During Mick Price’s 40 years of coaching Ravenswood basketball he’s gone up against a wide-range of opponents.
But one school Price’s squads have never faced is Van.

During Mick Price’s 40 years of coaching Ravenswood basketball he’s gone up against a wide-range of opponents.

  But one school Price’s squads have never faced is Van.

  In fact, no Devil team in the history of the sport of boys basketball has squared off with the Boone County school.

  Wednesday  evening that will all change as the Bulldogs pay a visit to the Old Gymnasium for a showdown with the ‘Runnin Red Devils on the Mick Price Court.

  At stake will be a berth in the Class A field of the West Virginia High School Boys State Basketball Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum March 14-17.

  Either Van or Ravenswood will be one of eight teams to punch a ticket into the Big Dance.

 Ravenswood enters  Wednesday  night’s game, which tips at  7 p.m., with a 23-1 overall record. Van comes in at 15-8.

 The Devils won a 46th  sectional crown last Friday by defeating Parkersburg Catholic in overtime. Van was beaten soundly by Tug Valley, the only team to defeat Ravenswood this season.

  While Van invades Ravenswood, Catholic hits the road to play at Tug Valley.

  Mick Price has been doing a lot of film study on the Bulldogs.

 “They are very good,” he said. “They are very athletic.”

  The Bulldogs average 64 points and allow 59.

  Their top scorer is Taylor Jarrell, who has produced some 1,700 points in his career.

  “It’s not just him,” Price said. “They are a very skilled team. They have good size. They play hard. They get on the boards. It should be a hotly-contested game. We will have to bring our A-game.”

  Ravenswood will be trying to reach the State Tournament for the 11th  time in school history – nine of those have come during Price’s tenure.

 The Devil program owns to state titles (Class AA) and a pair of runner-up trophies (Class AA and last year in Class A).