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State competiton brings up season bests for GHS track

GRAFTON— The Grafton High School (GHS) girls track team ran their season bests in all five of the track events that they entered for the West Virginia High School State track meet.

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Invaders finish 16-1 with championship victory

GRAFTON—Julie Dowdy’s 11U Base Invaders team has been grabbing the attention of area competitors as they built an impressive winning streak, taking the “W” in more than ten straight games before heading into play-off action.

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Lady Knights Shuttle Relay team earns Athlete of the Week recognition

This week our Taylor County Athlete of the Week recognition has been capture by not only one outstanding local athlete, but four young ladies, that have continuously worked together to become an unstoppable team.

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Angus ready at the reigns to lead and grow Gators program

GRAFTON—While it still may be a little early for most to hit the pool, the Grafton Gators swim team members are braving the cool waters as they prepare for their summer season under new leadership.

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West Virginia Wesleyan softball camp being offer

BUCKHANNON—West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Softball program will be hosting a summer Softball Camp next month, with some prestigious Division II names on the list of instructors.

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Lady Knights softball honors eighth grade members, closes out season against Elkins

GRAFTON— The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights softball team hosted the Elkins Lady Hornets this past week in what would be the last game of the season for the Lady Knights and the last game for the eighth graders on the team.

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Emphasis on Regional Meet pays off for Lady ‘Cats track

GRAFTON—Grafton High School will be represented by the Lady Bearcats track team in multiple events next week at state competition.

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Grafton’s season concludes with 9-1 loss to Keyser

KEYSER— The Lady Bearcats struggled to contain Keyser’s offense on Tuesday during championship play, resulting in a season ending loss for the Grafton High School softball program.

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TCMS steals another victory with 25 runs in five innings

GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights softball program hosted the Lady Colts of Phillip-Barbour Middle School on Thursday. In a high scoring shoot out the Lady Knights would emerge victorious over the newly formed Lady Colts program as both teams were able to mount plenty of offense in the affair as the game ended early in the fifth with a final score of 25-17.

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GHS golf sign-ups underway

GRAFTON— Grafton High School Golf team signups are underway now for the upcoming 2022 season.

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Four straight wins earn Sting Rays Lorenzen Cup

TAYLOR COUNTY— Led by a spectacular performance from goalie Avery Alexander, the Taylor County Sting Rays allowed only two scores over four games, to claim victory in recent championship play.

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Tygart Golf Classic May 21

KNOTTSVILLE—On Saturday, May 21, area golfers will have the opportunity to take to the green of Tygart Lake Public Golf Course for a good cause.

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Redemption for Lady Knights in 14-8 win over East Fairmont

GRAFTON – The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights softball hosted the East Fairmont Lady Hornets this past week in a rematch of a very close game played the week before in which the Lady Hornets proved victorious in that match-up with the final 12-15. This week would tell a different tale, as the Lady Knights hit the field fired up and ready to win.

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Bearcub sign-ups slated for May 20-21

GRAFTON—Grafton Youth Football and Cheer will be hosting sign-ups for the 2022 season later this month. Sign-ups will be held on Friday, May 20 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. outside of the Claire Bee Field House at Grafton High School.

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Grafton escapes Berkeley Springs to earn a shot at the championship after falling to Keyser

GRAFTON— Keyser’s high-powered offense threw the Lady Bearcats off course on Wednesday evening as the Tornados racked up ten runs off 14 hits to come out on top, 10-2, of the second-round sectional game.

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Sting Rays, Matrix and Whales record shutout victories

TAYLOR COUNTY— Last week in Taylor County Youth Soccer league action, the Sting Rays claimed two more wins to add to their undefeated record.

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Lady Bearcats outlast Lady Falcons,5-4, in round one of sectionals

RIDGELEY, WV— After ending April with one last regular season win over the LAdy bucs, the week for the Lady Bearcats’ softball program began with the first round of sectional play, as they faced off against the Frankfort Lady Falcons on Monday evening.

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Undefeated weekend for Eskridge’s 11U Base Invaders

TAYLOR COUNTY—The 11U Base Invader team, coached by Jennifer Eskridge, Terry Eskridge, Roseanne Jacobs and Jay Taylor, have rallied to their first winning streak of the season.

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TCMS records first win, 30-13, over MMS

CLARKSBURG—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights softball pro-gram got their first win of the season, as they travelled to Mountaineer Middle School in Clarksburg to face the Lady Lions.

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Bearcat football team to host golf tournament

TAYLOR COUNTY— The First Annual Bearcat Football Golf Scramble has been set for Saturday, May 14, offering participants a chance to grab some friends, and spend the day on the green while supporting the Grafton program. The event will be held at Tygart Lake Public Golf Course, located at 3948 Knottsville Road.

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Bearcat offense snuffed out out by Keyser

GRAFTON— Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcats Varsity baseball team was stymied by Keyser in a devastating 14-4 loss this past week. It was a tough day this past Thursday, for the Bearcats, as the Keyser Bulldogs fired up the offense in the first inning and scored a quick run when Konner Bennett singled to left to start the game.

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Morris family giving back to youth of community

GRAFTON—As a way to give back to a community that supported them tremendously when they needed it the most, one local couple will be hosting a free event for the area’s youths

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Local softball team moves to 10 game winning streak with most recent victory over Barbour Co.

GRAFTON— Taking the area’s youth softball league by storm, coach Julie Dowdy’s 11U Base Invaders recently captured their tenth straight win, handing losses to teams from Glenville, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Shinnston and most recently Barbour County.

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Aubrey Roy named as Taylor County Athlete of the Week

Sometimes, being a good athlete isn’t always about the points scored, awards earned or the first-place finishes, often, it is being and becoming the best athlete possible is more about attitude, passion, teamwork skills and dedication.

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Late inning runs bring up double header wins for Lady ‘Cats

BERKELEY SPRINGS— After falling behind and going without a run throughout the first four, the Lady Bearcats put on a big fifth inning, tallying five runs to tie the game and ultimately claim victory over Berkeley Springs, during the second game of a double header.

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Lady Knights still looking to record first win

GRAFTON – The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights softball program hosted Westwood Middle school of Morgantown this week, as the Lady Knights looked to grab their first win of the season.

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‘Cats fall behind early in loss to Berkely Springs

BERKLEY SPRINGS — The Grafton Bearcats Varsity Baseball (GHS) team made the long trek to Berkeley Springs this past weekend to face the Indians. In a close pitchers dual the Bearcats fell behind early and were unable to pull off the comeback; despite their best efforts the ‘Cats took the 3-1 loss to Berkeley Springs.

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Big back-to-back wins for the Lady Bearcats over the weekend

GRAFTON— The Lady Bearcats entered the first round of section play against Preston County on Friday, April 22 and took a big win in the bronze bracket. After a quiet, scoreless first inning, the Lady Bearcats knocked in 19 runs during the second, compared to Preston’s one sealing the easy victory for Grafton.

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TCMS celebrates eighth graders along with top overall finishes

GRAFTON— Last week, the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) track team played host to five area schools for their second and final home meet of the season, celebrating their eighth-grade members prior to its start.

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Late runs bring up senior night loss for Lady Bearcats

GRAFTON— On Wednesday evening, prior to the Lady Bearcats of Grafton and the Lady Bulldogs of Frankfort taking to the field, the home team recognized their senior players. During the traditional senior night ceremony, Grafton High School’s (GHS) Frederique Maloley, Amber Smith and Gracen Purkey were honored for their time, dedication and sacrifice that they have each put into the program over their four years at GHS.

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Sign up to hit the pool with the Grafton Gators this summer

GRAFTON— The Grafton Gators Swim Team is ready to welcome young swimmers to the pool for their 2022 season and will be hosting sign-up for potentials.

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More big wins for Taylor County Youth Soccer league teams

TAYLOR COUNTY— During week two of the season, several Taylor County Youth Soccer (TCYS) teams recorded multiple wins. On April 11, Taylor County Storm took a commanding 10-0 victory over Marion. Goals for the Storm were scored by Tyson Lowry (3), Braydon Taylor (2), Colin McCarthy, Liam Mouse, Sawyer Stallings, Dylan Stead and Noah Blue.

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Jaxson Hall recognized as Taylor County Athlete of the Week

This week’s Taylor County Athlete of the Week is a sports staple at Taylor County Middle School (TCMS). Taylor County Middle School’s eighth grader Jaxson Hall is already known for his football prowess but is now showing his abilities on the track as a superstar speedster, running his way to the top, beating out his opponents with near easy and crushing school recor

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GHS softball 4-3 in seven game stint

TAYLOR COUNTY—Over a seven-game series, the Lady Bearcats softball team went 4-3, recording big wins over Preston and Wirt Counties, along with an exciting narrow victory over Williamstown.

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Knotts hoping to assist FSU to National Championship

TAYLOR COUNTY—A former Grafton High School Bearcat cheerleader will be competing in the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Championships in Eugene Oregon this week.

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Lady Knights show promise despite late loss to Lincoln Middle School

SHINNSTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights softball program recently played their best game of the season, as they traveled to Lincoln Middle School to take on the Lady Cats of Shinnston.

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Bearcats fall to RCB, 2-1, after leading for six innings

CLARKSBURG— The Grafton High School Bearcats (GHS) would travel to Frank Loria Field last Tuesday, entering a match up with the Robert C. Byrd (RCB) Eagles. Unfortunately, the Bearcats would drop a heartbreaker in a low scoring, defensive battle with a final of 2-1.

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4x800 Lady ‘Cat relay team records second fastest time in state for Class AA

GRAFTON— During their home meet on Wednesday, the Lady Bearcats 4x800 relay team earned one of the four fastest finishing times in the state for girls class AA.

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Dowdy’s Base Invaders on three game winning streak

TAYLOR COUNTY— After an opening day loss, the 11U Base Invaders team coached by Julie Dowdy, Rachel Gerkin, Sam Gerkin and Becky Phillips, have found their stride and are on a three-game winning streak.

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Lady Knights baller recognized as Taylor County Athlete of the Week

This week’s Taylor County Athlete of the Week caught the attention of some fans in the stands during her debut season as a Lady Knight basketball player.

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Lady Bearcats go 3-3 in six over seven day span

GRAFTON— Playing six games over the course of seven days, the Lady Bearcats softball team split the contests adding three wins and taking three losses. On Tuesday, April 5, the Lady ‘Cats’ home matchup against Preston County saw the “mercy rule” enacted after the third inning, Grafton with the hefty lead.

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Four TCYS teams kick things off with mutiple wins

TAYLOR COUNTY— Taylor County Youth Soccer (TCYS) teams kicked off their seasons earlier this month, and here is a look at the start for some of our local teams.

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Struggles plague Lady Knights in 24-1 loss to Mountaineer Middle

GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights softball program hosted the Mountaineer Middle School Lions of Harrison County last Tuesday.

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TCMS track records 15 firsts at home opener

GRAFTON— After earning ten first place finishes the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) boys track team tied the West Fairmont Middle School boys for an overall first place team finish with 127 points at their home opener on Wednesday afternoon.

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Halbritter and Horne lead Lady ‘Cats with top finishes

BUCKHANNON— On Tuesday, the Grafton High School (GHS) track teams traveled to Buckhannon for a meet that pinned them against tough competition from Philip Barbour, Elkins, Tucker County, Buckhannon-Upshur, Tygarts Valley and Lewis County High Schools.

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Opening day rescheduled

TAYLOR COUNTY—Due to inclement weather this weekend, Taylor County Little League’s Opening Day ceremonial events have been postponed.

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Grafton overpowers Knights 14-1

GRAFTON— The Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcats would play host to the Preston County Knights in baseball action this past week. The Bearcats would put on an unmatched hitting display that would end the game early under the 10-run “mercy rule” after the fifth.

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Annual Bearcat Scramble scheduled

TAYLOR COUNTY— In preparation for their upcoming season, the Grafton High School (GHS) golf team will be hosting their annual fundraising event later this month.

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TCLL to throw first pitch this weekend

TAYLOR COUNTY— Spring is in the air, and for many sports enthusiasts, that means it is time to head back to the field for America’s favorite pastime, baseball. This weekend marks the start for the 2022 Taylor County Little League (TCLL) season, with opening day slated for Saturday, April 9.

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Post season honors doled out

TAYLOR COUNTY—At the conclusion of the winter sports season local senior athletes, along with one outstanding coach, received some prestigious recognitions.

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Following consecutive losses Lady Bearcats start new with big win over Elkins

GRAFTON— After a pair of back-to-back losses last week, the Lady Bearcats came out “swinging” to start off play Monday night at home, redeeming themselves with a big win over Elkins.

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Solid opening for Grafton track team at home

GRAFTON—After a slight adjustment in their schedule, the Grafton High School (GHS) track team opened their 2022 season at home, under new leadership.

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Ryan Maier named at Taylor County Athlete of the Week

This week’s Taylor County Athlete of the Week is sure to go down as a legend of Grafton High School (GHS) basketball. Playing the sport for nearly his entire life, starting out at a young age in Taylor County Biddy League and playing for area travel and all-star teams, continuing at the middle school level and excelling for four years at the high school, GHS senior Ryan Maier has recently ended his career as a Bearcat, leaving a mark on the program that will not soon be forgotten.

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Keener has stellar performance on the mound against Notre Dame

NUTTER FORT— The Grafton High School Boys Bearcat Baseball program travelled to Frank Loria Field last week to take on the unbeaten Notre Dame baseball team and secure a victory against an opposing opponent with a final score of 14-6.

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Lady Knights struggle in division play dropping two

GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights softball program had a busy week as they hosted both the Bridgeport Lady Braves and the Lincoln Lady Cats in division play this week.

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Setler named the Taylor County Student Athlete of the Week

Chase Setler has been named the Taylor County Student Athlete of the Week

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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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Taylor County Biddy League Basketball


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