Ravenscroft — HomeRavenscroft's Wesley Frazier grabbed sixth place at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships South Regional race in Charlotte Saturday morning.
thrive at Foot Locker regional event
Led by Ravenscroft freshman Welsey Frazier's sixth-place finish, female runners from Raleigh made a name for themselves at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships South Regional race in Charlotte Saturday morning.
Competing against runners from 14 states, five Raleigh girls finished in the top 100 in the 5K race held at the McAlpine Greenway.
Chelsey Sveinsson of Addison, Texas, set the pace, capturing first place with a time of 16:53. But just 24 seconds off Sveinnson's time was Frazier, who continues to build an impressive resume, having already won a NCISAA 3-A cross country title this fall.
Ravenscroft junior Daniel Lang (45) is one of several promising returners coming back next fall, said head coach Ned Gonet, who expects good things from the Ravens in 2010.
Ravens fall in playoffs, but outlook in 2010 looks promising
It wasn't a picturesque ending to the 2009 season for the Ravenscroft football team last week at Charlotte Christian.
The Knights piled on 38 first-half points en route to a convincing 45-22 victory in the NCISAA semifinals match-up, never really allowing the Ravens to get into the contest.
Charlotte set the tone early, converting two Ravenscroft turnovers into scores, and taking a 17-0 lead through the first quarter.
"It was important that we try and control the tempo of the game and unfortunately that was exactly what didn't happen," said Ravenscroft head coach Ned Gonet. "We were playing from behind early on, and that's exactly what you don't want to have to do down there."
Ravenscroft seniors Luke Davis and Melis Tanik signed letters of intent Nov. 11. Davis committed to play basketball at Gardner-Webb, and Tanik signed on to play tennis at West Virginia.
Ravenscroft's Davis, Tanik
While Wednesday's festivities might have taken place in the Raven's Alumni Sports Hall of Fame Room, basketball player Luke Davis and tennis star Melis Tanik's signing ceremony was about their careers beyond the athletic fields at Ravenscroft.
Davis, a 2008 TISAC All-Conference selection while averaging 8.3 points and 4.7 assists a game last season, committed to attend Gardener-Webb next fall. While Tanik — ranked second in the state —pledged her allegiance to the West Virginia University tennis program.
For Davis, the senior explained his decision to commit during the early signing period this week brought a great deal of relief.
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Ravenscroft senior Chris Struthers (56) and Quinn Billerman talk on the sidelines during the Ravens' 14-7 win over Providence Day Friday night.
Ravens halt Chargers
with goal-line stand
When the postseason rolls around games often are decided by which team has that one play left.
And with the ball sitting on the Ravens' 1-yard line and 27 seconds remaining in Friday night's NCISAA Division I first-round match-up, the Ravenscroft football team's season came down to that play.
Although Providence Day School trailed 14-7, only four feet separated the Chargers from a game-tying touchdown. And with junior Josh Convington in the backfield, the odds certainly were stacked against the Ravens' defensive front — the running back had already rushed for 133 yards in the contest.
But the longest yard proved to be the 134th for Covington and the Chargers. In fact, it never came.
The Raven's defense answered the call, stopping Covington at the goal line on fourth down to escape with the win and advance to the next round of the playoffs.
Hartland Jones hauled in a 74-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of the Ravenscroft football team's 28-7 victory over Harrells Christian Academy last week. The victory
Ravens' early scoring spree fuels win
Ravenscroft clinches conference
title with victory Friday
As Ravenscroft head coach Ned Gonet explained, it was no coincidence quarterback Quinn Billerman launched 74- and 75-yard touchdown passes — almost back-to-back — in the first quarter in a 28-7 victory over Harrells Christian Academy Friday.
The coaching staff and the sophomore signal-caller were just following the Ravens' game plan.
"Harrells is a very good football team, and they are very diligent with what they do," Gonet said, alluding Crusaders' stout running attack. "Their whole game is about clock management. They are tough to play against, especially if you get behind. So we knew we'd have to get some quick scores, and we were able to do that and establish ourselves in the first half."
As result, the Ravens looked long on their first pass attempt, and Billerman nailed Hartland Jones 30 yards downfield, and the wide receiver raced another 40-plus for a touchdown.
Ravenscroft ninth-grader Wesley Frazier won the individual title at the NCISAA 3-A Cross Country State Championship Meet Oct. 30 with a time of 17:36.
Frazier wins state title
Ravenscroft freshman Wesley Frazier won the individual title at the NCISAA 3-A Cross Country State Championship Meet Friday, Oct. 30 at Hagan-Stone Park in Greensboro. Frazier posted a time of 17:36, while junior Lexy Bader finished third with a time of 19:17, earning All-State honors along with Frazier.
Frazier is the first freshman to win the 3-A individual title since Lauren Holesh of Cardinal Gibbons in 2002.
The Ravenscroft girls’ team finished third overall behind state champion Charlotte Latin and second-place finisher Providence Day.
In the boys’ event, Ravenscroft finished 13th overall.
in home finale
October 24, 2009
By Arash Arabasadi, NorthRaleighSports.com Correspondent
Many seniors dream of playing their last home game in grandiose style. They hope to beat their rivals, give the home crowd a performance worth cheering for and make a handful of lasting memories.
But, alas, the Ravenscroft football team's fairy tale ending wasn't meant to be Friday night, falling to Charlotte Christian 21-14.
While the Ravens' defense shined, limiting the Knights' opportunities, Ravenscroft's offense sputtered early and often.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Ravenscroft defense continued to flex its muscle early in the second. With the Knights driving, senior linebacker Alex Spears refused to give up any ground, and stuffed a pair of runs, keeping points off of the board.
But the Ravens couldn't put together anything offensively, and the ball went back into Charlotte Christian's hands.
Junior running back Connor Gonet (44) averaged nearly 10 yards a carry in the Ravens' 48-14 victory over North Raleigh Christian Academy Friday night.
Ravens' running game gashes North Raleigh Christian Academy
After rushing for 144 yards and two scores on just 15 carries Friday night against North Raleigh Christian Academy, Ravenscroft junior tailback Conner Gonet summed up what he thought about his offensive line in five short and simple words.
“I love my offensive line," he said.
It was the blocking by the big five upfront that lead to the Ravens' dominating performance on the ground that accounted for a total of 345 yards, leading Ravenscroft to a 48-14 victory over the Knights.
With the victory, the Ravens improved to 6-3 this season.
Fullback Chase Douglas scored a three-yard touchdown in the Ravens' 57-20 win over Wake Christian Friday night. Ravenscroft hosts North Raleigh Christian next week.
For the second straight week, the Ravenscroft football team rode an offensive explosion to a victory, defeating Wake Christian 57-20 Friday night.
And just like last week — a 55-3 win over Fayetteville Christian — the Ravens were quick out of the gate, building a 41-6 halftime lead.
On Ravenscroft's first drive, Connor Gonet took a handoff, followed his blocking to the left, and then cut back to the right for a 37-yard touchdown run less than two minutes into the game.
Gonet’s 104 rushing yards led all running backs, and marked the second straight game he's eclipsed the century mark.
Junior RB Connor Gonet (44) rushed for 136 yards on just eight carries in Ravenscroft's 55-3 thumping of Fayetteville Christian Friday night.
Ravens roll over Warriors 55-3
With last week’s lopsided loss to Charlotte Country Day fresh in its mind, the Ravenscroft football team scored on its first eight possessions Friday night, en route to a dominating 55-3 victory over Fayetteville Christian.
“After last Friday we wanted to come back and revisit the fundamentals," said Ravens coach Ned Gonet. "We went back to the basic schemes, and tried to do the things that we do well. We don’t want to try to be somebody we’re not."
Fayetteville Christian didn’t generate much offense during the game, but the Warriors caught the Ravens off guard on the first play from scrimmage. Fayetteville's Brandon Johnson, lining up at wide receiver, took a reverse hand off and found tight end Mike Niedermayer for a 45-yard pass play.
The excitement was short-lived for Fayetteville, however, as the Ravens defense settled down and forced a punt.
Sophomore QB Quinn Billerman (12) hit Shane Bird on a 28-yard touchdown pass against Charlotte Country Day Friday, but the Ravens eventually fell 56-21.
Ravens dig hole, can't recover against Buccaneers
Ravenscroft football coach Ned Gonet had an honest explanation for why Friday's 56-21 loss at Charlotte Country Day should be easier to rebound from than the Ravens' two previous defeats.
It's because Ravenscroft never really threatened the Buccaneers, the coach reasoned.
"Those other two losses were tough to shake because we were within a touchdown in both those games," Gonet added. "For the most part, we were never in this ball game. This one will be easy to get through because the reality is, we just really weren't close."
Defensive end Chase Douglas (20) and the Ravenscroft defense sqarm a Forsyth Country Day running back during Thursday's 21-7 win. The victory improves the Ravens' record to 3-2.
Ravens rebound, foil the Furies
Following Thursday night's 21-7 victory over Forsyth Country Day, Ravenscroft football coach Ned Gonet sat on the aluminum bench facing the Ravens' empty field, and conceded the importance of the Ravens' victory.
Just six days after a crushing loss to rival Cardinal Gibbons, Ravenscroft was back on the field, and the longtime coach thought it was the best scenario for his young squad.
"That was an emotional, physical game last week, but we had a quick turnaround," he explained. "We didn't have a lot of time to worry about it."
Ravens fight Furies
The Ravenscroft football team improved to 3-2 with its 21-7 victory over Forsyth Country Day Sept. 17. For photos of the action, click on the photograph above.
Connor Whitaker (11) fights for possession during the Ravens' match against Providence Day in last week's 37th annual Ravenscroft Soccer Invitational.
Ravens prepare for conference play
While the Ravens' 1-2 record in last week's 37th annual Ravenscroft Soccer Invitational might not reflect a strong performance, head coach Alix Charles knows otherwise.
Featuring several of the state's top programs, the tournament was one of the steepest tests the Ravens will face this season.
After dropping its first two games, falling to Covenant Day School 5-2 and Providence Day 3-1, Ravenscroft got back on track, defeating Greenfield 2-0 in its tournament finale.
Crusaders clip Ravens late
Despite an explosive first half and a never-give-up attitude, the Ravenscroft football team fell to rival Cardinal Gibbons 21-13 Friday night.
On the game's opening series, the Crusaders' offense called an audible on its first play, but Ravenscroft junior Dan Lang read it perfectly and caused a fumble. Although Cardinal Gibbons recovered the loose ball, two plays later the Crusaders wouldn't be as fortunate.
Again the Ravens jarred the ball free and Brandon Park recovered.
Although Ravenscroft’s first offensive series stalled, a fumble on the ensuing Crusaders’ possession placed the ball back in the Ravens' hands.
Only a freshman, Ravenscroft's Wesley Frazier is starting
to make a name for herself in cross country circles. The ninth-grader finished last week's race with a time of 17:36.
Frazier, Ravens sprint past competition
As Ravenscroft cross country runner Wesley Frazier cruised through the early stages of Thursday's home meet against Franklin Academy and Cary Christian — the nationally-ranked freshman already staking a sizable lead — a handful of lost spectators tried in vain to wave her down for directions.
Coincidently, the group and Frazier were looking for the same thing: the finish line.
And, as many already know, including her competitors, the quickest way to find the end of a race is to follow Frazier.
But keeping pace is seemingly impossible.
Ravens jump out
early, defeat Rams
The Ravenscroft football team was all business in its 34-21 victory over the visiting Franklinton Friday. It was a clear night in north Raleigh, and the Ravens played as crisp as the cool September air.
Ravenscroft jumped out early, scoring less than four minutes after the opening kickoff. Junior running back Connor Gonet torched the defense on a 27-yard TD run, and kicker Storm Baker added the extra point, giving the Ravens an early 7-0 advantage.
On the ensuing Red Rams’ possession, the Ravens’ defense blew-up consecutive plays in the backfield. Ravenscroft junior Temple Sloan punctuated the defensive stand, sacking the Franklinton QB Jamen Allen and forcing a punt.
Nice day for a run
The Ravenscroft cross country team hit the trails with Franklin Academy and Cary Christian Thursday, Sept. 3. For photos of the action, click on the picture above.
Weather was a significant factor in the Ravenscroft football team's 24-17 loss at Louisburg Friday night. The skies opened up well before kickoff, and the relentless downpour soaked the equipment, players and field.
The Ravens' ball security issues began soon thereafter as the squad bobbled the opening kickoff, but regained possession. Ravenscroft relied heavily on junior running back Connor Gonet, who racked-up a series of sensational first-down runs during the contest. But the Birds’ first drive stalled nonetheless, and their ball-control problems continued.
Ravens face Falcons
Durham Jordan got the best of the Ravenscroft boys soccer team Thursday, Aug. 27, defeating the Ravens 5-0. For photographs, click on the picture above.
Ravens football ready to roll
Recent game film for Ravenscroft football team's next opponent — Louisburg High — is mighty hard to come by.
In fact, no such tape even exists.
The Warriors didn't play last week, making Friday's match-up their season opener.
Ravenscroft head coach Ned Gonet said there are advantages and disadvantages to being Louisburg's first game — it all depends on your perspective.
Ravens soar over Vikings, 40-6
Although Friday was opening night for Ravenscroft and Northern Vance football teams, the Ravens appeared in mid-season form, recording a 33-point first quarter en route to a convincing 40-6 victory.
Not surprisingly, Ravenscroft assistant coach Preston Machock said he was pleased with the young Ravens' first performance.
“We played well. I can't complain about a 40-6 score," Machock laughed. "Although I do feel that many of the aspects of tonight's game could have been avoided — some points in our game were weak."
However, Ravens' sophomore quarterback Ouinn Billerman — making his first career varsity start — wasn't one of those points which needs work.
Ravenscroft goalie Catherine Green (left) held Durham Jordan scoreless Thursday afternoon, while Sarah Stumpo (9) provided the firepower, scoring three goals in the Ravens' 3-0 win.
Stumpo, Ravens post win in opener
After missing all of last season with an ankle injury, Ravenscroft junior field hockey player Sarah Stumpo certainly made up for lost time Thursday afternoon.
In the Ravens' season opener against Durham Jordan, Stumpo tallied three first-half goals, propelling Ravenscroft to a 3-0 victory.
"She certainly came out strong, didn't she?" cracked Ravens' head coach Kerry Norman afterward.
Ravenscroft head football coach Ned Gonet (center, with hat) believes his Ravens made great strides in their final scrimmage last week. The Ravens host Northern Vance Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Ravens maturing with every snap
Ravenscroft head football coach Ned Gonet expected his young Ravens would take their lumps in their first scrimmage against South Granville last week.
"South Granville is a good team — very physical. And they sort of exploited some of our weaknesses that we knew we had," the coach explained.
With only two days to prepare for their next scrimmage, the Ravenscroft Jamboree, the Ravens didn't have a lot of time to recover. But the coaching staff shifted around some personnel, tinkered with schemes and sent the squad back out.
And the young Ravens — after initially looking overwhelmed — began to show what they are capable of.
Off and running
Ravescroft sophomore runner Lexy Bader has the Lady Ravens' cross country team on course to compete for a league title.
Bader recently spoke with NorthRaleighSports.com, and click here to read what she had to say.
Ravens seek conference XC title
Ravenscroft cross country coach Leslie Payne has set the bar high for her girls' program this fall, predicting the Lady Ravens are capable of success on the state level.
"We should make quite a statement in the state this year," the coach explained prior to a Ravenscroft practice last week.. "Wesley Frazier, a freshman, should contend for a state championship this fall, and the rest of the team has a lot of potential."
The Lady Ravens lost only two runners to graduation from last year, and with Frazier and stellar sophomore Lexy Badar leading the way, the team has plenty of capable athletes.
Ravenscroft forward Drew Rasberry will be counted on to provide offense for the Ravens this fall.
Ravens talented, but young
Throughout head coach Alix Charles' assessment of the Ravenscroft soccer team this fall, the words "talented," "potential" and "skillful" were sprinkled in heavily.
Yet before he let himself get carried away, Charles always seem to circle back to one other point: the Ravens' youth.
The third-year coach stated honestly he feels the 2009 squad has more raw skill than its predecessor, "but it's also very young, too."
While other Ravens might grab bigger headlines with this year, Ravenscroft lineman Monroe Brown will play a pivotal role in any success the squad achieves this season.
Ravens 'revamp' for 2009
There's no denying the success of last year's Ravenscroft football team: a 10-3 record, a spot in the NCISAA state championship playoffs and a handful of Ravens heading off to college programs.
The 2008 Ravens decimated opponents with current Naval Academy player Hayden Maples leading a multi-dimensional offense, scoring more than scoring 39 points or more six times. The defense wasn't too shabby either, holding opponents under 14 points eight times.
Ravenscroft head football coach Ned Gonet knows the group was special.
Ravens' standouts set sights high
Ravenscroft seniors Shane Bird and Alex Spears believe a stellar off-season should pay dividends this fall.
Click here to see what the duo said.