Lou Bezjak

Notebook: Ridge View’s Parks makes good on promise to team

Ridge View High coach Perry Parks (84), and his assistants, fulfilled a promise to dress in full gear for a practice after his squad started the with a 5-0 record.
Ridge View High coach Perry Parks (84), and his assistants, fulfilled a promise to dress in full gear for a practice after his squad started the with a 5-0 record. Submitted photo

Ridge View football coach Perry Parks is a man of his word.

Before the season, the Ridge View coach promised his team if it went 5-0, he would dress in full football gear and practice with them. The Blazers defeated Union County, 33-30, last week to improve to 5-0.

On Monday, Parks and four of his assistant coaches donned full gear and went through practice with the team. Parks, a former Coastal Carolina standout, wore his Chanticleer helmet and old No. 84 CCU jersey for the practice.

Parks and the other coaches participated in 1-on-1 drills, a tackling drill and a short scrimmage.

“Kids don’t forget anything, no more making deals,” Parks joked. “But it was a blast man and … I’m still sore now.”

Parks and his team will have time to heal because the Blazers, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A, are off this week before opening region play on Sept. 30 at top-ranked South Pointe.

Shrine Bowl rosters to be released Monday

Rosters for the 80th annual Shrine Bowl will be released at 2 p.m. on Monday at a news conference in Charlotte.

A total of 88 players will be picked for the South and North Carolina squads. Newberry coach Phil Strickland’s the head coach for South Carolina.

Last year, 10 Midlands players were picked and Richland Northeast’s T.J. Brunson, now at South Carolina, was named Defensive MVP for the S.C. squad.

Dutch Fork in national rankings

Dutch Fork’s starting to get national recognition following its 4-0 start. The Silver Foxes are No. 10 in USA Today’s Southeast Regional rankings. Dutch Fork will host Westwood on Friday.

Trick play earns Spring Valley honor

For the second year in a row, a Spring Valley trick play has garnered national attention. The Vikings’ “88 Chinese Draw” was named Hudl’s Trick Play of the Week.

Terrell Jackson scored on the 9-yard run in the Vikings’ 34-28 win over Lexington.

On the play, quarterback Quincy Hill and two running backs all rolled to the right while Jackson stood in blocking position. Hill gave the ball to Jackson, who paused to make sure the defense was going toward the right and then went to the left for the touchdown.

SV coach Robin Bacon said he got the play from Ben Lippen assistant coach Scott Jones when Jones was at Lugoff-Elgin. Last year, Spring Valley’s Hook-and-Ladder play earned Top 10 play on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Recruiting news

Louisville coaches visited with former Irmo standout and Oak Hill guard Devontae Shuler on Wednesday, according to Phil Kornblut.

Shuler made an official visit to South Carolina over the weekend and will make two more visits in the coming weeks, going to Oklahoma State this weekend and Mississippi on Oct. 7. His final five schools are South Carolina, Southern Cal, Miami, Oklahoma State and Mississippi.

Dutch Fork’s Justin Thompson verbally committed to play basketball at Limestone. … Dreher’s Maggie and Sam Shaw committed to play soccer at Chattanooga. … Blythewood’s Loranna Austin committed to play soccer at Coastal Carolina.

Midlands girls golf teams in event

Seventy-five girls golfers from 30 schools will compete in the fifth annual High School Invitational hosted by the Junior Golf Foundation of the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association.

The 36-hole event will be held on Saturday and Sunday and will take place at The Sanctuary at Cat Island in Beaufort. Twenty of the top 25 girls ranked in the latest S.C. Junior Girls Golf rankings will play.

Midlands teams in the event are Lexington, Blythewood and White Knoll, plus individuals from Heathwood Hall. Wando’s the defending champion.