Ravenswood boys basketball set to turn 100 years old in 2021-22 season

Mark Martin
Each day, Ravenswood basketball players get a glimpse of the program's history with this display in the Red Devil locker room.

Last season, the Old Gymnasium, aka “The Pit,” hit a milestone.

The home to Ravenswood Red Devil basketball, which features the Mick Price Court, turned 70 years old.

Now, one season later, Ravenswood basketball is about to embark on another celebration.

The 2021-22 campaign will mark the 100th in school history for the red and black.

“We are going to be doing a lot of things surrounding this,” said Price, Ravenswood’s head boys basketball coach since the season of 1978-79 and the owner of two Class AA state championships and three other title game appearances (one in AA and two in Class A).

As part of this historic celebration, Price is seeking help from the public for anything relating to Red Devil basketball over time.

“If anybody has old game programs, pictures, just any type of memorabilia they would like to share for some of our displays that would be great,” Price said. “Sports albums, game clippings, shakers, you name it. We would love to have it.”

Price said people can reach out to either him or assistant coach Bryan Canterbury if they have items to share during the celebration.

This is not the first time Price has helped to salute the great history of a sport turning 100 years old at the school.

As Ravenswood’s head football coach in 2014, he played a huge role in the centennial celebration for Red Devil gridiron glory.

Price said his team will be donning throwback uniforms throughout the 2021-22 season.

Each year Ravenswood basketball puts out a game program (more like a media guide) that is second to none and one many colleges would envy.

The program for the 100-year anniversary celebration is one Price feels those following his Devils will want to purchase and forever cherish.

Another part of the centennial for Ravenswood basketball will be a documentary on the history of the sport.

“It will be like an ESPN 30-for-30,” Price said.

“Anyone who might have any film footage from Red Devil basketball games from 1980 and back can get in touch with me or Coach Canterbury.”

As part of the celebration, Ravenswood will be having three Saturday night games this season to recognize those from the past who have been a part of Red Devil basketball.

The first of the three encounters for the celebration will be December 11 against Wirt County.

Price said those who were a part of the program up through the season of 1964-65 will be recognized between the junior varsity and varsity games.

The second will take place January 29 with Roane County coming to Ravenswood. Those who were a part of Ravenswood basketball in the 1965-66 season through the 1998-99 campaign will be honored.

The third will unfold February 5 with Buffalo as the opponent. Those honored this night will be from the year 2000 to the present.

“We will have a hospitality room in the facilities building,” Price said.

There will be collages lining the walls leading into the gym to highlight the many athletes, coaching staffs and great moments in Red Devil basketball history.

Price said plans are in the works to have a commemorative coin for the 100-year anniversary, which would be handed out to each honoree returning for the three game celebrations.

“We are looking for anyone who had anything to do with Ravenswood basketball to come back and celebrate,” he said. “This isn’t just for players and coaches. This is cheerleaders, managers, scorekeepers. If you were involved in any way with Ravenswood basketball, we want you there.

“Our goal is to get as many people to come back as possible.”

Like his many undertakings through the years centering around Ravenswood basketball, Price wants the three nights and the entire season to be first-class.

“We’re really going to try and go a good job with this. We are going to do a lot of stuff leading up to this season,” he said.

And like all nights, Price certainly wants to see his Red Devils pull off wins during the three evenings of celebration.

Which would, of course, be the icing on the cake to this grand celebration.