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College Baseball Season likely to start four weeks later

TAYLOR COUNTY—A proposal to delay the beginning of the college baseball season by four weeks, very similar to the one that WVU head baseball coach Randy Mazey has previously suggested, is gaining steam and grabbing serious consideration from some of the sports’ most notable coaches.

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North/South All-Star Football Classic canceled

CHARLESTON—The Annual North/South All-Star Football Classic at South Charleston High School isn’t going to happen after all.

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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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Old WVU Coliseum Seats to be Sold

MORGANTOWN—In conjunction with the Mountaineer Athletic Club, the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is offering fans the opportunity to own a piece of basketball history by purchasing the old WVU Coliseum seats.

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NFHS Sets Guidelines for Opening Up High School Athletics

WEST VIRGINIA—The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently released a set of guidelines for state associations to follow as they consider opening back up high school athletics during the COVID19 pandemic.

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Setler commits to Alderson Broaddus University

GRAFTON—For the fourth time in less than a month, another Grafton Bearcats’ star athlete has made their commitment to play at the next level.

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WVU Football’s Coach Neil Brown gives updates about the Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN—Almost two months to the day since there was any activity at the Milan Puskar Center in Morgantown, WVU head football coach Neal Brown spoke with the media to give updates on his staff and team.

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National Football League Designing New Coronahelmets

GRAFTON—Although many people still don’t believe that it can be feasible, we may soon begin seeing football players wearing a little something extra this season.

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Fairmont State finishes third in MEC Commissioner’s Cup

FAIRMONT—For the second-consecutive year, Fairmont State University has finished third in the Mountain East Conference Commissioner’s Cup Standings in 2019-20.

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Former Bearcat recognized by CoSIDA

GRAFTON—Former Grafton Bearcat and current Fairmont State infielder Zach Musgrove was awarded CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-District 2 honors this past Thursday. CoSIDA recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in the classroom and on the field.

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Two Bearcat Cheerleaders make their way onto All-Conference team

GRAFTON—The 2019-20 Big Ten All-Conference Cheer Team was announced recently, and a pair of outstanding Grafton Bearcat teammates made the final cut.

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Lady Bearcat Devart pledges to play at Waynesburg University

GRAFTON—For the third time in less than a month, a Grafton High School star athlete has signed their Letter of Intent to continue their career at the collegiate level.

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WVU Athletics announces budget cuts and salary reductions

MORGANTOWN—As is the case with many other colleges and universities in the current national COVID-19 crisis, West Virginia University has also announced athletic staff salary reductions for the next fiscal year.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds conference call about future of professional basketball

TAYLOR COUNTY—As fans anxiously await the possible return of professional basketball, NBA commissioner Adam Silver prepared players for a potentially bleak outcome, suggesting recently that there is no guarantee when fans could return to NBA venues next season.

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GHS Golfer Caden Moore signs with Fairmont State University

GRAFTON—Amid a national pandemic when spring and summer sports have either been suspended or canceled altogether, another Grafton Bearcats’ star athlete has given their commitment to play at the next level.

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National Football League releases 2020 Schedule

TAYLOR COUNTY—With the hope that some type of normalcy will return to the sports world by the time football rolls around this fall, the NFL recently released their 2020 schedule.

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MLB to offer a Return to Play Proposal

TAYLOR COUNTY—Although a significant number of obstacles remain and many industry leaders believe that a June and/or July return date is overly optimistic, Major League Baseball expects to propose a “return-to-play” offer to the MLB Players’ Association within a week, as teams have begun to encourage players to prepare for a preseason training that could begin in mid-June and a season that could start in early July.

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WVU athletics cancels optional seat selection process for 2020

MORGANTOWN—Due to the recent developments related to COVID-19, the WVU Athletic Department has canceled the 2020 football online “Optional Seat Selection Process” previously scheduled for late May/early June for new and current WVU season tickets holders.

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University of Louisville receives NCAA Notice of Allegations

TAYLOR COUNTY—The University of Louisville is now the seventh program in NCAA history to receive an NCAA Notice of Allegations stemming from the FBI investigation into college basketball.

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Former Mountaineer dies at 96

TAYLOR COUNTY—E. Roy Lester, a former three-sport athlete at West Virginia University during the 1940’s, died Sunday morning in Gaithersburg, MD, according to his family.

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WV North-South All-Star Basketball Game rosters announced

CHARLESTON—Although COVID-19 continues to delay/suspend/cancel many of the states’ spring and summer sports, the annual North-South All-Star boys’ basketball game is still scheduled to be played on Friday, June 12th, at the South Charleston Community Center.

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NCAA to support the movement to pay athletes for their NIL

TAYLOR COUNTY—Is it finally time for college athletes to get paid?

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West Virginia University Men’s Soccer nets five more Recruits

MORGANTOWN—After three spring enrollees gave their pledges to continue their soccer careers with the Mountaineers, new WVU men’s soccer coach Dan Stratford has announced that goalkeeper Marc Bonnaire, defender Brian Brown, defender Zakariya Abdul-Jalil, forward Nino Civitate, and midfielder Aden Slifer, will also join the Mountaineers for the 2020 season.

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Vanishing sporting events could cost $12 Billion

TAYLOR COUNTY—Now that COVID-19 has forced the suspension and/or cancellation of thousands of sporting events around the world, an analysis conducted for ESPN by Patrick Rishe, the St. Louis-based Washington University’s sports business program leader, has estimated that $12 billion dollars in financial losses and hundreds of thousands of jobs will be suffered as a result of the recent pandemic.

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WVU Football Players sign NFL Free Agent Contracts

MORGANTOWN—Now that the 2020 NFL Draft has concluded after being held remotely for the first time ever, three former West Virginia University football players have signed free agent contracts just days after two Mountaineers were selected in the draft.

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Toothman signs with Point Park University hoops team

GRAFTON—During a signing ceremony at her father’s dealership on Friday, Grafton Lady Cats’ senior basketball player Bailey Toothman gave her pledge to continue her academic and athletic career at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

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Former Marshall kicker learns the importance of research

HUNTINGTON—The last word that an NFL draft pick wants associated with his name is “baggage,” so in order to remove that stigma, New England Patriots’ fifth-round draft pick Justin Rohrwasser will be removing a controversial tattoo from his arm.

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Former Bearcat Wrestler wins the Skirmy Award

PHILIPPI—For his accomplishments on the mat this season for Alderson Broaddus University, former Grafton Bearcat wrestler Noah Hodges has been named the recipient of the 2020 Skirmy Award.

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Fairmont State Softball signs 14

FAIRMONT—Fairmont State University softball announced their 2020 recruiting class last Wednesday. Head Coach John Light will welcome 14 new players that signed National Letters of Intent to join the program this fall.

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WVU Guard Tynice Martin selected in the WNBA Draft

MORGANTOWN—Former West Virginia University basketball player Tynice Martin will make Los Angeles her new home in the next few months, as the talented guard was selected in the 3rd Round of the WNBA Draft on Friday after being selected by the LA Sparks with the 34th overall pick.

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Mazey wins Furfari Award

MORGANTOWN—The 2019-20 Furfari Award winner, which goes to the state’s top college coach as voted on by members of the West Virginia Sports Writers Association, has been announced and this year’s winner is West Virginia University baseball coach Randy Mazey.

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COVID impacts sports leagues world-wide

TAYLOR COUNTY—The following is a list of worldwide sports leagues and events that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the leagues’ estimated start (or resumed) dates. This list and the dates are subject to change.

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Izzo-Brown inks two for West Virginia University Women’s Soccer

MORGANTOWN—WVU women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown has announced the additions of Emilie Charles (Huntington, WV) and Jessica Kasacek (Canterbury, CT) for the 2020 season.

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West Virginia Women’s Basketball signs four for 2020-2021 season

MORGANTOWN—On the first day of the spring signing period for collegiate athletics, WVU women’s basketball gained four signees that will be a part of the 2020-21 class.

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Hammond Russell commits to WVU football

MORGANTOWN—WVU head football coach Neal Brown continues to build his recruiting class for next season, securing a big commitment from Dublin, Ohio defensive end Hammond Russell on Friday.

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Smith wins Van Meter Award

GRAFTON—For just the second time in the last 77 years, the Van Meter Award (given annually to the WV Prep Coach of the Year) has been won by a female.

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WVU great Donnie Young passes away

MORGANTOWN—WVU Football Hall of Famer Donnie Young, who spent more than 40 years in various roles with the organization, died on Tuesday at the age of 77.

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NFL Draft to be held remotely

TAYLOR COUNTY—NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed all 32 of the league’s teams’ coaches, general managers, and front office executives on Monday that the 2020 NFL draft will be held entirely remotely, as team offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Poca’s Isaac McKneely receives offer from WVU Basketball

TAYLOR COUNTY—After already garnering offers from Division I schools Davidson, Liberty, Marshall, Robert Morris, Stetson, and Xavier, Poca sophomore guard Isaac McKneely netted his first “Power 5” offer, receiving word from WVU head coach Bob Huggins on Wednesday that he wanted the talented baller to join his already-stacked Mountaineer squad.

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Faulkner earns honorable mention

GRAFTON—The West Virginia Class AA Boys All-State Basketball Team, as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association, was released recently and Grafton Bearcats’ senior Jack Faulkner earned his way onto the Honorable Mention squad.

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2020 North South All-Star Football Classic to be played

GRAFTON—According to Bob Mullett, organizer of the West Virginia North/South All-Star Football Classic, the plan is to move forward with the game, which pits the top high school football players from the northern part of the state against the top high school football players from the southern part of the state, although the date may change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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Taylor County Spring Sports coaches sound off about the effects of Coronavirus

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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Bearcubs celebrate success on hardwood

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

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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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Cats put a damper on Cougar's Senior Night

SHINNSTON—Winners of five of their last six games, the Grafton Bearcats boys’ basketball team headed to Shinnston on Wednesday to take on the Lincoln Cougars, who came into the game sporting a 14-7 record after a lopsided 65-30 win at Wyoming East just four days before.

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Lady Bearcats end their season with a disappointing loss

GRAFTON—For three periods of their second-round sectional matchup against Petersburg on Wednesday, everything seemed to be going according to plan for the Grafton Lady Cats basketball team.

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Mountaineers looking to save their season

MORGANTOWN—It seems like every game the past few weeks has been a “must win” game for the West Virginia University men’s basketball program, and for the most part, they haven’t won them.

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Blake Moore earns Taylor County Student-Athlete of the Week

Blake Moore of the Grafton Bearcats’ basketball team is named this week’s Taylor County Student-Athlete of the Week for his outstanding performances in his last two games

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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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