In 2007, Wil Newsome was a fixture on WPDE's Friday night Chevy End Zone as the quarterback of the Hartsville Red Foxes. Newsome along with running back Bennett Saunders and wide receiver Jordan Lyles all represented the Red Foxes on the 2007 WPDE All-Zone team. The three athletes went different paths in athletics. Saunders played football at Presbyterian while Lyles has played in the big leagues with the Houston Astros and is currently in AAA awaiting a second trip to the majors.
Newsome went the route of mixed martial arts and has enjoyed early success in the octagon as an amateur posting a 3-1 record. He's currently a senior at Coastal Carolina and trying to get an opportunity to fight professionally. Newsome's next bout is scheduled for May 12th in Mooresville, North Carolina.
In addition to an outstanding football career at Hartsville, Newsome was a key member of the Red Foxes 2007 4A state baseball champions along with Lyles. Newsome trains at Fitness Edge MMA in Conway and is in intense training for his May 12th bout. He spars three rounds with three straight opponents to build his endurance to prepare for his upcoming fight.