On the Mark: Throwback games, Jackson County basketball state poll rankings, more: Column

Mark Martin
Special to Jackson Newspapers
Mark Martin

THROWBACK: The next “Throwback Night” for Ravenswood Runnin’ Red Devil basketball as it celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the program will be Saturday, Jan. 29.

The Devils of head coach Mick Price will be entertaining Roane County that evening.

Those involved with the program from 1970-1999 will be recognized between the junior varsity and varsity games. Those in attendance will be receiving a 100th season commemorative coin.

A reception, which begins at 5:45 p.m., will take place throughout the evening in Alumni Hall (facilities building). Plenty of Red Devil basketball memorabilia will be on display.

Price encourages anyone who played a part in Devil basketball during this time frame to attend.

He also notes family members are welcome to represent someone (who is either deceased or unable to attend) at the event.

The third “Throwback Night” is set for Saturday, Feb. 5, when Ravenswood takes on Buffalo. This particular evening will honor those from the season of 2000 and beyond.

“We love giving these people a chance to rekindle relationships,” said Price.

STATE RANKINGS: All four of the county’s basketball programs are getting recognition in the West Virginia polls released weekly.

In the recent Class AA rankings, Ravenswood’s boys team was fifth in the Associated Press Boys Basketball Poll and the Boys Coaches Poll.

The Ripley Vikings of head coach Derek Mullins were ninth in Class AAA of the Coaches Poll.

The Ripley Lady Vikings garnered four votes in Class AAA of the AP Girls Basketball Poll.

Ravenswood’s Red Devilettes, of head coach Cara Starkey, garnered one vote in the Class AA AP Poll.

Outside of Jackson County, Morgantown’s girls are No. 2 in Class AAAA. The Lady Mohigans are guided by Jason White, a one-time Ravenswood Red Devil.

NEW ROLE FOR WHITE: Speaking of Jason White, his wife, Stephanie, has a new job.

She is the new director of athletics for student development at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.

White had been at WVU working several positions within the athletic department, including serving as an assistant athletics director for student-athlete development.

She spent lots of time with the men’s basketball program of head coach Bob Huggins.

A graduate of Ripley High School, White earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from West Virginia University.

She and her husband are the parents of a daughter, Aubrey.

White is the daughter of Ripley baseball coaching legend Ray Swisher and Brenda Winters.