Awards continue to pour in for Hall

Sam Hall

The awards keep coming for Newberry College football standout Sam Hall.

The former Conway standout was recently named a first-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A biology major, Hall is the third Newberry football player to receive Academic All-America designation. He has a 4.0 cumulative grade point average.

Hall was named the inaugural recipient of the South Atlantic Conference’s Elite 18 Award for football this past month. The honor is given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA in each of the SAC’s 18 sports.

Hall started 10 of 12 games for Newberry this fall, grading out at over 80 percent and finishing with 15 pancake blocks. He also was part of an offensive line that set schools records for points per game, total offense and passing yardage.

Basketball League plans for new season

The Calvary Youth Basketball League’s Start Smart Programs, created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, is designed to build strong fundamental skills through drills, conditioning and game play for athletes in grades 3-6.

The league is a learning league and practices will consist of approximately 30 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of game time.

Basketball will start Jan. 14, 2017, and run for seven weeks at Calvary Bible Church & Christian School. Practices will meet from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings. Weekday practices will be added as the gym is available. Those practices will be announced at a later date but will be from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Calvary Christian School is located in the Socastee area, on S.C. 544. The cost for the seven-week program is $50 and includes a basketball jersey.

Contact the Calvary Bible Church & Christian School at (843) 650-2829.

Dove season continues

The 2016 South Carolina mourning dove season continues today-Jan. 15, 2017.

Legal hunting hours for mourning dove season are from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. The daily bag limit is 12 birds per day.

All information related to migratory bird hunting can be found in the SCDNR state regulation guide.

Beach Ball Classic coverage planned

HTC will provide streaming video online at www.htcconnect.com and television coverage at HTC Digital Cable Channel 4 of 20 Beach Ball Classic games Dec. 26-31 and one CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational Championship game on Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. The Carolina Women’s College Challenge game on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. with the Louisiana State University Lady Tigers versus the University of North Carolina Lady Tarheels will also be streamed live at www.htcconnect.com.

“HTC is proud to be the local partner to secure this unique connection for the Beach Ball Classic for the 12th consecutive year and, we are extremely excited about the live viewing option on Channel 4 again this year,” said Tom Vitt, HTC director of marketing. “Online viewership for the tournament has soared every year, and the 2015 Beach Ball Classic statistics indicated a record breaking high of more than 27,000 unique visitors in the United States and numerous international locations logged on to watch last year.”

“The partnership we have with HTC is extremely valuable to the Beach Ball Classic tournament and especially appreciated by the family members, friends and high school basketball fans who are unable to travel to Myrtle Beach over the holidays,” said John Rhodes, Beach Ball Classic executive director. “We are amazed each year by the online viewership numbers, and last year thousands of fans around the world in 40 foreign countries and 49 states took advantage of this inimitable opportunity made possible by HTC. We hope local hoops fans will be with us at the Convention Center for the games, but if they are unable to attend, we encourage everyone to watch online and on television this year.”

The 2015 games were viewed all over the United States and numerous international locations including Canada, China, Mexico, Spain, U.K., Germany, Taiwan, South Africa and Russia.

All live and archived video will be available via the internet at www.htcconnect.com. Fans can also view the games by visiting the Beach Ball Classic website at www.beachballclassic.com and clicking on the “Live Webcast” link. A complete schedule for all events is available at www.beachballclassic.com.

Access will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Each championship bracket game will be recorded, archived and available for viewing after the game.

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