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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Rocky River girls basketball defeats South Mecklenburg 53-36

The Rocky River Ravens girls’ basketball team walloped the South Mecklenburg Sabres 53-36 in an away game for the Ravens.

This game was very competitive in the first half.  Rocky River’s pressure half-court defense forced a few early turnovers by S. Meck.  The Ravens jumped out to a 6-0 lead as they held the Sabres scoreless for the first five minutes.  The Sabres settled down from there and actually held the lead at the end of the first quarter at 10-9.  The Ravens were getting good shots but they couldn’t get them to fall.

The second quarter was a back and forth affair.  The Sabres led by as many as three points and the Ravens’ largest lead was the halftime score of 22-19.  Head Coach Odis Gadson substituted liberally as all nine Rocky River players saw action.  At the half Freshman Guard Makayla Carter led the Ravens’ balanced scoring with six points.  Carter made two of three shots from three point range.

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Ravens drop heartbreaker to Sun Valley, 49-46

In a see-saw battle, the Rocky River Ravens boys’ basketball team was beaten on their home court by the Sun Valley Spartans last Friday night 49-46. These two teams met just nine days earlier on the Spartans’ home floor with Sun Valley prevailing 45-42. Although the margin of victory for the Spartans was the same the second time around, the Ravens nearly came out with a win this time. This was an evenly matched game from the start.

The Ravens and Spartans both played stingy, albeit different, zone defenses. New head coach Jason Buzzard’s Ravens periodically switched from a standard 2-3 defense to a trapping 1-3-1. Both types were effective at times.  Sun Valley stayed in an active matchup 2-3 zone that the Ravens had a hard time penetrating.  The defenses really dictated the flow of the game, that is to say, there wasn’t any.  Most of the scoring in the first half was from loose balls and turnovers.  The two teams’ zone offenses had their moments but for the most part were ineffective.  The Ravens lead at the end of the first quarter 13-10 and 27-24 at the half.

Both teams made adjustments at the half.  Sun Valley was able to get the ball inside the Ravens’ zone in the first two minutes of the half and grabbed the lead 30-29.  Rocky River was intent on pressing the Spartans, hoping for some turnovers which would lead to easy buckets.  It worked to a degree but the Ravens also committed more fouls in the frenetic pace. The Spartans outscored the Ravens 15-7 in the third quarter and led 39-34 to start the fourth quarter.

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