10 Redhawks ink collegiate commitments

BLYTHEWOOD – Westwood High School recently recognized 10 members of the Class of 2023 who are committed to continuing their athletic careers on the collegiate level. The group included athletes from seven different athletic teams on campus. Two members of Westwood’s 4A state championship girls track team signed collegiate commitments. Brianna Rodriguez made her plans […]

Setting Records

Westwood standout Ticora Gaskin continues to make leaps in track and field. The two-time 4A State Champion set a new South Carolina record in long jump at the SCHSL 4A State qualifiers. Gaskin now holds the record previously set in 2014 (20-2.25) at the 20-3 mark. She also broke Westwood’s eight-year school record of 19-6.5 […]

WHS, BHS girls teams win Upper State, look to state meet

Blythewood and Westwood girls track and field both claimed Upper State championships over the weekend in their respective classes. Blythewood took the 5A Upper State title with a score of 119; J.L. Mann followed in second at 68. Westwood’s girls took the 4A Upper State title with a 92.5 score; Ridge View finished second at […]

Westwood’s Combs takes AD job at Spring Valley

COLUMBIA – The 2022-2023 Westwood High School basketball season turned out to be head boys coach John Combs’ last season. Combs will be the new athletic director at Spring Valley, replacing Jeff DiBattisto, another former Westwood boys basketball coach.  “Spring Valley was my first job and where I started teaching and coaching after I left […]

WHS baseball season comes to an end

HILTON HEAD – The Westwood baseball team (8-12) managed to snag an at-large bid and a No.12 seed in the 4A Lower State Bracket 1 tournament, but ended the season with losses to No.5 South Florence and No.4 Hilton Head last week. The Redhawks managed one hit—from Xavier DeJesus—in a 10-0, 5-inning loss to the […]

Westwood softball falls to Colleton County

COLLETON – Westwood’s softball team made a valiant effort to keep their postseason alive, but Colleton County’s late surge proved too much to overcome in a 10-7 loss. With the score tied 4-4 through 4 ½ innings, the Cougars scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Westwood (16-7-1) cut the lead to 8-7 […]

Miami Dolphins pick Cam Smith in late second round of NFL Draft

COLUMBIA – University of South Carolina cornerback and former Westwood High School standout Cam Smith had to shake off not being drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night, but by night’s end Friday, he knew where he was going. With the 51st pick in the draft, Miami selected Smith. Upon hearing […]

WHS softball wins 4A playoff opener

BLYTHEWOOD – A couple of firsts, and one continued winning streak came about at the Westwood softball stadium Tuesday night. The Redhawks’ 10-0, 5-inning victory over Lucy Beckham marked the first time Westwood softball opened the 4A playoffs at home. For Makayla Drakeford, her fourth-inning 2-run blast marked her first home run of the season, […]

WHS baseball finishes region on high note, falls in playoffs

COLUMBIA – The Westwood baseball team (8-11) needed a win over Richland Northeast in the last Region 5-4A game of the season Friday, and the Redhawks got it. Westwood rallied for three runs in the third inning, and rallied again for five runs in the fourth inning to take out the Cavaliers 9-6 and secure […]

Redhawks beat Irmo, fall to RNE

BLYTHEWOOD – The Westwood baseball team needed two wins against Richland Northeast this week to have an outside shot at a fourth place finish in Region 5-4A and getting a fourth seed in the 4A playoffs next week. The Cavaliers, securely in third place behind first-place A.C. Flora and second place Lugoff-Elgin, all but denied […]