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Fire damage to your home is one of the most traumatizing, frightening tragedies a person can experience. This is especially true in apartment buildings and multifamily homes, where dozens if not hundreds of families are affected by fire and smoke damage. When a fire rips through an apartment building, the property damage can be catastrophic. But the damage caused by fires doesn't end once the flames have been extinguished. Victims are left wondering what happens next now that their belongings are destroyed. When will they have a roof over their again?

In these circumstances, prompt, purpose-driven fire damage restoration is key to reducing victims' financial and emotional strain.

The National Fire Protection Association states that a structure fire is reported every 65 seconds. When the fire alarm sounds, emergency responders answer the call for help with decisive action. But once the smoke clears, Atlas National Renovations' team of fire restoration experts step in to give hope to property managers, apartment tenants, and commercial property owners.

With decades of combined experience in disaster recovery, ANR understands the complexities associated with commercial and apartment building fires. We have helped the top multifamily groups in Texas recover their tenants' homes and belongings with care and compassion. If you're a property manager and you're still reeling from a fire disaster, know that we're here to help you too.

At Atlas National Renovations, our expert project managers and technicians play key roles in complicated fire restoration projects. We specialize in restoring Class A, B, and C properties like apartment complexes, high-rise buildings, multifamily buildings, mixed-use developments, large commercial properties, and more.

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If you're looking for a top-tier fire damage restoration company in Parker, look no further than ANR. We're the top pick when it comes to large, detailed fire restoration projects because we:

  • Are a Trusted Partner in Restoration and Disaster Recovery
  • Adhere to OSHA Standards and State & Federal Regulations
  • Use the Latest Equipment & Remediation Techniques
  • Offer Innovative Solutions to Detailed Problems
  • Provide Seasoned Project Managers for Each Fire Restoration Project
  • Give Clients Clear and Consistent Communication
  • Work with Insurance Companies
  • Have a Knowledgeable & Courteous Leadership Team

Fire Damage Restoration for Apartment Buildings in Parker, TX

Owners and managers of apartment complexes know that the safety of their tenants is a major responsibility. Unfortunately, nobody can completely control when apartment fires occur. Fires in apartments and multifamily buildings may start small, but they spread quickly, often destroying several living spaces. These frightening fires destroy prized heirlooms, important documents, and can even be fatal. However, the work is only beginning once the fire is put out and lives are saved.

In the aftermath of a disaster, figuring out the next steps is hard. During this difficult time, it's important to be prepared. As a property manager or owner, having a fire damage restoration company on your checklist of resources is crucial.

Unlike residential fires, apartment and multifamily building fires add several more layers of complexity and stress. In these situations, you deserve a restoration partner that you can trust without question, and that company is Atlas National Renovations.

Disaster Recovery Parker, TX

With years of experience guiding our technicians and project managers, the ANS team responds quickly to your fire damage emergency. Using advanced protocols and state-of-the-art restoration equipment, we get to work quickly to repair and restore your commercial property to its pre-loss condition. While restoring your property, we always keep your tenant's care and comfort in mind.

Our fire restoration services in Parker are comprehensive and include the following:

  • Rapid Mobilization and Response
  • Overall Catastrophe Management
  • Emergency Board-Up Services
  • Debris Removal and Disposal
  • Apartment Content Inventory and Cleaning
  • Soot and Smoke Removal Services
  • Water Extraction
  • Deodorization
  • HVAC Cleaning and Decontamination
  • Shoring Installment to Secure Buildings
  • Interior & Exterior Renovations

Our Fire Damage Restoration Process

It's imperative to have someone with knowledge and experience on your side during a fire crisis.

When you call ANS, our fire restoration experts can help walk you through the steps you need to take once a fire occurs. This allows us to quickly gain control of the restoration project on your behalf. Once we have inspected your property, we'll provide a detailed report and scope of work for your fire damage restoration project.

ANS repairs all property damage caused by soot, smoke, and fire. Our IICRC-certified fire restoration teams construct the best plan to quickly get your building back to its pre-loss condition.

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Because every property is different, each fire restoration project for apartment buildings is too. However, every fire disaster will have a similar process and will often include:

Contact ANS

Your fire restoration process begins when you call our headquarters. Our specialist will ask you a series of questions about the fire event that occurred. That way, we can arrive on-site with the proper resources and equipment.

Fire Damage Assessment
and Inspection

Our fire damage restoration team will carefully inspect the entirety of your apartment complex, from building to building and room to room. We do so to determine the extent of your apartment's fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a comprehensive restoration plan.

Board-Up Services

First responders like firefighters must break windows and cut holes in roofs to slow fire growth and save lives. Once the fire is out, our team can get to work, boarding up holes and constructing temporary fencing around the property.

Water Removal

If there is water damage associated with your apartment fire, we'll remove most of the water immediately. From there, we use air movers and dehumidifiers to help complete the drying process.

Smoke and Soot Removal

Within minutes of a fire, walls, electronics, and other surfaces are covered in soot. Smoke and ash continue to cause damage to every inch of your apartment building. That's why ANS uses specialized equipment to remediate smoke damage and remove odors. This process is often labor-intensive and can take time, especially for large fire damage restoration needs.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Using a variety of restoration and cleaning techniques, our team will help clean restorable items and sanitize units for safety.

Restoration

Getting your apartment buildings to their pre-fire conditions is our ultimate goal. Depending on the size and scope of the fire restoration job, minor repairs like painting, drywall replacement, and new carpet installation might be needed. You might also need major structural renovations like re-siding, re-roofing, new window installation, floor replacement, and more.

Tips for Preventing Apartment Fires

If you're a property manager or own multifamily residential buildings, the thought of an apartment fire is terrifying. What starts as a small fire can quickly turn into a catastrophic event, with your entire complex up in flames. However, one of the best ways of preventing these fires is to know more about them.

Share these tips with tenants to help prevent deadly apartment fires:

Turn Off Heat Sources

Turn Off Heat Sources

Data shows that a large number of apartment fires begin with cooking. Often, these fires are caused by the ignition of common items like rags, curtains, wallpapers, and bags. Encourage tenants to keep their kitchens and cooking areas clear of combustibles. Never leave a stove unattended for long, and don't leave burners on by themselves. Unintentional mishaps like leaving heat sources on are common causes of fires that can be prevented with a little forethought.

Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety

Like heat sources, electrical malfunctions are also common causes of fires in apartment complexes. It's hard to prevent all electrical malfunctions, but you can tell tenants to avoid bad habits. Tips include never using extension cords as permanent solutions and never using a cable if the third prong is missing.

Appliance Safety

Appliance Safety

Appliances are a part of everyone's lives. They're also standard equipment in most apartment units. But if tenants don't take proper precautions, these useful tools can spark deadly fires.

Tips for Preventing Apartment Fires

No matter how large or small, fires are nightmare scenarios for entrepreneurs with commercial properties. Fire damage can completely ruin storefronts and offices, leaving charred remains and burned-up files before firefighters arrive. To make matters worse, soot and smoke damage ruin your businesses' furniture, HVAC system, carpet, walls, and windows.

To eliminate health hazards and restore your business to its pre-fire condition, you need to bring in a team of professionals with years of experience in fire damage remediation. At ANR, we use commercial-grade equipment and cutting-edge tools to clean up the aftermath of your fire and rebuild your property. That way, you can get back to running your business and providing for your family.

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Share these tips with tenants to help prevent deadly apartment fires:

Remove Smoke and Fire Damage

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One of the most common causes of large commercial loss stems from smoke and fire damage. Of course, these disasters cause injuries and fatalities. But they also generate tremendous amounts of damage, rot, mold, and harm to structures. Not to mention the devastation that fire damage has to the appearance and livability of the facility. Fire damage restoration companies restore - and also prevent - the root cause of the fire. Electrical outlets, wires, and other fire-prone items will all be addressed to prevent a subsequent disaster.

Highly Skilled

 Home Restorations Parker, TX

The best fire damage restoration professionals are highly-trained, exceptionally skilled, and properly equipped to deal with every aspect of a commercial fire. From handling major renovations to taking care of the lingering effects of smoke damage, pro fire restoration companies take care of it for you. Hiring ANR means you'll be working with technicians who have the knowledge, tools, and materials to get the job done right the first time.

Insurance Claims

 Multifamily Home Renovations Parker, TX

When you start the claim process with your businesses' insurance company, they'll ask whether you've hired a fire damage restoration company. That's because companies like Atlas prevent further damage from occurring and calculate an estimate of your total loss. You can submit this estimate to your insurance company, which may then provide you with resources to complete your company's disaster recovery mt-md-1

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Atlas Difference

Fire damage restoration is a crucial, complex process that professionals must perform. With decades of expertise, unmatched restoration quality, and the scalability for any job, Atlas National Renovations is well-equipped to be your single source for commercial fire damage restoration in Parker, TX. We are specially equipped to make difficult restoration projects easy for owners.

When a fire disaster strikes, you need a timely response from a trustworthy team of experts. Don't settle for a mediocre fire restoration partner. Choose ANR to get the job done right the first time. Contact our office today to learn more about our fire restoration services in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

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State Champs! Gilbert powers past West-Oak for Class 3A baseball crown

The Gilbert baseball team wasn’t considered one of the favorites when the high school state playoffs began last month. But on Saturday, the Indians were hoisting the Class 3A championship trophy following their 12-3 win over West-Oak in the deciding game of the best-of-three series at a rainy Harley Park at USC Upstate. It is the fifth baseball championship for the Indians but first in Class 3A. Gilbert won a title in Class A and three in Class 2A. Four of the five championships have come under coach Ashley Burnett, who i...

The Gilbert baseball team wasn’t considered one of the favorites when the high school state playoffs began last month.

But on Saturday, the Indians were hoisting the Class 3A championship trophy following their 12-3 win over West-Oak in the deciding game of the best-of-three series at a rainy Harley Park at USC Upstate.

It is the fifth baseball championship for the Indians but first in Class 3A. Gilbert won a title in Class A and three in Class 2A. Four of the five championships have come under coach Ashley Burnett, who is in his 25th season at Gilbert and has won more than 500 games.

Gilbert entered the playoffs unranked in the final regular-season Class 3A baseball coaches poll. The Indians had to win a tiebreaker game against Strom Thurmond to earn the No. 1 seed from Region 5-3A.

But in the playoffs, Gilbert lost just once, a 6-0 defeat in Game 2 to West Oak. The Indians put up 26 runs in the two other games of the title series.

“All of a sudden we started to swing the bats a little better, pitch a little and it all came together. I’m tickled to death for them,” Burnett said. “... We struggled a little bit early in the season, and the pieces come together and then you just hold on to the ride.

“I didn’t expect the year we had with COVID and everything else. We talked at the beginning of the year about mental toughness and resilience with everything going on. I’m extremely proud of them and the effort they put forth today.”

Gilbert’s mental toughness was tested after West-Oak cut Gilbert’s lead to 6-3 after the first inning. The game was then delayed for two hours and 11 minutes with Gilbert leading 6-3. Catcher Ashby Vining said players stayed relaxed and were brought food to help break up the time.

During the delay, Burnett reminded them of J.J. Watt’s “Rent is due” slogan that the team used much of the season and had printed on T-shirts.

“When we came back on the field, I told them rent is due today. I am just so proud of them,” Burnett said.

After the delay, the Indians scored twice in the fifth on RBI singles by Dylan Massey and Joey Parker. Gilbert scored three more in the sixth, the last final run coming on Vining’s solo homer.

Vining, the Coker signee, was 2 for 3 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs.

“Last year with COVID, we thought we had a pretty good year to compete for it and the season got called,” Vining said. “This year, it is a new set of guys and we are best friends. We don’t have all these big guys, but we come out and compete. And find ways to win for sure.”

Eight of Gilbert’s nine starters had at least one hit in the game. Parker and Preston Price each had two hits and Cooper Burkett drove in two runs.

Senior Edwin Amerson pitched a complete-game to win his final high school start. The left-hander didn’t have much experience starting on the varsity level until this year.

The Montreat signee was the winning pitcher in both of the Indians’ wins during the series. Amerson allowed three runs, all in the first, on eight hits while walking two and striking out three.

Burnett thought about pulling his ace during the delay, but Amerson convinced his coach he was OK to go back out there.

“This year has been crazy,” Amerson said. “I always dreamed about getting on the mound and pitching in a state championship. This has been amazing.”

The Indians jumped on West-Oak starter Austin Rogers in the first inning, scoring six runs and sending 10 batters to the plate.

Vining started the scoring with a two-run homer that traveled more than 400 feet to make it 2-0.

Burkett also had a two-run single and Austin Waters had an RBI bunt single.

West Oak answered with three runs in the bottom of the first, two coming on Austin Stephens’ two-run double.

WP: Edwin Amerson LP: Austin Rogers Hitters: G: Preston Price 2-4 RBIs; Ashby Vining 2-3 2 HR, 3 RBIs; Dylan Massey 1-3 RBI; Joey Parker 2-4 RBI; Austin Waters 1-3 RBI; Chance Jennings 1-3; Aaron Sox 1-3 RBI; Cooper Burkett 1-3 2 RBIs. WO: Gibson 3-4; Rogers 2-3 2 RBIs

Here are the scores and schedule from the South Carolina High School League state baseball and softball championships.

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Hillcrest 5, Summerville 3

Friday: Hillcrest 9, Summerville 8, Hillcrest wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: A.C. Flora 10, James Island 0

Thursday: A.C. Flora 10, James Island 0, AC Flora wins series, 2-0.

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Gilbert 14, West-Oak4 (6)

Thursday: West-Oak 6. Gilbert 0

Saturday: Gilbert 12, West-Oak 3, Gilbert wins series 2-1

Wednesday: Andrew Jackson 1, Legion Collegiate 0

Friday: Legion Collegiate 11, Andrew Jackson 1 (5), series tied 1-1

Monday: Andrew Jackson vs. Legion Collegiate, at Lancaster High School, 7 p.m.

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Lake View 11, Southside Christian 2

Saturday: Lake View 7, Southside Christian 6, LV wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Byrnes 2, Ashley Ridge 0

Thursday: Byrnes 4, Ashley Ridge 0, Byrnes wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Lugoff-Elgin 4, Darlington 3

Friday: Lugoff-Elgin 5, Darlington 4, Lugoff-Elgin wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Dillon 3, Seneca 2

Thursday: Seneca 6, Dillon

Saturday: Seneca 3, Dillon 1, Seneca wins series, 2-1

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Legion Collegiate 6, Andrew Jackson 3

Thursday: Legion Collegiate 10, Andrew Jackson, LC wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Lake View 5, Dixie 3

Friday: Lake View 8, Dixie 2, LV wins series 2-0

What's the best beach in SC? Here's what the locals will tell you.

...

Stretching 187 miles, the South Carolina coastline is beloved features of this state.

That's why The Sun News should've known, when we asked readers where to find South Carolina's best beaches, the tea would be boiling hot.

There's simply no universal favorite . No beach, nor region, in the very unscientific poll, received a clear majority.

Here's what people said they love about South Carolina's beaches. Let this be a summertime sand guide.

There's a lot of sand to visit.

Almost every beach along the coast had at least a few spots families loved to visit. Here are the top four.

— North Myrtle Beach: "It is quiet and family oriented. It is where you can come and just relax, my happy place!" Charles Seastrunk said.

— Hilton Head Island: "Family oriented, great walking beach (love seeing the dogs in the morning) and well maintained," Laurie Pagnotto said.

— Garden City: "Family and dog friendly, lots of public parking, not too crowded, allows large tents," Cornelia Zell said.

— Fripp Island: "Perfect for family vacations," Cody Greene said.

Hidden about an hour south of Charleston, Edisto Beach was the biggest favorite among people looking for a quiet place to go (great spot for families, too).

"NO NEON!!! Quiet, peaceful, relaxing, beautiful," Robert Owens told us.

Farther north, Litchfield and Pawleys Island were prized for their calm atmosphere and lack of crowds. Some stretches of sand in those areas are limited to residents, but there are still plenty of access points for the public.

Cherry Grove sits as close to North Carolina as one can get without actually crossing the border. It was the most popular beach in the Grand Strand for our respondents. People loved it for how much space it provides and the (usual) lack of crowds.

"Large expanse of sand, quiet, great place to find sand dollars and seashells, and fabulous sunrises and sunsets. Waites Island across the inlet that is even more quiet and a great spot for a picnic after a kayak trip!" said Susan Wesmiller. Visiting Cherry Grove has been her family tradition for 30 years.

On the north end of North Myrtle Beach, Cherry Grove is still close to plenty of restaurants and hotels, making staying and visiting there easy, residents and visitors wrote.

"Love that I don't have to walk a mile to get from the parking lot" to the beach, Brenda Zumbaum said.

Folly Beach, in the Charleston area, was complimented for its laid-back environment, and in particular, its surfing. (Riding the waves requires a chill beach, doesn't it?)

Hilton Head Island was also a heavy favorite for surfing.

"VERY WIDE, SMALL CROWDS, GOO(D) SURF," Charles H. and Norma L. Wood wrote, rather enthusiastically.

Hunting Island, located across the bay from Edisto Beach, held a similar appeal for many respondents. In particular, the Boneyard Beach, where hundreds of trees felled by erosion create an eerie landscape, stands out to longtime visitor Merranda Michels.

"Hunting Island is the most beautiful and peaceful beach in SC," she wrote. "During the day, we enjoy time on the beach looking for shells and finding all kinds, including sand dollars and hermit crabs. They have a lighthouse and the boneyard, which is dead trees that rest peacefully on the beach with their dried roots still attached. At night, you can see every star in the sky as well as many shooting stars."

Beaufort resident Emily Hulsey said she visits the beach, which is "in our backyard," often. She also frequently camps there and said it is "devoid of oppressive crowds found at other beaches."

Scott French said he and his wife spent "many warm days" on Sullivan's Island when they were first dating and attending the College of Charleston. They fell in love with the beach and each other.

"Those memories are so special to us we named our son Sullivan," he said.

Not everyone wanted to tell us what the best beach is, preferring to keep it all to themselves. (Understandable.)

"I am not telling you what's the best beach in S.C. because then everyone would go there, and it wouldn't be the best beach anymore," Carl Roberts said.

Melvin Poole said Atlantic Beach, the only one he could visit during segregation, is still his favorite decades later. The city has long been the heart of the Grand Strand's Black community, hosting events like Black Bike Week every Memorial Day.

Kiawah Island is great for dolphin viewing, several people said. It also hosts some of the biggest golf tournaments in the nation.

"The beaches are beautiful!" Parker Merritt said. "They are never crowded and you can always find a quiet spot to enjoy a good book, plenty of space to fish if you'd like to take your reel out there, and easy going waves for kids to enjoy. The wildlife there is stunning, too! You can see dolphins strand feeding and hang out with the turtle patrol in the early mornings."

On Hilton Head Island, Coligny Beach was the most popular destination. Residents and tourists told us that they pride it for the ease of access, cleanliness and proximity to businesses.

"You can be on the beautiful beach and away from it all, while still being just a short walk away from several great restaurants and bars," Pat Sheley said.

Isle of Palms, near Mount Pleasant, is a "very pristine" beach, Sherene Chavous said. Others said they love it because of how close it is to downtown Charleston. Bored at the beach? Go paint the town.

Or ... maybe go to the mountains?

At least one person, we're not going to say who, isn't a fan of South Carolina's beaches.

"They're all dumps. No waves and dirty water."

State Champs! Gilbert powers past West-Oak for Class 3A baseball crown

The Gilbert baseball team wasn’t considered one of the favorites when the high school state playoffs began last month. But on Saturday, the Indians were hoisting the Class 3A championship trophy following their 12-3 win over West-Oak in the deciding game of the best-of-three series at a rainy Harley Park at USC Upstate. It is the fifth baseball championship for the Indians but first in Class 3A. Gilbert won a title in Class A and three in Class 2A. Four of the five championships have come under coach Ashley Burnett, who i...

The Gilbert baseball team wasn’t considered one of the favorites when the high school state playoffs began last month.

But on Saturday, the Indians were hoisting the Class 3A championship trophy following their 12-3 win over West-Oak in the deciding game of the best-of-three series at a rainy Harley Park at USC Upstate.

It is the fifth baseball championship for the Indians but first in Class 3A. Gilbert won a title in Class A and three in Class 2A. Four of the five championships have come under coach Ashley Burnett, who is in his 25th season at Gilbert and has won more than 500 games.

Gilbert entered the playoffs unranked in the final regular-season Class 3A baseball coaches poll. The Indians had to win a tiebreaker game against Strom Thurmond to earn the No. 1 seed from Region 5-3A.

But in the playoffs, Gilbert lost just once, a 6-0 defeat in Game 2 to West Oak. The Indians put up 26 runs in the two other games of the title series.

“All of a sudden we started to swing the bats a little better, pitch a little and it all came together. I’m tickled to death for them,” Burnett said. “... We struggled a little bit early in the season, and the pieces come together and then you just hold on to the ride.

“I didn’t expect the year we had with COVID and everything else. We talked at the beginning of the year about mental toughness and resilience with everything going on. I’m extremely proud of them and the effort they put forth today.”

Gilbert’s mental toughness was tested after West-Oak cut Gilbert’s lead to 6-3 after the first inning. The game was then delayed for two hours and 11 minutes with Gilbert leading 6-3. Catcher Ashby Vining said players stayed relaxed and were brought food to help break up the time.

During the delay, Burnett reminded them of J.J. Watt’s “Rent is due” slogan that the team used much of the season and had printed on T-shirts.

“When we came back on the field, I told them rent is due today. I am just so proud of them,” Burnett said.

After the delay, the Indians scored twice in the fifth on RBI singles by Dylan Massey and Joey Parker. Gilbert scored three more in the sixth, the last final run coming on Vining’s solo homer.

Vining, the Coker signee, was 2 for 3 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs.

“Last year with COVID, we thought we had a pretty good year to compete for it and the season got called,” Vining said. “This year, it is a new set of guys and we are best friends. We don’t have all these big guys, but we come out and compete. And find ways to win for sure.”

Eight of Gilbert’s nine starters had at least one hit in the game. Parker and Preston Price each had two hits and Cooper Burkett drove in two runs.

Senior Edwin Amerson pitched a complete-game to win his final high school start. The left-hander didn’t have much experience starting on the varsity level until this year.

The Montreat signee was the winning pitcher in both of the Indians’ wins during the series. Amerson allowed three runs, all in the first, on eight hits while walking two and striking out three.

Burnett thought about pulling his ace during the delay, but Amerson convinced his coach he was OK to go back out there.

“This year has been crazy,” Amerson said. “I always dreamed about getting on the mound and pitching in a state championship. This has been amazing.”

The Indians jumped on West-Oak starter Austin Rogers in the first inning, scoring six runs and sending 10 batters to the plate.

Vining started the scoring with a two-run homer that traveled more than 400 feet to make it 2-0.

Burkett also had a two-run single and Austin Waters had an RBI bunt single.

West Oak answered with three runs in the bottom of the first, two coming on Austin Stephens’ two-run double.

WP: Edwin Amerson LP: Austin Rogers Hitters: G: Preston Price 2-4 RBIs; Ashby Vining 2-3 2 HR, 3 RBIs; Dylan Massey 1-3 RBI; Joey Parker 2-4 RBI; Austin Waters 1-3 RBI; Chance Jennings 1-3; Aaron Sox 1-3 RBI; Cooper Burkett 1-3 2 RBIs. WO: Gibson 3-4; Rogers 2-3 2 RBIs

Here are the scores and schedule from the South Carolina High School League state baseball and softball championships.

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Hillcrest 5, Summerville 3

Friday: Hillcrest 9, Summerville 8, Hillcrest wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: A.C. Flora 10, James Island 0

Thursday: A.C. Flora 10, James Island 0, AC Flora wins series, 2-0.

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Gilbert 14, West-Oak4 (6)

Thursday: West-Oak 6. Gilbert 0

Saturday: Gilbert 12, West-Oak 3, Gilbert wins series 2-1

Wednesday: Andrew Jackson 1, Legion Collegiate 0

Friday: Legion Collegiate 11, Andrew Jackson 1 (5), series tied 1-1

Monday: Andrew Jackson vs. Legion Collegiate, at Lancaster High School, 7 p.m.

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Lake View 11, Southside Christian 2

Saturday: Lake View 7, Southside Christian 6, LV wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Byrnes 2, Ashley Ridge 0

Thursday: Byrnes 4, Ashley Ridge 0, Byrnes wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Lugoff-Elgin 4, Darlington 3

Friday: Lugoff-Elgin 5, Darlington 4, Lugoff-Elgin wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Dillon 3, Seneca 2

Thursday: Seneca 6, Dillon

Saturday: Seneca 3, Dillon 1, Seneca wins series, 2-1

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Legion Collegiate 6, Andrew Jackson 3

Thursday: Legion Collegiate 10, Andrew Jackson, LC wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Lake View 5, Dixie 3

Friday: Lake View 8, Dixie 2, LV wins series 2-0

What's the best beach in SC? Here's what the locals will tell you.

...

Stretching 187 miles, the South Carolina coastline is beloved features of this state.

That's why The Sun News should've known, when we asked readers where to find South Carolina's best beaches, the tea would be boiling hot.

There's simply no universal favorite . No beach, nor region, in the very unscientific poll, received a clear majority.

Here's what people said they love about South Carolina's beaches. Let this be a summertime sand guide.

There's a lot of sand to visit.

Almost every beach along the coast had at least a few spots families loved to visit. Here are the top four.

— North Myrtle Beach: "It is quiet and family oriented. It is where you can come and just relax, my happy place!" Charles Seastrunk said.

— Hilton Head Island: "Family oriented, great walking beach (love seeing the dogs in the morning) and well maintained," Laurie Pagnotto said.

— Garden City: "Family and dog friendly, lots of public parking, not too crowded, allows large tents," Cornelia Zell said.

— Fripp Island: "Perfect for family vacations," Cody Greene said.

Hidden about an hour south of Charleston, Edisto Beach was the biggest favorite among people looking for a quiet place to go (great spot for families, too).

"NO NEON!!! Quiet, peaceful, relaxing, beautiful," Robert Owens told us.

Farther north, Litchfield and Pawleys Island were prized for their calm atmosphere and lack of crowds. Some stretches of sand in those areas are limited to residents, but there are still plenty of access points for the public.

Cherry Grove sits as close to North Carolina as one can get without actually crossing the border. It was the most popular beach in the Grand Strand for our respondents. People loved it for how much space it provides and the (usual) lack of crowds.

"Large expanse of sand, quiet, great place to find sand dollars and seashells, and fabulous sunrises and sunsets. Waites Island across the inlet that is even more quiet and a great spot for a picnic after a kayak trip!" said Susan Wesmiller. Visiting Cherry Grove has been her family tradition for 30 years.

On the north end of North Myrtle Beach, Cherry Grove is still close to plenty of restaurants and hotels, making staying and visiting there easy, residents and visitors wrote.

"Love that I don't have to walk a mile to get from the parking lot" to the beach, Brenda Zumbaum said.

Folly Beach, in the Charleston area, was complimented for its laid-back environment, and in particular, its surfing. (Riding the waves requires a chill beach, doesn't it?)

Hilton Head Island was also a heavy favorite for surfing.

"VERY WIDE, SMALL CROWDS, GOO(D) SURF," Charles H. and Norma L. Wood wrote, rather enthusiastically.

Hunting Island, located across the bay from Edisto Beach, held a similar appeal for many respondents. In particular, the Boneyard Beach, where hundreds of trees felled by erosion create an eerie landscape, stands out to longtime visitor Merranda Michels.

"Hunting Island is the most beautiful and peaceful beach in SC," she wrote. "During the day, we enjoy time on the beach looking for shells and finding all kinds, including sand dollars and hermit crabs. They have a lighthouse and the boneyard, which is dead trees that rest peacefully on the beach with their dried roots still attached. At night, you can see every star in the sky as well as many shooting stars."

Beaufort resident Emily Hulsey said she visits the beach, which is "in our backyard," often. She also frequently camps there and said it is "devoid of oppressive crowds found at other beaches."

Scott French said he and his wife spent "many warm days" on Sullivan's Island when they were first dating and attending the College of Charleston. They fell in love with the beach and each other.

"Those memories are so special to us we named our son Sullivan," he said.

Not everyone wanted to tell us what the best beach is, preferring to keep it all to themselves. (Understandable.)

"I am not telling you what's the best beach in S.C. because then everyone would go there, and it wouldn't be the best beach anymore," Carl Roberts said.

Melvin Poole said Atlantic Beach, the only one he could visit during segregation, is still his favorite decades later. The city has long been the heart of the Grand Strand's Black community, hosting events like Black Bike Week every Memorial Day.

Kiawah Island is great for dolphin viewing, several people said. It also hosts some of the biggest golf tournaments in the nation.

"The beaches are beautiful!" Parker Merritt said. "They are never crowded and you can always find a quiet spot to enjoy a good book, plenty of space to fish if you'd like to take your reel out there, and easy going waves for kids to enjoy. The wildlife there is stunning, too! You can see dolphins strand feeding and hang out with the turtle patrol in the early mornings."

On Hilton Head Island, Coligny Beach was the most popular destination. Residents and tourists told us that they pride it for the ease of access, cleanliness and proximity to businesses.

"You can be on the beautiful beach and away from it all, while still being just a short walk away from several great restaurants and bars," Pat Sheley said.

Isle of Palms, near Mount Pleasant, is a "very pristine" beach, Sherene Chavous said. Others said they love it because of how close it is to downtown Charleston. Bored at the beach? Go paint the town.

Or ... maybe go to the mountains?

At least one person, we're not going to say who, isn't a fan of South Carolina's beaches.

"They're all dumps. No waves and dirty water."

State Champs! Gilbert powers past West-Oak for Class 3A baseball crown

The Gilbert baseball team wasn’t considered one of the favorites when the high school state playoffs began last month. But on Saturday, the Indians were hoisting the Class 3A championship trophy following their 12-3 win over West-Oak in the deciding game of the best-of-three series at a rainy Harley Park at USC Upstate. It is the fifth baseball championship for the Indians but first in Class 3A. Gilbert won a title in Class A and three in Class 2A. Four of the five championships have come under coach Ashley Burnett, who i...

The Gilbert baseball team wasn’t considered one of the favorites when the high school state playoffs began last month.

But on Saturday, the Indians were hoisting the Class 3A championship trophy following their 12-3 win over West-Oak in the deciding game of the best-of-three series at a rainy Harley Park at USC Upstate.

It is the fifth baseball championship for the Indians but first in Class 3A. Gilbert won a title in Class A and three in Class 2A. Four of the five championships have come under coach Ashley Burnett, who is in his 25th season at Gilbert and has won more than 500 games.

Gilbert entered the playoffs unranked in the final regular-season Class 3A baseball coaches poll. The Indians had to win a tiebreaker game against Strom Thurmond to earn the No. 1 seed from Region 5-3A.

But in the playoffs, Gilbert lost just once, a 6-0 defeat in Game 2 to West Oak. The Indians put up 26 runs in the two other games of the title series.

“All of a sudden we started to swing the bats a little better, pitch a little and it all came together. I’m tickled to death for them,” Burnett said. “... We struggled a little bit early in the season, and the pieces come together and then you just hold on to the ride.

“I didn’t expect the year we had with COVID and everything else. We talked at the beginning of the year about mental toughness and resilience with everything going on. I’m extremely proud of them and the effort they put forth today.”

Gilbert’s mental toughness was tested after West-Oak cut Gilbert’s lead to 6-3 after the first inning. The game was then delayed for two hours and 11 minutes with Gilbert leading 6-3. Catcher Ashby Vining said players stayed relaxed and were brought food to help break up the time.

During the delay, Burnett reminded them of J.J. Watt’s “Rent is due” slogan that the team used much of the season and had printed on T-shirts.

“When we came back on the field, I told them rent is due today. I am just so proud of them,” Burnett said.

After the delay, the Indians scored twice in the fifth on RBI singles by Dylan Massey and Joey Parker. Gilbert scored three more in the sixth, the last final run coming on Vining’s solo homer.

Vining, the Coker signee, was 2 for 3 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs.

“Last year with COVID, we thought we had a pretty good year to compete for it and the season got called,” Vining said. “This year, it is a new set of guys and we are best friends. We don’t have all these big guys, but we come out and compete. And find ways to win for sure.”

Eight of Gilbert’s nine starters had at least one hit in the game. Parker and Preston Price each had two hits and Cooper Burkett drove in two runs.

Senior Edwin Amerson pitched a complete-game to win his final high school start. The left-hander didn’t have much experience starting on the varsity level until this year.

The Montreat signee was the winning pitcher in both of the Indians’ wins during the series. Amerson allowed three runs, all in the first, on eight hits while walking two and striking out three.

Burnett thought about pulling his ace during the delay, but Amerson convinced his coach he was OK to go back out there.

“This year has been crazy,” Amerson said. “I always dreamed about getting on the mound and pitching in a state championship. This has been amazing.”

The Indians jumped on West-Oak starter Austin Rogers in the first inning, scoring six runs and sending 10 batters to the plate.

Vining started the scoring with a two-run homer that traveled more than 400 feet to make it 2-0.

Burkett also had a two-run single and Austin Waters had an RBI bunt single.

West Oak answered with three runs in the bottom of the first, two coming on Austin Stephens’ two-run double.

WP: Edwin Amerson LP: Austin Rogers Hitters: G: Preston Price 2-4 RBIs; Ashby Vining 2-3 2 HR, 3 RBIs; Dylan Massey 1-3 RBI; Joey Parker 2-4 RBI; Austin Waters 1-3 RBI; Chance Jennings 1-3; Aaron Sox 1-3 RBI; Cooper Burkett 1-3 2 RBIs. WO: Gibson 3-4; Rogers 2-3 2 RBIs

Here are the scores and schedule from the South Carolina High School League state baseball and softball championships.

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Hillcrest 5, Summerville 3

Friday: Hillcrest 9, Summerville 8, Hillcrest wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: A.C. Flora 10, James Island 0

Thursday: A.C. Flora 10, James Island 0, AC Flora wins series, 2-0.

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Gilbert 14, West-Oak4 (6)

Thursday: West-Oak 6. Gilbert 0

Saturday: Gilbert 12, West-Oak 3, Gilbert wins series 2-1

Wednesday: Andrew Jackson 1, Legion Collegiate 0

Friday: Legion Collegiate 11, Andrew Jackson 1 (5), series tied 1-1

Monday: Andrew Jackson vs. Legion Collegiate, at Lancaster High School, 7 p.m.

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Lake View 11, Southside Christian 2

Saturday: Lake View 7, Southside Christian 6, LV wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Byrnes 2, Ashley Ridge 0

Thursday: Byrnes 4, Ashley Ridge 0, Byrnes wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Lugoff-Elgin 4, Darlington 3

Friday: Lugoff-Elgin 5, Darlington 4, Lugoff-Elgin wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Dillon 3, Seneca 2

Thursday: Seneca 6, Dillon

Saturday: Seneca 3, Dillon 1, Seneca wins series, 2-1

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Legion Collegiate 6, Andrew Jackson 3

Thursday: Legion Collegiate 10, Andrew Jackson, LC wins series, 2-0

Best-of-3 Series

Tuesday: Lake View 5, Dixie 3

Friday: Lake View 8, Dixie 2, LV wins series 2-0

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