Six Bengal seniors to continue careers in college

Pictured with (standing, from left) Blythewood baseball coach Dolan Crolley, principal Matt Sherman and softball coach Jordan Atkinson are, seated from left, Xavier Cueveas, Lauren Hardy, Ashlee Hoile, John Rollings, I’yanna Velez, Camden Watts

BLYTHEWOOD – Last Wednesday, Blythewood High School recognized six members of the Class of 2023 who committed to continuing their athletic careers on the collegiate level. 

Xavier Cuevas, son of Henry and Elizabeth Cuevas, announced his decision to continue his baseball career at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware.  Cuevas, a utility player for head coach Dolan Crolley, has played in the infield, outfield, and pitched for the Bengals.  Cuevas plans to pitch for the Hornets in college.  Cuevas has earned various baseball honors, including being named to numerous All-Tournament Teams over the summer.

Lauren Hardy, daughter of Barry and Keba Hardy, will continue her softball career at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  Hardy is a pitcher and utility player for head coach Jordan Atkinson at Blythewood.  Hardy was named the Region 4 Player of the Year in 2022 and has twice been named an All-Region and All-State selection.

Ashlee Hoile, daughter of Brian and MaryPaul Hoile, will continue her softball career at the University of South Carolina at Union in Union, South Carolina.  Hoile is an outfielder and catcher for head coach Jordan Atkinson at Blythewood.  Hoile will earn her fourth varsity letter as a senior for the Bengals. 

John Rollings, son of Mark and Kristen Rollings, will continue his baseball career at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina.  Rollings, an infielder and pitcher for head coach Dolan Crolley, helped lead the Bengals to a region championship in 2022.  Rollings earned All-Region and All-State honors as a junior and was selected to play in the Palmetto Games summer showcase.

I’yanna Velez, daughter of  Julio and Tiffany Velez, announced her plans to continue softball career at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia.  Velez is a shortstop for head coach Jordan Atkinson at Blythewood.  Velez earned the team’s Golden Glove Award and was an All-Region selection in 2022.

Camden Watts, son of Susie Coleman and John Coleman, will continue his baseball career at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina.  Watts is a pitcher and corner infielder for head coach Dolan Crolley at Blythewood.  Watts is an honor roll student and was selected to play in the Palmetto Games summer showcase.

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