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Grafton Freshmen win their final two games of season

GRAFTON- The Grafton High School Freshman basketball team played their final two games of the 2018-2019 season last week. They won both contests by defeating Elkins and the Braxton County Eagles. The Freshman Cats faced off with Elkins first. The Cats started strong in the first quarter, with the offense led by Kaden DeLaney. DeLaney scored 12 points in the first quarter to help the Cats led after one. The Bearcats outscored the Tigers 20—8. In the second quarter, the momentum remained on Grafton’s side, as they spread out the scoring though out most of the team. Tanner Moats and Matthew Helmondollar hit key three pointers in this quarter of action. Grafton outscored Elkins 16—7, and they led at the half with the score of 36—15.

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Bearcats look to dominate the mats at States

GRAFTON—After a rigorous season, the Grafton Bearcat Wrestling team’s fruits of their labor have ripened, as they prepare to send six wrestlers to the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Class AA-A Region II Wrestling Championships. The Grafton High School wrestling team opened their 2018-2019 season in early December as they hosted the Philip Barbour Colts for an afternoon match. Noah Allman (113), Noah Hodges (120), Shawn Kelly (126), Eli Shumaker (132), Dillon Williams (160), John Luke Massie (170) and Garrett Williams all earned wins for GHS. The remaining GHS wrestlers were Gage Claypool, Dylan Blake and Xander Larew.

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Bearcats fall to North Marion

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School boys basketball team returned home last Tuesday night, to battle the Huskies of North Marion. The Bearcats would follow what has become their pattern for the season, as they started slow, but this time, the slow start would not hurt them in the first half, because the Huskies could not find the basket. Both teams managed just six points in the first quarter, but the Cats would be two points better than the Huskies in the second, as GHS would take a 17—15 lead into the locker room at halftime.

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Balanced scoring leads Lady Cats over RCB

CLARKSBURG—The Grafton High School girls basketball team played their last regular season contest, last Wednesday night in Clarksburg. The Lady Cats played one of their best games of the season, as they dominated the Lady Eagles of Robert C. Byrd 52—22. The Bearcats had a huge first quarter, scoring 18 points, with six players finding the bottom of the net for GHS.

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Youth wrestlers prepare to battle on the mats at states

TAYLOR COUNTY—After wrestling hard all season, the Grafton Youth Wrestling Club is proud to announce that they would have numerous kids taking on the competition at the West Virginia Youth Wrestling Association State Championship. Following a day of wrestling at University High School during the regional competition, the club proved they had what it took to get the job done, and claimed their spots in the state championship competition.

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TCMS Lady Knights win post season tournament

FAIRMONT – The Taylor County Middle School girls basketball JV team played in the three day Fairmont Catholic Basketball Tournament in Fairmont this past weekend. The Knights went 3-0 in their three games and brought home the championship trophy. On Thursday night, the Lady Knights faced the host team, Fairmont Catholic, who has not lost a game in the last two years. The Knights did not let this fact bother them, as they came away with a 41—31 victory. The Knights would win every quarter of the contest to cruise to their first round victory.

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Jacob Maier named the Taylor County Student Athlete of the Week

Jacob Maier has been named the Taylor County Student Athlete of the Week for his performance for the TCMS Knights Basketball team against the Elkins Hornets

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GHS Lady Bearcats fall to Cougars

SHINNSTON—The Grafton High School Lady Bearcats played a make-up game on Tuesday night, as they traveled to Shinnston, to take on the Lincoln Cougars who are ranked in the top five in AA basketball.

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Knights drop final contest of season

WESTON­—The Taylor County Middle School Knights were back on the road on Tuesday night, as they traveled to Weston to face the Patriots of Robert L. Bland.

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Lady Knights defeat RLB Patriots

GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School Lady Knights played their final home contest of the season on Tuesday night, when they hosted the Patriots of RLB.

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England, Satterfield and Nibert earn Big Ten honors

GRAFTON—Three Grafton High School swimmers were selected on the all-Big Ten Conference Swim Team this season. Natalie Satterfield earned second team honors, while Payton England and Luke Nibert received honorable mention distinction.

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Six Bearcats headed to states, Hodges wins 200th

BRIDGEPORT—The Grafton High School wrestling team made the short trip down Route 50 this past weekend to compete in the WVSSAC AA-A Region II wrestling championships at Bridgeport High School. The Bearcats had an outstanding weekend, as six of the eight wrestlers they sent to Bridgeport will be headed to the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington, for the WVSSAC state championships, in two weeks.

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Grafton Bearcats continue to win late in the season

GRAFTON- The Grafton High School boys basketball team was back on the road this past Thursday to face off with arch rival, the Philip Barbour Colts. The Bearcats started slow in the beginning, but they got it together in the end to win on the road, 57—53. The Colts started strong in the first quarter with their offense, but the Bearcats were able to keep up with them with the help of Dylan Massie with five points. Philip Barbour led after the first quarter with the score of 16—13.

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Maier leads Knights to third win of the season

GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School boys basketball team played their final home contest of the 2018-2019 season, last Thursday night, as they hosted the Elkins Hornets. The contest was by far the best game of the season, and the Knights and Hornets had to go to overtime to decide the winner. The Knights had their typical slow start to the contest, finding themselves down 18­—12, after two quarters of play.

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Wellman signs letter of intent for Fairmont State University

GRAFTON—Grafton High school football standout, Garrett Wellman, will be continuing his football career next fall, as he signed his letter-of-intent last week, to play football at Fairmont State University. Wellman, who earned many post season honors, signed the letter outside the school gymnasium surrounded by family, coaches, administrators and friends.

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Junior wrestler Dillon Williams has been named the Taylor County Student Athlete of the Week

Junior wrestler Dillon Williams has been named the Taylor County Student Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships, in Lewis County. Dillon battled his way through the bracket and found himself in the championship match.

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Lady Knights fall to Elkins and Lincoln

ELKINS­—The Taylor County Middle School girls basketball team headed to Elkins on Monday night, to take on the Lady Hornets. The girls would battle all night long, but in the end, they lost to Elkins 32—19. The Lady Knights would start slow, finding themselves down 15—7 after two quarters of play. The second half would be more of the same, as the Knights were outscored 17—12.

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Toothman and Maier lead Lady Bearcats to victory over Liberty

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School girls basketball team played host to the Liberty Mountaineers last Monday night, at the Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium. The Cats would have one of their best starts of the season, as five different players found their way in the score book in the first quarter. After just eight minutes of play the Cats held an impressive 11 point lead. The Cats would go on to win the second quarter 13—4, the third quarter 15­—2 and inch by in the final quarter 12—11. The final score of the contest was GHS 58, LHS 24.

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Late charge comes up short for Knights

PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School boys basketball team welcomed the Lincoln Middle School Wildcats to TCMS on Tuesday night for Eighth Grade Night. The Knights fell behind early but made a late run at the Wildcats in the fourth. The run would fall short as the Wildcats defeated the Knights 50—43.

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GHS Freshmen improve record

PHILIPPI—The Grafton High School freshmen basketball team took their show on the road last week, as they headed to Philippi to battle the young Colts. The game would be close, and the Bearcats found themselves down 30—25 at the half. Coach Hartsel Keener must have inspired the offense at halftime, as the Cats came out and won the third quarter 16—11 and then dominated the final quarter 18—10.

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Cats on two-game winning streak

CLARKSBURG—The Grafton High School boys basketball team was on the road once again on Tuesday night, when they traveled to the west side of Harrison County, to battle the Liberty Mountaineers. The boys had little trouble controlling the contest, and left Clarksburg with an 86—59 victory. The first and second quarters were a mirror image, as the Bearcats won both of the quarters 21—16. At the half, the Cats held a 42­—32 lead.

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