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      Grand Strand team competes in wheelchair basketball conference for first time

      The 2014 Carolina Wheelchair Basketball Conference Tournament took place this weekend at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center.

      Eleven teams from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia competed this year, including the Coastal Carolina Sting Rays.

      This was the teamâ??s first year participating in the competition.

      â??It's very intense. When you're out there, your adrenaline is going,â?? said Chris Drake, part of the Sting Rays team.

      On Sunday , the Coastal Carolina Sting Rays competed against the Carolina TarWheels but lost.

      The Rays placed 4 th .

      Tournament Director Melinda Chappell told WPDE NewsChannel 15 that she is pleased with the addition of the Sting Rays team but would always like to to see more people get involved moving forward.

      However, Chappell said that she has seen an increase in women getting involved in the sport.

      Currently, basketball is one of several adaptive sports available in our area.

      There are adaptive surfing, archery, tennis, bowling, and golf programs available, as well.

      This is the second time the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center has hosted the event.

      The 2014 Southeastern Regional Games also will be held in North Myrtle Beach from April 11-14.