Bearcubs celebrate success on hardwood


GRAFTON—Before the threat of coronavirus gripped the Taylor County community, the Grafton Bearcubs’ 4th and 5th grade travel basketball teams brought home some much-deserved hardware in a recent tournament at the Philippi City Building in Barbour County.

The double-elimination tournament became a single-elimination tournament as tournament directors and coaches decided to cut the event short due to concerns about the rapidly spreading virus.

In the fourth-grade bracket, the Bearcubs defeated Philippi in the first round by the score of 44-24 to set up a championship game against Shinnston, who defeated Buckhannon in their first-round matchup. Grafton would win the championship game against Shinnston by the score of 39-6 to claim the title.

In the fifth-grade bracket, the Bearcubs would knock off Philippi in the first round by the score of 58-27 to set up a championship game against Tucker County. Grafton would eliminate an 11-point deficit with eight minutes to play to secure a 41-35 win and bring home the championship.

The games were played over several days last week and teams that participated in the event were Philippi, Grafton, Shinnston, Buckhannon, Bridgeport, and Tucker County.

Grafton also had third and sixth grade teams in the tournament but results from those games were not immediately available.

Rosters and team pictures for the fourth and fifth grade teams are below.

4th Grade – Front Row (L-R): Carter Gillespie, Mason Nestor, Cameron Gray, John Gouzd.

Back Row (L-R): Chace Kinsey, Chase Maier, Gage Alexander, Isaac Young

Coaches: Eric Maier, Chad Gray, Ben Kinsey.

5th Grade – Front Row (L-R): Mason Gray, Jacob Moats, Konner Humphries, Dominic Bolyard, Dylan Andrew.

Back Row (L-R): Tucker Stemple, Cameron Poling, Josh McIe, Lucas Nicholson

Coaches: Mike Moats, Chad Gray, Adam Ware .

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