High School Football

High school notebook: Conway coach Jordan gets head start on Shrine Bowl prep

This won't be Conway football coach Chuck Jordan's first all-star rodeo.

So he knows that while being named the head coach of the South Carolina Sandlappers for the 75th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star football game is a major honor, it's going to be anything but easy.

"The process has already started," Jordan said. "I've known about this for about a month. I think the other coaches who are on my staff have known for three weeks. We've got a meeting next weekend. We'll meet weekly until the team is selected."

Of course, the first order of business for Jordan and the staff of assistants from around the state will be to start getting names, film and positional needs for the game, which will take place Dec. 17 at Wofford College.

The staffs from both states will get together and decided offensive and defensive schemes, and Jordan and Co. will go to work getting the roster in line with that. The staff will begin to get a list of names to start paring down in the coming weeks, with the final roster will be released in early October.

This year's game may not have the overarching hype of this past year's game - which was bolstered by South Pointe defensive end and now USC Gamecock Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall high school recruit in the nation. Still, the overall talent level could be even higher for Jordan and North Carolina coach Mark Barnes (Crest).

"I know there's a [boat]-load of work to be done," Jordan said.

The longtime Conway coach previously was an assistant for the Shrine Bowl (1999). He also was the head coach of the SCADA North-South All-Star Game in 2003, as well as an assistant for that game in 1994.

His all-star coaching experience, though, isn't relegated to the high school ranks. In 1997, he served as an assistant for the NCAA Division II Snow Bowl, a college all-star game that was played in Fargo, N.D., along with members of his former coaching stop, Presbyterian.

"I think that any time your peers name you to something like that, it's an honor," Jordan said. "It's one of those things I think every coach aspires to."

Seahawks clean up postseason awards

As expected, the Myrtle Beach girls basketball team dominated the All-Region VIII-AAA team, with senior guard Shatia Cole taking home player of the year honors and Brian Kiper being named the region's coach of the year.

Socastee sophomore Blake Smith was selected as the region's newcomer of the year.

All told, four Seahawks were named to the All-Region teams. Cole, Khadijah Sessions and Tanisha Brown were included with the first team, and guard Keyaurna Wilson was named to the third team.

St. James forward Stephanie Roberts and North Myrtle Beach sophomore Taylor Allman rounded out the first team.

1st Team -Shatia Cole (Sr. - Myrtle Beach); Khadijah Sessions (Jr. - Myrtle Beach); Stephanie Roberts (Jr. - Saint James); Taylor Allman (So. - North Myrtle Beach); Tanisha Brown (So. - Myrtle Beach)

2nd Team-India Farmer (So. - North Myrtle Beach); Jasmyn Burch (So. - Wilson); Blake Smith (So. - Socastee); Adreanne Singleton (Sr. - Georgetown); Briahna Dickerson (Jr. - Saint James)

3rd Team-Tyeshia Allston (Jr. - Saint James); Raven Smith (So. - Georgetown); Maya Jackson (Fr. - Wilson); Sharissa Chestnut (Jr. - North Myrtle Beach); Keyaurna Wilson (Sr. - Myrtle Beach)

Another honor for Cole

Myrtle Beach guard Shatia Cole was also the lone area player selected to play in the Carolinas' All-Star Basketball Challenge.

The game, which will be played March 19 at Socastee High School, pits some of the best players from South Carolina against their counterparts from North Carolina. The game will be streamed live on the Beach Ball Classic's website, and it will air on a tape delay on multiple local stations.

All-Region VIII-AA selected

Aynor, Loris and Waccamaw each placed multiple players on the girls All-Region VIII-AA team.

The Lions' players included three seniors: forwards Katrina Bellamy and Antranette Green, as well as guard Sharece Bellamy.

Waccamaw senior guard Amber Williams and junior center Kacie Williams were named to the list, as were Aynor's Kiyana Rutledge and Keisha Green.

Marion's Candace Wright was named the region's player of the year, and Mullins' Myron Gerald was named the coach of the year.

North-South basketball roster

The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association has selected its rosters for the annual South Carolina North-South All-Star game, which will be held March 19 at North Myrtle Beach High School.

However, North Myrtle Beach's John Trussell, who will also be coaching the South team, said the association is going through the steps of getting confirmation from players before releasing the final roster. Hopefully, he said, that should be announced this week.

State wrestling individual qualifiers

While the team championships have been decided for the South Carolina wrestling playoffs, the individuals for the Lower State and Upper State qualifiers are still a day away from being named.

Coaches from around the state and the four classifications will be gathering today and Wednesday to determine not only the wrestlers, but their seeding, for the state semifinals.

Those will be held at a number of schools on Friday and Saturday. The winners this weekend with then advance to the Anderson Civic Center for next week's individual championships.