Lou Bezjak

High school notes: Ridge View to play first on campus football game

For the first time, the Ridge View football team will have a true home game.

The Blazers will play Ninety Six on Sept. 2 at their stadium on campus. The stadium seats about 1,250. Ridge View has played its home games at Richland 2 District Stadium, located on the campus of Blythewood High.

“These kids are the only ones in the district that don’t know the feeling of walking out to play a game in their backyard,” Ridge View coach Perry Parks said. “It’s really all about them. Kudos for making it happen. We are excited.”

Pre-sale tickets for the game are underway at the school, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. No tickets will be sold at the gate on the day of the game.

RNE to host on-campus game

Richland Northeast will have a home football game on campus this week. The Cavaliers will host Swansea on Friday in their season opener.

In addition to the game, there will be a block party during the prior to the game. Lawn chairs are allowed for fans to sit around the edge of the stadium.

RNE will play the rest of its home games at Spring Valley’s Harry Parone Stadium.

Injury report

Westwood running back Rudy Mitchell is out after suffering a hip injury in the first quarter last week against Chester. No timetable has been set for his return. Mitchell rushed for 1,953 yards and 23 TDs last year.

Ridge View receiver Bernard Porter will miss two weeks because of a knee injury.

Big weekend for Felton

Gray Collegiate’s Jalek Felton had a strong showing in the Under Armour Elite 24 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Felton won the 3-point shooting contest and was named one of the MVPs for the game. The North Carolina commit scored 16 points and had four assists. Felton’s ranked No. 24 in the latest ESPN Top 100 for the Class of 2017.

Spartanburg Day’s Zion Williamson also had a big performance. The junior, who has an offer from South Carolina among others, scored 23 points on 10-for-10 shooting and also earned one of the game’s MVP honors.

Midlands players picked

Several Midlands high school baseball players were selected to play in the eighth annual South Atlantic Border Battle on Sept. 24-25 in Holly Springs, N.C..

The invite-only event is for juniors and seniors. The seniors invited are Lexington’s Jon Scott, Camden’s Devin Beckley, Mid-Carolina’s Corey Stone, River Bluff’s Aaron Adams, A.C. Flora’s Lane Botkin and Dutch Fork’s Ward Hacklen.

Juniors selected are Swansea’s Josiah Sightler, Airport’s Gage Jeffcoat, Lexington’s Jared Kirven, Blythewood’s Jordyn Adams and Lugoff-Elgin’s Chase Roberts.

Recruiting news

A.C. Flora center Deshawn Thomas was offered by Florida Gulf Coast University Tuesday.

White Knoll’s Hannah Goodwin has verbally committed to play softball at North Carolina State.


The South Carolina High School League and MaxPreps, the online high school sports provider, announced a partnership. The agreement will enable the SCHSL to provide a customized sports information platform for its member schools.

MaxPreps and the SCHSL will offer a publishing platform across desktop, tablet and mobile devices that will streamline the process of managing sports information.