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GRAFTON— With the Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcats football season firmly in the rearview mirror, I think its time to address the standing of the program.

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Lady Knights conclude with a winning season

PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knight Soccer season has come to an end, with the Lady Knights finishing with an overall record of 9-2-1; a spectacular winning season for Lady Knights.

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More Grace Outreach cross country running with a purpose

BOOTHESVILLE—The winding road between the communities of Grafton and Fairmont harbors one of the best kept secrets in Taylor County, the More Grace Outreach (MGO).

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Devotion and dedication lead Dunham to the next level

GRAFTON—Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcats Soccer standout Kadie Dunham signed on the dotted line on Monday to further her soccer career at Alderson Broaddus University (AB).

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GHS cheer takes third at Regionals, Morris continues to build stronger squad for next season

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcat Cheerleading squad’s season ended last week.

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Youth football season wraps up with first round playoff losses

GRAFTON—The Bearcub Midgets, PeeWees and Mighty Mites each concluded their respective seasons with teams from Bridgeport, Shinnston and Summersville this past week.

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Justice halts winter sports once more

MORGANTOWN—During his Friday morning COVID-19 press briefing, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced that high school winter sports will not be permitted to start until January 11, at the earliest, due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases across the state.

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Two Lady Bearcats take their athletic careers to the next level

GRAFTON—Two of Grafton’s premier female athletes will take their skills onto the next level as they signed National Letters of Intent with Fairmont State University (FSU), on Wednesday.

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Baseball staff announces All-Decade Team

FAIRMONT—Since taking over the Fairmont State University baseball program in the fall of 2015, head coach Phil Caruso has made it a priority to honor and recognize alumni from the storied program. Today, Caruso and his baseball staff are pleased to recognize 17 individuals as members of the Falcon Baseball Team of the Decade (2011-2020).

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Young Bearcat soccer team gains valuable experience as their season comes to an end

GRAFTON—The 2020 Bearcat Boys Soccer program concluded last week. The Bearcats finished the season with a 4-12-2 record.

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Bearcats unable to stop strong running game of Minutemen

GRAFTON— The Lewis County Minutemen traveled to McKinney Field to take on the Bearcats this past Friday night to close the season, with the Bearcats supporting a record of 3-6 going into the night; the Minutemen close behind with a 4-5 record on the season.

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WVU Coliseum reduced capacity for upcoming basketball season

MORGANTOWN— The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will welcome fans to the WVU Coliseum, beginning with the men’s basketball home opener on Dec. 2 against Youngstown State and the women’s basketball home opener on Dec. 3 against North Alabama.

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Knights wrap up season with impressive win, Beltner praises team

PHILIPPI—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights football team traveled to Philippi Middle School to face the Bulldogs for their final matchup of the regular season.

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Lady Cats overcome challenges and finish season strong

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcat Soccer season ended last wee

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Taylor County Biddy League postponed

TAYLOR COUNTY—According to league officials, Taylor County Biddy League basketball has opted to postpone their season as a precautionary measure against the spread of the Coronavirus.

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Taylor County Biddy League postponed

TAYLOR COUNTY—According to league officials, Taylor County Biddy League basketball has opted to postpone their season as a precautionary measure against the spread of the Coronavirus.

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Tensions run high in an aggressive match up against Clay County

GRAFTON—The Clay County Panthers traveled to McKinney Field on Friday night to take on the Bearcats.

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Knights battle it out with Patriots

WESTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights Football team traveled to face the Patriots of Robert L. Bland Middle School last Thursday, October 22.

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Lady Cats take the victory over North Marion Huskies

FARMINGTON — The Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcats played their last game of the regular season, claiming a victory over the North Marion Huskies this past Tuesday.

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TCMS met tough competitors during Bump Fest

BELINGTON— The Taylor County Middle School Lady Knights volleyball team participated in the prestigious Belington Bump Fest over the weekend.

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Perseverance pays off for Knights XC team

PRUNYTOWN—The local Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) just concluded a remarkably successful cross-country season.

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Eagles soar over Bearcats in a nail-biting Homecoming game

GRAFTON—The Robert C. Byrd Eagles made a visit to Grafton to take on the Bearcats under the lights of McKinney Field, on Friday.

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TCMS Knights roll over Huskies on the road

FARMINGTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights Football team traveled to Farmington to face the Huskies of North Marion Middle School on Wednesday, October 14.

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GHS volleyball dominates Frankfort High

GRAFTON — In what turned out to be a stunning win for the Lady Cats volleyball team this past week, the Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcats dominated the Frankfort High School Falcons in a impressive 3-1 stand; the Falcons never really stood a chance.

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Grafton High School’s Miller earns second-team all-state honors

WHEELING— The Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcats Golf Team sent senior Chris Miller to Oglebay Park Golf Club over the weekend, to compete in the 2020 West Virginia State Golf Tournament.

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Eighth grade Lady Knights recognized

The 2020 Lady Knights Soccer team celebrated 8th Grade Night.

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TCMS Knights blaze over Ritchie County Middle

PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights Football team continued with their impressive season, dominating the Blazers of Ritchie County Middle School in an October 8 matchup.

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Knights looking for redemption after falling to West and East teams

GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School boys soccer team took to the pitch for two contests last week.

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Bearcub teams face tough competitors over the weekend

GRAFTON—The Bearcub Midgets and Mighty Mite teams met up with teams from Bridgeport and Buckhannon on McKinney Field, Saturday night.

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Fumbles contribute to Knights defeat against Bridgeport

GRAFTON— On Wednesday, the Taylor County Middle School Knights football team found themselves up against a fierce competitor as they took on the Bridgeport Indians under the lights of McKinney Field.

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Tigers take down Bearcats on McKinney Field

GRAFTON—The Tigers made the trip from Elkins to Grafton to take on the Bearcats under the lights of McKinney field on Friday.

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Lady soccer teams come together to honor the life of a fierce competitor

GRAFTON—The Grafton Lady Bearcat soccer team hit McKinney Field Thursday night to take on Polar Bears of West Fairmont, and during the matchup, the life and memory of a Weir High Soccer player was honored.

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Christopher Miller is state bound

BERKELEY SPRINGS— After an impressive showing during the Regional Golf Tournament, held at Cacapon State Park last week, Bearcat Senior Christopher Miller is headed to the 2020 WVSSAC Golf State Championship

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2020 TCMS Knights Soccer Team

2020 TCMS Boys Soccer

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Girls can play too

GRAFTON— Currently, Taylor County is home to two co-ed basketball leagues, however, Grafton High School Lady Bearcat Head Coach Andrew Moore believes that it is important to allow girls to have their own spotlight, and has recently set out in search of future Lady Bearcats who may be interested in being a part of an all-girls basketball league.

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Bearcub Midgets maul Panthers

GRAFTON—The Bearcub teams made their way to Liberty High School’s football field to take on the Clarksburg Panthers on Sunday.

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Bearcub PeeWees earn first win of the season

GRAFTON—Grafton’s youth football teams took to McKinney Field in their first home game of the season last Saturday, playing against the South Harrison Hawks.

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Knights shutout Mountaineer Middle

GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights football team took to their home field on Wednesday night full of energy as they bolted into the stadium through a cloud of fog in celebration for their eighth grade players and cheerleaders.

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Lady Knights have a successful first week of play

PRUNTYTOWN—The Lady Knights Soccer team has been busy this season so far, taking on teams in true Knights fashion, leaving it all on the field.

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No spectators for the Baylor game

MORGANTOWN—The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with University, local and state officials, has determined that football’s Big 12 Conference home opener against Baylor on Oct. 3 will take place without spectators at Milan Puskar Stadium.

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2020 Taylor County Fall Ball Team

The 2020 Taylor County Youth Fall Baseball team

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Lady Knights volleyball takes care of business against Polar Bears

PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights hosted the West Fairmont Polar Bears in regular season play at TCMS on Wednesday, September 16.

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Bearcat golfers tee off in back-to- back matches

GRAFTON – The Grafton Bearcat golf team had a busy two days last Tuesday and Wednesday with a pair of matches.

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Bearcats take down Hawks at home

GRAFTON—The South Harrison Hawks made the trip from Lost Creek to Grafton to take on the Bearcats under the lights of McKinney Field, on Friday.

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Taylor County youth football takes on Colts

TAYLOR COUNTY—It was a cold, rainy Sunday when the Bearcubs took on the West Fairmont Colts at Mary Lou Retton Park in Fairmont. The weather couldn’t put a damper on the Bearcub Midgets’ play as they outscored the Colts 39-6.

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Knights control the field for a 50-36 win over WI

GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School Knights returned home on Wednesday night well prepared for their second game of the season, taking on the Washington Irving (WI) Hilltoppers at McKinney Field.

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Lady Cats out shot by Bucs

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur soccer Lady Bucs recorded an 8-2 win over the Grafton Bearcats in Big 10 Conference action Tuesday night at the high school.

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GHS boys soccer team gets shutout by B-U Buccaneers

TENNERTON – The Grafton Bearcats dropped a 4-0 decision to the Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers in Big 10 Conference soccer action Tuesday afternoon.

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Mountaineers Roll Eastern Kentucky in 2020 Opener

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia had little trouble disposing of Eastern Kentucky in its COVID-19-delayed season opener this afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium.

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GHS Golf takes on Green Hills Country Club

FAIRMONT – The Grafton Bearcat golf team finished third out of four teams in a recent quad outing at the Green Hills Country Club last Wednesday hosted by North Marion High School.

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Mountaineers begin 25th season at Iowa State

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 25th season of West Virginia University women’s soccer officially kicks off at Iowa State on Friday, Sept. 11. Kickoff at the Cyclone Sports Complex in Ames, Iowa, is set for 7 p.m. ET.

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Midgets down Mustangs in season opener

TAYLOR COUNTY—Grafton’s Bearcub football teams hit the field last weekend in their first contest of the season. After working hard in practice, the Midget team, took on the Mustangs of Barbour County

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TCMS Knights prevail over Hawks

LOST CREEK— After weeks of long, hard and strenuous practices that pushed the players to their limits, the Taylor County Middle School Knights football team was ready to prove their hard work on the field, as they opened their season on Wednesday, September 9.

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Feel the sting! Bearcats take down East Fairmont Bees in season opener

GRAFTON—After having their first football game of the season taken away from them due to the current pandemic, the Grafton Bearcats were given the green light to go ahead play their next opponent, East Fairmont, at McKinney Field last night, since both schools were safely within the state’s metrics of permissible county cases for extracurricular activities.

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Elkins’ Wimer Field deemed unsafe for athletic competition

ELKINS—According to Randolph County Schools and Elkins Tigers Athletic Director Ross Ware, Wimer Stadium has been deemed to be unfit to be used for athletic contests.

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Grafton Golfers travel to Fairmont Field Club

GRAFTON—On Monday, the Grafton Bearcats golf team headed to the Fairmont Field Club in Marion County for a quad match hosted by Fairmont Senior which also included Lincoln and Lewis County.

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Bearcats football ready to hit the field

GRAFTON—Although the Grafton Bearcats football team finished last season with a disappointing record of 1-9, veteran head coach Rich Bord is still very optimistic about the upcoming season with all the offensive weapons he now has at his disposal.

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Glenville State announces Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame Class

GLENVILLE. – Glenville State College has announced the six newest members of the Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame.

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NBA playoffs return, athletes fight on

The NBA playoffs will resume.But not before a second day of postponed games.

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WVU announces fall golf schedule

MORGANTOWN—On Wednesday, WVU Athletic Director Shane Lyons announced the West Virginia University fall golf schedule for 2020.

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WSA makes contribution to Climbing Higher Campaign

MORGANTOWN—The Women Supporting Athletics members of the Mountaineer Athletic Club have chosen to make a $50,000 contribution to the Climbing Higher Campaign in support of the Break Room at the Milan Puskar Center.

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Reed Between the Lines Sports Editor Scott Reed talks with Midget Football Coach Doug Devart

In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Grafton Bearcubs Midget Head Coach Doug Devart.

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Justice overrules WVSSAC’s decision on allowing bands to perform at games

WEST VIRGINIA—West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said Tuesday that marching bands will be allowed to perform at public school football games amid the Coronavirus pandemic, reversing the WVSSAC’s ruling from a day earlier.

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Grafton Bearcat golf team travels to Berkeley Springs

GRAFTON—While other programs are still practicing and getting ready for their respective seasons to begin, the Grafton High School golf team has now completed the first third of their schedule, competing at the Cacapon Golf Classic in Berkeley Springs on Thursday.

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Timberwolves win top pick in draft

FLORIDA—As the first round of the NBA playoffs are taking place in the “bubble” at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fl, the 2020 NBA draft lottery was also taking place.

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WVU to go fanless for opening game

MORGANTOWN—The West Virginia University football team still plans on kicking off their 2020 season against Eastern Kentucky on September 12th, but not a lot of people will be there to see it.

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Grafton Bearcats golf team opens the 2020 season

GRAFTON—Although times have been tough for our local athletes lately, Taylor County was still able to kick off fall sports competition as the Grafton High School golf team hosted Fairmont Senior, Elkins, and Trinity Christian at the Tygart Lake Public Golf Course on Tuesday.

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Reed Between the Lines Sports Editor Scott Reed talks sports with Brooklyn Palmer

In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Grafton Lady Bearcats Soccer Player Brooklyn Palmer

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WVU announces updated schedule

MORGANTOWN—Six home games and four Big 12 road dates comprise the new 2020 West Virginia University football schedule, which was released by WVU Athletic Director Shane Lyons on Wednesday.

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MEC pushes fall sports to the spring

TAYLOR COUNTY—Following last week’s announcement from the NCAA Board of Governors regarding the cancellation of 2020 NCAA Division II Fall Championships due to the current pandemic, the Mountain East Conference (MEC) Board of Directors announced the postponement of fall sports until the spring semester.

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NBA playoffs nearly set

TAYLOR COUNTY—After two weeks in the “bubble” at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, the NBA playoff bracket is nearly set. Results from Wednesday’s games filled in five of the six unknown matchups for Round 1 of the postseason, which will begin on August 15th.

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Big 12 Conference moves forward with fall sports seasons

TAYLOR COUNTY—On the same day that the Big 10 and PAC-12 conferences decided to cancel their fall sports seasons, the Big 12 Board of Directors agreed to move forward and proceed with playing.

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Reed Between the Lines Sports Editor Scott Reed talks basketball with Andrew Gallo

In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: GHS Basketball Player Andrew Gallo

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NFHS tracking state high school federation seasons

TAYLOR COUNTY—The National Federation of State High School Associations is currently tracking the status of high school sports as fall approaches.

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PA gov. announces fall sports may be delayed until January

TAYLOR COUNTY—As thousands of Pennsylvania high school football players continue to prepare for a potential fall football season and West Virginia schools wait on PA’s ultimate decision, the latest suggestions from the state’s leadership does not appear to provide an optimistic outlook.

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NCAA football preseason coaches’ poll released

MORGANTOWN—Although many college football schedules for the upcoming season are still not set, new rankings are being posted almost daily.

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GHS golfer Chris Miller excels on the Callaway Junior Tour

GRAFTON—While other athletes are waiting on the fate of their fall and winter sports seasons, one Grafton Bearcat was able to take advantage of this summer’s beautiful weather and develop his game even further to be prepared for his potential fall season.

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WVSSAC releases new cheer, volleyball, and cross country guidelines

TAYLOR COUNTY—The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) has released its modifications for cheer, volleyball, and cross country for the upcoming season. Here are the modifications:

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Big 12 Conference goes Conference + One in football

TAYLOR COUNTY—The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors approved a revised scheduling model for the upcoming college football season that will include nine conference games and one non-conference game, the league confirmed on Monday.

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MLB considering shutting down just weeks into the season

TAYLOR COUNTY—Unless conditions improve drastically in the next few weeks (or even days), Major League Baseball might call it quits much sooner than expected after it’s shortened 2020 season hit COVID-19 snags almost immediately.

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MPSSAA postpones fall and winter high school sports

MARYLAND—The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) has postponed the fall and winter high school sports seasons, with the Coronavirus pandemic continuing and recent positive results rising.

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Ohio suspends fall scrimmages

OHIO—On Tuesday, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) suspended interscholastic scrimmages in football, soccer, cross country, and field hockey until further notice.

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MEC announces updated plans for fall athletics

TAYLOR COUNTY—More changes appear to be coming as the Mountain East Conference announced last week its updated plans for fall athletic competition.

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Fairmont State creates the Fairmont State Varsity Club

FAIRMONT—Designed to promote and preserve friendships formed among the Fairmont State Athletics family, the Fairmont State University Foundation and the Fairmont State Department of Athletics have announced the creation of the “Varsity Club.”

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WVSSAC recommendations for the high school golf seasons

The West Virginia Secondary Schools Commission (WVSSAC) just released its recommendations for the upcoming golf season.

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Fairmont State cancels all summer athletic opportunities

FAIRMONT—Just like many other colleges and universities who have recently had to modify or cancel upcoming summer athletic opportunities, the Fairmont State athletic department has also been forced to make a tough call. Effective immediately, all athletic summer camps, elite camps, clinics, and showcases that were scheduled to take place on the FSU campus prior to August 31st have now been canceled.

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WVU Mountaineer Football Defensive Coaching roles for 2020 set

MORGANTOWN—After West Virginia University and former defensive coordinator Vic Koenning agree to part ways last week, WVU head football coach Neal Brown announced that the Mountaineer defensive coaching staff will share responsibilities “by committee” for the upcoming season.

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Update given on WV High School Football Schedules

WEST VIRGINIA—With the new start date of September 3rd for West Virginia high school football, athletic directors and coaching staffs are scrambling to schedule as many games as they can into their ten-week seasons, especially with the recent announcement that the state of Virginia will not play high school football this fall.

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GHS catcher invited to play in North American Softball World Series

GRAFTON—While many athletes are waiting on the fate of their fall and winter sports seasons, one Grafton Bearcat recently had the opportunity to play against some of the top softball competition in the country.

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WVU officials give COVID-19 testing update

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The following are updated COVID-19 testing numbers from the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics as of July 17.

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All NBA COVID-19 Tests return negative results

TAYLOR COUNTY—The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced on Monday that out of the 346 players tested for COVID-19 at the league’s bubble campus in Orlando, Florida since July 13th, none tested positive for the virus.

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College Sprint Football League cancels upcoming season

TAYLOR COUNTY—The Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) announced on Friday that the 2020 fall season will not occur now due to safety concerns rising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Virginia cancels High School Football, affecting West Virginia

TAYLOR COUNTY—The Virginia High School League (VHSL) announced last Wednesday that the state has decided to cancel football season for this fall, as schools continue to focus on reopening safely during the current pandemic.

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Taylor County Soccer Association announces Fall Registration

TAYLOR COUNTY—The Taylor County Soccer Association has announced that registration for the 2020 fall season is now underway.

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2020 Alderson Broaddus football schedule released

PHILIPPI—Alderson Broaddus University will begin their first season in the Mountain East Conference by playing an all-conference football schedule, featuring ten games, the athletic department announced recently.

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WVSSAC Director Bernie Dolan gives latest updates

TAYLOR COUNTY—As teams around the state continue working out in preparation for the unknown, the Grafton Bearcats and Taylor County Knights entered Phase III of the WVSSAC’s three-phase plan on Monday, conditioning at various locations around the county.

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WVU basketball to postpone workouts due to COVID

MORGANTOWN—After consulting with medical officials, the West Virginia University Department of Athletics has postponed the start of the men’s basketball team workouts for 14 days following their most recent COVID-19 test results.

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NFLPA and the NFL at odds over terms of returning

TAYLOR COUNTY—Continuing with the recent trend of player/ownership disagreement on how to safely return to the playing field, NFLPA President JC Tretter wrote in a blog post on Tuesday that the league “is unwilling to prioritize player safety and believes that the virus will bend to football,” pouring more fuel on the fire over the terms of training camp and the preseason amid the recent pandemic.

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MLB resumes under new protocols

TAYLOR COUNTY—Whatever you want to call Major League Baseball Spring Training now (since it’s the summer), the league began its new protocol on Wednesday by testing for the coronavirus. If teams’ players clear, workouts will begin on Friday across the country in their respective ballparks.

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The Thundering Herd begins preseason conditioning

HUNTINGTON—This past Monday morning, voluntary workouts inside the Chris Cline Athletic Complex in Huntington signaled the restart of Marshall athletics after nearly three months of inactivity. According to the athletic staff, the primary goal for Monday’s sessions was safety.

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Taylor County Little League back in action after COVID delay

GRAFTON—Due to the recent uncertainty surrounding the safety of its coaches, players and families as the number positive COVID-19 cases in the county spiked temporarily, the Taylor County Little League took a week off before resuming play this past Monday.

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Bernie Dolan gives latest WVSSAC updates amid COVID-19 pandemic

GRAFTON—Although Grafton High School athletics took a week off from voluntary offseason conditioning, they, as well as many other high school athletes across the state, are working through Phase II of the WVSSAC approved model to return to offseason workouts.

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GMEISA given to schools across the state

TAYLOR COUNTY—Although winter prep sports in the state were disrupted and spring sports were completely eliminated, the WV Gazette in Charleston still gave out their respective annual “Excellence in Sports Awards” to schools in each of the three classifications.

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Fairmont State Student-Athletes excel in the classroom

FAIRMONT—A model of excellence in the classroom during the spring 2020 semester, 215 Fairmont State University student-athletes in 17 athletics programs recorded a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, an increase of 10 from the 2019 fall semester.

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Lindy’s Magazine previews WVU Football

MORGANTOWN—Lindy’s, a preseason sports magazine publisher and online destination featuring sports news, scores, columns, opinions, and expert analysis for college football, has hit local newsstands and this year’s edition features WVU junior running back Leddie Brown on the regional cover.

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Fairmont State University Falcons Basketball signs six players

FAIRMONT—A pair of Division I transfers and four high school stars will be joining an already experienced roster which includes five seniors and nine returning players as Fairmont State basketball recently announced their 2020 recruiting class.

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Former Bearcat Snively named to CSCAA Board of Directors

FAIRMONT—1993 Grafton High School graduate Patrick Snively, who enters his 20th season as the Fairmont State head men’s’ and women’s’ swimming coach, was recently named to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Board of Directors.

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Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium to get new gym floor

GRAFTON—Desperately in need of being updated, the Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium floor at Grafton High School is currently in the process of getting a whole new look.

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WVU and Pitt to renew rivalry in men’s basketball

MORGANTOWN—Back by popular demand, West Virginia Athletic Director Shane Lyons announced on Thursday that WVU and Pitt have agreed to an additional two-game series in men’s basketball starting next year.

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Reed Between the Lines Sports Editor Scott Reed talks with GHS Assistant Football Coach Mickey Foley

In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: GHS Assistant Football Coach Mickey Foley

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WVU football to use digital ticketing

MORGANTOWN—Citing improved health and safety measures, contactless points of entry, added convenience, and ease of flow through the gates, the WVU Department of Athletics will make the transition to mobile ticketing for the 2020 football season.

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Betty Puskar dies at the age of 80

MORGANTOWN—A long-time supporter of both West Virginia University and WVU Medicine, Betty Puskar died on Sunday at the age of 80 at her home in Morgantown.

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AB accepts invitation to join the Mountain East Conference

PHILIPPI—Alderson Broaddus University’s application for permanent membership into the Mountain Athletic Conference was unanimously approved by the league’s Board of Directors last Friday.

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TCMS begins summer conditioning and workouts

GRAFTON—As multiple Grafton Bearcats’ programs began gathering participation numbers and started their summer conditioning programs, many of the TCMS sports’ teams also began preparing themselves for one or more of the “phases” that has been set forth by the SSAC.

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Preseason Magazines offer their take on 2020 Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.(John Antonik /WVUSports)—For many years, West Virginia’s best football seasons were usually the ones that were unexpected by the outsiders.

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Taylor County Little League receives approval to play

TAYLOR COUNTY—After weeks of uncertainty during the current pandemic, a sigh of relief was breathed by many as the Taylor County Little League (TCLL) received approval to begin practicing for the 2020 season.

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Grafton High School’s Joey Dingeldein signs with Fairmont State

GRAFTON—Although the Grafton Bearcats football program struggled to get much going last season, one of their own is heading off to play football at the collegiate level next season.

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WVSSAC makes update to prep conditioning, practices and games

TAYLOR COUNTY—It’s been approximately three months since the suspension (and eventual cancellation) of multiple winter and fall sports, but high school athletes around the state could return to their practice facilities for offseason conditioning as early as Monday.

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Grafton Gators support city’s decision

GRAFTON— By now the Grafton Gators Swim Team is typically well into their season, gliding through the waters of city pools throughout the area, hoping to make a top spot in their heats.

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WVU Season Ticket sales underway

MORGANTOWN—According to university officials, West Virginia has currently sold 13,200 football season ticket packages, up from approximately 7,500 just last week per Matt Wells, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs.

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Paying athletes a cause of concern for smaller sports

TAYLOR COUNTY—As expected, college coaches in non-revenue sports are voicing their concerns about the impact that paying athletes will have on their respective programs.

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WVSSAC allows youth and prep sports to resume again

TAYLOR COUNTY—The green light was given by Governor Jim Justice this past Friday for youth and prep athletics to resume again on June 8th across the state of West Virginia.

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Zack Lake wins the Alderson Broaddus Senior Skirmy Award

PHILIPPI—Another Alderson Broaddus star athlete with ties to Grafton has once again won the Battlers’ Skirmy Award, given annually to both an outstanding male and female athlete at the university.

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WVUhoops social media accounts make the Power Dozen

MORGANTOWN—According to Skull Sparks, an NCAA sports digital and design firm based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, West Virginia men’s basketball’s social media accounts are now considered among the NCAA’s “Power Dozen.”

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World TeamTennis and the Greenbrier Resort in negotiations

GREENBRIER COUNTY—Professional tennis players may be making their way to Greenbrier County soon as a result of the top international tennis tours ceasing to operate since early March with no tour events expected to resume until August at the earliest.

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WVSSAC Director talks prep football

TAYLOR COUNTY—As fans wait anxiously for the decision to be made regarding fall sports, West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission Executive Director Bernie Dolan says he is optimistic that there will be a high school football season in the state this year.

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Mountaineer Basketball recap

MORGANTOWN—In a matter of seconds, the WVU men’s basketball team had their hopes of a deep postseason run dashed last Thursday as word of the rapidly-spreading coronavirus made its way around high school, college, and professional athletics in just a matter of hours.

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GHS Seniors express emotions over the cancellation of their final season

GRAFTON—Now that the start to spring sports in Taylor County have either been suspended and/or eliminated due to COVID-19, so too are many camps, clinics, tournaments, leagues, and organized practices for our local teams.

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Beltner's season long efforts earn him Student Athlete of the Week

Logan Beltner of the Grafton Bearcats’ basketball team is named this week’s Taylor County Student-Athlete of the Week for his outstanding performances throughout the season

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TCMS volleyball game recap

PRUNTYTOWN – The Taylor County Middle School volleyball team finished their 2018 season last week. Here are their results for their final games of the season. 10/8/2018 - The girls were on the road in Elkins. The Hornets won in the contest 2 to 1. Natalea Mumaw had three blocks, Caroline Wellman had three aces and Daisy Charlton had one ace. In JV action the Knights lost both sets to Elkins. Andie Toothman, Destiny Weaver and Autumn Ware all had one ace while Sierra Persinger and Toothman had one kill.

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