Raven Leading Morley Stanwood Boys in 2016-17
MORLEY – When longtime Morley Stanwood girls basketball coach Bob Raven resigned at the end of the 2015-16 season, he hadn’t planned on returning to a varsity sideline.
Following the graduation of his daughter, Mallory, Raven was set to take over as the JV coach of the school’s boys team. Instead, when varsity boys coach Joshua Bull resigned from his position after an accepting an administrative role with Big Rapids High School, plans changed and Raven suddenly found himself leading the boys program.
“Coaching is coaching, depending on year to year,” Raven said. “It’s still X’s and O’s. You know, it’s fun. It’s definitely quicker game. So it’s been a little bit of an adjustment there, but been enjoyable so far.”
In 23 seasons as head coach of Morley Stanwood’s girls program, Raven led the Mohawks to 387-140 record and the school’s lone state basketball championship with a 61-57 win over Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in the 2012 Class C state final.
“He’s coached both of my older sisters so they told me a little bit about him,” senior Nic Huntey said. “It shows with our start this year. They had great success by winning our only state championship for basketball. I think his coaching has brought us over to this great start.”
Raven inherited a team that went 9-11 in 2015-16 and finished a game behind Kent City in the Central State Activities Association Silver race. With Huntey leading the charge, the Mohawks (9-1) have already matched last year’s win total thanks to Tuesday’s 65-56 win over Newaygo and find themselves tied atop the league standings with Kent City at 4-1.
In that victory over Newaygo on Tuesday, Huntey became the fourth Huntey sibling to score 1,000-career points, joining older sisters, Alexis and Ashley, and brother, Tyler, who is the program’s all-time career scoring leader with 1,147 points. Huntey scored 17 in the win and moved his career total to 1,009 points in the process.
“It is a little nerve-racking kind of worrying about it throughout the game. But three out of my four older siblings have got it, so it’s a little pressure to come and get it,” Huntey said. “My oldest brother has our scoring record, so I like to make fun of him that I’ll beat that and it’s a little friendly family competition.”
The Mohawks continue league play Friday, hosting Hesperia.