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 […]

Westwood golf looks toward future growth

Drayton Queen knows that playing for the Westwood golf team can be a hard sell. Most of those who turn out are recreational players. If there are athletes, they’re coming off of football, baseball, or basketball, and are using the sport to fill in the time in the spring. “We had more players this year […]

Redhawks miss out on 2020 season

Westwood boys disappointed with 2020, will reload in 2021 The Westwood boys track team had just two events under its belt by the time Gov. Henry McMaster ordered schools to be closed as a precaution to the COVID-19 Pandemic. That was all Rod Lorick and the Redhawks to know that this could well be the […]

Jackson to follow Guy as WHS principal

BLYTHEWOOD — Robert S. Jackson will take over as principal of Westwood High School starting July 1. He will replace the current principal, Dr. Cheryl Guy, who has served as the principal since July 2015. Guy, who helped open Westwood High in August 2012 as an assistant principal, is retiring after 25 years of service […]

WHS names new head baseball coach

BLYTHEWOOD – Westwood High has selected Michael McDermott as its new head baseball coach and head strength coach. McDermott served this abbreviated season as the interim head coach, taking over for Vince Connor. McDermott has been part of the staff for 4 years in an assistant role. “Mike does a great job working with our […]

Redhawks Miss Year of Development

The Westwood boys soccer team and head coach John Rosier both had a good feeling for this soccer season. “I did have high hopes this year based on the quality of our players,” the fifth-year head coach, former USC player, and longtime Midlands soccer coach said. “Based on the quality of players and the skills, […]

Redhawks Stand Strong

When Chelsea Pedersen took over the head girls soccer position at Westwood High School, she built the team from the ground up. Of the eleven freshmen who were on that 2017 roster, five would have celebrated their final home game as Redhawks just last week. Instead, an order closing schools on March 14 ended the […]

Westwood Softball: The Toughest Season

Schools and after-school activities may have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Westwood head softball coach Steven Cruz has a long-distance vision of the Redhawks’ success. Even so, on the short range of it, Cruz and the players felt the sting just like any other team that has seen a season put in […]

The season that never happened

Blythewood Council Honors Teams and Senior Athletes Life has changed. It’s different. The impact of the novel coronavirus has been felt across the world, the nation, the state and right here in Blythewood. And while our normal routines have dwindled into the distance, we are confident that our lives will return to what they were. […]

Westwood Baseball: Finding the Life Lessons

The Westwood baseball team had a lot to prove this season. Like any other program looking down the road at a long building period, the Redhawks were intent on practicing hard, playing hard, and no matter what the score was on the scoreboard, enjoying the time on the field. Five games into the season, the […]