Sung Ju Park and Jacquelyn Caldwell, senior violinists from Rocky River High School, have been selected for CMS Honors Orchestra. Park and Caldwell participated in a two-day clinic at Mallard Creek High School Feb. 6 and 7 with a concert following. This is the second heart that both students have been selected for this Orchestra […]
By Andrew Stark
Rocky River has had an up-and-coming track and field program since the school opened in 2010, but the Ravens have not yet reached their pinnacle as they have never had a state champion. That might change on Feb. 14, as senior sprinter Kaylan Love-Soles and freshman high jumper Kenya Livingston look to make school history by taking gold at the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s indoor track and field championships at Winston-Salem’s JDL FastTrack.
“They can both do it,” Ravens coach Antoine Sidberry said. “Kenya has come out as a freshman and is (No. 2) in the state, and Kaylan is back from last year and has single-handedly changed the boys program.”
Love-Soles got his start as a freshman running on a 4×400 relay team that advanced to the state meet in 2012. That team featured Raven track and field all-timers Johnny Nunn, Quin Burkhalter and Tom Mathis, all upperclassmen who pushed their wide-eyed freshman into a leadership role. […]
By Andrew Stark
For four consecutive seasons the Rocky River girls basketball team has been ascending, but even to some of the team’s veterans something about this year feels a little different.
The change starts at the top, with first-year coach Epiphany Woodson taking the reigns of a program that won a school-record 19 games a season ago, up from 11 the previous season and 10 in 2010-11 after going winless in 2009-10.
Woodson, a former standout at Providence Day who later played at the University of Miami and for the Charlotte 49ers before a brief pro career overseas, was an assistant on last year’s state champion Myers Park team under Barbara Nelson, a Charlotte coaching legend who won seven state titles at Providence Day, including three with Woodson as her point guard.
But Woodson said she wasn’t thinking of coaching, and especially not in high school, last year. She had just come back from overseas and was settling into a corporate job when Nelson called and asked if she’d help out when she had time.
“Without that experience last year, this would be a lot tougher,” said Woodson, who has guided the Ravens to a 15-2 start to open the season. “Last year did prepare me for this, although I didn’t know it was coming.
“I knew (the Ravens) were talented and I knew that along with Butler they were the up-and-coming teams in the area, but I didn’t pay them that much attention last year except when they played Myers Park. When I started thinking about coaching, this is the job that I really wanted because I knew it was a great school with great facilities and I knew there was talent here. It’s been a blessing for me.”
And Woodson is right, there is no shortage of talent on Rocky River’s roster.
Sophomore guard Ariana Nance leads the team with 15.6 points per game, but six Ravens average 7.4 or more points and eight players average at least 2.2 rebounds per game, providing a depth most teams aren’t afforded on the high school level.
“Everyone is stepping up in different ways to do whatever they can to help our team win,” Woodson said. “They are stepping up their practice habits, their confidence is going up because they see how well they can play when they play together. They’ve played as a team during this stretch, and while we’ve had different individuals step up at different times and moments this year which makes us that much tougher.”
The stretch Woodson is referring to is an eight-game win streak entering their Jan. 20 matchup with Porter Ridge. […]
Butler: Jalen Cousar Defensive Line, Jarrett Norman Linebacker, Christian Dixon Linebacker, Clifton Buck Defensive Back, Jerome Simpson Offensive Line, Cody Kluttz Offensive Line, Michael Andry Offensive, Benny LeMay Running Back,Alex Barrow Wide Receiver, Jacob Deluca Tight End. Anthony Ratliff-Williams was voted the Offensive Player of the Year.
Independence: Kima Bell Defensive Line, Christian Colon Defensive Line, […]