History and Traditions
Ravenscroft's athletic department offers 23 sports (boys and girls) and fields 49 teams in those sports at the Middle School, junior varsity and varsity levels. More than 80% of Ravenscroft students in seventh through 12th grades participate in school-sponsored athletics.
We invite you to browse this section of the website to learn about the rich history and tradition of Ravenscroft athletics — both our team sports and our outstanding student-athletes.
- Ravenscroft competes in the highly competitive 4A division of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association.
- Since 1974, when Ravenscroft's boys tennis team won the school's first-ever state championship, our student-athletes have brought home 64 team crowns across 17 different sports. In the last decade, the Ravens won eight state championships.
- Most recently, Ravens claimed the 2017 state championship for boys golf. In 2016, boys lacrosse brought home the title, and the girls swim team completed a jaw-dropping "four-pete." Football took the 2015 championship. Boys basketball and girls lacrosse each won in 2012.
State Championship Teams
|Boys Basketball||1980, 2012|
|Girls Basketball||1986, 1996, 1999|
|Girls Cross Country||1995, 2011|
|Football||1978,1979, 1980, 1985, 1989, 1994, 2000, 2015|
|Boys Golf||1983, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2017|
|Boys Soccer||1977, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1986|
|Girls Soccer||1986, 1985, 1994|
|Boys Swimming||1986, 1987 (Co-Champions), 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003|
|Girls Swimming||1995, 1998 (Co-Champions), 2006, 2007, 2013. 2014, 2015, 2016|
|Boys Tennis||1974, 1975, 1981|
|Girls Tennis||1975, 1976, 1978, 2008|
Many of our student-athletes have gone on to accomplish impressive feats at the highest levels of their sports. Just a sampling of these accomplishments include the following:
- Baseball: ACC Honor Roll member, Two-time Division III World Series participant
- Men's Basketball: Multiple ACC Champions; multiple NCAA Champions; All-ACC Academic selection; All-MEAC performer; All-Big South Freshman team selection; All-CAA Academic selection; member of Team USA's U18 Men's Basketball team
- Women's Basketball: ACC Champion; NCAA Tournament participant
- Football: Two-time Super Bowl Champion; multiple NCAA bowl game participants; Ivy League Honor Roll selection, multiple NCAA FCS playoff participants
- Golf: Multiple participants in U.S. Amateur & U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Tournaments; Multiple All-ACC Academic selections; ACC Champion; All-ACC selection
- Men's Soccer: NCAA Champion; ACC Champion; multiple College Cup participants
- Women's Soccer: Multiple NCAA Tournament participants; All-ACC Academic selection; ACC Service Award winner; Southern Conference Champion; Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll
- Men's Swimming: Academic All-American; American-record holder; multiple All-Americans; Big 12 Champion; World University Games gold medalist; multiple NCAA Championship participants; Olympics Trials semifinalist; CSCAA Scholar All-America
- Women's Swimming: NCAA Championship participant; All-ACC Academic selection
The following Ravenscroft alumni have gone on to compete in professional athletics.
Antwan Harris '96
Antwan Harris played running back and defensive back at Ravenscroft, earning four varsity letters in football. He was named Player of the Year in the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA) and team Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior and was an NCISAA all-state selection in his last three years. He had 223 tackles, 12 interceptions and three fumble recoveries in four seasons. He returned 57 kickoffs for 1,453 yards and three touchdowns and 45 punts for 635 yards and six touchdowns.
Harris totaled 111 tackles (59 solos), seven pass deflections, four interceptions, two recovered fumbles and one tackle behind the line of scrimmage during his football career at the University of Virginia. He had 13 kickoff returns for 240 yards and one punt return for 34 yards. He tied a Virginia record with a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The New England Patriots drafted Harris in 2000, and he played defensive back for the team for five seasons. He won two Super Bowl titles as a member of the Patriots, and forced a fumble by St. Louis Rams wide receiver Ricky Proehl in Super Bowl XXXVI. He scored his first career touchdown on a blocked field goal in the 2001 AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ryan Kelly averaged 25.2 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game as a senior power forward on the Ravenscroft basketball team. He led the Ravens to their third consecutive Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference (TISAC) championship and a spot in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) 3A State Championship finals. He was named the 2008-09 Gatorade North Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year, a Jordan Brand All-American, and a McDonald's All-American.
Kelly earned a 2010 NCAA Championship as well as two ACC Championships as a member of the Duke basketball team. He averaged 7.5 points and 3.7 rebounds at Duke while shooting 46 percent from the field. Kelly was named ACC Player of the Week twice during his senior season and earned honorable mention All-ACC honors despite missing 13 games due to injury. Kelly finished his final season with the Blue Devils averaging 12.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocked shots in 28.9 minutes.
Kelly was selected by the Lakers in the second round (48th overall pick) in the 2013 NBA draft. He appeared in 59 games during his rookie season, 25 of them as a starter, and averaged 8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
After a successful two-time MVP career at Ravenscroft, Zach went onto Virginia Tech and set school records in both the 100 and 200 yard backstroke.
McGinnis was a member of three relay events that hold school records, including the 400 medley relay team that also established an ACC record. McGinnis was the 2012 ACC Champion in the 100-yard backstroke and was a member of the 2013 ACC Champion 400 medley relay team. He was a two-time honorable mention All-American in the 100-yard backstroke.
McGinnis currently competes professionally in the United States Swimming Grand Prix series and other international competitions. He is sponsored by the New York Athletic Club.
Read more about Athletes vs Epilepsy, for whom McGinnis serves as a spokesperson.
Erin Bratcher '10
Erin Bratcher signed a professional contract with the TSV Krofdorf-Gleiberg basketball team in the Germany-Regionalliga League, on January 15, 2015. Erin graduated from Ravenscroft in June 2010, then played four years at Charleston Southern University.
Cameron Castleberry '13
Cameron Castleberry was drafted #36th overall by the Washington Spirit of the NWSL on January 12, 2017. Cameron graduated from Ravenscroft in June 2013, then played four years at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. While at Ravenscroft she played two years of varsity soccer and ran track her senior year, setting a school record for the 20 meter dash (25.17). She led Ravenscroft to a pair of TISAC Conference championships and two NC Independent Schools Tournament semifinals, including a trip to the championship game in 2011. She was named All-State, All-Region and All-Conference in 2011. In 2011, she was the NC-3A Private School Player of the Year, the TISAC Conference Player of the Year, Region 1 Player of the Year and an All-State, All-Region and All-Conference selection, led team that season in scoring with 25 goals and 15 assists
Listed below are the criteria and procedures for induction into the Alumni Association Sports Hall of Fame (revised November, 2002).
- The Alumni Association Sports Hall of Fame has been organized for the purpose of honoring alumni who graduated from Ravenscroft at least five years ago, coaches, and athletic administrators.
- One or more persons may be inducted annually with a maximum of three and no induction is necessary.
- Each inductee will be presented with an award plaque, and a trophy is permanently housed in the Alumni Association Sports Hall of Fame Room in the A. E. Finley Center Activity Center.
- Each inductee should have demonstrated a consistent respect for and loyalty to Ravenscroft School and good sportsmanship and citizenship character.
- Those honored should be people who have left a lasting impression of achievement and excellence on the Ravenscroft athletic family.
- The President of the Alumni Council shall appoint the Selection Committee. It shall consist of a minimum of three Alumni Council members, a member of the Hall of Fame, the Director of Alumni Affairs, the Athletic Director, one faculty member, and the Head of School.
- The Committee will consider current nominations and nominations from the past five years.
Sports Hall of Fame Trophy