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GCHS Lady Titans, The WV Class A Basketball State Champions

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CHARLESTON, WV – Gilmer County dethroned 7-time defending Class A girls basketball state champion St. Joseph Central 42-41 on Saturday afternoon, ending one of the most dominant dynasties in West Virginia high school basketball history.

St. Joe (21-4) was going for an eighth straight title, which would have tied the Northfork boys basketball team’s eight straight titles from 1974-1981.

“I don’t even know how to say this, it’s surreal,” said Gilmer County coach Amy Chapman. “That’s a great program, so to come up here and compete against a great program with the type of players they have and come out with a win, it’s amazing. It makes that victory feel even more special.”

It’s the first girls basketball state championship for Gilmer County (25-2) in school history.

“It feels awesome and I’ve had confidence in my team all year to do this,” said Gilmer County junior guard Kylie Shuff. “We’ve played together our whole lives to do this.”

For St. Joe, it was the first in-state loss since 2008 when the Irish fell in the Class A title game to Wheeling Central.

“I felt pressure and I think the kids might have felt a little bit of it,” said St. Joe coach Shannon Lewis. “I definitely felt the pressure all week, more so than I had probably in any other tournament.

“When the game is tight, kids are going to get nervous regardless and they were playing for a championship,” he continued. “We’ve been loose all year, but up here we just seemed a little tight for the tournament. That pressure has been building all year.”

Shuff finished with 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting, leading the charge for the Titans in the second half comeback.

“We just had to get some points,” Shuff said. “I was tired (in the second half), but it’s the last game of the season and I was going to give it all that I had. We were down, so I was going to just try as hard as I could.”

St. Joe led 27-15 at the break, but Gilmer County outscored the Irish 18-7 in the third behind Shuff to cut St. Joe’s lead down to 35-34 heading to the fourth.

A layup from Riley Fitzwater at the 7:51 mark of the fourth gave the Titans a 35-34 advantage. The Irish, though, responded with six straight points to retake the lead at 40-35 and 5:59 left.

But that didn’t kill the Titans’ momentum.

“I remembered that St. Marys (Friday) was down by even more than we were (to St. Joe),” Fitzwater said. “St. Marys was able to come back. I just believed in my team and myself.”

With 1:20 to go, a layup from Shuff pulled the Titans within two, 40-38. A 3 from Emilie Jedamski at the 1:03 mark gave Gilmer County the 41-40 advantage, erupting the Titans’ crowd.

“I knew that we needed to get a quick shot to catch back up to them,” Jedamski said. “I shot and it went in. Once I make one, I’m pretty good after that.”

Jedamski went 2 for 9 on the day, both of those makes (and all attempts) from 3, including that critical shot late.

“I could tell the look on her face that she was on,” Chapman said. “I knew when the ball left her hand that it was in. When she has confidence, she’s a scary kid.”

The Irish missed their final nine shots from the floor as the Titans contained St. Joe’s Tyesha Taylor down the stretch. It was Fitzwater, who scored 11 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and collected seven blocks, taking over the inside defensively in those closing minutes and on the offensive boards.

“I was a little bit intimidated by her size,” Fitzwater said of Taylor. “But I knew that I had a much bigger height difference. Once I finally realized that she wasn’t going to block me, I started doing a little better.”

After a made free throw for both teams, Alexis Hall’s potential game-winner for St. Joe in the closing seconds was off, sparking pandemonium on the floor and in the stands.

“We’re extremely happy right now and I’m really happy for these girls, they played their hearts out and never stopped believing,” Chapman said. “The crowd was behind us and we’re just thrilled to death right now.”

 

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The Girls Highschool Basketball Championships will be replayed on the Roots Sports channel. Dish is 428 DirecTV is 659 Shentell is channel 26 + 226(HD) Starting tine 5:30pm

GCHS Lady Titans Heading to State Tournament

Go Lady Titans!

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Desire
dedication
determination
concentration
and the will to win
Gilmer Lady Titans

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Gilmer County vs. Fayetteville

Final Score: Gilmer County 61, Fayetteville 42

End of 3rd Qtr: Gilmer County 46, Fayetteville 29

Half Time:  Gilmer county 26, Fayetteville 16

Titans Face Notre Dame at 11:45 AM Friday

Gilmer County Dodgers Win Lewis County Tournament

Gilmer County Pony League 11-12 year old Dodgers Baseball team won the Lewis Classic Baseball tournament held May 29th-31st at the Lewis Baseball Association Sports Complex, Robert J Conley Fields. The Dodgers went 4 for 5 in the three day tournament.
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(BR, L-R) Coach Martin Hess, Kyle Moss, Gary Hess, Justin Frymier,
Hunter Bailey, Brady Fitzwater, Aaron Ball, Manager Brett Chapman.

(FR, L-R) Ty Wellings, Ean Hamric, Avery Chapman, Corbin Grove,
Cutler Bailey, Justin Liu, Coach Tommy Wellings.

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DEP’s Massive Mobile Aquarium Makes Its Debut This Weekend at Charleston Fishing Tournament

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CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will unveil its newest public outreach and education tool at a fishing tournament this weekend in Charleston.

The 1,700-gallon, six-feet-deep, West Virginia-built freshwater mobile aquarium will make its debut at the Trail of Dreams bass tournament on May 09. Some of the bass caught during the tournament will be placed in the aquarium a little after 4 p.m., after being weighed in, and will remain there for an hour or two. The mobile aquarium will be set up near the Frontier boat ramp on the Kanawha River.

The aquarium - which weighs more than 25,000 pounds when full - features a chiller to keep the water cool even on the hottest days, two-inch-thick reinforced glass walls, and a net covering to prevent the fish from jumping out.

In addition to this weekend’s fishing tournament, several more mobile aquarium events are being planned. The aquarium will be on display during the DEP’s Youth Environmental Day festivities at North Bend State Park May 15-17, at the DEP’s Junior Conservation Camp at Cedar Lakes June 15-17, and during National Hunting and Fishing Days at Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park September 26-27. Additional events are in the planning stages. After each event, the aquarium will be drained and cleaned and the fish returned to the stream or hatchery from which they came.

“I am very excited for the people of West Virginia to be able to get a fascinating, up-close view of the fish that call our streams and rivers home,” said DEP Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman. “As an avid fisherman myself, I hope people will come to see and gain an appreciation for the delicate underwater world that this mobile aquarium highlights.”

The overall purpose of the mobile aquarium is to help teach the public about water habitat and the water quality necessary to maintain aquatic life. The aquarium’s use as an educational tool will be conducted in partnership with the Division of Natural Resources, whose logo and website also appear on the back of the tank.

WV Division of Culture and History: Trophy Winners in A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament

CHARLESTON, WV – Six trophies were awarded to the top three boys and girls at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s seventh annual A. James Manchin Marble Tournament on Saturday, April 04, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

The free tournament is sponsored by the West Virginia Marble Shooters Association and is open to children from 7 to 14 years of age and all skill levels.

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James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament winners for 2015
(L-R) Ezra Somazze, Rosalia Somazze, Gavin Perna, Philip Morgan, Annabeth Keller and Ava Gunter
(L-R, BR) Rachel Moses and Chris Reed, cultural program specialists for
the West Virginia Division of Culture and History


The winners in the girls category include Ava Gunter, first place; Rosalia Somazze, second place; and Annabeth Keller, third place.

The boys category includes Philip Morgan, first place; Gavin Perna, second place; and Ezra Somazze, third place.

The winners received a trophy and are invited to compete in the marble tournament at the Glass Festival in Weston, WV.

Interested participants practiced from 12:30 to 1:30 PM, and the tournament began at 1:30 PM.

The tournament’s marble game, Ringer, is played by placing 13 marbles in the form of an “X” in a 10-foot circle with players alternating shots.

For more information about The A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament, contact Chris Reed, cultural program specialist for the division, at 304.558.0220 x 185.

Cheerleader Remembers Normantown’s 1945 Run to Title

As high school state basketball tournament action heats up in Charleston, 87-year-old Morgantown resident and former Normantown High School cheerleader Betty Cross recalls her school’s memorable run to the state title 70 years ago.

In 1945, Normantown High School, a small high school in Gilmer County that only had a little more than 100 students at the time, had a Cinderella season en route to an improbable state title in hoops. Cross, whose maiden name was Betty Jean Whitesel, was one of only two cheerleaders at the school. She fondly recalls her neighbor and one of the players on the team predicting a state tournament victory before the season.

“One of the players who left next to me and I lived in Gilmer County close to the school, and he said to me, Betty Jean, we’re going to win this tournament,” she recalled this week when speaking with MetroNews.

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Much like Hickory High in the famous movie “Hoosiers”, Normantown beat several larger schools on their way to capturing a championship which at that time was played in Morgantown. Cross remembers how large the crowds were that showed up to watch the games, despite a premium on gasoline at the time.

“The gymnasium was filled to overflowing in Glenville when they played the sectional. The same thing in Clarksburg when they played WI in the regional,” Cross said. “And I think they had more people in the fieldhouse in Morgantown at that time for the tournament than there had ever been before.”

The Vikings won three games in Morgantown including two in the same day with the championship coming over Logan.

How was such a tiny school able to pull off a run to a state championship? Cross said that the Normantown Vikings team that year was known for their slow deliberate style of play and cool demeanor on the court.

“They were very stable in their play,” she recalled. “They never went wild or anything, they just contained. They played that slow, controlled type of basketball. And I can’t remember a time where they were flustered.”

Cross said she has fond memories of the championship season, which was her junior year at Normantown. She noted that, remarkably, herself, 9 of the 11 players on the team, the manager, and the other cheerleader, Jean Robert Pitts, were all members of the junior class.

Gilmer County High School Boys Basketball Regional Game - Today

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Gilmer County High School boys basketball team will play Charleston Catholic in Regional Tournament on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the GCHS gym.

Tickets are available for advance sale in the GCHS Office: $7 adults and $5 students.

All tickets will be $7 (including students) at the door on Thursday.

WVSSAC sanctioned pass will be the only pass that will be honored.

Doors for the event will open at 5:45 PM.

This game will be a white-out event, so wear your white shirts.

If GCHS wins on Thursday, then Gilmer County will be in the State Basketball Tournament.

GCHS is 32 minutes away from a state tourney appearance.

Please support your Titans!!!

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Pioneers Win MEC Tournament Championship with 65-58 Victory over Fairmont State

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Fifth-seeded Glenville State defeated second-seeded Fairmont State, 65-58, to take on home the 2015 Mountain East Conference men’s basketball tournament at the Charleston Civic Center.

The Pioneers (21-10) won their first conference tournament title since 1974. GSC and Fairmont State will await their NCAA Tournament fate tonight at 10:30 PM on NCAA.com.

Donte Morales, the MEC Tournament MVP, scored 21 points to lead GSC. Sedric Nady added 15 points and Brett Morris turned in a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Reggie Williams also chipped in 10 points.

Fairmont State (21-9) was led by 19 points and 10 rebounds from Thomas Wimbush. Nick Harney had 15 points to go with seven boards, and Jamel Morris contributed 12 points.

The Pioneers came into the game ranking near the bottom in the NCAA in rebounding margin at -5.7, but out-rebounded FSU 38-29. GSC had more rebounds than its opponent in each of its four tournament victories.

Fairmont State jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, but the Pioneers used a 17-3 run to get back into the game and surge ahead at 25-16 with 3:38 to go. GSC took a 31-26 lead into halftime.

The Falcons remained in the game and took the lead back at 37-36 after a Caleb Davis lay-in with at 12:52. The game was tied for the final time at 46-46 with 9:51, but a 9-3 run by the Pioneers would give them the lead for good and the MEC championship.


2015 MEC All-Tournament Team

Pat Moseh, Wheeling Jesuit

C.J. Hester, West Liberty

Thomas Wimbush, Fairmont State

Nick Harney, Fairmont State

Jamel Morris, Fairmont State

Sedric Nady, Glenville State

Reggie Williams, Glenville State

MVP - Donte Morales, Glenville State

Lady Pioneers Fall to Shepherd in MEC Quarterfinals 100-91‏

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Glenville State’s Keyanna Tate scored a game high 30 points and grabbed a game high 13 rebounds as she finished with a double-double but it wouldn’t be enough as the Lady Pioneers fell to the Shepherd University Lady Rams in the MEC Quarterfinals, 100-91.

In the first half of action the Shepherd University Lady Rams would get on the scoreboard first to take an early, 2-0 lead over Glenville State. Shepherd would then build an eight points lead, 10-2, with 16:14 left till halftime.

However the Lady Pioneers would then go on a 6-0 run at the 15:50 minute mark as they made it, 10-7. Again Shepherd would extend their lead back up to nine points, 29-20, with under 10:00 minutes till halftime. The Lady Rams would build a double digit lead several times in the first half, however Glenville State would go into halftime down by eight, 51-43.

In the second half Shepherd would come out strong and take a 17 point lead, 71-54, with 13:42 to play. Glenville State would continue to battle and cut it to eight, 75-67 at the 11:09 minute mark.

Again the Lady Rams would build their lead back up to 15 points, 86-71, with only 6:16 left to play in the game. However the Lady Pioneers would have one last chance and cut Shepherds lead to seven points, 94-87, with 1:50 left to play, but that as close as Glenville State would get as they fall to Shepherd, 100-91.

Shepherd shot 49 percent from the floor while Glenville State finished the game shooting 42 percent from the floor. The Lady Pioneers scored 19 second chance points to the Lady Rams 14 second chance points.

Keyanna Tate finished with a double-double scoring 30 points and pulling down 13 rebounds in her last game as a Lady Pioneer, fellow senior Katrina Salins scored 10 points. Freshmen Kayla Tibbs and Kristen DesRocher both scored nine points while Paige Tuttle dished out a team high four assists.

Shepherd was led by Gabby Flinchum as she scored a team high 26 points and had 10 rebounds for a double-double. Also for the Lady Rams Briana Vaden chipped in with 25 points.

The Lady Pioneers (15-13, 12-10) season now comes to an end, congratulations to the team and seniors for a great year.


Official Basketball Box Score
Glenville State vs. Shepherd
03.05.15  12:00 PM   at Charleston, WV - Charleston Civic Center
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VISITORS: Glenville State 15-13

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
02 Paige Tuttle…..... *  1-8    0-5    3-4    0  1  1   3   5  4  1  1  1  18
04 Keyanna Tate…..... * 12-19   0-0    6-7    5  8 13   4  30  0  3  0  2  21
12 Kayla Tibbs…...... *  3-5    2-2    1-2    0  2  2   2   9  1  0  0  1  21
20 Briauna Nix…...... *  1-5    0-0    0-0    3  2  5   3   2  0  1  0  0  18
24 Madison Martin…... *  1-5    1-4    2-3    0  1  1   2   5  0  0  0  0  20
01 Katrina Salins…...    4-10   2-4    0-0    1  2  3   3  10  2  5  0  1  22
03 Tayana Stewart…...    2-4    1-2    0-0    1  0  1   0   5  1  1  0  0   9
10 Skyy Lewis….......    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
21 Kristin DesRocher…    3-8    3-8    0-0    0  2  2   1   9  1  0  0  0  15
25 Briana Smythe…....    2-2    0-0    0-0    2  3  5   2   4  1  1  1  0  11
32 Brittany Jackson….    0-2    0-1    2-2    2  1  3   4   2  2  3  0  4  18
34 La’Shaughn Jones….    2-3    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   4  3  0  2  0   9
35 Julie Bishop….....    2-7    2-6    0-0    0  1  1   0   6  1  0  0  0  18
   TEAM….............                         1  1  2
   Totals…...........   33-78  11-32  14-18  17 24 41  25  91 16 15  4  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-38 42.1%   2nd Half: 17-40 42.5%   Game: 42.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-15 33.3%   2nd Half:  6-17 35.3%   Game: 34.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-9  66.7%   2nd Half:  8-9  88.9%   Game: 77.8%    3

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HOME TEAM: Shepherd 21-8

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
00 Gabby Flinchum…... *  9-14   0-0    8-9    2  8 10   3  26  0  2  3  2  26
10 Cara Mason…....... *  2-5    0-0    2-2    1  0  1   0   6  2  1  0  0  11
11 Briana Vaden…..... *  6-13   2-5   11-12   0  3  3   2  25  7  3  0  2  30
14 Rachel Johnson…... *  7-12   3-4    0-1    2  6  8   3  17  4  2  1  1  39
35 Alex Weakland….... *  5-7    1-1    0-0    2  6  8   4  11  1  2  2  1  34
03 Morgan Arden….....    2-11   1-1    2-2    1  3  4   4   7  6  4  0  0  27
20 Liz Myers…........    2-5    0-0    1-2    3  0  3   2   5  2  0  0  3  22
21 Hailey Brown….....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0  0+
22 Maggie McLoughlin…    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  0   3
24 Kristina Prange…..    1-2    0-0    1-2    0  2  2   0   3  0  0  0  0   7
32 Jazmyne Howard…...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM….............                         3  1  4
   Totals…...........   34-69   7-11  25-30  14 29 43  19 100 23 14  6  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 19-36 52.8%   2nd Half: 15-33 45.5%   Game: 49.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-5  60.0%   2nd Half:  4-6  66.7%   Game: 63.6%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 10-13 76.9%   2nd Half: 15-17 88.2%   Game: 83.3%    2

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Officials: Balster, Wilkinson, Link

Technical fouls: Glenville State-None. Shepherd-None.

Attendance:

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Glenville State…............   43   48  -   91
Shepherd…...................   51   49  -  100

Mountain East Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal Game #1

Gilmer County Boys Basketball Sectional Semi-Final Game‏

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The Gilmer County High School Boys Basketball team will play Calhoun County in the Sectional Semi-Final game on Tuesday, March 03, 2015 at the Gilmer County High School gymnasium.

Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.; gate will open at 6:00 PM.

Since this is a sectional tournament,  admission is $5 each (includes all students, adults, senior citizens).

Since this is a very important game for GCHS, everyone is asked to wear a white.

Please support the GCHS Titans!

LITTLE KANAWHA CONFERENCE (LKC) NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS - Tonight

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LKC Championship Is Postponed Due to Weather

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The LKC Championship scheduled today at Waco Center in Glenville, WV has been postponed due to weather.

All games for the LKC Night of Champions for Saturday have been CANCELLED.

These games will be made up on Monday February 23rd at the Waco Center in Glenville WV.

St. Mary’s and Webster County will play at 6:00 PM and Williamstown will play Gilmer County for the LKC Championship 30 minutes following the completion of game 1.

Both games should be very exciting.

Come out and support the Titans in their quest for back-to-back LKC championships.

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