Beau knows: Ravenswood’s Bennett wins LKC Top Gun title

Mark Martin

Back in the day, Nike utilized the great Bo Jackson, a dual sports star, to promote one of its products.

The former Heisman Trophy winner enjoyed success in both the National Football League and Major League Baseball.

The Nike ads entitled “Bo knows” were legend.

Jackson was the face and talent in letting the country know all about Nike’s cross-training shoes after he became the first athlete in the modern day era to compete in both the NFL and MLB in the same year.

The term “Bo knows” was quite the saying.

Ravenswood High athletics has its own Beau.

And Beau Bennett certainly knows how to shoot.

The promising Ravenswood High freshman athlete displayed his shooting skills recently by winning the Little Kanawha Conference’s Top Gun competition.

Ravenswood sophomore-to-be Beau Bennett was the winner of the 2021 Little Kanawha Conference Night of Champions Top Gun Shootout (3-point competition).

Due to COVID-19, this year’s shootout for 3-pointers, which is normally staged during the LKC’s Night of Champions event, took place at each school’s gymnasium.

Bennett emerged from 32 shooters (two per school) to take the Top Gun title.

The sharpshooting lefty drilled 21 shots in the competition. Teammate Logan Alfred made 18.

Bennett becomes the eighth Red Devil to take the Top Gun crown since the competition started in 1987.

He joins the likes of Bernie Rees (1987), Steve Mossor (1990), Keith Brooke (1992), Brett Rector (2000), Ben Wise (2005), Zach Martin (2012) and Isaiah Morgan (2016).

Like Bennett, Rector, now an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Charleston, was a freshman when he won the Top Gun competition.

Bennett averaged 5.4 points per game this season. He led the Devils in 3-pointers made with 22.

In addition to basketball, Bennett is a promising baseball player at Ravenswood. He saw action this season as a middle infielder and pitcher. Bennett certainly has some great family ties to Ravenswood High athletics.

His grandfather is Runnin’ Red Devil head boys basketball coach Mick Price, who has two state titles to his credit. His uncle, Bryan Canterbury, is a long-time Devil assistant to Price.

Besides basketball, Canterbury, who was an outstanding football player and track and field athlete at Ravenswood, has nine state cross country championships, five girls track and field championships and was an assistant on the 1982 girls basketball state title team.

Bennett’s older brother, Blake, was a stalwart on the 2016 and 2017 Class A runner-up teams at Ravenswood and played on two baseball teams which reached the state tournament.

His father, Aaron, has served in the past as the head baseball coach for Ravenswood Middle School. He presently serves as an assistant to Ravenswood head baseball coach Wes Swain.

His mother, Melissa, is a former Red Devil cheerleader.

“I was ticked he won, because no one knew (since the competition was held at individual schools),” said Price. “I was proud of him. He’s worked hard on his shooting. He’s a good shooter. He’s going to be a good player.”