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! 


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! 


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! 


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! 


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! 


The SBCS volleyball team secured their first victory of the season, defeating rival Atchison Middle School in two games! The Ravens defeated the Braves 25-17 and 25-9. SBCS also played well in the first match of the evening, coming up just short of defeating Valley Falls. SBCS took the Dragons to three games for the second time this week, but couldn’t close out the victory. The Ravens fell 25-19, 12-25, 15-12.

In the B Games, SBCS was victorious in both, first defeating Valley Falls, and then Atchison Middle School. The Ravens rolled over the Dragons for the second time this week, posting 25-12 and 25-7 victories. SBCS also defeated the Braves 25-10 and 25-16.

The Ravens travel to Oskaloosa on Monday, September 18. SBCS will play the first two games at 4:30 and 5:30. Go Lady Ravens! 


SBCS fell to the Valley Falls Dragons and Pleasant Ridge Rams at home on Monday night. The Lady Ravens had the opportunity to play on their home court at SBCS for the first time all season, and played well despite the loss. SBCS took Valley Falls to three games- the first time SBCS has gone to three games this year. The Ravens won the first game 25-23, before dropping the second one 16-25. The Ravens were down by as many as five points in the third game, but rallied back to tie the game at 13. However, the Dragons eventually prevailed 16-14 in the third game.

In the second match of the evening, the Ravens took on a strong Pleasant Ridge team, playing well, but falling with final scores of 25-18 and 25-20. SBCS served well and played together as a team, but couldn’t ever get a run going or capitalize on the numerous Ram errors.

The SBCS B Team finished 1-1 on the evening. The Ravens defeated Valley Falls 25-13 and 25-10, easily winning with their strong serving and passing. In the second match of the night, the Ravens fell to Pleasant Ridge. SBCS lost the first game 18-25, but then rallied to win the second game 25-17. The Ravens came close in the third game, but were not able to close it out, and therefore suffered an 11-15 loss to the Rams.

The Ravens play at home again on Thursday, September 14. SBCS will play Valley Falls at 4:30pm and then cross-town rival Atchison Middle School at approximately 6:30pm. A Team games will be played in the Senecal Gym and B Team games will be played in the Commons. Good luck to the Lady Ravens! 


The SBCS Ravens dropped games to the Jackson Heights Cobras for the second time this season, falling in both the A and B games on Thursday night at Jackson Heights. The Ravens played well at times, but failed to string together consistent play for a whole game.

In the A Game, the Ravens started strong in both sets, before allowing the Cobras to pull away. There was not one big issue in the game, but rather several small errors that continued to pile up for the Ravens. The Ravens fell to the Cobras 16-25 in both sets.  SBCS falls to 0-4 on the season, but looks to right the ship during next week’s busy schedule that includes triangulars on both Monday and Thursday night.

The B team Ravens started off strong, thanks to their own powerful serving. SBCS won the first game 25-15, before falling apart on serve receive to lose the next two sets by scores of 16-25 and 3-15.

SBCS hosts Valley Falls and Pleasant Ridge on Monday night, September 11, 2017, in the Senecal Gym and Commons at St. Benedict Catholic School. The A and B teams will play simultaneously beginning at 4:30pm. Good luck Lady Ravens! 


SBCS played the McLouth Bulldogs for the second time in four days, and on both A Team and B Team, the outcome was the same. The A Team started out very strong, building a lead late in the opening game. The Bulldogs rallied back though, and after a couple Raven errors, secured a 25-23 win in the first game. SBCS didn’t stay in the match very long in the second set, allowing the Bulldogs to go on a big run, and then committing several service errors. The Ravens fell 25-13 in the second set. Overall, the night was largely defined by the serving errors made by the Ravens. While SBCS improved their serve-receive, the Ravens own serving cost them the game Thursday night.

In the B Game, the Ravens again rolled to a victory. Consistent team play and strong serving propelled the Ravens to a big win. SBCS posted 25-15 and 25-13 wins over McLouth. The Raven B team now has a 2-1 record.

The Ravens will travel to Jackson Heights next Thursday, September 7. The B Team will play at 4:30pm, with the A Team to follow at approximately 5:30pm. Good luck, Lady Ravens. 


The SBCS Lady Raven Volleyball team fell to the Jackson Heights Cobras, 15-25 and 8-25. Strong serving form the Cobras proved too much for the Ravens, as they struggled to return the ball. However, in certain moments, SBCS connected on several plays, and learned a great deal in their first match.

In the second match of the evening, the Ravens feel behind early, but rallied in the second game. McLouth was able to defeat the Ravens 25-14 in the first game with another strong server, who the Ravens struggled to contain. SBCS did not go down without a fight, making the second game exciting to barely lose 23-25.

In the B Games, SBCS finished 1-1 for the evening. The Ravens burst on to the scene, defeating Jackson Heights 25-12 in the first game, but then ultimately fell 25-20 and 15-13. SBCS played well as a team, with several Ravens making key contributions. In the second game, the Ravens rolled to victory over the Bulldogs, posting 25-19 and 25-9 victories.

SBCS is back in action on Thursday night, August 31, at McLouth. The B Team will take on McLouth at 4:30pm, while the A Team will try to beat the Bulldogs at about 5:30pm. Go Lady Ravens!