ESPN ranks BHS’s Phillips 32nd nationally

BLYTHEWOOD – Julian Phillips hasn’t played an organized basketball game since February, when the 6-8 power forward’s Blythewood Bengals walked off the court in an 83-52 second-round playoff loss at Dorman. The COVID-19 pandemic nixed his and every other high school athlete’s spring and summer competitive play. Instead of playing Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Phillips […]

R2 delays sports practice indefinitely

COLUMBIA – The fall prep sports season in Blythewood took a blow Saturday when Richland District 2 delayed the start of athletics practices indefinitely because of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the state. “The decision was a difficult one to make because we know how much our students, coaches, band directors and JRTOC instructors […]

Bengal grads commit to colleges

BLYTHEWOOD – Two more recent Bengal baseball graduates have committed to continue their baseball careers at the collegiate level. Utility player Michael Gregory committed to University of South Carolina Sumter on May 6. Jansen Stokes followed later in May with a commitment to North Greenville University. “Michael is a very talented player who had some […]

Setzler to head BHS Soccer

BLYTHEWOOD – The Richland School District Two Board recently approved former Cardinal Newman assistant Robby Setzler to become the new boys soccer coach at Blythewood High School.  Setzler, who replaces Peter Wittig, will become the third coach in the program’s 15-year history. “I want to welcome Robby Setzler to the Blythewood High School Boys Soccer program,” […]

Kivett, Bengals boys tennis eager for 2021

BLYTHEWOOD – First-year coach Jessica Kivett thought that the roster size would be her biggest concern for the Blythewood boys’ 2020 tennis season. “We were really were struggling to get players,” said Kivett, in her first head-coaching role after Brenda Warnow retired. “Two of our seniors were new to the team. We had some new […]

Blythewood golf already gearing up for 2021

After his girls golf team closed out a 5A state championship last fall, Blythewood head golf coach Jason Minkel had high hopes that the boys would at least make a decent run for the state title in the spring. “Last year we definitely underperformed,” Minkel said about his boys’ team. “We were looking for a […]

Bengal girls poised for banner season, may be on hold till 2021

The Blythewood girls track and field team had kicked the 2020 season off in fine form—for one week. “My season expectations for them are always high,” head coach Aleshia Hawkins said. “We knew we could win our region, so our goal was to be in the top five in the state. I think we were […]

Young BHS team keeping up and in shape in spite of season loss

Jason Warren’s first season as head track and field coach for the Blythewood boys team proved to be all of one week in the field. Even so, Warren, who coached several sports in North Carolina before moving down to Blythewood to be on the football coaching staff as well as serve as the wrestling coach […]

Bengal Girls Hoped for Season of Learning

This spring, the Blythewood girls lacrosse team was going to have a new look. The coronavirus pandemic put the Bengals’ plans aside, just for the time being. First-year head coach Margaret Roberson, who was the JV head coach and a varsity assistant for the last four years, wanted to get the team off to a […]

Facing Challenges the Blythewood Way

After a one-win season in 2019, Blythewood High School boys lacrosse head coach Jason Cuzzupe’s team finally turned the corner. When Cuzzupe took over the program three years ago, he knew he wanted to change the program’s culture – to really cultivate positivity among the players. The coaching staff bought in to the idea of […]