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Grafton Wrestling Club sees program numbers explode

PARKERSBURG—Interest in the Grafton Wrestling Club has exploded over the years and this season; the organization is excited to share that they have more than 40 young athletes signed up as a part of their team.

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Grafton swim opens with win over Liberty

ELKINS— The Grafton High School (GHS) swim team opened their season on Wednesday on a positive note, beating out Liberty High School, 72-55, to earn a second-place overall team finish.

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Lady Bearcats in preseason action against Gilmer

GILMER COUNTY— On Wednesday, the Lady Bearcats Basketball program traveled to Gilmer County to participate in a preseason scrimmage.

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Time spent in the pool paying off for GHS’s Willam Angus

TAYLOR COUNTY— In April 2021, as a sophomore, Grafton High School’s (GHS) elite swim team member William “Will” Angus made a name for himself as the first-ever male Bearcat swimmer to compete in the West Virginia State Meet.

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Shreve and Taylor ace the season earning All-Big 10 honors

GRAFTON —Two of the Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcats volleyball team members have been selected for the All-Big 10 team, this year.

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Lady Knights basketball boasts roster full of potential

PRUNTYTOWN— Tryouts for the Taylor County Middle School Lady Knights Basketball program concluded earlier this month.

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Grafton unable to handle #6 North Marion in first round of playoffs

RACHEL—The # 11 seed Grafton High School Bearcats Football program entered the AA Playoffs this past weekend as they traveled to Rachel, West Virginia to take on the # 6 seed North Marion Huskies.

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Lady Bearcats prepared to come back stronger next season

TAYLOR COUNTY— Despite not yielding the season they had hoped for, the Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcat soccer team still had several accomplishments to celebrate during both the regular and post-season.

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Lady Cats ready to hit the court

GRAFTON— The Lady Bearcat Basketball program has been hard at work in the weight room and is ready to take to the court as their season draws nearer.

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U10 Sting tops league to claim second championship title of season

TAYLOR COUNTY— While young, the U10 Taylor County Sting soccer team has proven to be a group of determined and highly-skilled athletes, taking the soccer field by storm this season.

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Five Bearcat soccer members garner post-season honors

TAYLOR COUNTY—Five Bearcat soccer players have earned post season honors for the work they put in on the field throughout the season.

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Bearcats conclude regular season with 48-6 victory

GRAFTON—The cool crisp air of an early November night would hold the final regular season game of 2021, as the Grafton Bearcats would faceoff against the Minutemen of Lewis County High School at McKinney Field this past Friday.

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Bearcats conclude regular season with 48-6 victory

GRAFTON—The cool crisp air of an early November night would hold the final regular season game of 2021, as the Grafton Bearcats would faceoff against the Minutemen of Lewis County High School at McKinney Field this past Friday.

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Local boys stay committed to football despite not having a Taylor County team

GRAFTON—Unfortunately Taylor County Youth Football was unable to field a Midget team this year due to a lack of participation, forcing those who didn’t want to sit out for an entire season to play out of county.

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Community welcomed to take part in the GHS Basketball Family Fun Night

GRAFTON— The Second Annual Grafton High School (GHS) Basketball Family Fun Night is set to take place on Friday, November 26, in Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium. With an agenda packed full of fun, entertainment and friendly competitions, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to support not only the Lady Bearcat program, but others in the area as well.

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Grafton earns top seed upon entering Sectional play

GRAFTON —The Grafton High School Lady Bearcats volleyball team had a week of victory and celebration, as they hustled their way into Sectional play.

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Alley Cats registration surpasses all expectation

TAYLOR COUNTY— One local coach’s goal of building a stronger program at the high school level is on a path to fruition with the recent success in garnering interest in a newly created feeder program

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JV Lady Knights close season with match win

GRAFTON —The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights would finish up their season on the road this week as they traveled to Fairmont to face the East Fairmont Lady Bees.

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Lady Knights stun Elkins 4-0 to conclude season

TAYLOR COUNTY— The Lady Knights’ soccer season came to a bittersweet end earlier this week, and after an unconventional season, much like the one their boys team endure, the ladies of Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) went out in victory.

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Grafton’s Emily Viani makes a run at the State Meet

ONA— Grafton High School (GHS) Sophomore Emily Viani produced an impressive year as a Lady Bearcat Cross Country runner this season, running her way into the State Championship meet.

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Knights come up short in Mid 8 Championship

GRAFTON— The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights football team conclude their season on Wednesday evening with a heartbreaking loss to the Philippi Middle Bulldogs.

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Bearcats fall in in Region II Championship game

PHILIPPI— On Tuesday, the Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcat soccer team travelled to Philip-Barbour High School to take to the turf against Herbert Hoover to vie for the Region II Championship title.

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Cody Abraham named as Taylor County Athlete of the Week

This week’s Taylor County Athlete of the Week has been selected for his game winning goal on Saturday. Grafton High School Bearcat soccer team member Cody Abraham led his team to Region II Section I Championship victory over the Robert C. Byrd Eagles.

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U12 Storm outscores opponents 95-5 on the season

TAYLOR COUNTY— The U12 boys Taylor County Storm soccer team concluded their season with some impressive stats in tow.

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Knights soccer captures 1-0 win over RLB to end the season

GRAFTON— The Knights soccer program ended their unconventional season a little early, after their last regularly scheduled game was cancelled due to COVID-19, something the team faced all season.

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Lady Knights back in action after unwanted break

GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights soccer team has been hit hard with game cancelations due to COVID-19 coupled with the lack of referees, but finally, after three long weeks, the team was able to get back out on the turf.

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Abraham’s goal in second OT secures Sectional title for Grafton

GRAFTON— After a long and grueling defensive battle, it would be Senior Captain Cody Abraham’s lone goal in second overtime that won the Region II Section I Championship title for the Grafton Bearcats on Saturday afternoon.

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Bearcats roll past B-U 47-17 before heading into their open

GRAFTON—The lights of McKinny field would shine down on a conference matchup this past Friday as the Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcats would take on the Buckhannon-Upshur High School (B-U) Buccaneers.

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TCMS volleyball keeps close with no. 1 Hawks, wins sets over Bland

GRAFTON —The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights would travel to the home of the number one Belington Hawks this week, and travel to Weston to take on the R.L. Bland Patriots in conference action.

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Bearcat XC competes in Big-Ten and Regional Meets

TAYLOR COUNTY— On Thursday, October 14, the Grafton High School Cross Country team traveled to Philip-Barbour High School to compete in the Big-Ten Meet, before heading to their home course at West Taylor Elementary on October 21 to host the Regional Meet.

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Stratten Wooddell named as Taylor County Athlete of the Week

This week’s Taylor County Athlete of the Week is a key player for the Grafton High School (GHS) Football program, putting extra points on the board for the Bearcats.

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Another one bites the dust; Knights go undefeated on regular season

GRAFTON— In their final performance of the regular season, the Taylor County Middle School Knights football team cruised their way to a 40-0 victory over the Patriots of Robert L. Bland (RLB) Middle School, finishing with an undefeated 8-0 record.

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Bearcats advance past Liberty during round one of sectional play

GRAFTON— On Thursday evening the #2 seeded Grafton Bearcats took to the field against the #3 seeded Liberty Mountaineers for the first round of state sectional competition.

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Taylor County Biddy League and Instructional signups announced

GRAFTON— After the COVID-19 Pandemic caused the cancelation of last year’s Taylor County Biddy League Basketball season, organizers are both hopeful and eager to allow the area’s youth to hit the court once more, and recently announced signs ups for the 2021-2022 season.

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Cheer on the Bearcats during sectional play

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School boys soccer team will be hosting their first sectional contest tomorrow, Thursday, October 21, at 6:00 p.m.

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Lady Knights face top-seeded Lady Hawks

GRAFTON —The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights would host the number one Belington Hawks this week and travel to Bridgeport to take on the Heritage Christian Patriots.

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Keener breaks 26-year-old All-Time Rushing Record at TCMS

TAYLOR COUNTY— On September 29, Kaden Keener made Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) football history when he broke a record that was set more than 20 years ago.

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TCMS entered hard-fought battles with West and BU

*Due to space limitations this article did not appear in the printed edition of the Mountain Statesman in 10/16. However, it will still be printed in the upcoming 10/20 edition. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. GRAFTON— The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights soccer team had some hard-fought battles recently, coming up short against an experienced West Fairmont Middle School (WFMS) team and tying with the Buckhannon Upshur Middle School Buccaneers (BUMS).

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Lady Bearcat soccer winning streak ends with Morgantown

GRAFTON— The Lady Bearcat soccer team continued their winning streak, claiming their third straight shutout win when they met up with Preston County at home on Saturday.

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Knights XC wraps up season at Doddridge County Invitational

DODDRIDGE COUNTY— The Knights XC team wrapped up their season on Tuesday at the Doddridge County Invitational with another top five finish brought home by the Varsity boys.

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Teamwork secures key wins for the Bearcats

GRAFTON— It was a good week for the Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcat soccer program, as the team claimed impressive victories over Preston and Liberty.

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Jackson and Keener keep matches close for Lady Knights

GRAFTON —The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights would host volleyball powerhouse Phillipi this week and the two would do battle until the final point was scored.

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Taylor County Sting U-10 Girls Soccer Team named as AOTW

This week’s Taylor County Athletes of the Week are a special group of girls who are working together to dominate on the soccer field.

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Knights advance on road to championship with recent win

GRAFTON— The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) football program has taken the conference by storm, and with their most recent win over Lincoln Wildcats, the Knights are now 7-0 on the season and will be hosting the championship game in a little less than two weeks.

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Effort and committment pay off for Louzy in Boston Marathon

BOSTON, MA— The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events, drawing in thousands of participants each year.

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Kittle tallies six saves to keep contest tied up

WHEELING— Over the weekend, the #15 Bearcats boys soccer team traveled to JB Chambers Sports Park in Wheeling to take on the #10 Central Catholic Maroon Knights, and in a display of heart and hustle, came home with a tie game.

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Bearcats breeze by Lumberjacks with lopsided 48-6 victory

GRAFTON— The Bearcat football team continues to roll on with their current winning streak, as they added another win Friday night against the Richwood Lumberjacks.

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Knights back in action after multiple cancelations

GRAFTON— After a break in action, due to a lack of officiates for their contests, causing cancelations, the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights soccer team finally made a return to the turf trampling over the Mountaineer Middle School (MMS) Mountain Lions by a score of 3-1.

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Knights back in action after multiple cancelations

GRAFTON— After a break in action, due to a lack of officiates for their contests, causing cancelations, the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights soccer team finally made a return to the turf trampling over the Mountaineer Middle School (MMS) Mountain Lions by a score of 3-1.

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Register your baller to be a part of Grafton tradition

GRAFTON— Often times, for athletes to be able to participate in extra trainings or attend advantageous sports camps they must travel to surrounding areas, but the Grafton High School Lady Bearcats Basketball team and their Head Coach Andrew Moore are on a mission to keep Taylor County athletes in house as much as possible, and in turn, build a better stronger program in the years to come.

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2021 Little Miss Bearcat crowned

GRAFTON— The Grafton High School Cheerleading squad held their annual fundraising event, the Little Miss Bearcat Competition, in support on their program, and now Grafton is home to some new royalty.

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Lady Bearcats record back-to-back shutout victories

GRAFTON— Despite dropping their first of their three most recent contests, the Lady Bearcat soccer team picked things up mid-week and secured two big wins.

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Bearcat XC picks up extra meet, places third overall

GRAFTON— The Grafton High School Cross Country team recently competed in their final two meets of the regular season, turning in strong finishes, as the group prepares for Regionals.

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GHS ends losing streak with RCB, tops Lincoln

GRAFTON— The Bearcat Boys Soccer team took to the turf this week against two formidable opponents, securing wins in both battles.

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Lady Knights take on BU

BUCKHANNON —The TCMS Lady Knights would travel to Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School to challenge the Lady Pirates this past week.

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Carly Vandergrift named as this week's Taylor County Athlete of the Week

This week’s Taylor County Athlete of the Week is a young dynamo wrapped in a small package when it comes to competition in sports.

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Carly Vandergrift named as this week's Taylor County Athlete of the Week

This week’s Taylor County Athlete of the Week is a young dynamo wrapped in a small package when it comes to competition in sports.

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11U Base Invaders dominate on the diamond

GRAFTON—The Base Invaders 11U team, coached by Julie Dowdy, Becky Phillips, Rachel Gerkin and Sam Gerkin, has been taking the softball diamond by storm and recently notched in two more wins.

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Knights pull away in second half to move to 6-0 on season

BUCKHANNON—After a nerve-racking first half of action, the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights cruised to victory over Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School (BUMS), advancing to a perfect 6-0 on the season.

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Lady Bearcats go two for three in set of intense matches

GRAFTON —The Grafton High School (GHS) Lady Bearcats volleyball team resumed their busy schedule playing in three different matchups this week.

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TCMS XC turns in strong finishes during early morning meet over the weekend as season winds down

WHITEHALL— Hitting the course early Saturday morning, the Knights Cross Country team once again saw personal improvements among their members, as they competed in the Fairmont Senior Invitational.

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Lady Knights volleyball drops recent matches

WEST UNION —The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights volleyball program would travel to West Union to take on the Doddridge County Middle School Lady Bulldogs Monday evening, in matches that proved to be tough battles.

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Three Bearcats combine for five interceptions during 46-13 win over Tigers

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School Bearcats claimed their third straight win on Friday night against the Elkins High School Tigers.

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GHS volleyball team shuts out sectional opponent

The Grafton High School Lady Bearcat Volleyball team took on sectional Opponent Frankfort, at home on Thursday, and walked away victorious, after an intense set of matches.

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TCMS Boys XC earns first place

BARRACKVILLE— On Tuesday afternoon, the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Cross Country team participated in the West Fairmont Middle Invitational, a meet that was new to the schedule this year and boasted a few new challenges, as well.

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Lady Bearcats go 2-2 on the week with victories over University and North Marion

GRAFTON— The Lady Bearcat soccer team faced a week of intense play, finding both success and heartbreak at the buzzer, with the varsity group splitting their last four games, 2-2.

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Carter Gillespie named as this week's Taylor County Athlete of the Week

This week’s Taylor County Athlete of the Week may be a young competitor and new to his respective sport at Taylor County Middle School (TCMS), yet he has already made a name for himself.

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Knights power past another opponent

GRAFTON— For the first time since being under the direction of head coach Bobby Beltner, who took over four years ago, the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) football program is sitting at a perfect 5-0 record, with just three games remaining in their regular season of play.

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Grafton soccer struggles on offense, faces tough losses

GRAFTON— After starting their week with a 3-0 loss to the Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears on the road, the Grafton Bearcats soccer team returned home on Thursday night looking for redemption against the Morgantown Mohigans but were unable to find it.

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Knights move to 4-0 on season after victory over Tygarts Valley

PRUNTYTOWN—On a chilly, rainy night at McKinney Field, the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights took on the Bulldogs of Tygarts Valley Middle School (TVMS).

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Bearcat Golfers take on Trinity at home

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School (GHS) Bearcat Golf Team was once again in action on Tuesday, September 21 and came out with another victory under their belts.

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Knights Soccer feels the sting of the Bees

PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights Soccer team traveled to East Fairmont to take on the Bees, at the Marion County Soccer Complex.

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Lady Knights finish out busy week with a win against WI

PRUNTYTOWN—The Lady Knights Soccer team had a busy week last week, taking on multiple teams from the surrounding area.

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Lady Bearcats see record-breaking performance against Notre Dame

GRAFTON—The GHS Lady Bearcats volleyball team had a very busy week playing in five different matchups this week. The Lady Bearcats would win three out of the five games.

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Bearcats Soccer plays one up, one down last week

GRAFTON—The Grafton Hight School (GHS) Bearcats Boys Soccer Team would suffer their first loss of the season in a scorcher in both play and weather.

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Knights Boys XC outruns competition at Doddridge Invitational

PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School Boys Cross Country Team ran their way to a second-place finish at the Doddridge Invitational, last week.

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Lady Knights struggle against Lincoln Middle

SHINNSTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights would travel to Shinnston to take on the Lincoln Middle School Lady Cougars yesterday.

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Lady Bearcats take down Grizzlies in Summersville

SUMMERSVILLE—The Grafton Hight School (GHS) Lady Bearcat soccer team traveled to Summersville this past week to face the Nicholas County Grizzlies.

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TCMS Knights soccer falls to WI

GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights Soccer team hosted the Washington Irving (WI) Middle School Hilltoppers this week in Grafton.

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Bearcats Soccer falls to Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT—The GHS Bearcat soccer team travelled to Bridgeport this past week to face the Indians on the turf at Bridgeport.

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Knights Soccer wraps up busy week with one win and one loss

GRAFTON—The TCMS Knights soccer team had a busy week, as they faced off against Barbour County and a strong Elkins team.

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Taylor County runners take on the competition at the Chick-fil-A Invitational in Mineral Wells

PRUNTYTOWN—Runners throughout the county made their way to the Chick-fil-A Invitational last week and showed strong standings across the board.

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GHS Golf performs well in three back-to-back matches

TAYLOR COUNTY—The Grafton Bearcats Golf Team hit the course three days in a row, winning one match and coming in second the other two contests.

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TCMS students and staff to be recognized with parade

PRUNTYTOWN—To help bolster school spirit, one Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) coach came up with an idea that would spotlight the school, its students and its clubs, organizations and sports teams.

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Knights topple Hilltoppers on the road, move to 3-0 on season

PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights Football team loaded up the bus and hit the road for their first away game of the season. The Knights traveled to Clarksburg’s Hite Field, to take on the Washington Irving (WI) Middle School Hilltoppers.

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Setler named the Taylor County Student Athlete of the Week

Chase Setler has been named the Taylor County Student Athlete of the Week

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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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Taylor County Biddy League Basketball


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