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High school notebook: Quigley, Benton to make Strand return for camp

North Myrtle Beach native Ryan Quigley holds for Bears kicker Robbie Gould.
North Myrtle Beach native Ryan Quigley holds for Bears kicker Robbie Gould. Associated Press file photo

Ryan Quigley has made various monetary donations to organizations and school groups in and around North Myrtle Beach since he became a professional football player more than three years ago.

This week, he’s making another return trip to his hometown for some face time.

Quigley and former Myrtle Beach kicker Spencer Benton will be joined by former Boston College kicker Steve Aponavicius and former Boston College long snapper Sean Flaherty for their annual special teams camp. It will take place Friday and Saturday at North Myrtle Beach High School.

“You can do both. Both are beneficial. But it’s a little bit more when you do it in person,” Quigley said Monday. “When I was a kid, that always meant more to me.”

The 2008 North Myrtle Beach graduate led the state as a senior by averaging 46 yards per punt on 27 attempts. He then went on to a successful career at Boston College before signing with Chicago as a free agent in 2012. The following spring, he found a home with the Jets.

In two seasons with New York, the 6-foot-3, 188-pounder has recorded 150 punts.

Benton, who set the Clemson record for longest field goal, graduated from Myrtle Beach in 2007 and played briefly with the Dallas Cowboys. Aponavicius’ story gained national attention after he was spotted kicking field goals at the school, earned a walk-on spot on the team and eventually set the school’s all-time scoring mark. Flaherty played in 46 games in four seasons during his time at Boston College.

“For us, we have a great group of guys we’ve done it with,” Quigley said. “We all have different stories of how we got to where our careers went.

“We want to go there, teach, have fun with the kids. If we can motivate any kids to continue to pursue it, that’s what its for.”

The camp is open to all seventh-12th graders. The cost is $75. All proceeds go to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. It will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day, and lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register, contact North Myrtle Beach Athletics Director Joe Quigley at jquigley@horrycountyschools.net.

Carolina Forest seeking new lacrosse coach

Carolina Forest will be entering its second year of a full varsity program with a new coach.

Adam Gross, who led the program from its club days into a South Carolina High School League sport, resigned after taking another job that doesn’t allow him the time to remain with the team.

The Panthers will be entering their fourth season in 2015-2016. “I just couldn’t give the time that needs to commit. It wouldn’t be fair to the program,” Gross said. “… Next year is going to be the best year they’ve had.”

The supplemental position has been posted through Horry County Schools, and the closing date for applications is June 23.

Gross won’t be stepping away from the sport entirely. Along with Waccamaw coach Marc Frechette and Socastee’s Matt Fox, he has restarted the Swamp Fox Lax Militia, an offseason, multi-state program for boys aged 13-18 and girls aged 14-18. More information on those programs can be found at swampfoxlax.weebly.com.

Carvers Bay summer hoops League concluding

The final day of the Carvers Bay Summer League will wrap up on Tuesday, with games being played at two locations throughout the day.

The annual event, which includes area teams from Horry and Georgetown Counties, will commence at 8 a.m. at Carvers Bay High School and 8:30 a.m. at Carvers Bay Middle School. Teams from Aynor, Carvers Bay, Conway, Georgetown, St. James and Waccamaw will all suit up Tuesday.

The amended games are fast-paced, as they consist of two 20-minute, running-clock halves. Admission is free, and concessions are available at both sites.

Also this week, Carvers Bay will be hosting its inaugural Father’s Day at the Bay camp, a father-son/mentor-mentee teaching workshop co-hosted by the Manzer Basketball Academy, the Carvers Bay Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Georgetown County Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Those wishing to pre-register for the camp can do so by contacting Bears coach Jeff Mezzatesta at 655-6581.

College signing

St. James baseball player Nick DelBianco has signed to continue his career at USC-Salkehatchie.

DelBianco, a shortstop and second baseman, helped the Sharks to a second-place finish in Region VII-AAA by hitting .281 and adding five RBIs and seven runs as a senior. He had his best offensive game of the year in the opening round of the playoffs, a 5-2 victory over Swansea, when he went three-for-four.

Contact IAN GUERIN at ian@ianguerin.com.

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