Season number 100 is underway for Ravenswood boys basketball
Ravenswood basketball has aged quite well, thank you.
To the tune of 100 years.
The celebration of the centennial season started nicely with a win over Wirt County.
Ravenswood had its first of three “Throwback Nights” in the Little Kanawha Conference showdown with the Tigers.
The team representing Ravenswood in its 100th year is one Mick Price feels has the potential to be special.
Price has certainly witnessed his share of basketball when it comes to the red and black. One of West Virginia’s winningest coaches, Price is embarking on his 44th season at the helm.
Several familiar faces are back from a squad that fought its way through COVID-19, like all others, in the Mountain State a season ago.
Due to the virus, all of the action took place in 2021.
This year, things will be more normal with December games, followed by a full plate in January and February and then the postseason.
Junior Matthew Carte, who stands 6-1, is one of the returners for Ravenswood. Carte is coming off a season in which he earned Class AA Second Team All-State.
“He is very passionate about the game of basketball. He loves the game. He has improved so much from a year ago,” said Price.
The veteran Red Devil leader said Carte will need to find other ways to score this season, based on teams knowing about his talents.
“He will no doubt draw the team’s top defender,” Price said. “I think he has gotten better in just understanding that he doesn’t have to do it all.”
Ashton Miller, a 6-3 senior, is a player Price is high on.
“Up to this point, he has had the best practices and is the leader of this team. He has proven to be a leader of the team with his voice, his play and his actions. I’m very proud of Ashton. He has a renewed spirit. I love the way he plays.”
Junior Drew Hunt, who is now 6-0, is back and a much different looking player. “He has improved his strength. He is a great shooter. He can also put the ball on the floor and create a better shot. He runs the floor well.”
Logan Alfred, a 6-1 sophomore, returns with a year’s worth of varsity experience under his belt. “He’s very athletic. He is a tough-nosed kid who has improved. He played a lot of minutes last year. He is great at going to the glass.”
Beau Bennett is another 6-1 sophomore and the head coach’s grandson.
“He is the best pure shooter on the team. He is playing with much more confidence. He is stronger and faster. He’s not just a shooter anymore. He’s learned he can get to the rim, or pitching it to make his team better.”
Senior Sean Banks, who stands 5-8, is back for a third year with the program and will be a key player off the bench. “He is the quickest kid on our team. He can change the speed of the game. I love his energy.”
Another senior, Blake Ball, is a much leaner player than before.
“He has lost 40 pounds,” Price said of Ball, who stands in at 6-4. “He’s been a part of our program for four years. When he plays like he’s 6-4, he really helps our team. He has a nice mid-range jumper, is a nice passer and does a good job in the post.”
Ravenswood's 100th team also features juniors Cade Cufman, Logan Moore, Steve Mosser, Hayden Shockey and Anthony Anglin.
Colton Riggs and Zane Balis are the sophomores.
Noah Dawson is a freshman.
"I'm excited about this team," Price said. "We worked hard for two years to get these guys to play hard. We've got our problems like all teams do. We can shoot the ball. And that will keep you in games."
And Ravenswood plans to win its share in season number 100.
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Ravenswood opened with a 59-45 victory over Wirt County in the first "Throwback Night."
Carte scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds, came away with six steals and had four assists.
Bennett had 13 points and four rebounds.
Hunt added seven, handed out five assists, made four steals and blocked a shot.
Banks scored nine points. Miller finished with seven and Alfred scored four.