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Athletic Ravenna boys basketball squad eyes league-title contention in 2021-22

Bulldogs eyeing second WMC title in three seasons.

Media day photos by Cody Ottinger and Kara Raeth | CatchMark

Ravenna’s 2021-22 boys basketball team attended the VanDyk Mortgage West Michigan Conference media day on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the Viking Athletic Center (VAC) in Whitehall.

Check out our photos above and see the season preview below:

COACH: Courtney Kemp (3rd season).

LAST YEAR’S RECORDS: 11-5 overall (11-3 West Michigan Conference, 2nd place).

RETURNING STARTERS: Kyle Beebe (Senior, Guard/Forward, 6-2); Travis May (Senior, Guard, 6-1); Grant Becklin (Senior, Forward, 6-2).

KEY RETURNEES: Carter Schullo (Sophomore, Forward, 6-4); Hunter Hogan (Junior, Guard, 5-10); Owen Scott (Senior, Guard, 5-9).

NEW PROSPECT: Clay Schullo (Sophomore, Forward, 6-3).

STRENGTHS: Overall team speed, athleticism and experience will play to Ravenna’s advantage.

WEAKNESSES: Minimal height and a slight lack of depth could be obstacles for the Bulldogs.

SEASON OUTLOOK: After going 20-0 in the regular season two years ago and finishing second in the league last year, the Bulldogs are back to fight for a top spot once again.

“Last year, we fell a little bit shy of our goals, but this year we are feeling like we have to pick it back up and not feel sorry for ourselves,” Kemp said.

Seniors Beebe, May and Becklin will lead Ravenna, while the Schullo brothers offer some needed size for the Bulldogs.

The West Michigan Conference race appears to be wide open. The ‘Dogs just hope to be in the mix for a title.

“We hope to be competitive and hang around with the top-tier teams by season’s end,” said Kemp. “If you don’t come prepared getting off of that bus, you’re going to lose a game. We don’t feel like there are any ‘gimmes’ in our conference.”

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