BLYTHEWOOD — Blythewood High School recognized 22 student-athletes from the Class of 2016 that announced their intentions to continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level. The ceremony held on National Signing Day 2016, featured seniors from baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and softball. Their families accompanied the players as they celebrated their achievements.
The baseball program, coached by Barry Mizzell, announced four players that will play on the collegiate level. Ryan Bland, son of Doug & Robin Bland, has committed to playing for Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla. Bland, a catcher for the Bengals, earned his first varsity letter last year.
Jacob Davis, son of Mark & Charlene Davis, announced that he will continue his playing career at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. Davis, a senior pitcher and outfielder for the Bengals, has earned three varsity letters with the Bengals and was named to the All-Tournament Team for last year’s Red Bank Invitational.
Chase Ellis, son of Ron & Tess Ellis, will continue his baseball career at The Citadel. Ellis, a third baseman, for the Bengals, earned a varsity letter last season. Ellis also earned a varsity letter for the football team as a sophomore. Ellis will join his older brother, Drew, in the Citadel baseball program.
Justin Greider, son of Jamie & Melissa Cooper, has committed to playing for the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. Greider, a pitcher and infielder for the Bengals, has earned two varsity letters and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 Red Bank Invitational Tournament.
Eli Lake, son of Sam & Karen Lake, has announced his commitment to play basketball for the Naval Academy next year. Lake, a forward for head coach Zeke Washington at Blythewood, was named to the All-Region team each of the last two seasons. He was also named to the All-State team a year ago.
Lauren Harley, daughter of Warren & Venyke Harley, has committed to play basketball for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte next year. The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association selected Harley, a shooting guard for head coach Steve Inabinet, as a Top 5 Senior. She earned All-Region honors a year ago and is averaging over 18 points per game for the Bengals.
The football team, coached by Dan Morgan, had nine players announce their college plans. Timel Benton, son of Robert & Melissa Benton, committed play for Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Benton played multiple positions for the Bengals this season, earned his second varsity letter and won the Coaches Offensive Award.
Trae Churn, son of Herbert Churn, Jr., announced his commitment to South Carolina State University. Churn, an All-Region receiver for the Bengals, finished his career with 749 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Churn is also an All-Region and All-State player for the boys basketball team at Blythewood.
David Isreal, son of Shree Isreal, announced his intention to play for Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. Isreal, a four-year starter at quarterback for the Bengals, was named to All-Region and All-State teams in his time at Blythewood. Isreal accounted for 68 touchdowns in his career at Blythewood, including 56 through the air.
Xavier Kelly, son of Willie & Ebony Kelly, announced his intention to play for Wingate University in Wingate, NC. Kelly, a lineman for Blythewood, was selected to the North-South All-Star Game this season, becoming only the second offensive lineman to be selected to an all-star game in school history. Kelly earned three varsity letters for the Bengals and was a two-time All-Region selection.
Hayden Lindemann, son of Jeff & Sharon Lindemann, announced his plans to play for Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn. Lindemann, a defensive lineman for Blythewood, finished the 2015 season with 58 tackles, including six tackles for a loss.
Khris Pam, son of Tony & Demetria Pam, committed to continue his career at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. The defensive back was named a WLTX Player of the Week and was selected to the North-South All-Star Game. A team captain, Pam was also selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl Game in Tampa, Fla.
Jarrod Russ, son of Wanda Russ-Kenscoff, has committed to Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Russ, a defensive lineman, was selected to the All-Region team as a junior. Russ had a tremendous impact on the defensive side of the ball as a senior, however had limited playing time due to an injury suffered after the third game of the season.
Cody Tuner, son of Clay & April Turner, has signed to continue his football career at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. Turner, a kicker for the Bengals, was an All-Region selection as a senior and named the Special Teams Player of the Year for Blythewood. Turner kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Bengals a victory over North Augusta in the 2015 AAAA Playoffs.
Eric Weber, son of April Weber-Ramert, has signed with East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Weber, a tight end and defensive end for Blythewood, was an All-Region selection each of the last two seasons for the Bengals. Weber had the longest fumble recovery in school history with his 79-yard return against Westwood this past season.
The boys golf program, coached by Allen Hancock, had two players commit to continuing their golfing careers on the collegiate level. Cole Hargett, son of Eddie & Kim Hargett, will continue his career at North Greenville University. Hargett is currently ranked 45th in South Carolina and has had multiple Top 20 finishes in high school and statewide events.
Matthew Moninghoff, son of Bruce & Kay Moninghoff, has announced his plans to play for Coker College in Hartsville, SC. Moninghoff is currently plays the #1 position for the Blythewood golf team and has a low tournament score of 66. Moninghoff is ranked in the top 30 golfers in the state by the SCJGA.
Emmanuel Johnson, son of Marvin & Maxine Johnson, has committed to continuing his lacrosse career at North Greenville University. A defenseman for head coach Kirk Thurston at Blythewood, Johnson is a two-year varsity team captain and was a 2nd team All-Region selection a year ago. He earned the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2015 and was named Most Improved Player in 2014.
The girls soccer program, coached by Kathy Knight, had three players commit to continuing their careers in college. Taylor Barber, daughter of Eric Barber and Kathy Knight, will continue her career at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Barber, a centerback for Blythewood, is a three-year letter winner. She was named to All-Region and All-State teams in each of the past two seasons. Barber was selected as the Region IV-AAAA Player of the Year in 2015.
Morgan Cordier, daughter of Jerry & Randeen Cordier, has committed to continue her soccer career at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. Cordier, a center midfielder at Blythewood, has been a starter for the varsity team since her freshman year. Her SCUFC 97 girls premier team was the State Cup Champion in 2014 & 2015.
Amanda Morse, daughter of Robert Morse and Angela Brazil, has committed to play collegiately at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Morse, a three-year starter at defensive back for Blythewood, has been named an All-Region selection for each of the past two seasons. She helped the team to the Upperstate Championship game her freshman season. She’s also a member of numerous academic honors societies including the National Honors Society and the BETA Club.
Maggie Herrera, daughter of Marco & Mary Kay Herrera, has committed to continue her softball career at Newberry College. Herrera, a middle infielder the head coach Jordan Atkinson at Blythewood, is a four-year letter winner for the Bengals. She was named to the 2015 All-State team and was a Bengal Award Winner.
Standing (L to R): Athletic Director Vince Lowry, Eli Lake, Jacob Davis, Taylor Barber, Morgan Cordier, Justin Greider, Ryan Bland, Amanda Morse, Emmanuel Johnson, Maggie Herrera, Cole Hargett, Matthew Moninghoff, and Principal Dr. Brenda Hafner
Seated (L to R): Lauren Harley, Chase Ellis, Trae Churn, Hayden Lindemann, Cody Turner, David Isreal, Eric Weber, Timel Benton, Jarrod Russ, Khris Pam, and Xavier Kelly.
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