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WVSSAC releases winter sports calendar

GRAFTON — After a tumultuous year and a shaky start to the winter programs the WVSSAC has finally released another revised calendar for winter and spring sports seasons.

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Taylor County athletes earn recognition

GRAFTON—A few of Grafton’s High School athletes have been chosen by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association for the Class AA All-State Football Team for the 2020 season.

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WVSSAC releases grade requirements for winter sports

GRAFTON—The WVSSAC and the Board of Education want to remind parents and students about eligibility requirements for middle school and high school athletes.

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Winter sports postponed once again

WEST VIRGINIA— In November, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice made the decision to push the start of winter sports back to January 11. As that date draws nearer, and the Coronavirus outbreak continues to run ramped, he announced on Wednesday that the start of winter sports has been delayed even further.

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Just Sayin’ with Justin: Sports Correspondent Justin Wolford talks expansion of county sports

In this week’s article I want to summarize previous thoughts and expand on some new ones in preparation for the resumption of our sports programs on January 11, 2021

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Countryman signs to tumble at the next level as a Pioneer

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School cheer program standout Madelyn Countryman signed on the dotted line Friday, December 11 while surrounded by family and friends to join the ranks of the Acrobatics and Tumbling program at Glenville State.

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Just Sayin’ with Justin: Sports Correspondent Justin Wolford touches on need of indoor facility x

In the previous articles I have spoken more about the programs and the attitudes of our athletes. Some of those problems could take years to sort out. I thought I would use today’s article to discuss something that could make an immediate difference in our sports programs.

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Coach Moore sees potential as the Lady Cats rebuild their team

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Cat Basketball program is in the throws of a rebuilding year this year. Head Coach Andrew Moore and his staff are working hard to battle through the rebuilding while in the mist of the pandemic.

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Twelfth Man

I was thinking about the next column, then Justin opened the door for me with his last column.\ It’s no secret that I personally don’t like the Big Ten Conference in its present form. I don’t believe Grafton High belongs there in any sport.

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WVSSAC makes revisions to winter and spring sports

GRAFTON—The athletes of Taylor County had their winter sports schedule upended by Governor Justice’s controversial stoppage last month but there remains hope.

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Just Sayin’ with Justin: Sports Correspondent Justin Wolford talks fire and aggression in young athletes

In the previous article I talked about the lapse in the top down approach to the sports programs in the county. While the last article was highly observational this one is a purely opinion piece, taken from my experience coaching different sports in the county.

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Lady Knights hopeful to pick up where they left off

PRUNTYTOWN — The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights basketball team began their regular season in October, but with the recent cancellation from West Virginia Governor Jim Justice the winter sports programs in the state have been put on ice until January 11.

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Just Sayin’ with Justin

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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