Ridge View Boys Golf concludes the season with winning record
by Jonathan Cardona, High School Sports Editor
COLUMBIA, S.C. — This year the Ridge View Boys Golf had one of their best seasons in over 10 years. The Blazers finished off their season with a winning record of 10 wins and eight losses.
Stand out, sophomore, Jacob Fink led the team with the lowest stroke average. He also became the first Ridge View golfer to score in the 30s for a nine hole match in over 10 years. He shot a 39 against Lugoff-Elgin High School in the last match of the season.
Coach Seth Gilmer believed that the team’s biggest achievement this year was qualifying as a team for the AAAA Upper State Tournament. This was the first time in over 10 years a Ridge Views boys team qualified for the tournament.
Coach Gilmer felt as if their home course was their most difficult course because is was very tight with numerous hills to walk. After practicing as much as possible on it, he felt more comfortable about his players.
In concluding the season Coach Gilmer would like for his players to “be proud of their accomplishments but to never settle.”
After a season of success, the golf team is looking forward to adding new members for the 2019 season.
Ridge View baseball continues to improve
By DaQuan Gladden
COLUMBIA, S.C.– Ridge View Baseball has seen some rough seasons in recent years, but with Coach Iglesias, things are beginning to look up.
“We are improving as a team and we currently have mostly freshman and sophomores on the team,” remarked Iglesias.
Senior Daniel Korn, who was named to the All Regional team, said, “The future for Ridge View is getting better and is competing with other teams.”
Up and coming talent is junior Christian Moody who is projected to increase his level of play next year.
The Blazers finished the season 3-10. The team got their first regional win in three years after defeating Westwood 4-3.
Coach Iglesias was also named Regional Coach of the Year.
Ridge View beats Wilson for Class 4-A State Championship
By Jonathan Cardona, High School Sports Editor published 3/15/2018
COLUMBIA, S.C. — On Saturday, March 3, 2018, The Ridge View Blazers beat the Wilson High School Tigers, 74-70, In Colonial Life Arena for the South Carolina Class 4-A State Championship. This is the Blazers’ first state championship in two appearances.
In the 2018 South Carolina High School League Boys Basketball State Championship playoffs, Ridge View came in with high expectations, finishing off the regular season on a five-game winning streak. The Blazers were playing their best basketball of the year, and seemed poised for a deep tournament run.
Ridge View faced off against the Midland Valley Mustangs at home in the first round. Ridge View showed no mercy against a lower ranked Midland Valley, blowing out the Mustangs 72-38 on their way to the second round.
Their next game was scheduled at home against the Eastside High School Eagles from Taylors, South Carolina. With home court advantage, the Blazers were confident and brought down the Eagles, 63-45, heading into the third round.
In the third round of the playoffs, Ridge View traveled to Aiken High School. With the team keeping their eyes on the prize, settling for nothing less than a state title run, they fought hard and came out with a big win, 77-61.
Ridge View went up against South Aiken High School in the third round. The Blazers took an early lead in the first half. Late in the fourth quarter, the Blazers gave South Aiken no chance of a comeback. The Blazers took the win by a comfortable 60-47 margin.
In the final game, Ridge View faced off against the Wilson High School Tigers for the 4-AAAA Boys Basketball State Championship game at Colonial Life Arena. Going into halftime the Wilson Tigers lead 36-32.
The halftime deficit gave the Blazers a wake up call, beginning the second half with a 12 – 6 run. The run lead the Blazersto a two-point lead at 44-42. With the game being neck to neck, Ridge View began a slight run to extend their lead, making it more difficult for the Tigers to come back.
Ridge View center Malcolm Wilson saved his biggest block of the season for last, with a huge rejection late in the fourth quarter that gave Ridge View the momentum they needed to close out the game with their lead. He then shot a dagger free-throw to finish the Tigers’ hopes, as the Blazers won a close one, 74-70, becoming state champions for the first time.
With only being head coach for two seasons, Head Coach Yerrick Stoneman said, “This is a huge accomplishment for the team, but it’s not just me it’s about all of the people who are involved from coaches to players. ”
Crosby Harris-James finished the game with a team-high of 20 points. Walyn Napper finished with 17, and Javon Anderson and Malcolm Wilson chipped in with 16 and 15 points, respectively.
With a majority of the players returning for next season, Coach Stoneman wants his players to continue to work hard to achieve another state championship next season.
Ridge View Football presses for winning season
By Jonathan Cardona
COLUMBIA, SC — Ridge View Football is back in action winning four out of their first six games. After losing their first game to Sumter High School, the Ridge View Blazers began their four-game winning streak.
After losing many players from the class of ‘17 who left strong memories and legacies for the team this year, Head Coach Perry Parks felt as if they will be alright.
“ I like our chances this year, we got to get into region play and continue to play well but I think this team will get into the playoffs”, Coach Parks stated.
Ridge View has two prospects, Damion Daley and Bernard Porter, who have Division 1 Scholarships to play football so far.
Damion Daley has a total of 18 D1 Scholarships in which he already visited the University of South Carolina, University of Georgia, and University of North Carolina.
Damion’s brother, South Carolina’s star Dennis Daley, Damion feels as if, “ It would be a dream come true “ if him and his brother played together.
Ridge View played their toughest opponent on their schedule, the South Pointe Stallions, on Thursday. The Blazers came up short to South Pointe, one of the nation’s top 50 teams, dropping their record to 4 – 2.
NBA Finals: Warriors and Cavs rubber match brewing?
By Chris Kennedy
The NBA Playoffs are well underway, with the remaining teams currently playing in the Conference Finals. In the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors in four-game sweeps. Their opponent, the Boston Celtics, had a little more trouble. The No. 1 seeded Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls in six games, then went on the beat the Washington Wizards in a thrilling seven-game series. In the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors swept both the Portland Trail Blazers and the Utah Jazz to advance to play the San Antonio Spurs, who beat the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets in six games apiece. The Conference Finals are set, both with a 1-seed playing against a 2-seed, so it figures that any team could win and that each game will be a good one. However, the wide consensus around the league would beg to differ. It seems to many like the Warriors will win the West and that the Cavs will win the East, creating the long-awaited Finals rubber match that will settle the score between the last two Finals, with the Warriors winning in 2015 and the Cavs winning in 2016.
The Warriors’ road to the Finals has been, for the most part, a smooth ride. This much was expected by most of the country, as the Warriors came into the year favored to win the Finals. With the blockbuster acquisition of superstar Kevin Durant during the summer, the Warriors, already lethal, seemed primed to make a championship run. The Warriors cruised to a 67-15 regular season record, which was a slight departure from their 73-9 record last year, but impressive nonetheless. The Warriors led the NBA in both offensive efficiency and defensive efficiency this past year, adding to the list of daunting statistics that the Warriors have put up this year, putting the 2017 Warriors in a great position to avenge last year’s Finals loss to Cleveland.
The Cavaliers’ path to the Finals has been a little bit different, and has come with more challenges. The defending champs finished the regular season with a 51-31 record, a demotion from their 57-25 record in 2016, and finished second in the Eastern Conference standings. The Cavaliers’ offense this year has been exceptional, as expected, anchored by Lebron James and Kyrie Irving. They finished second in the NBA in offensive efficiency and fourth in points per game. However, the Cavs’ defense has been suspect, evidenced by their lackluster record and their 21st place ranking in defensive efficiency this year. The Cavs also dealt with injuries, losing J.R. Smith for a large part of the season. However, the Cavaliers also made some key free agent pickups this season, getting veteran scorer Deron Williams and 3-point specialist Kyle Korver. If the Cavs tighten up their defense against the Celtics, the series will be over quickly and the league will have a Finals rematch that will settle the score between the two superpowers of the NBA.
Baseball: spring baseball season gets underway in March
By Chris Kennedy
Posted: March 27, 2017
The Ridge View spring varsity baseball season got underway earlier this March. The Blazers go into the 2017 campaign looking to improve upon last year’s dismal season, which did not include a single win. Though the Blazers went winless in 2016, 2017 looks to be much better, as new coach Julio Iglesias looks to take the team in a new direction.
Coach Iglesias said “We’re going in the right direction as long as we stay together and all buy into what we are trying to do; then we’ll be okay.”
In response to the pressure to improve upon last year, Coach Iglesias said “Yes, we have a lot of room for improvement, but I think we will be better than last year”
Coach Iglesias noted that one of the main problems of last year’s team was the lack of discipline, something that he plans to address this year. He stated “Instilled discipline, organization and emphasis on commitment.”
Iglesias also seems optimistic about the team not only from a directional standpoint, but a talent standpoint as well.
“We’re really young, we’ve only got two seniors, but our younger group of guys is very promising.”
The future looks to hold great things for the Blazers, as they play Westwood on Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00pm.
Five game winning streak ends at South Pointe High School
by Jonathan Cardona, Sports Editor
Posted: October 31, 2016
This season, football Coach Perry Parks continued to change Ridge View’s football program into one of the best Ridge View has seen in years.
The Blazers started the season by defeating Sumter High 22-15.
Next, Ridge View defeated their rival opponent, Blythewood with a game winning field-goal to win 23-21, bringing them to a 2-0 record.
“It was a good win for the community, because it had been a while since we have defeated Blythewood,” Coach Parks commented after the game.
The team won its third game after beating Ninety-Six High School with a score of 68-52 .
At Spirit Communications Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies baseball team, Ridge View hosted Fairfield-Central. They beat the Griffins 22-20, making their record 4-0.
To secure their fifth win, Ridge View held the Union County Yellow Jackets to win 33-30.
The Blazers were defeated by top ranked South Pointe High School 46-21, ending Ridge View’s five game winning streak.
Ridge View edges out Keenan in swim meet
By Chris Kennedy, Staff Writer
COLUMBIA S.C.- On Thursday, September 9, the Ridge View Swim Team edged out Keenan in a tight swim meet in the newly-renovated Greenview Park. The boys team tied, and the girls team won by 35 points, giving Ridge View the overall win.
Senior Devin Williams led the way for the boys, picking up wins in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. Senior Justin Hong won the 100-yard breaststroke and freshman Xavier Alexander finished won the 50-yard freestyle. The girl’s team did their part as well, beating Keenan and picking up a first place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with junior Kayla Allen.
When asked about her team’s overall performance, Ridge View coach Karen Willdermood said, “They [Ridge View] did well, but it was disappointing that the boy’s tied when they could’ve beaten them [Keenan].”
Ridge View’s last varsity swim meet is the 4A Regional on October 1, in Rock Hill.
Jewl Bell signs with North Greenville University for football
By Jonathan Cardona, Sports Editor
COLUMBIA, SC –On February 3, Ridge View senior Jewl Bell signed his letter of intent with North Greenville to play football.
“Even though there’s no way to be prepare for college, I’m as ready as I can be” Jewl stated.
Jewl also added that he is looking forward to prospering and getting a starting position as soon as possible.
John Barnett signs with Maryville College for football and academics
By Jonathan Cardona, Sports Editor
COLUMBIA, SC — On March 8, Ridge View senior John Barnett signed his letter of intent with Maryville College to play football.
When asked about achieving personal goals, Barnett stated, “Think of life as a game of football, and high school is only the first quarter. Just because you may mess up here and there, does not mean you will lose in the game of life. You will always have opportunities to grow and succeed beyond your own expectations.”.
Between academic and athletic scholarships, John Barnett has received a total of $31,000 from his school.
Faith McKie signs with Claflin University for track and field
By Natalia Navarro
COLUMBIA, SC–Friday March 11, Ridge View senior Faith McKie signed her letter of intent with Claflin to run Track and Field.
“This is a great experience,” McKie commented excitedly after her signing. “I am both relieved and excited that I’ll be going to Claflin.”
McKie received a full scholarship from Claflin.