|By Trenton Smith, North Myrtle Beach Online.com
NOVEMBER 25, 2009 NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC ―Chief basketball looks strong this year, losing only two seniors after last year’s season (Dorian Leland and AJ Hall).
The team has been driven primarily by young talent in recent years, with the majority of members being underclassmen. Many of the boys have played together for quite some time through AAU basketball, and this year that may just pay off.
Based on last year’s roster, the returning seniors include Timmane Bellamy, Bashawn Lewis, Chris Walker, and Kris Gore. Juniors include, again based on last year’s roster, Jeff Craven, Timmy Bellamy, BJ Bellamy, and Temarrick Hemingway.
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What makes this year’s sophomores impressive, besides their talent, is their size. Although there are only three sophomores, they all stand at over six feet, two inches. The sophomores include Greg Wilson, Dylan, Poston, and Davis Trussell (possibly others). Going into region games last year, the boys had a 9-6 record, defeating teams from the larger 4A division. In fact, the Chiefs posted a 2-0 record against Conway, beating them in back to back games 54-46 and 56-48.
There is also a solid group of freshman moving up this year. In fact, the “b-team” carried ten eighth graders last year, meaning that the team will be strong for years to come. Good luck to the North Myrtle Beach Varsity and Junior Varsity basketball teams!
Editor’s note: Trenton Smith is the latest addition to our news staff and fills a very important need – covering local high school sports. Smith is a Junior at North Myrtle Beach High School, a Renaissance Scholar and a member of the school’s Mock Trial team. The Mock Trial team won the regional competition and advanced to the state where they lost to Fort Mill and Bob Jones High School. He also plays outfield for the Chief's baseball team.