Junior Tre Myers broke a St. James school record in the 400m hurdles (0:56.21), and also took first in the 110-meter hurdles event with a time of 0:15.76.
“In the 400 hurdles, [Myers] finished sixth at the state meet the past two years. We want him to shatter that this year,” Scheuer said. “He was kind of upset he didn’t get better [last year]. But he’s been neck-and-neck with the No. 1 guy in the state all year and we’re hoping he runs a nice clean race and takes home a state championship.”
Myers was also part of the St. James 1,600-meter relay team, which picked up a victory as well. Scheuer is hoping the squad can ride the momentum.
“In the past, the 1,600-meter relay team has always done great and they really turned it on tonight,” he said. “We’re really hoping they get to the state finals as well. Last year, they finished fifth and hoping to improve greatly.”
Senior Jelin Bellamy was St. James’ only other winner Tuesday as he took first in the 400-meter dash (0:50.75).
“Jelin is looking to make it back to the state finals,” Scheuer said. “He finished fourth last year, and we’re hoping he gets higher up on the podium as well.”
On the girls’ side, Alexus Alston continued her dominance as she picked up wins in each the 100-meter dash (0:12.78), 100-meter hurdles (0:15.81), 400-meter hurdles (1:10.59), and triple jump (34-09 1/2).
Ka’Mauri Humes finished first in the 200-meter dash (0:27.08), and Kelsey Glover was first in the 1,600-meter dash (5:53.39).
“They have really been coming alive,” Scheuer said of the trio of Alston, Humes and Glover.
Abigail Rumpf set a school record in the high jump with a leap of four feet, 10 inches. Meanwhile, Felicity Weber was the only other St. James athlete to pick up a victory as she placed first in the pole vault (8 feet, 6 inches).
St. James senior Tyree Rutledge finished fourth in the boys high jump with a leap of six feet, and set a school record.
Scheuer said the Sharks are ready for the state qualifier at Lower Richland on May 7, and the state finals May 14 at Spring Valley.
“We’re excited for the state qualifier coming up,” Scheuer said. “We’ll have a lot of athletes in there and hopefully they move onto the state finals and have good showings.”
▪ Team scores: 1. Myrtle Beach (143), 2. St. James (119.5), 3. Wilson (92), 4. Lake City (71), 5. Georgetown (61), 6. North Myrtle Beach (55.5).
▪ 400m relay: Lake City 0:43.46; 1,600m relay: St. James 3:33.25; 3,200m relay: Myrtle Beach 8:46.19; 100m: Jalen Barr (LC) 0:11.19; 110m hurdles: Tre Myers (SJ) 0:15.76; 200m: Dontavias Hughes (WIL) 0:22.42; 400m: Jelin Bellamy (SJ) 0:50.75; 400m hurdles: Tre Myers (SJ) 0:56.21; 800m: Ethan Epstein (MB) 2:06.73; 1,600m: Ethan Epstein (MB) 4:44.97; 3,200m: Ethan Epstein (MB) 10:15.62; Long jump: Daniel Shabanoff (MB) 20-06.5; Pole vault: Matthew Taylor (NMB) 11-0; Triple jump: Xavier Thompson (GT) 44-01.5; High jump: Reginald Point (GT) 6-04; Discus: Malik Burgess (MB) 123-02; Shot put: John Foster (SJ) 42-09.
▪ Team scores: 1. North Myrtle Beach (185), 2. St. James (155), 3. Wilson (75), 4. Myrtle Beach (65), 5. Lake City (45), 6. Georgetown (24).
▪ 400m relay: North Myrtle Beach 0:50.05; 1,600m relay: North Myrtle Beach 4:19.02; 3,200m relay: North Myrtle Beach 10:55.79; 100m: Alexus Alston (SJ) 0:12.78; 100m hurdles: Alexus Alston (SJ) 0:15.81; 200m: Ka’Mauri Humes (SJ) 0:27.08; 400m: Kennedy Beach (GT) 1:00.25; 400m hurdles: Alexus Alston (SJ) 1:10.59; 800m: Jenna Downey (NMB) 2:34.02; 1,600m: Kelsey Glover (SJ) 5:53.39; 3,200m: Wilson Jenerette (NMB) 13:25.17; Long jump: Rekirah McBride (WIL) 15-06.75; Pole vault: Felicity Weber (SJ) 8-06; Triple jump: Alexus Alston (SJ) 34-09.5; High jump: Abigail Rumpf (SJ) 4-10; Discus: Alexis Leonhardt (NMB) 84-09; Shot put: Keturah Hunter (WIL) 30-05.