Prep notebook: Several area athletes to sign with colleges this week

For The Sun NewsApril 15, 2013 

Wednesday will mark the opening of the regular signing period for athletes around the country signing for the majority of NCAA sports.

This will include players who elected to not sign or who did not have scholarship offers early in the academic year. Along the Grand Strand, plenty of athletes will sign National Letters of Intent in the coming weeks, thus locking in their athletic futures.

One of those athletes, North Myrtle Beach’s Taylor Allman, had to decide between a handful of schools and two different sports. In the end, she went with Charleston Southern for volleyball after leading the Chiefs to the Class AAA state title earlier this school year.

“Charleston Southern had been looking at me for basketball since my sophomore year,” said Allman, who was named The Sun News Toast of the Coast Volleyball Player of the Year this fall before earning Toast honors for basketball. “I’ve visited, and I liked the small campus. After the state [volleyball] championship game, the coach gave me interest. It’s the right place for me. It’s where I want to be.”

Allman was receiving volleyball interest from The Citadel, Coastal Carolina, Queens and Catawba.

She said she plans to officially sign Wednesday. She’ll be joined by North Myrtle Beach classmates Jaquan Grissett and Joey Small in signing during the late period.

Grissett, who helped lead the Chiefs to the Region VII-AAA basketball title, has inked with Olney (Ill.) Central College. Small, who wrestled at 120 pounds this year, is signing with Coker College.

St. James will also add two more signees this week.

St. James baseball player Anders DeShields, who verbally committed to College of Charleston last year, will officially sign his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. Fellow Shark Lyle Ciardi will ink with Limestone for golf.

Those two athletes, as well as late football signee Austin Adams (Guilford) will participate in a ceremonial signing, likely sometime in May.

Conway soccer player Jess Glascow is expected to sign with Presbyterian, possibly as early as Wednesday.

Rain delays multiple games

The much anticipated matchup between Conway and West Florence baseball was postponed Monday following heavy rains that soaked the Tigers’ field. The teams will play the series opener at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Conway, which locked up a playoff berth with a victory over Sumter on Saturday, is competing for playoff positioning. West is in first place in Region VI-AAAA.

Pitching matchups were part of the draw of the original game date. The Tigers were expected to start junior ace Grant Holmes, who previously verbally committed to Florida. West Florence was expected to counter with Akeem Bostic, one of the highest pursued players in the state.

Either or both teams could change plans, however, with the three-game series being altered. The second game is slated to be played Wednesday at West Florence, with the third returning to Conway for Friday.

Carolina Forest also delayed what was supposed to be its Senior Day game Monday against Socastee. It was rescheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Area coaches will be hoping for nicer weather the rest of the week. Nearly every area baseball and softball region still has spots to be determined.

For a full list of region standings and games to watch the rest of the week, visit the Prep Talk blog at MyrtleBeachOnline.com.

Socastee football update

The process to replace now-former Socastee football coach Tim Renfrow has taken its next step.

The position has been officially posted through Horry County Schools, and it will remain open until April 23. At that point, assuming no unforeseen extensions, the names of all candidates who successfully completed the process will be turned over to a small selection committee.

That group will then conduct primary interviews before the final candidates interview with Socastee Principal Paul Browning. Late last month, Browning said he intends to have an offer made by mid-May and have someone in place by June 1, if not earlier.

Renfrow, who spent 10 seasons as the coach at Socastee, resigned his position to re-assume the duties of athletics director, which he will officially take on this week. Soon-to-be-former athletics director Dave Bennett’s last day at the school is slated for Thursday. At that point, Bennett will assume his new role as athletics director and football coach at the newly created River Bluff High School outside Columbia.

Contact IAN GUERIN at ian@ianguerin.com.

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