Several personal records set at AA state track meet

CHARLESTON—The Grafton High School girls and boys track team visited the state capital last weekend as they competed in the 2019 WV AA state track meet at Laidley Field. The Cats ran and jumped with the best of the best during the two day event with several Bearcats setting personal records and almost setting new school records.

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Toothman Ford to host second annual summer basketball camp

TAYLOR COUNTY—Do you have a basketballer who is looking to increase their skill set this summer? Maybe your child is considering playing basketball, but he or she would like to learn the fundamentals before heading to tryouts. One local business is gearing up for a summer basketball camp, that is sure to help bring out the baller in any child, and they are looking for applicants. Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Toothman Ford youth basketball camp. The free camp will take place from June 10-12, at the Saint Augustine Social Center, located at 118 St John St, Grafton.

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A dragon becomes a king

GRAFTON—It is often said that karate is more than just a sport, that it is a way of life, and one local karate kid is proving that it is a large influence in his life. Recently, Dragons Den Mixed Martial Arts Member Draken Swick made a trip Weirton to compete among some of the area’s top martial artists in the Karate King Classic. The Karate Kings Classic was founded by Sensei Troy Fernandez of Clarence West Karate Systems. The event is an open Martial Arts tournament.

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Taylor County Middle School Knights finish up 2019 Spring Sports season

PRUNTYTOWN—After weeks of practices and games, the Taylor County Middle School Lady Knights Softball and the Boys and Girls Track team have completed their seasons.

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Kimbrew to play golf at FSU

GRAFTON – Grafton High School’s Kolbe Kimbrew signed his letter of intent last week to continue is golf career at Fairmont State University. Kimbrew who was a standout on this year’s team that made a run at the state title will be headed to Fairmont this fall to major in Business Management. Last season for GHS Kimbrew battled each match and would continually earn the low medal honors for the team and for the entire match. Kimbrew will take some special memories away from his time at GHS. “Playing golf for the Bearcats was an honor,” said Kimbrew. “Senior year finally came around, and during the off season I put in some time in the gym to become stronger and become one of the top golfers in the State. We ended up going 17-1 on the regular season and I earned many low medalist honors all over the state. Plus we finally got to make the trip to Wheeling to play in the State tournament. Which was a completely honor to go with the rest of the qualifying team from Grafton,” he added.

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GHS football standout Caleb Bish headed to FSU

GRAFTON – Senior running back Caleb Bish will take his elusive running style to Fairmont next fall as he has decided to attend Fairmont State University. In front of numerous friends and family, Bish signed his letter of intent to play football for FSU outside of the Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium. Last season for GHS Bish ran for 1125 yards on 210 carries for an average of 5.3 yards per carry. He rushed for 100 yards in every game last season for the Cats. Bish scored 15 touchdowns for Grafton which counted for over half of the scoring for the Bearcats. Bish’s longest run came in the 2017 season when he scrambled for a 92 yard touchdown. Bish also caught six passes for 46 yards last season.

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Brazilier places second in WV AA state tennis tournament

CHARLESTON – Two of Grafton High School best tennis players headed to Coonskin Park last week in Charleston to compete in the 2019 WV AA State Tennis Championships. The Bearcats were represented by Emilien Brazilier and Marik Chambers in Charleston. Brazilier had advanced to the state capital after winning his regional tournament in Parkersburg. While in Charleston, Brazilier won his first round match 8-1 and then won the next round match 6-4 and 6-0 which put him in the championship match. In the championship, Braziler lost the first set 6-4, won the second set 6-2, but lost the last set 6-4. With the loss Brazilier would earn a second place finish in the AA state tournament. “Emilien played extremely well, and is one of the best players I have seen not only at the local level but at the state level,” said head coach Sara DePiano. “He had a very competitive singles tournament and was able to change his game as needed throughout the tournament depending on his opponent,” she added.

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Grafton High School baseball finishes third in sectional tourney

BERKLEY SPRINGS- The Grafton High School baseball team finished their 2019 season this past weekend as they finished third in Class AA Region I Section I. Grafton defeated the number two seed Philip Barbour Colts in Philippi the night before playing the Indians of Berkeley Springs the following morning. The Bearcats traveled down US 119 this past Friday night to take on the Colts in an elimination game. Junior Braeden Nose got the nod to be the starting pitcher for Coach Hartsel Keener and the Bearcats and he didn’t disappoint the team. The Bearcats came alive in the top of the first with lead off singles by Dillon Williams and T.J. Summers. Andrew Gallo came in a courtesy runner for Williams. Garrett Moats would hit Gallo in for the first run of the game. Summers would come in with an RBI single by Nose. Moats would be the last run scored in the inning with a sacrifice fly by Garrett Moats. After one inning, Grafton was up 3-0.

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GHS track stars headed to Charleston for State Finals

FARMINGTON – The Grafton High School track teams competed in the regional championships last weekend at North Marion High School with a chance to advance into the WV State Finals this weekend in Charleston. And advance is what they accomplished as GHS will send 17 of its finest athletes to the biggest meet in the state. On the girls side of the track, Coach Becky Lake will send 12 girls to compete.

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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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