High School Football

Area briefs: Myrtle Beach lineman Rexroad commits to play college football at Middle Tennessee

Myrtle Beach High School offensive lineman Jason Rexroad has committed to play college football at Middle Tennessee.

"It was kind of the whole package for me," Rexroad said of what compelled him to commit to Middle Tennessee. "They have a great coaching staff and a great program on the rise. ... It was pretty much the perfect storm with me."

Middle Tennessee is part of the FBS Sun Belt Conference. The Blue Raiders went 10-3 last season and beat Southern Miss in the New Orleans Bowl.

Rexroad said the Middle Tennessee coaches plan to play him at offensive tackle.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman also had offers from Elon and Florida International.

For more on this story, check the high school blog "Prep Talk" at the sunnews.com/sports.

College men's tennis

Andy Caress, who played tennis for Coastal Carolina from 2004-2007 and ranks tied for 10th on the Chanticleers' all-time doubles wins list, died Wednesday from melanoma at the age of 25.

Caress recorded 43 doubles victories with the Chants and was also a four-time ITA Scholar-Athlete Award honoree, recording at least a 3.5 GPA throughout his college. He was diagnosed with melanoma, a form of skin cancer, in November of 2008 and started the "Mela-KNOW-More Foundation" [www.mela-know-more.org] to help spread awareness of the seriousness of the disease.

"Everyone who came in contact with Andy during his time at Coastal Carolina was truly blessed," Coastal Carolina tennis coach Chris Powers said. "He had a heart of gold among friends and teammates, but he was also a tenacious competitor on the court. I will never forget his incredible sense of humor, his unique laugh, and that big warm smile. He was a true champion in every sense of word, and he never let a terrible disease affect an indomitable human spirit."

College women's

track & field

The Coastal Carolina women's track and field team was named to the 2010 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team for the eighth consecutive year.

Teams must have a collective GPA of 3.0 or higher to garner the honor. The Chanticleers had a 3.158 combined GPA and had 19 athletes make the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.

College volleyball

Coastal Carolina has hired Pavlina Steffkova as an assistant volleyball coach.

Steffkova, a 2007 National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame inductee, comes to Coastal Carolina after two seasons on Alabama's staff. She also has coached at Birmingham-Southern - as the head coach - Arkansas and Tennessee-Martin.

Pro golf

Pawleys Island's Jeremy Pope shot a 3-under 69 and was tied for 37th after two rounds of the eGolf Tour Championship at Spring Creek Golf Club.

Pope, who had an even-par 144 total, was 15 strokes behind leader Tadd Fujikawa (64), who leads the field by three strokes.

Junior golf

Chapin's Wesley Bryan shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the SCGA's 79th Annual Amateur Championship at Columbia Country Club.

Myrtle Beach's William Nisbet (72) and Phil Pfeiffer (76), and Pawleys Island's Tee Opperman (79) were in the field.

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