GHS boys track looking to have a solid 2019 track season

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School boys track team will be opening their season this coming Tuesday as they will host their first of three home meets. This year’s team has a great mix of veteran runners and throwers to go along with several young athletes that may make a huge impact on this team.

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Lady Bearcat Softball falls to Lady Bucs 13—4

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School softball team played their first home contest on Tuesday night as they hosted the Lady Bucs of Buckhannon-Upshur. The Lady Cats scored one in the second and three in the third but it was not enough as the Lady Bucs would put 13 runs in the score book. The final saw GHS fall 13—4.

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GHS Baseball drops opener against Lincoln

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School baseball team opened their 2019 season on Tuesday night as they hosted the Lincoln Cougars at Upton Park. The Bearcats could not find their groove early but were able to put some runs on the board later in the contest. They would score four runs in the fourth but it was not enough as they Cougars defeated the Bearcats 14—4.

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Lady Bearcat softball drops season opener

PETERSBURG – The Grafton High School girls softball team played their first game of the year away from home as they made the two hour journey to Petersburg last Saturday. The girls could only manage one hit in the contest as they fell to Petersburg in three innings 10-0. The lone hit for GHS came in the top of the third inning as Hailey Perks hit the ball back up the middle for a single. The Bearcat defense was strong in the first inning as the Viking went three up three down to start the game. The Vikings would add three runs in the second and seven more in the third to close out the game with the ten-run rule.

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Bright wins 44th Annual Grafton 5 Mile Run

GRAFTON -- On a sunny and very windy Sunday afternoon in Grafton, the Grafton High School track team held the 44th annual Grafton 5 Mile Run. For the first time in two years the race saw a new winner. This year Matt Bright crossed the finish line in first place with TJ Abel finishing just 30 seconds behind in second place. The top female finisher was Lauryn Falcone with a time of 30:37. The second place female finisher was Emily Meadow with a time of 32:56. This year’s race saw 84 competitors running through the streets of Grafton with the start finish line being at the GHS track at McKinney Field. This was one of the largest turnouts the race has seen in several years. Also this year’s 5 Mile Run featured an all kids race so that Taylor County’s youth could be introduced to this sport.

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Grafton High School girls track welcomes 18 runners

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School girls track team will be opening their season this Friday as they travel to Bridgeport High School to compete in the Connect Bridgeport Invitational. This season Coach Becky Lake has welcomed eighteen girls into spring practice and is looking to build on a very successful 2018 season.

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Bearcats fall to eventual state champions

CHARLESTON – The Grafton High School basketball team played in the first round of the WV Class AA state tournament last Thursday evening in front of a packed house at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. The packed house consisted of mostly loyal fans from Taylor County. Everywhere you looked was blue and gold on Thursday afternoon and evening as GHS brought three bus loads of students to the game.

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GHS Basketball Coaches named Taylor County Athlete of the Week

In a little twist on the Taylor County student athlete of the week selection, the Grafton High School boys basketball coaches were named the Taylor County Athletes of the Week.

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Maier earns second team All-Big Ten honors

GRAFTON—Grafton High School freshman Meredith Maier has been selected to the 2018-2019 All-Big Ten girls basketball team. Maier, who led her team in scoring this season, was selected to the second team earlier this week. This season Maier averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds per game and was the team’s leading scorer in most of the contests.

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GHS wrestler Hodges selected to All-Star team

GRAFTON—Grafton High School wrestling standout, Noah Hodges, has been selected to wrestle in the Border Brawl Mason Dixon Classic on March 24, in Jamestown, PA. The Border Brawl pits the top high school senior wrestlers from the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, region against their counterparts from Maryland and West Virginia. Proceeds from this benefit Cancer Research. Hodges was the WV Class AA state champion in 2017 and has a career record at GHS of 205-14. He holds the Grafton High record for most career wins.

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Gearing up to take down the Tigers

GRAFTON—The Grafton Bearcat Basketball team is headed to the 2019 WVSSAC Boys Basketball State Championship, and many family, friends and fans will be making the trip south to Charleston to cheer on the Cats. The Civic Center offers guests a way to take in concerts, sporting events, trade shows, conventions and other attractions, and soon Bearcat fans will be filling the arena to root for their boys, as they take on the Chapmanville Regional High School Tigers. Before you head for the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum, there are a few things you should know. First and foremost, weapons of any kind are prohibited on the premises. This includes guns, pocket knives and various other kinds of knives. Don’t worry, Bearcat claws are excluded from the list.

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Cats prove that out of adversity comes opportunity

GRAFTON —The Grafton High School Bearcat Basketball team will be representing their school, Grafton and Taylor County on Thursday evening, when they travel to Charleston to take on the number one seed in class AA, in the 2019 WVSSAC Boys Basketball State Championship. The opponent for GHS will be last year’s state champions, the Chapmanville Regional High School Tigers. The Bearcats earned their way into the state tournament by winning their section and defeating North Marion in the Region 1 final. The Tigers defeated Lincoln County and Logan to win their section, and then dominated Nitro 107—52 to win their region. This will be Grafton’s first trip to Charleston in over 10 years.

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Young Lady Cats look to make impact this season

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School softball team will play their first contest of the season this coming Saturday as they travel to Petersburg to take on the Vikings. This season Coach Tyler Cox has welcomed a good mix of experienced high school players with a great deal of experience coming from the middle school program. In fact this season Coach Cox has four seniors, zero juniors, nine sophomores and four freshmen. The senior class includes Haley Curry, Madison Knotts, Aleah McGee and Lainie Rush. “I have been coaching most of the seniors for four years and I am expecting great things from them this year,” said second year head coach Tyler Cox. “Haley and Madison bring infield experience as they both started last season at first and second base. They both have been working extremely hard during preseason practice and I can’t wait to watch them play their last year in the gold and blue. All my seniors have been hitting the ball good so far this season and they are developing as good leaders for our young team,” he added.

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Bearcats take down Huskies in regional championship

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School boys basketball team will be headed to Charleston this coming Thursday, to compete in the class AA WV state basketball tournament. The Bearcats earned that honor on Wednesday night when they defeated the North Marion Huskies, in front of a packed house in the Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium. The Bearcats jumped out to and early lead and in fact led the entire game on their way to a 61—50 win, and with the win comes a regional championship. The Cats received their much needed “fast offensive start” to the contest when Garrett Wellman stole the ball on the opening North Marion possession, and drove the ball to the rim to put the Cats up 2—0. Wellman would then go on to score the first seven points in the contest for GHS.

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