Kick-Off Classic high
school football returns
By Chris Crowl
Football is back on the menu, and “hungry” Horry County football fans will have their plates full on Aug. 14 when The Conway National Bank Kickoff Classic makes its annual return.
“This 26th anniversary edition of the CNB Kickoff Classic will continue a long and valued tradition of assembling with students and supporters of the 10 area high schools to celebrate the arrival of a new school year and the start of a new football season,” said CNB President Jennings Duncan. “We applaud and congratulate these young athletes, their coaches and schools as they exhibit the results of intense preparation, conditioning, athletic ability and teamwork.”
This year’s event will be held on Aug. 14 at the E. Craig Wall Jr. Memorial Stadium on the Conway High School campus beginning at 6 p.m.
Aynor will test Myrtle Beach in the opener, followed by Socastee versus Waccamaw, Green Sea Floyds versus St. James, Carolina Forest versus Loris and North Myrtle Beach versus Conway. The home teams will be Aynor, Waccamaw, St. James, Loris and Conway.
Pre-sale tickets are $5 and may be purchased at all CNB locations. Tickets will be $6 at the gate. Proceeds will be evenly divided between the participating schools.
“The Conway Tigers are excited to host the 2015 CNB Kickoff Classic in the backyard,” Conway Coach Chuck Jordan said. “Conway has been a great football community since its inaugural season in 1923. Our kids know that we represent the great tradition that has been established by the likes of H.K. Sanders in 1923, Buddy Sasser in the 60s, Julius Derrick in the 70s and so many others. To maintain and protect that tradition is both a challenge and a calling. The Conway National Bank also espouses an unparalleled tradition of community, tested and established over time.”
Aynor Coach Jody Jenerette said it would be hard to find anyone in the state who does a better job than CNB when it comes to paying attention to all the details necessary in putting on a first-class event. Like Jordan, Jenerette is excited the Kickoff Classic is being held in Conway.
“It’s a big deal for our kids,” Jenerette said. “It’s good it’s close to home. We play Myrtle Beach in the first game. It’s easy. You pull up, play and either go home or stay and watch some of the opponents that you’ll see during the season.”
“We are very fortunate to have CNB to put on the Kickoff Classic for our program and our community,” Carolina Forest Coach Marc Morris said. “This is a great opportunity to get the different communities of Horry County together to support our local schools and high school football. Our players and coaches look forward to participating in the event each year. Thanks, CNB, for all that you do for Carolina Forest High School and promoting high school football.”
Myrtle Beach Coach Mickey Wilson said the CNB Kickoff Classic is an exciting event as well as a great way to start a new football season and a new school year.
“CNB’s generosity and support allows our athletes, students and communities the opportunity to gather and catch a glimpse of the talents and abilities of each team as we enter into a new season,” Wilson said. “The Myrtle Beach Seahawks and the Myrtle Beach community look forward to this event every year.”
Loris Coach Jamie Snider said the Kickoff Classic is a great community event that brings all the schools and fans together to enjoy the start of the 2015 football season.
“I think the kids really look forward to playing in the Kickoff Classic because of the great atmosphere provided by The Conway National Bank and the large crowd makes it exciting and electric,” Snider said. “On top of this the fans get a preview of their team as well as the other teams in the county making it a great event for all involved. Many thanks to The Conway National Bank for hosting this first-class event.”
Green Sea Floyds Coach Tony Sullivan said CNB does a great job with the Kickoff Classic.
“On behalf of the Green Sea Floyds football program and community, I would like to say that we are honored to be able to participate in such a great event sponsored by CNB,” Sullivan said. “CNB does a great job promoting and running this event. I believe that for Horry County this event is special because we see all the schools play on the same night. Everyone at CNB does a great job making this event successful.”
St. James Coach Robby Brown said the night is good for not only the football team, but also the entire school and community.
“On behalf of the entire St. James High School family, we would like to thank The Conway National Bank for its support of high school athletics over the last 25 years,” Brown said. “The players, cheerleaders, band, staff, parents and fans are truly blessed to be able to kick off the 2015 football season in a venue filled with excited student-athletes, dedicated fans and supportive community members.”
Waccamaw Coach Tyronne Davis looks forward to participating in the Kickoff Classic each year.
“The Waccamaw football team, school and community would like to thank The Conway National Bank for giving us the opportunity to participate in the Kickoff Classic,” he said. “Our team, coaches and fans look forward to this event each year. What an awesome way to jumpstart the 2015 high school football season!”
North Myrtle Beach Coach Blair Hardin is excited about bringing his Chiefs to Conway.
“Our Chiefs football program and community look forward each year to participating in the Kickoff Classic,” he said. “It’s a great, high-energy venue that excites our area for the upcoming season.”
Socastee Coach Doug Illing said the showcase event helps promote football throughout the area.
“I want to thank The Conway National Bank for putting on an awesome football event for the Myrtle Beach area to view,” Illing said. “We are very excited to participate in this year’s Conway National Bank Kickoff Classic. This is a great way to showcase the talented local football players and promote the sport of football in the Myrtle Beach area in one location.”
CNB Vice President and longtime Kickoff Classic Coordinator Mitch Godwin said the bank sponsors the event for the community’s benefit.
“It’s like a big reunion because people from different areas of the community get to spend one Friday night together enjoying high school football,” he said. “It’s clean, wholesome family entertainment.”
Bank teams up with miracle
leagues' fall baseball opener
Bank teams up with miracle leagues’ fall baseball opener
South Atlantic Bank is proud to sponsor the Grand Strand Miracle Leagues’ Fall Baseball Opener for the sixth consecutive year.
In an effort to raise funds for the organization, the bank is hosting a raffle for a 16 GB Apple iPad Air ®. Tickets are one for $5 or three for $10 and are available from staff members at all South Atlantic Bank locations. The drawing will take place at the Fall Baseball Opener on Thursday, Sept. 10.
The event begins at 6 p.m. with opening ceremonies and is followed by the start of the ball game at 6:20 p.m. The game will run until 7:30 p.m. A barbecue dinner will also be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. Games are held at the James C. Benton Miracle League Field in the Pepper Geddings Recreational Complex at Oak Street and 33rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. The public is invited to attend.
The Miracle Leagues organization was founded in 2001 to provide people with special needs the opportunity to play baseball. The rules are simple – everyone plays, everyone crosses home plate, everyone wins. The organization expanded in 2011 to include soccer, and in 2013 added the All-Star Park, an all-access playground. New to the organization this year is a golf program.
For more information about the Grand Strand Miracle Leagues, visit GrandStrandMiracleLeague.com or call 843-448-7712.
To make a donation, visit any South Atlantic Bank location. Donors are invited to sign baseballs for display at the offices. For more information about donating, call 843-839-0100 or visit SouthAtlanticBank.com.