Ravens Fall to Oskaloosa in Final Game of 2017

SBCS put up a valiant effort in the final game of the 2017 season. The Ravens held the Oskaloosa Bears to only 12 total points, playing their strongest defense all year. Additional practice on defensive strategies and tackling in practice this week really paid off for SBCS. However, despite their success on defense, the Ravens were unable to score any points themselves, getting shut out for the first time this season. SBCS players were very happy with their efforts despite the 12-0 loss. The Ravens were outnumbered and outsized in every game of the season, and still managed to be competitive in most games, learning the game of football while having plenty of fun. Congratulations to the Ravens for their diligent efforts throughout the year. Great job, Ravens! 

Rams Roll Over Ravens on 8th Grade Night

The SBCS Ravens started off strong on 8th grade night, posting the first touchdown in the game. The lead was short-lived though, as Pleasant Ridge came roaring back to connect on a couple quick touchdowns. The Ravens then scored a second touchdown, but the Rams always answered. Pleasant Ridge owned a 28-12 lead at the half. The Ravens posted several big plays, including several completed passes, but were unable to find the endzone. Drew Caudle broke away for a 72 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Ultimately, the Ravens fell to the Rams 18-50.

The Ravens have one more game on their schedule, as they will take on Oskaloosa next Thursday night, October 12, at 5:30pm, on the Maur Hill Mount Academy Football Field. Good luck, Raven football! 


Ravens Finish 5th at NEKL Championship Tournament

The SBCS volleyball team ended its season with a win, capturing 5th place in the NEKL tournament at Oskaloosa on Saturday. The Ravens were seeded #7 going into the tournament, and finished higher than expected in the final results. SBCS played very well as a team as the day went on, and were able to finish the day with a 4-4 record, after starting 0-4. The strong finish by the Ravens was aided by their aggressive serving, quick defensive plays, and several kills that were set up by good passing and setting.

The Ravens first faced McLouth (#2 seed) in the first pool play game. SBCS had fallen the McLouth twice, both times during the first week of the season. The Bulldogs of McLouth continued to leave the door open for the Ravens to get back in the game, but the Ravens were unable to capitalize on several McLouth errors, and fell 14-25 and 18-25.

After nearly a three hour break, the Ravens finally took the court again, this time to play the JCN Chargers. The Chargers owned the #2 seed in the tournament. The Ravens and Chargers split their games in the regular season, with the Ravens defeating JCN on Thursday, September 21, before falling to them on Monday, September 25. Both times, the winning team won in two games. During Saturday’s match-up, the Ravens started out very strong, and even held a four point lead in the first set. However, strong serving by the Chargers allowed them to get back in the game, and then go on to defeat the Ravens 20-25 and 18-25.

With the Ravens determined to finish better than their seed place, and ready to post a win in the NEKL tournament, the Ravens came out ready to play against Everest, the #6 seed. SBCS faced Everest for the third time in less than one week. The Ravens also split the regular season matches with Everest, first losing to the Ravens on Monday, but bouncing back to defeat the Everest on Thursday night. The Ravens tried a new rotation in the first game against the Chargers in an effort to work on some new positions, but it proved to be too many changes for the Ravens to handle. After being up for most of the game, the Ravens dropped the first game 24-26. Despite the difficultly, and the closeness of all the games, the Ravens pulled out 25-22 and 25-21 victories to complete the win in the match against the Chargers. That win sent the Ravens to the NEKL 5th Place game at the conclusion of pool play matches.

The Ravens made things interesting, but ultimately prevailed in a big way to capture 5th place. SBCS was matched up against Valley Falls, who the Ravens had lost to twice during the regular season. The Ravens led for most of the first game, and then let the game slip through their fingers with two missed serves at the end of the game, allowing the Dragons to catch up and defeat the Ravens 24-26. SBCS kicked their serving up a notch, and went on several big runs to shut down Valley Falls 25-12 in the second game. With the game and the season on the line, the Ravens found some extra heart and energy in the third game, and went on to play together as a team as strong as they had all season. SBCS took the final game 25-21.

SBCS ends the season with plenty of reasons to smile, ending with a 9-13 record overall, and a 4-4 record in the tournament. SBCS has plenty to be proud of with their young team. The Ravens competed well in the tournament with only two 8th graders on the floor at any time. Elizabeth Humburg led the team in service aces and ended her SBCS career with an all-around outstanding day of volleyball with a career high day in kills and with numerous digs. Alice McConnell-Curry was the team leader in kills throughout the season, and continually was a difference maker on the floor. Sadee Mason’s defensive specialist ability anchored the back row for the Ravens. Carly DeBolt’s 8th grade season was cut short with a wrist injury suffered in a soccer game, but made significant contributions as a middle hitter anytime she was in the front row for the Ravens. Three 7th graders stepped up in a big way for the Ravens throughout the season. Hannah Kocour ran the Raven offense, contributing her hard work and court sense to making smart plays for the Ravens when they needed them most. Kocour lead the team in assists. Emily Beien earned the starting role as a middle hitter for the Ravens, and was a hard worker in every game. By the end of the season, Beien was getting blocks for the Ravens in many clutch situations. Norah Koechner played a big role on the Raven defense, covering more of the court than just about any player. Koechner helped the Ravens at every position throughout the season. Additionally, two other 7th graders contributed to the Raven efforts in the NEKL tournament. Margaret Mary Kerr and Scarlett Begley both played in several games for the Ravens, and made significant contributions, especially with their serving and passing.

SBCS will recognize all 8th grade volleyball players during halftime of the football game this Thursday, October 5. The recognition night for all SBCS fall sport student-athletes will be held on Wednesday, October 18, at 6:00pm, in the SBCS Commons. Congratulations on a great season, Lady Ravens! 


Ravens Football Outsized at Everest

The Raven football team put up a valiant effort, but could not contain the large and quick line of the Everest Chargers. SBCS fell 18-72, in the long and slow moving game. The Ravens were unable to get much offense going due to the huge line of Chargers. Additionally, containing the speedy and versatile linemen proved to be difficult on defense.

The Ravens return home to play the Pleasant Ridge Rams on next Thursday, October 5. That will be 8th grade night for both volleyball and football. Good Luck, Ravens! 

Ravens Rebound in Win at Everest

The SBCS Volleyball team refused let the Everest Chargers beat them twice in one week. The Ravens came from behind to post a three-game victory over Everest on Thursday night, after having lost in two games on Monday evening.

SBCS dropped the first game 23-25, before storming back with strong serving in the second game to rout the Chargers 25-12. In the third game, points were exchanged back and forth one by one, with both teams leaving enough room for the other team to stay in the match. Ultimately, the Ravens prevailed 15-13.

The Lady Ravens also prevailed in the B game, winning in two sets. SBCS defeated the Chargers 25-16 and 25-22. Consistent serving and passing tremendously helped the Ravens in the win. The match marked the last game of the season for the SBCS B team, as they conclude with an 8-3 season record! Congrats on a great season!

The SBCS A team will compete in the NEKL tournament on Saturday, September 30. The Ravens are the #7 seed, and will play McLouth, JCN, and Everest in their pool. Games begin at 9:00am. Good luck to the Lady Ravens! 


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Ravens Lack Energy in Losses at Everest

The SBCS Volleyball team suffered two losses on Monday night, falling to JCN and Everest. The Ravens lost to both Charger teams, failing to play with much energy during the later games. SBCS had some good plays, but struggled on serve receive and did not capitalize on errors made by their opponents.

In the first game of the evening, the Ravens faced JCN for the second time in four days. SBCS played the Chargers close in the first game, narrowly falling 23-25. However, in the second game, the Ravens couldn’t receive the ball, and allowed JCN to serve 19 straight points. SBCS lost that game 8-25.

The Ravens then rebounded to face the Chargers of Everest, but again struggled to get much going. SBCS couldn’t find the energy or momentum to get rolling during either game, suffering two 20-25 losses to the host, Everest.

SBCS will face Everest again on Thursday night, at Everest Middle School. Game times are 4:30pm for the B Team and approximately 5:30pm for the A Team. Football will follow at 6:30pm in Horton. Good luck to the Ravens in their last regular season game! 


Ravens Upset Chargers at JCN in Big Win

The SBCS volleyball team accomplished something on Thursday night that doesn’t happen very often. The Lady Ravens beat JCN… at JCN. The Ravens stunned the host Chargers in the midst of a hot and loud gymnasium full of JCN fans.

SBCS posted 25-22 and 25-23 victories in the huge win. Both games were neck and neck throughout the set and included several long volleys. The Lady Ravens served well and made some smart plays to come away with the win. SBCS trailed by as many as eight points in the second game before putting a solid string of points together to get back in the game. The Ravens survived several JCN attacks, and prevailed on a tip over the net to earn set point.  

The Ravens also prevailed in the B team games with scores of 25-12 and 25-23. The Ravens played well as a team, and also posted a large comeback in the second game with strong and consistent serving.

The Ravens will be back in action on Monday, September 25, at Everest. The Ravens will face JCN again, as well as Everest. Games begin at 4:30pm. Good luck, Lady Ravens! 


Charger Attack too Tough for Ravens

The SBCS Raven football team fell to the JCN Chargers on Thursday night. The Chargers kept the pressure on the Ravens from all angles, running away with the game 52-6. SBCS kept the game close in the first quarter before allowing the Chargers to pile on the points. The Chargers completed many interceptions that were run back for touch downs. SBCS was simply outsized and outnumbered, making the game against the huge Charger line almost impossible to compete in.

The Ravens will play on the road again next Thursday, September 28, at Everest. Kick off will be at 6:30. Go Ravens! 


Ravens Sweep Raiders and Bears in Oskaloosa

The SBCS Volleyball team earned a clean sweep in their NEKL games on Monday night in Oskaloosa. The Ravens posted 25-20 and 25-13 victories over the Bears to win their first league game of the season. SBCS was clicking on all cylinders- playing well on defense, serving well, and recording several kills. In addition to covering the back row well with stellar passing from Norah Koechner, Elizabeth Humburg, and Sadee Mason, the Ravens secured the net with strong middle blocking from Emily Beien and Carly Debolt. Alice McConnell-Curry led the team in aces and kills, while Hannah Kocour anchored the offense as she led the Ravens in assists. The Ravens also prevailed in a scrimmage game with Oskaloosa 18-25, 25-19, 15-6 in the absence of a Xavier A team.

SBCS B team players won both of their matches as well, falling in the first game against Oskaloosa 18-25, before bouncing back to post 25-19 and 15-7 victories. The Ravens played close games in their match against Xavier, ultimately winning 25-17 and 25-22.

The Ravens improve their record to 3-7 on the season. SBCS will be back in action on Thursday, September 21 at JCN in Winchester. The B game will be at 4:30, followed by the A game at 5:30. Good luck, Lady Ravens! 


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