As we close the books on another school year let’s take a look at the top 10 Redhawk Athletic moments of the 2017-18 School Year.
#10 Boys Tennis/Girls Soccer–In what came down to the last week in the season, both the Boys Tennis team and the Girls Soccer team would defeat the Ridge View Blazers to secure their first ever playoff appearances. They both were eliminated in the first round of the 4A playoffs by South Aiken, but it is great to see both of these programs continue to grow and get better each year. Congrats to Coach Ramona Gonzales (Boys Tennis) and Chelsea Pedersen (Girls Soccer) for their seasons!
#9 Football (Westwood vs North Augusta)–On Friday November 3rd 2017, the Westwood Redhawk football team would return to the 4A State Playoffs after not qualifying the previous season. They would have a daunting task taking on undefeated Region IV Champions and number #2 ranked North Augusta in the first round. The Redhawks would get a huge kickoff return from TJ Blanding to tie the Yellow Jackets early in the first quarter and from there they would soar to a 23-13 victory in one of the biggest upsets in the state in the first round of the 4A playoffs.
#8 Volleyball (Westwood vs Greenville State Playoffs)–After winning their first ever playoff game vs North Augusta, the Redhawks hosted the Greenville Red Raiders and quickly went up 2-0 only to see the Red Raiders fight back to win the next two games to send the match to a deciding 5th game. With the Redhawks down 12-14 and the game on the line, Jasmine Finkley would come up big for the Redhawks getting a huge block from the Greenville hitter to keep the Redhawks alive as they would go on to score 3 more points to give them the 16-14 victory in game 5 to advance to the 3rd round of the state playoffs!
#7 Football (Westwood vs Blythewood)–On September 8th the Redhawk football team would bring the “Battle Axe” back to Westwood in convincing fashion over the Blythewood Bengals by a score of 28-9. Elijah Heatley would throw 4 touchdown passes and the Redhawk defense was “lights out” holding the Bengals to 9 points and causing 6 Bengal turnovers in the game.
#6 Westwood Athletic Department–On March 13th, the Westwood High Athletic Department was presented the SCHSL Award of Excellence in Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity at the annual Athletic Administrator’s Conference in Charleston, SC. This is the 3rd time in 4 years (2nd consecutive year) that Westwood has received this honor and the only Richland Two School to receive this honor.
#5 Girls Track–The Girls Track team quietly put together one of their best season’s in school history as they barely missed out on their second region championship finishing as runner-ups in the region championship. After the region championship, they would go on to the State Championship and finish 3rd in the state for their best ever finish in school history.
#4 Trio of First-Time Region Champions (Volleyball, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball)–The Volleyball team got off to a rocky start losing to some of the best 5A teams in the state in non-region play, but then went on a 13 game win streak that included going undefeated in region play to win their first ever Region Championship and advanced to the 3rd round of the state 4A playoffs. The Girls Basketball team had high hopes going in to the season and were strong early on knocking off eventual 5A State Champion Spring Valley twice and then wrapped up a share of their first ever Region Championship by knocking off rival Ridge View in the season finale. The girls would go on to advance to the Upper State Championship versus eventual State Champion North Augusta to conclude a 23-3 season. The Boys Basketball team would compile another record-breaking season compiling a record 19 wins and a share of their first ever Region Championship. They were one win away from the Upper State Championship as the last second shot put up by Russell Jones Jr rolled around the rim in the remaining seconds of their 3rd round playoff game at South Aiken.
#3 Cross Country Sweep–On October 19th, Boys and Girls Cross Country runners Paul McCants and Alanie Foster would make school history as the first two Cross Country Athletes to sweep the Region Championships. For Foster, this would be her 2nd consecutive Region Championship as she would finish with a time of 20:28 and would later improve that time at the State Championships shattering her own record with a time of 19:58. McCants would win his championship by pulling away from the Ridge View runner in the last mile to post a championship time of 17:18. Both of these athletes will look to repeat in 2018 as they return for their Senior years.
#2 Boys Track Repeat In Dominating Fashion– On May 1st, 2018 the Boys Track and Field team would dominate the Region Championships for a second year in a row winning 12 events as they would run away from the other region opponents. This would mark the 3rd Region Championship for the Redhawks in the school’s six year history. The Boys would go on to finish as State Runner-Up in 4A for the second year in a row as the 4×100 team (Repeat as State Champions) and the 4×400 team would win State Championships on this day.
#1 Boys 4×100 Relay Team-On April 14th 2018, at the prestigious Bojangles Track meet, the 4×100 relay team of Dermonti Romey, Montre Miller, Torran Goings, and Trini Feggett would step up on the big stage and blow away the competition winning the 4×100 relay and setting a State Record time in this meet. They would go on to win the State 4×100 Championship for the 2nd year in a row and go down as the fasted 4×100 relay team in state history!