Defending state champion Myrtle Beach opened the 2019 preseason as the top-ranked team in Class 4A, while defending Class A state champion Green Sea Floyds chimed in at No. 2 in that division.
The media poll, made up of members of various outlets across the state, also credited several other local squads for the initial SCHSL rankings for this fall.
North Myrtle Beach enters the season at No. 6 in Class 4A, while three other Horry County programs received votes in their respective classifications. Carolina Forest and Conway fell into the receiving votes category in Class 5A, while Aynor did the same in Class 3A.
As far as the two defending champions, their preseason rankings were based in large part to what they have coming back. The Seahawks picked up all 12 first-place votes for the poll. Green Sea Floyds also led Class A in first-place votes with eight. However, the overall tally leaned slightly in favor of Lamar, the team the Trojans defeated in last year’s state title game.
The next polls will be released on Aug. 27.
1. Dutch Fork (12)
3. Fort Dorchester
9. River Bluff
Others receiving votes: West Florence, Carolina Forest, Summerville, Berkeley, Conway, Boiling Springs
1. Myrtle Beach (12)
5. Ridge View
6. North Myrtle Beach
7. South Pointe
8. North Augusta
9. Belton Honea Path
Others receiving votes: Westwood, Bluffton, Wren, York, Brookland-Cayce, Greenville, Marlboro County, Eastside
1. Chester (8)
2. Dillon (3)
3. Chapman (1)
4. Union County
5. Strom Thurmond
6. May River
7. Fairfield Central
8. Wade Hampton (H)
Others receiving votes: Newberry, Gilbert, Pendleton, Hanahan, Southside, Aynor, Cheraw, Broome, Manning
1. Abbeville (12)
4. (tie) Gray Collegiate, Southside Christian
7. Carvers Bay
8. Oceanside Collegiate
Others receiving votes- Pageland Central, Woodland, Ninety-Six, North Central, Mullins, Whale Branch, Lee Central, Fox Creek, Blacksburg
1. Lamar (3)
2. Green Sea Floyds (8)
3. Wagener-Salley (1)
4. Lake View
5. Baptist Hill
7. Ridge Spring-Monetta
9. (tie) Blackville-HIlda, McBee
Others receiving votes- Williston-Elko, McCormick, C.E. Murray, Bethune-Bowman, Great Falls, St. John’s, Cross, Whitmire.
The 2019 South Carolina media voters: Chris Dearing, The State; Lou Bezjak, The State; Travis Jenkins, Chester News & Reporter; Jed Blackwell, Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Geoff Preston, Greenville News; Chris Burgin, 100.1 The Fan; Ian Guerin, MyHorryNews.com; Kyle Dawson, Aiken Standard; Scott Chancey, Florence Morning News; Justin Jarrett, Lowcountry Sports; ; Dennis Brunson, Sumter Item; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier.