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Big 10 moves to conference-only games for fall sports

TAYLOR COUNTY—With the biggest changes seemingly yet to come, the Big 10 Conference announced on Thursday that they will be moving to a “conference-only” fall sports slate, possibly setting the stage for other major college football conferences to follow.

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Six WVU Women’s Basketball Players Test Positive for COVID

MORGANTOWN—After consulting with medical officials, the West Virginia University Department of Athletics has postponed the start of the women’s basketball team workouts for 14 days following their most recent COVID-19 test results.

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Counties halt offseason conditioning

TAYLOR COUNTY—Phase III of offseason conditioning for high school teams is well underway in many counties across the state but in three counties, including Taylor County, sport-specific practices have been delayed due to rising COVID-19 cases.

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2020 Alderson Broaddus football schedule released

PHILIPPI—Alderson Broaddus University will begin their first season in the Mountain East Conference by playing an all-conference football schedule, featuring ten games, the athletic department announced recently.

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WVSSAC Director Bernie Dolan gives latest updates

TAYLOR COUNTY—As teams around the state continue working out in preparation for the unknown, the Grafton Bearcats and Taylor County Knights entered Phase III of the WVSSAC’s three-phase plan on Monday, conditioning at various locations around the county.

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WVU basketball to postpone workouts due to COVID

MORGANTOWN—After consulting with medical officials, the West Virginia University Department of Athletics has postponed the start of the men’s basketball team workouts for 14 days following their most recent COVID-19 test results.

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NFLPA and the NFL at odds over terms of returning

TAYLOR COUNTY—Continuing with the recent trend of player/ownership disagreement on how to safely return to the playing field, NFLPA President JC Tretter wrote in a blog post on Tuesday that the league “is unwilling to prioritize player safety and believes that the virus will bend to football,” pouring more fuel on the fire over the terms of training camp and the preseason amid the recent pandemic.

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MLB resumes under new protocols

TAYLOR COUNTY—Whatever you want to call Major League Baseball Spring Training now (since it’s the summer), the league began its new protocol on Wednesday by testing for the coronavirus. If teams’ players clear, workouts will begin on Friday across the country in their respective ballparks.

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The Thundering Herd begins preseason conditioning

HUNTINGTON—This past Monday morning, voluntary workouts inside the Chris Cline Athletic Complex in Huntington signaled the restart of Marshall athletics after nearly three months of inactivity. According to the athletic staff, the primary goal for Monday’s sessions was safety.

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Taylor County Little League back in action after COVID delay

GRAFTON—Due to the recent uncertainty surrounding the safety of its coaches, players and families as the number positive COVID-19 cases in the county spiked temporarily, the Taylor County Little League took a week off before resuming play this past Monday.

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Bernie Dolan gives latest WVSSAC updates amid COVID-19 pandemic

GRAFTON—Although Grafton High School athletics took a week off from voluntary offseason conditioning, they, as well as many other high school athletes across the state, are working through Phase II of the WVSSAC approved model to return to offseason workouts.

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GMEISA given to schools across the state

TAYLOR COUNTY—Although winter prep sports in the state were disrupted and spring sports were completely eliminated, the WV Gazette in Charleston still gave out their respective annual “Excellence in Sports Awards” to schools in each of the three classifications.

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Fairmont State Student-Athletes excel in the classroom

FAIRMONT—A model of excellence in the classroom during the spring 2020 semester, 215 Fairmont State University student-athletes in 17 athletics programs recorded a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, an increase of 10 from the 2019 fall semester.

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Lindy’s Magazine previews WVU Football

MORGANTOWN—Lindy’s, a preseason sports magazine publisher and online destination featuring sports news, scores, columns, opinions, and expert analysis for college football, has hit local newsstands and this year’s edition features WVU junior running back Leddie Brown on the regional cover.

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Fairmont State University Falcons Basketball signs six players

FAIRMONT—A pair of Division I transfers and four high school stars will be joining an already experienced roster which includes five seniors and nine returning players as Fairmont State basketball recently announced their 2020 recruiting class.

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Former Bearcat Snively named to CSCAA Board of Directors

FAIRMONT—1993 Grafton High School graduate Patrick Snively, who enters his 20th season as the Fairmont State head men’s’ and women’s’ swimming coach, was recently named to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Board of Directors.

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Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium to get new gym floor

GRAFTON—Desperately in need of being updated, the Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium floor at Grafton High School is currently in the process of getting a whole new look.

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MLB to implement a 60-Game schedule

TAYLOR COUNTY—After nearly three months of unsuccessful talks with the union ended without a negotiated settlement, Major League Baseball announced on Monday that it plans to impose a 60-game schedule that will begin around July 24th, but first needs players to sign off on a health-and-safety waiver and to pledge to arrive at home stadiums by July 1st in order to prepare for the season

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GHS Athletics to take a week off from workouts

GRAFTON—Due to a positive COVID-19 case among a school-aged individual in the county, Grafton High School has suspended voluntary conditioning for a week due to concerns that some of the athletes may have come in contact with that person and/or their family member(s).

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Best Virginia withdraws from The Basketball Tournament

MORGANTOWN—“Best Virginia,” the West Virginia University alumni basketball team, will be replaced in the field of 24 at The Basketball Tournament after a team member tested positive for COVID-19.

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WorldTeam Tennis adds prominent names to their rosters

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV—Already jam-packed with a lineup of star players set to compete during the 45th season of World TeamTennis, the organization has added even more popular names to the event which will take place at “America’s Resort,” The Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.

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Gatorade Player of the Year named

MORGANTOWN—Morgantown High’s Sammie Brown, a senior midfielder who led the Mohigans to the Class AAA state championship last fall after a 20-2-1 record, has been selected as West Virginia’s Gatorade Player of the Year in girls’ soccer.

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WVU and Pitt to renew rivalry in men’s basketball

MORGANTOWN—Back by popular demand, West Virginia Athletic Director Shane Lyons announced on Thursday that WVU and Pitt have agreed to an additional two-game series in men’s basketball starting next year.

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Kirkendoll and Canterbury win Bench Awards

WEST VIRGINIA—Eli Kirkendoll, a senior at Lincoln County High School, and Jess Canterbury, a senior at Herbert Hoover High School, have been selected as the Johnny Bench Award winners for the state of West Virginia.

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Reed Between the Lines Sports Editor Scott Reed talks with GHS Assistant Football Coach Mickey Foley

In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: GHS Assistant Football Coach Mickey Foley

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WVU football to use digital ticketing

MORGANTOWN—Citing improved health and safety measures, contactless points of entry, added convenience, and ease of flow through the gates, the WVU Department of Athletics will make the transition to mobile ticketing for the 2020 football season.

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Fairmont State XC signs four runners

FAIRMONT—According to Fairmont State University head cross country coach Sarah Amos, four student-athletes have signed their Letters of Intent (LOI) to continue their athletic careers at FSU, starting with the 2020 season.

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Betty Puskar dies at the age of 80

MORGANTOWN—A long-time supporter of both West Virginia University and WVU Medicine, Betty Puskar died on Sunday at the age of 80 at her home in Morgantown.

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Mountain East Conference announces plans for fall 2020 return

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va.—Following approval of its Board of Directors, the Mountain East Conference has today announced its plans for the fall semester of competition.

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Softball Summer Camps scheduled For July 13-16 canceled

FAIRMONT, W.Va.—The Fairmont State softball team has announced the cancellation of its summer Prospect ID Camp and Residential Prospect Camp that were scheduled during the month of July on the Fairmont State University campus.

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AB accepts invitation to join the Mountain East Conference

PHILIPPI—Alderson Broaddus University’s application for permanent membership into the Mountain Athletic Conference was unanimously approved by the league’s Board of Directors last Friday.

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Four Golfers sign with Fairmont State

FAIRMONT—According to Fairmont State University head men’s golf coach Sarah Yost, the Fighting Falcons will add four student-athletes for the upcoming 2020-21 season, including one of Grafton’s own standouts.

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TCMS begins summer conditioning and workouts

GRAFTON—As multiple Grafton Bearcats’ programs began gathering participation numbers and started their summer conditioning programs, many of the TCMS sports’ teams also began preparing themselves for one or more of the “phases” that has been set forth by the SSAC.

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Preseason Magazines offer their take on 2020 Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.(John Antonik /WVUSports)—For many years, West Virginia’s best football seasons were usually the ones that were unexpected by the outsiders.

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Taylor County Little League receives approval to play

TAYLOR COUNTY—After weeks of uncertainty during the current pandemic, a sigh of relief was breathed by many as the Taylor County Little League (TCLL) received approval to begin practicing for the 2020 season.

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Grafton Bearcats Football begins conditioning with restrictions

GRAFTON—Now that the WVSSAC has released a set of guidelines for counties to follow as they begin summer conditioning, the Grafton Bearcats’ football team met at the high school on Monday to begin navigating their way through “Phase 1” of the recommended three-phase process.

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Grafton High School’s Joey Dingeldein signs with Fairmont State

GRAFTON—Although the Grafton Bearcats football program struggled to get much going last season, one of their own is heading off to play football at the collegiate level next season.

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Butts welcomes Muhammad back to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—West Virginia University gymnastics coach Jason Butts has announced the hiring of former Mountaineer NCAA All-American Zaakira Muhammad as an assistant coach.

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WVSSAC makes update to prep conditioning, practices and games

TAYLOR COUNTY—It’s been approximately three months since the suspension (and eventual cancellation) of multiple winter and fall sports, but high school athletes around the state could return to their practice facilities for offseason conditioning as early as Monday.

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Grafton Gators support city’s decision

GRAFTON— By now the Grafton Gators Swim Team is typically well into their season, gliding through the waters of city pools throughout the area, hoping to make a top spot in their heats.

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WVU Season Ticket sales underway

MORGANTOWN—According to university officials, West Virginia has currently sold 13,200 football season ticket packages, up from approximately 7,500 just last week per Matt Wells, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs.

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Paying athletes a cause of concern for smaller sports

TAYLOR COUNTY—As expected, college coaches in non-revenue sports are voicing their concerns about the impact that paying athletes will have on their respective programs.

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WVSSAC allows youth and prep sports to resume again

TAYLOR COUNTY—The green light was given by Governor Jim Justice this past Friday for youth and prep athletics to resume again on June 8th across the state of West Virginia.

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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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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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