Rocky River High Celebrates Success Launches First Annual Raven Fest

By Michele Dotson 
Staff Writer
The Rocky River High School band welcomes students to the First Annual Raven Fest held at the school on October 31, 2013.

The Rocky River High School band welcomes students to the First Annual Raven Fest held at the school on October 31, 2013.

Rocky River High’s First Annual Raven Fest was held on Thursday, October 31, from 12:30-2:05 pm. The school’s student government sponsored the event as a way to celebrate their achievements and share their school spirit.  

“We wanted to celebrate our students and our successes,” says Assistant Principal Quintin Chiles. “This is the first year all of our students are Ravens; from freshmen to seniors.”
The outdoor celebration included music provided by the school band, booths displays from various school clubs, food, games, and prizes.
“We have so much to celebrate,” says math teacher Amy Regan, “Our football team is 10th in the state,  we had a 90 percent graduation rate last year, our students placed first in the Special Olympics, and our ROTC program is huge and highly rated.”
Rocky River High School is located at 10505 Clear Creek Commerce Drive in Mint Hill. The school first opened in August, 2010, and students welcomed the opportunity to share their school spirit as a unified student body.

Indy basketball advances to round two of state tourney

Coach Preston Davis talks to the team during Monday night's round one playoff win. Photo by Ron Morris

Coach Preston Davis talks to the team during Monday night’s round one playoff win. Photo by Ron Morris

The Independence Patriots basketball team moved one step closer to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state tournament last Monday night, with a narrow first-round playoff win against the RJ Reynolds High School Demons.

The game was close and hard-fought the entire time, with the final seconds deciding the outcome, 74-73 in the Patriots’ favor.

RJ Reynolds (12-15) came into the game averaging less than 60 points per game, compared to Independence’s (23-5) Southwestern 4A Conference title season and scoring average of 66.5.

Independence won the tip-off, and strong defense on both sides made scoring difficult in the first quarter, but Independence held on to the early lead, ending the quarter with a score of 21-15, in Indy’s favor.

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Raven boys fly past Mustangs, 64-68

The Rocky River Ravens boys’ basketball team bounced back after two tough losses to defeat the Myers Park Mustangs at home.

This game was another matchup between two evenly matched teams in the tightly bunched Southwestern 4A Conference. The teams entered the game with identical 3-3 conference records.
Head Coach Jason Buzzard had his squad firing on all cylinders right from the outset. 
Senior Forward Kendall Burton came out hot, hitting three consecutive three-pointers and scoring 12 total points in the quarter. The Ravens led 21-10 at the end of the first quarter and really never looked back. 
The Mustangs made the defensive adjustment on Burton in the second quarter, which opened up the lane for lightning- quick point guard Senior Sidney Lawson to have his way. Lawson scored six of his 17 total points in the quarter, but it was also his harassing defense that led to turnovers and easy baskets for his teammates. The half ended with Rocky River doubling up Myers Park 32-16.

Rocky River girls lose to Myers Park

The Rocky River Ravens girls’ basketball team was defeated by the Myers Park Mustangs 59-32 on the Ravens home court. 

The loss for the Ravens wasn’t totally unexpected. Myers Park is the number one ranked girls’ team in the state and number 17 in the entire nation. Rocky River was simply overmatched in all areas. The Mustangs used a combination of size, speed, and experience to overwhelm the young Ravens squad.

Early on the Ravens played even. Both teams came out pressing and the score was tied at four apiece midway through the first quarter. That’s when the dam broke for Rocky River. Myers Park substituted in an entire second team.
That depth took the wind out of the sails of the Ravens. Myers Park scored the next 12 points in a row and the quarter ended with the Mustangs leading 16-5.

Independence wrestlers hit stride

Over the last few weeks, the Independence wrestling team has been picking up wins and adding trophies to its collection. Over the holiday break, the Patriots went undefeated at the Clash at the Creek (5-0) to earn first place. Senior heavyweight Demtree Hardison was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler for his effort in leading Independence to first place. This past week, the team began its conference schedule and picked up wins over Rocky River and Myers Park. Independence defeated Rocky River 63-18 and Myers Park 49-21. The Patriots are 15-8 on the year and 2-0 in the SW4A conference. Their most recent hardware addition came at the fourth annual Holy Angels Invitational. Independence came in third place for the second year in a row. The following wrestlers placed for Independence: Tashon Risher, second place, at 170 lbs.; Brian Tiderman, first place at 195 lbs.; Charlie Kurtz, fourth place, at 220 lbs.; and Demtree Hardison, first place at 285 lbs. For the second tournament in a row, Hardison was voted most outstanding wrestler after pinning a state champion in the finals. The next match for the Patriots is Friday, January 11 when they host East Meck and Garinger at 6 pm.


Rocky River Ravens boys basketball grounded by South Mecklenburg 66-31

The Rocky River Ravens boys’ basketball team was beaten by the South Mecklenburg Sabres last Friday by the score of 64-31. The 4A Southwestern Conference game was played on the Sabres’ home court.

Leading up to the game, the two teams appeared to be evenly matched.  Each team came into this game with identical 4-7 overall records.  The Ravens were 2-0 in the Conference and the Sabres were 1-1.

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