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Grafton hoping for turn around as they enter second half of season

GRAFTON— Thus far, the Grafton Bearcat baseball team’s season hasn’t gone the way they had hoped, but with plenty of games left on the schedule, Grafton, under the leadership of Coach Bartsel Keener is looking to turn things around.

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Lady Cats split a pair of games with Liberty

GRAFTON—The Lady Bearcats found themselves splitting a double header with the Liberty Lady Mountaineers on Monday.

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Lady Cats split a pair of games with Liberty

GRAFTON—The Lady Bearcats found themselves splitting a double header with the Liberty Lady Mountaineers on Monday.

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Taylor and Glaspell earn top finishes at Junior States

PARKERSBURG— The Grafton Youth Wrestling Club wrapped up their season over the weekend taking to the mats in the 44th Annual Junior States Wrestling Championship.

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Sporting complex opening close to home

GRAFTON—Most of the residents of Taylor County are unaware of a new multi-million-dollar sports complex that is opening soon and is just a short twenty-minute drive away from most communities in Taylor County.

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Local soccer teams compete in Summersville

TAYLOR COUNTY— The Taylor County Soccer Association sent four teams to Summersville to compete in the Inaugural Nicholas County Youth Soccer Lorenzen Cup over the weekend.

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Knights continue to impress on the track and in the field

GRAFTON— The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) track team continues to outshine the competition, as they delivered another electrifying performance at East West Stadium in Fairmont last week.

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Invaders look to continue winning streak

GRAFTON— The Taylor County Base Invaders 10U Girls Softball teams took home the victory in a pair of games this week.

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TCLL weekly roundup 5/1-5/6

GRAFTON— Below are the results from opening week of Taylor County Little League. Game results will be featured each Saturday.

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Grafton Gators ready to dive into 2021 season

GRAFTON—While the waters remain too cold for most to want to jump in and go for a swim, the Grafton Gators swim team has been braving those chilly waters in preparation of the 2021 season.

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Cole Knotts and Hadley Horne named Taylor County Athletes of the Week

This week’s Taylor County Athletes of the Week are perfect example of hard work and dedication paying off! Taylor County Little Leaguer Cole Knotts and Taylor County Middle School’s (TCMS) Hadley Horne have been selected for the recognition this week.

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GHS baseball learning through the losses

GRAFTON—As a young team, the Grafton High School (GHS) baseball program has been struggling to find their footing this year.

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Lady Knights seek revenge on Lady Mountain Lions

GRAFTON—The TCMS Lady Knights girls’ softball team fielded a rematch against the Lady Mountain Lions of Mountaineer Middle School in Harrison County on May 6.

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Lady Knights seek revenge on Lady Mountain Lions

GRAFTON—The TCMS Lady Knights girls’ softball team fielded a rematch against the Lady Mountain Lions of Mountaineer Middle School in Harrison County on May 6.

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Lady Cats face struggles at the plate

GRAFTON—The Lady Bearcat softball team was handed their second loss of the season on Tuesday evening, as the Robert C. Byrd (RCB) Eagles claimed the 1-0 victory.

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Horne and Niggemyer lead TCMS to overall finishes in the top five

BRIDGEPORT—On Saturday, the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) track team competed against eight area teams during the Bridgeport Connect Meet, and at the end of the day, both the girls and boys had earned enough event wins for fourth-place overall finishes.

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Base Invaders secure close game against Gilmer

GRAFTON— The 10U Grafton Base Invaders girls’ softball team squeaked out a win against a formidable Gilmer County team at home this past Sunday.

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Base Invaders secure close game against Gilmer

GRAFTON— The 10U Grafton Base Invaders girls’ softball team squeaked out a win against a formidable Gilmer County team at home this past Sunday.

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Base Invaders secure close game against Gilmer

GRAFTON— The 10U Grafton Base Invaders girls’ softball team squeaked out a win against a formidable Gilmer County team at home this past Sunday.

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Knights win overall at Liberty

CLARKSBURG— Faced with less than desirable conditions, as the rain and wind challenged the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) track team just as much as their opponents during their recent meet at Liberty High School, the team still managed to walk away victorious.

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Toothman Ford sponsors annual Bearcat Bash

GRAFTON— The Lady Bearcat softball team improved their record to 7-1 over the weekend, playing back-to-back games in the 3rd Annual Bearcat Bash, sponsored this year, by Toothman Ford

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Volunteers come together in support of Base Invaders

GRAFTON— While most baseball and softball games throughout the county and surrounding areas were canceled on Monday due to the rain, one local team refused to let the weather stop them, and still got their chance to run the diamond, thanks to the kind hearts and dedication of parents, coaches and community volunteers.

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Grafton places 12 in top five or better at home meet

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School boys track team ran at home for the first time this season on April 28, and while the group didn’t get the outcome they were hoping for, they continue to improve and develop into formidable opponents.

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GHS wrestler sees dream of competing at the next level come true

GRAFTON— Grafton High School senior Noah Allman practically grew up on the mats, finding a passion for the sport of wrestling at a young age; a passion that turned into a dream of one day competing at the college level, and now he is seeing that dream come true.

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Lady Bearcats shut out Preston Lady Knights, 15-0

GRAFTON— Led once more by the outstanding pitching performance of Lady Bearcat Fredrique Maloley, Grafton dominated the diamond, shutting down the Preston Lady Knights, 15-0.

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GHS helping to shape future Bearcat basketball players

GRAFTON—After a year hiatus that was caused by the COVID—19 pandemic the Grafton high School Summer Camp is back.

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Grafton girls track team takes first at home

GRAFTON— Powered by their home field advantage, the Grafton High School girls track team ran their way to a first-place overall finish during the first home meet of the season.

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Mia Chambers and Anna Harbison named Taylor County Student Athletes of the Week

This week’s Taylor County Student Athletes of the Week are proving that girls can play too!

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Lady Knights give solid pitching and defensive performance to secure victory

GRAFTON – The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights Girls Softball program went to battle against the Lady Braves of Bridgeport this past Tuesday, April 27, in a back-and-forth contest that would test the resolve of both teams.

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An unconventional season comes to a heartbreaking end

CLARKSBURG—The Grafton High School boys basketball season came to a heartbreaking conclusion on Tuesday evening.

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Lady Cats retain perfect record

GRAFTON—Despite a slow start to the first inning, the Lady Bearcats softball team yielded a victorious streak against two formidable opponents.

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Grafton on track for a promising season in 2021

PHILIPPI—The Grafton High School boys track team opened their season alongside of the Lady Bearcats on Saturday at the Coach Seaton Invitational.

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Knights open season strong

BUCKHANNON— Starting their season on a high note, the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) track team went on the road to compete in the Buckhannon Invitational, with 38 Knights ready outperform their competition.

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Calling all mini Cats

GRAFTON— Grafton High School (GHS) has recently announced the return of their cheer program’s Mini Cats Cheer Camp tradition.

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Grafton unable to outlast Polar Bear shooting, falls in Section Finals

FAIRMONT— Coming off an exhilarating sectional semi-final win at the buzzer over Notre Dame, # 8 Grafton (12-4) hit the road traveling to Fairmont to take on the #2 Polar Bears of Fairmont Senior High School (14-1), in a sectional finals showdown.

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Lady Bearcats give stellar performance at Coach Seaton Invitational

PHILIPPI— Going into the season as a young team, with a roster containing only one senior and one junior, the Grafton High School Lady Bearcat track team managed to surpassed all expectations and secure a second-place team finish at the Coach Seaton Invitational on Saturday, with a team total of 99.

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Hey coaches,

TAYLOR COUNTY— The Mountain Statesman will once again be featuring outstanding student athletes weekly. Taylor County Student Athlete of the Week will be featured in each Saturday edition, and we are calling on coaches for candidates.

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GHS runners open season at Doddridge County

DODDRIDGE COUNTY— Starting the season with three of their leading runners sidelined with injuries, the Grafton High School girls track team recently traveled to Doddridge County to compete in their first meet of the season.

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Lady Cats off to a promising start, overpowering Indians 8-4

GRAFTON— Grafton softball standout Frederique Maloney led the Lady Bearcats to an 8-4 victory over Bridgeport at home this week.

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TCLL weekly roundup

GRAFTON— Below are the results from opening week of Taylor County Little League. Game results will be featured each Saturday.

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Tradition starts here: COVID brings Lady Cats season to an early close

GRAFTON— After having five of their regular season games canceled due to COVID-19 outbreaks, the Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcat basketball season has officially come to an end.

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Base Invaders go 2-1 on the week taking down two Bridgeport teams

GRAFTON— The 10u Base Invaders started their week with their first road game against the Lewis County Pink Panthers, who are the reigning 10u champions.

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GHS Bearcat wrestling season comes to an end

GRAFTON—After a tough, shortened season, the Grafton High School (GHS) wrestling season has come to an end.

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Angus becomes first GHS male swimmer to compete in state meet

MORGANTOWN—Grafton High School (GHS) sophomore Will Angus competed in the West Virginia State Swim Meet on Tuesday, April 20, becoming the first male swimmer from GHS to do so.

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Gators to host sign-ups for upcoming season

GRAFTON— The Grafton Gators Swim Team is looking for some strong swimmers to fill their roster, hoping to make a splash in their 2021 season, and will be hosting sign-up for potentials.

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Cats have fans on the edge of their seats in 57-55 win over Irish in section play

GRAFTON— Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium was a roar of excitement on Wednesday evening, as the Grafton Bearcats kicked off the sectional semifinals against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in what would be a nail biting event.

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Allman and Mitchell qualify for states

GHS wrestlers Noah Allman (top) and Jeremiah Mitchell (bottom) placed third and fourth during the regional meet at Braxton County High School on April 10, and will be heading to states representing Grafton High School on the mats.

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Local softball league looking to fill teams

GRAFTON— The Base Invaders are looking to add some talent to their rosters, as they prepared to host spring sign-ups, with hopes of drawing enough interest to create multiple teams.

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Lady athletes being challenged to take a shot at improving their skills

GRAFTON— With one goal in mind , to create the best basketball program in the area, Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcat head coach Andrew Moore is constantly looking for ways to challenge his players, as well as all athletes in the area.

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Bearcats open on the road falling short of the comeback in 7-6 loss to BU

BUCKHANNON—The Grafton Bearcat baseball program opened their season Monday night on the road, as they took to the field against Buckhannon-Upshur (BU).

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10U Base Invaders open with a win

GRAFTON— The 10U Grafton Base Invaders girls softball team had their first game recently, as Tucker County made the trip to Grafton for the inaugural season opener for the newly formed 10U team.

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Support local baseball players at opening day

GRAFTON— It is finally time to play ball! The 2021 Taylor County Little League season kicks off today, with an opening day ceremony to be held at 11:30 a.m.

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Gerkin claims overall spot in state meet

TAYLOR COUNTY— Local youth Skye Gerkin has put years of work into her tumbling and gymnastic abilities, spending long hours in the gym perfecting her craft for competition, and recently she had the opportunity to test her skills at the 2021 West Virginia State Gymnastic Meet.

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Bulldogs overcome Knights in final second of play to end the season

PHILIPPI—The TCMS Knights Boys Basketball traveled to Barbour County to face off against the Philippi Middle School Bulldogs on April 9 in the last game of the season.

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Crimm’s pitching performance carries Lady Knights to season opener win

GRAFTON— The TCMS Lady Knights softball team was finally able to take the field Monday, April 12, as the Knights season was halted last year at the start of the pandemic.

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Crimm’s pitching performance carries Lady Knights to season opener win

GRAFTON— The TCMS Lady Knights softball team was finally able to take the field Monday, April 12, as the Knights season was halted last year at the start of the pandemic.

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Grafton dominates Liberty,60-30

GRAFTON—Coming off of their win against Lincoln, the Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcats traveled to Clarksburg last Friday to take on the Liberty Mountaineers.

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Youth wrestling club places all four participants at Marshall County Open

GRAFTON— The Grafton Youth Wrestling Club spent some time on the road last weekend, traveling to Canfield, Ohio to take part in the Youngstown Spring Open on Saturday, April 10, before making their way to Moundsville, WV for the Marshall County Open on Sunday, April 11.

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Lady Bearcats play seven games over an 11 day span

GRAFTON—Keeping with their busy schedule, playing games with limited practices in between, the Lady Bearcats recently faced off again the Lady Cougars of Lincoln High School and Liberty’s Lady Mountaineers.

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Seven Bearcat swimmers combine for 100 points at Region Three meet

SALEM—Grafton high school traveled to Salem University on Saturday to compete in the Region three swim meet.

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Back to back play for Knights

WESTON— The TCMS Knights Boys Basketball traveled to Lewis County to face off against the R.L. Bland Patriots on April 1.

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Grafton out plays Lincoln to claim victory, 66-54

GRAFTON—On Wednesday, the Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcat basketball team took an early lead over the Lincoln Cougars and never looked back.

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Knights show appreciation to some their most dedicated fans

PRUNTYTOWN— The young men of the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) basketball team recently came together to show appreciation for a group of their most diehard fans.

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Lady Knights fall to the well prepared Lady Hawks

BELINGTON— Hitting the road for the second time in a week, the Lady Knights made their way to Belington to come to blows with the Belington Lady Hawks.

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Lady Bearcats claim first win of the season over Union Tigers

GRAFTON— After a rocky start to a very unconventional season, the Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcats, unwavering in their dedication to improving, claimed their first win of the season.

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Lady Knights face tough competitors on the road

WESTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights Basketball team traveled to Lewis County on March 30 to face down the R.L. Bland Lady Patriots for the second time in one week.

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Local ladies to soon be invading the bases of area ball fields

TAYLOR COUNTY— Two years ago, Grafton locals Gary Chambers, Joe Mauller and Mark Moats took the initiative to create the Base Invaders, a 16U softball league in the county that gives young girls the opportunity to learn the sport before entering play at the high school level.

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Local ladies to soon be invading the bases of area ball fields

TAYLOR COUNTY— Two years ago, Grafton locals Gary Chambers, Joe Mauller and Mark Moats took the initiative to create the Base Invaders, a 16U softball league in the county that gives young girls the opportunity to learn the sport before entering play at the high school level.

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Bearcats unable to keep up with Polar Bears

GRAFTON—Sitting at an 8-1 record, after winning the last five of their six matchups, The #10 Grafton High School (GHS) boys basketball team traveled to Fairmont on March 30 to take on #2 Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears (9-0).

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Bearcats unable to keep up with Polar Bears

GRAFTON—Sitting at an 8-1 record, after winning the last five of their six matchups, The #10 Grafton High School (GHS) boys basketball team traveled to Fairmont on March 30 to take on #2 Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears (9-0).

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Cubs hit the mats in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG— Despites what was a very long day against some grueling competition, some of the area’s youngest wrestlers still managed to bring home some hardware.

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WV AAU announces state tournament dates

WEST VIRGINIA— Since its inception in 1888, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) has been raising champions and setting the standard for amateur sports in the United States with one goal in mind: “Sports For All, Forever.”

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Grafton swimmers participate in Big Ten meet

CLARKSBURG—The Big Ten Conference held its annual conference championship swim meet this past Saturday at the Clarksburg YMCA and many of the Grafton Bearcat swimmers fared very well throughout the day.

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Lady Knights winning streak increases to eight

PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights Basketball program continued their hectic schedule this week with two more home games.

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Close game ends in Knights’ favor

PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School Knights Boys Basketball team faced off against the West Preston Panthers on March 20.

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Bearcats maul Tigers 100-47

GRAFTON— It was a battle of the cats Tuesday night, as the Grafton High School Bearcat boys basketball team took to their home court in a matchup against the Elkins Tigers; putting on a great display of athleticism and earning an impressive win.

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Bearcat wrestlers travel to Lewis County

LEWIS COUNTY—The Grafton Bearcats wrestling team took part in a quad match at Lewis County High School last Tuesday and the results are listed below.

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TCSA accepting registrations for spring season

TAYLOR COUNTY—The Taylor County Soccer Association(TCSA) is gearing up for the spring season, and will be continuing to accept online registrations through Saturday, March 13.

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Lady Knights come away with win in physical contest

PRUNTYTOWN— The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights Junior Varsity (JV) and Varsity teams took to their home court Monday night, opening their season against the West Fairmont Middle School Cubs (WFMS).

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Bearcats thrash East Fairmont with 33 point win on the road

GRAFTON—Ryan Maier poured in 27 points and Blake Moore added 19 as the Grafton Bearcats thrashed East Fairmont on the road Saturday by the score of 77-44 to begin their varsity basketball season.

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Local athlete helps lead travel softball team to championship victory

PRUNTYTOWN—The Morgantown based Black Diamond Express 14U Girls Softball team recently held their own and emerged victorious against a bevy of Pittsburgh based teams to win the Big Dipper Tournament held in New Castle, PA on February 13.

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15 wrestlers place in top five or better at first tournament

BRIDGEPORT— The Grafton Wrestling Club traveled to Bridgeport over the weekend, taking over the Meadowbrook Mall, hitting the mats to compete in the Tribe Takedown Classic hosted by Bridgeport.

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Lady Bearcats suffer two straight losses

GRAFTON—Playing their third game in four days, the Grafton Lady Cats basketball team hosted Trinity Christian School on Saturday after traveling to Philip Barbour the previous evening.

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Grafton Lady Cats tip off the season

GRAFTON—After months of uncertainty and multiple schedule changes, the Grafton Lady Cats basketball team finally tipped off their 2020-21 regular season on Wednesday against conference foe East Fairmont, ultimately dropping the contest by the score of 60-34.

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Lady Knights basketball program makes improvements on and off the court

PRUNTYTOWN— Despite the hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights basketball team has been hard at work on and off the court, making improvements to the program.

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Bearcat swimmers ready to dive into 2021 season

GRAFTON—On Friday, the Grafton High School swim team finished up a full week of practice in the water at Alderson Broaddus University in preparation for their first meet of the season on March 16.

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TC Little League tryouts scheduled

GRAFTON—It is time to play ball, as Taylor County Little League has recently announced a tryout date for those who have signed up to take part in the 2021 season.

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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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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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