MYRTLE BEACH -- South Pointe defensive back DeVonte Holloman got one of the biggest honors bestowed on an SCADA North-South All-Star Football Game player.
His North teammates voted him their defensive captain for today's game at Doug Shaw Stadium.
The team escorts, Tommy Mitchell, Frank Hill and Joe Farmer, gave each player a ballot Thursday after returning from an outing to Medieval Times and told them they'd be by later to pick them up.
The players chose Chesnee quarterback Cedric Proctor as the offensive captain.
The South vote came down to the wire and the one selected was in a three-way tie with one ballot left. Conway defensive lineman Erskine Johnson was named defensive captain on the final vote recorded.
The South's offensive captain is Lake View's Paul Thompson.
The $500 Doug Shaw Memorial Scholarships went to the North's Tristen Bellemy from Strom Thurmond and Irmo's Nathan Dorton for the South.
• EVERGREEN: OK, all of you folks in Rock Hill, pay close attention.
Myrtle Beach High School's Doug Shaw Stadium is undergoing a major renovation and will soon become one of the best in the state.
The district has already spent $3.1 million installing artificial turf, a jumbotron scoreboard that displays replays, game stats and advertising along with the regular staples.
But the work is not done. The next phase is to build a new side where the visitors sit and a new press box. Myrtle Beach coach Scott Earley said when the project is finished, the total coast will be $4.5 million.
• COLORS: The South is this year's home team and will wear its red home jerseys.
The North, which wears blue when it's the home team, will wear the white visitors jersey.
• FUN: The players have had a ball this week, and the game sponsors have made sure they had plenty to do when not practicing.
They dined at many of the local eateries and spent time checking out the sights and sounds of Myrtle Beach, wrapping it up with a game of miniature golf on Friday.
• RIPPING: Practice was held Friday morning, even though it looked like they might not have another before today's game.
There was a change in venue, but not high school gyms as was the case Thursday.
The teams practiced at the youth baseball complex funded by Hall of Fame baseball player Cal Ripken Jr. He has built the complexes across the county and has formed many different baseball leagues.
The fields have turf instead of grass, separated from the outfields by a warning track. There are batting cages, a pro shop and a restaurant.
The teams were at the baseball complex because Myrtle Beach's Class AAA state championship team was being honored at Doug Shaw Stadium. The players and coaches were introduced to the students and anyone who wished to attend, and Earley draped their medals around their necks.
Barry Byers • 329-4099 | firstname.lastname@example.org