High School Football

High school notebook: Still taking over at Green Sea Floyds

Green Sea Floyds has hired former Barnwell coach Joey Still to replace Wayne Williamson, who resigned as the school's head football coach after last season.

Trojans athletic director Doug Hinson thinks he has found a coach who will put his heart into his players and the community.

"The one thing that really got me about him was the fact that he is all about the getting the team to be a family," Hinson said. "The one that sits on the bench is just as important as the all-star.

"Coaches have a charisma about them, he has that confidence," Hinson added. "He had all the right words to say as far as building a family with his team."

Hinson said he also liked that Still has an extensive background as an offensive line coach and is coming from an established program.

Still, who will be coming to campus next week, was 28-28 in five seasons at Barnwell, and has served as an assistant at Blackville-Hilda and Berkeley.

Still experienced some controversy during his stint as head coach in Barnwell. Last season the Warhorses were forced to forfeit a pair of games because of an ineligible player and missed the playoffs for the first time in five years. A player who had exceeded eight semesters of high school was allowed to participate in a game, incurring a $300 fine from the S.C. High School League and forcing the forfeits.

"I liked the fact that when he found out about it, he turned himself in," Hinson said.

In 2008 a Barnwell player died of complications from heat stroke.

Still resigned from Barnwell on Jan. 15, and told the The People-Sentinel, Barnwell's local paper, "My family and I are going to start a new chapter in our lives. I feel that God's got a plan for me. We are not limited to where we can go."

Chiefs' search getting started

North Myrtle Beach is still in the process of narrowing its list of applicants to replace former football coach Denver Cromer, who resigned in January after compiling a 24-32 record in five seasons at the school.

"We just started the process. We had about 80 applicants,"' North Myrtle Beach athletic director Joe Quigley said. "We are going to narrow that down this week."

Quigley said he had originally hoped to name a replacement for Cromer by March 1, but that deadline is unlikely at this point.

"We plan to do 10-15 interviews," Quigley said. "We have had applicants from far west, south and up and down the East Coast. We are excited. I think we have a good pool of applicants and I think good things are going to happen at North Myrtle Beach."

All-region honors

A handful of players from the top-ranked the Myrtle Beach Seahawks highlight the 2009-2010 All-Region VII-AAA girls basketball team.

Khadijah Sessions, Shatia Cole and Tanisha Brown of Myrtle Beach join North Myrtle Beach's Taylor Allman and Lake City's Shanice Cooper on the first team.

Sessions was named the region's player of the year, Allman is the newcomer of the year, and Myrtle Beach coach Brian Kiper was the coach of the year.

First team: Khadijah Sessions, Myrtle Beach; Shatia Cole, Myrtle Beach; Tanisha Brown, Myrtle Beach; Taylor Allman, North Myrtle Beach; Shanice Cooper, Lake City

Second team: Kourtney McFadden, Lake City; Molly Waxenfelter, Socastee; Ariel Reeves, Socastee; Antoinette Vereen, North Myrtle Beach; Stephanie Roberts, St. James

Third team: Sherina Singletary, Lake City; Brianna Dickerson, St. James; D.J. Hunter, Myrtle Beach; Ebonie Blackmon, North Myrtle Beach; Raven Smith, Georgetown; Lateese Cooper, Lake City

Fan follies

The North Myrtle Beach-Socastee game last Tuesday was interrupted momentarily when a fan stepped off the home side of the bleachers onto the Braves' court. Play continued past her on an inbounds play, so the young lady quickly stepped into the mix of play, forcing an official timeout.

As the wayward fan was escorted from the game, North Myrtle Beach coaches questioned why Socastee wasn't given a technical foul.

An official explained the no-call at the scorer's table this way: "If that were the case, the North Myrtle coach could put one of his fans over there in a Socastee shirt and just give them a signal when they needed them."